I’m excited to be able to announce today the launch of a new joint venture blogsite, Ishshah’s Story (www.ishshahsstory.com).
Ishshah’s Story is a collaborative effort between myself, (Cheryl), Melody of Meanwhile Melody Muses, Nancy of Wellspring of Life and Pat from Women for the Nations, and will be a sister site to Bread for the Bride.
Ishshah’s Story is about women who love, serve and follow Jesus Christ. Together we are going to explore, learn, communicate, contribute and discover what extraordinary creatures we women can be when we are actively encouraged to blossom into all we are in Christ.
But hey, I don’t want to give the impression Ishshah’s Story is a ‘girl’s only’ blog. No, we’d love nothing more than to have the support and input of our Christian brothers who care enough to come alongside as Christ’s female followers emerge from almost two thousand years of gender bias within organised Christianity. So, guys, I know you’re out there and you’re more than welcome to add your support!
Ishshah’s Story grew, the same way many ideas do, out of two ingredients: vision and frustration. For many years I’ve nurtured a vision to see Christian women functioning freely in Christ on totally equal terms with men. The frustration came with a growing realisation that there’s so much discussion around this issue (and that’s a good thing!), but still multitudes of ordinary women worldwide remain limited in roles and stifled in their spiritual giftings due to gender bias that finds its justification in what I believe is an incorrect interpretation of certain Biblical passages. (I shared a little about that frustration here.) Friends, this is nothing less than spiritual abuse on a grand scale.
There are many bloggers contributing to the discussion on gender equality in the church, and doing it well. Your will find some of them in the Resources Section of Ishshah’s Story. I wanted to move beyond the discussion. I wanted to establish a practical avenue that would assist women, perhaps women who have never before been given a platform, to find their voices in a safe and affirmative environment. Ishshah’s Story is the culmination of that desire.
So Ishshah’s Story will be an online hub where we hope you, (yes, that’s right you, shy little lady hiding behind the keyboard) will eagerly share your beautiful offerings for the edificaiton of Christ’s Body. Nancy, Pat, Melody and I will facilitate, moderate, encourage and contribute out of the depth of our own journeys, but you, your gifts, talents and journeys, will be the main event.
We are inviting you to send us your original articles and creative input that will glorify Christ and testify of your journey as you have been learning what it is to overcome in Him. We’ll also be celebrating the female heroes of the Christian faith, past and present, and offering in depth teaching on vital scripture passages.
Curious? Then come on over and check out Ishshah’s Story, and while you’re there we’d love to have your comments. You’ll find all the guidelines on how to be part of Ishshah’s Story on the blogsite. Be sure to take your time and have a good look around, and consider following along with us. Don’t forget to visit Nancy, Melody and Pat as well.
Oh, and who is Ishshah? Come on over and find out!