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Remember His Faithfulness

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The power of God in our testimony should never become a distant memory!

God foreknew we would need reminders of when He was faithful to fulfill his promise.Romans 8:28 tells us “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose". And John 10:10 says “The enemy comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

Throughout life’s storms we have to cling to the ebenezers God has already built in our life. (The dictionary defines an ebenezer as "a commemoration of God's divine assistance").

Ebenezers are tangible ways for us to remember that in the deepest pits of despair He is deeper still.

The baby in the picture below is a living, breathing ebenezer who I never saw coming. No- she’s not my daughter, (I have now been blessed with 3)....she’s my niece. She is evidence of Romans 8:28 and John 10:10.

It was October of 2009. I had been wandering in the des…

Got Character? Part 1

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**excerpt from Becoming a Woman of Character (12 week bible study) available here


What is Character?
Abraham Lincoln said “Character, is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.”
Webster defines character as “a moral or ethical quality: Our moral state”, and that is true. But as women following Christ, is there more?
Character is much more than what others see on the outside. It has been said that character is who we are when no one is looking, or when there is no one around to judge us, to give us a pat on the back, or give us recognition.
Through God’s word, we can come to know His character. His love, mercy, and compassion; His courage and strength; His faithfulness and justice.
As Christ followers, we want our character to match up with who we say we are. We want to develop and display the character of strong, Christ centered women.
Dale Carnegie said “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because you…

WITH GOD NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE

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As a hospice social worker for a number of years, I have had the unusual experience of praying with aging patients to receive Christ.  I say "unusual" because evangelism statistics show that most American receive Christ between the ages of four and fourteen.  In fact, eighty-five percent became Christians during that age span.  Ten percent of Christians received Christ between the ages of fifteen and thirty.  Beyond the age of thirty, only four percent become Christians.  Here in Texas, known as the Bible belt, most of my patients were Christians long before they were on hospice.  However, once on hospice, and looking death in the face, one is more disposed to think of life beyond this one.  The saddest thing is to watch families grieve for one who had never made a confession of faith and to wonder about the destiny of their loved one.  The fear of such a thing was on the minds of family members of a ninety-four-year-old cancer patient who was very bitter toward God. The patie…

Hold On! by Patricia Durgin

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How To Hold On Just A Little While Longer
Has it been a while since things went your way? We all experience times when it seems our prayers aren’t heard but remembering past victories—those times when Christ opened doors previously nailed shut—helps us hold onto hope just a little while longer.
But what if you have few prior victories to remember? What if every time you’ve taken a chance on God, things didn’t work out? Those who live (or have lived) in unhealthy relationships or abusive environments don’t have many past victories to bolster them. Looking back, they may only see loss, pain, or disappointment.
You and I can gift them with our faith as we stand by them, encourage them, and actively pray for them.
Years ago, our eldest daughter Amber, a children’s church pastor, was invited to the home of one of her pre-teens. A girl who’d been placed in her elderly grandmother’s care, Alice had had few luxuries in her short life.
When her grandmother received a monetary gift and used it to …

Building Character through Kindness-Part 1

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Excerpt from Becoming a Woman of Character....

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!

As women of character, we must develop the desire to be kind. 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 is true, but there is so much more!  The dictionary defines kindness as: the quality of being warmhearted,considerate,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…

Lauren Tucker-Guest Blogger

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It was a crisp fall evening when my best friend walked away after years together.  I was left standing in shock, feeling angry, and hurt. How did this happen? Why was God allowing my best Christian friend to leave? 
     I became friends with Nicole* and her family very quickly.  Our kids were close to the same age and they got along really well. We went on family vacations together. Nicole and I even went to get tattoos together. It was great! Until it wasn’t.      When our friends shared their shortcomings within their marriage, my husband, Morgan, and I were more than willing to help them out.  We loved them as a family so we talked with them, prayed with them, and encouraged them to seek counseling. It wasn’t more than a couple of months that things really escalated.
     It was 10:30 at night when Nicole asked for Morgan to come over and try to calm down her husband. When Morgan arrived home, he was exhausted and frustrated. Together Morgan and I resolved that we needed to talk…

The Value of Brokenness

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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…