2017 - MONDAY 18 DECEMBER HOLIDAYS In Australia our break for summer holidays usually starts the week before our Christmas Day celebrations. Some thoughts on holidays. 1. HOLIDAYS SHOULD BE PLANNED Set your year up with holiday breaks throughout the year. Even small breaks can refuel your tanks. Include your family in planning annual holidays. 2. HOLIDAYS ARE A REWARD Make all holidays a reward for something achieved. Set goals to achieve things before your next break. 3. HOLIDAYS ARE AN ESCAPE Plan your holiday so it becomes an escape from the daily routines of life. Even if you stay home for your break - change up your routines 4. HOLIDAYS ARE FOR REJUVENATION Make sure your holidays achieve all three forms of rejuvenation. REST - Physically RESTORATION - emotionally REFRESHING - spiritually 5. HOLIDAYS ARE FOR RELATIONSHIPS Time out affords you the opportunity of working on relationships. Marriages - family - and friendships - all need attention at times. 6. HOLIDAYS ARE NOT FOR DECISIONS Do not make big life decisions when on holidays. Decisions made when away from your normal life responsibilities and perspectives are often wrong. 7. HOLIDAYS ARE A GIFT FROM GOD On the seventh day - God rested. God instituted many Holy Days throughout Israel’s year. Make sure you turn your holidays into Holy Days by thanking your Heavenly Father for His amazing grace upon your life.
2017 - SUNDAY 17 DECEMBER LEADERSHIP STRENGTHS Psalm 131:2 (Message) I've kept my feet on the ground, I've cultivated a quiet heart. Like a baby content in its mother's arms, my soul is a baby content. 1. STAY GROUNDED It is a wonderful thing to dream and believe for great things. It is an even greater thing to stay grounded and work daily toward fulfilling your dreams. Learn to live in your dreams - but work in your dust. 2. CULTIVATE A QUIET HEART The essence of greatness is to rule over your heart. Such a person is greater than he who conquers a city. A quiet heart is a heart at peace - in all circumstances. You must train your heart to stay at rest - in Christ and his word - when storms come. 3. LEAN ON THE EVERLASTING ARMS Sometimes the only thing left to do is to cast yourself upon the mercies of God. He will lift you up when you have stumbled and fallen in life. 4. LEARN CHILDLIKE CONTENTMENT The simplicity of grace is a telling evidence in the lives of those who know God. Contentment is demonstrating your trust in God - that His way is perfect. Being content does not mean being fulfilled - it just means you are thankful for all God has done thus far - while believing - the best is yet to come.
Marion and Coralee having morning coffee and milkshake. Love this time of year.
2017 - SATURDAY 16 DECEMBER LEADERSHIP FLAWS Psalm 131:1 (Message) God, I'm not trying to rule the roost, I don't want to be king of the mountain. I haven't meddled where I have no business or fantasized grandiose plans. 1. RULE THE ROOST When you attempt to depose all others from your place of rest and rule - you do so by excluding the right of others to be your counsellors and confidants. 2. KING OF THE MOUNTAIN A person who refuses to be guided by close friends and counsellors - must then keep the charade happening by publicly acting as king of his little world. 3. MEDDLE IN THE AFFAIRS OF OTHERS People with a Boss spirit cannot help but control others in their world. Meddling in other people's affairs - always reveals a superior king like attitude. Love does not meddle. Love always shows kindness - without the need to continually give advice and correction. 4. DREAMS OF FANTASY Dreams of fantasy and far away miracles always reveal a person sitting on their little mountain - believing their own spin. Stop dreaming of some fantastic breakthrough - and start building an amazing world - one step at a time.