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Mary and Elizabeth: An Example for Us

It seems right to start my series for the #Write28Days with two women from the Bible. The first two chapters of Luke tells us about Mary and Elizabeth. They are wonderful examples for us in three ways. Both women knew the old testament scriptures and the prophecies. Even though it seemed like God was silent… Continue reading Mary and Elizabeth: An Example for Us

Personhood, Women’s Roles and Herbal Infusions

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Most evenings I spend some time reading. Here are a few of the books I am enjoying. A friend of mine loaned me the book, Love Thy Body, by Nancy Pearcey. Ms. Pearcey addresses many of the controversial issues in our culture.  She begins by discussing personhood. Some view human beings as simply biological organisms… Continue reading Personhood, Women’s Roles and Herbal Infusions

Mary, Did You Wonder?

In the past couple weeks I have been feeding, swaddling and cuddling an infant. And I have thought about Mary. The account in Luke tells about the angel’s appearance and promise “You shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God… Continue reading Mary, Did You Wonder?

Did Mary Have a Midwife?

As I sat down to write our annual Christmas letter I was reflecting on gospel accounts by Matthew and Luke. It is apparent that the people of Judea lived in fearful times under Roman rule. Injustice, corruption and violence were common. A young woman lived in Nazareth, north of Judea, during this turbulent time. My… Continue reading Did Mary Have a Midwife?

Who Is Listening for the Promise?

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One of the Christmas cards I received had a drawing of Mary and Elizabeth. According to the book of Luke, Elizabeth was the first to learn of Mary’s pregnancy after the angel had appeared to Mary. She believed God’s plan. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And… Continue reading Who Is Listening for the Promise?

Write for 28 Days: I am accepting the challenge

Anita Ojeda is sponsoring a #Write28Days challenge for bloggers. For each day in February (except Sundays) I plan to write a post for my blog, focusing on women and families. Women face many challenges, have many different roles. In this series I will look at family issues. This will include experiences that I have had… Continue reading Write for 28 Days: I am accepting the challenge

Thoughts on Motherhood

Motherhood is hard and self-sacrificing. As I look back I remember the fatigue, the laughter and tears, the hard questions and my shortcomings. The years have passed by quickly. Now I am a grandmother and I realize that God was refining me. I was blessed by the Lord’s guidance, the prayers that were answered. I… Continue reading Thoughts on Motherhood

Spiritual Mothering: Book Review

Spiritual Mothering by Susan Hunt was published in 1992. I have had it on my shelf for a while, but the time was right for me to read it now. I have enjoyed the examples of relationships provided in the book. The purpose of the book is to shine a light on relationships between women… Continue reading Spiritual Mothering: Book Review

Notable Women in the Bible

The last sentence in the book of Judges points to a time of disarray. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes. There was no accountability. At critical moments in Israel’s history, women’s faithful prayers and actions made an impact on the future. During the period of the judges, the story of a family was… Continue reading Notable Women in the Bible

Luke’s Orderly Account

Next week our women’s Bible study will begin a study of the gospel of Luke (meeting in my backyard). So I am reading and meditating on the first chapter as Luke relates the unfolding of God’s plan to send Jesus. The angel Gabriel visits Zechariah to announce that God has heard prayers for a son.… Continue reading Luke’s Orderly Account