grief, Uncategorized

Buddy Jack

Ten years ago, my kids were begging for a dog. It was right after I learned of my husband’s affair but long before we separated. I somehow convinced my ex-husband to let the kids have a puppy. After searching for the perfect puppy, I settled on a Bichon Frise. The breed is small, good with… Continue reading Buddy Jack

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Faith, friendship, Grace, Pain and suffering, Uncategorized

Giving Hope in the Midst of Pain

“You just need to pray more.” I remember hearing those words as my life was falling apart. I could barely muster enough strength to get through the day. The tears fell freely, like a fierce thunderstorm that sweeps in unexpectedly. My mind was cloudy, my thinking irrational, my words incoherent. And my faith? It was… Continue reading Giving Hope in the Midst of Pain

Anger, Hope, Pain and suffering, Uncategorized

When Bitterness Consumes You

Monday, I drove out of state for work. A quick down-and-back trip, but it provided ample time to think and pray and listen to sermons. It was a welcome change of pace. Before I left, I was faced with an unexpected situation that brought a flood of memories to the front of my mind, reminding… Continue reading When Bitterness Consumes You

cancer, Faith, Grace, Hope, Pain and suffering, Uncategorized

The School of Contentment

Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I… Continue reading The School of Contentment

Faith, Grace, Hope, Pain and suffering, parenting, Uncategorized

Today, I Choose

My heart has been shattered into a million tiny fragments over and over the last few weeks. I’ve watched so much pain in this community, in my own home. I’ve shed thousands of tears, unable to control my own emotions. I’ve rallied all of my strength to fight for my child, to do what’s best… Continue reading Today, I Choose

Faith, Grace, grief, Hope, Pain and suffering, parenting, Uncategorized

In Loving Memory

When I was walking through my divorce, I remember that moment of surrender. “Lord,” I cried out, “I don’t want this journey, but I will take it if this is what you have for me. But don’t you dare mess with my kids!” I’ve dealt with my share of hurt and pain over the last… Continue reading In Loving Memory

cancer, consecrate, Faith, Hope, Pain and suffering, promises, Uncategorized

On Pain and Suffering

Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. John 16:33 I’ve been thinking about pain and suffering a lot lately. It seems that I am surrounded by people who are experiencing immense pain—far more than anyone should have to handle. Just a few examples:… Continue reading On Pain and Suffering