Thursday, October 31, 2013

Ten Rules for Mother-in-Laws By Elisabeth Elliot

I have to tell you a quick story. I hand-wrote 10 Rules for Mother-in-Laws from Elisabeth Elliot before the days of laptops over 15 years ago. I shared it with an older woman who shall remain nameless who was a mother-in-law already and desperately wanted it right from my hand. I gave her my original, asked her to please make a copy, and return it to me.

It didn't come back...time still didn't come back. Many months, maybe even over a year later I asked her if she was through with it, & she replied that she remembered no such document and was sure I had the wrong person. (I take it wasn't life transforming for her, in fact not even memorable or else I had somehow remembered the wrong person!) 

Fast forward over 10 years later. Last year, I got a letter in the mail. It was my original sheet! She said she took a book off the shelf and it fell out of the book! It was like an old friend had suddenly showed up!

And here's your priceless copy!

Ten Rules for Mother-in- Laws by Elisabeth Elliot

Many have marital problems with their Mother-in-Law. Below I have stated son-in-law at times, when you can substitute daughter-in-law. May this list help you to be more like Christ in your "MIL-ing," or as you join me in praying for God’s grace for us to be godly future MILs one day. Love, Juana

1. Thank God for this person. It is a privilege to be a MIL. Thank God for this acquired daughter or son. Elisabeth has the privilege of being MIL to Walt Shepard. Walt is a gift from God. Elisabeth prayed for a godly husband for her daughter. Pray for the spouse even if you have little ones. 

Pray that person will be prepared for your son or daughter in God’s way and in God’s time.

2. Remember this man or woman is an adult with adult responsibility. The fact that he or she is your daughter or son’s peer sometime makes us forget he or she is not a child. Unconsciously, we treat this person as a child, because we treat our child as a child. 

This man or this woman given to your son or daughter is an adult with adult responsibility. 

He or she is capable of making her/his own decisions. Allow that person to do that.

3. Remember that your daughter or son now belongs to your son or daughter-in-law. Walt has a special claim on Valerie (Elisabeth’s daughter) such as Elisabeth has never had. Val was lent to Elisabeth as a gift and in the wedding she gave her to Walt. She relinquished her in her heart to this man (Elisabeth’s brother Tom gave her away). She now belongs to someone else, not to you. 

Scripture says a man is to leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife. Leaving and cleaving are not always easily accomplished. MILs can stand as a very big obstacle to his leaving you and cleaving to his wife if you continue to claim him. You son-in-law or daughter-in-law has a special claim on that person. 

4. When you give something, you’ve got to let go of it. Let go of your daughter and your son-in-law and your daughter/son. 

5. Expect your son-in-law to be different. He comes from a different family. They have different ways of doing things. He’ll be very different. Don’t be surprised! Expect it! We get so shocked to find out simple things can be done in a different way. Your son-in-law may be used to clean towels everyday, etc.

6. Let your daughter/son do things their way. When you visit them in their home and you see things are not the way you did them in your home… Let them be.

7. Do not dish out advice. Keep your mouth shut. (Juana: I happen to know after Val had her 4th child in rapid succession, Elisabeth thought Val was overtired and too busy. Elisabeth bit her tongue on asking Walt to sleep in the back yard!) It’s different if your son or daughter-in-law ask for advice. She has a wonderful son-in-law who will ask for her for advice on this and that, and her daughter continually asks for advice. 

But Elisabeth is sure she’s given free advice when not asked for and they’re both very kind and have never made her feel she’s intruded in their lives. It is so easy to do this! Why do you do this? Why do you do it that way? Be careful.

8. Pray for your son or daughter-in-law. There will be things you will be critical about. 

There’s an old song: You can talk about me just as much as you please. I’ll talk about you down on my knees. Undoubtedly your son-in-law or daughter will talk about their mother-in-law and father-in-law. Rather than criticize her to other people, do your praying first. Be sure to pray for that in-law.

9. Never criticize your daughter-in-law or son-in-law to your son/daughter. He knows her weaknesses better than you do, and strengths you’ve never noticed. Keep your mouth shut when it comes to criticizing your son-in-law or daughter-in-law to your daughter or son.

10. Be an encourager in every way you can think of. Ask God to show you ways to encourage them that you haven’t though of. 

Example: She copies out bits of spiritual wisdom (her SIL is a pastor) on 3 x 5 cards with title and subject at the top so he can retrieve them to encourage him (Juana: he doesn't file them, but I'm sure Elisabeth keeps her mouth shut on that even though "her way" would be to file them). She asked him if they are useful or if she is bothering him by sending him the cards. He says they are useful and by all means, send them.

She tries to encourage him in his father role. He is a wonderful father to her grandchildren (8!) and she tries to tell him so. 

Be an encourager to your daughter in every way you can think of. Is she doing a good job as a wife? Tell her so NOW. Your son doing a good job as a husband? Tell him so. But do it in such a way as they don’t feel you are scrutinizing them.

I was blessed to know and be mentored by Elisabeth Elliot. I bought a plastic file container to hold all the gold nuggets that I learned from her since 1992! I saved a beautiful ribboned box for my over thirty treasured personal letters from her. One of my reasons for writing is to pass on her words of wisdom regularly to the social media generation, and when I write and speak.

Showing Elisabeth the 35 treasured letters she's written me since 1992 filled with wisdom.

Elisabeth with her daughter Val on the left, and me
when they came for a visit in March, 2013.  
With All Saints Day tomorrow, I'd like to thank God for the life of Elisabeth Elliot—who taught countless women of whom I'm but one that God loves us "with an everlasting love!" For my other posts on Elisabeth, click here, or you may also want to read my bio.

As always, I'd love to connect with you wherever you most like on: FacebookTwitterInstagramPinterest (I have a special new board there on Elisabeth)Youtube or Google+You may follow my blog here (Click "Elisabeth Elliot" at top of my blog for posts on her) or on Bloglovin'. 

Walk by Faith,

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Taking Up of the Cross in Marriage, Free Ebook & Wednesday's Prayer Girls & Link-Up Party

“If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, 
and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” ~ Luke 9:23

Mike Mason, author of The Mystery of Marriage, likened marriage to an oak tree standing in the living room. On his honeymoon he was filled with the terrifying idea of the giving up of his privacy forever and thought he had made a grave mistake.

I can totally identify with Mr. Mason. When you are married, it’s like the oak tree is always there—no matter what you do.

Read the rest over at The Alabaster Jar where I'm guest posting today on Jolene Engle's 31 Days to a Better Marriage Series. 

As always, I'd love to connect with you wherever you most like on: FacebookInstagramPinterest, Google+Youtube or Twitter. You may follow my blog here or on Bloglovin'

Be sure to read my blog this Friday or follow me at your favorite social media account above to download your free Ebook of all posts in the 31 Days to a Better Marriage series from 30 different Christian bloggers which I'll be giving away on this Friday, November 1 (& permanently after!) after the series ends tomorrow.

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Now it's time for 
Wednesday's Prayer Girls & Link-Up Party!

Each Wednesday I like to offer to pray for your non-confidential prayer request or praise in the comment section below. Please enter a prayer if you would like me to pray for you (and pray for one another!) and I will reply to your prayer there.


If you're a Christian blogger, we all would love to see what you've been writing! Enter your blog link below to join the party!
Walk by Faith,

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Speaking in Greenville, NC on Wednesday, November 6 & Meet My Family!

If you live in the Greenville, North Carolina area, I'll be speaking at Covenant Church on Wednesday, November 6 for the WE group. WE stands for Women Experience Bible study. Anyone is welcome to come on November 6.

I'll be sharing how I came to faith in Christ at 26, how my marriage was saved, and the birth of our fourth child who was born totally blind.

 I love my family! I my husband, our 2 sons, and our 2 daughters!
I shutter to think all I would have missed had I not chosen God's path.

Covenant Church is located at 4015 Corey Road, in Winterville, North Carolina just outside of Greenville. While it is not necessary, it is helpful to sign up if you plan to come when I speak by emailing Missy Hasty at

On November 6, they will begin with coffee and fellowship. I will begin speaking at 10:00 a.m. We will conclude by 11:30.

Details repeated under my speaking tab.

