Don't Miss the Blessing

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Pelican Publishing, 1990 - Religion - 216 pages
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God offers a bounty of blessings intended for all women, treasures author Jo Ann Paris Leavell hopes no one will miss. As a minister's wife for over thirty-five years and a teacher of ministers' wives for fourteen, Mrs. Leavell considers herself "a satisfied customer in ministry," and shares her positive attitude with Christian women and ministers' wives in particular. Mrs. Leavell looks back positively at the journey which has brought her to a contented life as a minister's wife. She views childhood as the time for shaping a positive self-image, offering adults ideas for improving unhealthy self-opinions as well as helpful ways to affirm the next generation. Recognizing the importance of one's internal resources and employing those inner strengths keeps a person continuously motivated toward personal growth, she stresses. God bestows special gifts upon everyone, she believes. It is the individual's responsibility to discover those gifts, to discipline themselves in their use, and to apply them properly for the common good. The reality of the present also plays a vital role in Christian living. Mrs. Leavell breaks new ground, guiding the reader through topics of appearance, marriage, communication, parent-child relationships, time management, money, and hospitality. Finally, with an eye to the future, the author advises setting specific goals to guide personal and spiritual growth. The author resides in New Orleans with her husband, Dr. Landrum P. Leavell, president of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. She pursues an active ministry, regularly addressing women's groups. In addition to teaching a course for ministers' wives at the seminary, she has taught interdenominational Bible studies, and conducts family life conferences with her husband. A supplement to its parent text, Rhonda Harrington Kelley's Don't Miss the Blessing Study Guide provides the opportunity for personal study, as well as practical applications of the subject matter discussed. Its goal is to challenge readers to grow personally and spiritually as they study the Scriptures and search themselves.

 

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Contents

Foreword
9
Memory Makers
17
To Childhood
27
Practice the Presence of
43
Promote Others
59
Paint the House
75
HusbandWife Relationship
89
ParentChild Relationship
107
Time Management
135
Hospitality
149
Hospitality in Writing
163
Money
171
Pursuing Our Goals
193
Blessings
203
Appendix A Partnership Bible Study
213
Copyright

Communication
123

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About the author (1990)

Although she has pursued an active ministry of her own through teaching, speaking, and writing, Jo Ann Paris Leavell conducted family life conferences with her late husband while lecturing at retreats, luncheons, and conventions around the country. She once served as the president of the Ministers' Wives of the Southern Baptist Convention and twice acted as chairman of Lord, Change Me, an interdenominational conference for today's women. Leavell is the recipient of the Mrs. J. M. Dawson Award for distinguished ministers' wives. Also the author of Pelican's Joy in the Journey and Baptist Dishes Worth Blessing, she lives in Wichita Falls, Texas.

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