Do-Overs and All Things New

Need a fresh start? Want a Do-Over? Longing for something exciting and free from pain and loss and grief and sorrow and sin and shame? All Things New by John Eldredge and published by Nelson Books recently hit the shelves.

Books by John Eldredge never disappoint me (including this one).

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To Rise Above — Choose Joy

No book that I have read about any person’s life has most reminded me of Job and Job’s character amid devastation than the book From Depths We Rise by Sarah Rodriguez. Just launched by Shiloh Press, Barbour Publishing, her “Journey of Beauty from Ashes” will strengthen your faith and challenge you to choose joy – even in the midst of the storm. “For He bruises, but He binds up; He wounds, but His hands make whole.” (Job 5:18–NKJV). “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him. Even so, I will defend my own ways before him.” (Job 13:15 NKJV).

Adopting a Future Olympian — Top 5

1. Reese Hoffa – American Shot Put champ adopted at age 4. View his homepage here. View an interview about being adopted. In this interview he shares his experience as well as words of wisdoms for families adopting older children and families adopting outside their race. Reese is competing in the 2012 Olympics. 2. Jordan…

Who Cry Out

“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” (Luke 18:1-8, NIV) Through the years, this story about the persistent widow has been both a lifeline and a reminder to persevere and not give up. This morning as I was reading this passage again in…

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Death before Life

Years of persevering in prayer, waiting for God to answer, waiting for Him to fulfill a dream, I reached a point where the dream had to die. At that time, I sincerely thought that the dream died, the door closed forever, never to be opened again. But, the story did not end there; like a seed it fell into the ground dead, in order to…

How?

Today I read a post on the blog “Our Life Journey.” the post had a lot to do with the initials IF. It reminded me about a poem I wrote during our nearly decade-long journey to adopting our daughter. Tanya’s post reminded me of all the questions like If, When, Where, How…that came to my…

Heart Slivers

I didn’t break your heart …someone else did… But I know the One Who fixes broken hearts He gave me yours to hold… I hold the pieces… He’s putting them together As I hold them in my hands. One heart so tattered, So many pieces, shattered… Thump, thump, thump Do you hear my heart? It…

Wash Over Me

Here is a song I wrote in 2000. Though it was about a totally different circumstance at the time, I have needed to sing it many times regarding lots of different people and situations. Let Your Love Flow My heart is hurting, I wanna let it go I want to show compassion to a wounded…

Captivating by Stasi Eldredge

Review By: Delana H. Stewart Captivating by Stasi and John Eldredge is a must read for women and teenage daughters. This book is geared to help us understand how much we matter to God, how much our heart and desires matter to Him. Here are a few quotes from the book: “Every woman was once…