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
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 have a Blessed Mother’s Day Even if Family is Not There
I'm now three weeks into my recovery from back surgery, and more appreciative than ever, of what God is doing in my life! Because of the many prayers, great care, support and encouragement I've received; I'm healing really well for someone who went home from the hospital after a lumbar fusion just three weeks ago. … Continue reading The Healing Love of Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
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
Cloud: When darkness hovers over your community, and people are hurting as tears fall, and sorrow saturates the painful places. Silver Lining: When light brings community together, and people are hopeful as smiles appear, and glimpses of joy can be found in the healing. "Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn." Romans … Continue reading Empathy
I walked out of my bedroom today, and laughed out loud... Barbies were lined up, one by one, their backs sitting neatly against each and every spindle of the balcony railing at the top of the stairs. Several held itty bitty Barbie babies in their arms. I surveyed the entire scene with amusement. "What are … Continue reading Barbies at Church…Preach, Pastor Chocolate!