thanksgiving graphic_verse.jpgLifetime founder, Mardie Caldwell, often reflects on how a heart focused on gratitude was one of the things that pulled her through several miscarriages, infertility, and waiting to adopt. This time of year can certainly be a mixed experience for many. Whether you’re celebrating a victory, mourning a loss, or wading through a time of transition or waiting, there is always something to give thanks for.

Giving thanks when life is going as you’ve expected or hoped is easier than in those seasons when you wonder what’s ahead or why you’re moving through a difficult time. There is something so validating and uplifting about giving thanks in the harder seasons. Expressing gratitude lifts the spirit, lightens the heart, and helps to reset our focus on what’s working in this very moment.

Romans 12:9 says “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; CLING to what is GOOD.”

Giving thanks doesn’t have to mean you’re grateful for difficult circumstances. You can give thanks for the GOOD in your situation, even if that’s simply the fact that you’ve made it this far. Every situation brings opportunities to receive help, show love, notice the little things, and recognize our own strength. Cling to the blessings that happen along the way—cling to what is happening now to move you forward.

As we celebrate Lifetime’s 30th year bringing hopeful families and birth mothers together through open adoption, we give thanks for the opportunity to be there for those in need of an answer, direction, a comforting word, or a listening ear. We celebrate the many generous donors who sent blessings to help birth mothers, the adoptive families and birth mothers who came together through open adoption, and for the beautiful babies and children placed into loving adoptive homes.

From all of us, we wish you Thanksgiving blessings as you gather with friends or family!

{This Thanksgiving weekend Lifetime will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 24th and 25th. We remain available 24/7 to women researching or moving through an adoption plan, as well as to Lifetime’s adoptive families who have an important update or question regarding their current adoption match: 1-800-923-6784.}

Heather Featherston
Written by Heather Featherston

As Vice President of Lifetime Adoption, Heather Featherston holds an MBA and is passionate about working with those facing adoption, pregnancy, and parenting issues. Heather has conducted training for birth parent advocates, spoken to professional groups, and has appeared on television and radio to discuss the multiple aspects of adoption. She has provided one-on-one support to women and hopeful adoptive parents working through adoption decisions.

Since 2002, she has been helping pregnant women and others in crisis to learn more about adoption. Heather also trains and speaks nationwide to pregnancy clinics to effectively meet the needs of women who want to explore adoption for their child. Today, she continues to address the concerns women have about adoption and supports the needs of women who choose adoption for their child.

As a published author of the book Called to Adoption, Featherston loves to see God’s hand at work every day as she helps children and families come together through adoption.

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