Are you an authentic leader?

Authentic leadership is impossible without active listening and honest communication. These things only happen organically when a leader shows compassion.

My 500 Words: Day 4

Make it a rule to sift through criticism and the emotions it arouses within you. Don't let people stay rent-free in your head unless they are worth it. Another words, don't allow people with ill intentions to tear you down.

My 500 Words: Day 3

There is a ton of evidence to prove writing earlier in the day is better for creatives. We get a writer's high that lasts all day. We start our days productive and with ample opportunity to share our work throughout the day.

My 500 Words: Day 2

My overall motivation is simple - I want to be bold about knocking the brick wall down between my life and my writing. I want to be just a little more authentic in writing about the realities of my life, especially my past.

My 500 Words: Day 1

I pray this challenge will catapult me into a level of writing I have not yet experienced. Too often, writers are guarded about what they have to say. Self-criticism and fear or failure or rejection keeps us from being completely honest. And when we aren't honest, we miss the mark on building trust with our readers. Goins designed this challenge to compel us to just write, without editing.

#GrayKidsMin: Five tips for creating a place they love

At our church, we talk a lot about creating a WOW experience every Sunday. Each time the doors open, it brings a new opportunity for guests to experience God's love and grace in a whole new way. We believe that more than ever in our kids ministry. It's why we have welcome wagons that bring … Continue reading #GrayKidsMin: Five tips for creating a place they love

I am just a writer.

My email inbox is getting bombarded with webinars and online training sessions these days. The subject lines haunt me. "Don't forget to log in tomorrow." "It's almost here. Set your timer to remind you to log on in 90 minutes." "We are 15 minutes out. Go ahead and join us live." "It's time. Let's go. … Continue reading I am just a writer.

You still have 90 percent left

Have you already given up on your New Year's resolution? Don't worry. You aren't alone. Most people have. Chances are, you have bought into the lie. The one that say it's too late. I have great news for you. It's February 6. It's only 37 days into this 366-day year. You still have 90 percent of the year left. … Continue reading You still have 90 percent left

God’s mercies are new everyday

It was 7:02 pm on February 5, 2008. I was a high school junior and had already committed to Union University for the next fall. Eight years ago today, I watched in horror as the world came crashing down when a tornado ripped through the heart of one of Union's main residential complexes. God remained faithful and … Continue reading God’s mercies are new everyday