When The Holidays Are Bittersweet

By: Julie Thompson Christmas has always been my favorite holiday. As a child, I have fond memories of going with my parents and younger brother to the Christmas tree farm. We would brave the cold and snow in search of the “perfect” Christmas tree. Once we got the tree back...

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The Gift of Gratitude

By: Heather Wolper The other day I sat at a red light on my way to the grocery store. As I waited, I began to tick through a mental list of things we needed, milk, eggs, grapes, bread. . . And then I noticed the line of cars crossing my...

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40 Days of Prayer for Motherless Daughters: 2017

By: Mary Ellen Collins I hate the hype of Christmas!  Holidays are such a lonely time. The commercialism of the holidays drills home the loneliness I feel. Perfect Norman Rockwell family portraits splashed everywhere – magazines, ads, and TV channels. Pictures of multi-generational families gathered together with large smiles, hugs,...

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Be Careful What You Pray For

By: Christine Fishel At the end of 2016, I was exhausted from the distress of helping to move my parents into an assisted living facility. At 48, I was struggling to keep my energy level up to continue my mothering of 4 school-age children, keeping the house together while my...

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Grief = “Peeling the Onion”

By: Cara Barth “Life is like an onion. You peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep.” ~ Carl Sandburg I was thinking this week about the coming holidays and how this time of year can be so difficult for folks and be a real trigger for grief...

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The Day Our Family Experienced A Miracle

By: Heather Wolper Last Saturday, after cartoons and breakfast around our kitchen island, my husband found our sweet, ornery, six-year-old boy, unconscious and barely breathing.  While I was upstairs getting ready for the day, my husband quickly lifted our precious boy, who had been talking excitedly about fishing and riding...

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Opening Grief’s Door…AGAIN!

By: Cara Barth So how many times have I heard from friends, family, and even myself these words, “I thought I was DONE with feeling this pain…when will it end!?” Well, let me tell you, A LOT! I find myself having these thoughts now and then, especially when I am...

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Help For The Weary

By: Heather Wolper Sometimes life hits like a flood, covering land that was fertile and green with deep muddy water. The blooms and crops of harvest disappear beneath the weight of water and silt. Bone numbing weariness sets in overwhelming the strongest of backs and the most resilient of workers....

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When Guilt Sets In

By: Amanda Loduca (Guest Blogger) Everyone who’s lost a mother has a different story to tell. Many are quick to include a phrase that digs deep and hurts my soul, because I cannot say the same: “My mom was my best friend.” I am truly happy for those women who...

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Trust and Obey

By: Mary Ellen Collins Being obedient to God’s call is not the easiest thing to do. Sometimes I hear His voice and what He is telling me (I often argue with Him but He still wins), and sometimes I decide to do things not knowing that it is part of...

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