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“Waiting for that golden moment when fear and desire die, and only the unspeakable reality of love remains. “

God Had a Plan From the Beginning January 30, 2011

Filed under: adoptions in reno,Children,Life as a Mom,my thoughts,Time with God — smlwoman @ 10:28 pm

I was asked to write about some of my past on here. Suggested starting after highschool. Which is a decent place to start. But as I look back on my life, I realize that it really started some time before High school even began. I will jump through the years so don’t worry that you are about to read my entire life story in one post.

What makes me the person I am today? I think it is and has always been God. Even before I knew Him. When I was a little girl I would line up my stuffed animals and dolls and pretend they were my students. I would write out math homework, hand it to each doll, then do each page, then correct each page. I wanted to be a teacher when I grew up. And I did become a teacher when I grew up.  A preschool teacher.

Something I thought was interesting, but what I remember even more, is that at that same age, I told my parents I wanted to adopt children. I wanted to have 10 children and I would adopt them all. We were living in an apartment in Reno at the time with my parents and my brother was only 2, So I was 10 at the time. And I am on my way to adopting children just like I wanted to 31 years ago. (more…)


The Giving Tree October 22, 2008

Filed under: Children,fun activities,my thoughts,Time with God — smlwoman @ 11:13 am

This is in my collection of children’s books. I love this book and have used it in all my teachings. I used it, after many years of owning it, in one of my sundayschool classes that I taught. The story all of a sudden became a clear picture of how Jesus loves us. He sacrificed everything for us by giving His life. But He is still there giving us even more. He listens to our needs, desires, and pleas for help. All He desires in our Christian walk is for us to be still and sit with Him. To just sit. Listen. Be still. Often we are so consumed by our own wants and lives that we tend to ask Him for help and then run off on our own courses again, often with just a quick “thanks”.

Have you ever wondered if we practice more and more of just sitting, listening, and being still before Him, how much less complicated would our lives be?

Shell Sylverstein never intended it to be a book about Jesus, it just became that illistration for me.


Sierra Association of Foster Families August 24, 2008

children-around-worldSAFF  Is a great organization I want to let you all know about.  There are lots of ways we can help Foster Families here in Reno.  You can click on the link to find out more, but here is some of what I know. 

Donations.  Saff Takes donations of monetary value for things like sports activities/lessons for the children, conferences for the foster parents to attend which are like workshops to learn new ways to help your foster children thrive in such a crazy world, school supplies, tutoring and education, as well as for other reasons.

They also take donations of New Toys or gift cards for The SAFF Birthday Closet. The Sierra Association of Foster Families maintains a selection of new, donated toys and birthday gift items for foster families to choose from for every foster child in their home. SAFF usually has a selection of gift cards, movie passes or other appropriate items for teens in care in addition to games, sports related items, personal electronics and clothing items they may choose from. (more…)


Manna Bags July 11, 2008

Filed under: my thoughts,Time with God — smlwoman @ 7:08 am

My church has this cool thing called Manna Bags.  You basically fill a ziploc bag with some non parishable foods, a water bottle, and a new pair of socks, and any thing else you might want to add.  There is also a piece of paper, with all the local places and their phone numbers, that help the homeless. 

I love Manna Bags.  I think it is a great alternative to giving the homeless money.  My first experience in handing out a Manna bag was great!  The guy loved it!  He went through it, ate some of it, then put it in his bag.  He was very greatful. 

My second bag has been sitting in my car waiting to be handed out.  Yesterday I got to hand it out. (more…)


When God is Silent February 10, 2008

Filed under: Time with God — smlwoman @ 12:05 pm

bible-cross.jpgI have been struggling with God’s help and how to have faith.  Or more, how to claim faith with confidence.  I don’t have a good vehicle to drive so I won’t make it to church today.  I turned on  In Touch with Charles Stanley and this was the message.  Without a doubt, I believe God wanted me to hear this message. 

Read  John 11:1-15 Then read on. 


* To get our attention.

    -We are so wrapped up in our own problems we aren’t paying attention.

* Unconfessed Sin.

   – He’s ready to talk to us about this sin.  And it is important to take care of this first.  (This is not always the reason, it is just one possible reason.)

* We’re not ready to listen to Him

   – Did you know that Satan can help you get what you want anytime God doesn’t want you to have it?  God is trying to do what is good for you even if you don’t recognize it.  But you have to be ready to listen.

*He’s teaching us to trust Him

  – Can I trust God when He is silent?  He’s not inactive, He still cares.  Do we have to see it or feel it in order to trust Him?  The Bible says He will never leave us nor forsake us. (more…)