As a child, I was told not to play with the fake fruit on the bottom bookshelf, but I couldn't resist. I was fascinated by the soft, squishy green and purple grapes that popped easily on and off of their fake plastic stems. They looked so real! The colors, the shine, and the softness of … Continue reading Fake Fruit, Fake Christians… 12 Thoughts on God’s Truth
America has become a nation of entitlement, no longer wishing to work for wages. Since when did God allow us to sit back and wait for things to be handed to us on a silver platter? Since... never. Why is this selfish attitude being supported by the very people who worked so hard to get … Continue reading Hard Work Brings the Blessings… NOT Entitlement!
The table was shoved over in a fit of rage when I was around eight. There'd been a bit of squabbling at the table, as happens between eight-year-old and four-year-old kids, but nothing out of the ordinary. It came as a complete shock. It was apparently the last straw; the one that broke the camel's … Continue reading When the Tables are Turned, is it Abuse… or Righteous Anger?
Does it burn you up to see people getting praise who don't deserve it? The devil blinds people to the truth. His job is to accuse genuine Christian believers, and to convince the weak to help him do his dirty work. The devil is the Deceiver, Father of lies, and the Accuser. He works hard … Continue reading When Evil is Praised, God is not Mocked… Enjoy Your Orchard!
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 Receive a Mother’s Day Blessing, even if You don’t have a Mom, or are Hoping to be One…
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? (Series: Toxic People and Situations)
The Silver Lining is all about finding hope and encouragement in Jesus, so you can be healed, and find the freedom and joy God wants you to have! For the joyful month of April, The Silver Lining theme is: HEALING. After all, Easter is a celebration of new beginnings; new life in Jesus Christ, who … Continue reading Healing Wounds of Narcissism… a New Beginning
It's April Fool's Day! It's a silly day for playing some good ol' funny jokes and having a bit of fun! At the same time, there's a fine line when it comes to making sure we don't sin in our silliness; by telling lies to our loved ones and friends, using their phobias to frighten … Continue reading Fools and the Foolish… Is it ALL just “Fun and Games?”
"Buy the truth and do not sell it-- wisdom, instruction and insight as well" (Proverbs 23:23 New International Version). I write The Silver Lining, because I want to share God's truth freely with others. I don't buy into false, worldly teachings; no Christian should. But sometimes Christians start looking and listening to what's out there in … Continue reading Good Trees, Bad Trees, and Fruit
As a teen, I lived in Alaska, in two different houses, over a five year period. I snuck out several times from both, and ran away from each one. Some of these times were known to others, and some were not. But of the two times I felt the most desperate need bolt, the most … Continue reading She’s a Little Runaway: A Journey from Rejection to Acceptance