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, [...]

How to help a friend through a difficult pregnancy

2017-09-22T00:56:48+00:00 June 2nd, 2016|Categories: Christian Service, Friendship, Serving|Tags: , , |

I’m at the age when most of my friends have decided it’s time to grow their families. There have been dinners where pregnancies are announced, and baby showers, and afternoons spent folding teeny-tiny clothing. And then there have been messages saying, “I’ve miscarried” and phone calls telling me to please pray because a pregnancy is [...]

How to say “Yes” to God

2017-09-22T00:58:01+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 [...]

Risking your heart!

2016-07-12T23:05:56+00:00 February 1st, 2015|Categories: Christian Service, Faith, Heart Issues, Overcoming Fear, Relationships, Serving, Sharing Your Faith, Trusting God, Walking in Faith|Tags: , , , , , , |

If we open our hearts to anyone, we risk being hurt.  When you open your heart you become vulnerable because you are exposing a part of your inner self.  The truth is, there is nothing more wonderful in the entire world than opening up your heart to others.  But, let me be honest and say, [...]

Count your blessings

2016-07-25T00:54:12+00:00 October 21st, 2014|Categories: Christian Service, God's Provision, Gratitude, Serving|Tags: , , |

Finland, Hungary and Romania During mid-2012, my husband and I traveled to Finland for our youngest son, Kyle’s wedding. Thereafter, we spent ten days with new-found friends at their summer cottage in the south-eastern parts of Finland. The newly-weds joined us a week after the wedding, and a few days later, we all headed off [...]

10 ways to help someone with cancer

2016-07-18T18:49:13+00:00 April 24th, 2014|Categories: Cancer, Christian Service|Tags: , , , |

My husband was diagnosed with cancer in February 2012. Since then he has undergone 18 chemo sessions, a stem cell transplant and radiation. I’ve read that 1 in 2 people will be affected by cancer in their lifetime so odds are someone close to you is receiving treatment. It is easy to feel helpless in [...]

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 [...]

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