His Wisdom for Her World

Gayla Parker

Gayla has served in ministry for over 30 years serving as an International Mission Board missionary, pastor’s wife, state convention and WMU employee. Currently she is serving with the Arkansas Baptist State Convention coordinating Pregnancy Crisis Ministries on the Missions and Ministries Team. She is a graduate of Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL, wife, and mother of three sons. Gayla has authored several articles and mission studies as well as two books: Connections; A Daily Prayer Journal and her latestActive Compassion; A Calling to Care. In her free time Gayla enjoys running, hanging with friends over coffee, and enjoying time with family.

Running the Treadmill

By on November 4, 2014 in Relationships with 1 Comment
Running the Treadmill

On an unusually cool late summer day, I decided to go for a run outside rather on the treadmill at the gym. It happens to be 1.5 miles down the main road of my neighborhood. Since I had easily been running 5 miles on the treadmill all summer, a run down the main street and […]

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Let the Matchmaking Begin!

By on October 21, 2014 in Jesus with 0 Comments
Let the Matchmaking Begin!

Who doesn’t enjoy a good love story? When it comes to love stories, I have a few rules. First of all, the boy and the girl have to get together in the end. Secondly, no one can die in my love stories. I have been known to turn off a movie just before tragedy strikes […]

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Did You Bring Me Out Here to Die?

By on September 30, 2014 in Faith with 0 Comments
Did You Bring Me Out Here to Die?

How many times have we said, “I think I’m gonna die!”? Most of us have used that phrase at the end of a long run, in the middle of a spinning class, after every Thanksgiving meal, after an all-nighter with a newborn, in the middle of VBS week, or at the end of August when […]

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Refueling in the Burn Out

By on July 10, 2014 in Faith with 1 Comment
Refueling in the Burn Out

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8 “Ladies and Gentlemen we are sorry for the delay but it seems we cannot start the engines.” Those are […]

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Why Mealtime Really Matters

By on April 15, 2014 in House and Home, Ministry with 0 Comments
Why Mealtime Really Matters

Family meals have been the topic of much discussion of late. There are endless commercials about the importance of eating together. Counselors and psychologists are telling us not to neglect having a family mealtime; it is important for our children to have that time together. The success of Starbucks and neighborhood coffee shops is partly […]

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Go Ahead…Pierce Those Ears!

By on February 4, 2014 in Faith with 0 Comments
Go Ahead…Pierce Those Ears!

“He shall take him (the servant) to the door or the doorpost and pierce his ear with an awl Then he will be his servant for life.” Exodus 21:6b At 14, I went to live with my father and stepmother. My stepmother and I barely knew each other. In an effort to bond we thought […]

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G.I. Joes and Guarding Baby Jesus

By on December 17, 2013 in Holiday with 0 Comments
G.I. Joes and Guarding Baby Jesus

Christmas is a time of celebration and traditions.  Because we have blended traditions at our house – mine, my husband’s, American, and Filipino (from our mission field) – we have many.  But there is one tradition that is perhaps a bit unusual. One morning after decorating for Christmas I came down the stairs into our […]

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When It Doesn’t Feel Like All Things Are Working For Good

By on November 21, 2013 in Faith with 1 Comment
When It Doesn’t Feel Like All Things Are Working For Good

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. I have to admit that Thanksgiving at the Parker house looks much different than our first Thanksgiving as a couple. Back then we were in seminary with no money and no space, not even for a table. I set up the ironing board in front of the couch with […]

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And Then God Sent An Alligator…

By on October 15, 2013 in Faith with 0 Comments
And Then God Sent An Alligator…

Last fall I was part of an event in Kissimmee, Florida.  Nothing was going as planned.  The Power Point worked on the trial runs, but refused to work during general sessions.  Conference leaders were delayed at airports, others were sick, lunch was delivered late, well…you get the idea. We’ve all been there.  I was to […]

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The Power of Family Prayer

By on September 17, 2013 in Faith with 0 Comments
The Power of Family Prayer

One of the funniest commercials ever is a little boy almost touching his sister but not quite; the whole while he is saying, “I’m not touching you!”  That is such typical behavior between siblings.  Brothers and sisters like to annoy one another.  It was true of my brothers and sisters (except for me of course!).  […]

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