Bessey calls us to be Spiritual Midwives, Patron Saints, and to allow barriers to be broken, but in a Kingdom way. Her book encourages women's ministries to grow beyond arts and crafts into a ministry that has "room for everyone. You have a great women's ministry when you have detoxed from the world's views and unattainable standards for women and begun to celebrate the everyday women of valor, sitting next to you, and when you encourage, affirm, and welcome the diversity of women - their lives, their voices, their experiences - to the community."
We must realize that God's will shines through everything if we are following Him. In John 16, Jesus is trying to explain to His disciples what is about to happen to Him. They ask a lot of questions, and Jesus tells them that they will be faced with trials and sorrows, and even people who will hurt them in God's name. But. There's a But!!! (Don't you love it when there is a but?!) "But, take heart, because I have overcome the world."
When I was an 8th grader, brand new in the youth group still, we had a Disciple Now weekend. A singer/guitarist named Josh Wilson was our worship leader for the weekend. Not only was Josh very personable, but he was insanely talented. That weekend was impactful for my spiritual life for many reasons, but one… Continue reading Dream Small
Scripture is such a great weapon to have on hand. At times of deepest struggles, knowing scripture to turn to that relates to my trial has proved to be a tool that helps me get through the struggle. Having scripture to turn to during workouts and races can prove helpful in providing motivation and distraction… Continue reading 8 Important Verses for Workouts
One of the reasons I hated running as a kid was the fact that I was almost always last. The shame of not just not winning, but being the final person to cross the line really got to my me. I don’t like to admit it, but I’m a fairly competitive person, and losing just wasn’t going to work for me. Quitting was much easier to do than lose, and I quit more things than I am proud of as a child because I wasn’t winning as much as I wanted to. So, this caused almost two decades of an unhealthy relationship with physical activity.
God is good, always. This goodness extends far beyond our satisfaction with the way life is going. While we must always strive to be joyful in the life God has given us, there are times when things don't go our way. Praising Him, in spite of our circumstances, is a privilege. Our relationship with God is more precious when we choose to worship Him when things aren't going right.
I never anticipated my running journey would have been as "successful" as it has been so far. Running a mile? Impossible at first. Running a 5k at one point seemed like the biggest mountain ever, a 10k the same, and then the idea of a Half Marathon was unachievable. Until I put the work in.
When I went to Junior High for the first time, I made a decision. I was going to carry my Bible with me every day. The school had a "no backpacks" rule, so you had to carry your binder and books out in the open, and girls were allowed a small purse. Everything you had… Continue reading The Word
Life can sometimes feel fresh and new. A new season, a marriage, a new job, a new child, a new pet; we celebrate change with parties, with song and with dancing. And cake. Can't forget about the cake. But, more often than new, life can feel endless and repeating, day after day the same thing.… Continue reading Finding Him in the Everyday