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About Alison Ward

Alison is married to Steve; they have two married daughters, and five grandchildren, and live in Gauteng, South Africa. She has pastored with her husband for thirty-three years, has a nursing background, and recently completed a master’s degree in leadership and coaching. Alison is passionate about teaching the Bible and partnering with women to fulfill their gifts and potential.

How you can actually achieve your New Year’s resolutions

2017-02-16T00:43:30+00:00 December 30th, 2016|Categories: Goals, New Year|Tags: , , |

At this time of year, I always look back over the previous year, with the intention of looking forward to the new year ahead, and planning for the areas of achievement I have in mind. What worked? What didn't work? And where do I want to focus my efforts and my energies? There are times [...]

9 crucial steps to renewing your mind this Christmas season

2017-02-16T00:43:40+00:00 December 12th, 2016|Categories: Advent & Christmas|Tags: , , |

It’s December, and it may be a difficult time for some of us who have lost loved ones, are lonely or get disheartened over the festive season. One person told me that every Christmas day she becomes depressed, as since childhood, Christmas has never lived up to her expectations. What is Christmas, really? I have [...]

The Secret of Dealing with Grief and Loneliness at Christmas Time

2017-02-16T00:43:51+00:00 December 2nd, 2016|Categories: Advent & Christmas, Depression, Grief, Loneliness|Tags: , , , |

Christmas is a joyous season for most of us. It's a season of joy; a time to enjoy family and friends; a time to be happy. But what if it’s also a season to grieve? What if you're in a season of grief this Christmas? Grief comes to all of us. Grief is an intense [...]

GRATITUDE—how to do it

2017-02-16T00:44:42+00:00 September 23rd, 2016|Categories: Gratitude|Tags: , |

Gratitude is a buzzword in all sorts of circles. It is spoken of in corporate circles, and on talk shows. You are encouraged to journal about gratitude and the things you are thankful for. Gratitude has become a watchword for positive organizational behaviour or positive thinking or as a significant support for depression. A few years [...]

How to manage change

2017-08-21T09:19:22+00:00 August 26th, 2016|Categories: God's Perspective, God's Plans for us, Trusting God|Tags: , , , , |

I don’t know about you, but change is not my favourite thing. I think we all have some resistance to change, especially if it is unforeseen change. I think it’s a vulnerability thing. We see ourselves as vulnerable when there is change in and around our lives and we feel it puts us at risk [...]

What I have learned on the cancer journey with my husband

2017-08-21T09:20:50+00:00 June 23rd, 2016|Categories: Cancer, Hard Times, Marriage, Overcoming Fear, Stress, Suffering|Tags: , , , , |

I have been on a cancer journey with my husband for 8 years In fact, in the space of 10 days, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, my wonderful father died, and my daughter lost a long awaited IVF pregnancy. It was a traumatic time. To his credit, my husband is a very determined man. [...]

The 5 secrets to controlling your anger

2017-08-21T09:21:20+00:00 June 10th, 2016|Categories: Beauty for Ashes, Heart Issues, Overcoming Anger|Tags: , , , |

Is anger a sin?  As Christians, are we supposed to try not to be angry? What do we do with anger issues? Anger is a very real human emotion we all experience. God put within us the ability to feel all kinds of emotions, negative and positive ones. Anger serves a very real purpose in [...]

7 ways to deal with a martyr syndrome

2017-08-21T09:22:42+00:00 April 25th, 2016|Categories: Heart Issues, Serving, Time Management|Tags: , , , , |

Martyr syndrome is a common issue among women. I have seen it among church people for many years. Martyr syndrome or victim complex can be classified as a person who uses self-sacrifice and suffering to control their environment. They are masking the real issues of the heart, unwilling to deal with themselves and grow in spiritual formation, [...]

Preach the gospel to yourself

2017-08-21T09:23:55+00:00 March 21st, 2016|Categories: Devotionals, Encouragement, Grace, Heart Issues, Overcoming, Spiritual Growth, Walking in Faith|Tags: , , , |

It was Jerry Bridges, who passed away recently, whose book taught me: preach the gospel to yourself every day. You may be like I was as a young Christian I was continually questioning whether I measured up to God’s standards for holiness, and whether I would make it into heaven. I did not realize that my [...]

How do we forgive when we don’t want to?

2016-02-15T12:39:41+00:00 February 15th, 2016|Categories: Forgiveness, Heart Issues|Tags: |

Do you find it difficult to forgive? You are not alone. It’s easy to forgive the person who steps on your toe in the elevator, but what about forgiving the person who shaped your life by their abuse when you were a child, or forgiving the husband who cheated on you, ruining your dreams of [...]

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