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July 27, 2015 4 comments

What This Grandmother is Learning from ANW

My son decided to do Ninja training. And I've been surprised at what this 60 year-old grandmother is learning from him and the Ninja community. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Musings of a Pastor's Wife Tags: endurance, American Ninja Warrior, fitness, run with endurance

March 20, 2015 1 comments

In Memoriam: The House That Built Me

Losing the home that we grew up in, a place that we loved more than any other place on earth, reminds us that our true home is yet to come. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Musings of a Pastor's Wife Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, family, Virginia, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, Heaven, home, Rockwell Road, Nannie

March 11, 2015 0 comments

A Life-Altering Souvenir

Sheree Phillips explains how a man from Haiti named Souvenir taught her again what it means to serve and love family. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Musings of a Pastor's Wife Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, family, Adoption, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, serving, cruise, Souvenir, Haiti, priorities

February 6, 2015 2 comments

Kate, Leopold and the Apostle Paul

Sheree Phillips analyzes how technology has changed the way we communicate, for better or worse. How has technology enhanced our communication? And what lessons can we learn from Paul (and yes, Hugh Jackman) that should inform the way we communicate with all of the technological gadgets available to us?...Keep Reading

Posted in: Musings of a Pastor's Wife Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, unplugged, digital age, technology, communication, connectivity, Kate & Leopold, cell phones, Apostle Paul

February 4, 2015 0 comments

Relationships and the Potential for Misunderstanding

Sheree Phillips writes about relationships and the potential for misunderstanding. Like texting with a smart phone, miscommunication is inevitable. But relationships are worth the potential for misunderstanding....Keep Reading

Posted in: Musings of a Pastor's Wife Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, relationships, unplugged, friendship, technology, communication, bitterness, miscommunication

January 28, 2015 5 comments

(A Little) Of What I've Learned From 30 Years of Homeschooling

Sheree Phillips explains a few of the lessons she learned from homeschooling for 30 years. God equips everyone he calls to homeschooling (or anything else), no matter how qualified they may feel. Is God calling you to consider homeschooling? Hopefully this post will encourage you as you begin (or continue) your journey. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Musings of a Pastor's Wife Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, humility, Redeemer Churt at Lake Nona, homeschooling, school, homeschool, Lake Nona homeschooling, Lake Nona homeschool, school options, preschool, teaching, Charisma Magazine, home school, childrearing, parenthood

January 9, 2015 0 comments

The Myth of Multitasking

Multi tasking is a way of life. Otherwise how could we manage a home, job, friendships, schedule (ours and our kids, for those who have them), church involvement, working out or whatever hobbies we enjoy…and still have time to eat, sleep and be sane?...Keep Reading

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January 7, 2015 0 comments

A New Young Friend and the Old, Old Story

If you’re like me sometimes it’s hard to know what the gospel really looks like in relationships. I actually used to think the gospel was something you spoke only to the lost who needed to hear how the sinless life, atoning death and glorious resurrection of Christ made a way for them to have a relationship with God, brings meaning to suffering and provides hope for the future. Then I heard men like Jerry Bridges and others talk about “preaching the gospel to myself every day” and I wrestled with what that meant....Keep Reading

Posted in: Musings of a Pastor's Wife Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, ministry, Sheree Phillips, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, Christian Character, Maturity, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, church ministry, counseling, church blog, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, Redeemer Lake Nona, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, compassion, relationships

November 19, 2014 4 comments

My Little Bit of Scripture Surprise

This past Monday started out pretty gloomy. I had trouble sleeping the night before, partly because aging brings sleeping issues and, yeah, I’m in “that season” of life when sleeping is typically challenging. But my restlessness was also related to some weighty concerns I’ve been having about people I love…a lot....Keep Reading

Posted in: Musings of a Pastor's Wife Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, bible reading, Sheree Phillips, Lake Nona Churches, devotional, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, counseling, church blog, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, Redeemer Lake Nona, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, anxiety

November 13, 2014 1 comments

Wanting a Better Past

Often the moments I hear heart-wrenching comments like this are while sitting on the couch in my living room sharing a glass of sweet tea with women from my church. Like me, they’re dealing with the often-weighty consequences of sins by or against them: pain that runs deep like a knife being slowly twisted through the heart. It’s not always there. But when it’s triggered by something as simple as an overheard comment or as disorienting as a dream about “what happened” the knife pinches and turns….again and again. Finally they feel safe enough to tell someone. These moments are what one man calls having someone share their finest china with me. I don’t want to carelessly handle and potentially break something so valuable; so fragile....Keep Reading

