“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
Bullies can be found everywhere and anywhere you go. Bullies are in the workplace, neighborhoods, and schools. They can even be found in homes and churches. Some bullies disguise themselves as nice people, hoping to be seen as moral, upstanding members of society. Many bullies are also narcissists. “These people are hypocrites and liars, and … Continue reading 6 Godly Truths to Help Gain Freedom from Bullies
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
Just please open the inn, For we're cold, and wet men; Moms are saving their kids, And we're looking for kin! Won't you give us a bite, Let us stay for the night? So we won't be alone When the morning turns bright? We can't stop the shiver, Each voice has a quiver; Our homes … Continue reading We Have Nothing to Eat, and No Shoes on Our Feet; Will You Lend Us a Hand When a Flood Drowns Our Street?