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...]

Leighann is the senior pastor's wife at Thompson Station Church, Thompson Station, Tennessee and our guest blogger today. Consider how you are making deposits and withdrawals in  lives of others and in the Kingdom.Many years ago my husband Tom and I met a pastor that served a growing church north of us. He was nearing retirement age and was a great man of wisdom. He told Tom that leading the … [Read more...]

Sheila West, founder of Real Living Ministries and women’s leader (and a friend!!) shares today about the importance of our asking questions. Read and ask yourself the questions she poses below.In the beginning of my journey with Jesus, one of the biggest mistakes I made was to read the Gospels as a spectator. To me, it was God’s story about God’s Son with a whole cast of people … [Read more...]

Friend and women’s ministry leader Debbie Stuart, Women’s Ministry Director, Prestonwood Baptist Church was just with us at YOU Lead Colorado Springs. As you read her thoughts and reactions to the fire-y conditions, I pray you will be encouraged to walk on in faith no matter what’s up in your life or ministry right now! I've just returned from a LifeWay YOU Lead training … [Read more...]