Panini’s Lesson On Praying

  It’s 3 am and I get a visitor slapping a paw on my head.  It is our foster kitty Panini. Skinny, torn ears and a funny crouch, we found him in our yard and quickly rescued him.  After a visit with the vet hospital, Sausage (his new nickname) had quite a few medical problems…

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A New Year’s Prayer for the Hurting Parent

  Dear God, May this New Year of 2020 be the beginning of healing broken hearts in my family.  As I ask in prayer for restoration of my troubled child as well as for my own spirit, may we receive above and beyond rest and peace during our journey despite any chaos that comes our…

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Christmas, the Most Beautiful and Painful Time of the Year

  You love Christmas.  You sing and reminisce through the songs, enjoy the smell of baked goodies in the oven and having a hot drink. You are snuggled in your comfy chair, relaxed for the movie of White Christmas.  You look over at the decorated Christmas tree and presents all prepared under the tree. Time…

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There is Nothing to be Thankful for…Or is There? 

Those words echoed from my lips several years ago when we were at the pinnacle of crises with our daughter.  Part of me wanted to complain and throw in the towel for the “whole being thankful” attitude during the month of November.  After all, I was not in a place emotionally to celebrate with family…

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Sometimes Crises Continue but God is Still in Control

  As many know, I just published a devotional for parents with teens in crisis.  One of the thoughts of those reading my book was, “I guess her kids are doing great and out of their problems.”   Just need to say this… The answer to that is “No!”  They are still struggling and dealing with…

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Truth Is Your Weapon

  You have found cocaine in your son’s drawers as you put his clothes away.  You’re devastated. You caught your child in the act of self-harming after promises of quitting. You are saddened. Your teen has “come out” as bi-sexual and you wonder where you went wrong. You’re guilt-ridden after finding out your daughter was…

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I Used To Hate Mother’s Day

  I used to hate Mother’s Day.  Did you hear that? “Used” to! I would see all of the mother’s surrounded by their smiling and laughing children of all ages giving honor to their mom.  These children would present signs, crafts, give gifts, and bestow beautiful words of love and respect onto their mother. Me?…

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He Came for You and Your Child

  This past week we received a wonderful blessing.  The birth of our grandson. With his birth, came a healing for our daughter in ways that she had not felt before.  A healing of restoration, a new life, of saying goodbye to the past. Today, we celebrate another beautiful blessing.  The beginning birth of Christ,…

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Seasons

  In the past several months I have had to purge through life’s memories, pack tons of treasure troves, and prepare for a life change – moving from a large home to a small apartment.  Never had I realized the years of accumulation we had collected. For my husband, it was sixty years worth passed…

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