Grace and Peace to You

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the beautiful and encouraging greeting of the Apostle Paul in most of his thirteen letters that are part of our New Testament. Four of the letters—Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon, and Philippians—are known as the Prison Epistles. The “grace and peace” […]

SHINE Apothecary Boutique

Welcome to SHINE’s Apothecary Boutique where you can sample some luscious homemade recipes by some of our favorite SHINE ladies! If you are looking for some fun recipes to make for yourself or as gifts for friends and family—you have come to the right place! Try these sense-sational recipes! Fabulous Foot Scrub by Millie Clopine Ingredients: 1 cup […]

A Banquet Beckons – Part 1

Let’s go shopping! When given that invitation, what image enters your mind? A large shopping mall? A quaint boutique or eclectic fashion mart? Are you seeking bargains at a yard sale? Or is a flea market more your style? Today, especially in the United States, our shopping opportunities are limitless. In spite of all these […]

A Strong Woman Versus a Woman of Strength

A strong woman works out every day to keep her body in shape… but a woman of strength kneels in prayer to keep her soul in shape… A strong woman isn’t afraid of anything… but a woman of strength shows courage in the midst of her fear… A strong woman won’t let anyone get the […]

Ask God to Bless You

Bruce Wilkinson released a popular book in 2000 entitled, The Prayer of Jabez.  It is based on a section of scripture found in I Chronicles 4:9-10, “Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, ‘I gave birth to him in pain.’ Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, […]

Then Sings My Soul – A Family Gayla Event

Summer Steps: Ordered in Holiness

As a young girl growing up on a farm, summertime meant barefoot time –liberating my feet from the snugly fitting shoes I’d worn all winter. Early in the season, I learned to avoid the “sticker-patch.” I vividly remember the deep purple stains on my feet from playing under the mulberry tree. Now that I’m grown […]

The Unforgettable Kitchen

There was a time not so long ago when the kitchen was the busiest and most used room of the home. Recipe books were open, Mom was in her apron, chatter and laughter came from the kids, mixing bowls and measuring cups decorated the countertops. This daily routine wasn’t just about eating. It was a […]

The Way of Wellness

In my forty-plus years as a natural health consultant, I’ve met many women who intentionally attend to their health and well-being. A question I frequently ask them is: “Who or what influences you to take deliberate action to improve your overall wellness?” Their responses vary as much as the women themselves, but a common theme […]

Strength to Endure

In life, there is a delicate balance between strength and endurance. Both are very complimentary, but too much of one can be exhausting.  Fighting with all your strength, without waiting for the right time is frustrating; and enduring so long without the strength to stop, leads to burn out.  Merriam-Webster’s dictionary says endurance is “the […]