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 mixedContinue 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 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 andContinue 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 pushesContinue 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 mattersContinue reading…