After a difficult few weeks, we were finally able to lay my brother to rest. We held a small, private funeral in accordance to the directives of our state (New Jersey). I consider it a blessing that we were able to do so, despite the different hurdles we faced. When I first started processing the … Continue reading Through the Grief of Loss on Earth, Consider the Gain in Heaven
I was not going to write anything last week. But God… Since I started this blog, I had been faithfully posting midweek, but last Wednesday came and went and I didn’t have any words to give others. I think that Thursday was the first time I was out of bed before noon. I just wanted … Continue reading My Next Step in Grief…and Healing
I lost my only brother this week. I prayed that God would heal him. I believed that God would heal him. For over a year I’ve been writing about promises of faith throughout the Word of God. And I stood on every single one during my brother’s illness. I knew that God was able to … Continue reading Why Didn’t You Answer My Prayers?
Think back to January 1st. Remember how excited we all were to be entering a new year and decade? 2020 – what a cool-sounding year! We made it to the 20s! Many of us were making goals and plans – some were on a small-scale and others life-altering. It was finally our year for change … Continue reading Don’t Run Off Your Track – Stay on the Path!
Today is April Fools’ Day and yet, I don’t feel much like joking around. Some of us are dealing with family members and friends who have been affected by the coronavirus. Some of us are concerned about our loved ones working on the front line in healthcare. Others may be worried about providing for families … Continue reading An Invitation for Reflection Instead of Distraction
As most Americans are entering the 2nd week of social distancing (more like self-distancing for us), and others around the world possibly for longer, we are suddenly finding our schedules open, with more free time to contemplate the state of our lives. For me, this ordeal started the morning of Friday, March 13, 2020. I … Continue reading Walking Through This Pandemic Protected By the Great Shepherd
I was in my home office working, and my 12-year-old daughter came in and sat on my lap and hugged me. I’ve always loved when she sat on my lap like that – especially when she was younger, and I could just cuddle her. Now that she is taller than me, it’s a bit harder … Continue reading Talking to My Daughter About God and the Coronavirus
Last week I talked about a spirit of heaviness and sadness that I was experiencing after my daughter’s diagnosis. It was a burden that just sat on me after contemplating our road ahead and was weighing me down. I shared how I was able to overcome those initial feelings (click here for story). This isn’t … Continue reading You Made it Through Another Day, Now Let’s Keep Going
This week’s blog was supposed to be one of celebration. My first published article came out in the March issue of Guideposts magazine, and I was planning to share the lesson I learned through that deeply personal experience. But God had other plans, and I pray my story really speaks to those who are feeling … Continue reading Walking Through Difficulties With Your Head Held High
Yesterday I received a text from a friend – a fellow sports mom that I met years ago through our local track team. We grew closer after she moved away, and over the years have shared personal struggles, and encouraged each other as we ventured through life. She has two amazing young athletes, and I … Continue reading Using Your Pain to Help Someone Else