Posted in: Musings of a Pastor's Wife Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, healing, Sheree Phillips, Lake Nona Churches, Faith, Sin, lee vista, Suffering, lee vista church, dark, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, church ministry, faithfulness of God, counseling, church blog, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, Redeemer Lake Nona, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, compassion

October 16, 2014 0 comments

Don't Dismiss Your Suffering

Sheree Phillips talks about suffering and grace. We have a tendency to minimize our sufferings because we don't think they compare to other types of suffering. But if we minimize suffering, we can inadvertently be minimizing grace. Suffering comes in degree, but grace doesn't....Keep Reading

Posted in: Musings of a Pastor's Wife Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, grace, Suffering, redeemer, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, war, World War II, trials, veterans

October 8, 2014 0 comments

I Hate Waiting

I hate waiting. Like last week when I sat at a light. I was in a hurry to get home before the Florida skies open up like they do on most warm, sunny days. The light turned green but there was no movement. Too quickly it turned yellow, then red again. Humph. Huge raindrops started pelting my windshield. Then I noticed flashing lights on a car ahead. I waited some more, hoping the driver in front of me would try to inch around next time the light turned green. But no. Then a young woman dragged herself out of the car with a cell phone on her ear. As I slowly followed the car in front of me past her, I noticed a baby in a car seat crying…....Keep Reading

Posted in: Musings of a Pastor's Wife Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, Sheree Phillips, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, mundane, church blog, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, waiting, heart issues

August 6, 2012 0 comments

Kristin's Story

It's not enough to read about "speaking the truth in love." Kristin's story shows us what speaking gospel truth to one another can look like in a real person's real life circumstances....Keep Reading

Posted in: Musings of a Pastor's Wife Tags: community groups, Faith Rising, Fellowship, forigiveness, gospel, Lake Nona Church, Lake Nona Churches, Sheree Phillips, vision

April 12, 2012 0 comments

lessons from a 1970′s co.worker (part two)

Yesterday's thoughts has me asking myself some pretty probing questions: Why should I care for my home when I know people are just going to keep messing it up? Why did I discipline my kids for arguing and being disrespectful when I knew they would do it again within days or hours or minutes? Why should I trust God to help my hurting friend when it seems my prayers have gone unanswered? Why can't I "sin back" when those I love are uncaring, selfish or lazy?...Keep Reading

Posted in: Musings of a Pastor's Wife Tags: gospel, Faith Rising, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, Sheree Phillips, bible

April 11, 2012 1 comments

lessons from a 1970′s co.worker (part one)

My mom was one of the parents who regularly said, "Because I said so." I told myself I would never say that...like I told myself I would never make my kids clean on Saturday mornings so they could watch cartoons like the rest of the world....Keep Reading

Posted in: Musings of a Pastor's Wife Tags: Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, Sheree Phillips, Faith Rising

March 20, 2012 0 comments

When Prayer Isn't Answerered...My Way (Part Two)

(This is Part Two of this story. Please see yesterday's post for Part One.) The day my Uncle Rocky died I was heartbroken, but I knew I had to tell Josh and Jaime. I still remember feeling perplexed and disappointed. I didn't remember ever believing so strongly that God would heal. I had so wanted them to witness a real miracle......Keep Reading

Posted in: Musings of a Pastor's Wife Tags: Prayer, Faith Rising, healing, miracle, testimony, Sheree Phillips

March 18, 2012 0 comments

When Prayer Isn't Answered...My Way

Our friend, Frank, has been doing a Sunday evening mini-series on prayer. While it's likely I heard him do a variation of these messages in the 90′s at a former church, his words have been freshly challenging and encouraging me. As a small group of us sat our family room listening to him teach last night, the Lord began to show me how easily I'm tempted to discouragement when God doesn't answer my prayers my way. Then I started thinking about Uncle Rocky....Keep Reading

Posted in: Musings of a Pastor's Wife Tags: Fellowship, Lake Nona Church, ministry, miracle, Prayer, Sheree Phillips

March 12, 2012 0 comments

Anticipating 2032

History isn't very important to a lot of people. But my husband was a history major who has transferred his love of history to our family. Sometime I will have to blog about the competition five of our kids engaged in with the same college history professor… This morning at Redeemer Church history was on display. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Musings of a Pastor's Wife Tags: Redeemer Church, testimony, ministry, miracle, Lake Nona Church, grace, Fellowship, church life, Benny Phillips, Sheree Phillips

