Simply Simplify!

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This is the second post from Taylor on his adventure in the northwest…still teaching his mom and thing are two:

Simplify…When I think of the outdoors, I think of this term. And recently, this term has taken on a whole new meaning for me. People tend to think that being outside in nature, away from noise and the hustle and bustle of everyday life simplifies their lives. Continue reading

What is True Balance?

My son taught me something about balance the other day when he sent us his first update from his mission trip this summer.  Taylor is taking the summer off from seminary and on a mission with Rock Climbers for Christ.The last two weeks he has been in Bend, Oregon doing training and getting ready.  Now, they are headed to British Columbia (via a few days in Washington) to start the official mission.

Here’s his note: Continue reading

Interview with Dr. Fred Ray Lybrand on getting rid of your “To-Do” list

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Interview with Dr. Fred Ray Lybrand on getting rid of your “To-Do” list.

This book and Fred’s insights have help me to really get a grip on my daily “to-do” list.  Hope you find it helpful.

Emotional Tools

Emotional Tools. Gerri Scazzero is a brave woman.  She is a pastors wife and one day she Quit.  Feeling overwhelmed and realizing she was not doing the things God wanted her to do, she had enough.  she write about it in The Emotionally Healthy Woman.  She didn’t leave her husband and she is still the pastor’s wife.  Together they have created this tool to help people be and do what God intends for them.  I hope it helps you.

One Day Closer to Summer

We felt our first cold day this past week. The temps dropped and during the night it got down to 28 degrees. We finally turned on the heat.

I am not a fan of winter. But I’ve decided I am not going to complain. I am going to remember that each day brings me closer to my favorite time of the year…summer. Continue reading

One of My Best Gigs

I love what I do. Really. It’s been over twenty years since I first started working in the Christian publishing industry, and I am still honored that God uses me to bring attention to authors, speakers, and publishers who have such important messages to share.

What many people forget, though, is that Christian publishing is not a non-profit ministry endeavor. It’s a business. And like any business, sometimes it can draw out the less appealing qualities in people—although, if you asked your pastor, he would probably say that ministry can do that, too. Making a career as an author or speaker is not easy. It takes a lot of faith, nerve, hard work, and perseverance. The same applies for the publishers, marketing people, and publicists. In order to deliver the message, the business needs to succeed. Some days you feel like you’ve been all business, no ministry.

That’s why I was so excited a few years ago when I was asked to serve on the board of Global Publishers Alliance, the outreach arm of Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. Not only am I spending time with some of the veterans of the industry—godly, successful business people who I greatly admire—but I have the chance to contribute to a cause I really believe in. Global Publishers Alliance (GPA) enables publishers in developing countries to become self-sustaining in producing Christian books in their own languages and cultural contexts. This is not about providing a simple handout (though I’m all for that kind of charity, as well. After all, most of us have so much more than we need). The GPA folks come alongside these publishers as peers in the same industry offering moral support and the benefit of their own experiences.

GPA can use your support. This is a great opportunity for Christian business people who want to reach out to their counterparts around the world. The recession that has clouded our own immediate futures may be felt even more acutely in the developing world—as if keeping a Christian publishing business afloat in places like Ukraine and China wasn’t enough of a challenge. God is at work here, and you can help!

For all of you golfers out there, check out the GPA Invitational Golf Tournament coming up in Dallas, TX this March. For 2009 and 2010 a major portion of the money raised at this event will be focused on the training of authors, publishers and distributors of Christian content in China.

If you’re interested, check out this link:

www.ecpa.org/GPA/golf.php