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After A While
by Veronica A. Shoffstall

After a while you learn
the subtle difference between
holding a hand and chaining a soul
and you learn
that love doesn't mean leaning
and company doesn't always mean security.
And you begin to learn
that kisses aren't contracts
and presents aren't promises
and you begin to accept your defeats
with your head up and your eyes ahead
with the grace of woman, not the grief of a child
and you learn
to build all your roads on today
because tomorrow's ground is
too uncertain for plans
and futures have a way of falling down
in mid-flight.
After a while you learn
that even sunshine burns
if you get too much
so you plant your own garden
and decorate your own soul
instead of waiting for someone
to bring you flowers.
And you learn that you really can endure
you really are strong
you really do have worth
and you learn
and you learn with every goodbye, you learn...


What are some ways you can "minister" to women?  Well, the first and easiest way is to minister to her "life situation" or whatever's happening to her at the moment.  Below are some ideas for you.  But you don't really need to have a particular "occasion" to minister to another sister or to bless another woman.  It's just a matter of picking up the phone, sometimes, and saying: "Hello, I love you, I'm remembering you in prayer and I'm here for you."  That's it.   A simple connection will do wonders for a sister who's feeling isolated or is going through a rough patch.  You never know how much your little phone call and words of encouragement will mean to someone else.  You may think you have nothing much to offer... but you do! You have yourself and you have the Lord.

Time for women to be refreshed and  renewed in their walk with the
LORD and in their homes
If you cannot go on a retreat... how about 'gifting' a retreat to someone!!  You'd be amazed at the number of women who'd love to go to a retreat but do not have the funds to do so -- that, or no one's ever asked them to go and they're too afraid to launch out and go it alone!

To honour a mother with a newborn child,
to show loving favour to a bride in setting
up her new home, to fill someone's
heart with joy as they're honoured for
a special accomplishment or occasion!

It's very, very simple to host a baby shower or bridal shower.  Just make your home available, provide coffee & tea and a simple dessert... the party will be enjoyed because you were willing to make the place available!

A Beautiful Wedding
Another page of  beautiful ideas
for the  planning  of a  beautiful
Wedding Day

Most weddings take months to plan and arrange.  You can bless a family by helping with the planning, the meal cooking and house cleaning while they prepare for a wedding!!

Your willingness to be available to help will be a tremendous blessing to the bride and to the whole family!

Birthday Celebrations

Make a card or a little gift... make a cake or some muffins.  Make a bouquet of flowers, wrap them in tissue and tie them with a soft bow... take them to the home of the birthday friend... you'll be giving a gift that will not soon be forgotten!  You remembered a birthday!  Most women would dare not share just how sad they have been on different birthdays... for many reasons, but usually because people important to them didn't take the time to let them know they were special.  Take time - make time to celebrate your friend, sister, mother, aunt... neighbour --  you'll bless and be blessed!

We have an "e-card" page you can use as well!

More Ideas & Inspiration
for all occasions & ministries

a website: Happiness is a verb your inspiring inspirational pages

Mom of 9's Place


Creative Ladies Ministry

A Woman of Value Ministries
with Norma Daulton

The page for


Don't "muddle" through life... there is help and hope...
your tomorrows do not have to be like your yesterdays. 
You can make it.
You can implement changes and carry through with them.
You don't have to go it alone. 
Seek the LORD and seek wisdom. 
You will find Him and you will find peace and joy.
Your life will not always be the same as it is today;
There will be another chapter.


you will never regret doing this pelvic exercise.
BUT, You *will* regret it if you don't



A Mammogram Story
by Georgia Richardson -

(you probably have to have had a mammogram to truly
appreciate the humour here.  This is funnier when read out loud!)

I actually kept my mammogram appointment. I was met with, "Hi! I'm Belinda!" This perky clipboard carrier smiled from ear to ear, tilted her head to one side and crooned, "All I need you to do is step into this room right here, strip to the waist, then slip on this gown. Everything clear?"

I'm thinking, "Belinda--try decaf. This ain't rocket science."
Belinda skipped away to prepare the chamber of horrors.
Call me crazy, but I suspect a man invented this machine.

