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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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Treasures in Darkness

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Getting ready for bed one evening, I felt something odd in my left ankle. The next day I had difficulty putting weight on the foot but an X-ray showed nothing broken or fractured. By the following evening, the pain became excruciating.    Little did I realize that an unexpected cloud of darkness was about to hover over my life.   The next weeks and months brought more pain and suffering than I have ever experienced. My physical, emotional, and spiritual …

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Welcome Abundance

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Is it my imagination or does it appear as if the world is in full-blown scarcity mode? “Not Enoughness” runs amok. Fear is in the air like oxygen.    Scarcity began knocking on my door early spring of this year. On March 1, my husband and I released a 30-year ministry assignment of church planting and pastoring in local churches. The transition was exciting, yet this major life change registered in my emotions and body as loss. Five days after this …

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The Illusion of Simplicity

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I don’t know about you, but these days I feel an overwhelming urge to get everything in order. I have a yearning to declutter so I can live the “Simplified Lifestyle” that feels like the ideal we’ve been invited to chase these strange days. So I chase.   As I continue to spend a great deal of time on my job and my people, I also declutter—moving from garage, to pantry, to bookshelves, to …

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Is it All Well?

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It’s the time of year we chart out plans and identify goals for the months ahead. Have you thought about how rest fits into your preparation for 2020?   Author, speaker, and leadership coach Jo Saxton offered these thoughts on rest in a recent newsletter. You can get more of her wisdom by signing up to receive her newsletter on her website or …

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The Joy of Living Generously

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Where My Story Starts My parents divorced when I was eight years old. My father was independently wealthy and my mother married a teaching tennis pro. As my sister and I went back and forth between the two households, I experienced no talk of money at my father’s house and many references to a lack of money at my mother’s …