2014 Legislative Event – Telling the Story of Texas

February 22nd, 2014

In January I had the privilege of attending my fifth Legislative Event in six years. This year marked the 26th Texas UMW Legislative Event held in Austin, Texas and was attended by men and women, Methodists, Baptists and Presbyterians alike. As I watched, listened, learned and fellowshipped with UMW from all over Texas I was suddenly saddened for […]

Faith in Action

March 11th, 2013

In January of this year I attended the 25th United Methodist Women’s Legislative Event in Austin, Texas. It was not my first time attending this event but it was the first time actually seeing a small portion of what it takes to coordinate such an event. It was the first time I received an overwhelming […]

Are We Connected to Christ?

March 7th, 2012

John 15:5   The Message (MSG) 5 “I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. Jesus is the source of life, and His life within you is for one […]

Celebrating Black History Month

February 13th, 2012

Celebrating Black History Month African Americans have played important roles in the development of America; the recognition of our roles in growth and development from a historical perspective is an important step in celebrating the contributions of individuals and the collective changes the African American community has brought about. February is a time to remind […]

“12 Days of Christmas Giving”

December 4th, 2011

A UMNS Feature By Kathy L. Gilbert* I have a love/hate relationship with the popular Christmas song, “12 Days of Christmas.” I admit it is mostly a hate relationship. However, there were many things about the song that I didn’t know. Did you know, for example, “true love” refers to God and “eight maids a-milking” […]

Why Do We Fear?

June 12th, 2011

Paul wrote the second letter to Timothy while in prison….it is thought to be an attempt to ease his own loneliness while encouraging Timothy to stand firm in his faith. Paul sensed what lied ahead of Timothy and realizing his time was short…he wanted to help strengthen his young assistant. He needed him to keep his […]

The Power of Prayer

March 23rd, 2011

When Aretha Franklin sang the song “I say a little prayer for you” in the 1970s many did not imagine that the soulful pledge would become truly the stuff she believed. Growing up the daughter of a Baptist preacher in Detroit I imagine she knew the true power of prayer. More and more people, believers, […]

The Best Is Yet To Come: The Season of Preparation

March 11th, 2011

The Lenten Season has begun and as Christians, we ought to get excited about our Lenten journey. This is our season of preparation.  “Then Jesus was lead by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards, he was hungry.”                — Matthew 4:1-2 […]


July 10th, 2010

Recently I was looking for different passages of scripture that cover / identify “Endurance”. There are many but I found one that really hit me … Romans 5:3-4 More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, ****** Many times we question why we have […]

Unity in the Body of Christ

June 15th, 2010

We are all given a “measure of faith” and the deciding factor to our successes and failures in life often revolve around what we do with the measure we are given. While the measure of faith given to one may be more or less than another…we all have God given gifts and talents that thrive […]