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Staying Strong in the Midst of Uncertain Times

Staying Strong in the Midst of Uncertain Times

Our lives have changed drastically in the past few weeks as we’ve been dealing with the coronavirus. Things change daily, and we aren’t sure what will happen next. It may seem that our world is out of control, but God is still in control. Our city of Memphis just went under the new order of “Safer at Home,” meaning we should stay home unless we have an essential job. Most of us have stocked up

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Resting in the Sovereignty of God

Resting in the Sovereignty of God

Does your life seem out of control and you’re wondering why circumstances are what they are? We’re probably all feeling that life is out of control in the midst of the ongoing coronavirus. We’re dealing with school closings, churches going online for services, events cancelled, and no toilet paper in stores (as well as canned goods and meats and pasta). The attribute of God that most comforts me during this time of uncertainty is His

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The Challenge of Leading a Women’s Ministry

The Challenge of Leading a Women's Ministry

I was recently asked, “What is the hardest part of leading a Women’s Ministry?” It didn’t take me long to answer: “Finding a common ground that women from all ages and stages of life would want to be part of.” My church is a multi-generational church, which is a strength. We have as many as five generations in our church. But trying to please every generation is challenging at times. Each segment has different views

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An Eternal or Earthly Perspective?

An Eternal or Earthly Perspective?

One of my favorite old movies is Pollyanna. Pollyanna had a positive perspective of life that eventually rubbed off on an entire town. I’ll never forget her “glad game.” She could always find something positive about a situation, no matter how bad it might have looked. For instance, she had asked for a doll for Christmas, but instead, got a set of crutches. When asked what was good about that, she replied, “I didn’t need

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Pondering a New Year

Pondering a New Year

How are you looking at this upcoming year? With excitement about what God might do? With some apprehension about the unknown? With confusion as to the “next step” in your life? All of the above? One of the things I like to do at the end of the year and on New Year’s Day is to read back through my journals for the previous year and see all that God did. It reminds me of

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Giving Thanks Even When It’s Not Easy

Giving Thanks Even When It's Not Easy

This week we celebrate Thanksgiving Day, a day we set aside to give thanks. Yet, I was reminded this morning that I should be giving thanks every day of the year, not just on Thanksgiving. And I try to. I have a Thank You journal by my chair to write down what I’m thankful for each morning. And when I crawl in bed at night, I thank God for at least one thing that day.

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How To Pray by Listening

How To Pray by Listening

How would you describe your time in prayer? Do you do most of the talking, or is there a balance with listening? When we hear the words pray or prayer, we tend to think of speaking, not listening. When we pray, we talk to God, ask for things on our hearts, and express our feelings about what’s going on in life. But prayer isn’t to be one-sided. Yes, we talk to God and make our

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Drawing Near to God

Drawing Near to God

Are you feeling worn out and in need of some extended time alone with God to be refreshed? Are you having trouble finding time to do that? I understand. We live in a hectic, busy world, and each day seems to just get busier. How do we draw near to God when there’s so little free time? It’s easy to push aside our time with God, but that’s the very thing we need to keep

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The Impact of Fear

The Impact of Fear

Last night my cat Hannah got herself into a challenging predicament and panicked. She jumped on the top of the TV armoire in my den, which almost reaches the ceiling. She had watched Hobson (my other cat) jump up there many times, and I’m sure she thought it would be fun. So, she got into position and gave it all she had to launch herself off the arm of the sofa and land safely on

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How to Say No to Worry

How to Say No to Worry

Have you been worried about anything lately? I have. We all struggle with worry and anxiety from time to time. The causes of worry vary—illness, financial struggles, relationship issues, decisions about the future, children/parents. The list goes on. So how are we to handle those times we are prone to worry? Paul gives us direction in Philippians 4:6–7. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be

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