Debora M. Coty Articles

Where’s Your Secret Place?

Eureka! I found it! A little soggy maybe, and I sometimes leave there polka-dotted with more than a few mosquito pox,...
Why Your Prayers Matter

Why Your Prayers Matter

I've just finished doing something that made me feel bad. Really, really bad. I immersed myself in a vat of scalding pain.Someone else's pain. The shell-shocked parents who lost their beautiful 24-year-old daughter to suicide with no warning. No symptoms. No...

When You Love the Unlovable

When You Love the Unlovable

One of the chapters in my newest book, Too Loved to Be Lost, is about colliding with difficult people. It's called, appropriately, "Dents in My Fender."So of course a collision occurred this week. Papa God loves to bring home these lessons I think I've...

When You Look Scary

When You Look Scary

It happened five days ago. It was shocking, mind-boggling, and completely unexpected. It shook my little world.I woke up in the morning as always and rolled out of bed. Yawning, I noticed my face felt oddly stiff ... like I was wearing a mask.I reached up and touched...

When You Find Out Your Hero Is Human

When You Find Out Your Hero Is Human

I couldn't believe it. My hero was not at all what I'd imagined.I'd run across her obscure but charming little novel in the 80s and fallen completely, surprisingly, obsessively smitten with her wise, witty, resonating characters and the subtle but searing Christian...

Looking for a Sign From God?

Looking for a Sign From God?

My stove jammed yesterday. I took it as a sign from God.Actually, it was the metal drawer beneath the oven, the one in which I store my pots and pans. A pot in the front somehow flipped itself over in the middle of the night (how do they DO that - impish kitchen...

When You’re Completely Helpless

When You’re Completely Helpless

Our bus arrived in Edinburgh on Sunday around noon on a breezy, sunny, altogether gorgeous autumn day, and I was up for adventure. Scotland was the third country on the long-awaited U.K. tour Chuck and I had been enjoying in honor of our 33rd wedding anniversary, and...

When You Want to Hide

When You Want to Hide

In my role as the preschool Bible Story Lady at our church, I was telling the story of Jonah and the Big Fish a few Sundays ago to the 3- and 4-year-olds.  The hard part wasn't bringing the bit about Jonah deliberately running away from God down to the level...

5 Ways Fear Attacks Your Soul

5 Ways Fear Attacks Your Soul

Do you find yourself hocking up anxiety over and over like a Guernsey regurgitating her cud? Does worrying about the what-ifs suck the joy out of your soul? If so, you're not alone. My goal for my new book, Fear, Faith, and a Fistful of Chocolate, is to...

When God Calls You to a Place You’ve Never Been

When God Calls You to a Place You’ve Never Been

I was hiking a mountain trail last week when something stopped me in my tracks. It was a sight I truly didn't expect to see.There, at more than 4,000 feet above sea level, a snail was painstakingly making its way across the gravel road.What in the world was a sea...

5 Tips From the Bible for Getting Out of Debt

5 Tips From the Bible for Getting Out of Debt

OK, here are some tried-and-true tools, gleaned from different people who've been there, done that, to help you grow trust in Papa God on your journey through the valley of the shadow of financial death. 1. Don't Give Up Hope  He will continue to be...

How Your Words of Wisdom Can Goad People Toward God

How Your Words of Wisdom Can Goad People Toward God

The memory makes me smile now, but at the time I wanted to screech like a riled bobcat.When I was nine, my sister was two years older and light years girlier. She wore wrap-around skirts, red hair bows and shiny pink nail polish.I lived and breathed barefoot, wore...

When Everything That Can Go Wrong Does

When Everything That Can Go Wrong Does

Ever have one of those days when everything possible went wrong? Sure you have. We all have. It's how we respond that separates the weenies from the warriors.Take my friend Lana for example. Her story will make your eyebrows stand at attention.Lana's daybreak flight...

Are You Easy Prey for the Enemy?

Are You Easy Prey for the Enemy?

While traveling to a wedding in Alabama last weekend, Chuck and I stayed at a motel in a newly developed area on the fading border between urban and rural.Next to our motel was a gigantic big-box-like store that I'd never seen before: Gander Mtn., known as your...

Don’t Miss the Obvious Needs

Don’t Miss the Obvious Needs

I love to eat out, don't you?Nothing better than kicking back and enjoying the food someone else has prepared in pans that you don't have to scrub served on plates you don't have to wash and put away.But I recently heard a story about a dining out near-tragedy that...

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