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

The Measure of a Man

Tall, dark, and handsome. “Short, furry, and funny,” to quote Robin Williams. It’s easy to describe a man’s appearance in three words. But what about his heart? What three words would you use to describe a real man or a godly man? My writers group on Facebook answered like this:

Eyes on Jesus

Leads his family

Patient, kind, humble

Becoming like Christ

A godly man, Micah 6:8, The Measure of a Man, Rick Kauffman, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

A New Release: Breaking the Chains


I was chained. You wouldn’t have been able to hear clanging links as I walked by, or see the chain that was metaphorically wrapped around my heart and mind. But for years, I struggled with chains of my own making. When I realized that they were hindering my walk with God, I wanted to be free. I just wasn’t sure how to do it.

Have you been there? Even children of God battle bad habits or detrimental ways of thinking, feeling, and acting. Jesus died to set us free from sin’s power in our lives, but we can still walk hindered. We can let fear, anxiety, anger, loneliness, and so forth hinder what God wants to do in our lives and how we relate to Him and other people. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We can break free and stay free. The strategies to do it are in our new book.  

Breaking the Chains, spiritual bondage, spiritual warfare, spiritual battles, victory, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Our Risen King and the Reality He Has Won

The battlefield had long been determined. Since the demise of Lucifer and his followers, the forces of Satan had warred against the hosts of the LORD. Yet one particular battle had been foretold—the suffering of a Servant, the payment of all sin of all time, the redemption of mankind. This battlefield was the cross.

Although Scripture doesn’t reveal to us the spiritual warfare surrounding the cross, the Gospels help us to know the struggle and agony felt by those on the scene. If we stepped into the story that has been recorded for us, we would hear the jeers of the crowd, the hammering of nails, and the likely weeping of Jesus’ followers. We would see the anguish of John the disciple and others who watched their Master dying. We would see a centurion torn between doing his job and coming to the realization that this Man nailed to a cross was the Son of God.

Easter, Good Friday, Jesus, Our Risen King and the Reality He Has Won, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

God Is into the Details

Have you ever known that God would provide something for you, but you weren’t sure of the details? How would He do it? When? How much were you supposed to do to help things move along? Did He just want you to wait? Details, details.

After a walk through the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., I am even more convinced that God is into the details of our lives. I saw minerals that boasted an array of spectacular colors—rose pink, turquoise, deep royal blue, transparent yellow. I held curious butterflies and was mesmerized by their fragile, spotted wings. I walked through halls displaying skeletons of numerous animals, showing God’s handiwork in piecing together living beings, giving them flexibility where they needed it and rigidity as well.

Details. God loves details.

 

 

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Gaining and Sustaining Peace

How do you gain peace and sustain it? Maybe if I lived on the beach and every morning I could watch the sunrise glisten on the waters, I would have peace. Or perhaps if I had no struggles or temptations, my heart would abide in peace. But the battle between good versus evil rages on, and no life on earth is free from struggles and temptations. Even the beach has its storms and hurricanes. 

 

 

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The Joy of Humility

“Humility.” The word was seared on my brain.

Two weeks ago at the Florida Christian Writers Conference, the attendees were dazzled by beautiful Lake Yale. Every morning the lake greeted us with its serenity and offered the perfect retreat for writers. Anne of Green Gables would have called it “the lake of shining waters.”

The sun shining on the lake, however, was blinding. One morning I was hypnotized by the glistening ripples, and I studied them too long. The image of the sun on the water was seared across my vision, and I said a fervent prayer that I wouldn’t lose my sight. 

 

 

Humility, serving God, Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center, Florida Christian Writers Conference, The Joy of Humility, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

The Almighty: A Poem Based on Psalm 18

 

Why do I cower so much in the night

And depend on my failing wisdom and might?

My enemies may be too strong for me,

But my God is the powerful One, the Almighty.

 

I will cry out to Him when danger draws near.

I will call on His name when my heart beats in fear.

O God, rescue me from the onslaught of attacks.

Calm my heart and remind me of the facts—

 

 

Psalm 18, poetry, God’s rescuing power, The Almighty: A Poem Based on Psalm 18, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

20 Lessons Learned from Writers Conferences

At my first writers conference nine years ago, I was too shy. I was hesitant to make private appointments with faculty or venture away from my family to meet other writers. We only discovered the conference a week before it began, so I didn’t know what to expect. All that shyness and hesitancy disappeared the next year, and I talked to nearly every faculty member I could about a book idea I had. I discovered they were people too (of course), and their feedback was encouraging.

This week I embark on another adventure—the Florida Christian Writers Conference—and I have the privilege of attending as a faculty member. I can’t wait to meet more writers and hear why they started writing and what they are working on. I will take appointments to see who wants to write for Refresh and what their ideas are. I even get to teach about how to make Scripture come alive in books and articles, devotions and blog posts. A grand adventure indeed. 

 

 

writers conferences, publishing tips, building a platform, 20 Lessons Learned from Writers Conferences, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

In the Footprints of Love

Love walked this earth so long ago.

A compassionate heart, a healing touch, powerful words.

He saw the needy and didn’t turn them away.

He called the broken and weary to come to Him.

 

 

love, the love of God, Valentine’s Day, Jesus, the cross, following Jesus, In the Footprints of Love, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

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