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New Podcast with Carrissa Bradford – Founder of the Adamo Nail Bar

 

I love this podcast because this idea is so amazing and Carrissa has brought it to life!! I’m speaking with Carrissa Bradford, the founder of the Adamo Group.  We recorded in the trailer that is the Adamo Nail Bar.  Carrissa tells the story of the trailer’s restoration which is so fun to see!   I’ve posted pictures below.  She is going to be training survivors of sex trafficking in the trade of manicuring and then helping them find jobs! This is such an important part of the healing and restoration story of the survivors.  Listen in to hear the vision God has given to Carrissa! I love this woman’s faith! You will be inspired!

You can click on link above to listen or go to Sound Cloud (search Great Big YES) or iTunes (search under podcasts for Great Big YES) On the iPhone, the podcast app is purple and comes loaded on the iphone. If you are on iTunes on a computer, please take a moment to rate, review and subscribe.  I would really appreciate it!

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To My Daughter with Learning Differences

Update!!! So excited this  was also shared on Huffington Post! Click link to check it out!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/to-my-daughter-with-learning-differences-whom-i-once_us_573a3382e4b06dede18b9937?hd45lep4nfyctyb9

This letter was written and submitted to The Mighty before I posted it here.  It is also posted on www.themighty.com with a few minor edits. I’m so grateful to my daughter for letting me share her story.  I pray it encourages others.  

Dear Daughter,

Thank you for being my child. I need you. Thank you for being you.

Although I never thought I’d say this, I’m grateful for the struggles we have had surrounding your ADHD and dyslexia and sensory issues. While I know for you, this has made school difficult, and it has made life challenging, I want to go on record and say that you have made me a better person.

I spent years wishing you were different. I didn’t want you to have to suffer. I have to admit it and we’ve talked about it before…it’s not easy to parent a child who is struggling. You become a mom who is struggling. You look at all the kids who are “thriving” and you wish they were your children. You start to resent the other moms. You close down and protect and build walls. I did all of that.

But you know what else I did? I fought for you. I fought with you. We stood together and reckoned with the future. Sometimes our fists were up and sometimes our hearts were open but we were in it. We were strong and courageous. Together.

I told you that you could do anything and you listened. You did it. High school graduation is upon us and you are headed to college.

 

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I think back to kindergarten and the teacher telling me that you didn’t quite understand the letters. In second grade when you were formally diagnosed with a learning disability, they kept saying, “She understands, she’s so smart, she just can’t decode the letters”. Or “She knows the material, she just can’t get it on paper”.

While often we were focusing on the decoding and the “treatment”, we tucked away the truth, “She’s so smart, she understands” in our hearts and we believed. I hope and pray that’s what you heard.

We had years of doctor appointments and therapy and meetings at school and tutoring and scary trips to the neurologist and so many questions. We fought for extra time on tests and notes written out. The paperwork alone takes up a whole room.

We were blessed with a school district that had resources and teachers who understood. Except for a few losers. Remember the one time we were so happy you got a D- we jumped up and down and cheered? Remember how I called your one teacher an “Asshole who doesn’t understand”? Well, I stand by that. Some people don’t get it. But because of you, I do get it. I am so grateful to be firmly planted on the side of understanding and compassion.

You can always be assured we’ve got your back.

Oh how I worried about you. I sought to understand you. I didn’t understand you. I cried and felt sorry for myself. My sense of entitlement was called into question. That one time when I was complaining to Dad and he said, “It’s not about you” was a moment of truth that changed the way I parent and live.

In an effort to get you what you needed, I called in the experts and I read the books and I prayed in a way that required surrender and trust. You gave me courage and you taught me to ask for help and you brought me closer to God.

You are heading off to college next fall and while I know I am not always a perfect mother, I can honestly say you are the perfect child for me.

I read a quote the other day that said, “Why do you keep trying to change the people God sent to change you?” This hit me like a ton of bricks. I’m sorry for trying to change you.

I think at times I might have justified my desire for you to change by explaining that it would just be easier for you if you were “like everybody else”.

I take it back.

Can I take it back?

You are a gift. You have changed me for good.

This is only the beginning. Now you get to go out and bless the world. I will be cheering you on forever. I’m thankful that I have been close enough to see you…God’s unique, beautiful creation…becoming.

So thank you daughter, for helping me become a better me.

And thank you God.

For knowing what I need and giving her to me.

I’m forever grateful.
©2016 Sue Bidstrup, Great Big Yes™ All Rights Reserved

Do not Drift Away

We must pay more careful attention, therefore,

to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.

-Hebrews 2:1

 

Oh it’s so easy to drift. To look away for a moment and completely lose my way. To gaze longingly at something shiny.  To be tempted. To wander.

In church the other day, we were reminded of the “cloud of witnesses”.  Those faithful that went before us and ran the race with endurance. They did not grow weary.

Last week I was honored to serve as one of the small group leaders on the Holy Yoga retreat. We welcomed 150 new instructors into the ministry.  Watching the week unfold,  I couldn’t help but think of the “cloud of witnesses”.  I am so grateful for all of the believers that have come before me. Those people that live with a persistent and persevering attachment to Jesus.

Thank you Lord for the JOY that comes from believers coming together.  Thank you for authentic community.

Our word for the week was MORE.

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I was reminded of the story of the Prodigal Son.  He wasted his fortune and came home with his tail between his legs.  He was afraid.  He had decided he was not good enough to be his father’s son anymore, he would just beg his father to let him be a servant. He asked for as little as possible.  He had assumed he was disqualified. But what happened?  His father threw him a huge party! He wanted to celebrate with him and for him.  He welcomed him home as his beloved son!

In what areas of your life are you assuming you don’t deserve God’s blessing?  In what ways are you limiting yourself?  Where can you ask for more?

Because the truth is…God can’t wait to celebrate with you!  He desires to bring you joy…to dance and sing with you…Can you feel it?

 

 

 

©2015 Sue Bidstrup, Great Big Yes™, All Rights Reserved