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
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?
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
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
Exactly one week ago, was the big surgery day. For a while, I've thought the surgery was long overdue, but now I can see that God planned it to be this way all along. I want my family, friends, readers, writers, church, and even very kind strangers; to know that last week God showed up... … Continue reading When You’re Sick, God Shows Up… Because He’s Already There!
Dear readers of The Silver Lining, Today is my surgery day! I'm finally headed in for a lumbar fusion, after years of suffering with severely intense, chronic back pain. My God is in control, and I have peace and hope, because Jesus is at the wheel! Thank you to everyone who is praying for, supporting, … Continue reading Trusting God through Trials
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
Last night, via Google Earth, I "traveled" along several paths, remembering how I'd been left alone so many times, since the tender young age of four. I retraced the steps I'd walked in solitude, in both Europe and the U.S. I was shocked at the realization of having wandered so far from home so often. … Continue reading Past Paths… and Other Things too Painful to Mention
Narcissist is just a fancy word for an extremely self-centered person. Narcissism is a sin. A narcissist is so focused on self, there's no room to consider others as separate individuals with their own thoughts and emotions. This spiritual issue has roots in bitterness, jealousy, and denial; which are also sins. Narcissism is so selfishly … Continue reading A Narcissist’s Damaging Impact…Hope for the Hurting
Two years ago, God saved my dad's life three times in the span of two months! I'm so grateful God entrusted me to be the third family member to get my dad to the hospital on time. Once more, his situation was grave. He was septic again, and the ER doctor pulled me out of the room to whisper that my … Continue reading Enter the Race…Win the Prize!