ANCHORS OF ENCOURAGEMENT | Adoption, Adoptive Parents, Biblical Encouragement, Journaling, Anxiety, Healthy Relationships

Biblical Encouragement for Adoptive Parents Did you finally realize your dream of having a family only to have your happily ever after turn into a nightmare? Are you constantly second-guessing your parenting, anxious about whether your child will make good choices and remain faithful? Do you wish more than anything that your child would know Christ and just turn out ”OK”? Have you neglected yourself to the point that it’s taken a personal toll on you? Hi Neighbor! Welcome to Anchors of Encouragement. I’m Tim Maudlin: Husband, Adoptive Parent, Disciple of Christ, and Ambassador of Encouragement. I too felt the joy of having a family of my own and I wished we could be like other families. But I found myself up late at night, anxious about my child’s future and asking myself, ”Why is this happening? Am I a failure as a parent?” It was only by grabbing a lifeline from God and my friends that I was able to navigate the challenges of adoptive life. And now I can’t wait to share everything I’ve learned with you. My mission is to be your friend and encourager, to throw adoptive parents a lifeline, and offer biblical mindset support as you partner with Christ, providing stability as your anchor when you need it the most. If you’re ready for real and raw talk, with strategies and insights that lead to peace beyond comprehension so you not only survive but thrive in life’s storms, this podcast is for you. Hope and Healing are on the way! I’m here for you, neighbor! Connect: AnchorsOfEncouragement@gmail.com Community: facebook.com/groups/anchorsofencouragement Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/timmaudlin/

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3 days ago

Are you an adoptive parent looking for hope and practical strategies to navigate the unique challenges of adoption?
Would hearing from both a parent and a child about their journey through the adoption process and coming out stronger on the other side be helpful to you?
If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, I invite you to listen to this encore episode of Anchors of Encouragement, where my son Jonny and I share a powerful story that could provide the breakthrough you've been looking for.
Hey Neighbor,
You’re about to listen again to one of our most powerful episodes where I sit down with my Dad, Tim, to talk about the struggles, breakthroughs, and lessons learned on my path through adoption trauma.
We dive into the life-changing concept of 10-10-10 and share the real and raw conversation adoptive families need to hear. Whether you caught it the first time or it’s new to you, this encore presentation is sure to bring valuable insights and perhaps be the anchor you need to stay steady in the storms of life.
Let’s step back into this journey together and remember, no storm is too tough to weather with the right tools and support.
Hope and Healing are on the way.
Your Neighbor,⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣Jonny
P.S. If this podcast has given you the courage and confidence to face storms in your life, the number one way you can thank me is to leave a written review on Apple Podcasts. Here is a short video to show you how.

Thursday Apr 11, 2024

It seemed like it would be the perfect spot to experience this moment, but I wasn't sure I would be allowed to go there. As it turned out, I was, and it was perfect.
Hi Neighbor,
Recently, I got to witness nature put on one of its most stunning shows – a total solar eclipse. It was a few moments of profound introspection.
This episode of Anchors of Encouragement is all about that. I want to tell you about this amazing sight, how it almost didn’t happen, and how it ties back to memories and moments that are worth holding onto, including a special connection with my Mom.
We'll also consider some passages from Psalm 19, and think about how something as everyday as the sky and something as rare as a total solar eclipse can be a source of encouragement and comfort. It’s a reminder that there is a Power much greater than any of us in control of it all.
Ready for a moment of calm and a bit of soul-soothing?
Hope and healing are on the way.
Your Neighbor,Tim
P.S. In this episode, I also mention Episode 119 – Biblical Encouragement From the Anchor of Promise
And I want to invite you to be a part of our amazing community. Click this LINK to join today.

Saturday Apr 06, 2024

“An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” ~Henry David Thoreau
Hi Neighbor,
In this unplugged episode of Anchors of Encouragement, I want to share 3 reasons why I step away from my day-to-day activities and go for a walk.
The simple act of walking can be a tremendous source of solace and strength. And I want to encourage you to walk for wellmess too.
You’ll realize benefits that will bless you throughout your entire day.
Hope and healing are on the way.
Your Neighbor,Tim
P.S. Speaking of benefits, check out Episode 5 – 3 Benefits of Walking to Overcome Overwhelm and Stress
 

Saturday Mar 30, 2024

In the challenges of life’s storms, where anxiety wears you down, where can you look to find your anchor amidst the chaos? May I suggest you look up to the sky to the anchor of promise.
Hi Neighbor,
Earlier this week, I experienced a vivid reminder of God’s faithfulness, a rainbow.
In this episode of Anchors of Encouragement, I’ll share that story and tie it to the promises God made to people generations ago and to promises to us today.
We’ll consider passages from Genesis 9, Deuteronomy 31, and Hebrews 13.
Hope and healing are on the way.
Your Neighbor,Tim
P.S. I want to invite you to be a part of our amazing community. Click this LINK to join today.

Saturday Mar 23, 2024

Have you ever found the wording in a Bible verse confusing and hard to understand? Well, I’ve been there. In this episode, I want to show you a simple way to not only understand the meaning of a Bible verse but also 3 ways to help you anchor to the text.
Hi Neighbor,
Today’s episode is based on a question from one of our listeners from Episode 99. If you have a question or comment for me, please send an email to tim@anchorsofencouragement.com
Struggling to understand Bible verses? In this episode of Anchors of Encouragement, I’ll share a simple way to grasp the meaning and connect with the text. Plus 3 powerful ways from Psalm 143 to anchor yourself to the text. Let's dive in!
Hope and healing are on the way.
Your Neighbor,Tim
P.S. Here’s my email address again: tim@anchorsofencouragement.com
Dive deeper into understanding Bible verses by comparing translations to find the wording that resonates with you. Utilize tools like the Blue Letter Bible app for easy comparison.
 

