A Mother’s Reflection on My Son’s Baptism

…having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.~2 Cor. 2:12

This weekend I experienced one the the most holy days I have ever had since becoming a mother in 1997.

Our fifteen year-old son Jacob came to Jeff and I this spring and talked to us about his desire to get baptized. He has known Jesus for a almost his whole life, but he wanted to make his faith his own. He wanted to publicly show his commitment to God by taking part in this sacred ritual of grace.

Baptism is really weird if you think about it. This tradition that stems from our ancient Jewish forefathers of the faith. In front of everyone you know, family and friends, you are saying I bury myself to His will. It symbolizes the death of Jesus having been laid in a grave for three days and then his resurrection and defeat of that death. By making this choice, as a believer, you have a time and a place where you announce to the watching world,  I am a disciple of Jesus Christ.

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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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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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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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