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Mary was a Teenager: a post Christmas reflection by Nell Green

The wrapping paper has made it’s way to the recycle bin and the toys are no longer new. Many of us have returned to our normal routine. Yet I find myself reflecting on something that came up numerous times this holiday season.

Can we do less? by Roy A. Jones II

Willingness and flexibility. That's all it took to be a volunteer Mud-out Missionary to help the flood victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston Sept. 18-22. The five of us who went on the first of several planned trips led by John Moore didn't do what we went expecting to do, but we received much more than we gave.

Media Mention: It's Time to Understand the Islamic Veil by Christen Kinard

Mom (Nell Green) recently contributed to a piece in Sojourners magazine on the Muslim veil and how to understand it. Her contribution to the article was part of the launch of Mirror on the Veil, a book that includes a collection of personal essays on the hijab and on veiling, one of which is Mom's. 

#Thisiswhatrecoverlookslike #everydayalittlebetter Part 3

I choose to be the best I can be today, physically and spiritually. I do not know what the end of this journey will look like, but I know I will not be the same. For that I am profoundly grateful. 

#Thisiswhatrecoverylookslike #Everydayalittlebetter Part 2

I am moving slowly these days in more ways than one. Physically to be sure. The physical has caused me to look at the spiritual. Sabbath….#thisiswhatrecoverylookslike #everydayalitlebetter

#Thisiswhatrecoverylookslike #Everydayalittlebitbetter

This blog post has been a while in coming. Every day as I process recovery and what it looks like, I vacillate between wanting to say “Yay! Look how far I have come!” and “This sucks.” My daughter tells me reality and honesty is good in blogging and Brene Brown says be vulnerable. Well there you go. 

The Proverbs 31 Man

We have all been faced with that glorious example of womanhood, the Proverbs 31 woman. And who amongst us hasn’t at times been frustrated in our attempt to live up to this wonder woman. But let me ask you if you have ever heard of the Proverbs 31 MAN?

Real places. Real people. Real faces. by Nell Green

I will never forget after 9/11 and the war on terror was in full force. We lived in Europe at the time. I would listen to American radio over the internet. Often I would hear, let’s pray for our men and women in combat. Let’s pray for our mothers who have lost children in combat.

Tiny Drops in a Big Buckets: Addressing the Vulnerabilities of Human Trafficking by Nell Green

There was a certain relief when we returned to serve in the U.S. We would have more resources. The task would not be quite so overwhelming. We would have the support of the church at our fingertips. I has not worked out quite like that. Why? Not because those things are not true, but because the very same systems of injustice that make people overseas vulnerable to trafficking exist right here. Of course we must led aid to victims of both labor and sex trafficking whenever, wherever and however we are able. But if we are to forever end slavery of all sorts, we must eradicate the systems of injustice that make people vulnerable to trafficking.

Voices by Nell Green

The voice of Jesus is the same way. Indeed there are other voices around us attempting to drown him out. But when we learn his voice, we learn to focus, and we learn to separate out the other voices, there will be only one voice for us and we will follow it without question. No other voice will tempt us. We will by instinct know the voice that is for us. And even after all these years in so many different places, contexts, and cultures, I can honestly say life is abundant when we hear, listen, and follow.