Anyone else have a bad start to the new year? I know I’m not alone. What a difference from New Year’s Eve; which was a fun, festive, family celebration. It wasn’t perfect. My 11-year-old daughter cried, refusing to eat with us, because she felt sorry for the lobster we’d prepared for our celebration. But I’ve … Continue reading It’s 2021! Um… Happy New Year?
"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!
There's so much loss, and so much pain, Oh, please God, show Your face again! You dwell up far, in vast, blue skies; So how can You hear lonely cries, And muffled screams, and unshed tears? Will you redeem our wasted years? God, when I finally break and cry, I call Your Name in Heaven … Continue reading Face Me Under Your Rainbow
“This seat is saved,” says a haughty voice. The spirit of rejection is ruthless; you know the seat isn't meant for you. Rejection disguises insults as “compliments." Rejection tells you negative comments about your weight and age, while pretending to be "concerned about you." Rejection is responsible for the dirty looks given to parents whose … Continue reading You are Worth Dying For: 10 Biblical Truths to Survive Rejection (Compassion Series)
Living a cycle of pain and victory as a Christian, can be greatly discouraging. It feels like a roller coaster. It's a long, uncomfortable bumpy donkey ride which feels like there's no destination in sight. One minute, I get a sign from God and feel my life is finally going in the right direction... and … Continue reading Pain before Victory… Palm Sunday
Happy New Year! The calendar marks a time of hopeful change: new beginnings, a chance to start over, finally a time to make things right. Rewind! Doesn't that happen every year? We often find ourselves stuck in the same sad, hopeless situations: a stale marriage, rebellious children, a dead-end job, a failing friendship, the rut … Continue reading A NEW YEAR Stuck in the Same, Sad Situations? 5 Hopeful Promises!
It's here! I'm 50 years old today! I'm a whole lot older; and hopefully a whole lot wiser too! I've decided not to be quiet about my age, but to blurt it out instead, and thank God for getting me here! If we are to believe God's Word all the way, the Bible tells us … Continue reading A Crown of Righteousness… Happy 50th Birthday from Niagara Falls, Canada!
Today is the first day of spring, and we have at least six inches of snow! It's still coming down, so no gardening today. The silver lining is that we get to play in the snow today! We also get a couple more days of rest and relaxation to spend with our family. Thank you, … Continue reading Snow? Happy Spring!
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
Today was a very, very dark day, filled with much sorrow. I watched a sister in Christ say goodbye to her teenage son at a memorial service with family and friends. It was a celebration of his life, with fond, loving memories of a very special boy who brought a lot of laughter, joy, and … Continue reading A Very Dark Day… Jesus Reaches with Light