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• MARRIAGE
• MINISTRY
• MINISTRY WIVES
• PARENTING
• PERSONAL GROWTH
• PERSONAL PAIN
• PRAYER
• SEXUALITY
• SINGLES
• SPIRITUAL GROWTH
• SUICIDE
• WORSHIP
• YEAR OF PREPARATION


MARRIAGE
A FRESH "REVELATION" GIVES A TIRED MARRIAGE NEW LIFE!The unexpected happened when
 Sally took a course on the Book of Revelation.

ALONE IN THE PEW Paula offers hope to the pastor’s wife who is experiencing the searing pain of
 spousal abuse.

IS THERE HOPE AFTER BETRAYAL? Cindy and her husband faced the pain of a broken marriage
 due to Chris’ addiction to pornography. She includes advice on her blog, videoed interviews, and
 resources.

MY DESPERATE NEED The beginning of an emotional affair on a mission trip could have led to a
 marriage break-up.


MINISTRY
SEASON OF CHANGEMarjorie shares the direction for Heart of America Ministry and for her
 personnally in 2015.

STARTING A LOCAL SUPPORT GROUP (Or Other Focus Group) In 1998 we started a support group
 for pastor’s wives in the Greater Kansas City Area. These suggestions are based on what we learned.

MINISTRY WIVES
I DIDN'T WANT TO BE A PASTOR'S WIFE! Marjorie, founder of Heart of America Ministry Women,
 didn't "sign-up" but God used her experience, burden, and position to start a ministry.


PARENTING
HELP, I HAVE A PRODIGAL IN THE HOUSE! From her personal experiences, Sherryl writes about the
 challenging journey with a prodigal in the parsonage.


PERSONAL GROWTH
DEFENSIVE PEOPLEMost of us have defensive people in our lives. Karla has a passion to see individuals, marriages, and families set free from the chains of dysfunction, misunderstanding, and emotional pain personally and relationally. Her message provides practical and Biblical truths that bring balance and clarity to life and relationship issues.
FORGIVENESS: A PLAY IN THREE ACTSby Eileen Epps-Hamilton.“The Holy Spirit gently chided me, “You must forgive”. Why?... My soul cried out to God for justice. Psalm 37 became the “blueprint” I was to follow during this season of change.”
GOD HAS A GOOD PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE – DON'T LET ABORTION DESTROY IT! From the moment
  I walked out of that abortion mill in New York City, I was a broken person, hurting emotionally, filled with
  remorse and self-hate for what I had just done.
RUNNING TO WIN! A surprising statement I understand Billy Graham said often “I want to finish
 strong!” Now that Marjorie is older, she agrees with him. She shares points to keep her focus in this
 article.

SECRET OF MANNA GATHERING If you were suddenly taken into custody in the middle of the night with only the clothes on your back, would you be prepared to maintain your spiritual life?

THE 15 MINUTE RULE The 15-minute rule has given me a way to clean out the garage or organize a
 cupboard. I have used the rule to learn a new craft like quilting or to research various topics on the
 internet. Some tasks are unpleasant, and I would never willingly put them on any to-do list.

PERSONAL PAIN
JESUS HEARD AND ANSWERED MY CRY “Her husband was arrested for preaching and taken to a
 Cuban prison when her third baby was three weeks old.”

JOURNEY THROUGH BROKENNESS Rachel, a pastor's wife who experienced a mental and physical
 breakdown, boldly shares her journey from brokenness and pain to healing, growth, and a renewed
 faith.

PRISON WAS NOT IN OUR PLAN Jan tells of her journey while her husband of 50 years was put into
 prision.


PRAYER
USING THE THE TEN COMMANDMENTS FOR PRAYER During this critical time in our nation, WE CAN PRAY. Use God’s own words to mold our petitions.

LOOKING FORWARD TO LENT A wonderful guide to help you get the most out of Lent.

THE CIRCLE MAKER According to Pastor Mark Batterson, "Drawing prayer circles around our dreams
 isn't just a mechanism whereby we accomplish great things for God. It's a mechanism whereby God
 accomplishes great things in us." This book will help you uncover your heart's deepest desires and
 God-given dreams and unleash them through the kind of audacious prayer that God delights to answer.

THE LORD IS NEAR - PRAYERS OF PREPERATION IN ANTICIPATION OF CHRIST'S RETURN Unless you're living under a rock or in a monastic retreat, you can’t escape the storm clouds gathering on the horizon of history. Storms always loom somewhere, but particularly ill winds are blowing today—and we can hear alarms sounding from every direction.

