What is a Shieldmaiden in Christ?

If you have spent any amount of time looking around my site, (If you're new, welcome! I’m so glad you’re here!!) you've probably noticed that I frequently use the term "Shieldmaiden."   You might be asking questions like: what is a Shieldmaiden? What am I referring to when I use the term? Am I borrowing... Continue Reading →

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Hang in there Kitten (Confession #6)

Don't get me wrong, encouragement is an essential to our human spirit--and I know the need intimately. And yes, sometimes I can manage to look at that cute little kitten and respond with something other than scoffing, sarcastic judgement. But I must admit that sometimes we simply need more than what passes for encouragement by today's standards. You and I need more than platitudes and pep-talks.

Book Recommendation: Seventh Sun

I'd love to start sharing some favorites and recommendations with you! And, there's no better place to start than my friend Lani's forthcoming book, Seventh Sun. Seventh Sun, by Lani Forbes Lani generously provided me an advance reading copy of her book, and I devoured it. In this, the first installment of what I understand... Continue Reading →

What She Didn’t Say

A couple of years ago, Beth Moore posted an open letter to "[our] Brothers In Christ", shedding light on her experiences as a woman in vocational ministry--particularly her experiences of misogyny and even discrimination. I encourage you to read it (link above).  I have no doubt that each paragraph is painstakingly crafted; each word carefully... Continue Reading →

Further Dialog on the blog by Lori Alexander (of debt-free-virgin fame)

The following comment was made on my Facebook post where I shared last week's blog entry. I felt the commenter's thought (and my response) a worthwhile addition to the original post.  But, as I continued to write, I began to realize that I needed more than just a few lines to respond, and therefore it might be... Continue Reading →

A response to “Debt-free virgins without tattoos”

Last week a woman's blog post went viral, making some corners of the internet pretty much lose their minds. The post entitled “Men prefer debt-free virgins without tattoos” started showing up in debates and discussions all over my social media, shortly after it was published. People were buzzing, and it garnered attention from writers in and outside of... Continue Reading →

Speaking Truth when Surrounded

I have been surrounded lately. Do you ever feel surrounded? It can be a good thing, or bad, depending on what is surrounding you. I'm betting, though, that the word conjures up a negative response when I mention it. It feels like a hostage situation when you read it; countless movies and TV shows have used... Continue Reading →

Reconsidering Peace

What does Peace  mean to you?The cessation of all hostilities? Freedom from oppression? The end of human suffering? Resolution to conflict?  Ending war? Maybe reconciling with a friend that you've been fighting with.  Maybe for your toddler to finally go to bed.  Or maybe just a good book, a cuddly blanket and some quiet? We... Continue Reading →

Defeat hiding in Hesitation

A while back, I felt a nudging to reengage on my blog. I felt that I’d been given the previous year to focus on further developing the Armory Journal, and that now I was being nudged to move my focus toward bringing this website back to life. I was excited to do it, and I... Continue Reading →

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