Please take a moment to pray for everyone today who lost a loved one on September 11, 2001 or in the ensuing war that followed. Today is a solemn day for our country, and many people are hurting today. Please pray for those people today.
The Beauty of Biblical Submission—Christina Fox
Have you ever played one of those word association games where someone says a word and you say the first thing that comes to mind? Well, what’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word submission? Is it positive or negative?
In our culture, submission is a word that often incites controversy.
I believe one of the main reasons for this strong emotive response is what people think of when they hear the word submission. For many, the first things that come to mind are words such as inferior, doormat, or controlled. I know that response well. For me, the word submission once conjured up negative memories from my childhood of put downs, anger, threats, rejection, and fear.
Two Bedtime Prayers for Weary Parents—Chad Ashby
God has called parents to a difficult task. We are called to prevent the giant pile of children’s laundry from overtaking the house, cook meals for picky eaters, and clean up never-ending messes. But most importantly, we are given the eternally significant duty to “bring [our children] up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).
It can be a tiresome undertaking. Some days you plunge headlong into another challenging day of childrearing, praying God will help you make it to bedtime alive. After the bath and toothbrushing, and fetching a glass of water, and the search for the lost stuffed animal, and the barrage of excuses trying to delay lights out, you’re tempted to skip prayer time, say a quick goodnight, shut the door, and crumb into the nearest sofa.
Step Up to the Mic—Chris Adams
Some people are natural communicators; most are reluctant. All need to develop communicative skills whether speaking to one person or a group. Effective public speakers must develop integrity (godly character), sensitivity (awareness of needs), knowledge (expertise in a topic), desire (passion to communicate), and skill (techniques). As a Christian matures spiritually and leads faithfully, she will improve as a speaker. Leaders may be asked to speak publicly even if they are not called to a speaking ministry. Make the most of every opportunity. All speeches deserve excellence.
Growing up the only girl among four brothers, when I pictured myself as a mother, I never saw myself having daughters. In my mind, girls meant girl drama. Despite my lack of imagination, God still graciously gave me two daughters, and over the past 18 years, I’ve learned over and over again how wrong I was to believe the negative hype around raising girls.
Girl drama is definitely a thing, and a well-documented one at that. Queen Bees & Wanna Bees (the book that inspired the movie Mean Girls) examines the unique tensions of adolescent girls, specifically stemming from their relationships with each other, and countless teen movies, books, and TV shows rely on these-all-too-common tropes.
Develop Where You Are—Ron Edmondson
I’ve seen so many potentially great leaders waste opportunities because they were waiting for the perfect scenario before they begin to develop as a leader.
They don’t enjoy where they are currently in life or work — so they think there is nothing to be gained where they are now.
They aren’t in their dream job — so they don’t look for the benefits of being in the present situation.
They don’t respect the leader they are supposed to follow — so they close themselves off from learning anything — whether good or bad — from him or her.