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Women in Ministry - November/December 2007 Issue

Guilt-Free Living

There is a book entitled The Good Enough Mother. Every ministry woman who is a mother probably feels an attraction to the title because she has experienced days in which she did notfeel like a “good enough” mother. But it is not only stay-at-home mothers who feel guilt. Most women place incredible expectations on themselves to juggle multiple roles superbly. Women in ministry are no exception. In fact, they may up the ante, expecting that while they are doing the nearly impossible, they should maintain a sweet, Christlike disposition at all times. Inevitably, they fail, and then guilt takes up residence. The holidays can invite increased feelings of guilt for those who strive to meet all the social, financial, and ministry demands of the season.

So as the holidays close in on us, we focus here on the issue of guilt: what it is and is not, what causes it, what effects it has on the body and spirit, and some strategies for alleviating it. If guilt is an all-too-familiar word to you, you will find help and encouragement by reading on.

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When Perfect Isn’t Enough: How I Conquered My Fear of the Proverbs 31 Woman by Nancy Kennedy

Even June Cleaver Would Forget the Juice Box
by Anne Dunnewold