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I Am with You

Posted by on Oct 14, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

Recently I’ve said final good-byes to too many dear friends. Some separations I anticipated after difficult illnesses. Others left quite suddenly. In each one the same words, “with Jesus,” announced the home-going. I’ve contemplated those two words, running them over the empty place left behind and pondering on the exquisite going forward they promise. Few words offer such comfort and hope. For surely, tragic as it is to be separated from this earth, to be with Jesus is far better. With is a powerful thing. “Come with me,” she tugged at my hand. I looked down at her upturned face, ski-jump nose and pig tails. “Pleeeease.” We walked together, her hand safe in mine. I reached to get the balloon she could have easily gotten on her own and bent down to wrap its string around her wrist. Her...

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Changing Leaves

Posted by on Oct 11, 2019 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 0 comments

Fall is my favorite time of the year. It’s not only the change in weather from hot and humid to cool and crisp, but the beauty of the season that stirs my soul. Our family has always loved driving through the Blue Ridge Mountains and marveling at the myriad of colors found on the trees. When I consider my love of fall, it almost seems out of character. I am a person who detests change—in almost all instances. Yet the season marked by change is the one I like best. As I considered autumn one year, I decided to research what it was that made the leaves turn. What I learned became a turning point for me, and for the way I pray for my children. I discovered that the intensity and brilliance of the colors is virtually unaffected...

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Take the Chill Off with Warm Family Fun

Posted by on Oct 2, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 2 comments

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 ESV The calendar ushered October in with slightly cooler temperatures, and hints of autumn surround us. Celebrate a new season with warm, family activities all month long. Take in a high school football game, collect fallen leaves on a family walk, visit a church’s fall festival, and take frequent drives in the country to watch the changes in local farmers’ fields in October. Be intentional with family fun this month and try out some of the wacky, but actual, holidays below. Chili Month – Celebrate this holiday with a chili buffet bar one cool evening. Work in the kitchen as a family to prepare a favorite chili recipe. While the chili is simmering, prepare and...

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Walking Through Grief with Children

Posted by on Sep 20, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

As much as we want to wrap our children in a bubble of only flowers and rainbows, it’s simply not possible. Much to our dismay, they will experience hardships and heartache. They will experience grief. It is our responsibility as parents to walk with them through their grief, teaching them strategies to cope. If we don’t have strong strategies in place ourselves for coping with grief and loss, it’s going to be even more difficult to pass those on to our little ones. My children have experienced death close to them, but they were at ages where it didn’t really register. It wasn’t until recently that I was tasked with walking through grief with my children—ages ten, nine, eight and eight. We are a foster family and welcomed a beautiful baby girl into our home last October. After seven...

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Need Courage Today?

Posted by on Sep 18, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 1 comment

Teenagers waiting on the school bus shouldn’t cause you to shake in your boots…or well, walking shoes in my case. And I didn’t really shake. But I did have an argument with God. I risked disobedience. I was soaking up the sunshine and being refreshed by the cool breezes as I took my morning walk. It’s the norm to pray for neighbors as I pass their homes, or strangers that I observe along the way. Sometimes I even tell them I’m praying for them. But today was different. There they stood in their awkward cluster. Must have been middle-schoolers, with interesting assortment of styles and levels of coolness. I smiled and prayed for them as I passed. And God said, “Go pray over them.” What???? I said, “Lord, I prayed for them. I’ll pray more now. Please protect them....

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