Have you ever randomly answered a question and wondered to yourself “Where did that come from”. Then, follow it with a slight chuckle at yourself? I have and I actually thought it was a joke until I began to see my “random” answer begin to unfold in my life.
The simple question I answered was; what do you see yourself doing in ten years? It felt like a joke because I’m an Army spouse so the most certain answer would be “moving”. But to my own surprise I wrote down, laughing under my breath, I’ll write a Bible Study. Then of course we had to share our answers with the group. A funny feeling came over me as I spoke this random answer; “I’ll write a Bible Study.” Little did I know at the time but speaking that out planted the seed to a dream I never thought could happen. See I’m not a writer! I’m not joking my English teachers would be nodding their heads vigorously right now if we could ask them.
The dream seed sat dormant in me for many years, completely hidden from my view. At the same time, the Lord was at work nourishing and watering the dream He had planted in my heart. Later it began to grow, blossom, and even bear fruit! It took ten years of cultivation but ten years later the Lord has brought forth the dream He planted with in me! In 2008 I jokingly answered the question and in 2018 I’ve written and am publishing a Bible Study~ “Royal Reflections- The Making of a Warrior Princess”. This Bible Study is a testament to never doubt the Lord because He uses the weak and foolish things of this world to show His wisdom and strength. (1 Corinthians 1:21 -31).
What dream do you have waiting to be spoken and cultivated in your heart that will bear fruit for the Kingdom of God?
What do you see yourself doing in ten years?
Write it down~
Share it with a friend today and be ready to see it blossom and grow!
Engaged in prayer. Does that statement describe our prayer life? What do you think it looks like to be engaged in prayer? What does it mean for us to be engaged in prayer?
I was challenged with a new way of looking at prayer engagement in the current Bible Study I’m doing Prayer Warrior by Stormie Omartian.
According to Webster’s Dictionary the root word engage “is an offering of one’s life or aim as backing to a cause or aim.” It further adds the following additional descriptions: “to entangle or entrap; to attract and hold by influence or power; to interlock with; to bind oneself to do something; to hold attention; to enter into battle.” I took the time to share the definition because it adds insight to our quest for answers about being engaged in prayer.
Praying as a prayer warrior is to be engaged in prayer. It is a commitment followed by action. The sole purpose of one’s action is serving God which makes them an instrument of releasing His power for His will to be done. The prayers of a prayer warrior go beyond our personal experiences and ask the Lord what else would you have me pray for.
Of course prayer is a personal thing and most are very uncomfortable with their prayer ability. Too often we will not pray or stop praying because we judge our prayers based on what we see and feel. I love this point that Omartian made. She said, “God sees your heart that you are willing to pray. ” He is not judging your prayers. Be encouraged because we might never know the full extent of the good our prayers have done or will accomplish, but God does!
So the next time you pray remember these two important points prayer warrior:
1. Your God hears all your prayers.
2. Your God is answering all your prayers in His way an His timing.
Watch out when you are engaged in prayer your relationship with the Lord becomes more engaging!
2 Corinthians 4:7
“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”
If we want to lead well and develop great teams we must start by leading ourself well. Why? To keep ourself on the cutting edge of leadership with influence and impact. Leadership is far more than having been given a position. It is cultivated with character and influence. That is why leaders looking to go to the next level must master leading themselves to the level of leadership they aspire to attain. The experience of our own growth as a leader adds value to the words we speak while developing great teams and young leaders. Leading ourself well produces a leader who leads by example and increases the value of any organization they serve.
What does it look like to lead ourself well? It starts with honest self examination and intentional implementation of necessary improvements discovered in the process. It requires doing the hard things, the uncomfortable things, and the right things when you are with the team or away from the team. It is best achieved with a personal leadership growth plan designed to propel you to the next level. Do you have one? Are you ready to go to the next level?
As part of the John Maxwell Team I’m equipped to help you get there. The first step is discovering what level of leadership you are currently leading. John believes there are Five Levels of leadership: 1. Position- followed because team have to; 2. Permission-followed because followers want to; 3. Production- followed because of results for organization 4. People Development- followed because of what have done for follower; 5. Pinnacle– followed just because of who you are and what you represent(very few achieve this Martin Luther King Jr. is an example).
Now it is time to start. Let’s examine ourself so we can grow. Take a moment to complete the small exercise below.
Intentional Growth Connection: If you have numerous leadership roles please answer these questions with one particle role in mind. It is possible to be at different levels based on the leadership role you are filling.
What leadership level are you at today?
What level do you aspire to rise to? When do you want to get there?
For further evaluation score yourself on the following questions and submit. I will follow up with your evaluation and a suggested way forward.
Congratulations for getting on the path to leadership growth! I look forward to our time together at the “Leadership Growth Connection”. Be sure to leave me a message of any topics you want to see discussed. My hope is to stay relevant and real on this leadership journey.
“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”
Welcome to the Spiritual Growth Connection! This is a place you will be encouraged in your journey to grow and go deeper with the Lord. We are always moving on our spiritual journey. The direction we are moving determines effects our experience.
Which direction are we moving can be detected by the clarity we are experiencing along the path. Personally, my path gets foggy when I don’t devote myself to regular reading of God’s Word. When I intentionally spend time reading my Bible daily, even if it’s just one verse, it keeps my path light and me moving forward in my spiritual growth.
For those days when our path is a little foggy and our journey is missing the clarity we desire we need to remember to turn on the light. Our light is the Word of God! All we have to do is devote ourselves to reading it and it becomes a lamp for our feet and a light for our path. I find the light get’s brighter the more time I spend reading it. How about you?
Connection Challenge: Want to see more clearly and experience more peace in your relationships? Commit to reading your Bible daily for the next 10 days. You choose will it be a verse, a chapter, or a book a day? Either way you will be growing in the right direction!
I would love to hear your experience. Leave me a comment.
How did we get to where we are in life? Did we just arrive or was there some intention behind the process that brought us here? For some of us we just followed the natural progression through the local school system. Then we were off to higher education or right into the workforce. But at some point in the process we became aware that the more intentional we were with our time the opportunities available became more worthwhile. Personal growth in the right direction doesn’t just happen it requires intentionality and living with purpose.
Do you know what your “why” for living is? John Maxwell says often “the second most significant day in a person’s life is the day they discover there “why”. That is the day they start living intentionally.”
In his book Intentional Livinghe shares three clues that will lead us to our “why”. If we take time to reflect on and honestly answer these three questions, we are sure to discover and declare our “why” with confidence. I want us to start here, to discover and declare our why, so we move forward with focus. Then our continued investment of time and energy in our growth will produce a lasting resource that will propel us in the right direction.
Intentional Growth Exercise:
Discovering your “why” questions~
What makes you cry in life? Write about the things that break your heart and cause a rise of emotion. Are there things that bring waves of distress that motivate you to take action to better the situation?
What makes you sing in life? Write about the things that make you happy, put a spring in you day, and might even cause you to break into song. These are the things that you experience or witness and you just can’t contain the smile that bubbles up from within you.
What do you dream in life? Write about what you would do if you could do anything to create a better world? Write about your “what if’s” with no limits. Finish this thought…. If I could do anything in the world to make a difference in the lives of others I would……
Take time today to start answering these questions. Keep them at the fore front of your mind over the next week. Watch for the answers to evolve with clarity and resolution. It might start with just a word or you will discover a common theme. Once you have that aim to put it into a short phrase. Like my “why” phrase: “To inspire and equip others to rise above”. Then share your “why” with me. I would love to celebrate your “why” with you!
Rise Above Today!
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