Foster Care and Adoption Resources

All this information is not necessarily just about foster  care and adoption. There are resources on at risk students and other things. I wanted to put this information out there ASAP but I will continue to add information on my What I am Into posts each month.

Read:

  • Another Place At The Table by Kathy Harrison (5/5) – Kathy has fostered over 100 kids. She has fostered abandoned babies, runaway teens, preschoolers in wheelchairs, and ten-year-old girls just discharged from psychiatric hospitals. She shares how each foster kid has negative and positively impacted their family. One of her fostered children molested another kid in her family. She fostered one baby who had burns all over their body. This is the sad and the beauty of foster care. She had to humbly admit she can’t give every foster kid a permanent home.

    Movies:

    Paper Tigers (5/5) – This is a documentary that follows a high school who helps at risk students. The school also is the first in their State to open a free healthy clinic for counseling. A guy says ” Behavior isn’t the kid. Behavior is about what is going on in their life.” Since implementing  its trauma-sensitive approach statistically the students have been significantly more successful.

  • Short Term 12  (5/5) – Grace a twenty-something staff member at a foster care facility as she reckons with caring for the teens in her charge and her own past. This is also about the group home she is in charge of. It shows what foster kids have been and are going through. It is extremely graphic and a lot of cursing. But it is worth to watch if you are an adult. 
  • Removed (5/5) – This shows the journey what it is like to be in the foster care system. It shows things like abusive parents ( birth and foster). It shows how it feels for siblings to be split up. You also get to see what it is like bouncing around to different homes.

 

Instagram Accounts:

  • Hallie Graves – a single foster mom who is always talking about the foster system.
  • Bethany Anne – she has adopted 2 out of 3 kids she has foster. She talks all about her journey.

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People In The Bible Who Wanted to Die

Depression

I have always been told depression and anxiety are wrong. But maybe with everything evil in this world it is normal to feel that way sometimes. We face many attacks. Yes, God is with us but there are seasons in life he will feel absent. Even though we must remember that He never leaves. I think are struggles are normal. As you will see in these passages some of the prophets wished they were never born and some wanted God to take their own life.

 

  • Jeremiah 20: 14-18 – I don’t know if Jeremiah wanted to die exactly but he was definitely in a low place. He kept preaching the Word of God and all he got was negative feed back and prosecution. In these verses he proclaims that he wished he would of died in his mother’s womb. I often have heard in my life that depression and anxiety are sins. Maybe they are. Maybe they aren’t. However, even someone as close to God as Jeremiah struggled with life. Therefore, I don’t think we should be surprised of our own weaknesses.
  • Numbers 11:13-20- Moses asked God to kill him because he was getting stressed out about getting enough meat for the people. God took some power off Moses and put it on other people because He was distressed. God let other people carry some of the burden so Moses wouldn’t have to carry it all.  This shows that even people in the Bible got stressed out sometimes and didn’t feel like the could do the work the Lord asked them to do.
  • 1 Kings 19 – Elijah had enough he felt tired emotionally and physically. He asked God to take his life away. He could not handle the challenges he was facing in life anymore. An angel of the Lord came to Elijah and gave hms food and water since the journey was to hard for him. This food nourished him and he became strengthened again. This message helps me realize that there is still hope when we have lost all faith and our burned out by life.
  • Job – The whole book of Job would also be wise to read because he went through a lot. Many of his treasured positions and people were taken from him. He had to endure so much.

Do you know of any other people in the Bible who struggled with depression or wanted to die? Please Share With Me

What I Am Into – July 2019

Read:

  • Flee, Be Silent, Pray: An Anxious Evangelical Finds Peace with God through Contemplative Prayer by Ed Cyzewski (4/5) – This book mainly talks about contemplative prayer. However, even after reading this book I don’t grasp the concept. However, the author does talk about centering prayer. That means when your thoughts get distracted you keep going back to a word like Jesus, Beloved, or Mercy. That was such good information to read.
  • Still Life: A Memoir of Living Fully with Depression by Gillian M. (4/5) –  The author of the book describes her life with depression. She said she excluded herself from the family, slept a lot, and refused to watch the kids or do chores. She had a lot of mentors that were in her life. I resonated with this book so much. My favorite quote was ” Because life still depression is still life”.

