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THE CROSS IN THE CLOTHESPIN: ANN VOSKAMP

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She’s Ann Voskamp, a plain Ann without even the fanciful “e”, wife to The Farmer, mama to six, and in her own words, “a bit of a mess.” Ann was named by Christianity Today as one of the leading fifty women who are shaping culture and the Church today. She’s a New York Times best-selling author many times over, communicator, story teller and advocate for those without a voice. “The only words that really matter are the ones I live. This convicts me. I keep writing it out here everyday, the words I am seeking to live — about this wondrously messy, everyday-holy life…. about finding the beauty and quiet, about slowing to see the sacred in the chaos, and…

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RISING STRONG: BRENE BROWN

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We were young and newly married – not just “the honeymoon stage” – the actual honeymoon. Jocelyn and I spent the first eighty five days of our marriage preparing for and then serving on a missions assignment in Northern Ontario. The ministry was hard. Fatigue and discouragement got to us. We failed to finish our assignment. We quit. Falling And Rising Bags packed and seat-belted in for the milk-run on a Bearskin Airlines Metroliner, more than our stomachs were upset. We left Attawapiskat on James Bay with heads down. Never had we failed like this before. We let down our missions director. We let ourselves down. Looking back, Brené Brown’s book, Rising Strong would have been the perfect tonic for…

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WHEN FAITH DARES YOUR SOUL

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Faith is daring your soul to go beyond what your eyes can see. Faith in God and your attitude will give a whole new perspective on facts. Facts are you friends. Faith uses facts and reveals your next step. 11 Quotes To Take You Beyond What Your Eyes Can See         APPLICATION: This post comes with a prayer for YOU. “Jesus is the Mighty Warrior for you today. Go beyond what your eyes can see.” Please leave a comment below. I write to inspire people to be real, grow an authentic faith in Jesus, enjoy healthy relationships and discover their life purpose. If this material is helpful to you, please follow me. Subscribe. I’ll put helpful content into…

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HONEY AND BETTS: HANNAH KAUP’S STORY

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Finding courage, strength and beauty in the midst of challenges is a life long journey of discovery. Hannah Kaup experienced surprising ways in which God brought these qualities into her life at just the right time and she is generously sharing those discoveries. This is a guest post from Hannah – a stay at home mom, wife to Matthew, mama to Annaliese and Abigail – and founder of Honey and Betts! As a young mom, wife and believer I have to be fearless in my faith and I try to spread the truth to many broken people. I’ve discovered that my timing and God’s timing are not the same, and it is my journey of my acceptance of that that I…

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THE ONE ABOUT TERRY FOX, RYAN JESPERSEN AND PRAYER

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You should have seen them. So well behaved. And their singing was heartfelt. In addition to a Hawk Nelson rendition, they created their own worship terminology – “Whoop! Whoop! Jesus cares!” A chapel for Kindergarten to Grade 4 students. It was my privilege to speak to the students at Ecole Broxton Park in Spruce Grove, Alberta. Being at Broxton Park did my heart good. This was their “Terry Fox Day” and that afternoon students were running/walking in his memory. My invitation was to talk about Terry Fox as a hero of faith. That was so easy to do because Terry was a person of faith and ran his marathon of hope knowing he was living out God’s purpose for his…

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THE MOST VALUABLE QUALITY IN A MAN

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What is the best measure of a man? Is a man a man because of his biceps, triceps or concepts? Is it strength, toughness or kindness that makes a man? Or is something else? Garry Lefebvre: A True Gentle Man One of the toughest and the most gentle man I know is Garry Lefebvre. He served as an elder and a leader of men at North Pointe Church. His wife Sandy, their four children and grand kids knew that best. Garry was a two-time Grey Cup champion. His award-winning CFL career spanned a decade in which he played wide receiver and punter for the Edmonton Eskimos and Montreal Alouettes. Tough? Garry played through a broken ankle, dislocation and shredded ligaments…

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The Brave Ones – Part 2

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Bravery is not a moniker that can be bought… it cannot be self-appointed. Bravery is not attributed to everyone, but is reserved for those whose innovation causes them to stand out from the crowd, whose unyielding effort and error push their organizations into new territories, and whose boldness compels them to stand up for those less fortunate. These are The Brave Ones. 12 QUOTES FROM SETH GODIN 1. I wasn’t brave enough to fail. 2. Bravery is not for other people anymore. Bravery is for us. 3. Are you going to make something worth talking about? 4. When we are all-in then we might do something people are willing to talk about. 5. If ideas don’t spread they die. 6….

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Leading Bravely

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An essential behavior for any leader is the act of bravery. Bravery is not a moniker that can be bought… it cannot be self-appointed. Bravery is not attributed to everyone, but is reserved for those whose innovation in their industry cause them to stand out from the crowd, whose unyielding effort and error push their organizations into new territories, and whose boldness compels them to stand up for those less fortunate. These are The Brave Ones. The Brave Ones have existed throughout history. Some are unforgettable icons, others names will never be remembered. They exist across all industries, societies, and at every level of leadership. 14 QUOTES FROM ANDY STANLEY 1. Myth – Bold leadership is reserved for bold people….

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THE ONE QUOTE EVERY PASTOR MUST READ

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There is one quote that celebrates a vital part of a pastor’s life better than any other. While it’s not taken from the Bible it’s impart is divine. The 140 words inspire me to tenacity every time I read them. “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs; who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds;…

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12 Qualities of Leaders Who Last

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I recently spent five days with the leaders and their spouses, of some of the largest churches in Canada. These leaders are my peers. Fifteen of the leaders have led churches for over 35 years. They’ve soared when so many others have flamed out. Here are 12 uncommon qualities I observed in them. 12 Uncommon Qualities of Leaders Who Last 1. Leaders who last have spouses who love them and are the biggest fans of their leadership. Ministry in a large church is very taxing on marriages and families. Without a spouse’s supportive partnership, leaders flame out. I was with some of these leaders when Gary Kubiak was hired as the new head coach of the Denver Broncos. Pastors and…

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