Dust 2 Diamonds Ministry Verse

SCRIPTURE

     Since the encouragement of scripture has been what has helped us both, as we navigate life, we decided to dedicate Sundays to uplifting scriptures. Today I will share the scripture that just happened to be both mine and Kelly’s life verse.

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.”

  Diamond in the Rough,

Nancy

Dwelling

One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. Psalm 27:4

Victory

When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”  “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”  The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

I Corinthians 15:54-58

Writing Tip of the Day

 

Years ago when I first began teaching I got really frustrated the first time I had to do report cards. When it came time to post my comments about each student, I found that it became really negative and I was really upset. How do you tell someone that their child is falling behind or not paying attention, yet still let the parents know you care about their child? I went to my mentor teacher and asked them how they posted their comments about their students. My mentor teacher told me that she used the sandwich technique.

Say something positive first, then something not as positive, and last end with something positive again.

Example: Timothy has an inquisitive mind. We are continuing to work on his attention span. I really enjoy having him in class.

In writing I’ve found that this technique also works.

Example: Sandy Cleaver’s life, as she had known it was over. No matter her pleas and groans, the decision had been made. She was being shipped off to her grandparents, where life was golfing and cribbage.

Comments: I love the first line. I would love to know where her grandparents live. It definitely makes me think of summers spent with my grandparents.

Try using this method the next time you need to comment on something. Sometimes it’s hard to find something positive, but remember that you are trying to encourage someone, not bring them down.

SPECIAL NEEDS

     You may be wondering why we are addressing the subject of special needs kids on this blog. Both authors of this blog have firsthand experience in such matters and know how lost parents can feel who encounter this in one of their children. Since this a subject near and dear to both our hearts, we felt we couldn’t have a blog that didn’t cover such a topic. We have dedicated Wednesdays to the subject of special needs. Perhaps you don’t have a child who faces such struggles, but know someone who does. Please pass on this message that we hope to reach out and help carry the load they bear.

 

Teen Pregnancy

Is your period late? Do you have that feeling in the pit of your stomach that you might be pregnant? If so, don’t wait to find out. Let, me tell you I know that feeling. Home pregnancy tests have gotten much better over the years and you have a good chance of one being accurate if you read and follow the directions completely.

Sometimes a false positive can occur so it’s always good to check your results with a doctor. It is not the end of the world if you are in fact pregnant. If God can turn dust into diamonds then He can certainly turn your situation into something good too.  One positive, is that you have lots of resources at your disposal with a few clicks of the keyboard.  I’ve listed one source below if you live in Colorado.

Hope House of Colorado

A dusty diamond,

Kelly

INFERTILITY

Tuesdays are dedicated to the subject of infertility. Many couples considering adoption have come to this juncture traveling the difficult and frustrating road of infertility. I too, have traversed this rocky path to parenthood, and fully understand the depth of feeling and pain that is your constant companion. There are many positive things that can be gained by taking such a journey, but often we don’t see them until many years later. It is my hope that I can help ease your struggle by pointing those hidden blessings out for you.

I will not be alone in addressing this topic. My co-author Kelly has traveled this road as well. Yes, she made an adoption plan for the child she gave birth to in her teenage years, but then also faced the infertility struggle years later. Take a deep breath as you venture out on the way before you. You have a couple of friends by your side.

Nancy

ADOPTION

     Welcome to our blog. The topic that will be discussed on Mondays is adoption. We will discuss all the vantage points concerning the subject. I will approach the issue from an adoptive parent’s viewpoint, while Kelly my co-author will address it from the view of a pregnant teen, and also from the adopted child’s, since she has experienced both of those sides.

We believe discussing the subject from all angles will give our readers and those seriously considering adoption, a better understanding of what the woman on the other side, may be feeling and thinking. We look forward to writing to you.

Nancy and Kelly

God’s Plans

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.  Jeremiah 29:11

My Strength and Song

The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.  Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: “The LORD’s right hand has done mighty things!  The LORD’s right hand is lifted high; the LORD’s right hand has done mighty things!”

 

Psalm 118:14-16