Author: Nancy Bentz

Cute Imperfections

Ishshah’s Story is pleased to welcome once again the writings of Virginia of Nairobi, Kenya. A wife and mother of two sons, Virginia has graced us with two previous submissions – Running for Cover and Steadfast in the Dark Night of the Soul *** When our first baby was born we were no doubt at…

Thirteen Dollars and Fifty Cents

Ishshah’s Story welcomes our latest guest contributor, Becky Johnson of the United States. Becky lives west of Denver, Colorado with her husband and cat. She fills her days with family (two grown daughters with husbands and families of their own) and laughter. When she isn’t writing you can find her dancing in the kitchen! Her…

The Harm of Ungodly Prayer

Healing prayer and the prophetic have been part of my life since I was a child. Growing up as no stranger to the laying on of hands, it was not something that I shied away from. I’d had no reason to mistrust the spirit of ones who ministered to me in such fashion. The results…

Upheld Through Life Change

Ishshah’s Story is pleased to feature another new voice in our guest post Upheld Through Life Change. Linda Jo Reed’s goal is simply to encourage people. Her hope is that support and help can be found through her words. She is the author of “Upheld In The Battle,” a book that shares many of God’s…

Faith and Flannelgraphs

Faith begins somewhere. Mine began at my grandmother’s kitchen table – the place of Saturday night hamburgers, cookies and milk, folding clothes, accoutrements necessary for giving home perms, and crafts. When the crafts came out, the sponge in me soaked it all up. Her name was Amo (Ah-mo) and she was my little girl Sunday…

Your Poem

Ishshah’s Story is pleased to feature the poetry of guest contributor, Gaby Comprés Batista, a young woman from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She is an Early Childhood Education student who, in her words, “…loves writing poetry and encouraging others.” Enjoy more of Gaby’s inspiring pieces on her blog, In My Pocket. YOUR POEM i am…

Keeper of My Heart

Rules are not necessarily sacred, principles are. – Franklin D. Roosevelt – (former President of the United States) Keeping your heart and keeping the rules are two very different things. My childhood revolved around being a rule keeper. There were all kinds of labels stapled to my pseudo coat of many colors…    Teacher’s Pet…

Her Perfect Work

An Endurance Award is not what I had in mind When my heart longed for more and quickly, but to find You assigned me Patience as companion for the daily grind “Let Patience have her perfect work,” You said Leaving it up to me to allow, ignore or dread On what laborious lessons her white…

Joy Comes in the Morning

Weeping may endure in the evening, but joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5 – LITV In this particular case, joy arrived at precisely 3:52 a.m. The new little life you see in the inset photograph breathed his first breath on Sunday, the 9th of November before even the sun was up. The night of…

Material Girl

I am not a seamstress by any stretch of the imagination. However, I do enjoy strolling through a fabric shop, running my hand over smooth satins, handling chunkier wools, and looking at the vast array of material that offers unlimited combinations. In that scenario, my imagination can sew up a storm! Nor do I cop…

THAT Woman!

Ishshah’s Story is pleased to share our next guest contributor post, authored by Wondering Celt of Wales, UK. Featured is the first half of her two-part story. More of her writing can be read at wonderingcelt.wordpress.com. From the corner of her good eye, the woman watched a small, black swallow flit under the eaves of the…

THAT Woman! Part 2

by Wondering Celt of Wales, UK wonderingcelt.wordpress.com Her walk to the well was no different today than any other. By going later now, she avoided the taunts of the other women who were uncomfortable around her. Struggling under the noonday sun, she arrived very thirsty. She warily eyed the scruffy, Jewish teacher resting there. Not…

Running for Cover

Ishshah’s Story is pleased to feature our first guest contributor post! Author – Virginia of Nairobi, Kenya. *** I sat on a front seat at the Pastor’s section, a bit nervous because the person I sought to have audience with had been ignoring me for the last fifteen minutes or so. You see, in this…

Shadows in the Pew

One’s passion for serving the body of Christ is often found in the redeemed fodder of one’s life. Since I was born into a church-going family, I was on the Cradle Roll as an infant. Year by year I grew up sitting in the pews, wooden theater-style flip-up chairs, or eventually, the comfy upholstered connecting…

A Dream in the Night

There is an old saying, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”*  I prefer though the more accurate translation from the original Chinese… “The journey of a thousand miles begins beneath one’s feet.” In my case, it began beneath my head while I lay dreaming in the night. A sweet dream…