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February 5, 2018 by Andrea Jones, Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
This concept of loving our enemy is more than a great thought by a Leader respected in every culture. It’s a calling on the Christian life. Our Leader led the charge on this for us. How can we be equipped to follow?
June 23, 2016 by Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
I love reading anything Chuck Lawless writes. This insightful piece nails something we all know is true. Chuck addresses issues head on. What you're about to read, we've all been guilty of on some level. I want to be prayer warrior NOT a gossip.—Kathy Litton
May 12, 2016 by Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
For a long time I have allowed myself to become extremely emotional as I have parented my children. As they get older the issues become more serious, and some  have become so stressful to me that I can feel my heart racing, my...
April 27, 2016 by Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
We checked no. Well, let me back up for just a moment. God gave us Alex Harmon over sixteen years ago. He is such a joy. Our plan was to have several more children. Yet in the next six years we ended up losing two babies. I was sad,...
April 25, 2016 by Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
When suffering happens to leaders we begin to comfort others differently. Our own journey informs our hearts and minds how to better comfort others. This  post  is written by a young minister who tragically endured the loss of his...
March 14, 2016 by Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
My 11-year-old daughter, Alli, looked anxious. It was sixth-grade summer orientation — her first year of middle school and her first time in U.S. public school. “Mom, will there be any kids at this school who look like me?” she...
February 29, 2016 by Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Do people look to you to solve problems or provide the answers or direction needed to accomplish a major task or event (though you have not volunteered your assistance or provided any sign that you wished to do so)? You might have no pressing...
January 27, 2016 by Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
In the past, I have shared about the importance of shifting from a “come and see” mindset to one of “go and tell”  ( check out this post, too ) in our outreach. Today, I will give an example. ESL stands for English as a second language and is a...
January 21, 2016 by Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Let me start by saying this is an oversimplification. Culture and worldview are complicated topics. Are they the same thing? Are they distinct? Search five textbooks and you will get five different answers and five different definitions. In fact,...
January 18, 2016 by Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
So you feel unequipped to connect with diverse cultures? Keelan Cook writes such an encouraging, informative piece letting us know that is actually OK. In fact, he tells us it is to our advantage. Read more . . . I was a missionary in West...
January 15, 2016 by Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
With U.S. global migration rates rapidly rising, we no longer have to book a flight to participate in the Great Commission. The American church can participate in international missions right where we are. As a mom and housewife, my mission...
January 13, 2016 by Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
I often ask American Christian women this question: “What do you think when you see a woman dressed in head covering at a grocery store?” The response is often unanimous, "I think of the Muslim woman being oppressed ... closed to the Gospel ......
December 3, 2015 by Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Recently, I’ve been asked more times than I can count if I have any insight as to how to deal with people who treat their pastors and pastors’ wives disrespectfully or sometimes even downright hatefully. It’s sadly epidemic,...
October 22, 2015 by Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Don't miss our iPad giveaway! Click here to check out Monday's post for details. This piece by Eric Geiger is so spot on for leaders especially for spiritual leaders. Most of us struggle with the conflicting tensions of having thick skin...
October 15, 2015 by Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Barry gave us much to consider in our last blog as we evaluate if our families need as much strategic leadership as the churches we lead. Here are some steps he and his wife Amy took in writing their family plan. You also might check out Brian...
October 12, 2015 by Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Today's post by Barry Rager gives us much to consider when we think about the importance of leading our families just as strategically as we lead churches. Perhaps this blog will fuel a discussion in your home. This post  first appeared on Brian...
September 7, 2015 by Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
“You will have to be his advocate.” Those words echoed ceaselessly through my head for the first several months after my son’s autism diagnosis. If I’m honest, those words still make a fine little border around every parenting decision I make....
August 27, 2015 by Guest Post
We checked no. Did I ever tell you that? When Keith and I sat down to fill out our adoption application, we came to a section that forced us to pause. We were being asked if we would be willing to accept a child with medical issues,...
