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...]

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...]

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...]

The Sonshine Box

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. I really wanted to send more than just a card to encourage her during her recovery. During one of my (almost) daily visits to Pinterest, I noticed the idea to send a box sunshine – an assortment of yellow goodies. What is more cheerful and sunny then a box of yellow treats?! I filled it with mostly silly items: yellow toe socks, sparkly (sort of tacky) yellow bracelet, … [Read more...]

Encouragement: Blessing Bags

*Please note: This post contains affiliate links. Should you chose to make a purchase, I may receive a small commission which helps to cover the cost of this site. Your support is greatly appreciated! Earlier this year, our Women's Ministry Team hosted a fellowship for our women to come together to make Blessing Bags. We decorated the bags and asked each woman in attendance to take their bag and pass it to another woman in our church or … [Read more...]

Loving Others with Food

  Today I'm highlighting two ideas for loving others with food. One is practical and the other, well, not so much, but it's chocolate and chocolate makes everything better. Right? First up is a site you'll want to bookmark and use often. It's called Take Them a Meal. (source) I SO wish I had thought to create this site - it's brilliant!! Take Them a Meal allows you to coordinate meals for friends and family in need. You can include … [Read more...]