The Consilium Blog

Don’t Quit & Jump Ship – Hold Tight & Pray

Have you noticed that the older we become, the more our experiences inform our faith and beliefs?  As older women, many of us have deep wells of hard-earned wisdom from which we draw.  Maybe, like me, you have noticed how the changing political tide has unearthed some...

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What Prayer and Swimsuits Have in Common

Swimsuit season is around the corner. Maybe that’s not the opening sentence you’d expect in a blog post about prayer — though wouldn’t it be nice if confessing those extra pounds could remove them as far as the east is from the west? Yeah. Not happening. As I was...

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God is Faithful and We Belong to Him

Behold, all souls are mine… Ezekiel 18:4 NIV In one year, six months apart, I nearly died and did die. I survived a pancreatic attack. The doctors came in the hospital and gravely gave me the bad news: "Because of your damaged gallbladder, your pancreas has misfired,...

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The Power of Purpose

After Daddy left Mama and us kids, Mama had no choice but to get a license, somehow obtain a beat up old car and get a job. She had a focused purpose. That purpose was to provide for and raise those of her brood of seven kids that were still at home. She was focused...

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One Word Changed My Outlook and Helped Me Grow

Instead of a New Years resolution of promises to eat healthier or exercise that I’d never make good on. The past few years I’ve resolved to focus on one insightful word that I could cling to for a year. I wanted a “spiritual” word; one that’s been invisible from my...

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This Is Us Being Us – A Glimpse Into Our Marriage

Doc helped me to clean the kitchen before we jumped in the car to get a few items from the drugstore.  Walking out of the door, I grabbed the bag of overstuffed garbage, hung it on the side mirror of my car, as we usually do, and drove down the long driveway to our...

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I Do Not Believe in Coincidence

I do not believe in coincidence. Jeremiah 1:5 instructs us that before we were formed in the womb, He knew us. That means that nothing can be hidden from Him; it is only when our eyes have opened, only when our souls are ready to receive…that is when it is time. It’s...

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Learning the Gift of Comfort

Empathy. It’s "the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.” We’ve all known it at one time or another—a friend who comes alongside and offers support, love, comfort, and understanding. But not just anyone can offer this gift of gifts. Most often it...

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