Studies, Lessons and Devotionals

Friday, 14 August 2015 11:45 Written by

God's Emotions vs. Our Emotions

This article was originally published in Life and Godliness for Everywoman, Volume I.

The following notes can be used for a personal, one-on-one or group Bible study. At first I planned to write out the notes in a normal chapter format. But I decided to retain the outline format because it causes the reader to think more about the answers to the questions posed. After most of the questions I offer possible answers, but certainly they are not the only answers. It is my hope that you will add your answers to the ones I have given.

Thursday, 06 August 2015 14:48 Written by

Getting Older: A Spiritual Perspective on Aging

This article was originally published in Life and Godliness for Everywoman, Volume 2.

At a leadership conference in Jerusalem several years ago, Gloria Baird shared with the wives of elders in the church worldwide: "We are a maturing movement. The way you deal with menopause and aging will be the way those coming after you will also deal with it."

Monday, 03 August 2015 13:52 Written by

Our Children's Fathers: Lesson for Single Moms

Editor's note: Joan Lapointe wrote the article below that was published in Life and Godliness for Everywoman. Joan is suffering from advanced stages of cancer. A few years ago, she lost one of her daughters to this disease. As you read, please say a prayer for Joan. 

As we seek to meet the emotional needs of our children, we must be aware of the different “fathers” in their lives.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015 10:17 Written by

Building Family in a Singles' Household

This article was originally published in The Hospitality Handbook.

It was Saturday night at 12:30—or should I say Sunday morning—when I arrived home for the first time since 7:30 a.m. My day had been incredibly busy and I was completely exhausted. I had coordinated a wedding and reception and was particularly happy about how well both had gone. During the drive home I began to think about how quickly my morning would come. I thought to myself, “I’ll get up early, spend some great time in Bible study and prayer, go to the grocery store and begin preparing lunch.” I had invited a few other Christians and a friend who was studying the Bible to come over after church.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015 10:06 Written by

Hospitality: Eager, Not Just Willing

The following article was originally published in The Hospitality Handbook.

"Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling." -- 1 Peter 4:9

"A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed." -- Proverbs 11:25

Three or four years into our marriage, I found myself still resisting my husband’s magnanimous open-door policy, for which I was ill-equipped, both in temperament and in talent. I preferred solitude to company. I was a novice cook, an uptight perfectionist and a penny-pincher on a limited budget.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015 12:19 Written by

As Our Parents Age

This article was originally published in Life and Godliness for Everywoman, Volume 2.

The dilemma is real. It is heartbreaking. It is confusing. Our parents are the ones who gave us birth and who have cared for us through the years…from changing our smelly diapers to sending us to college…and now they need us to take care of them. It just doesn’t seem right the first time you help your father dress or your mother sit on the toilet. Those are things they are supposed to do for us, aren’t they? This role reversal turns our worlds upside down emotionally.

Thursday, 16 July 2015 14:55 Written by

Lessons Learned on the Mission Field

How did I get here?

"Excuse me Leslie, can I ask your advice on something?We have a young woman upstairs who is visiting and has collapsed. She believes she is demon-possessed. How should I handle this"?

This question was asked of me my first week at our new church abroad. "Hmmm...demon possession. I've never had anyone ask me that question before, tell me more details..."

Needless to say, the conversation ended with me saying something like, "Let me get back to you".

Thursday, 16 July 2015 14:33 Written by

Contentment vs. Worry

What do contentment and worry have in common? Absolutely nothing! In fact, they cannot co-exist. Women struggle a lot with worry; it seems we come by it naturally. An article on psychotherapy entitled “Are we better yet?” (LA TIMES – 1-18-00) had this to say about worry: “We have created whole new categories of what people should worry about, hundreds of new ways in which we can fail or people can fail us.”  

Tuesday, 14 July 2015 14:46 Written by

Encouragement for Wives with Non-Christian Husbands

This article was originally published in Life and Godliness for Everywoman, Volume 1.

Here are many Scriptures and thoughts to encourage wives with husbands who are not disciples.

Monday, 13 July 2015 11:06 Written by

Mountainside Visits: Relationships

In Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, there is a character named Jean Valjean who spent nineteen years in jail for stealing a loaf of bread for his sister’s starving child. When he was released on parole, he was unable to find food or work. When a kindly bishop took him in and gave him a meal and place to stay, Valjean “paid” him by stealing some of the bishop’s silver. Valjean was caught by the police and brought back to the bishop who, instead of accusing him, offered him the silver candlesticks as well. In the musical, the bishop said this: