Toa Heftiba

How did you sleep last night? Marilyn Pagán-Banks writes,

Everything that has to be done, everything that should have gotten done, everything I did, everything I messed up, ev.er.y.thing plays out in my mind as I try to go to sleep and in those waking moments throughout the night.

Read the rest of Body Talk, today’s UCC Daily Devotional.


“Where have you come from?” wonders Liz Crumlish.

What, in this encounter, might make sense
of what has gone before
not explaining
not diminishing
but simply holding
the cup that has passed.

Read the rest of Running away at her blog, journalling.


What’s it like to be the trailing spouse in a clergy couple? Laura Stephens-Reed writes,

developing a sense of home is difficult as a clergy spouse, particularly the spouse of an officially itinerant minister. The unknowns around how long we will be living in this place affect how much I invest in the church and community. I wonder whether it’s worth hanging pictures and art on the wall. 

For more on how she manages settling in anew, read the rest of The challenges of a pastoral change – a clergy spouse’s perspective at her blog.


What are you doing to take care of yourself? Check out April Yamasaki’s list of suggestions for physical self-care. (I did numbers 2 and 3 while reading her post!)


What is the embodied story of your life? Longtime BlogPal jo(e) shares photos of courageous women and writes,

All across the country, women are talking openly and publicly about issues that were once taboo – rape, sexual assault, and abortion. Many established writers have made the decision to go public with personal stories. “When my friend published the story of her assault, I decided I would stand with her and publish mine,” a writer explained to me. “Solidarity.”

Read the rest of Women’s Stories at her blog, and learn more about the naked blogging project.


Martha Spong is executive director of RevGalBlogPals and a clergy coach. She is co-author of Denial is My Spiritual Practice (and Other Failures of Faith), with Rachel Hackenberg, and editor of There’s a Woman in the Pulpit, a collection of essays by members of the RevGalBlogPals community.


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