“Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.” We’ve all sung it or heard it sung to us, probably more than once, if we’re over the age of 20. But those words, while often delivered in a taunting, yet sweet melody, are anything but true. For we all know that words do, in fact, hurt – often worse than a punch in the gut. The pain of harsh words spoken in haste, thoughtlessly or even intentionally can linger not only for a moment (like a …Read more
I don’t remember when, as a young woman, I first understood what it meant to be a prostitute. I’m guessing I was in my upper teenage years before I really focused on it . . . because, why would it otherwise come up? I do recall thinking that it didn’t make any sense to sell your body and . . . ewww. Who would do that?
In my late 20s, I participated in a leadership program that took me on month long travels through Europe. As a part of this program, I spent some time in Amsterdam where one evening, weRead more
As a child, we are limited in our ability to see beyond where we sit in any given moment. While a child plays in a sandbox, the three by five foot box is his world. Nothing matters other than the sand between her fingers and toes; the water that’s dripping over her knees. An argument could be taking place in the yard ten feet away, but for the child in the sandbox, that fact is meaningless. Yards are mowed; dogs bark; traffic zips by; even a parent calling for the child can go unnoticed. InsteadRead moreRead more
James chapter 1, verse 27 reads, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: caring for widows and orphans in their distress and keeping oneself unstained from the world.” The vision for Pure & Faultless sprang from these pages of God’s word. But it doesn’t end there. The book of James is full of references to living out faith by working for His kingdom here on earth. God commands us to act on what we hear in scripture, and there are thousands of references in scripture …Read more