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As I shared in my earlier blogs, TMPW has impacted my life in profound ways but the last way I want to share is really the coolest way. As an Activator (see earlier blog), dreaming is challenging to me because I don’t daydream, I just do it as soon as I think it. However, TMPW forced me to get in that settled place and make a list of dreams. What is so amazing about making a list is that things on the list just start to happen. I believe there are two reasons for this…the power of the mind and the awesomeness of God. When we write things down, our mind begins working on it – even if it is subconscious. I also believe that when God sees us write it down He believes us and begins making things happen to accomplish it. He wants to give us the desires of our heart when we are fixed on Him.
Through the exercise I also began dreaming beyond myself. Because of my self-reliance and independence (read “pride” here), I struggle to dream beyond my capabilities. By using the tools given to me by TMPW I can dream on a whole different level and I so look forward to the amazing things the Dream Master will do in my life in the next 12 months, 3 years, decade.
Come start discovering your dreams! First meeting is this week!! Please contact me to let me know if you would like to come or have any further questions.
Earlier I shared of two ways in which the TMPW impacted my life – living intentionally and the process of change. Today I want to share a fantastic blessing of being a part of TMPW – the books we received. As an avid reader (thanks, mom, for instilling that in me), this component was especially meaningful.
Of all the 30+ books we receive, by far, the one book that had the greatest influence on me was Strengths Finder 2.0. It was so impactful that I gave about 30 of these books away as Christmas gifts in 2009. My top strengths were Achiever, Activator, Strategic, Communication and Discipline. They all fit me to a tee and others agreed. It was so influential because it gave me clarity on the skills that the Lord had created in me. I was better able to understand myself and why I make a to-do list on vacation and why I can be impatient at inactivity. I cannot use these as excuses to ignore the Spirit of God in me or the Biblical commands He has given us, but they have helped me know exactly what my role is in His Kingdom.
Another area of growth for me has to be the Sabbath. As an achiever and activator, rest is hard for me. But as I learned through TMPW as well as reading The Rest of God by Mark Buchanan, if I want to restore my soul then I have to rest. I also learned that Sabbath does not mean that I am sitting around doing nothing. I might be taking a lesson at the Apple store or getting a massage. I actually signed up as a monthly member of Massage Envy to “force” myself to rest. Now, I am not perfect in this area by any means but by practicing a regular Sabbath these past three years, I know that resting in Him during a significant transition in my life in the Spring of 2010 was possible.
Would so love to have you join me on July 1st for the introductory meeting! Please contact me to let me know if you would like to come or have any further questions.
In my earlier post, I began sharing how TMPWhas significantly impacted my life. Today I want to share another teaching that I think about on almost a daily basis, The process of change. Here are the four steps:
Step 1: Unconscious incompetence.
Step 2: Conscious incompetence.
Step 3: Conscious competence.
Step 4: Unconscious competence.
It made such sense to me and I began asking myself how do I move – and how do others move – from Step 2 to Step 3? Often, I would know that I was failing in an area but I would not take the initiative to get better. Unfortunately, the only thing that moves me – and I believe most people – is pain. When the pain gets greater than the ignorance, we are willing to move. So when pain comes in my life, whether it is physical, emotional, mental or spiritual – the first question I ask myself is “Is there an area in my life where I am ignoring what I know to be true?” The longer I wait before making the change the greater the pain. This was big motivation to make changes in my life.
It has become a goal of mine to change before the pain gets too great. When I recognize or am told of an area that I need to work on, I try to go ahead and jump on it so that the pain does not have to increase. It has also allows me to free others that may be doing things, as I see it, wrong. When the pain gets great enough in them they will change. (Of course, I have to remind myself, often, that God is usually NOT calling me to be the source of pain for them.)
Come be a part of the wonderful TMPW experience! First meeting is just around the corner. Please contact me to let me know if you would like to come or have any further questions. Plan on being a part of experiencing The Master’s Program for Women up close and personal. You might learn how to avoid some pain!
As many of you know from my posts and in my blogs, I am pretty pumped about teaching The Master’s Program for Women (TMPW)! Why am I so excited about teaching it? I am thrilled because TMPW changed my life and when something that powerful impacts me I not only want to tell others but come alongside and help them experience the impact of living an intentional life. Which leads right into the very first example of how it changed my life….
In the very first session of the three year course, there is a teaching from Ephesians 5:15, 16 that says, “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” (KJV) The keyword to me is circumspectly – coming from the same root as circumference. So I began having a 360-degree look at my life. How was I doing in all the realms of my life (Personal, Influence and Kingdom)? It really prompted me to live diligently and intentionally. I am not one to be loosy-goosy but this really pushed me over the edge to be mindful of every moment of every day.
Over the next week or so I will share three more specific examples of the life-changing impact TMPW had on my life. Please plan on joining me at the next session – it is starting in just a few weeks!! The introductory meeting will be July 1st from 3 pm – 8 pm at a friend’s home, which is located not far from Beltway 8 and Memorial Drive. Please contact me to let me know if you would like to come or have any further questions. Dinner will be served so plan on being a part of experiencing The Master’s Program for Women up close and personal. You will be blessed!
If you read my earlier post, you know that I am on a great adventure!! Since resigning from LifeHouse of Houston in February, the Lord has continued to led me on an amazing walk and through it all He has shown Himself, once again, so faithful. God continues to reveal confirmation after confirmation to not get a “real” job but to do my own consulting and coaching business. God has demonstrated this to me in a really cool way – almost like a postcard in the mail – people have called (and continue to call) asking me to work with them. To date, all of my engagements have been prompted by my clients. How much clearer does He need to be?
One of my clients, The Master’s Program for Women (TMP), is a unique three-year program of life-designing and coaching that encourages women to discover and pursue God’s plans for their lives. It has been developed to answer their deepest questions as well as help them gain a new understanding of their Kingdom Calling – that one thing that God created only THEM to do for His Kingdom. TMP focuses on one’s ability to manage the foremost issues in their life, including their faith, family, career, relationships and the varied opportunities to serve.
I went through TMP as a participant beginning in 2006 and as I applied the tools I gained in the program, I became more balanced in my life. I experienced increased margin in my day to day living and gained a clearer focus of God’s calling on my life. I believe that these last five months would have turned out totally different if not for the coaching and knowledge I received through TMP!!
The time commitment is only a 5-hour class once a quarter that will include lectures, small group activities as well as fellowship over a meal. The same group of ladies stays together throughout the three-year time period and has a great opportunity to experience community. The “homework” each quarter can be a couple of hours or several days just depending on what peaks her interest. On a quarterly basis, I will also meet one on one with the participants to give personalized coaching on her greatest area of need.
The first class is starting in just a few weeks on July 1st!! And so, the adventure continues….