Women of the Way

Becoming Passionate, Devoted Followers of Christ

3 Kingdom Principles to Live by During a Pandemic….or Anytime Really.

How do you respond when tragedy strikes? How do you live when the routines of life have been turned on its head? The way we respond during times of hardship really exposes the cracks in our foundation, does it not? Conditions around us have all been shaken…..home life, worship, education, jobs, shopping, the basics of everyday life….it’s ALL been affected by this world wide shut down. All the world’s sickness […]

Continue Reading →

3 Ways Persecuted Christians Shine with Exquisite Faith

As we continue to bring awareness to persecuted Christians all over the world this month, we can look back to 3 Christians in history and what God did through them during their suffering. Out of Intense Suffering, God is Creating Diamonds Deep within the earth something magnificent happens. Far below the surface where there is no light and hardly any air, common rock becomes transformed into something exquisite….diamonds. Intense heat […]

Continue Reading →

Remembering Believers Suffering*REAL*Persecution

When Nothing Good Spills Out 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 […]

Continue Reading →

WoW Voices: Unity in a Christ-based Inter-Denominational Ministry by Amanda Curtis

As Women of the Way, we seek Unity in the Body as we focus on Who unites us rather than What divides us. We are One Body with many parts. We are One Church with many voices. Join me in welcoming missionary, Amanda Curtis, director of the Crossroads Pregnancy Center, as she shares her voice on Unity. Unity in a Christ-based Inter-Denominational Ministry I’ve been asked what it’s like to […]

Continue Reading →

My Coat of Many Colors

I have a coat of many colors. Not a Joseph kind of coat, but more like a Dolly Parton-patch-work-quilt kind of coat. This coat has been stitched together through many years of experience adding patch by patch of various styles, patterns, and textures. I didn’t make my coat of many colors……it made me. Through years and years, as each patch has been added, it formed me and shaped me and […]

Continue Reading →

Walking in Your Priestly Ministry Even If It Feels Small

Do you feel your ministry is too small? No matter how big and influential or how specific and unique your ministry is, it’s all equal in importance from God’s perspective. There’s this idea that developed during the Reformation called “the priesthood of the believer” which declared that all believers are considered as priests. In 1 Peter chapter 2 it states: Verse 5: And you are living stones that God is […]

Continue Reading →

A Modern Psalm

We all need a little pick-me-up, right? We all need a little something that’s going to charge us up and get us going each day, right? Sometimes, we need to shake things up a bit in our routines to get us focused back on center. A re-calibration. A reboot. Join me in a WoW Challenge: A Month of Psalms! During the month of October, I challenge you to read 5 […]

Continue Reading →

WoW Voices: Unity on University Campus by Elizabeth Chaplin

As Women of the Way, we seek Unity in the Body as we focus on Who unites us rather than What divides us. We are One Body with many parts. We are One Church with many voices. Join me in welcoming missionary, Elizabeth Chaplin, as she shares her voice on Unity. Seizing the Opportunity to be The Church Each February, over 22,000 university students flock to the beautiful city of […]

Continue Reading →

Getting Better at Ministry Planning

Guess what y’all?? I’m going to be sharing about how to plan a whole year of ministry at this online event- check it out here! Want a sneak peak of my session? Check out my latest post with the Creative Little Church and learn how to go from ‘flying by the seat of our pants’ to ‘ahead of the game’ in one day for your church or ministry! Imagine it’s […]

Continue Reading →

How Football can teach you about Ministry

Show of hands…….Who else loves football season?? I’m not a huge sports fan, but I do love football.  The excitement, the intensity, the cool weather, the band….the win!!! I love it! I grew up with a dad who particularly loved (and still does) a certain Crimson team with a rich history of tradition and winning. I remember waiting in the kitchen with my pom poms, and when there was a […]

Continue Reading →

Being Righteous over Being Right

Being Righteous Over Being Right

We are living in volatile times. An understatement for sure. Everyone has an opinion, a perspective, a point of view. We stake a claim on a particular belief, stab our flag into position, and stand our ground. We’re not budging. When I read various posts on social media regarding politics, culture or spiritual stuff, and I disagree with them, I get so mad and frustrated. I want to tell them […]

Continue Reading →

Encouraging Other Churches to Host an Interdenominational Series

We’ve been doing this Women of the Way thing for several years now. The encouragement, that relationships, and the Unity are amazing! It’s high time we inspire others to host their own events! Wouldn’t that be awesome? Here’s a simple ‘how-to’ plan that I shared over at the Creative Little Church. Have you ever considered the wild possibility of what could happen when women from different churches and denominations gather […]

Continue Reading →

Think You’re Too Busy for Sabbath Rest? Think Again.

