Category Archives: blessings


There is a pervasive and dangerous image in our culture that blessings come in the form of: health, fame, awards, wealth, huge houses, fancy cars, nice clothes, etc… A first class life, rather than a ‘coach’ existence. But is that really a blessed life? What if blessings arrive in the midst of a storm, laughter through tears, or simply a downfall of tears? What if blessings arrive in the midst of pain, sickness, danger, loss, sorrow, suffering?

Laura Story has a beautiful and amazing song called Blessings. If you haven’t seen the video or heard the son, click on the link.

In my own life, the days of comfort have not produced gratitude as much as the dark, lonely moments. The times when I have felt ‘blessed’ according to our culture’s standards have not made me feel closer to God. But the days of loss and pain, when my husband lost his job, when my father passed away, those nights of loneliness when I was single, weeks and months of fear for my unborn child, those painful times produced a deep need in me, which drew me close to the only One who could help–God. It was in the midst of the storms of life when I felt His peace, not the peace this world provides through plenty.

Earlier this month, once again I found myself in the midst of a personal trial. We were on vacation in France, and my husband became very ill. If you’re my Facebook friend, then you probably followed along and prayed for us, and we so appreciated every prayer! He was admitted to a hospital in a small town in France, where few spoke English, and I spoke little French. The rest of my family returned home, but my husband and I were in France, feeling alone and uncertain. Yet, that is where we experienced so many blessings: the comfort and peace that only comes from God, the kindness of strangers, the love and prayers from so many family and friends. It was actually a sweet time, that week spent in Vernon, France, and I am grateful to our God who walked beside us and carried us through that fear; I am grateful to the strangers who offered help; I am grateful to friends and family who reached out from thousands of miles away to pray and to help. Oh the blessings we experienced!

I hope this post doesn’t make you think I don’t have a relationship with Jesus Christ during good times, because I definitely do! But that relationship goes to a whole new level during difficult times. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14: 26-28 Have you experienced similar blessings? What does the word ‘blessings’ mean to you?

Bundles of Joy and baby boys!

Thirteen years ago, I gave birth to my baby boy. It was a long, scary pregnancy, with lots of visits to the doctor, way too many sonograms, and all sorts of prayers tossed heavenward. Thankfully, all the fears were ungrounded, and he was born perfectly healthy. But then two weeks after his birth, we were sitting in the pediatric cardiologists office. Let me just say, I haven’t experienced anything worse than that. It’s not like your baby is born with a crooked nose or one ear higher than the other. We’re talking HEART issues! And my husband and I were SCARED. Believe me, we hit our knees and prayed and prayed and prayed. Now I know many other parents who have had to face worse situations than this, and thankfully my son’s issue resolved itself and his heart was healed. And my heart was changed. God really used that time in my life to change me, and I am so grateful. What a blessing it has been to watch my son grow and mature. He is turning into quite a man, and I am so proud of him and so blessed that God placed him in my care even temporarily. May God continue to bless my son and guide him in His will.

Happy Thanksgiving Blessings!

There are so many blessings to be grateful for and two have really kept me busy lately. One, my daughter has been starring in Annie as Annie. It’s been a wonderful experience, chock full of learning, and we’ve met so many wonderful new friends at the theater. Starting in September, when she got the part, which was totally unexpected since it was only her 2nd audition and we were just hoping for a callback, she began rehearsals that were every week night and most of Saturdays. And now we’ve been in 3 weeks of performances and have four more to go. She performs three times a week. I can’t say enough wonderful things about the folks she has met! Two, my book Forsaken, is due Dec. 1st, so I’ve been very busy working on it and am polishing it like crazy this week before I turn it in. And so, I hope that explains a little why I haven’t been here much. I will try to blog more in the coming year leading up to the launch of my Amish/vampire book in August 2011. However, I am looking forward to just enjoying the holidays with my family throughout the month of December and reading book after book after book.

Blessings to you all,