Interview With a Pastor’s Wife: Valerie Ponder

Interview With a Pastor’s Wife: Valerie Ponder

Interview questions: Where did you grow up? How did where you grew up contribute to preparing you for life in small-town pastoral ministry?   I grew up in Brazil as a Missionary Kid/Pastor’s Kid. As a missionary family, we ministered in settings from small churches in a large city, to a larger church in a smaller […]

The Theology of Joy

The Theology of Joy

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-24   Of all of the fruits listed in these verses joy is consistently the most elusive. We often hear the correct and encouraging phrase, “Choose joy!” Although this idea of […]

The Joy of Trees

The Joy of Trees

Have you ever noticed how many times trees are mentioned in the Bible? BibleGateway brings up 269 references for the word tree. (Don’t worry. I’ll just mention a few.) Trees figured prominently in Creation as God made trees bearing fruit and seed for future trees. Genesis 2:9 states that “out of the ground the Lord God made […]

Check Out Our NEW Summer Devotional!!

Lace up your gym shoes, grab your water bottle, and let’s go! It’s time to work out! For the last two years of our Flowers blog we’ve been talking a lot about LOVE and JOY. Now it’s time to walk the talk. You can find out more about our Summer Devotional by clicking here. Go […]

Interview With a Pastor’s Wife: Mary Courts

Interview With a Pastor’s Wife: Mary Courts

Interview questions: Where did you grow up? How did where you grew up contribute to preparing you for life in small-town pastoral ministry?   I grew up in a suburb of Denver, Colorado and really was a “city girl.” My sole claim to “rural” experience was a high school boyfriend who was from a small […]

Remember the Pain in the Joy

Remember the Pain in the Joy

“…looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2) Everyone always told me that when you hold your newborn in your arms for the first […]

Summer Encouragement

Summer Encouragement

Hebrews 10:23-25 “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.  And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”   […]