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In This Issue
Keys to Living in Victory ... by Angela Donadio
Living on Emply ... by Ruth Pabon
Full Circle by Laura Qualls
So Far and No Further by Lois Quesenberry
His Call and His Command by Sophia Carter
A Table in the Wilderness by Deborah Galyen
Connecting with Your Family - Your Marriage
....Your Children
Connecting with Yourself - Spiritual Formation
... Think About It
... Your Health
Connecting with Your Funny Bone

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by Johnese Burtram
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Though I am not by anyone's estimation a fashion plate, I do tend toward picky regarding my apparel. I want to feel good about how I look.  Everything, including accessories, needs to coordinate. I nearly suffered from apoplexy during those years when my kids were into grunge. Yikes!


In Ephesians Paul speaks plainly about our spiritual apparel and accessories. Chapter Four urges us to dress in the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. In Chapter Six we are to put on the full armor of God.


The best dressed woman of God is clothed in truth and righteousness. She boldly accessorizes with the helmet of salvation, the shield of faith, and the sword of the Spirit - the word of God. This issue of Potomac WIM Connection is focused on the word of God. Thank you for your contributions. Your honesty encourages us and your victories warm our hearts.


The Word of God, quick and powerful. It penetrates to the separation of soul and spirit and judges between our thought and heart attitudes. Nothing remains hidden from God. (Heb. 4)


Now that we are laid bare by the Word, we can apply that same Word for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness. The Word that is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path thoroughly equips us for every good work. (II Tim. 3:16. 17, Ps.119:105)


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Connecting with the Sistahs

 "Keys to Living in Victory - God's Word Comes Alive in You"
by Angela Donadio


We know God's Word is alive and active, yet sometimes our prayer and devotional life seems dull or lethargic. How do we put power in our prayer life and see God's Word come alive in us?  Read more . . .

Living on Empty...But Having Plenty

By Rev. Ruth Pabon

Philippians 4:6-7


All my life I have seen miracles every day.  When I got a revelation of a powerful God who loved and cared for me, it was enough for me to know He could do anything He wanted.  Everything bows to God.  The sciences, metaphysics, politics, nature - everything - are under the omnipotent hand of God. I learned I could trust the Lord when things go haywire, when the problem is too big, when the crisis is too far gone, and even when my own mistakes take me down a lonesome path.  Read more . . .

by Laura Qualls

In the 1970s I learned some powerful truths about the Word of God.  


I learned the entire Bible is the Logos of God, the Word of God for everyone at all times. However, there are moments when a portion of scripture is illuminated especially for the individual and we receive that word as a rhema. This often happens to believers. Read more. . .


So Far and No Further  

by Lois Quesenberry


For many years now, I have been so excited about the living word. When I read the Bible, it often comes alive in my reading and sets me on a journey to find out what God really meant.   Read more. . . 





His Call and His Command

by Sophia Carter


In the fall of 2005 the Lord confirmed His call to a pastorate in Washington DC. The move began in January 2006 with my husband leaving Grand Cayman. The kids and I would follow in July. As the separation was hard on all of us, we were excited when Fitzgerald received an invitation to return in March as the guest speaker for an upper school retreat.
 Read more. . .  


 A Table in the Wilderness (Psalm 78)   by Deborah Galyen 


God was most angry with the Israelites because they didn't believe He could provide a table in the wilderness. He split the rock for them, and water gushed out.  He parted the Red Sea and led them through on dry land, killing their enemies behind them.  He led them out of slavery with mighty acts of power.  He showed Himself their Shepherd by a cloud in the day and a fire at night, never leaving them alone, lost, or uncertain of what to do next.    Read more. . .   


Connecting with the Sistahs at the WIM Retreat. 


Connecting with Your Family
Your Marriage  

What is God's Purpose for Your Marriage

by April Motl, Crosswalk.com Contributor
Thursday, March 22, 2012


So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground." Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground - everything that has the breath of life in it - I give every green plant for food." And it was so. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning - the sixth day.  Genesis 1:27-31 (NIV) 
Once upon a time, God created Adam and Eve.  He gave them to each other to enjoy one another through a relationship of trust and faithfulness called "marriage."  Before the trouble that came from bad choices, before the blame game, before the daily duties - even before the kids -- Adam and Eve had each other and God.  Their marriage team was created for ministry.  They had a job to do together. God gave them the world to care for, specifically the Garden. When God saw His two beautiful children, the life-team design and the purpose in their relationship, He said "it was very good".





