Encourage

In challenging seasons trust that God is present and presiding. An article by Mary Diggs

Managing Challenging Seasons

I have a good friend who has a saying, “Everybody has STUFF!” That’s her way of saying each of us has our own set of challenges. It’s usually her response…
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Kay Warren Article

Joy in Challenging Seasons

Today, I’m sharing an interview between my daughter Chrystal Hurst and Kay Warren. Kay is the wife of Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California.
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Shalom

The Shalom of the Lord

I have been overwhelmed with the full meaning of the word shalom this year. It has been a rhema word that has brought me great comfort in 2018
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Fullfillment

Fulfillment

As a pastor’s wife for 20 years, I have over and over again, seen people search for means of fulfilling themselves. I find it truly heartbreaking to watch.
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You Are a Child of the King

You Are a Child of the King

The story has been told of the Queen of England attending a banquet with her daughter. Several hours into the evening, the Queen’s daughter began to get bored, and started…
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What's in Your Hand

What’s in Your Hand

Friend, do you ever feel like you are in an obscure place, living off in the middle of nowhere, or anonymously dwelling in a crowd, with no particular gifts or…
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Taking the Next Step

Taking the Next Step

A lot of what God wants to do in your life won’t be done until you do what He has already revealed to you. When my children were growing up,…
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The Beauty of Protection

The Beauty of Protection

Recently, my husband and I went to Estes Park for a few days, to spend some time together. Upon our arrival, we very quickly noticed that elk were everywhere.
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Deep Waters

Deep Waters

As I read this verse, I am struck by the first word. It does not say IF you experience trials, rather,  it says WHEN you experience them.
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Spinning Your Own Wheels

Spinning Your Own Wheels

I remember many years ago on a day when I had become ill. I had gone to see my doctor, and after arriving at the diagnosis, the doctor prescribed some…
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Rising Above the Grief

Rising Above the Grief

I read of a woman named Sarah who went on a missions trip to Ukraine. During her time there, she befriended a 12-year-old orphan girl named Bogdana, who proved to…
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Are You Truly Content

Are You Truly Content?

During our seminary years, when all Tony and I could feast on was ground beef, I developed several ways to cook what we affectionately called “seminary steak.”
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Fighting Fear with the Word

Early in our marriage, Tony traveled frequently, which meant I was home with young children. Fear riddled me in the night. I worried constantly about Tony’s safety.
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Are You Feeling Captive?

Are You Feeling Captive?

I remember feeling captive during heavy child-rearing years with Tony working long hours. As women, we have to be aware of our feelings so we don’t take them out on…
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Success God's Way

Success God’s Way

Our success doesn’t hinge on what the culture at-large says or does, or how others act toward us, or even the outcome of our circumstances.
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Alone With Nothing

Alone With Nothing!

I’ve been going to my local coffee shop to write. I have a place at home but there have been instances when I can’t use it.
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God's Call on Your Life

God’s Call on Your Life

God’s call on your life as a pastor’s wife is about relationships.  The primary relationship is to God himself, then your relationship to yourself, your mate, your family, and your church. 
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Expectations of a Pastor’s Wife

The “pastor’s wife” role scares me because I feel it brings a lot of expectation and people think you are perfect. How do I keep the right perspective and do what…
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Letting The Word Be At Home

Letting The Word Be At Home

Is God’s Word at home in your heart? The word dwell in today’s verse means to make oneself at home. Paul doesn’t just want us to hear the Word
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Smiling Through Your Tears

Smiling Through Your Tears

My sister in Christ, I want to share a special word of hope and encouragement with you today. God can enable you to smile in spite of your tears.
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It's Ok To Be Different

It’s Ok To Be Different

We all face tremendous pressure to be like everyone else. No one wants to feel like the odd person out. I remember that growing up, I was always the one…
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Something to Get Excited About

Something to Get Excited About

There’s a painting by the great artist Rembrandt that says it all for me at Christmas. The scene is the manger of Bethlehem. The painting focuses my attention exclusively on…
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Stay Close and Get Fed

Stay Close and Get Fed

Some friends of ours like to feed the birds when they go to the beach. On one occasion, they tell us, a large flock of birds gathered to receive the…
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Adjusting to the Dark

Adjusting to the Dark

I was no longer the pastor’s wife and my husband was no longer the pastor. Three days earlier Rick had been killed in a tragic car accident and I was…
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A Psalm of Comfort

A Psalm of Comfort

The words of Psalms have always been a source of comfort and strength for me. They are filled with God’s promises to provide strength for the weak, comfort for the…
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Equipped for your Calling

Equipped for your Calling

Perhaps there have been times in your life when you’ve felt like running from what God was calling you to do. If so, you wouldn’t be the first person who’s…
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You Matter

You Matter

Every Christian has a specific call from God. The prophet Jeremiah received that call when he was a child. God spoke directly to him and said, “Before I formed you…
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Too Perfect

Too Perfect?

Whenever I wonder how a Christian wife and mother can find the time and energy to do all the things she needs to do, a biblical image comes to mind:…
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Doing It All

The feminist movement of the last thirty years has given us a lot of angry and frustrated women who are determined to prove to themselves and everyone else——particularly to men—that…
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Failure is Never Final

“Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him.” – PSALM 42:11
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Put Your Mask On First

When you are in an airplane preparing for takeoff, the flight attendant instructs you on how to use the plane’s oxygen system in case of emergency. You’re told to put…
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Despise Not the Trial

Many Christian women today are questioning whether God really cares about them.  The burden of work, stress of family responsibilities,
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