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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 […] Read more…

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 […] Read more…

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 […] Read more…

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 […] Read more…