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What it Takes to Be a Great Leader

There are many challenges that come with being a leader. One of those challenges is finding the middle ground between being too arrogant and too passive.

The Problem

Some leaders we know tend to lean toward arrogance. They become so confident and good at leading (or at least think they’re good at leading), that they begin to think too highly of themselves. This often causes them to become condescending in their attitude, short-tempered in their replies, and difficult to be around.

Other leaders we know tend to lead towards passivity. They work so hard to please the people they’re leading that they lose their morals and values. They stop leading with conviction and start leading with concern. They begin to put the opinions of others over the opinion of God.

The Solution

So how can we find the middle ground and avoid being arrogant or passive? With confidence from God. Confidently leading others begins with praying for them, investing in them, and doing everything we can to love them well. 

The Next Step

We encourage you to take some time this week to pray for the people you’re leading. This is sure to be a great first step to becoming a confident leader who is honoring to God!

Posted on: April 25, 2017


Finding Purpose in Life

Do you ever feel as though you’re wandering aimlessly through life?

Maybe you feel like your life has no purpose, no meaning, or no substance. Maybe you’re stuck doing the same thing day in and day out and you’re ready for something new. Or maybe you feel burnt out and are tired of wasting your time away.

Whatever the case may be for you, we all face seasons of wandering. But instead of getting stuck in the muck, God wants us to live a life that glorifies Him…a life of compassion and love and purpose.

Need a little reminder? Check out Matthew 5:13-16 which says,

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” 

So stop wandering and start asking God to reveal your unique purpose to you!

Posted on: April 25, 2017


Top 5 Bible Verses About God’s Love

Feeling like a disappointment? Feeling unloved? Feeling distant from God? It’s much more common than you think to feel these emotions. But that’s why God gave us the Bible: to encourage us and remind us of His never-ending love for us.

So check out these 5 bible verses on God’s love and remember how much He cares for you!

  1. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
  2. “But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
  3. “Give thanks to the God of heaven, for His steadfast love endures forever.” Psalm 136:26
  4. “God is love.” 1 John 4:16
  5. “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39

What are some other bible verses about God’s love? Share yours in a comment below!

Posted on: April 17, 2017


How to Help Your Spouse Pursue their Passion

You and I live in a culture that somehow always makes it about “me, me, me!”

It almost feels unnatural to think of others and how we can best serve them. But that’s exactly what God calls us to do! So today, we’re sharing 3 reasons why you should support your spouse and their passions:

  1. You are called to believe in them. When you choose the person to spend the rest of your life with, you also choose the person you will believe in for the rest of your life. Their dreams become your dreams, their goals become your goals, and their passions become your passions.
  2. You are called to encourage them. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 says, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up.” So be sure to use your words, your actions, and your time to encourage your spouse to pursue their passion.
  3. You are called to love them. On your wedding day, you vowed to love your spouse through the good and the bad, through the thick and the thin, through the hard times and the wonderful times. And one of the best ways to love your spouse is to help them flourish into who God created them to be by pursuing their passion!

Take some time this week to ask your spouse what they’re passionate about, and then figure out how you can help them pursue this passion! You’ll be glad you did.

Posted on: April 17, 2017


What is Prayer

What is prayer?

We hear about it in church, talk about it with friends, and read about it in books. But when it comes to actually praying, many of us struggle with where to begin.

So today, we want to help break down some of those barriers by sharing what God has to say about the power of prayer.

  • “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” 1 John 5:14
  • “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6
  • “The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” Psalm 145:18
  • “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.” Acts 16:25
  • “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3

We hope you’re encouraged by these verses and start praying today!

Posted on: April 12, 2017


Top 10 Ways to Make Your Child Feel Special

Our kids will go through tons of tough times in life. They’ll face disappointments, failures, stress, broken friendships, and hurtful words. So how can parents help them through these hard moments?

By making them feel special!

So check out our list of simple ways to make your kids feel special and then get started today:

  1. Go have lunch with them at school.
  2. Leave a note on their pillow.
  3. Tell them why you’re proud of them.
  4. Cheer them on at their sports game.
  5. Make their favorite meal.
  6. Read them their favorite book.
  7. Take a bike ride together.
  8. Go shopping with them.
  9. Treat them to ice cream.
  10. Tell them you love them.

What are some other ways to make your kids feel special? Leave your ideas in a comment below.

Posted on: April 12, 2017


God’s Role in Your Marriage

When it comes to marriage, it’s so much more than falling in love. It’s about building a partnership with someone that will last for life! And the only way to do that is by depending on God. So check out all the ways that God could and should be a part of your marriage:

  1. God Should Be Your Guide: “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:6
  2. God Should Be Your Comfort: “May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant.” Psalm 119:76
  3. God Should Be Your Encourager: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'” Jeremiah 29:11
  4. God Should Be Your Source of Truth: “Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” Jeremiah 33:3
  5. God Should Be Your Source of Love: “We love because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:1

What are some other roles God has in your marriage? Comment below to share your ideas!

Posted on: April 05, 2017


3 Steps to Making a Big Decision

Every day we have little decisions to make: what to wear, what to eat, what to say. But every now and then, we have bigger decisions to make: where to live, where to work, who to marry.

So what’s the best way to make big decisions? Check out these 3 steps below:

  1. Think Through All Your Options: The first thing you should do when making a big decision is think through you all your options. Make a pros and cons list. Figure out what the repercussions of each decision would have on your family and friends. Sort through why you’re leaning towards one decision or another.
  2. Seek Advice from People You Trust: God designed us to live in community. And one of the best parts of that is having people to turn to when you’re struggling or uncertain about something. Proverbs 15:22 says, “Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.” So be bold and ask for advice from your spouse, your pastor, or a trusted friend.
  3. Pray About It: And finally, the most important part of making a big decision is praying about it! Ask God to give you wisdom and discernment, making it clear what He wants you to do. This is the best way to make a decision that will glorify Him!

What big decisions do you have in your life right now? We’d love for you to share in a comment below.

Posted on: April 05, 2017


Worldly vs. Eternal Significance

Let’s face it: Most of us are stuck feeling like our lives are insignificant. Without fame or fortune or status, we feel like there’s no way we can make a difference…let alone change the world!

But in Psalm 139:14, we learn that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” by God. This means that we DO have significance!

While you may not ever experience worldly success or significance, God has created you to have an eternal significance by giving you the ability to impact the lives of those around you. He’s given you a mouth to encourage, hands to serve, and a heart to show compassion to family, friends, and even strangers you pass on the street.

So stop focusing on your worldly significance and start embracing your eternal significance today!

Posted on: March 24, 2017


The Best Time to Make a Difference

When we talk about making a difference, we’re usually referring to the future. One day I’ll go downtown and serve the homeless. One day I’ll invite my friend to church. One day I’ll write an encouraging note to my spouse.

But what if we replaced one day with today?

Instead of getting caught up in the distractions of our lives, it’s time to take a step back and remind ourselves what life is all about: loving God and loving others.

Psalm 118:24 says, “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” God wants us to make the most of the time we have on earth…and that begins with making the most of the time we have today. Because the best time to make a difference is now.

So what are you waiting for? Go and make a difference in someone’s life today!

Posted on: March 24, 2017


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