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Day 16 Proverbs Challenge: Steps

by Tammy Phillips

A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.

Proverbs 16:9 (NKJV)

The new plan was in place.   For almost seven years I had served as the administrator and hostess at a ministry house in southeast Washington, D.C.   Then, another ministry door flew open. I moved from the District to a small town in Georgia. The mission sending agency I helped established years before was sending me to Jamaica to serve.  I would be running a ministry house, similar to where I had served in D.C., and helping to start a Bible Institute. The plan was set. I made a move.

The plan started to unravel almost immediately.

I was to run the ministry house. The mission sending agency, Simon’s Branch, Inc., and the owner of the house were to split the profits. Her building was going to be the site for our Bible Institute. Then suddenly the owner denied agreeing to a partnership between her business and our mission sending agency. Continue reading

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Day 15 Proverbs Challenge: What Were You Thinking?

by Tammy Phillips

“A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, But perverseness in it breaks the spirit.”

Proverb 15:4 (NKJV)

Accessories defined her look. The hat, the jewelry, scarves, shoes, and handbag transformed any top clothes she wore into fashion model ready. I asked her if she was always fashionable. Her answered surprised me.   She shared that when she was pregnant, her pastor approached her, his arms outstretched; she readied herself for his bear hug. While greeting her, he whispered, “Why do you always wear the same old clothes?” His words altered her breathing; she quickly walked away. Alternating between four dresses that were always cleaned and pressed, she wore what she had.

Later alone with God, she cried out, “I am your child. Please help me.” The assistance came immediately. One woman in the church surprised her with two dresses. So did another. Soon, she had several pretty dresses to wear. This was when her interest in accessorizing began. She learned she could alternate different pieces of clothing, adding some splash and look completely different each time she stepped into the church.

Pastor obviously did not THINK before he spoke. Many would argue that, since his words propelled my friend into fashion action, it was good that he talked to her.   I am of the mind that he should have kept his comments to himself. The pain he caused was unnecessary. She expected Christian love from her pastor, not a petty, hurtful comment.   The notion that our opinions and the truth are synonymous has always been amazing to me.

Once, during a youth activity, we asked several young ladies to squeeze toothpaste out of the small tubes they had each been given. Then, they were told to put all of the paste back into the containers through the same hole it came out of.   Continue reading

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Christmas Memories

by Tammy Phillips

It was so tall. My sisters and I had to rear our heads back to see the star on the top of it.

For years, my parents took that artificial Christmas tree out of its worn old box. Then we would put it together, pile on the tinsel and bulbs and lights, cover each branch with fake snow and then illuminate the tree with the spinning four-colored wheel. Our tree was Phillips, pretty and warm. It looked like it was touching the ceiling.

Then something happened. Our old tree shrunk?

I did not have to maneuver my head to the see the top star. My toes did not have to tippy to put the garland and ornaments on the top branch. My sisters and I had grown almost as tall as our tree. I remember when I was in my early teens being amazed that our tree and our Daddy were not tall at all.

My nephews continued the tradition of being in awe of the tall Phillips tree, pretty and warm, until they too shot up near the star. But even when our perspective changes, it was comforting to know some things stay the same.

Daddy was no decorator.  But, Mommy was gone, and we were grown and he decided to try, so… Continue reading

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God Does As He Pleases


by Tammy Phillips

Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases. Psalm 115:3

Joe, a new acquaintance to me, shared his story. He had spent ten years in prison.  This was miraculous because he had been given six life sentences for contract killings.  Joe wept as he spoke, not fully understanding why God had so favored him.  I did not begrudge him his miracle, but I did wonder, why him?  Many had not killed six people and were serving far more time.

God does as He pleases. Continue reading

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