Are you living your purpose in life? Our desire to find our place or purpose in this life has led to a multi-million-dollar marketplace. We can buy books, fill out online surveys and tests to discover our talents, find our “true personality” through quizzes in magazines, take classes on goal setting and defining mission, attend seminars, or work with a life coach. Those items may help us learn more about ourselves, but they don’t help us Live with Purpose. Purpose is from God and living that purpose leads to FREEDOM. He created each of us to live out our part in fulfilling...

Life has changed suddenly for all of the mothers I know. They went from kids in school or going on playdates to being with them, in their house, 24/7. These amazing women are trying to work from home and care for their babies. They are making meals, doing laundry, keeping kids entertained, and still leading their teams at work and managing the household. Mothering is Hard At six months old, our son Graham was stricken with spinal meningitis. I had rushed him to the hospital at the urging of my mother, who refused to believe he only had the ear infection his...

  GOD’S PURPOSE FOR YOUR PAIN – A PATHWAY TO PROMISE We are in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic, friend. The threat of COVID-19 has led to a temporary, new way of life for almost all of us. I’m writing from my home office instead of my church office. I haven’t seen my church family, whom I love dearly, in weeks, and I miss them. But I’m still working hard to serve each of them! How about you? How has your life changed? What are you missing right now? Are you feeling uncertain and off-kilter because your plans aren’t coming together as...

J.P. Morgan was one of the most powerful and respected bankers of his time. He financed railroads and helped organize U.S. Steel, General Electric, and other major industries that helped the United States become a world power in industry. Morgan was a man who knew about success! One day a man walked up to him and held up an envelope. The man said, “Sir, in my hand I hold a guaranteed formula for success, which I will gladly sell to you for $25,000.” This was not chump change, even to a man as successful as Morgan. $25,000 in the early 1900s...

As we celebrated Father’s Day this past weekend, I thought a lot about my father and the lessons I learned from him as I was growing. My dad was a warm, affirming father. He supported my call to ministry, and I feel incredibly blessed to have learned my leadership basics by watching how he lived his life. He gave his all to his God, his family, and his ministry. He loved his work so much that he worked full time as pastor until his eightieth birthday! In his retirement, as pastor emeritus, he continued to go to work every day to...

Dr. Robyn Wilkerson outlines a coaching strategy to help women overcome self-limiting beliefs about leadership in her new book Shattering the Stained Glass Ceiling. Listen to her discuss her book with Influence magazine executive editor George P. Wood on episode 111 of the Influence Podcast. Listen Online Now   Download the Podcast to iTunes   Shattering the Stained Glass Ceiling is available for purchase now at MyHealthyChurch.com and on Amazon....

I can’t think of a single time in history when someone accomplished something great by themselves. That’s because no one operates in a vacuum. Our support systems and those we partner with contribute to our success. They help us build the foundation we need to succeed! DOWN TIME is PREP TIME We all hit rough patches. Have you ever experienced one of these situations? The company downsized and your job was one of those they cut. The loss of a loved one sent you in an emotional tailspin. You made a mistake that led to the failure of whatever project you were working...

To the incredible women in my world: YOU are Amazing! I have been thinking a lot about the role of women lately. I look around me at the amazing women in my life, and I am in awe. They are businesswomen, mothers, wives, sisters, preachers, counselors, nurses, doctors, philanthropists, prayer warriors, bankers, administrative professionals, artists, and so much more. And every woman I know functions in multiple roles in her life – all at the same time! That takes an incredible amount of energy and passion, and it can wear us down. Especially when we sometimes have to work against established ideas about our...

The world needs you and I to be fully alive and growing in love, character, and the lifestyle of Jesus! To do that we need the power of the Holy Spirit. Connecting to that power requires practicing spiritual disciplines, which allow the Holy Spirit to work through and empower us. By themselves, these actions are nothing but busy work. When we approach them as spiritual disciplines, when we utilize them as part of our spiritual walk, they become a direct action to help us connect with the the blessings and will of God. God’s power is made perfect in our weakness...

Solitude “For God alone, my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from Him.” Psalm 62 Solitude is a discipline of stepping away from dependency on others, to enter into intimacy with God alone. It is like fasting, only from relationships. Silence Have you ever noticed how noisy the world is? We are constantly listening to music, hearing the television, being distracted by the conversations around us, and just filling our lives with distractions. Those noises keep us distracted enough to ignore pain, or tension, or imbalance in our life. Times of silence and solitude give us room to hear better—both our own...