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From the Pastor’s Wife – “Appreciating Anticipation”

by Holly Grafton

What did you anticipate as a child? Perhaps the end of school and summer vacation?  Or going to Grandma’s house?  How about an annual parade or festival in town?  A fireworks display?  Summer camp?  A trip to an ice cream stand?  Picnics! Birthdays! In response to this question, my husband’s response was, “The opening day of trout […]

“Be Like A Tree”

by Holly Grafton

It’s only Tuesday, but Pastor’ s  message from Psalm 1 has come to mind many times since Sunday morning– “Be Like A Tree!”  The heat and humidity made the auditorium a bit stifling and sleepy on Sunday, foot traffic in the back was distracting, the Power Point wasn’t perfect, and details about types of trees […]

From the Pastor’s Wife – “Spring Cleaning”

by Holly Grafton

The piles of snow from the plows are almost melted away.   The robins have returned, crocuses are blooming, and gentle rains are turning the grass from brown-gray to that lovely shade of early spring green.  A week or so ago, unusually warm weather caused me to open the windows to let in the fresh […]

From the Pastor’s Wife – “Only One Life”

by Holly Grafton

“Only one life, twill soon be past; Only what’s done for Christ will last.”  I can still see it in my mind’s eye.  My maternal grandparents had a small plaque on the wall in their kitchen with that quote.  It made an impression on  family members.  As a young college student, I remember my mother referring […]

From the Pastor’s Wife – “What’s In A Name?”

by Holly Grafton

  What’s in a name?  Late in the year of 1974, a little girl was born a few weeks earlier than expected.   She was due in December but arrived mid-November.  Her name had been decided upon weeks before – “Holly”—appropriate for a December baby and the Christmas season.  No matter that she was born before […]

From the Pastor’s Wife – “The Shiny, Sparkly Obsession”

by Holly Grafton

Glitter. When I cleaned the church, I used to grumble about the Sunday School teachers who used it.  It was next to impossible to get the stuff out of seat cushions and carpets. Glitter leaves a maddening tell-tale trail. My mother-in-law once gave her youngest grandchildren a whole bottle of glitter for their crafty creations. […]

From the Pastor’s Wife – “The Station”

by Holly Grafton

While searching through some of my old notes, I found this article pasted in one of my notebooks from way back in 1990: “Tucked away in our subconscious is an idyllic vision.  We see ourselves on a long trip that spans the continent.  We are traveling by train.  Out of the windows we drink in […]

From the Pastor’s Wife- “This Beautiful Thing Called Faith”

by Holly Grafton

As the season of thankfulness approaches, a recent study has me grateful for the things I learned as a child.  I am grateful for God’s grace in drawing me to Himself as a child; I placed my faith and trust in Christ early and became a follower of Christ.  How grateful I am for parents […]

From the Pastor’s Wife – “When I Am Weary”

by Holly Grafton

A missionary friend, in doing her part to share the 7th video exposing Planned Parenthood (http://adflegal.org/detailspages/blog-details/allianceedge/2015/08/19/when-a-baby’s-heart-beats-the-heart-stopping-testimony-from-the-7th-planned-parenthood-video), quoted Galatians 6:9a,  “Let us not be weary in well-doing…” I must admit I do feel quite weary these days.  People refuse to see evil exposed.  They refuse to see how they are destroying themselves.  They refuse to learn from […]

From the Pastor’s Wife – Can I Follow So Far?

by Holly Grafton

  To bake or not to bake? To photograph or not to photograph? These are just two of the questions Christians are debating among themselves in the wake of Obergefell vs. Hodges.  It is no secret that some have lost their business and reputation because of the way they have answered.  It has cost them […]