Merry Christmas! Come worship the newborn king! "'Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.'" Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared … Continue reading King of Christmas
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
I knew it was going to be a glorious day when I looked out at the sun coming up this morning. This is my back yard. It's early morning when the sun is just coming up. In the darkness, I could see it... the sun. Soon there would be light. "And God said, 'Let there … Continue reading It’s Christmas… “Let there be light!”
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!
It was late. It had been a long day of Christmas errands, wrapping, and preparing for my daughter's Christmas party the next day. We were ready for hosting her closest homeschool friends. The house was even... clean. My daughter and I were cuddling in one of our new chairs, in front of the fireplace. I … Continue reading Joy is EATING a Broken Gingerbread House!
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?
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 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!
Have you ever been given a gift, only to have someone get angry with you, and take it back? Perhaps the gift was offered up again later, but you were required to do something the giver wanted you to do, before the giver would present it to you. Is it a gift? No. This is … Continue reading Is It a Gift?
Congratulations to Cindy R. for winning The Silver Lining 2nd Annual Christmas Giveaway! As always, my family prayed for God to pick the winner, and we are so happy to share some Christmas joy with Cindy R.! Thank you to all who entered. I appreciate your support and encouragement as I follow the ministry path … Continue reading Congrats to the Winner of The Silver Lining 2nd Annual Christmas Giveaway!