A number of years ago I started to get serious about making fasting and prayer part of my work routine. I knew I needed to depend on God more, and I knew I needed His guidance to make wise decisions at work. So periodically I would take off to sit by a nearby lake for some time of praying and listening to God. There was never a shortage of things needing prayer – I always had a long list! And so I prayed. I sat. I waited to hear God tell me the answers to whatever issues I was bringing that week. And every time as I sat waiting for those holy words of wisdom to come, I would hear this: “I love you.” [...]
Do you joyfully affirm the goodness and trustworthiness of God? Awhile back I took a day to try that statement out. I went to a nearby state park and spent the day exploring. I walked the trails, admired the trees towering above me, and watched the squirrels glide from tree to tree. I quietly listened to the leaves stirring in the wind, and I soaked in the fullness of God’s creation. I found myself amazed at God’s artistic work. He created this majestic sight with the speaking of a word. How powerful and mighty He is! Over the course of the day my mind drifted to thanksgiving and gratitude as I recalled how I had been a recipient of this same amazing creativity and [...]
So the year 2018 has begun. You are a week in, where do you find yourself? Are you excited? Anxious? Are you anticipating new things, dreading the redundancy of old things? Maybe you are a resolution setter and have drafted a plan to make positive changes in your life? Or maybe you don’t do resolutions and would prefer instead to treat 2018 no different than 2017 and just plow ahead. Whatever the case, the calendar has flipped and off we go into another year. I spent some time reflecting this past week. First on the past year and all that has happened, good and challenging; (that is a positive exercise by the way, one I highly recommend) then I turned my focus to 2018. [...]
Have you ever wondered why God gave you your five senses? Why taste, touch, smell, sight and sound were part of the human design? For a long time I think I misunderstood why. Like most people, I tended to think my five senses were about me. Given to me by God for the purposes of avoiding danger, learning, studying and helping me navigate the world around me. However, as I have matured in my faith walk with Jesus, I have come to realize that God has given them to me (like all things) to point back to Himself. To bring glory to His name. I have come to understand that experiencing the smells, tastes, sounds, sights, and textures of this world are simply the [...]
We have so much to be grateful for! Every day is bursting with immeasurable blessing. But the truth is that sometimes we don’t feel real grateful. The demands of life, struggles, and worries often push us towards defeat rather than a heart of thanks. Or we forget, in the midst of busyness and stresses, just to pause and give thanks. If we’re honest, sometimes it’s a sacrifice to offer praise and thanks. We may not feel like it. We’re struggling. We're tired. Or maybe, we feel like God has let us down. He’s distant, far away, or doesn't really care about what's troubling us. In moments like this thankfulness, let alone delight, seems like a faded memory from the past.  With that reality [...]
The power of effective habits is not in the seclusion, the silence, or the journal, but in Whom you find in the habit. As leaders, we must take our activity godward.
I believe God wants you to flourish! As leaders your wholistic health and capacity to flourish is tied to your ability to find ways to delight in the Lord. May God continue to shape each of you as you sing for the Lord and delight in His goodness.
God calls us throughout scripture to delight in Him. Psalm 37:4 states: “Delight yourself in the Lord…” Job 22:26 talks about “delighting yourself in the Almighty and lifting up your face to God.” I want to pause for a moment and ask an obvious and yet essential question: Is your relationship with God best described as full of delight?
“Self-care” is a frequently used term today. While there is a good chance you have heard it, do you have any ideas what it means? Or better yet, do you know why is it significant for you to understand and practice in your life as a ministry leader? I asked an expert (Google) about the practices of self-care and this is what I found. One way to define self-care is: The active and powerful choice to engage in the activities that are required to gain or maintain an optimal level of overall health. Along with a working definition there came thousands of suggested activities like: A leisurely walk in the park Riding a bike for exercise A stress-free activity like putting a puzzle together [...]
Great leaders are great listeners. They listen more than they talk. They recognize knowledge and wisdom are not gained by talking, but by listening. As leaders it is important to accept that good communication is not a one-way street. In fact, the first rule in communication is to seek understanding before seeking to be understood. Studies show that the average person listens with only 25 percent efficiency—meaning there’s a lot we’re letting go in one ear and out the other! Take a moment to reflect on your leadership, how are you doing with listening? What might your co-workers say about your listening capacity? Lessons in good listening The charter text for Christian listening might be James 1:19: “Let every person be quick to hear, slow [...]