Is Lane Creeping Causing a Hot Mess for Christian Communicators?

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I recently watched a Periscope broadcast by someone who was discussing the concept of “staying in one’s lane” as it applies to doing what you do best and not trying to do what someone else does best. Basically, stay in the lane where your best unique talents and abilities are … don’t creep over into another lane where your skills and talents are lacking. Continue reading

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21 Tips for Reaching Your Audience with Periscope

If you’re a Christian who wants to reach the world, you need to be on ‪#‎Periscope‬ — the brand new live-streaming app from twitter. Karen R Power of Christian Speakers Services has put together a terrific FREE guide to help you get started.

I’ve read a bunch of books, ebooks and articles — and this is by far the most helpful and comprehensive. Check it out. Let’s shine the light!!!!

It took Twitter 2 years to reach a million users
It took Facebook 1 year to reach a million users.
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End of the week pondering … Are You Teachable?

UnknownHere’s a great way to end today. I found a note from a mentor that I had forgotten about. In it she stated, “You are manageable, so I tell you and teach you things.”
I have tried to live this verse: “Which of you is a wise and well-instructed [woman] man? Let [her] him prove it by a right life with conduct guided by a wisely teachable spirit.” James 3:13 WNT
Are you teachable? Leave a comment and let me know. I’d love to hear from you. 

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karenpower-0411-jpgI’m Karen Power and my mission is to equip and empower Christian Communicators to share their messages and change the world!

While focused on delivering the message, I have connected the two sides of the coin with my businesses. Since 2004, I have focused on working with thousands of Christian communicators and event planners across the country as the founder and owner of Empowering Christian Communicators, specializing in training and supporting faith-based communicators, and Christian Speakers Services – a speaker bureau with a ministry heart. My diverse background in business, marketing and communication gives me a real edge in assisting Christian communicators.

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God’s No Return Policy

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She’s a cute 6-year-old. The granddaughter of a close friend. And, she wanted a pair of sparkling blue Frozen shoes. Doesn’t every little girl these days? 

Her grandmother, my friend shared this with me. So when I was out shopping recently and saw a pair in her granddaughter’s size, I just HAD to buy them as a surprise for my little friend.

While she was visiting her grandmother a few days ago, I revealed this wonder surprise. Something she just had to have and couldn’t live without a couple of weeks ago. I removed the shoes from the bag with a flourish. TADAH!

With a straight face, this 6-year-old looked me in the eyes and said, “I don’t like them.”

“You don’t like them?” I asked … a little taken aback and confused.

I knew I had understood her grandmother correctly that only a mere few days before this was a MUST-HAVE item.

So I tried again, “I thought you told your grandmother that you really wanted a pair.”

“No. I don’t want them.” She flatly stated.

So there they sit on my dining table awaiting a trip back to their store of purchase. I’m thankful the store has a generous return policy.

I began pondering … How do I act or respond with the gifts that my Heavenly Father has given me?

Every good gift and every perfect present comes from heaven; it comes down from God, the Creator of the heavenly lights, who does not change or cause darkness by turning.” James 1:17 GNT

With the gifts that God has given me, I’m pretty certain that I’ve never flatly told Him, “No, I don’t want it.” Yet, by not fully using, or sometimes just not using at all, the gifts He has given me seems to be a similar response.

Hmmm … maybe it’s time to take inventory of the gifts He has bestowed on me and then convey my thankfulness clearly … and begin using them daily.

For now, I’m thankful that God doesn’t have a return policy “… for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.” Romans 11:29 NIV

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karenpower-0411-jpgI’m Karen Power and my mission is to equip and empower Christian Communicators to share their messages and change the world!

While focused on delivering the message, I have connected the two sides of the coin with my businesses. Since 2004, I have focused on working with thousands of Christian communicators and event planners across the country as the founder and owner of Empowering Christian Communicators, specializing in training and supporting faith-based communicators, and Christian Speakers Services – a speaker bureau with a ministry heart. My diverse background in business, marketing and communication gives me a real edge in assisting Christian communicators.

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BANG! … or Still Small Voice?

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“Look here, Asia” I said to my beloved cat. She looked up and watched me with her big gold eyes. Then I pulled the string and “BANG!” went the popper. She took off like a rocket and hid behind the couch in the living room. After several minutes of apologizing and lovingly coaxing her, Asia finally came out and forgave me.

I had shot off poppers on July 4 outside and didn’t remember the loud bang they made to release the streams of confetti inside. My original intent today was not to frighten my sweet kitty but to give her some streamers to play with. I still remember that trusting look from her just before I pulled the string.

