Guilt and Grace

The following second-hand banana story was written by my mom, Monica Burney. As she says, this story is a great reminder of how much God loves to bless His children and for me, it is also a fresh reminder that: guilt and grace are like water and oil. They don’t mix.   Satan loves to…

Friendship & Forgiveness

The following is ripe banana story written by my amazing mom, Monica Burney. I think this is a story most everyone can relate to. We’ve all hurt and been hurt by those dear people in our lives we’ve opened our hearts to and call friends. Thanks mom, for being such a great role model of…

A Banana Named Mo

Mo, the family dog of one of my good friends from high school, recently died. Dave and his wife, Julie, acquired Mo almost 10 years ago. The day Mo died, Dave wrote a poignant tribute which he posted on Facebook. In his tribute, Dave shared the story of how he and Julie found Mo. It…

A House-sized Banana

Below is a story written by my dear friend, Jen, about the large bunch of ripe bananas she and her husband, Chris, received last year. You can read more about Jen and Chris and how they met and married in the ripe banana story from April 2013: (Why) Fridays Are the Best Day of the Week…

Ripe Pomegranates

When God Does Your Grocery Shopping Apparently pomegranates are the new banana. Last night, Stephanie, Fabio and I hosted a large Thanksgiving dinner for Fabio’s family. We had 16 adults in total, comfortably filling our whole living room. Most of them had never had a Thanksgiving meal before. Stephanie and I have been planning for…

Beautiful Scars (Part 3)

This is the last of a trilogy of posts written by my mom, Monica Burney. Click here to read part one and here to read part two. ————————————————————————– Wounds can cut deep, especially when people who are close to us inflict them upon us. Hurtful words. Rejection. Broken promises. Abuse. All of us bear scars…

Beautiful Scars (Part 2)

In the first installment of this trilogy, I (Monica) shared about my traumatic episode of having a flying branch whip me in the eye and face, leaving me with a permanent scar. Now, I’d like to share with you about my husband’s varied personal experiences with scars. My husband is approaching seventy. In his lifetime,…

Beautiful Scars (Part 1)

The following is the first of three installments of what I like to call, “second-hand bananas.” This particular trilogy of second-hand stories were written by my mom, Monica Burney. ——————————————————————– Last fall, I was stuffing yard debris into our large recycle bin, after pruning in our backyard all afternoon. While grabbing a pile of twigs…

Circles

The following is a sweet ripe banana story written by my amazing older sister, Vanessa. Read and be blessed! And if you can, take the time to watch the video she mentions below, you won’t regret it!   “Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God, all things are…