"Fireworks are on the 3rd of July this year." "Huh?" We were out on a family walk down our beautiful country road. My husband didn't believe the four of us. With all the jokes played amongst our family, I could see why. My young adult sons had also thought I was joking when I'd first … Continue reading Share God’s Light… It’s the 3rd… Um… 4th of July!
It's Mother's Day! Maybe you forgot, or maybe you've waited until the last minute; but you really do very much love your mom! Now you're stressed out thinking about how to bless her. I'll let you in on a little secret... Most mothers just want time with you! A little appreciation for your mother will … Continue reading 15 Sweet, Simple, Saving Gift Ideas to Express Your Love for Mom on Mother’s Day
"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
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
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!
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