Unexpected Enemies

By Erika Rizkallah A couple of days ago I wrote about the Orlando shootings and prayer. In a comment to a reader I mentioned that one of Jesus’ commands is to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. And then I thought, I’m so glad there are no enemies in my life. […]

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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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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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The key to calm in the storm

By Erika Rizkallah As I wrote this post, a storm raged outside. It’s name was Joaquin. Isn’t naming storms strange? I’m not sure why we do this. Why do we try to “humanize” a havoc wreaking force of nature? It’s not as if Joaquin is a friendly visitor popping in for coffee. No . . […]

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Quiet Time Musings: The Difficulty of the Christian Life

Last night a friend and I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning discussing the Christian life. We lamented the fact that being obedient to God’s calling and will for believers is challenging. Here are some of the questions we asked: Why is it so hard to be obedient? Why does God allow […]

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6 Lessons to remember when your child is bullied

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. Proverbs 4:23 (New Living Translation) In my last post I promised to write out the lessons we learned about bullying. There are two types: One from Kat’s perspective (teenager) and one from mine (parent). I’m breaking them out and giving our […]

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Love and lies: Have you gotten sucked into a gossip triangle?

Three weeks ago, my 17-year old daughter was the object of a severe bullying attack by several of her best friends. She considers these kids her family and so do we. We love them like family, minister to them when the need arises and eat hundreds of pizzas. They are all Christians doing ministry together. […]

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Friends are like pancakes

Friends are like pancakes. Making the first one is hardest and sometimes has to be tossed (or in this case eaten). They come in all kinds of shapes colors and sizes and sometimes they even come with little ones. The thing they all require is attention, patience and often, sacrifice. I’ve been struggling in the […]

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