Breathing Courage


Are you feeling short of spiritual breath as you see the many needs women face today?

Beauty met me as I entered the Leadership Luncheon.

Beautiful tables with linens and china, beautiful music by Shannon Wexelberg, beautiful women with tender hearts for helping other women find freedom, fullness, and fruitfulness in Christ. I looked around, taking it all in. I knew we were in for something good during this special session with Nancy Leigh DeMoss, meant to bless pastors’ wives and women’s ministry leaders.

And it was good!

Both Nancy and Shannon shared their gifts with us—teaching and singing, respectively—and we were blessed.

But it was more than that.

The beauty of this session was the raw honesty. Both Nancy and Shannon spoke of their desperation for God’s grace and mercy to uphold them in the midst of ministry. They spoke of our great God who makes much of His name through women who are yielded to His use, His purposes.

Don’t we, as women, need to know that? That God is making something beautiful out of our paltry offerings and bumbling attempts?

Life is one rocky ride, leaving our insides shaken and jarred, leaving our hearts wondering if anything we do is making any difference what-so-ever. It can leave us feeling short of breath, spiritually speaking.

It’s so easy to get discouraged with the many needs around us—and in us. How we need Jesus! His endless supply of grace and mercy meets us in our need so that we have something to share with the women around us. We must be Word-centered women who call others to be centered on Jesus too, for He is the one who can meet every need. 

This post was written by Erin Straza.

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