LISA: ON FOLLOWING GOD INTO THE HARD + UNEXPECTED ADOPTION + RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT CENTERS
Lisa Qualls is one of my personal heroes, and one of my very favorite voices to learn from. Lisa falls under almost every category for us in this community: birth mom, biological mom, foster mom, adoptive mom, and even former foster youth. She has 13 children in all and shares about her journey with them with such grace and wisdom and Jesus-centeredness, that it’s a privilege to just listen and listen. This episode we delve into fostering a teen, jumping from 7 to 11 children, when adoption gets hard, residential treatment centers, and what it looks like to engage with God through it all. We talk Thanksgiving and her upcoming book (HOLY SMOKES, you guys, you will all be reading this one). I loved getting to connect with and learn from my friend, Lisa. It's a good one, friends.
• The intro song, The Source, is brought to you by one of the best new worship bands out there, The Evidence. Yes, the frontman is my (talented, brilliant, adorable, Jesus-loving) cousin. No, that's not why I love them.
• If you’ve had to choose residential treatment for your child, or you’re wondering if you may have to, check out Lisa’s blog for more of her journey with residential treatment. Lisa also references EMDR treatment.
• Lisa mentions Dr. Deborah Gray. She is a leading voice in adoption, and I highly recommend her book, Nurturing Adoptions.
• Lisa’s reading Half Broke Horses: A True Life Novel by Jeanette Walls. She’s also watching Madame Secretary and listening to New Wine by Hillsong.