Life is NOT a Solo Sport

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“A word of encouragement from a teacher to a child can change a life. A word of encouragement from a spouse can save a marriage. A word of encouragement from a leader can inspire a person to reach their potential.”

John Maxwell

 

God never intended for us to be a solo act completely self-sufficient and in need of no one. The words of the great Christian poet, John Donne, are as true today as when he penned them in 1624, “No man is an island unto himself.” We need Godly relationships!

They say, you can know where you will be in five years by looking at the books you’re reading and the friends you spend time with. The really great news is we can control both what we read and whom we chose to spend time with. The trick is to chose wisely.  

As for me, I know I have a true friend when they love me enough to tell me the truth, even when it is not what I want to hear. A so called friend who won’t tell you the honest truth is paramount to the person who won’t tell you the “bridge is out” because they don’t want to hurt your feelings. Proverbs 27:17 encourages us that “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.”

From time to time, it is good to do a little self-check. First ask yourself, “Have I surrounded myself with good Godly friends? Second, ask yourself, “Am I a good Godly friend?” Third, ask yourself, “Would I want my conversations with my friends broadcast over the speaker system of Heaven?” If you can’t answer a hearty “Yes” to all these questions, now would be a great time to make some changes. We only have one run at this life, choose wisely those you surround yourself with, make sure they are the ones who will cheer you over the finish line of life.

“The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense.” Proverbs 27:9

 

Excited About This Press Release!

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Sandy Lawson Signs Publishing Deal With CelebrityPress For New Book, “Transform”

 

 

Writer and speaker Sandy Lawson will team with CelebrityPress, a leading book publishing company, and other leading experts from across the globe to release the new book, “Transform.”

Wentzville, MO – June 19, 2014 – Sandy Lawson serves as a Care Pastor at Element Church, in Wentzville Missouri, one of the fastest growing churches America. Sandy has joined noted business development expert, best-selling author and speaker, Brian Tracy, along with a select group of the world’s leading experts, to co-write the forthcoming book titled, Transform: The World’s Leading Entrepreneurs and Professionals Get to the Heart and Soul of Transforming your Life, Business & Health. Nick Nanton, Esq., along with business partner, JW Dicks, Esq., recently signed a publishing deal with Sandy and the other authors to contribute their expertise to the book, which will be released under their CelebrityPress™ imprint.

Sandy Lawson has over 30 years of experience partnering with her husband, Kip, in family ministry and outreach.  She’s had the privilege of serving on staff at three mega churches prior to Element Church. In addition, she and her husband also had the honor of building the bus ministry of the Oneighty Youth Group at Church on the Move in Tulsa, Oklahoma from 400 riders weekly to nearly 1,500 riders each week.

Her biggest joy is coaching people in their personal relationships and helping them reach their God-given potential.  She and her husband have helped hundreds of couples turn failing marriages into happily-ever-afters, as well as assisting parents in their quest to create healthy thriving families.  In their career, Sandy and her husband have been a major influence in the lives of thousands of children, teens, and adults around the world. Sandy is the mother of three, and the grandmother of eight wonderful grandkids.  She and her husband have been married over 45 years.  She was educated at Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State University in California.

She is the author of a parenting book, “Parenting Through the Mirror” which explores the concept that great parenting must begin with personal transformation.  She is also the author and illustrator of a children’s geology book, “Iggy and the Volcano”  that teaches kids the cycle of igneous rocks. Sandy is a freelance writer, speaker, blogger and was a major contributor to an internationally distributed children’s curriculum.

CelebrityPress™ describes the book:

When we think of transformation, we automatically think of metamorphosis or change. One of the first metamorphoses we discover as a child is the universally- quoted change of the caterpillar into the butterfly. The positive symbolism of this transformation is liberally applied to illustrate the change from ‘ugly duckling’ to ‘elegant swan’ in all fields.

This symbolism readily transfers to just about any change for the better. The guidance of individuals who have experienced positive change with mentoring, have taken calculated risks and enjoyed accomplishments in their field, may be seen as role models. We also note that the transformations of the PremierExperts® in this book are not limited by ‘dollars and cents’ measurement, but include body, mind and soul accomplishments.

