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Turtle Like Tendencies

I’m sure you’re all familiar with the old adage, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”  I get the heart of this message and agree with it, truly this world does not need another voice joining the chorus of negativity, whining, complaining or insult throwing.  Beyond that, I try to be a person that if I am speaking I am hoping it is to add to the equation and not subtract. A couple of months of [...]

I am sorry I interrupted you but I had something important to say…lessons I have learned about silence.

How would you like to “read” 12 books this year without even owning a book?  Each week we post videos of our reflections on the book of the month a. This month, we are learning the “9 Arts of Spiritual Conversations”. Here is one of the videos we posted this week on the equipHER Facebook page – the art of listening. Please join us anytime, you are an important part of the conversation! “I was just trying to be encouraging.” [...]

Belonging

We are connected. We all have a place in this vast, beautiful tapestry called Humanity, and we are all connected through the sustaining threads of relationship and belonging. We become woven together in our tightly-knitted communities built on Story. We share our stories of where we are, where we have been, and where we long to go so that we can be known, be seen, and belong. Within all of us is a longing for connection and purpose. We yearn [...]

You were made for Sabbath

Sabbath is not a list of rules, regulations or legalistic steps to follow. It is a requirement for human survival, in the same way that we must have oxygen and water. We must partake in Sabbath. We need rest for our physical bodies. We need renewal of our minds. We need to care for our souls within the context of an abiding relationship with God away from distractions and demands. We must remember that Sabbath was created by God along [...]

How to make a Sabbath Box…

In one of my favorite books on Sabbath, Wayne Muller writes: “Sabbath requires surrender. If we only stop when we are finished with all our work, we will never stop, because our work is never completely done. With every accomplishment there arises a new responsibility… Sabbath dissolves the artificial urgency of our days, because it liberates us from the need to be finished.” I ask myself, Do I remember weekly, daily, hourly, who my source is? Am I in charge [...]

Even If

How do you view the future? Are you like me, wondering about your future? constantly thinking what if that happens? What if I can't go? What if…?\ Driving in the car listening to the radio Mercy Me's song Even If came on. I was singing along and found myself really taking in the words and what they meant. I thought about the verse the song draws from, Daniel 3:16-18. 16-18 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered King Nebuchadnezzar, “Your threat means nothing [...]

Finally Grieving

My mom died almost 9 years ago and this morning, I am finally grieving the loss of my best friend ever. For 40 years we were always close, even if we lived in different states. I never had to worry about a thing because I knew my mom would be there. Now she’s gone and I’m feeling the pain. Now, let’s not elevate this relationship as better than it was. My mom was tragically traumatized as a child and she [...]

Tell Your Story – August equipHER

Sabbath Day of rest was very much a struggle for me. Life got in the way with kids, church, events, ministry, birthday parties and such. My to-do list never seem to end. By the end of the day I am wiped out asking God for a break. As I was praying one day, the scripture in Exodus 29:8-9 came to mind. The mandate God gives to keep the Sabbath day holy with NO work. My Sabbath was not on a [...]

A Powerful Prayer

“The power of prayer is on the end of the hearer, not the speaker.” Jodi Detrick We sometimes feel that if we could just muster up a truly powerful prayer, then our prayers would be answered in the way that we desire. I don’t know about you, but I just love a happy ending. A story with a pretty bow, tying all the ends together. Neat and tidy. But this isn’t life here on earth. And sometimes we are simply in [...]

Proper Prayers

Prayer is intimidating to me. I’ve always thought that you had to do something special - kneel, close your eyes, bow your head, fold your hands - to be in the right position to pray. And then after you had assumed the proper position, you had to have a very eloquent language to speak to God. From what I gathered, prayer was hard and well, it was kind of weird. Unnatural. When I listened to pastor or ministry leaders pray [...]

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