Women of the Way

Becoming Passionate, Devoted Followers of Christ

Heroes of the Faith: Jeremiah, the Weeping Prophet

There’s a first time for everything. Usually, in this Women of the Way space, we discuss and study significant women of the Bible. Sometimes, we even learn about women of faith through the stories of history. For the first time on WoW, however,  let’s study some men who were also great Heroes of the Faith. Just as if their lives were like a garden of roses, through their ministries, they […]

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3 Things to Remember When Your Ministry Feels like Thorns

I love roses! The year I turned 18 my boyfriend (who eventually became my husband…you’ll understand why) gave me 18 roses for my birthday! I know, right! Completely shocked and delighted, this romantic gesture, the first of its kind in my life, sealed the deal in my mind that I wanted this guy to stick around….forever! Those roses were the best and most beautiful I’ve ever received! When they opened […]

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We were Meant to Be Creators!

There are two kinds of people in the world: Consumers and Creators. Sounds like a new kind of species, doesn’t it? Consumer- A Consumer is someone who digests for himself what others have made. They consume. Whether it’s food, television, music, art, etc, a Consumer will process and take in to meet his needs. Sometimes, this can be a good thing. We need to consume some things in order to […]

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Summer Gardening: A Decision, a Discipline, and a Delight

I’ve enjoyed sharing this little spin on Summer Gardening by growing in spiritual disciplines and in Christian life. My summer of turning the soil (silence and solitude), soaking in Living Water (worshipping in His Presence), and fertilizing the soil (reading and listening to good books) has been and continues to be really wonderful!!! It’s been a delight, but it hasn’t always been. In summers past, I slept late everyday.  I […]

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Summer Gardening: Rich, Dark Soil

You gotta have rich, dark soil. Any good gardener or farmer will tell you that. After years and years of growing a crop or a flower bed, the earth gets depleted of its nutrients and its substance. The ground gets stale from constantly bearing fruit. It’s no different with my heart. After a season (or many seasons) of output and productivity, my heart becomes depleted of its nutrients and substance. […]

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Summer Gardening: Soaking in His Presence

The most satisfying experience in all my existence is being the in the presence of God. Out of all the pleasures that are ours to enjoy….eating, sleeping, playing, satisfaction in completing a task or job, reading, learning, nature, friends, music, art…or even chocolate……none compare to being in God’s Presence. Only the love for a child and the embrace of intimacy even come close. These God-given, human experiences delight us and […]

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Summer Gardening: Tending to the Soil

It’s been a very busy Spring season. Lots of productivity, creativity, and busyness have marked our days. But now……(insert Olaf singing)……IT’S SUMMER!!!!! My goal this summer is to be intentional about my summer gardening. However, if you know me, you know I’m not much of a gardener. I’m talking about a different kind of gardening….I’m […]

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Being Made in His Image (or..I’m turning into my mother!)

It was bound to happen. All my life, people told me how I favored my mother…blue eyes, round cheeks, smile. However, as I’ve become older, I notice how I am acting like my mother! It started with my husband saying, “you sound just like your mother when you said that!”…or….”you squinted your eyes just like your mother.” I mean, I’ve heard plenty of times how women would say they looked in the […]

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I Pray I Never Forget the LONGING…

I can’t believe that I’ve been parenting for 14 years!!! My oldest daughter is turning 14 this summer. How can this be? It seems like just a short time ago when we brought her home from the hospital. But, the days turn into weeks and the weeks into years. It’s a season where the days are long and the years are short. I never really understood what that meant until […]

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When I need to get up to the Mountain

It’s been a very busy season. Between family, home, work and church, there’s something going on all the time. You too? During these hectic days, I wish I could get some time alone. You too? We aren’t alone! Over and over in Scripture we read that when Jesus got busy, he also made sure he had time alone. It says ‘he went up to the mountain’ or ‘he found a […]

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Alleluia, Christ is Risen!!

The Lord is Risen indeed! Alleluia!!! We’ve celebrated the Resurrection. The songs have been sung. Sunday dinner was delicious. The eggs have been  hunted, and we’re enjoying all the chocolate! Week after week, we do our thing…..work, live, eat, sleep, wake up, and repeat. Some days are great. Some days the problems of life smack us down. A couple of times a year we pause to reflect on this Christian […]

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When you need some power to face Monday morning…..

Lazy summer days are the best!

