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… [...]

23 03, 2017

A Surprising Wholeness

By |March 23rd, 2017|Categories: Her Voice|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

“If the Lord had not been for us”…Psalm 124 Yesterday, as I pondered by these words, my mind retraced the many times God has literally saved my life. A home break-in. A mountain climbing slip. Running blind in the dark. A high-speed car accident. If the Lord had not been for me…wow. I thought of the many other ways God has saved (the Greek word sozo often translated in Enlish as “saved” means wholeness; healing) me from my own brokenness. [...]

16 03, 2017

“Am I Not Still There?”

By |March 16th, 2017|Categories: Her Voice|Tags: , , , , , , |1 Comment

Rising early one morning, unable to sleep, I crawled out of bed and tiptoed downstairs. As I walked past the breakfast nook window, I stopped to view the beautiful and unexpected sight before me. The full moon, in all its brightness, shone like a marquee; puffs of big white clouds surrounded the moon like a frame and highlighted its beauty. The mountains in the background completed the picture. I stood in awe. Closing my eyes, expressions of praise and thanksgiving [...]

9 03, 2017

People Loving People

By |March 9th, 2017|Categories: Her Voice|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

Those moments that change your life, that make you feel loved. On October 1 I was in the hospital. Visitors could only come between 7 and 8 pm. Angela Craig graciously came to visit me. I was in need of a visitor and needed a momma's touch. You see my mom was 4 hours away and unable to visit. As I poured my heart out, Angela at one point grabbed hold of my hands and just loved on me. She [...]

23 02, 2017

Relinquishing Anxious Thoughts

By |February 23rd, 2017|Categories: Her Voice|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |1 Comment

By Rosemarie Kowalski Search me, God, and know my heart;     test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me,     and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24 NIV Morning. It should be a new beginning. A fresh start. And often it is. But once in a while, I wake with a stiff neck or clenched jaw from the worries or cares that have occupied my mind while I slept. [...]

9 02, 2017

Finding Holy Ground in Hard Places

By |February 9th, 2017|Categories: Her Voice|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

By Heidi Keeler I don't like hard things. I wish I did. I wish I could say I look forward to a battle, that I relish the challenge of something that pushes me to my limits.  But I don't.  I like things that turn out exactly how I envisioned them or even better. I like it when everything falls right into place and goes according to my plans. When I can accomplish my goals and see progress being made in [...]

26 01, 2017

Retired with Christ

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By Kristin Clouse   This week I have been reading Brother Lawrence's writings and I have found myself once again challenged. This challenge is one of those that goes to your core, to the core of who I am, what I believe, and has challenged me to do some deep introspective work within myself. In Practicing His Presence we read "I cannot imagine how a Christian can live a satisfied Christian experience without the practice of being in the presence of Christ. For my part, [...]

5 01, 2017

The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and our World

By |January 5th, 2017|Categories: Her Voice|Tags: , , , , , , |2 Comments

Forgiving is hard. Sometime it feels impossible. If you have been hurt, your pain is real. Forgiving doesn’t excuse bad behavior. It doesn’t accept blame. Forgiveness frees you from the chains of bitterness and disease that the hurt has cause you. Forgiveness is freedom. The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and our World, written by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize winner, Chair of The Elders, and Chair of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, along [...]

22 12, 2016

I Ruined Santa

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By Julie Anderson I love the holidays. I really love the magic of Christmas especially through the eyes of a child...especially through the eyes of my children. It has always been fun to play into and "feed" the belief in Santa, the belief in something that we can't see. Children are a wonderful example of faith. All of that said, I "ruined" Santa for my children. A couple years ago my young children asked some questions about why Santa's giving [...]

15 12, 2016

Just Breath & Trust God

By |December 15th, 2016|Categories: Her Voice|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

By Debbie Parsons Sometimes we get so busy helping others we forget to take care of ourselves. We forget to schedule out time to relax and enjoy each day. We let busyness squeeze out our time with the Lord.  When we don’t take time with the Lord it doesn’t take long for our spiritual cup to empty out, and we quickly feel like we have no more to give.  We end up feeling empty and dry. That is the way [...]

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