In our pursuit of happiness, are we pursuing the right things?
Yet, the angel tells Mary to not be afraid. I have often asked myself, how would Mary have dealt with her fear? Did she have relapses of fear in the days that followed this encounter?
Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered. Proverbs 11.25 (ESV) I have a lot of great memories of my childhood and often think back to those experiences which shaped my life and helped guide and direct my decisions and character as an adult. These influences have come from many different sources, my parents, grandparents, teachers, pastors, employers, and friends. I am so grateful for all… Read More
The story of Elijah has often brought great inspiration to me as a leader. This was a man who had a nature like us, yet God worked in incredible, supernatural ways in his life. When he prayed, God answered, in a big way! Drought, rain, fire from heaven, his prayers were precise, powerful, and always accomplished God’s purposes. His was a life that was used tremendously to fulfill God’s purposes and plans. … Read More
Leading others is tough. Leading laterally and leading “up” is tougher still. But “self -leadership” is the toughest of them all.–Bill Hybels Self-leadership can be defined as the process of influencing self to establish the direction and motivation needed for optimal performance. The person who successfully leads themselves finds that they are not only more confident, but experience job satisfaction and increased performance. Self-leadership is the key to leading a fulfilled life… Read More
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, (James 1:2 (ESV)). When faced with the difficulties life throws at us it is easy to turn to a natural response of anger, discouragement, confusion, despair or a combination of all other these. Easily life can cause a person to struggle emotionally, physically and spiritually. James gives a peculiar instruction when he tells us to “Count it all joy,… Read More
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. (James 1:5 (ESV)) When we face difficult challenges, trials, or even life in general, we need assistance to help us navigate the journey! It is comforting to know that we don’t have to face life dependant upon our own wisdom, knowledge, or understanding. Why? Because God has an unlimited amount… Read More
“I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.” Jeremiah 31:3 (ESV) What a wonderful promise! God has, does, and always will love us with an everlasting love! It’s the kind of love that cannot be bought or sold, earned or bartered for. It’s a love which God grants because of His unmerited favor on your life! Because He loves you, He will also be… Read More