What Lent looks like from here

What Lent-5It is late Sunday afternoon, and I intended to be Sabbathing, but my intentions have been interrupted.

(God says rest this one day—I’ve got this, but I had to do a “live-chat” ordering thing TODAY and I am third in the queue, and so I stopped for a minute to think about this season while waiting for the real live computer chat person on the other end of the line.)

This is me keeping it real.

I am not the one to go-to if you’re looking for tidy Lent plans, fixed-firmly daily patterns, or fasts. My life is chaotic in ways I can’t explain to most these days, but that is all the more reason for reflection and prayer. And as my word for the year is “Present,” I keep telling God I’ll keep showing up, you show me the way. And I am stopping, stopping, slowing, pausing, searching for his voice above the clamor. [Continue Reading…]

A spoken word tribute to women in ministry

Here’s a pick-me-up, brought to my attention by my friends at  The Junia Project, in thankfulness to women serving Jesus everywhere:

Jeanelle Austin Spoken Word: Thank You: A Tribute to Women in Ministry from Gail Wallace on Vimeo.

“This is for the women who walk in their call—no matter their gender, their heart is to give their all.”

Amen, sister.

Your turn: What emotions did Jeanette’s tribute stir up in you? If you have a video clip of another spoken word performance on women in ministry, please paste it in the comments. Thank you.

On #ReclaimingEve: “I recommend this resource for every daughter of Eve!”

— Nancy Beach, leadership coach, speaker; author, Gifted to Lead: The Art of Leading as a Woman in the Church
Reclaiming Eve Small Group DVD sample here. Includes print Bible study piece; great for group studies! Order here.

Reclaiming Eve: Idelette McVicker’s story

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I'm tickled to welcome Idelette McVicker, the editor in chief of SheLovesMagazine.com to share her Reclaiming Eve moment today. Hi, I'm Idelette and I wish I could go to every spot, village and city on the earth to meet our world’s women. I was … [Continue reading]

What I think about the IF: Gathering 2015

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The other day I got an email from a friend, a well-educated woman I respect. It said this: "I attended our local IF gathering both Friday and Saturday. I have to admit I didn't expect much, and was very pleasantly surprised." I couldn't have … [Continue reading]

Audio sermon: Naomi’s story (Ruth 1-4) by Suzanne Burden


A few weeks ago, on the first Sunday of the year, I had the privilege of preaching a sermon on the book of Ruth at Fairhaven Mennonite Church. In the sermon's first moments, I began by lifting a scarf over my head, and delivering a dramatic … [Continue reading]