Andrea Phillips
All for One

All for One

All for One Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. Acts 2:41   aiting in the holding room before the baptism ceremony, I turned to my husband. “We could make a run for it...

Growth to the Seeds

Growth to the Seeds

Growth to the Seeds So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. 1 Corinthians 3:7 (ESV)   When I was in college, I had a spiritual life crisis. I believed in God, but my faith was always something I assumed I would...

All for One: Celebrating Baptism

All for One: Celebrating Baptism

All For One: Celebrating BaptismThose who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. Acts 2:41 (ESV)aiting in the holding room before the baptism ceremony, I turned to my husband. “We could...

Weight of Grief, Strength of Heart

Weight of Grief, Strength of Heart

Weight of Grief, Strength of HeartMy flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26 (NIV)"Thank you for your patience concerning your application. All candidates interviewed were stronger than we had dared to hope....

No Strings Attached

No Strings Attached

No Strings AttachedHe called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this...

Day 1: Jesus is Arrested and Tried

Day 1: Jesus is Arrested and Tried

Mark 15:1-5 (ESV) And as soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council. And they bound Jesus and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate. And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And...

Filled to the Measure

Filled to the Measure

Filled to the Measure And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may...

Christmas Cards and Open Hearts

Christmas Cards and Open Hearts

Christmas Cards and Open Heartsy recently married cousin called the other day to ask if she needed to start sending Christmas cards now that she was officially an adult.  She liked receiving cards but wasn’t sure that she was ready to get on board...

A Safe Place

A Safe Place

A Safe Place God is our safe place and our strength.  He is always our help when we are in trouble. Psalms 46:1 (ESV) It started with a sweater. It was chilly that morning, and the sweater was harmless enough. Coral in color, zip up with a hood, from The Children’s...

Always Knock

Always Knock

Always Knock For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:8 fter years of online teaching, I recently returned to the classroom at Carroll Community College. I love night...

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...