Times Are Changing

You have been blessed by guest  blogger Karen Alexander-Doyel several times.

Karen Doyel.jpgKaren is a writer for the Tennessee Baptist Convention Ministers’ Wives blog .She is a speaker and conference leader, former pastor’s wife, and LifeWay Ministry Multiplier from Lenoir City, TN. Karen was married to Dr. Douglas R. Alexander, former pastor of First Baptist Church, Lenoir City, Tennessee until his untimely death a few years ago. They served in ministry in Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, Ohio and Tennessee. Karen established and led women’s ministries in each church she attended and is a conference leader and writes and teaches Bible studies. She especially has a heart for ministers’ wives and wants to help them love their special calling in ministry. Karen is married to Jim Doyel and is the mother of three grown sons. 

Enjoy her words of encouragement…

Have you noticed that the world around us is changing moment by moment?  It seems some of the biggest changes in my lifetime have happened in the past few years.

Does your cell phone take pictures, send texts, receive emails, play music, and identify callers with photos and on and on?  For some of you this is no big deal because this is your generation of technology, but believe me, these are amazing things for those of us with a few years on our bodies.

With all the new inventions or what  our world calls advancements it would seem logical that we would be more at peace and more secure than ever before.  Is that true in your life?  Do those around you seem happier, content, fulfilled and living with purpose?

In spite of all the things that we have to make our life easier or maybe just make it faster I am meeting with women all over our country who are experiencing more stress and frustration than ever before.  I am hearing of depression that is drowning women from state to state.  What is going on?

We must remember as God brings women into our lives, there is only one anchor.  We have the foundation we need to handle the changes, but the changes themselves cannot be that foundation.  In Job 38:4 God asks the question “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?”

The Word of God is what we need.  God’s Word is our comfort, guide, hope, wisdom, peace and answer for everything.  We come into the presence of our God through His word.

As technology grows it seems we are not less busy, but more busy.  It would be easy to spend more time on those wonderful cell phones, in front of that computer or reading on that new kindle instead of listening to God through His word.  Yet, God tells us in Isaiah to “Hear O heavens! Listen, O earth!  For the Lord has spoken.”  He reminds us to “Hear the word of the Lord.”  “Listen to the law of our God.”

Our world needs God’s word to stabilize it, you need God’s word to stabilize you, and your women need God’s word to stabilize them.  Stay in the word, share His word, remind those God has given to you for ministry that God’s word is eternal stands forever!    

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  1. Ashley Linne says

    Thank you for sharing this! It’s so very true that the world is getting more hectic by the minute and that there are so many things vying for our attention. Our lives absolutely must be solidly rooted in Scripture, especially as we live influentially among other women. I think it is important for us to be vulnerable about our own problems and weaknesses with these women, and that’s something I struggle with! :) I know that this willingness to be vulnerable will allow them to see what I’m really made of– and what (more like Who) I am rooted to. When they know I am “just like them,” they will be more likely to believe me when I tell them God is all that gets me through.
    As an aside, I study the Bible on my phone, the computer, AND the Kindle! :)

  2. Chris Adams says

    It is hard to be vulnerable when the world tells us how to be perfect! We just have to let God use us to share whatever He is teaching us on a daily basis. And how He is directing us through our difficulties and weaknesses.

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