The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

While I was grocery shopping today, I heard the song playing:“It’s the most wonderful time of the year. . .” Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year!  But why? Is it because of the delicious food we eat and the extra pounds we add? Is it because of family and friends that we spend time with? Is it because of the gifts we give and receive, or the festive decorations, or the beautiful

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Time Management 101

Have you ever said, “I don’t have enough time to do everything that needs to be done”? I admit that I said those very words today. So how do we plan our schedules in such a way that we are able to manage our time wisely?    Begin by going to the Father in prayer, asking Him to show you how He wants you to spend your time. Make a calendar for the week. (I like

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Setting the Right Priorities

The number one problem in time management is a lack of priorities. We don’t manage our time well because we haven’t established our priorities. So how do we know what our priorities should be? First, you need to determine what God wants you to do with your life. What is His purpose for you? You begin by developing your personal mission statement. You will find a study on my Resources page to walk you through it. If

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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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