Thursday, May 24, 2012

Life-Giving LeadHERship Tip: What a Privilege!

While having breakfast with my pastor's wife, she said something I hope I never forget: "Ministry is such a privilege." For her these words are not mere fluff. She knows a life that has been tested; experiencing both the joys of ministry as well as the pain that comes with giving up your life for others. And yet she is able to express with passion and genuine joy, "Ministry is a such a privilege." Along with her husband, they left their family and friends, moved to another state to fulfill the call of God and planted a life-giving church where thousands of lives have been touched by the Gospel of Christ.

     The Apostle Paul had a similar reverence for ministry. In Acts 20, the reader finds Paul saying good-bye for the last time to the leaders of Ephesus. Knowing that he would not see them again, he expressed the following final thoughts:
  • Ephesians 20:21: "I have had one message for Jews and Creeks alike-the necessity of repenting from sin and turning to God, and of having faith in our Lord Jesus."
  • Ephesians 20:24: "But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God."
  • Ephesians 20:28, "So guard yourselves and God's people. Feed and shepherd God's flock-his church, purchased with his own blood - over which the Holy Spirit has appointed you as elders."
  • Ephesians 20:32, "You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive."
      Paul focused on salvation, the importance of finishing the work God gave him, caring for the church, and reminding his leaders of Christ's words, "It is more blessed to give than to receive."  
    This is a great reminder for all of us who minister to others whether it is in our homes,  jobs, our communities, or our churches. Ministry is a privilege. It's not easy - but fills us with great purpose and joy!  

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Life-Giving Parenting

 As mothers and mentors we have the greatest opportunity to be the God carriers to the next generation. Recently, I was speaking at a MOPS group and I was encouraged by the passion of the moms to raise their kids to be fully devoted followers of Christ. 

 My two oldest children are now adults and there is NOTHING that brings me more joy than to see them growing in their faith. When I had our first son, I asked some moms who were a little further ahead of me in their parenting journey what they did to raise happy, healthy children. These are a few priceless tips that I learned from them and now I pass them on to you. Hope they are a blessing to you!

Capture their hearts by spending time each day with each child. Do not use this time to discipline your child but to listen- really listen - to his/her heart.

Study your children and know their gifts, passions, weaknesses and challenges.

ALWAYS speak to the potential within your children.

Remember that relationship trumps rules.

Make sure that your children know that you are 100% for them.

Model a life-giving, loving relationship with Jesus Christ.

PRAY daily for and with your children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Life-Giving LeadHERship Tip: The Choices You Make, Make You!

 This past Friday, I had the awesome privilege of attending Chik-Fil-A's annual Leadercast.This year's theme highlighted the power of choice. The choices we make have the power to influcence our families, our  organizations, our communitites, our ministries, and even the world.
I was reminded of the importance of not loosing sight of the small choices I make everyday. Life is made up of small, seemingly insignificant choices but the cummulation of these choices, make up my life and yours too. For example, every time I forego having my quiet time, I miss the opportunity to hear the Father's voice, sit in His presence and focus on my internal world. If I do this day after day, I risk becoming hardened to His influcence in my life, and that is a risk I am not willing to take. So, my devotional time is unnegotiable.
 My time with my children and my husband is also unnegotiable. I need time each day to connect with them; asking them important questions about their day and affirming them. These are a few of my personal unnegotiable choices...I would love to hear some of yours!