Reframing Your Season of Struggle

Jason Johnson Blog:

Jesus’ struggle on our behalf was not the result of His weakness, but the outcome of His faithfulness. It was Him willingly choosing the cost of our joy over the price of His pain. His suffering brings meaning to ours. His struggle brings purpose to ours. They remind us that the gospel is nothing if not the ability of Jesus to bring great beauty out of broken things.


The Grim Reality of Bathroom Door Locks


But it was no laughing matter when she explained to us why there's a lock on the outside of her bathroom door.  It seemed strange--after all, there's nothing worth stealing inside. Most people in Tanzania have pit toilets, and Lucy's house is no exception.  She explained that the government tells people to lock their bathrooms, so that women will not abandon their newborn babies to the depths of the pit.


Helping Others Understand Your Child's Needs

Lifesong for Orphans:

Do you have a child who has come from a hard place? Do you wish others who interact with your children better understood how to connect with them to help in their healing? Maybe you are frustrated with Sunday School teachers, babysitters, school teachers, parents of your child’s friends, or even some extended family because they just. don’t. get. it. ........


A Powerful Illustration of the Gospel

I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a powerful illustration of the Gospel as this video. Want to understand your adoption by your heavenly father better? Watch what Detective Mook does and worship your heavenly father?

A challenging adoption: “We end tonight with a detective who took on one of the most challenging cases of his career.”
A head-and-heart adoption: “Solving it took teamwork between his head and his heart.”
A merciful adoption: “Most of the kids who come into this gym are street-kids, many of them have been born into poverty.”
A searching adoption: “When they stopped showing up at the gym one day, Jack went out and found the older boy.”

10 Questions Adoptive Parents Ask

Lifesong for Orphans:

In the midst of the adoption process, you have applications to fill out, fingerprints to submit, case workers to call, plane tickets to schedule and lots of waiting. Then, you’re home. Now what? Maybe as an adoptive parent you feel alone after the strong camaraderie you felt from your church, friends, adoption agency and others settle. You long for support and direction on parenting a child from a hard place.
Enter Empowered to Connect, an organization committed to put resources into the hands of adoptive and foster parents.

Look Back at Adoption


What has gotten me so excited once again about adoption? It has been 14 years since we brought our first two children home, so you might think that the deep satisfaction and excitement might have worn into an every-day kind of thing.
But there come these special moments when I feel the Holy Spirit whispering to me, “Hey Beth, take a look at this! Are you seeing what I have been doing here? How beautiful is this?! Is not the love of God amazing?!”

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5 Steps to Adoption


For families who are just beginning the adoption process, the journey ahead can often feel daunting. While the miracle of adoption serves to restore the hope of a family to orphans around the world, the process can be full of waiting and uncertainty…not to mention a whole lot of paperwork! Although the adoption process can be long and difficult, it is well worth the journey. Here are five major steps in the adoption process to help you know what to expect:

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The Beauty and Brokenness of Foster Care

The Sparrow Fund

Everything…everything about foster care is equal parts good and bad, joy and sorrow, beauty and brokenness. It’s a good day when a child is placed in your home. It represents safety, security and an opportunity for a child to be loved and cared for in a way they likely would not have had available to them otherwise. It’s indeed a good day when a child is placed in your home – it’s also a really bad day.

Adoption Wisdom from Parents Who've Been There

Thanks for joining us these past weeks for our Adoption Journey Series. We’ve talked about post-adoption resources, funding options and how to thrive once they’re home. Today, listen in to some adoptive parents who have BEEN THERE. When asked to give one piece of advice that they would pass on to prospective adoptive parents, here is what some of our friends said…

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God's Sovereignty and a Nine Year Old

She told Doug and I a few weeks ago that whatever God’s sovereign plan is, it will be a Win-Win for her. 


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