Valentine’s Day: Delightful or Discouraging?

We just celebrated Valentine’s Day this past Tuesday. Many look forward to this day each year. But for others, Valentine’s Day is a tough day. You may be single and feeling lonely, or you may be divorced or widowed and feeling the sting of being alone. Or you may be married, but feeling unloved in your marriage. As an older single, I have to admit that I don’t always look forward to Valentine’s Day, but my perspective makes a big difference. Instead of focusing on what I don’t have, I want to focus on what God has given me....

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A Week of Disappointment

This past week, I felt the sting of disappointment – not once, but twice. I was waiting to hear back from two different publishers who were considering several Bible studies I had written. I had been praying for God’s will in both of these situations, and a peace regardless of whether it would be a yes or a no. (My heart’s desire was for a yes.) I received two no’s three days apart. Ouch… Even though I had prayed for God’s will, there was still a moment of disappointment after reading the emails. I truly wanted God’s will, but...

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What Does Discipleship Look Like?

What do you think of when you hear the term discipleship? Do you think of going through a curriculum together, or do you just hang out and talk? I think both can be true. Some of the people I have discipled have asked me to specifically go through something structured with them. Others have just wanted to spend time with me and talk about things going on in their lives. Sometimes I do both with them, alternating between something structured and spending time just talking or doing something fun together. For new believers, it’s important to take them through...

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Prayer: Ritual or Relationship?

How would you describe your prayer life? Is prayer a special part of your day? Do you protect and cherish that time, or do you just go through the motions so you can check it off your to-do list? Is prayer an obligation or a necessity for you? Have you made it a ritual, or is it about the relationship? Martyn Lloyd-Jones wrote in his book, Studies in the Sermon on the Mount: “Prayer is beyond any question the highest activity of the human soul. Man is at his greatest and highest when upon his knees he comes face...

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Why Change is Good for Us

Change is hard. I admit I don’t always look forward to change because it’s more comfortable to stay with what I’m used to and what I know. After all, I’ve eaten Eggo waffles for breakfast almost every morning for 15+ years and I don’t want to change! But change is good for us. This week I had a friend redesign my website and make some much-needed changes. (Thank you, Susan Stilwell!) For those of you who get this post delivered to your email inbox, I invite you to take a look at the new website at We even...

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I’m Under Attack!

Recently, I’ve noticed an increase in attempted logins on my website from countries all over the world. My initial response is, “Why would anyone want to attack and get into MY website? I’m not a big corporation or banking enterprise. I don’t have people’s personal information and passwords, and I don’t have any national security secrets. Why me?” Thankfully, I have programs and plugins that monitor these attacks and block them. But, I’m continually looking for additional tools to help protect my website. I realize how important it is to be protected. This morning, as I looked at the...

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Five Questions to Ponder As We Begin a New Year

A new year! I always get excited about what a new year might hold. God knows what’s ahead for each of us this year, but He reveals it to us one step at a time. For some, there will be great joy and pleasant surprises, gifts from God. For others, there will be heartache and sadness, also gifts from God. How will we respond to what He has in store for us this year? I like to journal on New Year’s Eve concerning the present year – writing down thoughts from the year, the highs and lows, the changes,...

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Crickett Keeth

Crickett Keeth

I'm the Women’s Ministry director at First Evangelical Church in Memphis, TN – a Bible teacher, writer, disciple, discipler, and most of all, a child of God who desires to passionately pursue Jesus Christ.

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