Learning from Heroines of the Faith: When You are Called Beyond Your Comfort Zone

Guest post by Michelle DeRusha It was Day One. I sat at my desk, a typed list of 50 women at my side, my laptop open in front of me. I was ready, poised to embark on an eight-month research and writing project for a book about women in Christian history. I glanced at the first […]

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Walking with the Hurting Woman

The wind whispers light across the windshield; my thoughts wander to the expansive fields outside my window. Beautiful country estates line the quiet highway, handsome horses grazing content on fine blades of Kentucky bluegrass. The scene arrests my heart, settles my mind into this quietly comfortable place. She drives me to a lake in eastern […]

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When Your Small Group Isn’t Going Well

Our time together started out strong: these beautiful women who came enthusiastic for hope and eager for practical resources. We were a healthy mixture of mamas and nanas and career folks, all excited about gathering in community with women who “get us,” connecting as only women can. A few were making fairly quick changes in their […]

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How to Grow Old Without Feeling Old

April is my birthday month. It’s the big 5-0 for me this year. And it’s bigger than ever. A milestone, indeed. One I’d dreaded for years if I’m completely transparent, because well, that’s often when both time and memory start passing quicker, and when doctors start recommending some weird screening tests {think colonoscopy}.  And although […]

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The Beauty of Debris

Legs crossed Indian-style, palms facing upward and resting on each knee, I sat in the middle of my living room floor meditating. Not meditating as in yoga-meditating but rather a collapsing-in-the-floor-exhausted-with-too-much-on-my-mind posture. {Although, the palms landing upward may well have been some subliminal sign of the surrender that was to come.} Tears stroked the long […]

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