Tag: Calling

10 years ago… An Ordination Happened!

Ten years ago, I was ordained as a minister of the Gospel in a nondenominational church. For many years before that, I was serving in pastoral roles, but was not given the recognition of the title, “pastor.” Some of us, like yours truly, take…

The Rock Piles of Ministry: Who Knew?

  Behold. A rock pile. Not just any rock pile. Oh, no! It’s taken years to get this pile of rocks. There was a decent start to the pile when we moved in 22 years ago. As I dug new garden beds, I’d find…

Christmas in the Emergency Department

I have to be honest. This pastor’s Christmas joy was a little flat this year. But inspire of how I felt, there was a lot of joy in the middle of the mess. This Advent opened in a true Spirit of anticipation. I was aware…

Very simply… this.

The Spirit blows where She wills. I will hope and pray and keep listening.

In the wild unknown of the Spirit

It’s an adventure… walking by faith and saying to the Divine, “Ok, I am willing.” Part of me tenses up in fear. I wonder, “Is this like praying for patience, and then getting a boatload of opportunities to practice BEING patient?” No, I know…

Wondering Woman 

It’s Saturday. I have laundry to do, correspondence to send out, books to read and a sermon to write. I also have a head-pounding allergy headache. And what I really want to do is nap. Or garden.  Mostly I’m just wondering how I’m going…

Crossposting: Why I Need RevGalBlogPals

Note: This is a reposting and expanded version of a Facebook post on a private page. It retells some of my own story to ordained ministry. (If you’re a regular blog reader, you can move on now…) I share this story because RevGalBlogPals is a…

2015 blogging in review

It’s been a growing year. I had 98 new posts and over 5800 views. While I am grateful for each visit and comment, it was about 1/3 less than in 2014. That kinda surprised me, so I pondered why… Rules at work about social media…

Holy Week: Walking Towards the Resurrection

It’s Holy Week. One of the busiest times of year for pastors (and chaplains), and one where I so desperately need some strength and rejuvenation! I was reminded by a Wise Woman to be intentional in my Holy Week activities, busy as I am….

Standing on the Promises

It’s an old, old hymn that doesn’t get sung a lot these days. For some reason, I can’t get it out of my mind! Especially, the last two verses… Standing on the promises of Christ the Lord, Bound to Him eternally by love’s strong…

A HIPAA Farewell

One of the difficulties of being a hospice chaplain is that I hear so many stories that are not told. I can’t tell you the patient’s name, age or gender. I can’t tell you about life experiences, diagnoses or living situation. Because of HIPAA…

The Good-byes and the Butterflies

I hung up my lab coat one last time, turned in my keys and badge, and hugged co-workers good-bye. It was time. I am Called to a new place. I sought out co-workers and friends to thank them to remember them to be reminded…

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