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September 20, 2017
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Mentoring Changes Hearts and Lives in All Generations

by Janet Thompson Older woman, I’m writing this letter to you because young women need an oak. My prayer is you’ll heed Psalm 78:1-8 and Titus 2:3-5. Don’t allow fear, busyness, or inferiority to stop you from letting me . . . a younger woman . . . learn from you. Nourish us simply with your presence and prayers. You aren’t here to warm a pew, precious oak, but to warm our hearts towards Jesus. The future of the church needs you. You are an oak, “They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor” (Isaiah 61:3b). All my love, Tracy* Tracy’s plea is for spiritually older women, who she compares to righteous oak trees, to realize how badly the younger women all around them need godly role models. Women who will invest in the life of spiritually younger women and help […]
January 5, 2017
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Aren’t You Growing Tired of Being Just a Face in the Foyer?

I’ve noticed this about church life: many churchgoers are fine in the foyer. We’re fine with the chitchat of “Hello” and “How are you?” This small talk is safe . . . and empty. It camouflages us. It’s only when we get past what I call the foyer-facades that women can really connect and get to know one another. Only then are we able to share with one another our hurts, habits, and hang-ups, as well as our needs, desires, passions, and thanks. I don’t know about you, but my hurts, habits, and hang-ups don’t go away when I enter the church building. I’d rather not carry them back out the door with me. But living a real life for Christ can be an almost daily […]
November 7, 2016
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If God is Love, Where Is He?

Many in our modern world say God is untouchable. A distant God who can’t relate to you or me in the 21st century. Many in America today think that God is old-fashioned and not in touch anymore. Have you had conversations with anyone or maybe have heard someone wonder, “If God is love why did this terrible thing happen?” or “If God is who you say he is , why is there so much suffering in the world?” You may have heard this story. It’s a good one. There was a fierce thunderstorm going on outside a little girl’s bedroom. The curtains on the window were not thick enough to hide the pounding rain, lightning flashes and the thunderous booms of the storm. The small child […]
October 21, 2016
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The Smartest Woman in the Room

I’ve always believed that anybody can be smarter than they are. Quickly. What are you reading?See, I told you! Whatever it is you are putting your mind to, you are learning something – getting smarter about something. If you want something that will make you smarter and, here’s a bonus, be a blessing to your family, pick up this book, You Can Be a Smart Stepmom. In blended families the role of stepmother rarely begins well regardless of where her relationship winds up moving to as the family continues making adjustments. I don’t believe I’ve ever known of a step-family where the job of stepmother wasn’t complicated or difficult or nearly impossible. There are many people to factor in, feelings to consider and relationships to care […]