It’s in the “Trusting”

It’s in the “Trusting”

It’s in the “Trusting”

I know personally how hard it is to embrace a prodigal season.  When your child turns their back on the faith you exampled to them throughout their growing years, it is devastating.  Their betrayal of you and to God is so painful. The idea of embracing  this season seems sickening.  Your heart is broken.  I get it. How could God allow this to happen?  You may ask, “Why, Lord?” When faced with any hard season, trusting God is essential.  It’s especially hard when you fear for your child and all they will endure.  You fear the damage that will be

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The Hardest Seasons

The Hardest Seasons

I have a fairly long list of friends who are the topic of my prayers – and their prodigal (teen and adult) children.  Once you have a prodigal of your own, you identify with the emotional trauma others are going through.  It can be the most gut-wrenching of seasons! Several weeks ago, as I recovered from sickness after my first chemo treatment, God and I had a discussion about the true desires of my heart.  My previous plans for this blog were suddenly blurry and uncertain.  I knew God was up to something, so I asked Him, “How can I

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Finishing Well – A Gift to Generations

Finishing Well – A Gift to Generations

One week ago today, when news came that Billy Graham had died, I didn’t get down in the dumps over it.  I celebrated!  In my mind, I joined the worship – not of Billy but of Jesus for the life of Billy Graham.  Billy would never want us to worship him, but rather his Savior!  His focus was always pointing others to Jesus.  That was the true pattern of his life. I don’t think I ever knew of a more Christ-like person.  Did (or do) you?  He treated others with love and forgiveness, no matter what they had done or

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Meet My Friend, Cathy

Meet My Friend, Cathy

When facing surgery, even minor surgery, I try to focus on something other than the reality of what’s ahead.  You’ve heard it before. Laughter is the best medicine. The physical effects of laughter:  it boosts your energy, strengthens your immune system, and protects you from the damage of stress.  It decreases pain, decreases stress hormone levels, and improves your mood.  All are good things we need when having surgery! God tells us in His Word: A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength. (Proverbs 17:22) Introducing my new friend, Cathy! Actually, Cathy isn’t a

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Ten More Good Years

Ten More Good Years

He said she only had about ten more good years.  What?  Only ten good ones before the aging tide swallows us into a sea of doctor visits and pain from this  ailment or that? Five years ago, a friend told me something profound.  She said her older brother told her she should do all she wanted to do in her lifetime – and very soon.  He said she only had about ten more good years.  What? A. L. I’ve never forgotten that statement, and neither has my friend.  My friend and I laugh about her brother’s remark every time we’re

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My Story, My Song

My Story, My Song

When God led me to create this blog about embracing the fifty and beyond season of life, I had no clue what was ahead, what was in store for me in my 57th year.  With the diagnosis of two diseases, I refuse to allow these struggles to bring a negative tone to my writing. Yes, God is mighty, and He is with me!  Every Christian has great hope in the Lord.  We are assured of our safety as we cling to Him. Image Source I promise to give updates about general medical aspects here and there, but in no way

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How I Ruined My Friend’s 50th Birthday

How I Ruined My Friend’s 50th Birthday

Are you a menopausal mama who struggles to lose weight?  If so, I hope you’re encouraged by today’s post.  If you aren’t someone who struggles with weight, share this article with friends who might!  🙂 Do you often regret predicting what may lie ahead in someone’s life?  Why do I have to negatively share what to expect during mental pause (my term for menopause)?  Sometimes I really put my foot in it! I apologized to a friend recently for ruining her big 5-0 celebration earlier this year.  I ruined it by giving her some (unsolicited) advice about aging through her

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When Life Gives You Lemons, Put Up a Lemonade Stand!

When Life Gives You Lemons, Put Up a Lemonade Stand!

  Welcome to my lemonade stand!  (Actually, that’s my daughter and her friend in our driveway many years ago with their lemonade stand.)  Lifestyle changes can be good.  Embrace This Season represents my focus on healthy living by growing gracefully through my fall season of life – and on into the winter season in future years. I’ve had a blog going for five years (at Curtain Queen Creates) where I encourage women to create the home they love to live in. It’s been a lot of fun, and inspiration flooded my soul at a feverish pitch for home projects over four

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