Posts Tagged ‘Featured’

Transitioning with Power

Posted on: September 18th, 2012 by Heather Holterman No Comments

Transition: movement, passage, or change from one position, state, stage, subject, concept, etc., to another; change.

Have you ever been in a transition period in your life and wondered “God, are you still there?”  Perhaps you have had to transition to a new job, a new city or a new church.  Maybe you’ve had to transition into a new way of thinking or maybe even into a new size of jeans!  I wonder if you’ve even prayed for a change or a transition only to be doubtful once God starts seeing it through?  Whatever the case, during times of transition, we may struggle from time to time to see God’s presence during it all.

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Change For The Meter?

Posted on: September 11th, 2012 by Shay Enz No Comments

Change.

Change makes something different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone.

Isn’t that how we feel sometimes?  I just wish things would be left as they are.  If not forever, just a little while longer.

I have seen a lot of change in my life and the lives of others: lives changed by money, moves, marriage, children, divorce, jobs, religion and parents.  I’ve seen people changed by accidents, death of loved ones, age, bad choices, heartache and “finding” or not “finding” God.

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The “One” Supply

Posted on: September 4th, 2012 by Nickie Jupp 3 Comments

August comes so quickly after a summer of hot humid days and lots of pool time! Our families start to receive mail from their school teachers with supply lists, bus schedules,  school pictures and band camp. We start to go through our children’s closets to see what fits and what doesn’t. Just one more shopping trip to check off the list in hopes to get them ready for a successful year of great memories,  learning, and meeting new friends!

Then September sneaks in.  I can still remember the first few days of a new school year. The new pair of tennies on my feet,  the sweet backpack , and the smell in the hall of a mixture of cafeteria and gym aroma. I had a slight butterfly in my tummy and an excitement I can’t quite explain. I wondered if maybe the bully would forget me from the year before, or hopeed to get the teacher that always smiled at me when they saw me.

As a parent with children now almost twenty years later , it seems to me that schedules have gotten quite full and my opportunities to have teachable moments with them are few and far between. My intentions to make sure they had what they needed were there, but the time wasn’t.

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Back 2 “School”

Posted on: September 2nd, 2012 by Lisa Van Wyk 1 Comment

It’s that time of year.  Back to “School.”

Whether you are excited.

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JOY on our Journey

Posted on: August 29th, 2012 by Lisa Van Wyk 2 Comments

A surprising young man gave me a deeper understanding of joy.  He was in his mid to late twenties, yet his skin reflected that of one 10 years older.  His hair sprouted a short, blonde, spiked James Dean look alike.  He caught my eye, as I was driving down our main city street, bustling with the morning’s activity; people hurrying off to work and school in an array of diverse vehicles, a moving rainbow of traffic.  He wore a set of dark blue sagging pants, black sneakers, and a grey long sleeve sweatshirt.  He wrapped his arms tightly across his chest and walked aimlessly along a side road with a look of disgust, anger, and hopelessness.  It was as if he was scanning the path in front of him for some oddity to bring him hope, a gem to give him joy – but nothing.

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And the Winner Is….

Posted on: August 27th, 2012 by Lisa Van Wyk No Comments

 To ALL Our Readers and Contributors,

Thank YOU for being here during the launch of YOUR Sisterhood website!

Thank YOU for walking with us as we retold stories about Our Life’s Journey.

For every comment you left, you were entered in the drawing for one of four copies of

Cheri Keaggy’s new music album “So I Can Tell” 

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I Kicked Carrie

Posted on: August 21st, 2012 by Lisa Van Wyk No Comments

There were twelve seconds left on the clock. The crowd was in an uproar.  The basketball coaches brought Mary Ann in to finish the game.  No one could understand it.  She was hurt.  She could hardly hobble down the court, yet Sydney inbounded the basketball in to her with confidence. Mary Ann miraculously dribbled down the length of the court as if the pain hadn’t bothered her, but I knew better.  It took practically ten minutes for her to be lifted off the court and walked to the bench where she missed almost the entire second half of the game.  But here she was.  The game was on the line.  They were down by one and she had the ball in her hand.

I stood up trying to peer over the rest of the crowd pushing up and forward, my eyes locked into the action.  I couldn’t resist my body as if it sensed and mirrored every move Mary Ann made, twitching left and right with every fake and maneuver she gracefully and freely danced around the other teams’ defenders. I made eye contact with another Oshkosh fan decked out in black and gold.  Wide eyed, with disbelief and excitement in our eyes, we smiled at each other.  Five seconds left.

