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Susie lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband OS Hawkins. She is the author of From One Ministry Wife to Another: Honest Conversations on Connections in Ministry. She has 2 daughters and 6 grandchildren, keeping her life full of craziness and joy. 
Articles by this Author
April 24, 2018 by Susie Hawkins | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Our church had an active women’s Bible study that was holding our very first women’s conference. I was excited because our main speaker, Marge Caldwell, was a famed speaker and teacher from Houston, Texas. Marge had a huge national following and was known for her humor and wit. But she also had...
April 8, 2018 by Susie Hawkins | Flourish - Ministry Wives
I didn't have time to write this blog. In fact, no matter how often I set aside time to work on it, something urgent always prevented me from doing so. Why? I had overcommitted myself with too many places to be and too many tasks to accomplish. I have been living in "crunch time"— barely meeting...
December 14, 2017 by Susie Hawkins | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Regardless of how many times I read the Christmas story, I am struck by how the entire narrative centers on a mother and her baby. The King of the Universe, Creator, Redeemer, miracle-working, healing God came into the world via a young woman’s womb. He was born in the normal, human way and grew...
December 4, 2017 by Susie Hawkins | Flourish - Ministry Wives
In this podcast episdoe, Kathy Ferguson Litton and Susie Hawkins chat about parenting. As seasoned moms with adult children, they look back on their own parenting journeys and share what they've learned.
November 6, 2017 by Susie Hawkins | Flourish - Ministry Wives
“Patience can persuade a prince and soft speech can break bones” (Proverbs 25:15). “Lord, give me patience, and give it to me right now!” Patience is a virtue that does not come naturally to most of us. We hesitate to pray for it, since we know it comes out of trials and suffering. Cultivating...
September 25, 2017 by Susie Hawkins | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Pastor's kids can have a complicated relationship with the church. Today, ministry wives Kathy Ferguson Litton and Susie Hawkins share wisdom gained from their own parenting experience. Don't miss this helpful discussion about raising kids in the unique world of ministry. We invite you to listen...
September 4, 2017 by Susie Hawkins | Flourish - Ministry Wives
“Know yourself. Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.” — Ann Landers There are a number of skills that lead to success in life. Self-awareness is one of them, although it is not often seen as a critical trait. However, understanding who we are, how we...
May 4, 2017 by Susie Hawkins | Flourish - Ministry Wives
A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body; but jealousy is like cancer in the bones. —Proverbs 14:30, NLT Recently, we looked at the comparison game and how detrimental it is to our spiritual and emotional health. One of the dangers of playing this game (and continuing to feel "less than") is...
April 24, 2017 by Susie Hawkins | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Why do we torment ourselves by playing the comparison game? It’s part of human nature—evaluating the looks or accomplishments of others and comparing them with our own. We may not even realize we are doing this, until the dark feelings of discouragement and discontentment begin to settle on us....
April 3, 2017 by Susie Hawkins | Flourish - Ministry Wives
I had noticed her looking at him, laughing a little too loud, practically swooning over the brilliance of his sermons and cleverness of his insights. But she was my good friend, and I didn’t consider it flirting, especially since my husband paid no attention to her whatsoever. She was just...
January 12, 2017 by Susie Hawkins | Flourish - Ministry Wives
"Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point ... a chastity or honesty or mercy which yields to danger will be chaste or honest or merciful only on conditions. Pilate was merciful till it became risky." —C.S. Lewis. God's people have always been...
November 7, 2016 by Susie Hawkins | Flourish - Ministry Wives
"As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another" (Prov. 27: 17). In reflection on our many years in ministry, I am drawn to the truth of this proverb. I have seen it play out in my own life more times than I can remember.
October 3, 2016 by Susie Hawkins | Flourish - Ministry Wives
She was weeping over the phone. Grief, anger and frustration were pouring out of her as she told me her latest news. Her husband of over thirty years had left her for another woman. At one time, he had been a deacon in their church—a respected spiritual leader.
September 26, 2016 by Susie Hawkins | Flourish - Ministry Wives
"The Psalms represent the Bible's own spiritual root system for the great tree we call Christianity." —N.T. Wright In our series on the Psalms, we will be exploring what it means to live  in  a Psalm. Discovering how this book...
