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What is God’s Will for My Life?

Ministry Opportunities
There are two types of people in this world. The first, are those who can manage to calmly react on a whim and whip their car right where it needs to be when the GPS says "TURN LEFT, IN FIVE FEET." And then there’s the second type: Those who prefer to have all the directions well in advance and know ahead of time that they’ll be taking Exit 71A in 3.2 miles, followed by an immediate left turn and then a right in four blocks. Without a doubt, I fall into the second category. But not only when at the wheel of my car. In life, I’m the type of person who struggles to act without having all the necessary information. I like having directions in full, knowing exactly where…
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Internal and External Customers

Life Coaching, Servant Leadership, Speaking Topics
There are two types of customers, internal and external. By nature, we’ve typically been led to believe that the most important customers are the ones that walk through our doors and purchase our products. In reality, the most important customers we encounter by far are the internal ones we come into contact with on a daily basis: Our co-workers. With external customers, we do everything we can to treat them in a way so as to gain their trust and ultimately their repeat business. If I’m working with someone on a day-to-day, hour-to-hour basis and they’re not “buying what I’m selling,” it’s going to be an uphill battle. However, if I am trustworthy and therefore, worthy of their “repeat business,” the entire culture and organization will flourish beyond belief. If…
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Reflections on Perseverance

Life Coaching, Speaking Topics
Life is real and raw. We all walk through hard things and deal with brokenness. Illness, injustice, difficult or shattered relationships, unstable home lives, grief and loss, the realization that a + b doesn’t always equal c; we can all fill in the blank with something that’s touched us. Seasons can sometimes pass slowly as we reel and grapple with questions, waiting on God to reveal, heal and redeem our situations; knowing full well that the redemption may just happen in us instead. It’s what I call living in the wait. I would imagine there’s not one of us who couldn’t say that living under the sun can get downright exhausting sometimes. As followers of Christ, how do we persevere? How do we not give up in the wait but…
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Who Are You?

Life Coaching, Servant Leadership, Speaking Topics
Who are you? Seems like an innocent enough question. I am a product of the decisions I have made in the past and will be making in the future.  Scripture tells us who we are. . .  So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; Male and Female he created them. (Genesis 1:27) But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:9)  1 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! (1 John 3:1) Recently my son requested a new catcher’s mitt for Christmas. We…
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The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Mentoring, Ministry Opportunities
When you think of a mentor, who comes to mind? Maybe there’s a specific teacher, an aunt, a family friend, a coach, a grandparent, or youth leader who’s spoken into your life, consistently walking alongside you, encouraging you, offering perspective, wisdom, and always a loving, listening ear.  Who have those people been in your life?  January marks National Mentoring Month, a month dedicated to thanking those who have spoken into our lives and considering the impact we too can make on a life if we pass on the gift of mentoring to another.  Not only is mentoring an emotional and relational encouragement—statistics show that mentoring has tangible benefits to individuals who have a mentor: 55% more likely to enroll in college 78% more likely to volunteer regularly 90% are interested…
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Boundaries

Life Coaching, Mentoring, Speaking Topics
Somewhere along the journey I call life I have formed a thought process about God that has really been revealed through reading the book, Boundaries, by Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend.  I have long held a belief that Jesus was longsuffering and somewhat of a doormat with people who he helped to see the light.  Somehow, I had a picture of Jesus waiting around for others and continually going back to the same people. In the book it is said, “All are welcome in the kingdom of Heaven, and yet there will be no unrepentant hearts there.”  This is a clear line that God drew and will never change. God has been showing me that Jesus again and again raised the bar for those around him. They were willing to…
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Beauty in the Broken

Beauty in the Broken

Speaking Topics
Last week, my husband and I were getting ready for work when he pulled out a stick of chapstick. “Oh, this is broken,” he said. “I’ll throw it away.” And immediately, God spoke to my heart. He reminded me that His view of brokenness differs so much from our limited, human perspective. We view things that are broken as being worthless, no longer valuable, and ready to toss out. But He exceeds our human expectations and finite ways of thinking. When God sees broken, He sees potential for  beauty. He sees an opportunity for something beautiful to grow. I love nature, and the beauty of trees and flowers. In the life cycle of a flower, growth is impossible without the brokenness of a seed. It’s surely uncomfortable to be broken…
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A Mentor: A Gift For Every Season Of Life

Speaking Topics
If you want to live intentionally and make a difference in people's lives, you start with one. Take in perspective from Halle Hershberger, a young adult who has been there.  Let’s be honest, the high school years can be a time of growth, but also provide for many awkward and challenging experiences for a student. When I was heading into my senior year of high school, I remember feeling overwhelmed by the craziness that comes with being a senior. There were sporting events, dances, academics, relationships, and then the most important thing… deciding on which college to attend and then what to major in. It all seemed daunting, and my parents were great at giving advice, but I just felt like something was missing. I remember listening to my youth…
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What Is Peace?

Speaking Topics
Google defines the word peace as the “freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility.” If you were to ask a random person, or even a random follower of Jesus what they think defines the word peace, then you would probably receive a very similar statement to the one above. It seems like all we really want in life is the peace of mind where we are free from worries, anxieties, and anything that disturbs our well-being. However, what if we have misinterpreted what the word peace really means in light of Jesus? What if peace doesn’t come because of something we feel, but because of Someone we know? John 16:33 says, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have…
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T-I-M-E: The Currency of Mentoring

Mentoring, Speaking Topics
Upon hearing the word "mentoring," it's easy to misinterpret the meaning behind it all. From a mentor’s perspective, there’s the temptation to put pressure on ourselves to have all the answers. We may feel the need to slip into counselor-mode or to “fix” problems, even to be a flawless example to those we mentor. Students may view it as a subtle implication that they need “help,” or may feel like someone is setting out to change them. Parents may view it as a critique of their parenting or the assumption that their child needs another adult figure, as if they weren’t doing their job well enough. On the other hand, some may hope the mentor slides into a parental or counseling role for their child, giving them a free pass.…
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