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The Discouraging Side of Ministry

The Discouraging Side of Ministry

I love my job as the Women’s Ministry Director at my church. Just last week, I told the Lord as I crawled into bed how thankful I am for this job and how much I love going to work every day. But to be honest, working in full-time ministry is not always a bed of roses. There are days I want to quit; days that are so disappointing and discouraging that I have shut the

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When Life Is a Mess

When Life Is a Mess

I came home one day recently to this scene – a laundry room completely ransacked. No, I wasn’t broken into by robbers. My cat Hobson decided to have a field day and climb onto things he shouldn’t have been climbing on – resulting in a mess on the laundry room floor. Somedays, life is like that. Things are going along smoothly, and we turn a corner or open a door. SURPRISE! Something totally unexpected is

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If God is Sovereign, Why … ?

If God is Sovereign, Why ... ?

  If God is sovereign, why does He allow natural disasters and catastrophes? If God is in control of everything — the weather, the oceans, the earth — why does He allow innocent people to die because of earthquakes, floods, tornados, tsunamis? It’s a tough question and one we’ve probably all asked at some point in our lives. We don’t always understand why, but we can trust that God knows what He’s doing and He

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Jigsaw Puzzles and Prayer

Jigsaw Puzzles and Prayer

You’re probably wondering what the connection is between jigsaw puzzles and prayer. A few weeks ago Debbie Hannah Skinner spoke at our Women’s Retreat on Fixing our Eyes on Jesus. She talked about the distractions that hinder us from doing that and then gave us a chance to use our hands and minds to help us focus on a verse or a truth from Scripture. She had us write a verse in the circle in

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The Lesson of Grace Through the Eyes of a Cat

The Lesson of Grace Through the Eyes of a Cat

I recently adopted two kittens named Hobson and Hannah. They are now about six months old, and they are a handful, especially the little boy kitten. Hobson gave me a picture of grace recently. He loves to climb, especially on places he has no business climbing on. One of his favorite places to climb on is the wall of my walk-in shower, where he precariously tries to balance himself without falling in.  I have scolded him

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A Kindred Spirit

A Kindred Spirit

Friendships are truly a gift from God. You may have a lot of friends, but every once in a while, God brings along a friend who “gets” you, who totally understands you, and vice versa — a kindred spirit. If you have or have had a kindred spirit friend, you know what that looks like, and it’s hard to explain. It’s not a relationship you have to work hard to make it happen; it just

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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 your circumstances are what they are? When I find myself in those situations, the attribute of God that most comforts me is His sovereignty. He is in control, no matter how bad things seem. As I ponder God’s sovereignty, I am reminded of three truths: 1. Nothing touches me that God hasn’t allowed. Everything that happens to me and around me is under God’s control.

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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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