I didn’t mean to live in the fast lane. I said to myself (and to the policeman) I thought it was a 45 mile an hour zone. That may be true, but the greater truth is, I was distracted and I was speeding. The blue lights that flashed in my rearview mirror and the $100 traffic ticket that followed has brought humility. It has also brought the realization that I need to slow down—both in and out of my car.

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This prayer by a hero in the faith has become a renewed request:

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In the name of Jesus Christ, who was never in a hurry, we pray, O God, that You will slow us down, for we know that we live too fast. With all of eternity before us, make us take time to live—time to get acquainted with You, time to enjoy Your blessings, and time to enjoy each other. (Peter Marshall, Spiritual Portrait)

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Are you living in the fast lane and don’t even know it?

My favorite 10 year old

A phone call from my favorite 10 year old held the words:

Are you coming  to town this weekend? I really want to come over and stay with you.”

This is music to my ears.

How long will such a symphony play this delightful tune?

I don’t know, but I want a front row seat for as long as possible.

It’s a song I pray will  never end.

via www.weheartit.com

Arise, shine; for your light has come,

And the glory of the Lord has risen upon you!

Isaiah 60:1 (NIV)

Have a bright and shining Wednesday!

The news from Japan is heart breaking. I read this plea for prayer on the Out of Ur blog and thought it was worth sharing:

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Over the years I’ve often described our mission in Japan as praying and preparing toward the day of opportunity in Japan…This, perhaps, could be one of the ways the Lord uses to pierce the darkness of Japan with His light. Would you join us in praying toward that end for the largest unreached nation of the world?~Dr. Michael Oh, president and founder of Christ Bible Seminary in Nagoya, Japan

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We have been praying fervently and are convinced that this is a “kairos” moment for the Church in Japan. This is an historic opportunity for the Church to be the Church and rise up to serve the needs of the country in the name of Christ. We at Asian Access believe that God has called us similar to how Mordecai spoke to Esther centuries ago, “you have been called for such a time as this.” ~Joe Handley, President Asian Access (reposted from www.outofur.com)
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Yesterday in church this song was sung as a prayer for Japan. It was a different way to pray, but I’ve found myself singing the song all day as a prayer for the people of that devestated land.

Click the link to pray with me that God’s presence and comfort may be felt in and among the people of Japan.

Matt Redmon \”You Never Let Go\”

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…celebrations of new bikes and birthdays!

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…cousin love.

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…creative chariot rides from G’pa.

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…cheeseburgers on the grill.

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…church with family–immediate and eternal.

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aHow was your weekend?



Like the horizons for breadth and the ocean for depth,

the understanding of a good leader is broad and deep. (Proverbs 2:3, The Message)

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I snapped this photo from the window of my hotel room after reading Proverbs 2:3. Pretty apropos don’t you think?

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The discovery of this verse today was even more apropos when I consider the journey of the past month. I just completed a weeklong class on the topic of Nurturing the Soul of a Leader. In preparation for the class I was immersed in reading on the subject. The reading was just as this verse describes: broad and deep. As tough as it was to read close to 2000 pages in a few weeks, I didn’t view it as a chore. Why? The information was interesting and applicable.

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An underlying implication in Proverbs 2:3 is that leaders are to be continuous learners in order for their understanding to go broad and deep. I feel like I learned a lot as I read and contemplated the information covered in the books. I learned more as I listened to a brilliant professor who was an expert in faciliatation as she guided inspiring discussions among the class members. The ironic thing is, the more I learn about a topic (like leadership), the more I realize I have so much more to learn!  However, I understand that in order for me to really learn, I must take the principles and move them from notes on a page or discussion in a class, to part of my life.

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This is a process to which I must make myself accountable. It is the process whereby I commit to live the rest of my life—the process to remain a lifelong learner.

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Here are a few of the books I read that would be great additions to broadening and deepening the life of a leader:

“Leadership is the art of the future. A leader is one in whom the future shines through in support of the present, in spite of the past.”

Summoned to Lead by Leonard Sweet

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“A leader must have bread to offer that is warm from the oven of our intimacy with God.”

Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership by Ruth Haley Barton

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“Too often relevance, popularity and power are considered ingredients of effective ministry. These are not vocations, but temptations.”

In the Name of Jesus by Henri Nouwen

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“God did not use women as leaders as an afterthought.

He called women because they were women.”

Leading Lessons by Jeanne Porter

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“Lives cannot be understood apart from cultural context. Spiritual leaders exercise significant stewardship in their response to culture.”

A Work of Heart by Reggie McNeal

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“Each person’s talents are enduring and unique. Each person’s greatest room for growth are in areas of their greatest strength.”

Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham & Donald Clifton

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“If you are a follower of God you are called to lead. Every believer is called to help someone grow into maturity–and such is the core calling of a leader.”

Leading With a Limp by Dan B. Allendera

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“When we connect with life’s true Calling, we can exercise meaningful, purposeful leadership regardless of the occupation in which we work.”

Leading from the Inside Out by Samuel D. Rima

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“Many women do not move through life with the strength that comes from a sense of well-being, purpose and competence.”

Longing for More by Ruth Haley Barton

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“Our partnership with the Holy Spirit is the linchpin

of the transformation process.”

Spiritual Disciplines Handbook by Adele Calhoun

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©Brenda Pace, 2011