By: Christy Pearce
She had a cackle that could echo all over the house.
And if you had the rare chance of being around my mom, my Nannie, my sister and me, then you’d hear a chorus of almost nonstop laughter. But my mom’s laugh always seemed to rise above the others.
I wish I could hear that laugh again—and the voice of the sweet soul who owned it. (more…)
By Brenda McGraw
“Here Comes the Bride” was replaced by “Bless the Broken Road” as I walked down a hall to meet my groom and begin our new life together.
Radiance and beauty were my desire as I wore a beautiful cream-colored dress with lace and pearls and a stunning pearl and crystal necklace and earrings for this perfect day we had planned. My long auburn hair was pulled up with curls down the side of my face.
Just two weeks before, my daddy had suddenly passed away and I added one red rose to my bouquet of white roses in honor of him.
My ten-year-old son was on one arm and my fifteen-year-old daughter on the other as they led me to the bottom of the steps to await my groom. He came down to get me, his bride, to join him at (more…)
By Trina Bresser Matous
I love looking at birds. God’s imagination must have been working overtime when He created them. There are so many varieties in amazing colors designed just for their habitat and food source. Summer and fall migration are some of the best times to bird watch because so many species are moving through the area. Many birds that can’t be seen any other time of the year can be found during migration.
Every year God surprises me with a fun new bird in my backyard. Several years ago I was delighted to see an eastern towhee, followed the next year by a veery and then an ovenbird. Last week I was thrilled to see a pair of Cape May warblers in the neighbor’s tree.
Like many birders, I keep a life list – a list of all the birds I have seen, along with when and where I saw them. Currently that list stands at 556. I also keep a list of birds I have seen in my backyard. This contains an amazing forty-two different species – and that’s right in the midst of urban sprawl.
Why do I do this? (more…)
by Kimberly Penix
When I was growing up, my dad was the hardest person to buy gifts for. He didn’t have any hobbies or interests that we could use as a good “go-to” gift starting point. He liked John Wayne movies, but after we had purchased a set of DVDs we couldn’t really take that much farther. He loved chocolate-covered cherries, but giving him $5 worth of candy just didn’t seem enough.
I tried all sorts of gifts through the years. Each one would be kept in the tissue paper it had been wrapped in and neatly put in his dresser drawers. (more…)
by ALisa Casas
ALisa with her daughter Crystal and her sisters Greta and Alexis.
God chooses family relationships to describe the closeness with which we must align ourselves to wisdom and understanding. There is a special description of relationship when speaking of “sisters.” Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister, intimately acquainted, greatly beloved, and highly delighted in… (Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible).
Proverbs 7:4: “Say to wisdom, ‘You are my sister,’ and to insight, ‘You are my relative.’”
We are to be acquainted with, in love with, and delighted with wisdom as we are with our sisters.
Reflection is often the time in which wisdom visits. When we think back on a moment or a situation and analyze our thoughts and behaviors through the lens of scripture, we can hear that still small voice giving us understanding and insight.
So it is with our sisters. As children we laughed, cried, competed, fought, played, and grew together. Every day of our youth was filled with the exuberance and innocence of childhood. It isn’t until we are fully grown that we are able to reflect on our relationships and truly appreciate our sisters.
Wisdom is a teacher that equally uses failures and victories to (more…)