Why is it our churches still struggle with how to get women to mentor other women? Seems a topic at each leadership training we host!  But read how Lorie Looney Keene is being mentored in the daily-ness of life. This makes it so doable! Encourage your women to watch for these daily opportunities to make a difference in the life of a woman. As a seminary student and later as a seminary … [Read more...]

We can hardly get past Christmas before stores put out Valentine's Day cards and decorations. As women, it seems like we're put in one of two categories: you either have a Valentine or you don't. For those of us who are single, it can be a challenging time of year! In churches, we often offer a couple's dinner or a daddy daughter dance, but single women aren't always acknowledged. It's more than … [Read more...]

Often I am asked how I balance life, ministry, family, church, etc, etc.  First of all, let me tell you, I DO NOT HAVE BALANCE, at least not most of the time. But I do seek healthy balance of all God has given me to do on a daily basis. Some days are better than others! And some seasons are more stressful than others. I’ve written on balance and burnout a number of times on this blog: check out … [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...]

Thank you to women’s  leader Debbie Stuart, Women’s Ministry Director, Prestonwood Baptist Church as she writes a challenge for us as we begin the new year in women’s ministry. When the fall Bible Study semester ends at church, I always look forward to where the Lord will direct my study time through the Holiday season. I was less than thrilled when He directed me to…Lamentations. Seriously? … [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...]

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...]

Do you ever wonder if you should stop doing the ministry you are doing and do something else? Ever reconsidered your ministry call?  I have…more than once. What causes us to wonder and question? Barriers to ministry No response from women No longer brings joy Opposition in ministry Personal pressures from family, work, etc. Something else sounds more fun. I’m just too … [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...]