Mary Southerland

Mary Southerland

Mary Southerland is the Stress Buster — a leader at helping women manage stress and enjoy peace in their daily lives. Mary serves the local church as the women’s ministry motivator, inspiring thousands of women to participate in Bible studies, life groups, and volunteer ministries. Mary’s books include Hope in the midst of Depression, Sandpaper People, Escaping the Stress Trap, and Experiencing God’s Power in Your Ministry.

Posts by Mary Southerland:

God with Skin On

"Greater love has no one than this; that one lay down his life for his friends." —John 15:13 (NIV) A young man who had been raised as an atheist was training to be an Olympic diver. The only religious influence in […]

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And Jesus said, “Yes!”

“He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge.” —Psalm 91:4 An article in National Geographic several years ago provided an interesting picture of God's wings. After a forest fire in Yellowstone National Park, forest rangers […]

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A Box of Socks

“If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” —Matthew 21:22 (NIV) I sometimes think my prayer requests are insignificant and unimpressive to God. After all, He is God. Does He really have the time or the desire […]

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The Gift of Meeting a Need (Part 2)

If you missed part 1, head over and read it now! Diving into winter coats, we headed out the front door to what I desperately hoped would not be a complete disaster. I prayed every step of the way, asking God to either […]

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The Gift of Meeting a Need (Part 1)

Proverbs 25:21 – 22 says, “If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.” We once […]

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Choosing an Attitude of Gratitude

“Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.” —Colossians 3:5 We live in a “stuff” driven world where it does not seem to matter how much we […]

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How to Love Your Job

“Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.” —Psalm 139:16 We all want to be successful in our work. Your office may be downtown or just […]

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Just Like Your Father

“He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.” —Malachi 3:3 The story is told of a group of women who met each week to study the Bible, hoping to learn more about the nature and character of God and how He […]

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Stress Happens

“The Lord is my shepherd” (Psalm 23:1, NKJV). Stress happens. I believe much of our stress is the result of a constant and innate quest to love and be loved. The problems come when we look in the wrong places for love. When we […]

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Stress and the Broken Seed

“Why am I so sad? Why am I so upset? I should put my hope in God. I Should keep praising him, my Savior and my God.” —Psalm 42:11 I am famous for my “brown thumb.” Even though we have moved several times over the […]

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