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Kids Perspectives on Interracial Marriage…

Some days, I think one of the best gifts I’m giving my interracial family–is an interracial family. I’m thankful how they see one another–as siblings, friends and brothers and sisters in Christ. I’m sure some–even some reading this blog don’t dig it. And that’s okay. You can close out my blog with the little “x” […]

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Meg - February 20, 2014 - 8:08 am

Excellently written.

Abby - February 21, 2014 - 6:55 am

I absolutely love this post!!!

Crystal Als - February 26, 2014 - 3:25 pm

My family is interracial (I’m white,husbands black)and we have the most adorable little caramel babies. I often laugh at the snide comments and looks we both get when we are out but I know that my children will grow up loving and accepting ALL kids not just the kids that match their skin tones.

Kelly - March 19, 2014 - 3:17 pm

Andrea, I love this.

Surrounding Yourself with Peacemakers…

“Tis better to have 3 friends who are peacemakers that 300 who are not.” -ME:) My husband always reminds me, “Surround yourself with people of peace.” He is definitely one of the most peaceful I know! Through a discipleship study he is walking through–he has been encouraging me to look for peacemakers and walk with […]

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Virginia - February 14, 2014 - 10:44 am

Love this Andrea.. So often I want to fix things or try to solve the problem for someone.. to remember that I can’t & it’s not my job is so freeing. The example of our Lord loving everyone but having his close circle of friends & an even closer inner circle gives me the freedom to not try to be best friends with everyone.. I just can’t do it & do it all well, so I choose to choose wisely 🙂 thanks for the reminder! {hugs} to you

Not Just Another Drive by McMission {Restoration Atlanta}

This is a guest post by my sister, April Carlock, who has supported us through our adoptions and run hard with us through ministry in Zambia Africa with Wiphan Care Ministries. She posted a bit of her experience on Facebook with RATL–and I asked her to please share more here. She’s been my best friend […]

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Natalie - January 27, 2014 - 3:42 pm

Love this post! Thank you for sharing! I volunteer at City of Refuge on Tuesday evenings and it is always good… and I’ve been totally wrecked. Thank you and amen… all we need is Jesus!

bazarul lui albert - February 2, 2014 - 4:10 am

Ahhh I can’t wait to follow your journey as you take this step! I am in my heart a country girl and just keep dreaming of the day when we can make it happen!

Where is God? {When things get hard}

First I have to say how important it is for us as moms shepherding our children to be in God’s Word daily. Y’all. I know it’s hard. I’m in a place where it could feel impossible homeschooling 5 kids ages 9 and under. I’m NOT an early riser. And with 5 with different needs–someone always, […]

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Mary (Owlhaven) - January 13, 2014 - 2:53 pm

Thanks, Andrea for your encouraging thoughts! This is exactly how we make SURE to do Bible every day. The kids and I read New Testament every morning at breakfast, and John and the kids read Old Testament every evening at bedtime. At breakfast we go around the table and everyone reads some, and at bedtime John reads. Sometimes we talk about it afterwards, or each pick a favorite verse and tell why we like it, and sometimes we just read and move on. Even though we aren’t moving fast, I feel really good that we’re fitting it into our day regularly in this way.

Thanks for sharing!
Mary, momma to 10, including 4 from Ethiopia and 2 from Korea

Heather Keehn - January 13, 2014 - 6:10 pm

Thank you for this! Such good stuff.

iva miller - January 14, 2014 - 1:02 pm

Great devotions!

Casey Chappell - January 14, 2014 - 3:37 pm

EXACTLY what I needed to hear today. THANK you for taking the time to write and share this. I LOVE my in front large visable leading God… but oh, how I think I’ve misunderstood the times He’s moved behind me to protect and hedge in. This is so helpful to me to get into my mind and understand. I love you… I love your ministry through writing. It’s helping encourage the socks off this weary mommy!

Candy - January 14, 2014 - 3:44 pm


I just read this with tears rolling down my cheeks as I thought back to the last few months of my husband’s life and how I wondered and internally screamed so many times, “GOD!!!! WHERE ARE YOU???!!!!” Four years later I know He was there because I felt Him the moment the ICU doctor told me Bob’s heart had stopped. I see all that He has done on my behalf since the. And how much He has and continues to bless me.

Never saw that passage like you saw it today and I thank you so much for sharing it. It just blessed my heart.

Whitney M - January 20, 2014 - 10:30 am

I have followed your blog for some time and I NEEDED TO HEAR THIS. TODAY. My husband and I have been in the (domestic) adoption process and brought home a baby girl 9 days ago. BUT, after four days of being home with her, the birth family decided to parent her and we had to give back our precious daughter. We feel we are facing a crossroads for our family because we felt the Lord lead us down the adoption (rather than conception) path, and everything seemed to work out to a T. Then our hearts were shattered when we had to give her back. My hubby is pretty discouraged and feels that our time in domestic adoption may be complete, yet I feel we need to press forward a little longer. Maybe we should just BE STILL. Thank you for sharing your wisdom, insight, and encouragement.