THE INCREDIBLE VALUE OF FIVE PERCENT – DISCOVER ITS POWER

It’s tough to swallow, but about 80% of all you do can be done just as effectively by almost anyone else, according to Wayne Cordeiro, author of The Divine Mentor: Growing Your Faith as You Sit at the Feet of the Savior .  Another 15% can be done by someone with a little training.  No one … Read more

FOR A GREAT FOUNDATION, HELP YOUR STUDENTS PRIORITIZE THEIR SUMMER CALENDAR

Summers fly by. And if life is going to indeed be that busy, we need to switch to thinking about how we are investing our time. It’s no longer about looking for something to fill our time. It’s now about which of these things are going to make the most impact in our lives and … Read more

INSPIRE OTHERS TO NEW LEVELS BY SPEAKING GREATNESS

How can you inspire others to reach new levels instead of obeying through fear? By speaking greatness. Speaking greatness helps a person want to achieve great things in life and not disappoint the leader or coach. What does speaking greatness require?  We must believe that each person is valued, loved by God, and created with … Read more

THREE SURPRISING PLACES YOU SHOULD DECLUTTER IN LIFE

Decluttering has become a fad. Everyone seems to be making life, work, and home more streamlined, sleek, and minimal. Anyone serving in specialized ministries, part-time church staff roles, or other ministries knows how crazy schedules can be when wearing several hats and meeting all your obligations. Is it time to streamline? Where can you declutter? … Read more

Two POWERFUL QUOTES For Parenting –– From Billy Graham

I recently ran across the book, Billy Graham in Quotes by Franklin Graham.  It’s a great little book with quotes organized by topic (age, anxiety, money, prayer, life, and others).  I took note of two great quotes from the parenting section: “Parents, pray that God may crown your home with grace and mercy.” “What a blessing … Read more

PRACTICAL COMPONENTS OF BLESSINGS FOR YOUR CHILDREN (AND GRANDCHILDREN)

The idea of blessing is powerful in the Old Testament. Issac blessed Jacob. Even though Jacob tricked Isaac into thinking he was his older brother, Issac couldn’t take the blessing back. He had given it to Jacob and it was done (Genesis 27). When Jacob was older, he blessed Joseph’s two sons. Much to Joseph’s … Read more

Be Happy With Less: Apply the Amazing Virtue of Thrift

Financial hardships can bring extra stress in life. But financial freedom doesn’t bring enduring happiness either. How do we live so that the amount of money we have doesn’t keep us from flourishing? Happiness with less isn’t just a good sentiment. It really is true that people who have less tend to have a level … Read more

Three Big Reasons Why Experiences Are Greater Than Possessions

Giving “experiences” instead of things has become a normal part of conversation. I hear about it from blogs, books, and family personal stories. It makes sense and I often think about it around Christmas and other times of the year. I recently read The Myths of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky. The author several reasons why … Read more