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AS WOMEN, we confront many definitions of who we should be. Labeled by our families, friends, the media, and society, we can get bombarded (and confused) by so many opinions. But, this issue of CALLED Magazine releases you to embrace God's definition of who you are.
There isn't a "one-size-fits-all" profile for a successful woman. We come in various packages. For many of us, being a wife, mother, career woman, or missionary will be at the center of our heartbeat. And, some of our lives will flow from a different pulse. Whatever your unique definition may be, use this issue to follow the heartbeat God has given you. The Bible is the only defining measure that you'll need.
On page 34, Cookie Johnson (wife of basketball legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson) provokes us to prayerfully listen to our hearts (not our critics) when making decisions about our marriages. After her husband was diagnosed with HIV in 1991, Cookie Johnson stayed with him. She didn't acquiesce to narrow definitions of what a "strong woman" would do in her situation. Instead, she turned to God, relied on His strength, and remained committed to loving her husband.
Similarly, being a God-defined woman will require that you take Strategic Risks (page 54), Prepare for the Unexpected (page 22), and Pray More Effectively (page 50). Contrary to what some sources might tell you, being a supportive and forgiving wife is not a sign of weakness. – It's an indication of strength.
Today, women can be powerful in their homes, communities, careers, and the world-at-large. So if being a wife is a part of your calling, Inspire Your Husband (page 58). And if you've been designed to be an impactful entrepreneur, discover 5 Ways to Grow Your Christian Business (page 26). You can charge forward with God's unique definition of who you are! Therefore, learn How to Deal with Difficult People (page 46) – because they'll always try to pigeon-hole you into a box.
Most importantly, never apologize for embracing your unique definition. – Just confirm that it lines-up with the Word of God.
On Our Cover
Cookie Johnson — wife of basketball legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson. In 1991, after her husband was diagnosed with HIV, she leaned on her relationship with God. Today, she is an impactful spokesperson for women's health. Cover photo by Hugh Hamilton.
Prepare for the Unexpected read article
When an emergency occurs, a lack of preparation can cause financial stress. However, this guide will help protect you.
Cookie Johnson read article
Many women would have left their husbands for lesser evils. But Cookie Johnson stood by Earvin "Magic" Johnson (while the world watched in disbelief) after he tested positive for HIV. Her faith in God and marital commitment will challenge you to be stronger, and love deeper.
Cancer Fighting Foods & Habits read article
Millions of people have been diagnosed with cancer, but you can reduce your risk. These tips might save your life.
What's Your Relationship with Money? read article
We all have a relationship with money. There are people who love it, ignore it, crave it, resent it, and even worship it. So what's yours? Find out!
FOOD & HOSTING
Savory Vegetarian Soups
Brimming with flavor, these recipes are meatless – but not tasteless.
SPIRIT & SOUL
How to Deal with Difficult People read article
Renowned Bible teacher June Hunt offers eye-opening insight that will help you identify attackers, and successfully deal with their difficult personalities.
Pray More Effectively read article
Most people know that they should pray, but few know how to do it. If you want to pray more effectively, answer these eight questions and strengthen the power of your prayers.
Strategic Risks read article
Risks are a part of any successful person's life. Discover how to take strategic, well-reasoned risks that transform lives (including your own).
MARRIAGE & FAMILY
Inspire Your Husband read article
Become the woman who champions her husband. Draw his heart closer to yours – in ways you've never imagined.
IN EVERY ISSUE
Called for CALLED, Publisher Marsha DuCille
What the Sisterhood is Saying
Conferences & Events Calendar
Strength & Encouragement in the Word
WHEREVER THERE ARE PEOPLE with an assortment of personalities, there’s likely to be conflict. In fact, two leading men of the Bible, Paul and Barnabas, got into a “sharp disagreement” and went their separate ways (Acts 15:39). All of us – even the most dedicated Christians – can find ourselves in an occasional quarrel. But, sometimes, difficult people can really push our buttons, and test our salvation!