A very personal story

I barely know where to begin. The last few years have been a whirlwind of events. Four years ago, God called us to bring a teenager into our home and pursue adoption. After disappointment after disappointment, we found our precious son. The was almost 2 years ago. As many of you know, he came to live with us and there were a series of ups and downs.

A few months back, our precious boy decided that he didn’t want a family, but wanted freedom to pursue harmful things. He chose to walk away.

You can imagine how that affected the family. He was son and brother.

We all fully trust that God is in control and is sovereign in all things.87273ccb5c71f4bad842039a160479c1 We will always be here for him and love him. We know that life moves in waves of change. It’s not always easy, but clinging to God is what we do. As I read story after story in the Bible of those God used and chose to highlight, I felt such a mix of emotions. Mostly, I felt Him holding me tightly and whispering His perfect love into my ear as I wept. We are not called to ease and comfort. We are called to obey, and we did. We do. We will.

As we worked through some really difficult things, my blog was put on hold. I thank you all for your words, emails, letters, boxes, etc… of encouragement. I am praying that in this new “wave” of my life, I will have a chance to return and do what I love so much. As always, your prayers are welcomed!!!

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Some changes…

Hey, guys! I am writing this with a really heavy heart. We’ve had some personal things come up and I will not be able to attend the big Readers’ Retreat in Nashville. I was looking forward to meeting so many of you and enjoying all the festivities! It’s a good thing I know that God gives us what will make us that happiest when we are seeking His will and His wisdom. I never want to be anywhere else 🙂

Please be praying for us as we are working through some big things. (My marriage is FABULOUS! It’s not that!!! In fact, I am the luckiest woman in the WORLD to be married to my Jared <3) Anyway, pray for us to have wisdom and peace in all things. That would mean so much to me 🙂

I look forward to the next time we can all get together! If it’s not here, it will be a grand banquet and celebration in Heaven! woot woot! THAT I can’t wait for! For REALZ!

Who’s the New Kid? — How an ordinary mom helped her daughter overcome childhood obesity – and you can too!

by Heidi Bond with Jenna Glatzer

What a beautiful story! Heidi, had never learned anything about nutrition and exercise so, they just ate whatever they wanted whenever they wanted. Her daughter, Breanna, was in 3rd grade and already hitting 180+lbs. Heidi tried everything she could think of and prayed, prayed, prayed. Through a lot of research, common sense and answered prayer, Breanna has lost all of her excess weight and even made the Junior Olympics in swimming!!

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This is an incredible journey that will keep you turning the pages. There are so many great side notes on nutrition, labels, exercising ideas and much more. It even includes a 40-Day Meal and Exercise Plan. Heidi’s brutal honesty is so refreshing.

I know that a lot of people have their opinions on how she gained so much weight, how her mom handled it and everything else. However, I think that we, as mothers, need to be more supportive of each other instead of making it a competition. We can’t possibly know what is best for her family when we aren’t part of it. It’s unreasonable to think that you have better answers. So, please just encourage each other and pray for each other. Heidi and Breanna are beautiful pictures of listening to God and watching Him get the glory.

Thank you, Litfuse, for this wonderful book! As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!

Please Remember!!

prayer11I would be SO HONORED if you would allow me to pray for you! You can email me at:

aTransParentMom@gmail.com

It can be anonymous, ugly, heartbreaking and crushing. I would love to pray with you and for you. Please don’t hesitate to use that email for anything you would like me to talk to God about. You don’t even have to tell me your name OR the problem. Just say, “PRAY FOR ME!!”.

God knows and that’s good enough!! When there’s more than one praying, it just makes it easier. I would love to do that for you, friend ❤

Q & A’s with David Nowell


A few weeks back, I did a review of the book Dirty Faith. I hope that EVERYONE took my recommendation and picked up a copy for yourself and one for a friend.

I asked the author, David Z. Nowell, a few questions about his ministry, so I would like to share the info with you, plus some fun question/answer too (: You know I have to enjoy life!

He runs an incredible ministry helping children that have nobody else. Being Jesus to them. The face of God. In other words, he doesn’t show up on a short term mission trip, tell them he loves them and then disappear, thus leaving the message that God is the same way. I am CERTAINLY not against short term missions, I just believe that we are to be faithful in whatever area God wants us to be and remain steady. It can be anywhere, but follow through and show love that doesn’t go away.

I have added a list of categories (with links included) so you can see what different areas that are addressed on the website.

1. How do you guys spend Christmas, holidays, birthdays, etc…with such a large group?

David – The same way we would with a smaller group. our kids are divided into families, with each family having 12-16 children in the own home on campus. We celebrate family time within the context of these smaller group. 

2.  Do you take on interns?

David – Rarely, It would have to be someone fluent in Portuguese, or having the intern would be more work than contribution.

3. What is one of the funniest stories you have? I am sure there are plenty! Kids are always full of fun!

David – See http://www.davidznowell.com/oh-lord-hear-my-prayer/

Charity – I see! Please check out the website for some great info on what’s going on there. Plenty of fun and incredible stories!

4. Is something like that home a possibility in the States? We have tried to adopt teenagers for almost 4 years now, with absolutely no luck. We passed our home study with high reviews. Social workers don’t want to get around to it.

