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The Gift of Female Friends

A while back an article entitled “The Life- changing Power of Female Friendships” caught my eye. The article told stories about friendships among women that emerged from shared life experiences like child rearing and other joys and challenges. It told of women who walked beside...
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Be the Change You Want to See

“Be the change you want to see in this world” – Mahatma Gandhi As I reflect on all of the happenings in our community, and in our world recently, I often find myself thinking of this phrase. We all have heard this phrase at one point or another, although doesn’t it seem...
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New Life

Spring has to be my favorite season of the year. After the often times cold, dreary months of winter, it is so positive and uplifting to see the new plants emerge from the ground, the grass begin to green up, the trees blossom, and new leaves once more begin to grow. All of this...
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Becoming A God Pleaser

“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:10 (NIV) Have you ever met someone who seems to “walk to the beat of their own drum?” Living...
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What Will You Give Up?

Romans 12:1 (MSG) So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life – and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you...
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I Am Enough

In mid-January, our women’s ministry team met to discuss the coming year and how we can inspire and meet the needs of ALL women in the congregation. One question our leader, Kathy Paisley, posed was: “Who do you represent?” Wow. What a loaded question. I joined this team 10 years...
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Women’s Ministry Devotion: The Lord Will Provide

THE LORD WILL PROVIDE Please read Genesis 22:1-19 So Abraham called that place, “The Lord will provide.” Genesis 22:14 There are many examples of God providing for the needs of His children, both in the Old Testament and the New Testament. Genesis 22 is a great example of God’s...
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Women’s Ministry Devotion: Tell the Story

In the mid 80’s I was hired as the library director for a public library in North Central Nebraska. It was a job that I loved, primarily because I had the opportunity to work with young children. I organized and led the story hour program during the summer and checked out books...
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Women’s Ministry Devotion: Change is Always Near, Yet God’s Love is Constant

This time of year seems to be an obvious and expected time of change. The fall season is officially here, and more cool, crisp mornings are on the way. Before we know it, the color of the beautiful fall leaves will surround us as the harvest season begins. It almost sounds cliché...
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Women’s Ministry Devotion: Does it Matter?

Does it ever seem like your service to God is insignificant? “Not everyone can do great things, but all of us can do small things in great love,” is attributed to Mother Teresa. When we least expect it, we can make a difference by serving in the moment with small deeds that...
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Calm Amidst the Storm

Luke 8:23-25 As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters;...
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Amazing Grace

“By grace you have been saved.” Ephesians 2:8 Would you rather stay at a luxury hotel or in the home of a gracious friend, sister, or parent?  Luxury suites can be fun!  There’s the fruit and cheese basket as you arrive.  There’s the selection of gourmet...
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