Archive for September, 2012

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Recommendations for your young ones

This weekend, I discovered a couple of books and CD’s I think some of you will love, especially the ones with small children or grandchildren.

The Jesus Storybook Bible, Read-Aloud Edition: Every Story Whispers His Name

 

 

Not long ago, our son Barnabas said Sally Lloyd-Jones’ The Jesus Storybook Bible is “the best biblical theology for young or old.”

 

Big Stories for Little OnesSally also wrote a collection of 10 Bible stories for very young Baby's Hug-a-Biblechildren. Baby’s Hug-a-Bible was the inspiration for the new album Big Stories for Little Ones by Rain for Roots, four musical mothers of young children: Sandra McCracken, Ellie Holcomb, Flo Paris, and Katy Bowser.

 

Slugs & Bugs & LullabiesWhen Talitha and I were at Andrew Peterson‘s concert on Friday, she told me that she knows every word of every song on Slugs & Bugs & Lullabies, because when she visited our friends the Rigneys for a few days, it was on continuous play for their boys. That’s a high recommendation, as far as I’m concerned, that a mom can hear the same songs over and over all day and set it to play again the next day . . . and the next . . . and the next.

Slugs & Bugs & Under WhereAnd who can resist such an intriguing title. There’s another one too, with an even more clever title–Slugs & Bugs & Under Where.

 

 

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Monday, September 24th, 2012

Andrew Peterson concert Thursday

 

Andrew Peterson concert
Andrew Peterson Concert
Thursday, September 277pm
Bethlehem Baptist, Downtown Campus

Light for the Lost Boy
Join singer/songwriter Andrew Peterson for an evening of stories and songs from his new album, Light for the Lost Boy.Purchase tickets at the door or online.
Andrew Peterson will also speak at BCS Chapel at Noon, Sept 27, in the Downtown Sanctuary. The public is welcome.

I’m looking forward to this. Two of my favorites from an earlier album by Andrew Peterson are In the Night and Dancing in the Minefields.

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Friday, September 14th, 2012

Together for Adoption: resource links I promised this afternoon

This afternoon, I stood in front of everyone at the Together for Adoption conference and revealed my ignorance: sort of “What I didn’t know and there’s lot’s more besides.” There was so much to reveal I didn’t have time for it all, so here are links for anyone who wants more.

1. I owe tons of thanks to all my blog readers who helped me remember all I don’t know when you responded to my requests here and here. If you haven’t read through all those comments, I encourage you to take advantage of the glimpses these friends have given us into their homes.

2. As I said, my friend Dorothy Bode should have been up there with me, or instead of me. Some listeners probably agreed that it would have been less repetitive if she had been, so they wouldn’t have heard over and over, “As Dorothy told me”. . . . “As Dorothy said”. . . . I have no idea how the mother of 11 children with a houseful of hidden disabilities has time to write blog posts, and with pictures, but she does and it’s been an education for me. Dorothy’s blog. The post I quoted.

3. Three years ago I wrote a series of posts telling our adoption story. It begins here.

4. The letter Johnny wrote to me saying yes to our adoption.

Disrupting Grace: A Story of Relinquishment and Healing5. I quoted from Karen Richburg’s book, Disrupting Grace: A Story of Relinquishment and Healing.

 

 

When God Weeps6. Perhaps disability and orphan care are the most common topicsA Place of Healing: Wrestling with the Mysteries of Suffering, Pain, and God's Sovereignty on my blog. Joni and Friends is the organization that I’ve done a lot of volunteering for. I highly any of Joni’s books, written from the perspective of decades as quadriplegic.

 

The Connected Child: Bring hope and healing to your adoptive family7. Seems like RAD came into the list several times. So let me recommend Karyn Purvis’s The Connected Child: Bring Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Family. This has become the prime resource for parents wanting to help their children with attachment and sensory difficulties. Actually, when Johnny and I read it together, we found much of it practical and helpful for general parenting.

You Mean I'm Not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?!: The Classic Self-Help Book for Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder

8. Here are a couple of posts with suggestions for the person, like

Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorderme, with ADD. In particular, I hope the books might be helpful.

 

9. Oh yes. And pressure cooker. I thought it was a cool –I mean sizzling — image. But maybe only us pre-microwave era oldies knew what I was talking about.

Most of All, Jesus Loves You!Do You Want a Friend?Treasuring God in Our TraditionsFaithful Women and Their Extraordinary God

 

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Friday, September 14th, 2012

Together for Adoption: more than adoption

 

As I’ve walked through the exhibit areas at Together for Adoption, I’ve been struck once again with the variety of ways God leads people to care for orphans–adoption, yes, but so much more.

During one of the sessions, Johnny Carr of Bethany Christian Services interviewed Tendai Masariri, Bethany’s International Services Manager.

Tendai directs and manages programs in 5 African countries: Ghana, Ethiopia, Uganda, Zambia and South Africa. He has a passion for finding and preparing families to care for those children who have no parental care through local and inter-country adoption. Additionally, he is a husband and a father of three daughters.

He developed the first-of- its-kind foster family care and domestic adoption program in Ethiopia working with local churches, governments and UNICEF.  Upon witnessing Bethany’s work in Ethiopia, the government of Ghana invited Bethany to assist in the development their social service system to care for families and children. (from the T4A Blog)

Orphan Justice: How to Care for Orphans Beyond Adopting

 

Then tonight I met Laura, coauthor  with Johnny Carr of Orphan Justice: How to Care for Orphans Beyond Adopting.

 

 

 

 

The evening ended with the premier showing of Faultless: The American Orphan, produced by Unthinkable.  The film is intended to open the minds and hearts of Christians to various ways to help orphans, not just adoption.

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this:  to visit  orphans and widows in their affliction (James 1:27).  As Jonathan Goode, one of the film makers said, “It’s time for orphan care to be mainstream Christianity in America.”

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Friday, September 14th, 2012

Together for Adoption: invitation to meet up

1. If you’re at the Together for Adoption Conference in Atlanta, but yet haven’t caught the invitation on Twitter or Facebook, I’m having a meet-up this evening. Bring your supper to the Student Room at the conference site. We’ll all get acquainted, chat, and hang out till the next thing on the schedule.

2. One of the benefits of a conference like this is finding out ways God is working through people on behalf of orphans. I want to pass some of that information on to you who can’t be here. The organizations who were sponsoring this morning’s session are:

  • Every Orphan’s Hope – “Every Orphan’s Hope brings the light of Christ to orphans in Zambia, Africa. We don’t build orphanages. We build homes in AIDS-affected communities where orphans and widows build new lives together as a family. Guided by a “Mama,” orphans are raised to life in Christ in the community where they are known and are surrounded by their peers. Jesus Christ invites you to join Him, together with us, in raising up a generation of children for His glory! Jesus is their hope – but He needs our heart and hands – He needs yours, too.
  • Lifesong for Orphans– Sponsoring the Both Hands Intitiative: One for the Widow; One for the orphan. ”Both Hands’ mission is to serve widows, orphans, and adoptive families. Both Hands’ purpose is to help people raise funds for orphans while serving widows through home improvement projects.”

 

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Thursday, September 13th, 2012

To my sisters at Bethlehem Baptist

 

I am thrilled that Karen Loritts will be the speaker at our Women’s Ministry Kick-off event next week, on Friday, September 21. I’ve been hoping for this a long time.

Here’s what you need to know about the evening.

 

 

 

 

 

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