FIRST-PERSON: Winsomeness, personified
Susie Hawkins gained a picture of winsomeness from the late Marge Caldwell, "whether with children, women or anyone else. She had a joy and a love for others that was contagious."
FIRST-PERSON: The necessity of patience
Susie Hawkins underscores the value of patience and kind words amid negative dynamics whether in personal relationships or in a congregation. "Cultivating patience is not easy," she writes, "but it is a mark of spiritual maturity.
Life is "generally shaped in our daily interaction with others," Susie Hawkins writes, "not just upon hearing great sermons or Bible studies. It's often the thousands of smaller moments that sharpen us in profound ways."
FIRST-PERSON: When the wicked prosper
Susie Hawkins, addressing the question of why the wicked prosper, notes from Psalm 73, "Turning our eyes toward God and off of others brings us a fresh assurance of His presence and eternal graces toward those who trust Him and seek to live in His sanctuary."
Why Do the Wicked Prosper? Living in Psalm 73
Turning our eyes toward God and off of others brings us a fresh assurance of His presence and eternal graces toward those who trust Him and seek to live in His sanctuary.
FIRST-PERSON: Front-line missionaries & you
Missionaries "plunge into jungles, deserts and parts of the globe where the Gospel has never reached," Susie Hawkins writes. "But they do it with the backing of others who stay vigilant for them in prayer, resources and equipping…. We are bound to one another; no one works alone."
FIRST-PERSON: Suffering & endurance
A severe injury to her grandson's eye has given Susie Hawkins and her family a deepened awareness of the biblical truth in James 1:3-4 that "the testing of your faith produces endurance … so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing."
FIRST-PERSON: Counsel for selecting a cause
Susie Hawkins relays counsel to leaders on adding a cause to their commitments. Key factors, she writes, include one's passion, time constraints, balancing local and global causes, and setting an example that others will follow.
FIRST-PERSON: Social media do’s & don’ts
DALLAS (BP) -- Social media has radically altered the cultural landscape. As ministry wives, we have an unparalleled opportunity via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. to contribute to the good of our church, family and community. But as in everything, social media also can cause great harm.
FIRST-PERSON: Praying for revival in our families
Columnist Susie Hawkins says as we pray for the election we should also pray for the spiritual vitality of our families, because the theological and moral commitments of our future leaders are being cultivated now.