Acknowledgements

This site is dedicated to the memory of my parents, S. Millford and Martha Ozell Biddle, to whom I am indebted for teaching me how to face life with a strength that is not my own. 

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Mrs. Charles E. Cowman
E’n for the dead I will not bind my soul to grief. 
Death can hide but not divide. 
For is it not as though the rose that climbed my garden wall 
Has blossomed on the other side?” 
      …December 3

Sometime in the mid to late 70s Mother handed me a book and ask if I wanted it. Being a reader, I took it without giving it much more than a casual glance. It turned out to be the devotional, Streams In The Desert – Volume 1 authored by Mrs. Cowman and is the first devotional book I ever owned or read. And while it has not been the last one, it is by far my favorite.  Though written more than a hundred years ago, the writings remain relevant.  One caveat – I do not recommend the edited version of this timeless treasure for who can say it better than the author. 

Elisabeth Elliot
“The secret is Christ in me, not me in a different set of circumstances.”
      …Keep A Quiet Heart

I was first introduced to Elisabeth Elliott through her radio broadcast, Gateway to Joy. Because the radio was always on in our home, sometimes it was just background noise; at other times, it had my undivided attention.  So it was when Gateway to Joy aired every evening while I was in the kitchen preparing dinner.  Her wisdom and matter-of-fact presentation challenged me.  Soon I was buying her books and went to hear her speak on several occasions.  I have fond memories of the short chats we had while she signed her books for me.  Though now in the presence of Jesus, her ministry continues through the written page.

Oswald Chambers
You have to go out of convictions, out of creeds, out of experiences, until so far as your faith is concerned, there is nothing between yourself and God. 
      My utmost for His Highest – January 2
 
Discipleship is based on devotion to Christ, not on adherence to creed. 
      My utmost for His Highest – January 19

Really? Abandon convictions, creeds, and experiences? I was barely two days into this devotional in 1992 when I was introduced to language akin to that of today’s recovering fundamentalists. Be forewarned, the writings of Chambers are not for the faint of heart as he emphasizes the relationship between unyielding obedience to Jesus, and complete freedom from the tyranny of sin and self. Chambers died suddenly at the age of 43 and we are told “a simple stone marks his grave in Egypt. We might expect him to have been forgotten…instead, just the opposite has happened.” It has been said that because his wife, Biddy has given his words to the world, Oswald Chambers is far from gone.