Two weeks ago our family began our Christmas celebration with a warm-hearted adventure in frigid Toronto. It was everything I wanted it to be, with God revealing how disappointments could end up turning into something even better. But, I also noticed that amid the excitement of exploring a new city with great sights; it was … Continue reading Canadian Christmas in Toronto… Great Joy Comes from Simple Joys
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
Are you prepared for your honored guest? Last night God gave me the honor and privilege of hosting over 20 beautiful women in my home for our church's annual Christian Women's Fellowship Christmas Party. It was a joyful celebration of fellowship, fun, food, laughter; and the sharing of both sweet and sad memories. The house … Continue reading Are You Prepared to Invite THE Guest of Honor to Your Christmas Party?
Just please open the inn, For we're cold, and wet men; Moms are saving their kids, And we're looking for kin! Won't you give us a bite, Let us stay for the night? So we won't be alone When the morning turns bright? We can't stop the shiver, Each voice has a quiver; Our homes … Continue reading We Have Nothing to Eat, and No Shoes on Our Feet; Will You Lend Us a Hand When a Flood Drowns Our Street?
Ferris Wheel Fun Ferris wheel, Ferris wheel, All lit up at night, Ferris wheel, Ferris wheel, Fills me with delight! Ferris wheel, Ferris wheel, Time to step inside, Ferris wheel, Ferris wheel, It's my favorite ride! Ferris wheel, Ferris wheel, High up in the air, Ferris wheel, Ferris wheel, Good thing God's up … Continue reading Ferris Wheel Fun
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!
Today is my 23rd Anniversary! This weekend my husband came home with 2 dozen roses... times four. After joyfully sharing my story, I was asked about the significance of the number, and at first thought there wasn't any. Yet, I realize now, there are years of significance in remembering through the roses... Wouldn't 100 make it exactly … Continue reading 96 Roses… The Significance of an Anniversary filled with Fears, Tears, and Joy through the Years
Sometimes you're feeling down, maybe really down... and your eyes light on something out of the blue... something that makes you smile. Today it's one of my daughter's simple deer drawings. The notepad is lying open, because she's working on her book, in my room, on the floor... because she never likes to be alone. … Continue reading Give God Your Failed Plans…God Prospers and Encourages Us with Silver Linings, Smiles, and Truth
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!
Sometimes we have the opportunity to bless a reader at The Silver Lining, by meeting a specific need. I believe God gives me spiritual words spoken in discernment, wisdom and love; meant to offer you hope, healing, and encouragement in Jesus Christ. I'd also like to be the hands and feet of Jesus whenever, and wherever he … Continue reading How to Give without Guilt, and Fulfill the Mission of Pleasing God