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How valuable is my ordinary life to God?

2017-02-16T00:43:55+00:00 November 28th, 2016|Categories: Encouragement, God's Plans for us, Identity in Christ, Ministry, Trusting God|Tags: , , , , |

I'm just ordinary “I’m just ordinary,” you say. “Does God attach the same importance to my life that He does to those with the big ministries? Are they, somehow, more valuable to Him?” It is good to remember that most of the people spoken about at any length in the Bible were those in leadership, [...]

Don’t give people permission to hurt you

2017-08-24T05:44:06+00:00 June 20th, 2016|Categories: God's Perspective, Heart Issues, Ministry, Overcoming Anger, Relationships, Spiritual Growth|Tags: , , , , |

I was standing at my kitchen sink washing dishes My mood was dark as I pondered a couple of mean spirited people in our church. "How could they be so critical?" I said to myself. We were pastoring a large church in Australia, working hard, doing our best, and all this couple could do was [...]

How to say “Yes” to God

2017-08-24T05:45:56+00:00 April 22nd, 2016|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Christian Service, God's Guidance, God's Plans for us, Hearing God, Ministry, Serving|Tags: , , , |

I don't know about you but as soon as I became a Christian I wanted to do something FOR God. I was a pregnant teen who found forgiveness and freedom, and I wanted to make my life count for Him. Over the years I found many ways to serve Him, and to be truthful it [...]

Just take the next step

2016-06-14T17:31:48+00:00 February 19th, 2016|Categories: Beauty for Ashes, Christian Service, Devotionals, Faith, God's Guidance, God's Plans for us, Hearing God, In the Media, Ministry, Serving, Testimony, Trusting God, Walking in Faith|Tags: , , , , , |

Have you ever wondered if you’re in God’s will?  How does God lead? The answer is simple—one step at a time. Psalm 37:23 says that “the steps of a good man (woman) are ordered by the Lord.” If we know and love the Lord and truly put Him first in all we do, then He [...]

After you have suffered

2016-02-05T18:41:55+00:00 February 5th, 2016|Categories: Devotionals, In the Media, Ministry, Spiritual Growth, Suffering, Trials|Tags: , , , |

Many people have asked, “How did you get into the kind of ministry you are in?” For those of you who don’t know what I do, perhaps I should explain that I am a conference speaker, an author, and a radio broadcaster. The truth is that this is the last thing on earth I ever [...]

God, will you ever use me?

2016-09-19T21:44:26+00:00 January 29th, 2016|Categories: Devotionals, In the Media, Ministry, Seasons of Life, Serving|Tags: , , , , , |

Do you read about the amazing things other women have done with a sinking heart? “Why can’t I do something like that?” “She’s obviously got more faith, talents or opportunities than me.” The truth is that each of us has a unique life and God opens different doors for us all. Remember Psalm 139 that [...]

5 exercises to help build your spiritual muscles

2016-08-10T18:22:42+00:00 January 22nd, 2016|Categories: Christian Service, Devotionals, Goals, Heart Issues, Mentoring, Ministry, Prayer, Serving, Sharing Your Faith, Spiritual Growth, Time with God, Waiting on God|Tags: , , , , , , , |

“I’m beginning to think it’s impossible to live a successful Christian life!” Jennifer exclaimed after a long, stressful day. “I get so discouraged. When I worship with other believers, I feel joyful and right with God. Then a new week begins with work, kids, problems, and ‘poof!’ – I’m back to the old Jennifer. Why [...]

The feather and the ant

2016-07-18T18:18:54+00:00 April 11th, 2014|Categories: Christian Service, Ministry, Serving|Tags: , , , |

I sat in the village on a worn woven mat beneath two looming trees that offered shade from the hot summer sun. Women sat beside me, feeding their babies and holding squirming toddlers while we worshiped and prayed together. As my husband began teaching, I noticed a mass of tiny red ants next to the [...]

How Beauty for Ashes inspired me to organise a women’s conference

2016-07-15T15:51:21+00:00 July 24th, 2010|Categories: Beauty for Ashes, Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Hearing God, Ministry, Testimony|Tags: , , , , |

“Lord, here I am, available to do  your work. Use me Lord.” At the 2007 Beauty for Ashes Women’s Conference, Priscilla Shirer spoke on “He Speaks to Me.” This really touched me as I had a misconception of how one can be used in God’s kingdom. I remember thinking that she was the most amazing [...]

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