Feeling worried about the year ahead?

The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Deuteronomy 31:8 I’m watching the dawn break as I write this morning. My view, which faces the Atlantic Ocean (and is blocked by homes in front of me), […]

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A merciful miracle story

By Erika Rizkallah Have you ever heard the phrase: Be careful what you pray for? It’s often said after something dreadful or amazing has happened, and my case is no different. A few weeks ago, on Father’s Day to be exact, my family decided to take an evening boat ride. It also happened to be […]

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How does your (spiritual) garden grow?

By Erika Rizkallah Got a brown thumb? Happily, spiritual planting is all about growth! We can learn so much about growing our faith by applying lessons from the garden. I inherited my gardening passion from my dad. I also come from a long line of farmers and joyfully remember the summer weeks spent with my […]

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5 ways to deal with the trolls in your life

By Erika Rizkallah Do you have trolls in your life? As a kid, one of my favorite stories was the Norwegian folk tale, Three Billy Goats Gruff. Don’t be surprised if it’s unfamiliar; the fact that I recall it shows my age. It’s about three goats — a little one, a middle sized one and […]

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God’s plans have purpose

By Erika Rizkallah All I wanted for my 50th birthday was a trip to Hawaii so I could visit Volcanoes National Park and walk the rim of a volcano. When I expressed the desire to my family, everyone was excited — except for my son. “Nope. I’m not going.” he said. “What? Why? It’s my […]

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Feel like you don’t have much to offer?

When I was growing up, one of the most popular tunes on the radio was a song called Stand By Your Man, co-written and recorded by Tammy Wynette. Though it contains only 128 words and was written in 15 minutes, it’s sparked debate and controversy for years. No one predicted the surprising results this scant […]

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Easter is more than bunnies and baskets

By Erika Rizkallah In a few days, millions of Christians will celebrate Easter — an observance of the death and resurrection of Jesus, the Savior of the world. As a child, I didn’t know about Jesus. For me, Easter was all about the basket. For some reason my father hid the baskets from us.  My […]

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What’s missing in your walk with Jesus?

By Erika Rizkallah One of the most well known stories in the New Testament begins in Mark 10:17. It’s the story of the rich young ruler. As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a young man ran up to him, threw himself at his feet and said, “Good Teacher, what must I do to […]

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Pursuing peace and quiet

By Erika Rizkallah The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. Psalm 23:1-3 What pictures come to mind when you think about the words peace and quiet? Try closing your eyes and pondering for […]

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He believes we can fly

By Erika Rizkallah  Yesterday morning during my quiet time with God, my feral cat Moo Moo, began to bark. These were strange sounds coming from a kitty who’s named for a cow and meows like a mouse. I looked up to see him standing on his hind legs on the back of my sitting room […]

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