Thursday, September 6, 2018

Eat the Fish...

...and spit out the bones!


 O God, how you continue to stretch, grow and call me  beyond the smooth edges of my comfort zone!

 You draw me to jagged edges and out of bounds of anything familiar.

 One day I will get it  … or maybe not.  But my life is yours, and I'm certain that if I understood every step it would require absolutely no faith.

 You have placed so many in my path whose knowledge and wisdom I have rejected... simply because we disagree, sometimes on big matters but oftentimes on things of no consequence.

 You are teaching me that we all have something to offer, and we all certainly have much to learn.

My mentor shared this quote with me yesterday,  "eat the fish, and spit out the bones. "

 ❤You know who you are❤

 You, Father, are teaching me that I can read authors who share different views on theology than I, listen to Podcasts I don't get, enjoy conversation with those who share different views.  Why?

1.  We all have something to offer.
2.  We all have much to learn.
3.  We have the ability to leave every place better then we found it.
4.  We can always choose kindness.
5.  We can always choose joy.
6.  We can choose the lens through which we see others, no matter our upbringing.
7.  Our priorities are evidenced by our actions, not our words.
8.  We were made for community.
9.  Our days are a mere vapor in the scheme of time.
10.  We have one life on this Earth…
So by all means, please take me outside my tidy borders and smooth edges.  Let me have the privilege of partaking of all the fish and the discernment of spitting out the bones.

For Your glory!

Monday, April 30, 2018

Finishing Strong!

School's out in 8 days, 3.5 hours...but who's counting😜

You know the drill: banquets,  concerts, field trips, parties and such. 

Can I just say, I am not finishing strong.  There may be backpacks untouched since Friday, banquet RSVPs forgotten,  camp enrollments incomplete, permission forms lost... and yet, we go on. Thanks to the grace (and reminders) from amazing teachers.

I want to do all things well, I really do! But my flesh fails me. I stumble, fall and pick myself up again...and again. 

Soon, like in 8 days, 3.5 hours, we will be free to toss the backpacks, file the notes, turn off the alarm and sleep till 10.🤣 Who am I kidding?!?!  There will still be life and the events and re-formulated structure that summer break brings. 

There will still be appointments, summer school, meals (, camps, harvest and lots of family time❤

Fortunately, I don't have to do it alone! Certainly, there are many hands in our home, but the greatest strength comes from my Heavenly Father. See, He promised me (and you!) long ago that He would never leave nor forsake me! His promises aren't dependent upon my circumstances, the seasons, my feelings or even my abilities!

If I begin to look around me and compare myself to others, I can easily lose focus of His promises and who He created me to be. Even when I struggle to get all things done in a day, a week or at the end of the school year, I don't have to beat myself up and stay in the trenches of despair and discouragement! He is an amazing Father, and He is with me always, even when He must carry me!

To HIM be all glory!

Connie J

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Dusting Off the Blog

Admittedly, it's been so long since I've blogged that I don't know where to start. But this I do know: our hearts and lives have been forever changed in recent months.

There have been ashes, and there has been beauty. We are committed to this incredible journey of life, no matter how bumpy.

So, my first post is dedicated to advocating for two precious little boys who are dear to us. These precious boys are waiting for their families, and we desperately hope to find them!

His agency is very happy to get to advocate for sweet Jeremiah once again! Get ready to be mesmerized by this two year old’s adorable chunky little cheeks! Jeremiah is a Special Focus (SF) child listed on the agency's individual list and has been diagnosed with cerebral agenesis. Jeremiah lives with a foster family in a large Asian country. He is a cheerful and active little boy who loves to smile and laugh. Jeremiah is curious about toys that make sounds, he especially loves to listen to music and play the drum. Jeremiah’s favorite toys are the drum, toy car, and rubber ball. Jeremiah has begun walking around and is working on exercising his fine motor skills by manipulating small objects. He can crawl up and down the stairs, and is quick to explore the world around him. He loves interacting with others and being held by his caretakers. Some of Jeremiah’s favorite foods are yogurt, fruit puree, and milk with rice powder. Jeremiah is an expressive boy and can communicate his needs with simple words. He loves attention and affection, especially from his foster mother. Jeremiah needs a family who will give him the attention he’s been craving and care for his medical needs as he grows older. Do you have room in your home and heart for this little boy?

Please contact me for more information!  Feel free to email me. 

This sweet boy lives in Asia and attends kindergarten. He has arthrogryposis. 

This little guy has such a sparkly personality. He would be a beautiful addition to any family. Please contact me for more information.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Time to resurrect the blog

Am I crazy?

You betcha! I've missed blogging so much. And even though we are in one of the busiest seasons of life, I believe that blogging again will be an incredible Outlet for me, and hopefully an encouragement to you!

So hang on tight because it might be a bumpy ride😉

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