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Joy, Peace and Faithfulness

 

 

All three of these are on repeat in my mental playlist this season. All three (along with others) are posted where I continually & physically SEE them to serve as reminders.

I realized this was the third year I have sat at the hospital bedside of one of our precious treasures fighting for their lives. Though it saddens me deeply for our children to endure the suffering, the thought in and of itself didn’t sadden me. It reminded me. It served as a reminder that no matter where we are, what circumstances surrounds us, how our emotions cause us to FEEL; no matter how muddled or messed up life can seem…truth remains and never changes. Christ remains the very same.
Jesus, The Savior of the world came. Joy remains. He is our hope. He is our joy.
He is here. He is with us. And without Christ, there is no Christmas – today in this season or the tomorrow’s of the new year.
Christmas is “Christ with us”. We CAN rejoice in that no matter what!

“A thrill of hope, a weary world rejoices
for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.”

“Fall on your knees.” (Pause to adore Him. Praise Him for He is worthy. Pray to Him, He is here.)

Immanuel, “Christ with us”.
(He left the 99 for us. For you. For me).
Oh, how He loves you and me.
#christmasischristwithus #Immanuel #HeIS

#MLitZke #purposelylookingtoHim #purposelypointingtoHim #lifeisagift #weGETtodothis

 

Mandy

Never Changing

Foster parent life is hard.
Juggling family and kids and all of the other hats that we wear as moms is hard.
Running a nonprofit is hard.
Trying to maintain friendships and self-care is hard.

There are days when things are overwhelming, and we just don’t feel like we can juggle it all. And lately with the holidays and everything else going on I feel that more often than not. My schedule is insanely ridiculous right now and I am not saying that to bring myself glory in anyway or anything like that, because they are all opportunities that God has put in place and I don’t take that lightly. But the reality of it is, it’s overwhelming because God has a lot more faith in what I can do then I have in myself… And so I’m constantly having to remind myself that God created me for this and that he won’t give me more than I can handle.

I went to church couple weeks ago and there was this song that had been written that they were doing and it was a game changer for me… the chorus said “Your good and you never change” and THAT blew my mind because in the midst of all of my crazy and all of stuff God is still faithful and he never changes.

There’s something about knowing that… because I know that, but hearing it just did something. So friends I challenge you today to rest in the fact that whether you can see God’s goodness and his faithfulness or not know that he is. The story behind the song was told and part of that story was a prayer that she used to help her get through some of the darkest times in her life… And that was simply that God would overwhelm the thing that was overwhelming her. That’s so powerful.

So hear me say, even if church and God aren’t really your thing… know that there’s people around you that you can share your stories with when you’re feeling overwhelmed, because it’s true we all get OVERWHELMED.

You’re in a good fight mama keep up the work that you’re doing…one day at a time….

Love you!

 

 

Danyelle

Where are you on the journey?

 

Mandy blog pic edited

 

 

Look at this picture closely. This caught my attention and became a subtle reminder of a few critical lesson of life:

  • We need each other
  • So much more can be accomplished when we do “life” together
  • We are all at different levels…different “steps” of the journey
  • The freedom.. JOY (all pun intended) that comes from when we let go, risk it in faith and know He’s got you! #ouryesisonthetable

Are you scared, fearful, like the first child on the left to take that 1st step? #paigeypie

Are you the encourager/prayer warrior for those unsure: fearful of the unknown? Or are you the one who is ready to take the leap now in obedience and total faith? #MLitzKe #riskingfaith #doinglifetogether.

 

Mandy

 

Child Of God Headbands For Everyone

The recent account of the Damario Davis a football player who did something simple and yet powerful.  He wore a headband that read “Man Of God”.  I loved his bravery of sharing who he was and was glad when the articles started appearing saying that he was not fined, charges were dropped, and he is free to express himself.

 

It did get me thinking on the subject though.  What did it mean to him to wear this headband identifying himself as God’s Child.  I am sure to him he felt that it “set him apart” as chosen, which he is, and I love the idea.  More than the idea I love what the message says to others.  When we wear clothing that is a certain style we represent our taste in clothing.  We may wear a cross necklace, a shirt with scripture on it, but this got me thinking deeper than that.

 

What if whenever we looked at someone at work, at home, on the street, they were all wearing a headband that says “Child of God”?  What would that do inside of us?  Would we take notice?  Would it be the best reminder ever that holds us to account for the way we treat them or think about them?  I know personally I sometimes need a reminder to choose to remember that my husband is a Child of God, my children are a Child of God, my acquaintances are a Child of God, the person I am having a huge disagreement with is a Child of God.

 

Seeing the story of the headband made me realize and gave me an important reminder that being a Child of God is who I am as well.  I am valuable, necessary, needed, loved, important, capable, gifted, healed, and I was bought with a great price of sacrifice by a God who chooses not just to label me Child of God but chooses to remind me of who I am daily when I choose to listen.  Oh friend, there are hard days.  Days when we can’t see our true identity.  We look in the mirror and are lost in the lies of the enemy.  We can’t see truth and on those days what would happen if in the mirror there appeared a headband reminding us you are a Child of God?

 

Dawn Wright

“Eyes Up Here, Please!”

If you’ve been round the adoption community for long at all, or read any books on trauma, I don’t have to tell you that transitions can be hard for the little people in our lives (and let’s be honest, they’re hard for us, too). Knowing this, it should be of no surprise to us that every year, as school starts back up, unusual behaviors frequently pop up. But for some reason it is.

Back in May, my girls started doing CrossFit twice a week. The thought was that it would be fantastic for my sensory seeking 7-year-old to get the deep inputs that she needs (and would help my 10-year-old with some much-needed strength training). The week before school started, the coach and I were talking about the incredible progress that we were seeing – the first few weeks, I had to stand beside Callie to keep her focused and engaged, and now she was fully participating, and not needing my attention. And then school started. Of the 4 classes since then, one found her rolling on the floor screaming because she didn’t want to do it, another had her doing the exact opposite of what the coach would say (jump left, she’d go right, stand up, she’d sit down), and the other 2, well, it seemed as if every other sentence out of the coach’s mouth was, “Callie, eyes up here please.” Each time I heard her name called, my body instinctively cringed, ready to unload deep apologies for the lack of focus. When I ask her about what’s going on, she usually responds, “I just don’t know, Mommy. My insides are all confused, and I can’t sort them out.”

If I’m fair, I struggle, too. I like routine and predictability. I like to have my plan. But if I’ve learned one thing from this adventure I’m on, God likes to keep changing things up and checking on my commitment and obedience. Heck, I’m now the single mama of 2 girls born on the other side of the world and still waiting for my Prince Charming to show up! When I struggle with parenting, next-steps in ministry, or a myriad of other areas and, like Callie, “my insides are all confused,”, I have developed some unhealthy coping skills – like turning to a bag of chips or camping out on the couch in front of the Hallmark Channel.

There is a better solution than Callie letting it all out or me burying it all inside. Just like Callie’s coach, the Lord is saying to each of us, “eyes up here please”:

 “I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.”
Psalm 121:1-4

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
2 Corinthians 12:9-10

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Isaiah 41:10

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
Proverbs3 :5-6

 

Jennifer