Great Leaders

I love the movie Wizard of Oz! I think this movie depicts a lot about leaders, specifically three types of them. You have the wicked witch which has a bunch of monkeys following her mostly because she intimidates them. She had a great following but they were only there because they had to be. Then you have the Wizard who led by intimidation, he had all the show of the big loud voice and grand ideas but in reality he was a tiny man hiding behind a screen who wanted to make people feel small. A lot of leaders lead this way, just wanting to be better than someone so leading people to feel smaller and less than them. Either one of these styles of leadership are not effective long term, people may follow but the chance they have to go elsewhere, they will. Then there is Dorothy who was an inspirational leader. She always called out to peoples purpose, took time to listen to people to find out what their needs and desires were. She wasn’t so driven by her own goals and ambitions so much that she didn’t care about others. If you take notice all the great things Dorothy did throughout the movie was with a team and not by herself. What makes the difference between good teams and great teams are great leaders. The witch, wizard, and Dorothy all had the same goal in mind but only Dorothy had the right approach to leverage her team to go to the next level. I love the book of Luke in the Bible where you see that throughout every chapter Jesus is leading in an inspirational way. Jesus constantly reaches out to people and calls to their potential. In reading through Luke I found a few different things I believe it takes to be an inspirational leader vs an intimidating one. 

  • Inspire people with purpose. Let people know why you do what you do and that becomes more important than what you do. What is your why?
  • Be relational. Take time to listen to people, it’s not always about you! 
  • Discover people’s gifts. Take the time to discover peoples specific gifts, talents, and abilities. Once you see everyone’s different roles you can have them in the place where they will thrive. 
  • Be uncomfortable. Sometimes you won’t have all the answers and that’s ok! You have to be comfortable with uncertainty. 

Friend, whatever area of life you are leading in remember that great teams come from great leaders! Let’s inspire those that follow and surround us! XO

Can you or Can’t you?

Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right! If you want to change your future, you have to change your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words, your words become your beliefs, and your beliefs become your actions. Before you know it, you are living the life you are speaking! You can’t have thoughts of defeat and live a life of victory. I love what the Bible tells us in Proverbs 23:7, For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. This tells us that everything we think we become. Did you know that we talk 180 words per minute but we think 1300 words per minute! So what we are thinking is actually more than what we are saying and everything we say is something we first thought. I believe our thought process goes something like this-

The actual situation- what we are seeing and the situation doesn’t look promising.

What we believe- this is our self talk and what we are telling ourselves about the actual situation. 

Results of the situation- how the situation turns out determines if we are happy and what we think about other situations that arise. 

You see, what you believe is what results in whether you have worry, anxiety, and stress or if you have excited anticipation for what’s to come. When we start to think about what God says about us and what He wants for our lives we begin to live a life that reflects that instead of believing for the worst. When we think about the worst we start to hear voices on inadequacy, self doubt, worthlessness, rejection, and guilt. We can overcome these thoughts with the word of God and what He says about us! Deuteronomy 7:6 tells us that we are God’s treasured possession! That alone says it all! Friend, it’s time to start thinking about how God thinks about you. Don’t let those thoughts disqualify you from what God has planned. You are uniquely made and only you can do what God has called you to do. Change your thoughts, and you’ll change your life! XO

Let it Go!

