A Ministry of Southwestern Seminary's Women's Programs

Tag: spiritual growth

Are You Resolved?

Flourish. Believe. Grow. Rooted. What is your resolution or word for 2018? In 1716, Jonathan Edwards penned a list of seventy “resolutions”. Unlike most New Year’s Resolutions, these were rooted in a humble desire to obey God’s ... Read More »

We All Begin In The Dirt: What Butterflies Can Teach You About Life in Christ

For my oldest daughter’s birthday, my sister-in-love, a preschool teacher, decided to forgo the usual gifts of princesses, baby dolls, or crafts, and instead get Makaylan a Live Butterfly Adventure. A few days later we received a package... Read More »

How To (Consistently) Get More of God’s Word In 2018

Dear Dottie, Every January, I set out to cultivate new habits in my spiritual life. Specifically, I try 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 tr... Read More »

What A Bloomless Tree Taught Me about Trusting God

There’s a lovely little tree in the front yard of my parents’ house. Well…it used to be lovely. After it had been transplanted from their backyard, all of the clusters of pink flowers were completely snipped off. It looked dead. I was... Read More »

Running Headlong {Into} Your Weakness

Life is a strange mix of successes and failures, wins and losses, ups and downs. And human nature tends to shift constantly toward those circumstances, people, hobbies, jobs, etc. that allow us to succeed, because – hey – we all... Read More »

The Lethal Game of Comparison

The Comparison Game. It’s one we all play. And, in the end, it’s one we all lose. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, the woman on the latest episode of Fixer Upper – all present the newest ways in which we see what we don’t have... Read More »

Don’t Be An Elephant, Girl! Pick Up Your Shield!

“Why can’t I get over this?” “What is wrong with me that I keep struggling with the same thing over and over again.  Am I an idiot or something?!?!” “This will never cease being a temptation in my life.  I might as well just r... Read More »

Why Simply Reading Devotionals Will Not Achieve the Goal of Discipleship

The goal of discipleship is 2 Timothy 2:2 – “…and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” We are taught to teach people who will teach people... Read More »

The Gritty, Grace-Filled Virtue of Self-Control

“She’s so transparent,” “She is so quick to give grace,” “She’s a great listener,” “She’s got…so much….self control.” Not the most sought-after compliment for a Christian woman these days; it’s akin to something ... Read More »

How to Stay S.H.A.R.P. in Ministry

Have you ever tried to cut a tomato with a dull knife? It is a disaster! The effort it takes to slice through the skin of the tomato is frustrating, and if your knife finally breaks through, seeds tend to squirt out in all kinds of directio... Read More »