Articles | Habits

  • Enough

    Devotionals | November 13, 2015

    How much is enough when it comes to our relationship with God? How much do we want to know Him, to be transformed by Him? God offers Himself fully and freely to us through the Son and the Spirit. But what about us? Are we satisfied with knowing Him from afar, instead of experiencing relationship with the living God?

  • Trust

    Devotionals | November 09, 2015

    When we trust in the name of God, we are trusting in God’s character, believing Him to be who He says He is and trusting Him to act in line with His word and promises. When we pray in the name of Jesus, we are trusting in Jesus’ character as the Son of God who opened the way into the Father’s presence for His disciples. We are taking Him at His word, believing that through Him we have been given new life and new hope by the Spirit. Who are you prayerfully and actively trusting in today?

  • Two Simple Words

    Devotionals | November 04, 2015

    Consider for a moment the power of the two simple words “thank you.” This simple phrase validates other people as individuals who matter to us and to God. Instead of taking them for granted, we humble ourselves and honor them. When we thank them for their actions or attitude, we affirm the difference they are making in the world. We acknowledge that they had a choice to make and that their choice has value. For someone today, hearing “thank you” may be life-changing. Will they hear it from you?

  • God is Great

    Devotionals | November 02, 2015

    When bad news comes your way, where do you turn? Hezekiah immediately turned to prayer when he was threatened. But he didn’t just pray for help. Hezekiah began and ended his prayer by remembering who God was. He exalted God, praising Him, honoring Him as greater than any threat he faced. Put your problems in perspective by focusing on God and His greatness.

  • Shining Brightly

    Devotionals | October 30, 2015

    What would it look like to live today without any complaining or arguing? How would it affect your peace of mind and the quality of your relationships? What difference would it make in your workplace and home? God calls us to trust Him with the ups and downs of life, and to honor those who are in authority over us. He calls us to reflect Him in all aspects of our lives, in every sphere of leadership entrusted to us. May others see the Father through you today and give glory to Him.

  • A Leader's Desire

    Devotionals | October 23, 2015

    Our hearts’ desires shape our actions. What is inside of us bubbles up and overflows in our prayers, our goal-setting, habits, and interactions with others. How often do we pray for God to make us like Him? Is our first concern the need and well-being of those entrusted to our care? At home, within the church, in the workplace and the world-at-large, people need to experience the love and mercy of God. They need to experience Jesus. Will they meet Him in you today? What is your desire?

  • Heather Day

    What Facebook Isn't Telling You

    Blog | Heather Day | October 22, 2015

    I don’t mean to brag, but my Facebook friends are smarter than yours.

    They read interesting books, have witty observations about life, and give their time, resources and energy to the most important causes.  Come to think of it, they like and do all of the things that I admire. 

    Because if they didn’t, I’d simply unfollow them.

  • In Light of Jesus' Return

    Devotionals | October 21, 2015

    The early disciples lived in light of the day when Jesus would return. His incarnation, His death and resurrection had inaugurated a new day. They knew Jesus would return as He promised. This is why in the midst of great opposition and persecution, the apostles urged the early church to rejoice. This is why grace and peace and joy were present realities for them. Jesus had come, Jesus was with them, they were in Him and He in them, and He was coming back again. Is this truth a reality for you today? Live in such a way that your life reveals His living presence.

  • A Cure for Isolation

    Devotionals | September 30, 2015

    The twelfth step of leading like Jesus calls us to live out our leadership journey in community, sharing Jesus as our leadership model and helping others grow as leaders after God’s heart. This step combats the isolation and loneliness that many leaders experience, and it gives us a place to be honest about where we are on our journeys. As we follow Jesus’ example of living in community, we experience encouragement and strength for the journey. Who is part of your trusted leadership community? What do you do to mutually support one another? Who can you invite to join you on the journey?

  • When God Prompts

    Devotionals | September 23, 2015

    Whispers, by their very nature, require that we be close enough for someone to whisper to us and quiet enough to hear their words. Elijah was accustomed to hearing God’s whispers, as were the prophets to whom “the word of the Lord came.” While God may use external circumstances to get our attention, His guidance comes through His Spirit. This is why the habits of spending time in solitude, reading and meditating on Scripture, and communicating with God in prayer, are so crucial.