6 07, 2017

Prayer – Turning Our Attention to God

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"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 [...]

8 06, 2017

E Pluribus Unum – Part 2

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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, [...]

31 05, 2017

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

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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, [...]

4 05, 2017

Forgiveness

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  Forgiveness Eleven letters which hold such great power. Power to unlock and free oneself from a life of being imprisoned to anger, offense, and bitterness. When I think of the word “forgiveness” there are many examples from the Bible that come to my mind. Examples of the power of God moving in the lives of ordinary people. Jesus models forgiveness for us as He cries out “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing” as he [...]

20 04, 2017

Can’t You Be a Better Person?

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Driving down the road one day, Michael and I were discussing a parenting issue involving our son, Ben. Every few minutes, Emily, who was 10 years old at the time, kept piping up with her opinion on the situation. We finally said, “Emily this really isn’t any of your business.” She sighed, saying, “Fine, if you don’t want me to help you make Ben a better person! Whatever.” Isn’t that what we think we’re doing sometimes, helping to make someone [...]

13 04, 2017

He Gets It

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Do you ever feel like no one understands what you are going through?  I do!  Like your friends or even your family just don’t get it?  Me, again! The other morning heading to work I was feeling a little weary, a little hurt, a little angry a little a lot of things, I guess.  I was thinking about someone who I am frustrated with.  I guess I felt let down by this individual and I felt justified in my feelings. [...]

6 04, 2017

Embraced by Grace

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I haven’t always gone to church. I have found church to be both a place that is inviting, beautiful and healing (like it is today) and I have also found it to be a place of  a lot of rules and judgment. My first experience that I can remember with church was in 6th grade. My mom and I moved from Bellingham to Redmond. My first day at school I met my best friend. This is how the story goes… [...]

1 03, 2017

What would you do if you knew your call was irrevocable?

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Every day, I listen to women’s stories of frustration as they bump the illusive glass ceiling. Women who know they are gifted, skilled, and called to lead, but can’t seem to find an opportunity, be promoted, receive equal pay, or get paid at all. I understand this frustration, because I have been there. It is painful and makes you want to quit. The interesting thing is, God promises that “his gifts and his call are irrevocable” (Romans 11:29 NIV). So where [...]

1 02, 2017

Empowered: An Introduction the the Holy Spirit

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By Charity Rattray I recently spoke on the gifts of the Holy Spirit at a women’s retreat.  The day before I spoke I decided to take the scriptures about the Holy Spirit and write an introduction to the Giver of the Gifts. Each sentence you read below is taken directly from God’s Holy word.  You may understand how a gift is more treasured, when you actually know the giver.  Please allow me to introduce the Holy Spirit. I am the [...]

29 12, 2016

Peace for a Lifetime

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By Angela Howard Embracing a Life of Hope, Wholeness and Harmony Have you ever felt like peace was just an elusive idea meant for inspirational quotes or holiday sentiments? What would it be like to experience Peace for a Lifetime —real peace in our relationship with God, with our emotions, and with our relationships? This might seem like a far off dream, but it is possible! After receiving Christ as our Savior we experience God’s grace working in and through our [...]

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