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The Power of a Single Question

“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

A Breath of Fresh Air

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A reminder about purpose is like a fresh, invigorating breeze.

Have you experienced it? Feeling troubled, burdened, ashamed, confused or overwhelmed by the complexities of life and leadership, and then a word of encouragement or an idea blows through the fog and there’s a fresh assurance of purpose that brings clarity and hope.

Reminders about purpose are like a breath of fresh air. Continue Reading

Leveraging Your Limitations

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If only we had more ______________________ then we could ________________________.

If we had more funds then we could do more ministry. If we had more volunteers/leaders then we could have greater capacity. If we had more time then we could increase effectiveness.

Sooner or later we all face constraints. These constraints are often circumstances beyond control and it’s easy to feel like we are stuck or a helpless victim.

In A Beautiful Constraint, Adam Morgan and Mark Barden share story after story demonstrating that constraints can actually be leveraged to launch people and organizations into amazing breakthroughs. Here are two examples: 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

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