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: What are some ideas for helping hurting women? Do you recommend support groups?Most of us, as women’s leaders are not trained counselors. … [Read more...]

This is the second in a 2 part blog. Please read part 1 first.Now that you know a little of my story, let me share some of the words others gave me that truly helped strengthen me daily and kept my focus stay on Christ. One friend sends out a daily devotional thought and this one truly ministered: "Do not fear what may happen tomorrow. The same loving Father who cares for you today will … [Read more...]

I want to do a 2 part blog on this topic, mainly because of where God has me personally in my own journey. Today I want to talk about how, as a leader, others can and will minister to us, IF we share our needs and allow them to come along side to pray and support. The following blog post will deal with some specific ways others ministered to me and how that has led me to minister to … [Read more...]

Today you will read a very introspective and touching testimony by guest blogger, women’s ministry leader Lesa Floyd. Please pray before you read it and ask God to speak to you personally."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 everyday routine to reflect and reconsider what this time in my … [Read more...]

As Christmas approaches, I realize many of you can probably relate to this entry I posted before Christmas last year . I never want to forget that while Christmas is a time for celebration and time with family, many of us will be celebrating this holiday without some of our close friends and family for the first time. Read my post from last year below: "This time last year, my mom … [Read more...]

Our guest blogger  today is Dawn Stephens, Associate Minister of Local Disciplemaking and Women’s Small Groups at The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama. Today Dawn shares with us the importance of knowing, sharing and modeling our stories as we lead women to do the same: -Terminal illness-Prodigal child -Unsaved spouse -Financial loss -Widowed  -Divorce   … [Read more...]

This time last year, my mom was living at an assisted living facility, fell and shattered her shoulder and broke several ribs. We didn’t even know it for a couple of days, but just said her side hurt. We aren’t sure how she fell, nor could she tell us because of her dementia. After an x-ray, she was hospitalized for about a week. When she returned to her home, she never fully … [Read more...]