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Biblical Encouragement for Adoptive Parents Did you finally realize your dream of having a family only to have your happily ever after turn into a nightmare? Are you constantly second-guessing your parenting, anxious about whether your child will make good choices and remain faithful? Do you wish more than anything that your child would know Christ and just turn out ”OK”? Have you neglected yourself to the point that it’s taken a personal toll on you? Hi Neighbor! Welcome to Anchors of Encou ...
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I surprised my friends who went with me. Honestly, I surprised myself too because I never imagined that I would allow myself to do what I was about to do. I was anxious and I was nervous. And not to be overly dramatic, but in some respects, I was scared to death. However, I did it. And it was one of the most exhilarating forms of respite I've ever …
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When it came time to say goodbye, I couldn’t get the words out. I gently rubbed his head one last time and walked away. Hi Neighbor, Welcome to a special memorial episode of Anchors of Encouragement. I want to share something deeply personal and touching with you today. There comes a time in every pet parent’s life when we must say goodbye to our b…
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I couldn't sleep, so I’m up doing what I learned from Jonny to regulate myself. I never know the direction these quiet moments will take, but I know something positive always happens... and that’s what I want to share with you today. Hi Neighbor, Do you enjoy unexpected, positive surprises? I do! In this episode of Anchors of Encouragement, I share…
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Are you having trouble sleeping? You’re restless. You’re tossing and turning. Maybe you had too much caffeine that day. Maybe you have a busy calendar the next day and you’re concerned about everything you have to do. For adoptive parents, maybe it’s out of concern for your children. I know this can leave you anxious. Your mind is racing. You’re lo…
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How can adoptive parents prepare themselves for the challenges they will face in their adoption journeys? May I suggest it can be as simple as picking up sticks? Hi Neighbor, In this unplugged episode, I want to share 2 stories that will illustrate the concept of the Daily Doable and how it relates to adoptive parents and the storms they will face …
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Have you ever sent your future self a letter of encouragement? I did and it turned out to be the boost I needed at exactly the right time. Hi Neighbor, As I journaled through ideas for a new episode, I came across one idea in particular. As I explored it, I rediscovered an episode from early in this podcast. It contained a message that I needed to …
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Would he hate us for loving him this much? We didn’t know. Would he see this as the ultimate act of betrayal? We didn’t know. Would he embrace the help we had finally found for him? We didn’t know. What we did know was our son needed help, help our love couldn’t give him. Hi Neighbor, Today I want to take you back to the beginning. The beginning of…
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“After you journal for a certain amount of time, you get into that comfortable practice with it, it starts to become your natural release.” ~Jonny Maudlin Hi Neighbor, Today, I would like to share a special encore episode where we’ll circle back to a conversation I had with my son Jonny about one of the tools he learned in residential. This tool wa…
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Have you ever said something out of anger or frustration? If you answered 'yes' I invite you to listen to this encore episode of Anchors of Encouragement, where I’ll share how you can get rid of your frustrations without saying a word. Hi Neighbor, I would like to share with you a special encore episode where we’ll circle back to the beginning and …
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Are you an adoptive parent looking for hope and practical strategies to navigate the unique challenges of adoption? Would hearing from both a parent and a child about their journey through the adoption process and coming out stronger on the other side be helpful to you? If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, I invite you to listen to this…
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It seemed like it would be the perfect spot to experience this moment, but I wasn't sure I would be allowed to go there. As it turned out, I was, and it was perfect. Hi Neighbor, Recently, I got to witness nature put on one of its most stunning shows – a total solar eclipse. It was a few moments of profound introspection. This episode of Anchors of…
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“An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” ~Henry David Thoreau Hi Neighbor, In this unplugged episode of Anchors of Encouragement, I want to share 3 reasons why I step away from my day-to-day activities and go for a walk. The simple act of walking can be a tremendous source of solace and strength. And I want to encourage you to walk …
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In the challenges of life’s storms, where anxiety wears you down, where can you look to find your anchor amidst the chaos? May I suggest you look up to the sky to the anchor of promise. Hi Neighbor, Earlier this week, I experienced a vivid reminder of God’s faithfulness, a rainbow. In this episode of Anchors of Encouragement, I’ll share that story …
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Have you ever found the wording in a Bible verse confusing and hard to understand? Well, I’ve been there. In this episode, I want to show you a simple way to not only understand the meaning of a Bible verse but also 3 ways to help you anchor to the text. Hi Neighbor, Today’s episode is based on a question from one of our listeners from Episode 99. …
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Have you ever felt so overwhelmed by life that words escape you and all you can do is cry? I’m here to assure you that every tear you shed speaks volumes to the God who created you. Hi Neighbor, Even in moments when your emotions are stretched to the breaking point and words fail you, rest assured that you’re not journeying through your struggles a…
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Do you know an adoptive parent who is heartbroken? Feeling overwhelmed? Maybe this person can’t think straight, or maybe they are struggling with their faith. They might even feel lost, lonely, and afraid. Do you want to know how you can encourage this person? May I suggest you say a prayer? Hi Neighbor, In this episode of Anchors of Encouragement,…
