Over the last four months, Nay and I have had several times of particular difficulty. Hannah Gadlage asked a great question about what Bible verses we use to get through tough times. In this show I mention Nay’s Testimony of how God healed her, and here is a link to that.
This Week’s Podcast
Verses I mention in today’s podcast:
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
Whoever pursues righteousness and love
finds life, prosperity[a] and honor.
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
Disappointment is a near-constant thing in some people’s lives. Is it in yours? Here are some answers and observations regarding why we get disappointed and how to overcome it.
Why do we dream differently as children than we do now? There are insights to this that Terry shares today.
Liz Curtis Higgs
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Last week I shared several ways to ensure failure as a life-long learner. This week, I help you find success!
I always thought humility meant that I was to be humiliated. But according to a recent lesson from Kris Vallotton from Bethel Church, this is the idea: “God is opposed to the proud but he gives grace to the humble” – James 4:6
“To be humble does not mean to think less of yourself, it means to think of yourself less” – CS Lewis.
From the devotional: Here are 15 signs of true humility:
1. You are teachable.
2. You are influenceable.
3. You can be corrected without defending yourself.
4. You rejoice when others are celebrated.
5. No job is too small for you.
6. You don’t have to be right.
7. You naturally seek the advice of others.
8. You actually do pray.
9. You freely admit your flaws, mistakes, and failures.
10. You live to help others succeed.
11. You aren’t entitled.
12. You are patient.
13. You don’t promote yourself.
14. You let other people have a better story than yours.
15. You honor other people when they are talking.
Brian Regan “I Walked on The Moon” regarding letting others have the better story
Kris Vallotton at Bethel Church in Redding, CA
“Not Always Right“: a blog about customer service experiences from the other side
“Snacks with a Twist” is Nay’s Snack Food site.
With recent proclamations by companies as big as Coca-Cola and Delta Airlines, Terry has some thoughts on the appropriateness of discussing politics at work and your company taking a political stance.
Terry shares several examples of strong vision and one that is of a billion-dollar company that totally lost it.
Good friend and consultant Traci Bakenhaster from Design and Renew Consulting asks the ultimate question when seeking a vision for your life: How Do I Get a Vision. There is a difference in Vision and Mission, and there are a couple of vital steps you need to pursue when seeking your ultimate purpose.
“Because we’ve always done it that way” is a phrase every leader has heard. It was also one of the common phrases at Sears, Montgomery Ward, K-Mart, Blockbuster, Plymouth and more. I think it will also be a common phrase at WalMart, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon and others. Why? Because when an organization gets successful and influential, they usually get protective. I had a pastor tell me one time that the vision for his church was “to protect those that got us here”. It WAS the largest church of its’ denomination in the state. Sadly, defense is necessary to play a game, but it rarely if ever wins the championship. As Wayne Gretzky used to say, “I skate to where the puck is going to be”.
In 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 is this famous phrase:
“What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”—
the things God has prepared for those who love him—
these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.”
I truly believe that as Christians, if you ask the God who dwells in you for new concepts and ideas, He is faithful to bring them to you. Proverbs 25:2 says, “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings”. My true belief is that God is not hiding things FROM us, He’s hiding them FOR us. I believe He wants us to know what’s next.
Last week, we discussed the do-nots of how to handle conflict. I recently read Steven K. Scott’s “The Richest Man Who Ever Lived” and in it, he quotes Gary Smalley’s “Rules of Engagement” regarding conflict. Conflict is inevitable and Jesus even spoke about it in an encouraging fashion.