The God of “I WILL!”

God is the God of THE “I WILL!”  When you find the words “I WILL” in the Bible, you can bank on it.  When you say, “I can’t!”  God says, “I will!”  These words are God’s promise to you. He never goes back on His Word. He never changes His mind.  I WILL is present tense – it’s the promise of a living God and a living Savior.  He sees, He knows, He loves, He responds, He rescues, He restores!

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Rules of Engagement: Keys to Saving Your Marriage

Before my husband and I walked down the aisle, we participated in our church’s marriage preparation program, as many people do. Being perennially eager students, we also followed the advice of a friend and went through a great book entitled “Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts” by Dr.’s Les and Leslie Parrott. After all, we reasoned, who could not glean something from a couple so married that they are both physicians with the same name? We were not disappointed.

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Finding Treasures in the Dust

Through the scorching heatwaves that blurred the dusty Indian plain before me, I saw them coming in the distance, their vibrantly colored silks shining through the grit and heat like flames on the horizon. As they drew closer, the sight of them pierced my heart like a sword: they were crawling. Painstakingly and in suffocating heat, they inched their way to the wheelchair distribution held by the disability ministry of Joni and Friends.

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God’s Word is the Open Gate

Has there ever been a time in your life when you possessed all the qualities needed for that dream job but you couldn’t get through to the hiring manager? Or maybe you needed a specific doctor for your ailment but you couldn’t get past the receptionist’s stone cold voice, “He’s not taking new patients at this time.” It’s frustrating because your future is truly waiting on the gatekeeper.

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For Such a Time as This

From my radio show to the Bible Studies I teach, I talk to a lot of women about their stresses and their concerns about their careers, marriages and children. One consistent theme I hear over and over is, “What difference am I really making, for my family, my kids or for God?” For such questions I have only one answer, “You’re the only one with your personal convictions, your make-up, your skills, your appearance, your touch, your voice, your style, your sphere of influence.”

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Going from Haggard to Haggai

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, I tend to think about all the things that need to be done: the cooking, the house cleaning, the guest list. Combined with work, family obligations, and Titus the Wonder Dog that doesn’t seem to get that “screen door” does not translate into “canine destruction zone” it can all feel a bit overwhelming. And let’s not forget Christmas is, gulp, six weeks away. (“Dear Santa, I want a new screen door. Thanks, Cindy.”)

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Stepping Away From the Mirror: Remembering What My Body is For

When I think back to the times I felt most beautiful, most nourished, most comfortable with my body and its natural curves, they were not the times I was most pre-occupied by taking vigilant care of those things, but the times I worried least about them. They were the times when I worked hard to listen long and deep to an African woman’s story of rejection, when I invested so deeply in my children that I never noticed whether my hair was perfectly cut or even washed that day, when I didn’t worry about the crow’s feet around my eyes when I laughed huge and long with my whole face.

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