My Bucket List

We used to say, “These are the things I’d like to do before I die.” However, after the movie The Bucket List was released in 2007, our jargon changed. That film prompted many to create their own list for the first time. Although the name may have changed, the idea has not. Time flies when we’re paying bills, and life continues on whether we take time to follow our dreams of what we want to accomplish before we die. I {Read More}

About Kelly Stigliano

Kelly J. Stigliano has been a speaker and writer for over 25 years. She and her husband of over 30 years, Jerry, enjoy life in Orange Park, FL. To learn more, visit www.kellystigliano.com.

Help in Times of Trouble

Does God care about our everyday problems? My answer from experience is always a resounding, Yes. In 1993 I was attending Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY.  I lived about 30 miles from the seminary, it was a long commute on class days.  Anyone who has ever driven on I-64 through the Cochran Hill tunnels during rush hour knows that it’s not much fun.  At this time I was driving a Chevy van with a mind of its own. Too often the {Read More}

About Ginny Holcombe

First of all I am a daughter of the King! My relationship with Jesus is the best and most important part of my life. I’m a mother of 3 and grandmother of 7. I’m also a sister, aunt, mother-in-law, and friend. I can’t leave out Cinnamon, my Jack Russell/Basenji who touches me daily with love, companionship, and laughter. Not to mention ideas for my blog! God has blessed me with the opportunity to serve Him as a ministry assistant and receptionist at Porter Memorial Baptist Church. This gives me the opportunity to encourage and assist people from all walks of life and I’m thankful for the opportunity to see Him at work among His church. I am a woman who has been broken by life and circumstances but made whole by my relationship with Jesus Christ. My deepest desire is to use the gifts of writing and speaking to encourage women to cultivate a deeply intimate relationship with Jesus and to allow the Holy Spirit to guide them through each day. I enjoy sharing the lessons He brings to my life on my blog: butterflyginny.blogspot.com and my Facebook page, Gazing at Jesus. I’m thankful to be given the opportunity to share what God is teaching me on MMCW. I pray that His love, grace, and mercy will touch you every day.

How to Marry a Millionaire – Queen of Sheba

The 1953 romantic comedy How to Marry a Millionaire ushered in Cinemascope’s long narrow screen. It starred Marilyn Monroe (Pola), Lauren Bacall (Schatze), and Betty Grable (Loco) as beautiful young models pooling their resources to share a Manhattan penthouse. This put them in the right neighborhood to achieve their stated goals—to each “catch” and marry a millionaire. Call them fortune hunters, gold-diggers, whatever; marrying money was their dream. Meantime, they barely earned enough to pay their exorbitant rent. The women {Read More}

About Vicki Huffman

Writer / Editorial Board. Vicki Huffman's latest book is Still Looking: Finding the Peace of God in Job Loss, a book to help those going through the emotional and spiritual upheaval of job loss or underemployment. Her other Christian books are: A Secret Hope (novel), Plus Living: Looking for Joy in All the Right Places, and The Best of Times, all available in print and e-book on amazon.com. She has been an editor for several Christian publishing houses and enjoys teaching the Bible.

Review of Stars in the Grass

Mentoring Moments columnist Ann Marie Stewart’s newly released novel, Stars in the Grass, debuted on February 1. The idyllic world of nine-year-old Abby McAndrews is transformed when a tragedy tears her family apart. Before the accident, her dad, Reverend John McAndrews, had all the answers, but now his questions and guilt threaten to destroy his family. Abby’s fifteen-year-old brother, Matt, begins an angry descent as he acts out in dangerous ways. Her mother tries to hold her grieving family together, {Read More}

The Miracle Worker and Mary Magdalene

The Miracle Worker, based on Helen Keller’s book The Story of My Life, was released in 1962. Shot in black and white, the strarkness of the film showcases the gravity of the situation. Anne Bancroft plays Annie Sullivan, the woman who taught a blind, deaf and mute child how to communicate with the world around her. Patty Duke, in her first major role, plays that child. Both actresses won Academy Awards for their performances: Bancroft for Best Actress and Duke {Read More}

About Vicki Huffman

Writer / Editorial Board. Vicki Huffman's latest book is Still Looking: Finding the Peace of God in Job Loss, a book to help those going through the emotional and spiritual upheaval of job loss or underemployment. Her other Christian books are: A Secret Hope (novel), Plus Living: Looking for Joy in All the Right Places, and The Best of Times, all available in print and e-book on amazon.com. She has been an editor for several Christian publishing houses and enjoys teaching the Bible.

