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When the People Come Knockin’

Today, a very nice Jehovah’s Witness woman came knocking at my door, seeking to share a good word with me. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a religious person approach my home this way. But not too long ago, a nice young lady from a different country came up the steps, rang the bell, and […]

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War and Peace and Prayer

A woman in our church had died which provided us the perfect opportunity for first-hand training rather than simply talking about the theories and principles of funeral services.  My mentor, Rev. K, told me about funerals she had led in the past, debacles–perceived or otherwise–she had experienced, and of walking a fine line between mission […]

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Worshiping In the Gap

Whenever someone is down, or hurt, or lonely, or sad . . . as Christians we set ourselves to praying.  We put these people and their needs on the church prayer chain, make them our spoken requests before the congregation, and add them to our prayer lists, waiting to see when and how God will […]

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In the Presence of a Prophet

  I’ve had “prophetic” words spoken over/into my life–words of knowledge, Holy Spirit-directed, human-uttered, divine words of revelation–that were absolutely real and totally true.  I still remember the flood of emotions that swept over my spirit during those precious encounters.  And while I can pretty much count them on one hand for they have been few, […]

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Tension Requires Confession

I am undergoing a quasi identity crisis.  Some things I know to be true about myself and these things make me happy and content, but within my soul I am finding black holes that suck the light and life and give nothing back.  I’m functioning and still laugh from my gut, and yet I’m also […]

Word

Word (from your Father, as opposed to “to your mother”).  a dumb little joke Ever just want a WORD? Like . . . I don’t know . . . to the questions about what to do with your life. Or, you know you’re missing some detail that would make it all come together but you need […]

Joyful Prayers

Have you ever prayed for your “enemy” because you knew it was the right thing to do? Because it’s the biblical, christian thing to do? But the whole time you did it your heart was struggling to be loving, and you felt bad because no matter how you tried, the prayer was still selfish and […]

Is There a Happy Middle-Ground?

>I’m blogging because, for me, right now, it’s the happy middle-ground between escaping into my Netflix instant queue and being super proactive in researching church membership, statistics, options, scripture references, and the like. I don’t want to work that hard on something that might not end up mattering, but I don’t feel like escaping is […]

A Balancing Act

>As a mostly stay-at-home momma and a very part-time minister, it would seem like I have a lot of free time on my hands. And I kinda do. Kinda. As any stay-at-home parent knows, “free time” has to be filled with pretty mindless, easily interruptible, and quickly picked back up activities. You can’t get into […]

The Holy Spirit — A Merry Maid

> Merry Maids promise to come to your house and spiffy it up for you, maintaining a smile and a cheery disposition. Not unlike the Holy Spirit. Yesterday I imagined God as carrying a broom, a dustpan, and a cleaning caddy complete with a feather duster, rags, and an assortment of sprays and various other […]

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