Ministering to the Minister
It's the Most Important Job in the World

by Stephanie Wolfe


My husband, a pastor, is a pretty ordinary guy. Probably much like your husband, he has two legs, two arms and one head. He also breathes ordinary air, drives an ordinary car and lives in an ordinary house. He has one extraordinary wife, but other than that, he's pretty average (ha!) His hair gets messy, his clothes get dirty, he showers, wears underpants and even uses the toilet! Sorry to be so blunt, but do you ever get the feeling some people don't see this about our husbands?  http://www.parsonage.org/articles/married/A000000066.cfm   



Your Children

10 Ways to Build a Healthy and Happy Family
by Whitney Hopler, Crosswalk.com Contributing Writer
Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Editor's Note: The following is a report on the practical applications of  Jim Burns's book, The 10 Building Blocks for a Solid Family, (Regal Books, 2010). 
Since every family and each person in it is unique, there's no magic, one-size-fits-all parenting plan that's guaranteed to give you a healthy and happy family.  And since nobody is perfect in this fallen world, there's no such thing as a perfect family.  But there are some basic principles that will help you create a family which each member can grow spiritually, emotionally, and relationally - which will help you build the healthy, happy family God wants you to enjoy.



No Teen is an Island  
If your child is isolating himself, here's what he might be trying to tell you.
by Tim Sanford, Tim Geare


Approximately 25 to 30 percent of the general population fits the description of an introverted personality. That is, they don't need a lot of external interaction to be energized. Their focus is more on their inner world of ideas, thoughts and reflections. It's normal for this to be even more clearly expressed during the teen years.


Connecting with Yourself
Spiritual Formation 

Where Is God in the Midst of All My Troubles?

Has God forgotten me? Does He hate me? Why does He seem to hide Himself?
by J. Budziszewski


Conflict Resolution
by Mary J. Yerkes


Conflict is inevitable. No relationship is immune. When managed biblically, conflict can serve as a catalyst for change and an opportunity for spiritual and relational growth. Why then are we afraid to tell our friend her words hurt us, to ask our boss for a raise, or to confront our family member about his drinking problem and its effect on his family? http://www.focusonthefamily.com/lifechallenges/relationship_challenges/conflict_resolution.aspx


Trouble suffocates me. Worry entangles me. By night I can't sleep, by day I can't rest. The burden of suffering is intolerable. Where is God? Does He know, or are my prayers heard only by the wall? Is He near, or somewhere distant, only watching? 

Think about it

When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving much advice, solutions, cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a gentle and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face us with the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.

Henri J. M. Nouwen
Nouwen Centre



The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook.
William James


Try not to become a man of success but a man of value.
Albert Einstein


Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.
Andrew Jackson





And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God.
Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.
Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.
Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.
Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out. Deuteronomy 28:2-6

Your Health

Healthy Snacks Our healthy snack recipes and ideas are perfect anytime, whether you and your family are at home or on the go.


 15+ Ways to Dress Thinner Style expert and best-selling author Charla Krupp shares easy ways to look thinner...


Walking Tips Use our expert walking tips to get motivated, get moving and get in shape.

Connecting with Your Funny Bone

Too silly by far:


Why is a bee's hair sticky?
Because... he uses a honeycomb!



 A man was in his front yard mowing grass when his beautiful, blond (or whatever color hair makes on ditzy), female neighbor came out of the house and went straight to the mailbox.

She opened it, looked inside, slammed it shut, and stormed back into her house.

A little later she came out of her house again, went to the mailbox, again opened it, and slammed it shut again. Angrily, back into the house she went.

As the man was getting ready to edge the lawn, here she came again. She marched to the mailbox, opened it and then slammed it closed harder than ever.

Puzzled by her actions, the man asked her, "Is something wrong?"

To which she replied, "There certainly is! My stupid computer keeps telling me I've got mail!"




A police recruit was asked during the exam, "What would you do if you had to arrest your own mother?" He answered, "Call for backup."


Q: How many psychiatrists does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Only one, but the light bulb has to WANT to change. 

Looking Forward

Our next issue of Potomac Women in Ministry Connection should be lots of fun. Our theme: What makes you tick, or what ticks you off, or what tickles you. Articles- 300 to 500 words- due July 9, 2012.


Enjoy the beautiful spring weather. God is good.


You are loved,


Johnese Burtram