Word of the year 2023



Ephesians 3:17

Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.


Last month I took a quiz to discover my word for the year of 2023, I have done this for the last three years and this year my word is ROOTED and I thought this would be a good month to talk about what it means to be rooted in love and in Christ word. In Ephesians 3:17-19 it says; 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through your faith. And may you, having been [deeply] rooted and [securely] grounded in love, 18 be fully capable of comprehending with all the saints (God’s people) the width and length and height and depth of His love [fully experiencing that amazing, endless love]; 19 and [that you may come] to know [practically, through personal experience] the love of Christ which far surpasses [mere] knowledge [without experience], that you may be filled up [throughout your being] to all the fullness of God [so that you may have the richest experience of God’s presence in your lives, completely filled and flooded with God Himself].The definition of rooted we are going to use is “deeply felt”, God desires our love for Him to be deeply rooted in faith and in word,

I am using the Amplified Bible for these verses. In this book Paul was conveying encouragement to the leaders and church of Ephesus while in jail in Rome, Paul had three fruitfull years of ministry, speaking bodly and doing miracles through the strength of God and had come to care deeply for the leaders and people there. Paul shared the deep love of God that he has for us all. These verse feel like a love letter to us, a very beautiful letter.  I can’t help but feel a deeply rooted joy and love for God when reading these verses, Agape” is one of several Greek words for love. When the word “agape” is used in the Bible, it refers to a pure, willful, sacrificial love that intentionally desires another’s highest good. This is just one kind of love God the he desires for all of us.

Our love for God and His word should be deeply rooted in our minds,hearts and souls, may we show that love to others through words , thoughts and actions. may you be filled up [throughout your being] to all the fullness of God [so that you may have the richest experience of God’s presence in your lives, completely filled and flooded with God Himself].

Dear Lord, May we keep your word and love deeply rooted in our heats, my we experience the hights and depths of your love. As we trust you Lord to make a home in our heart, to grow deep down into your love and keep us strong.

Saved To Live A God Styled Life,

Maggie P



Lamentations 3:24

What does portion mean? a part of a whole; an amount, section, or piece of something. To divide (something) into shares to be distributed among two or more people.When I think of this word I think of the weight loss journey I am on and think in terms of food portions or the term portion control.

In college and probably before then I let portion control go out the window, I used food as a soother for all the horrible emotions I experienced, in the 80’s that seems to also be when fastfood and restaurants decided to supersize their portions, so now you could upgrade your portion to supersize, I don’t know about you but McDonalds french fries back then were my passion, oh my who knew that they could taste so good and be supersized, that was the beginning of the end for me, samwiches also became supersizeable, in 1986 I was pregnant with our daughter and mid-way through my pregnancy I craved Stombolies, these samwhiches were served on a basic small loaf of italian bread, a carb lovers dream! While carrying our daughter I believe she enjoyed them as well and I contribute that to her coming into this world with a head full of hair and of course the heartburn that would follow eating a stromboli.

So what does this have to do with God being our “portion” it is simple when we allow God to be our portion and our control(guide) our lives are not perfect but we experience a life centered and balanced, just like when we use portion control in our eating habits, our bodies get the right nutrients and we are healthier for it. When we live our lives with God as our portion, we allow Him to work through us and He guides our paths, forever and always my portion you,God alone will be.

Lord, Great is your faithfullness, your mercies are fresh every morning, you are my portion, my hope is always in you! In your name I pray this. Amen.

Nested Refuge

Photo Credit: Marcy Bennett

He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings, you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.  Psalm 91:4

The photo above was taken by a dear friend of mine and it reminded me of the scripture above, it’s a beautiful picture of how God takes care of us and protects us. I find comfort in the Psalm’s, David while chosen by God still struggled to live the God-filled life he was called to, what promise there is in the verses surrounding this one and the ones that come after it.

