Ministry, Stewardship, Women in Ministry

Giving Thanks & Reverse Advent Calendars! (His Encouragement)

This post is part of the weekly series, "His Encouragement: Thursday Thoughts to Strengthen Your Soul."  Image: A woman holds a cup of tea and reads her Bible. Black text on a green background reads, "Weekly Devotion: His Encouragement- Words from Scripture to Strengthen Your Soul."   Bible Verse: For to us a child is born,     to… Continue reading Giving Thanks & Reverse Advent Calendars! (His Encouragement)

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Author Q&A, Book Reviews, Books

Guest Post: Southern Roots, Church Dinners, & Beautiful, Complicated Family by Author Rosey Lee

Beautiful, Complicated Family: Volume 1 and Beautiful, Complicated Family: Volume 2 explore the connections that can hold people together or tear them apart. The stories in this collection capture struggles that are common in today’s families—secrets, mother-daughter conflicts, coping with aging family members, and a more subtle question of what makes a family.

Book Reviews, Books, Poetry

Poetry Review: The Salty River Bleeds by Stephen Page

Page's writing is as gritty as the sandy prairie and he does not shy away from coarse language or difficult topics. Page has created something raw and gritty that is full of local flavor. The reader can feel the heat of the pounding sun and smell the scent of the farm animals. Life on the ranch is hard and oftentimes painful; as such, Page's writing will cause readers who would prefer to imagine an idealized version of the American West to be uncomfortable. His writing forces his readers to reckon with the harsh realities of life and how we treat the environment. 

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!