A Ministry of Southwestern Seminary's Women's Programs

Category: Dear Dottie

Should I Hold Off on Having Children?

Dear Dottie, My husband and I decided that, until he is finished with his education, I would work full time to support us. I have a great job that pays the bills and I’m happy to work during this season. While we both want to start a fami... Read More »

Dear Dottie: My Husband Won't Let Me Go to Church

Dear Dottie, I came to Christ a little over a year ago. Since then, I found a strong church family, was baptized, and started attending the worship service along with a women’s Bible study. My husband, who is not a believer, has beenÂ... Read More »

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

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

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... Read More »

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

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 th... Read More »

The Celebration of My Mother’s Death and Life

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 ... Read More »

More Extraordinary Joy!

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, ... Read More »

From Ordinary Events to Extraordinary Joy

In Memorium Doris Weisiger Kelley 1922-2013   Last night was an ordinary night when my mother called just before 10 p.m. However, she talked longer than usual, and she asked more questions about my day and whether or not Paige was th... Read More »

Dear Dottie, We Can't Afford a Vacation

Dear Dottie, Like so many other families, this economy has us sticking to a pretty tight budget. As much as we love going to see extended family, this year, we opted not to travel this summer, and are staying home. Still, my husband and I w... Read More »

Dear Dottie: My Family's Schedule Is Running Me!

Dear Dottie, When I became a stay-at-home mom 6 months ago, I thought I’d have more time with our three kids. But between the tasks I now do at home (more meal prep, less eating out) and several ongoing activities (violin lessons, soccer ... Read More »