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When Prayer Challenges and Changes (part 2)

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(Read part one of Ruth’s story) It took time for me to accept God’s calling. Remember—I never wanted to write a book. I poked fun at my family members who wrote books. But I couldn’t ignore the call any longer. God overwhelmed me with confirmations to move forward. He gently showed me in a thousand different ways that He wanted …

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When Prayer Challenges and Changes

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I didn’t want to write a book. I wasn’t looking to become an author. My husband, Bob, and I were busy enough raising five children and flipping houses in Philadelphia. Any free time we had was spent renovating our 305-year-old farmhouse. It was an immense project, but we enjoyed it. We were content. Then we had a visitor.  The Big …

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A Broader View of Generosity

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What the generational shift means for the world of generosity. For generations, talk of generosity focused primarily on one thing: money. According to collaborative research from sparks & honey and Morgridge Family Foundation, that’s changing. The change is particularly obvious among younger philanthropists. What does this mean for organizations that rely on generous donors? Aim at the Heart All nonprofits have …

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My Transformation Journey with Women Doing Well

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My husband, Ben, is a financial planner, whose job is to wisely guide his clients’ financial decisions. Thanks to Ben’s work, we’ve had a biblical perspective on money for years. We also gave generously and believed that everything we own belongs to God. Despite my background, Women Doing Well (WDW) got my attention. Why I Said “Yes” to The Doing …

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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 …