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Friday, November 7, 2014

Keep it simple, Stupid....is stupid

I don’t really like the term “keep it simple”.

I especially dislike the whole K.I.S.S. maxim ("Keep it simple, Stupid"). For one, I don't like being called stupid. But, I have other reasons. Let me explain.

Sure, it is best to keep things streamlined, but this is not a universal law. Recently, someone at work asked my advice on creating training. My response was to start with the end in mind. For example, write 3 learning objectives outlining what trainees should learn and what competencies they should cultivate. Another colleague chimed in and said “Oh, just keep it simple”. In my opinion, this person was advocating for the ever so famous “shoot from the hip and hope for the best” approach. *Ugh* This approach rarely works and when it does it is more of an emotion-rooted experience than a learning experience.

But, that’s me talking shop talk. Now, let me return to the subject.

The “shoot from the hip” activities may be “fun”, but often miss the mark. As ministry leaders, we are sometimes guilty of this, but that’s another blog most as well. Think about it. Any success is the end result of several smaller successes. For example, if you attend a wildly successful event, more than likely people worked very hard behind the scenes to bring it to pass. I’ll bet people worked in teams to plan execution. They likely discussed many elements of the events and sent dozens of emails. There was a plan, a process.

To further illustrate this point, think of a Christian you admire. I’m sure their Christian witness is the result of many smaller processes. They spend time ready the Word. They may read books about the Christian walk while transforming and renewing their minds. Prayer is probably a huge part of their maturation process. They likely “soul trained” as illustrated in my favorite book of the moment, “ "The Good and Beautiful God: Falling in Love with the God Jesus Knows” by James Bryan Smith. My cousin and mentor, Eileen Epps Hamilton introduced me to this book. Check out her blog, "In the Word Ministries:  http://itwministries.org/

All this to say: yes, life can be simple. But, it only looks simple to those experiencing [or benefitting from] the end result.  What do you think? 

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Are you worried? Scared?

This will challenge all your inclinations to worry:

"Worrying is carrying tomorrow's load with today's strength- carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn't empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength."

Corrie ten Boom
(She was a great Christian whose family helped many Jews escape the holocaust. Her quotes are profound and cut cut through logic, natural wisdom into seep into your soul to illuminate God's divine wisdom and promises.)

Be blessed and trust God with the future, Godsy Girl.

Friday, August 1, 2014

When you are stressed - Bible Verses



Stress is birthed when we don't trust God fully with what we pray for, hope for or ask.  Sometimes, we don't even pray.  We just assume the role of "handler" and go through each day bearing life's burdens- managing life's demands as part of our ever growing "to do" list.

We all know we deserve nothing from God.  I'm  so tired of the weak theology (rooted in carnal insecurity)

Friday, June 20, 2014

Deacons' Wives Duties

If you're a deacon's wife, I'll be you have.

If you are in charge of training deacon's wives, I'll bet you have!

A sister in Christ (wonderful Kathy)  just gave me an awesome resource for deacon’s wives. I read through it and figured it is a "must" for just about every deacon’s wife. It offers practical information, guidance and advice on serving in ministry alongside your

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Back to the basics

I read this quote today and it has clung to me:

"To rob God of nothing; to refuse Him nothing; to require of Him nothing; this is great perfection." Jeanne Guyon

Yesterday, I met with a sister I love.  I asked her as I often ask those I care about, "what is God saying to you in this season?"  She made me answer first. I shared that God is calling me back to the basics of my spiritual walk.  Before the stuff, before the distractions [were allowed to be distractions] and before the "noise" of my current life season. He's beckoning me back.

In the end all that matters is our relationship to Jesus Christ.  Nothing else really matters, ya know?  My prayer requests don't matter,  my personal "little" ambitions are of little significance.  My earthly positions are trash in comparison to the love, fellowship and will of my Savior.

The basics....just He and I.  Like worship with no music.

Now, that's perfection.



 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Move into your new season!


Wrong life seasons just don't fit.
Have you ever try to fit into a pair of jeans that no longer fit? It's one of the most frustrating experiences.

Just think of it, something that was once cozy, comfortable and even cute no longer working for you. You know, it just doesn't make sense.  The jeans used to fit, but now they cause you discomfort and angst – both physically and emotionally. Ugh!

The same is true in our natural and spiritual lives. Something that once was comfortable and commonplace can morph into something that generates unease, discomfort and, even sadness. Your “something” could be a relationship

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Check out this verse on Bible.com

Isaiah 43:1, 2 NIV

"But now, this is what the Lord says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: "Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze."

See it at Bible.com:

http://bible.com/111/isa.43.1.niv