A little sunshine

A little sunshine is good for the soul. So here are some sunshine thoughts for your weekend:
*you are a wonderful person who is infinitely loved by the Creator of the universe
*being selfish makes the day cloudy
*always keep some sonshine in your heart no matter what’s happening
*the sun is always shining regardless of clouds or the night
*being warm & friendly is a great way to give off some sunshine
*the world in which we live needs lots of sunshine 🙂

crisis management

One of my children had a virtual melt down in the car on the way to school today.  They have a project that’s due this morning & they thought they had more time to get it finished when it became apparent during our drive that their time had expired – hence the meltdown.  As adults, I think that we also get to walk through a few crises from time to time – so here are a few tips:

  • procrastinating, using new tools and sleep deprivation usually combine to equal disaster (all-nighters in college were usually more harmful than helpfull)
  • when we get under intense pressure, we MUST manage our emotions and not let them control us or they can make the pressure more severe
  • during a crisis be extremely careful with your words – sometimes our mouth runneth over and makes the crisis worse
  • combine prayer with pressure and you can have some priceless results 🙂
  • Saving Moses is all about meeting the most urgent needs of babies where the care is least available – crisis management for babies 🙂

I don’t know

Very often I get in situations where I get asked questions to which I don’t know the answer. The questions can range from business process questions to things about why God does or doesn’t do some things and even some historical questions related to various countries. On top of the questions I get asked, I also have my own extensive list of questions that I think about on any given day. If I’m honest with you, a lot of my answers still remain, “I don’t know”. I frequently get tired of hearing, “I don’t know” and of not having answers.
But here’s the really wonderful part for all of these “I don’t know” answers. While I readily acknowledge that I don’t have all of the answers, but I do know Someone Who does know all the answers before the questions have ever been asked. So in this sense, what you know isn’t nearly as important as Who you know ,)

When people are different

I have the honor of working with LOTS of different people, some of whom are very easy for me & others who are a little tricky. When I think about the tricky people, I’m coming to the conclusion that the things that bug me are often more problems that I have than the other persons issues.
So with this in mind, I find myself pushing into God, praying & asking for help to do & be better. This helps me to be grateful for tricky people 🙂

A few lessons from my mom

My mom is a really amazing person on many levels & I have massive respect for her. She’s a great mom & has taught me some important things:
*dont quit – my mom is tenacious!
*have more confidence in the Bible than how you feel, what you hear or see
*be gracious
*teamwork can achieve more than individual efforts – the sum is greater than its parts
*use what God gives you always to exalt Jesus 🙂

Ministry advice from my dad

Both of my parents have given me lots of great wisdom on how to live, how to be a good wife, mom & human. And here’s some wisdom my dad gave me about being effective in the ministry for a long time. My dad told me that if a person wanted to last & do a great job in ministry work, they need to be mindful of three things:
*doctrine – flakey doctrine will side swipe you & cause you to become ineffective
*morals – remain happily married to your spouse or stay pure as a single person
*money – dont mishandle the money people give you for ministry.
The quickie version my dad would use was: be careful with the gold, glory & girls. Seems like timeless wisdom to me 🙂

leadership

I’ve been thinking about leadership lately and while I know there are BOATLOADS of great resources, books, conferences, etc to help us with becoming better leaders, here are just a few brief, but helpful thoughts:

  • if you want a particular leadership position, act as a leader for that role before you ever get the title
  • leadership requires us to be continually growing and changing lest we become a stiffling lid
  • character is more substantial than any title
  • effective leadership requires constructive communicating: both listening & talking
  • the Jesus’ paradigm of leadership is service over superiority
  • if no one is following you, you’re merely taking a walk so enjoy the stroll ,)
  • fear is leadership poison
  • good leaders foster teamwork over competition
  • leaders look for ways to bring out the best in their team & to minimize the weaknesses
  • mistakes and failures for leaders aren’t permanent

Just a few quick thoughts on this happy Wed 🙂

mumbo jumbo

I went to China for the last few days & returned home yesterday, so I’m finding that my thinking is kind of jumbled up & random, say nothing about my sleep.  With that excuse, here are a few thoughts:

  • being kind & patient with others tends to also be a generous gift to ourselves 🙂
  • genuine love is like a reverse prism – it takes the fragments of life & helps us to see the beauties of daily living
  • long-term investments often have the most fulfilling rewards
  • Saving Moses is doing some very magnificent work!
  • I’m thankful that God doesn’t give me everything I want 🙂
  • relationships can help us to see and experience different facets of God
  • take a walk outside 🙂

I promise that tomorrow I’ll write something more cohesive 🙂

People are important

I’m just finishing my weekend in Shanghai & I’m always astounded by several things when I get to visit China (possibly one of my favorite nations in the world):
*the number of people in this nation is 100% boggling. As we were driving today, I was trying to figure out how to show you 23million people in one city – Shanghai (picture of a “few” apt buildings in this monstrosity of a city)
*God’s immense love for people – there’s not one person in the 23million who live in Shanghai that is irrelevant to God; the quantity of people doesn’t compromise quality of God’s love
*God’s hand is engaged throughout all things massive & micro
*these reflections help to encourage trust in my heart that God is totally involved throughout my life & is altogether trustworthy – for both of us 🙂

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Loving me some China!

I started coming to China more than 25 years ago & I totally love this place & the people even more! China is wonderful in lots of different ways – rich history, very cool people, great food, diverse cultures & much more.
But let me encourage you that wherever you are at, God is present & eager to have fellowship with you. I believe with all of my heart that God made you for the purpose of enjoying your company in all places: whether you’re
*at home in the routines of daily living,
*in a really difficult season of life,
*swamped with an ocean of demands & responsibilities,
*going into a busy weekend
*enjoying China ,)

God loves your company!