“True Hope in Difficult Times”

By Rebekah Coffman People who haven’t been through hardships are boring. Think about it – do you know someone who always looks like they have it all together; that Barbie or Ken who seem to skate through life unscathed?  While you might find yourself secretly coveting their wealth, or their education, or their appearance, when…

God’s Healing Power

  by Rebecca Duvall A couple of years ago, my husband, Robert, went into kidney failure. He was put on dialysis, which he would have to remain on until someday receiving a new kidney. At the beginning of this time, Robert asked me to be tested to see if I was a match to give…

more than a conversation over coffee, less than a counseling session

by Jean Bronson Two years ago, I attended a workshop addressing the What, Why and How of mentoring women in the church.  Here’s a definition of mentoring that was used, a direct quote from Susan Hunt’s book Spiritual Mothering. Mentoring is a specific tool of discipleship used when a women of faith and spiritual maturity enters…

Spiritual Mothering: A Testimonial

There was a tap on my shoulder but I ignored it. There was another tap on my shoulder and I thought about it but did nothing. There was a stronger push and I realized God wanted me to lead the ladies in our church on an adventure to learn to mentor others. After announcing this…

When Angels Sing

The Landscape of Loss Every time I lose someone to death the overwhelming depth of grief surprises me. The rawness seems a foreign emotion, no matter how many times I’ve felt it in the past. Loss is like that. My cousin lost her husband at the age of 49 last week. He had cancer but…

Unfulfilled Dreams

The theme for the 2018 General Assembly is “Forward: Reaching the Marginalized by Encouraging, Empowering, and Embracing.” The obvious people who come to mind would be those on the perimeter: minorities, the disabled, the impoverished, autistic children and their parents, mentally challenged, caretakers for Alzheimers, and so on. However, within the church we have other…

Joy of the Lord

My joy is mixed with sadness this holiday. My Dad passed away right after Christmas last year and I miss him. I miss his broad smile and hug when I walked in the door. He made my heart smile whenever he joked with us and played with the grandchildren. I remember how much he loved…

Sandwiched with Christ

Most of us identify with our generation. Whether the Builders, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Generation Z, Millennials or iGeneration. I am a Baby Boomer, also aptly called “The Sandwich Generation.” The sandwich on my plate consists of many demands on my time. I am married to a wonderful man. I work two part-time jobs and…

Exposed Doubts

“I don’t even feel like I believe in God any more,” I said with teary eyes as I sat across from my boss. What pastor wants to hear that from his Ministry Director? I half expected to be fired, and, at the time, that would have been fine with me. The truth is that for…

Mentoring Opportunities- Be watchful and ready!

Editor’s Note: This is the second installment in our “My Story With God” series.  What is a mentor? One definition is “a person who listens and works along side.” Everyone can be a mentor, and you probably are whether you realize it or not! Think of the many contacts you have throughout your daily life….

Leadership Appreciation: A special thank you!

Ah, the end of a year carries mixed feelings. It was with a sense of excitement that we recently held a leadership appreciation meeting. This gathering marks the end of a full year of study, outreach projects, discussions, and meetings. Summer is here and offers a welcome change of pace, with less structure, for the women of the church. What…

Bear Bait

“You know what the bears are thinking now, right? Pigs in a blanket!” Funny until it turns out to be true. We were at a camp near the top of Mt. Mitchell in Western North Carolina when a black bear mistook me for a tasty treat. It wasn’t until thirteen years later that I truly began to …