Love Creates a Way

New children’s adoption story – Love Creates a Way

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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).

Everything is Possible

“God has never let me down,” says Jen Bricker in her new book Everything is Possible. Anytime I become discouraged or faced with an overwhelming trial, all I have to do is look back through my life to see how He has brought me through countless trials and tribulations…

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Within These Walls

An encouraging word for mothers of young children. “If you mainly notice the clutter of toys, the undone chores, the dust…then you don’t see everything I see within these walls…”

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He is Risen!

Happy Easter! May this Easter season be filled with blessings and a renewed hope, love, and joy in Christ Jesus! See also: Easter bonnets, bluebonnets

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Learning from the Best

Though Jesus was never a physical parent on earth, I would say He knows a thing or two about parenting! He is God; He is Shepherd; He is Creator; He is Love. Recently, I opened theCompassion, Yoke, gentle, rest, parenting Word asking the Lord to direct my steps and give me wisdom in parenting. The following very familiar verses were viewed with a new perspective.

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Hope

“MOM. THANK YOU FOR NEVER GIVING UP ON ME!” This phrase and two encouraging verses might be just what you need to hear today if you are parenting a child who is discouraged, broken hearted, grieving, or suffering from RAD or FASD.

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A Thousand for One

  A thousand crystal glasses crashing to the floor A thousand piercing needles poking, stabbing, more A thousand years of hunger leaving lonely longings A thousand pounds of pressure coming on so strongly A thousand starless nights A thousand blinding lights (breathe, just breathe) A thousand warriors wielding blades that slash the darkness A thousand…

Knowing The Names

This morning in my Bible reading I read the following verse: “And those who know Your name will put their trust in You, For You, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.” Psalm 9:10 (NASB) I asked myself these questions: What does it mean to know God’s name? ********** Which names of God?…

Divine Goodness

A book review by Delana H. Stewart. “Really God?”  I don’t know why I am so amazed, but He’s done it again. Just what I needed to hear, or in this case read, just at the right time . . . exactly the right time. Definitely a word aptly spoken . . . About a…

What is faith to you?

“I have learned that faith means trusting in advance what will only make sense in reverse.” Philip Yancey  “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1, NIV What does it mean to you to have faith? ******************************************************************************************* See also: Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea (A…

Ham, Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato? (HBLT)

Now that I got your attention with a title like Ham, Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato?, let me tell you what HBLT really stands for and invite you to sink your teeth into something rich. HBLT actually stands for Hook, Book, Look, Took. It is a preaching, teaching, and/or Bible study method used to grab a person’s…

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Keep Watch

“Keep your eyes open for God, watch for his works; be alert for signs of his presence.” Psalm 105:4, The Message I have been reading through The Message this year to surprise my mind with new and fresh ways of looking at Scripture. I try to read through a different translation every year or so.…

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Books Reviewed

Just wanted to let you know that I created a new tab — at the top of this blog — of books that I have reviewed. Click on Book Reviews or click here. Includes Adoption  books and Christian Inspiration and Devotion books. For other types of books and curriculum, check out The Ed Cafe.

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Background Noise

Are noises and distractions bombarding your life? Sometimes it happens so subtly we do not even realize it. We watched an interesting movie last night (and surprisingly finished it). I say “surprisingly” because it moved rather slowly even for a drama. Our minds are being conditioned to have action or at least fast moving frames…

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A Hiker’s Quandry

“After we come to the realization that we are traveling down the wrong road we have to . . . look around for things to get us back on the correct road. Not seeing any, we have to backtrack working through the things we’ve just traveled through and reacquire our bearings to continue down the correct…

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Read Me Like a Book

Last night we overheard one neighbor talking to another neighbor about various people in our apartment community. Then she began obviously describing our family and talking about us. We were blessed and humbled by the kind words she said. I am sure there are times my words and actions do not always convey good messages…

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Happy Memorial Day & Happy Flag Day

Delana’s World wishes you a blessed Memorial Day weekend! Be safe! And don’t forget to fly the flag on Flag Day June 14! View: Freedom Rising Free to Lead See also: May 2013 Holidays and activities June 2013 Holidays and activities

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Long Journeys

“Mom, are we there yet?” If you are a mom of a child of speaking age, you have probably heard this more than you can count. I know about long journeys all too well. I’ve been on really long trans-Atlantic flights. I’ve taken cross-country road trips lasting a couple of weeks. I’ve been on ferryboats…