Grace Community Church Women's Ministries
May
21
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Despite my propensity to look on the sunny side of life, I sometimes need a shot of hope; a reminder that one day my struggle to be all that God has called me to be will culminate in an eternity of deep and unending peace. No kidding. I totally identify…

May
8
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I am not a huge fan of Mother’s Day. Let me rephrase that. I actually love the concept of a day set aside to honor the hard and wonderful nurturing work that women do, but here in the U.S. we've gone far afield of what was originally intended by those…

Apr
8
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There's nothing like being smack-dab in the middle of a drought to make you appreciate the blessings of abundant water, right? Yep, the water situation here in California is serious. Our reservoirs are dry and our groundwater supply is compromised. Things don't look good. But..as bad as things look in…

Mar
16
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Complaints of any kind were vigorously discouraged in the home where I grew up. Notable exceptions were made for the adults in the family because they were the boss of us kids and could grumble about anything they well pleased. As for my sisters, my brother, and me, we were…

Mar
9
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Did you know that March 8 was International Women’s Day? It’s kind of a big deal. First observed in New York in 1909, International Women’s Day was established to inform and mobilize people everywhere to do their part to improve conditions for women; those living close to home and abroad.…

Feb
24
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Last Sunday, I inhaled the powerful words of worship that we sang together; God’s children with one voice singing "Hallelujah, Holy God". The lyrics took me back to a morning not so long ago when I stood with my husband in the hallway of a skilled nursing facility where my…

Feb
17
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When I am weary from hard tasks and deep thoughts and heavy responsibilities, I try to escape to an outside space. Breathing crisp clean air reminds me what a Great Big God we serve and how much He must love us to have created such a beautiful home for us.…

Feb
9
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Well, we’re less than one week into the launch of our new blog site for Women’s Ministries at Grace and I’ve already offended. I have used words to wound rather than lift. Exactly what I said I would not do. In the very first post, I thoughtlessly (and please believe…

Feb
6
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I recently heard about a 5-year old boy in the U.K. who failed to attend a party hosted by a school friend at a local ski park. A few days after the party, he brought home an invoice for roughly $25 from the hosting family who felt it appropriate to…

Feb
4
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Myquillyn Smith’s The Nesting Place, is a book whose back-cover begins with the phrase “Perfection is overrated.” She’s my kind of decorator. On her blog site called Nesting Place, Myquillyn has been encouraging women to get real with their homes for more than five years. The Nesting Place is a…

Feb
2
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A couple of years ago, I read a letter written by Christian blogger Sarah Bessey titled In which I write a letter to Women’s Ministry . Demonstrating a fair amount of chutzpah and little restraint, Bessey delivers a scathing critique of the traditional women’s ministry model that so many of…

Feb
1
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We see them every day. Homeless men and women weighed down by over-stuffed backpacks, pushing shopping carts liberated from local grocery stores or baby strollers jerry-rigged to hold the sum total of their belongings. They spend their days getting together enough money to eat and wandering the streets and shopping…