Heaven on wheels

2017-02-16T00:44:53+00:00 September 11th, 2016|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Devotionals, Obedience, Prayer|Tags: , , , , |

The knock at my door was soft, apologetic. I soon discovered a bouquet of anxious faces clustered in the hallway of the hotel where I was speaking for a women’s weekend retreat. “A situation has come up,” Jill, the retreat committee chairman, explained, keeping her voice low. Uh-oh. Ten minutes later—hair combed, lipstick in place, [...]


2017-09-22T00:55:05+00:00 July 18th, 2016|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Devotionals, Perseverance|Tags: , , , , |

May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. - 2 Thessalonians 3:5 I spent almost two decades in Asia where haggling for a good price was a sport. I loved the thrill of going back and forth with the shopkeeper until I wore them down and I was walking away with a [...]

A hole in it!

2017-09-22T00:55:28+00:00 July 8th, 2016|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Divorce, Grief, Parenting, Singleness|Tags: , , , , |

The following is a devotional birthed out of recording artist Kim Hill’s personal story, written to help single parents guide their children through the fallout of divorce. Divorce is experienced by children as a devastating event When children experience their parents’ divorce, no matter how old they are, it’s a devastating event. When asked how [...]

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 [...]

A love letter to my children

2016-07-20T19:52:06+00:00 May 11th, 2014|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Parenting|Tags: , , |

December 25, 1999 Dear Children, Just wanted to write and let you know that Dad and I are about half way through our "parenting years." Don't get alarmed--we'll always be your parents. This doesn't mean we're quitting in 2009. It just means that our toting, tickling, training, teaching time with you is half done. People [...]

Introducing Sue Keddy

2016-07-13T15:33:26+00:00 December 11th, 2012|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers|Tags: , |

Sue Keddy is a real tonic and an intrepid adventurer for Jesus!  She has enjoyed picnics in a junk boat on the South China Sea, ridden a camel on the shores of the Arabian Sea in Karachi,  Pakistan, and celebrated wedding anniversaries on deserted stretches of  beaches in the Philippines and Guam.  God has taken her into the [...]

Ellie Lofaro tells us more about herself

2016-03-05T20:13:42+00:00 June 10th, 2012|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Testimony|Tags: , |

Can you tell us a bit about yourself? Where you live? About your family?   I will be 55 this year. I was born in Brooklyn NY (my parents are Italian) and I live near Washington DC with my husband of 30 years. We moved here to enter Prison Ministry with Prison Fellowship International. Even though I [...]

Biographical snippets from Barbie Erasmus

2016-07-14T16:38:01+00:00 May 18th, 2012|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers|Tags: , |

I was a missionary in North East Namibia for 9 years. I left as a young 24 year old, with my first baby, Luke, who was just 3 weeks old. We worked amongst an unreached peoples group known as the Hambukushu.  This was in 1984 during height of the war in Angola.  We lived right [...]

Life is beautiful

2016-07-14T00:31:38+00:00 May 15th, 2012|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, God's Love, Parenting, Suffering|Tags: , , , , |

I love my children. I think they’re wonderful and I’m pretty nuts about them. Please don’t mistake me for a misguided, misinformed, mushy mom. I am quite aware of their sin natures, I dislike some of their personality traits (some are too close for comfort), and I discipline them when it’s necessary. I have never [...]

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