Kisses of Sunshine for Women

Kisses of Sunshine for Women

by Carol Kent, Thelma Wells, Vicki Caruana
     
 

Author and general editor Carol Kent, along with four additional coauthors, captures readers' hearts with tales about the joys, challenges, and frustrations that women face in all their various roles. Each book inspires women to remember that God loves them and that their purpose is simply to let his love so fill them that they become warmth, light, and love to

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Author and general editor Carol Kent, along with four additional coauthors, captures readers' hearts with tales about the joys, challenges, and frustrations that women face in all their various roles. Each book inspires women to remember that God loves them and that their purpose is simply to let his love so fill them that they become warmth, light, and love to everyone around them. Each devotional in these books includes a lighthearted or inspirational story, a thought-provoking quote, and a relevant verse from Scripture.

Kisses of Sunshine for Women: a deep and heartfelt look into what it means to be a woman—turning everyday experiences into sparkling reflections of hope and joy. Coauthored with Thelma Wells.

Kisses of Sunshine for Moms: tales that range from heroic and hilarious stories of first-time moms, to the joys and struggles of single parenting, to the beauty of watching your children grow up. Coauthored with Ellie Kay.

Kisses of Sunshine for Grandmas: from sweet and sentimental birth stories, to grandparenting a stepchild, to humorous lessons learned from grandkids, to the caregiver generational 'squeeze.' Coauthored with Gracie Malone.

Kisses of Sunshine for Sisters: celebrations of sisterhood that happen as a result of being born and bonded into the same family—or that emerge simply from the love growing inside our hearts with friends who become our sisters.

Kisses of Sunshine for Teachers: encouragement and salutations to those who spend every day at one of the most important jobs in the country—teaching. Coauthored with Vicki Caruana.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780310247685
Publisher:
Zondervan
Publication date:
03/01/2005
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Kisses of Sunshine for Women Copyright 2005 by Speak Up, Inc., and Thelma Wells Requests for information should be addressed to:
Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Kisses of sunshine for women / [compiled by] Carol Kent and Thelma Wells.
—1st ed.
p. cm.
Summary: 'This devotional provides sources of hope for readers'—
Provided by the publisher.
ISBN-10: 0-310-24768-3 (hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-0-310-24768-5
1. Christian women—Prayer-books and devotions—English. I. Kent,
Carol, 1947— II. Wells, Thelma, 1941—
BV4844.K572 2005
242'.643—dc22 2004028854
This edition printed on acid-free paper.
All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.
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he knows my name Thelma Wells The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names.
Chinese proverb My mother was little more than a child herself when, at age seventeen, she gave birth to me.
Not only was she young, she was crippled and unmarried. In scribbled handwriting, from the back room of my grandparents' home in Dallas, Texas, she wrote 'Baby Girl Morris'
on my birth certificate. However, she called me 'Thelma'
after the midwife who helped deliver me. Later I assumed the distinctive last name of 'Smith' from my biological father.
It wasn't until I applied for a passport to take a trip to Panama that I encountered a real problem, when all I could produce was a birth certificate that read 'Baby Girl Morris.' I had to spend $175 in a court of law to buy the name I had used all my life.
Not many women can say, 'I was a girl without a name,' but I meet ladies every day who have no idea who they really are. It is one of the greatest privileges of my life to be able to say (and write a book with the title), Girl, Have I Got Good News for You!
One aspect of sharing God's love with women that I most enjoy is helping them regain their self-esteem. I get so excited as I am able to 'midwife' them into an understanding of God's role in erasing the baggage of shame and guilt they may be dragging around. I tell them, 'You don't have to live with silent, private guilt all of your life. What may have happened in your past is over and should be done with. It's history. You can pack your guilt and shame away in a box, use duct tape around the edges to seal it tightly, and put it in the trash where it belongs, because Jesus wants you to bring it to him.'
And after I have delivered this good news, I tell them they have a new name. They are not a nobody, they are not a generic Baby Girl Doe in their Father's eyes. He calls them by a holy name. They are blessed, redeemed, and precious. They are his lambs, daughters of the king, his bride.
I paid $175 for a piece of paper that says my name is Thelma Wells.
Jesus paid with his life, on a cross, to give me a new name written in the Book of Life. Today I happily and legally go by the earth name of 'Thelma,' but I know my true identity, my heavenly name is 'Daughter of God, Beloved and Forgiven.'
Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
Isaiah 43:1

