It’s that time of year again where we get to Jingle Bell Rock our way through the stores and wrap gifts through the Silent Night. Wait…shhhhh…Hark! The herald children screams as they run through the… More
Welcome guest writer & author: Isabella Morganthal!
I have a confession to make.
Are you ready?
I am a little bit of a perfectionist.
And my second confession?
I am not perfect. In any way. At all. Ever.
So why then do I waste so much of my time and energy on being “perfect” when it’s obviously something that I can’t attain? Why do I constantly hide behind a facade of perfectionism so that no one can ever really see the dark, totally imperfect parts of my life? Why do you carry your mask of perfectionism around with you?
Because, please, I can’t really be the only one.
I can’t really be the only one who would rather Instagram see my “spiritual” moments of coffee cup in hand and Bible on my lap than the not-so-spiritual moments when my hair is a mess and I’ve yelled at that certain family member more than once already and it’s only 9am.
Maybe all of this is because sometimes…sometimes I can believe the stereotype that Christians are supposed to be perfect.
Continue reading “Do I have to be a Perfect Christian?”
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” John 1:5
In the fall of 2015, TT Williford, Diane Haupt, Deb Cool and I planned a weekend retreat for our church. As happens in many churches, changes came that rocked our world. Many dear friends felt it was time for them to move on to find new church homes. But this retreat was already planned for May – right in the midst of some if the biggest changes.
Well, you know that ladies love to get together and regardless of whether we saw each other every Sunday morning or not, everyone still came to the retreat.
When the weekend was over, TT, Diane, Deb and I, said how wonderful it was to see everyone come together and love on each other – no matter what church they attended or even if they didn’t attend church at all.
From this moment, The Connection was born. Continue reading “Shining a light”
Let’s welcome guest writer Laura Acuna!
If you have walked with the Lord for any length of time, you know this very well: Life, both personally and in ministry, is ever changing. We must get used to it as best as we can, otherwise, we will spend precious time fighting against the movement of God in our lives.
Time really is so precious. The longer I live, the more vividly I realize how short our days are on earth. He placed us here for this generation and in our current location to advance the Good News, using our unique gifts and experiences. I feel an urgency to keep listening, keep learning and to keep myself within His will.
The first book in my stack for summer reading is Ruth Haley Barton’s, Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership. I’m allowing myself only one chapter a day, to really take it in.
Where has Ruth been all my life? I feel like she is speaking my language, but in a much more eloquent way. If not careful, I’m going to highlight the whole book! I love this quote on understanding our calling: Continue reading “When Your Story Intersects With God’s Call”
I was just a mom, a daycare director, and a youth minister. If you asked me about myself, I would tell you about those things. I woke up to take care of others and went to sleep to be ready for the next day.
Yet I felt like I wasn’t enough.
I thought this is what made me worth something.
As time went on, I began to lose sense of the things I liked because serving became not only my passion. It was my identity.
I decided to quit working in the daycare I was working in because I wanted to open one myself. But, God had different plans than what I thought and that didn’t happen. His plan for me was to rest.
I struggle with being married every day. Most days I can smile my way through. Many days, I find myself filled with anxiety.
I know God loves me.
I know God isn’t mad at me.
But, what about the person who lies beside me at night?
God is for us! Not against us!
After all, we were created in His image. He created a man, then a woman, and placed them in paradise. He wanted nothing but the best for them.
Then…the original sin…the one that sent the world spinning out into the flesh…she had to eat the apple.
She? Wasn’t it THEY had to eat the apple?
That reminds me of my kids. They love to blame each other.
Let’s welcome guest writer: Christa Hutchins. She shows you how to have a prayer for your plan in this incredible blog.
To plan or not to plan? That is the question we struggle with as Christians.
The same Bible that says “A wise man thinks ahead” also says “Live one day at a time.” No wonder we are sometimes confused. Which are we supposed to do?
The simple answer is “Both.”
James gives us a little bit of direction:
Look here, you people who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we are going to such and such a town, stay there a year, and open up a profitable business.’ How do you know what is going to happen tomorrow? For the length of your lives is as uncertain as the morning fog—now you see it; soon it is gone. What you ought to say is, ‘If the Lord wants us to, we shall live and do this or that.’ Otherwise you will be bragging about your own plans, and such self-confidence never pleases God.” James 4:13-16 (TLB)
Check out the rest of Christa’s blog: Here
Christa Hutchins has a degree in Chemical Engineering, she has worked for a global engineering and construction contractor for over 25 years, leading teams on large and small projects, in multiple locations, on several continents.
Christa volunteers for Proverbs 31 Ministries Online Bible Studies. She serves on the Executive Team for Online Bible Studies as the Coordinator of Reality.
She resides in South Louisiana and is CEO of “Do A New Thing” whose purpose is to help you in moving your God-dream from vision to action. Check it out: http://www.doanewthing.com
Several months ago I was asked to write a post about this subject after someone saw a FB post I wrote. This is what I wrote…
Choosing Joy for me has to be an intentional effort. For some reason it is a real struggle for me despite having a wonderful husband and kids, and family, and most of all a God who loves me. It is so easy to give in to the voices in my head that tell me I am not enough and give in to comparison and question the intentions of those around me. My heart aches despite the good in my life and those questions stifle my joy. So, this year I am doing my best to give it all to God and not care even if the “voices” are right and CHOOSE JOY. So, I believe this song will be on repeat for a while, because if nothing else it makes me smile and makes me want to dance.
The song I shared is “Joy” by the group For King and Country.
Welcome guest writer, Carol Cool!
I told a coworker on Friday I was weary. Not just tired, weary, stripped bare. And then a dear friend went from perfectly fine on Friday night to emergency surgery Saturday night, so we spent 6 hours that evening in hospital waiting rooms with his wife and kids. By the time church was over on Sunday, the weariness was physical, mental, and spiritual. I felt dried out, wrung out.
But I only had 2,500 steps in. I shoot for 10,000.
To read the rest of this amazing article, click HERE!
Carol Cool lives in Lancaster County. She’s a pastor’s wife, a mom and grandmother. She has authored 100+ articles for a variety of national and international magazines. She is a copywriter and author of the book, “Finding Balance in the Circus of Life”. Carol will be the guest speaker at our Day Retreat on September 21, 2019.
We are excited to have Katie Seilhamer as a guest writer this week.
I’m always encouraging ladies to join local women’s ministry projects in their communities. Being part of something bigger than yourself, building new friendships, and growing in Christ are all essential tools for Christian women.
Here’s what I recommend you look for in a Women’s Ministry:
Check out Katie’s top 4 tips HERE…
Katie Seilhamer is a busy wife and mom of four young children. Her mission is to help other women find who God designed them to be, and teach them to be intentional about it. She is the author of the Finding Her book series which is available on Amazon. Visit Katie’s website to learn more: http://www.finding-her.com