August 17, 2015 by Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
We LOVE this helpful post by Bryan Barley from the SendNetwork  last week. Don't miss it. Charles Spurgeon said, “Every Christian is either a missionary or an impostor.” Thankfully, with the rise of the missional movement, more...
August 10, 2015 by Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
I was absolutely shaking, sitting in the front seat of my minivan packed full of six girls. Next to me sat a Muslim who I had just met five minutes previous. We were having a church roller skating event and I had decided to call and invite the...
July 27, 2015 by Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Grace is a big deal. A mighty God gave us grace and we sometimes give grace to others. As minister’s wives we are expected to be experts at grace. We give our husbands grace, we give our children grace, and we give the not-so-friendly church...
June 8, 2015 by Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Though this article is written with pastors in mind, there is much for each of us as wives to learn from and heed warning. This article first appeared at Pastors Today . I admit it. I have a tendency to be a loner. I like my personal space...
May 18, 2015 by Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Often when I encourage other women to engage with their neighbors, friends, and co-workers — in order to share the Gospel — those women get squirmy. Their eye contact drops and their hands start searching for something to fidget with. These are...
April 27, 2015 by Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
We like comfy. In fact, I’m in my PJ’s, hair thrown in a ponytail, my favorite diet soda by my side, considering grabbing a blanket because I am slightly cold. I have created a bubble of comfort for my writing time, which you should find...
April 20, 2015 by Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
We think Craig Thompson surfaces a critical issue that ministry marriages need to be aware of. The conversation mentioned below is often well-meaning as Craig wisely points out. Yet this conversation may also send signals of pending...
April 13, 2015 by Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Though many of us have not walked through the grief and pain of losing a child, we all have tender places of pain which require us to trust God with our journey. This is especially hard to do in the "spotlight" as a ministry wife. The following...
March 2, 2015 by Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
My pastor husband and I now live and minister in my hometown, Memphis, Tennessee. Memphis is known for many things: Elvis Presley, barbecue, the blues, the Mississippi River, dogwoods and azaleas, and for being the home of FedEx. Unfortunately,...
February 27, 2015 by Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
I have one daughter. Her name is Ava, and though I confess an obvious bias, I believe her to be quite beautiful. Every dad should feel this way, I think. Genesis says that God “made us in His image, as male and female” (Gen. 1:27).  Gender was all...
February 23, 2015 by Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
“It might be cancer.” When those words were spoken, it wasn’t clear who was more stunned—Michael or me. He was our beloved small group pastor. A true people person, Michael was the lubricant which kept staff friction to a minimum. Quick to laugh,...
February 4, 2015 by Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
The best definition of love I’ve heard comes from Voddie Baucham: “ Biblical love is an act of the will, accompanied by emotion, that leads to action on behalf of it’s object. ” What does this mean to me, as a mom? Certainly, there is a natural...
January 26, 2015 by Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
When I was five years old, my family picked up and moved from southern Georgia to Castle Rock, Colorado where my parents planted a church. From the age of 5 to 24, I was a part of 8 different churches in 3 different states. My...
November 14, 2014 by Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
The guests have arrived! The doorbell rings, you glance around the living room area to make sure all the toys are picked up. The house smells delicious, the smell of scrumptious pies and cakes floats through the air. The kids are freshly...
November 13, 2014 by Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
As a ministry wife, I spend a lot of time with my church. If I’m not at church, I’m thinking about church, praying for church, or planning for church. God has even blessed me with a few good friends at church (real friends, the kind that can see...
October 31, 2014 by Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Recently, I met a pastor’s wife from another state. We sat together at a luncheon and hit it off – discovering we have mutual friends and mutual interests. I told her that I am a blogger, and that I have written a few times for Flourish. She...
October 30, 2014 by Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
In the last couple of years, God has completely turned my view of parenting upside down. You see, with adoption, you have to be very intentional about the way you parent. Right from the start, you are parenting a broken child. For them to be in...
October 22, 2014 by Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Small-town life can be very isolating for the ministry family. There is also great potential for that same family to be stretched and used for God's glory amidst a church and community desperate for a fresh wind of His Spirit. Here are four more...
