#1 Take 3-5 minutes a day and pray for all the women from countries beginning with one letter of the alphabet. Click the image at right for a full list.
#2 Spend 12 minutes with this video. Turn off the sound and pray for the women of each country as the beautiful image scrolls across your screen.
I have three main ways I pray for the women of the world. I spend 3-23 minutes most days, depending on my other obligations that day. Want to join me? And, share this with other women you know are prayers!
#3 Take 23 minutes and pray more deeply as the wordless music leads you through the countries including some detail about each.
Every great invention began as someone’s dream and was transformed from idea to reality. Just as an electrical transformer can reduce a large amount of energy into something small enough to be viable, so you have the ability to transform your “big dreams” into simple realities that can change people's lives.
Inventors go through stages of ideation. Most ideas never make it past level one. Some survive levels two and three, and those that reach levels four and five have the capacityto generate income.
If your goal is to transform your dream into a reality, here is how to proceed:
If you need a little direction, perspective, or clarity, schedule a few minutes and use the pre-call worksheet to help focus the conversation. Congrats on having a BIG idea!
All of us need support people who have already successfully journeyed down our current path; people who are willing to share their insights so that our journey can be better; and people whose knowledge, experience or position can save us time, money or unnecessary pain.
We need someone who is a little farther along the journey, is able to invest in us, and sees the value of where we are today on the way to where we are going.
As you read the following lists, take a personal inventory. There are ten categories of support as well as ten different types of support.
Which support genres are you currently lacking in your life? Which could you provide to others in your sphere of influence?
Categories of Support
1. Spiritual: Is at peace with God and self and able to help you grow in your faith.
2. Physical: Models your goal health standards whether through simple adherence, or more often, through a history of victory over your personal areas of weakness.
3. Seasonal: Has successfully completed your current stage of life (educationally, as a parent, in the aging process, etc.) and is able to provide hope and good advice.
4. Professional: Has a higher degree of education or experience than you currently possess and is willing to be your resource person and/or consultant.
5. Positional: Is a veteran member of your new neighborhood, the family you are marrying into, the church you are joining, or the company/organization where you've just been hired.
6. Vocational: Is skilled in the specific task or skill set you need to know next.
7. Visional: Has a knack for seeing things as they could be, instead of just as they are, and is proficient enough in your area of interest to provide keen insight and fresh ideas.
8. Editorial: Typifies your target audience, possesses an eye for detail, and is willing to serve as an editor, guinea pig or product tester.
9. Organizational: Juggles life responsibilities like yours in a highly effective manner and is capable of teaching you the concepts that work within your unique parameters.
10. Social Medial: Is skillful in using cutting edge technology to communicate with family, peers, customers or audiences.
Types of Support
1. Prayer Partner: Prays for and/or with you on a regular basis.
2. Launcher: Introduces you to, or shows up at the beginning of, your learning curve in a particular field of interest and shares the foundational concepts that get you going.
3. Guide: Helps you prepare yourself and your supplies in advance and then personally leads the way down one of their own favorite paths.
4. Teacher: Communicates technical knowledge in a way you can understand.
5. Coach: Teaches skills and polishes them to bring out your personal and/or professional best.
6. Accountability Partner: Helps you set reasonable goals and requires frequent reports on your progress until the goals are met.
7. Counselor: Provides insight, compassion and advice at critical decision points.
8. Sponsor: Holds a position of influence or authority and uses it for your benefit.
9. Role Model: Occupies the position, skill set or lifestyle to which you aspire.
10. Expert: Shares the precise information you need to know when you need to know it through books, articles, or papers.
There are thousands of experts who have demonstrated broad knowledge, or have written books, articles or papers based on extensive research; but you will be able to identify your ideal support person because their experience, expertise and availability will satisfy your need.
A mentor to mentors, Marnie Swedberg is the online leadership coach to thousands of women from every continent, career path and religious denomination. She is the author of ten books, the webhostess of sites generating millions of hits per year and the owner/manager of a restaurant, retail store and espresso cafe. If you need a mentor, coach, consultant or friend, come and meet Marnie!
Do you love to invest yourself, your time and your gifts into others? Do you love giving, but hate it when the result is exhaustion, little or no appreciation, and confusion as to your true motives?
Adopt these healthy personal policies to help you make the tough choices, and deal with the tough.
1. If God grants you the grace to give something away (your time, whatever), do it!
God is not obligated to jump through every hoop we hold up and you are not obligated to jump through every hoop others hold up for you.
If God has chosen to bless you with the ability to serve others in a particular way, then serve you should. But if He has chosen to withhold that ability (for a moment, an hour, a day, a lifetime), accept His decision and apologize for any inconvenience it inflicts on others.
*Why apologize? Well, at least for me, I actually do wish I could say "yes" to everything - both because it is more fun and also because I truly care about the tangible needs of the people in my sphere of influence. But, if God says "no," my answer must be, "Yes, Lord. I, too, will say no!"
