empiresend

Empire’s End

THREE YEARS went by before Paul began ministering in earnest after his Damascus road experience. Have you ever wondered what happened during those three years? Where in Arabia did he go? Who did he meet there?

loss, grief, death, baby, miscarriage, mothers, children

Letter From Heaven

Yesterday was Mother’s Day. For many this is a joyous occasion of celebrating the love of our mothers or being celebrated by our children). But for some it can be bittersweet . . . or just plain bitter: those who have lost a mother or a child, and those who are longing to be mothers. This is the first mother’s day since my littlest grandson Jamie went to be with Jesus. Here is a poem I wrote for my daughter-in-love to encourage her and to honor our memory of Jamie. May it be a blessing to others who have children who have gone on ahead of them. Letter from heaven…

within these walls, mothers, young children, mothers day

Within These Walls

An encouraging word for mothers of young children. “If you mainly notice the clutter of toys, the undone chores, the dust…then you don’t see everything I see within these walls…”

truth, empty tomb, resurrection, Easter

He is Risen!

Happy Easter! May this Easter season be filled with blessings and a renewed hope, love, and joy in Christ Jesus! See also: Easter bonnets, bluebonnets

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Happy Palm Sunday

Originally posted on Delana's World:
The Palm   From my bedroom window Between two, white plastered Houses, Stands the stately date palm High above it all— And down the wall, Cascading fuchsia bougainvillea Like a waterfall. Weathering summer heat and Winter winds, The stately palm waves its limbs Shouting Hallelujahs To its Maker The…

windows, glass, colored windows, church windows

Breaking Off

When I was growing up there was a commercial and radio jingle for the candy bar Kit Kat that said something like — Give me a break, give me a break, break me off a piece of that Kit Kat bar. Well, I need a break. I need a media input break. Between news headlines, work, and even the fun stuff, I have found myself in overload.

deuteronomy, testing, difficulties, trials, Lake Zakher, UAE, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain

Remember, Remember, Remember

Remember, remember, remember . . . oh, and do not forget! It has amazed me how many times the Lord says the words “remember” or “do not forget.” Whenever reading the Old Testament, I often seek to understand the application for us as believers today. Many of the admonitions to remember…

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Price of Freedom

Many thoughts go through my mind every September 11 . . . as I am sure it does for many of you. We think about where we were and what our circumstances were and where our loved ones were. We think about those we lost…and our friends who lost loved ones….and even strangers we have met who lost loved ones…

Compassion, Yoke, gentle, rest, parenting

Learning from the Best

Though Jesus was never a physical parent on earth, I would say He knows a thing or two about parenting! He is God; He is Shepherd; He is Creator; He is Love. Recently, I opened theCompassion, Yoke, gentle, rest, parenting Word asking the Lord to direct my steps and give me wisdom in parenting. The following very familiar verses were viewed with a new perspective.

Jamie's feet

Thirty-Four Minutes

Thirty-four minutes is a poem written upon the birth and death of my second grand child. Great reflection for anyone who has lost a child or has experienced a miscarriage or still birth. Grief, loss, love.

my great aunt

Five Reasons My Great Aunt is Cooler Than Yours

  5. She’s turning 90 years old soon and daily uses a computer, an IPad, and a smart phone. 4. She uses Facebook to keep up with all her children, grand-children, great grandchildren, grand-nieces (me), and even my children and grandchildren (and remembers all of their names). 3. She Skypes with me when I’m living…

hope, faith, inspiration, scripture

Hope

“MOM. THANK YOU FOR NEVER GIVING UP ON ME!” This phrase and two encouraging verses might be just what you need to hear today if you are parenting a child who is discouraged, broken hearted, grieving, or suffering from RAD or FASD.

field, Thailand, Fathers

Loved No Less

(An adopted child’s Father’s Day tribute.) We often hear about birthmothers and the need (especially around Mother’s Day) for an adopted child to have time to think about, pray for, or send a card and picture to the birthmother. We do not often hear about Father’s Day and biological or “birth” fathers. Maybe because in…

pregnancy, labor, waiting

Ketchup and Traffic Lights

Heinz ketchup used to have a commercial jingle that talked about anticipation making us wait. Traffic lights make us wait. Both are red. Therefore, red must equal waiting. Red could also describe paper cuts in the “paper pregnancy” of the adoption journey!

dark night, starless night, city lights

A Thousand for One

  A thousand crystal glasses crashing to the floor A thousand piercing needles poking, stabbing, more A thousand years of hunger leaving lonely longings A thousand pounds of pressure coming on so strongly A thousand starless nights A thousand blinding lights (breathe, just breathe) A thousand warriors wielding blades that slash the darkness A thousand…

palm trees, Palm Sunday, Hallelujah

The Stately Palm

The Palm   From my bedroom window Between two, white plastered Houses, Stands the stately date palm High above it all— And down the wall, Cascading fuchsia bougainvillea Like a waterfall. Weathering summer heat and Winter winds, The stately palm waves its limbs Shouting Hallelujahs To its Maker The King.   DH Stewart January 2005…