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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 [...]

Prayer – Turning Our Attention to God

"Among the important lessons that the spiritual giants can teach us, and on which they have striking agreement, is that we are not likely to experience reality in prayer unless we practice a great deal of silent waiting. Far from prayer being a matter of words, it is often, at its best, freedom from words, since our own chatter can prevent our listening. Important as it may be for us to express our deepest desires to God, much as a [...]

I am a Women of White Privilege…

I am a woman whose heart seeks justice, equality, and dignity for every human being. Over the past few months though I have felt my voice go silent as I became paralyzed by the continued acts of violence and discrimination enacted against my African American friends, Hispanic sisters, and Muslim neighbors. The divide seems to be widening and the fear intensifying as people take their corners. In my silence, I have taken action. In my silence, I have decided to [...]

Nothing is Wasted

I was thinking this morning how we all face difficulty and tragedy differently. Some go to anger and demand retribution, some go numb or dissociate and block it out and pretend nothing happened. Some go to God to try to understand, to find forgiveness. Some resort to substances, sexual activity or forms of extreme behavior. One thing we all have in common is we try to find some way to ease our pain. To remove the discomfort. To find peace [...]

E Pluribus Unum – Part 2

Our of Many, Make One Well, I love the church (local church). I love the Church (established in Matthew 15). I do think the church can stand to be a bit more like what I like about Star Trek.  I studied this quite a bit in 2016, because frankly it was a tough year for me. The cultural tensions in the church seemed more pronounced than ever. It broke my heart to see groups of people I knew loved Christ, [...]

Looking at forgiveness straight in the eyes and saying, yes, “I surrender to Love”

Each month at equipHER, women of all ages and backgrounds come together in community to follow Jesus. We are invited and challenged each month by a new discipline. In the month of May, we were invited and challenged to examine any offense and unforgiveness in our lives and walk through the steps of forgiveness together. Struggling through the hurts, the pain. and the pride, we have victoriously come through to stand in the freedom and peace of forgiveness. In today's blog, [...]

I Want

Day in and day out I see ads for things that I don’t need. But somehow just by knowing that I don’t have these advertised things, I now want them. For example, when I sit down to watch TV I’m not necessarily hungry, but after seeing that olive garden commercial, I really want some bread sticks. Or when I see an Apple commercial for the latest iPhone, I now want a new phone (when mine works perfectly fine). When I [...]

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