Feedback

FeedbackHow are you at handling criticism?  I wish I was great, but I’m not. I tend to take it personal.  Doing things well matters to me so when I get the feeling I’m not meeting expectations, it can be a tough day for this girl.

Recently, at work I decided to ask for some feedback from those that I lead.  The questions centered around my leadership ability, problem solving skills, communication, interpersonal skills, etc…I made sure this survey was set up anonymously so staff would feel free to share honest feedback with me. Continue reading “Feedback”

I Just Wanted You To Know

Thinking about youAs I sit down to write, I think about you.  I think about each one who will read.  I think about what you might be facing, about your unique personality, about what your journey is like and somehow I figure that despite what may be different about us, there are likely many things that are the same.

If you’ve lived long enough, you’ve likely known failure, me too.  If you are breathing, then I’m certain you’ve experienced heartache, me too.  Your years have undoubtedly brought some joys and moments worthy of big time celebration.  I bet you’ve cried and laughed and lost and won.  I’m sure you’ve had doubts and fears and that you’re holding on to some hopes and dreams.

As I think about you today, I just wanted you to know.  I wanted you to know that you are not the only one.  Continue reading “I Just Wanted You To Know”

Perspective

PerspectiveI know it’s not most people’s favorite thing to think about or talk about, but do you ever think about when you die?  I don’t mean how you’ll die or when, but after you are gone from this life, what do you want your legacy to be?  What do you want people to be confident in when you are gone?

Now, I hope to live a long life and I hope you do too, but I’ll tell you I think about this every now again. You know why, because nothing brings proper perspective like the finality of death.

She made the most of what was given to her.  She loved well.  She was generous.  She was a servant.  She made me feel special.  She encouraged me.  Those would all be wonderful impacts to make on those around me. Continue reading “Perspective”

What Are You Worth?

What are you worthI recently returned from a weekend away at beautiful Lake Tahoe with an even more beautiful group of women.  I shared something during our weekend together  that God dropped in my heart while I was preparing what I would be sharing with them and I’d love to share it with you as well.

This truth nugget comes from a story in the Bible that I don’t recall ever spending a lot of time focusing on over the years and had my brother not done some sort of college video project with a ministry group that went by this name, I don’t know that I would have even recognized it. Continue reading “What Are You Worth?”

The Power of Confession

ConfessionSo I have something to confess and that’s this……umm…I don’t like to confess.  It’s true.  I find it tough to tell the truth sometimes.

I think of all the reasons why I shouldn’t.  I run all possible scenarios of how my truth-telling could go wrong.  I imagine what awful things others may think of me and then I stay quiet.

I don’t just save this struggle with confession to those around me, I also struggle with telling the truth in my relationship with God.  He knows you and I completely and loves us still and yet I struggle with confessing the truth of where I’m at, of how I’m feeling.  Anyone else? Continue reading “The Power of Confession”

Little Bird

little birdYou were created a unique one of a kind creation.  From the very beginning I knew your journey in life would be difficult but although small I made you strong so you’d be able to handle the winds of change, so you could soar above the stormy clouds, life would surely bring.

You’ve lived in different nests and I hope they’ve taught you about yourself and about Me.  I have been with you on every flight and every landing and wherever your journey takes you I will always be there.  There is nothing you can do or say to get rid of me, we are flight partners for life.  Continue reading “Little Bird”

The Stories We Don’t Like To Tell

What’s going on?  I mean, what’s really going on?  Not on your Facebook status or your latest Instagram pic.  What would happen if we shared what was really going on?  What if we talked more about the messy middle?  What if we talked about the unfinished parts?

We love a happy ending, don’t we?  We love the finish line.  The final product.  The end of the story, but you know what I’m finding?  Most of life is that “in the process” part of the story.

The part of the story where we’re not sure it’s going to work out.  Where we wonder if we will fail?  Where life gives us a big plot twist.  Will I be able to make it?  Will my circumstances ever change?  No one wants to sign up to share this pep talk! Continue reading “The Stories We Don’t Like To Tell”