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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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A peacemaker separates herself from her own interests and whims and what is best for her.

By on May 26, 2016 in Christian Life with 0 Comments

Click read the Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of “The Blessed Woman.” The peacemaker (Gk eirenopoioi, v. 9) strive for harmony in all areas of life as a reflection on the inner peace that God brings to His children. Jesus taught that peace will only come when people have peace with God. The Beatitude raises the bar […]

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God has placed in His creation an insatiable hunger for Himself

By on May 19, 2016 in Christian Life with 1 Comment

Click read the Part 1 and Part 2 of “The Blessed Woman.” The first four Beatitudes describe the character of one who has been awakened and filled with the Spirit of God: Being poor in spirit affirms your own inadequacy and humility before the Lord. You are conscious of your own sinfulness and mourn. You are […]

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Tragedies become stepping stones to the heart of God and His comfort

By on May 12, 2016 in Christian Life with 3 Comments

Click here to read the Part 1 of “The Blessed Woman.” Those who mourn (v. 4) echoed Isaiah 61:1. The meaning cannot be confined to sorrow over sin. Again the reader finds the paradox since most people do not recognize sorrow as a blessing. Followers of Christian Science even deny the existence of physical illness […]

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“Jesus presented an upside-down kingdom.”

By on May 10, 2016 in Christian Life with 4 Comments

Jesus presented an upside-down kingdom. The very things valued by the Greco-Roman world – wealth and fame – we devalued in Christ’s kingdom. Blessed (Gk makaorioi, “blessed, fortunate”) is usually understood to mean “happy,” but more precisely the word suggests the idea of “being congratulated” because God’s favor is granted to the individual. The blessedness […]

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This generation needs mothers with a magnificent obsession…

By on March 3, 2016 in Family and Parenting with 0 Comments

Motherhood is both a demanding and a rewarding profession. Unfortunately, the rewards, as often is true with any endeavor, often come much later in life. Nevertheless, a prime characteristic of the good mother is unselfishness; she can wait for the final realization of her rewards. Meantime she can watch God work in the lives of […]

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The Influence of Dorothy Kelley Patterson

By on September 17, 2015 in Education with 1 Comment

This week, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary installed the Dorothy Kelley Patterson Chair of Women’s Studies. For those not familiar with academic nomenclature and procedures, the importance of the establishment of such a chair means that the wonderful donors who gave the money to establish this chair believe in the importance of equipping women for ministry […]

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If You Only Hear One Word on Proverbs 31…

If you only hear one message on the Proverbs 31 woman, make it this one!  At last week’s Art of Homemaking Conference, Dorothy Patterson delivered a stirring and dynamic message on how we can fulfill this vision. We challenge you to listen to the wisdom of this godly, older woman and to ask the Lord how He […]

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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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More Extraordinary Joy!

By on September 20, 2013 in Dear Dottie with 1 Comment

In my conversation with Mom Kelley on the night before she left this earthly life, she promised that during her early morning prayer time she would pray for my daughter Carmen and the Bible study she leads in her church. Knowing my mother, I took for granted that this was not an empty promise. Typically […]

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