Lisa Marcia

30 Flips | 9 Magazines | 57 Likes | 2 Following | 3 Followers | @lisamarcia | Writing my story. Resting in the moments. Raising 2 handsome boys. Sipping burboun with my beau.   http://soulcollective.net

I Don't Understand Caitlyn Jenner

There are two clear camps:<p>People are either closed-minded religious bigots and fear mongers and think she is a hero or…<br>• People think Caitlyn is a …

Relationships

Buried Secrets

<i>Guest Contributor Jessica Condrey</i><p>“When was the first time you felt sexually <i>offended</i>,” my husband asked.<p>Wait…..what? I thought to myself.<p><b>Offended</b>.<p>That …

Positive Thinking

It's Okay to be Weak

When you lose your husband to an unwanted divorce and lose your only child to cancer life somehow loses it’s zest. Honestly, life itself just didn’t …

Positive Thinking

Why I Don't Parent By The Book

<i>I’m sure as I publish this I will regret it. Maybe? I don’t know, but I figure there will be lots of discussion that will ensue and people will think</i> …

Parenting

Afraid of Being Alone

<i>Guest contributor Dee Dee Westbrook</i><p>My pastor recently spoke on being afraid. I had to sing a song right after his message that has been very personal …

Positive Thinking

The Shoreline Sea Glass

Growing up, we lived in Southern California. The beach was a normal weekend family outing for us. I grew up riding the Newport Beach ferry across to …

Newport Beach

Want millennials back in the pews? Stop trying to make church ‘cool.’

<i>Rachel Held Evans is a blogger and the author of “Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church.”</i><p>Bass reverberates through the auditorium floor as a heavily bearded worship leader pauses to invite the congregation, bathed in the light of two giant screens, to tweet using …

Christmas Eve

Why Women in Church Aren't Speaking

Being from Southern California I feel almost handicapped on the difference in culture here in the Bible belt. Growing up, I never thought about …

African-American News

How Motivation Can Be Mistaken For Leadership

Before every soccer game in high school we’d have the speakers cranked in the stadium and our set list was nothing short of a movie soundtrack. …

Motivation

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My son is a graduating. Yes, my son is a senior in high school, and he graduates in just over a month. I’m not sure this reality has even hit me yet. …

Why I Won't Ask For Grace For My Joy

Two posts in a row about joy. What’s the world coming to?<p>You know how last week I wrote on digging for joy? It’s hard work, I will never discount the …

Relationships

Why Joy is Dangerous

When I think of the word joy, there are several things that usually come to my mind. It’s the type of feeling that comes pouring out of our kids so …

What I Love to Do That Feeds My Soul: The Quiet

Connecting with who you are can be a scary thing. Especially because we tend to know the places we don’t want our minds to dwell in when we enter…<p>The …

Time I

Straight A-mens : A Pastor's Kid Rebellion

Hi, I’m Lisa. I’m a former pastor’s kid & current ministry wife. It’s funny how we’re brought full circle to places we’ve said we’d never go again. …

Empathy

Inside Out Pajamas Make it Snow

Just when I’d given up hope on a winter snow this year, my oldest became even more adamant about it happening. This kid. He teaches me so much about …

Coffeemakers

Teacups and Trust

When I was 14, my Grandma came to visit. She lived in rainy Portland, Oregon and we lived in Southern California so we didn’t get to see her very …

Grapes, Olives, Roses and a Back Massage

Backrubs in the front room lead to _____ in the back room. Sorry, had to. Was that just an old church youth group joke or do other people know about …

Positive Thinking

Nike Commercial My Friends

My third grade teacher who later became a family friend was a tough sell on most things. He was old school. Stern, stuck in his ways, an older man, a …

Babysitting

Why Letting Go of Survival Mentality Isn't Giving Up

When something has weathered a storm, it’s called “surviving.” It’s always good when we survive something. It develops different character traits; …

Heartbreak of a Million Pieces

<i>Contributing Author</i> Katee Teng<p>Last week I had a conversation with one of my high school students that left my heart aching. She was going through her …

Faith

Why I Gave Up My Business Contracts for Lent

In March, I had a crazy idea.<p>Let me give up business contracts for Lent. Rational? Irrational? I still don’t know…but in my busy season, when I …

Thank You For Our Needs

I tend to have a lot of words. If you’ve read some of my blogs, you know I’m not exaggerating. My oldest son Jack also has lots of words. Runs in the …

Christian Women Need to Step It Up

As I sit down to write this I still don’t know who will be receptive. It comes out strong and I’ve held off publishing it until I felt I had enough …

Women Leaders

So You Love Jesus, But Hate the Church?

It almost seems as if there is nothing new under the sun. It almost feels as if we’ve heard this story before: Leaders in the church world, who built …

Flavors

Answered Prayers in Masquerade Masks

As I sat down to write today I thought about all the things in my life I’ve dreamed of, fought for, and persevered through. Deep thoughts for a …

Storytelling

Haters Gonna Hate

<i>Contributing Author</i> Emily Hearn Harrison<p>I’ve always known that I was a people pleaser. From a very early age there were these clear, unfortunate …