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The Prodigal’s Mom

2017-02-16T00:44:06+00:00 November 4th, 2016|Categories: Parenting, Prayer, Testimony|Tags: , , , , |

Several years ago, while I was away on a business trip, I received a call from my eighteen-year-old son, Kyle. “Hey, Mom . . . guess what?” Without giving me a chance to hazard a guess, his excited voice continued. “I might be moving to Canada.” Now to put things into perspective, Canada is a [...]

Cancer U-turn

2017-02-16T00:44:17+00:00 October 21st, 2016|Categories: Cancer, Testimony|Tags: , , |

One beautiful, sunny African afternoon, my life changed forever. For two years, I had asked my gynaecologist for a mammogram. For two years, he had told me it wasn't necessary. Finally another specialist sent me for a "routine mammogram and ultrasound" which turned out to not be as routine as I'd hoped. I had breast [...]

Dear God, they say it’s cancer!

2017-02-16T00:44:24+00:00 October 10th, 2016|Categories: Cancer, Health, Hearing God, Overcoming Fear, Stress, Suffering, Testimony, Trials, Trusting God|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

I have lived in Ghana, Zambia and Burkina Faso for the last 12 years. We originally moved to Ghana because my husband accepted a position with a company there. Because we were going to Ghana, I went for a full medical check-up, which included a mammogram. To my horror, I found out that I had [...]

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, [...]

Echoes of joy from our lament!

2017-09-22T00:56:18+00:00 June 17th, 2016|Categories: Health, Perseverance, Praise, Suffering, Testimony, Trials, Trusting God, Walking in Faith|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The moment my life changed! Jay's car! A big burly police officer was standing at my front door. I smiled at him, thinking he was there to collect money for the police force after the tragic events of 9/11. “Are you Mrs. Alexander?’ he asked respectfully. “Yes!” I responded quizzically. Then the words [...]

You’re never too old to start writing!

2017-08-13T13:32:32+00:00 March 7th, 2016|Categories: Ageing, Books & Reading, Devotionals, On Writing, Testimony|Tags: , , , , |

I was first published at age 71 My first book was accepted for publication the year I reached 71. I had begun writing Prayers and Devotions more than 25 years before, through a weekly prayer letter for my church. I enjoyed writing, but never thought of publication. But after I retired God kept prompting me [...]

Wild Hope (2 books and 3 e-books to be won)

2016-07-15T14:15:54+00:00 November 25th, 2015|Categories: Books & Reading, Overcoming, Perseverance, Seasons of Life, Testimony, Video, Walking in Faith|Tags: , , , |

Carol makes you feel as though you are on the journey with her I'd been keen to meet Carol Alexander for a while. She'd been writing some of the most popular posts on the Beauty for Ashes blog, in spite of the fact that she's a very busy woman. She's a preacher, she's a college [...]

When God Makes You Feel Like a Little Girl

2016-08-07T22:45:36+00:00 September 3rd, 2015|Categories: Beauty for Ashes, Gratitude, Heart Issues, Testimony, Trusting God|Tags: , , , , |

Pink dress. Pink shoes. White stockings. Cute little girls. Cute little girls throw themselves in their fathers’ big arms and life is free from worries. Someone is going to take care of them. Someone is going to feed them. Someone is going to carry them on his broad shoulders. That’s what I felt when I [...]

Ellie Lofaro tells us about herself

2016-07-20T22:22:10+00:00 May 14th, 2014|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Testimony|Tags: , , |

Can you tell us a bit about yourself? Where you live? About your family? I will be 58 this year. I was born in Brooklyn NY (my parents are Italian) and I live near Washington DC with my husband of 33 years. We moved here to enter Prison Ministry with Prison Fellowship International. Even though [...]

Take up the challenge: Be a woman of influence

2016-07-20T20:57:04+00:00 May 12th, 2014|Categories: Beauty for Ashes, Friendship, Sharing Your Faith, Testimony|Tags: , , , , , |

Women have this intrinsic ability to influence.  We see it in our roles as wives and mothers, and in our friendships. We see this influence in the life of Timothy, where his mother, Eunice, and grandmother, Lois, communicated their faith to him so that he became a valuable member of the Apostle Paul’s team. A [...]

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