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Archive | Tough Times

Persevering through the tough times of life.

What are Friends For?

by Harold and Bette Gillogly I guess this Seeds for Growth article grows out of our intensified sense of need we described in the HI-LYTER.  Perhaps it’s true you never realize the true value of something until you do without it for awhile.  Here in Nashville we have done without close friends for nearly a […]

Encouraged – Encourager

Have you needed encouragement in the last few months?  Most of us would say “YES.”  Did anyone come alongside and speak a word of encouragement to you or do something for you that “picked you up”?  Hopefully, you can say “YES” to that question as well.  If you said “Yes” to both  questions, did you […]

Don’t Mess With God’s Pictures

by Harold and Bette Gillogly Our wedding picture sits on the bookshelf in our living room.  A young, starry eyed couple smiles expectantly from inside an ornate silver frame, displayed for all to see.  That’s our picture, and it is very special to us.  If you tore it or in any way damaged that picture, […]

Here We Stand

Martin Luther’s famous words as he stood before Emperor Charles V of the Holy Roman Empire – “Here I stand. I can do no other” – echo loudly for every Christian now that the US Supreme Court has ruled that homosexual marriage is a civil right. The Emperor expected…demanded…that Luther recant his belief that only […]

When in Grief – Take Flight

When one is in the initial stages of grief, the natural tendency is to take flight—flight from people and flight from God—pushing both away from you. After April 28, 1992, when Riverside County made their decision against our use of Spring Meadows, Idyllwild, California, we struggled with that tendency. We entered a grieving process—just as […]

Ebenezers vs. Mental Monsters

by Harold and Bette Gillogly I’m stopped at a red light.  I glance in the rear view mirror.  A man in a dark blue uniform is getting out of the white car behind me and walking up to my window.  My heart drops into my stomach as I roll down the glass.  The man in […]

Done Dirty – Do Good

The Fourth of July – a time for hot dogs on the grill, homemade ice cream and shimmering rivers of lights cascading down the night sky.  But the holiday is a difficult one for Steve.  When he was eight years old, his brother drowned in a boating accident on one particularly hot July Fourth.  After […]

Give Us This Day

It was 8:30 when the phone rang.  Our whole family was laughing and joking.  Tomorrow was going to be my fortieth birthday — the BIG FOUR-O.  My children were teasing me about my dire need for Geritol.  And they, along with my husband Harold, were recommending different hair colorings to cover the gray.  The ring […]

Lessons We Learned From Skunks

by Harold and Bette Gillogly Some years ago we lived in a remote mountain community in Southern California. There were lots of critters up there – some of them real pesky – and we had some hair-raising experiences with a few of them. But come to think of it, that’s better than tail-raising experiences, being […]