Grace Community Church Women's Ministries
Dec
8
I love the week between Christmas and New Year's. With all of the holiday craziness behind me, I can relax in my "clean enough for who it's for" house and pick up a good book. Seriously. The fridge is full of left-overs, the weather is too cold and (please, God)…

Sep
8
This morning being a holiday (thank you Federal Government), I lingered over my coffee and watched 30 minutes of a popular morning show. As I viewed a series of short segments on topics that the mainstream networks have deemed of particular interest to the viewing public, I vacillated between amusement…

Sep
7
WE LOVE HABITAT FOR HUMANITY!!! A few weeks ago, Grace women picked up hammers, ran power tools to help install  the siding on new homes for two Chico families. We worked with experienced Habitat for Humanity pros (who, by the way, had the patience of Job) as we worked out way…

Jul
9
I once saw my two-year old grandson laugh so hard during a game of peek-a-boo with his mom that his chubby little legs buckled. He looked like a drunken sailor, throwing his little head back, finally dropping to all fours as his legs gave out from under him. I am…

Jun
1
If memory serves, virtually all of the class clowns in my elementary school were boys. There are likely a few exceptions (I’m sure Tina Fey was hilarious as a child), but by-and-large, the boys were, and still are, the little scamps that risk life and limb to get a laugh…

May
21
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
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
25
I have two children, both now grown with children of their own, and while it’s been quite some time since I harbored a little bitty human being inside of me, I remember my pregnancies in vivid detail. Once it was confirmed that I was serving as an incubator for what…

Apr
15
If you’re what I call a “Yes Ma’am” and agree to all requests for your time and talents before thinking them through, then you’ll pull some gems from this book. If not, you may want to take a pass on Lisa Terkeurst's The Best Yes. The tagline on the back…

Apr
8
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…

Apr
1
I remember being a young mom with two little ones in tow. It was wonderful and terrifying in equal measure. Shortly after our red and wrinkly little newborn took her first breath, my husband and I were escorted to our car by a cheery hospital volunteer who, after dispensing best…

Mar
16
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
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
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
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
6
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
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
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
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…