We are all humans and have to die daily to our sins, one no greater than the other, while we are still growing daily in our walks with God , he protects us and covers us, life isn’t always an easy walk, probably never an easy walk, but with Gods mercy and grace we like these babay birds have the guidence and safety of our heavenly Father. Like David , even in his wrongs God saw potentional in this future King, David was chosen to be King at a tender age and God saw him through his young years  until he was ready to step into that role.

2)God is always faithful and His protection of us never fails like the eggs , future birds in this nest above God will also cover us and protect us we just need listen to His voice and trust that protection. in verse two it reads ” This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.  3) For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease.

Praise God, he loves me and want to protect me, he will also do that for you , first you must invite Him in, accept Him, Believe He is who he says he is and then confess to Him your sins and you will be forgiven. The ABC’s of God. He is already protecting you and is waiting for you to come to Him. I know there were many times before I had a personal relationship with God that he was walking with me, praise God He didn’t give up on me, I too am a lot like David but even in the mist of sin God can take that and use it for His glory, that too is part of His protection, a testament to his grace and loving care of His character.

Gods protection is offered to all of us, have you seen His hand in your life? Have you accepted His protection over your life? Do you walk in a personal relationship with God? Don’t answer these questions on here just ask yourself and then think about your answers.

Saved To Serve A God Styled Life,

Maggie P

Quiet Time

Photo Credit: Maggie P Photography



I want to show you a way to make a portable quiet time basket, the basket pictured here is mine, in it, I have all the devotions I use on a daily basis whether it is for my morning or evening quiet time, journal book, notebook, books I am currently reading by Christian authors, ink pens, highlighter, yes I am one of those kinds of readers and most importantly a bible!

What I personally like about having a basket like this is that it can go with me wherever I go, I put it in my car and can make any place I go my quiet time space, but at home, it sits next to the chair it is pictured in. One of my favorite quiet time devotions to read is a book by Lysa Terkuerst called Embraced, it is 100 devotions to know God is holding you close. I don’t read them in order, I jump around a lot and sometimes I re-read the same devotion always getting something different from it. 

The next devotion I use in my morning and evening quiet times, I reflect on it in the morning then respond to it before bed, applying it to my day has really helped, it is called 100 Days of Bible Promises by Shanna Noel, several women at my home church are doing this study and have an online  private FB group where we share our thoughts and then every so often during these 100 days we get together in person and share how God is speaking to us through this book.

Finally, the book I am reading currently is called Anxious For Nothing by Max Lucado, he is by far one of my favorite Christian authors, I love that most of his books have a built-in study guide in the back of them. He writes in such a way that you just get it. So there you have it, you can use any type of box or basket and build your own portable Quiet Time necessities, just remember that the focus is on time alone with God and He doesn’t care what that looks like just as long as you are sitting at His feet and talking to Him daily.

Saved To Serve A God Styled Life,

Maggie P

Happy Birthday God Styled Life Magazine Styled Blog!!

Happy 2nd Birthday to God Styled Life Magazine  on February 28th! Sorry I was a little late but we can’t let this just go by without a happy birthday to us. We are so excited to be blessed to do what we do, sharing the word of God in every facet of our lives. God has great things in store to grow our magazine styled blog and we can’t wait to bring new segments to you. We would like to feature other bloggers on this platform so if you or anyone else you know who is a Christ follower with their own blog , please email us to let us know. 

As of this writing we are in the mist of the season of Lent, let us be mindful of all that God has done, the sacrifice of His one and only Son for us and even if we were the only ones on earth , he still would have done so. While the death on the cross was a sad day , 3 days later He arose from the dead, Praise God there is so much hope in that!! Let us not lose sight of the real meaning of Easter, I think this sweet little preschool poem sums it up best, ” Easter is more than bunnies that leave eggs and hop away, the true meaning of Easter is Jesus, He is alive today!”

