All posts by Kelly Needham

Servant of Jesus Christ Wife of Jimmy Mother of 2 Girls
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The Sabbath: The Antidote for Achievement-Addicts

At the first snow of manna in Exodus 16, God introduces His people to a Sabbath day. Two-and-a-half months after leaving their former slave drivers, God’s people hear an odd command from their new Master—rest. Imagine how strange this command must have felt to a group of slaves. Hard labor is their life. It’s all…

THE PERFECT

So you want to do something great for God…

So you want to do something great for God… For generations, Sunday school teachers have heralded the stories of Biblical heros. Noah saved the world through building the ark. Abraham became the father of faith having Isaac in his old age. Moses brought the Israelites out of Egypt. Esther saved her people from obliteration. Many of us grew…

Do you know His Word

Do You Know His Word?

I recently asked a group of ladies from my church to print out a list of the books of the Bible and rate each one 1-5. One, “I’ve never read it or if I have I can’t tell you anything about it.”  Five, “I know most or all of the major characters and themes of…

THERE IS ONLY ONE.

There is only One.

  For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time. 1 Timothy 2:5-6 Consider it again: How many mediators are there between God and men? One. There is only one person who can…

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How to Handle the Stage: 5 Lessons from John the Baptist

Jimmy and I married just as his music career was kicking into high gear. We were both eager to honor God in this season and often asked for words of wisdom from older men and women in our lives. Above all that we heard, there were two things that resonated deeply with us both and that…

Left Out

Left Out: The Benefits of Exclusion

Exclusion is a part of life. It is unavoidable. Not only that, it is good. Isn’t it good that the whole school doesn’t get to have a say in your child’s education? That the whole church isn’t governed by the whim of the congregation each week but by a group of trusted elders? That only…

God's Not Fair

God is Unfair.

God is unfair. Matthew 20 forces this hard reality down our throats. Though an equitable God who treats everyone with the same grace and favor would be easier to swallow, that’s not our God. Jesus makes this clear as He tells this parable: For the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house who went…

Do you despise him?

Do You Despise Him?

When Jacob had cooked stew, Esau came in from the field and he was famished; and Esau said to Jacob, “Please let me have a swallow of that red stuff there, for I am famished.” Therefore his name was called Edom. But Jacob said, “First sell me your birthright.” Esau said “Behold, I am about…

what to do with self-pity

What To Do With Self-Pity

Self-pity is simply the grief that I have nothing to brag about in myself. Ever have those days when you feel like a failure at everything? The closer I walk with God, the more my sin, my deep-rooted self-love, comes into high-definition focus. And honestly, I’d really love to be the most put together person in…

the forceful compassion of god

The Forceful Compassion of God

Today, the Spirit of God captivated my attention with a phrase in a very familiar passage of Scripture. I have read about the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah many times in chapter 19 of Genesis and usually the same main points keep my attention: the wickedness of the men of Sodom who demand Lot’s guests be…

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An Exercise in Repentance

Repentance is the act of agreeing with God about our sin, turning from it and rejoicing in what God has done for us in Jesus. Most of our repentance is reactive. We repent primarily for the sins that are staring us in the face or the ones that others point out. And honestly, even then,…

Why am I still so discontent

Why Am I Still So Discontent?

I recently got this message from someone: “I’m trying really hard right now to embrace singleness as a gift, as you mentioned in your post “Theology of Singleness.” I think it would help ease my mind to know more about the things I will experience in my relationship with God that I would not experience…

a jesus heart for children

A Jesus-Heart for Children, Part 3

We have been looking at Biblical womanhood, and specifically what our attitude toward children should be. So far in this last section on children, we’ve covered the following: This is not just for moms, but all of us should have a correct attitude toward these little ones, modeled after that of Christ’s. How do we…

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A Jesus-Heart for Children, Part 2

In the last post, we looked at how Jesus responded to children and how we can do the same. Whether or not we have children of our own, we need to cultivate a Biblical response to children. But what would Jesus have to say to moms? Being a mother entails a whole other level of interaction…

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A Jesus-Heart for Children, Part 1

This is the last installment in a series on Biblical womanhood. I hope that whether or not you are a mom, you will take the time to read this post. All of us at all seasons of life encounter children. They might be your own, or a friends’, or nieces and nephews, or your neighbor’s…

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A Wife After God’s Own Heart, Part 2

As man’s power over woman is restrained by love, woman’s power over man is restrained by submission. Any woman knows that she has ways of getting her own way. These must be restrained. The kind of restraint God asks of her is submission. -Elisabeth Elliot As wives, we have influence over our husbands but too often we…

a wife after God's own heart

A Wife After God’s Own Heart, Part 1

Remember how we discussed that women are meant to be influencers? There’s no easier place to see this than in marriage. Wives, whether you realize it or not, you have likely become a skilled influencer of your husband. It is second nature for women to use subtlety, nuance, and timing to encourage the changes we…