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Happy birthday, dear blog! You’re one!

To celebrate, I’m beginning a new chapter on my blog in which I’ll be highlighting a female ministry leader from time to time. If you or someone you know is interested in having your ministry profiled here in some way, please use the form under the Contact Lisa tab to let me know. And I’m giving away a book– read on for details!

IMG_1886edcr Brenda roundBrenda Yoder is the first ministry leader I’m profiling on the blog. She is a speaker to moms, writer of several blogs, counselor, and mother to four children. Eminently qualified on the topic of balance, she just released a book called Balance, Busyness, and Not Doing It All. Not just for moms, this book really speaks to ministry leaders too. 

Check out my review of Balance, below, specifically for ministry workers. Or, read more about Brenda and her book for overburdened moms on the Highlight tab.

Untitled designTo go along with the bloggy birthday party, Brenda Yoder’s new book, Balance, Busyness, and Not Doing It All will be given to a lucky blog reader. Yes, YOU can win a copy of the book! (Details are at the bottom of this post.)

When I first started to read Balance, Busyness, and Not Doing It All, I thought of it as a good read for someone else, something I could recommend to a more frantic friend. Boy, was I wrong. This book was for me.

You see, a maxxed-out calendar is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg that Brenda addresses here. The issue she addresses for ministry workers is more endemic: ministering out of an imbalance. I know this, because it’s a struggle for me almost every day.

How do you balance time with the Lord– your vine– with all the fruit you’re required to produce?

As ministry workers and leaders, we tend to be really absorbed in our work and the people to whom we minister. We cram in Bible study and prayer and meditation into small periods of time. Family sometimes gets the leftovers. The intense needs we face every day “require” our sole focus.

However, this too shows imbalance, just like an overly busy schedule does. We need to rely more on God, not less. Stopping regularly to pray and ask God for help is the right pattern… not working harder, not answering more emails and phone calls from desperate people.

Brenda’s book really convicted me. She says it is for moms, and certainly that’s the audience she is addressing. But it is deep and it is wise; no regular self-help book, this book will be useful for you to reassess how you are balancing home life with ministry and your reliance on God.


Interested in winning Balance, Busyness, and Not Doing It All? Fill out the contact form with your name, email, address for mailing the book, and the ministry in which you’re a partner or a leader. I won’t keep your info and sell it in exchange for publishing with a big-name house.

The winning submission will be chosen randomly among all the submissions sent by 11:59 PM on September 13, 2015. The winner will be notified the following week by email. By your submission, you are consenting to having your name, state or country, and ministry listed on my website. Thanks for participating!