Andrea Phillips
Experiencing the Ocean

Experiencing the Ocean

Experiencing the Oceanespite having regular access to my mother in law’s house in Fenwick Island, Delaware, my kids were far from beach babies. As small children, they steadfastly refused to dip even a toe into the salt water as it rushed onto the...

Bigger Than The Miles

Bigger Than The Miles

Bigger Than The Miles May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 can admit it… I was born with the "extra" disease. Nearly everything I...

No Good Thing Withheld

No Good Thing Withheld

No Good Thing Withheld For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly. Psalms 84:11 few weeks ago, I saw a job posting for a position I thought would be perfect...

21 Ways to Refresh Your Relationship in 2021

21 Ways to Refresh Your Relationship in 2021

21 Ways to Refresh Your Relationship in 2021 y husband and I began dating in our early twenties, just as we were turning the curve into true adulthood.  We both worked hard at new careers and each had our own apartment.  Our days had a rhythm. ...

Two Is One

Two Is One

Two Is One [The ant] stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. Proverbs 6:8  here’s an old survivalist motto that my husband is fond of using (typically when I ask if three cartons of milk in our weekly online grocery order...

Day 18: Do You Hear What I Hear

Day 18: Do You Hear What I Hear

Said the night wind to the little lamb Way up in the sky, little lamb Do you see what I see   Said the little lamb to the shepherd boy Ringing through the sky, shepherd boy Do you hear what I hear   Said the shepherd boy to the mighty king In your palace wall, mighty...

Day 13: It Came Upon A Midnight Clear

Day 13: It Came Upon A Midnight Clear

It came upon the midnight clearThat glorious song of oldFrom angels bending near the earthTo touch their harps of gold"Peace on the earth, goodwill to menFrom Heaven's all gracious King!"The world in solemn stillness layTo hear the angels sing Still through the cloven...

Day 10: Light Of The World

Day 10: Light Of The World

The world waits for a miracle The heart longs for a little bit of hope Oh come, oh come, Emmanuel A child prays for peace on Earth And she's calling out from a sea of hurt Oh come, oh come, Emmanuel And can you hear the angels singing Glory to the light of the world...

Day 6: Go Tell It On The Mountain

Day 6: Go Tell It On The Mountain

While shepherds kept their watchingover silent flocks by night,behold throughout the heavens,there shone a holy light. Go, tell it on the mountain,over the hills and everywhere.Go, tell it on the mountainthat Jesus Christ is born. The shepherds feared and trembledwhen...

Day 1: The First Noel

Day 1: The First Noel

The First Noel, the Angels did say Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay In fields where they lay keeping their sheep On a cold winter's night that was so deep Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel Born is the King of Israel! They looked up and saw a star Shining in...

Family: A Holiday Balancing Act

Family: A Holiday Balancing Act

Family: A Holiday Balancing Act friend and I were recently discussing our plans for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. I mentioned that in years past, we would typically spend it at home, with an open invite to my husband’s extended family (mother,...

Just Like Our Father

Just Like Our Father

Just Like Our Father Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.Ephesians 5:1  y husband recently traveled for work, leaving me home alone with our three children. He very rarely travels, and my almost four-year-old daughter has been potty...

Numbering Our Days

Numbering Our Days

Numbering Our Days Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalms 90:12 oth of my little boys lost a tooth last month and in an instant, their smiles were different. When it happened, each held their tiny tooth in their...

When To Seek Professional Help

When To Seek Professional Help

When to Seek Professional Help  A counselor I know once described therapy like this: There are the things about ourselves that we know we know. How much sleep we need to be able to function in the morning or what foods will make us sick. There are also things...

Setting Healthy Boundaries

Setting Healthy Boundaries

Setting Healthy Boundaries   y mother is mentally ill. (Full disclosure: I was in my twenties before I was able to say this sentence aloud).   She suffers from a personality disorder that cannot be treated medically and that makes it near...

Navigating the Waves

Navigating the Waves

Navigating the Waves Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to...

Praise for the Fleas

Praise for the Fleas

Praise for the Fleas See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to all people. Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. Thessalonians...

Missing Milestones

Missing Milestones

reviously, this time of year always felt like milestone season. Calendars are crowded with graduations, awards ceremonies, proms, weddings, and countless other events that signify an accomplishment, achievement, or celebration on the passing into a...

A New Thing

A New Thing

A New Thing  Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:18-19 f you would have told me a...