An image shows a lion and the bible verse, "Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love endures forever."
Devotions, Disability & Accessibility, Diversity, Ministry, Pastoral Life, Preaching, Women in Ministry

Road Trip: Are we there yet? Even when we complain, God is good! (His Encouragement #29)

This post is part of the weekly series, "His Encouragement: Thursday Thoughts to Strengthen Your Soul."  Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, His love endures forever  -Psalm 106.1   Sometimes it is tempting to complain... This Saturday, Jeff and I will be taking a road trip to Ohio in order to attend a… Continue reading Road Trip: Are we there yet? Even when we complain, God is good! (His Encouragement #29)

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Book Reviews, Books, Disability & Accessibility, Diversity, Ministry, Pastoral Life, Women in Ministry

Book Review: Speaking Out: Gifts of Ministering Undeterred by Disabilities by the United Methodist Association of Ministers with Disabilities

Speaking Out: Gifts of Ministering Undeterred by Disabilities is a book that is full of both heartbreak and hope. This book is compilation of personal testimonies from people serving in ministry, all of whom are living with some type of disability.

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

3 Career Lessons I Wish I Had Known Sooner as a Visually Impaired Woman

3 Career Lessons I Wish I Had Known Sooner As a Visually Impaired Woman By: Rev. Rebecca L. Holland, B.S. English Ed. &  M.Div. (Originally published in the March edition of CAPTIVATING! Magazine) Several weeks ago, I was sitting in my office when I received an e-mail. It read simply:  “I would like to ask you a… Continue reading 3 Career Lessons I Wish I Had Known Sooner as a Visually Impaired Woman

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The Best Sermon Illustration I’ve Heard in Ages: Kick the (Metaphorical) Rooster!

Friends - The power behind us is indeed greater than any challenge that is set before us! My prayer for us this week is that we may all go forth and kick the metaphorical rooster!

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Devotions, Pastoral Life, Preaching, Sermons & Sermon Notes, Women in Ministry

Devotion: Heaven Is Full of Puppies (His Encouragement #23)

Our Great Creator is the God who created all things good. God will continue to care for all of creation by making provision for the plants and the animals when Christ comes again.  I take a great comfort in the words that describe the beauty of God’s Holy City where we will at last be in full communion with our loving Creator.

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

Gender, Race, and Disability: The Aspects of Inclusion We Frequently Forget in Church

An intersectional approach means that we realize that every person is unique and that no two people are the same. As such, we recognize every single person will have a unique experience of life. As the United Methodist Church considers its future, in order to be truly inclusive, we must also consider the needs of women, people of color, and people with disabilities. I urge the UMC to take an intersectional approach to ministry.

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

7 Relationship Tips for Couples with Disabilities & Inter-abled Couples

Here are 7 relationship tips that are important for all couples, but especially for couples with disabilities or inter-abled couples. It’s no secret that dating is hard or that relationships can be both incredibly challenging and rewarding. This can be especially true if one or both members of the relationship has a disability. Trust me- I know