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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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Going Deeper

Going Deeper

This week I celebrate another birthday. Each year on this day, I like to reflect back over the past year. What was going on in my life this time last year? How has my relationship with God changed in the past year? Have I grown deeper in my walk with Him? Do I love Him more today than I did a year ago? I look back over the past year and I have to admit

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Dealing With Conflict

Dealing With Conflict

Years ago, I was in a church ripped apart by conflict. I remember sitting in several town hall meetings where friend turned against friend in highly emotional discussions. At each meeting that followed, I felt like I was sitting in an arena watching bulldozers going at each other and tearing down anything they could get to. People were deeply wounded, and the anger and bitterness split our church. It took years for it to recover. To

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House Remodeling and Spiritual Growth?

House Remodeling and Spiritual Growth?

  The past two weeks, my home has been undergoing some remodeling. Yes, I’m excited about the end product, but the journey to get there has not always been pleasant. As I walk through this process, God is showing me similarities between house remodeling and spiritual growth. Here are a few thoughts from these two weeks: 1. You may want to quit before you get to the finished product. There have been times during these past two weeks

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