5 Things Every Pastor Should Know About the Women in His Church
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5 Things Every Pastor Should Know About the Women in His Church

By: Dr. Deb Waterbury Very recently I was speaking with a pastor who had come to me for counsel on how to bring his dying church back to life. I was somewhat taken aback by his remark at the very beginning of our conversation: “Deb, I value all you have to tell me, but let’s...

Don’t Be a Time Capsule Friend
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Don’t Be a Time Capsule Friend

I was having lunch with a beautiful young lady the other day, and we were commiserating on our individual inabilities to remember birthdays and holidays.  She was telling me of a funny time when her mother had broken a cherished bowl.  She found a replacement at the street fair one day in late October and...

A Little Jonah in All of Us
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A Little Jonah in All of Us

Have you ever run away from something, and I don’t mean something that might threaten your life?  I mean, has there been a time in your life when you ran because you didn’t want what was in front of you, so you did a 180 and took off like lightening in the opposite direction? Most...

Coming Down the Ladder
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Coming Down the Ladder

My husband and I were painting the house this past weekend, which is a little easier since I really don’t have too many fears.  As a matter of fact, I most likely need a good dose of fear sometimes just so that I can stay on track.  Consequently, I had no problem whatsoever going up that...

Constantly Constant
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Constantly Constant

Being married is hard.  Being a mother is hard.  Being in any relationship for any length of time with any person is hard. I mean, let’s face it: We all live this life through a lens focused on self, and self often doesn’t like it when self is being mistreated. Truly this isn’t news to...

Coffee in My Wine Glass
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Coffee in My Wine Glass

  Have you ever run all over your house looking for your glasses when they were on your head?  How about screaming to the person on your cell phone that you can’t find your phone?  A young mother just told me that she couldn’t figure out why her other three children kept looking at her...

The Reason We Let Them See
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The Reason We Let Them See

My youngest son, Miles, and I have a unique mother/son relationship.  We most definitely relate on a familial level, but also he appreciates my counsel.  As a minister, much of what I do for women is counsel, but rarely does a parent experience that sort of relationship with her child. Miles, on the other hand,...

This is Not My Life: Confessions of a Life-Worn Woman
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This is Not My Life: Confessions of a Life-Worn Woman

By Deb Waterbury “This is not my life.” “Those are not my children.” “That is not my husband.” Have you ever looked around at your life and thought any of these things? I mean, this isn’t what we signed up for, right? No one told us the day we walked down that isle or the...