While growing up in Italy; Miss Chennault, my fifth grade teacher at Brindisi Elementary on San Vito Air Force Base, was my favorite. Years later, I've often reflected back and wondered if she knew of my struggles at home. She seemed to favor the skinny, neglected, stringy-haired girl who sometimes wore scarves to try and … Continue reading Witches and Mean Kids and Treats… My God!
Last spring, while on a family trip to New York City, we visited Ground Zero; the 9/11 Memorial. There's a new tower standing there now, in place of the two fallen ones. America belongs to God, and it shows. One can see pictures or movies, and even hear real stories about the September 11th tragedy, … Continue reading 9/11… Why We REALLY Should “Never Forget”
When my husband prayed for God to be at the center of our 24th anniversary adventure in New York City, he meant it. God answered his prayer. Our trip became everything we imagined and more, including the imperfections among the perfections. Yes, our anniversary was about us. After all, we'd never in our entire 24 … Continue reading Glitz, Glamour, and GOD… a New York City Anniversary Adventure
Many situations are honorable and admirable, but there is still nothing comparable to literally putting one's life on the line, in order for other people to live in freedom. It's important to remember the brave American soldiers who sacrificed their lives for us. They are an exemplary example of what it means to have lived … Continue reading Boys at War… a Memorial Day Tribute
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!
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
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
Congratulations to Nicole, who won the prize for figuring out the theme word for the month of March, here at The Silver Lining ministry page on Facebook! Participants were allowed as many guesses as they wanted, and she kept trying until she got it! She will receive a handmade piece of jewelry in her mailbox … Continue reading Experience Growth in God, Here at ‘The Silver Lining!’
I knew Jesus when I was very young, just five years old. I said, "Yes!" when he knocked at the door of my heart; and I invited him in. I began to write poems and songs about Jesus when I was only seven. I remember writing one of them on a brown paper towel, borrowed … Continue reading What the Sky Did When Billy Graham Went to Heaven Today
BLUE MOON BEAUTY Blue Moon, you are beautiful. Yet I worship you not. For my God created you, Your blood drips at His command. Bold sun, you warm the earth. Yet I worship you not. For my God is your Creator, Your fire is ice in His hands. Green earth, you feed us. Yet, I … Continue reading Blue Moon Beauty… Blood, Fire, and Billows of Smoke