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Wednesday, August 8, 2018


Gloria Phifer

I opened the door, and there stood a good looking young man. He was my blind date that evening. Who would have ever known that this was a God given destiny?

Two graduations: Iowa and New Mexico.
I didn't realize that The Lord (Who I didn't really know as my Savior) had sent me a knight in shining armor. A rescuer sent from Iowa, to a desert place, to rescue a young girl.

I will forever be thankful that he joined the air force and was stationed at Kirtland Air Force base in Albuquerque; and that a friend insisted  I meet him. 

This November 26th will be our 55th wedding anniversary. After moving to Iowa I accepted Jesus as my Savior...I was 22 yrs old.

I am still thankful for my knight in shining armor. We were only 19 and 20 when we married. We have been through life. Some easy, some not so easy. As in every life.

We have been given a family...children, grandchildren and now we are great grandparents.

To me it is like mellowed wine (which I don't drink) the years have become sweeter. more tender. 

I thank God for the husband He gave me. Thank You Lord. And in Your divine plan we came to You.

Sunday, August 5, 2018


Gloria Phifer

Our 25th Anniversary.

I am joining the FMF group..we write on one word..the word is...Anniversary.

Looking back at a 19 and 20 year old getting married, who could imagine being married 55 years. Wow!

I have been married most of my life. The years have flown by. Children have grown and on their own. Grandchildren are graduating from college. We have our 1st great granddaughter.

Life has been amazing. Not easy ...but amazing.

I will always be thankful that I asked Jesus Christ to come into my life when I was 22 yrs old. He has kept the ship afloat. He has blessed and He has given. 

I thank The Lord for this coming anniversary...what a blessing.

Friday, July 20, 2018


Gloria Phifer

I am joining FMF bloggers today we write on one word for five minutes...the word is..."Way".

As a young child, a teenager and 21 yrs old. I did not know my way.
I have shared my life with you before. 
Raised in an alcoholic home and moving every year, my grades were not good and I was so ashamed of them.
I was planning on marrying a young man when I graduated, but he broke up with me before graduation. I can remember feeling lost.
I wasn't sure if there was any way to survive my life. I was in despair. 
To make matters worse we moved again. I could see no future. I didn't know my way. Where was I to go? What was I to do?

As I have shared before..."If not for God. " The Lord had spoken to me at different times in my life. But, I wanted to control my own life. When I finally came to the end of myself...spiraling down...I cried out to Jesus. 

I Found The Way!!! 

I was 22 at the time and this December I will be 75  yrs old. I tell you with all my heart...Jesus Christ is The Way. He is The Way to live in this life. He gives direction. He gives peace. I am so thankful I found Him...and came to Him ...The Way, The Truth, The Life. 

Friday, June 29, 2018


Gloria Phifer

The word I'm writing on for five minute friday is "if."

Usually, you will hear  "if only."

That isn't my story. 

My story is...if my husband (of almost 55 yrs) had not joined the Air Force, I would have missed out on a great love story  and a wonderful family.
If he had joined the navy (which was his plan) he would not have been stationed in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

If a friend had not wanted us to meet each other...where would we be?

If my husband had not been sent to Alaska, in isolation, on King Salmon Island...when we had been only married 5 months...I would 
not have left New Mexico and come to live with his parents in Iowa.

(I had no idea where Iowa was.)

I had a baby girl while he was gone. It was a hard year. But if it hadn't happened would I have seen my need for Jesus?

If we hadn't moved into a house in Ankeny, when he returned home...If  a neighbor had not  asked me to church?

At 22 yrs old, I began to read in the Book of John. I asked Jesus to come into my life. That was in 1966.

Everything I have gone through has an "if" to it. And my "if"
is positive. because  I have no doubt The Lord was directing my life to come to Him. 

My biggest thought...If Jesus had not come, where would any of us be? We would be lost. But, He did come. To pay the price so we could come to Him. He is the One Who settles our "ifs"

Monday, June 25, 2018


Gloria Phifer

My Painting after being at the ocean.

I am joining the FMF group writing on one word for five minutes. 

It was my 1st hotel room...all by myself...with a balcony.

I could see the ocean. Even at night the waves showed up against the darkness.

The ocean thundered. The sound had such might and magnificense.

I sat on the balcony, in the dark, watching the waves. Looking up, the night sky was full of bright shining stars.

I prayed and talked to The Lord. It was one of those
"private moments." The song "Time Stood Still" played in my mind.

Oh Lord, let time stand still as I sit in Your presence...listening to Your ocean...with Your stars above me....Oh Lord let time stand still in this moment. 

I think alot about that time...the magnificence of the moment when the ocean thundered... and time stood still in The Presence of The Lord. 

Isaiah 51:15 I AM The Lord your God, that divided the sea, whose waves roared: The Lord of Hosts is His Name.

Sunday, May 27, 2018


Gloria Phifer

The word for the FMF blog today is "Pause." we write for 5 minutes.

I will have to admit some things have been bothering me. I know it is time to pause and sit with The Lord.

I don't understand everything. Sometimes I think it would be great to not be so sensitive. Sensitivity is part of my personality. Some times it works for good and other times....well... I need to pause and really listen for the truth.

When your brain has a track of thought going around and is time to "pause." It is time to ask The Lord for the truth, for the understanding, the wisdom.

And...that is what I am going to do...I'm going to take time to "Pause" and listen to The Lord and not my own thoughts.

Friday, May 18, 2018


Gloria Phifer

Have you ever wanted to run away and hide someplace? Maybe it has just been one of those days and weeks where you want to get away.

Your thoughts follow you. There seems to be no rest. 

When I visited a friend in Florida some years back...I was praying about a situation and I heard in my spirit..."Rest."

Jesus spoke of rest in Matthew 11:28 "Come unto Me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls. 

To really cast your care on The Lord and rest, that is where I want to be. Hebrews 4:3 ... those who believe enter rest.

There is a "resting place" in God. Psalm 91:1 he that dwells in "the Secret Place of The Most High shall abide under the shadow of The Almighty.

Cast my care...enter rest by believing and abide in The Secret Place of The Most High. That is my desire.