Author: Susan E. Greenwood

"What if your setback is actually a setup for what God has for you next." Annie Dixon     There is so much hope, wisdom, and promise in this statement. As much as I'd love to say that I readily see this in my life, I do see it in the life of Joseph. Joseph was in line to take over as head of the family, but one setback turned into many, and years went by when he didn't know if he'd ever see his family again, let alone be their leader. Being groomed to become the head of the family set him up to know God and establish bold faith as he learned his people's heritage and saw God's continual deliverance. But head knowledge isn't enough to make you a great leader, and God had a greater purpose for Joseph than head of his family. To fulfill his God-sized purpose, Joseph needed experience making tough decisions,...

Hope's Place About: Hope’s Place is a victim-focused, children’s advocacy center that provides a safe atmosphere, lessens trauma and promotes healing by maximizing services through a multi-disciplinary team approach for child victims of sexual abuse. Hope’s Place actively seeks to reduce the occurrence of sexual abuse and heighten awareness through prevention education. Facts: Statistics show that 1 in 10 children will be sexually abused by the time they are 18. In other words; 400,000 babies born this year in the United States will be sexually abused before they turn 18. Children are the victims in 66% of all sexual offenses reported to law enforcement. It is estimated that this crime is severely underreported and that the actual numbers are much higher. Sexual abuse is a genderless crime void of socioeconomic limitations. Studies show up to 90% of children who are victims of sexual abuse know their abuser and 60% of children who are sexually abuse...

I am a "cut to the chase" kind of girl.  I like to take the shortest route and find the end as quickly and efficiently as possible. If I can skip a step or two and come to a viable conclusion—perfect! Done. But, a few years ago, at a writer's conference, I was challenged with these words by Lysa TerKeurst, "The process is the point."  These are the kind of words that echo in my mind for days, weeks, or even years.  "The process is the point." We can also say:  The trials are relevant. There is a purpose for this season. Circumstances don't define us. That last one is tough but so true. Circumstances aren't meant to define us-- They are meant to refine us, but the refining comes through defining decisions.   Abraham knows about defining decisions. At 75 years old, Abram, and his wife Sarai were childless. God made a huge God-sized promise to him....

One of my favorite aspects of the Word of God is that it is truly active and alive. I don't care how many times I've read through it or even just read a particular passage; I can always find something new and relevant.  Reading the book of Matthew this past week, I was newly struck by the recurring phrase, "as was foretold by the prophets." These six words are so powerful and pertinent, bringing greater relevance to everything that surrounds them—exposing the greater purpose of Jesus' life and ministry.  These words proclaim that Jesus isn't just a great man or another prophet, as some thought. He is the Messiah, as was foretold by the prophets. Jesus is God's love and mercy sent to us to be the blood sacrifice to pay for my sin and the sin of all humanity. Everything Jesus did on earth was to fulfill God's purpose and be...

Backpack Buddies Changing the lives of children one weekend at a time.   Backpack Buddies is an organization dedicated to reducing the effects of childhood hunger by providing nutritious, easy-to-prepare food over the weekend to children residing in food-insecure homes in Lawrence County, Ohio. Backpack Buddies serves children and families in Lawrence County, Ohio through our Backpack Program and Emergency Food program. Children struggling with hunger come from families who are struggling too.   Listen to our Community Matters Interview with Jodie Hunt:   [audio mp3="https://walkfm.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Jodie-Hunt-Backpack-Buddies-12-12-2020.mp3"][/audio]   To learn more about Backpack Buddies, visit their website. Jodie Hunt, Program Coordinator Backpack Buddies PO Box 522, Ironton, Ohio 45638 740.534.3550  ...

This time of year, it is easy to think about those less fortunate and have fallen on hard times.  There is more focus on food pantries, Angel Trees, and shelters as the temperatures drop and the push for Christmas gifts hits full tilt, which is all good stuff! We definitely should keep these things in mind all year round.  But, I don't want to talk about the Matthew 25 type of "least of these." I'd like to talk about the Luke 2, "least of these." The Shepherds. These guys are the lowly rabble in Biblical culture, yet God chose them, gave them a special Herald Dispatch announcement, if you will, to tell them that His Son was here. His promise was on track for fulfillment.  Why the Shepherd?  I think it's because they would listen, for one. They weren't so caught up in social status or even social etiquette, for that matter, that they'd miss...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Child Evangelism of Greater Huntington Child Evangelism Fellowship is a Bible-centered organization composed of born-again believers whose purpose is to evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and to establish (disciple) them in the Word of God and in a local church for Christian living. Listen to our Community Matters Interview with Nathan Sayre: [audio mp3="https://walkfm.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Nathan-Sayre-CEF-Huntington-12-5-2020.mp3"][/audio] CEF Ministries:  [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column width="1/5"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/5"][image_with_text title_tag="h4" image="44935" title="Good News Club" title_color="#333333"]An afterschool program for elementary aged children. Clubs meet once a week during the school year in public schools, community centers, homes, churches, and many other locations.  [/image_with_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/5"][image_with_text title_tag="h4" image="44937" title="Christians Youth In Action" title_color="#333333"]Christian Youth in Action® (CYIA) is a program designed to train you and a team of other young people in effective and engaging ways to teach children about God....

"It's the little things."  Have you ever said this?  It's a very ambiguous statement. "It's the little things" can be what drives you crazy (which is more often my intention) or what matters most. I've been reading many stories recently where people are enjoying the little things more in this season. Some attribute it to having more time to take part in them. Others are merely noticing little things more in the reduction of noise.  Thing like:  Eating meals together as a family Enjoying nature for pleasure instead of sport Cooking/Baking Decluttering/Organizing Getting into shape or adopting healthier habits  Ok, well, some of those things aren't as much little things that need appreciating as they are things we don't make time for. But, people are doing more of these things.  There are also things you notice or appreciate because...