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…,”…

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Announcement! (But God, now?)

By Penny Cooke | August 5, 2019

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26 Have you ever felt like Dori in Finding Nemo and had to coach yourself by repeating, “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…”? I sure have. But God…well, let me tell you what He has…

What My Mother Taught Me by Example

By Penny Cooke | May 10, 2019

 Honor your father and mother — which is the first commandment with a promise — so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy  long life on the earth. Ephesians 6:1-3(click to tweet) What joy for my mom to experience her first Mother’s Day in Heaven! It feels strange to not…

Will You Pray? (Warning: Controversial Topic Ahead)

By Penny Cooke | March 5, 2019

Warning: Controversial topic ahead. My heart is heavy. There is a time to speak and a time to be silent (Ecclesiastes 3:7). And there are some things I, we, should not be silent about, things which clearly and blatantly go against God’s laws. Maybe it’s time to overturn some tables. God’s commandments, whether one chooses…

What if Pilgrims Could Talk to Us Today?

By Penny Cooke | November 20, 2018

If Pilgrims could talk to us today, what do you think they would say?  With all the unrest and division in our country, do you think they would be deeply saddened? Do you think they would be disheartened to see what has happened to the ideals of faith they brought to this country? The pilgrims…

Write On… – Encouragement for Writers (and Anyone Who Doubts Their Ability)

By Penny Cooke | September 30, 2018

This blog is for participation in the writing contest: “You Are Enough,” hosted by Positive Writer –http://positivewriter.com/writing-contest-you-are-enough/ I wrote most of this about a year ago in the midst of a difficult time of many challenges and doubts. Sometimes we writers write for ourselves. At least that’s who I thought this one was for. Then…

From Hurting to Happy (Marriage, Part 2) – 3 Essential Components to Power Up Your Marriage

By Penny Cooke | July 19, 2018

On the morning of December 27, 2017, Disneyland tweeted: “Why not relax and join us for a vacation to a galaxy far, far away. What’s the worst that could happen?” Later that morning, fantasy was halted when a glitch in a transformer caused a major power failure. Guests had to be rescued and escorted off…

How Did You Always Hear It Should Be? (Marriage Part 1)

By Penny Cooke | June 23, 2018

The words of an old song struck me as I browsed through the store. It’s a song about marriage. Stale marriage. Loveless marriage. The words I’d heard so many times but never listened to saddened me as I thought about couples I’ve known who the song described. A mother and father in separate rooms. They…