Self-Care

Displaying 1–10 of 267 Articles
Page:
There are no previous pages

Sabbath Is More than Rest

Everyone wants a break and more time off, but Sabbath offers more.
Sabbath Is More than Rest
Image: iStock

I have struggled over the years as I’ve tried to find balance in practicing Sabbath. As a new believer, I took the Ten Commandments as gospel and thought a lot about what it means to keep it holy. For me, that easily translated into going to church, and then coming home to investigate the passage that was preached. I spent the afternoon combing the verses that came before ...

continue reading

Lead from Where You Are

Give to others from your own walk with God.
Lead from Where You Are
Image: iStock

"You walk with God and teach others out of that." My professor's words etched themselves onto my soul as he spoke.

Over a decade later, I have yet to forget them. In fact, they have become a simple reminder―a scripted placard hanging on the doorpost of my mind―that have guided me through many seasons of ministry.

As women, we often put so much pressure on ourselves ...

continue reading

Break Your Day into Thirds

A creative way to avoid burnout in ministry
Break Your Day into Thirds
Image: iStock

I was only a couple of years into ministry and already on the verge of burn out. As the director of a youth outreach organization, my job often involved early morning breakfast meetings with donors, followed by administrative duties throughout the morning and early afternoon. Most of my direct time with high school and middle school students started in the late afternoon, ...

continue reading

Lamenting Failure

God is doing something bigger and better than your project.
Lamenting Failure
Image: iStock

I knew my idea was going to work. The younger women were complaining they needed someone to advise and help them. The older women were sad about feeling sidelined and losing their sense of purpose. So, the obvious thing was to start a mentoring ministry. We’d pair younger women with older women and everyone would benefit.

We asked anyone interested to sign up, and we ...

continue reading

Join Our Summer Study Group

Meet with women from across the country for community, encouragement, and discussion.
Join Our Summer Study Group
Image:

I was naïve when I took my first staff position at a church—about a lot of things. As the minister for small groups and community outreach, I was eager to get started and excited to join people together in meaningful community gatherings. The church didn’t have small groups prior to my arrival, and I knew I’d face some battles getting buy-in, but there ...

continue reading

How I Found a Support Network

5 ways I formed a group of women leaders around me
How I Found a Support Network
Image: iStock

I remember the first time I found “my people.” I had been invited to present several workshops at a conference for women ministry leaders. It was the first time I was exposed to a group of people just like me. Women! And not just women, but women who were leaders! In ministry! In the large group sessions, in the workshops, and in the speakers’ room—these ...

continue reading

Four Questions to Ask When Complacency Calls

With all the politicking, protesting, and terrorizing, it’s tempting to give up the fight.
Four Questions to Ask When Complacency Calls
Image: iStock

My husband recently teased, "What are you freedom fighting this week?" I snickered, because we both know how my empathetic tendencies get ignited when bedlam wreaks havoc on our broken world, and within the people to which we minister. I want to always be ready to battle for hurting people while pointing them to the God who heals. But too often lately, I find myself ...

continue reading

3 Reasons to Heed Limits in Your Leadership

As leaders, we naturally get frustrated by limits. But we can use them to our advantage.
3 Reasons to Heed Limits in Your Leadership
Image: iStock

Recently I was pursuing an opportunity that I was really excited about. Not only was it something that I would enjoy, but also it would enable me to be closer to my family and be helpful to the future of The 4Sight Group. I started out cautiously optimist, and with each step it seemed that this opportunity was going to become a reality. But then a major roadblock emerged unexpectedly ...

continue reading

Diminish the Power of Negative Circumstances

Take control of your circumstances by changing your mindset.
Diminish the Power of Negative Circumstances
Image: iStock

In 1955, Martin Luther King Jr. preached a sermon titled, “Looking Beyond Your Circumstances.” It was eight years before his “I Have a Dream” speech that would change America’s course. In this lesser-known sermon, Dr. King suggests that one of the great temptations is to become too absorbed in our circumstances, which leads to the conclusion that ...

continue reading

To Fight Discouragement, Fan Your Flame

Times of discouragement are inevitable in ministry, but we can learn to combat them.
To Fight Discouragement, Fan Your Flame
Image: iStock

I finished delivering my sermon for the second service that Sunday, and headed back to my seat. Before I could sit down, church member Vicki grabbed me, hugged my neck tight, and whispered: “Woman, you were on fire today!”

I smiled and sat down, feeling exhausted, but satisfied. God had accomplished yet another miracle. After the horrific week I’d had, as ...

continue reading
Displaying 1–10 of 267 Articles
Page:
There are no previous pages

Follow us

FacebookTwitterRSS

free newsletters:

Most Popular Posts

Disillusioned by the ChurchLead from Where You AreDiscover Your God-Given CallingAnswering the Call of God