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The writings of Eileen Parsons

In the Company of Sisters

Posted by on Aug 31, 2017 in Articles | 3 comments

In the Company of Sisters

“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; but how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

 

 

I look at the ladies seated around my table and smile.  (more…)

Who Do You Say That I Am?

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017 in Articles | 6 comments

Who Do You Say That I Am?

I’ve spent several weeks dealing with my identity in Christ.  I am a child of the Most-High God, joint-heir with Christ, His daughter, His friend, His bride.  I am an apostle, scribe, His messenger.  I am loved, treasured, cherished.

 

Still, despite the reminders (over and over and over again!) of those truths, I’d again have trouble focusing on the Lord’s work and instead find myself focusing on the troubles, the obstacles, the arrows being shot in my direction. I was still saying, “Yes, Lord, but…” and then would spill out to God the doubts, fears, and reservations, reminding Him of my shortcomings and failures. (more…)

The Sea of Voices of Praise

Posted by on Apr 20, 2017 in Articles | 2 comments

The Sea of Voices of Praise

“And I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was then thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice ‘worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing!’”  Revelation 5:11-12 (more…)

Scales of Truth

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Articles | 0 comments

Scales of Truth

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” I John 4:1

 

 

The last couple of weeks have been, well, frustrating.  I had hoped that after the election, the hate and division would begin to taper off.  It has instead become worse.  Lies and half-truths are being spread – and believed – by people on both sides of the issues we face in our country.  We aren’t waiting to learn the whole truth about a situation before we start accusing each other of all sorts of “un-American” actions.  More and more, I’m turning off the news and listening to music.  I’m trying to avoid the arguments on social media; I’m trying to be understanding of my friends and family who don’t see eye to eye on the issues.  The hate and maliciousness I’m seeing in people, even in those with whom I usually agree, have disappointed and discouraged me. (more…)

Overflowing with Thanksgiving

Posted by on Nov 24, 2016 in Articles | 2 comments

Overflowing with Thanksgiving

Ribbons of sunlight and slight patches of blue push through the clouds.  Gray skies, gusting winds, freezing temperatures, and steady, blowing snow have held me hostage.  Nearly four feet of snow fell in less than 48 hours.  The calendar may still say “Autumn,” but the picture outside my window definitely says “Winter.”  The snow clings to every leafless, barren branch.  The cold bites through layers of clothes. (more…)

The Lies in the Mirror

Posted by on Oct 13, 2016 in Articles | 2 comments

The Lies in the Mirror

“I don’t like my body.  This part’s too big and I’m too short and…”

 

A list of body-defects followed as we exited the store.  I looked at the young woman beside me.  There was conviction in her voice.  Sadness filled her eyes as she shared what she didn’t like about herself.  What I saw when I looked at her was a contradiction of what she saw when she looked in the mirror.  I saw a woman of beauty.  I couldn’t see the too big or the too short or the many other negative elements she saw in herself.  I saw beauty. (more…)

Last Days of Summer

Posted by on Sep 8, 2016 in Articles | 2 comments

Last Days of Summer

“You have set all the borders of the earth; You have made summer and winter.”  Psalm 74:17

 

 

The scent of basil drifts through the open window.  Fresh-clipped sprigs of it line the basket on the table on my deck.  Thyme and sage are drying in the kitchen, their scents greeting me when I walk into the room.  I love the herbal potpourri that fills my home when it’s time close up my garden for the season.  And despite the warm weather (it’s 95 degrees this afternoon!), summer in Upstate New York is coming to end. (more…)

Greater Than the Grains of Sand

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 in Articles | 3 comments

Greater Than the Grains of Sand

“How precious to me are Your thoughts, God!  How vast is the sum of them!  Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand; when I awake, I am with you.”  Psalm 139:17-18

 

 

Do you ever wonder what God sees in you?  Or, what He sees in any of us, really?  I do.  I look in the mirror and wonder “what is there about this face and this personality that makes God think about me?  Who am I, that God would even WANT to think about me?” (more…)

Calm in the Storm

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in Articles | 4 comments

Calm in the Storm

Lightning streaked across the sky.  Thunder rumbled in the distance.  The rain didn’t come, but the humidity rose steadily, promising rain would come.  It was well after two in the morning, but I couldn’t sleep.  Sitting on the living room floor in front of the French doors that lead to my deck, with my terrified dog resting her head in my lap, I watched the seemingly endless lightning flashing through the dark. (more…)