Women of the Way

Becoming Passionate, Devoted Followers of Christ

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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’ […]

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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 […]

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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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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Walk in Your Priestly Ministry

We’ve been talking for the past few weeks about “Making the Most of Your Day” and “How to Make it Through the Day” which discusses our attitudes and motivations in every day life. Then, we talked about how your ministry is equal to anyone else’s ministry from God’s perspective. No matter how big and influential or how specific and unique your ministry is, it’s all equal in importance from God’s […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Out of Intense Suffering, He’s Making 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 and incredible pressure create the conditions which form the rarest and most beautiful gemstones on earth. It was the same way as with our Heroes of the Faith from the 20th Century: Corrie ten Boom, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Richard Wurmbrand.   […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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: 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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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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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: 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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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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Christ Be Magnified in Me

When nature displays its beauty, Christ is magnified. When creatures call out their native praise, Christ is magnified. When humans live out at their intended creativity, Christ is magnified. When a seed dies and brings greater fruitfulness, Christ is magnified. When my pride and selfishness are placed on the altar of my life, Christ is magnified. When I serve my neighbor even if it’s not best suited for me, Christ […]

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