Here’s To Women!

I Saw God

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I have realized that two women are towering figures in my life history. They have hugely impacted my life ever since I was a kid. The older I get, the more I understand what a big deal they are and what a privilege it is that I had their presence in my human experience all these years.

These are spiritual women I’m talking about. They are ordinary in general but spiritually exceptional. An interesting side observation about them is they have endured a great deal of suffering over the course of their lives.

They have affected me and my idea of what it means to follow Christ, accomplishing this through certain things they’ve done for me…things that include an incredible amount of praying, teaching, caring, sacrificing, ministering, giving, and loving. Also, their lives were always a great example of commitment to Christian faith, so modeling is another thing they did for me.

Even though I haven’t seen very many examples of male Christian leadership up close over time, the female examples I grew up with are world class.  In fact, if I were to live a life of Christian leadership that matches their example, it would be a life lived better than the lives of most men I know of.

And it is clear to me that I have seen God – His nature and attributes revealed to me – through those two women He placed in my life.

Here’s to those women.

No One Is Above An Extramarital Affair?

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My friend mentioned an article with an interesting title – something about boundaries and preventative measures for extramarital affairs. When I read the piece, I agreed with the message that boundaries are important for guarding against unintentionally deepening the level of relationship with the opposite sex.

In the past, I have heard it said that affairs begin with something so simple as a married man or woman beginning to confide in an opposite sex friend, sharing the deep things of the heart or sharing about marital frustrations and problems. The idea is that such things should be discussed only with one’s spouse.

You can read the article here:

Boundaries: No One Is Above An Affair – Good Women Project.

Libby Elmer

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“So much of life is about learning not to focus on those who look like they are perfect, but instead accepting God’s forgiveness when we fail, forgiving others who have failed us, and continuing on in the struggle to live a holy life. I think perhaps that is where God receives the most glory.”

-Libby Elmer

They Say Life Begins At Age 30…

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I remember this girl back in college who pretty much ran the place by the time I was a freshman. She was bright, driven, and down to earth.

I didn’t become friends with her until I moved to Nashville and bumped into her at a local university. It’s funny that we both work in higher ed now. Her school is a small private institution, and she pretty much runs the place once again.

This week, she remarked about the 30 Things List from Glamour Magazine’s book, “Thirty Things Every Woman Should Have and Should Know By The Time She’s 30.”

Preview the 30 Things List here.

What do you think of it?

Motherhood 101: The First Year | Kate Conner

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It’s true I am not a mother and don’t plan to be one soon. But last week, I saw someone’s post about the first year of motherhood and thought it would be good for the Here’s To Women! section of my blog. See what you think about it:

Motherhood 101: The First Year | Kate Conner.

“Live Inspired Tuesdays!”

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Ever heard of Nashville singer/songwriter Tillie Lopez? I found out about her a year ago when a mutual friend invited me to play at a writer’s night. While I was there, my friend introduced me to Tillie (who has a really nice singing voice, by the way).

Well, it seems that writing and singing aren’t the only activities for Tillie – check out the project she is working on to inspire a bold revolution in the human experience of people just like you.

No Pain, No Gain?

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Bunions, heel pain, toe deformities, shortened Achilles tendons, and trapped nerves? As much as I understand the appeal of a shoe that can make a person have better posture or feel more attractive, my question is could it be worth all the adverse affects?

I guess everyone has heard things about health drawbacks associated with high heel shoes, but an interesting X-ray photo caught my attention on the Anatomy in Motion facebook page this week. The picture and its caption did little to change my mind about what a good idea “Comfort first” seems to be in matters of style!