Monday, 26 March 2012


I appreciated being sent this today by a good friend and assured my heart that The Lord hears, knows and is with us in the challenges in life we face. 
Hezekiah...spread it before the Lord. 2 Kings 19:14
The Bible says: 'Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it; and Hezekiah went up to the house of the Lord, and spread it before the Lord. Then Hezekiah prayed before the Lord, and said: 'O Lord God of Israel, the One who dwells between the cherubim, You are God, You alone...have made heaven and earth. Incline Your ear, O Lord, and hear; open Your eyes, O Lord, and us...that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You are the Lord God, You alone' (vv. 15-19 NKJV). Hezekiah was in a hopeless situation. An army of 185,000 soldiers was amassed against him, planning to destroy him. But in answer to prayer, God sent an angel to wipe every one of them out. Sometimes bad news comes in the form of a letter, an e-mail or a telephone call. It can come as the sound of screeching tires and broken glass, a lump in your breast, a court date, or a pink slip at work. Bad news knows no class lines, gender or age. It comes to us all.  So what should you do when you have a problem you can't resolve and can't escape? Do what Hezekiah did: take it to the Lord in prayer. Spread it out before Him. But go to Him first, not last. When you do that you honour Him as 'Lord' of the situation and He will respond to you. God's promise is: 'He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him' (Ps 91:15).

Friday, 9 March 2012

7 questions that help you get unstuck

Read an excellent artilce today by Tony Morgan - Enjoy!
Feeling stuck? Here are the key questions you need to answer to help you get from here to there.
  1. Where are we going? This is the vision question. You can’t get unstuck until you know where you want to be. If we don’t answer this question, we tend to stay mired in our current circumstances.
  2. Why are we going there? This is the values question. The values and principles behind the “why” will provide the purpose and passion to pursue the vision.
  3. Who will go with us? This is the people question. Who will be on the team? Who will take the lead? From my experience, “who” should always precede “how.”
  4. How will we get there? This is the strategy question. Until you answer this question, you may have many people who buy into the vision but are left stuck guessing what to do.
  5. What do we have available? This is the resources question. How much will it cost? How much time will we need? What physical space is required?
  6. Did we make it there? This is the measures question. People and organizations who are stuck typically avoid answering this question honestly. They’re content to stay stuck or whine about their situation.
  7. Where are we going next? This is the re-vision question. There are plenty of organizations who have previously experienced success and then failed to answer this question. They’re the one-hit wonders.
These questions can help individuals who feel like they’re stuck in life. They can help organizations who are stuck. They can help people who feel stuck in their relationships (dating, marriage, parenting, etc.).
If you don’t happen to be the boss, figure out what you can change within the freedoms you do have. Start there. Change what you can change.

And if you claim to be a leader, don’t blame your boss (or your wife or your kids or your coach…). It’s not going to help you to whine about your circumstances. Not only is it not very becoming, it also just reinforces your level of stuckness.

Which of these questions do you need to answer today?