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When Retirement Isn’t What You’d Hope’d it Would Be.

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From the outside, Marilyn and Larry Johnson had it all. Following wildly successful careers, the couple sold their computer business to a Fortune 500 company and retired. A decade later, they admitted their lives weren’t complete. They lacked purpose. With much prayer and patience, the Johnsons learned that God had big plans for them to live and give wholeheartedly. 

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The Greatest Sacrificial Gift

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For God so loved the world, He GAVE.  God is generous. God the Father gave His Son for our benefit, our joy, our eternal life. We are Jesus’s passion, the joy for which He suffered the cross.   What a gift—a humbling, overwhelming gift! Jesus laid down everything He had and sacrificed it to gain me. To save me! By knowing …

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Investing in Black Charities: 5 Principles for Giving across Racial Lines

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How can we use our call to generosity to address inequality and seek justice? Our friends at National Christian Foundation originally published the following post on their blog that outlines 5 principles for effective, empowering giving.  As followers of Jesus, many of our hearts are being called to a new level of commitment in the fight against racial injustice. But …

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America’s First Self-Made Female Millionaire

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In honor of Black History Month, I did some research about how different cultures approach generosity and came across an article about Madam C.J. Walker, America’s first self-made female millionaire. Intrigued, I began down a path to learn everything I could about this impressive lady.  Born to former slaves, Walker was raised on a cotton plantation during Reconstruction. In her …

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How an invitation led to flourishing in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Shaw Thomas was intrigued. She’d been invited to join Women Doing Well for a Yale University course on happiness with a biblical perspective. So she prayed. According to Shaw, CEO and Executive Producer of The Iconist: The Art and Science of Standing Out, “God didn’t say ‘No,’ so I said, ‘Go!’”  Her decision made, Shaw immediately thought her friend, Ruia Kontos, would enjoy the course. So she invited her. Ruia …

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My Journey Toward Wholehearted Generosity

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As President of Women Doing Well, many assume that I’m naturally generous. That I’ve practiced wholehearted living and giving my whole life. That a life of generosity drew me to WDW.   I wish that were true.  The truth is that wholehearted generosity wasn’t on my radar until I crossed paths with WDW. Sure, I tithed and gave a certain amount to my …

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End of the Year Sign Off

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Generosity is an essential activity this year. Is your joy meter low? Are you tired and weary? Me too. We just went through a global pandemic and while there are promising vaccinations, it feels like we are on mile 21 of a marathon. Just far enough from the finish line to need some encouragement. As we wrap this year, I …

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A Daughter’s Journey to Wholehearted Generosity

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I’ve long known that the Lord wants us to be generous with our time, talents, and resources. However, I only recently came to understand and embrace the purpose and power of generosity.  For twenty years, I climbed corporate ladders. My career progressed and the world poured praise on me. My work was valuable. It gave me a sense of pride and …