A Great Easter Activity!

This is a great practical activity for our kids to do from my Devotional to show them that we are forgiven of our sins through Jesus! Thank you, Lord!!! Happy Easter!!!❤️

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I turned 44 a few days ago (34 at heart!). This is the first birthday without my dad here. I was so grateful to be able to celebrate with my three kids, Bates, Brooklyn, and Gracie, and my husband, Christian. I did miss so much hearing my dad’s words for the first time ever – “Happy Birthday, Linsey.” Those simple words. I know you’ve experienced your own difficult things – joy laced with sorrow. 

As our eyes are opened more and more to this world, don’t we see more and more of the pain here? And, also more and more of the joys here? Life on earth means carrying both.

I am constantly reminded that even though we might feel like settlers here, we’re not. We’re not meant to stay here. We are meant to be with Jesus forever. Peace forever. That will come one day. In the meantime, Lord, would you heal our hearts of the painful things that hurt. Would you open our eyes and hearts to love the sweet moments you pour into our laps? Show us how to carry both, the pain and the joys. Thank you that you always have done that very thing. Carried the pain and the joy together. Especially through giving Jesus for us – the pain in Jesus giving his life for us, & the joy of eternity that came the instant He was raised to life. The forever forgiveness, and pure joy that came with that. Oh God, thank you! We don’t take that for granted. Thank you that we can choose you, that we can enter Life with You by simply giving you our hearts. Oh we do, Lord. Help us in the meantime, Lord, to see your kingdom here, to weep with those who weep and to experience your kingdom, to rejoice with those who rejoice and to experience your kingdom, to let your love lead us, guide us, be in us, so your kingdom is here with us, a moment at a time. We love you, Lord. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

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The Problem with not Wanting to “Bother” a Grieving Friend

It can be quite easy when a close friend is grieving to say to yourself, “I don’t want to bother her.” To send flowers or drop a meal off without seeing her.

But, what if everyone does that because no one wants to bother her? Then, who is sitting with her in her grief? Who is giving her space to talk about the one she has loved for so long but lost?

To keep the person alive in her heart, it helps to talk about him.

To not feel alone.

To know people loved him dearly, and love her also.

To know that they care.

Not all people will want someone there, and I’m not saying to overstay your welcome. But, I think it can be helpful and comforting to give your friend a hug, to talk about how much you loved the person and to simply ask if they’d like you to stay or want some time alone.

She might want to be alone or she might want to talk with you or share stories or sit quietly with you for a while.

Everyone is so different, so we need to find out what they want – the best way to do that? To ask them.

It might help her to spend some time with you so she doesn’t feel alone in her grief.

Even if it’s just a few minutes – the hug of someone close to you makes you feel like you’re walking this road with friends who love you and it just makes the burden a bit lighter.

If you’re not sure if you should call or text because you don’t want to bother the person – call or text. Just telling them you love them and are thinking about them or praying for them. If they don’t want to be bothered, they won’t answer the phone.

But, they will know that someone cared so much for them because they reached out. ❤

Lord, help us love one another deeply by considering their interests. Give us the wisdom to know how to be there for those we love who are hurting so they know we are with them and that you are with them also. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2

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Mama, the mess won’t last forever

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After 8 months, my dad is home!!!!!!

After 8.5 months of being in the hospital from covid, my dad is finally home!!!!!!!!! 

Being told several times from doctors over the past year that he had hours to live, and then him pulling through, makes all of this such a miracle. We have all been through so much, especially my dad, but He. Is. Home. 

To be able to facetime my dad this morning At. Their. House. with mom sitting next to him Was. Amazing. I asked him how it felt to be sitting right next to mom at home and he said, “Wonderful.”

Yesterday morning before my dad came home, his iPhone stopped working. So, once he arrived home, after all this time, and they opened the ambulance doors, the first thing he said after my brother Brett said, “Welcome home, Dad!”, was, “Brett, did you get my iPhone working?” while throwing his hands up in the air. Haha! That’s so my dad with getting right to the point. 

The second he got out of the ambulance and saw his waterfall, the trees, and his flowers, a breeze washed over his face after 8 months of being inside the hospital. He closed his eyes, took it all in, and said, “Incredible.” The simple things.

As they wheeled him by his roses and his waterfall, in typical dad fashion, he wanted to make sure the transporters saw the waterfall and liked it. (: 

Getting to come into his home, his family room, by his fireplace, with so many windows and trees, and the beauty of just being home with mom. What a gift. We’re so grateful to the Lord for bringing him home.

Please be praying for this big transition to go well, for the rest of the nurse slots to get filled (especially night nurses!), and for my dad to make a lot of progress quickly. Thank you to all of you who have been praying, continue to pray, and are walking with us. It means the world. 

This has been a tough road, and we know there are a lot of things that will be overwhelming and great and tough now too, but to have him home. There’s nothing like it. There’s no place like home.

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