His Wisdom for Her World

Dorothy Kelley Patterson

What Makes a "Great" Grandparent?

USA TODAY (9/5/14) featured a poll “What makes a ‘great’ grandparent?” 39% teaching/passing on values 36% not interfering with parental role 21% maintaining one’s health 17% not overindulging grandkids 7% embracing new technology If I were to summarize with a spiritual lens, I could affirm that grandparents have a unique and awesome opportunity to teach […]

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Dear Dottie, Can Women Be Deacons

By on June 19, 2014 in Ministry with 0 Comments

Dear Dottie, Can women be deacons? I came across Phoebe’s name in Romans 16 and Paul called her a deaconess. But in my church, I see that only men serve as deacons. Why is this? Sincerely, An Inquisitive Friend   Dear Inquisitive Friend: Your question concerning women as deacons is one asked frequently, especially by women who […]

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Summer Reading List

Reading is one of the most profitable and edifying as well as entertaining disciplines. I describe even “fun” reading as a discipline because no one ever read a book from first page to last sentence without having some measure of discipline, especially in this electronic, visually stimulating era where there is talk of getting rid of […]

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A Salute to Mothers

Many women could have answered this classified ad: Woman wanted to help in house. 18-hour day. 7-day week. Must have experience in cooking sewing, medicine, child care, and psychology, law, elementary electricity and household repairs, bookkeeping, marketing, and cleaning. Must be strong and willing with happy disposition. No wages. Room and board provided. Motherhood is […]

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It's Never Too Late to Make a Difference!

By on April 1, 2014 in Ministry with 3 Comments

Dear pilgrims in the journey, The Lord has brought to my heart a devotional thought to share. Do you, as I, often feel that whatever you do in an effort to meet the needs of your family and serve others is somehow not enough? Do you think that whatever you attempt could be done better and […]

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It’s Never Too Late to Make a Difference!

By on April 1, 2014 in Ministry with 0 Comments

Dear pilgrims in the journey, The Lord has brought to my heart a devotional thought to share. Do you, as I, often feel that whatever you do in an effort to meet the needs of your family and serve others is somehow not enough? Do you think that whatever you attempt could be done better and […]

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Dear Dottie: Any Ideas on How to Reach my Neighborhood?

By on February 27, 2014 in Dear Dottie with 0 Comments

You will be amazed at what the Lord will bring into your heart and vision—oftentimes something that no one else would even envision!

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Dear Dottie: How Do I Start New Habits in My Relationship with God?

Dear Dottie, Every January, I set out to read through the Bible in a year or keep up a prayer journal but by mid-February I feel I’ve fallen too far behind to ever catch up. I truly want to grow in the spiritual disciplines in my life but always seem to fizzle out and get […]

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Dear Dottie, What Did You Mean By "Family Obsessed"??

By on November 5, 2013 in Dear Dottie with 0 Comments

Dear Dottie, I recently heard you give a message on the Proverbs 31 Woman where you talked about being “family obsessed.” At first, I thought the term sounded odd. But as you went on, it sounds like you were encouraging women to know their family in a deep and meaningful way and to make home […]

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The Celebration of My Mother’s Death and Life

By on September 27, 2013 in Dear Dottie with 0 Comments

Better is the end of a thing than the beginning . . . .” (Eccl. 7:8) Death produces heart-felt sorrow and a vacuum every time it strikes. As the daughter of a funeral director and the wife of  a minister, I have been around death all of my life. In almost seven decades, I have […]

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