It takes a perfectly healthy cup size of 36-B to a size 38-LONG in less than 60 seconds. Also, girls aren't made of sugar and spice and everything's Spandex. We can be stretched, pulled and twisted over a cold 4-inch piece of square glass and still pop back into shape.

With the right side finished, Belinda flipped me (literally) to the left and said, "Hmmmm. Can you stand on your tippy toes and lean in a tad so we can get everything?"   "Fine", I answered. I was freezing, bruised, and out of air, so why not use the remaining circulation in my legs and neck and finish me off?

My body was in a holding pattern that defied gravity (with my other boob wedged between those two 4" pieces of square glass) when we heard, then felt a zap! Complete darkness and the power went off! "What?" I yelled. "Oh, maintenance is working. Bet they hit a snag."

Belinda headed for the door.  "Excuse me! You're not leaving me in this vise alone, are you?" I shouted. Belinda kept going and said, "Oh, you fussy puppy ... the door's wide open so you'll have the emergency hall lights.  I'll be righttttt backkkk."

Before I could shout "NOOOO!" she disappeared. And that's exactly how  Bubba and Earl, maintenance men extraordinaire, found me, half-naked  and part of me dangling from the Jaws of Life and the other part smashed between glass! After exchanging polite, "Hi, how's it going?" type greetings, Bubba (or possibly Earl) asked, to my utter disbelief, if I knew the power was off.

Trying to disguise my hysteria, I replied with as much calmness as possible. "Uh, yes, yes, I did. Thanks." "You bet, take care" Bubba replied and waved good-bye as though I'd been standing in the line at the grocery store.

Two hours later, Belinda breezes in wearing a sheepish grin and making no attempt to suppress her amusement, she said, "Oh I am soooo sorry! The power came back on and I totally forgot about you! And silly me, I went to lunch.  Are we upset?"

And that,
Your Honor,
is exactly how
her head
ended up between the clamps........

Up to now, I didn't know the author of this piece and so could not rightly give credit due.  It was neat to receive a note from the author of this great piece. 

"... It's been published in several national magazines, and is in my book, A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Throne. I'm sending blessings to you and yours, Georgia"

Author unknown:

Recently, I was diagnosed with A. A. A. D. D.
Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder.
This is how it manifests:

I decide to water my garden.

As I turn on the hose in the driveway, I look over at my car and decide my car needs washing.  As I start toward the garage, I notice that there is mail on the porch table that I brought up from the mailbox earlier.

I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car. I lay my car keys down on the table, put the junk mail in the garbage can under the table, and notice that the can is full.  So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the garbage first.

But then I think, since I'm going to be near the mailbox when I take out the garbage anyway, I may as well pay the bills first.   I take my checkbook off the table, and see that there is only 1 check left.

My extra checks are in my desk in the study, so I go inside the house to my desk where I find the can of Coke that I had been drinking.  I'm going to look for my checks, but first I need to move the Coke so that I don't accidentally knock it over. I see that the Coke is getting warm and decide I should put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.

As I head toward the kitchen with the Coke, a vase of flowers on the counter catches my eye--they need to be watered. I set the Coke down on the counter, and I discover my reading glasses that I've been searching for all morning. I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first I'm going to water the flowers.

I set the glasses back down on the counter, fill a container with water and suddenly I spot the TV remote. Someone left it on the kitchen table.  I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV, I will be looking for the remote, but won't remember it's on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs, but first I'll water the flowers.

I pour some water in the flowers, but quite a bit of it spills on the floor.  So, I set the remote back down on the table, get some towels and wipe up the spill.  Then, I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do.

  At the end of the day:

        * The car isn't washed,
        * The bills aren't paid,
        * There is a warm can of Coke sitting on the counter,
        * The flowers don't have enough water,
        * There is still
        * only 1 check in my checkbook,
        * I can't find the remote,
        * I can't find my glasses,
        * And I don't remember what I did with the car keys.

Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I'm really baffled because I know I was busy all day long, and I'm really tired.

I realize this is a serious problem, and I'll try to get some help for it, but first I'll check my e-mail.  Do me a favor, will you? Forward this message to everyone you
know, because I don't remember to whom it has been sent.   Don't laugh -- if this isn't you yet, your day is coming!!

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