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Hallmark doesn’t make a Mother’s Day card for those who hurt

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.”  Psalm 34:18 Ah yes, Mothers’ Day.  The day of flowers, candy, cards, phone calls, and breakfast in bed.  For some of us, it’s a wonderful day of being pampered and appreciated by our families. For others, the day is difficult and filled […]

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The quicksand of grief

  Times rushes on. When you bury a child, you realize this.  Your feet are firmly planted in the quicksand of grief, while the rest of the world goes on as though nothing has happened.  Oh yes…there are those precious ones who will stand there with you for a bit, but eventually, they are able […]

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Remember when you had little to be thankful for?

It’s so much easier to be grateful after you reached the end of a trial.  To look back and see that you persevered through a time of difficulty, and to experience relief from the pain and suffering (even if it’s only partial relief) provides a whole new perspective. I was contemplating this today as I […]

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One sweet day

“Hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.”  Romans 8:24b-25 (NIV) Heaven holds a lot for me. As I come to know Jesus more intimately, I long for the day when […]

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Remembering Mugsy Malone Grant

Four years ago today, I said goodbye to one of my closest companions, Mugsy Malone.  Mugsy, otherwise known as Mr. Mugs and a whole host of other nicknames, was the pug we’d had for almost five years. We got him as a puppy from a breeder who raised pugs in her home.  He came to […]

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Hallmark doesn’t make a Mothers’ Day card for those who hurt

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.”  Psalm 34:18 Ah yes, Mothers’ Day.  The day of flowers, candy, cards, phone calls, and breakfast in bed.  For some of us, it’s a wonderful day of being pampered and appreciated by our families. For others, the day is difficult and filled […]

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He gives and takes away

I am the very proud mother of four children – one son and three daughters.  My oldest daughter, Alyssa, left us 22 years ago quite unexpectedly.  She has celebrated every one of her birthdays in heaven, including today. This day is usually quite emotional for me, but it’s also really necessary in the grief journey. […]

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I’ll be your cheerleader

Four years ago today, heaven received a new citizen.  He was always meant to be there, but it took over 80 years for him to arrive.  His given name was Gerald, but to almost everyone, he was known as Jerry (or Jer, or even Big Jer (BJ), as his family lovingly referred to him). Jerry […]

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It’s all about the baby

This morning, as I watched a beautiful snowfall and talked to Jesus, I sensed a need to pray for those who will be celebrating Christmas without a loved one, especially those who are going through their first Christmas without that special person. The snow prevented my daughter from making the trip to her dad’s, as […]

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Reconciling tragedy with praise

I know a woman who has endured some tragic circumstances in her life. For the most part, her childhood was ideal.  She grew up in a small town with married parents, three brothers and a sister.  They didn’t have a lot of money, but they always had enough.  They went to church every Sunday, and […]

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