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Growing in Awareness

Today I am so excited to welcome a special guest to Embracing the Unexpected. Please meet Catherine P. Downing. She has a beautiful way of encouraging others to see God in the midst of caring for a loved one with mental illness.  Maree Dee May is Mental Health Awareness Month, though for one out of five families, so are the other 11 months. We are one of those families....

Is Unconditional Love Even Possible?

I stood outside the door as I often did –  trying to prepare myself for what was to occur. Pondering, “Had I made a mistake, was I wrong to come yet again?” The voices of so many ringing in my ears, “Why do you go, she doesn’t want you?” “Why do you put yourself through such pain?” “Let her long for you.” or  “Tough love is what she needs not unconditional love.” Their words left me wondering, was this too...

When I Am Still, I Can Hear God.

I awaken this morning, and I hear God in my quiet time say, “go to the window.”  So I do, and I gaze out at the lake.  The water is so still – no wind blowing- perfect skiing water. But that can’t be the draw, can it?   I sit for a while taking in the moment, scanning the lake, the horizon, and the beautiful mountains.  It never ceases to amaze me what a wonderful creator we have.   So I thank God...