Chocolate eggs

2017-09-22T00:59:05+00:00 March 24th, 2016|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Grace, Lent & Easter, Sharing Your Faith, Testimony|Tags: , , , |

It was a Kodak moment Eleven adorable children waiting with baited breath for me to countdown to the start of a hunt for little chocolate eggs. It was an Easter Sunday afternoon when the children were very young. Frank and I decided to invite both “sides” of the family and some church friends. This was [...]

Evangelism, anyone?

2016-07-21T23:17:51+00:00 June 3rd, 2014|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Bible Study, Sharing Your Faith|Tags: , , |

There are so many “isms” in this modern world. Some are glorious. Others are evil. Many are misunderstood. There is one particular “ism” that seems to strike a raw nerve amongst many Christians. I’m speaking of “evangelism.” Webster (a fine Christian fellow), tells us that evangelism is n. the preaching or promulgation of the Christian [...]

Giving thanks

2016-11-14T10:44:03+00:00 May 21st, 2014|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Gratitude, Suffering|Tags: , , , , |

Thanksgiving Of all the holidays we celebrate in America, it seems to me that Thanksgiving has been the least adulterated. Oh sure, there are greeting cards and turkey shaped cocktail napkins, but it never really gets much worse than that. Nobody expects presents and there are no make-believe characters that appear and the children don’t [...]

Ellie Lofaro tells us about herself

2016-07-20T22:22:10+00:00 May 14th, 2014|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Testimony|Tags: , , |

Can you tell us a bit about yourself? Where you live? About your family? I will be 58 this year. I was born in Brooklyn NY (my parents are Italian) and I live near Washington DC with my husband of 33 years. We moved here to enter Prison Ministry with Prison Fellowship International. Even though [...]

A love letter to my children

2016-07-20T19:52:06+00:00 May 11th, 2014|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Parenting|Tags: , , |

December 25, 1999 Dear Children, Just wanted to write and let you know that Dad and I are about half way through our "parenting years." Don't get alarmed--we'll always be your parents. This doesn't mean we're quitting in 2009. It just means that our toting, tickling, training, teaching time with you is half done. People [...]

Tripping over our pedestals of personal power

2016-07-20T12:19:44+00:00 May 7th, 2014|Categories: Balance, Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Contentment, Heart Issues, Relationships, Stress|Tags: , , , , , , |

I carried the baggage of my childhood around for years I grew up in a mostly normal, somewhat entertaining, occasionally bellicose, often denial-ridden Italian-American household. If your family is dysfunctional, take a number; it all goes back to Adam and Eve. Although I made a deliberate choice to follow Jesus at age fifteen, I continued [...]

You gotta believe it to see it

2016-07-20T00:57:42+00:00 April 30th, 2014|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Faith|Tags: , |

Every woman who gives in to the temptation to chase after more and put herself in charge of every crisis and opportunity within reach quickly becomes the creator, producer, director, choreographer, executer, and consumer for every holiday, milestone, church event, and family plan. No wonder we’re exhausted! So when you find yourself trapped on the [...]

My promise keeper

2016-07-20T00:12:06+00:00 April 23rd, 2014|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Marriage, Seasons of Life|Tags: , , , |

Oh, the things you do for love. I’m talking about the real deal, not the imposters from Madison Avenue or Victoria’s Secret. And not the “I love you, man!” brand. And certainly not the cheap imitations that Hollywood serves up fresh every month. I’m talking about the genuine, sacrificial, for better or worse, I’ll be [...]

Pushing through the pain

2016-07-07T00:03:11+00:00 April 9th, 2014|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Faith, Heart Issues, Overcoming, Stress, Suffering, Testimony, Trials|Tags: , , , , |

Everyone loves a winner and everyone loves to be a winner We want our favourite sports teams to win. We want our kids to win in school. We want to win at work and to be winsome in relationships. We want to win the bake-off and the Monopoly tournament. We hope to win the free [...]

Ellie Lofaro tells us more about herself

2016-03-05T20:13:42+00:00 June 10th, 2012|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Testimony|Tags: , |

Can you tell us a bit about yourself? Where you live? About your family?   I will be 55 this year. I was born in Brooklyn NY (my parents are Italian) and I live near Washington DC with my husband of 30 years. We moved here to enter Prison Ministry with Prison Fellowship International. Even though I [...]

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