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…

Celebrating: Pandita Ramabai of India

  A simple wooden cross hidden in scrubby farmland near a railway line now marks the grave of Pandita Ramabai. Yet this petite and remarkable Indian woman, of Hindu descent, was one of the greatest social reformers of her time; a linguist who spoke seven languages; a poet, educator, and author; and a staunch champion…

What Women These Christians Have!

Just posted on our Facebook Page:  “Asking why today….why after two thousand years since Christ women believers are still gagged in the church, why numbers of women in leadership are still so disproportional, why I had to go back to a fourth century pagan philosopher to find this revolutionary statement: “What women these Christians have!”.…

Great Expectations

Christmas comes with strings attached – in the form of great expectations. You know what I mean. Women all around the world go to bed on Christmas Eve with visions of a perfectly basted, perfectly moist turkey, freshly scrubbed kitchen, spit-and-polished kids, and well-behaved pets dancing in their heads. The pressure is on. The in-laws…

Mary’s Struggle

In just a few more days we will celebrate the birth of our Lord.  What a time of joy—it is not happy holidays or season’s greetings, it is Merry Christmas and my heart dances as we celebrate the holy gift—I love it!  Over the years traditions have developed and are anticipated and enjoyed.  For me,…

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…

Steadfast in The Dark Night of the Soul

Ishshah’s Story is pleased to share with you this sensitively written post from guest contributor, Virginia, who lives in Nairobi, Kenya.  Thankyou Virginia! I know all the sisters and brothers reading this post have at one time or another felt that God is distant due to the things that we are going through. In such…

Acknowledging the Eldership of Women

When I was both a young woman and a young Christian I would often wander with some friends down to Speaker’s Corner at the Domain in Sydney for some Sunday afternoon entertainment.   Speaker’s Corner, as the name implies, was a space in the city given over for anyone and everyone with a cause to present…

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…

The Lady From Number 31

I’ve been noticing a resurgence in interest in the blogosphere lately in the proverbial ‘virtuous’ wife of Proverbs 31.  The Junia Project has a good article here and there’s another here by Rachel Held Evans. I agree with the excellent insights in these posts, but I also have a slightly different perspective on the Proverbs 31 wife…

Celebrating: Dr. Catherine Hamlin of Ethiopia

When Dr. Catherine Hamlin arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with her husband Reg in 1959, neither had ever seen a case of the medical condition called ‘obstetric fistula’ which would soon become their life’s work. Born in Sydney, Australia in 1924, Catherine was the second eldest of six children. Her father was a successful businessman…

Seeking The Wise Women

    Have you heard about the wise woman of Abel? The story is related in 2 Samuel 20. In Old Testament Israel it is believed ‘wise women’ were women elders who held positions of influence and authority in certain cities. In this particular instance a wise woman of Abel-beth-maacah negotiated with Israel’s most senior…

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…

The Equipping of God

Here I am sitting in front of a computer thinking, “Why did I ever say yes to Cheryl when she asked me to be part of a blog and write something on a regular basis?”  Then, if I get really honest, I have to admit that I know the answer.  I’m here because this is…

Taking A Closer Look: Sapphira and Male Headship (Acts 5:1-11)

It is taught in some Christian denominations today that women are to be subject/submitted to their husbands in all things. It is not unusual to hear of instances where women have suffered domestic violence or other abuses of human rights within their marriages even while church leadership encourages them to continue ‘submitting’ to such behaviour. Sadly, Christian…

Rejoice in Your Voice!

Got something that needs saying? A lesson learned, an inspiration, a moment of wisdom, a revelation, a story to tell, a beautiful creation?   There will be no better time than now. Take a look at the multiple ways you can share on our Ishshah’s Story blog site. Ishshah’s Story is your story!  We want to hear it, we…

Household Prayer

O God of pans and dish-pan hands, Of laundry on the line, O Lord of drawers and dirty floors, O King of home design; O Prince of dust, and swept-up crust, Of soothing tears and pain, Let not the grind rob peace of mind, Or interrupt Your reign. O Potentate of fork and plate, O…

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…

Who Do We Think We Are?

A little over a year ago I took up photography for a hobby. Armed with my newfangled camera, my tripod and my enthusiasm I set happily off to the beach to catch some waves…..metaphorically speaking. Alas, things didn’t turn out to be as simple as I’d expected. Sure I had an instruction manual, but who…

I Know the Plans I Have For You…

The other team members involved in Ishshah’s Story come to you from established blogs where you can go to get to know them.  Since that’s not true for me, I’d like to share with you a bit of background on how God shaped and prepared me for this ministry. In July I celebrated my 76th…