“Hey, I know you.” An eerily familiar voice called out to me.  “You ran track here a number of years ago.  So what are you up to now?”

I couldn’t believe it.  Why on earth would someone ask me that question now!  I turned towards the voice not wanting to be rude.  “Yes, I did,” I quickly chirped.  “But that was a long time ago.”

The gal looked to be about 30 years old, decked out in Purple and White.  Just as I looked back to the court, I saw the basketball sink through the orange rim and heard the buzzer go off.  Mary Ann’s teammates corralled around her hugging her tight, laughing, and giving her high fives.

“What happened?!” I burst out loud, splaying my arms out in front of me in disbeliefI can’t believe I missed what happened.  There aren’t any instant playback highlights in women’s Division III sports.  I was perturbed.  I knew I missed a great move by a star player, who, on top of everything else, was injured.

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Embracing Difficulties to become an Expert

Posted on: August 14th, 2012 by Lisa Van Wyk 4 Comments

 

Lisa’s path

Have you ever traveled on a difficult path and was a better person for it?  I was on that path recently, but it taught me some surprising lessons.

It was a chilly 40 degree spring day.  Somehow I was talked into waking up too early to mountain bike on unfamiliar terrain through the woods.  A disastrous concept at best.  I was with my girlfriends, Terri and Amy, at Hartman State Park, which is known to have one of the finest mountain biking trails in Northeast Wisconsin.

When I say “best” trails, to the extreme bikers, this means bike paths with narrow 3’ openings between “concrete” pines, hundreds of roots to “jump” over, and 2’ boulders to meander around.  There are steep cliff edges to avoid, rises in elevation that leave you burning, roller coaster drops that send you careening off the beaten path, climaxing in breathlessness.  That, my friend was the Easy track!

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Saved from a Raging River

Posted on: August 7th, 2012 by Lisa Van Wyk No Comments

Two thousand and ten. The sun was bright, the air dry, and the rivers raging. It was one of the most exhilarating times of my life and one of the deadliest.

I embarked on a Colorado trip with 11 other adventurous women.   It was a June summer day as a big yellow school bus brought us to our destination: Class IV and V advanced white-water rapids. I thought I was in for a fun ride after the tour guide gave a most hilarious, side splitting, last minute training, on how to hang on to your oars, ride the river, and stay alive. I exited the bus, unconscious of the fact he wasn’t kidding, more concerned about hitting the outhouse before squatting in a raft for four hours.

THE 2010 COLORADO CREW

I was blissfully unaware that I was in for the ride of my life. Six of us more daring girls corralled into the same boat, with an oar in one hand, a sticky wet suit, a blue helmet, and an uncomfortably large inflatable vest. Our guide, a single 23-year-old young lad, maneuvered the boat from the rear. His clothes looked dirty, tattered and slept in. I just hope you know what you’re doing, I thought.

I started our journey in the front of the boat riding these unexpected 5’to 8’ high treacherous waves, banging into the rocks, soaked through from head to toe and chilled by the 45 degree water. Wet suits are just that. Wet and cold. I held on to dear life with my oar, while we all ironically laughed and screamed “go faster!” Each time we came to a calm section of the river, we all giggled with glee never having experienced this swelling of fear and fun in combination before. This was definitely the most fun I had ever had in my life.

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Our Life’s Journey

Posted on: July 3rd, 2012 by Lisa Van Wyk 3 Comments

Hello sweet one.  Thank you for visiting!  Each month, we’ll explore a theme close to a women’s heart.  Each week we post a new blog based on that monthly theme from various contributors in different seasons of life to make sure you receive the support, guidance, and encouragement YOU need.

This month we are talking about

“Our Life’s Journey”

This is Lisa Van Wyk, Founder of The Sisterhood and Enspire blog.  For me, it’s been a bittersweet journey from my first awakening to this very moment with you now.

Even though I’ve been through enough wildernesses, deserts, and valleys, I wouldn’t exchange my life for any other.  Every trial has brought triumphs, every loss, a gain.  I’ve met life-long friends and have been blessed with the most dysfunctional, yet exciting family ever!  I relish the ironies.  And day in and day out, my sweet Lord and Savior has proven faithful.  So I’m making the best of my life.  It’s the only one I’ve been promised.  I’m making the most of it – for you, for me, for the Lord, and for my family. (more…)