Calling on God is Just a Whisper Away

So happy that you found us! If you’re new to Your Life Reframed, you can sign up to receive posts directly to your inbox. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, so you don’t miss a thing. I’m guilty of it. Yes, I’m embarrassed to say that in times of distress I too can spiral down into a “desperate” mode. Being in this mode can feel as if you are alone in the world of mixed emotions… with no one to hold you, to care for you, to understand your pain. Can you relate? The past two weeks have beenContinue reading…

Living in Uncertainty: A Desperate Need for Hope

With huge anticipation, I stare out the window and wait for my father. It’s the day of my first communion. I long for him to hug me and celebrate this day with me. My mother rushes me to get ready. We head out to church. I search, but my father isn’t there yet. As the group begins to walk up to the altar, I look around hoping to get a glimpse of my father. I was not successful. In my naïve little mind, I still hoped he would be home when I arrived. We arrive home and he is notContinue reading…

Embracing My New Name

This week, I was reminded of something God spoke to me at my first youth retreat. I had completely forgotten about it. I guess I’m a bit stubborn, but I believe that God’s timing is perfect. And the time is now. During this youth retreat, the Lord gave me a new name – Joy. As I heard those words, I dismissed them quickly. I was not a happy, joyous person. In fact, I felt depressed, down and hopeless. I needed God desperately and I longed to hear Him tell me I was loved and accepted. Instead, He told me IContinue reading…

Defining Compassionate Parenting

Compassionate Parenting Challenge: Day 2 What is Compassionate Parenting? Yesterday, we discussed the three Biblical principles of Compassionate Parenting. With these principles in mind, I have defined Compassionate Parenting as the intentional act of nurturing relationship with our child through love and forgiveness. Your relationship your child is a beautiful gift. Therefore, it must be built on love and compassion. If you want to influence your child, there must be safety in the relationship. Remember, fear pushes away, but love holds close. There is so much to say about this topic (maybe a video in the future). For now, rememberContinue reading…

Time to Say Goodbye

This Friday our family said goodbye to our 8-year-old foster child. She was with us for a little over four months, but it seemed like we had known her for a long time. Saying goodbye can sometimes be difficult. Will we ever see her again? Will she be okay? Will she remember us? Did we do enough? These are some of the questions I found myself pondering. Truth is, it doesn’t matter what I think. What matters is that our heavenly Father loves her and He is in control of her life. Declining to adopt her into our family wasContinue reading…

Why Is This Happening to Me?

Have you ever asked yourself this question before? I know I have… many times. Let me share something very personal with you. I’ve been married for 12 years now to a wonderful man of God. From the beginning, we both wanted children. Two years into our marriage we found out we were not able to conceive. Six years later, we began looking into our options, which failed miserably. I won’t give you all the details, but just know that it’s been one of the most difficult times in my life. During that time, we had moved to another city, awayContinue reading…