Devotional

Genesis 37:3-4; Ephesians 3:20; Exodus 33:14
Genesis 37:3-4; Ephesians 3:20; Exodus 33:14

I have this daily devotional that I received from a women’s retreat and I just wanted to share today’s scripture.  I love this because for someone who has lost a child, you hold on to your living child(ren) so much more than you would ever have thought!

It reads “ENTRUST YOUR LOVED ONES TO ME; release them into My protective care.  They are much safer with Me than in your clinging hands.  If you let a loved one become an idol in your heart, you endanger that one -as well as yourself. Joseph and his father Jacob, suffered terribly because Jacob loved Joseph more than any of his other sons and treated him with special favor.  So Jospeh’s brothers hated him plotted against him.  Ultimately, I used that situation for good, but both father and son had to endure years of suffering and separation from one another.  I detest idolatry, even in the form of parental love, so beware of making a beloved child your idol. When you release loved ones to Me, you are free to cling to My hand.  As you entrust others into My care, I am free to shower blessings on them.  My presence will go with them wherever they go and I will give them rest. This same Presence stays with you as you relax and place your trust in Me.  Watch to see what I will do.”

I love this because for someone who has lost a child, you hold on to the your living child so much more.  It may definitely take time, but I am learning to not hold on so tight and that she will always be taken care of.

Book in Review: Tuesdays with Morrie

Book in Review: Tuesdays with Morrie

Title : Tuesdays with Morrie (an old man, a young man, and life’s greatest lesson)

Author: Mitch Albom

Number of Pages: 192

Chapters: 27 short chapters

This book started out with the author Mitch Albom discussing his graduation from college and his family meeting his greatest teacher of all time, Morrie Schwartz.

Mitch never knew his life would change in such a way of being money driven, successful in the sports industry, marrying a wife but never having enough time to spend quality time together since he traveled often, and never really having any close relationships.

After seeing his teacher on t.v doing a documentary on life with ALS (or amyotrophic laterals sclerosis a.k.a Lou Gehrig’s disease–which is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord) and how he is choosing to live the rest of his life to the fullest instead of falling into depression and sulking on all the many changes that he is going through.

Mitch knew he needed to spend as much time with Morrie that he could and really cherish every single time they were able to spend together.  Mitch flew down every Tuesday to see Morrie and have conversations about life with him, knowing he was probably one of the smartest, most interesting person he had ever met.

Tuesday’s with Morrie became a class for Mitch about lessons such as money, marriage, regret, forgiveness, and many more lessons.  Mitch spent fourteen amazing Tuesdays with his teacher over the course of the book and it was so well-written and many good lessons to take and apply to my own life.

I would definitely recommend this book.  It’s a very quick and easy read, but the words will definitely last with you.

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Morrie and Mitch
One of their Tuesday talks
One of their Tuesday talks

Book in Review: The Broken Cord

Book in Review: The Broken Cord

Title : The Broken Cord

Author: Michael Dorris

Number of Pages: 300

Chapters: 15

This book was written in August 1989 and it was so well-written it kept me on my toes the entire time!

This book was about a man who decided in his mid-twenties to go forward with wanting to adopt his first child.  Yes, a man who was not married, who did not have a huge circle of people to help him raise his child, but he knew he was ready for a child at that time in his life.

The author Michael Dorries (the Dad) decided to write a book based on all of the trials and tribulations he went through after adopting his first son Adam, who had fetal alcohol syndrome.   At the time of the adoption, Adam was three.  To many people and doctors, adam just seemed small for his size, and the doctors could not give Michael an answer on what was causing Adam to have all of his seizures and why his learning was so delayed.

Michael took many years of research, patience, and wanting to learn everything on how he could best raise Adam and how to raise awareness to mothers who thought drinking excessively during pregnancy was an okay thing to do.  He spent years of his life asking people “why”.  For example “Why should it not be illegal for women to consume alcohol during pregnancy knowing that it will result in damaged children?”, “Why can we not regulate laws nationwide to control alcohol consumption, especially in pregnant women?”.  He asked the top of the people in the nation who were researching the topic on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and Fetal Alcohol Effect (FAE) how he could best raise his son.  It took years for Adam to be fully potty trained, to learn how to tie his own shoe, and Michael had over time adopted two more children before marrying his wife Louise and having more children with her.

Adam is such a kind, and gentle-hearted person who never wanted to truly hurt anyone.  In the end of the book, Michael let Adam write his version of growing up and learning how to deal with life and cope with his disability.  It was amazing to see what he had to say after reading about him throughout the entire book.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone.  This book is good for the younger generation who doesn’t truly know what and how excessive drinking could do to your fetus, and also for the older generation who is seeing so many of these kids in special facility centers and needing the day to day care just to survive.  It is amazing and has changed my life in so many ways, and is great for any nurse to read to see how much has changed since the 80’s and how much we know now.