The silent intervention of God

The thing I love about the book of Esther is that even though God’s name is never mentioned, His intervention and care for his people is impossible to ignore. If you were one if the characters in the story, living it from the inside, you might have a hard time seeing Him. You might know He was there but wonder why He wasn’t actively stepping in and setting His people free. You might doubt His love. You might even give up on His promises. But then in the end, when the nation is saved through the inter-workings of seemingly disconnected events, you’d finally see. You’d smack your head and say “Oh. My. God. You were here. All along.” Such is life. God isn’t one who must always dramatically step in and miraculously open that...

The Man for the Job

I’ve been in meetings for the last couple of days with a large prospective client that would be a great “innovative first” in an area we are growing into and wanting to further explore. I’ve been courting this prospect for over a year now; last year I got a good referral to a department head while the client was considering doing the project, but it didn’t go very far due to existing relationships they already had in place. That faded into a memory, but I stayed in touch through our nurture marketing plan. About a month ago, this department head sought us out again. They were once again interested in working with us, albeit on a smaller scale because even if the larger organization couldn’t get everything lined up, they wanted...

The Long Drive Home

Is stress from a long drive home with kids yelling in the back seat legit? What do you DO with that when you get home and it’s time for bed? How you you discipline when that’s on your shoulders? How do you love? How do you let go? God help me. Take my burdens. Even when they are weights I didn’t ask for (God knows I’ve asked for plenty). Help me love in he midst of this. To trust. To believe in the good that’s inside those I love. And even, maybe, to still believe in the good that is within me. That’s the hardest part. Not hating yourself. Killing your own spirit. Only making matters worse. Dragging your family with you. Help me forgive me. To learn to rest. To really, really, let what matters GO.

Nik Wallenda’s take on Faith

This past week a guy named Nik Wallenda walked a tightwire stretched across a canyon. Not THE Grand Canyon, but that’s a rather minute detail when you’re talking about 40MPH winds and a drop far enough that the number of feet really doesn’t matter. I found a pretty good highlight video here: (If the video won’t play in your browser, here’s the direct link.) I’m no daredevil. This isn’t on my bucket list. Nothing like it is anywhere close to something I’d like to do during my lifetime. But what I do like is this guy’s take on faith. Check out this from an interview with Christianity Today: When asked, “What role does faith play in your life,” here was Nik’s response: My faith plays a huge role...

The Thin Book of Trust – Sincerety

I’m reading a book right now called The Thin Book of Trust. I’m hoping to gain a better understanding of building and maintaining relationships full of two-way trust in my business, my personal relationships, and in my family. The book highlights four key distinctions that are found in relationships built on trust: 1. Sincerity – the assessment that you are honest, that you say what you mean, and that you mean what you say. 2. Reliability – the asessment that you meet the commitments you make, and that you keep your promises. 3. Competence – the assessment that you have the ability to do what you are doing or propose to do. 4. Care – the assessment that you have the other person’s interests in mind as well as your own...