Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. Matthew 7:24 Have you ever wondered if a storm as huge as Hurricane Harvey hit your faith, would your faith stand? What if it hit our kids' faith, will theirs stand? When our children are young, we help them build the foundation of knowing the Word of God and its … [Read more...] about PRINCIPLE 3: Be Doers of the Word, Not Hearers Only
I will never forget the day when I encountered Jesus. On this day prayer became more than just words. With our refrigerator barren and our cupboards empty, we were without food or money. We were in a desperate place, in need of a miraculous provision. My mother gathered us to pray. She had a real faith - a genuine, childlike trust that God would answer our prayers and that we can come to him … [Read more...] about Principle 2: Pursue Real Encounters with Jesus
Hello! I'm Rebecca. Welcome to Real Life Surprises. Do you want purpose, compassion, and joy in your everyday life? Do you need help focusing on what really matters? This blog is for you. The truth is that it is so easy to get side tracked from the things that are important. So many things feel urgent. We unknowingly (and knowingly) focus away from the things that really matter because it … [Read more...] about Welcome to My Blog
*You don't want to miss the first lesson on Effective Fostering. Go to Lesson 1: Know Thy Self and be on the road to smart and effective fostering.* The telephone rang. “Please bring Johnny to the DCFS office within an hour. The court has ordered reunification.” “I'm sorry what?! I thought you recommended against reunification? I thought you thought it was really unlikely it would be … [Read more...] about Lesson 2: Get comfortable with ambiguity and ask for clarity.
Starting on the foster journey? Welcome. January 22, 2015, is a date that I will remember for a long time. It is the date we received our first foster placement. To me, it feels a little like the date that I gave birth as a surrogate. At 7:30 pm, we welcomed into our home and into our hearts twin eight-month-olds. We didn't think we can handle twins but with God's grace and lots of help from … [Read more...] about Introduction to the 10 Foster Care Tips to Effective Fostering
Bed in place? Check! Dresser in place? Check! A stuffed animal ready for snuggles? Check! Locks in place? Check! Kitchen knives put away? Check! Our house has cleared the last walk through. We have been certified. We are ready! So, we think. My husband and I thought so. But, we learned some hard but important lessons on becoming effective foster parents. Many of us enter fostering excited, … [Read more...] about Lesson 1: Know Thyself – Limitations and Capacity