It's tough. The only way to stay in balance with God's provision is to stay in touch with His Spirit. I love Ephesians 5:18. "Do not be drunk with wine, but be filled with the Spirit."
When a person is drunk, they are no longer in control of themselves. They do things they'd never do if they were in full control.
It's the same with a Christian who is Spirit filled. We do things we would never do if we were fully in control.
The difference is that the drunkard's focus is on pleasing self while the person full of God's Spirit is focused on pleasing God. You truly can never out-give God if your sacrifices are for Him, through Him, in Him and to Him.
Marnie Swebberg is the online mentor to thousands of leaders worldwide. She trains: B.U.S.Y. - Best Unique Strategies for You. Learn how to maximize your life at http://www.Marnie.com.
Every great invention began as someone’s dream and was transformed from idea to reality.
Just as an electrical transformer can reduce a large amount of energy into something small enough to be viable, so you have the ability to reduce your “big dreams” into simple realities that can change people's lives.
Inventors go through stages of ideation. Most ideas never make it past level one. Some survive levels two and three, and those that reach levels four and five have the capacity to generate income.
If your goal is to transform your dream into a reality, here is how to proceed:
1. I am uniquely created by God for a specific purpose.
God created only one model with my exact DNA. He specifically selected my parents, siblings, race, nationality, mental capacity, physical features and time in history. Like any responsible artist, architect, designer or inventor, God certainly had a precise purpose in mind before He went to all the trouble assembling me.
2. I use Jesus Christ as my role model.
I, like Jesus, want to do nothing from myself, independently, of my own accord, but only as I am taught by God and get His orders. Even as I hear, I judge; and my judgment is just and right because I refuse to seek to consult my own will [my own aim, my own purpose], but only the will and pleasure of the Father who sent me. (John 5:30 AMP)
3. I live each day in the awareness that there is time to do everything God wants me to do.
There is not time to do everything; there is not time to do everything good or everything everyone else wants me to do; and there is definitely not time to do everything that "I" want to do. But there is time to do everything that God is asking me to do today.
4. I acknowledge that God is providing everything and everyone required for me to fulfill His purposes in my life.
Money, manpower and the means-necessary are provided (or withheld) to help me understand His direction and plan for my life. When finances are tight, I make different decisions than I would have if money was flowing. I receive this as God's method of helping me know what to do when.
5. I recognize that every encounter is God's providence versus mere happenstance.
God Himself is ordering my life: I enjoy blessings, not luck. My fate is not up for grabs but is secure in Christ. My coincidences are really God-incidents. I am led by God, not circumstances. Instead, God will use every situation to help me understand His activity in my life, if I will recognize His desire to do so.
6. I REFUSE to focus on negatives in myself, in others or in my circumstances.
I routinely analyze all negative influences in my life for object lessons and quickly run them the painful portions of each to the foot of the cross. I then visualize myself joining Christ on the cross, and there, through His power in me, I look at my offender (even if it is myself) and say, "Father, I forgive them. They don't even know how badly they have hurt me." Then, crawling down again, I move in a resurrected fashion through life, ready to extend God's forgiveness to every offender (even if they do not yet realize their offenses).
7. I feed on God's Word.
I have verse cards in my pockets, car, kitchen, desk drawer and on my mirror. My thoughts return to my current memory verse frequently as I meditate on the Bread of Life.
8. I breathe the air of prayer.
I pray frequently, and without ceasing. I can go a few days without water and a few weeks without food, but I cannot survive ten minutes without oxygen. Like a dolphin surfacing for air, I must frequently burst through the clouds of life into the Sonshine of God, through prayer, or I will begin to suffocate spiritually (defined: stress).
9. I take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
My alarm system goes off at the earliest signs of "self" sins including self-centeredness, self-indulgence, self-righteousness, and the mother of them all, self-pity. I trust God to show me all wrong thoughts, after which I give them to Christ, as if they were prisoners of war with which He must deal.
10. I praise God through every situation. No exceptions.
Everything that comes into my life, Satan wants to use to destroy me; but everything that comes into my life, God wants to use for my good. I refuse to wallow in disappointment, despair or self-pity, choosing instead to partner with God for His best in my life by moving immediately to praise. (Praising God through a devastating situation is called "the sacrifice of praise".)
11. I follow the Leader, doing every NEXT STEP that God ordains for me.
It is impossible for God to take me from the comfort of my current position into the glory of battles won without first working me through boot camp. I recognize that every obstacle, set-back, disappointment and challenge are God-ordained as training tools to prepare me for my destiny in Christ. I receive them with joy and push through with determined faith and hope.
12. I resolve to be patient with His process - as I firmly believe that all the events of my life are interactive.
I trust God more than I trust a physician, who would readily cut me open rather than see me die. I trust God more than I trust a professor, who would willingly inflict a painful score on me rather than watch me miss the knowledge I'd need to succeed. I trust God more than I trust an employer, whose regular paychecks appear to sustain me. I trust God, no matter what!
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