Reflections from the Journey Retreat 2018

By: Mary Ellen Collins First, I want to tell everyone who prayed for the women and the leaders of the retreat – THANKS! Your prayers were powerful. Satan tried hard to creep in and sometimes triggered me, but your prayers held him at bay. Every one of the leaders and...

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Nail It Down

By: Christine Fishel Sometimes you get a good look in the mirror, and it’s not pretty. I’m not talking about the gray-hair, eyelids-drooping-over-my-lashes, not-another-chin-hair kind of look. I’m talking about getting a real good look at what is overflowing on the inside and now spilling to the outside. That happened...

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Finding Sabbath

By: Heather Wolper This has been a year of faith stretching, a year of wandering in the wilderness, a year of learning to trust God to provide enough manna each morning to sustain us until we lay down to sleep again. As the months have stretched on, my spirit has...

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Leadership Lessons From Nehemiah

By: Mary Ellen Collins I recently attended a silent retreat. Yes, I said silent. 6 hours of not conversing with anyone.  Well, no human. God only conversations. First question is how in the world can an extrovert keep silent for 6 hours? Well, I can, and I absolutely loved this...

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Remembering My Mother

By: Heather Wolper Every year as the blue expanse of May sky stretches out above my head and new life begins to overtake the chill of winter with a blanket of green, I think of my mother. Like the tender leaves that appear each Spring, she was soft and delicate...

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Here It Comes…Mother’s Day

By: Mary Ellen Collins GET READY… Here is comes again!  18 ways to get through Mother’s Day! Here it comes again, it washes over me and I am knocked down by the impact of the day and the feelings I have — Mother’s Day. That day where mother-daughter groups I see are smiling...

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Dear Strong Woman

By: Christine Fishel Dear Strong Woman, I see you. You ask questions, seek answers, and attempt to fix, even as you know it is all slipping through your fingers. There is no stopping the dwindling of a life called to its ending. I see you. You hold up those beside...

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I Can Only Imagine … A Father’s Love

By: Mary Ellen Collins Last Friday, I saw the movie, I Can Only Imagine. In case you haven’t seen it, go. Highly recommend it. It is a story of the lead singer of MercyMe, Bart Millard. Based on the incredible true-life story that inspired the beloved, chart-topping song, I Can...

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Impatience Is Pride? – 13 Points That Say It Is!

By: Mary Ellen Collins I recently heard an expert on biblical truths say that impatience is pride.  What?  No, I don’t believe that.  Really?  I know that God hates pride. But I have never heard that impatience is pride.  How can that be?   Think about it, what happens when you...

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Scraping Away The Rust

By: Heather Wolper This week I’ve felt the weight of disappointment tugging like a toddler eager for my attention, standing in my shadow, tugging on the hem of my skirt and loudly demanding a response. As my plans have unraveled, frustration has begun to rub against my heart like a...

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