Tag: courage

Living Blessed!

I love study and have particularly found that exploring the meaning of words in the original Bible language opens my understanding and clarifies the author’s intent. It is the Bible in the original languages that is God-breathed, not the King James or New American Standard or any of the multitude of other translations. Basing comprehension…

Manoah’s Wife

Tucked away in the Old Testament book of Judges there is a woman many of us may not have heard about. As the Bible does not disclose her name, we know her only as Manoah’s wife. Her story is found in Judges 13:1-24. Manoah’s wife lived during a period of Israel’s history when the nation…

Settler or Pioneer: Finding Your Role, Playing it Well

Ishshah’s Story is pleased to feature a new guest contributor to the blog! Join us as we welcome Laurie in her own words: Laurie Klein, who resides in the U.S., authored the classic praise chorus “I Love You, Lord,” a newly released poetry collection, Where the Sky Opens (Cascade Books), and she blogs at lauriekleinscribe.com. Her work appears widely…

Don’t Mess with My Identity

Short and stocky, he was striding through the airport looking like a thundercloud. With hands plunged deeply in the front pockets of his jeans and jaw set with a scowl, the front of his black sweatshirt broadcast the newsflash! Gender is Over Just like that, white letters on a black hoodie informed me that my being…

Surrounded by You

Surrounded by You – who could ask for more? And yet we do – why are You not enough? Hot and stifled in fires of our own making We nearly beg you to be rough. For where we’ve known no different The pain flares up irreverent – The shaking fist of anger makes You hold…

The Reluctant Bride

Author’s Note: The following was recently published on Wellspring of Life in a continuing series entitled Vineyard Days, featuring teaching posts from the Song of Songs and John 15 – Jesus and His church, the Bride of Christ. Until when does the day blow, and the shadows flee away? Turn, my Beloved, and be like…

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…

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…

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…

You

You. Are. Beautiful. Your soul. Your spirit. Your pain. Your struggles. Your skin packages your memories, your experiences, failures and foibles, talents and triumphs, your truest self. Give yourself time. Time to recognize your beauty. Time to grow into your beauty. Time to own and voice what is yours. You…