Saying Goodbye to a Precious Mentor

Saying Goodbye to a Precious Mentor

This past Tuesday, heaven gained the soul of a precious saint. Vickie Kraft was one of my mentors when I lived in Dallas and an integral part of my coming to Memphis as the Women’s Ministry Director. I am saddened by our loss of Vickie but thrilled for her and what she is experiencing now face to face with our Savior. I am looking forward to joining with others this weekend in Dallas as we celebrate

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Getting to Know God

Getting to Know God

How would you describe your relationship with God? Are you satisfied with how well you know Him or do you desire to know Him more? Here are a few suggestions to help you in your pursuit of knowing God more intimately. Spend time in His Word consistently. His Word shows us His heart, His thoughts, His character, His actions with others that we can learn from. When my feelings cast doubt on God’s character, His

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A Heartfelt Prayer

A Heartfelt Prayer

Recently I’ve been using one of Paul’s prayers (Colossians 1:9-12) to guide me in praying for the women (and now, the men) in my church. Perhaps there’s someone you can pray these six things for. 1. Spiritual discernment (v. 9) “. . . that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.” I’m praying that we will know God’s will in our lives, that we would have

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Going Deeper

Going Deeper

This week I celebrate another birthday. Each year on this day, I like to reflect back over the past year. What was going on in my life this time last year? How has my relationship with God changed in the past year? Have I grown deeper in my walk with Him? Do I love Him more today than I did a year ago? I look back over the past year and I have to admit

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Dealing With Conflict

Dealing With Conflict

Years ago, I was in a church ripped apart by conflict. I remember sitting in several town hall meetings where friend turned against friend in highly emotional discussions. At each meeting that followed, I felt like I was sitting in an arena watching bulldozers going at each other and tearing down anything they could get to. People were deeply wounded, and the anger and bitterness split our church. It took years for it to recover. To

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Would You Disciple Me?

I recently read the book Organic Mentoring by Sue Edwards and Barbara Neumann. (I highly recommend this book.) The premise of Organic Mentoring is that previous methods of discipleship may not be as effective for the younger generations today. Randomly pairing up a disciple and discipler isn’t necessarily the best method, and the younger generations tend to prefer less structure and more of a natural and organic approach. As our women’s Bible study read and discussed this book

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House Remodeling and Spiritual Growth?

House Remodeling and Spiritual Growth?

  The past two weeks, my home has been undergoing some remodeling. Yes, I’m excited about the end product, but the journey to get there has not always been pleasant. As I walk through this process, God is showing me similarities between house remodeling and spiritual growth. Here are a few thoughts from these two weeks: 1. You may want to quit before you get to the finished product. There have been times during these past two weeks

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The Value of a Teachable Spirit

The Value of a Teachable Spirit

One of the things I look for in women I want to invest time in is a teachable spirit. I will give myself completely to someone who is teachable and sincerely wants to grow and develop in an area. But I’m spinning my wheels when someone thinks she has already “arrived” and isn’t open to suggestions or feedback. Dr. David Murray said, “No matter how much talent and gifting we have, if we are, or

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Deepening Your Prayer Life

Deepening Your Prayer Life

To be honest, most of us would probably admit that our prayer life isn’t what we’d like it to be. I look at Paul’s prayers in the New Testament and realize how shallow my prayers are in comparison. I’ve started praying through his prayers for others in my time alone with God, and it has helped me focus my prayers on things that are eternal, and not just temporal. Martyn Lloyd-Jones wrote in his book, Studies

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God, Please . . .

God, Please . . .

I have been praying for something this week that I REALLY, REALLY want God to say yes to. But . . . I realize that what I want may not be His best for me. And I have to accept that with joy. If God says no, then I know it’s because of one of three reasons: it’s not good for me, it’s not the right timing, or He has something better for me. I have

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