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Photo Credit Maggie P Photography – Glass sculpture at the Dale Chihuly permanent exhibition in Downtown St. Petersburg, FL 



In 2021 my word and intention are to connect, connect with God, family and friends. Last year brought a lot of disconnects into our daily lives, life as we knew it was one major disconnect and remained that way for several months and as of this writing a lot of those are still going on, however one thing happened along the way families were forced to slow down their lives and re-connect with one another, slowly over time we adjusted to a new normal, but the connections made with families has remained.

We are all now virtual in are meeting face to face through a screen of course, but we have managed to find new ways to connect and as time has gone on, we once again started getting out, with some healthy guidelines of course. Mask have become part of our wardrobes, hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes have become our cleaning tools, washing our hands several times a day, these are just a few things in our new normal.

For me zoom meetings and face time are my means of being face to face, connecting virtually has become a norm for most people and I am no exception. Praise God, He gave someone the knowledge in this time and place to create a way to communicate when we cannot be in one another’s company.

Speaking of God how has your connection to Him these days, I find myself talking to him on other people’s behalf, weather it is for a family’s grief over the loss of a loved one or loved ones, for healing of those who have been affected by Covid-19 and just guidance for what to do next. My husband lost his job that paid our bills and had insurance, God has seen us through so far and continues to provide, I know we are not all in the same boat, but we are in the same ocean.

What I do know is that now it is even more important to make connections with God, He is the only thing that will get us through this time, connect to his word, connect in prayer and connect with one another by phone, zoom call, face time or text. Let your family and friends know you are still here for them. And let God know you are still here for Him too, dive deeper into the word and pray without ceasing. Matthew 11:29 “Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” In these uncertain times that is what we need , rest for our soul.

Here Comes The Bride


Photo Credit belongs to Leslie Stillions Photography

This picture is a reminder of my wedding day, you see the mother of this bride is one of my dearest and closest friends, we have been through so much together and on my wedding day she stood beside me as my husband and I became one.  We have been friends through many health scares, hard times, good times, birth of our children, various moves, I love doing life with this gal and her sweet , beautiful daughter, like mother ,like daughter.

The above picture is taken on my friends,daughters big day last October, there was nothing that was going to keep me from attending her special day, she would ask often to make sure we(my husband & I) were going to be there. It was a beautiful day and the weather cooperated. One of the things that really stood out to me was the tying of the three strands, this is taken from Ecclesiastes 4:12 “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”NIV together as the pastor read to the couple the scriptures about this and from First Corinthians 13, it was a reminder of the brides Mom reading those very same words during our wedding renewal. With God in the center of our marriage we can and will overcome any obstetrical that come our way, there is nothing we can’t face together.

The above picture is also a reminder of what it says in Isaiah 62:5 ” As a young man marries a young woman, so will your Builder marry you; as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.” NIV There is an even bigger meaning in  Revelations 21:2″I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.” This is a beautiful picture of what has yet to come we all as believers (the bride-church) will be waiting for Gods return. prepared as a wedding day! Oh what a day that will be! Read all of Revelations 21 verses 1 through 8.

As honorary Aunt to this beautiful bride above, my prayers continue to be with them and their lives together as man and wife, it was a beautiful celebration, may we all prepare for our biggest wedding celebration yet the coming of God to take us home!!

Saved To Serve A God Styled Life,

Maggie P


It is funny to me how we view life so differently in different stages of said life, in the top left picture is my Mom and I , our first picture together, I am sure at that point I was just trying to figure out the world outside of her womb. As I grew my life perspective grew too, until one day I reached the pinnacle of adulthood, the time in life where I thought I knew it all and better than my parents, especially my Mom who raised us most of my younger years as my Dad was full time Army and lived away from us most of his 24 years. Dad retired but worked as a nurse in the ER at our local hospital when he first retired, left nursing and went to be a lead maintenance man at out local hotel from there to college and then graduated in his forties with a bachelor degree in Computer programming by this point I had graduated high school and was preparing to go to college myself. I say all this about Dad to understand that my Mom basically raised my sister and I, even after Dad retired and moved back to live with his family, I would still refer to Mom on our do’s and don’ts.

