I have to admit I suffer from this issue guest blogger Dr. Deb Douglas, Minister to Women at  First Baptist Church, Bossier City, LA , discusses in this post. I have no doubt some of you suffer from it as well. What a great reminder, especially during these busy holidays, that we do not have to be perfect or do it all!   Please, someone out there tell me you are not perfect! As another magazine … [Read more...]

  Leaders, we  just completed our 2013 Women’s Ministry Forum here at LifeWay and I once again saw the importance of prayer.  As the week began and plans began to fall apart, I sent out a prayer S.O.S. to a big group of friends who pray.  We felt the prayers!  Maybe you even remember my post a couple of weeks ago and the cute red headed gal! Each time my heart wanted to race and panic, I … [Read more...]

Do you ever ask, “Why can’t I hear God’s voice more clearly?”  I am sure many if not all of us in women’s leadership find ourselves struggling from time to time to really hear what God is trying to say to us.  Guest blogger Stephanie Edge, Director of Women’s Ministry, Poplar Heights Baptist Church, Jackson, TN, shares how she is learning to listen and hear God speak to her. This week, the … [Read more...]

As we headed into the hectic  Women's Leadership Forum  season which included two YOU Lead  training events  as well, both Mary Margaret Collingsworth (Women’s Forum event coordinator) and I felt a big panic coming on. Think with me a minute about your most recent ministry panic.  Did you get a picture of yourself?  What was your ministry panic experience? Driving to work the morning after … [Read more...]

My friend Stephanie Edge, Director of Women’s Ministry, Poplar Heights Baptist Church, Jackson, TN, just helped her church celebrate a big day!  She gives us great encouragement to celebrate what God is doing in our women’s ministry. Let this challenge you to watch for and celebrate God’s transforming power in the lives of women! On Sunday, October 6th, Poplar Heights Baptist Church in … [Read more...]

Okay, please tell me I’m not alone. Am I the only women’s ministry leader who does this? Or do you also struggle with perfectionism? I can say I was raised by a perfectionist dad and I take after him. Or I can say I’m a visionary… one who is never satisfied and always looking for a way to do it better. Or I can say, I HATE making mistakes. No matter what I call it, as a leader, I sometimes … [Read more...]

Today’s guest blogger is Sarah Horn who leads a military wives ministry, Wives of Faith. She reminds us that as we lead, we are often seeking a group who agrees and helps us move forward, but who also needs to move alone at times. If God has given you a directive, move on it even if not one goes with you. He will lead you to lead others in His direction and at His timing. Don’t put off what He’s … [Read more...]

Every time I go to the beach for R & R, God uses the time to teach me principles about who He is and how He works. This trip was no different. In fact, because He is so faithful to do this, I have begun looking forward to each trip in part, for what He will teach me, and what He will allow me to teach others.  I anticipate He will teach and I am ready to learn. This trip was earlier in the … [Read more...]

Over the last few years, I've realized that having (and maintaining) strong friendships is a huge part of being a leader. We all need women we can count on... a listener, confidante, and prayer warrior. As a leader, it's easy to feel alone, and this is a place where Satan loves to creep in and allow us to feel like we don't have anyone on our side. Whether you're married or single, having women in … [Read more...]

It seems that “issues” arise when we least expect them.  And why is it that when one does, several seem to pop up?  Have you ever had a month like that, or a week like that, or how about a day like that??  So what do we do? 2013 has started off with a bang for me.  I’ve been somewhat slowed down by foot surgery I had in December. The frantic pace that we were all living in just prior to my … [Read more...]