“Forgive… Or, you can choose not to forgive, and get farther away from God. Usually, if you’re not a forgiver, you’re not a Christian… Like, if your dog chewed up your shoe… you still love him!” ~Abigail Pelleman, age 7 These were the words my daughter said to me this week, after she overheard me … Continue reading Forgiveness is a Chewed Shoe
Forgiveness is a command given by God. Since Jesus forgave us, and died for our sins, we must forgive others. Though it’s true that forgiveness allows our offender to be released from guilt, sadness, and pain; forgiveness is necessary for us to be free from the roots of bitterness. If the roots of bitterness are … Continue reading Stumped by Forgiveness?
Have you forgiven someone, only to be accused of harboring unforgiveness, because you’ve had to establish necessary boundaries for healing and protection? If you’re feeling guilty about having less contact because of an unhealthy or abusive relationship, the guilt is not from God. God does not want His children to be doormats. How can we … Continue reading 12 Steps to Forgiveness with Boundaries
THE CASE: “One day you’ll look back on this and laugh!” exclaimed my teenage son, Jake. He stood next to me, watching my huge eyes, as I gazed down the whole flight of carpeted stairs. His twin brother, Nick, tried to muffle the sounds of laughter, as he scurried down the stairs (best as he … Continue reading Mystery of the Painted Paw Prints…a Case of Forgiveness
This week is the 4th course of chemo. There are IV fluids, iron infusions for anemia, and a new side effect… annoying hiccups. Last off-chemo week, Dave didn’t feel as well at all. Chemo is cumulative; meaning my husband will probably feel worse, and have to endure more side effects, as he continues treatment for … Continue reading 6/3 Dave’s Testimony: Cancer, Chemo, Clots, Credit, and Chaotic Car Conversations
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
It’s been two weeks since I rushed my precious husband to the ER for the 6th time. He was finally admitted to the hospital. Unbelievably, we had to insist upon it. He has been severely ill over the last two months. Since being admitted, our world has turned upside down. In the blink of an … Continue reading 4/10 Dave’s Testimony: My Husband has Deadly Cancer… Palm Sunday Miracles
I’ve heard a lot of people saying, “Well… love is love!” It’s often said in the context of not being able to help falling in love, or a sense of helplessness over whom with someone has “fallen in love.” But, we, as humans, have complex emotions and various reasons for our attachments. It may be … Continue reading Is love really love? GOD is Love!
It’s Good Friday; and it’s a bad world. There’s a plague of locusts destroying crops, further starving the people of Africa. Running at a faster, more frequent pace; we are experiencing earthquakes, floods, tornados and wildfires. All of these are competing, to outdo the viral plague which is currently sweeping the globe; a whispered household … Continue reading Good Friday… Coronavirus Kills, but Jesus Saves!
It’s Mother’s Day! Maybe you forgot, or maybe you’ve waited until the last minute; but you really do very much love your mom! Now you’re stressed out thinking about how to bless her. I’ll let you in on a little secret… Most mothers just want time with you! A little appreciation for your mother will … Continue reading 15 Sweet, Simple, Saving Gift Ideas to Express Your Love for Mom on Mother’s Day