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The Power of a Single Question

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“What’s your greatest temptation?”

This question came to mind while praying for someone I was mentoring. Whether this question or another, great questions provide possibilities for awareness, growth and transformation. Specifically around the temptation question, I was convicted that this question is worth personal reflection for all Christ-followers and particularly critical for leaders.

Why the Temptation Question?
Scripture teaches that the enemy of God tempts God’s children. Remember his question to Eve in the garden, “Did God really say…?” (see Gen. 3). His tempting approach with Adam and Eve twisted truth, created confusion and communicated false promises. Continue Reading

3 Ways to Sleep Sounder

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Endless studies powerfully demonstrate that our sleep, both the quality and quantity, is incredibly important to our health and everyday effectiveness.

There are many practical tips and helpful techniques to help us sleep, but we shouldn’t forget that there are also some important spiritual realities:

  • First, we are designed by God to require sleep.
  • Second, sleep is a reminder that we are not God. He doesn’t need to slumber or sleep (Psalm 121:4), but we need to sleep.
  • Third, when we sleep we are forced to relinquish control. In this act, we have the opportunity to choose to trust God to watch over all the pieces of our lives. As David wrote in Psalm 4:8, “In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.”

To help you with the spiritual side of sleep, here are three questions that I seek to use each night before seeking rest: Continue Reading

Don’t Miss the Forest for the Trees!

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Have you ever missed the proverbial forest for the trees?

It’s easy to do. We can get so caught up in the moment, the emotion, the complexity, the idea or the details that we lose the broader perspective of what’s really important.

This is a very real hazard in my leadership. As an organizational leader who seeks to develop other leaders, I can easily get lost in the “trees” of leadership. Everyday seems to bring a new leadership challenge that can be all consuming. Continue Reading

Feeling the Love? Discover Your True Valentine

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Experience our newest resource Who Am I? A Devotional Journey For You To Soar In Your Identity In Christ (Sharon Simmonds) with the following excerpt. Available for purchase here

MY BROTHER LIKES TO TEASE ME ABOUT A TIME WHEN WE WERE CHILDREN. Our father was disciplining my brother for something he had done. I was in the background, observing and clearly calculating that I did not want this to happen to me. In an act of self-preservation, I chimed in, “Was I a good girl, Daddy?” I haven’t lived that down!

My childhood story highlights a little girl’s desire to please her dad. However, at a deeper level, I think it had much more to do with one of my core human needs—to know that I was loved. Continue Reading

Be Invitational!

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“I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.” 1 Cor. 9:22b.

Holding my dinner tray of freshly cooked fast food, I finally found a seat at the GIANT window at SeaTac airport. I had a four-top table to myself, but figured maybe – unlikely – someone would come by to sit. The open concourse was jam packed with passengers in between flights. Seats at the giant window were at a premium.

I knew as soon as I saw him: be invitational. “Have a seat.” I moved my tray. He reluctantly, but gladly sat down. In my mind and heart was an SOS, “okay, Lord, it’s your conversation.” Raveit had just finished a job interview and was on his way home; I, too, was on my way home from work that Friday evening. He was likely to be offered the job, which would mean another move for his young family. He wondered about his family, his skills, and his decision. He initially appeared so much the opposite: confident, warm, assured. But somehow, with me the stranger, he was not. Continue Reading

Are You Trying to Be Something You Are Not?

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Experience our newest resource Who Am I? A Devotional Journey For You To Soar In Your Identity In Christ (Sharon Simmonds) with the following excerpt. Available for purchase here

UNIQUE PARTS ASSEMBLED AND WORKING TOGETHER IN FUNCTION, harmony and support to fulfill a larger purpose—this is the essence of our identity as members of Christ’s body.

Being a member of Christ’s body is like being in an orchestra that creates beautiful music. The conductor chooses the piece of music and directs the sections (woodwinds, brass, percussion, strings), individual members practice and learn their parts, and the group comes together to rehearse and create. The interplay of musical instruments, themes, sounds and dynamics requires precision, careful listening and wholehearted engagement by each member.

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