Category Archives: Devotionals

As We Await God’s Perfect Timing in Such a Time as This: Some Encouragement

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord, a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as … Continue reading

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On Holy Saturday Here, and There (redux)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila It must have been as if all of creation was holding its breath, that day “in the middle,” after the Lamb of God was slain (on Friday) and before He rose again to life (on Sunday), the … Continue reading

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On the ONLY Place To Put Your Faith and Hope, Especially in the Worst of Times

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila And now these three remain:faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13: 13, emphasis added) Faith as in “belief, trust…fidelity, faithfulness.” Hope as in “expectation…confidence.” Love as in “benevolence, good will, esteem…divine … Continue reading

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On Building Faith by “Retreating” to Your “Joshua Altars” in the Day of Discouragement

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Discouragement: To deprive of courage or confidence, disheartened, to hinder by disfavoring, to dissuade or attempt to dissuade from doing something (excerpted from Mirriam-Webster Online). “Joshua Altars”: places or situations in your life where God answered your … Continue reading

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Shroud of Turin: Jesus’ Burial Cloth? On Free Will (redux)

      First posted on December 29, 2020 by Phyllis Beveridge Nissila SHROUD OF TURIN   Man of the Cloth Infused On finest thread— Deity or deceiver? From time to time Some forensic pilgrim

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On Valentines and Kindness–Redux and Forever

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila (First posted on 2/13/13) The story a local resident told in his letter to the editor went something like this: I went to the window of my office to stretch a bit and watch the goings-on in … Continue reading

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Another Christmas re-gift: Once Again to Nabokov

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila 2020 This post first appeared back in 2012, and has been featured several times since, each time for a new reason in an old story of evil versus good, fear versus hope, bondage versus freedom, despair versus … Continue reading

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On War, Grief and the Loss of Trust, and “Support Staff… (Redux 2014)”

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Introduction Somebody in his or her corner of the world clicked on one of my posts from 2014 on the theme of our value as “support staff” in conflict, whether our role in that is big or … Continue reading

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Not THAT “Meek”–Encouragement from Psalm 37, verse 11

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. (emphasis added) At least in the English language, when most of us read the word “meek” we tend to think of … Continue reading

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In the Fullness of Time–Encouragement from Psalm 37, Verses 3-6

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila 3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. 4 Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. 5 Commit thy … Continue reading

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