“God doesn’t make mistakes. He has a particular place in mind for each and every one of us,” says Jen Bricker, author of Everything is Possible. Whether you are adopted or have adopted or simply have challenges in your life, you will be motivated and inspired by Jen’s book.
In the movie Beauty and the Beast, Belle must overcome her fear of the beast in order to not only free her father but to also set the Beast free. In life, sometimes the beasts we face are our own fears, such as the fears of failure, pain, suffering, death, heartache, disappointment, or closed doors.
Praying, waiting, not giving up…how do we persevere when the answer is wait or not now?
This Beth Moore quote on God’s timing and my attitude is something I wish I had seen during our adoption waiting. Many times during our decade-long journey of waiting for our daughter I struggled with God’s timing. God is outside of time. He sees the big picture. Sometimes we only see in hindsight,,,
As often as I must hear the children around me sing the song “Let it Go,” I couldn’t help but write my own parody based on our adoption journey. Some of you (especially those still on your journeys) may be able to relate to this adoptive parent’s parody of Idina Menzel’s song Let It Go.
When your journey is long or challenging or full of obstacles, what is the Velcro in your life that helps you hang on and not give up? Here are 4 tips for surviving long journeys (adoption or otherwise).
Joy is greatest when it follows the toughest trials. For a decade I prayed and cried over this verse: “Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5. I asked God when the night would be over and the morning come.
Christmas, adoption, and George Dennehy’s song “Have My Heart.” Christmas and adoption kind of go hand-in-hand.
My daughter took this self-portrait a few years ago. She definitely takes unique photos. What is extra stunning about this particular photo is that my daughter lost her right eye to cancer as an infant, so for her, a self-portrait focuses in on the eye she sees with. Here are three more pictures from her perspective…
The Psalmists just told God exactly how they were feeling. The good, the bad, the ugly. Then, they turned around and praised God through all of it.
“Waiting does not diminish us…but the longer we wait, the larger we become…the more joyful our expectancy.” Romans 8 — Read on for stories, poems, encouragement and hope during the wait…
Are you waiting? Don’t give up! Keep on waiting, trusting, hoping, believing! Love hopes, believes, bears (1 Cor 13). Be persistent, always pray, never give up (Luke 18). Especially for moms-in-waiting…
You want a child and don’t have one yet. Another friend invites you to a baby shower. You struggle emotionally and can’t seem to feel happy for her. Is it okay to feel angry?
My Paper Pregnancy Journal: A place for you to tell your adoption story with insights to guide you on your journey has arrived in time for you to bless a friend, family member, or yourself for the upcoming holiday. Telling your adoption story is an important part of the journey. And here is a book to help you do just that!
With prompts, quotes, inspiration, and lined pages all in one place to write about your adoption journey,
If you have been waiting on God to answer a prayer in your life, then this is for you. Your request and mine might be similar or might be very different, but the principle is the same. For me, I had been praying, waiting, hoping, and believing…
Tucked away within the pages of Nine Year Pregnancy, woven between the lines of the story, lies a poem about rest.
I appreciate the emails I received during my sabbatical from WordPress, Twitter, and Facebook. Here’s where you can catch up on how my week went… http://delanasworld.wordpress.com/2012/10/18/5-lessons-from-my-social-networking-sabbatical/ http://3daysatsea.wordpress.com/2012/10/18/heavenly-tweets/ Blessings, Delana
I’ll be giving you a little time to catch up on the adoption posts and excerpts. I hope you will stay in touch during my break! http://delanasworld.wordpress.com/2012/10/10/7-days-becoming-unplugged/ See you October 18th!
“And I too weak to grasp Your hand…” What do you do when you can’t hang on? When grief is too much?
Are you facing a seemingly impossible situation today?
Here is a 3-minute video clip of a speaking engagement in Pasadena, TX, about having perseverance, patience, and faith during the waiting.
Isn’t that the millionaire dollar question? Why so much red tape? Why does the journey have to take so long.
Where are you on the adoption journey? Are you going through a difficult part (pre or post adoption)?
–Delana H. Stewart Eleven years ago, we were halfway through our decade of waiting for our daughter. Had we known it was only halfway we would have likely given up. While I experienced a season of hurt and long-suffering, wondering if God had heard my prayers, I know it was nothing like the suffering and…
—By: Delana H. Stewart Just read an article about a family whose adoption wait is finally over! Their journey was a long one, four years. I can relate to long journeys. The father, Mr. Kahler, said something that especially resonated with me: “God is never late, he’s never early, he’s exactly right on time,” Mike…