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    The Heart of Fostering

    by Heather Bock On January 7, a one-week old sleeping baby girl, head tilted to the side as she lay dwarfed in her infant car seat, was gently set down in our entryway. We had been officially licensed to foster for a week and a half, and although this girl was the first to enter our home, she was already our second placement call, the first having been eventually given to someone living closer to his birth parents. We had said yes to bringing her in our home that morning, but it was confirmed in the early afternoon, which began a whirlwind of preparation: finding and washing newborn baby clothes and…

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    What’s Your Wish List for Your Father God: A Repost

    I’ve decided to repost a blog post I wrote two years ago. I hope it will be a blessing to you. What’s Your Wish List for Your Father God? by Heather Bock originally posted December 7, 2016 I don’t know about your kids, but mine have become pretty excited about their wish lists, Amazon wish lists to be specific. They ask to see them fairly regularly and keep finding more to add to them. My two oldest know how to navigate to their online wish lists on their own, and they know how to add new items themselves. They’re getting better about checking the price, knowing that nobody in our family…

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    Can You Magnify God in the Midst of the Mundane?

    by Heather Bock Thank You, God, for this beautiful day. Thank You for the amazing sunset that ended it. Thank You for the house we live in…although, hold on…I’m not so thankful for the expensive problem we have with drainage right now–water that runs right under our driveway, creating a tunnel that threatens the integrity of our concrete. Please help us to figure out what to do about it. Thank You for our kids, but wait a second, God, these kids are driving me crazy–can You please help me teach them to obey somehow…before our cats are suffocated from over-loving squeezes? Before I know it, as I spend time thanking…

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    A Thirty-Six Year Journey

    by Heather Bock My journey began thirty-six years ago. You see, I’m about to turn forty years old–a milestone that both disturbs me and heightens my desire to follow what I feel God has called me to do and live this life fully for Him. As Switchfoot sings: “Life is short; I want to live it well.” Standing here at forty, looking forty but feeling twenty, let me tell you: it seems very short. How can I waste a minute? Thirty-six years ago, four years old, bubbles piled high in the bathtub, I told Jesus I wanted Him to come into my heart. What does a four year old know?…

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    Winner of Tori Kelly CD

    Last week, I drew a winner in my giveaway for Tori Kelly’s new cd, but I was not able to get a hold of the winner. I have drawn a new winner, and I have no name, but her profile is snowflakesofbflo! Congratulations! Be sure to contact me at heather.bock[at]glimpsesofjesus.com with your address, and I will have the cd sent to you! If I don’t hear from you by Wednesday, October 10, I will have to draw a new winner. Thank you!

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    What Happens When the Healing Doesn’t Come?

    by Heather Bock What happens when the healing doesn’t come? I injured my calf almost a year ago running. I’m not sure why this injury still haunts me, but twinges of pain still occasionally shoot through the muscle now and then. As a result, I, the one who has been running since sixth grade, am not presently running. Instead, I’ve been walking. I didn’t use to like walking for exercise–I found it too boring–but when I started walking to replace my runs, I started using the time to pray, and this has changed my entire outlook. It is true that I used to pray when I ran, too. I would…

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    God Isn’t Fond of Complaining

    by Heather Bock I’m an external processor–you know, one of those people who pretty much has to talk out loud in order to think (preferably to someone else). I don’t know if this is common for external processors, but it makes sense to me that it would be–I also have a problem with complaining. I feel tired? I say it. I’m hungry? I let the person near me know. I’m annoyed at someone? I might hold this one in until I get home, but you can believe that my husband is going to hear it. The problem is, besides the fact that this is not exactly uplifting for the people…

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    The Two Most Courageous Women I Know

    Today I had the privilege of guest posting over at LaTan Murphy’s blog. Read the beginning here and finish at her site, or just go over there to start! by Heather Bock Who is the most courageous woman you know? As you consider this, remember that courage isn’t the absence of fear. Courage is facing fears when needed, standing or acting with bravery when you’d rather turn and run. In fact, those with no fears might be less courageous and more naïve (at least that’s what describes me sometimes). As I sought to answer this question, I couldn’t pick just one—I narrowed it down to two. The first is a…

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    God’s Time is Beautifully Perfect

    by Heather Bock Last December, my orchid plant started sending out a flower shoot. It had been a particularly warm December, and my poor plant was confused. It figured, sitting day after day in the warm sunlight of my balmy sunroom, that spring had arrived. As it hadn’t been a year since it had bloomed the spring before, I was certainly surprised, watching it and wondering if it were going to be a twice-a-year blooming orchid now. The weather changed, as I’m learning it always does in East Texas. After all, the motto in these parts is if you don’t like the weather here, just wait a week. We pulled…

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    I Am Not Enough, But He Is

    by Heather Bock This week I had the honor to guest post over at Carole Sparks’ blog, Intentional Parenting. I hope you’ll visit and read it there! Here’s the start: As a mother, I am broken. I am not enough. Since the moment I knew life was growing inside me, I wanted so much to be enough. In fact, I wanted very much to be as close to a perfect mother as possible. I ate all the right foods, took the right vitamins, and slept the recommended way. When my baby was born, I read all the books, swaddled him carefully, and started him on solids, thinking carefully about which food…