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Dr. Nina Wood-Charles
Florida, USA
Equiping women for God's Kingdom
Interests: music, travel, languages, reading, teaching, clothing and jewelry design, "all things italian"
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When I was a child, I often heard my mother say, "Behind every cloud there's a silver lining." At first I didn't understand what she meant, but I eventually learned that she was saying that even when you have a problem, something good will come out of it. Through the years I have seen her words illustrated in nature - the dark clouds with a sliver of silver outlining them. As I was driving home from church this past Sunday, ahead of me were massive clouds in shades of grey. However, there wasn't that silver ribbon outlining the clouds. Instead... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at WOMEN LIVING HOLY LIVES
A few months ago I preached a sermon entitled "But God". My sermon was based on Esther 8 through 10. Evil Haman had plotted to annihilate the Jews in the entire kingdom of King Xerxes. The king had signed an edict that could not be changed because the law of Persia did not allow amendments to edicts. So, the fate of the Jews seemed to be a done deal. The premise of my sermon was that even when we are at our limit, even when it seems that there is nothing else that can be done, God can step in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2014 at WOMEN LIVING HOLY LIVES
May the memory of that Bethlehem night when our Savior was born fill you with peace, love, and joy. "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6 KJV). Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2014 at WOMEN LIVING HOLY LIVES
Psalm 95 (verses 1-7) Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at WOMEN LIVING HOLY LIVES
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Anyone who knows me at all knows how much I L-O-V-E Italy! I don't keep it a secret. There's something about the place, the people, the pasta, the passion that attracts me and fires me up. I first visited Italy when I was fourteen years old, and that visit changed my life. Later on, I had the opportunity to study and work in Italy for a bit. The first time my husband and I went to Italy together was on our fifth wedding anniversary. As we were walking through the narrow cobbled streets of some Italian town he turned to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2014 at WOMEN LIVING HOLY LIVES
Have you ever been in a situation where you have desired something with all of your heart? You can't stop thinking about it. You have prayed and prayed about it, for it, around it. It's there when you go to sleep. It's there in your dreams. It's there when you wake up. The Bible says, "Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart" (Psalm 37:4). But you have been "delighting" yourself in the Lord. You read your Bible, you pray, you worship, you serve. And the desire has not yet been fulfilled. What... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at WOMEN LIVING HOLY LIVES
This past Friday I watched ABC's 20/20 program. The topic was "The New Sex", aka "New World, New Sex". Okay, that's pretty attention-getting. There were several stories: one about a former female porn star engaged to be married to a current male porn star, who asked her to stop making porn films because he was jealous (okay, I'm not going to touch that one); finding dates through the Tinder app that allows you to choose your date primarily based on physical appearance; single women who have sex with strangers in order to get pregnant; why there is Viagra for men... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at WOMEN LIVING HOLY LIVES
All of us have dreams. When we were children our dreams were huge; there were no limits. We dreamed of being presidents and prime ministers, astronauts, firemen, ballerinas, scientists. It didn't matter what our true talents or abilities were, there was something about certain professions or activities that attracted us. My childhood dream was to be an interpreter and then a diplomat in Geneva, Switzerland. That's probably why I was drawn to study all those languages and why I still love to travel. I didn't get to work at the United Nations, but God did give me opportunities to live,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at WOMEN LIVING HOLY LIVES
"Why am I here?" That question has been reverberating through my mind for the past several months. "What is my purpose?" Many of us live day to day, changing nothing, not reaching our potential, while others among us live each day as if it were their last They seize every moment and live out loud. One of the prominent Christian leaders in The Bahamas was killed in a plane crash last night. News reports state that his wife, associate pastor, youth pastor and youth pastor's wife and child, the pilot and two others were also killed. Dr. Myles Munroe was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at WOMEN LIVING HOLY LIVES
