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Negotiations…at home…at work…

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If you are like me, you might think that this book has very little to do with you, but…we might want to think again! 

My husband (who is in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions) has been reading this book and talking about it for months, and after watching his enthusiasm, I finally decided to pick it up.

I’ve only just started the book, but I’m already hooked.

Starting with real stories of an incredible FBI hostage negotiator, the book unpacks how to truly understand people in order to enter into effective negotiations (or discussions about things that need mutual agreement)–at home or at work. 

Worth a read 😀…

A Gift…

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In this new season of marriage (to an amazing man, I might add 🤗), the Lord is stretching and growing me in significant ways, and I couldn’t be more grateful.  Though I could share many different facets of “learning,” the one that is top of mind is the recent gift that my Father gave me on Easter Sunday morning….

Over the last month, I wrestled with a lack of peace and some uncharacteristic agitation in both my thinking and actions.  I was tired on a regular basis (thinking it was jet lag from a trip back to the US) and I truly couldn’t seem to get to the bottom of it.  In that place of confusion it seemed to me that circumstances and interactions with certain people were causing my agitation. However, the truth was that I needed a revelation from Jesus of my own heart–the part of my heart that I could not clearly see.

The Saturday before Easter, I was so discouraged that I finally started asking Jesus to help.  I know He was just waiting for me to ask so He could pour His grace over me.  I went to sleep that night, and about 2:00 am he woke me up.  As I was laying there, I received a revelation of two words–“scorn and disdain.”  He told me that I was fighting a spirit of “scorn and disdain” and that they were rooted in pride and that I needed to repent.  Wow!!  I knew I didn’t come up with that!  

I cannot tell you how grateful I was (and still am) for the gift of repentance.  I truly didn’t know what to do or where to turn, and in His absolute love for me, He showed up with the gift of His conviction and repentance. I almost couldn’t wait until morning to confess, repent and be done with this thing!  

Easter Sunday morning dawned clear and bright and I had the amazing gift of celebrating the reality of the cross and the power of repentance that was bought through Jesus’ blood as I kneeled with my husband before my Father the King and repented, receiving grace…His amazing and unlimited grace.  

Joy, energy, clarity of thought and peace returned instantly after my repentance, and it was only then that I realized how much energy had been wasted in living with the sinful mindset that I was operating in.   

Repentance…what a gift…one that I want to receive and embrace every time as an amazing gift from my Father who loves me more than I can even imagine.

Blessing to Share?

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During my time at Master Works Foundation while visiting leaders all over the world, I quickly learned that leadership is lonely and tough.  It’s a high and challenging calling, especially the way Jesus asks us to do it.

Because the life of a leader always determines the life of a ministry/organization, the emotional, spiritual and relational health of any leader is vital.  To cultivate personal vibrancy as a leader takes time and intentionality.

The heart of En Gedi Blessing is to facilitate the use of beautiful private vacation homes for leaders to create, explore, refresh and dream–building into healthy leaders who in turn can lead healthy organizations.  

Do you have a vacation home that you would be willing to make available for 2 weeks a year to bless ministry leaders?  If so, please contact Laurie!

From Dry Bones to an Army

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South Africa–a place of incredible beauty, wildness, adventure, and challenges.  From animals, to terrain, to core racial/ethnic groups, to history, to politics, South Africa has more diversity in a relatively small land space than any other country I know.

Corruption and violence have plagued the top levels of leadership in this country for a number of years, bringing destruction and devastation of every kind imaginable.  With a national election coming on May 8th, South Africa is at a crisis point.  We need a miraculous intervention by our GREAT God.  

NOTHING is impossible with Him.

Will you stand with us and pray for a kingdom miracle on May 8th?  We need the power of the united body of Christ.

In 2013 God called me to pray and prophesy Ezekiel 37:1-14 over this nation.  I believe this is the heart of God for South Africa, and I continue to prophesy and pray, along with many others, for the “vast army” of the kingdom to arise in this beautiful land.

Pray with us that for the May 8th elections that “Those who oppose the LORD will be broken.  The Most High will thunder from heaven; the LORD will judge the ends of the earth.  He will give strength to His King and exalt the horn of His anointed.”  (I Sam. 2:1)

The name of Jesus has the power to change things–ANYTHING.  He is…The KING!

“All Hail King Jesus…”,