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...]

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...]

I recently got an email from a young woman, mother-wife-employee, who was wondering if she was doing all she should be for the Lord. Was she supposed to be using her spiritual gifts in more ways than she was currently?  That is a question we probably have all asked ourselves at some point. “Am I doing all God is asking me to do at this point in my life.”  “Should I be … [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...]