Articles | February 2021

  • Lessons Learned from Lockdowns

    Blog | Kim Rider | February 10, 2021

    The past year presented us with a myriad of challenges, changes, and adjustments. Many of us learned how to work from home, school from home, and stay at home. We became more dependent on online information, delivery services, and online shopping. Our conversations started including phrases like social distancing and personal protective equipment. We experienced a range of emotions – fear, anxiety, anger, frustration, exhaustion, and being overwhelmed. As time went on, we learned new schedules, new rules, and new ways of doing things.

  • Traveling Light

    Devotionals | February 10, 2021

    Concerns of this world threaten to disturb our peace of mind, undermine our God-confidence, and weigh us down. As a result, we can find ourselves nursing perceived grievances, judging others, and exalting ourselves instead of God. Fear and pride creep in, leading to a sense of isolation, even alienation, from God and others. God specializes in healing broken hearts, mending shattered dreams, and restoring broken relationships. He delights in relieving us of what weighs us down. He offers you the freedom and renewed energy that comes from giving your burdens to Him. Will you?

  • In Every Season

    Devotionals | February 08, 2021

    The writer of Ecclesiastes reminds us that seasons come and seasons go. Children grow from infancy to adulthood, doors of opportunity open and close, companies and organizations adapt or close their doors. Life and leadership hold times of growth, times of hardship, and times of satisfaction. God is always present. He is there when personal and family needs press to the forefront and require all our attention. He is there when it is time to leave what has been in His hands and move on to what is yet to be.

  • In Every Season

    Devotionals | February 08, 2021

    The writer of Ecclesiastes reminds us that seasons come and seasons go. Children grow from infancy to adulthood, doors of opportunity open and close, companies and organizations adapt or close their doors. Life and leadership hold times of growth, times of hardship, and times of satisfaction. God is always present. He is there when personal and family needs press to the forefront and require all our attention. He is there when it is time to leave what has been in His hands and move on to what is yet to be.

  • Embracing Discipline

    Devotionals | February 05, 2021

    A humble heart embraces God’s discipline. Without the humility to receive His correction, we remain trapped, edging God out of our lives and leadership. Is that what we want? To go about missing the mark without anyone telling us how we can improve? To lead like Jesus is to have our words, actions, and attitudes reflect the activity of the living God. How can we love, live, and lead like Jesus if we’re unwilling to consider that we might need to change?

  • Changing Circumstances

    Devotionals | February 03, 2021

    Circumstances in life come and go, some flooding over us, others bringing hope and restoration. While we can’t control our circumstances, our attitude and response to them always make a difference. More than that, we can change circumstances simply by our presence. The Doing Habits point us in the right direction. We can be people who express God’s love by being people of grace and forgiveness and encouragement. We can build community that helps others experience life characterized by God’s presence. Spend time in God’s presence as you move into your day.

  • Truths that Shape Us

    Devotionals | February 01, 2021

    If only we saw ourselves as God sees us—deeply loved, fully forgiven, intimately connected to Him, and free to live life—we would find rest for our souls and hope to carry us forward. If only we understood His character—faithful and trustworthy, loving and just, eternally good, and merciful—we would be more confident and courageous. Both points of view—knowing Whose we are and knowing who we are—are crucial if we are to lead like Jesus. They help us see ourselves and the world through His eyes. They form the basis for what it means to humbly and confidently lead like Jesus.

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