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...]

Today's guest blogger is Mary Margaret Collingsworth, who is new to our LifeWay Women team. Her post today is timely as this is such a busy season of life and ministry. Mary Margaret represents a lot of the young women that we are trying to minister alongside of and reach, so I hope that you'll feel free to dialogue with her when she blogs. I know you will be blessed by her post. I desire … [Read more...]

Leaders, we all grow weary at times. We need this  spiritual shot in the arm to remember how to walk in strength and not give up. Ask God which of these 5 ways that Jennifer Landrith shares with us in this post. “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”  Galatians 6:9 1.    Make your quiet time with the Lord your first … [Read more...]

This past year I met Lindsey Pond who serves with Linda Lesniewski, Women’s Minister at Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas…the church I left to begin ministry at LifeWay in 1994!  Lindsey is a dynamic leader of the young women at Green Acres. Her post below will encourage you to continue to run the race in God’s power! "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of … [Read more...]

You can read Random Thoughts Part 1 through 9 that were previous posts in this category.  More thoughts that have blessed me and I pray will bless you as well:1.    “What is needed for happy effectual service is simply to put your work into the Lord's hand, and leave it there. Do not take it to Him in prayer, saying, 'Lord, guide me, Lord, give me wisdom, Lord, arrange … [Read more...]

I think about leadership every day. A day doesn’t go by that I don’t think about you who are diligently planning, praying, and leading women in your churches and communities. We focus so much on this blog on how to lead and how to do it well. I know that women expect much of you. They expect you to provide biblical counsel, to serve constantly, to make things fun and lead them into a … [Read more...]

Recently at a YOU Lead 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:  How do you balance family, wife, friend, serve and lead?  (with 3 small children)?I do not think there is ever total balance.  God … [Read more...]

Some time ago, you read a very introspective and touching testimony by guest blogger, Lesa Floyd, Minister to Women and Ministry Development at Mobberly Baptist Church, Longview, Texas. As you enjoy Labor Day this year, take time to really rest from your labor!! Just before the holidays I began to feel the need for some time away from full- time, night and day, 24/7 ministry. A time to stop the … [Read more...]