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Kisses of Sunshine for Sisters

Kisses of Sunshine for Sisters

by Carol Kent, Ellie Kay, Gracie Malone

Author and general editor Carol Kent, along with four additional coauthors, captures readers' hearts with tales about the joys, challenges, and frustrations that women face in all their various roles. Each book inspires women to remember that God loves them and that their purpose is simply to let his love so fill them that they become warmth, light, and love to


Author and general editor Carol Kent, along with four additional coauthors, captures readers' hearts with tales about the joys, challenges, and frustrations that women face in all their various roles. Each book inspires women to remember that God loves them and that their purpose is simply to let his love so fill them that they become warmth, light, and love to everyone around them. Each devotional in these books includes a lighthearted or inspirational story, a thought-provoking quote, and a relevant verse from Scripture.

Kisses of Sunshine for Women: a deep and heartfelt look into what it means to be a woman—turning everyday experiences into sparkling reflections of hope and joy. Coauthored with Thelma Wells.

Kisses of Sunshine for Moms: tales that range from heroic and hilarious stories of first-time moms, to the joys and struggles of single parenting, to the beauty of watching your children grow up. Coauthored with Ellie Kay.

Kisses of Sunshine for Grandmas: from sweet and sentimental birth stories, to grandparenting a stepchild, to humorous lessons learned from grandkids, to the caregiver generational 'squeeze.' Coauthored with Gracie Malone.

Kisses of Sunshine for Sisters: celebrations of sisterhood that happen as a result of being born and bonded into the same family—or that emerge simply from the love growing inside our hearts with friends who become our sisters.

Kisses of Sunshine for Teachers: encouragement and salutations to those who spend every day at one of the most important jobs in the country—teaching. Coauthored with Vicki Caruana.

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18 Years

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Kisses of Sunshine for Sisters Copyright 2005 by Speak Up, Inc.
Requests for information should be addressed to:
Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Kisses of sunshine for sisters / Carol Kent, general editor.—1st ed.
p. cm.
ISBN-10: 0-310-24846-9
ISBN-13: 978-0-310-24846-0
1. Sisters—Prayer-books and devotions—English. 2. Sisters—
Anecdotes. I. Kent, Carol, 1947—
BV4844.K57 2005
242'.643—dc22 2004022593
This edition printed on acid-free paper.
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doin' the pinkie swing Dawn Baker The bond between sisters is unique, stretching and bending through periods of closeness and distance,
but almost never breaking.
Carol Saline My mother was only twenty-four years old when she died in an automobile accident, leaving three small children. My little brother was six months old, I was a year and a half, and my big sister was almost three. Dona and I are only seventeen months apart and during our growing-up years, we always shared a bedroom.
Many nights we went to bed afraid and lonely, and we were somewhat confused about life. Dona wasn't sheepish about her nighttime fears; I always tried to hide mine. Our bedroom was small and we had twin beds that were always next to each other,
separated only by the walking distance between them. Frequently,
well after we should have been asleep, Dona would whisper to me, 'Are you awake?' I often pretended I hadn't heard her. If I answered her question, she would sometimes ask if she could climb into bed with me for a while. More often she just kept asking in a louder and more intense whisper, 'Are you awake?' until I finally answered, or until she did wake me up!
My sister always wanted to talk, but after I became tired,
she would settle for a slim amount of physical contact. She would whisper 'pinkies' to me and I knew what that meant.
We would reach across the narrow space between our beds,
both lying on our tummies, and hook our pinkie fingers together and swing them to comfort each other. The touch of a sister's hand consoled both of us. Finally we would fall asleep peacefully.
I never realized how much our 'pinkie swing' meant to me until she went away to college a year and a half ahead of me.
Suddenly I was gripped with fear, finding myself in a bedroom at night all alone for the first time. I started pinning Scripture to my window shade and pulling it down to my eye level and reading it over and over again until sleep overtook me. 'Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee'
(Isaiah 26:3 KJV). 'I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety' (Psalm 4:8). Those words made my heart calm and peaceful.
Dona and I are grown women now and both of us know that Scripture is the best antidote to fear. As adults, Dona and I occasionally have a chance to hang out together. We still face fearful situations. With a smile, one of us will call out 'pinkie swing,' and we instantly know the comfort and courage that comes from a supportive sister. God gave two little girls reassurance through 'the nights of life.' And he's still doing that today.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed,
for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10

Meet the Author

Carol Kent is the bestselling author of When I Lay My Isaac Down and A New Kind of Normal. Carol is an expert on public speaking, writing, and on encouraging people to hold on to hope when life's circumstances turn out differently from their dreams. She lives in Florida with her husband Gene. Carol Kent is a popular international public speaker best known for being dynamic, humorous, encouraging, and biblical. She is a former radio show co-host and has often been a guest on Focus on the Family and a featured speaker at Time Out for Women and Heritage Keepers arena events. She has spoken at The Praise Gathering for Believers and at Vision New England's Congress. She is also a frequent speaker at Women of Virtue events across the country.

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