I hope to meet you if you live near Greenville! If you cannot attend, and would be encouraged in your faith, marriage, parenting or family by hearing my story, you can click the link below. To listen, go to the follow link and click download:

May you be drawn to the Savior in whatever circumstances you are in as you listen to my testimony.

As always, I'd love to connect with you wherever you most like on: FacebookInstagramPinterestYoutube or Twitter. You may follow my blog here or on Bloglovin'. 

Walk by Faith,

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Lovin' My Mom Planner for 2014 & Time Management Tip!

Every October, I start preparing for the upcoming year by purchasing my new calendar monthly tabs. I purchased a new planner for 2014! It's the momAgenda planner. I just love pink, and of course it caught my eye because it is ... PINK!

People didn't go around in Bible times with a planner under their arm, but studies show you can accomplish more and be more effective if you have a systematic approach to planning your day, week, and year.

For over 15 years, I've used the Noble Planner developed by Gregg Harris, and I just love it. I've taught classes on it. I'm taking a break from it for a year, just to change it up a bit—but I'm not taking a break from it's Biblical principles and practices.

I  learned time management principles from Gregg Harris' seminar over 15 years ago, and it totally changed my approach to how I see each week beginning on Sunday. You can order his distinctively Christian approach to time management here. I'll be coupling years of practice of his approach to time management with my new planner.  

If you live in the Raleigh or Wilmington, North Carolina areas, I got my momAgenda at Charlotte's Gift Store. They are having a 25% off in store sale right now on EVERYTHING! You may also want to take a peek at their site, where they sell some of what's in their store.

Good time management always begins on the first day of the week with church attendance in Worship with other believers where Christ is lifted up. Planning how you will spend your time is totally different when you plan your week in the afterglow of worship. I usually do that on Sunday afternoons when everything is quiet.

If you wait to plan your week on Monday morning, Monday morning's work will start barging in on you, and you won't have time to pray, then plan your week proactively, and prioritize what you just planned. Here are some questions to ponder before you plan your week:

What have you planned this week to grow spiritually? Have you set a daily time to read your Bible and pray? What personal item needs to be done this week? Schedule your annual physical? A Haircut? What personal goal do you have that needs the next step this week? Get that book from the library you want to read?

What relationship in in your life needs time this week? Your spouse? What activity can you enjoy together? A walk? Dinner out? Do you need to schedule intimacy with your spouse to insure you make time to  relate as husband and wife if there doesn't seem to be time for spontaneous closeness this week? Does a specific child need one on one time with you? What activity can you do together to enjoy one another or to allow time to talk? 

What friend, coworker, or extended family member do you need to schedule time with?

What community or church obligation needs attention this week? What client or employee in your business needs special attention this week? 

What in your home and property needs maintenance this week? Need to schedule your car inspection? An appointment with a painter? 

What political or civic duty needs to be done this week? A letter to your representative? Vote this week? 

Certainly all of these areas don't need attention every week! But don't let everyone's crises prevent you from doing the things that are important in your life. Ready the little pamphlet called, "The Tyranny of the Urgent." It's a classic, and excellent about not letting the urgent things take over our lives—while crowding out the important things.

God will show you if you pray first, and seek His involvement in your planning after you've spent time with Him which will totally change your perspective.

"Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil." -Ephesians 5:15-15

"But the noble man makes noble plans, and by noble deeds he stands." -Isaiah 32:8

As always, I'd love to connect with you wherever you most like on: FacebookInstagramPinterestYoutube or Twitter. You may follow my blog here or on Bloglovin'.

Walk by Faith,

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Dying to Ourselves & Wednesday's Prayer Girls & Link-Up Party!

Last week, I wrote a blog called Three Conditions to Being a Disciple.  The three conditions are: denying to ourselves (saying no to ourselves), taking up our cross (saying yes to God), and following Christ.

We have two choices when something comes into our life we never would have desired or asked for. I'll use the example of when my daughter was born totally blind. 

I had two choices. I could be bitter and resentful, or I could accept God's will for my life.

Did you know there's a short cut to having peace in our lives? We can accept what God allows into our lives. Amy Carmichael, Irish missionary in India, said, "In acceptance lieth peace." 

We don't have to go through the five stages of grief. I can say that because I didn't go through them when Mary was born blind. I didn't even know they existed.  

