Archive for the Devotional Category

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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All I Need

Happy New Year to all! This morning as I spent time with the Lord, I found myself reflecting on some “unanswered” prayers this year, or prayers not answered in the way I had desired. I was reading from the book The Valley of Vision, page 271. This prayer truly spoke to my heart this morning. May it be an encouragement to you also as we begin a new year, with new and continuing prayers, which

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Are You Ready for a New Year?

For me, this has been a year of ups and downs, but God has drawn me closer to Him through each situation He has brought into my life. As we come to the end of another calendar year, I encourage you to reflect over the past twelve months. What has God taught you this year? How has He changed your life? Are you growing in your relationship with the Lord, or are you becoming stagnant and settling

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

While I was grocery shopping today, I heard the song playing:“It’s the most wonderful time of the year. . .” Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year!  But why? Is it because of the delicious food we eat and the extra pounds we add? Is it because of family and friends that we spend time with? Is it because of the gifts we give and receive, or the festive decorations, or the beautiful

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A Thank You Journal

As we celebrate Thanksgiving this week, have you taken time to thank God for His many blessings? We shouldn’t wait till Thanksgiving Day to do that, but it should be an ongoing daily practice. I confess that I don’t do it enough. So last week I decided to start keeping a “Thank you, Jesus” journal. The journal is beside my bed and before I turn out the light at night, I write a thank you

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10 Lessons Learned from Skeet Shooting

10 Lessons Learned from Skeet Shooting

Last week my staff team went away for a staff retreat for two days to  discuss some things, slow down the pace a little, and have a little fun. As an afternoon “team bonding” event, we went skeet shooting. At first I stood to the side and said, “I’ll just watch.” I was a little uncomfortable about shooting a shotgun and knew it was out of my comfort zone. But the guys encouraged me to

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Pressing On in Difficult Times

  I have asked Dr. Joye Baker to write a guest post this week while I’m in India. Joye serves as Adjunct Professor and Women’s Advisor in Christian Education at Dallas Theological Seminary. She is a good friend of mine and one of my mentors in Dallas. She taught the Role of Women in Ministry class with Dr. Sue Edwards and gave me a love for Women’s Ministry through that class. She was also my advisor at

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Spending Time Alone With God

Devotional times or “quiet times” are vital to our spiritual growth. Seek to spend time alone with the Lord each day in His Word and in prayer. There is no one way to do it, and the method may change from day to day and in different seasons of life. The important thing is that you spend time with Him consistently. The purpose of a quiet time is not to do Bible study, although spending

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In Remembrance

Have you ever taken time to read epitaphs on tombstones? Some are very touching, while others can be downright funny. Here are some actual writings found on tombstones.  “Here lies the body of Margaret Bent. She kicked up her heels and away she went.”  “The children of Israel wanted bread and the Lord sent them manna; Old clerk Wallace wanted a wife, and the devil sent him Anna.”  “They abounded in riches but she wore

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When God Says No

Have you been praying for something that is a desire of your heart? You may be single and asking God for a husband. Or perhaps you are asking God for your first child and it’s taking longer than you had hoped. It may be a specific job, or a “dream” of accomplishing something, or a new direction, or healing from a condition or disease. How do you handle it when God doesn’t give you that

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