What’s So Good about Goodbye?

By Penny Cooke | September 22, 2016

Why do we say, “Goodbye?”  Are goodbyes ever good? The phrase dates back to the 1500’s and actually comes from godbwye, which is a contraction of “God be with ye.” It was later influenced by good day and good evening. I wouldn’t mind saying “God be with you,” but goodbyes don’t ever feel “good.” According…

Stay tuned…

By Penny Cooke | September 3, 2016

Please stay tuned for more of Penny’s blogs after her computer gets out of the computer hospital. Meanwhile, you’re invited to read or reread some of her recent posts on the P.R.A.Y.E.R. acrostic. Keep praying! Blessings…

P.R.A.Y.E.R. – Rest in the Waiting

By Penny Cooke | August 27, 2016

Ever feel like this when you’re praying? I have. Sometimes our prayers can take years. Why doesn’t God just hurry up?   It took 13 grueling years to pray my son out of a drug addiction. Although some prayers have been quicker, it seems most of them take the long road. I’m praying for some other…

P.R.A.Y.E.R. – Enjoy His Daily Bread

By Penny Cooke | August 20, 2016

As I sipped my coffee, I noticed my father was struggling with his. I continued to keep my eye on him from across the table and soon realized one side of his face was drooped, causing him to drool his breakfast. Oh boy, I know this isn’t good.  After much resistance, he agreed to go…

P.R.A.Y.E.R. – Yield to His Will

By Penny Cooke | August 13, 2016

God answers prayer. If you’ve ever doubted it, I want you to be assured –  God answers prayer. Welcome to my blog. I appreciate you joining me to discuss an acrostic for prayer to help us all be more proactive about our prayer life. In this post we will cover the Y of the P.R.A.Y.E.R.…

P.R.A.Y.E.R. – Ten Benefits of Acknowledging Our Sins

By Penny Cooke | August 6, 2016

“Name a place where there are a lot of sinners” was one of the questions presented on Family Feud the other night. Can you think of a few places? One of the more obvious answers was Hell, but guess what the number one answer was – church!  And you know what? They’re right. Not because…

P.R.A.Y.E.R – Remember Not to Forget

By Penny Cooke | July 30, 2016

Remember. Okay, I know what you’re thinking – I don’t have a good memory.  I forget what I was going to do or what I was going to say. I forget where I put my glasses when they’re on my head. I forget where my cell phone is, sometimes even when I’m on it.  And…

P.R.A.Y.E.R. – Proactively Pursue Prayer

By Penny Cooke | July 23, 2016

Is it hard for you to find the time to pray?  Most people today are really busy with jobs, church, families and all the things that go with them.  It can be especially hard for moms of young children. Many have BMS — Busy Mom Syndrome. No such thing as TGIF — no weekends off…

Prayer Works

By Penny Cooke | July 16, 2016

 …pray continually…1 Thessalonians 5:17 NIV I am passionate about prayer. I’ve prayed some pretty big prayers and seen God do miraculous things, so I know prayer works. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I’ve had some so-called unanswered prayers that have rocked my faith. And I’ve struggled to find the time and will to do it,…

Don’t Lose Your Footing

By Penny Cooke | June 25, 2016

As I walked the beach recently, I spotted a lone flip flop on the shore complete with seaweed and shells stuck to it. The Lord spoke to my heart, “Yeah, that’s you. You’ve lost your footing.”      I had been tired and feeling the need to press the pause button on my life. My obvious…