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 🙂

a thought about staying continually happy

Even though this is a short entry, it is really powerful:

I have this habit that I do almost every morning – I thank God for all of the cool things that happened during the previous day.  I love getting to do this because it’s a great way to enter God’s presence (I will enter His courts with thanksgiving in my heart).  But here’s the latest challenge I’ve been sensing from God:  real-time gratitude.  Instead of waiting for my gratitude to expressed during my morning routines, I feel that God is challenging me to be grateful in the moment & not just the morning.  So I find myself being more thankful as an attitude in my day and not just in the morning prayer time “compartment”.  As as result, I feel that I’m more content, happy and buoyant.  As a concluding thought, another idea is to pre-thank the answers, solutions and provisions that God has for us (ahead of time).  Now that would be a total lifestyle of gratitude (past, present & future).  Just a little food for thought 🙂