Leadership: How Do You Strengthen Yourself In The Lord?

Leadership: How Do You Strengthen Yourself In The Lord?

While sitting at the Langley Harbor on Whidbey Island waiting for my crab pot to fill up I watched the water recede and then refill. I have seen this high tide, low tide sequence repeat itself many times over the years but today it was different. I saw it with new eyes. The pictures reveal the truth about leadership. Sometimes those we lead, and, even ourselves get beached. Call it what you want but the feeling is stuck, immobile, stranded, just like the boat in the picture.

As leaders, when we feel like we are on dry ground and of no use, we often try and manufacture ways to get going. A famous verse we all use for this is 1 Samuel30:6b AMP, “David encouraged and strengthened himself in the Lord his God.” A great reminder for those times we have failed, blown it or otherwise

How To Be An Emotionally Healthy Parent

How To Be An Emotionally Healthy Parent

We all go back and forth in our emotions as parents. From the highest high’s and the lowest low’s and it could literally be from one minute to the next that we experience both of them. When our child does something wrong how do we respond? When our child gets caught doing something really wrong, how do we respond?

Our emotions as parents can go from zero to ten in a matter of seconds. From, “What a wonderful child we have” to “You are grounded until Jesus comes back!” Here are a few questions that run through our parenting minds.

  • How do we find an appropriate and healthy parenting balance?
  • Should we parent out of a rational mind or purely an emotional one?
  • Are extreme’s ever a good parenting strategy?
  • How can we parent from an emotionally healthy place?
  • Is there such a thing as an emotionally healthy place? (No, it’s not Hawaii)

Here are three Emotionally Healthy ideas to think about.

Nurturing The “Childish” Out of Leadership

Nurturing The “Childish” Out of Leadership

As parents we may say our kids are strong willed or defiant. When we are completely exhausted and exasperated we may think "brat." But, would you be open to the possibility of "Great Leader?”


Childish Leadership But Still Leadership

While boarding a flight last week I was in line behind a family of six. Dad, mom, three boys and a girl were returning home from a Disney Vacation here in California. While on the jetway the little girl, the oldest, kept moving ahead of the boys and mom and dad for that matter.

She wasn't belligerent about it she would just take one step further to be first or in front. Her brothers knew the game well I'm sure from repeated play over and over and over again.

Her youngest brother would "pull her chain" just about every other step trying to get in front of her. He would shuffle his feet to get an inch advantage then she would

Guest Post: Family Ministry Is Partnering With Parents By Heidi Hensley

Guest Post: Family Ministry Is Partnering With Parents By Heidi Hensley

When we speak of family ministry, we often land on a very popular portion of scripture in Deuteronomy 6:6-9 that I absolutely love and try to frequently share.

These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:6-9

If you have attended a conference or training session lately, you have heard the term "family ministry" or even "multigenerational ministry" in many

Parental Frustration And How To Overcome It!

Parental Frustration And How To Overcome It!

We don’t want to avoid frustration, we want to overcome it! Ironically or unfortunately overcoming frustration as a parent means resting in it! How do I know this? I'm a parent! For those of you that have one child, the precious angel, who never does anything wrong, huge blessings on you! You won, you won the "child" lottery. Now, have another one, frustration is just around the corner.

As parents we have our fair share of emotionally dysregulated moments, sometimes on a daily or hourly basis. When those times come how do we

Guest Post: Finding Joy When Life Is Crazy Busy By Nikki Stevens

Guest Post: Finding Joy When Life Is Crazy Busy By Nikki Stevens

As a working mom of 4, I’m becoming quite the expert on how to survive as a busy parent. But while survival is great, if that’s all I’m trying to is just survive, then I’m selling myself short. The real challenge is to get through each day with a smile on your face and a bounce in your step. That, my friends, was the struggle I found myself in not long ago. I felt like my life was so busy that there was little left of my time or energy to spend on anyone else. It wasn’t easy at first, but I learned to be joyful in spite of a crazy busy schedule. I even managed to find a little time for myself!


4 Essential Habits For Finding Joy When Life Is Crazy Busy


1. Resist The Urge To Compare

I often catch myself making the mistake of

3 Parenting Fears and How To Face Them

3 Parenting Fears and How To Face Them

I asked parents a question on social media not to long ago. The question was, “What do your worry about or fear the most as a parent?”


Here Are The Top 3 Answers:

1. I am afraid that my child will get hurt or get really sick.

2. I am afraid that my child will be bullied online or in person.

3. I am afraid my child will get off course in life.

I have been asking this question at parenting conferences and to individual parents for about a year now and the three answers above are pretty consistent with most parents.


When it comes to our children we want the absolute best for them. We don’t want them to get hurt, bullied or loose their way. I am with you and I have worried about