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Dear Friends,

These past three weeks have been very busy working on my new business. I’ve met with many people but mostly with leaders of non-profit organizations and especially Christian brothers and sisters who devote their lives to serve God by serving people. One day this week, as I was going from one meeting to the next, I said to God, “You know Lord, I’ve been spending a lot of time with Christian leaders and non-profits. Although these meetings are awesome and I feel re-energized spiritually, they are not ‘income producing’ meetings, per say.” The Lord immediately put in my heart this thought: “You are building the spiritual foundation of your business and that comes first.” Wow! I was speechless when I heard those words in my heart.

How do you build a spiritual foundation for a business? It is by associating yourself with like-minded believers who will hold you and your business up in prayer all the time with no self-interest or hidden agenda. It is by sharing your dreams with people who will be your spiritual “pillars” so you can feel supported and loved no matter how your business is doing. You build a spiritual foundation for your business when you base your business beliefs on Scripture. The two Scriptures that come to mind are:

Matthew 7:24-29 (NLT)

24 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. 26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. 27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”

I will build my company on the Solid Foundation, which is Jesus Christ, the Rock. He will give me wisdom, knowledge, and understanding to do the right thing, to do what is right, and to do things right the first time. These are not only Biblical concepts, these are business concepts that create efficiencies throughout the organization and a strong work ethic, which in turn increases shareholder value.

The other Scripture that came to my heart is:

Romans 12: 6-11 (NLT)

In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. 11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.

This Scripture reminds us that God gave each one of us certain gifts and talents. When we operate within those gifts everything seems easier because we’re not going against our nature. Even though we will encounter challenges, God will be there for us to get through them but the work itself is easier when we do what we’re good at. God gives us the “ability to do certain things well.” One key to our individual success in business is to know ourselves well so we can recognize what our gifts are and utilize them in business.

I know God gave me the gift of leadership and I feel the incredible sense of responsibility when leading others. I also know God gave me the gift of teaching, which is why I train others and pass along all the knowledge I acquire through the years. Lastly, I know God gave me the gift of encouragement and I use that gift every day. Sometimes I’m not sure if what I just told someone will have an effect in their lives but I do it anyway. A word, one word of encouragement can change someone’s life when said at the right time.

I also believe strongly in working hard and effectively and I sincerely care about people. I stay away from those who are not genuine. Those who say they love you but their actions don’t reflect their words. Working hard and loving others are strong beliefs that will be foundational for my new business.

So friends, today I wanted to share with you the Scriptures and beliefs upon I will build the foundation of my new business venture. I have a ton of ideas on how to give to the community and support my brothers and sisters who are doing the “eternal” work out there, bringing the Good News of the Gospel to the world and helping people. I will do my part in the mission field that God called me to be—Corporate America.

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Dear Friends,
Today I would like to encourage you to consider yourself one of God’s workers and apply all your efforts to improve and get a promotion the same way you do in the workplace. The devotional I’m sharing with you today from my book Devotions for Working Women reminds us that we have a job to do for God’s Kingdom that goes beyond our jobs in the market place. Enjoy!

Are You One of God’s Workers?
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Matthew 9:37-38 (NLT)

He said to his disciples, “The harvest is so great, but the workers are so few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send out more workers for his fields.”

Jesus said those words after being with multitudes of people who went to Him with their problems. He was only one and He saw the great need of having more of Him on earth. As we become born again, when we ask Jesus to come into our lives, we become God’s laborers and workers of His field. The harvest is God’s, but He needs us to work it for Him.

Most of us consider ourselves good workers. In fact, we welcome and look for opportunities for promotion. As workers of the Kingdom of God, our attitude toward new opportunities should be the same, and we should ask ourselves some questions. Are we doing a good job for God? Are we bringing in the harvest? Are we looking to be promoted in the Kingdom of God? With God our jobs are not just a title. In His Kingdom, the higher the position, the more responsibility we have with people’s lives. Jesus said, “And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all” (Mark 10:44 KJV). The higher we go in God’s positions, the more we have to serve others.

Therefore, let’s ask God for more workers to help us with the great task we have ahead. But also, let’s ask Him to help us be the best workers we can be for His Kingdom.

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Dear Friends,
Leaders: Are they there to serve or to be served? This is a tough question to answer from the world’s perspective because the first thing that comes to mind is that we all should serve our leaders. However, the Bible says that leaders should first serve others. So how do we reconcile these two concepts? We go to the source of knowledge, the Word of God, to find out. In the end, we are here to serve one another. Today’s devotional, from my book Devotions for Working Women, talks about being a worldly leader or a godly leader and helps us think about how we see ourselves as a leader. Enjoy!

Are You a Worldly Leader or a Godly Leader?

# 209
Matthew 20:26-27 (NLT)

But among you it should be quite different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must become your slave.

Jesus explained to His disciples how kings and leaders of the world take advantage of their people. Christians, on the other hand, who want to be leaders and have positions of authority in God’s Kingdom, must become a servant to their people. It is the opposite of how our human flesh thinks it should be. A leader is not a true godly leader until that person learns to humbly serve others.

Jesus, who is God’s Son, didn’t come to be served, but to serve others and to give His life as a ransom for many (v. 28). Jesus is our ultimate example of a servant leader. Knowing He is the Son of God, He became a servant to serve all of us.

In the workplace, as you are promoted into higher levels of management and leadership, remember to imitate Jesus and become a servant to your employees. This means you have their best interest at heart, you pray for them, care for them, pay fair wages, and are honest, trustworthy, truthful, and loving. By being a godly leader, you provide an opportunity to your employees and your company to have an environment where loyalty and faithfulness can flourish.

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Let’s Glorify God

Dear Friends,
Yesterday I had a conversation with a friend who wants to bring together Christian business leaders so we can get recharged and share God back in the workplace. He reminded me that we are all here to give glory to God. Something we tend to forget when we get busy doing our daily jobs. Today I want to share one of the devotionals from my book Devotions from Working Women that also reminds us that we were created to glorify God in all we do. Let’s find ways that we can do that on a daily basis. Enjoy!

We Were Created by God’s Power and to Glorify Him
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Romans 11:36 (NLT)
For everything comes from him; everything exists by his power and is intended for his glory. To him be glory evermore. Amen.

God created every one of us by His power. He has given us everything we have and made us who we are in Christ—one of God’s beloved children. We must not forget that. When this revelation is present in our lives, we feel confident and know we can do all things through Christ, the One who strengthens us.

Thank God every day for your life, your family, your job, and for all the gifts He has given to you. The purpose of everything He created is intended to bring glory to Him. You were created to glorify God with your life and in all you do. This includes your workplace.

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Be a Fair Leader

Dear Friends,
This week I dealt with a situation at work that reminded me we, as leaders, must be fair to all our employees. When we make decisions that impact employees’ jobs the rest of the staff is watching. Therefore, we must be fair when distributing the workload—in addition, of course, to keeping the laws of discrimination in mind. The devotional for today talks about being a fair leader and reminds us what the Scriptures say about the topic. Enjoy!

Be a Fair Leader
# 211
Deuteronomy 1:16 (NLT)

I instructed the judges, “You must be perfectly fair at all times, not only to fellow Israelites, but also to the foreigners living among you.”

Moses gave the instructions above to his judges when he appointed them to help him rule God’s people. If you have a position of leadership at work, you must also be fair to all your employees. Sometimes Christians may favor other Christians at work because we are brothers and sisters in Christ. However, the Bible tells us we are to treat everybody the same—Christians and non-Christians. We will always have to interact and live among people from various cultures and religious backgrounds. Instead of feeling righteous and superior to them, we must have the compassion of God and be a witness. One way to show them the love of God and being a witness is by being fair.

In addition, from the legal standpoint, we have to comply with the laws protecting all employees. But we need to go beyond that. There are subtle ways in which we can show favor for some people over others and that is also wrong. Verse 17 says, “When you make decisions, never favor those who are rich; be fair to lowly and great alike.”

Examine your heart to ensure you are being fair with everybody in all you do and at all times—especially if you are in leadership.

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Traits of Leaders

Dear Friends,
If you are in any position of leadership or want to become a leader, I encourage you to learn more about the traits God gave Moses to look in people when he was going to form his team. Today’s devotional talks about these important traits that we all must have in order to be godly leaders. Enjoy!

Three Key Traits Leaders Must Have
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Deuteronomy 1:13 (NLT)

Choose some men from each tribe who have wisdom, understanding, and a good reputation, and I will appoint them as your leaders.

Wisdom, understanding, and a good reputation are the character traits God told Moses to look for in the leaders Moses was to appoint to help him lead His people. These are key traits you must have to be a successful leader. The question is how do you acquire them? Wisdom is a gift from God you can simply ask for if you’re lacking it and He will gladly give it to you. In these days, you need godly wisdom not worldly wisdom to do your job. Understanding comes the same way, by asking God to open the eyes of your understanding, so you are enlightened by the truth of His Word. Only by reading His Word, meditating, and studying it, will you acquire the knowledge that only comes from Him.

By doing God’s Word and obeying His commandments, you establish a good reputation. When you don’t compromise what you believe and always do what is right and pleasing to God, He rewards you with good reputation. As a Christian, you are responsible for having a good reputation because you represent Him here on earth.

Therefore, ask God to show you if you need to develop as a leader in any of these areas.

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Blog 8-28-10
Dear Friends,
Today I want to share with you on the topic of leadership. This devotional talks about basic traits that leaders must have in order to lead others according to Bible principles. If you are thinking of moving into a position of leadership, part of your training is to know what God says about leadership. Enjoy!

God’s Basic Requirements for Leaders
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Exodus 18:21 (NLT)
But find some capable, honest men who fear God and hate bribes. Appoint them as judges over groups of one thousand, one hundred, fifty, and ten.

This is the first instruction on how to be a good leader that God gave to Moses. In order to be a leader, God required four basic characteristics:

1) Be Capable: We must possess some level of skill to lead a group in the various areas of business.

2) Be Honest: We must be honest people, always doing what’s right, and being truthful.

3) Fear God: We must fear, honor, and revere God; this is a lifestyle.

4) Hate bribes: We must not accept bribes under any circumstances.

Our main interest and focus should always be to serve those under us by leading them to the best of our ability and with the wisdom of God by the Holy Spirit. Christian working women are called to be leaders in one way or another. The most basic leadership task is leading people to Christ by our example.

Ask God to help you cultivate these character traits in your life so He can use you as a leader in His Kingdom.

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