17 08, 2017

How to make a Sabbath Box…

By |August 17th, 2017|Categories: Her Voice|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

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 [...]

10 08, 2017

Even If

By |August 10th, 2017|Categories: Her Voice|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

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 [...]

3 08, 2017

Finally Grieving

By |August 3rd, 2017|Categories: Her Voice|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

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 [...]

20 07, 2017

A Powerful Prayer

By |July 20th, 2017|Categories: Her Voice|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

“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 [...]

13 07, 2017

Proper Prayers

By |July 13th, 2017|Categories: Her Voice|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

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 [...]

6 07, 2017

Prayer – Turning Our Attention to God

By |July 6th, 2017|Categories: equipHER, Her Voice|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

"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 [...]

22 06, 2017

I am a Women of White Privilege…

By |June 22nd, 2017|Categories: Her Voice|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

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 [...]

15 06, 2017

Nothing is Wasted

By |June 15th, 2017|Categories: Her Voice|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

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 [...]

8 06, 2017

E Pluribus Unum – Part 2

By |June 8th, 2017|Categories: equipHER, Her Voice|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

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”

By |May 31st, 2017|Categories: equipHER, Her Voice|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

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, [...]

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