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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

13 04, 2017

He Gets It

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

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. [...]

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 [...]

20 09, 2013

Baby Rolls, Stretch Marks, and Wrinkles

By |September 20th, 2013|Categories: The Power of Women|Tags: , , , , , , , |2 Comments

I am mad and fed up. Fed up with the expectation that culture and media impresses on women. Mad that women all over the world doubt their worth because of the way they look or because of the shape of their bodies. How did I arrive on this soap box today? It started with a conversation with a dear friend of mine who is pregnant. She is an amazing and beautiful young women, vibrant and alive with the miracle of [...]

22 06, 2013

It’s Friday Night…Are you dating your spouse?

By |June 22nd, 2013|Categories: Family|Tags: , , |0 Comments

This may be the shortest blog I ever write so let me get right to the point. Are you dating your spouse? If you aren’t, someone else will. Maybe that someone is not another person, but a job, or a hobby. I have recently been personally convicted on this question. I was driving past the baseball field, honking at my husband as he coached little league. For some reason, honking as I drove sixty-miles an hour the opposite direction reminded [...]

17 05, 2013

The Power of Women ~ A Blog Series…Do women postpone their calling?

By |May 17th, 2013|Categories: The Power of Women|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The Postponement Theory The conversation began when the professor in my first master’s class asked me if I was postponing my calling to get more education. My instructor said that she has noted many women of our time who postpone their calling because they felt they needed more education to do what God had called them to do.  Or they postpone their calling for motherhood or they postpone their calling for their husband’s career. She asked me, “If you were [...]

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