Triple Crown

“I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, so that no one will take your crown.” Revelation 3:11 Some days Jesus just can’t return fast enough. Though His ‘quickly’ means shortly, without delay, or by surprise (as in suddenly), aren’t there times we simply want to shout, “Surprise me already!”? When we’re circling the…

Plumb Line

“You are not going just to do a job, Nancy. The Lord is sending you as a plumb line into that workplace.” Such was the matter of fact response of a dear friend at church when I shared with her the good news of being hired into what I considered my ‘plum’ job. She –…

Is Eve Responsible?

Familiarity with the first three chapters of Genesis is critical as it is here that we see God’s original plan, how we messed it up and the first hint that He has had a solution from the beginning.  In my post in April we looked at the fallacies that have been put forth about the…

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…

Unlocking The Passion

Passion runs in my blood. From my earliest years I seem to have anguished deeply about one thing or another. Some might call a tendency to such intensity obsessive. I prefer the kinder word: “passionate”. I blame my paternal Italian ancestry. Flamboyant hand gestures are a vital part of my conversation, needed for adding extra…

Challenging Tradition in Genesis 1 & 2

The first two chapters of the book of Genesis are critical to understanding the intent of God for His creation.  Today we’ll address some of the widely held misconceptions from these chapters that affect women. Tradition has taught that the male was created first and given dominion.  Take a close look.  The creation of human beings…

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 First Day Of The Rest Of Our Lives

We spoke little as we hurried through the streets of Jerusalem. Slivers of warm sunlight were already piercing the dying darkness as the long night fled away. I pulled my cloak tightly around my face as if to protect myself against the harsh realities coming daylight would bring. Between us we carried the oil and…

Thoughts on 1 Timothy 2:12

On Ishshah’s Story we have been exploring some of the scriptures from Paul’s letters that have been used to severely limit the function of women in the church.  One prime verse comes from 1Timothy 2:12-13, “12 And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be…

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…

Celebrating: Blandina of Lyons

It was the year 177 AD in the town of Lyons, France (then called Gaul). The Roman Emperor was Marcus Aurelius. Christianity had arrived in Lyons 25 years earlier through the missionary Pothinus, who became the First Bishop of Lyons.  As the church grew, however, so too did persecution. It began with Christians being beaten,…

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…

Shall Women Be Silent?

Shall Women Be Silent? Our purpose here is to explain why 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 doesn’t mean that women should forever be silent in church.  The scripture appears to forbid women speaking in church but today it is common practice.   To prevent encouraging people from picking and choosing which scriptures to believe and which to reject, it is critically important…

Invisible Woman

Photo courtesy Yu Jinyoung’s incredible ‘Invisible’ collection at London’s Union Gallery Silent, I slip among you – The Invisible Woman. I eat your food, I laugh at your jokes, I nod and smile at words brittle as bones and nourishing as chalk. Skinless, I leak and stain but your eyes are glazed, mannequin-sockets staring spell-bound…

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…

Celebrating: Ann Hasseltine Judson of Burma

In February 2014 I was privileged to minister in Yangon, Myanmar (formerly Burma). One of our teaching sessions focused on the life of Ann Judson, the first American woman overseas missionary. Born in Bradford, Massachusetts in 1789, Ann Hasseltine was just 17 years old when she committed her life to Christ and dedicated herself to…

Submission

In September of 2014 Cheryl McGrath posted an article on male headship using the story of Ananias and Sapphira from Acts 5.  Traditionally, women have been told that they were to submit to their husbands, but if you read this article, you’ll see that Sapphira’s sin was in agreeing with her husband in deception rather…

When Generations of Silent Women Speak

Many thanks to SheLoves Online Magazine for featuring this article on their website and Facebook Page today! The voices moving around me are strong. They are loud, articulate, and powerful. Most of all they are young, charged with the unmistakable exuberance and vigour of youth. They are young with the outrageous brashness of those who have…

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…

Not Going Under But Over

Catherine Booth (1829-1890) was co-founder of the Salvation Army (with William Booth), as well as a gifted evangelist, apostolic leader, preacher, author, wife and mother. Once when Catherine was preaching, a man objected: “Paul said to the Corinthians it is a shame for women to speak in the church”.  Catherine responded:  “Oh yes, so he did; but…