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How We Start Each Day: Praying for the World

By Sandra |

Lee and I are trying to give our boys a big world view. We want them to love and reach the nations. We’re even okay with them growing up to be  missionaries. That’s why we start each day by praying through Operation World. Operation World gives facts about each country in the world and lists prayer requests for … Read more

My One Verse for 2013

By Sandra |

This year, instead of picking one word, I’m picking one verse. In 2009 it was grace. In 2010 it was self-control. In 2011 it was humility. In 2012 it was joy. This year, instead of picking just one word, I’m picking one verse. One verse that will guide me in making decisions. One verse that will … Read more

Welcome to Impact

By Sandra |

 I want to make an impact in 2013. I want to make a difference in my family, church, community, and world. And I want you to join me. Impact’s purpose is to help you discover the mission God put on your heart, and connect you with organizations and people who share your mission. We’ll talk … Read more

Defining Friendship

By Sandra |

It’s funny how “friend” can have a different definition in different stages of life. Early on, everyone in your class at school was your friend. As you got older, you narrowed your friend list. Friends were the ones you always played with at recess and always wanted to sit by at lunch. Then, as you transitioned … Read more

Raising Missionaries

By Sandra |

When my husband and I were in seminary, we had a little joke to be able to tell the missionaries from the rest of us. Missionaries were the ones who wore flip flops in January. They spent more time outside in the grass than in the library. You could go to their houses and probably … Read more

10 Ways to Keep in Touch with Far Away Family

By Sandra |

We just got home from visiting my parents in (super hot!) Houston. We love being with them, but as the boys get older, it’s harder and harder to say goodbye. Here are ten ways we keep in touch with family members far away! Phone- We talk on the phone pretty often, but our favorite time … Read more

Five Ways to Pass On Old Toys

By Sandra |

We woke up, we opened, we played, and now we have no where to put the new toys! This week at our house we’re sorting through all the toys to see which ones don’t get played with anymore. With a couple bins full already, I thought about what to do with them. Here are five … Read more

Respect Your Husband

By Sandra |

Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, knew what married couples for countless generations would need to remember. Husbands are told to sacrificially love their wives, a love that doesn’t come naturally. Wives are told to respect our husbands, and we have to admit, that doesn’t come naturally either. Have you ever been around a couple … Read more

The Importance of Mentoring In Women’s Ministry

By Sandra |

I spent five years in seminary focusing on women’s studies. You want to know the secret to a strong, successful, sanctifying women’s ministry? It’s actually simple. Paul shares the secret in the short book of Titus. First, let’s look at the context in which the letter to Titus was written. Paul had visited the island of Crete … Read more

How Churches Can Encourage Organic Mentoring Relationships

By Sandra |

Women investing in younger women—it’s not just a program, it’s a command in Scripture. But why isn’t it working in so many churches today? First, we are primarily around people our own age and life stage. What Sunday school class or small group do you attend? I would guess most of you are in an age/stage … Read more

How to Start Organic Mentoring Relationships

By Sandra |

Organic mentoring is just what the name implies—mentoring that is natural. Women naturally become friends. The “younger” woman begins to ask questions. The “older” woman finds more and more to share. Naturally, organically, they find themselves covering all the topics Paul lists in Titus 2:3-5. But organic mentoring isn’t another thing on your to-do list. … Read more

How to Help a Friend Who Is Hurting

By Sandra |

I got an email this week from a friend who wanted advice on how to help a friend who had just had a baby with special needs. I was actually honored that she would ask me how to help her friend. I remember when our local hospital would call my mom and say, “We’ve had … Read more