I vividly remember the moment I first experienced the tension between a call to mother and a desire for the call to be a mother. This tension of desire and reality has led me to deeper understanding for God’s design for embodied womanhood lived in light of the call to follow Jesus.
Daily, I pray for God to show me what I need to see and be aware of. I pray for God to give me His perspective and insight. As I am with people, the Holy Spirit might prompt me to speak to a woman and listen to her and see her.
While praying for my husband's ex-wife this morning, I had a realization: I can trust God and rest in His goodness, even when what He allows isn't what I wanted.
God took my faith crisis and brought me an invitation to know Him deeper, know Him fuller, know Him in a new way than I had previously. God is not in a rush, and he is giving me the time to embrace Him once again, to worship Him as the child of God that I am.
I always tell my patients that attention problems are like a fever – they simply tell us something is going on in the brain or body. Determining the cause requires further investigation. For instance, we may have a fever because we have the flu, and sometimes we feel like we have a fever, yet it’s actually a sunburn. Similarly, sometimes attention problems are caused by ADHD, and sometimes they are caused by other mental health conditions (such as depression, anxiety, or traumatic stress) and/or physical findings (such as nutrient deficiencies, heavy metal toxicity, or chronic pain, etc.).
Have you noticed that apart from the historically liturgical branches of the Christian Church very few people use the Lord’s Prayer on a regular basis as a guide in their communion with God? I know I haven’t. Yet, Jesus said “this, then is how you should pray.” Maybe we are missing something. Wouldn’t it be a good idea to pay attention to the guidance of Jesus?
In my haste to feed a longing for satisfaction, I ignored my soul and overstuffed my flesh.
It didn't come as a sudden epiphany, that my soul was thin and needed plumping up. Rather, it was a slow revelation. Small moments of light shining on dark places of my heart.
When I recall that season, it still brings tears. My sweet daughter suffered so much and our entire family suffered with her. But, I also see the faithfulness of God holding us together when we were falling apart, I see His hand guiding our steps when we were at a loss, and I can attest to the fact that His love never fails.
Being a foster parent will not make you more or less valuable in the kingdom of God. It is, however, an excellent way to pick up your cross and follow Christ.
The very existence of a child in need of adoption was necessitated by tragedy. Each adopted or fostered child has experienced trauma in their lives. They have either forever or temporarily lost their primary caregivers and attachment figures. In this unstable environment, their attachment is likely to be insecure.