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Praying with Chaplain David Peacock

So excited that Chaplain David Peacock was able to experience the blessing of A Call to Prayer with Roxanne and Chris on WDJC 93.7 FM. We enjoyed meeting and serving beside Pastor Jonathan Henderson. Tune in every Wednesday on your drive in to hear our Birmingham Prayer Warriors, Roxanne and Chris! Such an incredible gift to our city.

WDJC with DP

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Growing Wings

Growing Wings offers a creative and gentle experience of a child’s journey through loss and gain in life. Losing a pet, family member, or friend is a traumatic experience for anyone and especially for a child. There are no perfect words to describe the feelings attached to loss and certainly no concrete rules of how to help a child cope with losing someone or something they love.   As a Hospital Chaplain, Kim Crawford witnessed many situations in a level one trauma hospital, where adults told children how to feel in difficult circumstances. Sometimes children were told not to cry, not to express, and to sit still and be quiet. She encourages adults to invite children to talk about how they feel, share their memories of the loved one, and normalize the child’s emotions.

Kim Crawford’s, Growing Wings, beautifully, yet simply, expresses through words and illustrations the excitement a child feels when making a new friend, and the pain and disappointment when this loved one leaves for any reason.

Available on Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Growing-Wings-Kim-Crawford/dp/1974087220/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1502829138&sr=8-2&keywords=growing+wings

See page from Growing Wings below…

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Book: Growing Wings available on Amazon

The text begins a page late, therefore the text and illustrations are not lining up as they should. Also, there are 4 typos on the back cover which were not on the proof. Please do not order until I have this corrected.  I will let everyone know how to get a replacement asap. Stay tuned. I’m so sorry for the inconvenience. 

So excited to share that my book is published and available on Amazon. More than anything, I’m filled with joy because the little girl in the book is modeled after my precious granddaughter, Lily. My grandmother inspired me to read, write, and love stories, therefore I am thrilled to pass on this inspiration.

Growing Wings https://www.amazon.com/dp/1974087220/ref=cm_sw_r_oth_api_7foGzbT2SXQGP

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Favorite Place

In a previous career, at times I would help at the front desk. The front of our office was all glass looking out to a sidewalk and parking lot shared by 3 offices. One afternoon I noticed a gentleman walking back and forth on the sidewalk. This happened often and was not unusual, but at second glance I noticed something remarkable. There was a dog standing on the man’s shoulders as he paced. He was not holding the dog at all, as his arms hung freely by his sides. The dog was not barking, but quietly stood tall upon the man’s shoulders with paws on each side of his head. I stepped out and said, “That is certainly a neat trick your dog is doing.” The man stopped, grinned, and said, “This is Eddie and that is his favorite place to be.”

Eddie’s favorite place was on his master’s strong shoulders.

Stop for a moment.

Hold your arms up as a child does to his father.

Picture Jesus lifting you up onto his lap.

Neither of you say a word.

After He wraps his comforting arms around you with a big hug,

Imagine that you climb up onto his shoulders.

He stands.

You stand on his steady, strong shoulders.

You feel safe.

You feel lifted from all the potholes, rocks, twists, and turns below you.

You know it is there but feel you have risen above it all.

You confidently and quietly move forward together.

Isaiah 30:15, “In quietness and in trust shall be your strength.”

Kim Crawford copyright 6.15.17

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Grief

Floating

At sea

Drifting on water

In the darkness alone

Surrounded by engulfing black nothingness

Waves that rock you to nausea

Power that overcomes you and your vessel

No direction to go or person to call

No water to hydrate and no desire to drink

Nothing that soothes you or means anything at all anymore

No friend that can reach out or rescue you from it

Just when you are sure you will drown in the vast sorrow

You see the smallest glimmer of light and wonder if it is true

Could there possibly be any hope now after all that has happened?

A direction to follow and guide out of the sickening pain?

If only I could possibly jump from here to there

Yet the boat floats on rather than jumping ahead

The only way is to journey through it

To strive in darkness to the light

To accept the engulfing frightening waves

To float when too weak

To allow the journey

To travel to light

Knowing you changed

Accepting emotion

Grief

kim crawford 6.5.2017 copyright

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Courage with Fear

Courage is not the absence of fear but calmness and stability in the midst of it. Although we do not see God, we believe He is at work. A resolute spirit is required if we are to wait on God. ~Author Unknown

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