Highlighting Your Ministry

I’m excited to add a new feature to my site that will periodically highlight a woman in ministry. One of my goals for this site is to encourage women in ministry. Like my upcoming book, Divine Call, will do in a more comprehensive way, this section is meant to validate and encourage a particular woman’s ministry work. But, of course, I hope it will minister to you as well!

If you are interested in having your ministry profiled here, please contact me under the Contact tab.

IMG_1886edcr Brenda roundThe first ministry I’m highlighting is Brenda Yoder’s speaking and writing. Brenda L. Yoder, LMHC, is an author, speaker, educator and counselor. Her books, Balance, Busyness, and Not Doing It All and Who Do You Say I Am were released this year. Her ministry, Life Beyond the Picket Fence, can be found at brendayoder.com where she writes about faith, life, and parenting beyond the storybook image.

When Brenda’s not writing, working, or speaking, she’s a wife and mom to four children, ages teen to young adult. You can connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Periscope (@BeyondPicketFenc) and Twitter.

My blog gives a review of Brenda’s most recent book, Balance, Busyness, and Not Doing It All in terms of its helpfulness for ministry workers.

Here are Brenda’s words to you today about how she wants to help you recover balance in your ministry and home life:

I was reminded recently about the pressure to do it all as a mom. Yahoo’s CEO Marissa Mayer announced she plans on being back to work as soon as she can after she delivers twin daughters, similar to what she did after delivering her first child.

Media outlets report she was back to work soon after the birth of her son, and how she’s expecting to do the same because she’s had a healthy pregnancy.

She’s doing it all. It looks great. And enticing. I’ll be honest—it feels great when you’re doing it all and it works. When things are going well, if feels like you’re on top of the world.

But then you look down. You see the mess beneath you. Or the unexpected happens. Or your kid says, “I need you.

Or “I hate you.

There’s a cultural expectation for moms to do it all. Most of us live with the pressure of performing, doing what we think we’re supposed to do, avoiding guilt, and pleasing those around us—kids, spouse, employer, parent, church leaders, peers, friends…

Somewhere in between, you’re exhausted. You struggle or you crash. At least it’s happened to me.

I wonder if it’s happened to you as a ministry worker. Maybe you’re trying to do it all, doing an awesome job in ministry and being a good wife and mother.

The doing it all expectation isn’t from God. It’s not God’s best for you.

As I’ve written and spoken to moms throughout the country, the pressure to do it all is universal. But it’s not biblical. In a world where busyness and performance is god, Christian women must look to the true God for a different perspective.

Do you need a fresh perspective on busyness, expectations, and life balance?

If so, join me in looking at real, personal, and spiritual truths about balance, busyness, and not doing it all. You’ll be encouraged, challenged, and changed.

Balance book photoInterested in winning Balance, Busyness, and Not Doing It All? Fill out the contact form (under the Contact Lisa tab at the top) with your name, email, address for mailing the book, and the ministry in which you’re a part or a leader.

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 by email during the following week. By your submission, you are consenting to having your name, state or country, and ministry listed on my website. Thanks for participating!