Over the years, what’s the main Christmas-time lesson the Lord has taught you?

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November 2017 Dear Sisters, Christmas time can be the best of times—and Christmas can be the worst of times. The dreams of a perfect Christmas time with family and friends can easily lead to disappointment. Adjusting our expectations is so important. We must remember that Jesus Christ is...

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Grandmothers, when you consider your grandchildren, what goals do you have?

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October 2017 Dear Sisters, Our first grandchild Johnny wasn't quite three years old yet when I walked into my son's house to visit. I was by myself without my husband, John. The little fellow ran up to me and said, "Where's Grandpa?" (Favorite grandparent, revealed!) I realized then how...

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As you have worked with your husband in ministry, what Scriptures have helped you when you have been disappointed (or even betrayed) by others?

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September 2017 Dear Sisters, Some days I am going along just "doing my thing," and suddenly come to a realization that I have been walking around for a day, a morning, even just an hour, with some bitterness inside. Perhaps a certain past hurtful situation is brought up in a conversation and...

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How does a pastor's wife juggle both caring for small children and also serving with her husband in the church?

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August 2017 Dear Sisters, You may have heard the saying, “Jesus was never in a hurry.” Some moms may chuckle at that when they think of all they have to do to get the family to church on time. Now that I am “done” raising kids (are we ever really done?) I marvel at how...

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For those of you with married children, what has helped you in your relationship with your daughter-in-law or son-in-law?

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July 2017 Dear Sisters, It was so wonderful when my children married, to be able to welcome their spouses into our family, and extend our circle of love to someone new. Yet these couples have also created a new, unique family when they said, "I do." John and I have wholeheartedly supported our...

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What are some helpful tips that have helped you to have memorable vacations as a couple or family?

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June 2017 Dear Sisters, This month's question is about creating vacation memories. A mom responded, "God doesn't take a vacation from working on our character." True words from Thelma Clark, words to which I so heartily give my "Amen." Planning special family times to foster family love and...

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What advice do you give to mothers who, for the first time, are seeing their son or daughter getting married?

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May 2017 Dear Sisters, "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh." Ephesians 5:31 As the above verse describes, five of our children have left John and me to be joined to another in marriage. In each case, it...

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What are some special and practical ways you have shown honor to your mother?

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April 2017 Dear Sisters, "Honor your father and your mother (which is the first command with a promise) that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth."  Ephesians 6:2-3 When we give thanks and honor to others, and especially our mothers, we please the Lord. I enjoyed...

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What have you personally done to keep the "spark" in your marriage relationship?

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February 2017 Dear Sisters, John shared in a recent Prayer Alliance video that we should pray for older couples that their marriages would increase in joy and affection as they grow older. Sounds good to me! Valentine's Day has come and gone, but everyday can be Valentine's Day with our...

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