It’s been two months since Dave was diagnosed with stage four cancer, and our world was turned upside-down. But, what a gift birthday week was for both of us! My sister, Lisa, flew up to visit, and it was like no time had passed at all! It was a beautiful day when I picked her … Continue reading 5/21 Dave’s Testimony: A Birthday of Shared Gifts… Best Days Since Chemo!
I find it interesting that my husband has been diagnosed with rare stage four cancer; and it’s all happening before Easter, my favorite time of year. It’s a time of new beginnings: when beautiful irises come into bloom, when Dave and our boys have played electric and acoustic guitar and drums in the church worship … Continue reading 4/17 Dave’s Testimony: Roller Coaster… Easter Joys in Fighting Cancer
Dear Ukraine, I cannot even fathom what you are going through. I can barely imagine the fear and anxiety, and utter despondence and despair which has gripped your people and country. I do know that God loves you and does not want you to be afraid. I see evidence that God is on your side. … Continue reading Letter from an American Mother… May God Give Glory to Ukraine!
There’s so much loss, and so much pain, Oh, please God, show Your face again! You dwell up far, in vast, blue skies; So how can You hear lonely cries, And muffled screams, and unshed tears? Will you redeem our wasted years? God, when I finally break and cry, I call Your Name in Heaven … Continue reading Face Me Under Your Rainbow
Today was a very, very dark day, filled with much sorrow. I watched a sister in Christ say goodbye to her teenage son at a memorial service with family and friends. It was a celebration of his life, with fond, loving memories of a very special boy who brought a lot of laughter, joy, and … Continue reading A Very Dark Day… Jesus Reaches with Light
So many hearts find Mother’s Day to be a time of sadness and despair, instead of gladness and delight. Many have lost their mothers due to cancer or old age. Some have been abandoned or abused by their mothers, and are no longer a part of each other’s lives. Some have never known their mothers. … Continue reading 15 Ways to have a Blessed Mother’s Day Even if Family is Not There
This week is a time of great trial, stress, and sadness for a precious family and their friends, who almost lost their lives in a horrific home explosion. They lost everything; their entire home and everything in it. They are faced with critical, life-changing injuries, which will change the course of the rest of their … Continue reading The Silver Lining is Always There! Hope for Depression…
When I was a child I was often made fun of for being too sensitive. When I was eight, I lived in Brindisi, Italy. There were breads and cheeses and fruits at the marketplace. There were beggars too, in extremely great need. I wanted money to give to the beggars, and was told we couldn’t … Continue reading Wisdom says Do Not Mock the Poor
My daughter is a budding artist. She is perfectionistic in her work, so it’s difficult for her when she makes a mistake on her pictures. I wonder how she got that way? As she was making an adorable book about birds and worms, her creative happiness suddenly turned to sadness. She no longer wanted to … Continue reading Mistakes or Miracles? God Creates Goodness!
Narcissist is just a fancy word for an extremely self-centered person. Narcissism is a sin. A narcissist is so focused on self, there’s no room to consider others as separate individuals with their own thoughts and emotions. This spiritual issue has roots in bitterness, jealousy, and denial; which are also sins. Narcissism is so selfishly … Continue reading A Narcissist’s Damaging Impact…Hope for the Hurting