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January 26, 2017 by Andrea Jones | Flourish - Ministry Wives
I sat in my elven-sized, silver Toyota Yaris, crying. My family was miles away on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, and I was alone with my husband of 15 months. But that’s not why I was crying. Not this time anyway. I sat in the parking lot of the first supermarket to come to Port Talbot...
January 23, 2017 by Amy Rager | Flourish - Ministry Wives
It’s hard to imagine there existed a time before walls. Today, we can barely imagine how this unfenced-reality must have impacted the daily lives of early humankind. Shepherds had a full time job keeping their sheep from wandering away or into danger. Monuments and markers designated what land...
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...