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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.

 

Rajo: A Story from the Africa Mercy

Rajo-Mercy-Ships-clubfootIn the developed world, children ask their parents for many things: toys, pets, candy and other sweet treats, and roller-coaster rides courtesy of daddy's arms.  But in Madagascar, Little Rajo would often ask his father, Tojo, "Please, Daddy, arrange my feet."  These words made Tojo want to cry.

Daddy's All Star Champion


Until this morning, I had never heard of clubfootthe condition that curved Rajo's left foot and made walking difficult.  This sweet child had suffered with clubfoot since birth
until his father found Mercy Ships®.

Four-year-old Rajo is a happy-go-lucky, friendly boy.  But he ...

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Pray Your Way Through the News with Focus

Focusing on PrayerWith the National Day of Prayer just around the corner, what better time to read a news summary on issues that matter today -- but through a prayer lens.  Focus on the Family's Jim Daly recently wrote a blog post called "Transgenderism in the News and Other Stories You Need to Know" -- it's a helpful guide of recent top headlines.  As we read in concern, let's do as Paul wrote in Romans 12:12 . . . "Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer."

Here's a look at the news items summarized in the blog post ...

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How to Respond to the Baltimore Riots

Carter-Conlon-Baltimore-pray"In this nation, a concerted fight has been fought against the presence and knowledge of God.  I find it particularly sad because we once knew better.  We taught our children in our schools, in this previous generation, that there is no God, and now some of themas in Baltimoreare rioting in our streets."    — Carter Conlon

Reading the accounts of all that happened last night in Baltimore and what is continuing today caught my breath in my throat.  Have I clicked on some horrible movie ad? I wondered.  This surely can't be real.

But it is real.

Youth ...

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Compassion without Compromise

When we come alongside new believers in Christ, especially those still entangled in sin, Dennis Rainey says, "We want to be loving ... we want to be known as Christ followers who represent Him in a world that needs people to put some shoe leather to their faith."  

Two men in Bible StudyFor many folks, that is sometimes easier said then done when that new believer is a homosexual.  

Coming up next week on "FamilyLife Today," Dennis Rainey and Bob Lepine talk with two pastors (Adam Barr and Ron Citlau) who remind us that in the next year, we're likely to face one of ...

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Why Worldview Matters

It's already been three years since Chuck Colson passed away and so much has happened in our world since then, yet his faith and vision to redeem the culture lives on.  Chuck taught us so much about the importance of having a Christian worldview, and living a life based on Christian principles.

Just recently, I came across this quote from Chuck, "We must be the same person in private and in public. Only the Christian worldview gives us the basis for this kind of integrity."  This struck me particularly since I'd just had a conversation with my teenage ...

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Connecting The Dots This Father's Day

connect-four-fathers-day"Connect Four" was one of my favorite childhood games.  I enjoyed the simple concept-get four game pieces in a row-and the multiple options for strategy.  Straight up, left or right, or diagonal ... were all acceptable methods to achieving the goal of four in a row.

While playing against my grandpa around 4th grade, he taught me The Rule of the Center.  The Rule isn't an actual game guideline, but a self-imposed formula deeply held by all who know it.

Every time we get the first turn, followers of The Rule unfailingly drop their first playing piece into the ...

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