Lessons from the Robins

Lessons from the Robins

You may have heard or perhaps not but a week ago in Wisconsin on April 18th we had a very bad snow storm with areas getting 4-30+ inches of snow followed by smaller storms over the next couple days. There began a post circulating on Facebook to put out food for the robins as many […]

Ordinary Men and Women

Ordinary Men and Women

“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.” Acts 4:13 (NIV)   This is one of my favorite verses in the New Testament. My preacher spoke on this passage on Sunday. I’ve […]

When Fear Attacks

When Fear Attacks

Recently, I’ve been doing a Bible study from a group on Fear and Anxiety. Let me tell you it has hit home so much. I suffer at times from anxiety and panic attacks. Not as bad as they use to be, but still at times it’s there. Sometimes, it feels like someone has grabbed me […]

Give Yourself Permission to Relax!

Give Yourself Permission to Relax!

Life can become so busy we simply forget to give ourselves permission to relax, stop, or sit down in the midst of the madness. How do we not lose ourselves when surrounded by obligations, responsibilities, work, school, ministry, children, family, goals, marriage, loss, love and life? We are pulled in so many different directions that […]

Calendar Confusion

Calendar Confusion

Calendar Confusion by Peggy Blann Phifer @pegphifer The above picture is the April page of my oversize wall calendar that is on my desktop in front of my computer. I use it to keep track of any appointments I have, as well as birthdays and anniversaries, etc., and daily words written on a particular day […]

Desire Married to Expectation = Hope

Desire Married to Expectation = Hope

If we desire something… Expect it to appear any day… We have hope. Let’s imagine that you desire a new automobile. You awake every morning expecting it to be parked in your driveway. But you have not researched cars or test-driven any vehicles. You do not know what model, make and year you desire. What […]

Refocusing My Life

Refocusing My Life

You do not want a sacrifice, or I would give it; You are not pleased with a burnt offering. Psalm 51:16 I don’t know about you, but I’m a doer. No matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to help myself. And while I have made some improvement over the years, unless I’m really […]

A Sure Thing

A Sure Thing

Approximately ninety million Americans are willing to plunk down their hard-earned cash on the chance of winning big bucks in the lottery. What are the odds? According to Kevin Breuninger of CNBC, something like one in three hundred million for Powerball or Mega Millions! If you’re only looking to win a moderately hefty sum, your […]

Am I Listening?

Am I Listening?

Am I Listening? By Linda Wood Rondeau   She tried to explain to her teenage son why he shouldn’t keep looking at his phone while his mother was talking to him. He continued working his phone. In exasperation, she lifted his chin. “Didn’t you hear me?”He said in a respectful tone, “I heard you. I […]

When You Need to Run to Someone

When You Need to Run to Someone

He will be the stability of your times. Isaiah 33:6 The trees stood like sentinels watching over me. My vivid nine-year-old imagination could have sworn they parted a little, making a path to show me the way to my hiding place on the high rock. Life at home was scary and I didn’t feel safe. […]

Blest Be the Ties That Bind

Blest Be the Ties That Bind

Several things came to mind for this blog, but the following won out. Soon I will be moving from this house, this neighborhood, and from this state. I am entering a new chapter of my life. I am returning to my ‘roots’ in northeastern Tennessee, where ancestors settled in early 1800. But I want to […]

Run your race

Run your race

It was only 20 minutes after the race had started that the first runner crossed the finish line. My son and I stood there at the end of the route wrapped in winter coats on a Sunday afternoon in April. Two of our foursome–Dad/Husband and Sister/Daughter–were out on the course somewhere and we weren’t expecting […]

Stand Up for Your Dignity

Stand Up for Your Dignity

  “Deal with yourself as an individual worthy of respect, and make everyone else deal with you the same way. ” – Nikki Giovanni The interesting word in here is “make.” MAKE everyone else deal with you the same way. If I don’t take a stand for myself, I can’t expect anyone else to stand […]

Fighting to His Arms

Fighting to His Arms

I’m hungry and tired, my tongue parched from thirst. I can see it in the distance…an oasis…cool and green, fresh cold water to drink. Ripe fruit hangs from low branches. Next to the rushing stream, a flat rock where I can sit and dangle my feet. And next to that spot…Jesus. His hands are folded. […]

April Showers Bring May Flowers … Sometimes

April Showers Bring May Flowers … Sometimes

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen. 2 Peter 3:18 (NIV) I do not like to curse myself but I’m 99% positive that I have a ‘brown’ thumb when it comes to gardening and growing flowers. I’ve tried planting flowers […]

What Does It Really Mean To “Receive” Jesus?

What Does It Really Mean To “Receive” Jesus?

When I was a little girl, I attended an after school Bible club across the street.  One day, as the program was ending, the leader told all of the kids to line up to pray with her and ask Jesus into our hearts.  Since it appeared that we weren’t going to go home for dinner […]

Remembrances of Resurrection Day

Remembrances of Resurrection Day

While shopping the day before Easter, I was reminded of the way we celebrated Easter when I was a child. While we did enjoy baskets of candy and eggs, the attention was focused more on the new clothes we would wear. We wouldn’t dare go to church without a new dress and, yes, white gloves. […]

Has a Piece of Your Soul Been Squelched?

Has a Piece of Your Soul Been Squelched?

Once upon a time, I was happily conversing with an imaginary friend when the neighbor boy snuck up and overheard me. Since he was two years older and so very much wiser, he pointed out (gleefully) how foolish and childish it was to talk to people who were not actually there. Despite my tender years, […]