Yo-Yo Love

By Penny Cooke | February 25, 2020

Yo-Yo Love The yo-yo is known to be the second oldest toy in history, the baby doll being the first. The first yo-yo’s were made of clay and may have been used as weapons. No one really knows who started using the yo-yo as a toy, but it’s most often credited to a Filipino named…

Praying to the God of Immeasurably More

By Penny Cooke | February 11, 2020

Are you praying for something you need our faithful God to answer in an abundant way? I am thrilled to introduce you to my writer friend, Karen Friday, who is guest blogging for me today. If you are not following her, I hope you will now that you know her. I am always blessed by…

3 Glues to Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick (and an Invitation)

By Penny Cooke | January 14, 2020

We recently entered a new year and a new decade – today is the third day of the third week of the third decade in the third millennium.(click to tweet) Phew! Maybe you, like me, needed that reminder of what day it is. I’m hardly over the holidays, are you? I started the new year…

Is Christmas Ever Really Over?

By Penny Cooke | December 30, 2019

Christmas is done for another year. The presents have been wrapped and opened, the food’s been prepared and eaten, and the work of un-decorating and packing the Christmas ornaments is underway. Perhaps you’ve shopped the after-Christmas sales, returned a few items or shared your fun party photos on social media. Maybe you played the white…

Remember

By Penny Cooke | November 22, 2019

Last week I had the honor of guest blogging for Karen Clarkson Friday (Karen ‘Girl’ Friday, @FridayKaren). The blog summarized my book, Pursuing Prayer, by giving a short review of each chapter, or each letter of the prayer acrostic in the book. One of those letters is R for “Remember His Deeds,” which I think…

Bread and Water, Please.

By Penny Cooke | November 11, 2019

What’s your favorite fresh bread at a restaurant? Mine used to be at Longhorn Steakhouse, before I had to go gluten free. Warm, honey wheat bread with soft, sweet butter. Yum! (Sorry if I’m making your mouth water.) One bite will have you craving more. You just can’t stop eating it. And they’ll bring all…

Whose Will Be Done?

By Penny Cooke | November 4, 2019

Your Will be Done… Matthew 6:10 We live quite far from most of our grandchildren, so our visits with them are extended ones with sleepovers, lots of treats and movie watching. My husband and I recently visited our son and daughter-in-law, four-year-old grandson Jensen and two-month-old granddaughter Indie in Australia. Two weeks of play was…

Deliver Us from Evil

By Penny Cooke | October 28, 2019

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Matthew 6:13 During our recent visit with my son in Australia, he and my husband decided to have a movie marathon. For three consecutive nights, they did their male macho thing and watched Rambo movies. Normally I don’t like those kinds of movies, but I…

Don’t Forget to Remember

By Penny Cooke | October 17, 2019

According to an article in Psychology Today, we remember what we want to. That’s hard for me because I’m very forgetful. I always have been. My ADD brain is usually thinking of a hundreds of things at once, so it can take a while for me to get through the haystack in my mind. I’m…

Pursuing Prayer Proactively

By Penny Cooke | October 12, 2019

“There’s a satanic lullaby here,” a Christian Iranian wife said. “All the churches here are sleepy.” But she wasn’t talking about the churches in Iran. Surprisingly, the church in Iran is the fastest growing church in the world. Yes, you heard that right. According to an article on godreports.com, “Fastest Growing Church Has No Buildings…,”…