Doorbells and Back-up Plans by Jo Russell

“I tried to ring your doorbell, but it didn’t seem to be working,” the neighbor commented when Marilee opened the door, letting the late afternoon sun light up the entry. The neighbor continued, “I brought you fresh squash and tomatoes. But the doorbell, I thought I saw the electrician’s van here a few days ago. Didn’t he fix that, too?”

“Nope. He couldn’t. He said he’d have to tear out the wall to find the trouble in this old house, and it was easier to have a back-up plan. The electrician gave me some ideas, but instead my back-up plan never fails.” Marilee explained, “Every afternoon when the sun shines on it, the doorbell stops working.  An old house is worth it, even with its quirks. I knew you were at the door.”

“What? How?”

“My little doggie in the window.  See that table in front of the picture window? That’s Boots’ special place.”

The curly black dog wiggled and smiled for the neighbor and gave her owner a bark. It was time for Marilee to pay the dog in jerky treats.

“It’s a win-win situation. Cheaper for treats than the electrician tearing out a wall, better looking than a battery-operated add-on, louder than a bell, and Boots never fails to let me know someone’s at the door—even when the doorbell is working!”

Even more reliable than Boots as one who watches over our lives is God. Even when it seems that our life only seems to work part of the time, God is there 24-7.

Written by David, whose teen and young adult life was full of serious ups and downs, he pens these words that we can still count on today: “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes, with your right hand you save me. The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O Lord, endures forever.”

[Psalm 7-8 NIV]

Whether the trouble is as serious as life-threatening situations or as seemingly small as a non-working doorbell in the afternoons, God and his care are there for you always. His love and back-up plan are even better than having Boots on the lookout.

[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of scores of articles, a half dozen anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. available from Amazon.com and her speaking engagements. Jo lives in northeast Arizona and writes a popular humorous weekly blog on her website, http://www.button-to-god.com.]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Freeze the Cookies? Never! by Jo Russell

Paul stepped off the bathroom scale at home with a smile on his face as he shouted his cry of victory, “Since the last time I weighed, I lost four pounds! Inches, too! Wow! This hasn’t happened for a while!”

Once Paul and Carol decided to win their personal battle of the bulge, both had given up candy, French fries, cake, and decadent desserts. It was tough. Instead of ice cream, the newlyweds satisfied their cravings with kisses, hugs, fruit, healthy eating and trips to the gym. Still, the scale had become a serious contender for their time and attention.

“I’m proud of you!” Carol, responded to Paul’s achievement. Now and then, Carol baked goodies with reduced amounts of sugar and oil. “Does that mean you want me to freeze the rest of the chocolate chip cookies I made yesterday?”

“I didn’t say that!” he gasped. “Freeze the cookies? Never!”

Long term commitment takes gumption and determination—whether it’s changing a habit, a lifestyle, or a life. It’s tough, but takes one to the finish.

In the same way that following God’s laws means making a long term commitment that is worth it.

“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” [Joshua 1:7-8]

And power like God’s can overcome even the worst of contenders – and the best of cookies.

[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of articles, anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. available from Amazon.com, her speaking engagements and website, www.button-to-god.com. Enjoy chuckles and speeches, tips and excerpts in website options and weekly blog.]

 

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Freedom Isn’t Free By Jo Russell

People say it so often and without expecting a response, they could be saying, “Have a good day” or “Thanks for shopping at Wal Mart.”

The phrase, “Freedom isn’t free” shouldn’t have the ho-hum meaning and flavor of already been chewed gum. Such a mindset has to change. Apathy destroys all relationships, including one with God. Let’s also remember and honor our Armed Forces.   

With a war currently in progress and my being in Washington, D.C. for Independence Day, I decided to trade that worn-out sentiment for the power of proof.

Every generation since the Revolutionary War has been touched by the commitment it takes to buy freedom. Just establishing the United States as a separate country cost over 25,000 lives. But think beyond statistics. They had been husbands, fathers, farmers, ancestors, business owners, entrepreneurs, craftsmen, builders, and men with a dream. Other wars have followed, touching every generation

How many of the 58,000 names listed on The Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Wall were men of dreams under 30?  Check the numbers yourself. [http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/RL32492.pdf]  No monuments, medals, plaques or awards will ever bring back to life those who died or those, like my father, who returned from serving in war and was never the same again.

