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 [...]
My ex-husband, Ron Scarlata passed away Sunday. My children are in deep grief. SCARLATA, Albert Ronald (Ron), died March 3, 2013. Beloved Father survived by 10 children.Celebration of Life Service for will be held on Sunday, March 10th at Long Hollow Baptist Church, 3031 Long Hollow Pike Hendersonville, TN.Visitation begins at 2:00pm, Celebration of Life [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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, [...]
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!
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
“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 [...]