I love to play the piano - absolutely love it. When I was seven years old, I told my parents that if they bought me a piano I would never stop playing, and I haven't. The thing is, though, that I get EXTREMELY nervous whenever I have to play a solo in public. At home, no problem; in public my fingers dance to the beat of a different drummer! I think the nerves started as a result of an incident when I was twelve. I had entered a music competition. I had practised and practised. I new my piece well.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2014 at WOMEN LIVING HOLY LIVES
My small group is studying Kingdom Woman by Dr. Tony Evans and his daughter, Chrystal Evans Hurst. We have completed only two sessions so far, but those sessions have been eye-opening. Two things stand out for me: Dr. Evans compares the kingdom woman to a $100 bill. The value of the bill has been set; it will never change. You might crush it, stomp on it, spit on it, tear it in half - the value is still the same, $100. Mrs. Hurst compares the kingdom woman to a diamond that has been mined from the depths of the earth.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at WOMEN LIVING HOLY LIVES
Several years ago I went to one of my favorite lunch spots. The food was usually very good, and the service was friendly. On this particular day, however, everything seemed to be off. I waited for a waitress to come and take my order. She was surly, slow, and inefficient. I sat and waited for her to bring me something to drink, then the cutlery, and after what seemed an eternity, my meal. At each point she was unfriendly, almost rude. As I sat there I got more and more frustrated. I was about to tell her how rude and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at WOMEN LIVING HOLY LIVES
Some years ago Kenny Rogers released a popular song called "The Gambler". Part of the chorus said: You gotta know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, Know when to walk away, know when to run. Now, Rogers was singing about gambling at cards, but this chorus has been running through my mind quite a bit over the past couple of months. Here's my conclusion: sometimes we hold on to things too long. Sometimes we stay in situations that we know aren't the best for us. Sometimes we make commitments at the wrong times, or for the wrong... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at WOMEN LIVING HOLY LIVES
We so often talk about coincidences, the law of attraction, and so forth. But when we are mindful of the fact that God is the center of it all, that He is the supreme force, then everything really begins to make sense. I was reading chapters 10 through 12 in Acts this morning, and three things stood out for me: 1. God provides for His people. Peter was going about his business, doing what he was supposed to be doing (sharing the Gospel), and he ends up in Lydda. There he performs a miracle, healing the paralyzed Aeneas. When people... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at WOMEN LIVING HOLY LIVES
Blood plays such an important part in the Bible. There is good blood and there is bad blood. Bad blood made a person unclean, whereas good blood made a person acceptable to God. For example, God told the Israelites not to eat the blood of the animals they killed because the life of the animal was in the blood. In that sense the blood was bad for them to eat. On the other hand, blood sprinkled against the altar was good because it formed part of sacrifices that were acceptable to God. One example of truly "bad blood" was the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2013 at WOMEN LIVING HOLY LIVES
When you buy something that needs to be assembled what is the first thing that you do? (Or should I say, what is the first thing that you should do?) Usually somewhere in the packaging there is a note that says, "READ THE INSTRUCTIONS FIRST". Instructions are there for a reason: 1. The person who created the item knows how all the pieces should fit together, and the correct and best order of putting them together. 2. In order for the item to function optimally and according to its design, it has to be assembled according to the instructions. God... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2013 at WOMEN LIVING HOLY LIVES
It's amazing how our lives change when our attitudes change! Perspective is everything. This hit me as I was reading the first five chapters of Joshua this morning. At this point in the history of Israel, the Israelites were preparing to enter Canaan, the land that God had promised to give them. They could have entered 40 years earlier, but their attitude and their perspective were not right. Here's what happened back then - God had instructed Moses to send 12 spies to scout out the land. They returned with reports about the land's abundance, but they also had a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2012 at WOMEN LIVING HOLY LIVES
