Room to Grow

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Explosion. A blinding burst of light. A deafening roar. Only darkness is left. Death is left. Darkness and death. Buried under the rubble. All that could be is now laid in darkness. Where there was potential it is now falling apart. Where there was hope it now feels like it is dying away. In a world where nothing is guaranteed …

Overwhelmed

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I’ve been reading the stories of these women in Southeast Asia, and I’ve been looking at the pictures, taking in their beautiful faces and sitting in awe of their bravery. I’ve experienced the full range of emotions — anger that the world is so unjust, excitement that my sisters in Christ all the way across the world are gathering and …

My Voice, Her Story

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There are some women I know. Well, technically speaking, we’ve never met. More than likely, we won’t find ourselves face-to-face this side of heaven.  But they are my sisters, and with my mind’s eye, because of the stories passed to me from one who has met them, I can see them clearly.  Their village is gray and concrete. In the …

Life, Death and Joy in Christ

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I took my daughter to the park the other day. The spring time weather has been so gorgeous recently, and it was hard not to well up with joy at seeing her excitement when I told her we could go swing on the swings. That was last week, and this week she’ll be turning two. Another woman took her daughter …

A letter to my sister.

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Since I was a little girl, one of my favorite portions of scripture has been Proverbs 31, highlighting the Wife of Noble Character. This portion of God’s Word shaped me in my younger years, and has served as a goal for me to reach as a new wife, and a future mother. The words found in Proverbs 31 were given …

A New Story to Tell

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My pastor recently preached a timely and challenging sermon on parenting. He asked us to think on what we are teaching our children to love, what we are teaching them to value. What am I discipling in them? What am I communicating to them? I thought about it all week. This was so timely for me as I was just recently venting …

Parades, Persecution, and the Power of Christ

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Brave women gather as they march to the shores where they will immerse themselves in water, take a sharp breath, and come up dripping with new life. So together they walk down the street to the water. That’s a parade. Brave women risk the ridicule, alienation, and abuse because their faith doesn’t match their culture. Hearts pound and minds race …

The Beginning

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Everything had started so well. My husband was confident in God’s calling for him to be a pastor, even though we knew that it would mean leaving behind a secure job. The job did not make us rich, but life was stable. I was pregnant with our second child. Our young church was growing, and people were being changed by …