I did grieve with my husband upon hearing that our daughter was born without any eyes, and we clung to one another (I physically clutched my husband's arm) and the tears fell into my ears as I lay in my hospital bed moments after my little daughter was born. My husband wept, too. But we did not stay there. 

"Weeping remains for a night, but joy comes in the morning." (Psalm 30:5)

We did weep, and we did go before the Lord seeking comfort from Him. For in acceptance, we found peace.

The Bible tells us that God works all things for good for those who love Him. We don't have to know how He is going to do that, we only need to know that He is going to do that. He is fully worthy of our trust. I keep this sign where we all walk by it frequently:
Our daughter is sixteen now. She is an absolute love-bug. She adores singing! Please pray for her (Mary) as you read this, for she is singing this Thursday night for over 2oo people. Please pray Christ's light will shine through her, for His glory! I'll try to post it after the event!

A young woman named Betty Scott Stam wrote a prayer, that became a life prayer for me several years before Mary was born. I love this prayer and want to share it with you, for it reminds me of my life purpose and commitment to God. 

You too, can make the commitment to God in this prayer, right now, as you are reading this blog: 

"Lord, I give up all my own plans and purposes, all my own desires and hopes, and accept Thy will for my life. I give myself, my life, my all, utterly to Thee, to be Thine forever. Fill me and seal me with Thy Holy Spirit. Use me as Thou wilt, send me where Thou wilt, work out Thy whole will in my life at any cost, now and forever."

Betty had no idea that the cost of following God's will in her life would cost her, her life. In 1934, Betty was beheaded by Chinese Communists, just a short time after she prayed that prayer.

None of us knows what tomorrow will bring, but we know who holds tomorrow. No matter if you are 2o or 3o or 4o or 60—none of us knows the future, but we can trust the God who loves us.

I could trust Jesus when my daughter was born blind, because I knew He loved me. Now that's a big thing—having a child born blind. I had to give up my right as the happy mother of a child born with eyesfor the rest of my life as mother to my child.

Betty Scott Stam's being martyred was an even bigger thing. 

Most of us are not going to have to face anything huge and heroic. It is in the little things that we can take up our cross. 

... When your husband wants to do something one way, and you want to do it another.  
... When a person jumps in line in front of you, and you had been waiting first.

... When a driver cuts you off in traffic.

... When someone does the unforgiveable thing to you.

Everyday we can take up our cross when we die to our preferences. If we cannot die in the tiny, unselfish ways, then how will we ever die to ourself in the big things? It is a willing to die to self.

Will we die to ourselves? Can we say, Lord, I give up my right to myself, and I want to be your servant and choose your way. I want to follow you, no matter the cost.

Take up the cross, and follow Him.

The rich young ruler in the Bible walked sadly away from Jesus because he was too rich to follow Him.

We can be 

... too busy  (happened to me yesterday, and I wrongly chose "my way" selfishly not getting off the computer when my husband came home from work. This was wrong. I've asked for forgiveness! I am a Christian, and my action in that little thing said, "God, I'm going to act as though you don't exist, and just keep on doing what I want to do, not what You want me to do." I'm a stay-at-home mom, and I can choose the unselfish choice by honoring my husband and thereby obeying God by following Christ in this tiny thing.)

... too smart

... too rich

to follow Him.

In the next 24 hours, you are going to have the chance to die to your own way (we both will!), and to die to your (our!) preferences, and follow Christ's way. Will you give up your right to yourself? Will you say, "Yes, Lord! I'll say no to myself and say yes to You!"

As always, I'd love to connect with you wherever you most like on: FacebookInstagramPinterestYoutube or Twitter. You may follow my blog here or on Bloglovin'.

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Now it's time for 
Wednesday's Prayer Girls & Link-Up Party!


Each Wednesday I like to offer to pray for your non-confidential prayer request or praise in the comment section below. Please enter a prayer if you would like me to pray for you (and pray for one another!) and I will reply to your prayer there.

If you're a Christian blogger, we all would love to see what you've been writing! Enter your blog link below to join the party!

Walk by Faith,

Monday, October 21, 2013

Check Out My Blog/Website's New Look!

