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Just Worship!

What do we do when we’re so tired, hurt, or angry that it’s hard to get out of bed in ...
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Peter Walks on the Water: Lesson Three

“Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the ...
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Peter Walks on Water: Lesson Two

“He said, “Come!” So Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw ...
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Peter Water Walks – Lesson One

"Peter, suddenly bold, said, 'Master, if it’s really you, call me to come to you on the water.' He said, ...
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Peter Walks on Water!

“Peter replied to Him, “Lord, if it is [really] You, command me to come to You on the water. He ...
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Why Water Walkers???

Over the next few blogs I want to share about a group I’ve created for pastors called ‘Water Walkers’. As ...
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Perfect Peace!

I’m continuing the 31 day prayer challenge; in which a group of us are focusing and praying one verse per ...
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Giving God Our Firsts!

This week I’ve been asking the Lord how I can give Him the first and the best of me. He’s ...
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First things, first!

In the first weeks of the first month of this New Year, I’m thinking much about Firsts. What does it ...
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Praying Scripture

I’m finishing the first week of a 31 day prayer challenge put out by Kim Avery (www.kimaverycoaching.com), which includes a ...
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2018 – A Fresh New Chapter

The beauty of a new year is just that, it’s NEW! It's an opportunity to turn a new chapter and ...
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The Gift of Balance in Our Work/Ministry Life

Mark: I believe work is important and beneficial, but it isn't a separated secular or sacred thing that our Christian community ...
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The Gift of Balance: Me Time

Our conversation continues as we focus on giving ourselves permission for 'Me Time'... Mark: I've become more aware of the importance ...
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The Gift of Balance: Balancing Forgiveness, Grace and Expectations in Marriage

John: Besides making decisions together and balancing giving and getting, what other commitments are there between you and your spouse? ...
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The Gift of Balance in Marriage or Singleness

John Gregory, Mark Stanifer and I continue discussing balance and how it applies in the married or single life. John: ...
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The Gift of Balance: The Tech Dilemma

In a technology saturated society, how have you found balance as a family? Mark: We have taken a very conservative ...
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The Gift of Balance: Family Life Continued

2) How have you approached spiritual formation in your family that is balanced between legalism and "letting them find their ...
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The Gift of Balance Series: Family Life

John, Mark & Tonya continue their discussion, turning their attention to balance in the family! 1) What are the most ...
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The Gift of Balance Series: Our Personal Journey Continues

If you didn’t read the first blog in this series, this is a transcript of a Friday morning phone call ...
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The Gift of Balance: Our Personal Journey

I was recently asked to join two other coaches in discussing what balance looks like in key areas of our ...
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Preventing Leadership Exhaustion through Healthy Friendships!

“It is lonely at the top!” But is it supposed to be? Is that the example that the Lord has given ...
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Preventing Leadership Exhaustion by Nurturing Our Kids

Several years ago while I was still in seminary, I listened to a traveling evangelist share this story at a ...
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Preventing Leadership Exhaustion by Nurturing Our Marriage

Marriage can be the best and most difficult relationship we have. Why? No one else on this earth is closer ...
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Preventing Leadership Exhaustion through Relationships

We are hard-wired to be in relationship. Each of us was created in the image of God and the very ...
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Preventing Leadership Exhaustion: Handling a Crushed Spirit!

I recently conducted a survey with those in pastoral ministry asking what topics they would be open to discuss in ...
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Preventing Leadership Exhaustion; What’s Your EQ? (2)

This week I want to discuss the last two components of emotional intelligence; empathy and social skill. These two areas ...
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Preventing Leadership Exhaustion; what’s your EQ?

In the mid–1990’s Daniel Goleman introduced the term ‘Emotional Intelligence’ into the leadership world. He said it was twice as ...
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Preventing Leadership Exhaustion; Overcoming Disappointment!

One final word on preventing leadership exhaustion through nurturing our spiritual relationship, then I’ll turn my focus on nurturing our ...
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Preventing Leadership Exhaustion through WAP!

In my previous blog I talked about the need for keeping our first love, first. In this blog I’d like ...
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Preventing Leadership Exhaustion – Our First Love!

The most important step in preventing leadership exhaustion is keeping our first love, first! Actually, this is the only way ...
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Preventing Leadership Exhaustion!