WHO ME? A HOLY PRIEST! I have questioned "How can I, Marjorie, be a royal priest from a holy
 nation?" Marjorie shares verses from the Bible that confirm we are all holy priests. In this article she also
 talks about using a large model of the Tabernacle for the National Day of Prayer held on May 5, 2011.

WHAT IS JESUS PRAYING? Scriptures tell us that Jesus is ever living to intercede for us. As I have thought about this, I have wondered, what is Jesus praying for us? I wonder, if in some way, we can get a picture of what He is praying now if we look at the ways He prayed while on earth.


SEXUALITY

HOPE AND HEALING FOR THE SEXUALLY BROKEN Starting in kindergarten, I knew something was wrong. It started with a crush on my female teacher. In early elementary school, I began to notice a need to sit close to certain girls in class accompanied by a desire to hold their hand. These emotional desires twisted into sexual desires in high school and culminated in college with a sexually active relationship with another woman.


SINGLES
PRACTICING IS HARDER THAN PREACHING: LESSONS FROM A SINGLE ADULT As single women, we will face uncomfortable situations. We may create some of them while the majority will be created by others


SPIRITUAL GROWTH

AS IN THE DAYS OF NOAH Lots of attention has been on the new Hollywood movie “Noah”. In my own Bible reading, I have been in 2 Peter, where the writer also refers to Noah. (2 Peter 2:5). Peter reminds the reader that even though there are scoffers who ask “where is this ‘coming’ He promised” (2 Peter 3:4), the Lord WILL return. The entire chapter of Matthew 24 tells us what to expect when that time is near, including the increase of earthquakes.
CONFESSIONS OF A RELUCTANT DISCIPLE Marjorie had her summer schedule all planned out, but
 God had other plans for her! Read her account of how God spoke to her to concerning helping the
 tornado devastated town of Joplin, MO.

GETTING CLOSER TO THE ONE WHO LOVES ME Have you ever considered fasting during Lent with the goal of closer intimacy with your Bridegroom Jesus?

SUGGESTIONS FOR FASTING Fasting is a form of self denial for the sake of Jesus and His Kingdom.
  It is a deliberate withdrawal for a time, to devote oneself to more fellowship with God. It is a spiritual
  discipline that increases awareness of God and His purposes.

THERE'S A WAR OUT THERE! As a child growing up in a Christian home, I remember singing a kid's song about being in God's Army. But it wasn't until I was in my mid-twenties that I began to realize that ALL of life is about fighting a very real spiritual battle.


SUICIDE
NOW WHAT? PICKING UP THE PIECES My pastor-husband was totally committed to the truth of
 God's Word and knew suicide was wrong. But I've learned when the pain becomes too unbearable, the
 unthinkable can become reality. Even for committed believers.


WORSHIP
PREPARING FOR WORSHIP, EVEN DURING THE HARD TIMES If you were arrested and chained in  a dirty, cold prison cell like Paul and Silas (in Acts 16:22-28), would you likely think about singing? Have  you ever intentionally worshiped during really hard times?

YEAR OF PREPARATION

AS IN THE DAYS OF NOAH Lots of attention has been on the new Hollywood movie “Noah”. In my own Bible reading, I have been in 2 Peter, where the writer also refers to Noah. (2 Peter 2:5). Peter reminds the reader that even though there are scoffers who ask “where is this ‘coming’ He promised” (2 Peter 3:4), the Lord WILL return. The entire chapter of Matthew 24 tells us what to expect when that time is near, including the increase of earthquakes.
PREPARING FOR WORSHIP, EVEN DURING THE HARD TIMES If you were arrested and chained in  a dirty, cold prison cell like Paul and Silas (in Acts 16:22-28), would you likely think about singing? Have  you ever intentionally worshiped during really hard times?
SECRET OF MANNA GATHERING If you were suddenly taken into custody in the middle of the night with only the clothes on your back, would you be prepared to maintain your spiritual life?

THE LORD IS NEAR - PRAYERS OF PREPERATION IN ANTICIPATION OF CHRIST'S RETURN Unless you're living under a rock or in a monastic retreat, you can’t escape the storm clouds gathering on the horizon of history. Storms always loom somewhere, but particularly ill winds are blowing today—and we can hear alarms sounding from every direction.

THERE'S A WAR OUT THERE! As a child growing up in a Christian home, I remember singing a kid's song about being in God's Army. But it wasn't until I was in my mid-twenties that I began to realize that ALL of life is about fighting a very real spiritual battle.