Are you craving connection?

In all of our moves I’ve never struggled like this. People at our church are nice, but it doesn’t extend much past that. Most don’t seem to want to or aren’t able to connect outside of Sunday morning or Bible study. In our neighborhood folks usually wave and say “hi”, but not much more. There are days I wonder, if they knew how lonely I am, surely they’d reach out? Wouldn’t they? As of December, we’ve lived in our neighborhood and attended … [Read more...]

10 Ideas for Ministry Appreciation Month

Did you know that October is Ministry Appreciation Month? I’ll admit, it’s not one I have marked on my calendar, but I should. Thank goodness it’s not too late to show some appreciation! Who is God asking you to encourage this month? Pastor Associate Pastor Music Director Children’s Minister Student/Youth Pastor Church Secretary Church Treasurer Deacon/Deaconess or Elder Women’s Ministry Team Publications … [Read more...]

8 Ways to Encourage One Another

Encouragement. I could sure use some. Could you? I’m guessing we all know several women in our lives that could use an encouraging word or gesture. Did you see that single mom at church on Sunday struggling with her two-year old? What about your team member that worked her tail off pulling together your last women’s ministry event? Or the neighbor down the street that faces a daily battle with a chronic illness? God tells us we … [Read more...]

Remedies for a Quenched Spirit & TobyMac Giveaway

*Please note this post contains some affiliate links. Any purchases made help cover the costs of this blog. Last week a woman in our Bible study asked the group for ideas on how to “flip the switch” on the Holy Spirit (as mentioned in our current chapter in God is Able by Priscilla Shirer). What a great question! I don’t know about you, but often in the midst of pouring into others while doing women’s ministry work I end up with a … [Read more...]

10 Things I Learned as a Youth Camp Chaperone

It’s been on our calendar for the last several months. Youth Camp. Six nights on a bunk bed in a cabin filled with teens. Late nights. Camp food. Bonfires. Bug spray. Our family (hubby, two teen boys, and myself) spent this past week at Hickory Cove Bible Camp with 93 Youth from 3 area churches. For three of us, it was our first time attending camp. I’m still trying to process it all. There were high, highs and low, lows. It was at … [Read more...]

When a woman you know faces cancer… Part 2

Loving women in our churches and communities that are fighting and surviving cancer can be hard. We don’t always know what to do or what to say. We want to be helpful and encouraging, but we’re unsure of what, when, or how to do so. Today I’ve asked a friend to share some encouragement “do’s and don’t’s” . Just over a year ago my friend underwent a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgeries. She’s spent the last year recovering. … [Read more...]

When a woman you know faces cancer… Part 1

In August of 2014 I had my first mammogram. At my age I have several friends who have found spots, endured biopsies, and even one who has gotten the dreaded cancer diagnosis. My ultrasound showed some areas of concern and I was called in for a follow-up ultra-sound. The tears, the fears, and the prayers that followed gave way to waves of relief when I found out that the ultrasound allowed the technician to see that there was no further … [Read more...]

Preparing our Hearts for Easter

It just doesn’t seem right to share “Tablescape Inspirations” with you all on Good Friday, so I’m moving that post to next Tuesday. Instead I want to share something that I hope will prepare our hearts and minds as week seek to celebrate Easter this year. When I asked God just what it was I should share today He reminded me of a song a dear friend shared with me many years ago. Tears would stream down her face each time she heard … [Read more...]

Overloaded

I really, really wanted to get a post out to you all today... But we worked on moving this past weekend. Three truck loads. Out of our rental and into our permanent home in Charlotte, NC. And I am overloaded. (No, that's not me. But it is how I'm feeling!) With boxes. Unpacking. Organizing. I am a little giddy over unpacking my thirty-plus Christmas plates (see my post on Christmas Coffee ideas) yesterday! The tree may not … [Read more...]

Tip 28 – A Tool for Encouragement

Welcome to 31 days of Women's Ministry Tips! Encouragement. It’s a deep seated need inside of each one of us. I’ve got a great tool of encouragement to share with you. This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend the Allume Conference. In the prayer room journals were placed for every single attendee. We were encouraged to spend time in the prayer room over the weekend to pray and to write notes of encouragement for the … [Read more...]

Messy Beautiful Ministry

I felt like a fraud. A big, fat fraud. God had recently promoted me from the MOPS Coordinator to the position of Women’s Ministry Director. I wanted the women in our church to see me as a woman of prayer, relentlessly pursuing God, seeking His will and direction for our events and activities. I was a hard worker and proud of it. Truth was I was barely holding it together. I was putting on a big smile each time I walked … [Read more...]

No More Notecard Stress

Does writing notecards stress you out? Do you struggle with what to say? Wish God could send you the perfect verse for their circumstance? Seven years ago my mentor gave me a birthday gift that would become an invaluable tool in my Women's Ministry Toolbox. It was this: The Bible Promise Book. (Please note this is an affiliate link. You don't pay a dime more, but I get a small percentage back that helps to pay for this … [Read more...]