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
It's been a rough year, filled with so much trial and tribulation. The devil is doing anything and everything he can, in order to kill, steal, and destroy my family unit. But He Who lives in me is greater than he who is in the world. "You, dear children, are from God and have overcome … Continue reading How Giving a Simple Shoebox Blesses Children, Ourselves… and Jesus!
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
Today was a very, very dark day, filled with much sorrow. I watched a sister in Christ say goodbye to her teenage son at a memorial service with family and friends. It was a celebration of his life, with fond, loving memories of a very special boy who brought a lot of laughter, joy, and … Continue reading A Very Dark Day… Jesus Reaches with Light
Bullies can be found everywhere and anywhere you go. Bullies are in the workplace, neighborhoods, and schools. They can even be found in homes and churches. Some bullies disguise themselves as nice people, hoping to be seen as moral, upstanding members of society. Many bullies are also narcissists. “These people are hypocrites and liars, and … Continue reading 6 Godly Truths to Help Gain Freedom from Bullies
Yesterday, I received a message at my ministry page which said, "There is no silver lining on Facebook." At first, I said to myself, "Oh, no! I let down my readers... again." I thought how my life doesn't always allow for my enthusiasm about God's truth, to be shared the way I planned. God gives … Continue reading Are We Failing to See THE SILVER LINING in Our “Failures?”
I can't let Thanksgiving go by without thanking God for my beautiful family, friends, and readers here at The Silver Lining! I also want to thank God for healing me from horrible chronic migraines! These terrible headaches robbed me of my time, comfort, and happiness. Thank you to all of you who have prayed for … Continue reading Thanking God… Choosing to Trust Him in Your Trials
Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ, Jeanne and I do not celebrate Halloween. The reason is spiritual. Halloween is the complete opposite of Jesus Christ. It is a celebration of death and darkness. Jesus is the Light. No pagan holiday celebrated in any form will ever give you what you need. Back in the 70's, … Continue reading Guest Post by Pastor Mike Dean: Halloween is a Celebration of Death and Darkness… Jesus is the Light!
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?