My blog got a new look today! I wanted to make it easier for you to pull up all the blogs I've written on my main topics!

Take a look at what my header looks like now!

You can pull up all my posts by topic now very easily:

Faith, Marriage, Parenting, Books, Disabilities, Elisabeth Elliot, Lifestyle (Includes Organization, Time Management, Recipes, & Decor) or my upcoming First Book (more on that soon—stay tuned! All updates on the book will be here!).

All you have to do is click on the picture for that topic!

Yes, those really are my kids on the parenting picture not too too many years ago, and yes that is my Mary on the picture for disabilites. Aren't they all so cute? We mamas can say that!

I also wanted to make it easy for you to follow my blog, so I have partnered with Bloglovin, and all you have to do is click the "BLOGLOVIN" tab at the top right of my blog to follow my blog there with automatic updates! 

What are you waiting for because I want to say in touch with YOU!

As always, I'd love to connect with you wherever you most like on: FacebookInstagramPinterestYoutube or Twitter. You may follow my blog here or on Bloglovin'.

So glad that's done! Whew! Now, back to blogging and writing and speaking about the practical difference Jesus makes in our lives—my passion!

Walk by Faith,

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Three Conditions to Being A Disciple & Wednesday's Prayer Girls & Link-Up Party!

Self or Self-Denial?

I've been doing a lot of thinking lately on what it means to be a Christian, and the conditions for discipleship. Jesus doesn't force us to be his disciple, does He? 

"Then Jesus said to his disciples, 'Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.'" (Matthew 16:24)

Jesus says, "whoever wants to be my disciple..."

If you want to be His disciple, Jesus makes it very clear. There are three conditions for discipleship:

  1. Deny Yourself. Self-abandonment.
  2. Take up your cross. Do what God wants.
  3. Follow Him.
But wait! The whole world we live in is encouraging us to do things our way. To do what you want to do. To have it your way. To look out for number one. To not deny yourself anything. Self-actualization. Self esteem. Self awareness. Self. Self. Self.

For those of us who are Christians, Jesus tells us to do the very opposite. He tells us in order to be His disciples we need to empty ourselves of ourselves and our ways. We need to deny ourselves. We need to give up our right to ourselves. 

Someone once said any time anything cuts against our will we need to see it as a chance to die to ourselves.  That is the first condition of being a disciple of Jesus Christ.

The second condition of being a disciple is to take up your cross. That's doing what God wants. It is a decision. We are our decisions and our choices—not our feelings. We do not have to be subservient to our feelings, much as the culture tells us to be. 

It does not matter how we feel about something (we do have feelingsbut we do not have to be slave to them!). What matters is what God tells us in His Word. What matters is that we do what God wants. Yesterday's one minute blog spoke on obedience, and had a great, short quote by Jeremy Taylor.

I can't say that I feel good about denying myself. No, it does not feel "good." When my daughter was born totally blind having been born without eyes—I cannot say I felt good about denying my right to a happy motherhood of a child born with two eyes. By an act of will, I made a decision to accept God's will for my life and my daughter's life (taking up of the cross).

Did you know there is a direct correlation with self abandonment and fulfillment? As we deny ourselves, we find fulfillment in following the will of God. That's the beauty of God's will. I am fulfilled in my daily life, knowing that am doing what God called me to do as the mother of a blind child. As I abandon my desire and accept His will for my life, I find His purposes in my life.  

Jesus is our supreme example of self denial. He took up His cross for us because it was the Father's will. Jesus told His Father when He wanted to know if there was any other way other than what was about to transpire on the cross: "Yet not what I will, but what you will." (Mark 14:36)

What do we want most in this world? Can we say it is God's will in our lives? If we truly want His will, we can have it. We can know it. We take up our cross regardless of how we feel about it, and do what it is He wants us to do. 

And we follow Him. Moment by Moment. Day by day.

Do you want to be His disciple? Are you willing to deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Him?

Next time, I'll tell you the two choices we have when something comes into our life we never would have desired or asked for, and we'll talk about asking God for His purpose for our lives.  I want to give you the beautiful life prayer of Betty Scott Stam.

I'd love to connect with you wherever you most like on FacebookInstagramPinterest, Youtube or Twitter. You may follow my blog here.

