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August 25, 2016 by Christine Hoover | Flourish - Ministry Wives
For the first eight years of our ministry, I didn’t have a friend to my name. In those same years, I birthed and stayed home with three children, and I remember willing myself not to get sick because I didn’t know who I would call for help if I did. Community was something I created for other...
August 22, 2016 by Christine Hoover | Flourish - Ministry Wives
I grew up in a town stamped and molded by racial issues that were never discussed. On a few occasions, perspectives on race were danced around, touched on with incendiary language that, as a child, made me turn hot and fidgety. Sometimes the issues were visited with short and fiery bursts of...
August 18, 2016 by Marianna Dollyhigh | Flourish - Ministry Wives
If you are like most women, you are your own worst critic. Being hard on ourselves is what we do. If you live your life never feeling like what you do is enough, then read on, friend! Finding freedom from our own expectations is not impossible.
August 15, 2016 by Amy Rager | Flourish - Ministry Wives
I had no understanding, prior to my life in ministry, that socioeconomic class is a powerful divider and an underestimated phenomenon within the church.
August 11, 2016 by Tish Hedger | Flourish - Ministry Wives
It would be convenient if Satan would show up as a talking snake. Then, we could runaway screaming or call animal control. Perhaps, the bravest of us would grab a stick and whack him until he left. We know a talking snake is not to be trusted.
August 8, 2016 by Annie B Garman | Flourish - Ministry Wives
After using all my energy to sit up, I asked my nine-year-old if she’d be willing to bring me cereal in bed because it was, after all, Mother’s Day. “Mother’s DAY?!” She had apparently forgotten. I reminded her that she had made me a card earlier in the week and it was waiting, unopened, on my...
August 5, 2016 by Tish Hedger | Flourish - Ministry Wives
As a young adult, I was a new to marriage and ministry. I carried a crippling discouragement that stemmed from my identity crisis. The discouragement of identity led to depression, which rooted itself in a constant self-loathing that had been my companion since childhood.
August 1, 2016 by Ron Edmonson | Flourish - Ministry Wives
When I’m talking to a pastor or other leader who has accepted a new position or is in a time of transition—after I hear the excitement in their voice of what they see God doing—I almost always ask the same question: “How is your spouse dealing with the change?”