Women of the ELCA Blog

Never lose hope »

I have been a Chicago Cubs fan all my life. And for the first time in my lifetime, they are going to the World Series – the championship games of baseball!

Like so many other Cubs fans, I am convinced that they will win. But what if they don’t?

Does that mean I will no longer support

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How do you relax? »

So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation. (Genesis 2:3).

The old saying goes: “Man may work from sun to sun but woman’s work is never done.” Too often, I find this saying to be true. While the

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Encourage accomplishment »

As I completed my various levels of schooling (8th grade through graduate degree), I never wanted to participate in the graduation ceremonies or celebrate the occasions. I didn’t think that was important.

As a parent, I see things differently. I believe celebrating the small steps in a child’s life propels them to higher accomplishments.

This year—2016—is

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Press forward! »

Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead. (Philippians 3:13)

2015 has been quite the year! Where has all of the time gone?

I can sit back and wonder why I didn’t accomplish

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For those who are hungry »

Earlier this week I went grocery shopping. The next day my daughter looked in the cabinets (which were filled to capacity) and complained about not having anything to eat. (I didn’t get her favorite cookies).

This caused me to reflect on my life. Over the years, there have been times at my house when the

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Remembering dad »

One of the last recordings by Luther Vandross was the song “Dance with My Father.” While my father and I never danced together, I believe I understand the meaning of Luther’s song. In the song, he recalled memories of his father.

As I was going through my closet this morning, I came

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Fit body, fit brain »

When I attended public schools in the Chicagoland area (K-12), physical education was an important part of the school day. At least an hour of play time was structured into each day (two 15 minutes of recess and a 30 minute break following lunch).

We even had to go outside for recess on those

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Staying serene »

The winter of 2015 has been treacherous with record-breaking temperatures and snowstorms in areas that rarely get snow. The inclement weather has caused cities to shut down, airlines to cancel or delay flights and countless weather-related traffic accidents.

When unforeseen events occur, such as the blizzard that struck the East Coast (several times this year),

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