The Proverbs 31 Woman Is Real and Ready for a Comeback

She has been written about to death - eulogized, mourned and buried. However, I contend that the Proverbs 31 Woman was never meant to be a eulogy on womanhood. I contend that she was and is quite real and very much alive. She is the Woman of Noble Character or the Virtuous Woman; we know her as many things, don’t we? We’ve studied her, read about her, listened to messages about her, prayed that very section of scripture. Men have considered her some sort of an ideal, as the type of woman they should seek to marry. While…

20+ Scriptures to Pray in the Fight Against Slavery and Human Trafficking

The Word of God is clear. We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against spiritual forces, against rulers of darkness.... and I thank God this is true especially in the fight against slavery and human trafficking. When it comes to evil of this magnitude and depth, I often feel out of my league. I wonder what I can do. I doubt my own ability to impact something this massive, but God's Word reminds me I can have an impact. I can create change -- through prayer. And so can you!…

A Letter to the Christian Dating an Unbeliever

Dear friend, I hate to be writing this letter, but I have to. I really feel like God wants me to say something now because the longer I wait, the harder it will be -- for you. You aren’t going to want to hear this. I know, because I was in your shoes once too. When my former husband decided he wanted a different life than the one we were building together, I was devastated. My dreams and hopes for our future were shattered. I’d married a Christian man, or so I thought, shortly after attending a Christian college together.…

Two Mistakes Christians Make in Making New Year’s Resolutions

The year is winding down and everyone's a-buzz about making New Year's Resolutions, becoming a better version of yourself, resolving to break old bad habits or picking up a few new good ones. Some years, I find myself resolving to get more exercise, spend more time with the LORD, get out of debt, or do something more meaningful with my days. I think we all hope to be continually improving ourselves, and growing in ways toward I think we all hope to be continually improving ourselves, and growing in ways toward our best life…

Seven Quiet Time Styles For When You’re Finding Your Groove

If you grew up in church you grew up hearing about having a quiet time. At some point you may have had it modeled for you. But no matter your history with the matter, I think we all know it's important, even when it feels impossible. As a mom of seven kids, many of whom are little boys, I know, all too well, how challenging it can be to make even a few moments for a quiet time. It's been a struggle, like an all-out WWE wrestling match. And I still have to work at it, but with some creativity, I've been able to find a way,…

Bringing Hanukkah Home

It was seven years ago that we celebrated our first Hanukkah as a family. That year, my kids were still small and we wanted to provide them a culturally rich, and possibly spiritually engaging experience. We didn’t have a clue. That year, Hanukkah was just about a week before Christmas, so we set up our tree and hung our ornaments and went and purchased a Menorah and some candles. I figured out the dates of the celebration, planned a menu featuring some of our favorites mixed with some of the, traditionally Jewish,0 foods…

The Sexual Abuse Witch Hunt Has Begun

For thousands of years, sexual abuse, sexual assault, and even forced prostitution, has been a taboo topic. Nobody talked about it. Few people even knew it was occurring. I remember vividly the first few people I told about this emerging issue, or perhaps a better way to say it is, this emerging topic, because the issue has always been. When I shared facts I'd read, people were horrified. They couldn't believe it was actually happening. Then we began to see more arrests (praise the Lord!), and then we saw the brilliant…
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