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…,”…

But God

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…