October 20, 2014 by Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
In the short time my husband has been a pastor, we've served in several small-town churches. Some have been big and some very small, and this suburban gal has had quite an adjustment to make in both my ministry efforts and my expectations...
October 13, 2014 by Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Jen Wilkin provides biblical principles and important insight on parenting in her blog about being neighborly to children. If you asked me the single most important insight that has shaped my parenting, it would be this: Children are...
October 1, 2014 by Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Confession time, each Wednesday I anxiously await the mailman to faithfully deliver the weekly sale circular, filled with BOGO goodies.  Okay, I openly admit, I am self-proclaimed bargain hunting, coupon clipping, sale searching, BOGO browsing...
September 15, 2014 by Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
{ Editor's Note : This article was originally posted on jamieivey.com on September 4, 2013.} When we brought our kids home from Haiti, we didn’t have any close friends that had also brought older children home...
September 12, 2014 by Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
I hope that got your attention! I am sure what there are some common thoughts that pop into all of your minds when you read this title.   These kids are killing...my house My budget My figure My...
August 20, 2014 by Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Editor's Note:  (Pastor Joe Thorn recently posted a blog that needs to serve as a reminder today for us. These men of ours will drink deeply from a cup of cool water we can offer them in the form of a  'good word.’ ...
August 18, 2014 by Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
{ A Note from Kathy Ferguson Litton, National Consultant for Ministry to Pastor's Wives, Flourish.me: My friend Trevin Wax recently posted this insightful blog  regarding school choice. He cites a helpful book...
August 15, 2014 by Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Facebook has ramped the first day of school up several notches since my kids were in the back-to-school scene. Now I watch THEM send their kids to school. Jen Wilkin nails a mother’s heart in this blog .   She provides a great...
May 30, 2014 by Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
It was September, 1983. I accepted Christ as a young single adult. In my quest to grow in my new found faith, someone recommended the book, Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster. I have to admit, I was overwhelmed at the time, but the book...
March 5, 2014 by Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
{Editor's Note:  This post originally appeared here  and is used by permission from the "We are THAT family...you know the ones" website. Kristen Welch reminds us that there is a bit of THAT family inside of us.}   It was a...
February 17, 2014 by Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
    And, let me tell you, these are some tough women. They have faced relocations, chronic illness, prodigal children, death of family and friends, hurt inflicted by church members, and the everyday trials of life with integrity and...
February 3, 2014 by Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
In 2009 my husband and I planted August Gate Church in the urban core of St. Louis. For the last five years we have not only been leading a church but also raising three children in the same area we planted. And as crazy as it might sound, I...
January 22, 2014 by Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Author Ed Stetzer answers questions on how and why pastors' kids are prone to hate the ministry. NO one in ministry wants their kids to end up hating ministry or even more damaging rejecting Jesus. Yet is is a reality for kids coming out of...
January 1, 2014 by Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
One of the things we have to guard against as spiritual leaders is letting our relationship with God become a job that we have to do, rather than a relationship that we want to nurture. For everyone in ministry -- from lead pastors to lay leaders...
October 4, 2013 by Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Editor's Note:  One the blogs I follow the most faithfully is Kingdom People by Trevin Wax. This powerfully, insightful blog was posted this week on Gospel Coalition  . It IS worth your time. It may provoke you to return to the story of the...
September 18, 2013 by Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Editor's Note from Ron Edmondson:  This is a guest  post  by my wife Cheryl . She’s an amazing pastor’s wife. Every church where I’ve been pastor has loved her…probably more than me. They line up on Sunday to give her a hug....
January 1, 2012 by Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
We needed to make a decision. I felt I was right, but he would not listen to me. I just wanted to help, but my helping was hurting. I met a widowed pastor’s wife for lunch one day following this event to glean some wisdom. I asked her to share...
January 1, 2012 by Guest Post | Flourish - Ministry Wives
It’s universal. (At least, that’s what I tell myself.) The disastrous Sunday morning, that is. I have heard it said many times growing up in the church – “Satan will try anything to keep you from getting to church!” I’m not sure if it’s Satan...