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I am a wife, daughter, mother, bilingual teacher, poet, author, women's Bible study teacher, world traveler, orphan advocate, and an adoptive mother.  Our adoption journey has been filled with a lot of hurt and loss, along with even more hope, grace, and healing.  Through it we have experienced more of God than we ever bargained for and have watched Him miraculously redeem our story when we surrendered all the broken pieces to Him.

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Friday, January 1, 2016

A different approach

I'm going to break my tradition on my blog today in an effort to stick with my new "less is more" focus.

I am not making resolutions or setting a bunch of goals. Last year I wrote that I wanted to budget more effectively so I wasn't caught off guard as much by all the boys' expenses, and I wanted to give more. Then four months into the year, Mike lost his job and stayed unemployed for nearly five months. Instead of giving more, God put us in a position to receive more from Him than we ever imagined. Instead of living securely by a carefully planned budget, we had to live week by week, month by month, not knowing where the money might come from to keep up with the expenses of raising two teenage boys.

Not quite the year I had envisioned. It never is, though.

So here is my verse for today, one I hope to claim for the year ahead. It is on a notecard, stapled to the wall in my prayer corner, along with a written prayer underneath.

Psalm 118:24-- This is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.

Thank you, God, for everything on the calendar today, for the life I am blessed to live, and the people I am blessed to know. 

My motto for this year: take it one day at a time, with a grateful heart. Make each and every day count.

(I guess another way to say it might be, "Stop planning and start living." As we've recently seen with the tornado, you never know what tomorrow might bring.)

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