Body Life

She was in her late seventies; I was in my early twenties. She was my “visitation partner.” I was a brand new pastor’s wife (And really green at my role!). Mrs. Wells took me under her wing and taught me how to “make a visit.” Our church was in a thriving metropolis in the Ozarks. “Population: 503” is what the sign read as you drove into town. The “town” consisted of our small...

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Consume Good Reads

The landscape of reading has changed dramatically within the last hundred years. Before electronic media, the regular reading of books, periodicals, and lengthy hand-written letters was the norm. Not so much today. People are reading, but it is quick sound-bites through texting, email, or social media. I’m thankful for the proliferation of good reading material on the Internet (I’m glad...

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Breathe in Grace and Exhale Worship

We can’t sit down and have a face-to-face discussion with Jesus like His first-century followers did, but I love how Scripture helps us know Him better by giving a peek into His heart—like in John 4. When I watch as the woman at the well has her face-to-face with Christ, I feel as though I’m right there with her, standing on tip-toe, ready to learn about any mysteries of kingdom living...

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Ask a Lot and Listen Well

As a teen, I had a million questions as I started getting serious about digging into God’s Word. I didn’t have a lot of helpful resources back then, and I asked anyone who I thought could help me find the answers. I remember asking one pastor privately (repeatedly), if he could please explain what the Bible was talking about when it mentions the “gift of speaking in tongues.” The pastor...

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Do You Tremble?

My husband experienced literally a “crisis of faith” when we were in the trenches of marital suffering. For several years he watched me be pretty consistent with daily Bible study, he saw me teaching the Word regularly in our church and speaking in conferences, but in our marriage relationship, I was one miserable woman to live with! My husband didn’t see the Word affecting my behavior. My...

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