Hey my friend!
Here’s your #hopenote and scripture reading for today:
“Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near.” Mark 13:28
“He who gathers in summer is a son who acts wisely, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who acts shamefully.” Proverbs 10:5
“Go to the ant, O sluggard, observe her ways and be wise. Which having no chief, officer or ruler, prepares her food in the summer and gathers her provision in the harvest.” Proverbs 6:6-8
“The ants are not a strong people, but they prepare their food in the summer…”
Ready for a summer slowdown? I don’t think so! NOW is the perfect time to dig in and get serious about your life purpose AND also enjoy time with family and friends. Be like the ant in Proverbs. While others are slacking off, be wise and move forward in discovering your unique God-given gifts and maximizing your potential. I’ve designed a special summer program with you in mind. BTW, I’m fitting this in with my own summer get-a-way 🙂 Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too?
What are your plans for the coming months? Please comment and share below.
Here’s to a purpose-filled summer!
Love and blessings,
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Happy Sunday 🙂
Today is a great day for a new beginning!
Have you ever made an honest effort to get something done and then life happened and totally hijacked your schedule? When I look back over the past month, there were a few things on my to do list that just did not get done… Tasks within work projects took longer than expected. Without notice, my family care taking responsibilities grew. I was physically more tired than usual. As a task driven, get’er done individual, I was really thrown off balance! I always pray for guidance and then plan and prioritize things, so the fact that I was “behind” really got me. At some point in the process I finally realized that God was indeed interrupting my schedule of work to serve a greater purpose- HIS!
No matter what “tripped you up” or seemingly “derailed” your well intended plan or goal- get back up and start again. Remember: If God scheduled the hiccup/interruption, He’ll make sure you finish and come out on top! 🙂
Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21
It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; He enables me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You give me Your shield of victory; You stoop down to make me great. You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn. 2 Samuel 22:33-37
Watch this encouraging video. Have you ever thought you were behind or had lost time on something and later discovered that God was behind the scenes doing something greater? Please leave your thoughts or comments.
Welcome to the Month of May!
Today is the National Day of Prayer. Lets lift our Nation, Leaders, Community and Families in one unified voice to The One who blessed us to live in this great nation! For details on events in your community see nationaldayofprayer.org.
“ so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 15:6
I also wanted to share this timely post on purposeful living by Dr. Gary Collins. Please check out his blog (link below) and website for wonderful resources.
Newsletter 575 – Turning Mission and Purpose into Reality.
Have you ever seen a company or church mission statement, beautifully framed, hanging on a wall, and ignored by all who walk by?
My first coach urged me to write a mission statement for my life and my career. That was not easy but I got it done and then forgot about it. In an article titled “From Purpose to Impact,” two authors in Harvard Business Review (May, 2014) describe how we can turn our mission statements and purpose-driven goals into reality. “Purpose is increasingly seen as the key to navigating the complex world we face today,” the authors wrote. But “few leaders have a strong sense of their own leadership purpose or a clear plan for translating this into action. As a result, they often fail to achieve their most ambitious professional or personal goals.”
This HBR article is a good description of how coaching can apply in business settings and lead to real change. As you read what follows think how this might apply to churches and their leaders, or to individual career or life directions:
- Take time to ponder and clarify your purpose. “Your purpose is who you are and what makes you distinctive.” Write down your purpose. It keeps you focused and lets you avoid distractions.
- Consider why you believe this is your passion, purpose or mission.
- Set some three to five year goals. Decide how you will reach them. Without this step you keep hovering around your purpose statement and doing nothing.
- Work backwards. Determine what you want to accomplish after three years, two years, one year. What will be objective evidence that you have succeeded in reaching each of these stages?
- What are the critical next steps in moving forward in the immediate future – like what you do this week?
- What are the key relationships you need to work this plan?
- When you are frustrated or stalled, pull out this plan to remind yourself about where you’re going.
- Hold this plan lightly. Circumstances beyond our control can intervene. Remember that ultimately the future is in God’s hands
Is this too simple or too obvious? Is it doable for you or your organization? If not, why not?