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The Fragrant Aroma

Have you ever been tempted to restrain your emotions in a worship service because someone might misunderstand or become uncomfortable? Often women have been accused of being overly sensitive or sentimental. But when your outpouring of love and thankfulness goes beyond words to tears, don't be embarrassed. I believe the Lord receives those tears as worship.

Four times in the gospels, the story appears of a woman's lavish gesture of worship—anointing Jesus with a very expensive jar of perfume. Three of these reports are likely descriptions of Mary of Bethany, the sister of Martha and Lazarus, whose ministry to Jesus occurred during the final week of His earthly life (see Matt. 26:6-13; Mark 14:1-9; John 12:1-8).

The fourth account, however, though similar in detail, is a report of a separate event involving a different woman and occurring earlier in the life and ministry of Jesus than the week of His passion (see Luke 7:36-50). read more

Get in the Flow

Do your problems get in the way of your relationship with God? Sometimes we let hindrances such as disappointment, pride or the cares of life block the flow of the Holy Spirit in us and we become ineffective for Him. read more

Becoming a Woman of Influence

Finally I could slow down long enough to have a cup of coffee with a new friend. I had taken a week's vacation from work and had been looking forward to this time of relaxation and unhurried conversation with a sister in Christ I had met a few weeks earlier.

We found we had much in common. We talked and laughed, and as the morning turned into afternoon, we grew excited about how God seemed to be orchestrating our lives in similar ways. We prayed and encouraged one another and shared our plans for the future.

Just then, the phone rang. I picked it up and heard my husband's voice on the other end. In a faltering tone, he told me that a friend of ours, Doris, had died, succumbing to a 19-year battle with cancer. read more

Why Do Bad Things Happen to God's People?

I used to believe God never used physical affliction to do a spiritual work in the hearts of His people. I was taught that God has many means at His disposal to deepen our love and purify our faith, and sickness and infirmity were not among those tools.

Affliction always comes from the hand of the enemy, I was told, and Christ would never send such a thing our way because He died to deliver us from all the works of the enemy. So sickness is never God's will for the saint, and if it lingers then there's something wrong. These were things I believed and preached—until infirmity hit me. read more

A Mother's Love: Priceless

This week, moms across the country will be showered with gifts and heart-felt words from their loved ones in recognition of Mother’s Day. I’m glad someone thought to set aside the second Sunday in May to honor the faithful women who love and care for their families.

Decades ago gospel singer Shirley Caesar penned a song that I believe characterizes the depth of a mother’s love—and God’s love for us. No Charge is a song about a young boy who charges his mom a fee every time he completes his chores or helps out around the house.

For mowing the lawn, $5
Taking out the trash, $1 read more

Turn Your Thoughts to Him

The believer who is utterly in love with the Lord will not even desire the things that might offend the object of his affection. It is only by complete abandonment, however, that it is possible to reach a total victory in subduing your senses and your desires.

Why is this so? read more

Yearning for More of God

The path to the higher realms of the Spirit has always led through the barren wilderness. It is there we realize the desperate hunger and thirst within that only God can satisfy. read more

Escape From Intimidation

I had no idea when my husband, John, started his traveling ministry that God had a call on my life, too. It all began so innocently—and I almost missed it because I was afraid.

In 1990 John resigned an associate pastor position to pursue the burning call he felt for our nation. Our two sons and I traveled from place to place with him. We drove almost everywhere because John's ministry was unknown at the time, and no one was willing to provide an airline ticket for him.

But before the end of John's first year as a traveling preacher, ministry invitations began to flow in from places that were willing to fly him out for extended meetings. He was often gone for weeks at a time, and the family rarely accompanied him. This meant I was home alone with two toddlers—and a baby on the way. read more

Girl Perfect

Based on the evocative and haunting story of her journey from fashion to faith, professional model Jennifer Strickland shatters the illusion that worldly beauty and success satisfy.

She leads young women and teens to the powerful, lasting knowledge of who they are in God's sight—His beloved daughters, hand-crafted to reflect His glory to the world.

To order the book Girl Perfect by Jennifer Strickland, click here: read more

No More Fantasies

The fairy tales we all read as children taught us to believe that one day a handsome knight in shining armor would come and take us away on his white horse. But reality has left us wondering, "Why hasn't anyone brought me my glass slipper yet?"

It is the heart cry of every woman to be loved. But if we do not discover and accept the love of God, then we cannot love ourselves. And if we do not love ourselves, then we cannot love others.

Many of us spend our lives suffering from low self-esteem and insecurity because we never come to understand our own personal worth. We do not see ourselves as God sees us—"fearfully and wonderfully made" (Ps. 139:14, NKJV).

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