The Way Up: 5 Things You Must Do To Reach Your Dreams

The Way Up: 5 Things You Must Do To Reach Your Dreams
I was in New York on business this week and finished my meetings early. I changed into work-out clothes and trekked up to Central Park.  Near the place where I had entered the Park I noticed with great delight the young people playing atop one of the many large rocks throughout the Park. I kept on walking through the Park taking in the sights and sounds of New York City on a beautiful Spring afternoon, but the laughter and images of those kids stayed with ...

Pursue Your Dream

Pursue Your Dream
  “A dream fulfilled is a tree of life” (Prov 13:12 NLT) Today is a great day to get started on pursuing a dream. My latest e-book, Pursue Your Dream,  will help you get started. No More New Year’s Resolutions What was your 2014 New Year’s resolution? Did you achieve it? Pursuing your dream is not the same as making a New Year’s resolution. In fact, did you know that 45% of Americans usually make New Year’s resolutions but only 8%  are successf

You are Gifted

You are Gifted
Today's culture has minimized the very idea of "gifts." We live in a time when many of us return gifts we don't necessarily like, ask for gift cards to get what we want, and some of us even "regift" items we have found no use for. But God's gifts to us are given to or bestowed upon us out of a relationship of love, meant for us to live out God's purposes.  Our giftedness is part of the marvelous complexity of who we are (Psalm 139:13-14, NLT) and are th...

10 Tips for Career Satisfaction–Lessons from My Younger Self

10 Tips for Career Satisfaction–Lessons from My Younger Self
In 1997 I served on a panel for a Chicago-based women's employment conference. My co-panelists and I were asked to address strategies for career satisfaction for women who were re-entering the work world. The purpose of this panel was to encourage women to take responsibility for our own career success and not wait for others to pave the path to our career satisfaction. We focused on career satisfaction and not job satisfaction. There is a difference. A

The “Me” You are Supposed to Be

The “Me” You are Supposed to Be
The spiritual journey entails the  transformation of so many parts of our lives, not the least being the movement from our old self to our new self; or the false self to the true. One of the earliest experiences that catapulted me into an intentional process of transformation occurred  while I was a young leader serving in a para-church organization that was predominantly led by men. Many of these men were pastors who grappled with how to interact with

The Upper Room Experience

It was our fifth day in Israel, the Lord’s Day, and we went to the site commemorating the Upper Room, in Jerusalem. We were elated to pray and worship in the place where the disciples were first filled with the Holy Spirit. When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeare

Remembering the Sabbath: A Reflection and a Challenge

We made it to Jerusalem in time for Shabbat and no one could have adequately prepared me for what I was about to experience. The sun had set and as the night descended, a spirit of anticipation rose within us, as hundreds, if not thousands of people streamed to the Western Wall to pray. Jews, from the visibly orthodox to the not so apparent. Christians visiting the Holy City. Young, old, women, men, and families from many different nations. Some gro...

A Reflection on the Beatitudes

A Reflection on the Beatitudes
I had the privilege of leading one of the devotions for our pastoral group today. I was a little nervous having to lead such an auspicious group. My assignment was to reflect on the beatitudes in Matthew 5. Oh, and did I mention we were on the mount where Jesus possibly delivered THE "Sermon"? What an honor I felt to be sharing the beatitudes where Jesus taught. How cool is that?! The Sermon on the Mount may be considered the hallmark of the ethical tea...

A New Year’s Revolution

Revolutions have changed the course of nations—overturned dictators and ushered in democracies. Through revolutions the everday lives of real people have changed. If social revolutions can garner such radical change, just imagine what a spiritual revolution could do. Consider what a revolution of the heart can bring about. Today, the first day of a New Year, millions of people will make New Year’s resolutions. We resolve to lose weight, stop smoking, st...

Keep the Goal In Mind

With this goal in mind…(Philippians 3:14a, NET) I was blessed a few weeks ago to participate on an Internet talk show panel in which one of the panelists reminded me of the importance of goal setting in my own life.  For the past few weeks I have been really thinking about this issue of goal setting. As I am in the midst of transition, this is a great time for me revisit and revise my goals.  Here are a few lessons I've learned about goal-setting down t