ShePonders: My Present Embarrassment

L_Kelley

I got heartbreaking news recently. I’d seen it coming for weeks, but the audible words still knocked the wind out of me. Disappointment came first, the sensation of stillbirth. My dream that I labored on for well over nine months was a casualty. I carried an almost immediate emptiness due to this incomplete creation, this […]

STOP THE SILENCE: I Had To Get Away

StopSilence

[TRIGGER WARNING: Descriptions of emotional abuse + stalking] By L. I knew something was wrong, during my short marriage to J., but couldn’t put my finger on it. One night, we watched a news story about a police chief who stalked, shot and killed his ex-wife in front of their children before turning the gun on […]

A New Heart, Beyond Stereotypical Womanhood

M-AMY2

We first met, one January morning, during her office hours. Dr. Catherine Kroeger’s eyes sparkled when our discussion turned to women in the Bible. She spoke of them fondly as if they were close friends—Miriam, Deborah, Abigail and a host of others from the Old and New Testaments. She spoke warmly to me although she […]

Making Space Anyway

M-ADDIE

By Addie Zierman | Twitter: @addiezierman I was 14, maybe 15, when I gathered up all of my courage, walked up to the pastor’s wife in the church foyer, and asked her if maybe she would consider mentoring me. She was tall and beautiful with a kind smile and platinum blonde hair that she wore swept […]

Kicking Off Mentoring Week: Paying Attention

M-HEATHER

One email changed my life. It could change yours too. All Donna-Jean meant to do was ask about local churches. Instead, she changed my life. About six months ago, DJ, as she goes by, contacted me out of the blue. She’s a SheLoves reader who emailed to ask about churches in my town; she was […]