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January 19, 2017 by Jill Waggoner | Flourish - Ministry Wives
A new year provides a time for reflection. We recount the stories that make up the past, usually with loved ones around us. Most are stories of childhood—the embellished retellings of our best and worst times. You know how it goes. “When I was a child ... ” In our house, the conversation ends...
January 16, 2017 by Shauna Pilgreen | Flourish - Ministry Wives
When I think of bravery in 2017, I think of the people of Aleppo—the fighters for freedom—and the mommas and papas protecting their children. I think of Desmond Doss who rescued 75 wounded soldiers at Hackshaw Ridge during World War II in 1945. I reflect on the story of one woman who came forward...
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...
January 11, 2017 by Kathy Ferguson Litton | Flourish - Ministry Wives
In our previous blog, we issued a call to show daring courage and take necessary risk for things eternally true found in the gospel of Jesus Christ. So what does true bravery look like? True bravery will not look like how the world flaunts it. True bravery will be quieter, less applauded and...
January 9, 2017 by Kathy Ferguson Litton | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Flourish unintentionally started a New Year's tradition by discussing valuable lessons learned in the previous year. Each new year we select a theme from significant news stories, cultural trends or spiritual observations to create a blog series. These words by John R. Stott have deeply impacted...
December 22, 2016 by Kathy Ferguson Litton | Flourish - Ministry Wives
A statement on Twitter three years ago revolutionized my version of baby Jesus in the manger. It said, "Jesus did not come as a helpless baby. He came to helpless people.” Honestly, I was stunned by this language. It illuminated something very, very important. Traditionally, our version of the...
December 19, 2016 by Tish Hedger | Flourish - Ministry Wives
It was a quiet night in my house; my toddler was sleeping, my teenager was busy and my husband was working. It was the perfect opportunity to slip out into the city to wander around a nearby shopping center. With my head down against the cold, I watched the Christmas lights reflect on the damp...
December 15, 2016 by Kathy Ferguson Litton | Flourish - Ministry Wives
It's happened to all of us. We say and do some unusual things. Things can get awkward, strange or just plain weird. Here are a few "You know you are a pastor's wife if ..." moments.