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...]

Lord, teach us to pray (Luke 11:1) Today you will benefit from reading one leader’s thoughts on our response to women in crisis. Linda Lesniewski is the Women's Minister at Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas. Read her post to discover the priority she shares in dealing with women in need. When I learn of losses, tragedies or personal crisis in those I lead, my immediate response is … [Read more...]

Recently at a YOULead women’s leadership training, we had a panel of leaders answering questions submitted by attendees. Several past and upcoming posts address those and try to help answer them. Today’s question: Have any of you dealt with depression or anxiety and how do you push through that for ministry? When our panel responded to this, we said, “None of us have ever dealt with … [Read more...]