I Am Adopted!

Adopted

Can you believe my name at birth was James Allen Mullett! I am so thankful God changes names.  When I was 10 weeks old I was adopted by Ray & Pat Sabourin because my biological mother was sent to prison.   She wanted a better life for me, and did what she felt was best which was to put me up for adoption.   Lately, I have been reading a lot of blogs from various people who are considering adoption or are in the process of adoption.  I think that is fantastic!  I wanted to share a few thoughts regarding what it is like to be adopted, some of the issues I had growing up and hopefully, if at all be a help to someone or a family out there.  So over the next couple of days I am going to write and even try to do a vlog or two which may be helpful.  If you are reading this and have any questions, please feel free to contact me.  I hope that in someway what I have to share will be able to help.

You Are Adopted | The day I found out I was adopted!

I remember the day vividly!  I was playing in my room when my mom and dad came to me and asked if I would come to the living room as they had something to tell me.  I left my room reluctantly as I wanted to continue to play and proceeded to the living room couch.  Without any hesitation, my dad (with a piece of paper in his hand) asked me if I knew what it meant to be adopted.  Now, you have to remember I was 4 years old at the time and the only thing on my mind were the toys in my room; so I nodded my head in agreement and from that moment on my life was completely altered.  I had no idea that I was adopted before this day.  My mom and dad were my mom and dad and my two sisters were (well, I better not say) no really, they were my sisters.  Although I didn’t know completely what was happening, my mom and dad told me I was their God chosen son and that I was a gift.  They didn’t go in to detail about the reasons behind my adoption or why I was adopted that day, but I remember for the first time I felt as though I was different.  In some weird way at the age of 4 I felt as though I didn’t belong and that there must be something wrong with me.  Why would a mother give up her child?

This is just the beginning of my story and I hope you come back over the next few days.  I know my story is one of many but I want my story to help families who have adopted or are considering adoption.  I want to be an encouragement but also help families be aware of some of the issues they ‘may’ face while raising an adoptive child.  If you know of someone who may benefit from this, please pass it on.

Free Resources

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Everyone loves free resources. I have created this page to provide free resources to anyone who may want to use them. You will find images, articles, eBooks, and links to articles or sites I believe are creative, thoughtful and helpful. All images shared in this page are my own and all are taken with an iPhone 4S – just in case you are wondering. Check back weekly for new photos. Check below for this weeks additions. Missed the last ones? Click here.

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Oregon

Young Boy

Outdoors

Stewardship of Time

Stewardship Of Time

If you only had 24 hours to live, what would you do?

Time is one of our most valuable assets, but without proper perspective, we may spend it foolishly. Rather than a friend, we have allowed time to become a tyrant. Have you ever noticed when asking someone how they are doing, their general response is, “I am good, but I am so busy.” Why is that? Why have we allowed time to slip away from us? Listen to what it says in Ephesians 5:15-16,

“15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”

Wise people know how to use time to their advantage. Fools waste time. To walk circumspectly means to look around about on all hands, to be every way watchful, cautious. To redeem the time means to buy up these moments, which others seem to throw away. It means seizing opportunities, to rescue or recover our time from waste.

Our use of time will reflect our priorities. God desires for us to make the most of the time we have here on earth. None of us knows the exact amount of time we will be here, but we need to make the most by diligently spending our time on things that are eternal.

We have been called to a life of stewardship. Stewardship is a lifestyle acknowledging everything we have because of Jesus! Time is important because there are things God has for us to do. So the question needs to be asked, what are you spending your time on? Things that are eternal and matter to God or things that won’t last?

Free Resources

Resources

Everyone loves free resources. I have created this page to provide free resources to anyone who may want to use them. You will find images, articles, eBooks, and links to articles or sites I believe are creative, thoughtful and helpful. All images shared in this page are my own and all are taken with an iPhone 4S – just in case you are wondering. Check back weekly for new photos.

The Field

City Shot 4

Outdoors 7

Road Pic 4