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The Decapitation Strategy

The Decapitation Strategy

My first spiritual mentor was a recent seminary graduate serving as the youth pastor of my first church. He spent a lot of time with our little youth ministry team teaching us how to study scripture, introducing us to the great classics, and challenging us with...

A Day is as a Thousand Years

A Day is as a Thousand Years

I’m a “bright shiny objects” person. It means I have an insatiable curiosity about everything, always running down an intriguing path to see if there’s anything waiting to be discovered and worth gazing upon for more than a week. It’s not a mindless pursuit of...

Day 19 – Life is Beautiful

Day 19 – Life is Beautiful

The scene keeps running through my mind … the father passing by the prisoners’ quarters while his son watches from inside. He puts on a little show for his boy, a way to encourage, entertain, and reassure. It’s going to be all right. As the son turns away, a Nazi...

Day 18 – The Gideon Poll

Day 18 – The Gideon Poll

There’s this thing that happens periodically, at least it does in my life, where the odds are completely against me. I’m in danger, or I face what seems like an insurmountable challenge, or I feel absolutely lost and confused, weakened by a foreboding insecurity. The...

Days 14 15 16 and 17

Days 14 15 16 and 17

I’ll make this a quick post because there’s no reason to beat myself up for coming up short on Friday and then ending up lost in an unconnected zone on Saturday and Sunday. Stuff happens. Day 14 – Despondent Every so often I find myself pulled down into a dark ditch...

Day 13 – The Only Solution

Day 13 – The Only Solution

I’ve become really hesitant to make any long-term plans, pay the bills too far ahead, or feel hopeful about one day leaving my home without risking the rise of resentment in my gut as I look at what our piece-of-garbage governor has done, and continues to do, to what...

Day 12 – An Egregious Sign

Day 12 – An Egregious Sign

In order to form a more perfect union … In order to keep an imperfect union … In order to regain a more perfect union … Last night’s debate was a travesty and an egregious sign of how far we’ve strayed from the original idea of what it means to operate in unity, let...

Day 11 – Tonight’s the Night

Day 11 – Tonight’s the Night

As soon as I wrote the word “night,” Rod Stewart started singing in my ear. And then one thought led to another. Okay, I’m back. So, tonight’s the big night, right? The big debate between Trump and Biden? I haven’t been this anxious to watch a presidential debate...

Day 10 – My First Yom Kippur

Day 10 – My First Yom Kippur

It began at 10:00 am EST.  Anxious to learn why the rabbi had had such a sense of urgency about attendance, I secluded myself away from the family and watched with my full attention. By the time it ended, I felt like I’d been punched in the gut by Mohammed Ali. Dang...

Day 9 – The Dems Ought to Love Trump

Day 9 – The Dems Ought to Love Trump

If you saw the movie Peewee’s Big Adventure, you’ll remember how fond he was of saying, “I know you are, but what am I?” The words, in Paul Reuben’s squeaky voice, run through my mind several times a day, usually in response to the latest bogus accusation against...

Day 8 – A Quiet Preparation

Day 8 – A Quiet Preparation

Yesterday I took a drive to my local gun dealer to purchase some ammo and when I got there, I told the kid what I wanted, and in mid-stride moving toward the ammo vault, he stopped and turned, shaking his head. “You don’t have any?” I asked. “None.” “When do you get...

Day 7 – Take a Breath

Day 7 – Take a Breath

I’ve made it to the seventh day, which is 15% through my 45-day posting challenge. So far I’ve had readers from Russia, China, South Africa, and France. The hits from the U.S. were probably just me and my husband. Anyway, I got a comment too, but it was in Russian so...

Day 6 – The Waiting

Day 6 – The Waiting

There are mysteries that perplex us all, yet without them we wouldn’t enjoy being human. We humans are awakened and motivated by mystery. We have a natural curiosity to explore and find out what's real and what's true. Personally, I think humans are amazing creations....

Day 5 – Perspective

Day 5 – Perspective

The fomenting of fear aims to do one thing: control the masses. If one can form a cloud of fear and place it above a people, making it hover and restrict the view, then one can paint a false picture of reality, and thereby gain some ability to bring a people under...

Day 4 – Church, Church, Church

Day 4 – Church, Church, Church

I’m a writer. I write books. Sometimes they sell and sometimes they don’t. Mostly they don’t. I used to care, but after a while you realize that unless you’re willing to take out a second on the house and pour tens of thousands into ads every month … you heard me …...

Day 3 – The Spirituality of Work

Day 3 – The Spirituality of Work

For whatever reason, today I think it’s worthwhile to write about work. I love work. I’m addicted to work. After a marathon-day of focused attention on a project, one that requires not only efficiency, but also some real contemplative thought about the work itself and...

Day 2 – The Wedding Feast

Day 2 – The Wedding Feast

Already? It’s only the second day of my 45-day daily posting challenge and I find myself in the very uncomfortable and distressing position of having received a troubling message about which I cannot remain quiet. It was sent to me via my recently discovered Messianic...

Day 1 – Getting Off My Butt

Day 1 – Getting Off My Butt

Today, literally and metaphorically, I’m getting off my butt. You see, I’ve been waiting around for nearly 5 years for my purpose to come a’knocking. And I’ve been getting ready for it, believe me. Thousands, if not tens of...