August 29, 2016 by Susie Hawkins | Flourish - Ministry Wives
The Proverbs 31 woman (who was not an actual person, which is good to know) was praised for her multiple virtues. One of her outstanding qualities was kindness, which is defined as gentleness or benevolence. As our American culture grows increasingly cynical, crude, divisive and confusing, simple...
July 25, 2016 by Susie Hawkins | Flourish - Ministry Wives
One of Christianity's most compelling mission stories is that of William Carey, called "the father of the modern missionary movement." In 1792, William Carey, a poor English shoemaker, felt God's call to take the gospel to the unreached in India.
June 6, 2016 by Susie Hawkins | Flourish - Ministry Wives
While looking through some old books recently, I happened across a beloved Christian classic, one I had forgotten about. Years ago, my Bible study leader frequently referred to Amy Carmichael's book, If, in her teaching. Amy was a missionary in the late 19th/early 20th century in India.
April 22, 2016 by Susie Hawkins | Flourish - Ministry Wives
…the testing of your faith produces endurance…” (James 1:3) Several years ago, our daughter and her husband traveled to California, leaving their three year old, Jackson, and eighteen month old, Julia, in our care. Like...
April 11, 2016 by Susie Hawkins | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Adversity is wrapped up in anxiety. Where there is trouble, there is also fear, worry, fretfulness and distress. Statistics tell us that over forty million Americans struggle with anxiety disorders, with women diagnosed at a rate twice that of...
March 4, 2016 by Susie Hawkins | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Our influence is temporary. It was given to us by God. It can be taken away. One day we will give an account for how we use it. — Andy Stanley This blog series has looked at leadership principles and influence from different perspectives. As...
February 15, 2016 by Susie Hawkins | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Cause – a principle, idea, goal or movement to which a person or group is dedicated. A leader cultivates her own growth and broadens her influence when she is committed to a cause outside of her own ministry or area of expertise. By doing...
The Refugee Blog Post
January 25, 2016 by Susie Hawkins | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Remember also those being mistreated, as if you felt their pain in your own bodies. — Hebrews 13:3 I sat uncomfortably, cross legged on a thin mattress, watching her intently. Her hijab was tightly in place framing her face, her robe...
January 8, 2016 by Susie Hawkins | Flourish - Ministry Wives
"Who is my neighbor?" — Lawyer in Luke 10:29 According to USA Today, currently 14.9% of the residential population of our nation is foreign born. Immigrants and workers, whether legal or illegal, have chosen to leave their homeland in search...
January 4, 2016 by Susie Hawkins | Flourish - Ministry Wives
We’re re-posting some of our favorite blog posts from 2015. This encouraging and challenging post by Susie, from November 5, 2015, spread like wildfire on Facebook.  Few women have had an impact on the kingdom of God as...
July 15, 2015 by Susie Hawkins | Flourish - Ministry Wives
There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion ...., a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always. About the ninth hour of the day he saw...
June 22, 2015 by Susie Hawkins | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Here are a few of our favs from the month! A fun read , especially for coffee lovers: "Coffee has seen Christianity through a Reformation, modernity and postmodernity, through boring Sunday sermons and lively evening revivals. Now it takes...
June 15, 2015 by Susie Hawkins | Flourish - Ministry Wives
As churches, denominations and Christian organizations transition their leadership into the next generation, those of us age 55 and older ponder the legacy we are leaving. How can we best encourage and strengthen those who are coming after us?...
April 16, 2015 by Susie Hawkins | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Confession: I am a people pleaser. Wanting people to like me or approve of me as a pastor’s wife has caused me to take on jobs or projects I really didn’t want, and frankly, wasn’t good at. Eventually, I learned a lesson about pleasing people...
April 1, 2015 by Susie Hawkins | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Brian Williams, one of NBC's most respected news anchors, was recently caught in an embarrassing lie. He had claimed several years ago that a helicopter he was flying in while covering the Iraq war had been shot down by an enemy grenade. After a...
March 27, 2015 by Susie Hawkins | Flourish - Ministry Wives
In the fall of 1939 at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Fort Worth, Texas, a group of student wives felt the need for an organization for wives on the campus. For over 70 years now, Southwestern has invested in student wives through...
