The Gate

(Continued from last week’s post titled “Walk by Faith.” This is from the opening chapter of my memoirs. I’m 19-years-old, selling books door-to-door.) Door-to-door, I walked on that summer of 1978 in Newton, IA. In my flip-top steno pad I tracked every house on every street with a box and house number. I tracked who…

Brokenness Isn’t An Ending

Everyone asks when they hear about the injury, “How did you do that?” I have a torn rotator cuff — the supraspinatus tendon and a labral tear. I’ve learned more about shoulder anatomy as a result. But I don’t have a single answer to the question. Several falls, the most recent in November while cross-country…

Walk by Faith

(This is the start to a book I am writing about my life. Hope you enjoy this dip into the past.) “I want you to leave early, on August 20th.”   At 19, I had heard the voice of Jesus since May 23rd the Summer of 1978. So, this time I had no doubt it was Jesus….

What If…

After graduation from seminary, the movers arrived taking all of our belongings and we packed what was remaining into our mustard-colored Dodge Colt wagon. Anna, just over 3, and Grace, 11 months, sat in their carseats in the back, Karen navigated and I drove. We traveled from Kentucky to San Jacinto, California that week in…

Hello, My Name is Phillip: Chapter Thirty

(Welcome to the final chapter of this serial release of my book Hello, My Name is Phillip, copyright Brian Shimer 2021, All Rights Reserved do not copy or print. Click here to order your own copy. I hope you have enjoyed this story. Do share it with others.) I lean into dad as he reads. I…

Just a Piece At a Time

My neighbor told me he’d rather watch paint dry than to do a jigsaw puzzle. But, I actually like them. I’m not fast at them, like our youngest daughter. Watching her do a puzzle is like watching a tennis match. She’s like watching a tennis match. She’s been known to complete a 1500-piece puzzle in…

Exhale Fear, Inhale Faith

The mask I often wear says these words: Exhale fear, Inhale faith. When I found it, I bought it. I felt it was important for me to wear. Since, I needed the reminder. I want to dwell in faith, but battle fear time and again. So, exhale fear. Let it go. Inhale faith, take it…

Look Beyond Yourself…

My heart so grieved this week. I read many reports and watched a chilling video. And I understood another level of the great deception we are under. My heart grieved. Although, I sought to write what I saw and knew, I could not put it all to words. It didn’t help that this week the…

Hello, My Name is Phillip: Chapter Twenty-Eight

(For you who are walking with Phillip, there are three chapters to go. This begins after the concert he played at church. That chapter ended with his observation he would never see his best friend, Kevin, again. I encourage you to get a copy of the book here and share it with friends. Thank you…