March 6, 2012 0 comments

Looking For That Needle Of Superiority

Do you remember the point I repeated my last post? Our faith-filled obedience to God pleases Him and sanctifies our work. The good news is that while the type of work we do differs, God's pleasure is the same whatever our work is!...Keep Reading

Posted in: Musings of a Pastor's Wife Tags: About Us, ministry, Faith Rising, grace, humility, ladies, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, Sheree Phillips

March 1, 2012 0 comments

Our Faith Sanctifies Our (Even Insignificant) Work

A couple of years ago my son, Jesse, preached a message on the importance of seeing the place into which God has put us as a divine calling. The text was 1 Corinthians 7:17: "Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches."...Keep Reading

Posted in: Musings of a Pastor's Wife Tags: forigiveness, New Beginnings, Sheree Phillips, lake Nona, Redeemer Church, Orlando Church

February 27, 2012 2 comments

Duties With Meaning

Life's mundane tasks are rarely celebrated and are called "duties." What is it about that word that conjures up fatigue at best or disdain at worst? Does even thinking of the word duty produce anticipation or blah?...Keep Reading

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February 26, 2012 3 comments

Sunsets and Clean Bathrooms

I've been thinking a lot recently about how boring every-day-life can be. When there is something fun or exciting to look forward to, I'm quicker to get out of bed…and with a better attitude. There's a lilt to my step and my cheery attitude makes the day more inviting. Like last Thursday. Benny planned a day off - his first in awhile - and we were both looking forward to it. At the last minute I had to schedule an appointment related to some work I do for my oldest son. No big deal: Benny would come with me and we'd leave from there for some leisurely time together. I woke up that morning happy!...Keep Reading

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February 21, 2012 1 comments

They are Redeemer Church

I don't remember the first time we met him, but it was close to 10 years ago. Alex was just out of high school and wanted to be a professional musician. He was giving his life to this goal - and it resulted in him leaning away from the church in which his family had been involved for years. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Musings of a Pastor's Wife Tags: Lake Nona Church, ministry, testimony, vision, church life, Redeemer Church

February 15, 2012 8 comments

Why French Braids are Important to Me

Today I got to spend the afternoon with an old friend. We laughed; joked; shared Starbucks and a scone; playfully mocked others she was interacting with; and, at one point, fought back tears. She was gushing with gratitude at a recent box she received in the mail from faraway friends who surprised her and her husband with Valentine gifts. And then there was the generous check in the mail from a friend who could use some money herself....Keep Reading

Posted in: Musings of a Pastor's Wife Tags: About Us, Lake Nona Church, church life, girls, ladies, miracle, Liz

January 31, 2012 1 comments

The Gift of Biblical Fellowship

"The gospel, applied to our hearts every day, frees us to be brutally honest with ourselves and with God. The assurance of His total forgiveness of our sins through the blood of Christ means we don't have to play defensive games anymore. We don't have to rationalize and excuse our sins. We can say we told a lie instead of saying we exaggerated a bit. We can admit an unforgiving spirit instead of continuing to blame our parents for our emotional distress. We can call sin exactly what it is, regardless of how ugly and shameful it may be, because we know that Jesus bore that sin in His body on the cross. With the assurance of total forgiveness through Christ, we have no reason to hide from our sins anymore."...Keep Reading

Posted in: Musings of a Pastor's Wife Tags: gospel, Redeemer Church, Benny Phillips, Fellowship, ministry, moss park, community groups, forigiveness, church life, humility, grace

January 23, 2012 1 comments

Praying for our First Miracle

Yesterday was a mixture of joy and sorrow for Redeemer Church. Have we changed our name to Ultimate Power? No. That's just the name of our new location. Who would have ever thought of checking at marital arts studios to see about renting space for a church? We're glad someone did. It's a great situation for us, and gives us room to grow. We're grateful....Keep Reading

Posted in: Musings of a Pastor's Wife Tags: ministry, Faith Rising, Prayer, miracle

January 6, 2012 1 comments

New Beginnings

I'm at a season of life where it seems like it's time to slow down. Nothing is working quite right anymore. I need glasses for aging eyes and anti-inflammtories for aging joints. I forget names and what commonly used household gadgets are called. Solitude invites me to steal away (which I enjoy doing at times!) while a growing family and new church lovingly require me to get even busier than ever. The commercials say Benny and I should be anticipating retirement after all the years of being in the throes of parenting and pastoring. Sometimes I envy those who can....Keep Reading

Posted in: Musings of a Pastor's Wife Tags: New Beginnings, Lake Nona Church, Redeemer Church, Faith Rising

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