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The other day I was checking in with a sweet friend.  She’s a fellow adoptive momma and I just love her.  I actually got to meet two of her precious kiddos before I ever met her in real life.  What a fun blessing!  I was excited to hear back from her, yet was a bit anxious unsure of how things were working out.  You see she had been walking through a long and messy trail of darkness in marriage.  Yes, this even happens to “cream of the crop” families.  She had every reason to give up.  Countless issues to just walk away from.  I had prayed and prayed for this sweet friend, yet just wasn’t sure what the outcome would be.  Reading her update just brought me to TEARS.  She shared in heartfelt honesty how hard the journey was, yet that she was looking to the Lord and saw hope again.  The road ahead is gonna be a difficult one, but I know that God is going to bring BEAUTY from these ashes.  He promises to bind up the brokenhearted.  To set captives free.  To bring LIFE.

Isaiah 40:30-31 comes to mind as I think about my friend and her precious family.

“Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
the those that WAIT ON THE LORD will renew their strength.
They will soar with wings like eagles; they will run and not faint.”

I am so thankful that my friend chose to look to her Heavenly Father rather than close the door on Hope.  I have full confidence that the Lord is going to use her family MIGHTILY to bring hope to other hurting marriages.

Are you needing to look towards Hope?  Are you in need of waiting on the Lord to renew your strength?  Maybe you have a friend that needs you to pray her through the depths of darkness and despair.  We are often so busy with our lives that we don’t stop to really care.   When darkness comes in marriage we’re in need of a light-bearer.  Will you be a light-bearer?

-Shelly

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Danielle

After pursuing a degree in computer engineering and an MBA, Danielle thought her future would be spent in the board room and the male-dominated world of the high-tech industry. Instead, Christ grabbed her life and heart, through her marriage to Dave and their early struggles. Her life is now is spent in the living room and it is still male-dominated. Drop into Danielle’s house and you’ll find her giving her all to her marriage and her five sons, born within 6 years and all named after baseball legends (which in the Peters family, is right next to biblical heroes). She now sees herself as a translator, as she learns the language of men and boys, and yearns to help others embrace and speak the language that will set our men and marriages, sons and schooling, LEGOs and legacies, on fire for God’s Kingdom.

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