Amanda Sherzer is a normal girl from Texas whom God has used in a powerful way in unique places of influence. Her story is unique, and the thread of God’s provision in her life is so clear. Not only is Amanda my friend, she’s also my cousin. I hope you’re encouraged by her story of being faithful right where the Lord plants you. How did you end up working in Washington, DC? I went to college … [Read more...]

There’s no question that hospitality truly is a gift, and it’s an incredible way to show Christ-likeness to people in our lives.  I wish that I could tell you that I’m an incredibly hospitable person, but it just doesn’t come naturally for me. It’s something I have to constantly work on. My friend Amy, however, has the gift of hospitality. She opens her home on a regular basis for friends to … [Read more...]

People give me a hard time because I have friends all over the place. I don’t say that to make myself sound awesome, but just to say that I have a broad group of friends. I’ve lived in six states and I have been so blessed to have amazing friends in each of the places I’ve lived, but my greatest challenge right now is distance. My best friend Jennifer had her second baby earlier this year and I … [Read more...]

We all love a good secret. There’s something so thrilling about knowing something that other people don’t know. I lead a small group of young adult women at church and we just finished Beth Moore’s Sacred Secrets study last week. Throughout the study, Beth says, “The Theology of Secrecy is that secrets manifest” (Mark 4:22). Good or bad, secrets are bound to come out. We have to learn what to … [Read more...]

The term "leader" can often feel intimidating. Many of you don't feel qualified or ready to lead, but people keep asking you to do so, or you know it's what God is doing in your life. Leadership is scary! There's a lot of responsibility that comes with it, and people look to you for answers and help. Many women hesitate to attend our Women's Leadership Training events (like YOU Lead and the … [Read more...]

One of the issues for leaders is how to relate to staff, whether you are a staff member or a volunteer. Shirley Moses offers some great advice to leaders in this post. Your women's leadership team is part of the body of Christ as expressed in your local church. How well your team interacts with your whole church and its leadership affects how effective your team is. Maybe you've had a … [Read more...]

Have you ever heard a friend say, “Oh, I can’t do lunch today. I’m fasting”? I know I have, and it always leaves me slightly puzzled. Not puzzled because they’re fasting, but puzzled that they told me. Fasting is one of the best-kept secrets of the Christian life. So, why are we talking about something that’s supposed to be a secret? I had a hard time taking on this blog post because seasons of … [Read more...]

Your voice is unique and important. We are coming together for one day to connect with various generations of women to build unity and lay a foundation for future leaders. At the heart of it, we’re having a leadership conversation. Let’s talk together as leaders about ministry to women in our changing churches and culture. No matter what your age, background, life season, or experience, XChange … [Read more...]

We are thrilled that Karen Kingsbury is partnering with LifeWay on a new Bible study. I don't know about you, but I've read most of her books! She has a way of writing that captures readers in a powerful way and points them to Jesus. Below is a note from Karen and a video clip of an interview from the 2013 Women's Forum. Dear Friends, It's my honor and pleasure to introduce to you my first … [Read more...]

I hate running. In fact, my friend Mickey had to call me this morning to get me out of bed so that I would go to the gym. Why did she call me before 6 a.m. to go to the gym? She somehow convinced me to train with her for the Nashville Country Music Half Marathon in April. No big deal. Excuse me, WHAT?! I’ve lost my mind. We both have. We’re not runners. I probably should have … [Read more...]