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
Dying Easter eggs is a family tradition I love. It is meaningful because it reminds me of new life, new beginnings, family togetherness, and a more beautiful, colorful world with Jesus Christ! My family shared God's love today at a community event put on by our little church. We have participated every year for the … Continue reading Dyed Easter Eggs for 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!
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
It hurts... this feeling inside of me. I'm missing a city I've always wanted to visit and finally did. I ache to go back to the ancient cathedrals and castles. I yearn to pause and take in the incredibly beautiful paintings by renown artists, such as Van Gogh, Renoir, and Monet. I wish to laugh … Continue reading Homesick for London… a City I’ve Only Visited
Ferris Wheel Fun Ferris wheel, Ferris wheel, All lit up at night, Ferris wheel, Ferris wheel, Fills me with delight! Ferris wheel, Ferris wheel, Time to step inside, Ferris wheel, Ferris wheel, It's my favorite ride! Ferris wheel, Ferris wheel, High up in the air, Ferris wheel, Ferris wheel, Good thing God's up … Continue reading Ferris Wheel Fun
Ever been told to "Let it go?" We heard the song for one whole summer after practically every little girl in America had seen the Walt Disney movie; Frozen. How fitting, since the movie was about letting go of the power of evil, so goodness can reign victorious; just as it does with the children … Continue reading Let Go of the Yo-Yo String… Find Freedom from Depression!
Today is my 23rd Anniversary! This weekend my husband came home with 2 dozen roses... times four. After joyfully sharing my story, I was asked about the significance of the number, and at first thought there wasn't any. Yet, I realize now, there are years of significance in remembering through the roses... Wouldn't 100 make it exactly … Continue reading 96 Roses… The Significance of an Anniversary filled with Fears, Tears, and Joy through the Years
Fathers are meant to love, guide, encourage, protect, teach, comfort, and lead us. So what happens when a father doesn't fulfill his responsibilities? Emptiness happens. Depression happens. Doubt happens. Confusion happens. Children lose their way. A neglectful father leaves his children to fend for themselves. They may have to fend for food or clothing, or … Continue reading When You Have an Absent, Abusive, or Abandoning Father… God Cares
It's graduation time! This year is especially meaningful to me, because my twin sons are included among the 2017 graduates. As homeschoolers, my husband and I have watched them pursue their interests from a young age, with the freedom and time to really develop and excel at their God-given gifts and talents. For that, we … Continue reading Be of Good Courage, Christian Graduates! God Promises You a Great Future!