Someone Is Praying For You – All The Time!

I hope you have a person or 2 praying for you. In today’s busy world, people are limited in availability, memory, and understanding of your life. So, committed intercession is valued and precious – a wonderful gift! But it is limited . . . because people are limited.

 

There is another person – very dependable, not limited, available continually – who is praying for you night and day: Jesus.

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Faith Changes You AND Affects Your Whole Family!

 

Faith in God changes you. You transition from an ordinary, daily life to an extraordinary, empowered life. This always looks differently than you picture in your head. When you engage faith in God, good things start to happen:

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Where Are You on the Spectrum of Global Ministry?

There are 2 focuses you can have on this globe: eternal and temporary. Everyone must address daily temporary issues (food, clothes, bills, plans, chores, etc.). Yet, eternal issues are critical. People exist somewhere on the spectrum – endless combinations – between these ideas. God cares about both focuses. The life of Christ proves it. But He “super cares” about eternal.

Where are you on the spectrum?

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Weary vs Lazy: What’s the Diff?

Weary vs lazy! What a challenging subject. If you’re reading this, you are likely not lazy. If you are weary, you might feel fatigued as you read. Why are you reading this article? Maybe you are lazy and realize you need a good kick in the pants. Maybe you are weary and thirst for hope . . . and wondered if you’d find a dribble here.

Whatever your motive, I hope you find what you need.

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White Feather: How To Bear Disgrace

A white feather has often been associated with disgrace, cowardice, or shame. The tradition of giving a white feather is questionable – especially when given unjustly. Yet, even when deserved, it’s hard to bear disgrace in life. To be misunderstood. To wonder what went wrong. To be judged. Justly accused. Or falsely accused.

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7 Strategies of Rest to Finish Well

When you start a fun adventure, a new program, a fresh plan, a resolved commitment – it’s easy to be excited. Passion gives energy to do hard stuff. You even handle losses better. Fresh starts are power launches. But – how do you finish well?

 

When “new” becomes the norm, some discipline starts slipping off. Daily drudgery sets in. Then – when life gets downright hard, painful, or disappointing, you realize you need to grit your teeth with resolve if you are going to finish well. Early days of clarity and passion start to fade.

At a successful power launch, you stand your ground. You rise up from set-back. But over time, you have become tired. Battle weary. You need a rest.

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Fill Your Life Jar

How do you fill your life jar with the right rocks in the right order? There are principles and action steps that help you live more effectively.  You have a loving Parent who will train you. Your jar matters!

One of my favorite verses is “Here am I, and the children God has given me.” (Heb.2:13b) Jesus says this about you! He gives Himself to you as a loving Parent. He wants you in His family . . . a humbling reality and comforting thought. 

Jesus stands before God and says to Him (as He stands beside you) “Here am I, and the child You have given me.” And He’s proud of who He created you to be!

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BILLION.GLOBAL DIVERSITY!

What does it look like to work with diverse people to touch a world for Christ? How do you effectively set aside differences? How do people who are so un-similar work together for common goals?

Your “differentness” is God’s idea. His plan. He made you different than any other person – with a unique personality, individual skill sets, custom-designed passions, very specific purposes.

And it pleased Him.

Your differentness is intended to enhance unity, not create division (unless you live for your own agendas). Christ is not divided. He has a great plan that encompasses the variety of personalities, abilities, skill sets, and view-points He created. God’s brilliant mastermind has strategized to involve each individual and organization in His agenda to gather up the globe’s greatest treasure: human souls!

Agreeing with each other in Jesus’ name is not so hard to do . . . not really! Best results occur when starting strategies are implemented from God’s Word. We don’t see the full picture being formed as we build together. But God sees it. He knows.

“Differentness” is needed for God’s work to fit together around the globe. Think of it this way. Parts that are identical don’t connect together well. They stack. They line up neatly. But they are not effective because they don’t “fit” into one another. They need an “opposite puzzle piece” to join to. This differentness completes the picture we are all working to finish in Jesus’ name.

Your individual work for the Lord matters. It looks different than other person’s or organization’s work. That’s the design. The pieces interconnect. We just need to find one another and deeply appreciate our different shapes. God knows how the puzzle will look.

  • If you focus on “being” exactly who God created, and
  • If you work on “hearing” His quiet, powerful voice, and
  • If you are willing to pray for wisdom and believe for His guidance –

– the puzzle picture becomes increasingly engaging and fulfilling. Sometimes you might work a border with others. Another time, you may form a corner or a center portion that has become clear enough to define. Still again there are times you may search and search for those concealed, missing pieces that seem to be hiding under something. There is joy in finding, placing, strategizing, partnering. Your contribution makes a difference in the whole picture.

Celebrate Global Diversity! “Be” who God made you. Accept others. Embrace team work in Jesus’ name. Look with eager expectation for what God is doing. The Lord purposefully doesn’t let you see His full plan because it promotes 2 agendas super important to Him:

  1. Living and serving by faith
  2. Working in unity with His Body.

 

Additional articles about reaching people around the globe:

God Always Has A Plan. What’s Your Part?

What’s In Your Hand?

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12 Qualities of Noble Character

A noble person engages in specific behaviors. It doesn’t matter if they want to. Or if it’s convenient. They simply choose to do what should be done. Daily life for a person aiming for noble character becomes proof they have decided to operate on principles that last. Principles that form a foundation. Principles that are pleasing to God. Because they engage life at this level, they also develop some impressive rock-solid character qualities.

What does noble character look like? Here is a List of 12 Excellent Qualities:

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