Invitation To A Feast: Bible Studies That Study the Bible

Recently, a handful of women from my church joined me in reading and discussing Lysa TerKeurst’s book “The Best Yes”. Though our numbers dwindled over the six weeks we met, those of us who remained at the end agreed that our time together had been well-spent. TerKeurst is a New York Times best-selling author and president …

Gather Your Team and Make a ‘Family’

“Thank you for being on my team.” Words from my friend bear witness to this friendship we’re nurturing, to the time we’ve spent catching up over tea, in prayer, studying God’s word. The times we’ve carried one another’s burdens, rejoiced over each other’s victories. “Gather your team” we’d heard the speaker say. This wise woman at the podium, in the evening of her life, had given a diverse group of women …

How To Cure An Itchy Trigger Finger

Just 140 characters and two minutes. That’s all it takes to spout an opinion or start a movement. In a flurry of emotional rhetoric, we have the freedom to proclaim to the world (or whoever’s watching) a point of view we may later realize was uninformed, or just plain over the top. But we do it anyway. In my …

Graceful or Gullible? and A Summer with “So Many Books”

“I’ll walk you to the door, Miss.” I didn’t know whether to thank my AT&T salesman or laugh in his face. So I did a little of both. “I haven’t been called ‘miss’ for about 40 years,” I said with a girlish giggle. “But thank you.” “I wouldn’t have known. Honest, I wouldn’t!” he called …

Saints Among Us: Living Out Her Faith

I am honored to welcome a dear friend, Brenda Yoder of Beyond the Picket Fence Ministries, as she shares her tribute to her mother-in-law for the series Saints Among Us. Enjoy her reflections here and visit her blog, Life Beyond the Picket Fence at brendayoder.com. When I think of a saint that’s among us, one …

Saints Among Us: Of Grandmothers, Nuns and Pea Soup

Joining us here for today’s reflection is my friend, Shanda Blue Easterday. Shanda is a professor of composition and British literature and is a poet. Her latest work, “The Beekeeper’s Wife”, is available on Amazon. Because I grew up in a dysfunctional family with alcoholic parents, I looked elsewhere for role models. Luckily, my maternal …