Articles | Habits

  • Words of Encouragement

    Devotionals | July 13, 2015

    Encouragement is a universal need in the world. Whoever we meet, wherever we go, during good times and bad times, task-specific and personal encouragement always reaps powerful leadership dividends. Wise leaders know this. They take personal responsibility for motivating and encouraging those they lead. Sometimes people need words of affirmation, knowing that we understand and believe in them. Other times, they may need us to give instruction or to help them solve problems. Whatever the need, effective leaders discern the best way and time to encourage others. Who will you speak to today?

  • When the Answers Aren't Easy

    Devotionals | June 26, 2015

    Leading like Jesus doesn’t guarantee we have all the answers or that we will always know the steps to take in a given situation. When the pressure builds, we need even greater focus in our communion and communication with the Father. Jesus spent long hours in prayer with His Father throughout His time on earth, from His earliest days of ministry to the final hours of His life. Don’t forego the wisdom, guidance, and encouragement God has for you in times of stress. Be more intentional than ever about connecting with Him in meaningful ways.

  • Loved By the Father

    Devotionals | June 19, 2015

    How much does our Heavenly Father love us? So much that He sent His one and only Son for us. Consider the sacrifice He willingly made on our behalf! When human fathers reflect God’s unconditional love into their families, families and generations are transformed. Pray for the fathers in your life and community. Pray for them to receive and abide in God’s love. Pray for them to invite His Spirit to transform them and the way they love and lead their families.

  • Loving Like Jesus

    Devotionals | June 05, 2015

    Grace, forgiveness, community, and encouragement are expressions of God’s love poured out to us. Stop and think: What difference do these expressions of His love make in your life? Who would you be without His love? Who are you becoming because of His love? How are you relating to others differently because of how you have experienced His love? Jesus had one overriding commandment for His disciples, that they would love one another as He had loved them.

  • Seasons of Rest

    Devotionals | June 01, 2015

    David paints a picture of rest and refreshment in Psalm 23:1-2. We can imagine ourselves in the green pastures, see the sunlight glinting off the rippling water, and sense the shepherd nearby. Just a few phrases later, David speaks of dark valleys, lurking pressures and enemies, yet he finds comfort and courage in the Lord’s guidance, presence, and goodness. Seasons of rest are God’s provision to strengthen us for the challenging work of leading like Jesus. Take advantage of the seasons of rest He gives you, then renewed and refreshed, rise to lead, knowing that He goes with you.

  • Words of Hope

    Devotionals | May 27, 2015

    What kind of words cause you to rise to a challenge? The exact words may differ from person to person, but typically they can be categorized as words of hope, encouragement and belief. When we hear trusted friends and associates verbalize their faith in us, those words continue to ring deeply in the well of our souls. They echo back to us long past the moment when they were uttered, becoming a source of ongoing encouragement and motivation. Jesus believes in you today; let His voice drown out the voice of discouragement with words of hope. Take courage and be strong!

  • Carried by Friends

    Devotionals | May 25, 2015

    There may be times when we sense that the task before us is too great for the resources available to us. We may realize that God is our only hope, but we can’t seem to find it in ourselves to pray or to believe that He is hearing our prayers. If you find yourself facing such a time, let the story of the paralytic carried by friends into the presence of Jesus inspire you. Call together trusted friends and ask them to come alongside you, seeking God’s intervention on your behalf.

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