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May 2011




Esther 5:2 "The King reached out the Golden Scepter. Then Esther went near and touched the top of the sceptor.

He has invited us into His presence thanks to the crucified and risen life of His son, Jesus. Unlike Esther who had to wait till being summoned, we have been summoned into His courts with a lasting open door policy. Picture, His scepter extended always, temple doors wide open, and veil fabric torn for easy entry. We have permission to speak freely there with the King of Kings. We have permission to bring our requests and pleas before the One that can change the outcome. Just like Esther, we have been appointed for such a time as this to intercede and intercept on behalf of people around us. What a privilege to be a lady of the King!

Pete’s Coffee

Belated story but must share! This peculiar LA morning began with taking Katty to therapy only to have an hour to sip coffee with Jesus, waiting for her to text “finished”. I love Pete’s coffee so decided that I would sit outside at table all my own, sip my latte, and open the Word. It was bustling with customers of all types, some well dressed and others of the street persuasion. This Pete’s was located on a very busy little corner in Westwood where high end home décor and homelessness lined the sidewalks, very striking imagery if you ask me. Finally my latte order was slid over my way from the counter barista and out to my little haven I went, smell of vanilla roasted beans preceding my every step.

With selfish excitement for an uninterrupted hour of “Quiet Time” I got to my rickety iron “umbrellaed” table and began to set up shop. A book about Beauty that I had just gotten the day before from the author herself (Anne Ortlund), Bibles ( yes more than one), journal, and various colorful pens draped the tabletop. A sigh of relief and anticipation as I took my first sip and stare into His Word….

It lasted all of 5 short minutes when I was interrupted ( or should I say intersected) by an interesting man. He was dressed “coordinated” but unique, with nothing in hand but a coffee cup he must have brought from home. He walked by my table turned around and came back to ask me, “ can I share your table?” Ummm…. NO! That was my first ( flesh) thought… No, you can’t, I anticipated this morning for a while and wanted time alone with the Savior of the World you live in. In about 5 seconds the conversation in my head spilled out of my mouth with an “ of course you can”. Don’t you love it when Jesus trumps and answers through you? He proceeds to sit down and loudly slurp his coffee at these already awkwardly positioned personal spaceless tables. Beyond the noise interruption, it was his unrelenting stare at me and my Bible that really put it over the top. Nope, he had nothing to read, look like, or ponder… but me. Agh! Not how I wanted to share my morning coffee quiet time, for sure. Then he speaks… “ beauty and religion, those are mutually exclusive”. Oh no… hear we go, now I have to actually engage with him?! Lord, are you serious? Again conversations in my head were trumped with words from His mouth. “No actually they go together perfectly.. true beauty comes from a depth of what is inside… most people are just really shallow. Yes religion is exclusive… but that is why beauty and relationships are the choiced match”. He just continues to stare at me shaking his head in disagreement. Buses are stopping on the corner with loud exhaust each time they brake, business men are standing at the stoplight waiting to cross screaming their deals to everyone near them not just the person on the cell phone, and now me and my little man are trying to have a life discussion. Agh! His lips were moving but I could hear nothing. He was so soft spoken anyway then add in all other LA noise on a Friday morning and the cause is lost. It was comical actually and I found myself smiling, leaning in to catch every other word of this character. Then I was reminded of Jesus words, “when you entertain people and do for the least of these, you do it unto Me”. I was smiling and thanking God for allowing this interesting man to cross my life path for 20 minutes. . I finished up my bible study and conversation with the nameless man and exited the table with a gracious smile and grateful heart. It is rubbing shoulders with the world that introduces them to the hug of Christ at some point. Jesus knows all by name and I pray He calls his soon. Who knows, maybe his name was Pete.


Leadership is a buzz word that can leave some dead and some alive depending on the definition and context of such a powerful word. I attended Leadercast this past week due to a sweet friend gifting me a ticket. Thank you Beloved Lindsey! There always seems to be greater power to the spoken word from a stage with a microphone even if it is just logical sensical facts. I picked up a few nuggets from different moments. Here are a few thoughts on leadership to munch on before lunch:

Who you are as a leader is who you attract to your team.
Leaders create Momentum and momentum solves problems.
Developing people begins with recruiting the best ones through the front door. Be picky!
Leaders position people in their gifts to succeed within each environment.
Leaders find jewels inside others and mine them out into diamonds.
Leaders cause others to shine front center and in the background they merely glisten.
Successful leaders discover what others are good at and position them while knowing the lane they are called to remain in.
listen. observe. learn. serve.

Trainer of Trainers: Develop to duplicate and mentor to multiply
Only disciple and pour into those who commit to do the same with someone else! Leaders lead leaders.
Different levels of leadership of which you are on with different people within your sphere of influence. Evaluate what level you are with whom because people's reaction to vision that you cast as a leader will vary depending on which level they are on with you.

Leadership is influence. Seek to be an Influencer more than that of a Leader.

Live authentic not picturesque.

It is not about the summit but about the steps. You do not need full clarity to take one step at a time. This is mainly how God leads... one step at a time with illuminated path of the Word as a mere lamp to our feet.

In climbing Mt. Everest, Alison Levine said that you have to climb up to base camp and back down again multiple times to acclimate the body to the weather, temperature, altitude, and other factors. So when those summit that Mountain Peak they would have already traversed the face and backbone of the mountain many times from each base camp back down and up again. Amazing! Even if you go down sometimes, you are not going backwards! All of that is essential to the ability of scaling the mountain and standing on the peak!

So downward or upward, regardless we move forward! Just keep moving...