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God Is Greater Than Our Grief
by Samantha Villenave

One of the issues that we all face in life is unwanted change. Whether it is a loss in your own life, or in the lives of women who you are ministering to, God alone can help us through such a journey. The loss of a loved one is one of the most devastating experiences to process though. The loss of a husband and entry into widowhood is an experience that will change every aspect of your life. The one with whom you shared every joy and burden is suddenly gone, and suddenly you have to learn how to live differently. Miriam Neff is no stranger to this subject, and has spent years ministering to widows through books, conferences, teachings, and Bible studies. We are thrilled to have her as our newest contributor on Women's Ministry Tools, as we can now respond to this need with powerful and practical teachings on the subject of widowhood. If you have lost your partner in life, or have a close friend going through this experience, "The Widow's Might" will

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From Brokenness to Restoration
by Emily Massey

Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:6 NKJV). The work God has done in my heart can definitely be described as one big (de)construction project- from tearing down walls that were erected from what I experienced as a child to restoring the brokenness created by my six year prodigal journey running away from the Father. And as long as I am breathing in oxygen on this fallen planet, this heart of mine is a total work in progress. In the process, the Lord has built patience in me- that in and of itself is a total miracle for this sometimes stubborn and driven personality of mine. I believe God can change us in an instant, but chooses the longer, sometimes grueling and painful road, because it requires us to trust Him in the waiting a

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Love is the Key to the Father's Heart...and Yours!
by Samantha Villenave

In all that we do, give and sacrifice to the Lord, His Word makes it abundantly clear that if we have not love, we are nothing. Love is the core of the gospel. Love is the key to the heart of the Father. We love because He first loved us, and by His love we are set free from every fear, sin and obstacle that would otherwise prevent us from growing in faith and becoming the women that God intended for us to be from the moment He created us. Love is essential to every aspect of our Christian life. If we are to be whole, we must pour love out. If we are to feel His Presence, we must love to seek Him. If we desire to heal and comfort others that are lost and wounded, we must use love as our compass. Love is not only for you to give, it is also for you to receive. Many women have an easier time doing and giving than being and receiving. Let us take some time now and delve into a beautiful study by Read More

The Top 10 Reasons You Need Christian Community
by Bobbie Schaeperkoetter

Do the words “Christian community” feel prickly to you? Does your heart palpitate a little and your palms begin to sweat at the thought of finding a community of believers and connecting on a deeper level with them? If so, you aren’t the only one! Being a part of a community can be scary. Who wants people in your personal business? Who wants to be vulnerable and open and authentic? Who wants to let others in or let others that close? That stuff is SCARY for a lot of us. If the words “Christian Community” make you want to run and hide, you aren’t alone. It seems like more and more people are content to “do life” on their own. We create walls around ourselves and a lot of us really enjoy living inside the refuge that we’ve carefully built. It is safe and predictable and comfortable within our walls. We are in control within the walls. However, as Christians, we weren’t meant to do life on our own. We w

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We Need Each Other!
by Samantha Villenave

You and I were created with the divine intention of relationship. God made humans as an act of love, in order to display His goodness and beauty through His interactions with another. He made woman as a companion for man, and the children that they bore together grew into relationship with one another. And the outcome of these relationships, as well as our own, holds a mirror to even the most hidden places of our hearts.Jesus' life on earth was a living example of the Father's desire that we would walk in close community and loving, respectful relationships with one another. The four gospels depict a wandering troupe that left all for the cause of the Christ, but remained close to one another. The disciples lived on the road, and often depending on the kindness of others who followed Jesus to take them in and receive them. Such was the ministry model of the early church after Jesus' resurrection as well! Peter, Paul and the other apostles were very close

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Just Because You’ve Never Had Friends Doesn’t Mean There Isn’t Still Time
by Bobbie Schaeperkoetter

One of the defining moments of my life as a Christian happened when I realized I needed friends. I am not talking about acquaintances. Most of us have plenty of those. The kind of friends that I am talking about are those who know the truth of who you are and love you anyway. They know your story. They know your flaws. They accept and appreciate the whole of who you are. Some people might realize the importance of these types of friends early on, but not me. I was way too busy keeping up the good image I had created. I became a Christian in my 20’s and since that time had worked hard to “look like a Christian.” My faith was real but it wasn’t perfect. Because of that, I had built too many walls around my heart and life to even consider the possibility of authentic friendships. Those kinds of friendships would require me to be open, vulnerable, and to be authentically myself. That would also mean that these other Christians who would be my

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5 Women in the Bible Who God Chose for His Divine Purpose
by Samantha Villenave

This week, we are featuring a series that is all about being clay: opening up to the plan of the Father and yielding to His molding. You will learn to recognize that He knows more than we do and in His eternal wisdom, He created you, and me, with purpose and destiny in mind. We are of immeasurable value to the Father, and he invites us on a journey to discover the preciousness of our own worth. This six week course, "Reclaimed - Uncovering Your Worth" by Christy Fay, is a beautiful way to begin the post-Easter season with your women's group. The study focuses on the life of Jesus through His genealogy, narrowing in on the five women on the list. Dive into the liv

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One Sure Way to Find Out Your Purpose in Life
by Remi Roy

If you're self-aware, deliberate in your desire to make an impact and are not simply drifting through life, then you've most certainly asked the question, "What am I doing (or going to do) with my life?” That might be the easiest or the most difficult question you will ever ask, and the reasons for that are pretty obvious. The consequences of that decision are far reaching having the potential to affect your quality of life, level of fulfillment and how you will be remembered long after you're gone. No pressure. You've no doubt read lots of books and articles on finding and following your passion and purpose. You've probably also tried a few different things; college degrees, careers, mission trips, volunteer activities all in a bid to try to figure it out. I have, too, and I have come to one conclusion: My purpose is found in the place of passionate, daily pursuit of God. You see, I grew up seeing my mother pursue God w

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10 Incredible Christian Women Whose Lives Deserve Study
by Kelly Canfield

Studying the lives of world-changing women is not only interesting; it’s inspiring. I think what strikes me the most about these amazing Christians is not that they led wildly extraordinary lives – but rather, they lived their lives faithfully. Day in, day out – whether the circumstances were hostile enemies, depression, fatigue, grief…they faithfully stood for their beliefs and history was changed. 1. Stefania Podgorska, born in Poland in 1925, was one of 8 children. She lost her father when she was 14 years old and was sent to work in the nearby city of Przemysl. In June 1941, Germans took control of the city. Her Jewish employers, the Diamant family, were forced to move to the ghetto. Stefania, now 16 and caring for her 6-year-old sister, found herself smuggling food to care for the Diamants. Then came the morning Max Diamant appeared on her doorstep, having escaped from a train bound for the Nazi death camps. <

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Embrace God's Divine Purpose Within You
by Samantha Villenave

Esther was an orphan who was born in a country where her people lived as exiles. She certainly would not have chosen the circumstances of her early life. However, she yielded her life to the plan of God, which was larger than anything that she could have imagined for herself. Many of us were born into circumstances that we would not have chosen, and all of us have certainly made life choices with entangling consequences. It is easy to spend energy wishing that we could go back in time, but God has a plan and a purpose for each of us that is larger than our own perspective. Esther is a wonderful example of rising to the occasion and allowing God to stretch us beyond our means. She sought the Lord in a moment of distress through prayer and fasting. She then focused her energy on transforming a threat of death that her people were facing to a pathway of life and prosperity. Paulette Phillips has written a wonderful teaching

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