After we both calmed down from this incident, I began thinking of how I would feel if God did that when He wanted to show me something. Sometimes the new thing God is showing me is really big, powerful, or bright. And, sometimes, quite honestly, it scares me.

Thankfully, God shows us most of the time in a different way. Not the BIG BANG that I did with Asia but with a still, small voice.

“Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave.” I Kings 19:11-13 NKJV

God doesn’t have to shout, or send wind, earthquakes, and fire to get our attention … most of the time. He usually speaks gently to our spirit through His Holy Spirit who lives in us.

“God can do anything, you know – far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.” Ephesians 3:20 The Message

I will be a lot more gentle to Asia for the rest of the day as I speak loving words to her. I’m thankful God can whisper intimately in my ear when He says, “Look here, my child.”

How has God been speaking to you lately?

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karenpower-0411-jpgI’m Karen Power and my mission is to equip and empower Christian Communicators to share their messages and change the world!

While focused on delivering the message, I have connected the two sides of the coin with my businesses. Since 2004, I have focused on working with thousands of Christian communicators and event planners across the country as the founder and owner of Empowering Christian Communicators, specializing in training and supporting faith-based communicators, and Christian Speakers Services – a speaker bureau with a ministry heart. My diverse background in business, marketing and communication gives me a real edge in assisting Christian communicators.

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Don’t Miss Seeing The Important Things

 

2765939655Do you have a coach, mentor, parent, friend or other trusted advisor who watches out for you and points out things to you?

I was reminded this morning of when I was really little, my daddy would point to something as he’d try to point out a specific thing for me to see. Maybe it was a bird in a tree or a boat on the horizon. I didn’t see what he was trying to show me because I’d look at his finger instead of where his finger was pointing. I remember when I finally GOT IT … to look where his finger was pointing and not look at his finger.

Sometimes we are looking in the wrong place and can’t see the obvious thing being pointed out. I know I do at times … like this morning. smile emoticon I’m thankful for those who patiently keep pointing until I get it!

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karenpower-0411-jpgI’m Karen Power and my mission is to equip and empower Christian Communicators to share their messages and change the world!

While focused on delivering the message, I have connected the two sides of the coin with my businesses. Since 2004, I have focused on working with thousands of Christian communicators and event planners across the country as the founder and owner of Empowering Christian Communicators, specializing in training and supporting faith-based communicators, and Christian Speakers Services – a speaker bureau with a ministry heart.

My diverse background in business, marketing and communication gives me a real edge in assisting Christian communicators.

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Words Have Power

words-have-powerOur words have power. They can leave an imprint on the hearts of those who hear them. They can shape lives. They can be a blessing or a curse. They can take root and change what we believe about our selves. Yes, words have power.

  1. I used to be very good at reading aloud. I was the kid my teachers would come and get for me to teach the slow readers how to read because I knew phonics. That was until my 5th grade teacher made fun of me while reading. I started stuttering when asked to read aloud. Finally, as an adult, I broke that curse.
  2. I love to sing. One of my sisters (who at the time had years of voice lessons) told me I had a terrible singing voice. I broke that curse years later and learned to sing tenor harmony.
  3. Years ago, a ministry leader started ranting at me with “You will never … in ministry.” To this day, I can’t remember what negative words were spoken because I broke the curse of them as they were being said. And, in the years since, I’ve done a lot in ministry. (The ministry leader … not in ministry anymore.)

Do I believe God has called me to take HIS message around the world and work with people who are HIS communicators! ABSOLUTELY YES! When I was about 4-5 years old, I used to “preach” in the living room. My teacher was amazed at the stories I wrote in First Grade. Do I think the enemy wants to silence me, absolutely yes.

The enemy will use anyone in our lives who is willing to speak words of death … friends, family, coworkers. Sometimes they are not even aware they are being used … until it’s too late.

If you’ve had similar experiences, you, too, can break the power of those words over/in your life. Choose not to believe what was said. Choose not to own what was said. Forgive the person who said it.

We need to be careful with our words, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue,” Proverbs 18:21.

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karenpower-0411-jpgI’m Karen Power and my mission is to equip and empower Christian Communicators to share their messages and change the world!

While focused on delivering the message, I have connected the two sides of the coin with my businesses. Since 2004, I have focused on working with thousands of Christian communicators and event planners across the country as the founder and owner of Empowering Christian Communicators, specializing in training and supporting faith-based communicators, and Christian Speakers Services – a speaker bureau with a ministry heart.

My diverse background in business, marketing and communication gives me a real edge in assisting Christian communicators.

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I Had Only Met Him Twice

I attended the viewing of a man last night whom I’d only seen twice. Not something I do often.

