Posts Tagged Crickett Keeth

Staying Strong in the Midst of Uncertain Times

Staying Strong in the Midst of Uncertain Times

Our lives have changed drastically in the past few weeks as we’ve been dealing with the coronavirus. Things change daily, and we aren’t sure what will happen next. It may seem that our world is out of control, but God is still in control. Our city of Memphis just went under the new order of “Safer at Home,” meaning we should stay home unless we have an essential job. Most of us have stocked up

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An Eternal or Earthly Perspective?

An Eternal or Earthly Perspective?

One of my favorite old movies is Pollyanna. Pollyanna had a positive perspective of life that eventually rubbed off on an entire town. I’ll never forget her “glad game.” She could always find something positive about a situation, no matter how bad it might have looked. For instance, she had asked for a doll for Christmas, but instead, got a set of crutches. When asked what was good about that, she replied, “I didn’t need

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Giving Thanks Even When It’s Not Easy

Giving Thanks Even When It's Not Easy

This week we celebrate Thanksgiving Day, a day we set aside 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 morning. And when I crawl in bed at night, I thank God for at least one thing that day.

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Fighting the Battle of Inadequacy

Fighting the Battle of Inadequacy

I’ve been feeling inadequate lately. It seems life is busier than ever, and there are more things to get done than time to do them. And I’m doubting if I can do the tasks given to me and do them well. Yep, I’m fighting the battle of inadequacy. Every day I find myself telling God, “I can’t do this.” Maybe you’re fighting the battle of inadequacy, too. God, I can’t be a good mom, or

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Navigating the Storms of Life

Navigating the Storms of Life

All of us will go through storms in life—those times when we feel beaten and battered by the winds and waves of circumstances around us. These storms will blow us off course if we’re not anchored to the right thing. We live in a world today that is far different from the one I grew up in. We never thought about the possibility of school shootings, terrorist attacks, or bomb threats. When I was a

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Drawing Strength From the Psalms

Drawing Strength From the Psalms

When I ask someone what they’re reading in their Quiet Times, especially when they’re not in a structured study, I often get the response, “I’m spending time in the Psalms.” I think we’re drawn to the Psalms because we can see ourselves in the words expressed by the psalmists. We can identify with their struggles, battles, discouragement, pains, and insecurities. The Psalms comfort us because we realize we’re not the only person who feels these

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How To Be A Fragrant Aroma of Christ

How To Be A Fragrant Aroma of Christ

Do you have a favorite aroma or fragrance? Maybe it’s chocolate chip cookies in the oven or spiced cider simmering on the stove. It may be a perfume or even the smell of burning wood in the fireplace. My favorite flower is the stargazer lily because of its fragrance. A fragrant aroma brings pleasure. Paul talked about a fragrant aroma in 2 Corinthians 2:14, but he wasn’t referring to food, flowers, or perfume. He was

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8 Roadblocks to Healthy Biblical Community

8 Roadblocks to Healthy Biblical Community

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 this topic at our women’s retreat and shared with us eight roadblocks to building healthy biblical community. Are any of these roadblocks holding you back from authentic community with others? Anger – I’m ticked off. I don’t want to be around people.

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Finding Contentment in Singleness

Finding Contentment in Singleness

Before you delete this, thinking it doesn’t apply to you if you’re married, keep reading. Even if you’re married, you most likely know someone who is single – a child, a friend, a grandchild, a coworker. Because I’m single, I often get asked questions about finding contentment in singleness. To be honest, when I was in my 20’s and 30’s, I was not excited to be single. I prayed fervently for God to bring a

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The Gift of Closed Doors

The Gift of Closed Doors

I love the Thank You Journal that some friends gave me several years ago. Each page is a specific date, divided into spaces that cover five years. This morning as I was looking back over today’s thank-you nuggets over the past three years, I was reminded of where I was a year ago today. I had thanked God for meetings with four agents and publishers at a writing conference, even though all four were closed

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