Martha Bailey

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FIRST-PERSON: Encouragement amid a difficult pregnancy

Martha Bailey, a pastor's wife, author and speaker, recounts the unusual encouragement she received for persevering through a difficult pregnancy -- all the way into the delivery room.

Encouragement When Facing a Difficult Pregnancy

    If your name is Sheila Ross, stand up and take a bow. I want to thank you for helping me through a difficult childbirth. Though we have never met, you encouraged me. I was apprehensive at my first pregnancy. Sharing my anxiety with an acquaintance, she said, "I was afraid the first time, […]

FIRST-PERSON: Giving with a cheerful heart

Pastor's wife and author Martha Bailey shares that a Christian's attitude about tithing is just as important as the gift itself.


    Talk about embarrassing! IT WAS EMBARRASSING! “Come on!” I thought. “Don’t these people know this elevator makes more than one trip per day—that it and the three other elevators will come back up if they miss this one?” Our girls were with their grandparents. Waylon and I were staying in a fifty-story high-rise […]


God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7 There’s nothing like trying to worship while wrestling with a preschooler. Helping a three-year old adjust to “big church” can be a challenge. I had a friend whose boys slept through every service, morning or evening. I wondered how church could have such a sedative effect on […]

Woman to Woman—For the Pastor’s Wife Planted . . . for a Purpose

    “For I know the plans I have for you . . . plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) Are you really living where you live? No, that’s not a mistake. I meant to ask it just like that. Many […]