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...]

Leighann is the senior pastor's wife at Thompson Station Church, Thompson Station, Tennessee and our guest blogger today. Perhaps you can identify with her thoughts for the new year, and you will certainly be challenged as you decide your focus in ministry this year. I had a dream the other night. It might have been spurred by the variety of drugs that are pumping through my body as a result of … [Read more...]

"Ten years from now, you’ll be the same person you are today, except for the people you meet, the books you read, the places you go, and the things you memorize.” -Jay Strack There's so much truth in the simplicity of this quote. I have been continually challenged by this idea as a leader. I am who I am, but certain things in my life will change. These changes come as a result of decisions that I … [Read more...]

As the new year begins, God reminded me of something that I know I needed to hear as I lead and I believe it will also encourage you as you serve.  The reminder came to me as I was completing the final week of Missing Pieces by Jennifer Rothcshild. Jennifer reminded us of the truths of God’s will and His unchanging standards. At the same time, He sometimes changes His responses depending on the … [Read more...]

Tomorrow starts a new year... Can you believe it?? I’m the type who sets really lofty goals, only to be disappointed when I don’t meet them (or I quit) within the first few weeks. For 2013, I’m trying to set reachable goals, but challenge myself at the same time. One of my goals is to read the books on my shelf that I’ve either not finished or haven’t even cracked open. I love buying a new book, … [Read more...]

I came into the Christmas season knowing I would have some minor surgery on my foot. Actually looking forward to some “forced down time!"  But here I am, in the first week and already in a bad mood, wanting to be up and moving around, independent again and “accomplishing something.” Being a member of the boomer generation, one of my biggest motivators is a sense of accomplishment. So, when a … [Read more...]

Are you in the midst of your Christmas parties, small group get together, shopping, wrapping, cooking, working, family……………? Stop for about 3 minutes and reflect on this thought created by LifeWay about Christmas to refocus and set your heart on the real meaning. It will help you as you lead your women to do the same thing.   … [Read more...]

I really identify with guest blogger Dr. Deb Douglas’ perspective of ministry being a constant re-learning process…one I often want to slow down!  Perhaps you are in a season of huge learning curves. If so, this blog post will truly bless you today! Being a grandmother has been like relearning life. I see everything through the eyes of my sweet little Caroline now. Here’s today’s … [Read more...]

Recently, I was challenged by the thought that discontentment is often due to being ungrateful. I was asked if I was thankful for what God had given me or upset at what He hadn’t given me. I immediately thought of Paul’s attitude as seen in Philippians 4:11-13, “I don’t say this out of need, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know both how to have a little, and I … [Read more...]