Category: women’s ministry

Finding God’s Presence ~ A Prayer for Peace When Clinging Desperately to the Cross

Lord, You are God of the whole earth, the Holy One of Israel. You have provided for us a covenant of peace — perpetual. Never-ending. Never-waivering. Always available for Your child.

Thank You for Your perfect peace that manifests so beautifully in the midst of life’s perfect storms — those times we cling desperately to the Cross. Unemployment. Broken relationships. Prodigal children. Terminal illness. Tragedies. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but You have promised to deliver us out of them all.

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Faith Notes ~ Karen Friday: Finding Hope When Darkness Consumes

Today’s guest on Faith Notes is a dear friend, Karen Friday, affectionately known as Karen Girl Friday. We met on Twitter a few years ago because she is a pastor’s wife and, well … I wrote a book for pastors’ wives. As it turned out Karen is also a writer and speaker, just like me. She has a precious, beautiful spirit fully dedicated to her Lord and delights in sharing hope with others. Be sure to read all the way through — Karen is offering a giveaway for those who subscribe to her blog. I’m sure her testimony will encourage you as it has me, because we are all on this journey of faith together.

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Finding God’s Presence ~ Eclipse. When God Commanded the Earth to Be Still

We gathered on the front steps, anticipation filling the air. The peak of the total eclipse was only minutes away — the awe of this historical moment quieted each of us with amazement. The moon’s shadow moved slowly over the ridge covering the afternoon with darkness.

A holy hush fell over our mountain — stillness like I’ve never known before. Ominous. Commanding. A stillness that permeated the heart and soul and mind.

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Finding God’s Presence ~ When Tiny Black Globes Stare Directly Into Mine

It’s said that the eyes are the window to our souls, and though I could not see into his eyes, I had the overwhelming feeling that those tiny black globes were staring directly into mine. Searching. Questioning.

He just hovered there, bobbing up and down, left and right. I gripped my coffee cup and dared not move lest the hummingbird became frightened and darted away from the window. #FindingGodsPresence

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Finding God’s Presence ~ A Prayer When You’re Clinging to The Cross

Thank You for Your abiding presence. I don’t know what I would do without You, Lord. When I am overwhelmed, I find myself clinging to You. When I am afraid, I run to You and find safety. When I have no peace, I remember that You Yourself, are my peace, and You open my eyes to see You.

I know many who are afflicted — who are clinging desperately to the Cross …

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Faith Notes ~ The Heartache of Alzheimer’s

Today’s guest on Faith Notes is a fellow Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas author, Sandra Merville Hart. Sandra is a walking trove of historical facts which comes in handy as she writes award-winning historical fiction. She even offers historical recipes on her website at┬ásandramervillehart.wordpress.com. How fun is that!

Sandra shares about the heartache and helplessness that occurs when a parent has Alzheimer’s. I know many who have suffered this same desperation. I pray that you will find hope, understanding, and encouragement from the words of Sandra’s heart.

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Finding God’s Presence ~ Hope Reflected. Healing Reminded.

The preacher spoke of her act of worship, her gesture of humility. He spoke of her offering to the One she loved — how she fell at His feet much like we fall at the foot of the cross to receive His mercy and grace. As the preacher spoke, I felt my spirit stirring within me. The Lord beckoned me to the altar to give Him that which is of utmost worth to me — my broken heart.

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Finding God’s Presence ~ A Prayer to See and Know His Glory

Lord, I give You praise, for You alone are worthy of all praise. The heavens and earth declare Your glory — and so do I. You are magnificent. Wonderful. And holy. And still we can come before You boldly to receive mercy and grace in our time of need. We can run to You as a child runs to her father, leaping into his strong arms for safety, comfort or to share a giggle.

How incredible that is!

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Faith Notes~ Deborah Clack. When Chronic Illness Opened My Eyes to See

I have the joy of introducing my new friend, Deborah Clack. We’ve never met in person (in fact, we just met on Twitter a few weeks ago) but I feel like I already know her and I think you’ll feel the same. She is precious. Like me, Deborah suffers from a chronic illness, but because she is so special, even the doctors can’t figure her’s out! But during her darkness moments — those moments that torment and twist our faith into a knot — she has found God’s faithfulness. It’s an honor to feature Deborah on Faith Notes.

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Finding God’s Presence ~ Even When I Don’t Want To

Shadows laced together like interlocking fingers carpeting the trail beneath my feet. Blue chicory mingled with fuchsia-painted sweet pea among the boulders heralding my hike. A cool breeze rubbed against my neck stiff with tension and whispered for me to look up to the sky wrought with glory.

But I didn’t want to.

I wanted to stay buried in my thoughts and yield to my enemy rather than look to my Savior.

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