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, taught in Sunday School classes on prayer, and travelled to South Africa on mission trips as well as Pilgrimages to the Holy Land and Greece and Turkey. My spiritual gifts are healing, evangelism, giving, exhortation and wisdom.
I sincerely believe in the power of God to heal us.
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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