Where do you run when you are frightened, angry, lonely, disappointed, or discouraged? Do you flee to a best friend or loved one for strength and support. Or maybe you run to social media surfing, to online shopping, exercise, substances (chocolate, alcohol, etc.) or other activities for a quick “fix.” When life seems to be … More Where Do You Run for Protection?
How are you feeling this January? Is January a time of year for new beginnings and looking at the next 12 months with hope and expectation? Or are you having difficulty waking in the mornings? Do the cold and dreary days, following the fullness of December, leave you worn out or downcast wondering where your … More Our Mighty Warrior
What does this time of year between Thanksgiving and Christmas do to your spirit? Are you frenetic about your unending to-do lists, gifts to buy, additional events and gatherings to attend? Are you anxious about having the perfectly decorated home, maintaining familial harmony, or hiding those darn elves every night? Or maybe you are lonely … More The Promise of Peace
Pressures, demands, expectations, and tasks push in from all sides and assault our schedules. Do this! Be there! Finish that! Call them! It seems as though everyone wants something from us—family, friends, employer, school, church, clubs. Soon there is little left to give, as we run out of energy and time. We find ourselves rushing … More Wake-Up Call
What do you think about when you see or hear the words, “What is Love?” Does a song pop into your head like, “What is Love? By Haddaway, or “L.O.V.E.” by Nat King Cole. Maybe it is the tune, “I Want to Know What Love Is?” by Foreigner for those from the 1980s or the … More What is Love?
In the month of September, we are reading through the book of Genesis. Nicole introduced us to the book and directed us to four theological themes present in the familiar stories we may be familiar with and will read this month – https://waysidewomen.com/2018/08/29/a-new-beginning/ God is Creator Sin and Its Implications for Creation God’s Unavoidable Judgment God’s … More Surrender Your Isaac
Have you ever been on a treasure hunt? One summer when we were at the beach we used the theme “treasure hunting.” Not only did we hunt for shells by day and crabs by night and make cupcakes to look like a treasure map, but, we actually buried a box of treasure in the sand … More Treasure Hunting
Imagine being stranded on a desert island with no one around for immediate assistance. How would you cope? How would you handle the loneliness and disillusionment after days of little food and water, hot sun or cold nights, awaiting a rescue? I just finished a wonderful week of Vacation Bible School (VBS) where the theme … More The Divine Rescue
Have you ever been lost? I mean like really lost in a place you don’t know. Think back to what it felt like? Were you scared, nervous, frustrated, feeling helpless? Did you ask for directions? Did you actually stop and seek out help to find your way to your destination? Remember when we used to … More A Bold Question
“Clean your room.” “Be kind and stop fighting.” “Please stop calling your sibling ‘stupid’.” “Pick up your dirty socks and underwear.” These phrases are common in our household as we are in the midst of discipline training in my home with four little people under the age of 9 years. My husband and I continually … More Slivers of Hope Amidst Disobedience, Destruction, & Dirty Underwear