Category: Transitions

My-village

Why a Home is Where Your Story Begins

Our youngest son graduates from college on Sunday. Quite a mile stone for him, and for us. The empty nest just became official. He’s on his own now… along with his five older siblings. *sigh* I woke up thinking about home. About Acts 17:26-27: He marked out their appointed times

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It is good to talk
Aging Parents

It’s Good to Talk

Mothers Day is coming up. You might feel warm hugs wrap around you at that announcement. Maybe tears if your mom is gone. I lost my mom a few years ago, and I really miss her. But not everyone had a wonderful mom like I did. Perhaps you just want

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Wounded Storyteller or Victim: Your Choice
Create your legacy

{Video} Wounded Storyteller or Victim – Your Choice

A spiritual legacy isn’t just about the good times and wonderful memories in your life. It also holds the stories of your wounds. If you’re anything like me, you’ve had your share of hurts, heartache, and betrayal. Don’t waste them In this short video I share why it’s important to

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When It Works to Nap a Baby In the Snow
Grandchildren

How to Nap a Baby In the Snow {a repost}

 (Since I’m out of town today, I’m taking this opportunity to repost of one of my most popular blog posts from 2013: How to Nap a Baby In the Snow. Enjoy!) Hello Monday and Hello Finland! I’m spending a few weeks in Finland with my new grandson. So I thought

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The Secret Weapon Hiding in a Bedtime Story by Susan Gaddis
Grandchildren

The Secret Weapon Hiding in a Bedtime Story

I’d forgotten how much power is in a bedtime story until recently. Our grandson, Kaius, came to visit one evening while his parents were out on a date. They were due to pick him up around 1:00 in the morning. Too late for these grandparents to sit up and wait.

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God's State of the Union Address
Death, grief, and heaven

God’s State of the Union Address

  God’s State of the Union Address was met with wild applause by citizens of the kingdom the other night as He proclaimed the Acceptable Year of the Lord (Luke 4:16-20). Those gathered in the courts of Heaven rose to their feet as King Jesus walked to the podium and

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Don't miss the vailue of Christmas Traditions
Advent

Don’t Miss the Value of Christmas Traditions

“Is your house decorated yet? Is the tree up? Did grandpa hide the pickle? Did she find baby Jesus or is he still lost?” Three granddaughters burst through the front door excited to be at Grandma’s to make a Christmas craft. Yes, the house stood decorated for Christmas … including

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How to Create a Contemplative Legacy With Your Kids
Celtic Christianity

How to Create a Contemplative Legacy With Your Kids

Creating a contemplative legacy with your kids seems impossible with the busy, technological world we live in today. But Kim Bagato proves that it’s possible if parents and grandparents will set aside a daily routine of quiet for their children and grandchildren. I felt honored to record Kim’s story recently

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10 Easter Ideas to Help You Build Memories
Easter

10 Easter Ideas to Help You Build Memories

It’s been a busy month and this week I’m teaching at a Y.W.A.M. Ministry Development School. And … big confession here … I’m not ready for Easter. Not even a little, tiny bit. And Easter is this coming Sunday!  I want Easter to be special. Something my kids and grandkids

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Heaven is real
Death, grief, and heaven

Heaven Walks Beside You

Cushioned fields of velvety-soft, green grass sprinkled with bright-colored flowers scenting the air with lavender and honeysuckle. Laughter rippling the blue, blue sky as a familiar voice calls your name. You know this place. At least you think you do. You’ve never been here, but you have. It just feels

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