I’ve made a goal this month to promote birth ministries.  I actually have a contest going on between the website and the facebook page to have individuals share about their birth ministry.  This brought up an interesting question, what is a birth ministry? I have a group of friends that struggled through this question as we created the International Christian Childbirth Coalition.  We wanted to create a source of support for leaders of birth ministries, but not take over the job of any individual organization.  This meant we needed to define what a ministry was, who could join the ICCC and who should join anRead More →

Did you notice I had been posting verses and commentaries on the facebook page?  It was just easier to manage with my crazy schedule right now.  I hope to slow down after January, but will still be enrolled in way to many credits so I don’t know when I can jump back here regularly – yet.Read More →

Just as a side note, I did a search for peace and grace on a Bible search engine.  Interesting fact is that in the new testament letters, grace and peace were often the greetings.  As an example, consider this: Titus 1:4 To Titus, my true son in our common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior. I’m not really sure how to read this.  Should I read it as if it says “I offer you grace and peace” as if grace and peace are nouns – things? Or should I read it as if grace and peace are the verbs – anRead More →

No sudden improvements in my ability to act with grace.  Learning is a slow process. So time to add another piece to the mix – peace that is. Ephesians 4:2-4 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.  Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace Unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace?  Really, I don’t feel like I have a bond of peace with…anyone. I was reading this morning and keep wondering about all the times in pregnancy where someone is giving advice or disagreeing with what I consider healthy choices.Read More →

1 Kings 18:37 Answer me, LORD, answer me, so these people will know that you, LORD, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again. I just wanted to share this with you.  I don’t believe in Christianity that is about doing the right thing.  If all I need in life depends on me doing the right thing then I have no need for God.  Just give me the list of right and wrong and I can do it, at least as good as anyone else can. I believe in a God who is more powerful than me. A God who doesn’t depend onRead More →

Colossians 4:6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. I know I have salt.  My conversations are definitely full of truth to the point of being stabbing. My conversation isn’t seasoned with salt, It’s drowned in rock salt. If I made cookies with the wrong proportions, they would come out horribly.  My wrongly proportioned conversations are pretty horrible too. Somehow I need to get the mix better.  Keep some salt, but find a way to get the grace back in the mix. But it cannot be fake.  I don’t do fake.  I don’t do pretendingRead More →

Colossians 4:6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. I’ve already admitted to being without grace, so lets continue on with the next part of this verse.  Are my conversations seasoned with salt.  How are we going to define salt? I think about the salt as the part that adds depth. Have you ever had cookies made without the salt?  They taste flat or bland. Salt adds richness of flavor, but does not adjust the texture.  Same with other foods – salt removes the bland and dull. Unsatisfying. I had to stop forRead More →

Colossians 4:6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Yesterday I started with this verse, and said I tend to avoid conversations because people waste my time.  I promised to explain that fuller today. As a student, I have only so much control over my time.  I have classes and assignments that must be done, and clinical hours I must complete. The work adds up, and quickly.  But unlike a traditional student, I have two children and a husband at home.  My family needs my time, so I must protect as much as possibleRead More →

Colossians 4:6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. I am still learning about Grace.  About what it means for me personally, and what it means to me as a parent.   Today God brought me to this verse. I’m wondering about this conversation “full of grace and seasoned with salt.”  It sounds like a recipe, but I’m sure it isn’t as easy as a pinch of this and a touch of that to live in my life. It makes me think about my conversations.  Are they full of Grace?  Probably not usuallyRead More →

Acts 4:33b-34 And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales Again God brings me to a verse I would never have picked. I feel like I’m at the starting line of a race, but instead of starting the race my coach keeps pulling me aside and saying, “you know where you are going right, you know you are supposed to run right.” And now, at the last second before the starting pistol fires, my coach takesRead More →