Servant Leadership in the Marketplace

Reading a devotional this morning, I was prompted to write this post about being a servant to others, especially in the marketplace. The scripture quoted was Mark 9:35, “And He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, ‘If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all’

As we build businesses or work for an employer, let us have a servant mindset. Let us always strive to do our best work and to do it unto God and in service to others.

I have always loved the Zig Ziglar quote that says, “You can have everything in life that you want if you just give enough other people what they want.

Another comment worth considering from Zig Ziglar as it relates to business is this: “I suggest the greatest challenge to Christians in the business world is within – making the heart determination (simply put, the choice) to live by God’s principles and sticking with it; making the commitment to serving Christ and mankind with our efforts, our gifts and our knowledge.”

Think about it…Are you using ALL your gifts and talents in the service of others? Whether you are an entrepreneur running a business or an employee working a job, are you totally applying yourself to it in a way that serves those who benefit from what you do? Even performing a role of service in your church is an important way of serving others and honoring God in the process. I myself am a Realtor and I strive to always put my clients first. Earning commission is secondary to helping them achieve their dreams and goals.

How about you? Leave a comment about the ways you use your talents in service to others in the business or ministry you participate in.

Proverbs 3:3-6 instructs us this way:

Do not let kindness and truth leave you;
Bind them around your neck,
Write them on the tablet of your heart.
So you will find favor and a good [b]reputation
In the sight of God and man.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.

Blessed Beyond Measure

Good morning friend!  What are your plans for your day?  Will you be filled with the Joy of the Lord today?  I hope so!!

Read these words from King David:

I saw the Lord always before me.  Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.  Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest in hope, because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, you will not let your holy one see decay.  You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.

Stewarding Your Business for God’s Glory

It has been my desire to write and teach on ways to honor God in business, whether it be as an entrepreneur building a business of your own, or as an employee of someone else’s business. I believe the principles are very similar, if not the same. So go with me on a journey as I have done much study on this topic and am embarking on blog posts to share what I have learned. I hope many will benefit…

God designed me for a purpose in the marketplace. — Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

As Summer comes to a close…

Fall will soon be here and summer will be gone. I always find this time of year full of mixed emotions. While I do enjoy the cooler temperatures and being able to enjoy welcoming the outdoor air into our home and turning off the A/C, I always also hate to say goodbye to summer. Flip flops, shorts, short-sleeve or sleeveless tops, and NO COATS! Those are the things I will miss as the cooler weather comes in, eventually leading to winter where coats, hats, scarves, boots and gloves are almost a necessity when going outdoors.

As seasons change, we find ourselves with seasons of change in our lives in other ways as well. Maybe you’ve been through a season of difficult changes, or maybe you’ve been experiencing immense prosperity and pleasures in your life. Life is full of ups and downs, mountaintops and valleys, and many times we can find ourselves in places of waiting. Waiting for the next…you fill in the blank…

I want to encourage anyone reading this that whether you find yourself in a wonderful season that you wish would never end, or in a season of pain, disappointment, or discouragement that seems to be lasting way too long…there is hope in Jesus!

Jesus promises to be with us no matter what we go through in life. Life is never all fun and pleasure. Often there are sad times, hard times, difficult circumstances to live through, but please know that Jesus will guide and direct you through them all!

Hebrews 13:5 says that Jesus will never leave us or forsake us, and that is good news!

For Unto Us…

Prophesied many years before, Jesus came to earth as a baby, born in the most humble way, to live a sinless life, to minister to many and heal their diseases, to be crucified on a rugged cross, to die a human death, to be buried in a tomb, but to rise again to save US ALL from our sins and offer us eternal life in Heaven with the Father God!! How amazing! How miraculous! How wonderful!

“For unto us a Child is born,

Unto us a Son is given;

And the government will be upon His shoulder.

And His name will be called

Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Isaiah 9:6
Unto us…
“For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” ~ Luke 2:11-12
May you have a very Merry Christmas and a Joyous, Prosperous New Year in 2022!!

Isolation, Separation and Hope

Isolation – “various measures taken to prevent contagious diseases from being spread”~Wikipedia

Separation – “The act of disuniting two or more things, or the condition of being separated.”~Wikipedia

Hope – “The feeling of trustconfidencebelief or expectation that something wished for can or will happen.” “A person or thing that is a source of hope.“~Wikipedia

Are you tired of all this isolation during the COVID-19 quarantine? Feeling separated from those you love, those you want to see and spend time with again? Feeling cooped up, wanting to just get out and GO somewhere?

Have you been unable to work? Struggling to pay bills? Wondering when this all will end? Wondering if we’ll ever return to “normal”? Or wondering what this “new normal” will look like going forward?

I understand…and I want to encourage you today with the Hope we all have even in the midst of Isolation and Separation.

“What strength do I have, that I should still hope? What prospects, that I should be patient?”~Job 6:11

“You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety.”~Job 11:18

“But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish.”~Psalm 9:18

“Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.”~Psalm 31:24

“We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.”~Psalm 33:20

“In his name the nations will put their hope.”~Matthew 12:21

I want to encourage you today to hang on to Hope as you hang on to Jesus!!

Do you know The Lord Jesus Christ? Is He your Savior and Lord? If so, you will know that there is always HOPE.

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2020…New Year, New Decade, New Promises from God!

Well, here we are in 2020, another year, another decade, and full of new promises from God! I am thankful for His many blessings in 2019 and look with great anticipation to all the NEW things He has for me in 2020. How about YOU?

I have not been as faithful to write on this blog in 2019 as I had intended, but I plan this year to work diligently to change that. My purpose in writing this blog is not only to express myself as I walk out this thing called life with Jesus, but also to be an encouragement to others and to lead them to Jesus if they don’t already have a personal relationship with Him, and spur on those who are already walking with Him.

My husband and I started attending a new church in September of 2019 and it has been an amazing place of growth for me. As I’ve watched God moving in our midst, I am in awe of His wonder, mercy and grace!

As I enter 2020, I wait upon YOU Lord, with bated breath, to see all that YOU will do in me!!

I created this graphic this morning from my bible app. It was the verse of the day today and it pretty much sums up my expectations in this new year. I long for new revelations from God through His word, and they are more important to me than anything else in this world.

Here are some excerpts from my notes this morning as my pastor spoke:

  1. We have to have a place of victory in order to have a witness for God.
  2. We wage a battle that is not against flesh and blood.
  3. Our Father Knows Best!!
  4. Don’t just look for a place of comfort; look for your purpose.
  5. God works ON us so He can work THROUGH us.
  6. If we hang on, God will bless us past the irritation we’re experiencing.
  7. Jesus came to get us and give us power over the devil.
  8. Until we dedicate what we want to the Lord, it is not good enough.
  9. Believe God’s prophets and you will prosper.~2Chronicles 20:20

Leave a comment sharing which of these spoke to YOU…