Our family--Christmas, 2008

Our family--Christmas, 2008

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Tracy to Speak at Mom Heart Conference, March 12-13, 2010

Come and Be Refreshed!

Next month, I'll be giving a workshop at the Mom Heart Conference, sponsored by Sally Clarkson and Whole Heart Ministries. The conference will be taking place on March 12-13 in Raleigh, NC.

The weekend promises to be a wonderful time for fellowship, refreshing, and renewing in your calling as mothers!

In my talk, My Times are in Your Hands, I'll be encouraging moms with thoughts about about how our lives are truly in our heavenly Father's very loving and all-wise hands. There is no safer place to be than in His care!
Plus, I'll be sharing stories from my 25+ years of marriage with Chris and how God gave us His grace every step of the way, including God's plan for Chris to live with debilitating MS for 15 years and His ultimate call to bring Chris Home on October 12, 2009.

Chris's book, just being released next month, entitled Power Perfected in Weakness: The Journal of Christopher J. Klicka will also be available for sale for the first time at the conference. For more information about his book, which chronicles his journey the last few with his MS as well as the last three weeks of his life, see Power Perfected in Weakness.

For more information and to register for the conference, see Mom Heart Raleigh Conference.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Ways to Give to the Klicka Family

The Klickas have been overwhelmed by the many expressions of love and care they have received. Thank you again for your prayers to a faithful Creator on their behalf. Some of you have also asked how to help the Klickas, financially and otherwise. As a result, we have two direct avenues of giving to the Klicka family that you can consider utilizing, and a third avenue of tax-deductible giving to the Klickas' church and its benevolence program:

1. As usual, direct gifts and donations for the family may be sent to their home address at the following address:

6779 Riley Rd.
Warreton, VA 20187

2. Corey Cheney generously established an account for the Klicka family through which you may electronically donate funds:

Please read the below instructions before donating.

Click here to send a donation to the Klickas

1. After clicking the above link a new page will open that has a "To" & "From" E-mail field & a box for you to enter in the amount you would like to donate. (In the "To" field put this E-mail address: tracy.klicka@gmail.com)

2. Click the "Personal" button right under the "Amount" box, then select the "Gift" option, then click "Continue".

3. On the next page you will be asked if you already have a Pay-Pal account. If you do, sign in. If you do not have an account, click "Sign-up"

4. After you sign-in to your Pay-Pal account, you will see the checkout page. Just make sure everything is correct & add your personal note to the Klicka family!

5. Click "Send Money" & the donation will be sent!

3. Finally, tax deductible gifts to their church's benevolence fund may be sent to:

Grace Community Church
Benevolence Fund
19420 Golf Vista Plaza, Suite 220
Lansdowne, VA 20176

Thank you so much and may God bless you.

Tito Mercado
Pastor, Grace Community Church

Monday, July 20, 2009

Chris to Receive HBOT Treatment

at Miracle Mountain, NC

July 19-August 10, 2009

We would like to invite all our friends and family to join us in praying for Chris while he is at Miracle Mountain in North Carolina for three weeks receiving Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy treatment.

As some of you may already know, Chris was in a car accident (hit-and-run) last December, which set off a whole series of new and debilitating MS symptoms. In March, Chris tried prednisone therapy, which not only did not help him, but made things much worse. He just hasn't recovered from these incidents except in very small degrees.

Thus the interest in trying Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy. At the last minute, he was able to get an opening at the clinic. We are praying this treatment will be successful in helping stop the progression of the MS and perhaps restore some of what he has lost.

If you are interested in finding out more about his treatment, as well as be kept apprised of prayer needs & praise reports, you can visit Chris' health blog through Caring Bridge website:

Thank you for your friendship and your prayers!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Thoughts from Talk at FPEA--"When Jesus Waits...What Can We Learn From His Silence?"

