This summer, I was very blessed to not only take a vacation but to take a vacation where I did absolutely NO work. Aside from answering 2 work-related emails, I was able to unplug, relax with my family, shop, watch movies and read.  Deciding WHAT to read while on vacation wasn’t an easy task, as I wanted to read something that wasn’t related to Children’s Ministry but would be enjoyable and hold my attention.

Earlier this year, I watched an interview that Oprah Winfrey did with Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s COO.  I was so intrigued by the interview that I ordered her book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead before the interview was over.  When I glanced at the huge pile of books that have gotten a tad dusty because I have been busy with other things, that one stood out to me.  So I grabbed it and placed it in my suitcase.  While on vacation, I read it cover to cover in just a matter of days (it’s been a while since I’ve done that)!

Photo Credit: leanin.org

Photo Credit: leanin.org

Today, I want to share some of my favorite quotes from the book as well as a few thoughts about a project I feel God is calling me to.

  • “We [women] hold ourselves back in ways both big and small, by lacking self-confidence, by not raising our hands, and by pulling back when we should be leaning in.”
  • “Fear is at the root of so many of the barriers that women face.”
  • “Opportunities are rarely offered; they’re seized.”
  • “Taking initiative pays off.  It is hard to visualize someone was a leader if she is always waiting to be told what to do.”
  • “In order to continue to grow and challenge myself, I have to believe in my own abilities.”
  • “Owning one’s success is key to achieving more success.”
  • “Authentic communication is not always easy, but it is the basis for successful relationships at home and real effectiveness at work.”
  • “The ability to listen is as important as the ability to speak.”
  • “Long-term success at work often depends on not trying to meet every demand placed on us.  The best way to make room for both life and career is to make choices deliberately – to set limits and stick to them.”
  • “Instead of perfection, we should aim for sustainable and fulfilling.”

This book was not written from a Christian perspective, but I found it to speak to me in so many ways.  The one chapter that I had to really contemplate was the very first one.  It asked, “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?”  Let that sink in for a moment.  How would you answer that?

When I put my book, highlighter and pen down and really thought about that question, I had a few thoughts pop into my mind.  I have shared in previous posts how fear almost prevented me from starting this blog for fear of failing.  Stepping out in faith comes easy to me in some areas but it petrifies me in other areas.

For the past year, I have felt God speak to me about birthing a resource for kidmin leaders but I have always pushed it aside because it has never felt like the ‘right time’ or I didn’t have the ‘right resources’ or *gasp* the ‘right knowledge’ to pull it off. But I have once again felt God say, “Do it.  The time is now.”  So, it is my desire to develop my idea a bit and share it with the kidmin world later this fall.  I can’t wait to share it with you!

But for now:  What would you do if you weren’t afraid?  How would you answer that?

My friends over at Orange Books are offering some great deals this week for their first ever Orange Books Deal Week. But it’s not too late. You can get any of the deals today, like this featured deal:

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Buy the Orange Books Digital Library (Kindle editions of Married People, Make Believe, Creating a Lead Small Culture, Lead Small,Leading Change Without Losing It, Leading a Special Needs Ministry, and Playing for Keeps/Losing Your Marbles, and get all of the following:

  • All Orange Conference 2014 breakouts offered in Deals 1–4
  • A three-month trial membership to Weekly (an online subscription to empower your small group leaders and parents)
  • Do for a Few: A Training Event in How to Lead Small (a training event and guide)
  • Playing for Keeps 2.0 (a workshop and training event for small group leaders and parents)
Plus, when you tweet or share on Facebook any of the deals using the hashtag #OrangeBooks, you’ll be entered to win a prize.
Go to OrangeBooks.com to learn more.

My friends over at Orange Books are offering some great deals this week for their first ever Orange Books Deal Week. You can get any of the deals, but only through tomorrow. Here’s one that’s sure to help you get your on the same page and growing together:

 

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Buy the Book Club Bundle (5 or more copies each of Creating a Lead Small Culture, Make Believe, or Married People), and get all of the following:

  • “What Is Orange?” (Orange Conference 2014 breakout by Reggie Joiner, audio file)
  • Do for a Few: A Training Event in How to Lead Small (a training and event guide)
  • One ticket to Orange Tour 2014
Plus, when you tweet or share on Facebook any of the deals using the hashtag #OrangeBooks, you’ll be entered to win a prize.
Go to OrangeBooks.com to learn more & be sure to come back tomorrow to learn about the last deal of the week!