Disappointment seeps in

Disappointment Seeps In...more

When Ministry is Hard

The Hard Side of MinistryDo you ever wish your life was like someone you see in ministry? Do you think that those in ministry must have easier lives?...more

{Music Ministry} How Sweet the Sound by Citizens Way

Hello guys,My husband and I have been LOVING this song. It's a different version of Amazing Grace with a blend of Psalms 23 and we can not get enough of it. It's so beautiful and makes my heart smile every time I hear. I can literally listen to this song over and over again. Who knows how long it would take for me to get tired of it... never because His grace IS truly AMAZING!...more

Which Role Am I Playing?

Often times in my ministry, I have to consider which role I’m playing. Am I mother or pastor? Pastor or friend? Worshiper or leader? Tonight, I had to choose: pastor, or EMS responder?I am on our local volunteer rescue squad and fire department, and taking the class needed to prepare me to become a licensed EMT. I am learning assessment and emergency care, how to respond quickly and effectively to provide medical care to those who need it....more

Coming to America

So, here I am. 2 weeks into my new life in Redding, CA. To say that it's been an adjustment would be a statement. Not an undertstatement, not an overstatement just a statement.The fact is, that our world has become really small. So, it does feel in many ways that I just went out of town for a couple of months and it's not that much of a big deal. I talk to my family everyday, I see them via Skype and Facebook every other day. Whenever something crazy happens, I I.M my friends on WhatsApp or Twitter and depending on how big the event is, video call them as soon as I need to....more

Who Ministers to the Minister?

Those of us who are engaged in ministry sometimes ask ourselves, "Who ministers to me?"   Those of us on this new journey of good health, may say to ourselves, "Who encourages me?"  On the My Faith and Fitness Blog, I end each post with "stay encouraged" or "remain encouraged."  I purposely use "stay" and "remain" because I am working from the premise that you are already encouraged. But, is that an accurate premise to have?...more

Confessions of a Reluctant Minister

I’ve spent most of my adult life going back and forth between wanting to do ministry and running from it like the plague. I know the gifts that God has given me, teaching and loving and helping people in need, are designed for ministry. I know that because I inherited them from my mother, who is one of the most gifted ministers I have ever known.The reason I’ve run from them is because I’ve seen firsthand what it can be like for a woman in ministry....more
Thank you for your encouraging blog post. I struggle with issues of women in the church because ...more

Seven Years of Adventure: My Time in the Vineyard...So Far

On Friday, March 24, 2006, God called me to enter ministry.  It has been an adventure ever since that day.  I don't share the story of my call to ministry often, for a variety of reasons.  But, I was planning to share my story on March 24, 2013.  Since that day is Palm Sunday, I am led to share it now.  I mentioned recently that this lenten season has been full of revelations.  Lately, I...more

3 Practical Ministry Tips

Once upon a time..........actually, 135 weeks and 2 days ago I thought I heard God tell me to write a book for pastor's wives. Sitting in my backyard, I quickly jotted down notes and a simple outline of advice for ministry wives. I was so thoroughly convinced, that I then went about announcing my grand plan to everyone. ...more

This is why I sing

Therefore I will praise you, O LORD, among the nations; I will sing praises to your name. 2 Samuel 22:50 NIVThis is my ministry.  This is the thing I give of myself so others can get closer to God.  This is the place God has asked me to serve. This is the place I feel closest to Him....more