It’s definitely been awhile. We have been absorbed in our home with taking care of our child with attachment disorder symptoms. God has given me some new concerns and passions during this period of time:
1) These children: God has a heart for the orphan and those who care for them. We should never take this lightly, and after watching my son process through his issues to figure out his purpose and God’s design in his life, I understand why God’s heart leans in this direction a bit more. It’s hard! They hurt. Their pain does turn into behaviors that can be scary at times, but it comes out of the pain of abandonment. God wants them to know He didn’t abandon them, and that’s hard to prove to a kid who feels the only one he can trust for his survival is himself.
2) These parents: These parents who love and hurt with these children need our prayerful support, not our judgment. We have had to float churches for a period of time for the reason that the church doesn’t get it. They think the behavior of the children is a simple behavioral issue (if there even is such a thing in any case). Sometimes they assume it’s bad parenting. But putting up with uninformed attitudes has sometimes put our son in a more difficult position than he needs to be. We recently received a call from an amazing youth pastor at a church we probably never would have visited. Our son had been going to youth group there. He said, “Please, will you send your son to camp with us?” Understand, I get the opposite request quite often, so this caught my attention. My husband and I met with him. We asked him if he really understood what it meant to keep a child like this with you for a number of days. He said, “Yes, I do. I work with three other families like yours, and we really do want to help.” Our son came back from camp having really met with God. That wouldn’t have happened without the love of this church toward our son.
Parents of attachment disorder children are probably the best parents you will ever meet. They certainly go through the war more than any other I’ve met. Pray with them.
3) Something is happening in me in my calling. It’s evolving (if I can use that word in it’s proper sense). I’ll keep you posted on that one.
I have a lot to say on this one. You’ll have to put up with me for awhile. 🙂
This is amazing especially understanding that a child’s view of God is greatly determined by her view of her dad. Teach your children to love and delight in God by creating moments that show you delight in them.
What a great idea! This web address offers lots of other ideas. Some are a little impractical, but most I think I’m going to try myself!
Avocado Tuna Salad
- 2 cans of flaked light tuna
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
- 1/2 cup chopped red onion
- 1/2 red apple, chopped
- 1/4 cup chopped, toasted walnuts
- 1 T pickle juice (or water-if using increase salt slightly)
- 1 tsp dried dill
- 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
- 1/4 tsp cumin
- salt and pepper, to taste
In a large bowl, mash up avocado with the back of a fork or potato masher. Combine all other ingredients and mix well. Serve on toasted bread (gluten-free if needed), on top of greens or enjoy it all by itself. Leftovers should keep for several days in the refrigerator.
Serves: 4 | Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Per serving: Calories: 146; Total Fat: 7g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 24mg; Sodium: 320mg; Carbohydrate: 8g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 2g; Protein: 15g
Nutrition Bonus: Potassium: 423mg; Vitamin A: 1%; Vitamin C: 17%; Iron: 4%; Calcium: 1%
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This time lapse of the stars is so breathtaking I couldn’t resist sharing it here. It was filmed in Spain at El Teide, Spain’s highest mountain. The music is “Nuvole Bianche”. I hope you enjoy it.
Last year a friend of mine brought brownies to our Sunday School class for snacks. We loved them. She didn’t tell us until we were through eating that they were healthy (vegan and gluten-free). We couldn’t believe it. She kept telling me that she would bring the recipe, but sigh… so I went in search. Then another friend of mine recently posted one on Facebook which somehow I lost. I’m not certain how that happened. So I found another one. I hope you like it
- 1 15 oz. can (~ 1 3/4 cups) black beans, well rinsed and drained
- 2 large flax eggs (2.5 T flaxseed meal + 6 T water)
- 3 T coconut oil, melted (or sub other oil of choice)
- 3/4 cup cocoa powder (the higher quality the better)
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- heaping 1/2 cup raw sugar, slightly ground or pulsed in a food processor or coffee grinder for refined texture
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- Optional toppings: crush walnuts, pecans or semisweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Lightly grease a 12-slot standard size muffin pan (not mini). Make sure you’ve rinsed and thoroughly drained your black beans at this point.
- Prepare flax egg by combining flax and water in the bowl of the food processor. Pulse a couple times and then let rest for a few minutes.
- Add remaining ingredients (besides walnuts or other toppings) and puree – about 3 minutes – scraping down sides as needed. You want it pretty smooth.
- If the batter appears too thick, add a Tbsp or two of water and pulse again. It should be slightly less thick than chocolate frosting but nowhere close to runny.
- Evenly distribute the batter into the muffin tin and smooth the tops with a spoon or your finger.
- Optional: Sprinkle with crushed walnuts, pecans or chocolate chips.
- Bake for 20-26 minutes or until the tops are dry and the edges start to pull away from the sides. I found mine took about 25.
- Remove from oven and let cool for 30 minutes before removing from pan. They will be tender, so remove gently with a fork. The insides are meant to be very fudgy, so don’t be concerned if they seem too moist – that’s the point. Plus, they’re vegan so it doesn’t really matter.
- Store in an airtight container for up to a few days. Refrigerate to keep longer.
nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 brownie; does not include toppings.
From: http://minimalistbaker.com/vegan-gluten-free-black-bean-brownies/ (06/04/2014)
Well,,,the short answer is NEVER. However, I am taking a break. What that means to the student in me, is I am still supervising the computer-based work my younger son is doing, and for me–I have time to deepen my studies directed toward my career (which has to do with eliminating environmental toxins from homes), history (His-story), and my Bible study. Knowing me, my mentoring will continue on this blog, but I’m not making appointments with people. I watched the Voddie Bacham video (Children of Ceasar) I posted last year on this blog tonight. I am passionate about training up children and equipping parents who feel (because God actually has already equipped us) ill-equipped. A little encouragement can go a long way toward feeling competent.
However, Bible study refuels me. Learning refuels me. I think that is usually the case when living your calling, but it’s really more than that. Anyone who knows my family well knows that the last five years have been pretty rough. When I study God’s Word, God brings it to mind when I need it. He comforts me with it. He encourages me with it.
Studying history is closely linked, because history is His story of redemption for us. Studying history enriches my study of the Word. It helps me understand context better. Through the study of history, I’ve learned that God’s story of our redemption didn’t end with Revelation. He’s still been working. I love studying about how His hand has continued to move through history. For Example, if you are a follower of Christ, read Foxes Book of Martyrs. Then as you read it a study of the nations and rulers involved helps to understand the context of the testimonies. A study of the French and Indian War and a read of Mary Rowland’s testimony in The Captivity and Restoration of Mary Rowlandson inspires my courage.
Hebrews 12:1 says, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sins that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” We find those witnesses through Bible and history study. They encourage and mark a path, so whether you are a homeschool mom in the trenches, a student, or just someone walking in The Way. “Study to show yourself approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed.” ….and then share your notes with me.