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This is Your Year to Thrive! As a woman, you need to have a strong sense of mission in every part of your life. Being an excellent mother requires a commitment to mission. Staying married when our culture gives permission to give up on family solidarity necessitates personal mission. Persevering in your calling will demand that your mission is crystal clear to you. God created a mission for you to help you flourish and thrive. Knowing your mission, keeping it at the forefront of your life, enables you to push yourself to the edge of your capacity, and then farther. Without meaning, work is an endurance test between vacations. With mission comes a sense of meaning that makes any job a calling. Deploying your greatest strengths into the achievement of a meaningful purpose brings the energy you need to break through everyday goals, opening your life to long-lasting, sustainable happiness and satisfaction. Do you know your mission? Do you have a dream given to you by God? Commit to your dream today! The way to do that is by setting goals. Goals are dreams with deadlines. So how do you start? By being specific. The clearer and more vividly you visualize a goal,...

What situation in your life could benefit from forward movement if you were willing to open your mind?   Your beliefs unconsciously direct you in your moment-by-moment choices and actions. It's true! What you believe drives your viewpoint and your mindset in every situation. That means your beliefs actually become self-fulfilling prophecies in your life. Your beliefs shape your perceptions, your perceptions define your experience, and you find meaning in your life from your experiences. This process is often called a "Self-fulfilling Prophecy."   Self-fulfilling prophecies have been called the “Pygmalion effect,” a term derived from a play that later became the Broadway musical My Fair Lady. In the story, Professor Henry Higgins won a bet to prove his opinion that nurture was more powerful than nature. To make his case, he located a crude, unrefined young woman named Eliza Doolittle. With his coaching, she transformed from a street urchin to a charming, enchanting beauty. The fictional story presents how our self-perception, or who we think we are, is a prime basis for how we will experience life. We behave according to who we believe we should be. Not only does what we believe about ourselves impact our destiny, what we believe about others affects their...

Change Your Thinking for a Better You! How you think, your choice of focusing on the positive or the negative, actually affects the way your body and your brain works. The more you focus on positive things, the more likely you are to enjoy a sense of well-being, and positive thinking brings positive responses in your body that boost your mood and diminish stress. According to recent studies on its effect on our bodies, positive thinking boosts immunity, improves heart health, fights stress, increases resilience, helps us tolerate pain, prevents hypertension, and even extends lifespan. One well-know study, The Nun Study, looked at the impact of positive emotions and attitude on longevity and well-being and showed that there is a direct relationship between being positive and longevity. Another study focused on  individuals who have lived to 100 years-of-age or more, looking for reasons they enjoy such a long lifespan. Lynn Peters-Adler, a contributor to Forbes writes: “Almost all of the centenarians we spoke to believe a positive yet realistic attitude is critical throughout one’s life and described themselves as optimistic people.” Even more exciting, scientists have shown that positive thinking actually protects us! Alex Dranovsky and E. David Leonardo neuroscientists who are studying how positivity impacts the brain, state, “Stimulating...

I wrote Shattering The Stained Glass Ceiling: A Coaching Strategy for Women Leaders in Ministry because I have seen the difference each and every woman makes in the lives of those around her. God has called me to reach out and offer assistance to every woman leader I can. My goal is to help the many women leaders who feel stuck stuck, lack clarity, direction, accountability, and crave more meaning and fulfillment in their lives. That might describe how you feel today. Or maybe you know a women who is looking for a tool to help her move on to the next phase of her life and leadership. If so, you need to order this book! Women in leadership face unique challenges. Women of every age, color, and culture are breaking through into frontiers of uncharted territory, pursuing personal and professional accomplishment. Often they are following a leadership model that has been in place for years. But we must stop thinking our leadership needs to look the same as male leadership. It is time to disrupt and recreate the model of women in ministry leadership! Here is my message to all women leaders today. As an equipped woman leader, You will elevate your future and the...

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 on. Your business venture failed, even though you made sure you had all of the details worked out. Any of these situations, and many more, can leave us feeling out of control, like failure and loss are taking over our lives. So what do you do? Let me tell you what I think. Those DOWN TIMES are actually our PREP TIMES. All of the disciples suffered setbacks in their lives and ministries. When they met with failure or hardship, the first thing every single one of them did was pray. This was a lesson Jesus taught by example over and over again....

Big Beginnings Have you ever started something and then you didn’t finish it well? I recently cleaned out a big storage box in my garage. There, in a shoebox, I found the embroidery project I had started years ago. I remember wanting to embroider my pillow cases with custom designs. It seemed so easy and fun. I had seen gorgeous samples and I thought it was a good idea. So I purchased the supplies, got the instructions, and started. It was a big beginning, but as the work continued and obstacles started to appear, my progress got slower and slower. The thread was knotted. The design was not right. The needles hurt by fingers. Eventually, I just give up and put that whole embroidery project into a shoebox and stuck in on the shelf. Building a Strong Foundation That’s exactly what Jesus is teaching us with the parable in Luke 14:28-30 (The Message): “Is there anyone here who, planning to build a new house, doesn’t first sit down and figure the cost so you’ll know if you can complete it? If you only get the foundation laid and then run out of money, you’re going to look pretty foolish. Everyone passing by will poke fun...

I’ve heard it from every woman I’ve gone shopping with. When we get in the dressing room and try on that bathing suit or dress, we stare in the mirror, groan, and say, “I DON’T LIKE HOW I LOOK IN THAT MIRROR.” Mirrors are a part of EVERY woman’s life! We start looking in reflective surfaces as babies, fascinated by what we see looking back. We look in them as little girls playing dress-up, imagining what our lives will be like. We look in them as teenagers, comparing ourselves to the other girls in our class. We come to terms with what we see, some of us loving the woman in the mirror, others lamenting their perceived flaws. Women even used mirrors in the Bible! Exodus 38:8 says, “Moreover, he made the laver of bronze with its base of bronze, from the mirrors of the serving women who served at the doorway of the tent of meeting.” Now these weren’t clear, glass mirrors like those we are use today. The polished stone or brass worked like our modern mirrors, reflecting slightly distorted features, giving an inexact representation of the face. But thousands of years ago, we know one thing for certain, even...

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying. Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. (LUKE 2:10) PEACE ...

You are wonderful! Your unique ‘one of a kind’ life is important to those around you and to God.  No one can replace you. No one has lived your experiences or seen the world as you do. But “… the only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him.  In this way we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we're talking about is Christ's body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body” (Rom. 12:3-5). Simply put – as women we identify with each other. We see ourselves in other’s stories, struggles, sacrifices, and solutions. Life is not meant to be lived alone. Being part of a community connects our strengths, resources, and callings by combining them into a sisterhood of encouragement, which elevates all of us to our highest personal potential! When a sisterhood of women from all walks of life gathers together, we create a new identity for women of faith. Each...