King Solomon was supposedly the wisest man who had every lived, but his choices show that he did not always use his wisdom! 436 years before Solomon became king of Israel, God gave the Israelites these instruction: The king must not build up a large stable of horses for himself or send his people to Egypt to buy horses, for the LORD has told you, ‘You must never return to Egypt.’ The king must not take many wives for himself, because they will turn his heart away from the LORD. And he must not accumulate large amounts of wealth in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2012 at WOMEN LIVING HOLY LIVES
Have you ever wondered why the symbol of medicine is a rod with a snake wrapped around it? We would not naturally associate snakes with healing - snakes are usually associated with death! Well...thousands of years ago while they were wandering in the wilderness, the Israelites began to complain yet again that they didn't have food and water (actually, they really meant that they didn't have Egyptian food and drink, because God had given them manna and water to sustain them!). God got so fed up with them that He sent poisonous snakes into their camp. Of course, many people... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2012 at WOMEN LIVING HOLY LIVES
Health insurance in the United States is so complicated. You have HMO, POS, PPO, and so forth. With most health care plans, you have a primary care physician who has to give you a referral to see a specialist. Very often, you have to be pre-approved by the insurance company if you want to seek additional health care. The insurance company serves as a type of barrier between you and medical care. Then you have health care plans that offer open access. This allows you to choose those physicians from whom you will seek medical care. The barrier is lowered.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2012 at WOMEN LIVING HOLY LIVES
When we read through the first five books of the Bible, we tend to focus on Moses. Then, at the end of Moses' life we see the mantle being passed to Joshua. But have you ever wondered what Joshua was doing during the 40 years that Moses was the star of the show? Joshua' s birth name was Hoshea. We first meet him when the Israelites had to defend themselves against the Amalekites at Rephidim (Exodus 17:8-13). God acknowledged Joshua when He told Moses to "write this on a scroll as something to be remembered and make sure that Joshua... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2012 at WOMEN LIVING HOLY LIVES
It's hard being a leader. You could be President of a country, CEO of a company, Head of a department, or Director of a ministry in your church. It's hard. Why? Because those who are being led usually don't want to follow. They want to do it their way, a la Frank Sinatra! What's really fascinating is that this is not a 21st century problem. Just look at the children of Israel and their story recounted in the Book of Exodus. God had appointed Moses leader over the Israelites. His "job" was to lead the Israelites out of a pagan... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2012 at WOMEN LIVING HOLY LIVES
What comes to mind when you think of God's favor? I would naturally think that God's favor means that everything is great - no waves, no ripples. But as I read the story of Joseph in Genesis 37 through 45, I was reminded that God's favor does not mean that there are no problems. God's favor exists even in the midst of unfavorable circumstances. Here's what I mean: 1. God showed favor to Joseph while he worked for Potiphar, the captain of the guard for Pharaoh (Genesis 39:1, 4). God's favor allowed Joseph to be promoted, yet Joseph's circumstances didn't... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2012 at WOMEN LIVING HOLY LIVES
Genesis is a real soap opera! It's like an ancient version of "Sex, Lies, and Videotape", or "Days of Our Lives", or "Desperate Housewives". Solomon was certainly right when he said, "there is nothing new under the sun" (Ecclesiastes 1:9)! It's amazing how lies and deception ran through the family of Abraham: Abraham lied about Sarah, Isaac lied about Rebekah, Rebekah and Jacob lied to Isaac, Laban lied to Jacob, Jacob and Rachel lied to Laban, Jacob's sons lied to the people of Shechem, Reuben lied to his brothers, his brothers lied to their father, Judah lied to Tamar, and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2012 at WOMEN LIVING HOLY LIVES
El-Roi (אֵל רֳאִי) = "The God who sees" "She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: 'You are the God who sees me,' for she said, 'I have now seen the One who sees me'" (Genesis 16:13). At some point in their lives children begin to realize that their Moms know pretty much everything that they're doing. To their consternation (if their Moms are anything like mine), their Moms might say, "Be careful! I have eyes in the back of my head!" We carry this picture into our adulthood, and many of us transfer it to God,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2012 at WOMEN LIVING HOLY LIVES