Women of the ELCA Blog

New Year’s resolutions for the birds »

The Bottom Line, a weekly newsletter where I work featured a headline: “New Year Resolutions . . . for the Birds!”

Why? Because each and every day begins with a new opportunity.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future

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Lead from the back »

“Lead from the back–and let others believe they are in front.” –Nelson Mandela

Good leaders empower their teams. Good leaders lead from the back.

Whether you are the synodical women’s organization (SWO) president, the Women of the ELCA unit president, committee chair within the band booster or a volunteer with Scouting, empowerment or leading from the

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Oreos and favorite Bible verses »

We all have our favorites: favorite colors, favorite foods, favorite sports teams, favorite desserts.

Though chocolate is not my favorite, I do love Oreos. Trademarked on March 14, 1912, it is the best-selling cookie in the United States, according to Wikipedia. In fact, yesterday was National Oreo Cookie Day.

Another favorite many

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Reflect, ponder, prepare »

Christmas programs at church, band concerts at school, work holiday parties. It’s the season of year that fills our calendars. One event I look forward to each year is the mid-week Advent service at my church using Holden Evening Prayer. We’ve done it for years and it brings peace to the heart,

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Phishing with worms »

Do you like to go fishing? Has anyone been phishing for your information? Although fishing and phishing are pronounced the same, they are totally different.

It has been a long time since I went fishing, and I prefer to use corn as bait because I do not like to touch worms. Though, when my

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Grateful for traditions and customs »

This spring, I attended the traditional funeral of my 94-year-old Chinese grandmother.

We began by eating a customary vegetarian meal before departing to the funeral home for the wake. When we arrived at the funeral home, the family was assembled in the entry way, and it was crowded. There were four children, eight grandchildren, five

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Take a deep breath…and begin »

Do you cringe when you hear the word fitness? Or are you excited about your workout time? One definition of fitness given by Dictionary.com is “capability of the body of distributing inhaled oxygen to muscle tissue during increased physical effort.”

Do you belong to an organization that promotes fitness?

The company I

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Abolish your roaring lions »

In Genesis 8:9-11, we read that Noah sent a dove out of the ark a few times hoping for signs his water journey was near an end. The waiting must have been tough.

We all have times in our lives when we wait. Perhaps it’s a phone call telling us our children are home

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