It’s now been two years of suffering through life with serious chronic illness. It’s made me appreciate, even more, the sweet and simple things in life. I find God in nature, so; as I do every Easter, I decided to wander down to the gorgeous Japanese magnolia tree. It stands next to a tiny white … Continue reading The Magnolia Blooms are Dying, but Jesus is ALIVE!
“This seat is saved,” says a haughty voice. The spirit of rejection is ruthless; you know the seat isn’t meant for you. Rejection disguises insults as “compliments.” Rejection tells you negative comments about your weight and age, while pretending to be “concerned about you.” Rejection is responsible for the dirty looks given to parents whose … Continue reading You are Worth Dying For: 10 Biblical Truths to Survive Rejection (Compassion Series)
“NOOOOOO!” I scream, as an indoor waterfall gushes from the ceiling… I’ve been hearing a strange background noise for the last 15 minutes. I’m sitting on our worn out couch, nursing another splitting migraine. It’s the weekend, and I’m trying to relax while surfing the internet in search of a new sofa. In the background, … Continue reading Where is God During a Day of Disaster? (Pt. 1 Disaster Series) day
While growing up in Italy; Miss Chennault, my fifth grade teacher at Brindisi Elementary on San Vito Air Force Base, was my favorite. Years later, I’ve often reflected back and wondered if she knew of my struggles at home. She seemed to favor the skinny, neglected, stringy-haired girl who sometimes wore scarves to try and … Continue reading Witches and Mean Kids and Treats… My God!
When my husband prayed for God to be at the center of our 24th anniversary adventure in New York City, he meant it. God answered his prayer. Our trip became everything we imagined and more, including the imperfections among the perfections. Yes, our anniversary was about us. After all, we’d never in our entire 24 … Continue reading Glitz, Glamour, and GOD… a New York City Anniversary Adventure
It’s here! I’m 50 years old today! I’m a whole lot older; and hopefully a whole lot wiser too! I’ve decided not to be quiet about my age, but to blurt it out instead, and thank God for getting me here! If we are to believe God’s Word all the way, the Bible tells us … Continue reading A Crown of Righteousness… Happy 50th Birthday from Niagara Falls, Canada!
As a child, I was told not to play with the fake fruit on the bottom bookshelf, but I couldn’t resist. I was fascinated by the soft, squishy green and purple grapes that popped easily on and off of their fake plastic stems. They looked so real! The colors, the shine, and the softness of … Continue reading Fake Fruit, Fake Christians… 12 Thoughts on God’s Truth
Ever been told to “Let it go?” We heard the song for one whole summer after practically every little girl in America had seen the Walt Disney movie; Frozen. How fitting, since the movie was about letting go of the power of evil, so goodness can reign victorious; just as it does with the children … Continue reading Let Go of the Yo-Yo String… Find Freedom from Depression!
Fathers are meant to love, guide, encourage, protect, teach, comfort, and lead us. So what happens when a father doesn’t fulfill his responsibilities? Emptiness happens. Depression happens. Doubt happens. Confusion happens. Children lose their way. A neglectful father leaves his children to fend for themselves. They may have to fend for food or clothing, or … Continue reading When You Have an Absent, Abusive, or Abandoning Father… God Cares
The table was shoved over in a fit of rage when I was around eight. There’d been a bit of squabbling at the table, as happens between eight-year-old and four-year-old kids, but nothing out of the ordinary. It came as a complete shock. It was apparently the last straw; the one that broke the camel’s … Continue reading When the Tables are Turned, is it Abuse… or Righteous Anger?