She stays up late almost every night, telling herself she has chores to do, emails that need responses, and her favorite show to watch. But really, she’s just avoiding a sexual encounter....

Her mother was abused, wounded and discarded. Her mother associated sexuality with evil and passed that down to her daughters. Her mother would tell her that she had a prostitute spirit and that giving herself to a man was dangerous and wicked....

She just can’t seem to get that old flame out of her mind. That relationship was so much more exciting than this one, she thinks. Her husband is steady, but life has gotten boring and predictable. Their sex life is ho-hum. ...

“How can he be upset?” she thinks to herself. Wasn’t she thinking of him when she wrote on her list, “make time for hubby?” She doesn’t know what he expects of her. He should be happy that she recognizes that she must...

It all began innocently for Miriam. She received a message on Facebook from an old crush that simply said, “Beautiful family. You’re looking better than ever.” It brought a smile and even some butterflies to get a compliment from this man who...

She was out with a man with whom she enjoys spending time. Together they watched what initially seemed like a “harmless” movie....

She puts the kids in bed after a long day and is anxious to sit back with a drink and watch her favorite drama on TV. She feels like this is exactly what she needs after a long day. ...

She looks at herself in the mirror and groans. Who is this frumpy, out of shape woman? After a couple of children and twenty pounds, Anne doesn’t feel attractive anymore....

God designed women and put us on this earth to be ezers. We share the same calling, but our individuality and season bring a uniqueness to bear on the way that calling plays out in each of our lives. As ezers, we are uniquely...

Picture partnering as a dance. When you dance with a partner the old fashioned way, you are both moving together. The strength in the dance is that each of you has a different view and perspective....

Picture nurturing as two friends walking side-by-side. Walking together, we have the opportunity to get to know another. Sometimes we have to slow down to stay together; sometimes we have to pick up the pace to keep up with another....

Since we launched the Ezer study and began using a common language to discuss Biblical femininity, the question has been asked, "why do single women need to be concerned with being an ezer?" While it would be great if this was an uncommon concern...

It’s February now and her New Year’s resolutions have fallen by the wayside. She was so determined that things would be different this year. She would actually lose those extra pounds, start eating in a more healthy way, and begin exercising every day. ...

As we have learned in the Forever teaching series, if we focus on Heaven then it will free us here. What does that look like though in real life?...

Her daughter is upset because the party was postponed; by the way she’s acting, you would think the whole world had ended!...

Our pastors have been teaching a four-week series on Forever and what it means to live in light of it. Thinking in terms of the end of this temporal life here on earth, or any end for that matter, it brings up the fact there...

The Ezer Study for women at Grace has been a growing experience for me as I process the concepts presented in the thoughtfully prepared materials and discussions. I had heard of the term “ helpmate” a while back and was always a bit bothered by...

Laura’s children are home for the holidays! It feels nice to have everyone under one roof. She hopes for lots of family time, especially now that the Christmas frenzy is over....

The capacity to invite is an essential part of our makeup as Ezers. We can’t move into a nurturing or partnering relationship with someone we don’t invite into our lives....

Anna likes her in-laws, she really does. But the thought of this first Christmas away from her parents’ house and their treasured traditions is more than she can stand to think about sometimes....

Going “home” for the holidays has been a different experience for her ever since God made her face the past. In college God drew her to Himself which began a sweet mountaintop experience. However, this quickly passed as God opened her heart to the pain...

She wants to find the perfect gifts for her children for Christmas. She asks them to make lists; she tries to tune in to each child and learn what will make them happy....

Sherry longs to have an inviting home, especially over the holidays. Yet it seems that each holiday season her perfectionism gets in the way. She wants the home she sees in a magazine so she spends more than the budget allows, causing tension in her...

Have you ever had a friend who is clearly taking the wrong path in life? She is a believer in Jesus but she seems to have lost her way. You see a train wreck ahead but you hesitate to say anything. ...

It started when she began to complain that her husband disappeared without telling her. That was when we began to “know” Alzheimer’s—the enemy of a complete life. The anger is amazing, the guilt is deep, and the sadness is deeper. These feelings haunt our minds...