Satisfaction

Satisfaction

Watermelon on a hot day. Clean sheets or a fluffy pillow. Laughter. What do these things have in common? They can all leave us feeling satisfied. However, that feeling of satisfaction is temporary and leaves us wanting more of it or something else that is fleeting and temporary. God created this world with all the […]

The Superhero

The Superhero

These days many lovers of comic book figures rush to the movies in order to frequent yet another Superman or Spiderman sequel, Iron-man or X-men sequel, Wolverine or the most recently eye-popping and box-office drawing Wonder Woman–soon to be a sequel. As I’ve observed these movies I noticed how we’re initially introduced to what seems […]

Rejoice in Our Afflictions

Rejoice in Our Afflictions

And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. Romans 5:3-4 HCSB When’s the last time you’ve been met with a difficult situation? Chances are you’re either in the middle of one or perhaps you’ll be facing […]

As Time Goes By

As Time Goes By

by Peggy Blann Phifer @pegphifer Ah, the first day of autumn in the year of our Lord, 2017. What are you doing to celebrate? Are you happy to see the end of summer? Looking forward to cooler temperatures to enjoy being outside without your clothes sticking to your body … and soak in all the […]

Be Thankful You Get the Opportunity to Talk to God

Be Thankful You Get the Opportunity to Talk to God

We must pray the will of God for our prayers to be answered.                                                                                AND Our prayers […]

Shining in Dark Places

Shining in Dark Places

Do you ever get a bit down due to the darkness in our world? Yep, I’m with you. Recently I transferred in my school system. I went from working with Pre-K students to interpreting for a hard of hearing student at the high school. There were enough sad stories associated with my four-and-five-year-olds to keep […]

A Stone’s Throw From Grace

A Stone’s Throw From Grace

When they persisted in questioning Him, He stood up and said to them, “The one without sin among you should be the first to throw a stone at her.” John 8:7 Imagine with me the scene that day. A woman has been caught in the act of adultery. In biblical times, it’s a crime punishable […]

Fighting Giants

Fighting Giants

In Sunday School at our church, we are studying and discussing 1 and 2 Samuel. We’re taking our time through it, revisiting the familiar Bible stories that we’ve been raised with since children. A couple of Sundays ago, the story was about David and Goliath. Familiar, right? Ever notice how sometimes the familiar are unfamiliar?  […]

Reaching for the Prize

Reaching for the Prize

My five-year-old granddaughter, Molly, needed her crayon box for a school project. To prevent her two-year-old sister from decorating the walls with crayon masterpieces, the box sat on top of the fireplace mantle waaaaay over the heads of both girls. Since Molly didn’t ask for my help, I waited to see how she would manage […]

Rebuilding

Rebuilding

by Danetta Kellar @DanettaKellar Uzziel son of Harhaiaha, one of the goldsmiths, repaired the next section; and Hannahiah, one of the perfume makers, made repairs next to that. They restored Jerusalem… Nehemiah 3:8 The great Rebuilder Nehemiah led the restoration of Jerusalem after its destruction by King Nebuchadnezzar II around 586 B.C. There is something […]

The Body Beautiful

The Body Beautiful

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well (Psalm 139:14 KJV).   Body image is an American fanaticism that has spawned billions dollar industries to address human fears of imperfection. We pay top dollar to put curl into hair that is […]

Can God Repeat History With a Twist?

Can God Repeat History With a Twist?

I’ve kept up with the weather reports of monsterous hurricane Irma. A fellow Christian said the eye of Irma even looks evil. As I write this, my real-time weather map shows winds up to 130 mph at the coast of Florida. All appears evil. Some may perish. Homes will be destroyed. But, as I learned […]

Mapping Your Journey

Mapping Your Journey

                           Mapping Your Journey              At church, we have been looking at the life of Moses, in a series of impactful sermons called Mapping Your Journey. While Moses’ past included roots of a blessed covenant with God, life for his people was drenched […]

Why I’ll Strive to Remember

Why I’ll Strive to Remember

I so rarely wade into the proverbial water around September 11th because the day is full of sadness and grief and fear and passion. I feel unqualified to talk about the day it happened or the days that followed because I was a thousand miles away and still so young in so many ways. I […]

A Tale of Two Shoes

A Tale of Two Shoes

Exhibit A (on the left): My old running shoes. My toes busted holes in them because I thought I was still a size 8. I was running with sore toes and thinking something was wrong with my feet. Exhibit B (on the right): My new running shoes. They are a size 9.5, but my feet […]

Anticipate and Appreciate the Change in Seasons

Anticipate and Appreciate the Change in Seasons

“While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.” Genesis 8:22 (ESV)   Spring and fall are my favorite seasons of the year. The weather seems to be perfect for walking, gardening, and doing things around the house. I’m not sweltering in the hot sun or […]

What Can I Do?

What Can I Do?

My days are full. Writing deadline. Grandkids. Time with hubby. Bible Studies. Yet in the midst of the busyness I often wonder if I’m doing enough. I try to start each day asking God to make me aware of needs around me. But when those needs edge into my time, I get irritated. I want […]

Facing Life’s Trials with God at Our Side

Facing Life’s Trials with God at Our Side

I love that God infused the change of seasons within creation. Each season has a beauty all its own. Yet each also has its down side. Spring holds the beauty of new growth, yet harbors the threat of storms and severe weather. Summer supplies ample opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities, yet wields an abundance of […]