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I am a pastor's wife, mother of 4 kids (2 adopted and 3 with special needs), physical therapist, and photography junky. This is where it all comes together for me. Feel free to join along as I process life out loud.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Topic #1- Do Hard Things

So this weekend I will be planning like we are going to travel and preparing my heart in case we don't. I guess too it is a good time to talk about some other things that have been stirring in my brain, but have had to wait in line behind adoption timelines.

So here it is- Topic #1 Do Hard Things

I am starting a new book called Do Hard Things. Those of you familiar with the book may wonder why I am reading a book written by 2 teenagers for teenagers. The answer is two fold: 1. I have heard several parents, who I think the world of, rave about this book and the impact it had on their family. 2. The title hooked me.

The process of walking through this adoption has got me thinking a lot lately about the emotional and spiritual value in doing hard things. When we let our fear keep us from stepping out to do things outside of our comfort zone, we often miss God's best for us. This book was written about teenagers because the authors feel that we as parents expect too little of our kids these days and that their poor performance is directly connected to our low expectations of them to do more than keep their rooms clean and make good grades.

After starting the book and pondering life around me, I would argue that not only do we expect too little of our kids, but we also expect too little of ourselves. This short fall keeps us in our safe little worlds and robs us of the opportunity to model faith filled lives for our children.

Have you read the book? Any thoughts?

2 comments:

Jenn said...

My two teenagers are reading this book right now. I'll be reading it too before the summer is over.

Continue to trust in the Lord in His perfect timing! You would MUCH rather do things His way and in His time! What I learned from waiting was that I had no other choice BUT to trust in Him. Even though you may not be able to see it now, it's a great place to be!

Blessings,
Jenn

Shirlee McCoy said...

I've never read the book, but the message is something I've thought about a lot during the adoption process. Doing the right thing isn't always easy. Sometimes it is the most difficult thing we'll ever have to do. I told my kids that before we left for China. I didn't want to leave them, but we had no choice. The two weeks away made us all better, stronger people.

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