hope, faith, inspiration, scripture

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. Advertisements

field, Thailand, Fathers

Loved No Less

(An adopted child’s Father’s Day tribute.) We often hear about birthmothers and the need (especially around Mother’s Day) for an adopted child to have time to think about, pray for, or send a card and picture to the birthmother. We do not often hear about Father’s Day and biological or “birth” fathers. Maybe because in…

pregnancy, labor, waiting

Ketchup and Traffic Lights

Heinz ketchup used to have a commercial jingle that talked about anticipation making us wait. Traffic lights make us wait. Both are red. Therefore, red must equal waiting. Red could also describe paper cuts in the “paper pregnancy” of the adoption journey!

dark night, starless night, city lights

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…

palm trees, Palm Sunday, Hallelujah

The Stately Palm

The Palm   From my bedroom window Between two, white plastered Houses, Stands the stately date palm High above it all— And down the wall, Cascading fuchsia bougainvillea Like a waterfall. Weathering summer heat and Winter winds, The stately palm waves its limbs Shouting Hallelujahs To its Maker The King.   DH Stewart January 2005…

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?…

Every Mom Can Blog, Pinterest

Every Mom Can Blog

By: Delana H. Stewart  Every mom can blog . . . but not every mom can blog well. Here are 6 tips for how to improve your blog.  1.       Choose an interesting theme. The theme sets the stage of your blog. Will it read like a newspaper? Will it mostly display photos? How will the…

Hugs, Home, Gates, Gardens

Free Hugs

by: Delana H. Stewart Free Hugs   When we visited Thailand a month or so ago, we went to the Sunday bazaar. Out in front of the gate stood a scraggly-bearded man with a shirt that read “Free Hugs.” He did not seem to be getting many takers, but it reminded me how often we…

stained glass, heart, love

The Keeper of My Heart

Heartsong Three: The Keeper of My Heart How deep the thoughts that flow from me, puzzling, yet freeing. Oh, the wonder of Your love for me, the wonder of it all. To make You love me more, not a thing I can do. Nor anything to cause You to love me less. To see the…

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Putting Down Roots

No more moving. No more goodbyes. All my loved ones in one place. Sounds like heaven to me! I was re-reading and contemplating an old post To Be Deracinated, regarding being uprooted. I thought about the joy that will be mine when I reach the place Jesus is preparing for me where I no longer…

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A Window of Many Colors

Windows can be for looking through or looking at. Through windows . . . or on windows . . . we can see stories unfold. Sometimes, even words can be windows . . . windows to the soul. Here is a picture of a huge stained glass window in an old church in Beaumont, TX…

Media Kit

Media Kit Last Quarter 2013 ___________________________________________________ About Delana H. Stewart & Delana’s World Delana H. Stewart lives and works in the Middle East as an education consultant, home-school mom, writer, and speaker. Her goal for blogging at Delana’s World is to live transparently and provide encouragement to others. Delana desires to live a Christ-centered, joy-filled…

2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 8,700 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many…

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Let There Be Joy

I have learned to find joy in challenges and trials, though it is not easy to see. But for this week’s photo challenge I have chosen moments in my life where joy was easy to see . . . This week’s photo challenge is “Joy.”                    …

Not of This World

To Bethlehem the couple came. And in a stable stopped to rest. In straw, by animals so tame, A mom gave birth to child, with zest. The baby Jesus was his name. To save our souls, His given quest. He came to darkness bringing light. For aching hearts and crying souls; And as a servant…

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.…