March 20, 2015 by Susie Hawkins | Flourish - Ministry Wives
In 2012, Kathy Keller wrote a blog piece, “Why the City is a Wonderful Place to Raise Children.” Kathy is an excellent communicator and her post was very encouraging to church planters and their families who are called to urban areas....
March 9, 2015 by Susie Hawkins | Flourish - Ministry Wives
How does your family observe Holy Week and Easter? Outside of church services and doing the Easter egg routine, most Christian families don't have a meaningful way to observe this season in their homes. Shouldn't we? There are two major...
February 13, 2015 by Susie Hawkins | Flourish - Ministry Wives
At the 2013 Oscars ceremony, winner Ben Affleck (of the film “Argo”) caused quite a stir with his acceptance speech. He expressed his love and appreciation for his spouse’s support and love, as most winners do. But it was his following comment to...
November 24, 2014 by Susie Hawkins | Flourish - Ministry Wives
The venerable J.I Packer has released yet another thought provoking and timely book , this time on aging. Packer is an Anglican theologian, a professor at Regent College and one of evangelicals' most influential figures. He is the author of...
November 13, 2014 by Susie Hawkins | Flourish - Ministry Wives
I have rarely read a book about ministry that is as candid and straightforward as this book. With almost painful honesty and profound insights, Kent and Barbara Hughes recount their experience of a “failed” church plant and the valuable lessons...
The Help-Part 2 Blog Post
November 13, 2014 by Susie Hawkins | Flourish - Ministry Wives
In my last post, I wrote about the complementary nature of a ministry marriage . I want to explore this issue a little further and take a closer look at the spiritual power and synergy that comes from a husband and wife serving God together....
The Help-Part 1 Blog Post
November 13, 2014 by Susie Hawkins | Flourish - Ministry Wives
In Genesis 2, God says “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper as his complement.” Were truer words ever spoken? Man desperately needs a helper, a woman who has the innate skills to create and manage their home, family and...
October 8, 2014 by Susie Hawkins | Flourish - Ministry Wives
She sighed and said, "So...how do I tell him?" My friend had confided that her husband had been criticized by a church leader, one whom they both respected. He was understandably hurt and defensive, a normal reaction. The conversation turned,...
September 5, 2014 by Susie Hawkins | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Social media is like anything else – it can be used for good or for evil, especially when in ministry. Our posts sometimes carry more weight than we realize and if they are negative or perceived as mean spirited, they can compromise our witness...
September 3, 2014 by Susie Hawkins | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Social media has radically altered the cultural landscape. As ministry wives, we have an unparalleled opportunity via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc., to contribute to the good of our church, family and community. It’s wise to step back...
The Mistress Blog Post
April 2, 2014 by Susie Hawkins | Flourish - Ministry Wives
My friend looked at me and said flatly, "My husband has a mistress." For a split second I stopped breathing, until I noted a wry smile appearing on her face." She then looked around at the small group of ministry wives...
March 10, 2014 by Susie Hawkins | Flourish - Ministry Wives
We asked our adult Preacher Kids to think back to their feelings growing up in the ministry world. They gave voice to a young PK’s minds and emotions. Your child may not identify with all of their thoughts, but they might be a springboard for...
Lenten Journey Blog Post
March 3, 2014 by Susie Hawkins | Flourish - Ministry Wives
A funny thing happened to me on the way to Easter several years ago . . . For some reason I found myself thinking about Lent, the forty day period from Ash Wednesday to Easter, as designated on the church calendar. Having grown up Baptist, I knew...
September 20, 2013 by Susie Hawkins | Flourish - Ministry Wives
" Do not reject the Lord's discipline, and don't be upset when he corrects you. For The Lord corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights, " Proverbs 3:11-12 . As our Father, God reserves the right to...
July 24, 2013 by Susie Hawkins | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Everyone should be able to speak in front of a group with some degree of confidence, whether it's sharing a testimony, teaching a Bible study or just giving an announcement. Here are three important principles I have learned by personal...
January 1, 2012 by Susie Hawkins | Flourish - Ministry Wives
A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body; but jealousy is like cancer in the bones. —Proverbs 14:30, NLT In my last post, we looked at The Comparison Game and how detrimental it is to our spiritual and emotional health. One of the...