Comparison Is Stealing Your Joy
Five practical tips to fight back
Comparison Is Stealing Your Joy
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There are so many cautionary tales in the Bible about comparison—beginning with the very beginning. The serpent in the garden suggests to Eve that she compare herself to God. If only she will eat fruit from this one tree, it tells her, she could be like God in her knowledge ...


Bearing the Word
Preachers carry on a tradition Mary exemplified.
Bearing the Word
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I was tired—the kind of tired that only a six-month pregnant mama can be, with a 3-year-old at home and a church to shepherd through the season of Advent to boot. I was grateful, of course, for the baby I was carrying, for the promise of new life after a long difficult ...


Lead Well Alongside Men
5 tips for co-laboring for the kingdom
Lead Well Alongside Men
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Gender plays a significant role when we talk about how women and men can lead well together in the church and workplace. As a lead pastor of a church and a program director at a seminary, I have come to see that it is both an opportunity as well as a challenge to co-labor with ...


Make Your Voice Heard at the Table
3 ways to help get your ideas across when you’re working with men
Make Your Voice Heard at the Table
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Admittedly, I am small in stature, have a high-pitched voice, and appear very feminine. As a result, I often go into meetings with men—especially powerful men—with a persistent fear that I will not be heard. Or, a fear that if I am heard, my ideas will be dismissed ...


Unresolved Relationship Issues
Recognizing, addressing, and helping others deal with transference.
Unresolved Relationship Issues
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We were in the second week of a five-month discipleship program when one of the participants casually said, “I can’t tell you how much you remind me of my mother.” I knew she was not giving me a compliment because moments before, she had shared in great detail ...


Poured Out for the Church
Releasing the desire to be right, even when you’ve been wronged
Poured Out for the Church
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It’s one of those days that becomes etched in your memory―completely against your will. Try as I might to focus on the chubby legs of my two-year-old toddler scurrying around my ankles as we navigated the petting zoo, my mind was racing. My breath felt short and my heart ...


Mean Girls in the Church
How to become women who embolden rather than undermine
Mean Girls in the Church
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Several years ago I endeavored to write a Bible study on the Sermon on the Mount for several hundred women. The Bible study was a labor of love, passion, and joy. When the books arrived for us to distribute to our three hundred or so women, it felt like Christmas morning. Almost ...


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