A Ministry of Southwestern Seminary's Women's Programs

Latest Posts from Gayla Parker

What Should I Wear?

Recently I was asked to speak at a women’s event in another state. Because I was not familiar with the church I asked, “What is the appropriate dress for this event?” The answer given was: “Something comfortable and cool. It is goin... Read More »

What Is Your Flea Treatment?

Scooter is our family dog. He is an eight-pound, very fluffy Pomeranian. Scooter is not good at anything other than looking really cute. On our walks at the park we are often stopped by others asking to touch his fur. He even attracted the ... Read More »

"Who Do You Play For?"

 “…but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wags according to his labor. For we are God’s f... Read More »

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 summe... Read More »

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... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

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 ot... Read More »

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 ... Read More »