Our winter season in Michigan has been mild. No subzero temps or newsworthy blizzards to report. I am grateful for that.
But the heavy, gray clouds that linger for days and even weeks, make me feel like I am trapped in a colorless dome.
Last week we flew to Texas to visit my daughter’s family. Shortly after takeoff, the plane penetrated the thick mass and ushered us into an atmosphere of endless blue sky and brilliant sunshine. It was a mood-altering moment that brought joy to my soul.
Most of us face difficult circumstances now and then. The weight of our problems can make us feel like we are engulfed in a heavy, dark cloud. But when we give our concerns to Jesus and trust him to guide us through our struggles, he will usher us into his light.
Jesus is the light of the world. When we follow him, he will remove the darkness and restore our joy. No matter how heavy your problems are today, remember there is blue sky above the clouds.
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” John 8:12 (NIV).
Crystal Bowman is an award winning, best-selling author of more than 100 books for children. Her non-fiction books include Mothers in Waiting—Healing and Hope for Those with Empty Arms. She is a speaker for MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and teaches at writers’ conferences. She is a monthly contributor to Clubhouse Jr. Magazine and writes lyrics for children’s piano music.
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On Mother’s Day morning we witnessed the baptism of our baby granddaughter in a wonderful service filled with praise and worship. Though I believe every new life is a miracle, we waited a long time for this baby girl since my daughter-in-law was told she would not be able to have children. It was a very special morning for our family.
Later that afternoon, I received a call from my sister telling me that my ninety-seven-year-old mother would soon be entering heaven. I was a few states away and quickly booked a flight to my hometown. My mom’s funeral was a beautiful celebration of her life, which was defined by unconditional love. It didn’t matter if her children, grandkids, and great grandkids were born into the family, married into the family, “stepped” into the family, or were adopted into the family. She loved us all the same.
In the days that followed, as I processed my emotions, I found myself grateful for a new addition to our family, and grateful for a mother who showed me what it means to love and accept others the way Jesus did.
In life and in death, our hearts can be filled with gratitude to our heavenly Father—the one who gives life and holds us in His hands.
I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;
I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
I will be glad and rejoice in you;
I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High (Psalm 9:1-2 NIV).
Crystal Bowman is a bestselling, award winning author of more than 100 books for children and adults. She is a lyricist for children’s piano music, contributor to Clubhouse Jr. Magazine, and presenter at writers’ conferences. Her latest book is Mothers in Waiting—Healing and Hope for Those with Empty Arms (Harvest House).
Greetings from Sarah Sundin in California! Today I have the joy of interviewing Crystal Bowman, author of over 100 books for children! Today she’s sharing about a project that’s quite a bit different for her—and yet completely in line with her heart for families.
Welcome, Crystal, please tell us about your book, Mothers In Waiting—Hope and Healing for Those with Empty Arms.
This book is a collection of 30 stories from women who have experienced infertility, miscarriage, adoption, IVF procedures, and much more. With honest and heart-filled stories, the contributors desire to walk beside those who are on this long and painful journey. It’s like offering a group hug!
What inspired you to write this book?
My daughter-in-law asked me to help her write a book for women facing infertility. She had a 5-year journey that was long and painful. She wanted to give hope to other women and let them know they are not alone. Read More →