Susan Badeau

There are only two lasting gifts we can give our children - one is roots, the other is wings


Tomatoes and other Reflections from the Garden

Posted by Sue Badeau on July 9, 2013 at 2:15 PM Comments comments ()

In our large family, we celebrate all the birthdays in a given month on one day. Every birthday honoree gets to select their favorite food as part of the menu - so you can imagine we have some eclectic feasts for these birthday celebrations. 2 weeks ago, as we celebrated the June birthdays, I asked what my 2-year-old granddaughter Zara would like for her part of the menu.



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This LITTLE Light of Mine . . . .

Posted by Sue Badeau on July 3, 2013 at 10:10 AM Comments comments ()

This LITTLE Light of mine . . .. (Part I)

This morning while walking through my neighborhood, a teeny tiny flower caught my eye. It was a bold and vibrant shade of fuchsia*, but so small I nearly missed it. Soon, I was specifically seeking the smallest nuggets of beauty nearly hidden amidst the blades of grass and bigger, more dramati...

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A Yoke, A Suitcase & Wd-40

Posted by Sue Badeau on May 16, 2013 at 3:40 PM Comments comments ()

What do a yoke, a 4-wheeled suitcase and a can of WD-40 have to do with providing rest for parents of children who have experienced trauma?

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

The burdens are often heavy and rest is o...

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Easter Gift

Posted by Sue Badeau on March 31, 2013 at 8:00 PM Comments comments ()

Every year, we give each of our (now-adult) children and our grandchildren an Easter basket.  In addition to a few pieces of candy, fruit and snacks, we also give them each a small gift with a symbolic meaning related to Easter.

One year, it was socks and foot care items, another special soaps and body wash.  One year all the gifts had a...

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Posted by Sue Badeau on March 28, 2013 at 5:00 PM Comments comments ()

“Couldn’t you keep watch with me even one hour?” (Mark 14:37)

I had in my mind to write an Easter devotional blog today, but the words just wouldn’t come.

Then I realized, I can’t write about the celebration of Easter until I get past the hump of Thursday’s betrayal.


Maundy Thursday.

The day of the Last Supper and the famous betrayal.

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Christmas Extravagance & New Year's Resolutions, part 2

Posted by Sue Badeau on December 31, 2012 at 9:35 AM Comments comments ()

Part II of the Devotional reflection which started yesterday. Inspired by Colossians 3:12-17


This is the time when many are making New Year’s resolutions. Really – we need to look no further than Colossians . . . . so let me re-write this passage with a bit of a twist – as a set of resolutions –


In 2013, Dear Lord, with your help and filled with your spirit, because I am YOUR child – chosen by you and dear to you . ....

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Christmas Extravagance & New Year's Resolutions, Part I

Posted by Sue Badeau on December 30, 2012 at 4:35 PM Comments comments ()

This is a devotional reflection, inspired by Colossians 3: 12-17, beginning with a focus on verse 16


The two words that most strike me in this passage, particularly at this time of year are the words “richly” and “gratitude”


I looked up synonyms for “richly” and here are a few that are listed – “sumptuously,” “lavishly,” “generously,” “luxuriantly,...

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Stand Up and Speak Up, part II from Esther

Posted by Sue Badeau on October 10, 2012 at 11:55 AM Comments comments ()

Stand Up and Speak Up – part II


Last week, I wrote about how Esther’s recognition of “her people’s” suffering moved her to refuse to be silent – to step up and speak up on their behalf. I urged us all to do the same, and promised to come back this week to discuss the question of “Who are “our people”?”

So, let’s reflect on this question – who are “our people” – the ...

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Stand Up and Speak Up: Lessons from Esther

Posted by Sue Badeau on October 3, 2012 at 3:25 PM Comments comments ()

I have been reading Esther recently, and she has taught me a lot about both prayer and advocacy.


Esther was an orphan. After her parents died, she was adopted and raised by her uncle Mordecai. She was in “kinship care”. As a young woman, Esther was selected by the King to be his new Queen. Reading her story I am pretty sure can she was both reluctant and scared to accept this assignment. She was a young Jewish girl – an orphan at that, being thrust in...

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