Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds,  because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
James 1:2-5 NIV

Some of you may have noticed that I’ve been “off the grid” lately.

I’m hanging in there but currently dealing with a family emergency back home.

Many thanks to all of you who have blessed my family with your love, prayers and support. It has really seen us through.

I’ll be back writing soon but right now Mommy needs me more.

Peace, love and B Blessed!

***Our “Bridges” series will continue on this site “as I get by with a little help from my friends”  😉  I’ll rejoin the conversation soon.



By Lilka Finley Raphael

Author, Editor, Gardner, Photographer, Pharmacist


  1. I hope everything is getting better for you and your family, Lilka! May the Lord look down upon all of you and add His healing hand to the matter. May He also give you strength to withstand this trial as you persevere in your faith!


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      1. Whatever the trial, you will come through it. You are a strong and intelligent woman, and I’m sure your husband is a strong man as well. And, of course, you have the Lord’s help…

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      2. Yes, treasure the time with your mother. I had some extra time with my mom just before she passed to be with her Lord. I pray blessings and good life for you and your mother through Christ Jesus…Amen.

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  2. Lord let your presence be felt amongst them. Let healing take place and peace be there. For where you are in us then heaven is near. Lifting you folks up.

    Much love Tom

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  3. LIlka, I have missed you, but did not know why. I understand, since ministering to both my parents in past years, and will be praying for you and your family during this time. Blessings to you as you minister to your mom. ~ Fran

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