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reverse trip to the promised land

We all have the image and story in mind when we talk about the Promised Land.  The people of God were freed from captivity in Egypt and began their journey to the Promised Land.  And some of us right now … Continue reading

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what James taught me about titles

Today, I feel we live in a culture that is eating, living, and breathing titles.  It has become a standard of success or a destiny to shoot for.  It has become this thing that is attached to our email signatures, … Continue reading

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trusting in God

You know what I like?!  Is when people talk about struggling with trusting God for whatever situation in their life and someone drops the standard church answer…Well in Proverbs 3:5 it says to trust in the Lord with all your heart and … Continue reading

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ask someone to join the team

This is an interesting post.  It is very transparent and honest.  Yesterday, I got asked something new.  I got asked to join a team.  I did not give the meaning of this much thought at the time, but as time … Continue reading

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mid year thoughts

As we are about to turn the corner into the second half of the year I wanted to shoot this out.  It is about goals.  Hopefully, you set some goals at the beginning of 2016.  Now is a great time … Continue reading

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who are you hangin’ with

Who are you hanging with?!?!  Jim Rohn said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”  I do not know if the number side of this is true, but I do know the people … Continue reading

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lean into the situation

Yesterday I made the last trip back and forth from Durham to Knoxville in the moving process. This started out as 119 days that we would be separated as a family. As of today we are on the 4 day … Continue reading

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an honest post about fear

Here is me sharing my heart and being very honest about fear.  Some of you know me and I believe that I am not alone in thinking and feeling this way.  Over the last 8 ish years I have become … Continue reading

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teaching a middle aged dog a new skill

We’ve all heard you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. That is one of the dumbest things I have ever heard. As a free side note…do not ever allow yourself to go to a place where you feel you … Continue reading

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what you can do to help

Here is what I feel is one of the best things you can do as a church staff person.  Support your pastor!  One of my mentors, Robert the Bruce, taught me this early on.  He started to coach me and … Continue reading

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fight one more day

Not every day goes according to plan. Not every outcome ends up how we think it should. Some days are tougher than others. Some battles take everything you have inside of you to fight. I am not sure what you … Continue reading

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the struggle is real with obedience

I just felt like taking a few moments today and recapping my journey with obedience over the last twelve months and hope someone can take a nugget of hope and encouragement away. I spent five days journeying with the Lord … Continue reading

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is it really adversity?

Just an afternoon thought. No one likes doors to shut.  It can leave us hurt, angry, or disappointed.  Sometimes we work very hard at something and do our part to navigate to the door only to have it shut.  I … Continue reading

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a piece from my story to encourage you today

As I was in my quiet time this morning God brought me back to conversation I had yesterday. I was riding in the car with our newest Campus Pastor Trent. We were just coming back from spending the day helping … Continue reading

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who is taking you to the gym

Just a quick post to reflect and hopefully challenge or encourage someone today. Hopefully we all have someone we are investing in. I had forgotten until recently how valuable it was for someone to take me to the gym. No, … Continue reading

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leader or manager…but from a different view

I wanted to look at this whole leader vs. manager thing but from a different view point.  I would say that we would all have the same definition of these words…give or take an adjective or two.  I do not … Continue reading

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A few days into the new year

So, we are a few days into the new year.  Curious on how many people set resolutions or did a growth plan for 2016?! And if you did, where are you at with hitting those these first few days in?! … Continue reading

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Both sides to leaving…

I just wanted to share some random thoughts about leaving.  From both sides… First, no one stays on a team forever.  That said, as leaders, be ready to lose someone.  It is ok.  Don’t worry about that.  Don’t let that … Continue reading

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what Seattle taught this Packer fan

Wow!  What a great NFC Championship game.  As a Packer fan I was not pleased with the results.  I would have loved to watched the Pack play in a Super Bowl this year.  But instead of crying and praying plagues … Continue reading

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God’s view or ours?

I took this picture from my front yard.  Today I saw this great brilliance of bright yellow that God created and I believe, put right in my path to get my attention today.  I feel that God also sees something … Continue reading

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One Great Reward of Leading

I have the privilege of leading two incredible teams in two different ministries.  I love watching life change happen and celebrating victories with our teams.  There is nothing greater than tripling the normal weekend attendance at Easter or watching small … Continue reading

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sometimes we must change

Change is not always an easy word to look at.  Change can be physical, spiritual, mental, emotional, or financial. Most of us do not like change because it will require an action…some genuine footwork.  These actions usually have a cost … Continue reading

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it is never too late

I had a great reminder that just happened about a week ago and I had to share and believe that it is going to be a great encouragement to someone.  I had the blessing of traveling to Israel with my … Continue reading

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Calling All Men

Men.  Who won the Super Bowl?  What driver is leading the points race?  What team is in the lead in the Eastern Conference?  Where is that 9/16″ deep well socket at?  Most guys could answer these questions very quickly.  What … Continue reading

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Fighting Through

Lets be honest.  Sometimes in our roles as leaders we face days, possibly looooong seasons, that seem like the end is never coming.  I just want this post to serve as encouragement to you that the end is coming.  You … Continue reading

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Return on Investment

It is the start of a new year.  This should mean we have completed looking at where we started 2013 and where we finished 2013.  My look at that included my blog.  It was April the last time I blogged. … Continue reading

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emotions are great indicators

Lately I have felt like I have been caught up in a whirlwind of emotions…almost like puberty 2.0 or the girl before prom.  Whatever the case, I have been really digging into these a little bit and wanted to share what I … Continue reading

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Bitterness

I want to share a word from a video we watched in our small group the other night. The video was of Adrian Rogers and he was preaching on bitterness. Wow! This message blew me away! I think it blew … Continue reading

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Jesus had ridiculous patience

Well 2013 is here and if you are like me you are reviewing you new growth plan.  It is time to celebrate the successes of 2012 and look to the ways to reach your full potential in 2013.  If you … Continue reading

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Disney Does It Big!

