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 […]

Fruit of the Vine

Fruit of the Vine

Within a few days after Christmas, perhaps after the new year, when the Christmas cards quit coming, we have a new kind of mail. No, I’m not talking about all the bills that were generated by over-zealous buying. I’m talking about the gardening catalogs. I usually study the colorful photos of flowers, trees, vegetables and […]

Togetherness

Togetherness

Merry Christmas! From the very beginning of the world, God said it was not good for man to be alone. “Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.””  ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭2:18‬ ‭NASB‬‬ So after Adam came Eve and a family […]

Peace on Earth and Hurry Up

Peace on Earth and Hurry Up

Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests. Luke 2:14 Hurry and peace must surely be antonyms. They aren’t listed in my hefty antonym book for writers, but I suspect it is just an omission. John Ortberg shares in his book Soul Keeping that his […]

Remember the Reason for the Christmas Celebrations

Remember the Reason for the Christmas Celebrations

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) Christmas is just around the corner and many of you are busy buying gifts and making preparations for holiday dinners and parties.   Let us not forget the reason […]

Trust God

Trust God

The last few months have been challenging for me but over the last couple of weeks, the word trust has repeatedly come to my mind and heart. It can be difficult to trust because trust requires us to let go of control and to wait–my least favorite thing to do! During my devotion time recently, […]

Fear

Fear

Fear is an insidious thing. Sometimes it can be subtle, creeping up on us unawares. Or it can be an ‘in-your-face’ experience, something frightening we’ve faced and somehow never seem to be able to forget. Or, it can be completely senseless, based on nothing more than our fanciful minds.  “For God has not given us […]

With Suffering Comes Authority

With Suffering Comes Authority

From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things…that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. Matthew 16:21 When we are hurting, we are most comforted by one who understands our pain. One who has also suffered […]

For This Is God’s Will for You In Christ Jesus

For This Is God’s Will for You In Christ Jesus

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV) As we approach Thanksgiving Day, the day set aside to give thanks for our crops, jobs, families, etc, let’s not forget to express gratitude for this great “Salvation.” Give thanks in all situations – good or […]