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Don't be consumed by measuring your influence, Jessica Pigg writes. "If your focus is always on the 'bigger and better' … chances are you will miss the blessings that occur in your normal everyday life. Serve, love and make much of God and the person standing right in front of you," she counsels.
"Modesty isn't a list of rules; it is a reflection of our hearts," Jessica Pigg notes. Modesty may be an out-of-style word that makes people cringe, she writes. But: Dressing modestly "acknowledges the beauty and power of femininity. It doesn't mean you're ashamed of your body. Modesty is simply valuing what has value."
Jessica Pigg narrows her 2016 resolutions to one that is "made for the Lord," one that will "change my own life [and] the lives of those around me" -- "to be in the Word of God every single day and to hide truth in my heart."
Jessica Pigg conveys biblical answers to a question pastor's wives sometimes ask themselves: Why did I sign up for this? "If we were all honest with ourselves, we would say that at some point or another, we have asked the 'why' questions in ministry," she writes.