Earrings And One Way Love by TULLIAN TCHIVIDJIAN

Critical environments are contexts which (while never explicitly stated) shout: “my approval of you, love for you, and joy in you depends on your ability to measure up to my standards, to become what I need you to become in order for me to be happy.” It’s a context in which achievement precedes acceptance. We’ve all felt this. We’ve felt it at school, in churches, in the workplace, with our friends, a boyfriend, a girlfriend, and most painfully, at home with our spouses, our children, our siblings, and our parents. One-way love is often what distinguishes a warm household from a cold one.



I Have Decided

At our lowest point, in the middle of our greatest suffering, we wonder how God could ever make something good out our mess. But God has a way of shaping our scars for our good and His glory. He is able to redeem what our enemy had intended to destroy us. In this video from our creative team, Worship Pastor Wade Joye describes the similar circumstances and inspirational origins behind one of the church’s most beloved hymns, "I Have Decided." https://vimeo.com/76999830




Lead Yourself Well to Lead Others Better – Catalyst

Leadership begins with yourself. You must lead yourself well to lead others better.

“There is a person with whom you spend more time than any other, a person who has more influence over you, and more ability to interfere with or to support your growth than anyone else. This ever-present companion is your own self. “ Dr. Pamela Butler, Clinical Psychologist

I believe that self-leadership is the foundation for leadership and unfortunately it’s not the flashy part. It’s the tough part. It doesn’t get attention or affirmation. No one is singing your praises for leading yourself well. In fact, here are a few tough truths that we need to understand about self-leadership:

  • No one cares more about your personal development than you do.
  • You can’t wait for someone else to lead you.
  • No one owes you leadership.
  • No one is responsible for your leadership development.



5 Things Your Habits Say About You – Relevant

Behavioural therapists and others who study human behaviour will tell you there’s only one difference between those who succeed and those who don’t. “It’s all about their habits,” they say.

1. They reveal what you value least—and most.
2. They reveal where you spend your time.
3. They reveal the state of your mental health.
4. They reveal the state of your spiritual health.
5. They reveal the state of your physical health.



parenting is a challenge (but i’m still grateful) 

Sometimes (often) you worry for their future.
You see their strengths, but do others?
You know they’re special, but will others?
You see their potential, but will you be able to help them successfully negotiate all the pitfalls between here and adulthood?
Sometimes you feel like the worst-equipped parent in the world.
All the parenting courses, books and talk-shows have not prepared you for the overwhelming responsibility of getting three children (all with their unique struggles) through the minefield of growing up, day-after-grinding-day.
Sometimes you lie awake in your bed at night unable to sleep as you count down the days until puberty hits.
Sometimes you wonder, why on earth did I think I could do this? And how on earth are they going to survive having me as a parent?




Hope When Your Plans Get Interrupted by Holley Gerth :

Hope in a God whose ways are higher than ours.

Hope in a future he promises he’s preparing for us.

Hope that even today’s rain can somehow how become tomorrow’s flowers.




4 things God wants you to remember when life gets hard.

1. Remember that your Character should always be stronger than your Circumstances.

2. Remember that your Struggles always lead to Strength.

3. Remember that God’s timing is always perfect.

4. Remember that God will never leave your side.