I love pastors! I love their heart to care for others, to bring the Word of God to a hurting ...
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Archived: Shame!

Shame; the big barrier to freedom and joy! Every time I sit with someone that opens up and tells me ...
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Archived: The Crux of Christianity

What does it mean to be a Christian? Should those who claim Christ as their savior look and act differently ...
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Archived: Letting Go!

I’m sitting at the Boston airport getting ready to fly out with my husband and leave our 19 year old ...
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Archived: Shame

Shame; the big barrier to freedom and joy! Every time I sit with someone that opens up and tells me ...
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Archived: No More Dead Religion!

Recently I was made aware of a story that very much upset me. A man, I’ll call Tom, whom had ...
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Archived: Philippians 4:4-9

“Rejoice in the Lord Always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”(4) Rejoice means to show great joy or delight. Paul ...
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Archived: Physically Balanced

There are so many directions I could go in with this blog, I had to remind myself why I started ...
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Archived: Relationally Balanced!

We are hardwired to be in relationship. Each one of us was created in the image of God and God ...
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Archived: Emotionally Balanced

Being balanced emotionally starts with our thoughts! Our emotions are fickle, they are the caboose of the train following where ...
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Archived: Spiritually Balanced

Living a balanced life, in my opinion, starts by living balanced spiritually. In order to do that we need to ...
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Archived: Balance

‘Balance’ has become a buzz word in our society, today. Yet I’m not sure most of us understand what it ...
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Archived: No Fear!

I want to follow up my previous blog on our response to the recent headlines in the news. Just as ...
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Archived: What Should Our Response Be?

Recently I found myself feeling sick to my stomach as the news played some vile words delivered by a local ...
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Archived: More Accountability!

I want to follow up my previous blog with a few more thoughts on accountability. I believe we need to ...
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Archived: Accountability, isn’t a dirty word!

“Have it your way”, “Just do it”, and “I did it my way” are slogans, songs, and a prevailing attitude ...
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Archived: More Authenticity; UGH!!

“Mom, you get upset if I don’t take your advice and do things the way you want me to do ...
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Archived: Authentic Communication

Communication is the number one issue I deal with in my counseling practice. Healthy communication involves so much more than ...
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Archived: Communicating

Keeping in line with my last blog on listening; I want to share a bit more on healthy communication. As ...
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Archived: Listening!

Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “the first service one owes to others in the community involves listening to them. Just as our ...
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Archived: I do what I don’t want to do!

“ I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I ...
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Archived: Talking to My Teen: HELP!

It’s happening again; I speak the words and somehow they pass through an invisible funnel that cruelly changes their meaning ...
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Archived: Jesus Get’s It

It’s very early Easter morning and I can’t sleep. Do you ever feel so overcome with emotion that thoughts just ...
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Archived: Cancer Prayers

I am sitting here at the airport after saying goodbye to my dad, thinking over the many conversations we had ...
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Martha & Mary – Pt. 2

What Martha did Right! In continuing the discussion on Mary and Martha from Luke 10: 38–42, I want to focus on ...
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Martha & Mary Lessons

Luke 10: 38–42 shares the story of Jesus and His disciples visiting the home of Mary and Martha in the ...
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Archived: The Lord’s Prayer

I have been reading a small book written over 300 years ago by Madame Guyon, called Experiencing God through Prayer ...
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Archived: Our Self Esteem (pt. 2)

In part one I talked about how we all place a value on our self, but sometimes that value isn’t ...
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Archived: Our Self-Esteem (pt.1)

Sometimes we erroneously say that someone has ‘no self-esteem’. Every one of us has self-esteem. One definition says, ‘self-esteem reflects ...
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Archived: We Are Valuable!

We are a driven society! So many are on the move; going, doing, working, trying to do more, earn more, ...
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Archived: Knowing God

We’ve been inundated with formulas of how to pray, how to do spiritual warfare, how to read the Word. Many ...
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Archived: Mistaken Identity??

In the previous blog I talked about the Lord’s love for us; His unconditional love that we can’t earn nor ...
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Archived: God just loves us, period!

I’ve been praying a lot about what the Lord wants me to write and I feel He keeps saying the ...
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Archived: “Beginning Blog”

First off, thank you for opening this blog and choosing to read it. I want to say I’d like this ...
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