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~ Written by Cassie Harris “Will sign language be in Heaven?” As a deaf interpreter, that question gets asked by Christians quite often. It’s a good question. Why would a language formed for the deaf be used if no one is deaf? It’s such a joy to explain how Sign Language is more than just […]
~ Written by Viki Rife Have you ever felt stuck, like you’re just sitting around waiting for something of value to come your way? A friend of mine has been struggling with that feeling and when I asked the other day how she was doing, she responded, “Stagnant.” The term startled me. You see, as […]
~ Written by Viki Rife Obstacles. We hate them. It’s especially hard when those obstacles interfere with what we know is good for us or others. The disciples of Jesus knew what it was to face obstacles. One example is when they tried to heal a demon-possessed boy while Jesus was on His way down […]
~Written by Viki Rife The first verse I ever memorized was 1 Peter 5:7: “Cast all you cares on him, for he cares for you.” That concept of casting our cares is a great visual of what we should do. I got another good visual recently in a text from my 11-year-old granddaughter, Natalie Bowers: […]
About fifteen of us sat together for almost three hours as we wrestled with the question: how do we make a radical difference in the spiritual growth of the next generation? The group included children’s workers, youth leaders and pastors, and senior pastors from various churches. We all agreed that we need to invest in the young people God...
Recently I’ve spent a lot of time in the book of Ruth. One thing that strikes me is how obvious it is that God saw and rewarded her daily choices to do the right thing—often the hard thing. She went far beyond in her commitment to her mother-in-law, not only vowing to stick with her until death, but following through by providing for her with...
It's a wonderful, exciting time of year--this season we call Christmas. It's also exhausting. We find ourselves falling wearily into bed at the end of a day of adding party planning and shopping to our already full lives; then, just as we're falling asleep, we remember yet another thing we really need to do this season. "How much am I expected to...
It’s been a hard week as we’ve watched a very dear couple welcome a baby into their family only to lose her five days later. One of many concerns was how our four-and-a-half-year-old grandson would handle the news of his little cousin’s death. He has prayed fervently for Olivia since her health concerns first surfaced months before she...
Praying for extended periods of time used to frighten me. I was nervous about the silence, about what to say, about getting bored. I was especially nervous to pray out loud with others for extended periods. Now however, joining together in prayer with others, especially women who are in ministry with me, is a highlight […]
If I am being completely honest, my thoughts in the past year have revolved around my turning 30. Those of you older than me, think my life is just starting, those of you who are younger, agree with me and think I’m old! Or not! The truth is, I simply feel like I am beginning […]
Hi all! What a marathon I have had! Thursday of last week I trekked from Syracuse, Indiana to Washington D.C. I was part of adult conference there and able to celebrate Women of Grace’s 75th anniversary with them as well as had the opportunity to see Janet Minnix honored for her 17 years of service […]
I have felt so blessed this last week. I have had many opportunities to be reminded of my heart and the passion which God has placed in me. Today, at church, the pastor spoke on the fight to men specifically and last week about the difficulties we face as women. I love when the Church has the chance […]