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Posted by Lorraine Serra on February 25, 2014 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

**My sincere apologies for the long absence. A condition called ”Wry Neck” sidelined me for two months making movement extremely painful. God is good and I am getting back to “normal”.

So, let me conclude my testimony for you. 


 

The examining room was clean, cold, and stark, of cou...

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A Plan and A Promise

Posted by Lorraine Serra on December 4, 2013 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

I left Jill’s apartment that day with a new sense of hope. My outward circumstance had not changed, but inside, everything was changing. Have you ever read a great article or heard a wonderful speaker and come away fired up? New ideas, possibilities, plans you want to set in motion?


I didn’t know how things would play out, but I was filled with such comfort that Jesus was in charge of my life now, and with Him, all things ...

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Do I Deserve Grace?

Posted by Lorraine Serra on November 25, 2013 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

“Lorraine, sometimes you are so dense! Don’t you see? Don’t you get it? God really loves you! He has already poured out all His love on you and wants to give you everything you need to live joyfully and well, but you just have to receive it! God really does have a perfect plan for your life, and you can receive it, all because of Jesus.”


Maybe I had always had a stubborn, independent heart. Or maybe I had al...

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Grace Moment

Posted by Lorraine Serra on November 20, 2013 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

(continuing story--see last 3 posts)


I can only call it a “grace moment”; that moment when someone extends their full attention, empathy and love in order to listen to and share your deepest feelings. That moment when they willingly set aside their own agenda for your benefit, when they don’t have to, when they owe you nothing at all, and even when you don’t deserve it.


I ...

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Compassion

Posted by Lorraine Serra on November 18, 2013 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

It has been 33 years since that fateful day when I wrecked my vocal cords. I still remember the fear and hopelessness that spelled a life of silence and frustration, uselessness and no future.


The words to a song we did recently in choir nailed my story so well…It is a modern version of the eternal problem of the hu...

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Diagnosis

Posted by Lorraine Serra on November 15, 2013 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (0)

My voice remained hoarse and inaudible for a couple of weeks when I finally went to seek help with a specialist who confirmed I had developed serious nodules on my vocal chords. It was likely permanent damage and my best remedy was surgery, but there were no guarantees.


A blast of icy hot fear swept over me. I thought I would vomit, cry and pass out all at the same time!       I wanted to scream, but my voice had been ...

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No "Plan B"

Posted by Lorraine Serra on November 5, 2013 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

I am not quite sure when I adopted my motto, or even if it IS my motto….I probably heard it somewhere. But, a while ago I just began to respond to the challenges of life with: “It ain’t a perfect world, but we serve a perfect Savior.”


I did not come to that conclusion easily, nor swiftly. Life experiences are often the greatest teacher…perhaps, though, I should say that the AUTHOR of LIFE is the grea...

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Blessings Through Pain?

Posted by Lorraine Serra on September 19, 2013 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (1)

Sometimes the hurts of life and the painful experiences are what you need to bring you to the end of your own stubborn self and to the feet of Jesus. 


When you are at the end of your own proverbial rope, or your back is against the wall, in whatever way you want to say it, when you find you have nowhere to look but up, may I say to you, that’s the best place to be.  Let me explain…


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Independence At All Cost?

Posted by Lorraine Serra on September 6, 2013 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

I had only been married 2 years.  That was a record already if you asked my family.  They had given us 6 months.   I never understood why they expected our marriage to fail until much later.  It was evident to them, but only a shadowy suggestion to me, that I was very strong-willed, stubborn and passionate about my independence as a young woman coming of age in the 1970s.


For those who don’t know, that was the deca...

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Talent, Pride and Passions

Posted by Lorraine Serra on August 28, 2013 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (1)

I’ll bet you have heard the expression, “It’s hard to be humble when you’re so great”.   It should bring a  giggle or guffaw  to each of us.  It seems so vain, so absurd. 


But, we most likely know someone who is quite full of themselves.  Sometimes, sadly, the blessing of obvious talent can be a curse, or at the very least, a distraction and a preoccupation.

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Temptations & Experiments

Posted by Lorraine Serra on August 13, 2013 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

I'm sorry!  I know it has been a month, but, finally, here I am with another episode reflecting on God’s hand in my life and reasons to believe He is very much guiding my path.


Adolescence can be such a rough time of life.  The challenges to healthy, wholesome living seem to increase with each generation as the culture moves to a more hedonistic posture. 


The pursuit of pleasure and s...

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A Six String Life

Posted by Lorraine Serra on July 12, 2013 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Life had resumed to “normal”.  Mom was doing well managing our home and even took up some babysitting.   Sometimes I wondered if this was what being a mom was all about….cleaning, cooking, caring for kids…..and I decided I wasn’t interested, especially since I often had to be mother’s helper.  So boring!!   So not fun!


I longed for something more.  I enjoyed music, and still ...

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"Esperanza" Means Hope

Posted by Lorraine Serra on June 24, 2013 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Mom’s hospitalization seemed like forever, but it was only about 3 weeks.  My sisters and I were all anxious to get back home again.  Aunt Bea and Uncle Don had truly been a godsend during this time, and had blessed us to no end with their love and compassion.  


I said goodbye to my new friend, Cathy, and thanked her so much for teaching me some guitar.  I had no idea just how great an impact those three we...

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The Open Window

Posted by Lorraine Serra on June 19, 2013 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

My younger sister, Teresa, and I, spent the summer of 1966 with our Aunt Bea and Uncle Don.  Actually, they were my mother’s first cousins, and were already senior citizens when we arrived.


Mom had been hospitalized in a mental facility and my three other younger sisters went to stay with different relatives while dad sorted out what was to become of all of us.


So, at 12 years old, I became keenly awar...

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Losing Paradise....Gaining Understanding

Posted by Lorraine Serra on June 4, 2013 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (1)

Did you know God makes a way for his children, even when there seems to be no way?


It is the great frustration of human life that we don’t have a crystal ball!  If only we could see into the future so that we could avoid certain steps on the journey and move directly into the so called “promised land”.


Today as I think back over my youth and continue to search out how God moved in my life t...

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