June 29, 2010

A Shelter to Weather the Storm.

Last night was a very rough night. (How many blog posts could I start with that sentence? Ha!)  But really, probably one of the top five worst nights since the boys came to us – almost three months ago – how is that possible?  We were having a wonderful evening, and had just gotten home from practicing their baseball skills at the park.  It was like a buzzer sounded in our house signaling the boys to completely lose it.

One minute we were having lots of fun, and the next minute there was yelling, there was name calling, there were toys being thrown from one end of the house to the other, there were doors slamming, there was screaming, and there was  more disrespect than any one person should endure in one evening.

And really, I would do it all over again.  Because afterward,

Jae talked to me.  Like really talked.


He told me how he’s feeling really stressed.  He told me that he just gets mad so quickly, and he doesn’t know how to change it.  He told me the things he’s worried about.  He told me that he’s upset because his birthday next week will be the first one without his mom.  He expressed to me that he doesn’t think that it is ok for him to cry.  He told me how much he misses his mom – how he misses watching t.v. with her, and helping her with the dishes.  He told me how much he misses his other two siblings.  He said sometimes it just feels like he explodes.  He told me the things that he’s sad about should their case go to adoption.  He told me how he’s been praying that he will go home.  He cried.

I listened.  I tried to empathize.  I cried.  I prayed.  I comforted.

It felt so good to actually get to talk to Jae.  Not to his anger, or to the wall he has put up between himself and the world, but actually to him.  We talked about how it feels better to get to talk to someone about all the feelings instead of keeping them inside.

I know that this is not the end of his anger – but it is a beginning.  I can’t help but feel like this is progress, that maybe some very small part of him is beginning to trust me.  There will be lots more hard days, but I pray that with every hard day there is a rainbow like last night – a promise of redemption.


Everything in me knows that last night was a result of prayers for his little heart.  Thank you so much for the e-mails letting me know that so many of you are praying for them.  It is making a difference.


Today there is a court hearing for the case.  It is likely that today, this afternoon, Mom will be ruled inappropriate for placement, their goal will be changed to adoption, a very strong anchor will be cut from these boys’ lives.  My heart is so broken today – I hurt for these boys deep in my heart. Please pray for them.

Today is likely the worst day of their lives.

Pray for their hearts.  Pray for Brian and I to have wisdom, empathy, and love strong enough to help them through.  I know their hearts will break, but please pray that they are mendable.  Pray that they’ll know our love, that they’ll know God’s love, and that it can be a shelter and a comfort to them.


It don't have a job
Don't pay your bills
Won't buy you a home
In Beverly Hills
Won't fix your life
In five easy steps
Ain't the law of the land
Or the government
But it's all you need..

Love, will, hold us together
Make us a shelter
to weather the storm
And I'll, be, my brothers keeper
So the whole world will know
That we're not alone
It's waiting for you
Knockin' at your door.
In the moment of truth
When your heart hits the floor.
When you're on your knees then...

Love, will, hold us together
Make us a shelter
to weather the storm
And I'll, be, my brothers keeper
So the whole world will know
That we're not alone.


  1. So glad, Maggie. Nearly every night, Ava asks to pray for Jae and Zee, and we have been praying for God to soften and heal their young hearts. We pray for endurance and strength for you, that you would communicate the love of a perfect Father to them, that they would hear and be compelled by the gospel. This is such an answer to prayer. I know it is still really, really HARD, but it tells me that Jae is beginning to really trust you. And that is really good news.

  2. Oh, Maggie, this is just heartbreaking. It is so sad that a child so small can have such big, weighty burdens placed on his shoulders. Thank God for you and Brian. My prayers are with you and your family and all those involved with this case.

  3. This is a breakthrough! You should feel so strong that you weathered his 'tests' to prove worthy of his trust. It makes a big difference because you know where his heart is in those angry moments and now you can address what is behind the anger instead of dealing with the anger.

    Answered prayers are glorious.

  4. Oh Maggie... I just read this through streaming tears. The power of the gospel in the way you are displaying it to these sweet boys is BEAUTIFUL. Praying for you and them now. Love!!!

  5. Praise the Lord for the break through!!!! It's such a small glimmer, but it's certainly big enough to hold to!

    So sorry for the boys today. What a tough, tough day. I pray the Lord has them tight in his grasp today. I pray that you have wisdom and strength and you all navigate the next phase.

  6. hope. glad you got to see it.

  7. Just getting caught up on your blog. I'm so glad to read this, that you're getting to see your prayers (and the prayers of a lot of other people) answered and a little tiny bit of healing taking place. I know it's going to be a long road. We'll keep praying.


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