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Your Savior, Your Encouragement

When I first heard the word encouragement, I thought, sure, I can write about that; “Easy peasy” as our 4-year old grandson says. I mean, who doesn’t love to be encouraged and to be an encourager? But, as I sit here listening to God speak to my heart about that word, I hear something a little different than I thought I would. In what areas do we really need encouragement? I know I need no encouragement to sin. Sin is the old pair of shoes that I trip over each day; I thought I had thrown them away, but here …

Burning Passion by Betty Lacy

I wanted to define passion before writing this article. I went straight to the good old Webster’s Dictionary where passion is defined as a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something. I thought this is right on target. Then, my eyes fell just two lines down on yet another definition that surprised me. The full definition of Passion: often capitalized; a: the sufferings of Christ between the night of the Last Supper and His death. This was not the definition about which I wanted to write. I wanted to write about my passion for women’s …

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The Blessing of Family

  Family… what a wonderfully loaded word! There are so many varieties of families, from in-laws to extended relatives, from close friends to our own children. Our family members can be our biggest cheerleaders and our harshest critics. But God intended for them to be a beautiful picture of blessing. To Adam, Noah and Abraham, God blessed them and told them to multiply. He blessed them through multiplying. Family is intended to be a blessing, a picture of the relationship between our Father God, our brother and savior Jesus Christ, and each other as believers. Hebrews 2:11 says Jesus is …

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A Yielded Heart: Rebekah’s Story

  As a little girl I would recite the wishes of childhood. “Star bright, star light, first star I see tonight. I wish I may, I wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight!” But always, as long as I can remember I would always end it with “Dear Jesus, please hear me”. Jesus was always a focal point in my life. My first answered prayer that I could visibly see was at 7 when I prayed diligently for a baby doll and on Christmas morning that exact doll was present under the tree. You may say, well your …

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Grandma’s Story

        She was a feisty, tobacco-chewing woman and number five in a family of ten children. Born in 1900, she lived hard growing up in Arkansas. Her name was Frances Agnes Lafayette Karr and she was my “Grandma”. Grandma attended church as a child and learned about Jesus in the backwoods of Arkansas when traveling preachers rode the circuit from one community to another preaching the gospel. She had a strong faith and even prayed for the life of her cat that was almost dead. She and her sister placed the cat in an apple crate in …

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Healing Grace

A dear life-long friend sparked my memory today about a friendship that was mended only by the grace of God and it just made me smile. I am not the easiest friend to have.  I don’t say that for sympathy or to have a pity party or anything of that nature, but I can recognize my flaws. Someone who trusts very little and has people-pleasing tendencies with the added “always thinking someone is mad at me” feeling is just not a great combination for attributes in a wonderful friend!  If nothing else, I am OVERLY self-aware! I have ALWAYS longed …

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My Mother had Alzheimers

  My Mother had Alzheimer. She was diagnosed with moderate Alzheimer’s disease in February 2004. My Dad passed away in October 2001. The disease seemed to rapidly progress after his death. I hate this disease. It robs you of memories and all those things that make up who you are. One of the hardest parts of this disease is having a Mother who doesn’t remember you. My Mother and I had a special mother-daughter relationship. We were close and so it hurts all the more. I was the oldest of four daughters and there was five years between the next …

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Focus on Sarah: Motherhood in the Ancient World

Sometimes it’s hard to understand the traditions from ancient times in comparison to our life today. God teaches in his Word certain principles that hold as true today as it did many years ago in spite of the current accepted practice. We can learn a lesson from Abraham’s wife Sarah when her great desire to have a child overcame her desire to follow the promise of God. She tried to “help God out” and it ended in disaster. Genesis 16: 1-2 “Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian slave named Hagar; so she …