21 09, 2017

Turtle Like Tendencies

By |September 21st, 2017|Categories: Her Voice|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

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 [...]

7 09, 2017

Belonging

By |September 7th, 2017|Categories: equipHER, Her Voice|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

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 [...]

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 [...]

25 05, 2017

I Want

By |May 25th, 2017|Categories: Her Voice|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

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 [...]

18 05, 2017

To the Wounded Woman

By |May 18th, 2017|Categories: Her Voice|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

To the hearts of wounded women: Not necessarily wounded in body…but in spirit…in the soul…in the heart…the mind.  The places where the devil creeps in…leaves his sinister seeds of pain, doubt, worry, worthlessness, loneliness, fear, loathing, fallacy, hate, anger and resentment.  Then, in partnership with the world he waters the seeds and they grow.  Some quickly.  We see them almost immediately as selfishness, self pity, and self reliance rear their heads.   While others slowly grow, choking out the joy, hope, [...]

11 05, 2017

When God Set Me Up

By |May 11th, 2017|Categories: Her Voice|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Several months ago, I sat next to my husband on our living room couch, quietly crying in frustration and pain over the circumstances we found ourselves in the midst of. I wondered out loud for the hundredth time why these things had happened, when they were going to be resolved, and where in the world was God while all this was going on.  Because I sure hadn't been hearing from Him much lately.  Had we been making the right decisions? [...]

4 05, 2017

Forgiveness

By |May 4th, 2017|Categories: equipHER, Her Voice|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

  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?

By |April 20th, 2017|Categories: equipHER, Her Voice|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |1 Comment

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 [...]

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