Archive for May, 2013

Dear Friends,
As our businesses grow, those who are in leadership are faced with bigger and more impactful decisions to make. Our decisions now don’t just impact a couple of employees, a few customers, and a few shareholders. Our decisions have consequences that are long-term and could mean a turn for the good or for the worse for the organization. Therefore, we must make those decisions with a lot of planning, research, understanding, and with intense prayer behind it. In is in these moments that we must seek God’s wisdom in order to make the right decision that in the end will bring more glory to God. Today, I want to encourage you to seek God’s wisdom in every decision you make at your work. This devotional from my book, Devotions for Working Women, reminds us that when we seek God’s wisdom, He will grant it to us. Enjoy!

Be Known for Your Understanding…Be Wise
# 338
Proverbs 16:21 (NLT)

The wise are known for their understanding, and instruction is appreciated if it’s well presented.

Wise people are usually well grounded, balanced, and have strong beliefs. We are used to thinking that a wise person is old in age, but in reality, wisdom doesn’t have to do much with age. It has to do with the level of understanding, discernment, and experience that a person has. It is also important to know that wisdom is a gift from God. Therefore, it doesn’t matter how old you are. You can be wise.

Wisdom is applied knowledge. It is knowing (discerning) how to handle the different situations and knowing what to do when. Wisdom is also good planning, thinking ahead, and being prepared.

It takes humility to be wise. Why? Because the wise know when they know something, and they are not proud to accept when they don’t know other things. It takes a humble heart to simply say “I don’t know.” When we seek God because we don’t know what to do, we are allowing Him the opportunity to help us with His wisdom. He helps us see things from His perspective.

When we have godly wisdom, we know how to present instruction, correction, and information to others in a way that it is not hurtful. It is then well received and appreciated.

When you are getting ready to present information to your colleagues at work, ask God for the wisdom to use the right words. Ask Him to show you the way they will receive the message best. God is interested in us applying His wisdom in the workplace. It is part of being successful.

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Dear Friends,
Tomorrow is Mother’s Day so I want to wish all my friends who are moms a very happy Mother’s Day!! Enjoy your day with your family and celebrate being a mom. There is nothing more rewarding than motherhood. It doesn’t matter how far you get in your career, the satisfaction of seeing your children grow up and knowing that you contributed to their lives in some way, goes beyond the biggest promotion you could ever imagine. It’s not about money. It’s not about fame. It’s about raising another human being and helping them grow up and launching them into the world. Sometimes our kids don’t turn out like we hoped for but I believe that every seed of love we sowed into their hearts will produce fruit someday. Other times, our kids turn out way better than we anticipated based on how we raised them and our own ability to raise them. So I have concluded that, in the end, we do our best and then let God do the rest. We cannot do it all. We can only do what we know with the skills we do have.

We can teach our kids a lot about the world, about school and the importance of education, about the work life and many other things. But I think the most important thing we can teach our kids is the love of God. We must teach our children about how God cares for them and how He’s interested in every detail of their lives. We must teach them that life will be hard but with God on their side, they can not only survive but also thrive in this world. We must teach them the message of salvation through Jesus Christ and that they must make a decision and choose Jesus in their hearts.

We must teach our kids to not let go of Jesus and to always invite Him into every aspect of their lives. Some of the leaders of the Young Life organization in Nicaragua shared with me when I was there in December of last year, that one of the exercises they have the kids do at camp is to blindfold them and give them a rope. Then they have to walk through a series of obstacles while hanging on to the rope. In their exercise, the rope represents Jesus and the obstacles represent all the things they will have to overcome in their lives. I encouraged these leaders to never let go of the rope, to always hang onto it as tight as they could, never lose sight of it, and to share it with others in need. So today, I want to encourage you too to never let go of the rope—Jesus. He will help you get through every situation you may encounter in your life, one step at a time.

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Dear Friends,
I have not written for a couple of weeks because I was out of the country. I had the opportunity to visit Nicaragua again and returned last Sunday. I went to attend an event at the National Theater in Managua for my dad. They wanted to honor him as a Nicaraguan composer and for his contributions to the country’s music. I sang two songs with my sister and my niece sang another song that my dad had written. The orchestra did a phenomenal job and they also had a quartet that played his music with such flavor and rhythm it was hard to stay sitting down. At the end of the event, many guests stood up and started dancing. I was one of them. It was an unforgettable event and I’m blessed to have been there for my dad. My mom worked very hard coordinating the whole event and people really enjoyed it.

I was also able to work with Opportunity International for two days and worked in their main office in Granada with their accountant. In the evenings, I spoke to the leaders of Young Life and the club that gathers at OI’s back yard. It was awesome talking with the young adults and I encouraged them to go to school, get their education, and to never leave Jesus. I also spoke to a group of women entrepreneurs about discovering their own gifts and each other’s so they can help each other in times of need. I encouraged them to not give up if their first business doesn’t work out. This particular group of micro business owners received loans of about $150 to raise pigs. The problem is that during the dry season in Nicaragua, there is no water and pigs drink LOTS of water. I told them to think about the future and plan ahead. Maybe they can do other types of businesses for the next cycle.

I feel so blessed and privileged to be able to use all my gifts for God and to glorify Him. I have never had the opportunity to use my Spanish in the workplace and now the Lord is giving me that chance. I learned a lot of new accounting terms in Spanish that I only knew in English and that is great for me.

Today, I want to share a devotional from my book Devotions for Working Women that encourages us to share our stories with others. We all have a testimony of what the Lord has done in our lives and we must share it with others to inspire them and encourage them to do the same. Enjoy!

Cultivate a Thankful Heart by Sharing what the Lord Has Done
Mark 5:19 (NLT)

But Jesus said, “No, go home to your friends, and tell them what wonderful things the Lord has done for you and how merciful he has been.”

Jesus performed a miracle in a man’s life by casting out many evil spirits. The man immediately wanted to leave his town and go with Jesus, but Jesus told him to go home instead and tell his family and friends about everything the Lord had done for him.

We all have a personal story or testimony to tell others about God’s mercy and what He has done for us. It is important to keep this in remembrance and share it with others. This is the best way to win someone to the Lord. By sharing, we also record His deeds for us in our hearts and cultivate a thankful heart.

Having Jesus in our lives is a gift we must share with others. The best place to start sharing is with our own family and friends because they know us well and can see the changes in our lives more clearly than strangers. In the workplace we must be careful because there will be people that will not want us to share anything about our relationship with the Lord. However, God will give us opportunities to share at the appropriate moments and with people who need to hear our story. We can share our life story in a way that is personal, yet non-intrusive to others.

Therefore, don’t be afraid to share what the Lord has done for you in your life. Do it as a gesture of gratitude toward God. It is the least you can do in return for all He’s done for you.

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