A personal note from Mary:  Thank you for your encouraging emails - from South Africa to South Florida!  I am in the process of compiling email addresses in order to create an online support group specifically for women in ministry.  Want to join?  Let me hear from you!  Know that I love you and am praying for you this week as you minister.

Father God, we rest in the promise that You are enough - for every need, every valley and every storm.  Lord, many women are ready to quit!  Some are exhausted, discouraged and wounded while still others are absolutely desperate for You.  Help each one of us to understand that the darkness we feel is simply the shadow of Your wing.  And remind us to rest there. Amen!

Other articles in this series:
For Women in Ministry: Nobody Loves You Like He Does
For Women in Ministry: What's the Plan?

Mary is married to Dan Southerland, is a pastor's wife, mother of two, speaker and author.  Mary has a deep burden for the Pastor's Wife and is a frequent speaker for Pastor's Wives retreats and conferences. Mary has spoken to thousands of women all over the United States as well as Latin America, South Africa, Costa Rica, England and New Zealand. She is also the author of "Coming Out of the Dark", the story of her personal struggle with clinical depression, as well as "Sandpaper People" due to be released July 1, 2005 by Harvest House Publishers.  Mary writes a weekly column for Rick Warren's Tool Box on pastors.com and has an extensive tape ministry that speaks to the heart of women in every season of life. Mary and her family live in Waxhaw, NC. Email: journeyfriends@cs.com or visit her website at www.marysoutherland.com