Let it go! Let it go! If you’re a parent I already know your singing the Frozen theme song. As much as I love this song it’s hard to do that at times. When someone hurts you letting it go is a lot easier said than done. The truth is, you can walk in peace or you can walk in unforgiveness but you cannot walk in both. One of them has to go so either you choose to hold on to hurt or you choose to have peace in your life. In Isaiah 49:23, the Bible tells us “Those who hope in the Lord will not be disappointed”. Whenever we get disappointed in someone it reveals where our eyes got off of God and put on man. People are unable to fulfill all of your expectations, in fact I can guarantee you that someone will disappointment you at some time in your life if not multiple times. Even though I love my husband there is no way he can fulfill all my needs and expectations, neither can my kids, my job, or anyone but the Lord Himself. When you find yourself in these situations just ask yourself, when did I start looking to a certain person to be my source of joy and peace? People are always imperfect but God is always perfect! I love what my pastor once told me, he said that I need to make my love big enough to where anyone can fail and recover quickly. These words have stuck with me over the years to help me when I am dealing with some kind of disappointment or hurt in my own life. My question to you is, is your love big enough to cover someone’s mistakes and let it go? The reason offense or disappointment hurt so much is because it generally comes from someone close to you. It doesn’t affect you as much if its someone random person that offended you but it always hurts worse and carries on when it’s someone you love and care about. I know in these moments it’s hard to let it go and move forward but we must always remember that Jesus did. Aren’t you glad He doesn’t hold onto our wrong doings and failures and that He lets it go and loves us big?  True forgiveness is giving up all hope that things would have turned out differently and letting go of all that you are holding on to. The fact is, things will not turn out differently than they did. Friend, it’s time to let it go and walk in the peace that God has for you! XO

What do I do?

What do you do when you don’ t know what to do? I love the story in John 2 where Jesus performed His first miracle. Here they are at a party and they ran out of wine. What I love the most is that in a moment of panic and not knowing what to do, Mary comes to Jesus for the answer. This may seem simple but too often in our own lives we try and figure things out on our own, we try solving all the problems or feel like we don’t want to bother Jesus with our “small” problems. I love this story because it tells us that there is no problem too big or too small for God. Someone’s life wasn’t on the line or a huge storm to be stopped but it was just as simple as running out of wine and Jesus still cared. How many times have you tried to do something on your own but when you take a moment to ask God He reveals it to you in a moment? When we try to figure things out on our own we start to doubt ourselves and our abilities, we question if we are capable of doing what needs to be done. To be honest, we over complicate it. Everything can be solved when you just take a moment to stop and pray. God can do in a moment what we try to do in a lifetime. In this, we have to be willing to say yes to whatever He tells you. Just like Mary did in vs 5, she told the servants “do whatever He tells you”. God is faithful to perform a miracle if we are faithful to act. It’s that simple! But we have to be willing to say yes even if it looks foolish or doesn’t look the way we thought it would.   

Friend, I know there are times when we don’t know what to do but I can tell you if you just pray and act on what He’s asked of you then He is always faithful to do His part! XO 

Healthy Habits

The best way to predict your future is to create it! So many times we wake up and go with the flow but the best thing I ever started doing was controlling my day and deciding where my day would end up before it started. Habits start happening and before you know it you start doing something before you even realize it’s happening. The truth is we all have habits, you do them every day and those habits are what are determining your life. You don’t even think about these habits but you are doing them day in and day out. If you look at your life and you realize you aren’t headed where you want to be then it’s time to look at what your daily habits are and if they line up with who you want to be. There are a few things I implemented into my life to help get my daily habits to line up with where I want to be:

  1. Everyday start out with something positive. It’s easy to wake up and think of all that you have to do for the day in a negative way. Wake up and declare this is a day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad! Your thoughts will either attract the positive or negative in your life. What you are seeing is a direct result of that and how you start your day.
  2. Listen to something inspirational. We wake up and get ready every morning and drive to work, drop the kids off, and the list goes on. If you are already doing those things make the best of your time by listening to a podcast or an audio book while you are in the car or doing your makeup.
  3. Reading God’s word. Too often we think we don’t have enough time in the day to read God’s word before we get going but even if you have 15 minutes it’s enough to feed your spirit and encourage you for the day! 
  4. Healthy habits. This may be working out, going for a run to clear your mind, or choosing healthy eating habits. Getting your body active will set your day up for success on many levels! 

Friend, it’s time to start living the life that you want to live, start by creating it! Cheering you on! XO