But God

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…

Please Come…

By Penny Cooke | May 18, 2018

Spring is in bud and summer will soon be in full bloom. The season bears invitations to graduation parties, barbecues, pool parties and of course, weddings. On the invitation, you will be asked to “RSVP.”  RSVP is an acronym for the French phrase, répondez s’il vous plait, which means “respond if you please.” When RSVP…

3 Steps to Peace in the Frenzy

By Penny Cooke | March 3, 2018

In honor of Dr. Billy Graham… In interviews*, Billy Graham, the greatest, most respected evangelist of our time, has said if he had it to do over again, he would study the Bible and pray more. He would travel less and take fewer speaking engagements. “I’d spend more time in meditation and prayer,” he said. …

3 Steps to Peace in the Frenzy

By Penny Cooke | March 3, 2018

In honor of Dr. Billy Graham… In interviews*, Billy Graham, the greatest, most respected evangelist of our time, has said if he had it to do over again, he would study the Bible and pray more. He would travel less and take fewer speaking engagements. “I’d spend more time in meditation and prayer,” he said. …