About Agatha Nolen (click for MP3 file)
I have a special passion for the interconnectness of our relationships to God and with each other.
Insecurities, fears, and false idols prevented me from having intimate, fulfilling relationships. I traveled through three religions and two divorces arriving at an undeniable fact: every male relationship I'd had ended in a mess. I used indiscriminant intimacy to trick men into liking me, dating me and even marrying me. I was starved for male attention to confirm my worth.
Then I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006. New and old friends engulfed me with unearned love. It was the most powerful emotion I had ever felt, to have people love me just as I was: broken, vulnerable, and scared.
I once again felt love freely given on a mission trip to South Africa. Twelve people taught me how to love as Jesus loves us, even loving me through a painful divorce in 2008. I've found a church community that nurtures the desires in my soul: to love, and to be loved.
I am writing a book to share how I overcame my insecurities, fears, and false idols, embracing my holiness as a woman. It's a journey of transformation which continues; now I'm traveling a new road. Life still has challenges, but now I can meet the inevitable times of brokenness with calmness and peace, comforted by my reliance on God and the meaningful human relationships in my life.
I am zealous about helping others re-channel their earthly desire for independence and individualism into a dependence on God and full participation in meaningful relationshipswith the people in their lives.
I’ll post JOURNALS and PHOTOGRAPHY frequently on this blog. I welcome your comments to ensure a rich, robust dialogue. I am a “work in progress”, inviting you to travel with me on this journey as we learn to better love.
I grew up in Geneseo, NY in the Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York, and now reside in Nashville, Tennessee. I earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Ph.D. degree from Tennessee State University. I played varsity Golf on the inaugural Women's Golf team at OU, 1974-1976 and have practiced pharmacy in New York, Oklahoma, Texas, and Tennessee. I work for HCA (Hospital Corporation of America) in the Corporate Offices located in Nashville, TN.
I've just published my first book on U.S. Health Policy and Reform: Sailing Into the Wind based upon my Ph.D. research and published by Lambert Academic Publishing (ISBN 978-3-8465-8784-3).
I give tours at the Frist Center for Visual Arts and serve on the Docent Advisory Group (2012-2014). I enjoy writing, art, photography, reading, golf, and conversation. At St. George’s Episcopal Church, I am a Healing Prayer Minister, teach in the Inquirer’s Class, and travel to South Africa annually on mission trips. I made my first pilgrimage to the Holy Land in November 2011. My spiritual gifts are healing, evangelism, giving, exhortation and wisdom.
I have an enthusiastic heart in helping others to know Christ and fully use their spiritual gifts.
Blessings for your heart, my friend
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