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Words of Encouragement

Words of Encouragement

  One of the most difficult seasons in my life was watching my elderly mom decline in the nursing home and wondering why God didn’t release her from her earthly body sooner. I cried; I questioned God’s love for mom (and me); I had many honest conversations with God. But I look back at that season now and realize how God’s timing was perfect in my mom’s Home going, and how He used that time

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I Love You, But the Answer is No!

I Love You, But the Answer is No!

I’m glad God doesn’t give me everything I ask for! There have been things I’ve asked God for and He didn’t answer the way I had hoped. For instance, for years, I asked Him for a husband, and He said no. At first, I questioned His love for me, but now, I see where being single has freed me up to give myself wholeheartedly to ministry. I have found sweet contentment with where God has

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Running the Race

Running the Race

Several years ago, I ran a 10K race. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I almost quit after five miles, but thanks to a friend running beside me, I finished the race. Jenny wouldn’t let me quit, and she spurred me on step by step that last mile. Painful? Yes. Worth it? Absolutely. The Christian life is a race, and there are times we want to quit running and sit on

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Lies, Lies, and More Lies

Lies, Lies, and More Lies

Are you believing any lies this week? Lies that the world is trying to convince you as truth, or lies that Satan is desperately attempting to get you to believe? When I was on staff with Cru years ago, Ney Bailey wrote a book called Faith is Not a Feeling. I still apply truths from that book some 30 years later. She taught us to identify what we’re feeling, but then write out the truth

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Dreading Valentine’s Day?

Dreading Valentine's Day?

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and many look forward to this day each year. But for others, Valentine’s Day is a tough day. You may be single and feeling lonely, or you may be divorced or widowed and feeling the sting of being alone. Or you may be married, but feeling unloved in your marriage. As an older single, I have to admit that I don’t always look forward to Valentine’s Day, but my perspective

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Hope Is Alive

Hope Is Alive

This past Tuesday night, Ellie Holcomb led us in a night of worship at our annual Women’s Ministry Christmas Dinner. Our theme was based on the title of one of the Christmas songs she wrote, Hope is Alive. As we enter this Christmas season, I realize there are many who are hurting – those who have lost loved ones in the past year, those who are separated from friends and family because of work or other reasons,

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The Discouraging Side of Ministry

The Discouraging Side of Ministry

I love my job as the Women’s Ministry Director at my church. Just last week, I told the Lord as I crawled into bed how thankful I am for this job and how much I love going to work every day. But to be honest, working in full-time ministry is not always a bed of roses. There are days I want to quit; days that are so disappointing and discouraging that I have shut the

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When Life Is a Mess

When Life Is a Mess

I came home one day recently to this scene – a laundry room completely ransacked. No, I wasn’t broken into by robbers. My cat Hobson decided to have a field day and climb onto things he shouldn’t have been climbing on – resulting in a mess on the laundry room floor. Somedays, life is like that. Things are going along smoothly, and we turn a corner or open a door. SURPRISE! Something totally unexpected is

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Hope in the Midst of Darkness

As we approach Easter weekend, I wonder what the disciples must have felt on the day Jesus was crucified. I put myself in their places this morning, imagining the emotions and thoughts I would be experiencing had I been there when Jesus took His last breath on the cross. Would I have been overwhelmed with thanksgiving and hope in light of what His death would bring? Or would I have been feeling just the opposite? Disappointment

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I Want to Quit!

Most of us have probably said those words more than once in our lives. It may be that we wanted to quit our marriage, a job, a ministry we’ve been leading or serving in, or a relationship that’s difficult. How do we know when to quit and when to hang in there and persevere? I’ve said those words numerous times. When I worked as a perfusionist running the heart lung machine in open heart surgery, I

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