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God will not give you more than you can handle..

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For years now, I have wanted to share my thoughts on this damaging cliché that society uses in their efforts to provide comfort and offer hope to those who are struggling.  But I realized that my heart and mind needed to be in the right place.  I also needed to dig deep and ask myself why this comment brought me pain instead of comfort, the lie behind it, and the words of truth that offer hope.

Caregiver's Eyes


Our eyes meet and we know
It’s a reflection of our own
Stained shades of red
Dark circles remain
A river of tears waiting to flow
Full of love and pain
Uncanny strength
Survival mode at times
Abundance of unfailing love
The Caregiver’s eyes…

The eyes that speak ask
how do they do it?
Look deep and you will see
who helps us through it
My Caregiver’s eyes…

He’s within me no doubt
Holding me close
Providing me with rest when needed the most
He understands me
He’s been there
He’s walked the journey
He loves and He weeps
Like you and me
He suffered and died
So we can see
Through our Caregiver’s eyes…

His eyes are upon us
giving comfort beyond measure
Strength to love
those he wants us to treasure
Look to the cross and you will see
Your Caregiver
His eyes of Hope
Leading to Eternity…

A video of hope...


This video brought me to tears today... There is hope!

There is light...

So tonight we attended the simplified Jesus Cares service at Calvary... It was amazing.. Dillon sang while walking up and down the aisles... A record 54 adults with developmental disabilities attended and it was truly heartwarming to see. I had a moment when I looked around at everyone and it brought me to tears. Two years ago when Calvary opened their doors to these beautiful individuals they didn't sing, didn't shake their instruments, some didn't even look up... Now, they are singing, saying the Lord's prayer, and asking the pastor to pray for them. "K" asked if God could help him find a job, "J" asked if God could keep everyone warm, and "S" asked for comfort because he misses his mom. "S" is 70 years old maybe? I wonder how long it's been... My heart hurt... And then I started to think of all the people that I have met over the years that have opened their doors...opened their hearts...opened their lives to show me, Dillon, my hubby, my boys, this community, this world, that there is light in the midst of darkness, love does conquer fear, and that there is hope in a broken world. I'm glad I went tonight...I needed to see.

A Moment to behold...


Yesterday, Dillon's Occupational Therapist shared with me a moment that he said was a moment to behold.  He was eating in the cafeteria with some of his students and Dillon came over from the other side of the room to sit next to them.  He sat down next to a boy that was struggling to open his containers of food and Dillon immediately started to help him.  He opened them up and he placed them right in front of the boy. He then encouraged the boy to eat with his smile. My heart just squeezed with emotion when he shared this with me. I was so proud of him.

What will happen when I'm gone?


Dear Friends,

I just have to share with you what I saw yesterday at Sheboygan Lutheran High School. 

As I was standing in front of the student body sharing the ministry of New Friends, I felt this overwhelming sense of peace.  As I looked into the eyes of the next generation of change, they were speaking to me. I could feel it, but I didn't know what was silently being said.

After my sharing, a group of teens approached me and shared with me their own personal journeys and life experiences. I was touched beyond words. God was speaking to me through them. 

Blind eyes that see

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Dear Dillon,

Be Grateful...


“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into enough, and more.  It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.  Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”  Melody Beattie

Finding your value…


I just have to share with you what I saw today.  I went to Wal-Mart this morning in my jammies. Yes, I did! And I’m not ashamed of it at all! It actually felt good to go somewhere wearing my comfy clothes.  I did it all the time when I was a stay-at-home mom and had no time or energy to take a shower in the morning, to put on some nice clothes (which I didn’t have), and to put my “face” on.  I wasn’t rushed today so I took my time. And I noticed a couple of things that made me think and see and then become grateful for.

Relax, he will be fine!

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“Relax, he’ll be fine!”
A kind gesture they’ll say

I look over to find that
He’s walking away!
Not knowing to look at
What’s coming
From both ways

I call for him
No response
For his name
He doesn’t know
So I run
But my legs
They just won’t go!

There’s no air I can find
No breath I can take
Tears are blocking my vision
How could I have made this mistake!

For my son has no concept of fear
Or of danger that be
He needs eyes fixed on him
24/7 you see!

“Relax, he’ll be fine?”
I wish they could see
That relaxing for now
Is not in the cards for me

I reach him
He’s safe
And I thank God that he
Had his eyes upon him
When mine couldn’t be


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