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Women’s Devotion: God’s Beauty

Psalm 8:3-4 “When I look at the heavens,the work of your fingers,the moon and the stars,which you have set in place,what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?” Stargazing is one of my favorite hobbies. There’s just something so majestic...
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Women’s Devotion: Spring – Experiencing New Life

Spring has finally arrived after a long and snowy winter, and we are surrounded with new life! Nature blesses us in so many ways. The beauty of blossoms and blooms and the wonder and whimsy of young goslings and baby birds hatching into the world remind us that indeed li...
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Women’s Devotion: Rest for the Weary

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle.” Matthew 11:28-30 The TV cameras are gone, social media posts have slowed, and the waters have begun to recede. By now the flooding in...
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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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