The Value of Brokenness

by guest blogger Tammy Kennington

Shallow lines marked half-moons at the edges of my mouth and the first shades of gray had begun threading themselves through my hair when I encountered soul-rocking, spirit-deep pain. Not one area of my life remained untouched.
Emotionally? I was immersed in depression, anxiety, and hopelessness. Relationally? My marriage and children seemed irreparable. Spiritually? My faith teetered haphazardly on the corners of anger and bitterness.
Weren’t women who loved God supposed to live out quiet, uncomplicated lives by the time they’d exhaled too many breaths over forty shimmering candles? I’d assumed the years of discovering the answers to suffering, pain, and the meaning of life would have been answered years before, but circumstances revealed the truth. I was as broken as I’d ever been, but I couldn’t avoid reality with childlike innocence or avoidance as I’d done before.
The person I’d been shattered in a thousand pieces--like my grandmother’s fine china w…

Got Hope?

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

Are you living a life of hope today, right now, this minute?  What thoughts have gone through your mind today? Are they hope-filled or hope-less? 
Webster’s dictionary defines hope as “the feeling that what is wanted can be had and that things will turn out for the best, (v) to look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence.”
A hope-filled thought is knowing that things will turn out for the best. A hopeless thought is believing the worst about a situation.
I often hear these expressions: “I hope my marriage will last.”“I hope my kids will be happy.”“I hope I have enough money.”“I hope my business will be successful.”
Are you relying on yourself or others for hope? We can’t “hope” things in to existence. Misplaced hope is placing hope in ourselves, our abilities, our situation or circumstance. As Christ followers, our hope is in Him.
You wo…

Got Honesty?

The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in those who tell the truth. Proverbs 12:22

Honesty (Webster) honorable; characterized by integrity and straightforwardness in conduct, in thought and in speech; free from fraud; genuine, open; frank; sincere.

Honesty is not lying, true, but it is so much more than that. It is being honest with yourself as well as others. 

Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, But those who deal truthfully are His delight. Proverbs 6:16

Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds Corinthians 3:9
These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:17 A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, 18 A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil,19 A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren. Proverbs 6:16-19
Where Do We Start?

1.Start by being honest with God. He already knows everything. He isn’t shocked by what we tell Him… but He wants …

Got Kindness?

How important is kindness? 

In a recent study of 37 cultures around the world, 16,000 subjects were asked about their most desired traits in a mate. For both sexes, the first preference was kindness!

This character trait is critical in reflecting Christ in our lives.

I think most people would say kindness is going out of their way to help someone. That’s true, but there’s so much more. 

The dictionary defines kindness as "the quality of being warm-hearted and considerate and humane and sympathetic." 

The character trait of kindness is an important one and, in most of us, must be developed. It simply doesn’t come naturally to many of us.

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Galatians 5:22-23

Paul’s definition of the Fruit of The Spirit lists kindness as the fifth fruit. This is a natural progression of the fruits. If we exhibit th…

Build Your Platform

NEW! Build Your Platform 6-Week Mentoring Program 

Are you called to speak? Don’t know where to begin?
I would love to mentor you through this process!

As a Christian speaker, mentor, and co-director of the Christian Communicator Conference, I love to help women find their voice and tell their story!

I am excited to announce my new Build Your Platform 6-week Mentoring Program to help you do just that.

If you are a beginning speaker, this mentoring program will help you solidify the message God has called you to share, and create a basic presentation to reach your audience. 

And, if you are an experienced speaker, this 6-week program can be a time of refreshing your message in order to boost your speaking ministry.

Each participant in the Build Your Platform 6-week Mentoring Program will receive:

Six 30-minute mentoring sessions with Sherry (video/zoom/webinar)
Unlimited Q&A access to Sherry via email 
An opportunity to present a 10 minute talk for critique
And…here are just a few of the topic…

Got Guilt?

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. John 3:17 Got guilt?

We have all messed up! It would easy to walk around trapped in guilt and at Satan’s beck and call. But God has forgiven and cleansed us. God did not send His son to condemn us. He sent His Son so we would be set free from sin and it’s guilt.

Ask yourself this question: Why would God send His only son to die for your sins, if He planned on keeping you trapped in guilt and shame? 

The answer is He wouldn’t. He didn’t. But even as a Christ follower, you may find yourself living a defeated life because of guilt and shame.

Guilt can be a motivator and lead us to repentance, which in turn will lead us to accepting God’s forgiveness. But, left unchecked, guilt will limit our relationship with Jesus. It will stunt our spiritual growth.

Guilt is like the red "check engine" warning light on the dashboard of the car. You can either stop and deal with …

Got Loyalty?

Some years ago, I had a very close relationship with a woman from my church community at the time. I believed us to be the type of friends who “had each other’s back” and who would remain loyal to each other even through conflict and turmoil. What I discovered is that she was only loyal to me when it worked to her advantage.

Though this experience hurt a great deal, there was a great lesson here for me and I thank God for it. The Lord showed me that loyalty is a character trait.  It’s a trait that must be developed and while we can’t force someone to be loyal to us, we can certainly set the example. If we display loyalty in our lives, we will be an example to our friends and family. 

Many of the women I mentor and counsel have much to say on the subject of loyalty. They might not use the specific word, but many relationship issues come down to one thing…loyalty. I believe we are seeing a shift in our culture and a decrease in the importance of being loyal.

So, what does it mean to be…