a surprise in the closet Shari Minke All that we send into the lives of others comes back into our own.
Reminisce magazine Ugh! I tried pushing the hangers in my bedroom closet. Curling my fingers behind the metal rod I felt the obstacle preventing my success. I pulled out a wad—it was two crumpled ten-dollar bills!
Instantly my fingers went into search mode feeling for more
'wads.' Ha! I discovered another one, then another, and another! Laughter bubbled out of me as I threw money on the floor. I dropped to the floor, flattened the money, and counted.
I rushed to the phone and called my husband. 'You'll never guess what just happened! I found $800 in our closet!' Tom was as stunned as I was.
'What do we do with the money?' I asked.
Tom chuckled. 'Call your Dad—he's a wise man—but the first thing I want you to do is to check all the closets!'
Finding no more money, I called my father. Dad's counsel was this: 'According to the law, when you purchase a house, all its contents become your property, so legally, the money is yours. But you have to ask yourself, 'What is the ethical thing to do?' Ask God. He will show you what he wants you to do with the money.'
Seven years earlier we had purchased our home from a man named Fred. We learned that Fred built the home for his wife.
It was their 'dream house.' After they lived in the home for only two years, Fred's wife died of cancer. He left the house empty for another two years, unable to bear the thought of selling it.
During the seven years we lived in the house, Fred had passed away. Fred's daughter, Judy, lived in our subdivision. I struggled with whether the money should go to Judy.
I told God honestly, 'I really want this money. You know it would help with our current cost of finishing the basement, but what do you want me to do with it? Please show me.'
A few days later while reading my Bible, words on the page seemed to blaze like neon lights, 'Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have' (Hebrews 13:5).
In that moment I had the answer. God also impressed on my heart this message:
Wait. I will tell you when to give Judy the money.
The following Sunday I felt like a bolt of lightning hit me.
God spoke to my heart saying, Go! Go now! I jumped off the couch, stuffed the money in my pocket, and said to Tom, 'I'm going to Judy's house!'
When Judy opened the door, I could see she had been crying.
I asked if I could come in, and she graciously invited me inside.
'Judy, a couple of weeks ago while I was moving the clothes in my closet, I discovered some money hidden up under the rod.'
Dropping her head, she smiled, 'That would have been my mother.'
I pulled the large wad of bills out of my pocket and said,
'Well, this money belongs to you.'
Judy sat stunned for a moment as I placed the bundle in her hands. Stammering, as though coming out of shock, Judy shook her head, 'Uh, no, wait, you found the money, it belongs to you.'
'No, Judy, the money belongs to you,' I assured her.
Tears streamed down her face. 'I've been alone for a while.
It's not often that my husband and kids are out at the same time.
Just before you came over, I was missing my mother so badly I walked into the family room and took a picture of her off the wall. As I was holding the picture, I said aloud to God, 'Please,
just let me know my mom is okay.' Then you showed up at the door.'
Now both of us were crying!
For seven years I had shifted the seasonal clothes in my closet. Never had the hidden wads of money hindered me. How inconceivable that God knew a day would come when Judy would be missing her mother so terribly and call out to him for comfort. God was there, waiting to

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Meet the Author

Carol Kent is the bestselling author of When I Lay My Isaac Down and A New Kind of Normal. Carol is an expert on public speaking, writing, and on encouraging people to hold on to hope when life's circumstances turn out differently from their dreams. She lives in Florida with her husband Gene. Carol Kent is a popular international public speaker best known for being dynamic, humorous, encouraging, and biblical. She is a former radio show co-host and has often been a guest on Focus on the Family and a featured speaker at Time Out for Women and Heritage Keepers arena events. She has spoken at The Praise Gathering for Believers and at Vision New England's Congress. She is also a frequent speaker at Women of Virtue events across the country.

Thelma Wells is a popular author, speaker and businesswoman. As an African-American woman, Thelma was instrumental in bringing racial diversity to the Women of Faith conferences. Thelma has had her own television show, been an assistant vice president of a bank, and an inspirational public speaker/business consultant. Thelma Wells es una conferencista popular de Women of Faith (Mujeres de fe) y presidenta de A Women of God Minsitries(Ministerios de una mujer de Dios) de Dallas, Texas. Ha recibido mas de doscientos galardones por participacion civica en la comunidad, en la iglesia y en la nacion. Obtuvo el titulo de magisterio en el ministerio pastoral, y es autora de varios libros de exito de venta. Thelma describe a su esposo, George, como su animador, sostenedor y mejor amigo. Tienen tres hijos y casado, diez nietos, y un bisnieto.

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