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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.

 

Making 2016 a Year of Prayer

Do you have some goals in mind for the new year?  Many of us would love for this to be the year that we stick to our diet and exercise plan, get serious about a budget, or be more patient with family and friends.

Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth says, "While these are worthy goals, they're not what I am placing in my number one spot . . . this year, I am asking the Lord to make me a true woman of prayer.  As believers, we know the power of prayer cannot be overestimated.  Consistent, fervent, faith-filled praying for our marriages, families, churches ...

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Heart for the Disabled Week

On my nightstand is a ceramic heart a friend gave me with a little slip of paper inside.  On the paper, she wrote Matthew 6:21. 

I keep the heart in this prominent spot to remind me to think about where I invest my time, energy and resources.  I want (and need) to be cognizant that where I make these investments is where my treasures are and, there is where my heart will be.

The main question Matthew 6:21 prompts me is "Am I focusing on serving others or is my priority my own to-do list?" I don't ...

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Resume or Eulogy?

In David Brooks' excellent new book, The Road to Character, the author begins by pointing out the difference between "résumé virtues" and "eulogy virtues." 

In my simplified words, "résumé virtues" are those you earn through success in life: business, education, skills, associations and awards.  They go on your vitae: PhD's, sale of a startup business, salesman-of-the-year certificates.  Professional experience. 

But in contrast, "eulogy virtues" are those endearing characteristics of life which are repeated in memorial services.  The core of who a person is.  The admirable traits.  So often, someone who is less than likeable, is universally thought ...

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Pray for Everything

None of us know what 2016 holds - in our own lives, we may enjoy our greatest moments or face our greatest disappointments.  The same could be true for our country as a whole - the New Year may bring with it times of peace or times of great unrest.

Moving forward into this New Year, I am reminded by Anne Graham Lotz that prayer is the way to prepare for whatever the next 12 months may bring:

As I look ahead into 2016, I feel compelled to draw a circle around this city, this state, this nation... and pray!  Until God ...

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January 17th is Sanctity of Life Sunday

Reading the newspaper or scrolling social media feeds, it's common place for pro-life news to be headlined:

Abortion . . . on Supreme Court’s plate in 2016: Detroit News January 3, 2016

Activists sparring over abortion see issue rising in 2016 for White House and Senate: AP News Twitter feed December 27, 2015

Abortions Fall to Record Low: L.A. Times, December 13, 2015

With Sanctity of Life Sunday, January 17th, 2016 quickly approaching, Brad Mattes, President of the Life Issues® Institute and host of the daily commentary, ”Life Issues®,” has assembled ...

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Joy to the World

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Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King...

"Joy to the World" -- one of the most beloved Christmas hymns of all time, but did you know? It wasn't written as a Christmas song?

A recent broadcast of "The Book" tells the story of how this song, which has been sung by generations during the holidays, was never intended to herald the nativity stories in the gospels.  English hymn writer, Isaac Watts, wrote this song for his work entitled "Psalms of David" in 1917.  The goal was to imitate the psalms rather than translate them ...

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