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
I wrote this poem in 2003. So many U.S. Soldiers, both men and women, were leaving for Iraq, to fight in a war while the rest of us lived our lives in comfort and peace. My friend's son was one of the soldiers who fought in Iraq. I presented her with a copy of this … Continue reading Boys at War… a Welcome Home Poem
Yesterday, my daughter asked if she could give one of her ponies a hair cut. We had given a trim to one of her My Little Pony pets before, so I agreed. I reminded her that the pony's hair couldn't grow back, and gave her a small pair of scissors, and a piece of cardstick … Continue reading Pretty Ponies? A Mother’s “Short Tale”
Two Cocoons When I see your tiny red naked bodies clad only in diapers the size of a Kleenex, I think that nothing is more fragile, and you're just like the wings of a butterfly. While one of you cries out like a hungry kitten, the other cries out like a bleating sheep. It … Continue reading Two Cocoons: a Love Poem… My Premature Twins on their Teeny Tiny Miracle Journey
I can't believe it's been six years since my friend Donna Dehart passed away. I love this photo of the two of us giggling, trying to play the Wii (and failing miserably) on Christmas Day, 2008. It's the only photo I have of the two of us together. Donna's daughters were at their dad's on … Continue reading Before Your Loved Ones Die, Give Them Jesus… Expect a Miracle!
God's miracle can come after decades of nothin'. “I haven’t given up hope, but…” I was catching up with a friend. She and her daughter have seen a rough stretch. Death in the family, countless unanswered prayers. Though my battles were different, we reached the same conclusion: the last fifteen years had not gone as … Continue reading Guest Post by Brandon Adams: It Can Come Out Of Nowhere
Happy Palm Sunday! Here's my crooked little cross made from a palm branch. It's far from perfect; just like me! But I'm redeemed, and Jesus lives in my heart! Therefore, I am forgiven; washed in the blood of the lamb, as clean as purely white, fresh fallen snow! I am 2-1/2 weeks into recovery from … Continue reading It’s Palm Sunday! Rejoice!
What can be done when annoying bees buzz gossip into our ears, casting doubt about a friend or loved one's character? How do you handle it? Do you accept the information as valid and true, or do you go directly to your friend for his or her side of the story? Have you let a … Continue reading Queen Bee Gossip: Sweet as Honey or a Toxic Sting?
Your healing may not come all at once. God first has many important things to teach you. These lessons are necessary for your growth as a Christian, and will prepare you for the greater spiritual battles you will face on earth. While you wait to be healed, ask God what He wants you to learn … Continue reading Healing is a Journey…
I never expected God would fill me up with so much joy, at the exact same time I'd be recovering from major back surgery! I'm two weeks into recovery, and God has been lighting up my life! Now don't get me wrong... it hurts! The pain is intense. Just when I think the pain is … Continue reading The Unexpected Joy of REST