On a memorial in a small Arizona town is the name of a woman who died in the Persian Gulf War. With less than 400 dead, and just a few names on that marble slab, one might speculate, “Big deal.” But the reality struck me in my classroom where I taught the two motherless girls.  

Another for-instance. No post-war picture of my father ever reflected the same spark in his eye or smile as in the pre-war photographs taken before he left his fiancé for a battlefield an ocean away. Sacrificing the precious time when his children were young, my father experienced the consequence – not knowing his children.

When a tall, gaunt man in a pressed green uniform had stepped in the door of our house, my mom exclaimed, “Your dad is home from the war, at last!”  I was about five. When he had held out his arms to me, I did not run into them. Instead, I held tightly to my mother’s legs and wondered who the stranger was – and why he was moving in with us.

As a military professional, Dad’s being home for a long period of time only happened toward the end of his career. He balanced two demanding worlds: a commitment to defend the United States and a desire to protect, guide, and provide for his family – often long distance. My father had proved his bravery in two wars and a full military career, receiving Silver and Bronze Star as well as many other campaign medals. 

Many have made the same promises to the Armed Forces as well as to their families. Consider that freedom isn’t free and think of the other effects for service men and women away from safety, a familiar culture, old friends, home, families, spouses, and children.

All serving or at home can invest and believe this promise: “I call on you, God, for you will answer me…Show me the wonder of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes.” Psalm 17:6-7.

Truly freedom isn’t free. God bless our Armed Forces. Pray for them. God guide them safe and bring them home — forever and always.   

 [Jo Russell is a Christian author, speaker, contributor to antholgies, articles, and author of award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. Available from Amazon.com, her speaking engagements and website, www.button-to-god.com, check her website options to enjoy chuckles, tips, excerpts and speeches.]   

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Surprises Over the Centuries By Jo Russell

With a home security system Bob and Shelly thought was more foolproof than a bank vault, the young parents awoke hours before dawn on Christmas to the rise of a terrible clatter. Had some team bypassed their system?

As Bob checked their toddlers’ room for their fleece-covered sleeping forms, he only spotted empty beds. Soon, he followed his twin boys’ excited cries to the Christmas tree. Having experienced only one other Christmas and they were just babies, the toddlers knew Christmas had something to do with surprises. It was 3:15 in the morning! Their parents were surprised, all right.

The one-and-a-half year old twin boys had flipped the switch on the electric fireplace, shed their clothes, and unwrapped every gift under the tree as well as the stockings on the mantle. Each nudist was taking turns on a spring-mounted rocking horse. As for the presents, you couldn’t blame the boys. The toddlers couldn’t read yet. Just as their parents promised, Christmas is full of surprises! Proof of that were the hills of crumpled wrapping paper in a wide swath around the youngsters and the tree.

In the same way these young parents were surprised by their sons’ pre-dawn celebration, the first family and the first Christmas included quite a few surprises as well.

Though the birth of a King of Heaven had been predicted hundreds of years earlier, today’s worldwide publicity got the word out that Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton’s pregnancy “makes history” because the baby due in six months will become a future king or queen of England. All this in less time than it takes to check new messages on the internet.

Who knew about Jesus around the time of his birth? Maybe two dozen people.
What were the angelic publicists doing keeping the Messiah’s birth such a secret?

Gabriel told Mary she would be the virgin mother of Jesus, the savior of the entire world. Joseph got the divine message in a dream, too. Only a small number of people knew about the birth of the King of the Jews. He wasn’t what they expected.

While most waited, they pictured a king in traditional robes with wealth, privileges, power, and prestige. Jesus, the King, actually came into the world in a surprise package: wrapped in cloths, the newborn took his first breath in the lowliest of places: a stable. But as had been prophesied centuries before, Jesus was born in Bethlehem.

