Alice Smith Articles

How to Break the Cycle of Abuse

Can we ever really be free from painful memories? Yes, God can heal you completely.The small, south Texas town where I...
How to Reach Muslim Women

How to Reach Muslim Women

On the other end of the phone, a tentative young woman was inquiring about the townhouse my husband and I had for rent. "But before we talk further," she said, "I need to tell you about my situation. Your previous tenant told me you're ministers. You may not want to...

Help! My Prayer Group Has Gone Flaky!

Help! My Prayer Group Has Gone Flaky!

prayer-groupCorporate
prayer loses its effectiveness when intercessors get off track. Here’s
how you can stay in the flow of the Holy Spirit.

As I walked down the corridor toward the large prayer
room, several women rushed past me in a panic. They had been praying
with more than 50 intercessors from various denominations for pastors
in the United States. Eager to find out what was happening, I hurried
into the room.

An unbelievable sight met my eyes. Lying on the floor in
the middle of the room was a woman intercessor, curled up in a fetal
position and groaning as though she were being tortured. Crouched over
her was a male intercessor, who was stroking her hair and speaking
words of encouragement.

Find Freedom From Your Hurts

Find Freedom From Your Hurts

Can we ever really be free from painful memories? Yes, God can heal you completely.The small, south Texas town where I grew up has Spanish moss drooping from the trees, winding narrow streets and stifling humidity to which in time I became accustomed. The lazy days of...

Help! My Prayer Group Has Gone Flaky!

Help! My Prayer Group Has Gone Flaky!

prayer-groupCorporate prayer loses its effectiveness when intercessors get off track. Here’s how you can stay in the flow of the Holy Spirit.

As I walked down the corridor toward the large prayer
room, several women rushed past me in a panic. They had been praying
with more than 50 intercessors from various denominations for pastors
in the United States. Eager to find out what was happening, I hurried
into the room.

An unbelievable sight met my eyes. Lying on the floor in
the middle of the room was a woman intercessor, curled up in a fetal
position and groaning as though she were being tortured. Crouched over
her was a male intercessor, who was stroking her hair and speaking
words of encouragement.

Victory Over Adversity

Victory Over Adversity

alt“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Rom. 8:37, NKJV).

Once there was a farmer whose old mule accidentally fell into the farmer’s dry well. The farmer heard the mule braying (or whatever mules do when they fall into dry wells). After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer sympathized with the mule but decided that neither the mule nor the dry well was worth saving.

What Happened to Hell?

What Happened to Hell?

I grew up in a church where the gospel was preached every Sunday, followed by an invitation to accept Christ. The reality of hell as the just end for those who choose a life of rebellion put the fear of God in us. But today it seems that, as a nation, we have lost...

What Happened to Hell?

What Happened to Hell?

Salvation doesn't come from joining a church or being a good person. I grew up in a church where the gospel was preached every Sunday, followed by an invitation to accept Christ. The reality of hell as the just end for those who choose a life of rebellion put the fear...

Tell God Your Hurts

Can we ever really be free from painful memories? Yes, God can heal you completely.


The small, south Texas town where I grew up has Spanish moss drooping from the trees, winding narrow streets and stifling humidity to which in time I became accustomed. The lazy days of summer brought us a good game of baseball, fishing at the lake or swimming in the Gulf of Mexico. Children filled the placid streets with bikes and roller skates. It was a simpler time, and our town—population 5,000—was a simpler place.

The closeness we shared as friends and family gave us a sense of security. Most everyone knew one another, so there was little need to lock our doors at night or fear walking the streets alone. Nevertheless, in the summer of 1956, I encountered a reason for insecurity: sexual abuse…mine. I was 6 years old.

Stop Lying to Yourself

Stop Lying to Yourself

Many of us live in defeat because we continually lie to ourselves. Here’s how you can reprogram your mind.Every waking moment people talk to themselves. Surprised? Did you think you were the only one?The question isn't "Do you talk to yourself?" But "What are you...

How to Handle Trouble

How to Handle Trouble

The goal of a spiritual mentoring relationship is for the mentee to learn to hear the voice of God and begin to move forward alone in pursuit of His will.Who would you call in a spiritual emergency? Do you have an Elijah—someone whom God has placed in your life...

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