When Suffering Becomes a Gift

We are handing in the keys to our temporary home tomorrow.  After almost 11 months, this place is no longer needed. The most intense part of my husband's Leukemia treatments are behind us. We spent 3 weeks at our real home this month and returned here this week for Bob's check-up and biopsy.  He's still [...]

Holding On

I wrote the following words on January 11, 2015 in my piece titled, Our Spring is coming... "We are looking forward to the end of this storm, this winter that we are in.  We are looking forward to seeing all the signs of spring and new life...The crocus' poking up from beneath the snow, the [...]

A New Perspective

"It is not the 'ministry' you could have ever anticipated or chosen but we are confident in God's ability to help you live it out!" (from a dear pastor and his wife) I pondered those words as winter released its grip. I think God gifts us with creativity to help us cope through the messy [...]

In Our Trouble

"In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33 Trouble.  Jesus promises us trouble.  He didn't say you might have trouble or there is a possibility of having trouble.  He tells us we will have trouble. His words are recorded at the end of chapter 16 in [...]

New Year; New Hope

(I snapped this photo of Bob at the end of January 2015 on the gulf coast of Florida). Someday, once again, Bob will enjoy the simple pleasures of God's creation that he loved so much.  I cherish the above photo because to me it's filled with light and hope. My one word for 2016 is [...]

Our spring is coming

They are telling us that we'll be here until spring.  Who would have thought that we'd be here, in this place, longer than we would be home in the time span of a  year?  It could end up being a total of 8 or 9 months. They tell us we'll be living a "new normal." [...]

An Unexpected Gift

This place so far from home, the one we live in close to the hospital some may call isolation but we call it holy ground. It's a new normal.  A place stripped of most of our possessions but here in the quiet we have found God to be more than enough. His presence is often [...]