With Suffering Comes Authority

With Suffering Comes Authority

by Danetta Kellar @DanettaKellar 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 […]

God Can Use our Animals to Teach Us ~ Part 1

God Can Use our Animals to Teach Us ~ Part 1

God has blessed me with amazing animals and, from stories I’ve read and heard, others feel the same about their own critters. When I was fifteen years old, I learned a lesson in compassion. Our family dog Laddie (pictured above with me when I was ten) became poisoned by consuming dead salmon along our creek. […]

My Nehemiah Trip

My Nehemiah Trip

My Nehemiah Trip Pastor Robert encouraged taking a ‘Nehemiah Trip’ through our city. Just, he says, as Nehemiah did in Jerusalem long ago as the children of Israel returned from Babylonian captivity. Pastor had woven himself through his own home streets of Denver, Colorado, in order to prepare his sermon and to get a sense […]

Be Who You Are

Be Who You Are

Never be afraid to be who you are. Even when people walk away. Even when it seems easier to follow their way. Never be afraid to be who you are. Never be afraid to be who you are. Even when the world shouts and screams. Even when it appears as if they can shatter your […]

Our Weakness ~ Christ’s Strength

Our Weakness ~ Christ’s Strength

My least favorite part of this time of year isn’t the holiday bustle, the cold chill in the air, or the threat of slick roads. Instead, it’s the myriad of germs that seem to find their way into my system repeatedly over the span of fall and winter months. My work as a school library […]

Take Off The Mask

Take Off The Mask

A few days ago, on Halloween, I went to work dressed up as a Lumberjack.  I put on a hat, sunglasses, a fluffy beard, plaid shirt, jeans and boots.  I stuffed the shirt with a pillow to create a big belly.  I laughed because I knew there was no possible way that anyone would recognize […]

For When You Need a Second Chance

For When You Need a Second Chance

  I’ve lived much of my life behind masks. My masks look like confidence, strength, and security.  There are times when being confident, strong and secure are best, even when we don’t feel like it.  When I step into a job interview, meet with an executive to seal a high-stakes deal, or walk into a […]

Rejoice Evermore (I Thessalonians 6:16)

Rejoice Evermore (I Thessalonians 6:16)

    For many folks, summer is a time of relaxation, time to be outside enjoying nature, resting from the busy part of the year when school activities take much of our spare time. My children and some of my grandchildren are grown. My husband is retired, and, while we still are busy—whenever we want […]

When You Want to Holler, “When Will It End?”

When You Want to Holler, “When Will It End?”

“Through his cunning He shall cause deceit to prosper under his rule; And he shall exalt himself in his heart. He shall destroy many in their prosperity. He shall even rise against the Prince of princes; But he shall be broken without human means.” Daniel 8:25 (NKJV)  “There is so much hate on Facebook,” one of my friends said in a […]

On My Walmart Bench

On My Walmart Bench

When my daughter and I are grocery shopping and I am through first, I wait for her on my Walmart Bench. I’m sure every Walmart store has one. Over there by the wall and on your way out the door. I make the most of my waiting time. Sometimes I sneak a check on my […]

A Bitter Wife Who Can Find?

A Bitter Wife Who Can Find?

I have a love/hate relationship with Proverbs 31. You know that passage, the one that describes the perfect wife. At times I find it encouraging and other times it seems like a pie-in-the-sky pipe dream, utterly unattainable to us mere mortals. 😉 Verses 10-12 say: A wife of noble character who can find?     She is worth far […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]