On Thursday, a friend told me about a man who had died unexpectedly and peacefully in his sleep this week. I asked who it was and she said, “Ken”. My response was, “Ken, from your writer’s group?” Ken was a friend of hers from a weekly writers group that she and her husband attend. I met Ken the night he came for the first time and the only time I have visited that group. I saw him again a few months later at a mutual friend’s birthday party.

Ken was one of those people who when you met him, you instantly felt as if you had known him for a long time. So, when my friend asked if I wanted to attend the viewing with her and her husband, I quickly replied, “Yes!” I was honestly a little surprised that I wanted to go.

The viewing was last night. My friend, her husband, another mutual friend and myself traveled across town to the funeral home. As we rode along, my three traveling companions told stories about their friendships with Ken, how they’d met him, stories he had told them, and more about his 85 years of living in one town in Missouri.

Ken had served in the Korean war, returned home, married, started a family, taught school, served as Mayor of that one town, and served his community. He was motived by serving others. He began attending the writers group last year to get help with the many stories he had experienced and in telling about this one town in Missouri. That task will hopefully be fulfilled by some of the people in the writer’s group he attended.

We paid our respects, watched a slide show with probably one hundred slides … all with Ken smiling, many of him holding one baby or another, and from different parts of his long life. We spoke with friends and family and could tell that Ken loved well and was well-loved by many.

Today as I’ve been working, I’ve been pondering. Would someone attend my viewing … someone I’d only seen twice? Have I lived my life in such a way that it would make that kind of impression or impact on someone else?
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karenpower-0411-jpgI’m Karen Power and my mission is to equip and empower Christian Communicators to share their messages and change the world!

While focused on delivering the message, I have connected the two sides of the coin with my businesses. Since 2004, I have focused on working with thousands of Christian communicators and event planners across the country as the founder and owner of Empowering Christian Communicators, specializing in training and supporting faith-based communicators, and Christian Speakers Services – a speaker bureau with a ministry heart.

My diverse background in business, marketing and communication gives me a real edge in assisting Christian communicators.

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Don’t Fall Into the Gratitude Fatigue Trap

TheGratitudeFatigueTrapGratitude. It’s that time of year. Being grateful is a wonderful thing. There’s a plethora of articles, reasons and scriptures why we should be grateful. Yet at this time of year, when we are to be at the height of our gratefulness, we sometimes find ourselves in the trap.

If you’re on Facebook, you’ve seen the 30-days of gratitude lists that are circulating. You know, pick three things you’re grateful for and post on your page. Certainly most people can come up with three things for 30 days. That’s 90 things for the list. You can do it? Right?

Often the list goes something like this … I’m grateful for my spouse, my children, my grandchildren, heat, food, car, cat, dog, etc. While all of those people and things are valid on the list, after a few days it starts to sound like just a list … more like a shopping list than a gratitude list. If you’ve participated in this activity, around day ___ (you pick a number), it becomes challenging to add three more things … even though we have thousands of things to add. There’s a certain randomness and lack of depth to this activity.

Gratitude is not performance-based … as if by making a long list you are magically more grateful. Honestly, that’s when Gratitude Fatigue starts to set in.

The Gratitude Fatigue Trap is that moment when before even beginning, it just seems like a chore. Because of this, most people don’t start. It’s not that they are ungrateful. It just becomes one more thing to do during this busy holiday season and it takes time that yields very little in return. It’s too difficult to join in at all with an attitude of gratitude.

So, how do we focus on being grateful at this time of year … maybe even every day of the year … without having Gratitude Fatigue set in?

Try this …

  1. Choose one thing or person. (That’s doable)
  2. Along with the what or who, tell WHY you are grateful.
  3. Be sure to write it down. You can look back over your reasons or add more later.
  4. Stay with this one thing/person until you are ready to move to the next thing. Focus on truly being grateful for this, not on how long of a list you can create.

For example: I’m grateful for my parents because they raised me in a Christian home with strong moral values, placing importance on independence, faith in God, family, music, honesty, integrity and missions. These values have shaped who I am today in my personal and professional life.

As we stop and reflect on the WHY, more reasons come to mind. Maybe a story, a song, a verse, or something that person said comes back to your memory. Those seeds of gratitude take root and have depth. It’s not just a quick and sometimes thoughtless list but a pause, a reflection, and a heartfelt acknowledgement.

If you are able, take one more step in the cycle of real gratitude. Tell that person what they did and how it impacted you. More than likely in return, they will share a moment or memory of gratitude with you … and the cycle continues and grows. The seeds of gratitude yields a harvest of love, joy, hope, peace, kindness and thankfulness.

