Monday, March 3, 2014

a few thangs.

1)today, i'm over at the kansas city mom's blog talking about identifying and advocating for a special needs if you want to read that. it's basically the story of how we fought for sweet lila to get some help.

“Do you think it’s weird that she doesn’t walk at this point?” I asked our pediatrician.
“Some kids just walk late.”

By the time my daughter was 18 months, she didn’t really talk much
read the rest over there...

2)today is the last day to enter to win the bundle!

3)if you won the devotional book,  Exploring Grace Together: 40 Devotionals for the Family by jessica thompson, please email me or i'll repick some winners tomorrow!

4) i loved this article on why titus 2 isn't just a to-do list, by jen smidt.

5) are you having a hard season in life? i loved this prayer from scotty smith. i met him last weekend at the liberate conference (um, you should go to this if you can) and he is legitimately a tender and kind man with the gospel ooozing out of his pores.

From everyday prayers by Scotty smith : 
The king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength. The war horse is a false hope for salvation, and by its great might it cannot rescue. Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love. Ps. 33:16-18
Dear Lord Jesus, though it’s not fun, it is a good thing to come to the end of ourselves—to be in situations where all our of resources and strength, all of our life experiences and smarts are simply not enough. Indeed, it is a gospel thing to feel the pain of realizing that whatever worked in the past is not working in the present moment; to feel the confusion of not knowing what to do next; to feel the helplessness of being out of control—to be in a place of actually needing you.

For only in those times do we abandon ourselves to the God who alone can part Red Seas (Ex. 14); who can overthrow whole Midianite armies with three hundred gun-less soldiers (Judges 7); take down Goliaths with a pebble (1 Sam. 17); feed multitudes with a few fish and pieces of bread (Matt. 14); raise a dead man for the salvation of his people and the transformation of the cosmos (1 Cor. 15). Indeed, some things happen to us that “we might not rely on ourselves but on the God who raises the dead” (2 Cor. 1:9).

Jesus, we abandon ourselves to you today, for you are that dead man who now lives. You are the One who is redeeming his bride and making all things new. It is your unfailing love that we can and must hope in. There is no other supply sufficient to the need. There is no other strength sufficient for the task. There is no other balm sufficient for the pain. There is no other rest sufficient for the exhaustion. There is no hope sufficient for the multiple issues in front of us.

We bring our broken, conflicted and wandering hearts to you. We bring our struggling marriages to you. We bring our divided churches to you. We bring our hurting friends to you. We bring our wayward children to you. We bring our unbelieving neighbors to you. We bring the needs of our community to you. We bring our crazy world to you. We bring it all to you, Jesus. We will trust in you and your unfailing love. Astonish us by bringing much glory to yourself. So very Amen we pray, in your merciful and mighty name. 

6)jones design has her new freebie art print up! it is the cutest. and especially if you're like me and sitting in a couple inches of snow, it's nice to look at something springy.
later gators,


  1. I love to hear your daughter's story. My son is also developmentally delayed, with all sorts of additional labels like "sensory disorder" "verbal apraxia" and "on the spectrum" floating around too. Raising him the past two years has brought me to my knees more than ever before and I can't help but think that maybe they "can't totally diagnose his abilities" because it's not for them to diagnose. He's a child of the King, designed in His own image, beautifully created. I think all the unanswered questions keep me on my knees as a parent, and for that, I'm so thankful.

    1. yes, she does have apaxia for sure! they sound very similar. glad to know there's a kindred spirit out there.

  2. Hi Jami!
    You are such a great advocate for Lila! As a preschool teacher it really breaks my heart SO MANY PEOPLE told you no when trying to get help for your daughter! Typically it seems to be the opposite (a doctor saying there is a delay and the parent thinking no, give it time). She is lucky you are her mom! I don't know if this is anything or not, but she to me she displays some signs of Apraxia? (I have a current student who is 5 and in the last year just started talking in complete sentences, took a long time to walk, ect). You have probably already googled/asked/ect about that but I just thought I would throw it out there! Keep us posted on Miss Lila!

    1. she does have apraxia and they are working hard on her! we look forward to the next couple of years when we can hear her better and understand that creative child!

    2. Yeah yeah! I know my little in the classroom has made leaps and bounds growth so hang in there!

  3. that prayer by scotty is golden! forwarded it to a bunch of friends and will be praying it for myself and them this week. Thanks!!

    1. isn't it amaze? i totally did the same thing.

  4. that titus 2 post! WOW. thank you.


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