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Meet Author Melissa Spoelstra, Part 2!

Meet Author Melissa Spoelstra, Part 2!

by Abingdon Women
We first introduced you to soon-to-be-Abingdon Women author Melissa Spoelstra back in April (read Part 1 of our interview). We're now a month closer to the August publication of her first book, Jeremiah: Daring to Hope in an Unstable World, and we thought it would be a good time to ask Melissa about the writing experience:
The Parade Passes By

The Parade Passes By

by Cynthia Ruchti
I’m convinced my memory is accurate regarding my baby sister’s reign as Pork Princess (no reflection on her petite frame) for the annual Dairy Festival Parade in our hometown. She insists she was some other kind of princess—name a farm product. Silage Princess? I don’t think so.
The Cruise News Just Keeps Getting Better!

The Cruise News Just Keeps Getting Better!

by Abingdon Women
On Wednesday we announced Rosalind Shirley as the winner of our cruise retreat--be sure to read her inspiring story. Now, we've added yet another name to the guest list: new Abingdon Women author Melissa Spoelstra! In August we'll publish Melissa's Bible study Jeremiah: Daring to Hope in an Unstable World. And in February, she'll share her gift for ministry on our Abingdon Women - "Your Life, Your Faith" Cruise, February 2nd - 7th, 2015.
Inspiring Women’s Group Leader Selected for Abingdon Women Cruise

Inspiring Women’s Group Leader Selected for Abingdon Women Cruise

by Abingdon Women
When Abingdon Women suggested that you “Send a Friend Sailing” on our Your Life, Your Faith cruise retreat, we had no way of knowing just how many incredible women we would meet thanks to your submissions. Selecting just one of them to... read more
The Product of Mothering

The Product of Mothering

by Jessica LaGrone
My friend Jonathan is a finance professor who teaches at a large state university in Texas. At the end of one semester a student named Chris approached him at the end of class to inquire about why his grade was so low. Jonathan replied: “Well, I looked for you in class to tell you that you were losing points because of the attendance policy, but every time I looked for you, you weren’t there.”
Embracing

Embracing "Embraced by God"

by Guest Post
Embracing "Embraced by God" by Donna Douglas Walchle. I have taken many Bible studies in my time, but none that compare to the personal depth, richness and life-changing insights of Embraced by God, written by my longtime friend, sista and co-writer in song, Babbie Mason.
Hungry for the Light

Hungry for the Light

by Guest Post
Hungry for the Light by Britney Baer Living through a Seattle winter has taught me a few things about sunshine. While it isn’t miserably cold or harsh—and can be beautiful in its own way—it’s just not sunny. It is gray, mild and wet…pretty much every day for months.
The Good News of Good Friday

The Good News of Good Friday

by Abingdon Women
The Good News of Good Friday For a long time, before I really understood my faith, I thought it strange that we call Good Friday good, when we know it leads to Jesus' incredible suffering and the ultimate sacrifice. Some Christian traditions do recognize this day as something other than “good.” In German, for example, the day is called Karfreitag, or “Sorrowful Friday.” There are also some who believe “Good Friday” actually developed from an older name, “God’s Friday.” Regardless of what we call that fateful day, as Christians we know that Jesus' death on the cross, the most momentous event in history, earned us forgiveness and life eternal. Indeed, that is good news!
To the Cross

To the Cross

by Guest Post
To the Cross by Joni Taylor “Who do you say that I am?” Jesus’ question to his disciples and to us is the same, “Who do you say that I am?” It is one of the most important questions we will ever have to answer. Peter responded: “You are the Christ.”
Meet New Abingdon Women Author Melissa Spoelstra!

Meet New Abingdon Women Author Melissa Spoelstra!

by Abingdon Women
An Interview with Author Melissa Spoelstra Melissa is the author of “Jeremiah: Daring to Hope in an Unstable World,” an Abingdon Women Bible study slated for release this summer. I recently had the distinct pleasure of interviewing our newest author and learning about her personal history and faith, her sources of inspiration, and that which has challenged her along the way. This is the first in a multi-part interview that we'll share over the months leading up to the book's publication:
Embracing a Time of  Repentance, Rest, Quietness and Trust

Embracing a Time of Repentance, Rest, Quietness and Trust

by Guest Post
Embracing a Time of Repentance, Rest, Quietness and Trust by Kim Shimer We are more than halfway through the forty days of Lent, a time of growing closer to God through prayer, meditation and reflection. If your faith discipline doesn't celebrate this pre-Easter Christian season, I encourage you to refer to MaryJane Pierce Norton's brief introduction in her 2014 Family Study for Lent.
Nothing Can Separate Us

Nothing Can Separate Us

by Jessica LaGrone
Nothing Can Separate Us by Jessica LaGrone Do you have any obstacles in your life? Anything that you are bumping up against? Me too. Here’s a Scripture that really speaks to me when I’m facing obstacles: