20 07, 2017

A Powerful Prayer

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“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

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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 [...]

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, [...]

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, [...]

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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