Choosing Worship Over Worry

… Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41 Two weeks ago I was one kid away from being an empty nester, but Covid-19 changed everything. My daughters fled their big cities and hunkered down at home. Suddenly there’s more cooking, laundry, dishes . . . more […]

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A life changing Bible verse

A number of people close to me struggle with anxiety. At times, it’s severe. Furrowed brows, hammering hearts, and full-on panic attacks are common. It’s hard to watch, hard to feel helpless, especially since I’ve experienced these emotions myself. A long time ago, especially when I was a young mother, I worried a lot too. […]

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Will you win an award or a reward?

Winter is the time for snuggling under blankets, getting cozy in front of the fire, and . . . awards. Each year, powerful tastemakers in Hollywood celebrate the previous year’s success by staging elaborate award ceremonies. The star-studded events are glamorous – women shine in (mostly) gorgeous gowns and men are decked out in tuxedos. […]

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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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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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Sharing the hope of Christ

By Erika Rizkallah The other day my son and I drove one of his buddies home from school. I got the chance to listen in on an interesting conversation. His friend, Matt, is part of a growing movement of Millennials who believe the earth is flat. Shocked, I struggled to keep my mouth shut and […]

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Living with Chronic Pain – Rise and Go!

By Erika Rizkallah “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.” Luke 17:19 In the passages of Luke 17, Jesus spoke to his disciples about temptation, sin and forgiveness. He told them that if a brother sinned against them seven times and repented seven times, they must forgive him. This would be […]

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The Secular and the Sacred: Is one more important than the other?

Do you ever wonder if what you’re doing in the world – whether it be running a business, homeschooling children, or bandaging a friend’s paper cut – is making a difference in the world? I do. All the time. I’m constantly criticizing myself or listening to the critic in my head tell me I’m small […]

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Election 2016 – A reason to celebrate!

By Erika Rizkallah “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”   Abraham Lincoln Today is election day and what a day for rejoicing and celebration ! In a few hours all the haranguing and caustic rhetoric will end. I know that’s unlikely. In reality there will be plenty of rhetoric and accusations to last the rest […]

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