Seize Your Hope

Seize Your Hope

What kind of hope do you have?  Is it a feeling of waiting expectantly for a certain event to happen?  Or, is it wanting something so much that you anticipate it… pin your hopes on it?   Having hope is a good feeling.  It gives us something to hold onto while we’re waiting for what we […]

Trials of a Clay Pot

Trials of a Clay Pot

Most of us have heard the analogies of God as the potter and us as the clay through sermons and books. But recently the story came to visual life as a talented art teacher was speaking at my church and while he taught he created clay vessels on his potter’s wheel. As he twirled the […]

Forgive, As the Lord Forgave You

Forgive, As the Lord Forgave You

For me, forgiving those who have trespassed against me can be hard; especially, if the treatment is unprovoked or unwarranted. When faced with difficult moments in life that require I forgive someone for treating me wrong, I’m always reminded of Colossians 3:13, “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a […]

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 […]

When Your Ministry becomes Your Idol

When Your Ministry becomes Your Idol

  It’s a rainy spring morning when a well-known women’s ministry publishes my heart-felt blog post. I’ve written for this site once in the past, and I know what this day will entail.  My own web site will receive more visits in one day than I normally receive in two weeks.  I’ll spend hours responding […]

Change Is In The Air

Change Is In The Air

Bloom … No Matter What

Bloom … No Matter What

 “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” Philippians 4:11 [KJV] You’ve all heard it … seen it … BLOOM WHERE YOU’RE PLANTED. Yes? Every time I come across it, the above verse comes too mind. The Apostle Paul, despite everything he experienced. found […]

God Is On Our Side and Fights Our Battles For Us

God Is On Our Side and Fights Our Battles For Us

 Colossians 2:15 (NKJV)  “Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”  Most, if not all of you, have seen pictures of slaves shackled and chained. And no doubt your heart went out to them. Now, imagine Lucifer bound in chains, tattered, bleeding, and defeated ambling behind […]

The Myth of Doing It All

The Myth of Doing It All

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 This was one of the first Bible verses I ever memorized. It was a heady verse for someone like me. Someone who loves to say yes for two reasons— the sheer joy of being involved and the fear others wouldn’t like me if […]

Brave Enough to Be

Brave Enough to Be

“Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face.” -Carol Moseley-Braun Who am I? I’ve been asking myself this question for a while. The answer arrives in waves, evolutions, and revolutions. I know I’m not what the world wants me to be. I’m more. Yet when […]

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 […]

Is God Holding Out On Me?

Is God Holding Out On Me?

We all may have asked this question, especially when there is something that we really want or need and God doesn’t seem to be coming through for us.  God has the power to provide so why doesn’t He just give us the thing we’re hoping or praying for?  If we’re not careful, our thoughts might […]

Broken Crayons Still Color Beautiful Pictures

Broken Crayons Still Color Beautiful Pictures

New crayons have a unique smell. They remind me of the first day of school when everything is new and clean. The waxy points are sharp, and the paper wrappers are unmarred. After a few weeks of use, the crayon box shows wear and the color’s sharp points have worn to a rounded nub. But […]

The Grilled Cheese Warning

The Grilled Cheese Warning

The heat from the sauté pan cooked the first side of the grilled cheese sandwich.  In the next ten minutes, I needed to leave to pick up my grandson from pre-school. I’d feed the grilled cheese to his two-year-old brother piece-by-piece during our drive. A few distractions later, I smelled the beginning of a burnt […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]