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Homeschooling – Making It Work!

Are You Homeschooling? I was a homeschool mom for over two decades. Yikes! We survived and lived to tell about it. Stranger still – my own children are schooling their offspring. Here’s an article I wrote a few years back about making it work. *This article was originally published at Crosswalk.com. “We want to go to…

Lower Your Expectations

I laughed when I saw this at the store because “Lower your expectations and then you won’t be disappointed” is something my friend, Nancy, and I say to each other. Lower your expectations in THINGS THAT DO NOT MATTER! Give Grace where you can and encouragement when you can. Love all those imperfect quirky humans…

Mommy, What Happens When We Die?

Answering big questions from our little ones doesn’t have to be traumatic. I always tried to answer my children’s questions about death in a simple, loving way. This is a story I wrote about my daughter, Ashley, who is now 33-years-old. Waking to a loud noise, I sleepily headed towards the light in the kitchen. Who…

Did We Promise All That?

  Last night at a wedding, listening to the vows, made me think of our wedding. I asked Ron, “did we promise all that?” His reply, “Don’t you remember?” So long ago – but we’ve certainly lived it. Richer or poorer. Sickness and health. Till death do us part.   The last five years have put…

Count Your Blessings

  There was a day when the only thing I had to care for was my ’75 red Mustang. One husband, four kids, and ten grandchildren later – my life is MORE. More complicated. More laughter. More tears. More joy. More pain. More people. More problems. More to pray for. More to love. Just MORE….

My Missing Cheese Toast Lesson

“I never got my cheese toast or utensils,” I complained to my husband. “The waitress is not doing a very good job.” Others in our large group started to grumble. We were on vacation, we were hungry, and the service was just plain lousy. The next time the waitress came to our table, my husband…

Was Jesus a Woman Hater?

What place does God give women in society? Ever since God made Eve, He has created half of the world’s population with two X chromosomes. Jesus gave women a significant place in his life and ministry and He elevated the status of women in Jewish society. Women played an important role in the early church…

Under The Shadow Of Your Wings

Four years ago, my life changed dramatically when my husband, Ron, became too ill to work. I cancelled my upcoming speaking engagements to care for him. When his job was terminated due to his extended medical leave, I stopped writing. I was wordless. For a time, it seemed as if we had lost everything. Looking…

Making Up

“You have what God gave you and what you can do with a lipstick pencil.” –My Modeling Agent, Eileen Ford J. Vernon Magee, an old time radio evangelist, was approached with the question of whether Christian women should wear make-up. He answered, “If the barn needs painting, paint it!” Make-up allows us to accentuate the…

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