A Willingness to be Rejected

“So they shook the dust from their feet in protest against them and went to Iconium. And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.” Acts 13:51–52 Acts 13:51–52 will not make sense to you unless you understand the context of the passage. These two verses of Scripture hold a principle that helps us understand God’s definition of freedom: godly freedom willingly accepts rejection. This is often a hard concept for women to accept. In general, women are pleasers. Women love to be loved and accepted. Women often go to great lengths to try to make everyone …

A Clear Goal

“For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son.” Romans 8:29 When I was growing up, I had a favorite sleeping bag. This sleeping bag was special to me because on the front of the bag was printed my favorite superhero—Wonder Woman. Do you remember Wonder Woman? I remember her shiny red and blue outfit and the sparkling tiara in her long, black hair. When I slept in my Wonder Woman sleeping bag, I pretended I was Wonder Woman. In my fantasy, there was no task too difficult for me, and no problem …

A Kingdom Focus

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:33   Freedom requires a Kingdom of God focus. When we have a Kingdom focus, we take a step back and make the choice to see life from a big-picture perspective. This involves seeing the events of our life from the context of eternity as opposed to our days here on earth. When we live with Kingdom focus, our goals …

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A New Definition of Freedom

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1 Today’s culture needs a new definition of freedom—a definition based on biblical truth. Believers in Jesus Christ grossly misunderstand freedom when they buy into the world’s definition of freedom by thinking that freedom means independence from any limitations of time, money, relationships, and consequences.  This misunderstanding occurs when a believer thinks that they are free when they are able to do what they want to do, when they want to do it, …

If You’ve Ever Been Forgotten

I opened Drew’s backpack to discover that his class picture was in. As any mom does, I scanned the familiar faces looking for my boy. I scanned again. Then I looked at every individual’s face, wondering how I could miss my red-headed child. I couldn’t believe what I didn’t see. Drew was not there. I looked at the date when the photo was taken and I didn’t recall him missing class that day. I texted his teacher asking if he was absent. She promptly looked into it and texted me back. She discovered that Drew had been separated from the …

Crying Over Hot Dogs

My poor friend Heather. She probably wasn’t expecting her statement of, “I’m not sure if he has bought hot dogs yet” to bring me to tears. But she’s a counselor for a living. I was pretty sure she could handle it. I was shocked by my meltdown. After trying to gracefully hang up the phone as quickly as possible, I began to examine what in the world caused my reaction. It seemed to be caused by quite a few little things that had added up: 1. I called our local garden supply store for the third times in 2 weeks to find …

“And God Whispered, “I wanted YOU to See Her.”

She and I watched our children play together in front of us. While I didn’t know her well, I knew of her and she and I had chatted some in the past. Something about our brief time together that day burdened me. I could tell she was frazzled, but there was more to it. She was sad. I can’t begin to suppose the reason for her melancholy or whether she was just having a bad day or something else.  She left before we had had a chance to talk longer, but I couldn’t shake my burden for her. As I got …

Love in the Little Things

As I was standing in the narrow grocery store aisle, trying to locate a coupon on my phone, she turned the corner to the aisle, smiled, and took another route.  Her two well-behaved little girls were in the cart, neither of them older than 2 I’d venture, and despite just a quick glance at her, I could tell that she was a bit frazzled.  I guess for a mom still in those exhausting years with little ones, it’s pretty easy for me to spot that look. I didn’t see her again until I took my few items to the express check-out …

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A Life Available to Him by Doris Lisemby

My name is Doris Mitchell Lisemby. As foreordained by God, I arrived on June 19,1918, to my parents, Wallace and Jewell Graves Mitchell. I am the eldest of ten children and was reared on a farm in Cleveland County, Arkansas. At an early age I learned the meaning of hard work and deprivation caused by the great depression of the late 1920’s and 1930’s. Most events during the first twenty-one years of my life were rather ordinary. I graduated from high school in 1936, married Ray Lisemby in 1938 and was a homemaker merely existing from day to day. Then God touched my sinful life.  On August …