Leading Who?

It is said that when you are an employee, you put in 8 hours of work.  When you are the leader you work half days!  Now let me clarify not 4 hours!  12 HOURS OR MORE! 

This is a different picture.  As the leader you show up!  You stay and you do not look at the clock!  You come in on week ends!  You leave family sitting in the parking lot while you encourage a new employee to see options!  To not give up!  To see that they are added value to your team!  Leaders go the distance for others.  You make sure to say Thank You!  You take time to stop bad behavior and to break strong holds when team mates are struggling.  You get up even when you don’t think you want to!  You don’t complain.  You trust others to bring their best because you bring your best!

Who is leading?  Is it you?  Or is it bigger than you!  You are given gifts from God.  Some people will be glad to work the 8 hours.  This is okay!  Not everyone is the leader.  However,  to be a leader you need to remember you are accountable.  Leaders fall down! Leaders fail and they over come great obstacles to be better.  Better at serving their people.  Better at giving time to help others see that they can do more.

Leaders work on their attitudes so that when they are focused on big decisions that they see positive perspective and help others see positive options.  Leaders look for opportunity to help others be more!  Taking time to evaluate their teams strengths!

Leaders are to provide hope.  Scripture to study “You are my refuge and my shield; your word is my source of hope.  Psalms 119

For me and my employees,  I will follow God to lead others!  83dbc83e3b2cf7cbd9d20f3cb9319952

Passing thru The Storms

Psalms 59:17 say “You are my strength, I sing praise to you.  God you are my fortress my God on whom I can rely. 

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Passing storms in our busy lives.  We go thru so much and we get thru so much!  Question is do you think it is you who gets to go thru it?   I need to be reminded of the answer to these trials and seasons we are in.  One day with a blink and the sound of a trumpet all ears will here and all knees will bend!   Yes I am speaking about Jesus’s return.  What a glorious time for those who have decided.

So the act of balance today is a message of love of others around you, learning to not scream when I am truly hurt and to leave others with kind words of encouragement.  What I do need is to not allow for my heart to be filled with satins games.  I call on my Lord Jesus to rebuke the evil around me and all that I love.  AMEN

I know that my God is an awesome God and is not fair weathered, does not forsake me and that will be here with us thru every trial.  We are never alone.

My heart has to be focused on God first, family and then job!  When any of this is not aligned, you will be out of balance.  Sometimes it takes getting sick, or learning to say no to slow down to get back into balance.  Start the day with God and end the day with God.  Talk to God!  I want to communicate with God all day long.  When he is first all the other things come into alignment.

This past week we encountered some financial issues that made me look at some ways we were doing things.  It was out of this that I found some errors that will save us 600.00 dollars,  I then looked at another service we were paying for and found 70.00 dollars more!  I cut another service entirely that will save us 280.00 dollars a month.  No I want you to know that I did not find these errors! God said no to the 280.00 dollar bill and I agreed.  God said look at these accounts!  I did!

What God gives we are to be good stewards.  I have not been a good steward of what he has provided.  I am working on this and I feel the Lords encouragement.

I am thankful that when I am having a bad day, God is here for me to seek!

Psalms 59:17 say “You are my strength, I sing praise to you.  God you are my fortress my God on whom I can rely.

 

Are You Demanding?

264fda8c7024c1c59ad405c34d33ea66Do you ever think that you are a demanding person?  No one wants to accept that they are demanding?  We might say that we are just particular.   You might be called high maintenance!  In reality this all comes down to being about ” SELF”  I know this is a tough subject.  However we all at times are demanding and selfish.

We use excuses about why we are the way we are.  The Bible says we are to be kind.  In Psalm 107: 8-9 states “so lift your hands and thank God for his marvelous kindness and for all the miracles of mercy for those he loves. How he satisfies the souls of thirsty ones and fills the hungry with all that is good!”  Ownership is never fun when it is a flaw.  To be more we must do more than make excuses.

Challenge:

What can you do to be more like Jesus!  How can we not be demanding or self centered!  How can we approach life differently that shows others an approach of honor while building up not tearing down.  Take time to ask questions instead of demand.

God knows your needs, seek him in all matters- Noah was told to build an Ark.  His neighbor’s surely thought he was crazy!  yet for 120 years he waited on God.   Noah waited on God.  He did not demand God to send the rain he waited knowing to trust in the Lord.   James 4:10 reminds “Be willing to be made low before the Lord and he will exalt you!”

 

 

Love Always Leaves A Mark

New season’s of change.  The weather going from hot too cold.  the tree’s leaves gone from the trees.  Cool mornings and we begin a new month of November.  Time goes so fast.  Today our grandson is 3 months old.  How change is so subtle.  It was yesterday I was brand new Mom. I remember taking pictures of this little girl and being in awe of how pretty she was.  Now this little girl is now a mom starting her life as a wife and mother.  Yet it seems like yesterday.

Some people think they have time.  They will get around to making  decisions.  They can just enjoy the season without planning.  When I was 18 years old.  I was volunteering at Awana with my sister-in-law Lorie.  I was so excited to talk to little kids about Jesus and what we were teaching.  Out of conversation I realized I had not asked Jesus to be my savior.  In a blue Chevette I remember praying for Jesus to forgive me of my sins and come into me life! remember how I felt the Holy Spirit come into my heart.  I cried.  At 18 I had no idea what I actually had really done.  I am now in 50’s and I learn more about my Jesus.

What a glorious day it is to enjoy all the beauty of the seasons.  As I look around I am reminded that God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten son. So that no one should perish and have ever lasting life John 3;16 I feel that this is what captured my heart to want a relationship with Jesus.   What an awesome love that is that he would want to save the entire world!  Not a state, Not a city, Not a country but all of us!

