Rejoice When We Run Into Problems and Trials? Are You Kidding Me?

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. ~Romans 5:3-4 NLT

I was scheduled to read this today. I need to be honest, I sometimes eye roll when I come across this passage. Just like a teenager, I feel a disdain for this passage from almost a primal level. I don’t like them. These verses make me uncomfortable. And, oh yeah, I don’t like it that I don’t like it. You have been warned.

This Scripture confirms in my heart what I already know in my head. God truly does allow me to go through difficulties at times to build my charter and build my endurance. I know I should rejoice in this (it says so in verse 3) but my flesh wants to grumble. My spirit wants to rebel.

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The Joyful Leader

Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the Lord. ~Psalms 119:1 NLT

I read this today and felt convicted. I have been grumping around for a few days. Tired, frustrated trying to work out problems in my flesh. This morning I was reminded that as a leader, if I am truly striving to be a person of integrity, then the outward overflow of this should be joy.

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The One Appointment I Hardly Ever Miss

The appointment is simply titled “Sanity” in my Outlook calendar . When I don’t keep this appointment I get cranky. Really cranky. Especially this time of year.

It looks like this:

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No Excuses

The workout room often provides me with thought provoking insight while the elliptical kicks my tail every morning. This week I was challenged by this:

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Time to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

A few weeks ago my daughter had to try out for what instrument she would play in the band. We are a band family, so like the geeks we all are, we went to support her through this rite of passage.

A couple of things happened that I did not expect.

The first was she was able to get a sound and different tones out of EVERY SINGLE  instrument she tried.

We were so proud of her! Instead of hoping for one or two options, we were looking at about six.

The second thing that happened, taught me a valuable leadership lesson.  She was willing to try every instrument, except for the clariment, thank GOD.

Even the tuba.

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Are You Proud to Wear Your Company’s T-Shirt?

Recently I ordered new t-shirts for the staff and volunteers at Family Life Services. Thanks to the team at Co-Creative they came out AWE-MAZE-ING.

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Leadership Lessons from My Breakfast with Chuck Colson

Yesterday a truly faithful servant went to be with the Lord. God used Chuck Colson’s life as a testimony of grace and reconciliation, showing the world the glory of the Father. In the upcoming days many Christian non-profit leaders and pastors of mega churches will eulogize this spiritual giant. I once had a very special “chance encounter” with this man that I had always respected, and wanted to share my very intimate story of having breakfast with Chuck Colson. I hope this will serve as an encouragement to leaders who are grinding it out in your local communities everyday. Those leaders serving the least of these in the day-to-day feet washing work that only Jesus could inspire you to participate in.

It was 2007, and at the time I was working for Care Net in Lansdowne, VA. I was at corporate headquarters for a two-day training and Care Net just happens to lease space on the beautiful Prison Fellowship campus. On site there is a charming multi-room guesthouse, which houses an apartment for the Colson’s when he wanted to be closer to work. The night that I stayed there, Chuck Colson was literally “in the house”. [Read more…]

One Word for 2012 ~ Steward

I saw this quote last week on the white board in the gym where I work out.

It reminded me of my One Word for 2012. The word I chose, or should say the word that chose me, back in January was STEWARD.

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Life and Leadership Reflections on My Birthday

This week I celebrate a birthday. I’m closer to 40 now than 30 and I’m surprisingly OK with this. Throughout this year God has taught me so much  in the areas of work and family. I have learned a great deal about myself and the woman who He is growing me to be. Here are just some reflections I have gleaned from this past year:

1. Life is too short for you to spend time reading anything in Comic Sans font.

2. The best food requires a bit of a mess.

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Leadership Lessons: Allow Your Team To Work In Their Strengths

For three years now I have been blessed to work for an amazing ministry. It has proven to be the most challenging but most rewarding experience leading a team that truly believes in the mission 100%. I have never in my 17 years experience working with nonprofit ministries been apart of anything that has such internal support that drives everyone involved to external excellence.

I am often asked what is a key leadership lesson that I have really taken to heart since becoming the Executive Director of Family Life Services. My answer is simple:

I try to always always always allow my staff to operate in their strengths.

Early into the the hiring process  I ask potential staff members to take the Strengths Finder 2.0 leadership assessment by Tom Rath during their very L-O-N-G interview cycle and we share those findings with the rest of the staff.

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