My secret desire in speaking at homeschool conventions is to be able to get up and share the secret of my "success", or give the talk that starts with "How to...". That certainly didn't happen this past weekend in Florida. Rather, I distinctly felt God tugging on my heart by His Spirit, to speak openly and honestly about some of our challenges, so great at times, it really does seem that Jesus is silent.

Luke 24 reminds us, though, that while Jesus' death prevailed in the minds of His followers and He was kept from being recognized by them on the road to Emmaus, it didn't change the reality that Jesus was right there with them. He had triumphed over the grave, and at just the right moment, He chose to reveal Himself to His followers as the risen, victorious Lord.

Over the years, the Lord has had a different plan for me when speaking to homeschoolers at the state conventions I've been at. Instead of showing homeschooling moms how to do it all, He's asked me to be a model of brokenness and dependency on Him.

This is a good place to be, mind you, for I firmly believe that God receives glory when we make much of Him, rather than much of ourselves. His trustworthiness is so great that I can't help but glory in Him. That doesn't mean, however, that the path He leads us on is going to be easy. Rather, He often chooses to build our trust in His trustworthiness by letting us feel our inadequacy, our need, our desperation for His help and sustaining power at times to show us just how much He truly can be depended upon.

I would rather be tossed about in a small boat in the midst of a storm if Jesus is with me there, than bask in the summer sunshine by the side of a refreshing pool on my recliner while sipping cold lemonade.

That takes courage for me to say, because there are days when I say, "O Lord, I sure would love the latter right about now." Help me not to believe for a single moment that there is any better place to be than with You--Your love, Your grace, Your presence mean more to me than ANY other place without You!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Tracy to Speak at the FPEA Convention, May 22-23, 2009

In conjunction with doing two workshops on parenting teens, I put together a list of recommended reading for parents to assist them in this high calling from the Lord.

Our primary goal as parents of teens isn't to control outward behavior, but to draw out the hearts of our young people and help them see God's standards and where they may have strayed; to encourage them to follow His Word and ways, and to affirm expressions of genuine faith and trust in the Lord.

When we take the time to listen well, ask good questions, and pursue our children out of our love for them, they will be more inclined to hear what we have to say as we point them to God's Word.

There are some really excellent books that can help us with this task. Below are a few we highly recommend:

1. Age of Opportunity, Paul David Tripp
2. Lies Young Women Believe and the Truth That Sets Them Free, Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Dannah Gresh
3. The Five Love Languages of Teenagers, Gary Chapman
4. Preparing for Adolescence, Dr. James Dobson
5. Discover Your Children's Gifts, Don and Katie Fortune
6. Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands, Paul David Tripp
7. Not Even a Hint, Joshua Harris
8. The Ministry of Motherhood, Sally Clarkson
9. Speaking Truth in Love, David Powlison
10. I Kissed Dating Good-bye, Joshua Harris
11. Girl Talk--Mother/Daughter Conversations on Biblical Womanhood, Carolyn Mahaney and Nicole Mahaney Whitacre
12. Relationships, A Mess Worth Making, Timothy Lane and Paul David Tripp
13. Idols of the Heart, Learning to Long for God Alone, Elyse Fitzpatrick
14. Worldliness, Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World, edited by C.J. Mahaney
15. Don't Waste Your Life, John Piper

We believe all of the above books are not only relevant to raising teens, but offer sound biblical wisdom and insight into the power of the gospel to transform our hearts and sustain us as believers to run the race of faith in a way that brings glory to God! God bless you!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Updates on Our Family, Episode Three--Our First Wedding!

Bethany & Ben
August 30, 2008

It was one of the best days of our lives...the years of praying for God to bring His perfect mate for your child, and seeing it come to pass. God is so good!!!

Their wedding was a celebration of God's love and faithfulness, the blessing of family, the gift of friends, and the joy that comes from knowing Christ Jesus as Lord. He is the center of Ben & Bethany's union and life together. He is the One who has redeemed them and brought them together. He is the One that will give them the grace to live lives that are pleasing to Him. We know they desire to glorify God in their marriage, and that His Word is true and trustworthy. Their joy in each other is surpassed only by their joy in God.