But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
though you are small among the clans of Judah,
out of you will come for me
one who will be ruler over Israel,
whose origins are from of old,
from ancient times. [ Micah 5:2]

Who knew about Jesus around the time of his birth? Mary’s relative Elizabeth, wife of Zechariah, and later mother of John the Baptist, learned of Mary’s pregnancy with Jesus at when the young woman went to visit her. What about the shepherds outside Bethlehem who got a madrigal performance and announcements from angels about the Savior’s birth? How many could that be? A dozen? Then there was the innkeeper, who directed the couple to a cave where he stabled his animals. Did he have any idea Jesus wasn’t just an ordinary baby? Or was he simply annoyed the couple showed up without much money or planning needing a midwife and a bed–with none in sight?

After Jesus was a week old, Mary and Joseph took him to Jerusalem for a purification ceremony. Two others knew for sure they were seeing and touching the Messiah: prophetess Anna and the devout Temple worker Simeon. What a surprise! They were just doing what they normally did that day.

Check the Bible for Luke 1 and 2, Matthew 1 and 2 for the stories and quotes.
As the wise men from the east found Jesus’ star and followed it, they told King Herod about the infant king. He called together the people’s teachers of the law and chief priests. The wise men found the infant king. Herod and his people didn’t.

Jesus grew to be a man fulfilling the prophecy as healer, teacher and savior like no other. Surprise!

So Christmas surprises come with the territory and the season. Hang loose and enjoy the moments as well as the clatter. But remember that Jesus is the real reason for the season.

[Jo Russell is a Christian teacher, speaker, author of many articles, contributor to several anthologies, and Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women, available from Amazon and her website, www.button-to-god.com. For more chuckles and to hear a speech, enjoy excerpts of her book and tips, check her entire website options and weekly blog.]

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Getting Over Messiness: God Can Do the Impossible! By Jo Russell

“I’m Jo and I’m a slob.” I could just imagine standing up in a 12-step meeting and admitting this horrible habit. Before God stepped in, I figured I was helpless to overcome this behavior. I’m a great test case for God’s promise that with Him all things are possible. [Matthew 19:26.]

Now and then, I felt guilty when I remembered a friend who has an immaculate home 24/7. She never battles disorder, dirt, and chaos. Her children learned to give themselves a bath,19:26. make their beds and fix their own meals by the time they were four. None ever showed up in a mud-covered trash bag after being towed on an inner tube behind someone’s four-wheel drive. That was my sons’ style.
Messiness seemed like our family’s shared gene. “Dear Lord, I know you can heal me of anything. Please guide me and help me over my sloppiness.” It wasn’t long after my prayer that I forgot I’d asked Him. If you pray for God to heal you of your messiness, then stock up on cleaning supplies and rags. I didn’t.

God has a sense of humor, you know that?

One day, the doorbell rang and I answered wearing my project clothes covered with a layer of drywall dust, which I’d tracked through the house. On the porch were two women: Miss Beauty Contest Winner with immaculate hair and manicured fingernails, tiara, heels and hose, plus a designer dress. Her sponsor stood beside her with her mouth open. I’d completely forgotten this day I was coaching the scholarship candidate on her public speaking. The appointment was in my day planner, but I hadn’t looked at it that day. My fingernails were as ragged as the Grand Teton range. Dusted white were my face, glasses and clothes. Two tufts of hair stuck out through the leg holes of an old pair of underwear over my hair. The two women were stunned.

Grand Mal Embarrassment set in. It was time to be serious about changing my habit for good and turning to God for help, not just with the house, but with organization. God got busy right away as I overhauled my day planner. Then I changed my habits after painting a few houses during the summer. I went to the first house to work. The dust bunnies were big enough to knit together into a Volkswagen. To say there was disorder in that house was like calling a boat wake the same as a tidal wave. After that 15-hour day, I went home, vacuumed, cleaned toilets and washed dishes. “I can actually do this,” I realized.

The next two houses were about the same.

“Very funny, God!” I told Him. “What’s next?”
Over time, I changed for the better. Though I would like to use the word “spotless,” that’s entirely too strong a word. What I did learn was if you do something for 30 days, it becomes a habit. You can tackle all messes a little at a time this way.

