I grew up in the Deep South, in a fundamentalist/Pentacostal-ish church.
13 years of going to church 5 times a week plus bonus services...
I then spent many years in the UPCI (United Pentacostal Church Int.)
Lots of good friends there still, but I've moved on.
To where, I'm not sure. Currently detoxing from institutional "church" and waiting to see where God leads my little family.
I just had too many theological questions to want to inculcate something in my child that I'm not sure of myself.
What I *am* sure of?
I love God, I'm a daughter of the Most High, and I'm loved by Him.

Knit Pray Love

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A friend of mine linked me to this page on the CURE site: http://cure.org/knit Thanks for joining K-LOVE + CURE to show love to children and families in Afghanistan and throughout CURE’s network of hospitals by knitting. From their About: CURE's mission is to bring 100% physical and spiritual healing to these children. CURE is a non-profit organization that operates hospitals and programs in 20 countries around the world where patients experience the life-changing message of God's love for them, receiving surgical treatment regardless of gender, religion, ethnicity, or ability to pay. Now … [Read more...]

Working for the weekend!

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Or at least, for the Sabbath ;-) Back when I wrote this post, we had just begun incorporating some of the Sabbath traditions into our home. Over the last year, we've gotten even more deliberate about it - bringing in rituals such as lighting candles on the eve of Sabbath, saying prayers, and having an evening meal together where we don't rush from the table, where no phones or iPad or computers are present, where no text messages are read. Email goes unchecked. Skype is off. Everything is set aside, and we relax. I've been reading the book Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in … [Read more...]

An obsession with pointy sticks.

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For someone with a profound dislike of needles (one might even say an abhorrence!) I seem to have a perverse love of them. Of course, there's a big difference between sharp-needle-poking-into-my-vein-and-leaving-a-scar, and sharp-but-not-as-sharp-needle-that-produces-beautiful-things. I began my foray into needlearts, and my obsession with pointy sticks and thread, when I was young - we shared a home with my paternal grandparents for a few years. My grandmother always had a quilt on in one of the rooms, a frame that could be raised to the ceiling when not in use (obscuring the lights, of … [Read more...]

Big church, little minds…

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So...this weekend, I decided to do something fun with my son. The Boy is wanting more toys, and he certainly has as many toys as he needs - really, it's an embarrassment of toy-riches! We've been talking about sharing with others, and how when we're fortunate enough to have all we need, we need to bless others. So after talking it over, he wanted to have a yard sale - he picked out toys he likes but hardly plays with, toys he likes and plays with some but "others might really enjoy this, too!", toys that he thought others would like. We priced them low ("should I ask $50 or 50 cents for this, … [Read more...]

Keeping up appearances…a study in “Holiness”

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I got a great reminder recently about how appearance-driven some religions are...yet another experience with someone from my former faith who stopped, looked me up and down from my sandals and jeans to my cut hair and makeup, rolled their eyes, sighed, ignored my outstretched hand and my friendly "hello", and turned and walked away. Of course, even that was preferable to my encounter a couple of days later with the man who answered my cheery "good morning!" with an exclamation of "Hallelujah!" and then proceeded to turn his back on me and pray *just* loud enough for me to hear him...apparently … [Read more...]