Go Into Peace

Have you ever gone up to a stranger and taken hold of part of his clothing? Mark 5:25–34 recounts the story of a woman who did. She had bled continuously for twelve years. In the South, we’d say she had “female problems.” If she lived today, she probably could be cured with a hysterectomy, but her doctors couldn’t help her. Her condition meant she was weak, unable to bear children, couldn’t enter the temple area to worship, and was poor {Read More}

About Vicki Huffman

Writer / Editorial Board. Vicki Huffman's latest book is Still Looking: Finding the Peace of God in Job Loss, a book to help those going through the emotional and spiritual upheaval of job loss or underemployment. Her other Christian books are: A Secret Hope (novel), Plus Living: Looking for Joy in All the Right Places, and The Best of Times, all available in print and e-book on amazon.com. She has been an editor for several Christian publishing houses and enjoys teaching the Bible.

The Smelly Things of Life

I sat on my patio one evening enjoying the view while Cinnamon went about her business. There is a concrete step right outside the door to my apartment building where people and dogs come and go continuously. In nice weather those who live in the upper floor apartments often sit on the stoop when they bring their dogs outside. You can imagine the scents and odors to be found there. Here was my cute little baby on a very long {Read More}

About Ginny Holcombe

First of all I am a daughter of the King! My relationship with Jesus is the best and most important part of my life. I’m a mother of 3 and grandmother of 7. I’m also a sister, aunt, mother-in-law, and friend. I can’t leave out Cinnamon, my Jack Russell/Basenji who touches me daily with love, companionship, and laughter. Not to mention ideas for my blog! God has blessed me with the opportunity to serve Him as a ministry assistant and receptionist at Porter Memorial Baptist Church. This gives me the opportunity to encourage and assist people from all walks of life and I’m thankful for the opportunity to see Him at work among His church. I am a woman who has been broken by life and circumstances but made whole by my relationship with Jesus Christ. My deepest desire is to use the gifts of writing and speaking to encourage women to cultivate a deeply intimate relationship with Jesus and to allow the Holy Spirit to guide them through each day. I enjoy sharing the lessons He brings to my life on my blog: butterflyginny.blogspot.com and my Facebook page, Gazing at Jesus. I’m thankful to be given the opportunity to share what God is teaching me on MMCW. I pray that His love, grace, and mercy will touch you every day.

No Wasted Words

After enjoying a speaking ministry for years, I was speechless. While fighting a cold, I spoke in a medium-sized venue without a microphone. The following morning my voice was raspy and cracking. The next day I was inaudible. I went to a drugstore clinic and received a decongestant. While the medicine dehydrated my sinuses, it parched my larynx, worsening my condition. I cleared my schedule and didn’t answer the phone. Being somewhat of a hypochondriac, I spent hours researching laryngitis {Read More}

About Kelly Stigliano

Kelly J. Stigliano has been a speaker and writer for over 25 years. She and her husband of over 30 years, Jerry, enjoy life in Orange Park, FL. To learn more, visit www.kellystigliano.com.

Old Testament Cruella de Vil – Jezebel

The original 101 Dalmatians movie was a Walt Disney animated classic, made in 1961, that my kids loved. Often when animated human characters become real humans in a film remake, the result suffers. But when the 101 Dalmatians remake hit the big screen in 1996, its real people and spotted dogs running around London had a charm of its own. (Although I did miss the great Disney songs.) The best part was bringing to life one of the worst villains {Read More}

About Vicki Huffman

Writer / Editorial Board. Vicki Huffman's latest book is Still Looking: Finding the Peace of God in Job Loss, a book to help those going through the emotional and spiritual upheaval of job loss or underemployment. Her other Christian books are: A Secret Hope (novel), Plus Living: Looking for Joy in All the Right Places, and The Best of Times, all available in print and e-book on amazon.com. She has been an editor for several Christian publishing houses and enjoys teaching the Bible.

The King and I – Esther

Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner lit up the technicolor screen in the 1956 Hollywood adaptation of a Broadway musical, The King and I. It won five Academy Awards with Brynner named Best Actor. In 1862 Anna Owens, a widowed schoolteacher, moves from England to Siam (now Thailand) with her young son to tutor the king’s crown prince and his 66 other children (!). Suddenly slammed by culture shock, Anna tries to comfort her son with a song that says, “Whenever {Read More}

About Vicki Huffman

Writer / Editorial Board. Vicki Huffman's latest book is Still Looking: Finding the Peace of God in Job Loss, a book to help those going through the emotional and spiritual upheaval of job loss or underemployment. Her other Christian books are: A Secret Hope (novel), Plus Living: Looking for Joy in All the Right Places, and The Best of Times, all available in print and e-book on amazon.com. She has been an editor for several Christian publishing houses and enjoys teaching the Bible.