Thanksgiving: What would Jesus do?

By Erika Rizkallah Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday for many reasons, but mostly because it reminds me of my dad. He was an amazing cook and at each celebration he tried to outdo his efforts from the previous year. In addition to the traditional turkey with stuffing, his artfully set table was laden with food […]

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Persistence in the midst of resistance

By Erika Rizkallah Well, so much for blogging every day. In a recent post I wrote about resistance and it got the better of me last week. I’m in the midst of a bad fibro flare and though I wanted to write, I couldn’t. The skin on my head was so excruciating even my hair […]

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Now is the time for joy

Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.” Matthew 11:4-5 One morning I read about what it meant to be “blind” […]

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Good advice for the angry

By Erika Rizkallah During my bridal shower – twenty years ago – my mother passed around a journal and asked the ladies to jot a note or write some marital advice. Among the blessings and prayers was the popular suggestion to “never go to bed angry.” Many people are surprised to learn this principle comes […]

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Walking in obedience to God’s leading

By Erika Rizkallah More wisdom from old books for this Saturday night. The short excerpt is from Daily Strength for Daily Needs by Mary W. Tileston which I found at an estate sale. I just love old books filled with nuggets of truth — especially when they cost fifty cents! We mustn’t be in a […]

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Walking on The Way of Holiness: Joy of the Redeemed

By Erika Rizkallah This morning I woke up in tremendous pain (more than usual) and couldn’t move. My husband rushed to get my medication and I stayed in bed waiting for it to kick in. For those of you who know me, I live with a rare pain disease that doctors say will never go […]

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Words of Wisdom

By Erika Rizkallah Sometimes the best thing you’ve heard today was written by someone from another era. Here are some¬†words of wisdom from the great Charles H. Spurgeon: Dear believer, do you understand that God may take away your comforts and privileges in order to make you a stronger Christian? Do you see why the […]

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5 Tips for Conquering Procrastination (aka Resistance)

By Erika Rizkallah Yesterday I was talking with a shrink (that’s what he calls himself) about procrastination. I was listening in on an open conversation he was having with a family member and as soon as he said the word my ears pricked up. I struggle with procrastination and he told us it’s really a […]

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Relationship Challenges

By Erika Rizkallah Have you ever heard of NaNoWriMo? November is National Novel Writing Month and NaNoWriMo is a movement and challenge to write and finish a novel in 30 days. I was thinking about working on my middle grade adventure novel when I discovered the bloggers equivalent of the challenge. It’s called NaBloPoMo so […]

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