If you are like me, the journey to Easter was a blessed and rich one. Contemplation and reflection during Lent, Holy Week with the honor and suffering of our Messiah, Passover, Good Friday, and finally (whew!) Resurrection Sunday!! It’s almost Monday, and I’m exhausted…. again. If I’m not careful, the glory of the weekend can quickly fade to complaints and grumbles and ‘here we go again’ into the work week. […]

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Are you too busy celebrating Easter to celebrate the Resurrected Christ?

One Easter Sunday several years ago, I played in the band for sunrise service, then 3 morning services, and had Easter Sunday dinner with the family. I finally collapsed that night on the couch to watch “The Ten Commandments” with some Easter chocolate. It had been a full, exciting, wonderful day celebrating Easter…….. only except I didn’t feel like I had experienced the Resurrected Christ! I had been so busy […]

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When You Understand How God Feels Proud Like a Parent

My kids have been making me so proud here lately. You know all the things- honor roll, high test scores, athletic banquet etc, etc… One girl rocked the house with a hilarious comedy routine at the talent show. Another girl, although backstage, shown brightly with her attitude of serving and encouragement. And yet another girl tried something new and stretched her boundaries just a bit while that one boy displayed  just […]

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To Be Fully Known

We sing the worship songs “I want to Know You more”, ‘Knowing You”, “More Love, More Power”, “The More I seek You….” We proclaim our desire is to become closer to God, one with God. With sincere hearts, we sing and pray about how we want to know God more. With good intentions, we attempt, in our human abilities, to understand Him, comprehend Him, and dwell in His presence. This […]

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My Journey through Lent

My journey through began by asking a question. Father, what areas of my life need to be radically changed by Your Love? Lent (for those who are non-liturgical) is the 40 day period which begins after Mardi Gras on Ash Wednesday and ends on Palm Sunday. It is a time of reflection and penitence to prepare one’s heart for the celebration of the Resurrection. Lent, for me, began with a […]

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Can you walk in someone else’s shoes?

Churches are like shoes. Everybody has a favorite pair that goes with just about everything, and they are broken in just right. You feel comfortable and confident in your favorite pair. If you are like me, finding and buying a new pair may take quite a long time because it’s so hard to find the right fit. Even then, a new pair can take a while to get comfortable. Churches […]

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Why Bother?

I prefer to associate with people who believe like I do………. It’s more comfortable to stay within the walls of my own church….. My denomination has it ‘right’ and others…well… don’t. Why bother? We all have our justifications for why we worship with a particular denomination. And with good reason…..drums vs no drums, hymns vs praise & worship, eternal security vs not, wine vs grape juice, tongues vs interpretation, large […]

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All of You…Together

1 Corinthians 3:16-23 16 Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in[a] you? 17 God will destroy anyone who destroys this temple. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.18 Stop deceiving yourselves. If you think you are wise by this world’s standards, you need to become a fool to be truly wise. 19 For the wisdom of this […]

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We Belong to Each Other

I’ve written recently on Why We Need to be More Interdenominational. Now more than ever, I’m convinced we must be more about building the Kingdom of God than our own denominations. In light of the increasing persecution around the world of Christians (read about the recent International Day of Pray), we can’t just focus on our local congregation. We must be mindful of those being hurt and killed for their […]

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What Keeps Me From Loving Others Well?

Recently, the reality of my heart was exposed when God gently pointed out how I am not loving others quite as well as I could be. He revealed that my serving in ministry was more from my ability and skill rather than from an overflow of love. So I asked myself another question: What keeps me from loving others well? If Paul tells how ineffective my ministry is without love […]

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If I Don’t Have Love, Then, I’m This….

If I don’t have love, then I’m no better than a clanging cymbal. A few weeks ago, I attended a community event. Praying after the event, I asked for God’s favor over some projects in which I am involved so they would be successful. I didn’t have any hesitation asking for this favor. I prayed confidently because I asked on behalf of the people whom these projects would benefit. But […]

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His Plans Stand Firm Forever

All this month God has been speaking to me about guiding down right paths, and turning a wilderness path into a fruitful one. Instead of me declaring “this is the way I want 2019 to be”, He’s showing me He’s the One with the plans for my life. At the beginning of a New Year, there are so many calendars, planners, goal- setting devices out there to get me organized. […]

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A Way in the Wilderness

Sometimes walking down a path of uncertainty feels like walking in a wilderness. Last week, I wrote about how God will lead you down paths of righteousness for His Name’s sake. He will guide us in ways that are beneficial to us and for His Glory. But, what if you find yourself in a situation that feels dry, lifeless, and unproductive? You expected God to do one thing, but instead, […]

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He Leads Me For His Name’s Sake

What path do I take in 2019? What are God’s plans for me this year? What is God’s will for my life? The calendar rolls over to another new year, so it’s a good time to ask ourselves these questions. I want to be in God’s will doing the things He wants me to do. I want to follow the path He has laid out for me. I don’t want […]

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Life Hacks for the New Year!

