Respite

By: Heather Wolper When my mom was sick, dear friends offered our family an escape from the harsh reality of cancer by the sandy shore of the ocean.  We forgot about treatments and timelines and how many days might be left. We watched the sun rise and fall and dipped...

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I’m Taking Off My Crown

By: Mary Ellen Collins I’m taking off my crown. For almost 50 years, I have lived under a curse. “We don’t like you.” “You are not a part of our family.” “Stay away.” “You are not welcome.” I have even had birthday cards returned to me. These words have pierced...

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Seeing in Black and White

By: Danielle Ilacqua (Guest Blogger) Feeling like I have the scarlet letter “G” on my chest, I push forward in this thing we call life, just short a couple days of the three-month mark of my mom’s passing. It’s uncanny how grief works and everything seems to be magnified yet simplified....

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Wholly Undone

By: Christine Fishel I’ve been reading Ann Voskamp’s The Broken Way: A Daring Path Into The Abundant Life. I feel like I know her, like she’s a kindred spirit, this mother-daughter-wife I’ve never met. She’s a lover of Jesus. And, based on her writing, she strives to stop striving and to...

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God Sees Your Tears

By: Danielle Ilacqua (Guest Blogger) As Mother’s Day approaches and I see hundreds of commercials for flowers or cards, I just shrink back into a hole and wish for the passage of time quickly. The first year, which is the firsts of everything without your mom, is the toughest. That’s what “they”...

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Will the Pain Ever Go Away?

By: Mary Ellen Collins Recently I was asked by a new motherless daughter, “Will the pain ever go away?” That is such a very hard question to answer. It all just depends on so many factors. Each woman’s loss is unique. This woman was raised in a single parent home...

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What Do You Do When God Says, “No?”

By: Danielle Ilacqua (Guest Blogger) Let’s face it, none of us are going to get out of this life alive. Knowing that doesn’t make it any easier when we are confronted with death knocking at our front door.  What happens when we aren’t ready for this chapter in our lives...

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Happy Anniversary to Us

By: Mary Ellen Collins Last month was an anniversary of sorts. It marks the date the we succeeded. God chased me for many years, telling me what He wanted, and like so many in the old Testament, I ran, I hid, I ignored and quarreled with Him. I said “No.”...

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The Phone Call That Changed My Life

By: Julie Thompson There are certain moments in time that change our lives forever. For me, one of those moments was when I learned my mom had passed away. It was eight years ago, but I still remember it like it was yesterday. I remember waking up at 12:40 a.m....

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Freedom

By: Mary Ellen Collins F-R-E-E-D-O-M! I am so happy with myself. I am capable. I am competent. I did something yesterday that I had wanted to do for a long time. Woohoo! So why was I so afraid to get on an adult Trike? After all, it is nothing but...

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