Finishing Well Transition ~ Trust

10 11 2012

Last time we talked about the first phase of the finishing well transition which requires faith. Which begins by being tune with the Lord for it allows you to look beyond yourself as you tell others, giving them time to express their feelings and emotions.  Today we are looking at the second phase of the three phases of a finishing well (leaving) transition.

In these second phase you must trust for you are preparing and releasing others to take the ministry to its next level.

I am telling you the truth: those who believe in me will do what I do—yes, they will do even greater things, because I am going to the Father.

John 14:12

By these words Jesus prepared and birthed hope in his disciples to take the ministry to the next level. Even today, these words are encouraging people like you and me to take ministry to the next level.

When you are preparing and releasing others, building them up in the truths of who God has created them to be, there will come tender moments, like in Mark 14:30 where Jesus warned and prepared Peter for the moment he would deny him.

Are you willing to trust God, preparing and releasing others as Jesus did?

Jesus knew full well he was leaving his ministry in the hands of those who were above all human, yet Jesus trusted their flaws to drive them into a deeper relationship with his Father in Heaven.

Blessings and Complete Joy,

Millie

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Leadership Transition

30 10 2012

Today as we walk with the nation Israel they are once again in transition. Moses their father is dead and with Joshua in the lead, Israel is to enter into the promised land. A land of milk and honey as well as powerful people and fortified cities. Forty years earlier the nation of Israel turned away and now, with Joshua in the lead, God directs them to cross the Jordan River. This is a mighty leadership transition and one which will forever mark the nation of Israel, for they will finally occupy the land God is giving them!

“Long ago I promised the ancestors of Israel that I would give this land to their descendants. So be strong and brave! Be careful to do everything my servant Moses taught you. Never stop reading The Book of the Law he gave you. Day and night you must think about what it says. If you obey it completely, you and Israel will be able to take this land.”

Jos 1:6

Leadership transitions are very hard for everyone involved. Here the Lord reminds Joshua of the promise given to the former generation, before giving him instructions so that the transition and his leadership would serve the nation of Israel as the Lord intends.

Leadership transitions can easily go off course, it would have been far be too easy for Joshua and the nation of Israel to begin fighting the powerful men and fortified cities and lose the truth of who they were, a nation set apart for God, so Joshua’s focus on the Lord had to lead the way!

Blessings and Complete Joy,

Millie

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Candle Stick Lesson #3 Leadership and Change

12 06 2012

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This is the third in the series of Candle Stick lessons we have learned and today’s is all about leadership and change.

 

Looking at the candle sticks recently, I was reminded as we walk in the new season what once went together may not be meant to stay together. Two of the candles where exactly the same while the third one is slightly different.  All had the same rocks, two had electric candles and the other has a glass candle hold and candle.

 

As a leader one of the toughest things you have to navigate is when there is a transition in your leadership team. There is a deep bond between leaders and those who support them. I have been grieving as one of the core leaders in a group I lead told me she and her husband were going to step out of leadership and possible step away completely. This couple has been with me since the group began.

 

As I allowed God to teach me, I realized that just as this slightly different candle stick didn’t fit, neither did they anymore. I had to accept that God may remove them, just as he had me remove the candle, but here is the hitch. I can’t go on autopilot and think God is just going to replace this couple, like I would another electric candle of the same size and shape.

 

Am I willing to allow God the freedom to leave two candles they way they are for a while? So often as leaders we want to get all our ducks in a row, we want things all neat and tidy, because we think we are in control. God knows the beginning from the end. I have to be comfortable with that, just as I am comfortable with putting the tallest candle stick away for a while.

 

In life there are no easy answers, and we must become comfortable with the changes God makes in this new season so we can continue to walk hand in hand with God!

 

Blessings and Complete Joy,

Millie

 

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The Power of Words

1 02 2011

My work vest, reminding me as a pastor, I was there to serve, not to be served.

With a word the Lord created the world.

In 2007 some really destructive words were spoken over me by my boss which until recently I didn’t realize were still working to destroy me.

 

          I arrived at church to lead prayer before our bible study, and as we finished my pastor began commenting on the vest I had on. I then told him, this was my work vest which I began wearing while leading work parties at the last church I served at, not realizing the significant of what was about to happen.

 

          Sitting there in the same work vest I had on the day I was fired, He then said, “I want to tell you why I respect you so much.” As he spoke I was taken back to the last time words were spoken over me in my work vest, words that were still destroying me. As my pastor spoke words of life, it was as if my spirit was soaking up living water right from the hand of God.

 

          I watched and listened as the Lord spoke life into areas that my pastor had no clue were only now slowing coming back to life. He used words that only the Lord could have put into his mouth, for they were some of the same words which four year prior has been used to destroy me, wounding me so powerful that I quit speaking into people lives for almost 2 years.