Making resolutions has become so cliche it’s really not a thing anymore. Everybody still has their version of starting fresh for the new year. Goal setting, list making, purposeful words and so on because it’s January, and everybody likes a fresh start. Hey, I do too! Even though Jan 1st is just a day, there’s something to the idea that the calendar is starting over. We have a chance to […]

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Good Tidings of Great Joy

Christmas can be a difficult time of year for lots of people. Grieving the loss of loved ones, family conflicts, depression, anxiety, and financial hardships pile up on an already busy, hectic, and stressful time of year. For many, it can seem like everything is ok on outside while it feels very dark and lonely on the inside. That’s where the final week of Advent can really help us through […]

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Make Room for God’s Ultimate Revelation

Throughout history, countless stories, poems, songs, plays, and books have been created to depict the human experience of love. As the greatest of all feelings and emotions, we have this strong desire to express how deeply and how powerfully we are affected by love. Of all the characteristics attributed to God: faithful, powerful, glorious, merciful, all knowing, good, beautiful, and on and on, there is no other characteristic more essential […]

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Be At Peace

Last week, we discussed the gift of Hope as we lit our first Advent candle. This week, we discover the gift of Peace. In John 14:27, Jesus said to His disciples, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” Why would Jesus feel the need to give them […]

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Eagerly Waiting for HOPE

During Advent, we remember the first coming of Christ while we are faithfully waiting for the second coming of Christ. In chapter 2 of the Gospel of Luke, we read about two living examples of faithful waiting  – Simeon and Anna.  At that time there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon. He was righteous and devout and was eagerly waiting for the Messiah to come and rescue Israel. The […]

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Prepare the Way for Advent

Advent was not part of my church experience growing up. I really didn’t know what it was all about until a handful of years ago. Since participating in the observance of Advent in the last 10 years, I’ve come to appreciate the beauty of this penitential season. Advent is a 4 week series of reflections that remembers the first coming of Christ through the Nativity story while it reminds us […]

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What will you do when there’s a Flood?

We’ve been talking about how God can use simple people to do great things for Him. But, it seems like there is so much bad stuff going on. Persecution and suffering around the world seem like a flood. It feels like the enemy is in overdrive to bring as much evil and heartache to the world. You feel it too, right? We must remind ourselves, however, of Isaiah 59:19…. When […]

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When I’m shaken loose from my self-induced delusion that I have it so tough…..

I am so surprised at how easily and over the silliest things I can turn into a grumbling complainer spewing discontent and criticizing everything around me that doesn’t go my way. I feel so “burdened” with having to be at work early or the can opener isn’t working right or the dryer is giving me fits. Heaven forbid…..I get behind a slow driver who can’t drive in the rain! Some […]

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Love Where you Live

Would you rather be working somewhere else? Would you rather be living somewhere else? Are you wishing your ministry was not this and more like that? Are you praying “God, Anything. But. This!” I know how you feel. Yes, Sister, I know. Sometimes life just doesn’t turn out the way you had planned. Rewind, with me, back to 2008. Everything was going as planned. I had my children. I was staying home […]

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Ministry is Not About Me

I’ve been doing church ministry most of my life in some form or another- about 30 years, give or take. Even though I’ve been doing this all my life, I’ve been guilty of taking my eyes off the true purpose and goal of serving in the church. If I’m not careful, I can start to view ministry as this trophy that I’ve earned as a badge of honor. I’m tempted […]

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What God wants most of all……

Remember when we talked about how much God delights in us? We also talked about how much God takes delight when we do what we were created to do. We love to ‘do’ stuff. It makes us feel good when we ‘do’ something. We want to feel productive and successful and useful. It’s in our nature to ‘do’ stuff. It’s no different when it comes to the worship of God. […]

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God Delights in Me when I do this….

I am a list maker. I really like need to check my responsibilities off my list. I feel productive and effective when I am able to accomplish all the tasks on my list. If I am not careful, I can make my Christian life a to-do list. I mentioned before about all the things I’m supposed to do that will make God happy. If I want to please Him, I […]

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We’re supposed to delight in God, but does He delight in us?