There is all planning and no disorder in God’s world. Having an uncluttered house helps to have an uncluttered life. God smiles down at us when we don’t have to make a second trip to the hardware store for cup hooks because we couldn’t find the ones we just bought.

God had indeed done the impossible with me, and with a sense of humor at that. He healed me of my sloppiness, just as I asked Him!

[Jo Russell is a Christian teacher, speaker, author of many articles, contributor to several anthologies, and Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women, available from her website, www.button-to-god.com. For more chuckles and to hear a speech, enjoy excerpts of her book and tips, check her entire website options and weekly blog.]

 

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Does Money Talk? By Jo Russell

All month, the children had waited for their turn to pass along baskets for collecting the offering at church.  It only happened once every five weeks.  When the ushers waved the boys and girls into the aisle, the children were so excited they jumped up with glee and skipped, tumbling over each other to get to the baskets.   

But the voice of one pee-wee helper, Ricky, cried out his fear loud and clear, “But I don’t have any money!” Ricky need not have worried.  Gifts from God don’t cost money.

Generous gifts come to us from God like grace and forgiveness, help from the Holy Spirit, and spiritual gifts such as our talents, as well as skills we have or need.

The offering the boy was about to collect was to show honor to God by giving a part to Him from what God gives us.  But it is never a trade-off, a portfolio-building strategy, or a buy-out. 

Some still want a cash kind of deal for God’s gifts.  It isn’t anything new.

Let’s back up to  70 A.D. and meet a successful and high-powered businessman in Acts 8. His name was Simon the Sorcerer, AKA, “the Great Power. ”  He loved the nickname that his admirers gave him! Simon earned his reputation by his amazing tricks and sorcery that brought  him money and respect. But his power did not come from God.  Then Apostle Phillip arrived on the scene, having power in signs and miracles from God. Simon was astonished. Suddenly, the sorcerer’s tricks were no more remarkable than a dust storm in the desert. Big deal. Simon listened to Philip the stories of Jesus as son of God.  He lined up with others to get baptized. Simon believed.  

When Peter and John heard about the large group of new believers, they traveled to Samaria to bless the new believers, including Simon. To bring down the Holy Spirit, the apostles lay their  hands on the believers.

Simon lined up too. When it came his turn, Simon thought it was worth the investment to be able to work miracles like he had seen from God’s hand. What it might do for profit margin and cash flow! He was so excited he offered the apostles earnest money as he blurted out, “Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit!” [Acts 8:18 NIV].

Peter told him, “May your money perish with you because you thought you could buy the gifts of God with money!”

So money doesn’t talk to God. It doesn’t set deals in action. God is not withholding his gifts until he receives payment. God doesn’t care about portfolios and investments of the earthly kind.  God gives his love without conditions. He thinks of net worth from what He sees in our hearts and portfolio value by how we live.

More than having a heart of gold is having one of love for God and others. So to Ricky and all of you, it’s okay to come without money. God is all about love, not business.

[Jo Russell is a Christian teacher, speaker, author of many articles, contributor to several anthologies, and Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women, available from her website, www.button-to-god.com. For more chuckles and to hear a speech, enjoy excerpts of her book and tips, check her entire website options and weekly blog.]   

 

 

 

 

Too Old? Too Young? Just Words in God’s Eyes By Jo Russell

The rented hall was buzzing with laughter and activity. In just a few hours, friends and family would honor Anna’s 80-year-old mother with a surprise party. Her son, Josh, was helping Anna with the crew in the kitchen. As he helped wash and tear mountains of lettuce for a salad while  others put together party trays, Josh’s forehead wrinkled with worry. The more time that passed and the more frenzied the preparations became, the more worried Josh was about his grandma.

Would this be too much for her? “What’s wrong, Honey?” his mom asked.

Josh voiced his concern, “Should we be surprising someone that old?”

Too old? Too young?  Boundaries by age and time are concocted by the world, but not by God.

