Praising God Through the Generations

Praising God Through the Generations

Last month I wrote about savoring precious family moments, and I reminisced about my days as a baseball mom. This month, I have to share a recent family moment, one which I hope to remember with joy for the rest of my days. A moment of generations, of love for God and for each other. […]

When God Holds Our Hand

When God Holds Our Hand

I am the Lord your God. I am holding your right hand. And I tell you, ‘Don’t be afraid. I will help you.’ Isaiah 41:13, ICB The International Children’s Bible version of Isaiah 41:13 captures the tone of God’s voice talking to His child, the gentleness of a father leaning down, taking the small, trusting […]

A Time for Everything

A Time for Everything

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 (KJV) As women come out with the #metoo movement, discussing sexual harassment, assaults, and abuse that has been perpetrated for decades, I thought about the scripture above. There is a season, time, and purpose for everything. This […]

Freed from Judging My Seatmate

Freed from Judging My Seatmate

Before I became an author, I used to travel often to visit my team leaders or attend conferences. Airports are one of the greatest places to people watch. The cross sections of nationalities, cultures, races, body types and personalities provide endless opportunities to marvel at God’s creativity and our human quirkinesses. As I sat in […]

Change Is In The Air

Change Is In The Air

Safe in the Downpour

Safe in the Downpour

by audreycfrank In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8, NIV I awoke with a start to the sound of heavy, driving rain. Drumming the rooftops and pouring over the eaves of my house, it was as if heaven sought to fill up the […]

Romance and Intimacy in the Bible….

Romance and Intimacy in the Bible….

“How fair and how pleasant art thou, O love, for delights!” Song of Solomon 7:6 (KJV) Readers of the Bible do not expect to find the romance between a man and woman discussed intimately but the Song of Solomon is filled with love and romance. King Solomon expresses his love for the Shulamite woman and […]

Living in the Spirit

Living in the Spirit

The Fruit of the Spirit sound so simple in concept: love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22). Yet achieving these qualities and walking in them daily is quite another matter. It’s easy to experience peace when life goes smoothly, but a much greater challenge to exude when your doctor shares unwanted […]

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. […]

Beyond the World’s Best Chess Master

Beyond the World’s Best Chess Master

I know how to play chess. Which means I understand the objective, I know how the pieces move around the board, and I’m lucky if I can see two moves ahead in the game. Any strategy I devise is usually thwarted by an unexpected move from my opponent. I am not a chess master. People […]

Staying Connected to the Power Source

Staying Connected to the Power Source

I never realized how important staying connected was until my husband and I took a three day, two night trip to Shawnee National Forest for our twentieth wedding Anniversary. Though a mere three and a half hour drive from our home, it was the first time we had left our teenage sons by themselves overnight, […]

Lessons from Grout: How we Cover Up and Avoid What Needs Cleaning

Lessons from Grout: How we Cover Up and Avoid What Needs Cleaning

Mediterranean terracotta tiles cover most of the first floor of my home. I’ve noticed for a few years now how dirty the grout around those tiles has become. Hiring someone to come in with a big steam cleaner felt like a loud and messy solution to improving the look of the floor. A friend had […]

We Are All One

We Are All One

As many do, I truly enjoy watching the Olympics whenever they’re on. I feel it’s only right when these athletes devote their whole lives working to achieve making it to and participating in the Olympics that the least we can do is take the time to watch them compete and support them. But besides supporting […]

Shifting Shadows

Shifting Shadows

Shifting Shadows by Peggy Blann Phifer @pegphifer “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17 [NIV] I happened to come across two words a week or so ago … don’t ask me where … know what I mean? […]

The Sanctity of Human Life

The Sanctity of Human Life

The sanctity of human life is remembered as we celebrate this cold month of January. The story below is not mine personally, but one with which I closely relate through family and friends. This is for all the young women and men and parents who have been on this journey. God has promised to bind up our […]

For God So Loved the World…

For God So Loved the World…

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.                 John 3:16 NIV Happy 2018! As we begin another year given to us by the great Lord our God, let us pause to remember how much Jehovah loves us. He […]

When God Says No to our Prayers

When God Says No to our Prayers

Does God only answer select prayers? Or does He answer all of our prayers? Last year, my family diligently prayed for my cousin’s 17 year-old son, who was fighting brain cancer, and a 59 year-old man in our church struggling with liver cancer. Both put up gallant fights, and there were moments of encouragement along […]

Going Deeper

Going Deeper

Would you like to go deeper into God’s Word?  I’d like to share a couple of ways that I try to dig deeper into the treasure of truth in the Bible when I’m spending time studying and praying.  Read on for a couple of examples that might be helpful to you! While reading the familiar […]