Archive for the ‘Emily’s Posts’ Category

06.24.2016

An hour before my wedding, I had a very strange request

Author: Emily E. Ryan
Categories: Emily's Posts

It felt like I had waited forever to have my turn in the Bride’s Room at church. At last, after years of mediocre first dates, awkward “define-the-relationship” conversations and many lonely Friday nights, I was finally sitting in the Bride’s Room feeling like a princess in my beautiful wedding dress glowing with anticipation, nerves and… Read More »

Comment SHARE THIS:
Thumbnail Image

06.10.2016

8 steps to live beyond your daydream

Author: Emily E. Ryan
Categories: Emily's Posts

When I was young, I dreamed of becoming an astronaut. I decorated my room with posters of space shuttles, collected books about space travel and exploration, studied the lives of female astronauts, and visited NASA as often as I could. But in time, my interest in space began to fade, and it became clear that… Read More »

Comment SHARE THIS:
Thumbnail Image

05.27.2016

My favorite books for Christian writers (and wannabe writers)

Author: Emily E. Ryan
Categories: Emily's Posts

The first thing I do whenever I feel the Lord prompting me to tackle another big writing assignment is go to my shelves and grab some inspiration from others who “get me.” When God called me to start writing Woven (the Bible study I’m working on now), I knew I would need constant, biblical encouragement to persevere and… Read More »

Comment SHARE THIS:
Thumbnail Image

05.13.2016

5 phrases to avoid when God calls you to action

Author: Emily E. Ryan
Categories: Emily's Posts

Following God’s path is wonderful. It is absolutely the best decision you could ever make. But there’s something you should know. When you follow God, he sometimes asks you to do scary things. Big things. Crazy things. Things that are definitely out of your comfort zone. And when that happens, you face a fork in… Read More »

Comment SHARE THIS:
Thumbnail Image

04.15.2016

[Contest] Wanted: your six-word story

Author: Emily E. Ryan
Categories: Emily's Posts

Some say it was Ernest Hemingway who first wrote the famous six-word novel: For sale: baby shoes, never worn. Whether it was the famous American author or not, the allure to compact an entire story into just six words has sweeping appeal. It’s sparked contests, books, websites, memes and countless high school writing assignments. I… Read More »

Comment SHARE THIS:
Thumbnail Image

04.01.2016

10 unusual places to have your quiet time

Author: Emily E. Ryan
Categories: Emily's Posts

I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t want to go to the same restaurant every evening for supper, even if I ordered something new every night. I wouldn’t want to go to the same resort every summer for vacation either. And I wouldn’t even want to look at the same curtains hanging in my… Read More »

Comment SHARE THIS:
Thumbnail Image

03.18.2016

Are you whining or weeping? Three questions to ask yourself

Author: Emily E. Ryan
Categories: Emily's Posts

The other day, my three-year-old son, Solomon, taught me how to cry on cue. He said, “Mom, if you want to cry, you have to do this.” He scrunched up his nose, squinted his eyes and lowered his eyebrows, then began making fake crying noises. Five seconds later, his face popped back into a smile.… Read More »

Comment SHARE THIS:
Thumbnail Image

03.04.2016

Why you should schedule phone calls with your friends

Author: Emily E. Ryan
Categories: Emily's Posts

I opened my calendar and noticed something interesting. In a week and a half, I had four “meetings” scheduled with different friends. One was a phone call resulting from a last-minute “Can you chat tomorrow?” text that I received from a friend in Dallas. Another was a standing biweekly phone call with my friend in… Read More »

Comment SHARE THIS:
Thumbnail Image

02.19.2016

When a prodigal returns [a true story]

Author: Emily E. Ryan
Categories: Emily's Posts

[Author’s Note from Emily Ryan: I was thrilled to get to know Emily Craft when we traveled to Israel together for a mission trip. I was even more thrilled when she agreed to let me share her story. If you are currently praying for a “prodigal” – a wayward child, husband, grandchild or friend who is… Read More »

Comment SHARE THIS:
Thumbnail Image

02.05.2016

3 reasons to pray about sex

Author: Emily E. Ryan
Categories: Emily's Posts

Do you pray about your sex life? Let me be clear, I am fully aware that this is not a popular question. It may even make some of you uncomfortable. In all honesty, it makes me a little uncomfortable asking it. For some reason, we have no problem addressing related questions such as: Do you… Read More »

Comment SHARE THIS:
Thumbnail Image

01.15.2016

7 things to consider before setting goals

Author: Emily E. Ryan
Categories: Emily's Posts

We’re just a few days into January, and new year’s resolutions are already breaking all around us like campaign promises after election day. This year was going to be the year you drank more water, exercised more regularly, watched less TV, or gave up coffee and sodas. So how are you doing so far? What… Read More »

Comment SHARE THIS:
Thumbnail Image

11.06.2015

How one woman is facing the clique problem in women’s ministry

Author: Emily E. Ryan
Categories: Emily's Posts

Sometimes there is an ugly side to women’s ministry that we’d rather not talk about. Many churches ignore it, pretend it doesn’t exist or shrug it off as inconsequential. But there are times when it is very real, very dark, and very much a problem that one women is choosing to face head-on.   It’s… Read More »

Comment SHARE THIS:
Thumbnail Image