Sovereignty Over Slavery

February 21, 2019 rachelmiley
In some parts of the world, like Pakistan, there are still modern-day slaves. Slaves that start out as a man in need of work in order to provide for his family, but who end up being indebted to a factory owner for life, with no hope of ever paying back the interest accrued on each meagre paycheck or loan.
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Indiscriminate Affection

February 21, 2019 rachelmiley
    We have all seen it. We have all been there. We are at a social gathering, usually a pot luck dinner at church, when that cute and adorable toddler cozies up to a random leg and puts on the death grip. But it is the wrong leg. I mean who can see faces
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Love: It Redeems and Restores

February 13, 2019 rachelmiley
She found out the night before it happened. After spending her entire life with her foster grandparents, she was being sent to an orphanage.At the gates of the orphanage, FuYongLi was forced to say goodbye to the only family she’d ever known, and a dorm of 70 teenaged girls became her new home.
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Dumpling Dinner - Birmingham, AL

February 11, 2019 rachelmiley
We are so excited to host a night of great fellowship and homemade bamboo dumpling steaming on March 7th in Birmingham, AL. Please join us for a fun cultural experience and great food with adoptive moms and our China team!
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Love: It Hurts Sometimes

February 6, 2019 rachelmiley
Love hurts sometimes. Even with your best intentions to bring healing and restoration to your child, the pathway towards that healing can be painful. Worth it? Oh, yes. But painful, too. Be honest about your pain. Be curious about what the Lord is saying to you through your pain. And lean on His promises that will never, ever fail.
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Colombia Kids Camp Update

February 4, 2019 rachelmiley
by Beth Perez, Latin America Program Director This past December, we were able to partner with Colombia to host 21 children in the USA for 2 weeks. It was an amazing time getting to know these precious souls. Each child is so special, filled with hopes and dreams, desiring to be part of a family. We are
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Love: It Knows No Borders

February 1, 2019 rachelmiley
A baby abandoned in a roadside trash heap. A kindhearted boy who was family to him when neither of them had family. An imperfect, yet surrendered couple who answered God’s call with "yes"... twice. And now? A still imperfect, yet joy-filled family that radiates God’s extraordinary love — the kind that enables us to love beyond the borders of comfort, disabilities, and countries.
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Grief

January 28, 2019 Justin Walters
Why is loss so powerful? When we are separated from something or someone to which we are attached, what emotions do we feel? Perhaps anger, confusion, and sadness. The key word here is “feel”. Have you ever experienced these emo-tions following a loss? If so, then you are normal, and so are the children in
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Helping Our Daughter Face Her Grief

January 21, 2019 rachelmiley
After 6 1/2 years of marriage and unexplored infertility, my husband and I welcomed our first “forever daughter” into our home. Underweight, underdeveloped and misunderstood, she transitioned into our home kicking and screaming—literally. This unexpected twister that kept sucking up our joy and tossing us around had a name: it was GRIEF.
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Pregnancy Counseling: DUAL RELEASE

January 21, 2019 Justin Walters
Authorization for Dual Release of Information
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Mississippi Clay Shoot

January 18, 2019 rachelmiley
Join us for Lifeline Mississippi's Sporting Clay Shootout on Friday, April 26 at the Turcotte Shooting Range.
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When To Ask For Help

January 14, 2019 rachelmiley
At Lifeline, we very much want to support you every step of the way, from the first time you inquire about adoption to years down the road. We know that even though adoption is beautiful, it is a long, tough road. This article discusses different situations where counseling could be a useful resource for your family.
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Lifeline Links Arms with Buckner for Texas Foster Care

January 9, 2019 rachelmiley
Buckner Children and Family Services is entering into an agreement with Lifeline Children’s Services to provide temporary foster care for children in Texas on behalf of Lifeline.
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Suicide Ideation

January 7, 2019 Justin Walters
Suicide Ideation Of all of the struggles parents can face with their children, few illicit the same level of fear that comes with suicidal ideation. Talking about suicide is hard and uncomfortable, but necessary, so we ask that you bear with us as we share some hard information with you. Suicidal thoughts, also called suicidal ideation,
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Navigating the Hospital pt. 5

January 7, 2019 Justin Walters
Games and Activities to do During your Child’s Hospital Stay It is common for most children’s hospitals to have a playroom available for your children in the hospital along with a large stock of games, toys and activities. If you are not told about a playroom or available games and toys, don’t be afraid to
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Cursing

January 7, 2019 Justin Walters
Cursing When entering into this journey of adoption and/or foster care, parents are often excited and nervous about the challenges they will face. They want so desperately to love a child who needs love, to provide a home and a family for an orphan or child in need. What they are not always prepared for
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Memory and Trauma Anniversaries

January 7, 2019 Justin Walters
IMPLICIT AND EXPLICIT MEMORIES Memory is a central construct to the development of children. We learn through observing others and by interacting with the world around us. This in turn influences our behavior. It is widely accepted that prior to the age of three, memories cannot be recalled or stored. However, recent research suggests that
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Defiance

January 7, 2019 Justin Walters
DEFIANCE When I think about a defiant child, I am reminded of the Prodigal Son parable found in Luke 15. What an amazing example of a parent’s reaction of love, grace, and security and an incredible picture of our Heavenly Father’s continuous grace and mercy. The Prodigal Son was defiant – he used the resources
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Siblings: Resolving Conflict

January 7, 2019 Justin Walters
SIBLINGS:  RESOLVING CONFLICT P.E.A.C.E. As a parent my children’s arguments often sent me over the edge!  I wanted our home to be peaceful! In Romans 12:18  Paul writes these challenging words, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.”  Paul was obviously an only child!   For any relationship
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Siblings: Promoting Attachments

January 7, 2019 Justin Walters
SIBLINGS:  PROMOTING ATTACHMENTS A strong emphasis is placed on parents attaching to their new child, but it is equally important for all family members to become connected. Now that you are home with your newest family member and are over the jet lag you may be wondering, where do we go from here?  How do
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