One Year Later

One Year Later

A year ago, today, I was a very different person. I struggled with fear and with what people thought about me.  I worried constantly about doing enough, being enough, finding enough to be truly happy. The abundant life, the peace, the joy I was promised seemed elusive. Things were, you know, fine. But I didn’t feel full of purpose. I had dreams that didn’t seem to make sense, and I felt a bit resigned to an ordinary existence. And then I stumbled across a crazy, far-fetched opportunity: invite a child into my home for four weeks. Open up my heart to a child without a mother and show her love. Step out of my comfort zone to show care for someone without comfort. Dig down deep to the bedrock of my beliefs to see if I trusted God enough to make this...

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Steps of Obedience

Steps of Obedience

“WHO is on the other side of your obedience?” Nancy Alcorn Here is how some simple steps of obedience have impacted the lives of others: Our family signed up to host because another family was selling books on a home school forum to raise money for their hosting fees. That same mama was praying that M would be hosted. She was a part of the answer to her own prayer. When we signed up to host, I started praying that other families in our area (and specifically from our church) to host. There was another mama from my church whom I had never met, who couldn’t host last Christmas, but she was praying that other people from our church would host. Her family hosted this summer. We were part of the answers to each others prayers. There was another mama that...

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Love Works

Love Works

One on the trickiest things I had to navigate when I became a host mom was how to treat my host daughter. I had planned and prepared for weeks before she came for winter hosting–praying for her, thinking about her, wondering what kind of person she was. And when she finally arrived and we had this beautiful, sweet girl depending on us …I was at a loss of how to act! At first we all rather awkwardly treated her as a guest. She was a stranger, after all. But I knew I had to lay aside my own feelings of awkwardness and insecurity and be willing to take a risk to show M love. I enrolled in a crash course on “Love is a Choice 101.” Although marriage and motherhood had taught me a few lessons, I needed the remedial course on showing love to...

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