Category Archives: encouragement in hard times

On 1/21/21: Have America’s Sins “…Come Around”? Encouragement, Strategies, and a Gift

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Is It “What Goes Around Comes Around” Time for America? Forward and backward, like a palindrome, today’s date put as 1/21/21 (the day after Inauguration Day here in the United States) reminds me of the expression “what … Continue reading

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Occupying, Part 6: Here, There, and Everywhere (on Where)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Entire series here The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” (John 3:8) … Continue reading

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Occupying, Part 5: The Temporal/Spiritual Continuum (on When)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Entire series here 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms. 4 For He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless in His … Continue reading

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On Occupying, Part 4: What We Are–as in The Remnant of Our Time. Now

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Entire series here A Christian […] is settled, rooted and immersed in the Spirit in a worldwide community of faith that transcends the boundaries of ethnicity, language or denomination. (Markham, previous post) Many call such a community … Continue reading

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On Occupying, Part 3: “Strangers, nomads and pilgrims” (Guest Feature) and One More Thing on “Who”

Entire series here This part of the series features an article written by fellow blogger Colin Markham whose other articles have appeared prior. Colin blogs at Fellowship of St. Peter – Christian spirituality and fellowship  In Part 2, I discussed … Continue reading

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Deliverance from Evil Then and for the U.S. Today: On Abigail, Sun Tzu, and The Believer’s Field Manual

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila As always, there is precedent in the biblical narratives for the myriad ways God delivers his people from evil. Here is one such story, that of the biblical Abigail, that comes to mind just now for days … Continue reading

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For 2021: On Timing, Patterns, and Occupying (Part 1)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila See entire series here Timing Anyone who tracks the way truth and justice ultimately win, whether now or later, notes that timing is a critical element. Unfortunately, however, it always seems success/deliverance/salvation come at the very last … Continue reading

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A Christian’s Perspective in Light of Civil Unrest

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila This question came up in my fellowship group recently: If there is civil unrest ahead as a result (either way) of the finalization of the election in the United States, what do you see as your Christian … Continue reading

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The Gift of Snow

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Announced by all the trumpets of the sky, Arrives the snow, and, driving o’er the fields, Seems nowhere to alight: the whited air Hides hills and woods, the river and the heaven, And veils the farm-house at … Continue reading

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Still. In the Moment. God. (Even in 2020)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila UPDATE December, 2020 This post, first offered in the summer of 2016, is a reminder again today to trust God when it seems the (political) Kraken, “battened” (fattened)  sufficiently on power and greed, has finally surfaced for … Continue reading

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