Have you engaged in an activity or embraced a responsibility that you didn’t want to end, even after you expended all your physical energy? Is there a cause or a need that you feel all fired up about? Do you find yourself happily volunteering your time, without...

When Ministry Turns Your Heart to Stone

When Ministry Turns Your Heart to Stone

Guest Contributor: Vicki Johnson God-honoring relationships are the heart of effective ministry. I’ve known this since I said, “I do” to my pastor husband.  To put this into perspective, we managed to squeeze in a home visitation between our wedding reception and the...

“A fresh-cooked meal? That is seriously the quickest way to my heart!” My friend, a twenty-something worn-out Mama, hugged the casserole dish hard before wrapping her arms around my shoulder. A grateful smile made its way right up into those big, green, sleep-deprived...

5 Keys to Nurturing Your Team

5 Keys to Nurturing Your Team

Guest contributor: Cyndee Ownbey Last week I made my bi-annual trek to the Horticulture Class Plant Sale at our local high school. I purchased two beautiful hanging baskets, flowers for the pots on our front and back porch, and several vegetable plants and herbs for...

Guest Contributor: Christa Hutchins Strategy. What do you think of when you hear the word? Some of you Type A people (like me) get all excited, ready to connect the dots, make charts on the wall and put a plan into action. For others, even (and sometimes especially)...

"Why do you have all these books about reading the Bible? Why don't you just read the Bible?" I'd been hosting a friend for the weekend and after a couple days of late summer fun on the lake, we decided to call a break. We brewed some tea and circled our way...