Fear: Friend or Foe?

What fears are you facing today? Fear of the unknown? Fear of failure? Fear of change? Fear of rejection? Fear of being alone? We all have fears of some kind in our lives. I admit I do. The command “fear not” is mentioned 365 times in Scripture. Obviously, we deal with fear daily. Fear can be our greatest enemy or our greatest friend. Fear can be our greatest enemy in that it can paralyze us, keeping

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A Tribute to Mom

As Mother’s Day is just around the corner, I want to dedicate this post to my 97-year-old mom. Being a mother is not easy. There are times when moms have to do difficult things for the good of their children, just like God does with us.   When I was a young girl, one day I went to the variety store in my home town (population 1000). As I walked through the store, I saw

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10 Books That Made a Lasting Impact On My Life

I love to read, and I wish I had time to read more. I’m always curious about what others are reading and why. Some books are entertaining. Some, I quickly forget or don’t finish reading at all. Other books make a lasting impact on my life. I find myself going back to these books over and over again. So, here is my list of ten books that have greatly impacted my life and why.    1. It:

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I Can Do It All

 Guest Post by Edie Melson: I met Edie at the Blue Ridge Christian Writer’s Conference last year, and she made a huge impact in my life. She loves the Lord, has a heart for people, and knows how to encourage others. When I asked her to be a guest blogger, she graciously said yes, and I’m thrilled to be able to share her words of wisdom with you. I can do all things through Christ who

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A Biblical Example of Discipleship

Are you considering discipling someone but not sure what that looks like? In 1 Thessalonians 2:7-12, Paul demonstrated through his relationship with the Thessalonians what a discipleship relationship should look like. He related to the Thessalonians in four ways: (1) He related to them as a mother in 2:7. “But we proved to be gentle among you, as a nursing mother tenderly cares for her own children.” The characteristics of a mother-child relationship are gentleness, tenderness,

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The Names of God

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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Cat and Dog Theology

              Have you heard the phrase “cat and dog theology”? There is actually a book by that title written by Bob Sjogren and Gerald Robison. Most of us have probably owned a cat or dog or been around one at some point in our lives. It is obvious there is a big difference between the way dogs and cats view life and relationships. It has been said that dogs

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God, Don’t You Remember?

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by guilt over past sin(s)? You know Jesus died for your sins, but perhaps you still have trouble grasping that you are truly forgiven. Years ago I heard the story of a “conversation” between God and “Sally.” It made such an impact on me that I still remember it vividly to this day.  It went something like this: Sally: God, I feel so bad about what happened a few years ago. I

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Are Trials Really Worth It?

Are you in the middle of a trial and desperately want out? James 1:2-4 – “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” If you understand the purpose of trials, then you will be able to count it all joy because you know what God

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Press On to Spiritual Maturity

Some of you may be floundering in your faith today or struggling with pressing on in a specific season of life. You may be a young mom who is exhausted, a caregiver who is worn out, a wife in a difficult marriage. Perhaps you are in a job that is requiring more from you than you can handle, or you are fighting a sickness or disease. These challenges can hinder you from pressing on to

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