It took me becoming a Mom myself to truly understand the sacrifice my Mom made for us and for being a Army wife, it meant a lot of time living apart and playing the role of Mom and Dad, I didn’t appreciate her sacrifice or what she gave up, at least not until her death.  You see my Mom took on being a Army wife with a husband who served most of his time living away from his family, a special needs child(my sister) that required so much of her and her aging mother all under the same roof.

I graduated in 1984 and in 1986 I became a mother myself to a beautiful baby girl, she was born with health issues and went from the hospital she was born in to the children’s hospital, in and out of said hospital for many years of operations to repair her cleft palette and hair lip, she learned to walk and turned 1 years old in the children’s hospital when she was 3 years old Sarah contacted spinal meningitis and we lived there for almost 2 months, this is where she gained the nickname of “Wild Child” , when she was finally recovering she would run the full extent of her IV causing me to run behind her to catch up so as not to pull her IV out, this was a sure sign she was feeling much better.

Sarah’s last surgery was her senior year in high school, she had the very same nurse that she had when she was on the toddler unit, Nurse Kathy and Sarah had come full circle and little did we know that she would later work for said children’s hospital. Truth is Sarah and I both grew up together me as a young Mom and her as a child, we both experienced highs and lows , good stuff and the bad together. I raised her myself until her dad and I married in 1991 a few more years went by , she headed off to college where she learned about a group called Dance Marathon that raised money for the local children’s hospital, the very same one she was in and out of, learned to walk and talk in, she had found her passion!

Sarah now works as a paid employee doing what see loves and over sees the teams who over see the dance marathon’s for colleges and high schools in Indiana, she lives and works her passion every single day. To say her dad and I are proud of her is an understatement, she is an incredible woman and this stage in life I also call her friend!  now days motherhood consist of my friendship with our daughter and I am now Mamma to the sweet fur baby in the picture who is 8 months old at the time of the picture above and this post. I am realizing just how much fur babies are like toddlers and I am loving every minute of it, we also have a wonderful 5 year old grand dog named Whatley, our first fur baby we fell in love with!

So you see motherhood has it’s many ups and downs, stages of change but I wouldn’t trade a single moment except to say I would turn back the clock to have more time with my own mom to resolve our differences and let her know how much I really appreciate her sacrifices she made for us. Happy heavenly Mother’s Day Mom you are loved and missed every single day.

Saved To Serve A God Styled Life,

Maggie P

Bloom Where You Are Planted

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John 15:1-5

As I sit here writing this I am so ready for warmer months ahead, longer days watching the sun rise and set from my front porch and back yard. There is a long list of things to do both inside and outside the house, one of those things is painting the outside of our home, taking care to choose the right colors and finding the right person to do the job in order for it to look nice.

One of our other project is cleaning up and replanting our flower beds, we have two memorial gardens one at the side of our house in memory of Poppy, my husbands father, the other is in front of our back shed in the backyard and it was created for my Mom, she passed 6 years ago and Poppy has been seven or eight years ago , I know that is bad that we are not sure but I promise you we don’t miss him any less, Poppy had such a sweet and giving spirit, he is missed greatly as is my Mom, she gave of herself to help other most all of her life on top of the care of her Mother and a mentally challenged daughter(my sister).

Why do I bring all this up?  because those two gardens have been neglected for a bit, that is why they are on our clean up/replant list. Much like in our scripture it talks about how God is the true gardener, he cuts off the dead branches and prunes the healthy one to keep them growing strong. Just like when we neglect our gardens things die, when we neglect being in the word of God and cultivating our spirituality we become dead inside and the only way to revive is to grow in Gods word. 

Have you had a dead season in you life? have you ever felt like you can’t hear God? Take time to cut of the dead branches in your life and prune the live ones , dig deep into Gods word and grow in your faith!

Saved To Serve A God Styled Life,

Maggie P