Category: Trials

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What’s Your Foundation?

Is your faith is based on church attendance, homeschooling, Scripture memorization,reading a certain Bible, Calvinism, or other “good” works or denomination? Pride in “we don’t smoke, drink, cuss, chew or go to movies” is a house built on sand with a crashing waves approaching. Take a minute to examine your foundation. Do you depend on God […]

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In Memory of My Daughter

She was beautiful, giving, amazingly talented. She was the most loving person I have ever known. She loved her children emormously and was usually seen with one of them in her loving embrace. Her laugh was infectious. She was inspirational, amazingly creative in business, crafts, and art. She was the peace maker in our family. She was […]

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17 Characteristics of a Codependent

I am a recovering codependent and survivor of a narcissistic abuse. See my story here. I believe this problem is widespread in the homeschool movement. I want to share some of the resources that have really helped me. Codependents have a tendency to get involved in abusive painful relationships with people who are unreliable and emotionally unavailable.  My situation is described […]

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In the Valley

My ex-husband, Ron Scarlata passed away Sunday. My children are in deep grief. In times of great stress like death of a family member we have to rely on God’s strength, not our own. Oswald Chambers said, “We are not built for the mountains and the dawns and aesthetic affinities, those are for moments of inspiration, that […]

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Is Suffering Optional?

As a “Christian” is suffering optional? Can we exist at peace and at ease with the world around us?

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Make Friends with The Problems In Your Life

I have had a rough few days, hospitalized, poked, prodded and frustrated dealing with the medical system. I am home now after a blood transfusion and my blood counts are lower now than I went in. Translation- all that for nothing. I was throwing a little pity party this morning my sweet friend Dolores read […]

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Feeling Alone in Church

We moved to Tennessee three years ago and started attending a local church. The people are sweet. kind, and loving. But after three years I still feel like I don’t really know anyone. I taught Sunday school, children’s church, VBS, camp, etc. I got to know some of the other workers but …I still felt […]

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Sufferings Deeper than Physical Pain

Jesus loved more than any human could ever love, yet He was rejected and denied by family and friends. Being rejected and misunderstood can be a deeper pain than any physical sufferings.

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Powerful Video Reveals the Love of Jesus in Action

Powerful video plus Free lesson plan from the “Wisdom: An Internet-Linked Unit Study.” Includes 4-Step lesson from the book PLUS memory verses, worksheets, and an excellent sermon outline by Dr Charles Stanley. 14 Pages PDF.

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My Birthday Gift From God

Today is my birthday. Last night was Prayer Meeting at church. I couldn’t get my mind off family problems. I sniffled through the prayers and wiped away tears quickly before anyone raised their head from praying to catch me crying. After the service I scurried to the bathroom to fix my make up. God forbid […]

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The Most Powerful Promise in the Bible

I silently grieve daily, with a burden only my closest family members  know about. It is an inexpressible profound pain, forever lingering just below the surface. It is my weakest area. Satan knows this. When I’m tired or ill he whispers reminders to my soul, catching me off guard and throwing me into an aching, […]

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Journey to Wholeness

Last week I was admitted to the local hospital for 4 days. Tuesday I went to the Vanderbilt Emergency Room with the same stomach problems. I returned home this morning (Friday)…Diagnoses: either the last doctor was wrong about my Crohns diagnoses or I’ve been healed. Praise the Lord!

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Spiritual Roots of Diseases (Fear)

I went to a conference on the spiritual roots of diseases. It should be no surprise that there are spiritual roots to many diseases.  Christians have  same statistics in the areas of cancer, heart disease, depression, divorce, diabetes, etc.  as unbelievers. Diseases are choking the church! God’s Spirit dwelling in us does not mean we […]

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Fruit Comes After the Storm

How do you respond to life’s trials? Do you feel sorry for yourself and get depressed? Do you cast blame and grow bitter and angry? Or do you turn to our Father and ask, “What is Your purpose in this?” Our responses to difficulties are powerful lessons not written on a blackboard. Our students are […]

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Brick Walls Are There for a Reason

This week’s quote is from The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch, a young professor dying of cancer. See the video here. “….the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They are there to stop the other people…..Brick walls are there for a reason. They give us a chance […]

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View from the Back of an Ambulance

Is there anything more sobering than an hour ride in an ambulance with flashing lights and screaming sirens? Yes, there is. When the paramedic in the back of the ambulance takes your BP and says to the ambulance driver, “You better speed it up” SPEED IT UP? Yep, that is even more sobering. Rejoice: This […]

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Light in the Dark Valley

I was overwhelmed to tears at the caring comments I received from my I’m-in-a-dark-valley-pray-for-me post. After I wrote the post, I had to leave for the day (errands, dentist, house closing). I didn’t get back to the hotel until 8 pm to find you all reaching out to me in compassion, lovingly, without judgment and […]

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We Can Rejoice in Weakness

I recently  listened to a powerful audio message by Nancy Leigh DeMoss on pride. You would think  struggles with sin should be enough to keep me humble. In my lifetime, I have broken every commandment. I have failed God and He has been displeased with me. I battle with sins of bitterness, complaining, impatience, and […]

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Loneliness, Solitude??

“As Christians, we are called to convert our loneliness into solitude. We are called to experience our aloneness not as a wound but as a gift–as God’s gift–so that in our aloneness we might discover how deeply we are loved by God.” ~ Henri Nouwen ~ What a hoot for this week’s quote to be […]