This week, many of our readers are joining Marva and I in our challenge to Wake Up to Gratitude. We had a fantastic response to our email series and this week I am in prayer every day for the women who signed up. I am praying that a spirit of gratitude sinks deep into their souls. That they grab on tightly to the weapon of gratitude and use it against every last bit of yuck the enemy throws at them. I pray they choose gratitude over disappointment – what is rather than what isn’t. And I pray they claim the victory available in Jesus every single day.
Would you pray with me?
In the spirit of gratitude, I shared a post last week over at Leslie Newman’s Journey to Imperfect. Leslie and I have a heart for those who haven’t yet embraced the full truth of how wonderfully created they are in Christ. We both speak on the power of knowing our identity in Christ and how it refutes the messages we receive about ourselves from the world. The message we receive from Christ is steady and consistent. It’s unwavering. And it’s TRUTH! But the message we receive from the world comes from broken people trying their best to live each day. It’s not steady. Nor unwavering. And it is filled with the lies of the enemy.
So, when Leslie asked me to share a post with her, I was happy and honored to do so!
What I shared was the story of our scars. The life scars. The ones that we gather in a scuffle with life and deeply hurt and grieve our hearts. But yet, as we look back, remind us of all God has done in our life and all that He can and will do again.
We each have scars that remind us of a story. A story we can share with others to give them hope.
And here is where I ask you the difficult question …
Would you be brave enough to share your story?[bctt tweet=”Do you have a story you are willing to share with someone that will give them hope? #gratitude #hope #momentsofhope #linkup #storyofmyscars” username=”lori_schumaker”]
The other night I sat across the table of a group of women. Remarkable women.
All beautiful and all with scars.
These are real everyday kind of women. The kind that smile and give you hugs when you see them. The kind that laugh at the funny stuff, shake their heads at the nonsense, sit with a friend in need, and love their people like crazy. They are also the kind that push themselves each day, run late, miss deadlines, yell at their kids, get irritated behind the wheel, and cry.
Real everyday kind of women.
Each of them have a story uniquely theirs. In each there is much good, yet in each there is pain.
… from loss and from gain.
… from lack and from abundance.
Pain that comes simply from the fallout of the sin and brokenness of our world.
Each has a story and each has hope.[bctt tweet=”What is the story of your scars? The one that will give others hope? #storyofmyscars #hope #momentsofhope ” username=”lori_schumaker”]
Join me over at Journey to Imperfect as I share more about my story, the scars that remind me of all God has done, and why you should consider sharing your story instead of hiding your scars.
I know I’ve mentioned it a few times already this month and if you follow me on my Facebook Page, you see I am sharing as much as I can about National Adoption Month! Adoption is a big part of our lives and big part of our faith buy nolvadex ed walk. My story and walk with God started long before adoption as He walked me through many life challenges, but out of an obedience to the call He placed on my life, as a family we have witnessed God’s faithfulness, love, and miracles – all because of adoption.
So today, I want to shine the light on fellow blogger, Emily Wood from Splashes of Joy. A fellow adoptive Mama and advocate for the over 100 million orphans worldwide, Emily is running a series titled simply #AdoptionStories the entire month of November. She is sharing stories of current and past adoptive families, as well as providing resources for ALL OF US.
You may wonder why I say (in capitals) ALL OF US.
It’s because the truth of the matter is that we are all called to care for the orphan.[bctt tweet=”The truth of the matter is that we are all called to care for the orphan #NationalAdoptionMonth #hope #MomentsofHope” username=”lori_schumaker”]
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27
I dare you to stop by her page. Be careful, though, God may just meet you there!
What You Can Find Here
The content you find here is designed to challenge you to live your best life. No stagnancy. A life that looks different. One that shines a little brighter with the hope, love, joy, and purpose we find in a life cultivated by Christ! It will push you out of your comfort zone and it will make you uncomfortably aware of the areas in which you need to grow.
And best of all, you will know you are not in it alone. Not only am I here growing and learning right alongside you, but thousands of others are, too.