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On March 2nd, many years ago, a devastating tornado hit my hometown. As the anniversary approached, painful memories flooded back, but also valuable lessons. Hi Neighbor, Memories of tragedy can be overwhelming, but facing them head-on can lead to healing and growth. Join me in this unplugged episode of Anchors of Encouragement as I talk about the …
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I’m imagining there is an adoptive parent reading this who is heartbroken and feeling overwhelmed. You can’t think straight. Maybe you’re struggling with your faith. You feel lost, lonely, and afraid. And you’re wondering, how can I ever get past this? I’m here to tell you I’ve been there, and I want you to know tomorrow is a brand new day. Hi Neig…
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What is something that can cause you anxiety, but also reduce your anxiety? Answer: For me, it’s snow. Hi Neighbor, In this unplugged episode of Anchors of Encouragement, I want to share one of my favorite anxiety grounding techniques with you. It’s something I’ve been doing for years. I also share a happy memory of doing it when I was in college. …
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Some days are easier than others. Some days don't go as expected. What do you do when there is ONE curve ball after another thrown at you? I’ve discovered a lot of things are out of my control. But there’s ONE thing I can control, ONE thing I do almost every day. That ONE thing helps me to prepare for the unpredictability of any day. Hi Neighbor, T…
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It’s easy to get tripped up journaling. Trust me, I know. There are so many different ways you can journal, and you’re left wondering, “Is there a right or wrong way to do it?” I’m hoping by sharing my experiences, using the WRITE way, that will help liberate you and help you to choose the way or ways that are best for you. Hi, Neighbor. To journal…
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Those who know me know I love to draw. I’ve been doing it all my life, from scribbles on my grandma’s wallpaper to drawings of buildings. For almost 30 years, I was an architectural illustrator. I’ve drawn buildings located all over the world. From this podcast, you probably know I love to journal. I’ve been journaling for over 5 years. But there’s…
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My dad had a heart attack at 45. It was scary. Thankfully, it was the warning kind of heart attack… This was a wake-up call for him and a wake-up call for me. Dad began riding an exercise bike, I began cycling. I understood this was a process. There were benefits to doing what I was doing. Just like I've experienced the benefits of cycling and late…
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At first, I wasn’t a believer. You might even call me a doubting Thomas. It wasn’t until I saw with my own eyes the power of this simple practice. Now I’m a believer too. Hi, Neighbor. To Journal or Not to Journal? Five questions to consider. This is the first of a 5-part series that I want to share with you about journaling. Question Number 1: Wha…
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As an adoptive parent, do you ever second-guess yourself? What did I do wrong? Do you listen to critics and let them get you down? Have you responded to negative criticism and it didn’t go well? Hi, Neighbor. I’m here to tell you, don’t beat yourself up. In this episode, I’ll share 3 ways adoptive parents can navigate these challenges in their adop…
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Do you worry about your children’s future? Will they make wise choices? Will they be successful? And most importantly, will they remain faithful? Hi Neighbor, I’m here to encourage you. Don’t give up! In this episode, I want to offer you some biblical encouragement with a time-tested proverb and share a personal story of how that was manifested in …
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When my daughter was five, we got a letter from her birth mother at Christmas time saying, “I started thinking about grad school but then, you know, 9-11 happened and we invaded Iraq... I’m planning on joining the army. I’m going to be going off to officer training school and in case I don’t come back, I want to come and spend the weekend with you …
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Hi, Neighbor, Welcome to a special behind-the-scenes episode of Anchors of Encouragement. Over the past several weeks, I’ve had the privilege to speak to many adoptive parents. Even though I am an adoptive parent, it’s my desire to get to know you better so that I can create content and episodes that speak to you. After these conversations, I reali…
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The most healing moment for me was actually getting my adoption file from the authorities and reading a letter from my birth mother about the teddy bear. It became abundant to me that the teddy bear was a symbol of her love, not a consolation prize. Hi Neighbor, Trauma can lie dormant for a long time, even decades. Unexpectedly, trauma can be trigg…
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Hi Neighbor, Do you ever feel weighed down with negative thoughts running through your mind? Maybe you even feel overwhelmed or even stuck. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could do something and poof, those negative thoughts would just go away? Grab a pen and paper, because today, I’m going to share with you a tool that will let you do just that. Hope a…
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“My message to parents is this is okay. These things will work out over time. This is going to happen. This is not personal. That's not a personal attack on your cooking or anything. These are messages. These are ways in which the child perhaps needs to assert herself or communicate her initial reluctance.... (Today) she’s a college graduate. She h…
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Hi Neighbor, Are your holidays ever sad? I understand. Mine have been too. In this episode, I want to share Psalms 136 and 143 with you. I lean on the truths in these Psalms to shift my perspective when life gets tough and the holidays are sad. I pray this blesses you. Hope and healing are on the way. Your Neighbor, Tim P.S. Would you please consid…
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Hi Neighbor, In this third of a 3-part series, I want to consider with you an audio clip taken from my interview with Dr. Rick Morton of Lifeline Children’s Services. You can hear that interview in Episode 93. Today, I’m going to share a story with you about why the easy part of adoption happens before the papers are signed. The hard part actually …
