26 10, 2017

The Waiting

By |October 26th, 2017|Categories: Her Voice|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

“…Because His compassions never fail. They are new every morning. Great and beyond measure is Your faithfulness…Therefore I have hope in Him and wait expectantly for Him.” Lamentations 3:22-24 Waiting. The pain of infertility is often found in the waiting. I waited 4 years to get pregnant with my first. I waited a year before I was pregnant with my second. And now, I’m at 15 months. Almost a year and a half of waiting to get pregnant with our [...]

19 10, 2017

RSVP

By |October 19th, 2017|Categories: Her Voice|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Ah, those dreaded initials that scream commitment.  Do they make anyone else instantly sweat?  What do they even mean?!  According to Wikipedia , “It is an initialism derived from the French phrase Répondez s'il vous plaît meaning 'Please respond'” Many times these initials are at the end of an invitation of some sort be it a wedding, baby shower, or party.  For me, often times they are a source of indecision and stress! An invitation is a request for us to be [...]

12 10, 2017

Hello, my name is…

By |October 12th, 2017|Categories: Her Voice|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Hello!!!  My name is Kelli Best and it is great to meet you!  I wanted to introduce myself to you.  Bill and I currently serve as lead pastors at Bethlehem Chapel in Ephrata, WA.  We have been here for the last eight years.  I serve as the team leader for BONDED Women’s Ministry, serve on the worship team, and help teach the three and four year olds on Wednesday nights.  Bill and I have been married for 28 years and [...]

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 [...]

24 08, 2017

You were made for Sabbath

By |August 24th, 2017|Categories: equipHER, Her Voice|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Sabbath is not a list of rules, regulations or legalistic steps to follow. It is a requirement for human survival, in the same way that we must have oxygen and water. We must partake in Sabbath. We need rest for our physical bodies. We need renewal of our minds. We need to care for our souls within the context of an abiding relationship with God away from distractions and demands. We must remember that Sabbath was created by God along [...]

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 [...]

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