Faith Women's Leadership

Leadership for Women Defined

The definition of leadership is not nearly as complex as one would think.  In fact, according to leadership expert John Maxwell, it simply means “influence.”  A concept garnered from J. Oswald Sanders’ book “Spiritual Leadership.”  If you haven’t read this classic, I highly recommend it.  According to Charles “Chuck” Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship, it’s the best book on Christian leadership out there. Leadership is Influence As believers we are…

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Journal Writing

Memories of Coffee with Mom

I attribute my coffee habit to my parents.  Growing up I can remember dad drinking instant coffee each morning before driving to the Air Force Base.  I’m sure it’s the reason I became a coffee snob.  For me, Sanka was not an option!  With mom, however, it became a way of life. My mother was quite the social butterfly (I take after my father).  She could easily strike up a…

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Faith Women's Leadership

Never Give Up On Your Dreams!

“… I will not leave you nor forsake you.” Joshua 1:5c As I read the words above during my devotional time this morning I heard the words “never give up on your dreams“ in my heart.  It was a much-needed word of encouragement. I’d given up my passion for leadership and all things ministry. This resulted in my God-given dream falling by the wayside. Joshua had taken the reins of…

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Self-Care

Follow up – Self Care Day

After the previous post, I decided that I needed some time to focus on some much needed self care. It’s an area that’s been lacking lately and there’s no time like the present.  Emphasizing both physical and emotional well-being my first step was to begin tackling my health. After years of having to face grief my health has taken a toll. The loss of my brother and mother over the…

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Therapeutic Writing

The Pain Associated with Writing

A writing session on the next chapter of my book draft resulted in three weeks of lower back pain.  After days of avoiding the writing topic at hand, I finally dove into addressing church life for the unmarried minister over forty.  Knowing it would be a painful topic I prayerfully began writing nonstop. By days end I could hardly move. My back tightened from the emotions I finally had the…

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Digital Journal

Day One Entry: Mar 29, 2019

How often have we become so familiar with a passage that it becomes of little affect?  Seeing it so often that it blends in with the painting on the wall or another object on a shelf.  For me it was Jeremiah 29:11. The New American Standard Bible says, “for I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give…

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General

Repost: A lost girl’s diary

Originally posted on CBS.com Alexandra Valoras would look so familiar to so many parents – the sweet little girl singing and dancing her way through her teen years, recognized for achieving outside the home, and thoroughly cherished inside it. “Alexandra, she was such a happy girl, so motivated and so just full of life,” said her mother, Alysia. Just weeks after a family ski vacation, this 17-year-old high school junior,…

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Digital Journal

Day One Entry: Mar 11, 2019

I find myself not wanting to do anything this morning. No journal writing or devotional time. I’d like to say that I don’t know what’s going on with me but that’s not true. I just don’t want to see it in writing. Some things in life are just too painful to share and contrary to popular belief time does NOT heal all wounds. What do you do when you’ve lost…

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Journal Prompt

Close your eyes. Write about what you see

When I close my eyes, I see the life I aspire to live.  One filled with joy and challenges.  Opportunities which include a path to authorship, ministering full time and yes finding love. My dreams of becoming an author began when I first began keeping a journal nearly twenty-five years ago.  Within those pages I would describe how I aspired to be transparent like Maya Angelou in her writings. Through…

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Digital Journal

Day One Entry: Feb 25, 2019

It’s transition time. Especially where my blog and social media platforms are concerned. I found myself over the weekend completely exhausted at the thought of creating pins and content for the upcoming week. My normal routine is to create a week’s worth of content in one batch and post it on Sundays on Pinterest. I do it throughout the day for Instagram.Doing this has enabled me to learn a routine…

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