I’m so excited to be contributing to the Creative Little Church. Read About the CLC here! Here’s my first post on Sabbath Rest. 3 Things I Gained from Stopping for Sabbath Rest by Amy Satterfield Around 2013, we left the church we were attending. It was messy and painful. You know what I mean. In my pain, I saw a book that jumped out at me Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, by Peter Scazerro. […]

Continue Reading →

Seek Christ

So many people are living in difficult and painful situations. So much unrest and upheaval in such a short period of time. So many changes and so much weirdness. There are so many voices and so many opinions out there right now, I don’t want to add to the clutter or the noise. I”ve been quietly seeking the Lord for what to say. How to encourage. The answer was there […]

Continue Reading →

Who Unites Us, not What Divides Us

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! Psalm 133:1 Easier said than done, right? There’s plenty going on in the world right now to keep us from Unity. Differences and dividing lines seem so much wider than ever before. It’s always been there, but, we’re feeling it deeper than ever before. Lines drawn in the sand feel more like fences keeping us […]

Continue Reading →

The Gift of Forgiveness

I’ve been given a great gift! A friend of mine gave me this gift, and I didn’t even know it until recently. My friend gave me the gift of forgiveness when I had been hurtful to him many years ago. This forgiveness has been so thoroughly given, he didn’t even need to talk about when he first started back to church. But then, change happens. While changes are often never […]

Continue Reading →

Stop Trying to ‘Let it Go’

I wonder if Moses had a hard time letting it go. As he stood on Mount Nebo on top of Pisgah Peak (Deuteronomy 34:1), Moses saw the land God promised to the people of Israel. He saw the land, but he could not enter it. After leading the Hebrews of out Egypt in a great and mighty Exodus, and after leading the people through the desert for 40 years, Moses’ […]

Continue Reading →

Keeping Your Silver and Gold

As we get back to worship gatherings, family functions, and community events, we’re so excited to get together with our favorite people! Who’s the first person you’re going to meet up with? In this time of separation, we’ve really felt how much we need our people! “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 […]

Continue Reading →

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 […]

Continue Reading →

Encouragement- Be a Cheerleader!

Summer break is getting start early! WhooHoo!! Now, if the weather and COVID-19 will only cooperate, the kids and I can get going on our favorite summer activity….SWIMMING! We swim for fun every summer, but a few years ago, we tried 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, […]

Continue Reading →

Fighting the Spread of Discouragement

Discouragement spreads like a virus, and we need to flatten the curve! I don’t know about you….but, it’s easy to get infected! Being at home has been really good for my family and me. It’s been like a sabbatical- rest, retrospection, and being reset. (I know it hasn’t been for everyone- I wish it could be!) Even though I am enjoying this extra long staycation, there have been times I’ve […]

Continue Reading →

Learning Not to Take Life for Granted

It all started happening like a series of dominoes falling one right after another. School let out which is my job. Sporting events, concerts, movies, and entertainment closed. Then, businesses of all kinds shut down- restaurants, salons, clothing stores. One right after another…the dominoes just kept falling. Right along with it, fell church gatherings and worship services. Then, family gatherings were even affected. Family dinners, birthday parties, seeing loved ones…all […]

Continue Reading →

Discovering What’s Really Essential as Followers of Christ.

There’s been a lot of talk recently on what is essential. Which workers are essential. Which grocery items are essential. Which events are essential. Church services have been considered non essential to reduce the number of large groups from gathering. From the outside looking in, there is much debate whether this is the case or not. Personally, I believe church services and meeting together as a community is absolutely essential, […]

Continue Reading →

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

Lazy summer days are the best!

If you are like me, the journey to Easter has been a strange one. What started out as life as usual for Lent back in February got turned upside down by this weird virus. Life as we know it stopped. Even still, continuing with the practices of contemplation and reflection during Lent, Holy Week with the honor and suffering of our Messiah, Passover, and Good Friday has helped me celebrate […]

Continue Reading →

We Belong to Each Other

I’ve written recently on Why We Need to be More Interdenominational. As we’re basking in the glow of another awesome Women of the Way series, now more than ever, I’m convinced we must be more about building the Kingdom of God than our own denominations. In light of all the social distancing and church service cancellations, we can’t just focus on our local congregation. We must be mindful of those […]

Continue Reading →

Remain in My Love

No matter where you come from or what kind of raisin’ you’ve had or what kind of life you’ve lived. …No matter if you’re in a season of lean or a season of plenty. No matter if you’ve really messed it up big or done everything “right”…No matter your color, size or zip code.. We are ALL looking for the same thing: Love Even though we are all looking for […]

