Out with the old and in with the new! Isn't that what many of us do at the turn of the new year? Well, I am no different, and in addition to giving the heave-ho to a bunch of material stuff I don't need, I plan to lose about 10 pounds this year (because I don't need that either!). 

That's on the personal end of life. On the ministry end, I wanted to remind you that on Monday the new blog format will debut! We are so excited to bring you the changes you will find on our new Wordpress blog. If you haven't checked it out yet, please go over to bc4women.org and subscribe to the blog at its new location. You can do so right under the countdown clock on the home page. 

Today I want to give you some more details about the changes you will see in the coming days. I have invited several women to be regular contributors to the blog. This is different in that while I used to have guest bloggers, these ladies will be weekly contributors. You will be familiar with Suzanne Holland, who has been one of those previous guest bloggers. Suzanne is a certified counselor with both the IABC (International Association of Biblical Counselors) and the ACBC (Association of Certified Biblical Counselors). She serves with me at Reigning Grace Counseling Center in Kansas City, Missouri and is also the Online Training Program Coordinator. She is married to John, who administers the technical side of the Online Program. They have two adult sons and a recently emptied nest.

A series of events over the last few years has given her personal insight into how God uses pain for our growth and His glory, and she gets great joy from encouraging others on the blog. She is very excited to have the opportunity now to encourage even more readers at Biblical Counseling for Women, and I am excited to have her!   

Marie Notcheva is an author and INS-certified (Institute of Nouthetic Studies) biblical counselor from Massachusetts. I met Marie while reviewing her first book, "Redeemed from the Pit: Biblical Repentance and Restoration from the Bondage of Eating Disorders" (Calvary Press, 2011). 

Marie is the mother of four children as well as a Bulgarian courtroom and medical interpreter in the Boston area by profession, and she likes to study Albanian on the side. She is a regular contributor to The Biblical Counseling Coalition blog, and writes for Christian women's magazines in both Albania and Bulgaria. 

I know you will enjoy Marie’s straightforward blogging style as well as her witty personality! I am so pleased she has joined the regular blogging team.

Ellen Castillo will also be returning as a regular guest blogger. Ellen is a wife, mother, and grandmother and makes her home on California’s central coast. She is a Certified Biblical Counselor with the IABC (International Association of Biblical Counselors) and the AABC (American Academy of Biblical Counselors) and a Counsel Board member for the Biblical Counseling Coalition. 

Ellen founded Word of Hope Ministries which provides biblical counseling, and a fantastic Biblical Mentor Training for women. I know you will benefit from her blog posts, she is rich in wisdom and life experience. 

You can read more about each of these ladies on the bio page at bc4women.org