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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Celebrating the Coming of the “Sonrise”

As Christmas is quickly approaching, let’s reflect on what Christmas is truly about. It’s not about the decorations, food, family gatherings, and Christmas music, although we enjoy those things at this time of year. But we wouldn’t even have Christmas if Jesus hadn’t come to this earth as a baby born in Bethlehem. Because He came, we have hope in this life and eternal life. A few months ago, I witnessed the sunrise over the Annapurna mountain range in the Himalayas in Nepal. As beautiful as that sunrise was, it pales in comparison to the Sunrise mentioned in Luke...

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Celebrating Christmas in the Midst of Grief

I have several friends who have lost loved ones over the past few months. With Christmas just a few days away, they’re wondering what this Christmas will be like without their loved one. I understand their feelings – my mom went home to be with the Lord on December 19 two years ago. My aunt (her sister) died a few hours later. We had two funerals a day apart just a few days before Christmas. Yes, it was a different kind of Christmas. We missed our loved ones greatly. But, that Christmas was special as we gathered together with...

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Playing the Comparison Game

I confess. I struggle with comparison. I wish I were as pretty as she is. I wish I was as funny as she is. I wish I could dress as cute as she does. I wish I had what she has. I wish I could sing like she does. I wish I lived in that house or that neighborhood. And on and on it goes. To be honest, I think most of us struggle with comparison. We look at others’ gifts, strengths, personalities, and life situations. Then we look at ourselves and feel inadequate or less than others. When...

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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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