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Receiving His Gifts, Finding Your Passion

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Taken from Women Doing Well’s Extravagant God, a six-session study on generous women through the ages, published in 2015. In Luke 8, you get a brief introduction to Joanna. We don’t know much about her, but what we do know is intriguing. Her husband is Chuza. Not familiar with him? He’s in charge of managing all of Herod’s estates. In …

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Find Your Happiness!

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Summer 2020: The pandemic was in full swing with no end in sight. Happiness did not abound. So when my friend and mentor, Mary Beth Vogelzang, invited me to a class about happiness, titled The Science of Well-Being, I didn’t have to think for long. I said yes. Until then, I wasn’t familiar with Women Doing Well. And to be honest, …

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The Connection Between Investing & Our Values

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Can where and how you invest make a Kingdom difference? Financial advisor Rachel McDonough says yes. In this blog post, originally posted on her website, she explores the opportunities believers have to influence the world through their intentional investing. The first time my family moved to Kenya and I experienced interacting with street kids in Nairobi, I was 10-years-old. It …

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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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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 …