Love always leaves a mark!  If you have ever loved, you know what I am talking about. We need to remember that each passing Season belongs to us.  But if we believe in the great love that God sent into the world named Jesus.  We need to be excited about each day that is given to share with others that this is the day to make the decision.

That simple prayer I made at 18 has given me amazing grace and love has truly left its mark on me.  I hope that I never forget the importance to be glad in this day!  Rejoice and share the great news of salvation.

 

 

 

 

 

WHATS IN IT FOR ME?

What’s in it for me?  It is a question that comes up in life.  I was thinking of what Jesus did not ask!  He did not say “what’s in it for me!'” He said what can I do for you!  He came for you and me.  From the beginning God was preparing the world for Jesus.

In today’s society I see the “ME” mentality everywhere from how we are advertised too, to the music we here on the radio and how Hollywood promotes the “Me” mentality.

What’s in it for me to hurt others, tear my loved ones down, being rude toward the person serving me in a restaurant or to the cashier who waits on me? To speak poorly of one another because instead of respecting differences we judge.  Out of emotional and at times,  irrational thinking.  What’s in it for me,  is right out of the “I want it all attitude”.

Me people see themselves before they see others.  The focus is all about them…Emotional gratification is promoted as you have arrived!  Arrived at broken lives, broken dreams, broken careers and broken people who are subject of the me person.

What could it be if we could all say, What can I do for you?  Not worrying about what’s in it for me!  What is important is when we reach out to serve one another.

In Philippians Paul reminds us that we should the following.  Do things for the right reasons.  Regard others as more important than yourself, to look out for the interest of others.  Jesus was a great example of putting others first.  Being selfless to serve one others.

I am challenged to be less me at times as we all are.  Choices we make everyday mean that we can be “What its in it for me in serving others today!  Be selfless and courageous.

What’s in it for me?  Simply peace and joy of being authentic in service to others.

 

Fair Weathered Friends

Are you a fair weathered friend?  One who bails when you are needed?  People do not mean to be fair weathered friends.  Fear sets in with thoughts of what if someone knows I am their friend?  Judgement & concern sets in.  I am in a hostile environment where I just joined a company that has been in a dispute that has nothing to do with my skills nor what is happening with the contract.  I came into this oblivious.  When I was recruited this was not disclosed.

The company  I am contracted too had no respect for me from day one.  There is no one to share with how I pray for God’s outcome! People who acted like they were my friends but was working behind the scene to get my company fired.  Then they act like they care.

It is hard to here in a meeting praise be given to the company representative and nothing for the hard work that I have put into to correct the concerns my company did not resolve prior to me joining the team!  Being proactive and professional is all I can do.  I am the enemy.

Our company stopped communicating with us six weeks ago!  So we were told yesterday we need to apply for jobs with them because they will not allow us to stay!  Everyone smiles at you but no one cares what happens to me or my family! Fair weathered friends they are not.   All I can do is represent my real boss! 7c42ded5d0160c29e7f2484d68a0f2fa

God!  My God will work things out.

Matthew 7:15-20 English Standard Version (ESV)

A Tree and Its Fruit

15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? 17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. 18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.

In times of trials, there is always the fair weathered friends, who will be really just bad fruit.  So even when you are being ridiculed and treated poorly, Stand strong in Gods  word and behaviors.  I continue to serve God.  He is my true friend thru all weather!

 

 

 

What Matters

What matters the most sometimes does not seem to be evident always in our lives.  I was thinking about my day and how fast it went.  How fast life has gone and how I spend time in remembrance of loved ones past.  Take time to reflect and be thankful.

As I look into the special face of our new grandson, I am sad to think he will not know his great grandparents.  However I am excited to share with him special things about each of them.  His grandfathers  both served their country in the Navy.  My mother loved to draw and write poems. My father was an artistic man.  My mother in law had a laugh like no other and loved her birthday and Christmas as if both were made just for Ann.

My father in law could grow roses.  His rose garden is still blooming way past his descent to Heaven.  Homer’s yard brough Homer great joy.  He would cut bouquets of roses for his Ann.  Homer was a very rare talented man.  When he retired he started painting.  Our daughter Kelsey is an artist and uses the easel her grandfather used.  Homer had a lot of special gifts.  He could barbecue the best steaks.  One thing about Homer is that he was a family focused man.

My husband is a family focused man just like his Dad.  I believe that Homer taught Bryan about God, family and the for  love of his wife.  Ann and Homer were truly in love.  Even when he was loosing his battle with Cancer he wanted to stay for Ann.  Ann was so sad & lost when Homer was called home.  He loved to cut out recipes and would go into the kitchen to cook with his wife.  Ann could not make pickles so Homer would make them.  They were a great team.  Homer & Ann did everything together.  Saturdays were grocery day.  Now looking back this was their date day!  Homer courted his wife!  With all the flowers picked & little things he did for her.

My husband does so many little things that show me how much he loves me,  The seasons of great times along with seasons of trials has been amazing moments to treasure.  Breakfast in bed with my Bryan.  Coffee time & fellowship with my best friend means  more to me as I think of our seasons left.  It seems just like yesterday we were dating and falling in love.  God has taken us places I could have never imagined.

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does

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not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7*  

Savoring the joy of loving with all your heart is what happens when we allow God to show us his plan.  God placed me in my husband’s family.  Because of these people who I did not always understand I learned about what love looked like.  Because of this example, my husband loved me even when I was struggling and not understanding the love we committed to God has held us together.

Appreciating the people who are part of your life story will one day be something you too will want to share with your children and grand children.   Because what matters is really this!