Hello, My Name is Phillip: Chapter Nineteen

(This is the serial release of my book Hello, My Name is Phillip. You are welcome to share these posts with friends, and welcome also to buy the book here. The story picks up as Phillip eavesdrops on an important conversation.) It is Mr. Clay, from the church. He stands there, smiling that wide grin…

Surprising Gifts

Gift Number One: Walking! I can walk without pain! Two weeks ago, Friday, I got that puncture wound (see the Gift of Pain) and by this past Friday I could walk without pain! I have immense empathy for those with pains which haven’t healed as quickly as this one. To walk is such a gift!…

Hello, My Name is Phillip: Chapter Seventeen

(This is the serial release of the book Hello, My Name is Phillip. The previous chapter told of what happened the Christmas Eve when Phillip was 5 years old. This chapter begins July 27th, on Phillip’s sixth birthday. Order the book here. Visit my website at http://www.brianshimer.com for more information.) So, that was last Christmas….

Speak the Truth

I’m working to set up a website, and keep hitting walls. Ever hit walls with technology? You know the feeling, you want to throw the computer across the room, even while knowing, it will not solve anything to do so. It is the height of frustration. Today, I remembered to lament, instead of tossing the…

The Gift of Pain

I was on a zoom call with my good brother David in England when the dog I was caring for at my friend’s house, Tundra, needed to head outside. I stepped out into the snow, barefoot. The cold felt great. I hooked Tundra onto his lead and let him go out into the backyard behind…

Becoming Human

For a book I am writing about my own life, I have been reading my own journals. What a mine of evidence there is in those that I have taken steps forward! That is good news for some days it can feel as if I am traversing the same lessons again and again. Can you…

Hello, My Name is Phillip: Chapter 14

(This is the serial telling of the novel Hello, My Name is Phillip, published January 2021. Available here. You are invited to share these chapters with as many as you can. The word needs your help getting out there, because, “every kid deserves safe adults”.) I buried my head into Grandma Faith’s lap and sobbed….

A Hope Reborn…

When I chose to step away from my 33 years of work as a local pastor to enter mediation, it was in obedience to a clear direction from Jesus. In March 2018 God had said “You have two more years at Westside.” Then, the door opened to train in mediation, and I stepped away. Over…

Hello, My Name is Phillip: Chapter Ten

“Thank you for being my little salesman today, Philip. You did a great job.” The words surprised Phillip who was not used to compliments. Today’s story of his trip to the paint store brought a shift to his experience of life. Have small things caused your life to change? Join Phillip as he makes life discoveries through the safe relationships in his life.

#nashvillebombing

Ever been in a hard situation and wonder if God cared at all? Ever wonder where is God? People– we hit such times. Yet, in the middle of the worst, the most dire, God never leaves us or abandons us. God IS there. This basic affirmation is good to recall and we can see in a recent tragedy, through testimony and witnesses. Recall it when in your worst moments: This too, God sees, God cares and is with me.