His Wisdom for Her World

Sisters, What Happened To Your Dreams?

By on April 20, 2017 in Faith with 0 Comments

On my desk at work sits a stuffed, purple dragon with orange horns and wings. His name is Figment, as in a Figment of your Imagination. He is a Disney-created character that can only be found at Epcot in Walt Disney World. Figment is a favorite of mine and sits on my desk to remind […]

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Four Tips for Young Women in their First Years of Ministry

By on April 18, 2017 in Ministry with 2 Comments

In between books with colorful spines, and binders that hold my ministry dreams, there is a memo board that sits on my desk at home. It is a hodge-podge of push-pinned fabric swatches that inspire me, magazine clippings of someday projects, and notes from my cheerleading section. Do you have cheerleaders in your life? A […]

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Loving Someone Through Grief and Loss

By on April 13, 2017 in Family and Parenting with 2 Comments

Over the past year, the Lord has taught me, my husband, and my family a lot about relying on Him for getting through the hard times. In August 2015, my mother-in-law went home to be with the Lord. Less than a year later – in August 2016 – my father-in-law joined her in Heaven. This […]

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Ms. Independent Gets Married

By on April 11, 2017 in Marriage with 3 Comments

Editor’s Note: Below is a correspondence from a reader written to Dr. Dorothy Patterson, affectionately known as “Dottie.”   Dear Dottie, What advice would you give women who are transitioning from singleness to marriage?  Unlike my parents, the Lord did not give me the opportunity to marry while I was young.  I’m in my late 20s […]

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I No Longer Want To Do Big Things For God

By on April 6, 2017 in Ministry with 3 Comments

Okay hear me out before you freak out. There was a time in my life (namely, a few months ago) when I wanted to do BIG things for God. I wanted to be a speaker at BIG conferences. I wanted to impact a BIG number of people. I wanted to make a BIG difference. Big, big, big.  But that’s not what I […]

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Did I Educate Myself Out Of Marriage?

By on April 4, 2017 in Singleness with 5 Comments

Put another way: Do certain degrees make you less likely to be “marriage material”? That type of question is one I get at least once a month. Seriously. In recent weeks, I’ve been asked three different versions of it: Will getting a PhD mean that no guy will ever want to marry me? If I […]

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The Day I Ditched My 5-Year Plan

By on March 30, 2017 in Christian Life with 1 Comment

I wasn’t supposed to be wearing contacts today. Actually, I wasn’t supposed to be wearing contacts ever again. After 20-some years of fulfilling ever-increasing prescriptions, fumbling around the bathroom counter every morning to find that little blue case, and looking like I’d just seen the end of Steel Magnolias every time mascara flecked off an […]

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Why Bargain With God?

By on March 28, 2017 in Faith with 2 Comments

Once there was a woman who loved God deeply. She knew that He was good and she tried to follow Him every day out of gratitude for all that He had done for her. He was all she needed. But this woman had a deep desire to be married. And as her friends and family […]

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When Our Ministry Leaders Fail

By on March 23, 2017 in Christian Life, Ministry with 1 Comment

  …And then the news broke. Just in our own personal circles. It came out in little waves, and then big gushes, and then what felt like a tsunami. Another brother in ministry fell. A pastor stepping down for the sake of sin. Oh, how my heart just ached within me! I was more saddened […]

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Have You Been Eating Too Much Honey?

By on March 21, 2017 in Christian Life with 3 Comments

Proverbs 25:16 gives us this caution: “If you find honey, eat just enough— too much of it and you will vomit.” The principle behind Solomon’s advice in this verse is that over-indulgence, even of good things, will surely make us “sick.” It has become a respectable sin to over-indulge in things that bring us pleasure. With […]

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