Articles | June 2019

  • Rest

    Devotionals | June 28, 2019

    David’s words in Psalm 62 point us to God as the source of hope and rest. Are the pressures of life coming at you from all sides? Do you wonder if you can bear up under life’s circumstances? Have you been looking for assurance, direction, or stability? David knew these challenges in every area of his life—within his family and in all his leadership roles and responsibilities. So he writes from experience as he declares “truly my soul finds rest in God” (vs. 1). Where do you need rest?

  • Big Plans for the Little Ones

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | June 27, 2019

    I was thrilled when I found out I was pregnant with my first child, I was elated when a few months later, I gave birth to my daughter. I learned a lot about God’s love through being a parent. Soon after, I was excited when God gave me the opportunity to serve Him in children’s ministries in my church. I learned about God’s tenderness by serving in the nursery, I found out about God’s patience in potty-training toddlers, I understood God’s playful side when I organized games for elementary kids.

  • Forward

    Devotionals | June 26, 2019

    The journey of learning to lead like Jesus includes ups and downs, success and failure. How could it be otherwise, human as we are? We are learning, but none of us have arrived yet. When we fail, Jesus provides a haven for all who acknowledge their need for forgiveness and transformation. In Him, we are freed from guilt and shame and find confidence to keep going. As we follow Jesus, He will increasingly transform our hearts and understanding and teach us how to lead as He did. Where do you need to accept God’s forgiveness, lift your head, and move forward with Jesus?

  • Megan Pacheco

    What’s Your TRUST Foundation?

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | June 25, 2019

    “And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you” (Psalm 9:10).

    Survey after survey shows that trust is a big deal. No, let me rephrase that. Survey after survey shows that lack of trust is a big deal. I’m not sure this is a “new” thing; after all trust issues go all the way back to the garden of Eden, don’t they? I guess you could say Adam and Eve were the first ones who failed the trust test, and we’ve been struggling with trusting one another—and trusting God—ever since.

  • Safe Places, Safe People

    Devotionals | June 24, 2019

    As we learn to lead like Jesus, the value of trusted traveling companions cannot be overestimated. We need safe places where we can share our struggles and find godly perspectives. We need to cultivate relationships with safe people and develop relationships marked by confidentiality, grace, spiritual accountability, encouragement, and prayer. Who are the safe people who walk with you? If you can’t think of anyone who knows your story and journeys with you, ask the Lord to bring trustworthy companions into your life. Look for who He will send. Don’t journey alone. Jesus didn’t.

  • Loved

    Devotionals | June 21, 2019

    Are you ever tempted to think that you have to present a flawless public persona for God and others to respect you? Maybe it isn’t respect you long for, but acceptance, love, or feeling valued. The common human tendency is to believe that our value is based on performance. But God—who knows us better than we know ourselves—loves us unconditionally. We are His and He is for us. Our humanity (with all its imperfections) does not prevent God from loving us. Neither does it keep Him from coming to our aid and redeeming our mistakes when we humbly call out for help.

  • Leading Like Pharisees

    Devotionals | June 19, 2019

    Leading like Jesus begins within your heart. If it doesn’t start within our own hearts, we will lead like the Pharisees, whose focus on externals only proved to burden people. In contrast, God desires us to experience life—abundant life, life as He designed it to be lived—through relationship with Jesus. As we learn to lead like Jesus, we join Him in the work of creating a world that nurtures life and reveals God’s good intentions for every part of creation. How can you breathe life into people’s lives today?

  • Portion

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | June 18, 2019

    “Where are you going with that huge bowl of ice cream?”

    I was a new server at our local country club, my first job working for someone besides my father. I stood there with what I thought was a proper portion of this familiar treat. After all, I knew how much it was going to cost the customer, and I wanted him to get his money’s worth. My supervisor, however, stopped me before I could leave the kitchen.

  • Sufficient

    Devotionals | June 17, 2019

    Where do you struggle to trust that God is sufficient for the challenges you face? Jesus’ frequent “I am” statements in John are meant to strengthen His disciples’ trust in Him. He repeatedly assures them that He is sufficient to meet their deepest needs. Do you have needs? Do you hunger? Do you grieve in the face of death? Are you concerned about the future? Do you want to experience the peace and joy that Jesus experienced in relationship with the Father? Look to Jesus. He is present with you in your circumstances. He is sufficient for your every need.

  • Like No Other

    Devotionals | June 14, 2019

    Fathers are prominent throughout the pages of the Bible. Think of Adam, the father of humankind; Abraham, the father of all who believe; Joseph, who served as the adopted father of Jesus; and the unnamed father of the prodigal, whose love for his rebellious son knew no bounds—each one gives us a glimpse into the heart and character of God. How do their lives inspire you to love and lead well? How has the father-love of God shaped your life?