We love Ben and his family, and are so thankful to be entering with them into this new season of our children's marriage.

A few highlights from the day:

  • many relatives could be there, including all the grandparents
  • so many friends came and rejoiced with us
  • God provided many, many friends to help make the day so beautiful
  • all the details for the day were faithfully carried out by our loving God; even with the little glitches that came up, God worked everything out wonderfully
  • worshiping together during the service seemed the most natural way to thank our great God for His lovingkindness
  • our joy was so full, we could barely contain it!
Some funny moments:
  • At the beginning of the ceremony, Cindy and I couldn't get our candles lit with the adult-proof torches; we almost burst out laughing when we finally got them to work
  • Ben trying to light the unity candle with the torch instead of the family candle; Bethany had to tap Ben's hand to let him know he needed to grab the lit candle instead
  • Bethany getting swatted on the backside by the Marines who announced their marriage at the reception
  • Jesse hiding in the back of Ben's SUV and as Bethany and Ben started driving away, opened the back window and waved good-bye to everybody
Some touching moments:
  • During the bridesmaids processional, Susanna, who was the last to enter, was quite overcome with emotion and was fighting back the tears; that got Tracy, grandmas, and twins Charity and Amy teary-eyed then
  • Because Chris couldn't walk Bethany in during the processional, she asked her brother Jesse if he could escort her in; it was a sweet moment to see that proud brother hand her to her father waiting up front

  • Bethany asked Tracy to sing during the Unity Candle lighting, and at one moment, she got kind of choked up singing about God's faithfulness; He has been so faithful!
  • Bethany and Ben dancing their first dance to Martina McBride's "My Valentine", a special song she picked out because Ben's birthday is on Valentine's Day

  • Since Chris was unable to dance with Bethany for the Father/Daughter dance, Bethany picked out a special song, "I Loved Her First", and our videographer put video footage and photos of Bethany and her dad over the years together as a special presentation at the wedding reception; there wasn't a dry eye in the whole hall! Shortly after, our dear friend Rick Boyer wrote a poem for Chris about his Father/Daughter dance with Bethany and the legacy of His life being lived for the Lord through much hardship with MS

We wanted to bless Ben & Bethany in a special way, so we set up a "Blessing Tree" where family and friends could share their prayers, wishes and Scripture verses with the couple. And from the wedding program, a couple of verses Bethany and Ben picked out to share:
I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever;
With my mouth I will make known
Your faithfulness to all generations.
For I have said, 'Mercy shall be built up forever;
Your faithfulness You shall establish in the very heavens.' "
~Psalm 89:1-2
We are so happy for Ben and Bethany and the future He has in store for them. It's all good because of Jesus!

Updates on our Family, Episode Two--Bethany Goes for the Gold!

This past June, our oldest daughter Bethany received a much-earned award for four years of diligent, hard work--The Congressional Award, receiving the highest honor of Gold Medal. The Congressional Award program, started by Congress and partnering with the private sector, acknowledges students who have excelled through their activities and efforts in the areas of service, initiative, and achievement.

Bethany engaged in over 200 hours each of Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Exploration. From taking a two-week trip to a working cattle ranch in northern New Mexico building fences, moving cattle, cleaning stalls and the like, to putting together care packages for soldiers overseas and volunteering at a local school library, to improving her creative writing skills by authoring four children's books, Bethany has learned much about persistence, the joys of a job well done, and has blessed many people she has served.
While we are so proud of Bethany for earning the gold Congressional Award, we give even greater thanks for the way she acknowledged the Lord in everything she was doing. Her desire was to bring God glory in the various activities she was engaged in, and she sought to build friendships with the people whose lives intertwined with hers during those four years. God has blessed her greatly by helping her form a deep bond with her Congressional Award advisor and the family she stayed with in New Mexico. She has also been keeping in touch with the soldiers to whom she has written and sent care packages.