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I Want to Be a Martha

Why would I want to be a Martha? Isn’t Martha’s example is usually one that women are encouraged not to follow, rather than to follow?  So, why would I place single Martha as an example with women like Deborah, Huldah, and Mary in the #BookofWomanhood?  And perhaps the thought that Martha was single has never stood out in the story. Deborah,…

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Marriage: There Are No Ideals

My Christian subculture tells me that the best marriage is one where the husband and wife lead ministry together. Anything else is somehow sub-par. Following this, I always wanted to marry a pastor. I thought it would be the ideal life—we’d minister together and God would be glorified. Then I dated a pastor, and it’s not all it’s cracked up…

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On Graduation—Completing and Beginning

Each year, I walk down the aisle in cap and gown, then watch and cheer for the graduating class. As I look out at the sea of young and not-so-young faces, I think about what lies behind and what lies ahead. Graduation is called commencement—it’s a completing and a beginning. I’ve completed and begun a few times in my life:…

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