This is Ashley Chesnut’s second post in a three-part series on women in crisis.  Please read Part One first. Although there are many times women will need professional and even medical help to find healing, often God will use women like us to help re-direct hearts and minds into a healthy direction.  These next two parts in the series will guide us to help women “put off the old” and “put on the … [Read more...]

I recently introduced you to a young leader from The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham.  Ashley Chesnut (Spiritual Stages series) will guest blog a 3-part series on Shepherding Women in Crisis. I will include other resources at the end of each post to help you as a women’s leader helping hurting women. This first post helps us as leaders check our own hearts and minds regarding temptation and … [Read more...]

Today’s post is written by guest blogger and author Karla Downing.  Often we minister to women whose husbands are not spiritual leaders and many do not even know Christ. Biblical submission is often skewed in the mind of the husband and/or the wife.  Read Karla’s post as she gives thoughtful insight to help women have a healthy view of submission. “If you’d only submit to me, everything would be … [Read more...]

One hot topic lately is the book Fifty Shades of Grey... believe it or not, many of our women in the church are reading it.  They want to know why it's unhealthy, so LifeWay Women recently tackled this topic.  You will find below links to our web show "The Chat with Priscilla" with host Priscilla Shirer and her guests. Today's post is written by Linda Lesniewski, Women's Minister at Green Acres … [Read more...]

Women in your ministry are hurting. It can be easy to cover up, but it's a reality. As a women's leader, how can you help hurting women? In case you missed it yesterday, head over to All Access to read What to Do When the Bottom Falls Out. Know that we are praying for you as you minister to the women the Lord has placed in your church, community, and sphere of influence. … [Read more...]

If you've ever experienced infertility, you know what it’s like to sit in church and bless moms while you are dying inside. Year after year, I faced Mother’s Day that way. It was not hard to celebrate my own mom that day, but there was still a big hole in my own heart as I so desperately wanted to have children. Perhaps you have had a similar experience or have lost a child tragically and can … [Read more...]

Today’s post is written by guest blogger and author Karla Downing. Often women’s small groups include women whose husbands are not spiritual leaders and many do not even know Christ. Perhaps the marriage relationship is based on abuse and pain.  Read Karla’s post here and consider the practical insight she provides to help us minister to these wives. I still remember the conversation vividly. I … [Read more...]

Did you see the title of this post? I am watching it happen in my own church right now. With our pastor’s very serious and rare cancer diagnosis,  our staff, our entire church body, not to mention his family, have been reeling with this news… BUT not without hope or faith.  I am seeing incredible things happen at our church in the midst of this crisis. Our church has experienced multiple … [Read more...]

I remember when we were in the middle of raising our twins and I wondered if they were ready to “fly the coop.” My first thought was no way.  But fly they did. Did they make mistakes? Sure.  So did I.  But eventually, the empty nest has become a sweet time in life, filled with GRANDchildren and time to refocus on my man. Someone told me early in my parenting days, "Make sure you … [Read more...]

I am so grateful to my friend Dr. Deb Douglas for the ministry she is doing at her church and for her taking the time to write this blog post today.  Deb is Minister to Women, First Baptist Church, Bossier City, LA  . I know you will be challenged to do something to minister to women in your church dealing with cancer. When God began leading me to start a cancer ministry to be honest, I ran … [Read more...]