The transforming experiences discussed by the PremierExperts® in this book cover many subjects including positive mindset changes, changes wrought by perseverance, passion, due diligence, restructuring, technology, systems, techniques, etc., …in fact, they cover positive changes that cut across numerous disciplines and fields.

The book is tentatively scheduled for release in September 2014.

Learn more about Sandy Lawson at http://scourtneylawson.com/

 

Just Do It

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Perfection is over-rated. An idea doesn’t have to be perfect. It just has to be implemented.

~Unknown

 

Are you like me?  You get a great idea and then it never gets implemented because you spin your wheels trying to get it just right before you do it.  I’m learning to start somewhere, because somewhere is better than no where.  Once I get it started, then I can improve it as I go.  It saddens me a bit to think of the trail of great ideas that have fallen into the ditch of inaction, but it th-1encourages me to change my ways and stop the bleeding.  How do you get things implemented?

 

 

Don’t Quit

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Lately, I’ve talked to so many people going through extremely difficult situations.  Some are just hanging by a thread.  Maybe you’re like one of those on the verge of giving up.  Don’t quit. You only lose when you quit.  I ran across this poem and thought it might encourage someone.

Don’t Quit

When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and debts are high,
And you want to smile but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit…
Rest if you must—but don’t you quit.

Life is strange with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won if he’d stuck it out.
Don’t give up, though the pace seems slow
You may succeed with another blow.

The goal may be nearer than
It seems to a tired man with rolled up sleeves
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Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late, when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are.
It may be near when it seems afar.
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit,
It’s when things go wrong
That you mustn’t quit.

– Unknown

 

 

Brilliantly Put . . .

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Sometimes you run across a statement that just says it all.  This is one of them;  I love this quote. You can cancel your counseling appointment – here is your answer simply and aptly put – pick your problem.  I think we lose some of life’s biggest truths under a mountain of rhetoric.  This one peels back the veneer. Thank you Mr. Covey

th-1“Every human has four endowments — self-awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.”
– Stephen R. Covey

JOY the Heart Check

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This week, I’ve been thinking a lot about the source of true joy.  Jesus said, if you want to be great, you need to be the servant of all.  Apparently, inherent in achieving joy, is dying to self. I remember a wise person once told me that you never know if you have a servant’s heart until someone treats you like a servant.  Has anyone ever treated you like a servant?  I choose to think of it as a heart check, and if I find any resentment lurking, I find a way to go the second mile. It never fails to turn resentment into peace and pride into joy.  True joy comes not from what we get, but from what we give.  What are some other ways that you jump start your joy?heart

3 Simple Steps To Dream Again – Part 3

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3. Don’t give up on your dreams.  

Or, as they say in the classic film “Galaxy Quest”  “Never Give Up Never Surrender!”

You don’t lose until you quit. Your breakthrough could be moments away.  Keep looking up, keep trusting God and when your circumstances overwhelm you, and it all looks impossible. Simply change your perspective and look at it through God’s eyes.

Ephesians 2:6 encourages us that we are seated with Christ in Heavenly places.  Notice it says, “are seated” not “will be seated.”  When we’re seated at that altitude, we can have access to the big picture that helps us see beyond the immediate obstacles to the glorious potential.

Seeing it through from God’s perspective helps you keep your heart right. When we see things from God’s perspective it changes everything.

After 23 years, Joseph’s dream came to pass just as he had seen it at 17 years of age.  When the famine forced his family to come to Egypt in search of food, they bowed low before Egypt’s great ruler   . . .  Joseph – just like in his dream.  In Chapter 45 Joseph reveals his identity to his brothers.  In this passage, he also reveals his heart of forgiveness, and his right perspective – God’s.  Having God’s perspective caused him to trust in God and believe beyond circumstance which protected him from bitterness, and unforgiveness.

So Joseph didn’t let his past determine his future, made others successful, and he never gave up.  Joseph saved Egypt, he saved his people, and he changed the world.

Take a pointer from one of the greatest heroes who ever lived, Joseph. Never ever stop dreaming no matter what, the world needs your dream!