Location: MICHIGAN, United States

Thank you for stopping by. It's my hope you find glimpses of my Savior interwoven thru my writings. I am the wife to one husband for over 25 years, a blessed mama to a dozen children, yes each born from me ~ two of which see Jesus face to face & ten at home, all of us yearning to see Jesus someday. We have been home educating for over 18 years with . . . well, another 15 years to go (the youngest is 3, the oldest 23!) I have walked through rejection, to continually learning I am CALLED, LOVED and forever KEPT by God - never, ever to be rejected by Jesus! (Jude 1:1) I've walked through deep sorrow to find that joy does come again, though the night may be long; I've witnessed God orchestrating miracles with my children still beyond my comprehension, & I am seeing new love forming as we begin a new road of older children finding life mates. My life has and is a journey, from the deepest, almost rock bottom pit, to stumbling through my faith and looking towards the ultimate climax of everlasting life in heaven. Will you be joining me here and there? ~ Loni

Friday, April 01, 2005

Book Review

It's kind of funny to already see roles change. Now my twin daughters (13) recommend books to ME! I love to read, but don't have nearly the amount of time I use to. I have been reading more at night before going to sleep as it helps me to get my mind on other things. Lately I've been reading a series my girls introduced me to by Leisha Kelly. The first book is Julia's Hope, second book, Emma's Gift, and the third book is Katie's Dream. These series are about a family that moves because of hard times, and ends up finding a vacant home, and staying in it a night or two to get out of the bad weather. They find out who owns it and the old lady lets them live there. They are even able to bring her back to her home, and develop a special friendship. In the second book, there are numerous tragedies, but real life like things, and how they coped.

But, I find it once again, just God's touch, reading something at the right time, knowing He does indeed have His thoughts towards us and we are not forsaken. This part of the book touched me and maybe it will touch someone else reading this, at the right time. I am hoping though you don't know the story, (and I don't want to tell too much to take away from it so you know to much in case you read it), that you can still understand these paragraphs here.

From Emma's Gift, by Leisha Kelly

"Emma and Wila and my mother and Grandma Pearl and everyone else we've loved and lost. Dancing. Happy. With their hands in Jesus' hands.

It doesn't take away the pain of this world. But just knowing the outcome can stop the ache that comes in the middle of some lonely night, or can give you words to make a crying child smile again. God is faithful. Our shelter in the time of trouble. Our refuge in the time of storm.

We don't always know what He's given us. When we're deep in the hurt of some awful moment, we don't always know what good things God has prepared for the days ahead. But we do know so much of Himself has been given to our hands. To cherish. To rest in. And especially to share.

To everything there is a season. To dance. To laugh. To rejoice again. To pick up a child and go swirling around the room the way George did when he got swept up in the music. Life goes on. And on. For eternity. And just gets better, if we have each other. If we have God."


Blogger Jeff H said...

I hear, and share, your longing to "be home". We'll be there when we're supposed to be, I have faith in that.

4/01/2005 10:17 PM  
Blogger Teena said...

Dear Loni~ its been a few days. My little boys have been sick. We are all better now as I hope your family is too. I read all the updates. My heart cried for you as I read your description under the barn. Many times I have read about Angela Hope and the miscarriages but when reading Mathew's name... "forever 16"... I just cried. Even when I do not write, I am praying for you. I am so thankful your pastor came as the FIA man came. I am thankful too that he was a christian. Also, that Norm was home. I still look through the webpages and sometimes just sit at your homepage and listen to the music. I so want to help...
I know you do not feel strong but God is.... and it shines through you. I keep thinking I will send a note in the mail...
I love Mercy Me's song...
also the part about the book.. they sound so good. My Mandi may love to read them. I thought about giving Polly's husband a copy of "Home Sick" ... I still miss her so.
Well, I am rambling.. so will try to sleep .. it is late.
May God give you, Norm & the children peace & comfort DAILY~
mom to 1/2 dozen

4/02/2005 12:01 AM  

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