 

          Scripture tells us that words can be sharper then a two edged sword and I had learned this first hand 4 years prior, now I experiencing how healing words could be, I marveled at how God was now cutting those destructive words off of me forever, cementing the truth of another scripture which tells us there is life and death in the tongue!

 

It is so hard to know what words to allow to touch your life; are they life giving, corrective, or are they destructive.

 

God I thank you for the power of words. Let us see the power to create and use our words wisely!

 

Blessings and Complete Joy,

Mildred          

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I Refuse!

16 10 2010

Over the last month I have found myself at a crisis of faith. This crisis of faith has brought me to that place of believing God even more and as I have. I have gone from; I won’t move until I hear God to “I refuse” to go unless God is in it.

 

            This has drastically changed my perspective in every area of my life. I am more steadfast in my willingness to stand for the truth and the God I believe in.

 

            Recently with politics whirling around me, people have asked me to lead the High Places team in taking stands for some very good causes. Before I would have prayed and because I really wouldn’t have allowed God to show me His will for my life, I might have gone as peer pressure won me over.

 

            Now because I have moved from I won’t to I refuse,  I began seeking the Lord concerning this request and I saw that though it was a good cause, I needed to keep my eyes and those of the group focused on the Lord and accept the responsibility to support and cover those who were called to go, in prayer. I couldn’t take the public stand, and I still don’t know why, but God knows and so I didn’t go.

 

            This was I tough stand to share with some in the group for I risk hurt feelings which could have brought trauma to our High Places Group. But the opposite occurred, we were able to talk as a group and there was a deeper connection for all involved. God is great and greatly to be praised, He is worth refusing not to move until He said, go!

 

 

May you be encouraged and blessed,

Mildred          

 

 

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The Kids are with my Husband

31 08 2010

            Recently I lead a wilderness retreat and during a time of quiet reflection, I decided to take bubbles and go for a walk.

 

            Emotionally, I didn’t have anything left to give and so taking this walk and blowing away my cares was very therapeutic. When we lead, whether it is as a parent or leading a ministry or church it is okay to be emotionally empty. It can be a marvelous time of getting out of God’s way and allowing God to be God in the lives of those charged to our care.

 

          On the side of the road as I stood blowing bubbles, two moms walked by and commented on what I was doing. I shared about taking a bubble therapy break while the kids were back at camp with my husband. After sharing about bubble therapy they walked off, deciding to do some bubble therapy of their own.

 

           I continued blowing bubbles for another 15 minutes before walking back to camp. It was as I walked back that I thought about what I had said about “my husband being back at camp with my kids”. What had I said, I wasn’t there with my husband Steve, but then I thought about being the bride of Christ and how everyone back at camp was in his care. I rejoiced knowing God has been caring for them while He filled my tank!

 

          Most of us don’t think twice leaving our natural children in the care of our spouse but how many leaders are comfortable with leaving those who follow them, in the care of Christ. We need to trust that Christ will caring for them. When we take a moment and think about it, we know this is true but walking this truth out is totally a different thing.

 

            I close with this, as I turned the corner toward camp there stood three of my kids who welcoming me back to camp, they were doing great and so was I! Don’t mix my next blog, bubble therapy.

 

Blessings and Complete Joy,

Mildred          

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Room and Time Continued

20 08 2010

Last time we began talking about making room and time for God. As I talked with friends about what God is calling me to do. They asked a good question. What does making room for God verses making time for God look like?

 

I explained it this way, when I sit down and consciously choose to listen to God, clearing my schedule for a time that is making time for God.

 

When I make room for God, I am not clearing my schedule, rather I acknowledge and watch for how God wants to move in my everyday life, giving him freedom to clear or change my schedule and direct me.

 

            I am still working to give God room physically in my office, and so I cleared one shelf in my closet. As I looked at the shelf I sensed God was pleased with my actions and that it was a good start. Later to my surprise, I began sensing God wanted my writing to go on His shelf, so I put the box full of processing journals on God’s shelf.

 

             My writing has always been a challenge, because I had a lot of fears to face, then when that was conquered I had to learn to write. Now I fight cutting time out to write, because there are always small projects getting in my way. When this box went on God’s shelf there was a change not only in the physical but also in me spiritually, as a greater peace came over me which has not left in the days since putting the box there. Peace came through knowing in God’s timing and through his guidance and strength I will finish the books God intends me to write.

 

           As we close the closet so to speak on making room and time for God. Is it time to jump out of your comfort zone, letting go of those familiar things and allow yourself to make room and time for God?

 

Blessings and Complete Joy,

Mildred          

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