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May 1, 2017 by Jill Waggoner | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Until a few months ago, emotional health sounded like hogwash to me, like the luxurious self-reflection allotted to those with discretionary means and discretionary time. I thought I had no need to pursue such things, but in reality, I was trying to keep my head above water. Serving those around...
April 27, 2017 by Christine Hoover | Flourish - Ministry Wives
I was standing at the door after church, talking with folks, when a woman who’d been visiting our church approached and blurted, “Can we be friends?” I knew immediately what she meant: she wanted to connect with other women and with the church, because she was in a time of transition and needed a...
April 24, 2017 by Susie Hawkins | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Why do we torment ourselves by playing the comparison game? It’s part of human nature—evaluating the looks or accomplishments of others and comparing them with our own. We may not even realize we are doing this, until the dark feelings of discouragement and discontentment begin to settle on us....
April 20, 2017 by Tricia Lovejoy | Flourish - Ministry Wives
We were friends. Good friends. Our daughters played together and enjoyed sleepovers. We laughed at the same jokes and sent each other encouraging texts. I loved seeing her face as I walked through the church lobby … she simply warmed my heart. I loved her entire family. We weren’t BFF’s, if you...
April 17, 2017 by Christine Hoover | Flourish - Ministry Wives
My husband and I have been in full-time vocational ministry since the day we were married. People ask me what it’s like to be a pastor’s wife, and I tell them I don’t know what it’s like to not be one. His calling colors every part of my life in a way that’s difficult to explain and, in a way,...
April 13, 2017 by Kathy Ferguson Litton | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Sitting in my inbox was an email from the Loft with a subject line that read: “Kathy, Still Looking for a Top to Love?” The Loft’s website is intuitive. Some call it “artificial intuition,” but in reality the website is able to observe my actual behavior and my interests on their site. They store...
April 10, 2017 by Shauna Pilgreen | Flourish - Ministry Wives
I do. It’s something I keep before me. I’m not going to slack off. I can’t. None of us are above moral failures nor below it. You know it’s true. Someone comes to our mind right about now that is walking through a divorce, counseling, or leaving the ministry because of this. It sickens me to...
April 6, 2017 by Lori McDaniel | Flourish - Ministry Wives
It happens when I'm driving down the road and pass "that" church. It happens after a conversation with "that" minister's wife. It happens after I hear stories of how "that" church is doing. A twinge of competition creeps in. We know life isn't fair. But surely ministry is equitable since we are...

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