Even the prophet Samuel was stunned that the king to be anointed to replace Saul was a half-grown David. His father, Jesse, had sent the youth–perhaps 15 years old–to watch the sheep while Samuel checked over the kingly-looking, tall, handsome, grown sons. But the Lord insisted David was the one. God justified His criteria in this way: “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7 NIV)  Though David was chosen by God as king then, he didn’t mount the throne as king of all Israel for decades. He was past the minimum age of a U.S. President when that happened.

Age doesn’t mean anything to God. Do you remember that Noah, with no shipbuilding experience, took to building an ark at God’s command? He was no spring chicken then. Plus it took Noah 120 years. He was six hundred years old when the floods came.

Or that Moses, who led the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt, was an octogenarian when he did that?

Or Abram, at ninety-nine, and his wife Sarai, ninety, who had already gone through menopause, were expecting a baby. She was pregnant with Isaac. No wonder Abram–later Abraham–laughed.

Think about Apostle Paul in the New Testament. Historians guess his birth and death date, but figure he was over fifty when he made his first missionary trip. It seems pretty challenging for a senior to set off on foot across far-away countries. Though he faced opposition in wealthy cities by residents along the way who worshipped many gods and made money creating and selling statues of the fictional gods, Paul was steadfast. He stuck to telling about one God, our creator and Savior, Jesus Christ. With a record number of shipwrecks, Paul’s life was never dull. But he kept walking and sailing, letting God make up for what he couldn’t do himself.

So young or old, it doesn’t matter to God. He just smiles and keeps you growing past your age and abilities.

Live your life! Forget your age! 

[Jo Russell is a Christian teacher, speaker, author of many articles, contributor to several anthologies, and Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women, available from this website, www.button-to-god.com. For more chuckles and to hear a speech, enjoy excerpts of her book and tips, check her entire website options and weekly blog on www.button-to-god.com.]   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dare to Do the Impossible! What Can’t You Do With God’s Help? By Jo Russell

Shortly after Ford Motor Company reintroduced its sporty Mustang, a highway patrolman parked under a tree by the isolated two-lane highway and yawned – until the bright Chevy Camaro and new Ford Mustang tore down the road side by side. It was a 50 mile per hour zone.

One hundred two miles per hour and rising! That’s what the radar read. With lights and siren going, the officer sped after them. Still, he knew that two V-8 muscle cars could max out at 160 to 170 miles per hour. Long minutes and distance passed before the two vehicles’ drivers noticed they were being tailed. Both slowed and pulled over.

Surprised at his first glimpse of the first driver’s face, the patrolman barked at him, “What do you think you were doing?”

The grinning man turned up his hearing aid and had him repeat the question. “Officer,” he said, we know we were speeding and we’ll pay the fines. We just wanted to see if we could still handle this”

The officer checked both of the drag racing drivers’ licenses. One senior was 85 and the other 87 years old.

Unlike our elderly racers, God directs us to respect laws. Hee did not advise these seniors to take on the dangerous and irresponsible act of street racing on a public highway.

However, God’s assignments may surprise us and stretch us beyond what we think we can do. For with God, there are no limits due to age, health, income, or status. Achieving the difficult, impossible, and unattainable becomes reality when God is involved.

Imagine the difference in our attitude.
When we kick the “t” off “can’t,” it reads “CAN.”
Take the “i-m” off “impossible” and see the “POSSIBLE”.
Take the “un” off “unattainable” and you’ve got “ATTAINABLE!”

Hold this verse in your heart and mind,
“I can do ALL things through Christ, which strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13. [KJV]
Believe, smile and let the journeys begin!

[Jo Russell is a Christian teacher, speaker, author of many articles, contributor to several anthologies, and Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women, Intermedia Publishing 2011. For more chuckles and to hear a speech, enjoy excerpts of her book and tips; check her entire website options and weekly blog on www.button-to-god.com.]

Bible Quiz: Acts of Confidence and Courage by Jo Russell

One popular past feature which generated lots of response has been the quiz
“Poor Richard’s Almanac or the Bible?” [July 31, 2011]

Now, hot off the press, a fresh, new Bible query! I haven’t had to work this hard since taking grad classes and learning to barbeque chicken.

Answers will be posted Friday, July 6. To win a free copy of Jo’s book, respond to jorussell@buttontogod.com with answers and a mailing address. The first reader with 100% correct will receive a free copy of Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out?

