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The Inevitable

He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and it’s leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers.  Psalms 1:3 NASB

By: Gretchen Speer

I rearrange my furniture almost every week.  My husband left the living room for a few minutes tonight and when he came back everything was on the opposite side of the room from where it started.

Derek: “Why?”

Me:  “Why What?”

Derek:  “Why did you change it again?  I liked how it was!”

Me:  “Because I like change!  This is a creative outlet for me.”

Derek:  “I just want peace in here.”

My poor husband, I do like change.  I change my purse several times a week, even if I’m perfectly happy with the one I’m carrying.  Change is good; it’s a fresh start, a new adventure…right?

Right.  Well, Sometimes. Continue reading

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An Open Letter to My Mom: A Joyful Song

Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.  Psalm 100:2

By: Sarah Smith

For my Mom’s 70th birthday in 2006, my sister created a scrapbook to celebrate her life.  It contained pictures from my mom’s childhood, young adult years and beyond.  I love to look at that book and remember our time together.  Several pages were a collection of letters written to my mom from those who loved her.   Below is the letter I wrote.  Next to it was a copy of the song “Sing” by Joe Raposo (made popular when the Carpenters performed it on Sesame Street.)

All of my memories of you, Mom, are accompanied by one song or another.  I now know that you had to sing to keep your sanity!  It’s hard to be grumpy with a song in your heart.  This song really brings back the memories and it seems to summarize the way I feel I was raised. Continue reading

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The View from My Phone: Butterflies and Bloom 2013

Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Mark 2:3-5

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I had the awesome opportunity to attend the Fourth Annual Butterflies and Blooms fundraiser for  Saving Grace Inc. of NWA.  The theme was “Be the One”.

Jenny Broughton and Jennifer Mullen

Jenny Broughton and Jennifer Mullen

 

The speaker, Jenny Broughton, was absolutely hysterical but equally inspiring. She talked about the paralyzed man in Mark 2 who was taken to Jesus by his friends.  She said each time we mentor, write a check, or pray we are lifting a corner of the mat and leading these girls to Christ to be healed.  I sure can think of a lot of people who lifted the mat for me! Continue reading

Oldies But Goodies

We are working hard on a new layout for our blog which we hope will help you to be able to locate the posts that you want to read more easily.  We hope to go live with  the new look and our official logo sometime next week.  Until then we will be posting links to old articles on our Facebook page that have been popular or particularly moving to our readers.  (If you haven’t already, go “like” our page now.)

Being that this April is Autism Awareness Month we are going to start by highlighting a two part series on that topic.  We had two amazing guest writers.  One- a parent of a child with Autism and the other a Speech-Language Pathologist.  Enjoy.

Parenting and Autism Spectrum Disorders: Part 1–  By Julie Delucchi

Parenting and Autism Spectrum Disorders: Part 2– By: Laura Merriman