Beauty for Ashes: A Testimony

Part I

“To console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. “ (Isaiah 61:3)

[Because of the length of this testimony, I have broken it into …

Grace Widows: Binding the Broken (Part 4)

“You shall no longer be termed Forsaken, nor shall your land any more be termed Desolate…” (Isaiah 62:4-5)

This will complete the series, Grace Widows. If you have not yet read Part 1, Part 2, or Part 3 of this series, I encourage you to begin there.

Whether or not divorce will ever touch your life personally, it is crucial that Christians study and understand what the Scriptures say …

Grace Widows: A Scarlet Letter (Part 2)

Continued from Grace Widows: Hope and Healing for the Forsaken – (Part 1)

This is a doctrine that is putting men and women into life-long bondage, sentencing children to single-parent families, and destroying the opportunity for future Covenant children! We need to pay attention and address this issue biblically!

Sadly, many times, the victim of adultery and abandonment is left alone feeling fearful and confused. For a woman, her fears may …

A Future and a Hope

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

Every time I’ve shared portions of my life story with others, I’ve been told, “You should really write a book.” I guess in some ways it’s true. My life has seen a bit of drama. I was born to a 16-year-old …

John MacArthur’s New Book: The Divorce Dilemma


The Divorce Dilemma: God’s Last Word on Lasting Commitment

A new book by John MacArthur

Ever since publishing our family’s testimony, Beauty for Ashes, I have received numerous emails from women who are relieved to know there is hope for them (Jeremiah 29:11) – that although they may have been forsaken by the husband of their youth, God will …

Becoming a Family: A New Chapter

Part II

God sets the solitary in families; He brings out those who are bound into prosperity… (Psalm 68:6)

[If you haven’t yet read part one, Beauty for Ashes: A Testimony, please do so before reading part two.]

James and I were married in July of 1995, after a whirlwind courtship of less than two months. Jessica instantly fell in …

For those who are hurting…

“He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy …

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"We’re Not Gossiping. We’re Networking."

Along with the growth of the Internet, the potential for sin has grown. Rather than gossiping with just one neighbor at a time, now the blogging housewife can count the hits on her site meter as she multiplies her possibilities.

Gossip and slander are nothing new. Technology hasn’t invented a new sin (Ecclesiastes 1:9). However, as we improve our ability to communicate with numerous …