Archive for the Devotional Category

A Tribute to Mom

As Mother’s Day is just around the corner, I want to dedicate this post to my 97-year-old mom. Being a mother is not easy. There are times when moms have to do difficult things for the good of their children, just like God does with us.   When I was a young girl, one day I went to the variety store in my home town (population 1000). As I walked through the store, I saw

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10 Books That Made a Lasting Impact On My Life

I love to read, and I wish I had time to read more. I’m always curious about what others are reading and why. Some books are entertaining. Some, I quickly forget or don’t finish reading at all. Other books make a lasting impact on my life. I find myself going back to these books over and over again. So, here is my list of ten books that have greatly impacted my life and why.    1. It:

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The Names of God

God has given me a passion for writing Bible studies. As the Women’s Ministry Director at First Evangelical Church in Memphis, I get to do that as part of my job. Last year I had the opportunity to write a study on the names of God for our Women’s Bible study. Yes, I know… there are  several studies already out on the names of God, but they weren’t the right fit for where I wanted

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Cat and Dog Theology

              Have you heard the phrase “cat and dog theology”? There is actually a book by that title written by Bob Sjogren and Gerald Robison. Most of us have probably owned a cat or dog or been around one at some point in our lives. It is obvious there is a big difference between the way dogs and cats view life and relationships. It has been said that dogs

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God, Don’t You Remember?

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by guilt over past sin(s)? You know Jesus died for your sins, but perhaps you still have trouble grasping that you are truly forgiven. Years ago I heard the story of a “conversation” between God and “Sally.” It made such an impact on me that I still remember it vividly to this day.  It went something like this: Sally: God, I feel so bad about what happened a few years ago. I

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Are Trials Really Worth It?

Are you in the middle of a trial and desperately want out? James 1:2-4 – “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” If you understand the purpose of trials, then you will be able to count it all joy because you know what God

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Press On to Spiritual Maturity

Some of you may be floundering in your faith today or struggling with pressing on in a specific season of life. You may be a young mom who is exhausted, a caregiver who is worn out, a wife in a difficult marriage. Perhaps you are in a job that is requiring more from you than you can handle, or you are fighting a sickness or disease. These challenges can hinder you from pressing on to

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Quiet Time With God

In the midst of a hectic, busy world, we need to find time each day to slow down and meet with God. I’ve had people ask, “What do I do in a quiet time alone with God?” It’s a great question. When I was a junior at LSU, Bonnie (my discipler) took me with her one morning to the Chapel on campus and let me “participate” in her quiet time. It gave me first-hand experience

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Walking by Faith in God’s Will

God doesn’t show us His will for our lives all at once. Instead, He shows it to us one step at a time. To be honest, I wish God would just show me the entire blueprint now. But that wouldn’t require walking by faith. Mrs. Charles Cowman in her devotional book, Streams in the Desert 2, July 28, tells the story of a young boy and his father camping out in the woods. The father sent the boy to

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When to Say “Yes” to a New Opportunity

When you are presented with a new opportunity to serve in some capacity, do you struggle with deciding what to do? How do you know when to say “yes” and when to say “no”? Elaine Brown, in an article published in Discipleship Journal, gives seven questions to consider before saying “yes” to a new opportunity: 1. Will my spouse and children be adversely affected if I say “yes” to this? 2. Is this new opportunity

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