Patti Shene

About Patti Shene

Patti Shene has enjoyed writing since childhood. Patti hosts Step Into the Light, an interview format Blog Talk Radio show. Since the show launched in September, she has hosted a variety of guests who share the ways they reach out to help others overcome the dark times in their lives. Visit her website for more.

How Do We Handle Change?

How Do We Handle Change?

Things have changed in my life. That’s no surprise, since they have in yours as well. There isn’t a person on the planet who isn’t affected by change of some kind, whether radical or gradual. Some changes are forced upon us and can be difficult to handle. Loved ones leave us, and our lives must […]

The Equality of Easter

The Equality of Easter

How do you know if you are equal to other Christians? Do you look at your fellow parishioners’ clothing and judge whether it is more elegant than yours? Do you measure another’s ability to sing, play an instrument, or teach Sunday school and determine your worth in comparison? We have all envied someone else’s talent, […]

Letting Go of the Past

Letting Go of the Past

When my husband was undergoing a course of treatment in the Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, it was a trying time for us. The hospital was 120 miles away from our home. We are not city folks, so we made the trip on Monday morning for the first treatment of the […]

A Day for Love

A Day for Love

In less than a week, we will celebrate Valentine’s Day.  I read this morning that Americans are projected to spend just short of 20 billion dollars on the holiday this year. That includes the purchase of candy, flowers, jewelry and other gifts, cards, and/or a planned evening of dinner and other entertainment. I can recall, […]

Dropping the Trash

Dropping the Trash

I don’t have to haul my trash to the curb like some folks do. Where I live, the city has strategically placed dumpsters in alleys and behind businesses. Since I live outside the city limit on a county highway, I’m not near an alley. I haul my trash to town and drop it in any […]

The Third Commandment

The Third Commandment

I’ve starterd reading the Bible through again, and this time, I have a jump on the New Year. Since I finished reading the study Bible I was using last time (which took me over three years!), I got started early on the version I had chosen for this year, my mom’s large print Good News […]

Love and Prayer Are the Answer

Love and Prayer Are the Answer

Today is Election Day, the day when we, the citizens of America exercise our right to choose our government leaders. From the most powerful world leader, the President of the United States, to county commissioners and other local offices in the smallest towns, to state amendment and local issues placed in the hands of each […]

Are You in Shape?

Are You in Shape?

I am visiting my sister in the Adirondack country of New York for a couple of weeks. I’m loving the visit, but truth be told, she’s killing me! Neither of us will win any awards in the healthy seniors’ category, so we’re both in a constant battle to shed the excess pounds that cling to […]

Foolish Fears

Foolish Fears

My daughter is terrified of sunflowers. Not just the ones that grow wild and tall on the plains and have centers that contain hundreds of seeds that could possibly be mistaken for insects. I’m talking about any sunflowers.  Literally. One time when we were traveling together, we stopped at a convenience store to use the […]

Are You Ready?

That’s a dumb question, when asked in the context from which I am speaking. None of us are ever ready to lose a spouse to the finality of death. I say finality because for the duration of our finite time on earth, that level of companionship is gone. Your marriage partner is a linked to […]

I’m an Orphan

I’m an Orphan

Sounds strange, when I type those words, “I’m an orphan,” but it’s true, here on earth anyway. It was only two months ago that I wrote about the anniversary of my dad’s passing twenty years previous. Five days (and twenty years) after he left this world, Mom joined him and all of her other family […]

What’s Your Percentage?

What’s Your Percentage?

A teacher friend of mine confronted the issue of foul language from her students in class recently. She told them it simply would not be tolerated. One of the students asked if it bothers her because she is a Christian. My friend responded that she is indeed a Christian. Another student asked, “are you a […]

A Tribute to Dad

A Tribute to Dad

Valentine’s Day isn’t always about hearts, flowers, and sweethearts. It is, however, about love. As much as I look forward to this day, Valentine’s Day has held a sorrowful memory for me for a number of years now. February 14, 1996 is the day my dad passed away. I hope my fellow bloggers and readers […]

When Resolutions Go Awry

When Resolutions Go Awry

Words flew out of my mouth like sparks from a wood burning stove. Not pretty words. They carried the heat of my anger from the deepest root of my hair down to the tip of my longest toenail. Good thing I uttered the broken phrases under my breath so my husband would not waken to […]

Spoiling the Surprise?

Spoiling the Surprise?

I had a pretty good idea where Mom and Dad hid our Christmas gifts when I was a kid, but I was not one to “sneak a peek” before Christmas morning. The element of surprise played a major part in the mystery and magic of Christmas morning. My parents hosted house parties for the holidays. […]

Overcoming Obstacles to Sharing the Gospel

Overcoming Obstacles to Sharing the Gospel

Last week during his Sunday sermon, our pastor related a story that I will repeat here. Two men worked for a construction company over a period of fifteen years. Each day, they took their lunch pails out to a quiet place and conversed about the job, their families, their hobbies, favorite movies and books. One […]

Obedience

Obedience

It’s been at least three years since a dear friend loaned me a copy of the Life Application Study Bible. I’ve read the Bible through maybe three times in the course of my life, but never with the sense of adventure that I have read this version. One of my New Year’s resolutions in 2013 […]

The Shadow

The Shadow

I went for a walk this morning just as the sun was slowly ascending above the horizon. It was positioned in such a manner as to cast a long shadow. As I journeyed down the roadways in our small town, it occurred to me that my shadow’s presence is much like God’s presence on our […]