Unity or Isolation

Every marriage is either moving toward oneness or drifting toward isolation.  Our culture’s pattern is a 50/50 relationship, and typically based on merit with affection given when one feels it is deserved.  Marriage faces inevitable difficulties and constant adjustments.  The person you married many years ago is not the same person. Life happens, and we…

Natalie’s Cakes and More

I love the verses in Romans 5 that reminds us of our source of strength during sufferings and what sufferings produce …..because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit,…

Pre-Thanksgiving Meal

On my way to hot yoga (a recently found love), I was listening to NPR.  A special was on about what to cook for all those different palates for Thanksgiving–the Vegan, the meat lover, the…..you name it. So, tonight, to get my family in the Pre-Thanksgiving mood, we cooked some interesting dishes along with the…

Repentance and Renewal

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This post was written for me personally and for those who have come to me asking for prayer to be renewed. Take 5 minutes to offer a time of repentance and renewal by reading aloud or silently praying in your heart and mind. Another suggestion is to have communion as…

Paper Flowers

My daughter was recently in a local play.  She was a junior orphan in the Broadway production Annie.  Flowers and cards were pouring in from those who love her most. What was truly amazing was a little girl’s gift in her elementary school. My little actress brought home from school today a note and flowers–all homemade with  details and love crafted…

Philosophìa Krateìto Photôn

Phi Kappa Phi’s name is from the initial letters of the Greek words forming its adopted motto: Philosophìa Krateìto Photôn, “Let the love of learning rule humanity.” I was mesmerized by a guest speaker, and honored guest, Dr. Alison Baski, Executive Associate Dean and Professor of Physics College of Humanities and Sciences. Her life story…

With a breath of kindness blow the chaff away….

God amazes and overwhelms me. His Word is filled with truth that confounds the wise.  There are verses that are so familiar that they have been quoted on souvenirs in the most unlikely places and shops.  They sound profound, but do we truly practice them?  God’s Word is not sentiment.  God’s Word is to be…

A Dog Barking

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.  Ecclesiastes 3:11 This verse sums up our Bible study session in Woman of Worth Mentoring Ministries last night. God has planted eternity in our hearts.  We…

Deep-Dish Pork and Collard Greens Pizza

Crust ¾ cup warm water (105° to 115°) 1 teaspoon active dry yeast ½ teaspoon sugar ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil 2¼ cups all-purpose flour, divided ¼ cup plain cornmeal ½ teaspoon salt Filling 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided 1 cup finely chopped onion 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic 1 pound ground pork 3…

How does God answer prayers?

How does God answer prayers? The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. James 5:16 We often look for immediate deliverance or problems resolved; but, I experienced a day of wonderful results through God reminding me of His love, grace, and compassion.  He spoke through people and circumstances. I…

Your story matters

Your story matters. Psalm 25:14 “Friendship with God is reserved for those who reverence him.  With them alone he shares the secrets of his promises.” Dannah Gresh shared that we often fear man when we are disobedient to God’s plan for us.  In that disobedience, we fear man and what they would think of us…

Little Miss…

Remember those little books Little Miss “so and so”? I had them on my mind a few weeks ago when I felt like I was “Little Miss Bossy”.  We have other personality type qualifiers such as introvert versus extrovert, feeling versus thinking, etc. (Myers Briggs Type Indicator).  You could imagine my surprise when I showed…