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Celebrating My First Father’s Day Without My Dad

This past Sunday, we celebrated Father’s Day. The boys and I enjoyed our day with Craig. We took a drive around a lake, laughed, and enjoyed spending time together. My heart hurt, though. Not because of anything that Craig did; he is an amazing dad to our boys. It was the first Father’s Day without…

Letting Go, Learning to Fly and Loving Unconditionally

Letting Go I am now the proud parent of a high school graduate. Originally scheduled for May 17th, Grant was finally able to switch the tassel from right to left this past Sunday. Thanks to COVID, instead of sitting in an air-conditioned church sanctuary, we sat in the church parking lot in our cars. Instead…

Still Cultivating

My word for the beginning of 2020 was “Cultivate.” The definition of cultivating is “to promote the growth or development.” Wanting to grow as a writer and in my faith, I choose this year to plant my roots. And then the pandemic came. We canceled our spring break trip. The last two months of school…

Jesus Commands Us to Love One Another

Did you know that Jesus commands us to love one another? He doesn’t suggest that we love one another. He doesn’t say, “I think it would be good for you to love one another,” or “If you feel like loving one another, that’s your choice. I’m good with whatever you do!” Jesus doesn’t say any…

We Comfort Our Children, as the Lord Comforts Us

May is officially here. This was supposed to be the month of celebrations and graduation parties. I knew this month would be hard, but I didn’t realize just how hard. Celebrations Will Happen! Over the weekend, my husband and I headed to five different stores in search of the perfect chairs to put on our…

Today Let’s Rejoice, Be Patient and Be Constant!

It’s day 3,198 of our shelter-in-place. Ok, it’s not, but it feels like it! It’s been an emotional roller-coaster these last few days. The governor extended our shelter-in-place for another month. My sons are missing their classmates and are ready to be done with e-learning, and I am done with the same routine over and…

Guess What? You Cannot Hide from God!

When the COVID-19 shelter-in-place hit, no one was more in shock than Bailey, our soon-to-be 14-year-old cocker spaniel. His routine days began with scrambled eggs for breakfast and watching my husband and boys leave for work and school. Bailey then proceeded to peacefully nap while keeping one eye on me as I worked around the…

All to Jesus I Surrender!

“I surrender all, I surrender all. All to Thee, my blessed Savior, I surrender all.” As I was working in my office on Monday evening, I heard the sweet lyrics to this song being sung from Grant’s room. For the past three and a half years, this song has been sung by my son and…

A Cheerful Look Brings Joy to the Heart

It was in the middle of last week when I knew that I needed a significant change in attitude. Standing on our deck, dressed in oversized black sweats, a baggy t-shirt with an oversized gray cardigan and sunglasses to block out the sun; my look matched my attitude. Dull and gray. I didn’t even bother…

Be Watchful! The Enemy Loves Seeing Our Fear!

A thought occurred to me late last week. The enemy loves every minute of this. Take a minute and think about it. Being confined to our homes causes tension among family members, resulting in some hurtful words exchanged. We have not set foot in our churches for three weeks, and worship is now in our…

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