Our Favorite Moments of the Year

2013 in Pictures It’s a way of reviewing the year but also a way of counting our blessings, remembering the goodness in the everyday, the meals shared, the miles traveled, another year of blessings even amidst the days of pain. All is forgotten when you see the joy, relive the good, and say thank you for […]

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When your New Year isn’t what you hoped for

Last year at this time, things weren’t going so well for her–as in “Worst Christmas Ever.” It was bad enough it was her first Christmas without her son–her first Christmas with an empty stocking hanging on the fireplace.  Then it hit: The fever, the chills, the head that would not stop pounding.  The seven-day flu, lasting from […]

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Interview on the Seasons of Joy and Pain

I recently was asked to do an interview with our church’s women’s ministry which was posted on our women’s ministry Facebook page.  Since not all of you live in the Facebook world, I thought I’d repost it here.  I have to admit that the hardest thing for me is to write about myself.  Thank you […]

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Family Advent Celebration: Week 4 Love

When we feel unloved. When we feel empty. When we feel alone. Jesus is the ultimate gift of love for us. His unconditional, unending love. Family Advent Celebration Week 4: Love You can download the pdf Week 4 love here. Items Needed: Baby Jesus Cross Advent Wreath and Candles A heart (ornament, candle, or otherwise) Paper […]

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The Gift of Joy

Everyone is quiet, looking at the wall, or their hands, avoiding eye contact, avoiding the unsaid. The ones who are experiencing their first holiday alone—without that husband, or child, or parent—it cuts deep. The group leader directs our attention to the theme “Getting through the holidays without your loved one” and asks, “Any ideas?” It would […]

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