Those Remarkable Shepherds

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The scene was set for the most remarkable night in all of history. So what were the shepherds doing that made them so remarkable? They were doing what they were supposed to be doing: keeping watch over their flocks at night. I think the shepherds can teach us a lot about doing the everyday tasks with joy. Their obedience and steadfastness can inspire us to keep on keeping on. They were certainly transformed by their experience there in the field  outside Bethlehem. Read it with …

Gift of the Magi

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I have a thing about nativity sets. I probably have 8 or 10 that I set up in various spots around my home, starting the day after Thanksgiving. Setting them up and arranging the figures each year is just as much a part of Christmas to me  as decorating the tree and spending time shopping for my family. I am fascinated by the wise men. Every year when I put them near the stable, I feel guilty because I know they probably were not part of the …

Giving Hope to Others

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“When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” – Matthew 2:10-11 As a non-profit organization, it seems like we are always in need and that we are always asking people to give to us. We never apologize for asking, because we believe that what we are doing is vitally …

Thanksgiving in Action

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This is the fourth article in a series about the various ways that local churches are blessing our clients and demonstrating the love of God to a hurting world by their actions, not just by their words. Love is an action verb! A few days before Thanksgiving, First Church of Coral Springs called to say they had food baskets for our  clients. Then we got a call from Church by the Glades in Coral Springs, asking if we had families who could use a little …

Giving Tuesday Report

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We hosted our first-ever Giving Tuesday Event on December 1st at our Ft. Lauderdale Center, not having any idea if anyone would show up or not! We were pleasantly surprised that many of our donors made it a priority to drop by that morning and encourage us. For most, it was the first time they had ever been inside one of Hope Women’s Centers’ clinics, and everyone commented on the beauty of the space and the professional feel they got from being inside the clinic. …