January 30, 2015
By Christine Caine

Propel, Christine’s new outreach to women in leadership is launching this week! You can join us in 2015 as we begin a powerful series of events for women of all ages.

Most women today have multiple roles. I work for one of the largest anti-trafficking organizations on the globe, but that’s not all that I do. As a wife, stepmom, ministry leader, writer and visionary, I’m constantly fighting the tension of balance. But what if balance is a myth? What if balance isn’t as much needed as tenacity? What if we stopped feeling like we have to abdicate one responsibility for the other? Instead, make it work.

Whether you are married or single, young or old, entrepreneur or student, there are moments that will overwhelm you and make you question your life choices. Life won’t always be perfect and polished and pretty. But pick your head up, refocus your heart and remember that you are stronger than you think.

Failure is not an option if failure is not a choice.

Yes, there must be times to re-evaluate or pause in respite of a decision. But if you reconcile in your heart that you are stronger than you think and call to the God-potential in you, you cannot fail. No matter what is thrown at you, don’t give up. Just make it work. And guess what? It always does.

Today’s devotional written by: Bianca Olthoff, Chief Storyteller for The A21 Campaign.

January 29, 2015
By Christine Caine

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God (Philippians 4:6).

I believe there is a direct correlation between trusting God and prayer. Prayer is our way to communicate with the Father, our opportunity to bring our gratitude, needs and concerns before Him.

Sometimes we think we don’t have enough time to pray because we have a zillion other things to do and no extra slot in our schedule.

I was not able to find peace in my heart about my prayer life until I discovered this one thing: Prayer has no formal location or time-slot requirement! Simply put, prayer is a way of life. When we pray, we are trusting God with our needs and future rather than depending on ourselves.

In essence, unceasing prayer means continual dependence upon and constant communication with our Father, and with this comes the supernatural peace that only God can give.

January 28, 2015
By Christine Caine

Propel, Christine’s new outreach to women in leadership is launching this week! You can join us in 2015 as we begin a powerful series of events for women of all ages.

Reflecting upon the journey that has led me into leadership, there are three things that I would love to tell my twenty-year-old self.

One: There is a great difference between having a title and having influence. Titles can be generic and empty. If you look for confirmation in your title, you may find yourself empty-handed because a title is merely a word.

Two: There is a great difference between having a résumé and having a reputation. A résumé helps you get your foot in the door, but it is your reputation that will keep you there.

Three: There is grave importance in understanding that a position is more often perceived and responded to than it is verbally communicated. I have learned that when people give you their attention, they affirm your place of leadership.

Leadership is not something you can quickly obtain; it must be grown organically over time through both success and hardship. So any secret to leadership is realization of this: in becoming a true leader, there are no shortcuts. 

Today’s devotional written by: Carolyn Haggard, Director of RainCloud Media.

January 27, 2015
By Christine Caine

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you (1 Peter 5:7).

It’s an easy thing to say we trust God, but it is definitely not an easy thing for some of us to do – especially if we come from a background where our trust has been consistently betrayed. In order to go the distance, we need to strongly develop the habit of not trying to control and orchestrate our lives and futures, but rather giving them to God.

It is one thing to plan and prepare for the future, but another to try to manipulate events, people or circumstances. When we believe that God truly cares for us, it is so much easier to cast our cares upon Him. No one is going to entrust anything that matters to them to someone who does not care for them.

Today, I want you to know that God’s plans for you are for good and not evil. God started this work in you, and He will bring it to completion. If God is for you, then who can be against you? You can trust Him with every detail of your life.

January 26, 2015
By Christine Caine

Propel, Christine’s new outreach to women in leadership is launching this week! You can join us in 2015 as we begin a powerful series of events for women of all ages.

With a lot of trial and error, failure and success, I have to admit that I have struggled to know if I have what it takes to be a “leader” and grow my business into the company that I imagine. Sure, I’m creative, I have some influence and I can make stuff happen, but I’m asking the core question: Am I meant to be a leader?

[Gulp] Cue fear, worry and doubt.

I have come to the conclusion that I’m not a “leader” in my own conventional understanding of the concept. I don’t geek out on HR protocols and strategies or respond within the first 20 seconds of an email hitting my inbox. I rarely wake up at 5:00am to go for a run, do my morning devo and analyze my databases while delegating all my to-dos.

That’s not me! Cue worry, fear and doubt.

I have built up this idea in my mind of what a leader is and what a leader isn’t based on things I’ve read, seen and experienced in others. I’ve easily categorized myself in a genre of what a leader isn’t, namely because I’m an unconventional “leader.”

This season has taught me that I have placed too much emphasis on the idea of the word “leadership,” instead of just accepting the position and the opportunity that God has naturally wired me up to do and put right in front of me.

Personally, although I don’t have it all figured out, one thing I know is that I don’t want to let fear, worry and doubt be my anchor anymore!

*Today’s devo written by: Promise Tangeman, Founder and Art Director of Go Live HQ, a hub for graphic and web design resources and workshops for creative small businesses.