My Cat, Zeus
Devotions, Ministry, Pastoral Life, Preaching, Sermons & Sermon Notes

His Encouragement: The Cat’s Lament and the Beginning of Lent

No one laments louder or longer than my cat when he is hungry! During the season of Lent, we make time for lament. In our culture, we have grown uncomfortable with the signs of intense morning. But in Biblical times, especially during the time of the Old Testament, it was common for people to loudly lament their grief for the Lord to hear.

A baby wears a santa hat
Ministry, Pastoral Life, Preaching, Sermons & Sermon Notes, Women in Ministry

Devotion: Happy New Year- Babies Change Lives (His Encouragement)

Have you or a family member ever known the joy of a holding a newborn baby in your arms? Babies change our lives. One of my friends can vividly remember the day her son was born. “It was a long and painful process,” she said. “I had labor pains for three long, grueling days and the contractions were so brutal that I thought that I was going to die. I had never known such pain in all my life. But then, when they laid that my new son in my arms, my entire life changed. Up until that point, I had loved my son and anxiously awaited his arrival. But that moment, when I held him, I knew what true love was. Becoming a parent changes your life forever, and it has never been the same.”

Books, Disability & Accessibility, Diversity, Ministry, Pastoral Life

Want to Read Wednesday: Christianity and the Art of Wheelchair Maintenance by Stephen Faller

Introduction: What is "Want to Read Wednesday?" Hello, Friends! Welcome to my blog. Here at BeckieWrites.com I am starting a new meme for the year of 20210 entitled, "Want to Read," Wednesday. The focus of my author blog is to share with you not only information about my own writing, but to also share information… Continue reading Want to Read Wednesday: Christianity and the Art of Wheelchair Maintenance by Stephen Faller

donkeys eat hay from a manger
Ministry, Pastoral Life, Preaching, Sermons & Sermon Notes

Devotion: Merry Christmas! Are you hungry? Jesus is food for the world!

God made a cattle trough into a cradle for the Messiah who would feed the whole world. Only Jesus can satisfy our hunger. Only he can fill our insatiable longing. I think it is truly wonderful that, besides Joseph and Mary, the first people to see the baby Jesus who were working in the fields.  Jesus is the Good Shepherd, and we are all sheep. We are all special to Christ, and we all need the Good Shepherd to guide us home. Jesus is the greatest gift of all. Happy Birthday Jesus!

Disability & Accessibility, Diversity, Ministry, Pastoral Life, Writing

4 Easy Steps People with Disabilities Take to Improve Our Health

My marathon training has taught me that the most important part of reaching any goal is taking it one step at a time. We just need to keep putting one foot in front of the other. Even if your mobility is limited, we can all take small but significant  metaphorical steps to improving our own health. Remember- it’s not about winning. It’s how you run the race!

Books, Disability & Accessibility, Diversity, Ministry, Pastoral Life, Writing

My New Book is Now Available for Pre-Order: The UMC and Disability by Rev. Rebecca L. Holland

I am so happy to be able to  announce that my new book The United Methodist Church and Disability: Essays and Practical Ideas for Churches, Clergy, and People with Disabilities is now available for pre-order! The Kindle Version will be released November 25th and the large print paperback version will be released on (or very close to) that date.