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Women’s Devotion: A New Kind of Normal

“I’ve learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances.” Philippians 4:11b (The Message) By the time you are reading this, I pray that you have registered for the 2019 Women’s Retreat “A New Kind of Normal” which will be held at the Lied Lodge in...
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Women’s Devotion: A Changed Heart

“An‭d I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.” Ezekiel 36:26 The water was almost too hot. My hands couldn’t manage to be immersed for more than a few seconds, but I was...
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Women’s Devotion: Blessing in the Ordinary

Have there been moments in your life when a very ordinary activity brought you a profound sense of blessing? Perhaps you were expecting that feeling but more often than not I find myself surprised by that sense that God is with me, all is right with the world or at least all is...
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Women’s Ministry Devotion: Unwrap the Package and Open the Gift

Christmas time…and we are busy shopping for those perfect gifts for our family and friends. The packages will be wrapped in colorful, holiday paper and placed under our beautifully decorated trees. There will be much anticipation and excitement about what might be inside those...
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Women’s Ministry Devotion: A Peaceable Kingdom

Several years ago for a Thanksgiving devotion I wrote about my daughter and her friend and their tradition of honoring the holiday by inviting friends, colleagues, fellow students – anyone with no place to go – to gather and celebrate Thanksgiving together. Many years...
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Women’s Devotion: Simply Grace

For it is by God’s grace that you have been saved through faith. It is not the result of your own efforts. But God’s gift, so that no one can boast about it. Ephesians 2:8 Visiting Germany and learning more about Martin Luther, made me aware of how progressive and liberal his...
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Women’s Devotion: Finding Peace in the Season of Fall

May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace!  Psalm 29:11 The changing of seasons from summer to fall has always been one of my favorite times of the year for many reasons. I love the beautiful colors, all things pumpkin spice, the warm...
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Women’s Devotion: Grace Changes Everything

This summer, I had the privilege to join 6 other caring adults to accompany 29 Sheridan youth to Houston, Texas for the ELCA Youth Gathering. We joined with more than 30,000 other ELCA Lutherans to praise, to learn and to change. The theme was “This Changes Everything.” During...
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Women’s Devotion: Thankful

Thankful: to be grateful, express appreciation for… I always think of being thankful for the good things in my life and my family’s lives. But God reminds us to give Him thanks even when things in life are difficult and may bring us pain. The last few months have brought...
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Women’s Devotion: The Blessing of Community

”And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”- Hebrews 10:24-25 Each time I find myself...
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Women’s Devotion: Spring?

Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” He replied, “You of little faith,...
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Women’s Devotion: Lessons from Good Friday

Mark 10:34 – And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again. (KJV) It’s always been hard for me to understand “Good” Friday. As a kid I remember going to church on a Friday night, only to...
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