Conquering the Uphill Battles


by Dorcas Asercion Zuniga


The walk down to the dining hall from our motel that first evening of our church retreat in the mountains of Lynchburg, Virginia was pleasant and filled with the anticipation of a wonderful meal. The only problem was we had to walk back to the motel—uphill.


For our return trip, my husband Zee and I chose the route with the stairs. Not so pleasant. The steps were so steep, and it didn’t help that my tummy was full. We decided after the next meal to take the road back up.


The paved path back to the motel was a more scenic route. But it was still a climb. During those postprandial journeys, my legs threatened to give out midway through our trek. The muscles in my lower back cramped up mercilessly. For the most part, I was able to push through the pain and reach our destination. But many times I needed to stop and wait for my weak, aching muscles to regain their strength.


During several of those uphill battles (for me anyway), Zee wanted to stop to take pictures. Those little rest periods revived my fatigued muscles enough to make the rest of the ascent more tolerable.


When I experience physical fatigue, the remedy is rest. What about mental fatigue?

spiritual battles, victory, waiting on God, hope, Isaiah 40:31, Dorcas Asercion Zuniga, Conquering the Uphill Battles, Sustaining Life’s Victories, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Peace in My Father’s Hands

by Dorcas Asercion Zuniga


We left the store just in time. The once blue sky was overtaken by gray clouds. I climbed into the front passenger seat and buckled my safety belt, while my husband, Zee, secured our son in the back. The first drops of rain hit the windshield right when Zee got into the driver’s seat.


As we pulled out of the parking lot, the rainfall quickened. By the time we hit the main road, the clouds opened their floodgates. Even at the highest speed, the windshield wipers barely put a dent in the watery curtain that blocked our visibility.


The pressure building up inside my chest was stifling.

adversity, storms, peace, trials, Peace in My Father’s Hands, Dorcas Asercion Zuniga, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

A Touch of Honey – A Guest Post by Dorcas Asercion Zuniga

Katy here. I am pleased to introduce Dorcas Asercion Zuniga to you. She is a dear writing friend who has a knack for illustrating the Christian life with word pictures. She is also one of the columnists for Broken but Priceless: The Magazine, and contributes regularly to Refresh. May your heart be blessed by her post this week. 

In the Disney movie classic “Mary Poppins,” Mary Poppins gets the children to take their medicine with “a spoonful of sugar.”

Sugar might help “the medicine go down,” but it doesn’t have any true health benefits. There is, however, another sweetener that has been shown to actually be good for you—honey.

Studies show that honey has medicinal benefits. The World Health Organization and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend honey as a natural cough suppressant. Honey also has the potential to fight bacteria and decrease the effects of seasonal allergies.1 This is a “medicine” that shouldn’t be too hard to get a child, or an adult for that matter, to swallow.

King Solomon was well aware of the healing effects of honey. He wrote in Proverbs 16:24 (NIV), “Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”

Our words, wisdom, Proverbs, A Touch of Honey, Dorcas Asercion Zuniga, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies