God’s Perfect Plan

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I sat with tears streaming down my cheeks and buried my head in my hands. “God, I can’t do this anymore!” I cried. I had prayed, begged and pleaded with God to give my husband and I more children, and he answered that prayer by allowing us to adopt through the local foster care system. Several years later, I could no longer find the joy and gratitude that had overwhelmed my heart at our son’s adoption. It was lost in …

Codependency and Christ: A Reflection on a Reflection 

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In the cold, gray quiet of a January morning in 2015, I was sitting on my couch … weeping. I held a paperback book in one hand and wadded up corner of a blanket in my other that I was using to muffle my sobs so I didn’t wake anyone. It was a messy cry that left my face hot with an indistinguishable mix of substances from eyes, nose, and mouth. The reality had sunk in: I was codependent. Surprisingly, …

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From Broken to Blessed

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I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at age 16, and struggled with my disease off and on for years. Things took a turn for the worse in February of 2016. My Crohn’s Disease symptoms worsened, and a large majority of my days were spent hospitalized or sick in bed. A few months later in May, I met my colorectal surgeon. I will never, as long as I live forget the day I heard the words, “Amber I am going to …

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Jesus, the Light in My Darkness

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The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5 Nearly a year ago I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. A momentous occasion at any time, but one that seemed particularly wonderful, because she was a direct answer to a prayer. Not only was the sun shining, but my spirits were up. The pregnancy itself hadn’t been rough–marred only by a rather relentless bout of bronchitis–and the delivery was without complications. There was …