Continue Reading →

Fulfill Your Calling: One God and Father of All

We’ve been talking about whether your ministry can be sacred or secular. We’ve also been talking about how your ministry is equal from God’s perspective to any other ministry. Now, let’s figure out what is God’s purpose in all this. From before the beginning of time, it was God’s pleasure to invite you into relationship with him. He was also greatly pleased to give you gifts and equip you to […]

Continue Reading →

Fulfill Your Calling: All Ministry is Equal

The human body is amazing! Every part of your body serves an important purpose and  function. No matter if it is seen or unseen, it does the work it was made to do. Your ministry in the Body of Christ is no different. Whatever you’ve been equipped to do has a purpose and a function. No matter how seemingly insignificant, small or unseen,  you were made to do this work […]

Continue Reading →

Fulfill Your Calling: Sacred or Secular

Imagine you are in church 500 years ago. The clergy were the only ones who could read and understand the Bible. The clergy were the only ones that received the full communion of bread and wine. The ordained ministers made decisions about people’s spiritual lives as well as lots of other decisions in public life. Being an ordained minister during that time meant the clergy had a very special and […]

Continue Reading →

Best of 2019: Heroes, Thorns and Unity

Can you believe we’ve come to the end of 2019? Wow!! Even more so…..can you believe we’ve come to the end of the decade??? Crazy!!!! Looking back over the year, it’s great to reflect over what we’ve done and where God has brought us. Another way to do that is to look at the posts that have resonated with you through the year. I’ve never done this before so I […]

Continue Reading →

Advent: Love’s Greatest Story

Romantic movies try to create it. Love songs try to sing about it. Fairy tales try to capture it. A longing lies in each of us for a Great Love Story. We are drawn to such art, media, and entertainment because they touch in us this deep desire for love. Our hearts, and yes even our spirits, long for romance, adventure, and passion. We experience these thin attempts at love […]

Continue Reading →

Advent: Unexpected Joy

During this penitential season of Advent, we look inward and examine ourselves to prepare for the coming of Christ. In clearing away the inward clutter, we focus on the essentials of faith…..hope….peace….and so on. By stripping away the excess, the busyness, and the noise of the season, we might be tempted to think we are missing out on all the excitement. However, when we stop and take time to quiet […]

Continue Reading →

Advent: Repentance leads to Hope

Thanksgiving and gratitude give way to Advent, a time to reflect on the first coming of Christ and to prepare for the second coming of Christ. Since this purple, penitential season is a time to examine one’s self, repentance is the place to start. I sometimes get caught up in what I need, what I don’t have, or what I want. Being thankful helps me to remember how blessed I am. It refocuses […]

Continue Reading →

Thanksgiving: Blessings

The holidays have begun! Whether I’m ready or not to be bombarded with commercials, decorations, music, and sales, it’s here. And, it seems it’s here earlier than ever. Don’t get me wrong….I love Christmas, and I really am looking forward to the season. Each year the activities and traditions we are building with our family are so wonderful and dear. But, I have a serious pet peeve. I can’t stand […]

Continue Reading →

How are You going to Make it through the Day?

These 14 hour days are exhausting. I’m sure you know the drill…..work, meetings, appointments, supper, laundry, and dishes. There are all the things you have to do and all the things you should do. Is there any time for the things you want to do? How are you going to make it through the day? I don’t mean if you make it through the day because experience tells me you […]

Continue Reading →

Make the Most of THIS Day

It’s been one of those incredibly busy seasons. For about 9 weeks, we had something to do or somewhere to go almost every night of the week. Long 14 hour days were the norm and the weekends were almost as busy. Some of it I was very excited about and some of it I pushed through. One week, I was counting the days until I could get away for a […]

Continue Reading →

Point Them to Jesus

I can be so guilty of this……. In my passion and zeal to be the hands and feet of Jesus, I can be so motivated to help someone that I give them what I think they need. I sincerely want to  love and serve people, but I attempt to give them my wisdom or share from my experience because….after all….it will help them. I can be so quick to think of and […]

Continue Reading →

Single But Not Alone

It can be tough for people who are single. Anybody wanna say, “Amen”? The typical church congregation and its ministries are generally built around married families with children. This structure is great until that doesn’t fit you. Then, if a church does have a singles ministry, it can still be an awkward place of ministry. Where do singles fit in? Through our studies of the Great Heroes of the Faith, […]

Continue Reading →

Heroes of the Faith in the 20th Century- a Great Cloud of Witnesses

The Old Testament Heroes of the Faith were so inspiring to me. I started out studying them to find out what they had in common with each other only to discover how much I had in common with them myself! Through the ministries of Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel, God exhibited his faithfulness not only to the Jewish people but also to the prophets themselves. These dedicated men were bright lights […]

Continue Reading →

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 […]

Continue Reading →

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 […]

Continue Reading →