It takes a lifetime to delight in God. In my effort to live for Him, the struggle against my flesh to do the disciplines I know I’m supposed to do isn’t always easy. I wrote back in the summer about discipline turning into delight which has been a beautiful journey. Like any relationship it takes intentional thought and practice to delight in someone. With learning any skill, it takes practice […]

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This Lincoln County Woman from history inspires us to be Women of the Way

A very special post…….We’ve been talking about the First Followers of The Way and the First Women of the Way. Angie Gray, co-pastor of The Rock, Fayetteville campus, is sharing about an amazing woman of Lincoln County, Selina Moore Holman. This woman was a wonderful example of being a passionate, devoted follower of Christ in a day when women were expected to stay silent. Angie shares how Selina made a […]

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Jesus would approve of a “Hall of Fame” for the FIRST Women of the Way?

If there were ever an elite hall of fame for Early Christians, the men included would be many. There would be Great men of history that did significant things to further the cause of Christianity. Hebrews Chapter 11 comes to mind with its list of great leaders of the faith from the Old Testament. The New Testament would have its own noteworthy contribution of great men of the faith as […]

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When you want to be more like the FIRST followers of THE WAY…..

In all the years we’ve been doing this “Women of the Way”, I don’t believe I’ve ever explained out loud the reason for its name. Why are we called “Women of the WAY“? The first gathering of believers in Jerusalem after Jesus death, resurrection and ascension called themselves followers of The Way. Luke makes reference to this when describing Saul’s persecution of believers in Acts 9:2. Also, The Way is  […]

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Living Water

Water is amazing. Water serves us as one of the most perfect gifts God has ever created on this earth. Think about it. It nourishes and hydrates- we drink it to live. It cleanses and heals- we wash to be clean. Water is comforting and relaxing. I am reminded how wonderful water is as I’m floating in my friend’s pool and all the tension in my body melts away. Even […]

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Women Need Women

Everybody’s first mentor was, of course, their mother. Your mother was likely the first woman to have significant influence in shaping your life. My mother was no different- she had a tremendous amount of wisdom while I was growing up: -I don’t care how tall you get, I will climb up in that chair and get you! (She is much shorter than me because I shot up past her at […]

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On the Outside of the Circle

She sat across the table from me. She didn’t say a word. We were a bunch of women who  attended a workshop together, so the hotel restaurant seated us at one table. Some ladies knew each other and chatted away about this and that. Most of us were strangers. I knew a couple of ladies on my left and spoke to them occasionally, but mostly, I watched the others around […]

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Silver and Gold

**One of the biggest blessings I receive from WoW gatherings is meeting and getting to know precious sisters in Christ! But not just me…watching all of you make friends and making new connections is such a joy to watch!! You are my Silver and Gold** “Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold.  A circle’s round it has no end, that’s how long I want to […]

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When God uses the small ones to do BIG things…..

Read with me Exodus 1:8-22. The Israelites had become slaves. They were growing in strength and number. Pharaoh felt threatened and insecure, so he devised a plan to try to limit their growth and strength. He gave orders to Shiphrah and Puah, 2 common midwives to kill any Hebrew male babies when they are born. But the women couldn’t do it- they let the boys live. Why couldn’t they do […]

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I Found My Cheerleader

I took the kids swimming so they could practice for the swim team. This summer will be our first attempt at an organized sport. I unconsciously (or maybe consciously) picked the swim team because I was on the swim team when I was a kid. Coincidently, my kiddos are starting at the same age as I did- the summer after 4th grade. While they were swimming, I cheered for them […]

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Heroes of the Faith: Daniel, part 2

There’s SO much great stuff in Daniel that I had to break this part of the study into 2 sections. You can read Part 1 here, then let’s pick up where we left off! Daniel’s suffering and persecution- In chapter 9, during the reign of the new king, Darius, we find Daniel, once again, praying. As he read the writings of Jeremiah and mourned over the condition of Jerusalem, the […]

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Heroes of the Faith: Ezekiel, Priest turned Prophet

Let’s continue our journey studying some Heroes of the Faith. As we examine the ministries of OT prophets, I find it fascinating how the circumstances of their personal experiences shaped their ministries, and in turn, how the conditions of their ministries impacted their lives on a personal level. We aren’t just learning about what messages they preached, but also how they ministered, and how it affected them personally which will […]

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