Monthly Archives: March 2014

Four Steps to Better Follow Through

Everyone wants to be trustworthy. Which is one reason failing to follow through is a miserable feeling. You know how it goes. You see someone to whom you’ve made a commitment which you’ve not yet kept, so you scurry past, head ducked, as you squirm down the gauntlet of accountability. “Oh yeah, shoot!…Maybe tomorrow…” But then tomorrow you forget. We all do from time to time. Why is following through so hard? I mean well, but I wonder if sometimes I make commitments a bit carelessly. At times, I can get swept up in the excitement, the vision, the moment. Or perhaps I’m just too busy to keep those I make. Whatever the cause, I am really struggling to be faithful to follow through with commitments. So for help, I’ve resurrected strategies that used … Continue reading

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Feeling “Small” Can Help You

Smallness is good. I never thought I’d say that, believe it, but today I feel the goodness of it. Years ago the Lord promised me a vibrant future ministry. His promise came after He called me out of a beloved ministry in which I had been involved for two decades. I had a very tough time resigning. But I obeyed and stepped boldly into God’s new call—only to find dead air. Silence. Aloneness. And it was in that blank space, wearing that nameless mantle that God made His promise: “All I ever was to you in the past, I will be even more in the future for you shall know more of Me.” It was an immense promise and greatly soothed my fears and insecurities. It still does. But after … Continue reading

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Never Give Up, Never Surrender

Ever feel like no matter what you do, it doesn’t seem to make a difference? You may be surprised that Elijah, a Biblical prophet lauded for his power and impact, knew that feeling well. Let’s dip into this powerful prophet’s saga to find out more. The setting: Mt. Carmel in Israel. Elijah is locked in a face-off with king Ahab and his pagan god prophets (950 of them) who’d been leading the Israelites astray. The entire nation covers the hill sides for this “God vs. god” showdown. (I Kings 18:16-46) Let’s take a look: Then they [the prophet’s of the pagan god, Baal] called on the name of Baal from morning till noon. “O Baal, answer us!” they shouted. But there was no response. No one answered . . . Midday … Continue reading

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