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My deepest desire is to be a Woman after God's Own Heart . . .  a godly woman.  One molded by and used of God.  And, without God's leading and intervention it won't happen.  That is my daily prayer. 

Elizabeth George (A Woman after God's Own Heart) says that praying to become a godly woman is a worthy prayer, but she also asks, "What does a godly woman do?  How does she act?  What is it about her that marks her out as a godly woman?" 

Those are the answers I need.   Elizabeth points to Titus 2:3-5 where you will find the character qualities of a godly woman.  She says the 10 most important priorities for women are: 

Wisdom

Godly Speech

Love of Husband

Love of Family

Love of Home

Purity

Personal Discipline

Goodness

Ministry to Others

Christ-like Behavior

If you share Elizabeth's and my prayer to become a godly woman, read Titus 2:3-5 and ask God to show you how to develop these qualities in your life.  It won't be an overnight change, but it will be well worth the end results! 

Blessings,

Sheri Cooper

Ambassador: We Connect. Ministry and Media.

 

Don't Be Silent

It's said that communication is key. 

As a mom of a teenager about to start high school, I couldn't agree more.

My soon-to-be freshman is taking summer school surveys which often communicate worldview messages. 

Recently, she told me about a survey in her health class which equated abortion to adoption as an option to an unplanned pregnancy.

In a recent "Life Issues®" commentary, Brad Mattes shares the story about a college student taking a photography class.  Her professor told her to showcase something she was passionate about-and since she's passionate against abortion, the student told him she ...

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888: God Speaking

One of my favorite parts of Sunday morning church service is the Scripture reading.  There's something about hearing our pastor read the verse out loud.  Hearing the Word read out loud helps set the tone of the service and message for me.

The world, including our country, has reached a place at which a new "tone" needs to be set  - as Anne Graham Lotz notes, "in this day of confusion and chaos, hopelessness and helplessness, what  would happen if all of us, you and I, hit life's pause button  . . . and we  listened to the Word of God?"

Anne ...

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Reviving Our Hearts Today

Last December, I was sitting with my Dad and family in a hospital waiting room while my Mom underwent open heart surgery.  I still remember the shocking news coming from the TV that afternoon as we learned about the shooting in San Bernardino, not too far from my home in Orange County.  I felt hopeless and actually a bit guilty as it was a time where my attention was more focused on the immediate help that my parents needed.

Then came the attacks on Paris and other parts of the world.  And then, this past weekend, to wake up to ...

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#PrayforOrlando

orlando

This past weekend was an interesting balance of both heartbreak and celebration.

While my family's visit from Wisconsin consisted of graduation gifts, birthday cake, and fun adventures, hearing about Orlando brought us to our knees in sadness.

It was a bittersweet mix of mourning the loss of many while celebrating the lives and accomplishments of those closest to me....a mix of enjoying, yet cherishing, our short and rare time together as a family.

Leaning into both the happy and the sad simultaneously is something my husband and I have been reflecting on quite a bit lately.  After realizing ...

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God’s Holiness and Our Sanctification: John Sorensen’s Devotional Message to the Ambassador Staff

John Sorensen at Ambassador 4-22-16

“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” – Isaiah 6:3

A few weeks ago we were honored to welcome John Sorensen, president of Evangelism Explosion and the voice of Share Life Today to our SoCal offices, and he shared a powerful message about God’s holiness with the staff during our weekly devotions.

John mentioned that when we recently asked all of our featured speakers to share with us their 10 favorite Christian books to include in upcoming issues of Update magazine, he realized that some of the most transformative Christian ...

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The Servant Queen

Queen

On this side of The Pond, we've always had a strange fascination with the British Royal family.  It's a little hard to understand (at least to me) why tens of millions of U.S. Citizens would wake up early to watch, throw parties, even dress in wedding attire while British monarchy wed.  However you measure popularity--the cover of gossip rags, stories on TMZ, prime time specials--this country is obsessed with the royals.

One psychologist, Dr. Nicole Joseph offered a possible explanation by underscoring at least six reasons:

  1. We all secretly wish we could be the ones to wear ...
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