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Single for a reason

2017-01-27T09:36:33+00:00 January 27th, 2017|Categories: Relationships, Singleness|Tags: , |

A truth that never makes its way onto coffee mugs in Christian book stores is: “It’s not what you're looking forward to that's important, but rather where you presently are that matters most.” For a single woman it translates this way: Even though you are waiting for your life-partner, what are you doing with your [...]

Be better than you, not better than others!

2017-02-16T00:43:16+00:00 January 23rd, 2017|Categories: Confidence, Contentment, Heart Issues, Identity in Christ, Relationships|Tags: , , , |

The comparison trap The only way to thrive in life is to be yourself—to flourish where you are right under the patch of grass God has placed you on. The dangerous mistake so many of us make is that we compare ourselves with others. Brennan Manning made the observation that "we are all cracked pots". In [...]

The power of connectedness

2017-02-16T00:44:28+00:00 October 7th, 2016|Categories: Friendship, Relationships, Spiritual Growth|Tags: , , , |

We need to connect with God and also with others. If we are women who are serious about 'Deepening our relationships', we need to connect with God and also with others. God uses people to shape people. And the Holy Spirit longs to be powerfully at work in every encounter we have as human beings [...]

Don’t give people permission to hurt you

2017-08-21T09:20:57+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 teach what “being beautiful” looks like

2017-08-21T09:22:56+00:00 April 18th, 2016|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Confidence, Parenting, Relationships|Tags: , , , , |

Teach your daughter what being beautiful is all about Our culture emphasizes outward beauty, but it’s what’s on the inside that counts. The question is: How do we teach this to our girls? “Do I look beautiful, Mommy?” My three-year-old daughter gazes up at me with big brow eyes, eagerly anticipating my response. She looks [...]

Frazzled and faithful: Reflections on single parenting

2016-07-08T15:40:12+00:00 February 12th, 2016|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Parenting, Relationships, Singleness, Stress|Tags: , , , , |

Popular worship leader and single mom Kim Hill offers insight into the chaotic single-parent life. Kim is a Grammy-nominated, multiple-Dove award winning singer/songwriter. She is also the frazzled, joyful single mother of two boys. Last Monday morning I was cajoling my boys, Graham and Benjamin (15 and 11), to hurry up and come downstairs. Suddenly [...]

How is it possible to overcome depression?

2016-08-12T17:09:55+00:00 January 18th, 2016|Categories: Depression, Overcoming, Relationships, Trials|Tags: , , , , |

Depression falls into one of two categories: you either struggle with depression or you live with someone who is depressed and struggles with depression We have that in our household. According to the World Health Organisation, 350 million people, of all ages, suffer from depression. One in five women are diagnosed with depression and are [...]

Life Is Short—Have An Affair

2015-11-14T14:03:00+00:00 November 13th, 2015|Categories: Marriage, Relationships, The Sinful Nature|Tags: , , |

My 47-year-old cousin was brutally murdered some months ago. He was having a barbecue with his family when some armed men barged into his home and murdered him.  So I am aware of the brevity of life. The Ashley Madison website* acknowledges that life goes by all too quickly, but they fail to inform their [...]

We Did It God’s Way—Married 39 Years and Loving It!

2016-08-07T22:38:44+00:00 August 27th, 2015|Categories: Marriage, Relationships, Seasons of Life, Testimony|Tags: , , , |

What a ride! This year marks 39 years of marriage to my husband. I know we live in a day and age where many relationships seem to be faltering, however, I do think it is important to herald our milestones and celebrate them. Love at first sight! Paul and I met each other when we [...]

Why do Christians bully and attack each other?

2016-07-30T22:20:56+00:00 April 24th, 2015|Categories: God's Perspective, Heart Issues, Relationships|Tags: , , , |

I was reading the blog of a popular, highly recommended author. I was stunned by her scathing attack on a Christian leader significantly older and more experienced than she was! Her blog was well written, but was used to criticize this renowned leader and expose his faults. When it comes to this particular leader, I [...]

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