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!
Yesterday, my daughter asked if she could give one of her ponies a hair cut. We had given a trim to one of her My Little Pony pets before, so I agreed. I reminded her that the pony's hair couldn't grow back, and gave her a small pair of scissors, and a piece of cardstick … Continue reading Pretty Ponies? A Mother’s “Short Tale”
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
This week is a time of great trial, stress, and sadness for a precious family and their friends, who almost lost their lives in a horrific home explosion. They lost everything; their entire home and everything in it. They are faced with critical, life-changing injuries, which will change the course of the rest of their … Continue reading The Silver Lining is Always There! Hope for Depression…
Sometimes we have the opportunity to bless a reader at The Silver Lining, by meeting a specific need. I believe God gives me spiritual words spoken in discernment, wisdom and love; meant to offer you hope, healing, and encouragement in Jesus Christ. I'd also like to be the hands and feet of Jesus whenever, and wherever he … Continue reading How to Give without Guilt, and Fulfill the Mission of Pleasing God
I messed up. Last week, I hurt a friend's feelings... a beautiful friend; who supports me, encourages me, and makes me laugh out loud! I threw out some advice which hadn't been sought, with the hopeful intention of making life a little better for her. She hadn't asked for it though. She has before, but … Continue reading The Healing Power of an Apology
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!
Little hearts during Lent When I was growing up, there were only two main religions on the Air Force Base. You were either Protestant or Catholic; there was nothing in between. I wished to be Catholic, because I liked that the children took communion wafers. No one realized that I already knew and loved Jesus, … Continue reading The True Sacrifice of Lent and how you can take part
I'm not one for making New Year's resolutions which are soon forgotten. The feelings seep in almost immediately: guilt, disappointment, discouragement, and regret. The year has barely begun, and we're already unable to even start the resolutions meant to bring us a brand new year full of amazing accomplishments. I'm tired just thinking about it! How … Continue reading New Year’s Resolutions…or Promises?
"Forgive... Or, you can choose not to forgive, and get farther away from God. Usually, if you're not a forgiver, you're not a Christian... Like, if your dog chewed up your shoe... you still love him!" ~Abigail Pelleman, age 7 These were the words my daughter said to me this week, after she overheard me … Continue reading Forgiveness is a Chewed Shoe