David – I am not sure it would; there would be a lot of culture to overcome. Have you talked to the folks at Bethany Christian Services? Another option would be to attend the Christian Alliance for Orphans Summit in Nashville, and meet some of the adoption orgs there.

Charity – Thank you! We actually are going through Bethany Christian Services and they are wonderful. It happens to be the state workers that THEY have to deal with that are problematic. I have not heard of the event in Nashville! Something to pray about, for sure!

5. Weirdest food you’ve had to eat there?

David – Really, nothing too weird. Brazilian prepare wonderful foods, with heavy emphasis on grilled meat and great desserts.

6. Does your family enjoy life at Hope Unlimited?

David – We actually live in the US. My daughters are grown, but my wife absolutely loves to travel to campus in Brazil with me.


I want to thank David again for taking time to talk to me. Please check out the website and his book (which was just released!) The link for his book is in the pic at the top of this post.

http://www.davidznowell.com/

You know, health and stuff…

I’ve had a rough go of it lately. I just want you to know that I am so thankful for those of you that have been praying for me and sending me notes of encouragement. I have greatly needed your support.

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/65/be/e6/65bee62b05fc354bf29e3c7d30151f8d.jpgIf you aren’t familiar with my health problems, you can read this post. For some reason, it has really accelerated over the last year and I have become a shell of who I used to be. I struggle to make it through each day. I am so thankful that God is in control. I am so thankful that he is sovereign enough to take care of everything around me while I try to find a balance of pain medicine and natural health supplements.

I would like to request prayers from my sweet friends, if you don’t mind. I could really use it. I love my life and my family and all that God has given me. I just wish I could enjoy them more. Instead, I am declining so quickly, it is hard to enjoy. If I didn’t have a God holding me, I wouldn’t have made it this far.

I cling to Scriptures that I know to be true. My God is truly faithful.

I have always loved this imagehttps://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/d9/45/f2/d945f296acf35029c59fa148d6221921.jpg because it represents so much. It shows Him holding “me”. It shows the mallet in “my” hand that nailed Him to the cross because of my sin. It shows His great love and passion for “me”.  It also shows “my” weariness and weakness and how much I need Him to hold me.

I don’t want pity. I am happy and know that God chose this path for me to be brought the most glory. I am completely ok with that. I just would love the prayers and love so that I can feel encouraged. Even Paul had a “thorn in the flesh”, right? So, no worries on that account. Again, just pray for my spirits to be encouraged

Thanks guys (:

Urgent Prayer Need

Please Copy and Paste this Email and PRAY!!

10.23.14

Urgent Prayer Need

It is with tears in my eyes that I type this email. I received word this morning from missionary friends that ISIS has moved into new towns. They are going house to house and asking the children to denounce Christ – not a single child has, as of yet. They are then killing the children in front of their parents and leaving the parents alive.

My heart breaks but remains filled with hope in Christ. As I “pray for those that persecute you” I am reminded that we are each engaged in this battle. It is not a battle for land but souls. Ephesians 6:12 reminds us that “our struggle is not against flesh and blood…” ISIS and the people doing these horrendous acts are not the enemy. They are blinded by Satan. We need to pray for their freedom in Christ. But, we also need to pray for our brothers and sisters that are standing in the strength of our LORD. We must remember that though the battle is far more subtle here at home, it is the same battle – there, the weapon is fear and persecution. Here the weapon is the lullaby. We must awaken that we are here to make disciple-makers by proclaiming the only Good News for this world – JESUS!

Please pray and forward this to others to pray. Below I’ve attached actual email communications that came in this morning.

A Text Message from today:

“We lost the city of Queragosh (Qaraqosh). It fell to ISIS and they are
beheading children systematically. This is the city we have been smuggling
food to. ISIS has pushed back Peshmerga (Kurdish forces) and is within 10
minutes of where our CRI team is working. Thousands more fled into the city of
Erbil last night. The UN evacuated its staff in Erbil. Our team is unmoved and
will stay. Prayer cover needed!” Please pray sincerely for the deliverance of
the people of Northern Iraq from the terrible advancement of ISIS and its
extreme Islamic goals for mass conversion or death for Christians across this
region. May I plead with you not to ignore this email. Do not forward it
before you have prayed through it. Then send it to as many people as possible.
Send it to friends and Christians you may know. Send it to your prayer group.
Send it to your pastor and phone him/her to pray on Sunday during the service
– making a special time of prayer for this. We need to stand in the gap for
our fellow Christians.
Thank you for all your prayers !!!!”

An email from the field

Missionaries who are in the areas that are being attacked by ISIS are asking
to be showered in prayer. ISIS has taken over the town they are in today. He
said ISIS is systematically going house to house to all the Christians and
asking the children to denounce Jesus. He said so far not one child has. And
so far all have consequently been killed. But not the parents. The UN has
withdrawn and the missionaries are on their own. They are determined to stick
it out for the sake of the families – even if it means their own deaths. They
are very afraid, have no idea how to even begin ministering to these families
who have had seen their children martyred. Yet he says he knows God has called
them for some reason to be His voice and hands at this place at this time.
Even so, they are begging for prayers for courage to live out their vocation
in such dire circumstances. And like the children, accept martyrdom if they
are called to do so. These brave parents instilled such a fervent faith in
their children that they chose martyrdom. Please surround them in their loss
with your prayers for hope and perseverance.

— Sent from ChristianSurfers.com