Free Yourself to Pause and Take a Break

During this season of Advent, as we welcome the coming of Christ the Savior, free yourself to pause and take a break:

The Internet is saturated with information for self-improvement and practical tools and techniques to become a better you. The business sections of bookstores include titles which inform leaders and executives about management skills, vision casting, and team development. Christian markets normally offer the same counsel sprinkled with a few heartfelt stories and accommodating Scriptures. As I grow as a leader, I am convinced that we do not need more tools and techniques about leadership. What we actually need is to humbly, lovingly, consistently, and intentionally engage the hearts and souls of those God has called to leadership.

We need to regularly gift our leaders with the time and space that is needed to pause, rest, reflect, and be present with the Lord without distraction. For to lead well requires regular submission and a humble surrender to God. In his book A Work of Heart: Understanding How God Shapes Spiritual Leaders, Reggie McNeal writes, “The first order of responsibility for spiritual leaders [is] to reflect the heart of God to the people around them…Leaders whose hearts and lives turn out as divine masterpieces help those who are in their sphere of influence become more aware of who God is, understand his engagement with the world, and know how they can participate more fully in his mission of building the kingdom.” Leaders who desire to influence others with integrity over an extended period of time regularly practice surrendering their hearts to God by resting to contemplate long enough to allow themselves to be changed by him. In the quiet moments, God shapes every aspect of our existence as his servants.

Continue reading at Christianity Today’s Gifted for Leadership.

I’m Back!!!! What’s New and Next

The Summer Trip to Emerald Isle Beach
Summer Trip to Emerald Isle Beach

My sabbatical is over. I have had a wonderful summer relaxing and visiting with family and friends. I’ve homeschooled my daughter, fallen more in love with my husband, and finally got my dad out of South Carolina to visit our home. This was his first visit since our move back to NC and his longest visit ever (2 whole weeks)!

The days seamed to fly by and I did not get to read nearly as much as I would have liked. I did read several books written by fabulous women. A few of the book reviews were posted over the summer, but I have several more on the way.

Continue reading “I’m Back!!!! What’s New and Next”

VBLOG: My Journey Through Seminary

Hi Folks,

I was so thankful for the opportunity to share my testimony as one of the student speakers during the May 17, 2014 Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Commencement in Charlotte, NC. Gordon-Conwell has now made this video available to the public.

The first student speaker is Andrew R. Anderson (M.Div). He is moving to become an associate pastor at a church. Please pray for him.

My testimony begins at 8:22 in the video: