Sylvia Schroeder


If a Tree Falls in a Forest?

“If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” I’ve not lived a long time in Virginia, but in the time I have, I’ve seen a lot of trees. Coming from the broad mid-west where storms were fierce and majestic, I feel like the […]

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Becoming is a Journey

From the back of the car, three kids sang with megaphone voices.  “Do everything without complaining, do everything without arguing, so that you will become blameless and pure, children of God.”  Ah yes, I loved teaching my children Scripture songs because they needed them so much.  Blonde heads swayed right and left along with the […]

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Grandparents Day And The Grandparent I Never Knew

“Gamma!” my little grandson shouts. He begins his own personal happy dance with one chubby knee up first, then a big hop on one leg and a galloping pivot that nearly knocks him flat.  Those seconds his face lights up with that wide welcome smile makes me want to turn, go out and come in […]

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Kinda Like God Who Sees All We Do 

My youngest grandchild has begun to climb out of his crib with his mattress as low as possible while wearing his sleep sack. It’s a feat. The security camera recording shows his formidable skills forward, backward, slow motion and fast. He just sort of vaults and swings. And bingo, he is over. Quite remarkable, really. […]

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Standing on the Other Side of the Line

The first time I boarded a plane for Italy, I left with one husband, 24 suitcases, a child on each hip, one holding her daddy’s hand and the absolute assurance God had called. My parents and his parents lined up to say good-bye at the airport. My dad wasn’t touchy-feely. He may have lacked in […]

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Do You Know Where You’re At?  

“I don’t know where we’re at,” Phil’s dad used to say from the front seat of his handicapped van. In his later days my father-in-law, sweet and intelligent seemed to live in an anxious state of lost. He leaned far forward against the taut seatbelt, and peered with squinted eyes at the road ahead. The […]

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Hope for the Worrier

Recently I wrote a requested article on the subject of worry. It caused me no end of worry.  Worry is my middle name.  I’ve been put to the test in a crazy worrisome situation in the last few days, so the whole “what happens if” chain of possible events has me looking more closely over […]

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Seven Verses To Remind You God Goes Behind, Before and All Around

I saw them in a lush green park, a family three-some. Sandwiched between mom and dad, a little girl with pudgy legs, light-up shoes and brown pig-tails lifted her legs high. I stopped to watch because they were so noisy in their shared delight. She swung inches above the mirrored puddles on the path, held […]

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We Remember Needed Words At The Right Time

“Remember what I told you,” I said to my little girl with golden hair, long and silky. She tilted her chin upward, her blue eyes fringed in black lashes locked into mine, digging deep, she nodded.  “Obey the teacher, and be a friend to everyone.”  Determination replaced the fear. She walked into the new classroom. […]

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Who is in Control Of Generations?

“He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children,” Ps. 78:5 ESV “Who’s in control here?” I asked the mirror mirror on the wall.  I was a frazzled mother trying to keep my temper in check, the house from burning down, and […]

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