How To Have The Family You’ve Always Dreamed Of – Part 1

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thEarly on we had a revelation that our children were going to become who we were, not who we told them to be. and that our influence would be directly proportional to our obedience.  We were in agreement that we wanted to raise our kids God’s way.  So, we dove into the Word, especially Proverbs, and soaked it in . . . we were clueless, all we knew is if the Book said it, we’d should do it.  Proverbs 22:6, really stood out to us.

Proverbs 22:6

Point your kids in the right direction—when they’re old they won’t be lost. msg

As we studied, we began to see our job as not regulating but coaching and training.

Over the years, we adopted these principles into our parenting and they were huge, so I want to pass them on to you over the next few weeks.

# 1 – The Name It Principle

“Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.”  Proverbs 18:21 Message Bible

God shows us his intentions for mankind in the Book of Genesis.  He had just finished creating virtually everything.  He did not need any help, yet he assigned Adam the creative task of naming all the animals.

Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name.

Genesis 2:19 NKJV

Here God gave us the “Name It Principle” (The principle of creation.)  Remember, we are created in His image just like Adam.  Whatever Adam named the animals, that’s what they were called.  God was teaching the created how to create.  This is the same principle that God used when He created everything.  When He gave it to Adam, He gave it to us.

What do you name it?

Here’s an example:

God brings an opportunity to one man and says, “What do you name it?”

The man says, “That’s impossible. it can’t be done, it is way too hard.”

Then He brings the exact same opportunity to someone else and asks the same question, “What do you name it?”

This guy says, “This is the opportunity I’ve been looking for for years!  I can’t believe how lucky I am.  I can do this!!!”

The same opportunities, vastly different results.  It’s the way you think that makes the difference.  It all starts with a thought.

Let’s take this principle to our parenting.  God gives you a child and says, “What do you name him?”

Do you name him “Can’t you do anything right?”  or “What is wrong with you? I’ve told you 1,000 times.”  or possibly worst of all, “I wish you’d never been born.”

And realize, sometimes it is not the direct words you speak, but how your child filters what you say that makes it reality for them.

On the other hand, you could name your child what the Bible says:

You’re the head and not the tail.

You are more than a conquerer

You are made for greatness.

You have the mind of Christ.

“God has an amazing plan for your life.”  He is going to use you to change the world and impact thousands of lives.”

What you focus on (think about), and what you say is what you get.  A thought gives birth to words, and words give birth to actions. It’s the principle of creation at work.

So why do we sometimes speak words that kill instead of words that give life?

Press Release

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Sandy's Web Pic Hey guys, its me!  I just got back from Hollywood where I received a Quilly award for my contribution to Brian Tracy’s new book “Transform” the whole experience just  was just unbelievably amazing!  Then I saw this press release.

Sandy Lawson Hits Amazon Best-Seller List With New Book, “Transform”

Writer and speaker Sandy Lawson recently hit two Amazon.com best-seller lists with the new business book, “Transform,” co-authored with best-selling author and speaker Brian Tracy.

Wentzville, MO – September 18, 2014 Sandy Lawson serves as a Care Pastor at Element Church, in Wentzville Missouri, one of the fastest growing churches America. Sandy recently 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-author the book titled, Transform: The World’s Leading Entrepreneurs and Professionals Get to the Heart and Soul of Transforming your Life, Business & Health. The book was released on September 18, 2014 by CelebrityPress™ – a leading business book publisher.

On the day of release, Transform reached best-seller status in two Amazon.com categories – reaching as high as #6 in the “Direct Marketing” category. The book also reached best-seller status in the “Marketing and Small Business” category. Sandy contributed a chapter titled, “The Relationship Transformation…Taking Relationships From Terminal to Transformed.”

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.

It’s Time for a New Transformation

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Over the last 8 months leading professionals were chosen in various niches and professions who exemplify a trailblazer mentality and didn’t let the world’s lure of comfort keep them from taking chances and having HUGE Success. We were asked to co-author in a book with the legendary Brian Tracy and we were all held to one standard, we all had to be willing to share openly, no holding back, the most valuable secrets we had in our tool box. As you can imagine putting that sort of thing in writing for the world to see is a bit intimidating….but I’m excited to tell you that every single one of us agreed! And now I am able to proudly present your next “must have” book that will transform your life and business to where you want it to be.

The book we co-wrote together “Transform” is launching this Wednesday, Sept. 17th, and we’d love to have your support and get this book off to a great start. For a sneak peek, checkout http://sandylawson.thetransformbook.com/

I appreciate you and I’ll get back with you to remind you about the launch and to tell you more about the bonuses I’m putting together!  Stay tuned.

Releasing Soon . . . Transform

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Book Summary

Are you ready to be Transformed?  Our new book is scheduled for release soon.  Get a sneak peek at http://sandylawson.thetransformbook.com/

The World’s Leading Entrepreneurs and Professionals Get to the Heart and Soul of Transforming Your Life, Business & Health

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.

So get ready to TRANSFORM yourself for success!!!

 

 

 

 

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?