- Women of Faith
Kum ba ya
By Lisa G. Smith/Guest Columnist
The word Kum ba ya originated in an African American song in the 1930’s, in one place it is said to mean, ”Come By Here.” A song will go through my head sometimes, and I later find it has some spiritual meaning for my life as this one did. In the spring of this year while on house-sitting, I found myself singing Kum ba ya a lot. At first I didn’t known what it meant I just knew it was an old folk song.
This job was the first time I had ever been totally alone away from family. I left my home, family, pets, security and all the comfort zone living that went with that. I wasn’t far away, but this was me. I was the person who had always lived next door to her children and right down the road from her parents. I won’t even tell you how far away I was because you’d just laugh at me. To me it felt far!
By Christine Collier/Guest Columnist
Right now you may be scratching your head and asking the question, “What could ever be beautiful about brokenness?” It is quite the oxymoron, but I truly believe that times of brokenness are the greatest places in which we can find ourselves with limitless possibilities for hope, restoration and ultimately a road map to a new life.
Mama knew that God makes no mistakes
By Ronda Rich/Courtesy of Biloxi - Sun Herald, Staff
I wondered the other day how a mother could even think that, let alone say it. But then Mama was a woman who defied exact definition. She was strong, smart, courageous, sometimes outrageous and, above all, ruled by a faith that was simply unbendable and unquestionable. That part of her was definable and clear: She believed unyieldingly in an Almighty God who never left her side. Even when it could have seemed that he did.
Need a Break? Ask and ye shall receive
By Kandi Farris, Correspondent
Biloxi - Sun Herald
This is the story of seven very lovely ladies and an elderly matriarch ... elderly matriarch ... that would be me. Seven lovely ladies ... those would be my girls. Throw in a brave son-in-law, and you have the making of an interesting reality show.
My mother’s promise
Lynne Adams Barzé/Guest Columnist
I was asked to write something for the “Women of Faith” column and was honored by the request. I consider being of faith just a normal way of life. The following is why I say this:
After her first daughter lived only two days, my mother prayed to the mother of Our Lord to ask her Son to allow her the grace of motherhood. She wanted to be a part of the miracle that God bestowed on only the females of any species. She knew how difficult it is for any son to deny a mother’s request.
Communion with God
By Kathleen Potts, Rector/Guest Columnist
Spirituality, for me, means communion with God through prayer, meditation, contemplation and directed silent retreats.
By Lisa G. Smith/Guest Columnist
Life sometimes takes you on side trips, and I have been on more than a few this year. I’m learning more about going with the flow as I surrender to each experience God throws my way whether I like it or not. As I am sometimes a challenge to myself and my creator I don’t always go without some kicking and screaming.
Women of the World
By Ms. Chocolate/Guest Columnist
My family would gather around the small kitchen table and before the meal began each of us took a turn reciting a bible verse. My favorite was “Jesus wept.” I had no idea what this shortest verse in the bible meant, but it got me closer to eating. My favorite song in Sunday school was the “B-I-B-L-E” song, which I sang really loud. I was given a pretty ribbon and a certificate when I could recite the 23rd Psalms from memory. Because I had such a knowledge of bible stories it was no wonder that I decided on a career as a missionary.
His grace is sufficient
By Manthie Hayes
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, n hardships, in persecution, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” — 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
The Virtuous Woman…How busy is she?
By Grace Booth/Guest Columnist
Proverbs 31, verses 13 through 27 lists a series of her activities:
13-She seeks the best material and sews.
14-She brings home food and goods.
15-She rises early to cook.
16-She purchases property and plants a vineyard.
17-She grooms herself and strengthens her body.
8-She works during the night.
19-She spins thread.
20-She gives to the poor.
21-She keeps the family’s wardrobe.
22-She designs clothes for herself.
24-She makes fine material for sale.
26-She kindly speaks words of wisdom.
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