Our family took a vacation to Disney World during the summer.  What an amazing experience.  Our nine-year old, Taylor, had the time of her life.  My magical experience did not stop there.  I cannot stop reflecting on the great service … Continue reading

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Luke taught me a lesson

This past weekend my dad and I took a trip to the Ocoee River.  We stayed in a cabin for 3 days, went whitewater rafting, and got to go horseback riding.  This was the second time we got to raft … Continue reading

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this and that

It has been a little bit since I have done a blog but it is time to get back in the game.  I took the summer off from a few different activities and things to really pour into my family. … Continue reading

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Last full day of 3rd grade present

Our nine-year old daughter Taylor is amazing.  She is such an incredible young lady in Christ.  She has gone places in her walk with the Lord that I did not see until my 30’s.  I know she is going to … Continue reading

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Guest Post: “Accountability Counts”

When I first sought out recovery for healing from the anger, resentment, and hurt I had towards my husband, I read books and prayed A LOT. I was asking God to show me how to let go and let God. … Continue reading

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We Must Take Action

The definition of action is the act of doing something or something done.  Action requires a decision.  There are so many of us want to do the right thing.  We want to join a small group.  We want to work … Continue reading

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Time for Spring Cleaning

Why is it that when we get the phone call that someone is on their way over to the house we frantically straighten everything up?  Why is it that when we have company like our parents or in-laws coming to … Continue reading

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Oh Leader Where Art Thou

Leader…what is the first thought that comes to your mind when you hear this word? Maybe you have an idea of what is means to you; some sort of descriptive word comes to your tongue. Maybe you have someone in … Continue reading

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The T-Rex is my kind of dino!

Take just a second and look at this picture…Tell me this guy does not look like he would be one cool dinosaur to hang out with.  While this may be true on the surface I bet inside he is battling some issues.  … Continue reading

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STINK. STANK. STUNK. GRACE—guest blog by POTSC

So excited and honored to have People Of The Second Chance as “guest bloggers” today.  Please check out their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter.  They pretty much tell my life story in everything that they do.  They are an … Continue reading

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Thankful Around Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving tomorrow and Christmas right around the corner, I am always drawn to gratitude this time of year.  December 11, 2006 is when I gave my heart to Jesus and my life has never been the same.  It can … Continue reading

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Wanting more!

I was in my quiet time and reflected on my need or desire of wanting more.  I seem to be at a “gotta have more” phase.  Now I feel my heart is right and my motives are good but it … Continue reading

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No longer a victim…I am victorious

As I grow in my faith I see and appreciate more and more what God is doing in me. I don’t forget where I came from honestly, because I never want to go back to that place. Many of you … Continue reading

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rest matters

We live in a fast paced society.  We can have virtually any type of food delivered in 30 minutes or less.  We can go thru a drive-thru and get prescriptions, coffee, dry cleaning, and much more.  The internet keeps getting … Continue reading

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Feeling the clock tick

I glanced at the blog over the weekend.  To be honest, I was a bit disappointed in myself.  When I added doing a blog to my personal growth plan at the beginning of the year, my goal was a post every … Continue reading

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What is having accountability or a sponsor all about?- Part 2

Last blog we talked about the importance of accountability and having a sponsor.  Today I want to take it a step further.  What are the qualities of a sponsor?  When you are selecting a sponsor or accountability partner look for … Continue reading

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What is having accountability or a sponsor all about?-Part 1

Why do I need a sponsor or accountability partner?  Sponsorship has been a potent, important part of spiritual growth since people first began doing it. The practice of spiritual direction in the life of the Church is a mentoring or … Continue reading

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Guest Blog: What Does A Mirror Have To Do With Me?

My daughter who is almost 9 years old has begun asking a lot of questions. She wonders why people do the things they do, or say the things they say. Why do people participate in the things that are inappropriate … Continue reading

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life water rafting

A few weeks ago I had the experience of going white water rafting.  My dad and I went up to the Pigeon River and went on a 1 ½ hour trip covering two class 4 rapids.  This was pretty extreme … Continue reading

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oh no, not the “G” word…giving

I have been evaluating the term giving and specifically what it means to me in my personal life.  When you hear the word give what do you think?  I think typically most people will go immediately to money.  I do … Continue reading

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Guest Blog—Watch What We Say

A couple of weeks ago I was reading in my quiet time and I was reminded about the power of our words. As I read I reflected back on how I used to speak especially when I was angry or frustrated.  … Continue reading

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