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God Blesses What We Offer Him Jun24

In my last blog, I referred to the story in the Bible of the boy offering his lunch to Jesus to feed the multitudes.  What a bold young man he was to even think that Jesus would be interested in his small lunch!  In the same way, we often think what we have to offer […]

The Ministry of Availability Jun17

Though it’s been many years since I heard my high school Young Life leader say this, I can still remember Mal McSwain saying, “I have the ministry of availability.”  Even to this day, if you ask Mal and his wife Wanda to meet for lunch, they’ll likely offer tomorrow or the next day.  How rare […]

Beyond Reciting the Verses Jun10

As mentors, we bring hope and courage to younger women when we share from our personal experiences about how God has been faithful to provide everything needed . . . in every situation we’ve faced.  The depth of our mentoring is much deeper, and more insightful and discerning, if we’ve truly experienced God’s presence and […]

Three Types of People Jun3

I recently heard Dr. Henry Cloud, author of many books including Boundaries, say there are three types of people:  the wise… the foolish… and the evil. Henry described wise people as those who “respond to the light that’s given them.”  When they hear truth that’s inconsistent with their beliefs or practices, they adjust their lives […]

Tim Tebow . . . Bringing Faith, Hope, and Love May27

I love Tim Tebow, the professional football player.  He’s very open about his faith, and uses his influence to “bring faith, hope, and love to those who need a brighter day in their darkest hour of need.”  At every game, he spends time before and after the game with a young child who has a […]

Joni . . . A Woman Warrior May13

Many of us know the story of Joni Earekson Tada, who at the age of 17 had a horrible diving accident that left her a quadriplegic for the rest of her life.  I’ve seen and met Joni several times over the years, and was with her last week.  At the age of 58, she still […]

Generous with your L-I-F-E May6

Recently, my husband and I had the opportunity to attend an event on generosity.  At this event Mark Batterson, pastor of National Community Church in Washington, DC, spoke from Acts 10:2, where Cornelius is described as a man who, “gave alms generously to the people, and prayed continually to God.”  As a result, God showed […]

The Most Unlikely Mentor Apr29

Guest blog from my friend, Lawanna St. Clair.  Widowed at age 47 and remarried for 13 years to Barry St. Clair.  She’s the mom of one, step-mom to four, and grandmother to eleven.  Lawanna and her husband lead a ministry called Reach Out Youth Solutions (, equipping leaders globally as they influence the younger generation […]

Growing Beautiful Roses Apr22

I love beautiful roses, but have always had difficulty growing them.  Dr. Henry Cloud, author of several great books including “Boundaries”, may have taught me how! Several weeks ago, my husband and I enjoyed a dinner with Henry.  During dinner, we discussed the truths shared in his book “Necessary Endings.”  He said that, in some […]

Your life is a treasure chest Apr15

Andy Stanley, pastor of North Point Community Church, recently concluded a series titled You’ll Be Glad You Did.  In the last part of the series, he addresses people who are over forty, and talked about their lives being a treasure chest of wealth to share with the generation after them.  It was a great message […]

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