Author: cecilylachapelle

  • Girlfriends: For better or worse

    When I was in sixth grade, I was bullied all year by two girls in my class. I know that in this day and age of Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter, bullying has gone to new levels of cruelty that I doubt I could have survived. I barely survived the one year of torment I endured […]

  • Summer thunderstorm deconstructed: The beauty & power of the storm that came and went

    I love a summer thunderstorm. I love the humidity that fills the air, the roll of thunder in the distance, the flashes of lightening that streak across the sky and the sound of crickets chirping invisibly in the twilight. As I sit at my desk tonight, those sounds float in my window filling me with […]

  • Open wounds: When the Hurt meets the Healer (Part 2)

    Continued from “Open Wounds: When the Hurt meets the Healer (Part 1)” Let’s review and expand on my Takeaways from my husband’s hand injury: Men – listen to your wives! I try not to be the “I told you so” wife, but for some reason, when it comes to the care of my family, my […]

  • Open wounds: When the Hurt meets the Healer (Part 1)

    “Cecily, we have to go to the hospital right NOW!” My husband, John, was standing in the doorway between the mudroom and the garage clutching his hand in a towel. He was still wearing his snow blowing gear and furry hat. It took me a few seconds to process what was happening. I had been […]

  • Faith in the fire: When you love an addict (Part 2)

    Continued from Part 1 The next thing I knew, Gordon wasn’t the focus in the room – I was. They were quickly and efficiently hoisting me up onto a gurney and wheeling me out into the hallway where they left me to come to my senses. I lay there in a stupor of sadness and […]

  • Faith in the fire: When you love an addict (Part 1)

    This post is a departure from my regular posts due to the content. But I have always found that sharing real life struggles helps someone somewhere. If you’re the one it touches, please know that you’re not alone. I jumped up in bed so quickly that my head was spinning. I had been pulled out […]

  • Fruit that Remains: Excerpts from my journals that nourished me and might encourage you, too!

    While in my daily devotions this morning, the Holy Spirit brought this phrase to my mind: “Do not make the Word of God of no effect.” Yikes! What does that mean?? I knew I had learned that Scripture from the Bible and that Jesus had said it, but I couldn’t recall where or to whom […]

  • Falling: How we fall and how we get up (Part 2)

    Now let’s look at the fall. When I fell three years ago in my house, I fell so hard that my children who were in the basement came running up to see what happened. They said it sounded like something blew up in the house! The pain was immediate and the injuries were long lasting. […]

  • Falling: How we fall and how we get up (Part 1)

    I caught myself just in time. My foot started to slip out from under me as I walked to my car on our snowy driveway, but I managed to catch my balance before the slip turned ugly. I live in New England and winter here can often mean slipping and falling on ice and snow. […]

  • Getting Unstuck: Step into the light again

    Do you feel stuck? How long have you been stuck? Was there a situation that happened that threw you into the “stuck” state? If the definition of stuck is ‘stationary by some obstruction’, then I believe that many times we can get stuck because something happened that we don’t process in a biblical way.  Chronologically, […]

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