From the Editor … Spring 2017


  1. (of a person or animal) to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions
  2. (of substance or object) able to recoil or spring back into shape after bending, stretching or being compressed

This has become my word for 2017.

As a mom you are often resilient as your body normalizes itself after having a baby.

As a person who is currently facing another surgery and recovery time, you think of being resilient being able to recover from the difficult situations.  What can you do to minimize stress on the body before the surgery, what do you have to have in place for when you return so you can focus on healing.

I’m also finding depression effects this resiliency. The story of the potter has been on my mind a lot in the last few months. There are some days you feel strong and feel like you can be stretched and molded. There are other days that you feel brittle like clay left out too long in the sun without being fired correctly.

You find all the things: pain levels, quality of sleep, what you eat or don’t all play a factor in how well you can see ahead to be stretched to be resilient. And sadly some days, or weeks, you just break. There have been many times a word from my ABW family have helped at those times and for that I’m forever thankful.

NYS AB Women’s Ministries is resilient. Lillian talks about this in her article. Look for more from me online soon.

Blessings, Rebecca

The pdf version of this latest issue of A Witness is finally available for download, please see the A Witness page.

Additional notes:  A lot has been going on as you can see.  Surgery process has been a long one.  We had originally thought it would happen early summer and I’m barely getting it in before my husband returns to work for the Fall college semester.  Prayers for recovering and listening to my body are much appreciated!

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