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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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The Value of a Teachable Spirit

The Value of a Teachable Spirit

One of the things I look for in women I want to invest time in is a teachable spirit. I will give myself completely to someone who is teachable and sincerely wants to grow and develop in an area. But I’m spinning my wheels when someone thinks she has already “arrived” and isn’t open to suggestions or feedback. Dr. David Murray said, “No matter how much talent and gifting we have, if we are, or

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Deepening Your Prayer Life

Deepening Your Prayer Life

To be honest, most of us would probably admit that our prayer life isn’t what we’d like it to be. I look at Paul’s prayers in the New Testament and realize how shallow my prayers are in comparison. I’ve started praying through his prayers for others in my time alone with God, and it has helped me focus my prayers on things that are eternal, and not just temporal. Martyn Lloyd-Jones wrote in his book, Studies

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God, Please . . .

God, Please . . .

I have been praying for something this week that I REALLY, REALLY want God to say yes to. But . . . I realize that what I want may not be His best for me. And I have to accept that with joy. If God says no, then I know it’s because of one of three reasons: it’s not good for me, it’s not the right timing, or He has something better for me. I have

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Standing in Awe

Standing in Awe

Two extraordinary events happened this week that made me long for the Lord’s return. Monday night we had strong thunderstorms in Memphis. The thunderstorms weren’t the strange occurrence, but the non-stop flickering of lightning in the sky was something I had not seen before. It was as if the heavens were communicating something grand was about to happen. As I peeked out my window to watch, I was overcome with awe by the beauty and

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The Sweetness of Adoption

The Sweetness of Adoption

I haven’t adopted children, but last Friday, I adopted two little kittens about eight weeks old. Having them in my life has made me ponder the sweetness of adoption, not only from an earthly perspective, but also from a heavenly perspective. As I look at these two sweet little kitties, it makes me think of my adoption in Christ. These two little kittens had a hard life before I adopted them. They were within 24

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Saying Goodbye To A Precious Pet

  I had to make a heart-wrenching decision today (Thursday). My vet and I agreed that the time had come to put down my sweet 15-year-old cat Peyton. But we are waiting till tomorrow (Friday). I wanted one final night with this precious, faithful companion. For those of you who have put pets down, you know the emotions overwhelming me as I write this. But I want to turn this into a positive in the midst

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