About Bev Hislop

Dr. Bev Hislop is currently Professor of Pastoral Care at Western Seminary, developing and teaching pastoral care to women courses. She also served as the Executive Director of the Women’s Center for Ministry at Western. She authored Shepherding Women in Pain and Shepherding a Woman’s Heart, Moody Publishers. Bev has established and led ministries for women in churches and communities on the west and east coasts of the U.S. and overseas. She has a passion for more effective shepherding in church and parachurch environments.


The Fourth Circle of Intimacy With God


“We are at this moment as close to God as we really choose to be. Both Scripture and experience teach that it is we, not God, who determines the degree of intimacy with Him that we enjoy.”[i]  Is this true? Could J. Oswald Sanders be right? We’ve identified Three Circles of Intimacy of people who…
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Longing for Intimacy with God

Lonely woman

It is an incontrovertible fact that some Christians seem to experience a much closer intimacy with God than others. They appear to enjoy a reverent familiarity with Him that is foreign to us. Is it a matter of favoritism or caprice on the part of God? Or do such people qualify in some way for…
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Growing up it seemed Christianity was all about being obedient


Growing up it seemed Christianity was all about being obedient, completing the list of do’s and don’ts, and of course addressing the ultimate issue of whether I would end up in heaven or hell. Once I met Betty (see my previous post), my hidden desire of intimacy with my heavenly Father surfaced.  Scriptures that held…
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Growing up I longed for . . .

Image of praying hands

Growing up I longed for an older woman to come along side and “mentor” me.  I wondered what it was like knowing God for 30, 40, or 50 years.  I wanted to know God more intimately, but how could I? And was it worth the journey?  I wanted an older woman to tell me how…
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Do You Remember Your First Childhood Loss?

Sad little girl

Do you remember your first childhood loss? A missing or broken toy? Perhaps a pet that died. What was your parent’s response? “Don’t cry. We’ll get another one!” I do remember the consolation of mom replacing a little flower that I nurtured after the dog dug it up. But my first remembrance of a deep…
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