This is one of those super-crazy women’s ministry weeks for me. We leave for our women’s ministry fall retreat on Friday.
I’m facilitating a Bible study. It just started last week. Ideally, I’d like to be a week ahead. I’m not.
Add in a hair coloring appointment, oil change for my car, family visiting for a few days, an ortho appointment, a Bible study I’m reviewing for the blog… And as I’ve been working on this post my son’s car battery died while my husband was out of town…
Can you relate? I’m guessing you’ve had similar crazy weeks yourself.
I thought it might help both of us if I share some crazy women’s ministry week survival tips:
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1. Plan your meals.
I use this calendar. It hangs on our fridge. I love that there is a space for writing dinner plans in each square. It also has stickers! When I know the week’s going to be crazy I pick tried-and-true meals I can pull together quickly and easily. Now is not the time for trying out a new or time-consuming recipe.
2. Make lists.
I make lists. Lots of lists. I get super specific and check off items as I go. I’ll have a packing list for the retreat so I don’t forget anything I’m responsible for bringing.
I know. It would be so easy to skip that class or delay that trip to the gym. According to WebMD, exercise boosts brainpower, melts away stress, and gives you energy! All things we need to get through a crazy women’s ministry week! So take that walk around the block, go to the Y with your family, or dance away the hour at Zumba. You’ll gain much more than the hour you’re afraid of loosing!
4. Turn on and up the praise music.
I avoid talk radio in the car and keep the channel turned to K-Love or another Christian station. I desperately need encouragement when things are getting crazy. Talk radio tends to rile me up and stress me out!
5. Delegate what you can.
That may mean enlisting extra help from your kids and hubby, pulling in other women at church to help with things, or moving items on your to-do list to another week when possible.
6. Pray, pray, pray!
I keep and extend my prayer time. The best offense is a strong defense. I expect attacks right before a women’s ministry event so I try very hard to stay prayed-up!
It can be really tempting to stay up late finalizing details, assembling books, etc. but a lack of sleep can lead to a cranky attitude. A worn out body is more likely to get sick. Sleep so you can stay healthy. Sleep so you can offer grace easily.
8. Schedule a working meeting.
Most of your team members would be happy to lend a hand; they just need to be told what to do. Put together the goodie bags together. Assemble your handbooks. Set up an assembly line. Wrap door prizes. Make the favors. Many hands make quick work!
9. Pamper yourself.
Take a small chunk of one day to do something for you. Meet a girlfriend for lunch. Get your hair done. Get a manicure. Giving yourself a little break from the list of things to do will revitalize you and give you the energy you need to keep going.
10. Stay in the Word.
Admittedly, I’m often so busy running and completing last-minute tasks that an extended time in the Word isn’t going to happen each day. While I can pray on-the-go, I need to stop and focus to do Bible study.
I recently had the opportunity to review Shelia Walsh’s latest book, 5 Minutes with Jesus. I’ll admit, I’m not big on devotionals, but I like Shelia Walsh and have listened to her speak on the radio and through several Women of Faith DVD’s.
5 Minutes with Jesus is a book I’ll be using this week to help me stay in the Word as I work through my pile of tasks.
I’m finding I really like this devotional because:
- The focus is on God and how He worked through a particular story or example.
- Scripture is quoted from the Bible, not re-worded or re-interpreted.
- Scriptures are clearly referenced.
- There is depth to the readings. Though they are short, they aren’t fluffy.
- Many (I haven’t read all of them yet) of the selections speak to a busy season.
- It’s a beautiful hardcover book – it would make for a great gift or door prize!
Disclaimer: I was given this book to review. I did not receive any monetary compensation. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.