WOMEN'S MINISTRIES BLOG

Wooden Clothespins

[My brother] Bruce, [my sister] Suzie and I have marveled these past few months at Dad’s affinity for wooden clothespins.

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In it Together

January 1 is going to arrive in a few days, and I won’t have a single resolution ready.

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The Light of the World

I love this time of the year. There’s something about it that makes everything look enchanted. It’s the celebration of the birth of the Savior of the …

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Girl walking in the field

On Disappointment

Thanksgiving day I went for a walk on the trail near my house. As I walked, I processed the disappointment of being alone on this particular day. The kids were with their dad this Thanksgiving and although I had received many kind offers from friends and family to spend the day with them, I had…

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Ignore the rain, look for the rainbow

Grasping

I have a card on my dresser that says in sparkling letters, “Ignore the RAIN, look for the RAINBOW.” It’s been sitting there for a few weeks now, and not just because the busyness of my life has turned any flat surface into a dumping ground for mail, coupons, and other knick-knacks. I know I’ve…

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Loving Your People

The Beatles famously sang it, “All we need is love!” Shannan Martin writes, “The way we spend our love is the way we spend our lives.” And of course when our Lord Jesus was asked for the greatest commandment, He spelled it out, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all…

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August Vacations

The August 2015 morning dawned clear on the mountainside, and I eagerly grabbed my Bible, hymnal, guitar and journal and crept out of the house for this last day of vacation. Just a few precious hours remained until the chaos of life returned, and I had determined to meet with God and to get answers…

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Hospitality

With the Front Door Wide Open

This summer I was in the mountains with a friend and during the lazy afternoon by the lake I watched her pull out her binoculars and a birding book. And she proceeded to study the winged creatures high in the trees – the flash of feathers, crested heads, bright cries – and to name them.…

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Learning to Watch

Learning to Watch

For the fourth time in two weeks I put my watch on upside down this morning. To be fair, it’s a cuff watch, so there’s no fastening mechanism that indicates which direction is correct, yet . . . how distracted am I? The first time I rolled my eyes and turned it around. The second…

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Do the Work

My least favorite chore is mopping the floors. Truth be told, I will ‘spot clean’ to avoid mopping until the last possible second—which is the second before my children’s feet are dirtier inside the house than out.  It feels like a useless task brutally undone by four little people and their summer popsicles. I know…

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