Climb: My One Word for 2022

It may be little late in the year (July), but it’s never too late to reflect on my One Word for the year. Each year since 2013, I have chosen One Word for the year to inspire me to move forward in a focused way. This is my 10th year! I started this discipline shortly … Read more

My Journey With Energy Management

For the last decade, I have been interested in managing and improving my level of ENERGY. I once wrote, Your Energy Level Matters. But I’ve also written a lot around energy management! In 2012, if there was any doubt, I learned that I Am Not Invincible! I had an elevated heart rate for much of … Read more

Courageous: My One Word for 2021

So, I should have written this at the beginning of 2021, but at least it’s a chance to check in part way into the year! I have been choosing a One Word each year since 2013 thanks to Jon Gordon (see some previous words: Train, Chase). My word choices have been particularly meaningful since my … Read more

God’s Word in Uncertain Times

Back around the beginning of the global pandemic earlier this year, I started a series of posts on Facebook where I shared verses of Scripture called, “God’s Word in Uncertain Times.” Of course, there are many, many words that speak to us in uncertain times. Here is the series I posted on Facebook over several … Read more

God Has a Plan

In my new role as a district superintendent, I (Joleen) recently wrote this in an email to pastors in the Altoona District: Hear the words of the Lord from Jeremiah 29: 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to … Read more

Guard Against a Victim Mentality

I have been thinking about this for a long time—a little over a year, according to my journal. Basically, I have come to realize that we must all guard against developing a victim mentality! Merriam-Webster defines “victim mentality” as … the belief that one is always a victim : the idea that bad things will … Read more

Life is Fragile!

This post is a little sobering. I drafted it back at the beginning of the pandemic and set it aside. But, I’ve found myself thinking about life, and how fragile it is.  Life has always been fragile. It’s just more noticeable during a pandemic. The truth is, none of us know how much time we … Read more

Disciples of Jesus Need God’s Word

As followers of Jesus we are disciples—students, learners, apprentices. That’s who we are. As disciples, God’s Word is essential for us. The Bible has long played a vital role in my life. But since the stroke, it seems to be even more important. Here are some verses that have impacted me lately … God is … Read more

Who Do We Promote?

I’m impressed with the attitude and non-self-promotional behavior of Jesus in his ministry! I was especially struck by Jesus’ attitude as I started reading through Mark’s gospel again recently. Mark begins by telling how Jesus was introduced by John the Baptist; he didn’t even introduce himself! In the opening chapters of Mark’s gospel, Jesus “sternly” … Read more

Paul & Silas Were Pot-Stirrers!

I’ve said before, Leaders are Pot-Stirrers. I’ve also listed 3 Ways Leaders Stir the Pot. First-century church leaders were clearly pot-stirrers. In Acts 16-17, there’s a story that describes how Paul and Silas were pot-stirrers. “These people are causing an uproar in our city” (Acts 16.20, CEB) … “These people who have been disturbing the … Read more