  • Holy Listening: The Art of Spiritual Direction by Margaret Guenther (4/5) – Spiritual Direction was something brought up in the Episcopal church. Recently I have been jealous of the sacramental practices in the Catholic church ( even though I am not Catholic). The main purpose of spiritual direction is holy/attentive listening and having a loving presence. I am glad this practice is now being introduced in the Evangelical church. Spiritual Directors should be like a teacher, host, and midwife. These topics go in-depth in this book. This book is written mainly intended for Spiritual Directors. However, directees will benefit from it as well. I can’t wait until I find a Spiritual Director compatible with me.

Movies:

  • Brene Brown: The Call To Courage ( 4/5) – I rejoined Netflix just to  see this movie. It is her speaking about courage, vulnerability and shame. It was very insightful The only reason I gave it a four star and not a five star is because she went off on a tangent sometimes.

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Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come: One Introvert’s Year of Saying Yes by Jessica Pan

Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come: One Introvert’s Year of Saying Yes by  Jessica Pan

I usually just do short term reviews at the end of the month but this was such a spectacular book I had to write a longer book review. Jessica is a shy introvert who realizes she doesn’t have a lot of friends. She starts doing bold things. She goes on friend apps on her phone, does improv, stand-up comedy, travels alone,  and networking. She is braver than I have even been. I admire that so much.  The most beautiful I think she does is host a Thanksgiving dinner party at her house. She invites people that don’t know each other. In England they don’t celebrate Thanksgiving but they have always been jealous of that holiday tradition. She says “A dinner party is social and unpredictable and requires juggling many things at once — all things introverts aren’t crazy about.” She made me realize even though it is really hard to put yourself out there, it is worth it. She says ” I wanted to know what it was like. To be able to make a choice about what kind of life I had.”

What I Am Into – May 2019

Read:

Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again by Rachel Held Evans (3/5) – Rachel always makes me see the bible from a different perspective. While I don’t always agree with her she stretches my thinking patterns. This book mainly talks about how the Bible isn’t supposed to be torah since it was written to a certain group of people. I have a hard time believing this all the way because Jesus says the instructions in the Gospel is for all of us. The question is… What rules and commandments in the Bible are not suppose to apply to this century. What stuff should we still adamantly believe and follow. This book was sometimes confusing but I think it was because it is filled with such richness and depth. I need to reread the part on war stories again.

Placemaker: Cultivating Places of Comfort, Beauty, and Peace by Christie Purifoy (5/5) – Christie talks about all the places she has ever lived. She sees the beauty in each place. I can’t believe she lived in my city at one time. There is a park really close to my house that has always been my favorite. She loved it too. In the end I learned that this was a book about her longing for peace and realizing that peace and place are indistinguishable. This book is also about God’s longing. She says “God longs for the place he has chosen as a dwelling for his Name.” My favorite quote in the book is “If peace is a state of harmony, if it is  a kind of wholeness or completeness, then we will never find it by running away from broken things and messy places.”

Movies:

  • Good Sam (5/5) – A great movie about some guy leaving tons of money on people’s door steps. It was very heart warming. It makes me realize there aren’t many movies that focus on kindness.
  • Her Only Choice (5/5) – This movie is about a lady who gets breast cancer and pregnant with her first child at the same time. Doctor and husband encourages her to get an abortion so they can start treatment. She refuses to abort the baby. Check out the rest to see what happens. 🙂

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In Remembrance Of Rachel Held Evans

Dear Rachel,

You died recently. We had different views on Christian ethics. You were LGBTQ affirming in the church. You were egalitarian. You were a Democrat.  You disagreed  with and had somewhat resentment towards your evangelical upbringing. Despite our different views I always admired you. You taught me things about the Bible that I had never grasped before. You gave me new outlooks to certain bible passages ( like the proverbs 31 woman). I strangely miss your presence and voice even though I never have met you.  You were always for radical inclusion. You taught me that I can learn from people of different faiths and people with different points of view. You challenged me in ways that I will never be able to fully comprehend. Your words were balm for me during difficult times. You are unforgettable and my heart hurts to see you leave this earth so soon. It is amazing how someone that I have never met in person had such an impact on me.

Love, Megan