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 […]

When God Answers, “Not Now”

When God Answers, “Not Now”

One of the hardest places to be as a Christian is in a holding pattern; or in between seasons. For me personally, I’ve found this season hard because when I was younger in my faith, I always had a hard time discerning the voice of God during these times. I learned from experience, when in […]

Sometimes Life is a Struggle

Sometimes Life is a Struggle

If it isn’t appliance failures, or car trouble, it’s problems your adult children face and no way for you to help them…other than prayer and a listening ear. Lately, for me, it has been additional health problems to add to my collection, but that is a story for another day. I consider my recent crocheting […]

Do You Relate?

Do You Relate?

I was out running errands several times over the last few weeks when I noticed people walking casually into stores and seeing people they knew. Immediately their disposition changed, their voices were animated and they were genuinely excited and engaged with each other. I could overhear a couple conversations where it was obvious it had […]

Making It Through Rough Times

Making It Through Rough Times

  These last few weeks and if I’m honest last month has been hard. Autism is hard. So hard. Can we just say puberty has hit with the twins? Sometimes, it can be a real struggle. They’ve also been having more seizures from it as well. Three children on the spectrum with tons of stimulation […]

Have You Ever Felt Duct-Taped?

Have You Ever Felt Duct-Taped?

One of my associates where I work part-time had me laughing tears when she told me about her 8 and 9-year-olds duct-taping her 2-year-old to a chair. The older siblings were playing monopoly and their younger brother kept taking their tokens (the pieces they use to move around the board). They told him to leave them alone, […]

Those three little words

Those three little words

I moved through the kitchen banging pots and slamming cupboards and when one of my children asked me something, the cork holding my anger inside popped and I spoke harshly in response to whatever they were asking. It was a normal day in our house, as far as I can remember. These days normal is […]

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, […]

Where is God’s Justice?

Where is God’s Justice?

Do you ever wonder why God doesn’t just zap people when they are hurting others?  If someone is killing or robbing people, why doesn’t God just strike that person down, as with a bolt of lightning?  How can He let people get away with evil? The problem is that our sense of justice is not […]

Flipping the Switch on Darkness

Flipping the Switch on Darkness

Several years ago, my husband and I toured some caverns in the state of Virginia. The stalactites and stalagmites were impressive, and the constant dripping of water told the story of how these rock columns were formed. When all the tourists were in place, the park ranger told everyone to be perfectly still. He turned […]

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? […]

Life Is a Journey, Not a Destination

Life Is a Journey, Not a Destination

Two of my sisters and I were on vacation in Hawaii and decided to drive to the city of Hana on the eastern shore of the island of Maui. We rented a vehicle, obtained a map and started our trek. As we traveled, we observed that the road was two-laned, narrow, snaked, and only had […]

Into the Storm

Into the Storm

On that day, when evening came, He said to them, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd, they took Him along with them in the boat, just as He was; and other boats were with Him. And there arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the […]

Eyewitness

Eyewitness

When someone claims to have seen or heard something firsthand, we may believe it or we may not.  But, if a second person comes to us and says he has seen and heard that same thing, we will be more likely to believe them.  The more people that have witnessed the same event, the more […]

Spiritual Sponges

Spiritual Sponges

Soapy water ran down the bike’s fender from the sponge I squeezed while helping my husband wash all the dust and grime off his Harley. Each time I plunged the sponge back into the bucket, the fibers filled up with the cleaning solution and I continued the chore trying to get “Ol’ Smokey Gold” clean […]

Frustrations, Long Lines, and Attitude

Frustrations, Long Lines, and Attitude

I recently had to get my driver’s license renewed. The local DMV office is usually crowded, even during off-peak hours, so I resigned myself to a wait of a half-hour (or maybe more) to get through the process. Soon after my arrival it became obvious that the photo process was not operating at optimum efficiency. […]