In the past six months I have had to travel. Most of my stops have been to North Jersey. This has given me a tremendous amount of time driving in complete silence.
I wish my travels took me on rural country roads to digest the scenery around me. Unfortunately, I don’t always get to pick the roads towards my destination. Instead, it is a paved road surrounded on each side with other travelers. Continue reading
Ian was preparing for school when a behavioral issue popped up and was sent to his room. His emotional capacity was not able to decipher or understand the consequences of what he was about to do next.
Ian took his life at the age of ten. His mother would have never contemplated this chain of events. No parent suspects their child to take their life. Continue reading
For many of us parents with teens and young adults who struggle and are hurting, we look forward to leaving the past behind and starting anew on New Year’s Day.
This past year, for a few of my friends with teens and young adults were in crisis. They have had to weather the storms of drug addiction, fight for rights in programs, in court praying that the judge will show mercy, to their youth experiencing physical violence.
A common question to God often thought out loud is, “How much more can I take?” Continue reading
As you probably noticed, I haven’t been around much. You see, life takes a lot of twists and turns as a parent and as a person. Since July, I have taken on a full time job along with some new teen challenges to deal with and changes in my personal life.
With busyness, chaos, and craziness, I had wondered on whether or not to even celebrate Christmas. I was tired, weary, and lacked a lot of joy.
I told my husband, “No Christmas tree this year. I don’t have it in me to celebrate.” Several days later I went back to my husband and said, “I changed my mind. Get a Christmas tree!” Continue reading
I am the one who forms light and creates darkness; the one who brings about peace and creates calamity. I am the LORD, who accomplishes all these things.
Cyrus the Great was a pagan king who reigned over Persia between 539—530 BC. During this period, the Jews were suffering from a great calamity. They were in exile, living as captives in Babylon.
One hundred and fifty years before King Cyrus was born, Isaiah the prophet in the Old Testament prophesied that Cyrus the Great would deliver the Jews and rebuild the temple.
In the Book of Isaiah, Chapter 45, the story unfolds about who and how God would choose to deliver His people – The Lord says that King Cyrus will be anointed. He would subdue the nations. He is called by name and will be given a title with honor. He’s been set apart for God’s service even though Cyrus doesn’t acknowledge who God is. All his ways will be directed and he will be the deliverer of God’s chosen that have been in exile and through God, King Cyrus will rebuild the city. Continue reading