Happy Birthday, beautiful baby! The sun is shining, and the birds chirp among the trees whispering in the breeze. The puffy, clouds float along in the aquamarine blue sky. You’re alive! “The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life” (Job 33:4 NIV). Beautiful baby, you were just born, … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Beautifully Broken Baby! 15 Encouraging Bible Verses for Suffering Christian Believers
Yesterday I had the privilege of driving out to Snowfield, a beautiful property nestled among farms in Shenandoah’s blue mountains. I took a meal out to the home of our dear friends, my pastor and his wife. After three weeks, he is finally back home, transitioning to his new way of life, after undergoing a … Continue reading Spiritual Growth from Suffering Adversity
Last Monday, my daughter came down with the dreaded stomach virus. It was hard to watch our sweet six-year-old bravely suffer, as each wave of nausea hit, until finally nothing remained in her skinny little belly. At two a.m., I thought to anoint her with frankincense oil. Her vomiting lessened and she was finally able … Continue reading God Pulls Us Through Trials of Suffering
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!
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!
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
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
“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)
Living a cycle of pain and victory as a Christian, can be greatly discouraging. It feels like a roller coaster. It’s a long, uncomfortable bumpy donkey ride which feels like there’s no destination in sight. One minute, I get a sign from God and feel my life is finally going in the right direction… and … Continue reading Pain before Victory… Palm Sunday
“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