This blog focuses on life at the intersection of family, leadership and faith. On my day off, I live in my pajamas or ride my bicycle, though usually not at the same time.
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What I see when I wake up
I open my eyes to these kind eyes looking at me every morning. I love them so much that one morning when we were having this stare fest I just picked up my phone and took a picture up close to preserve the moment before it got away. Sometimes when I'm away at a hotel because I'm speaking or something I'll open my phone and look at these pictures just so I can have a feel of home. I also have videos. Yes, my family thinks I'm crazy. And what of it?
They say the eyes are a window to the soul. Matthew 6:22 says, "...your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body."
Max's kind eyes and spirit always speak to me that no matter what's going on, it's going to be alright.
This year at the Stronger Conference, a young minister stopped me as I was walking out of the room at the conclusion of a workshop and she said, "I want to tell you something..." (I was all ears.) She said, "Do you notice how many of the speakers this weekend are saying, "Now, I'm just being transparent when I tell you..." or "I'm just keepin' it real..." I nodded yes. In fact, I mentioned that I was one of those speakers. I think I probably said a few times in both my keynote message and my workshop that I was just "keepin' it real."
After I affirmed that yes, I had noticed that -- she said, "Do you know why they have to do that? They do it...and you do it, because so many people don't keep it real. So many in leadership aren't transparent, Deanna. That's why all these people speaking here feel an urge to declare their transparency.." I let her know that usually when I say, "I'm just keeping …
No one would ever guess what happened to me this weekend in Jacksonville, Florida...so I'm going to tell you. :)
As I was preaching at the Fearless Tour at New Hope Assembly of God this weekend, I got choked up, literally. For probably 2-3 minutes I coughed profusely and greatly struggled. Then I drank some water and kept preaching. Everyone was gracious to give me a few moments to get my bearings. If you were there, you'll remember it!
What no one realized at the time was that I swallowed a bug that flew right in while I was preaching! So disgusting! I said nothing because I was at a point in the sermon where I was really connecting and I knew if I said, "I swallowed a bug," everyone would either laugh profusely or be really concerned, or start feeling sorry for me. And at that point whey wouldn't be thinking about the message anymore, but the fact that I had just swallowed a bug. They would then imagine what it would be like, and feel grossed out which is u…
It's tempting to decide to make a profit first, then invest in
training, people, facilities, promotion, customer service and most of
all, doing important work. In general, though, it goes the other way.
Yes, it does. If you are waiting to make a profit before you do these things, in my experience you're not going to make a profit. So many organizations, ministries and churches are struggling with financial issues. I know your pain. As anyone who follows our story knows, our ministry was in a ton of debt four years ago when I came on as director. Since that time, we've gotten out of debt and turned a profit every year. God has done
amazing things through out team, for which we give Him the glory!
I find that what Seth is saying here is absolutely true, with one disclaimer. For Christian leaders, spiritual disciplines must always be first. Before we started investing and training and all of that, seeking God for his blessing and…