Articles | Habits

  • Just a Little Talk with Jesus

    Devotionals | April 25, 2016

    Jesus frequently taught His disciples in private. While many of these private conversations have gone unrecorded, Scripture gives us glimpses into their time together. When was the last time you spent time with Jesus, talking about how life is going, the condition of your heart, what He wants you to learn from your failures, how to meet your leadership challenges? Many things fill a leader’s calendar. Is time with Jesus one of them?

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    Abiding in God's Love

    Blog | Phyllis Hendry Halverson | March 02, 2016

    I recently had an experience in a fast-food restaurant that reminded me of what it is to love without conditions.

    Walking toward the drink machine, I saw a little girl of about three waiting while her dad filled their cups. The girl saw me and ran to me, smiling, and I smiled back. The girl’s dad walked over and explained that his daughter had never run up to a stranger that way before. I said I must look like someone the girl knows.

  • I recently signed up to be a mentor in the women’s ministry program at my church. The first time I met my mentee, I asked her what she’d like to accomplish through our time together. Almost the first word from her was that she need to be encouraged. She’s a single mom with an early teen boy, and her 84-year-old mother lives with her.

  • Distracted by Worry

    Devotionals | February 24, 2016

    What has worry ever done for us? As those who lead like Jesus, we have to acknowledge that Jesus didn’t worry. He was concerned about completing what God had given Him to do, but worry didn’t hold Him back. Jesus’ example in dealing with potential worries is clear: Take your concerns to the Father in prayer. Are you concerned for family and friends? Pray. Are you burdened with heavy responsibilities? Pray. Don’t know what to do? Pray. Trust the Father to provide what you need.

  • Juggling

    Devotionals | February 05, 2016

    In contrast to Jesus’ purposeful movement through life, many of us live like jugglers who are trying to keep too many balls in the air. Being busy defines our days. We move between family, work, church, and community activities with scarcely time to breathe. In the mix, Sabbath and solitude often get lost. “Later,” we think, only to find that we have worn ourselves out with all our coming and going. What about you? Is your relationship with God the top priority in your life, or just one part of your life?

  • Look Around

    Devotionals | January 27, 2016

    Being used by God to positively influence those around us begins with seeing the opportunities He places in front of us. This starts with paying attention to other people, and not just ourselves. Turn your cares over to God, and trust Him to work in your life, then look around you. Is there someone who seems burdened and in need of encouragement, someone whom others overlook? Ask God to show you how you can encourage someone else today.

    When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.—Matthew 9:36

  • Meditate on His Unfailing Love

    Devotionals | December 28, 2015

    Every new day, every new week and month and year, moves us into the future that God has for His people. We are caught up in the flow of His work in the world. What does the future hold for us? We never fully know. God is at work in ways seen and unseen, bringing all things together for His glory and our eternal good. Today, this day, choose to meditate on His love, let it fill your heart and head until it overflows through you.

  • Let His Light Shine

    Devotionals | December 23, 2015

    Many people think of holidays as anything but ‘holy days.’ Yet holidays provide opportunities to create God-centered celebrations and memories whose impact will linger far into the future. Don’t rush into or hurry past these opportunities. Let God’s presence infuse this holiday season with eternal significance. Take time to gain His perspective, focus on the people in front of you, and express God’s love to others.

    We love because he first loved us.—1 John 4:19

  • Inspiration

    Devotionals | December 16, 2015

    Who or what inspires you? Jesus found inspiration in His relationship with His Father, and He found fulfillment in living in light of His identity as God's Son. God's Word nourished and strengthened Him, and God's Spirit empowered Him. His life, lived in intimacy with the Father, inspired others to ask Him spiritual questions and to want to be like Him. What about you?

  • Without Words

    Devotionals | November 26, 2015

    What if you could no longer speak? What if you could no longer say the words “I love you, I appreciate you” to those you love and lead? How would you show them that they matter to you? Would you hug them more? Would you spend more time with them? Would you forgive more freely or smile more often? How can you come alongside others and communicate how much they mean to you and to God? What opportunities will you have today to share God’s grace, forgiveness, and encouragement, through your actions?