Words of Encouragement

Words of Encouragement

Lately, life seems out of control! B-U-S-Y. And as I talk with others, they’re feeling the same way. You may be feeling stressed today – a health issue, finances, a difficult relationship, job, responsibilities, family, a loss, or just being pulled in multiple directions. When I feel this way, the best thing I can do is sit down and meditate on God’s Word. His words calm and soothe in every situation in life. So, today,

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Mother’s Day: Joyful or Difficult?

Mother's Day: Joyful or Difficult?

This weekend we honor our mothers on Mother’s Day. (We should be honoring them every day of the year, but this is the day set aside on the calendar to honor them.) My mom is no longer on this earth, but I can still honor her by giving thanks to God for her. I will always be grateful for my mom. I remember several times as a child when I wanted to trade her in

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Don’t Leave for the Beach Without This

Don't Leave for the Beach Without This

  Are you planning a trip to the beach this year? Would you like to head home from your beach vacation with more than sandy particles in your sandals? Do you long to engage the presence of God in fresh, creative ways even while basking in the sun? If so, I want to let you know about a book you don’t want to leave home without — Pauses for the Vacationing Soul  written by my

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Doing vs Being

Doing vs Being

Last summer I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Judy Dunagan, a previous Women’s Ministry director. She had served in that role for many years, keeping busy teaching women’s Bible studies, planning conferences, and encouraging other women to put their hope in Jesus. She shares on her website, “But in the midst of all that out-of-breath-serving-Him-busyness­, I realized that I missed Him.” She prayed to the Lord, “I’m so busy serving You,

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Why the Resurrection Matters

Why the Resurrection Matters

I remember very vividly the moment my mom took her last breath on this earth. I was overwhelmed by mixed emotions – joy that she was finally free from this earthly body and seeing her beloved Savior face to face, but sad that she would no longer physically be with us. At that moment, in the midst of grief, I was comforted by the reality of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and how that impacts

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A Major Meltdown

A Major Meltdown

I had a complete meltdown Tuesday night. Ouch! I cried out in excruciating pain and began to yell at the one who inflicted this pain on me, telling him to get out of the room. I was angry as I blotted the blood running out of two deep wounds on my foot. Hobson was in trouble. For those of you who don’t know, Hobson is my lovable, but challenging, two-year-old cat. He didn’t mean to

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Listening to God

Listening to God

  Recently a friend asked me how she could pray for me. My response was, “Pray that I will stay attentive to the Lord. Pray that I would listen to Him, not the world around me.” The world tells me success is found in making money and achieving status in the eyes of others. God tells me success is obeying Him and living to please an audience of One. The world tells me it’s all

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Don’t Lose Heart

Don't Lose Heart

  I’ve heard it said that the ABC’s of spiritual growth are Adversity Builds Character. And I’ll be the first to admit, I don’t like adversity. But if we’re going to grow spiritually, adversity is part of the growth process. When I’ve found myself in the midst of adversity, I don’t enjoy it. But when I’m on the other side and look back over that season, I can see how God has used that time

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An Unexpected Surprise

An Unexpected Surprise

I came home today to something totally unexpected. As usual, I stopped by the mailbox as I pulled into my driveway. There was a letter in the mailbox that puzzled me. It was hand-addressed to Janene Keeth, and I thought, well, it’s not from anyone in my church because they all call me Crickett. There was no return address on the envelope – only a Memphis postmark. My address was printed in all caps, and

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Understanding Forgiveness

Understanding Forgiveness

  Is there a past sin in your life that haunts you – something you hope no one will ever find out about, something you regret deeply? Perhaps, you sometimes question if God could really forgive you for that sin. Or you feel you need to punish yourself or serve Him even harder to ensure that you’re forgiven. You may even be wondering if perhaps you have disqualified yourself from being used by God because

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