Susan Badeau

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


Sue writes blogs 2-4 times per month under two threads.  The first, "Building Bridges of Hope" offers reflections, insights and tips for professionals, parents, caregivers and others who work with children who have experienced trauma and their families.  The second, "Hope for the Journey" offers devotional reflections on the insights, questions, and applications Sue gleans from her own spiritual journey and Bible study."

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Compass for Compassion

Posted by Sue Badeau on February 16, 2016 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

"There are many great needs in the world – people who are hungry, without clean water, abused, homeless, wounded – the list goes on and on. It's easy to become overwhelmed.

Jesus calls me to compassion, but where do I begin?In the face of such overwhelming need, can I really make a difference?"

Please visit my friend Dawn's page to see the blog I wrote about being living with compassion:
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Clean Heart, Renewed Joy SAMPLE

Posted by Sue Badeau on February 9, 2016 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Please enjoy this sample entry from the book, Clean Heart, Renewed Joy - now on special $5 off during Lent!  Order here:

Excerpt from the Introduction - About that Image on the Cover

In addit...

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Who is my neighbor?

Posted by Sue Badeau on November 16, 2015 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Sweet little newborn, skin as soft as dew on the petal of lily-of-the-valley: you are my neighbor

Children laughing, playing, crying, hungry, thirsty, bleeding, reading, running, sleeping, staring with vacant eyes, traumatized, acting out, acting in, acting up, falling down - precious little one; you are my neighbor

Young man with your pants slung too low, your music too loud for my taste, a hoodie shielding your eyes and your heart, please hear me: you ...

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All Who Labor

Posted by Sue Badeau on September 7, 2015 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)


n the end, it is about the labor.

Not the cook-outs, beach days or parades. 

In the end, it is about honoring everyone who works.

Works with their hands, with their backs, with their minds, with their spirits. The origins of the day are filled with bloodshed and controversy about labor - the right t...

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Kenya Asante Sana

Posted by Sue Badeau on August 29, 2015 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

We have returned from Kenya with full hearts and overflowing spirits. Thank you to every person who supported this trip through your donations, thoughts, prayers, and encouraging words.  Our team leader, David Ching, blogged each day of our trip and those blogs, with photos, are posted on the Imara website. Read on below for more about our amazing experience. Its a little long, but I hope you will enjoy it!  I will be post...

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Renewed and Refreshed

Posted by Sue Badeau on August 26, 2015 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (1)

Greetings! This blog has been on a bit of a hiatus as my family and I prepared for and then participated in a short term mission trip to Kenya.  We are back and I look forward to re-launching my blog on a weekly basis. In a few days, I will post the first of a short series of blogs that will describe the lessons learned while in Kenya. For now, I want to offer you two more of my blog posts that were published on other sites recently -


Yesterday, Dawn Wilson featured m...

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READ, COMMENT, WIN! Spring Guest Blogs

Posted by Sue Badeau on April 23, 2015 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

I am a guest blogger in two spots this week.  First, with my publisher, My Helping Hands Press -


"God never closes a door without opening a window.'-


Second, over at my friend Dawn Wilson's site, "Upgrade Your Life" I talk about how parenting can be a lot like gardening - 3 ...

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Posted by Sue Badeau on February 20, 2015 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

I’m a fan of mysteries.

And who doesn’t love a good Sherlock Holmes “whodunit?” So it wasn’t much of a stretch for me to become a fan of the television show “Elementary.”

Last night, I watched a new episode of Elementary.

This morning I read a powerful blog post by

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5 Tips for Upgrading Your Love Life

Posted by Sue Badeau on February 19, 2015 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Yes, it is true - Valentine's Day has passed. But trust me, it is never the wrong season to spice up your love life - Thanks to Dawn Wilson's "Upgrade with Dawn" blog, I had the opportunity to share my top five tips. Hope you will enjoy "Five Tips for Upgrading Your Love Life"

I'd especially love it if you'd leave a comment with your own favorite tip!

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Grow Your Child's Wonder at Christmas

Posted by Sue Badeau on December 11, 2014 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Delighted to be the guest blogger at "Upgrade with Dawn" today - check it out: