Episode #74

As wife, adoptive and biological mom, teacher, writer, speaker, and coach, Lori’s heart is to encourage others to meet the challenges of life with the hope of Christ. Wherever you find yourself today, Lori’s blog found at www.LoriSchumaker.com is a place where you can find the encouragement you need. In her first book she shares her family’s adoption story and lessons for all of us on surrender, trust, and loving well. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. Information on her book, Surrendered Hearts

Lori loves to write, speak, coach, and see people walking in freedom and joy. “My heart aches when I see untapped potential. The kind meant to do great things, but for one reason or another, buried beneath things like fear, shame, and insecurity. You see, I lived that way for far too long. I saw myself as the reflection of my mistakes – my brokenness –  and the labels of the world. It was a long time before I finally saw myself in the reflection of my Savior.”

My daughter came home to us from Bulgaria a little over seven years ago. She was almost five years old when she came home after having spent her life in a Bulgarian orphanage. Even though her beginnings were filled with trauma, neglect, and malnutrition, she is a beautiful little girl with spunk and tenacity like no other! Upon arrival home, we realized she had a myriad of physical and emotional issues that would need specialized care. Day-to-day, we work with our many specialists to bring healing and hope to our little one. I believe God will someday work through all of these doctors and in His time, make our sweet pea emotionally whole again.

A long time ago, I prayed that God would break my heart for what breaks His. Every direction I turn, I see the brokenness.  It’s in the great big things of life, but it is also in the more subtle things. Each of us has encountered brokenness. Big gaping holes that despite all efforts to fill them back up with the things of this world, remain empty. Not everyone, though, has found the Healer – the Hope to this brokenness. I’ve experienced this great Healer in my life and in many lives around me. His name is Jesus. My hope is that He will work through my experiences and writing to bring healing to others.

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