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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…”

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The Keeper of My Heart

Heartsong Three: The Keeper of My Heart How deep the thoughts that flow from me, puzzling, yet freeing. Oh, the wonder of Your love for me, the wonder of it all. To make You love me more, not a thing I can do. Nor anything to cause You to love me less. To see the…

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A Personal Psalm of Thanksgiving Let us come together rejoicing, Joyfully singing of our Great and Awesome God. Lifting to His throne our voices, Bowing on our knees, Shouting through the village streets “How marvelous is the Lord, Our God!” Come, come with me my brothers and my sisters, Let us offer up thanksgiving To…

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Gold-Rimmed Mirror

think especially about my 90-year old grandmother, my only surviving grandparent. About a decade ago, I wrote a poem reflecting on childhood visits to my grandmother’s house. This is her first grandparent’s day not in her home…the home I have such fond memories of visiting.

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Happy Memorial Day & Happy Flag Day

Delana’s World wishes you a blessed Memorial Day weekend! Be safe! And don’t forget to fly the flag on Flag Day June 14! View: Freedom Rising Free to Lead See also: May 2013 Holidays and activities June 2013 Holidays and activities

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I Choose You

nspired by the poem “I Like You” by Sandol Stoddard Warburg, I wrote this poem collaborating with my daughter, told as if she were speaking to me. After reading it together, she hugged me and said the part that is now the last stanza of this poem. My high-school English teacher introduced me to the poem “I Like You,” which is now available as a book.

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Adoptive Mothers are Real Mothers, Too!

Many well-meaning people ask adoptive mothers if the child who does not resemble them is their “real” child. From time-to-time an adopted child will even say to his/her mother, “You’re not my REAL Mother!” By real both mean biological. With Mother’s Day weekend approaching, my daughter and I chose fun books from the library on mothers. I chose to review one of them–the one about adoptive mothers. You’re Not My REAL Mother! by Molly Friedrich

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It’s About Three

Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day. There are stories about St. Patrick using the Shamrock (common clover) to explain the Trinity. With Easter in March this year, it provides a great opportunity to reflect on the Trinity: One God, yet uniquely three persons – -Father, Son, and Spirit. One of my favorite analogies for the Trinity…

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To My Lover on Valentine’s Day

Lover, I will always love you. I cherish every moment that we’ve shared. Lover, You are loving, loyal, true. Your constant devotion keeps me devoted, too. Years have become milestones marked by Dedication, compassion, protection. Your strength always Comforts me, consoles me, cares for me. Lover, You are a true and faithful friend. Your love…

Following a Star

The Magi waited for the coming Messiah and followed the star. We waited for a little girl and followed our hearts. After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the…

Easter Bonnet, Bluebonnets

Yes, Easter is still a few days away, but I thought I would get an early start! I love Easter, and I love the bluebonnets that are always blooming in the springtime in Texas! Though I haven’t bought or worn a new Easter bonnet in many years, I have always loved Easter bonnets. Something about…

An Old Doll New

Me and my doll in Germany in 1971. [My Grandmother gave me the doll, and I believe she made the dress for me and my doll.]                         Jade and my old doll with new clothes, Christmas 2011.

First Christmas in America

Jade with her Grandparents December 2008 — her first Christmas in America. “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” –Isaiah 9:6 (KJV) “God…

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Steel Towers

In honor of Memorial Day and Father’s Day, here is something I wrote in 2003– Fathers Free to Lead Walking through town, Steel towers, can’t be knocked down Straight and tall, firm foundation. Lifting holy hands and faces Raise up these leaders to lead, Lord, raise up these baby brothers Fathers, old men, young men,…