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A Different Kind of Christmas This Year

This has been a different kind of Christmas for me and my family this year. My 98-year-old mom stepped into the arms of her Savior shortly before 8:00 Friday morning, December 19. My brother Jim and I were by her side when she took her last breath on this earth. Mom got to spend Christmas with Jesus this year. I’m thankful that she is now pain-free and able to experience things I can only imagine.

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Are You Listening?

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 about

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Giving Thanks, Even in the Hard Times

Today is Thanksgiving Day, a day we slow down 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 day. It’s easy to thank God when things are going great, when my football team wins, when He answers my prayers

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Lessons from a Purse

Last night I watched a good friend empty her purse trying to find her USB flash drive, and I was amazed at how much she pulled out of that purse before she found it. I know all of us women have found ourselves in this same situation at one time or another. As I stood there watching, I thought about some spiritual lessons I could learn from this. 1. Just as I need to periodically

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Community Busters

What does healthy biblical community look like and are we experiencing it? I’ve been pondering these questions as I am preparing to speak on the topic of community at a women’s retreat this weekend. God designed us for community, not to live in isolation from one another. But do we experience community in the way God wants us to?   Several years ago, Dr. Sue Edwards spoke on community at our women’s retreat and shared

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Why, God?

We’ve probably all asked God “why” questions. Questions like: God, why did you take my baby? Why did this tragic accident happen to such good people? Why do you let people die in the prime of their lives? Why do you let this person will no quality of life linger on? Why did my loved one get diagnosed with this disease? God, why? I have asked my share of “why” questions, even as recently as

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Sins That Will Tear a Ministry Apart

There is no perfect church or ministry. We all struggle with sin, and if those sins are left unchecked and not dealt with, they can destroy a ministry or render it ineffective. Galatians 5:19-21 lays out for us some of these destructive sins. Sexual sins – Sins concerning our bodies. These would include the sins of immorality, impurity, sensuality. No one is exempt from these. I have known pastors and ministry leaders who have fallen to

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A Wrong Focus

“My eyes are continually toward the Lord.”- Psalm 25:15 I want to introduce you to four women who have lost their focus and taken their eyes off the Lord. I was first “introduced” to these ladies by Mary Graham when I was on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ. 1. Polly Pious Polly has a lot of strengths and is incredibly gifted, but Polly has taken her focus off the Lord and placed her eyes on

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Seeking God

Are you needing direction or strength today? 1 Chronicles 16:11 tells us where to turn: “Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face continually.” These words are part of a psalm of thanksgiving to the Lord, written by David after he brought the ark of the covenant to the city of David. One simple instruction: seek the Lord. How many wrong turns would we have avoided if we had sought the Lord first? How

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The Ministry of Encouragement

When I came home from East Asia after four years, this sign was on my bed. Mom had written these words on a poster board to welcome me home. It made me smile and cry at the same time, in a good way. I felt loved. I took a picture of it so I could keep it with me as a sweet reminder. How do you feel when you hear these words from someone? I

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