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the very inspiring blogger award

Thank you, Trudy Metzger at http://trudymetzger.com/2012/08/06/the-very-inspiring-blogger-award/ for honoring me with this special award.

How very kind of you!

The Rules

Of course with a title comes responsibility, and so having already acknowledged the person who nominated me and posting their link above, I will gladly: (1) post the award to my page; (2) list seven things about me;  (3) nominate a few awesome blogs and let each of them know they’ve been nominated.

Seven Things About Me:

1.  I make mistakes all the time, apologize and appreciate the mercy and forgiveness received, and hopefully do the same for others.   If we don’t try new things, speak our heart, confront evil when we see it, we will never grow and be the people God wants us to be.

2.  My mother died at 60.   I am 60.  Every single moment I have from now until the day I breathe my last breath will be an incredible gift she was never given.  I won’t allow anyone to rob me of the joy of the moment any more.

3.  I love my family.   I am blessed to be loved by a wonderful man and have a son who adores his “almost 3” girls, and two amazingly brilliant and tender daughters, one born from under my heart and the other adopted through marriage.   Those grand babies just have to blink at me to melt me to my core.   They are God’s “second chance” for me.

4.   God redeems.  Every piece of pain I have lived through, every tough experience, every tear shed, will be used to help someone else if I give it to the One who got me through it all, instead of holding onto bitterness and the need to have revenge.   Forgiveness sets us free from the power of the people that hurt us.

5.   I love what I do.  Every woman who walks through my office door is a blessing to me, as I hope I will eventually be to her.   Her gift of trust to me is priceless.  As I watch her grow, become more confident and recognize the lies in her life, replacing them with Truth, it is like watching a rosebud unfurl as the heady fragrance encourages others to ‘come and walk in the light of freedom!’

6.  Every day I try to be the hands, feet & heart of Jesus.

7.  I’ve been blessed to live internationally for many years.  Never, ever complain about this imperfect land we are fortunate to live in, or the people who lead it, until you have lived in a third world country.  Living in fear is a reality there.  Be thankful for everything, and share.

Now, whether they choose to accept the award is not as important as my publicly acknowledging how these blogs have been a source of inspiration to me. They are not in any particular order:

http://www.runningchatter.com/

her.menutics at http://blog.christianitytoday.com/women/

http://thoroughlychristiandivorce.wordpress.com/

http://cindyburrell.wordpress.com/

http://hiddenplacessongsofdeliverance.blogspot.com/

http://www.kristamournet.net/

http://gracednotesministries.blogspot.com/

http://cryingoutforjustice.wordpress.com/

http://thebiblicalworld.blogspot.com/

http://speakingtruthinlove.wordpress.com/

This is only a few of the many inspiring and encouraging blogs I follow, and I encourage you to check them out. Many others deserve recognition as well.

top ten reasons why men shouldn’t be ordained

A friend of mine sent me this and, after I laughed myself silly, reading it out loud to my husband who was also chuckling away,  I could NOT resist re-posting it from the original blog, “Christian Feminism: Because We’ve Read the Whole Book!”   And, just for all of you men who are “getting their knickers in a twist” (as my Scots Nana would say), my male pastor, Keith Tyson, added his bit:  “Hmmmm. Pastors only work one day a week which seems to perfectly suit men for the job. They can sit around, drink and watch sports the rest of the week. I think that upends these ten reasons” …..   Food for thought, fellas.  Imagine how unreasonable it would seem to you to be given reasons as senseless as this if you were a woman called to ministry!

Top 10 Reasons Why Men Shouldn’t Be Ordained

10. A man’s place is in the army.

9. For men who have children, their duties might distract them from the responsibilities of being a parent.

8. Their physical build indicates that men are more suited to tasks such as chopping down trees and wrestling mountain lions. It would be “unnatural” for them to do other forms of work.

7. Man was created before woman. It is therefore obvious that man was a prototype. Thus, they represent an experiment, rather than the crowning achievement of creation.

6. Men are too emotional to be priests or pastors. This is easily demonstrated by their conduct at football games and watching basketball tournaments.

5. Some men are handsome; they will distract women worshipers.

4. To be ordained pastor is to nurture the congregation. But this is not a traditional male role. Rather, throughout history, women have been considered to be not only more skilled than men at nurturing, but also more frequently attracted to it. This makes them the obvious choice for ordination.

3. Men are overly prone to violence. No really manly man wants to settle disputes by any means other than by fighting about it. Thus, they would be poor role models, as well as being dangerously unstable in positions of leadership.

2. Men can still be involved in church activities, even without being ordained. They can sweep paths, repair the church roof, change the oil in the church vans, and maybe even lead the singing on Father’s Day. By confining themselves to such traditional male roles, they can still be vitally important in the life of the Church.

1. In the New Testament account, the person who betrayed Jesus was a man. Thus, his lack of faith and ensuing punishment stands as a symbol of the subordinated position that all men should take.