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Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway
By Shari Weigerstorfer
The Old Testament saints were commended by God for having great faith. These members of the "Great Faith Hall of Fame" simply believed God and obeyed.

Were they ever afraid? I'm sure they were. Possibly terrified, feeling insecure, and maybe foolish. Not unlike how we may feel today when confronted with a situation where we must step out in faith. Face it, if God doesn't provide sure footing, we will fall, we will fail and we will look foolish. But usually, looking foolish is the least of our problems. <more...>

For Love of the Master
By Shari Weigerstorfer
My grandmother just dropped off her dog. Accompanying the hound is a suitcase of paraphernalia: leash, bed, bowls, chew bones, glitter balls, gourmet foods, doggie biscuits and an "instruction manual." The latter is a long, drawn-out, detailed guide to the "care and feeding" of Missy, who will be staying with me for a week while my grandmother is in the hospital. <more...>

Choosing a Mate in the Kingdom of Love
By Shari Weigerstorfer
Once upon a time in the Kingdom of Love lived a princess who was greatly beloved by her father, the King. It was time for the Princess to marry and the King began to consider all the men of noble character throughout the land. He knew if He chose the right man for his daughter they would grow together in love because they would have the same values of heart. The King was highly selective for He knew exactly what He was looking for and what He would accept. <more...>

The Power Of Unity
By Shari Weigerstorfer
This morning my daughter, Sabrina, was watching cartoons. I'm always curious and careful as to what she is viewing, so as I walked through the room, I paused for a moment to consider the story. Within seconds, I realized Sabrina was watching a Barbie fairy-tale and I was seeing in techno-color the illustration of a powerful, spiritual truth. <more...>

Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin
By Shari Weigerstorfer
"I love you. I just don't like you today," said one very frustrated mother. A very hurt daughter began to sob. I felt my stomach turn. The mother was a friend of mine; a woman who loved her daughter deeply and yet had no idea that her choice of words where crushing  <more...>

Spirit Inspired Words
By Shari Weigerstorfer
I was bogged down trying to find the appropriate verbiage for an article I was writing. Agitation replaced enjoyment as I contemplated the merit of two equally good words. I decided to take a break and straighten up my office. As I gathered up the morning newspaper, an advertising slogan jumped out at me: "Do you have too many choices?" I thought, "How appropriate! I have an entire dictionary to choose from!" <more...>

Prayer Works
By Shari Weigerstorfer
A few months ago, while transiting through the London airport, my daughter found some coins. I had no idea that this seemingly insignificant event would be used by God as a building block of faith. But then, God is ever surprising, isn’t He? <more...>

The Land The Lord Has Given You
By Shari Weigerstorfer
"So Joshua said to the sons of Israel, 'How long will you put off entering to take possession of the land which the Lord, the God of your fathers, has given you?'" (Joshua 18:3) Isn't it amazing that even with the assurance of victory, we are not always motivated to action. "Possessing the land" requires hard work and sometimes warfare. So, like the sons of Israel <more...>

The Agenda of Fear
By Shari Weigerstorfer
Nehemiah 6:13 "...that I might become frightened and act accordingly and sin..." It has been said that what man can perceive, he can achieve. There is much truth in this. When God made man He equipped him with staggering powers of the imagination and strength of heart. He was a magnificent being, capable of greatness. Commissioned to rule and subdue. Created complete and equipped with all he would ever need to fulfill his destiny. All this "God given" ability was rooted in the assurance that God loved him, that He was for him and would help him - an environment of faith. <more...>

Coming Forth As Gold
By Shari Weigerstorfer
"O Lord, Thou hast seen my oppression; Judge my case." (Lamentations 53:59) One day, I received a letter from an attorney. I was listed as one of several defendants who were being sued in what is called a "nuisance claim." I had two choices: I could pay the demand or I could fight it legally. There was a good chance that if I fought it, my legal fees would exceed the amount of the demand. I had a decision to make and decided to pray about it. <more...>

The Prophetic Writer
By Shari Weigerstorfer
I thought I wanted to be a writer. When the first pieces I wrote drew encouragement, I was sure of it. Except for the Lord’s intervention, I may have been content with this idea... <more...>

Another Cheek
By Shari Weigerstorfer
I was in the middle of the “old town” in Rhodes, Greece shopping for worthless trinkets when I suddenly witnessed something that affected me deeply. <more...>

Our Christian Culture
By Shari Weigerstorfer
I live in Basel, Switzerland. I'm an American, married to a Swiss, mother of a Swiss/American child and adjusting as best I can. This week, my daughter started the first grade. The Swiss school system teaches "religion" from the first grade on for one hour every week. Parents are given the choice as to whether they want their child to attend or not. <more...>

The Obsession to Control
By Shari Weigerstorfer
You know, some people are never satisfied, no matter how successful they become. The book of Esther tells the tale of such a tragedy. For if ever there was a man who was the epitome of success it was Haman. <more...>

The Essence of Compassion
By Shari Weigerstorfer
Job 2:11 "Now when Job's three friends heard of all this adversity that had come upon him, they came each one from his own place... to sympathize with him and comfort him." But Job's friends were not "comforters." Instead of comforting Job, they spent their time trying to point out to Job that he had obviously done something wrong. Getting him to admit it proved to be a problem. <more...>

That Which Is Good Is The Enemy 
Of That Which Is Perfect

By Shari Weigerstorfer
Lately I've been thinking about the conflict between God's plans and good ideas. Within the context of the story of Nehemiah, such a scenario is easy to imagine.
Nehemiah was the man God selected to rebuild the walls in Jerusalem. The first thing God did was to give him a burden for the project. Scripture says in Nehemiah 1:1, “now it happened in the month of…” Verse four then says, “Now it came about when I heard these words…” This is when a burden manifested on Nehemiah. In chapter 2:2, we see that the effects of the burden actually changed Nehemiah’s physical appearance so much that the King noticed it. <more...>

"Giving" Thanks
By Shari Weigerstorfer
It was Sabrina’s birthday and the priority of the day was to deliver a birthday cake to her first grade class. On birthdays, during recess they light candles, sing "Happy Birthday" and devour the cake. It's a nice tradition. As I began to walk out the door, I realized I didn't have enough paper plates for the group. <more...>

"Sugar Coated" Words
By Shari Weigerstorfer
"And I say to you, that every careless word that men shall speak, they shall render account for it in the Day of Judgment." - Matthew 12:36 It was time for my daughter, Sabrina, to say her bedtime prayers. She began, "Dear Jesus, please make Frau Muller not be mad at me." <more...>

When The Father Says "No!"
By Shari Weigerstorfer
Yesterday I took my daughter and a little friend of hers to the pool. Her friend came up and asked if she could jump off the diving board.
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