The Usefulness of Pain

Recently my surrogate Sicilian dad, Mario, was taken to the hospital due to severe chest pain. He spent the night in the hospital but was released the next morning when the chest pain subsided. No immediate conclusions were drawn from whatever tests may have been performed during the night. Fast forward almost two weeks. I…

Patience… and Hope

My One Word (M.O.W.) this year is: PATIENCE. It definitely wasn’t my idea to choose PATIENCE. You know what they say about those who pray for patience… God will certainly answer and give all who seek to be more patient, an abundance of opportunities to practice! But Patience it is. I have been asking the…

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 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…

A Lesson in Contentment

The following is a second-hand ripe banana story written by my mom. I think I was 8 or 9 years old at the time. This is a great example of how God sees everything in our hearts and patiently leads them back to Him whenever they are led astray. —————————————- We were on the road,…