Ministry

15 Christmas tradition ideas

15 Christmas Tradition Ideas to Start with Your Kids

It’s the most wonderful time of the year….for making lists! A shopping list, meal list, cleaning list, and packing list for our long trip to visit family and more! One list that I refer too each holiday season is the one that contains ideas I’ve written down over the years for Christmas traditions we can do […] Read more…

15 Gift Ideas for Your Pastor (That Go Beyond the Ordinary)

When it comes to showing appreciation for your pastor during October’s Pastor Appreciation Month, at Christmas, or anytime, your gift ideas may be limited to Bible commentaries and the latest bestseller. But there are lots of other fun and creative ideas that will bless your pastor (and their family as well)! I’m a pastor’s wife […] Read more…

9 Women’s Bible Studies Worth Doing

If you’re looking for a new Bible study to do over the summer (or any time!) with your ladies’ group, I am so excited to share with you my favorite women’s studies! I’m very particular about the studies I use. They must be: True to what the Scriptures actually say Direct you back to God’s […] Read more…

3 Ways to Help Your Pre-Teen Develop a Biblical Worldview

Many years ago, I listened to a parent say that she didn’t realize there was such thing as a “worldview”. And once she did discover that, through the teachers at her child’s private Christian school, she said she thought that was great that they were teaching the Biblical way to see the world to her kids because […] Read more…

5 Ways to Serve Others When You Have Young Children

It’s uncomfortable saying this, but for a very long time, I’ve been making excuses. Many of them, really, about a variety of things, but most specifically about ministering to others. You see, I have four small children, and my husband and I believe our kids are my main ministry. This is a worthy thing, but it […] Read more…

The One Thing Another Mom Needs From You, Right Now

I am a spectator, watching the battle take place. I am a fighter, allowing myself to get pulled into the fray. I am a part of the mommy wars. You are too. There is a part of me that wants to believe the so-called “mommy wars” are made up by those too highly sensitive to take criticism. And […] Read more…

5 ways to raise mission minded kids

5 Ways to Raise Mission Minded Kids

“Mom, can I go on a missions trip?” This question came from my 10 year old son after hearing a presentation in church from some congregation members who had been in the Czech Republic for two weeks. After hearing about how they taught VBS and participated in service projects, he was very eager to hop on the […] Read more…

How to Unspoil Your Kids at Christmas

When I was 9 years old, I got something I really wanted for Christmas: a fancy version of an Etch-a-Sketch.  For all intents and purposes, I should have been happy. But instead, I burst into tears after opening all my presents and feeling like I didn’t have “enough”. Looking back, I obviously realize that this […] Read more…

To the wife who didn't want to be married to a pastor - three things I've learned in 8 years of ministry as a pastor's wife

To the Wife Who Didn’t Want to be Married to a Pastor

I am often asked, “did you ever think you’d be a pastor’s wife?” I’m still not exactly sure why people pose that question–I’m pretty sure people don’t ask my mother “did you ever think you’d be a mechanic’s wife?” Thankfully, I have an easy out for said question. The denomination I grew up in had […] Read more…

Hope for the Mom Who Has Had an Abortion

Welcome to 31 Days of Hope for Moms! To see all the posts in the series, click here! Today’s post is a powerful testimony from my dear friend Sarah at My Joy-Filled Life. She is a mother, like many others, who has gone through an abortion. Here is her redemption story. Half of pregnancies among American […] Read more…

My One Word for 2014 and the Only New Year’s Resolution I’m Making

I despise the word “resolution”. Not because of the meaning. In fact, I love how Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines this word: “Fixed purpose or determination of mind; as a resolution to reform our lives; a resolution to undertake an expedition.” The reason I don’t like it is probably because I fail miserably at “resolving”, “being resolved” or keeping […] Read more…

Bringing TRUE Friendship to Light

Post by contributor Ashley from This Southern Girl’s Heart. A friend asked me the other night how long had I been a Christian. Then she shared her precious testimony and she didn’t judge when I told her mine. Thank you Lord for precious friends. I am learning that NOW, in my life, REAL friends are starting […] Read more…

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