Saturday Mar 16, 2024

Have you ever felt so overwhelmed by life that words escape you and all you can do is cry? I’m here to assure you that every tear you shed speaks volumes to the God who created you. 
Hi Neighbor,
Even in moments when your emotions are stretched to the breaking point and words fail you, rest assured that you’re not journeying through your struggles alone.
In this episode of Anchors of Encouragement, we’ll consider 3 profound truths from Psalm 56 to give you biblical encouragement when life is tough. God hears your tears.
Grab a pen and paper because I have a simple journaling exercise to share with you.
Hope and healing are on the way.
Your Neighbor,Tim
P.S. Here’s the passage from Psalm 56:8 to copy. “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.”
I also want to invite you to be a part of our amazing community. Click this LINK to join today.

Thursday Mar 07, 2024

Do you know an adoptive parent who is heartbroken? Feeling overwhelmed? Maybe this person can’t think straight, or maybe they are struggling with their faith. They might even feel lost, lonely, and afraid. Do you want to know how you can encourage this person? May I suggest you say a prayer?
Hi Neighbor, 
In this episode of Anchors of Encouragement, I’ll share a powerful way to support adoptive parents who are feeling overwhelmed and struggling with their faith. We’ll do this by considering the song first introduced in Episode 114, “Brand New Day” by Lucy Thomas.
We’ll also consider the biblical encouragement provided by passages from Psalm 42 and the book of Lamentations.
Hope and healing are on the way.
Your Neighbor,Tim
P.S. I also want to invite you to be a part of our amazing community. Click this LINK to join today.
Brand New Day - Lucy Thomas - (Original Theme Song from Forthcoming TV Series)Music - Anton Fauve Lyrics - Roger Ellory
Verse 1...There are times your heart is broken
When the world just tears you down
And you lose all sense of reason
And your faith just can't be found
 
Verse 2...When the clouds can get no darker
And the wind just blows so cold
You can know that there is hope now
And you'll feel it in your soul
 
Chorus...So say a prayer for the lost and lonely
Say a prayer for those afraid
Let 'em know the dark is lifting
And tomorrow is a brand new day
 

Saturday Mar 02, 2024

On March 2nd, many years ago, a devastating tornado hit my hometown. As the anniversary approached, painful memories flooded back, but also valuable lessons.
Hi Neighbor, 
Memories of tragedy can be overwhelming, but facing them head-on can lead to healing and growth.
Join me in this unplugged episode of Anchors of Encouragement as I talk about the importance of processing difficult experiences by writing down your memories. This simple act can have a profound impact on your well-being.
Hope and healing are on the way.
Your Neighbor,Tim
P.S. To hear the rest of the story, check out Episode 16 – The $89,000 T-Shirt: How One T-Shirt Inspired and Healed a Broken Community 
Would you please consider leaving a review for the show? Here is a short video to show you how.

Thursday Feb 29, 2024

I’m imagining there is an adoptive parent reading this who is heartbroken and feeling overwhelmed. You can’t think straight. Maybe you’re struggling with your faith. You feel lost, lonely, and afraid. And you’re wondering, how can I ever get past this? I’m here to tell you I’ve been there, and I want you to know tomorrow is a brand new day.
Hi Neighbor, 
In this episode of Anchors of Encouragement, I want to share a powerful message of hope and resilience for all those dark days in the adoptive parenting journey.
I’ve had my share of dark days which I first spoke about in Episode 1. But through it all, I never entertained abandoning my faith. Don’t get me wrong, my faith took a hit. When times got tough, I leaned into my faith with passages such as John 6:66-68.
I also relied on the tool my son Jonny learned in residential, journaling. We’ll consider that as I also highlight the impact of a touching song called “Brand New Day” by Lucy Thomas, which beautifully encapsulates the message of hope and encouragement.
Hope and healing are on the way.
Your Neighbor,Tim
P.S. Would you please consider leaving a review for the show? Here is a short video to show you how.
Brand New Day - Lucy Thomas - (Original Theme Song from Forthcoming TV Series)Music - Anton Fauve Lyrics - Roger Ellory
Verse 1...There are times your heart is broken
When the world just tears you down
And you lose all sense of reason
And your faith just can't be found
 
Verse 2...When the clouds can get no darker
And the wind just blows so cold
You can know that there is hope now
And you'll feel it in your soul
 
Chorus...So say a prayer for the lost and lonely
Say a prayer for those afraid
Let 'em know the dark is lifting
And tomorrow is a brand new day
 

Thursday Feb 22, 2024

What is something that can cause you anxiety, but also reduce your anxiety? Answer: For me, it’s snow.
Hi Neighbor,
In this unplugged episode of Anchors of Encouragement, I want to share one of my favorite anxiety grounding techniques with you. It’s something I’ve been doing for years. I also share a happy memory of doing it when I was in college.
Daily Doable: Identify those anxiety grounding techniques you can use whenever you need a break, whenever you need some respite.
Hope and healing are on the way.
Your Neighbor,Tim
P.S. Would you please consider leaving a review for the show? Here is a short video to show you how.

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