This blog is my place to vent and share resources with other parents of children of trauma. I try to be open and honest about my feelings in order to help others know they are not alone. Therapeutic parenting of adopted teenagers with RAD and other severe mental illnesses and issues (plus "neurotypical" teens) , is not easy, and there are time when I say what I feel... at the moment. We're all human!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Supportive Words

Following are words and verses that have been given to me in the last few days.

Some quotes from a book called The Secret.

-"Everything that has been invented and created throughout the history of humankind began with one thought. From that one thought a way was made, and it manifested from the invisible into the visible." (p 57)
-"Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step." Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) (p 57)
-"All that we are is a result of what we have thought." Buddha (563 BCE - 483 BCE) (p 73)
-"Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions." Albert Einstein (1879-1955) (p 91)
-"Oftentimes you give others the opportunity to create your happiness, and many times they fail to create it the way you want it. Why? Because only one person can be in charge of your joy, of your bliss, and that's you. So even your parent, your child, your spouse - they do not have the control to create your happiness. They simply have the opportunity to share in your happiness. Your joy lies within you." Lisa Nichols (p 122)
-"What you resist persists." Carl Jung (1875-1961) (p 142)
-Praising and blessing equals love, and love is the greatest power in our lives. (p 151-153)
-"Erase everything from the past that does not serve you and be grateful it brought you to this place now, and to a new beginning. You have a clean slate, and you can start over - right here, right now...." (p 178)

The book The Key to the Secret by James De Havilland is supposed to be better than The Secret. De Havilland teaches that unused capability becomes the lost capability therefore you must unfold your own capability. He doesn't tell you to simply believe, he tells you to "do".

DeAnna sent me the following verses from our talk:

The first verse is Jeremiah 29:11 -
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

This verse is for you and your family. Be blessed by it. Meditate on it and thank God for the great things he has in store for you and your husband and your entire household.

The 2nd verse I spoke to you about was Proverbs 18:21 -
" The tongue has the power of life and death."
Look also at Psalms 141:3 which says
"Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord: keep watch over the door of my lips."
You can ask God to help you with what you say over yourself, your family or anyone else so you are speaking life and not death.

The last verse I spoke to you about was Job 22;28 -
"Decree a thing and it shall be established."
This verse goes well with the verses above because what we say has an impact on what happens in our life. I want to encourage you to pray for God to show you the treasures that are in yourself, your husband, and your kids and begin thanking him for each one of these and call them forth in each one of them. You will start seeing a great impact in your whole family.

Negative thoughts will come and when they do, make a choice not to entertain them.
I Cor. 10:5 says
"We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself against the knowledge of God, and take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."
Your mind can be your worst enemy. But the word of God is like a sword and cuts through all the garbage. So, I encourage you to read the word of God as much as possible to strengthen your spirit.

I hope all these things encourage your heart. Remember what I said that God is your biggest cheerleader. It's not just a cute statement. It's the truth. He loves you unconditionally and is always for you.

More to think on,

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