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Dream Chaser, Leadership

An Early Lesson in Goal Setting

My first experience with goal setting (that I can remember anyway) came from my piano teacher, Mrs. Hunt.  At the age of 6, I was pretty overwhelmed when she said I would have to perform “Water Sprites” in my first recital without using any music.  How would I ever be able to memorize the music?  “You don’t have to memorize it all in one day,” she explained to me.  Her plan was for me to memorize only a few measures each week. Early on I  ...

Family, Inspiration, Leadership, Life

Teachers Who Make A Difference

The teachers we remember most are not necessarily the ones who are famous or hold some high position. The teachers we remember most, the ones who stand out from the rest, are the ones who made a profound and lasting impact on our lives. I was in sixth grade when I was introduced to Mr. C. He had quite the reputation as a teacher who had high expectations and a low tolerance for students who didn’t want to learn about Simon Bolivar and the  ...

Blog, Leadership, Ministry, Volunteers

5 Tips For Finding And Keeping Volunteers

Imagine how many needs would go unanswered without volunteers! One of the greatest things a person can do is offer their knowledge, skills, time or resources to offer hope and to help someone in need. Volunteering connects people to a greater cause than themselves. It allows people be a part of something big, builds relationships and makes a difference in the lives of those they serve. With crazy schedules and busy lives, finding volunteers  ...

Blog, Faith, Leadership, Ministry

An Unknown Woman In The Bible?

Although her name appears just once in Paul’s letter to the church at Rome, Junia is one of the most unknown women of the Bible.  Paul wrote in Romans 16:7, “Greet Andronicus and Junia, my fellow Jews who have been in prison with me. They are outstanding among the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was.” Junia is the first and only woman in Scripture to be explicitly identified as an apostle. Apostles in the New Testament were  ...

Leadership, Life

5 Ways To Live An Inspired Life

I believe at one time or another we all have had a desire to live an inspiring life. To live a life that brings value to this world and makes an impact on other people’s lives. I checked out the definition for ‘inspiring’ and found words like encouraging, energizing, influencing and motivating. Inspiration pushes a person from apathy to possibility. It gives life purpose and passion that will inspire others to do the same. I recently learned  ...

Blog, Leadership, LifeQuest Church

5 Ways To Lead Teams Effectively

Back in my college days, I was introduced to Abraham Maslow thanks to Dr. Gast, my Educational Psychology Professor. Maslow studied what motivates human behavior and observed that we are all ‘needs junkies.” Once we have fulfilled one need, we move on to the next one. Our basic need begins with food and water and then moves on to feeling safe, belonging, making a difference, being recognized and finally, leaving a legacy. What does that mean  ...


3 Leadership Lessons From An Unlikely Leader

Tucked away in the Old Testament book of Judges is an amazing story of an unlikely prophet and judge who lead the nation of Israel. Deborah is the only female to have ever led the Israelite people, and she is known as one of their most noble leaders. As both prophet and judge, Deborah exercised complete religious, political, judicial, and militaristic authority over the people of Israel. She was essentially Israel’s commander-in-chief. The  ...