Devotions, Ministry, Pastoral Life, Women in Ministry

Praise the Lord with the Ukulele! (His Encouragement)

If you love to make music, then go make music and sing songs to God. If you love to write, then write stories that praise God's Holy Name. If you are called to raise a family, then teach your children to Love the Lord. Whatever passion God has placed in your heart, I pray that you can find a constructive space and a joyous place to use it to bring honor to God's name and fill the world with love.

Devotions, Disability & Accessibility, Ministry, Pastoral Life, Women in Ministry

32 Reasons to Be Thankful (His Encouragement)

Scripture: So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.  (Colossians 2:6-7)   A Very Happy Birthday The current year has been a strange one, and yesterday brought us to  the… Continue reading 32 Reasons to Be Thankful (His Encouragement)

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

Devotion: Family Resemblance (His Encouragement)

When people look at me, they can see the face of my mother and my grandmother. The family resemblance is clear. In many ways, I am reflection of her.  I hope that I am also a reflection of my Heavenly Father. I pray that by the way I live my life and by the actions that I take, people will also be able to see the love of God reflected in me. 

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

What Glaucoma Has Given to Me…

What Glaucoma Has Given Me…

and what it has taken away.

It’s always exciting to have an article accepted for publication, and I’m so pleased that my latest article was included in CAPTIVATING! Magazine. It is my hope that this article will help to raise awareness about glaucoma and inspire others to chase their dreams. Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness and impacts 3 million Americans, but only half of the people with Glaucoma know they have it.

Click the following link to read the entire article on CAPTIVATING! Magazine: https://captivatingmagazine.com/2020/03/01/what-glaucoma-has-given-to-me/

CAPTIVATING!

and What It Has Taken Away

By Rev. Rebecca L. Holland

Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness and impacts 3 million Americans, but only half of the people with Glaucoma know they have it.

Introduction: The Power of Music

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It is a delight to play on the baby grand at the front of the church. My piano teacher sits on the front pew and attentively listens with her head cocked slightly to one side. Although I’m tired after a long day, I throw my entire heart into the music. The air around us fills with the strains of Beethoven’s Woo 59 in a minor, a melody popularly known as Für Elise.

I can’t drive because of my poor vision, but I happily paid the cost of an Uber to travel across town to the church where my teacher gives lessons. It’s worth the expense to bring music into my…

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Book Reviews, Books, Diversity, Ministry, Women in Ministry, Writing

Book Review: The #MeToo Reckoning by Ruth Everhart

Everhart offers hope to survivors as she declares that God is present with the violated and stands in solidarity with victims. Scriptural narratives like those of Tamar and Bathsheba carry powerful resonance in today's context, as do the accounts of Jesus' interactions with women.

Blogging, Books, Ministry, Women in Ministry

Want to Read Wednesday: The Pastor Wears a Skirt by Dorothy Nickel Friesen

Rev. Dorothy Nickel Friesen, an ordained Mennonite pastor, digs deep into the soul of a pastor with humor, pathos, and passion. Her memoir, a collection of short stories based on true events, visits the agony of bedside death, lost dreams, and angry parishioners who walk away from her leadership. She also shares the laugh-out-loud stories of weddings (a missing groom), rituals of deep meaning (with water from the Jordan River), and tension-filled advocacy for peace (on a military base).

Books, Diversity, Uncategorized, Women in Ministry

Want to Read Wednesday: The Black Madonna- A Womanist Look at Mary of Nazareth by Courtney Hall Lee

This book considers the relationship between African American women and Mary of Nazareth. After examining the history of black American motherhood during slavery and beyond, this book then gives an overview of the existing views of Mary in both the church and the academy.

Book Reviews, Books

Hagar: Rediscovering the God Who Sees Me by Shadia Hirchi (Book Review & Blog Tour)

About the Book Book: Hagar Author: Shadia Hrichi Genre: Religion / Bible Study Release Date: October 10, 2017 You are ”The God Who Sees Me.” Discover a close relationship with God–no matter the pain or suffering in your life. Witness the depths of God’s compassion through the eyes of Hagar, a runaway slave who meets… Continue reading Hagar: Rediscovering the God Who Sees Me by Shadia Hirchi (Book Review & Blog Tour)