“Good is the enemy of great. And that is one of the key reasons why we have so little that becomes great.” -Jim Collins
What a powerful quote. And I know this to be true in my own experience. I try to hold on and do everything. I don't want to let go of good things that are valuable and serving people. But sometimes have to let go of good in order to open our hands to receive the new thing God is calling us to.
Last week, I shared with you the difficult decision to quit something good, something I love, in order to make room for something great. If you haven't already listened to that episode, you can HERE.
*SPOILER ALERT...I have been invited by God to launch a new podcast and I've said yes to that new thing...which means I am bringing this show to an end.
When I first started to sense this I came up with every reason in the world why I should keep the WMU podcast going and just do both projects. And in today's episode I share...
When I started talking about feeling far from God a few weeks ago, I had no idea how much that would resonate with so many of you. You have shared that you too feel like you are unable to connect with God. You feel like He is distant.
It’s confusing, it’s frustrating, even disappointing...and it feels lonely.
There are many reasons why we experience a season feeling far from God. Last week in episode 114 we talked about being in a spiritual rut and some things we can do to connect with God in a meaningful way. If you haven't listened yet you can check it out HERE.
What should you do when you find yourself struggling to hear from God?
There are many things that can keep us from hearing from God. Spiritual and emotional fatigue and exhaustion can play a factor. Busyness and constant work in ministry and other activities in life can impact our ability to hear. Our own sin and desires of the flesh, our worries, fears...they all can play a...
O God, you are my God;
I earnestly search for you.
My soul thirsts for you;
My whole body longs for you
in this parched and weary land
where there is no water.
Can you relate to these words written by David in Psalm 63?
Do you feel like you are searching for God? Maybe you can feel the dryness of your soul and you know it is impacting your life and leadership. Maybe you are worn out. The journey has depleted you, it’s made you tired and even though you search for God you can’t seem to connect with Him. He feels distant and you feel lost.
We all go through times when we feel less connected to God and there can be a variety of reasons for it. Maybe you feel stuck as you seek to grow in intimacy with God. Nothing you’re doing right now makes you feel like you are growing closer to Him. Maybe you are not able to hear Him because you are distracted or not...
Do you feel like things are out of your control? Have you told yourself change will never come?
We are in the middle of our BEST OF SERIES where we are replaying the most popular episodes of the podcast. Although this episode  originally aired last year, many things have remained the same.
When the world seems out of control, it is tempting to believe that you've lost all control. However, that is simply not true. You have control over so many things! In this episode you are challenged to broaden your perspective and given strategies to exercise the control that God has given you.
What do you do when things look bleak in life and ministry? Do you try and fight? Do you fall back in despair? What do you hold on to as you sit at the foot of the cross in your suffering?
It is Maundy Thursday and today's episode is a special encouragement stemming from Jesus' last night before He was crucified. Things looked bleak. Pilate thought he had power and authority over the situation, able to sentence Jesus to death or set Him free.
"Then Jesus said, 'You would have no power over me at all unless it were given to you from above...' " John 19:11
Despite how it looked, things were going according to plan...and it was a good plan because God was the one in control.
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What is the strength of your ministry?
What is that one thing that makes you the person and the leader God has created you to be? What gives you the potency, the power to impact the Kingdom and do the things God has called you to do? My guess is that if you knew the answer to THAT, it would change everything, right? You’d make sure to develop that leadership muscle. You’d spend the time that was necessary...you’d protect that strength at all costs.
What if I told you, I know your strength? I know your superpower because it is my superpower too.
The strength of your ministry is your relationship with God.**
Our relationship with God is the one thing that helps us be the person and leader we were created and called to be. Our relationship with God gives us the potency to impact the Kingdom and gives us the power to do the things we were called to do.
An alarming trend is the amount of pastors and ministry leaders who spend very little time...
Are you experiencing a hard season? Do you find yourself having to persevere in the "muddy middle?" Are you tempted to quit...turn back? Many of us feel this way.
In this episode, Jen talks about the struggle of perseverance and some things we can do to keep going.
Have you ever gone through a season where you feel as though God is silent? You pray, you seek, you sit, and you just can't hear Him. What's going on? What do you do?
In this episode, Jen shares several key things you can do as you wait to hear Him speak.
"For I know the plans I have for you," says the LORD. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope."
These words from Jeremiah 29:11 are some of the most well known in the Bible. What isn't as well known is that they were spoken to people who had just been carried off into exile and told that they would be there for 70 years.
In today's world, we look for a day without coronavirus. That is the future we want. But God says that we can thrive in the midst of exile and captivity. Be encouraged that you can be fruitful and multiple in the midst of this difficult season.