At the beginning of the year we focused on our vision and goals for the year. Little did we know what the year had in store for us! I’ll be honest and say some of my goals have suffered because of this pandemic. Others have moved full ahead. How about you? Have you done a review of your goals and your progress? Goals are not a set-it and forget-it thing. They have to be managed and periodically reviewed. We have to tend to our goals if we want to make progress. It doesn’t work to set goals and then not look at...

We are carrying enormous loads at home and in the workplace. The coronavirus isn’t making it any easier. Life takes a toll on every single one of us. Stressed, tired, and rushed has become the description of life in our country. So many of us are totally exhausted, have too much to do, and have too little time. Here’s what I want you to take away from this article today: you are body, mind, and spirit. Your family, your life, your work, it will all come to a grinding halt unless you discover your key to sustainable renewable energy. You need...

We are created by God to live in relationship, both with Him and with others. What an amazing blessing He has given us! That blessing, our relationships, comes to fruition when we make and maintain loving connections with others. God created us to be in community with others. We are a community of believers. Part of the family of God. We are created as His children to be in relationship with Him and with those around us. Even the introverts among us! Part of being a community is connecting with others. And connecting with PURPOSE can propel you to a better future....

When obstacles come our way, they can throw us for a loop. If we are stressed already, even the smallest obstacle has a way of seeming overwhelming. And friend, I know you are stressed right now. Current statistics show that about 80% of the people in our country are experiencing heightened stress and anxiety. And I honestly think the other 20% are babies, hermits, or just have no idea what’s going on around us. Stress is part of life. How we deal with it, and how we deal with obstacles we face is what’s important. I’ve written before about ways we...

Life is strange right now, don’t you think? Some days it doesn’t feel quite real. One thing about having to stay home is that we have time to think, to plan, and to get started on making the changes we want to see in our lives. Lately I’ve been thinking about success, and the many definitions of the word. For some, success is making a lot of money. For others, it’s raising their children and providing them with a good life. Many want to start businesses, finish school, help others, become doctors, or travel the world. What does success mean to you? Here’s...

What situation in your life could benefit from forward movement if you were willing to open your mind? Take a minute to really think about this. Is there an area in your life where your thoughts are what are holding you back? You might be: In a job that doesn’t fit with your goals, but you think you have to stay for security. Ready to go back to school and get a degree, but you are stuck on the idea that college is for young people. Want to find a way to help your community, but you don’t know what you...

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...