sitting by the well

What Do You Do When You Can’t Find a Rainbow?

I peered over the steering wheel, my heart burdened by many things. Despite the rain pelting against the front windshield, sunlight streamed through my side window. Desperately, I searched the sky for a rainbow—knowing that if I spied a rainbow, my spirits would lift....

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Grandparents Day of Prayer

Today I present my dear friend and co-director, Lillian Penner, to introduce Grandparents Day of Prayer. Grandparents’ Day of Prayer By Lillian Penner If you visit a Hallmark store in the next few weeks, you'll discover cards for National Grandparents Day. This...

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Practicing Piety

Jesus chastised the scribes and Pharisees for practicing piety, falsely. “You are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness. So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you...

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A Grandparent is Like a Farmer

Which Farmer Will Yield a Harvest? A farmer trudges through the field with his muck boots squishing in puddles left by an early spring rain. He grips an old hoe in his right hand, and a pouch heavy with seeds is slung over his opposite shoulder. Every movement he...

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Afternoon Phone Call

A phone call from our youngest son in the middle of the afternoon was my first clue that something in his life was amiss. His words “Mom, are you doing anything important?” was my second clue. A pit formed in my stomach, as questions swirled in my brain. Why was our...

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Praying for Teens

Teens Struggle to Belong Teens who are desperate for a place to belong walk awkwardly along the fringe, trying to keep in step with a group of wayward peers. Weeks pass, and their awkwardness disappears. Within weeks, these teens are found standing in the way of...

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Prayer Stations for Grandparents

Are you are looking for a one-day event to encourage the grandparents at your church to be more intentional about praying for their grandchildren? The following prayer stations were adapted from a workshop held at the South Carolina Daughters of the King Fall Retreat...

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Abandoned Legacies

Was I dreaming? I floated somewhere between a dream state and the reality of a new dawn, wandering through the living room of an abandoned mansion. A shaft of sunlight sneaking through a broken window was dispersed by particles of dust. It offered little illumination,...

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Grandparenting: More than Reese’s Cups and KitKat Bars

Our oldest son observed that—while his maternal grandmother stockpiled Reese’s cups in the freezer and his paternal grandmother stowed KitKat bars in her special drawer— I didn’t keep any candy at home for him to enjoy. Laughingly, I replied, “When I become a...

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