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Hi Neighbor, In this second of a 3-part series, I want to consider with you an audio clip taken from my interview with Dr. Rick Morton of Lifeline Children’s Services. You can hear that interview in Episode 93. Today, I’m going to share with you a tool that can help adoptees revisit and process their grief. It’s a tool I’ve talked a lot about on th…
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Hi Neighbor, In this first of a 3-part series, I want to consider with you an audio clip taken from my interview with Dr. Rick Morton of Lifeline Children’s Services. You can hear that interview in Episode 93. Today, we’re going to consider adopted children as heroes and 4 different ways to apply this concept. I pray this episode blesses you. Hope …
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Can people REALLY count on you? Hi Neighbor, I want to share with you a bonus episode of Anchors of Encouragement today. You might be able to tell that I’m outside. It’s a fall day. The leaves are falling. It’s raining. I’m one of those individuals who likes to actually walk in the rain. There's something soothing about it. The question I asked at …
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The ability to have conversations with the different groups that make up the adoption triangle was very beneficial for me in forgiving my birth mom for this initial rejection. I think it also helped us when she did change her mind and we entered reunion. I had a lot of compassion for what she went through. Hi Neighbor, Joining me in this episode is…
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Had my birth mother chosen abortion, I would not be sitting here talking to you… the reality is had she gone through with that decision, I would not be here nor would I have a son or a daughter… her decision is a generational decision. Hi Neighbor, Joining me in this episode is, Kathryn Barnhill. Kathryn is a pregnancy counselor at Lifeline Childre…
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I look at my kids and the things that they’ve had to adapt to in culture and learn language. It’s heroic to do what they’ve done. And so as a parent, I really felt our responsibility as parents is to step into that challenge and to just try to help them to negotiate that as much as we possibly can. Hi Neighbor, Joining me in this episode is, Dr. Ri…
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Fostering is not about our own desires, but about serving children in need. How can foster parents manage their expectations and trust in God’s plan when it comes to fostering with the hope of adopting? Hi Neighbor, In this episode, Trish Zenczak returns to the show to share her wisdom, experiences, and insights about navigating the foster system a…
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How can adoptive parents respond in a positive way to the trauma responses from their children? Hi Neighbor, In this episode, David Dodd returns to the show to discuss ways adoptive parents can navigate some of the challenges parenting their children can present, especially when they are responding to their trauma in negative ways. Sometimes their …
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We’ve got to learn to depend on each other. Find those anchors of encouragement that you can turn to when your day is crumbling and you begin to question, is it really me? Or is what they’re saying really true? And how do I do it? We can turn to each other and gain encouragement there. Hi Neighbor, When your day is crumbling, how can adoptive paren…
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It was important to me as a foster mom for my kids, if at all possible, and if it wasn’t dangerous to them to sacrifice my wants, needs, and desires to be able to let them know their story. Hi Neighbor, Today it is my privilege to share with you the story of my friend and neighbor, Trish Zinczak. Trish is a foster child, foster mom, and adoptive mo…
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There have been times when I have said to my husband, I kind of feel like today somebody rubbed sandpaper on my soul. There’s just pain and I don’t always know how to deal with it… This just stands out to me as a way to put balm on that raw soul. Hi Neighbor, Today, I want to share with you a conversation I recently had with my friend Katie Keane. …
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“I try to give them space, especially on a day that they are having a really bad day, that they can’t function in the classroom. Perhaps they’ve thrown a book across the classroom and a teacher calls me to come in. And I need to get that child away from that situation as quickly and as calmly as I possibly can.” Hi Neighbor, Joining me is my neighb…
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At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter why, because it doesn’t change the fact that it hurt. I think we do get invested in why people do what they do and why people turn on us… as if we could answer that question. But there’s not an answer to that question or an explanation that’s going to make it hurt less. Hi Neighbor, Joining me again i…
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Most people attack things like anxiety or any sort of grief or an adoption process or anything that we’ve all been through. They try to go to the skills first. And that’s what I talk about in Bad Apples, I flip it around. No, we have to work on our anchoring first and get our mindset right before we even think about implementing a skill and hence a…
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“I could not picture myself being exposed to trauma again. I just couldn’t. And you're talking to somebody who was very adept at managing exposure to trauma as an emergency nurse, as a flight nurse, and as a psychologist in prisons… So I’m pretty good and adept at it. But boy, it emptied my cup!” Hi Neighbor, Returning as a guest on this episode of…
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Hi Neighbor, Welcome to Day Four of our birthday celebration for Anchors of Encouragement. This bonus series began in Episode 80. In that episode, I shared with you ten of the more popular episodes from the first year of this podcast. In Episode 81, we talked about the mantra for this podcast… Biblical Mindset Support for Adoptive Parents. In Episo…
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You can think a feeling. You can speak a feeling. But if you want to touch a feeling, you need to write. Hi Neighbor, Welcome to Day Three of our birthday celebration for Anchors of Encouragement. In Episode 80, I shared with you ten of the more popular episodes from the first year of this podcast. In Episode 81, we talked about the mantra for this…
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