Praying for Your Community

The Unexpected Result of Praying for Your Community

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Years ago, I heard two African pastors crying out to God at a community prayer meeting in Golden, Colorado. These two men weren’t just making prayer requests to heaven. They seemed intimately connected with God and were praying powerfully for the community.

In that moment, God did that thing that only God can do. He stirred my heart with a deep yearning for more. I knew I wanted to pray authentic and bold prayers. What I didn’t know was the unexpected, surprising and life-changing outcome of learning from these men.

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What is God-given Destiny?

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The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines destiny as the things that someone or something will experience in the future. This sounds an awful lot like “fate.”

The problem with this dictionary definition of destiny is that it implies that our destiny is fixed and we have no control over our future. It suggests that you don’t have a choice in determining your destiny. This couldn’t be further from the truth! I welcome you to listen in or read on.
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Why Personal Values Are So Important (or how to avoid asking “How did I end up here?”)

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Have you ever just stopped in the midst of whatever you are doing and asked yourself “How did I end up here? What do I value about this place?”

“Here” could be a million different places, like a job, a company, a volunteer organization, a church, or a group of close friends.

Whereas you may have belonged – even been a vital part of the organization or group – you know longer have the heart, the drive, the desire, and the stamina to stay involved.

Something has changed, and it’s not necessarily the other guy! You just know you are out-of-place.

So you ask, do I stay or do I go? But, most importantly, WHY? Read More

Choosing direction in transition

Transitions: 3 Reasons Why You Can’t Live Without Them

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Transitions are Challenging

Let’s face it. Embracing unexpected change isn’t always easy. If you are like me, you are happiest when you are cruising along in life, enjoying your relationships, finding passion in your work, and engaged in a community.

Then, boom!! The unexpected happens. You don’t see it coming.

Or, maybe you did. In fact, maybe you initiated the change, but you didn’t quite understand the potential impact.

The key is that something important in your life shifts. New choices and decisions are looming.

  • You lose your current job or you begin a new job
  • You don’t get that hoped for promotion
  • An important relationship comes to an end
  • You face a threatening illness or injury

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What is my identity?

What Identity Are You Wearing?

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What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. 1 Corinthians 2:12

What Defines You?

King Solomon’s identity was established by God. He loved God. Unfortunately, he loved foreign women more!

God commanded the Israelites not to intermarry, but Solomon did not take it seriously. He married 700 princesses and maintained 300 concubines. Whew! As Solomon aged, his identity was significantly influenced by these foreign women as he began worshipping their gods and turning away from our God (1 Kings 11).

We face identity issues just like Solomon’s today. We are bombarded daily with all types of information, people’s opinions, and personal choices that impacts us. We may embrace biblical values, but find our values are not accepted by others. Read More

emotional resilience

Emotional Resilience: The Key to Overcoming Adversity

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More than 50 years of research has demonstrated that emotional resilience is the KEY to success in life. It is a better indicator of success than your intelligence! Resilient people learn to overcome adversity and find success in the process. Are you a resilient overcomer?

What is Emotional Resilience?

Resilience measures your ability to bounce back when you face challenges.

When something negative happens, resilient people quickly evaluate the situation, regain their positive outlook and move forward.

When you lack resilience, life gets you down. You may get too emotional or react negatively in the face of adversity. You tend not to deal well with the challenge you are facing. Read More

Finding God in the Mundane

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I recently cared for my 6-month and 2.5-year old granddaughters for 6 days. I quickly remembered that you have time to care for and entertain these precious little ones, but time for little else! No time for finding God through prayer or study, unless it was late at night.

I encourage women that I teach and coach to explore ways for finding God during the midst of their day. After the week with my grandchildren, I can really empathize with how challenging it is to find quiet time!

Work can present the same challenge, particularly if you are a working mom. Do you wonder how you find time for yourself, let alone with God?

My wonderful friend, Steph, has always talked with me about how she finds God and prays in the midst of all that she does.  Don’t look for that right moment – that quiet time that may never come – but invite God into your daily activities, including your mundane chores! Listen in to her story.

Is Your Frantic Pace Decreasing Your Productivity?

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As I was mowing the lawn, I was amazed to hear a constant buzzing in the apple tree above my head. I stopped and watched the bees moving gracefully, but at a frantic pace, from blossom to blossom gathering nectar and pollinating the tree. Bees are very mission-minded – they have to visit 5 million flowers to produce a single pint of honey! Amazing. There is no rest for these industrious creatures.

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Living at a Frantic Pace

Do you observe that many people have a frantic pace of life, like a worker bee? Frantic people are agitated, easily excitable, hurried, and always have somewhere to be or something else to do. They never have time for the moment at hand.

I found myself living at a frantic pace throughout my consulting career. I was constantly busy as I cared for my family, managed large-scale projects, and tried to stay involved with church and friends. For me, it was unsustainable over time. I was like a worker bee trying to visit those millions of flowers! Crazy… Read More