Are You Resting?

We have looked at two misconceptions of good time management over the last two posts. Today I want to share a third misconception: If I rest or take time off, I’m wasting time. Many of us struggle with this mentality. We think, I can’t take any time off or do something just for fun. I’ve got too much to do. If I rest, I’m not being productive. To the contrary, we need to have some

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Busy, Busy, Busy

In my last post, I addressed a wrong perspective we often have in time management – the perspective that hurrying buys me more time. This week I want to look at a second wrong perspective of time management. “If I’m busy, I’m being productive.” Good time management is not just about activity, about being busy, but productivity. What are we accomplishing in our busyness? We can be very busy, but not productive in our time.

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A Thank You Journal

As we celebrate Thanksgiving this week, have you taken time to thank God for His many blessings? We shouldn’t wait till Thanksgiving Day to do that, but it should be an ongoing daily practice. I confess that I don’t do it enough. So last week I decided to start keeping a “Thank you, Jesus” journal. The journal is beside my bed and before I turn out the light at night, I write a thank you

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A Wrong Perspective of Time Management

A Wrong Perspective of Time Management

What does your to-do list look like today? We are all busy, and we frantically try to fit everything on our to-do list into 24 hours. I mentioned in my last blog post that we have to set priorities in order to manage our time well. In the next few posts I want to address some wrong perspectives we often develop in managing our time. One wrong perspective is that hurrying buys me more time.

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10 Lessons Learned from Skeet Shooting

10 Lessons Learned from Skeet Shooting

Last week my staff team went away for a staff retreat for two days to  discuss some things, slow down the pace a little, and have a little fun. As an afternoon “team bonding” event, we went skeet shooting. At first I stood to the side and said, “I’ll just watch.” I was a little uncomfortable about shooting a shotgun and knew it was out of my comfort zone. But the guys encouraged me to

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Tick, Tick, Tick

Life is “ticking” away, one second at a time. Are we using our time wisely and making the seconds count for eternity? Or are we wasting time doing things God never intended for us to do? It seems that life gets busier each year, and we live at breakneck speed. At times, it feels like we’ve lost control. We have pressures of deadlines, family responsibilities, job duties, home responsibilities, church and ministries in which we want to

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Pressing On in Difficult Times

  I have asked Dr. Joye Baker to write a guest post this week while I’m in India. Joye serves as Adjunct Professor and Women’s Advisor in Christian Education at Dallas Theological Seminary. She is a good friend of mine and one of my mentors in Dallas. She taught the Role of Women in Ministry class with Dr. Sue Edwards and gave me a love for Women’s Ministry through that class. She was also my advisor at

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A Remedy for Stress

I’m a little stressed today (Saturday, October 13). Why? I leave for India in five days and I am sick with a bad chest cough. India is a tough trip when you’re feeling well, but it’s hard to imagine starting off the trip feeling under the weather. I have a number of talks to prepare for and I haven’t had much time to work on them. My 96-year old mom had to make an emergency

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Spending Time Alone With God

Devotional times or “quiet times” are vital to our spiritual growth. Seek to spend time alone with the Lord each day in His Word and in prayer. There is no one way to do it, and the method may change from day to day and in different seasons of life. The important thing is that you spend time with Him consistently. The purpose of a quiet time is not to do Bible study, although spending

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In Remembrance

Have you ever taken time to read epitaphs on tombstones? Some are very touching, while others can be downright funny. Here are some actual writings found on tombstones.  “Here lies the body of Margaret Bent. She kicked up her heels and away she went.”  “The children of Israel wanted bread and the Lord sent them manna; Old clerk Wallace wanted a wife, and the devil sent him Anna.”  “They abounded in riches but she wore

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