Thanksgiving Selah

THE STRESS OF ANTICIPATION Thanksgiving is this week—the official kick-off to the Christmas season here in the US!  When I was a kid, my mom made an advent calendar that we still have.  Each day of December has a little pocket with a card inside that tells part of the Christmas story, and a small […]

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5 Ways To Increase Your Leadership Confidence

A few weeks ago, I watched Malala Yousafzai accept the Nobel Peace Prize.  At seventeen, she is the youngest person to ever become a Nobel Laureate.  She didn’t betray even a shred of nervousness as she delivered her speech to an auditorium full of international leaders and dignitaries, cameras broadcasting her ideas to the world. […]

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Parenting and Blending Families

BLENDING OUR FAMILY I am flying to New Zealand this week to watch my daughter Chloé graduate.  She’s worked hard, and I’m very proud of her double major in Psychology and Education from the University of Auckland.  There is something about seeing your kid graduate that makes you let out an internal sigh of relief. […]

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The “It” Factor

FRIENDS WHO TURN YOU GREEN Have you ever known someone who seemed to have an unfair advantage in ministry or life?  It seems like every door swings wide open with opportunity and success for them.  I have many friends like this, but one in particular that I envied.  She is a long-time friend from high school. […]

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When People Leave

WHEN PEOPLE GO If you have been leading for longer than ten minutes, then you have had someone leave you.   I’ve had quite a few people leave my teams over the years.  The first time I had someone leave me that I really cared about and had invested in, I didn’t handle it particularly […]

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Finding New Courage: 7 Ways To Be Brave

TRYING TO BE BRAVE WHEN FACING SCARY Have you ever wished you were braver?  Maybe you saw an outfit or haircut you liked and wished you had the courage to pull it off?  Or have you ever wished you had the guts to talk to the guy you liked without imploding?  Have you ever wished […]

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Revival is Christian for Momentum

REVIVAL AND MOMENTUM  I grew up in a Charismatic/Pentecostal church in the 80’s and 90’s, when revival was a buzz-word.  Church today is just not comparable to the way it was.  Creative ministry has radically changed in the last twenty years and become so much better.  We had the flag baton twirlers, the hand-held banners with […]

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Building Teams Not Tasks

SPRING CLEANING VERSUS CHORES Some people are impeccable housekeepers.  They sweep and mop their kitchen floor every day, vacuum every other day, whether they see any dirt or not.  I’m more of a clean-the-dirt-when-I-see-it-on-the-floor kind of housekeeper.  When the job clearly needs doing, I step up.  I’m more of the spring-cleaning kind of gal. I’m […]

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What’s My Calling and Related Questions

THE “WHAT IS MY CALLING QUIZ” Several years ago, I was having the same conversation I’ve had countless times, this time with a young woman I was mentoring on my team.  She was trying to navigate where she fit best.  She is one of those talented people that can carry a variety of different roles […]

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Offensive, Scandalous Grace

TRIPPING UP I am klutzy.  I trip over the tiniest variations in sidewalks, over cobblestones, up and down steps.  Usually I can awkwardly recover before I go all the way down, but it’s still embarrassing.  My sweet husband keeps count of the number of times I stumble when we are out together.  I think I […]

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