Signing the Contract!

I am so excited, and I wanted to share it with all of you who have not seen my FB page!  I wrote about my Bible study, The Jewels of Hebrews, last week in the post called Gift of Gab. Mt. Zion Ridge Press will publish it in December 2020. Yay!! It is definitely a…

The Gift of Gab

A few years ago, I had some genetic testing done through 23 and Me, a branch of ancestry.com.  In addition to finding out I have a few enzymes missing, I found out I am 71% Irish/English. My great-grandfather came from Ireland to the United States, but I had no idea I had that much Irish in me.  Throughout my…

Breathe

As I was driving home this weekend from my sister’s house, I saw a sign on the overpass with the words, “Are you breathing?” Obviously this sign referred to the senseless death of George Floyd. But, as I thought about it, I also realized that Covid-19 took away the breath of many people. As we…

Is Healing for Real?

Has God healed you from an illness, injury, or some other condition? Do you believe God heals today? My pastor preached a sermon this past Sunday on healing and I thought it was worth discussing on this blog today. In my Bible study on Hebrews, I wrote about Jesus/Yeshua healing us body, soul, and spirit….

A Sign and Seal

This past weekend was Pentecost or the Feast of Shavuot. It is celebrated fifty days after Passover and the death of Jesus/Yeshua. In the Christian church we think of it as the day the Holy Spirit was given to the disciples waiting in the upper room. But the first Pentecost occurred for a different reason….

When I Sin

Today’s post is a little different for me. It’s a poem which comes from a friend, Brita Alaburda, who is very artistic and has a love for words. She loves God, people, poetry, and chocolate cake (: among other things. She is also a fellow Word Weaver. Please let her know what you think of…

Lord, help my unbelief

Have you ever had a very sick child? Or maybe you found out your child would be diabetic, deaf, blind, autistic, or have some type of disability. Since my son was premature, he didn’t hit developmental milestones on time. He was taking his time crawling; he did more rolling to get where he wanted to…

The Struggle is Real

When is the last time you had a good fight? Not a fight with your spouse, or your kids, or even a friend, but against the forces of darkness? Wow, you weren’t expecting that, right? For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers…

Tribulation in the Lab

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 ESV At twenty-five years old, I had a stomach ulcer from the unbearable stress of my job. I had found a laboratory who would hire an inexperienced college graduate with a B.S. in biology. The VA hospital needed…

More Than a Friend

The heartfelt counsel of a friend    is as sweet as perfume and incense. Proverbs 27:9 NLT I didn’t know I needed a friend like her, but God did. I liked her as soon as I met her. Fifteen years older than me and married with children, Marilyn was a charming woman who smiled with her eyes,…

Will the Real Sabbath Please Stand up?

 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. For…

Don’t Give in to Fear

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 KJV. I like the King James version of this verse because it uses the phrase “sound mind” instead of self-discipline or self-control. Fear tends to make us conjure up a lot…

Is this the Beginning of the END?

With the current state of our world, many are thinking this is the beginning of the end. While Scripture tells in Matthew 4:8, “All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.” What does that really mean? Unfortunately, this world is not getting better. People are inherently selfish and evil without God. The Bible…

Deserted, but not Alone

Have you ever been in a difficult or dark time when you felt all alone? Did it feel as though everyone you knew had forsaken you? Maybe it was a crisis in your family or marriage and your friends didn’t know how to handle it. A difference of beliefs or conviction can drive a wedge…

Matthew’s Story

If you have read many of my blog posts, you may already know my husband and I have three children, two being twins. Two weeks ago I wrote on a dream involving the pregnancy of my twins before I knew I was pregnant. You can read that here. By the time my twins were a…

Never Give Up!

A knock on his door woke him. As he got up to answer it, he realized how late it was. “Who could be here at midnight?” he thought. As he opened the door, there stood a friend who had traveled a long way and was both tired and hungry. Realizing he had nothing in his…

A Fight for My Babies

It was night, and I was in the middle of a forest when I saw him. It was difficult to make out his features; I only saw darkness—evil. He had something in his arms. What was it? It was small but moving on its own. It was a baby! I knew it could not be…

Because He Delights in You

This is my devotional on Psalm 18. It is my favorite Psalm. You can read my article plus many more devotions in the book, Feed Your Soul with the Word of God, a compilation by Beebe and Katy Kauffman. He was in a fight for his life! He knew who he was—he would be king….

What’s in a Name?

Do you know the meaning of your name? My name, Stephanie, comes from the Greek word, stephanos which means crowned. Revelation 19:12 (ESV) says of Jesus: “His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems [stephanos], and he has a name written that no one knows but himself.” I…

The Predator

This is an updated excerpt from my Bible study The Few, the Humble, the Church; A Study on the Book of Ephesians and Spiritual Warfare. I watched my dog, Agape transform into a predator. From my front window, I could see a herd of twelve deer, all does, walking up my long driveway. We have…

Brokenhearted

Two years ago yesterday, we lost our sweet dog, Olivia. It was a very warm winter day. She went out onto our pond (that was frozen the day before) and fell in. We were at a funeral for a family member and no one was there to rescue her. I was heartbroken and inconsolable. I…

The Aleph and Bet of Christianity

Do you ever find the Bible difficult to read or understand? I think most of us could answer this with a ‘yes’. The Bible was written over a span of 1500 years by Jewish men who lived in a Jewish culture and spoke Hebrew, Aramaic, and sometimes Greek. No wonder we can have trouble. The…

Hush

This week’s blog post is by suspense writer, Leanna Sain. Her book, Hush, just released and is available on Amazon. Her bio will follow along with a link to purchase her book. It looks so good; I can’t wait to get my copy. Please check it out! How well I remember the day. My dad…

Fallen Heroes

Today’s post is by my friend Diane Virginia. She is a wonderful storyteller and I love to read everything she writes. This story was first used on www1.cbn.com for a Memorial Day post. Since it is Veteran’s Day, I thought is was appropriate to use it. I hope you enjoy it. In Ronald Reagan’s 1986…

Approaching God

I am almost finished writing my Bible study called The Jewels of Hebrews. It is a study covering the New Testament book of Hebrews while helping Christians understand the Hebraic roots of our faith. It’s called The Jewels of Hebrews (JOH for short) because each chapter is named after a gemstone such as a sapphire,…

From Daddy, with Love

Love makes us do crazy things. We sing more love songs than any other song. We hear Country songs about what a man will do for his love, and pop singers singing about the love of their life. And who doesn’t like a great love story? Hallmark movies, romance novels, and magazine articles all boast…

Which filter do you use?

A filter is a common word in today’s vernacular. Growing up, it meant a white, paper thingy you used in your Mr. Coffee to keep the coffee grains from getting into your cup of caffeine. Now, we have the French press and the Keurig, and there is no need of the big, white filters anymore….