Marie and I met in 8th grade and she quickly became one of my closest friends. We were two peas in a pod. We graduated together and life took us to opposite sides of the country. We both got married and started our families. Babies and more babies. Marie is married to a wonderful man named John, who is honorably serving our country in the Navy. Together, they have five children. In 2011, John and Marie had a loss so great that it left anyone who knew them stunned and speech
What ya want? The infamous question every man asks a woman knowing full well what the answer will be. "I don't care." "Whatever you want." "I don't have an opinion." "I just want food." Even though we definitely know, we definitely ALWAYS have an opinion and we are more than likely going to shoot down every suggestion that he is going to through out. It's a question that we answer dozens of times everyday. When we get hungry, usually we know exactly what we are hungry for. I
A woman of true beauty is a Woman who is at rest. She exudes a sense of calm and Invites those around her to rest as well. She speaks comfort, she offers Grace to be and the room to become. In her presence, we can release The tension and pressure that so Often grip our hearts. Her spacious, beautiful soul Invites others to come, to be, To taste and see that the Lord is good. A woman who makes herself vulnerable And available for intimacy- inviting others to do the same. In he
"But I don't do anything." I cannot tell you how many times I have said this over the last 11 years. It has been the beginning line of many fights between my husband and me. It is the root of my leadership insecurity. It is a lie that I struggle with and if not dealt with- can make me to be a very controlling and insecure leader. Not a pretty picture. I find that when I act out of this insecurity, I come across much harsher than I mean and will 'squash' my ability to empower
My name is Jessica and I am on staff at a wonderful church called Covenant Life Center in my hometown of Victoria, Texas. My official position is Executive Administrator (that's a fancy way of saying I organize things). I am so thankful to be in ministry and am able to fulfill the gifts and callings God has given me. As a woman in ministry, I am completely honored that I have been asked to share a small part of what God has been showing me lately. There is one thought that ha
I am an avid reader. One of my favorite parts of our family vacations growing up was the car ride because I got to buy a new book for the journey. I love to read. Fiction, non-fiction, biographies, self-help, it doesn't really matter to me. With being a mom of two young boys- I have gone through seasons where I just didn't 'have the time' and am lucky just to get in some Bible reading during my day. In 2014, I was in one of those seasons. My husband and I were blessed to att
This is one of the top questions we have as ministry families. I think this relates to anyone with a career and a family but ministry is slightly different as ministry is the only thing that carries eternal value and truly never stops. I think often times we want a quiet night at home together, but ministry keeps knocking. At that knock, I am presented with a choice. Do I engage with willingness, do I ignore it or do I engage with an attitude? If I am not careful, my instinct
About a year ago I had the idea to start a 'space' for women who like me, work in full time ministry. I shook it off thinking that it was crazy and no one would enjoy it, myself included. Well, what started as a thought has grown in me and over the last year I have had several people ask me to start putting out some of the lessons that I have learned over the years. I do not consider myself a know-it-all or an eloquent writer so starting a blog seems a little strange to me.