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The Art of Listening

How do you listen? I recently read that the skill which is most necessary to be an effective leader is ‘listening.’ In fact, some are so bold to say that you can’t become a great leader, until you are a great listener – which is often hard to do because most of the time our thoughts are consumed with our own agendas. Listening shows we really care about the person. Whether it is listening to a friend, co-worker or  ...

Blog, Faith, Life

Who is really in control?

“All this energy comes from Christ: God raised Him from death and set Him on a throne in deep heaven, in charge of running the universe, everything from galaxies to governments, no name and no power exempt from His rule. And not just for the time being, but forever. He is in charge of it all, has the final word on everything. At the center of all this, Christ rules the church. The church, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the  ...

Blog, Faith, LifeQuest Church

BREAKTHROUGH: History in the Making

It’s been over 10 years ago since I began attending LifeQuest Church. I have witnessed God change hundreds of lives through the power of Jesus! The stories never get old and there are always new ones being lived out. Just a few weeks ago, a young mom walked through the doors of LifeQuest. Feeling hopeless and unable to hold back the tears, her life seemed to be falling apart. I often like to think of our church as an ’emergency  ...

Blog, Family, Leadership, Life

Facing Your Fears

We were excited for a few days of relaxation at the lake, but when I noticed a huge snake crawling over the porch as we were unloading the car – relaxing was the farthest thing from my mind. Let me just say I am scared to death of snakes! I wanted to scream. Then I began to try and convince myself the snake was only passing through our yard and would continue down the row of cabins to haunt someone else. Much to my disappointment  ...

Blog, Family, LifeQuest Church

Memory Deposits

It’s surprising how much of memory is built around things unnoticed at the time. The crazy thing is you never know when you are making a memory until you look back and suddenly you realize the impact it made on your life. Holidays spent at my parents house…the familiar smells of turkey in the oven, the samplings of coconut cream, chocolate, strawberry, pecan and apple pies (You see my Mom had to make everyone’s favorites), taking  ...

Blog, Faith, LifeQuest Church

Staying the Course

I am a very sound sleeper. I rarely remember any dreams I have during the night, but a few months ago I had one of those dreams that stuck with me. As we walked down a long hallway (much like the corridor from my high school days with lockers on both sides), the leaders from LifeQuest passed by doors labeled ‘Life Change.’ As we glanced into the rooms we saw people whose lives had been changed through the power of Jesus Christ.  ...

Blog, Just Fun, Life

Dreaming BIG

I have always had a list big dreams…some of them have been a little crazy. Like the time I told my husband that for my 50th birthday I would like to parachute out of an airplane. (It was an awesome experience, by the way!) Other dreams have come as a result of seeds planted, watered and nourished over a long period of time and then – at just the right time – God brings it to pass. Some of my biggest dreams have come through  ...