It’s time to get out of the Gratitude Fatigue Trap. It’s the beginning of a new month, new week, new day … shift your focus to one thing you are grateful for … and why.
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Karen Power is on a mission to equip and empower Christian Communicators to share their messages and change the world!

While focused on delivering the message, Karen has connected the two-sides of the coin with her businesses. For event and meeting planners, Christian Speakers Services is a speakers bureau with a ministry heart offering speakers for a variety of faith-based and non-faith based events. For speakers, authors and other communicators, Empowering Christian Communicators offers professional development opportunities and support services.

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It’s time to #BEMORE

Cover-bemoreAre you tired of feeling like you are struggling to hang on for dear life while everything is flying by? Sandi Krakowski wants to share with you how she has been able to build several very successful multi-million dollar companies while battling several life threatening and crippling diseases, and how YOU can TAP INTO all that God created for you to be.

YOU were created to have a wonderful life and Sandi Krakowski believes it is possible! Hear the secrets behind her 22 year marriage to Alan, homeschooling all of her children, building a corporation where she and her family all work together.

The #BEMORE life is not about striving, pushing hard and being workaholics so we can all celebrate all we DID! It’s about taking very critical steps in our day to day decisions and commitments, paying attention to the relationships around us and being very aware of who we are BECOMING above all things.

The #BEMORE Life Is The Life You Always Wanted But Never Knew How To Get.

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If you had the opportunity to fulfill your dreams and expand the possibilities in your life, family, business, ministry, community … the world … would you take it? Or, do you feel like you have a life of less and long to have a life of more? If you are tired of the status quo, I recommend getting a copy of Sandi Krakowski’s latest book, #BEMORE: 77 Secrets To Your Powerful Life.

Sandi shares microbursts of insight and encouragement on how to #BEMORE in 5 areas such as Connected to God, In Tune with Yourself, Attentive to Your Relationships, Engaged in Your Community, and Mindful of Your World. Each of the 77 secrets is designed to strengthen your relationship with God and inspire you to live with intentionality, purpose and become more than what you may have only dreamed possible!

It is available in Kindle, as well as hardcover formats. I have both and enjoy the smaller size of the hardcover book because it enables me to conveniently carry it with me and so that I can be reminded to #BEMORE wherever I go.

#BEMORE is more than just an attitude. It’s a mind-set and heart-set to implement in every area of life. It’s a movement.

Here’s the good news … you don’t have to wait to #BEMORE. You can start today! It’s as simple as just doing and in the end coming full circle to helping others #BEMORE as taught in Secret #74: Help Others See Their Potential. “Don’t be jealous of the gifts and blessings others have! God made each of us specifically and strategically. Rejoice with them! #BEMORE”

To get your copy of ‪#‎BEMORE‬: 77 Secrets To Your Best Life purchase now! http://www.thebemorebook.com

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Don’t Quit … Persevere | Paula Friedrichsen

CSLewis-anotherstepThere’s a story about the California gold rush that tells of two brothers who sold all they had and went prospecting for gold. They discovered a vein of the shining ore, staked a claim, and proceeded to get down to the serious business of getting the gold out of the mine. All went well at first, but then a strange thing happened. The vein of gold ore disappeared. The brothers continued to pick away, but without success. Finally, they gave up in disgust, sold their equipment and claim rights for a few hundred dollars, and went back home.

Now, the man who bought the claim hired an engineer to examine the rock strata of the mine. The engineer advised him to continue digging in the same spot where the former owners had left off. And only three feet deeper, the new owner struck gold! With a little more persistence the two brothers that left would have been millionaires themselves.

One may go a long way after one is tired.
~ French Proverb

What is the “gold” that you’re pressing toward? Maybe you’re trying to embark on a new career path or begin a new ministry … or perhaps you’re attempting to overcome an addiction. It could be that you are asking God to restore your marriage and you’re doing your best to cooperate with His guidance for your life. Perseverance is essential when you’re tempted to give up and call it quits. C.S. Lewis said, “What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.” When things get difficult I find it helpful to just focus on the next step ahead. Ask for God’s help and keep taking steps in the right direction. Even if you fall, even if you lose momentum at times, keep getting back up and taking steps forward. You might just be three feet away from striking gold!

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PAULA FRIEDRICHSEN is an ordained minister and published author who speaks nationally at church conferences and women’s retreats. The hallmark of Paula’s ministry is her ability to communicate with unassuming authenticity and transparency. By using Scripture, personal stories, and laughter, she presents Biblical insights and principles to her listeners.

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