Saying Goodbye To A Precious Pet

  I had to make a heart-wrenching decision today (Thursday). My vet and I agreed that the time had come to put down my sweet 15-year-old cat Peyton. But we are waiting till tomorrow (Friday). I wanted one final night with this precious, faithful companion. For those of you who have put pets down, you know the emotions overwhelming me as I write this. But I want to turn this into a positive in the midst

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Knowing God Through His Names

God has given me a passion for writing Bible studies. As the Women’s Ministry Director at First Evangelical Church in Memphis, I get to do that as part of my job. Last year I had the opportunity to write a study on the names of God for our Women’s Bible study. Yes, I know… there are  several studies already out on the names of God, but they weren’t the right fit for where I wanted

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If Only I Had . . .

(This is a repost from 2012. As I’ve been working on a lesson on the sovereignty of God today, I was reminded of this post from several years ago. Thought I’d share it with you again.) Have you ever had a “would’ve, could’ve, should’ve” day? This is a day in which you second guess yourself and the way you did things because the results were not what you had hoped for. If I would have

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When Mother’s Day Can Be Tough

When Mother's Day Can Be Tough

Sunday is Mother’s Day. I realize that Mother’s Day can be difficult for women for different reasons. Some long to be a mother but can’t have children. Some have estranged relationships with their moms or children. Some, like me, have recently said goodbye to their moms. God knows what is going on in each of our hearts, and He cares. This will be the first Mother’s Day without my mom on this earth. There’s a

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Impossible?

Impossible?

This morning I was reading Jeremiah’s prayer beginning in Jeremiah 32:17 – “Ah Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You.” That doesn’t mean God WILL do everything I want Him to, but He CAN do anything. I may look at a situation as impossible, but nothing is impossible for God. I was convicted this morning as

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Making a Difference

What do you think of when you hear the names Corrie Ten Boom, Hudson Taylor, Amy Carmichael, Jim and Elisabeth Elliott, or Billy Graham? What comes to my mind is that they each made a difference with their lives, a difference of eternal significance. Most of us, in all likelihood, will not be big names like that, but we can still make a difference with our lives. Nehemiah is a great example of someone who

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Can Women Speak in Church?

This past Monday night I spoke to a group of women on some of the difficult passages in the New Testament concerning women and the church. One of the issues that we addressed was the issue of women being told to keep silent in the church. Paul talked about this in 1 Corinthians 14:34-35: “Let the women keep silent in the churches; for they are not permitted to speak, but let them subject themselves, just

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Hope in the Midst of Darkness

As we approach Easter weekend, I wonder what the disciples must have felt on the day Jesus was crucified. I put myself in their places this morning, imagining the emotions and thoughts I would be experiencing had I been there when Jesus took His last breath on the cross. Would I have been overwhelmed with thanksgiving and hope in light of what His death would bring? Or would I have been feeling just the opposite? Disappointment

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What is IT?

A few years ago, I heard a young pastor by the name of Craig Groeschel speak on a topic he had just written a book on: It: How Churches and Leaders Can Get It and Keep It. His words challenged me: “Some ministries have it. Some don’t. Most churches want it. But few have it. When a church has it, everyone can tell. And when one doesn’t, everyone can tell. It is always unique. It

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Six Things to Never Say to a Single

As an older single who has never married, I have heard all kinds of advice from well-intentioned friends. Sometimes, their words make me laugh; other times, they hurt. So here are six things I would recommend to avoid saying to a single. 1. You must be too picky. I admit I do have high standards. But I’m not looking for perfection. I know there is no perfect person in the world, including myself. But, I

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