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no more pain

Why is my pain unending and
my wound grievous and incurable?
Jeremiah 15:18
My heart is heavy because of the intense chronic headache pain of a new friend and the emotional pain of an old friend.  The pain of my friends, my daily pain, plus the suffering in the world often feels overwhelming.  It gives me hope to remember that “there will come a day, no more tears, no more pain, no more fears” (Jeremy Camp).  When our pain feels unending we can know that there will be an end to our pain.

This day is an actual day that will occur.  It is not some far-off dream, but a reality and one we can look forward to like we would a wedding or a birth.  For important days there are preparations and anticipation. Let’s prepare for and anticipate the day that we will be free from pain.  God will wipe every tear from our eyes.  There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain (based on Revelation 21:4).

“If you are hurting today, take heart. Every day you are one day closer to the other side of your pain.”  Chrystie Cole 

“Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth.  The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.  But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create ….”  Isaiah 65:1

To hear Jeremy Camp’s song There Will be a Day click here. 

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Shine like stars

You shine like stars in the universe
As you hold out the word of life …
Philippians 2:15-16
Recently, our very dear family friend, Liz LaVelle, was in a fatal car wreck.  She turned twenty-years-old in June.  Liz knew how to “cultivate inner beauty”.  She had a passion for helping foster children and convinced her parents to be relief foster parents. My sister Elizabeth wrote this poem to honor Liz, and I wanted to share it with you. 

For She is Shiny

is death final?
i say no.
it is a period.
at the end of a beautiful run on sentence.
in the midst of a beautiful novel.
a novel where there is, written between the lines,
a message
a secret message
not one bottled up at sea
never plainly seen
but sung so clearly
no, death is not the end

it’s a springboard for life
for her to unveil her love
to shine on
and to shine in
to her precious family here
she knows that love is eternal
that it lives
alive in our souls

it is good to remember
to read again the lines
to read again between them
because there
you will find her
for she is shiny
her truth in life
her love in death
is shiny

Elizabeth Smith Kendrick


Liz’s grandmother is my “Mama Sherrill”  Click here to read about her

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You will be like a well-watered garden,
Like a spring whose waters never fail.
Isaiah 58:11
“Soul growth begins when we actively embrace ourselves, even in seeming failure.  It took a while, just as a new plant takes a while to become itself, but living generatively, cultivating my soul soil … became the call of God to me.”  Luci Shaw, Water My Soul    
The Lord will guide you always;
He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land ….
You will be like a well-watered garden,
Like a spring whose waters never fail.
Isaiah 58:11
 For Christine — who waited, watched, and now knows the answer is “Dallas”.  I miss you already.

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  Blessed are those who are generous…
 Proverbs 22:9  
Question of the day:
Why does it please God when we “do good” and “share with others”?
Doing good + sharing = person feels loved
While thinking about this question, I realized how many people in the past two months have been good to me and shared with me.  I feel very loved and would like to say thank you…
– to my Aunt Carol and Uncle Bob, for sharing their lake house
– to the person who hid $100 in my purse
– to Angela, for helping me fold clothes
– to Steena and Missy G., for editing
– to Renni, for listening and sharing her wisdom
– to my husband, for regularly taking our three children to the grocery store
– to my parents, for a gift card for my anniversary
– to Stacy W., for paying for a babysitter for my anniversary date
– to Melissa, for her kindness to my children
– to D.J., for sending Aubrey Anne to tennis camp
– to Christine, for sharing her pool
– to Stacy J., for also sharing her pool
– to Mrs. Alice, for sharing her beautiful garden
– to my sister, for sending two of my kids to a day camp at Owl Hill’s Nature Sanctuary
– to my parents, for feeding my children breakfast every day while we were in Nashville (and all the other things they did to help me)
– to Andrea, for giving me the book “The House that Cleans Itself”
– to Missy and Leslie S., for giving me time and advice
– to Leslie C., for sharing her heart
– to the Osmans, for sharing their spacious place
– to the Lord, for all of my family and friends  
my son Preston

my son Preston


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