Siblings Forever–(Belinda Burston)

“To the outside world, we all grow old. But not to brothers and sisters. We know each other as we always were. We know each other’s hearts. We share private family jokes. We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys. We live outside the touch of time.” – Clara Ortega

“We know one another’s faults, virtues, catastrophes, mortifications, triumphs, rivalries, desires, and how long we can each hang by our hands to a bar. We have been banded together under pack codes and tribal laws.” – Rose Macaulay
These quotes, from an International Business Times article, on National Sibling Day 2014,  capture the unique power of the sibling relationship.
And to end with a smile, click here for “13 Things Only Siblings Understand.”

New Years Resolutionary Thought

So roll up your sleeves, put your mind in gear, be totally ready to receive the gift that’s coming when Jesus arrives. Don’t lazily slip back into those old grooves of evil, doing just what you feel like doing. You didn’t know any better then; you do now. As obedient children, let yourselves be pulled into a way of life shaped by God’s life, a life energetic and blazing with holiness. God said, “I am holy; you be holy.”

1 Peter 1:13 MSG

Now to Him

Now to Him Who is able to keep you without stumbling or slipping or falling, and to present [you] unblemished (blameless and faultless) before the presence of His glory in triumphant joy and exultation [with unspeakable, ecstatic delight]. (Jude 1:24, AMP)

Kimberley Payne @fitforfaith and Janis Cox @authorjaniscox are closing down Family and Faith Matter @famfaithmatters.

P.S. After we told our contributors that we are closing down Family & Faith Matters blog, Brenda Wood responded and blessed us with a poem.


What to Say? What to Say?

After all, don’t they know

That I sit here bemoaning

And missing it so?


The loss, not just writings

But close friendships true,

The contact of journeys

That takes paths askew?


But when God is leading

What are we to do?

But walk in obedience,

Both all and you two!


So off we all wander,

Our paths on their own,

But carrying the joy

That friendships have grown!

Brenda J Wood


After reading Brenda’s heartfelt words, Jan felt she needed to respond. The response flowed out in poetry.


We will not lose connection,

God will be true

To lead us together

With something else to do.


We will wait and watch

Knowing He cares

And be ready to move

As He shows He’s aware.


Merry Christmas to you,

And Kimberley too

Happy New Year to all

We’ll see this job through.

Love Janis

Carley Cooper’s new book info

Carley Cooper
– Author of Cocoa with Jesus: My Story of Survival through Abuuse & Mental Illness – To be released in 2015
– Co-Author of Groove: Stories to Refresh How We Think and Feel about Our Mental Illnesses with Daphne Tarango (& 8 other inspirational writers) - Now on Amazon in Paperback  or in Kindle or if you would like to purchase from me at a lower price ($12.00 CAD (GST Included)) and save the shipping fees, contact me and I will put your name on a waiting list for when I get a shipment of books.