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Now it's time for 
Wednesday's Prayer Girls & Link-Up Party!

Each Wednesday I like to offer to pray for your non-confidential prayer request or praise in the comment section below. Please enter a prayer if you would like me to pray for you (and pray for one another!) and I will reply to your prayer there.

If you're a Christian blogger, we all would love to see what you've been writing! Enter your blog link below to join the party!

Walk by Faith,

Monday, October 14, 2013

Jeremy Taylor on Obeying Without Interruption

Frequently, people ask me what it is that I write and speak about. Everything I write and speak about can be summed up in two words in a hymn I sang as a child: trust and obey. How well I remember singing: 

"Trust and obey, for there's no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey."
(John Sammis) 

"If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching.
My Father will love him, and we will come to him
and make our home with him."
-John 14:23

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"Lord, do Thou turn me all into love, 
and all my love into obedience
and let my obedience be 
without interruption."
-Jeremy Taylor

Walk by Faith,

Friday, October 11, 2013

First Aid for Frazzled Mom Seminar with Sarah Knott Coming to Raleigh Oct 26

There will be fantastic seminar for moms coming to the Raleigh area in just two weeks! "First Aid for Frazzled Moms" is a parenting seminar led by an experienced mother of six, Sarah Knott, on Saturday, October 26, 2013, 9:30—11:30 a.m. at Christ Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. Christ Baptist is located at 400 Newton Road, Raleigh, NC, 27615.

The cost is $5.00 per person and tickets can be purchased online soon. Just visit and then click "news and events." Limited childcare is available for infants—6 years (required by Oct 11). They are available now by going to Christ Baptist Church on Sunday morning, or Monday—Thursday. 

The seminar will be taped, and CDs will be available afterward by contacting the church office. If you have any questions, call Christ Baptist Church at 919.573.5454. Christ Baptist is located at 400 Newton Road, Raleigh, NC, 27615.

If you desire parenting help, I highly recommend the Biblical and practical teaching of Sarah Knott!

Many of you have heard the link to my testimony on my blog, and have heard me tell of Macon Newby who mentored me for over a year and a half when I was in my twenties. Macon is Sarah Knott's twin sister. Run—don't walk—to hear what Sarah has to say!

I'd love to connect with you wherever is easiest for you on FacebookInstagramPinterestYoutube, or Twitter. You may follow my blog here.

Walk by Faith,

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Mary Sings Psalm 23 to Elisabeth Elliot & Will Sing October 24 for Mira Foundation USA Dinner In Raleigh, NC

I'm always so thankful for opportunities for my daughter, Mary, to be able to sing. Eric Liddell, Olympic runner, once said, "When I run, I feel God's pleasure." I love hearing Mary sing, because I know God created her to sing His praises for the "praise of His glory."

"We who first hoped in Christ have been destined 
and appointed to live for the praise of His glory." 
-Ephesians 1:12

Think of it! God's ultimate purpose is to bring glory to Himself  and one way He does that is through our lives!

Worship the living Creator today as we listen to a 15 second clip of Mary singing in church last Sunday, followed by a sweet time of fellowship as Mary softly sang Psalm 23 in our sunroom to dear Elisabeth Elliot—now in her eighties. Elisabeth, who has endured much in her life, is a woman who has lived a lifetime for His glory!

I'd love to connect with you wherever you most like on FacebookInstagramPinterest, Youtube, or Twitter. You may follow my blog here.

Let's join Elisabeth and Mary—remembering throughout the day today—that we live for "the praise of His glory," no matter what age we are or circumstance we face!

What do you know that you were born to do in Jesus' name? 

Serve Him as a wife? Called to be a mother? Called to be single for His glory, at least for today? Being the best student you can be? May we together resolve to live for "praise of His glory," one day at a time!

Mary will be singing on Thursday evening, October 24 for the Mira Foundation USA "Dining in the Dark" Dinner in Raleigh, North Carolina (we all begin meal blindfolded!) Mira provides guide dogs for blind children. Mary is not getting one, but supports Mira as they help other blind children. If you would like to attend, contact me at juanamikels(at)gmail(dot)com. There is no charge for dinner. There will be silent Mira donation envelopes available.
Walk by Faith,