What You Want: How Your Desires Reveal Your Purpose


Today, I want to share with you my PASSION! God created us in this time and in this place for a REASON—to impact His Kingdom. We know from Genesis that He placed Adam in the Garden of Eden to WORK, so our WORK is as important to God as every other aspect of our lives. […]

The Dedication Stone: The Second of Four Business Cornerstones for Helping Professionals


…therefore thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I am the one who has laid as a foundation in Zion, a stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, of a sure foundation: ‘Whoever believes will not be in haste.’  Isaiah 28:16 A cornerstone, in ancient building practices, was the first and principal stone placed at the […]

Is a Boss Automatically a Leader?


  Have you ever had a rotten boss? I mean the kind that just should not be leading? The kind who maybe gets your name wrong every time, or the kind of boss who hides behind an office door. I had one just like that. He was the principal of an elementary school, but you […]

How to Stop Giving Away Your Time and Working for Free


  A friend of mine recently spent an entire day volunteering her services as a retail consultant for a small shop owner who couldn’t afford to pay her. She sorted inventory, rearranged displays, and even helped with pricing strategies. As I sat listening to her talk about the job, I wondered why we agree to […]

8 Ways to Relieve Stress as an Entrepreneur

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  Here I am just hours away from a writing deadline. I have a million things to do, and, I confess, I just remembered that my blog on leadership is due. I forgot to put it on my calendar, and one thing I’ve learned is that if it’s not on my calendar, I won’t remember […]

Are You Too Nice to Your Employees?  


  There’s an old clichéd saying: familiarity breeds contempt. I was reminded of this the other day while interacting with a new designer I had hired for one of my books. We were in a virtual argument across emails over a design decision I had made that she didn’t want to accept. I live by […]

Why You Should Plan for Failure


  I was at a school conference last week, and my son was impressing the teachers with his color-coded, neatly organized binder. (Let me preface by saying the words “neatly organized” are not often used when describing anything related to my wonderful son!) We congratulated him on taking the initiative and responsibility to get off […]

Don’t Judge Cinderella


  [This article was originally published by Elayna Fernandez on August 18, 2014.] I once read a quote stated by Al Pacino for his character in a movie called City Hall (which I have not seen, because I do not watch R-rated movies), and this quote explains very well what I mean by “don’t judge Cinderella”: […]

A Design After God’s Own Heart: Finding Your Identity in the Men and Women of the Bible

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  When I was a teenager, I really struggled with my identity, particularly because many of my interests involved not-so-girly things like motorcycles, martial arts, and wood shop. My parents didn’t raise me to be particularly drawn to these things; I simply had preferences that differed from most girls. Fast forward to today: I would […]

Are You Drowning in Information?


  Do you ever wonder how to keep up with the barrage of information thrown at you daily? Where do you save the great idea you found on Facebook? What about the great blog post you read about keeping your clients happy? Where did you put those meeting notes from last week? Where is the […]