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It's Not Just a Fairy Tale

Cinderella's story has no doubt left an indelible mark on most of us; many say that it's a bad one. Many have unfairly blamed the fairy tale for creating illusions in women's minds about what their expectations should be.

But even in this fantasy, there is truth: There is a Prince who will lift you from shame to acceptance, from rags to riches.

Like every damsel in the books we've read, we all need to be rescued. We've built fortresses around our hearts, and the tower walls intended to protect us have imprisoned us. But the Prince of Peace will not allow us to be separated from our destiny or from Him forever. read more

Up One Day, Down the Next

The foundation for our perception of truth has to become God's Word if we ever intend to have a consistent walk of faith. Our ever-changing emotions are totally unreliable.

Trusting in the final authority of the Scriptures and the leading of God's Spirit has everything to do with victorious living. The world we live in is hostile to our beliefs and our way of life, so daily it is necessary to re-establish our hearts and minds in righteousness.

Thus, the renewing of our minds according to the Word of God is an ongoing process requiring discipline and courage. But there is the enabling of the Spirit--the Helper on the inside, who was sent to give us wisdom, strength and the power to overcome the world. read more

The Spirit's Fruit is Love

Ultimately, the purity of our charitable works will stand or fall based on the motivation of our hearts. And the foundation for our service must be a genuine love for God that transforms all else we do.

What a marvel of grace it is that God should love us. But what an awe-inspiring miracle it is that we could be empowered to love Him in return.

Divine love was God's sole mot ivation for sending Jesus to Calvary. His demonstration is our model. read more

When a Thirsty Soul Found Love

Like so many women today, the woman at the well sought to fulfill her longing for love and validation illegitimately. What Jesus did for her is what He does for a woman now: love her completely and assign the highest value to her life.

Christ's gift to her and to us is living water that eternally flows from Him. This is "the gift of God" that satisfies every thirst and hunger forever. read more

Smart Ideas to Grow Your Business

Entrepreneur Gail Pittman found her niche when she began "playing around with pottery" at her kitchen table. Without formal training in art or business, Gail started small and trusted God to direct her steps.

Not everybody will feel led to start a business from scratch. However, fulfilling the call of God is a mandate from heaven for all of us.

When we put Jesus first, He uses our abilities and gifts and expands them so that they become greater than we've ever imagined. We need only to surrender to His will and trust that His timing is perfect. read more

Side by Side Ministry

From creation, God has elected to reveal the fullness of His glory through both men and women. Priscilla and Acquila were a married couple mentioned in Acts and Romans as co-laborers in the evangelistic ministry of Paul the apostle.

Phoebe was described by Paul as a "servant" or "deacon" (diakonos). It is believed that as his partner, she was the courier who represented Paul in delivering his letter to the church at Rome. read more

Don't Quit Now

At first glance, evangelist Olivia Mitchell's life didn't appear to be promising. She was born to an interracial couple in the 1950s and subjected to ridicule, neglect and repeated acts of abuse.

Many others would have given in to despair and failure when faced with such trying circumstances. But with God's help Olivia persevered.

In Christ there is always hope. We mustn't allow circumstances to force us out of the race when certain victory is just around the corner. read more

Overcoming the Shame of Abortion

Every one of us has known the reality of separation from God because of sin and shame. But the hope of the gospel is that God's mercy extends to anyone who will look to Him and accept His gift of salvation.

Abortion leaves in its wake devastated women. Millions of them today need to know that God still loves them and wants to make them whole. read more

Equally Redeemed From the Fall

The Bible teaches cooperation between strong, Godly men and women. How can we come to better understand our roles as co-heirs of God's grace? read more

God is in Control

Hannah Whitall Smith had a tremendous revelation of the sovereignty of God. She allowed for no "second causes" in her life but was pleased to receive from the hand of the Lord all that He purposed and permitted.

Smith taught that the things with which we struggle will serve God's will if we allow them to. She understood that when we fail to surrender to God in the middle of troubles, we deprive ourselves of His divine comfort when we need it most. read more

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