Five years later my sweet, dear friend Lavern shared this post again as an encouragement and reminder that ministry to widows is precious. May this bless you with a practical way to minister to a widow in distress.

From Lavern: “Oh my….this memory came up today! What an awesome & precious reminder of God’s amazing grace in my life! He loves us all sooo much! Thank you again Carolyn & Kristen for your loving sacrifice for me! I will forever treasure this comforting memory…needed it today…an incredible reminder of His faithfulness! God bless you girls!”

Spiritual Battles

Prayer and a Massage: Widowhood and Practical Ministry


This post in is honor of, Lavern, who has been a godly, homeschool mom mentor and friend to me for the last thirteen years. I met her on a homeschool field trip to the Pawnee Bill Ranch in Pawnee, Oklahoma, when our girls were in kindergarten.  At the time I lived in Oklahoma so, no, I did not field trip all the way to Oklahoma from St. Louis to check out Pawnee Bill’s Ranch: The showplace of the world renowned Wild West Show entertainer, Gordon W. “Pawnee Bill” Lillie.

Lavern is sweet, joyful, sweet, patient, sweet, kind; you get the idea. Her  picture could be placed beside the word ‘sweet’ in Webster’s Dictionary or used on the label of honey jars. Sweet is what she is. She is the Proverbs 31 and Galatians 5:22 woman. I’m sure she has her less then…

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