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Strong woman of God in the making

Strong woman of God in the making

“In the same way, the women are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.” 1 Timothy 3:11 I can not count the number of times I have looked at a woman and think “Wow! She is such a strong woman!” Isn’t it true that we sometimes think that way when a woman exhibits a strong personality? Or when she comes across as having a tough, no-nonsense attitude or is overly confident in her independence? Wanting to be a strong woman I’ve referred to myself as a strong woman in the past, probably for

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Are you fighting to be her

Are you fighting to be her

My Grandmother was a strong woman and she took every opportunity she could to empower me through spoken words. This particular day was no exception. “One day you are going to make a very good nurse.” Those words were the sweet reward she gave me for nursing a wound on her leg until it was healed. Words that has led me to a 29 year career in nursing, thus far. Even at the early age of six she saw my potential and, though the journey was often difficult, I am glad I did not give up fighting to accomplish. But

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Choosing Courage in the face of Fear

Choosing Courage in the face of Fear

Courage requires fear. “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God is with you. He will not fail you.” 1 Chronicles 28:20 Everyone seems to have their own opinion of what they think courage is. Too often we are led to believe that in order to have courage we must be fearless to begin with. But that’s not true! Fear is something we all share but may not readily admit. Courage is the willingness to face those fears despite being afraid. Especially when we know God is with

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Our past does not define who we are

Our past does not define who we are

We all want our life to count for something. We want to feel, not only that we are important, but that we indeed have purpose. But our past wants to interfere with this concept. The thing is, we all have a past that tells a story. For some, it is a good story. Yet for others it’s a story that may be distasteful according to social, ethical or moral standards. Whether it was something done to us or the consequence of our own choosing, we often walk around dogged by our past. And it is a past we are allowing

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Transform your day with five minutes in His presence

Transform your day with five minutes in His presence

Every night I sleep with my phone charging on my night stand as most people do.  When I awake in the mornings I usually spend a few minutes lying in bed thinking about the day ahead or reviewing the day before. On the mornings when I am not focused or intentional, I have a tendency to absent-mindedly reach for my phone.  Without much thought I proceed to scan through my emails or flip through my social feeds.  It doesn’t take long for me to realize what I am doing and I remind myself this is no way to start the

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When we struggle with our self worth

When we struggle with our self worth

How do you feel about yourself? We are bombarded every where we turn with images and articles that communicate to us what we should look like and how we should feel about our self. Whether we are sitting in front of the television set or standing in line at the grocery store, these messages are constantly coming at us and have a very powerful impact on how we think. It shouldn’t be surprising that the advertising industry is responsible for creating some of the insecurities women face on a daily basis. They pressure us to maintain a level of beauty

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When God is Silent

When God is Silent

Think of the times you’ve had to leave home for an extended period of time, going off to school or perhaps even getting married. Some of the most comforting and reassuring words we can hear from our parents are these, “If you ever need anything, doesn’t matter day or night, just call, we’ll be here.” Even though there may be apprehension and probably some anxiety about the unknown,  somehow hearing those reassuring words help to make us feel calmer and less worried.  We know we can trust our parents’ words and that they will indeed be there for us.  Their

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Are there weeds in your heart?

Are there weeds in your heart?

Every spring as soon as the weather is tolerable, my husband gets out the gardening tools from the backyard shed. It’s gardening time! Time to pull up the weeds and prune the dead branches and shrubs left over from the harsh winter months. Then it is time to till the soil and mulch the garden beds before adding new annuals and even a few perennials. I find this process both tedious and tiresome and I have to admit I am more of a spectator than I am an active participant. Gardening just isn’t one of my strengths nor is it

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Taking off the mask-moving through healing to your purpose

Taking off the mask-moving through healing to your purpose

I am going to tell you one of my secrets. Listen closely. “I am no where close to where I want to be.” There.  I said it. Now there’s no way for me to pretend I’m someone I’m not.  One thing I want to always portray to my readers and to you, my friends,  is this.   I want to be real.   You see,  I’m on a journey and though I may not be where I want to be, with God’s help, I’m sure headed in the right direction.  Of course there are days when I fall a few steps

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I don’t want to blog anymore (or so I feel)

I don’t want to blog anymore (or so I feel)

It has been over a year since I started to blog but the desire to write simmered in my heart for quite a long time. So long that I keep finding dollar store books in storage boxes with blog names and unfinished entries from the earlier parts of 2000’s. However, I was held back by fear and feelings of inadequacy. I wondered if God could really use me or if anyone would care to read my writing. So I kept ignoring the prompting, hoping it would dissipate. But nothing I did would erase the deep desire I felt to write

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