1. Old Testament: Born to ordinary parents, then orphaned and raised by another family member in the country today called Iran, this woman turned heads with her beauty and intelligence. This woman is honored with a special day called Pûrim.

A. Hannah
B. Esther
C. Rahab
D. Orpah

2. New Testament: She washed Jesus’ feet with expensive oil and dried them with her long hair. The oil smelled up the whole house and was worth about a year’s wages.

A. Mary of Magdala
B. Lydia
C. Mary, sister of Lazarus
D. Woman at the Well

3. New Testament: Working with her husband, this loving and hard-working woman created tents and opened her home in Greece as a place for weary traveler Apostle Paul, even at the risk of their lives.

A. Tamar
B. Priscilla
C. Tabitha
D. Mahlah

4. Old Testament: She must have enjoyed food along with power and wealth. This royal traveled far looking for wisdom and advice from another leader. She paid for his time and trouble with expensive spices, precious stones, and gold.

A. Queen Mary
B. Queen Cleopatra
C. Queen Herodias
D. Queen of Sheba

5. Old Testament: What daughter-in-law modeled love and loyalty for her widowed mother-in-law?

A. Anna
B. Miriam
C. Ruth
D. Marian

6. Old Testament: She married a shepherd, had a couple of sons, and expected an ordinary life. But her husband’s mysterious past included exile, even though raised as a king’s son. God chose him for a special leadership role that would prove that in crossing water with His help, you may not even get your feet wet.

A. Zipporah
B. Sarah
C. Eve
D. Isabelle

7. Old Testament: Even though beautiful and loved, the second wife got a raw deal. She wasn’t able to have children for a long time. When she died giving birth to her second and last son, this sensational lady never got to see either of her famous two sons grow up.

One became prime minister of Egypt; the other headed up a small tribe of honored leaders. Apostle Paul was a descendent of the tribe from the second son.

A. Deborah
B. Delilah
C. Rachel
D. Sapphira

8. Old Testament: In Bible times, children were an asset instead of a liability. This retirement age woman passed up menopause and all hope of a child. She set her moisturizing face cream aside, figuring fighting wrinkles was hopeless, too. But thanks to a God who works through the impossible, the stick turned blue. She became the mother of all nations.

A. Ophelia
B. Sarai
C. Leah
D. Hagar

9. Old Testament: This humble mom’s name means “Jehovah is Glory.” Today, authorities would not approve her setting her son afloat in a basket in the river. The infant was too young to swim. But God raised the boy to be a guerrilla leader who fought oppression and won.

A. Jochebed
B. Michal
C. Noadiah
D. Lily

10. Old Testament: In a world awash with murder, betrayal, and bad choices, this good-hearted princess married a faithful priest and saved her nephew Joash. They raised the boy in the temple to honor God and live by his laws.

A. Phoebe
B. Mara
C. Jehosheba
D. Bathsheba

11. Old Testament: This prophetess took down an enemy commander with a tent stake.

A. Anna
B. Martha
C. Deborah
D. Mara

12.Jesus honored women. When He walked the earth, he cured women of

A. Illness resulting in death
B. Female issues
C. Insanity or mental illness
D. All of the above

13. New Testament: A gray-haired grandma living in Asia influenced and raised up a young grandson to be a preacher mentored by Apostle Paul.

A. Mary
B. Lydia
C. Lois
D. Hadassah

14. Both New and Old Testament: Two women in the Bible who experienced the role of prophetess included:
A. Miriam and Elizabeth
B. Noadiah and Naomi
C. Hannah and Mary
D. Deborah and Dorcas

Thanks for following my blog. Submit your answers as soon as you know them on jorussell@buttontogod.com.

It’s been very close to a year since I started this blog. How am I doing? I welcome your comments and feedback.

[Jo Russell is a Christian teacher, speaker, author of many articles, contributor to several anthologies, and Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women, Intermedia Publishing 2011. For more chuckles and to hear a speech, enjoy excerpts of her book and tips, check her entire website options and weekly blog on www.button-to-god.com.]