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If you have problems with quiet time as well, here are some solutions. By Care Baldwin

January 1st, 2017 | 2 Comments | Posted in From Care

When I was asked to submit something for the January issue, I thought about what I would find helpful for the New Year. It seems like every few months I have to remind myself to be more disciplined with my devotional time. It’s easy for me to listen to a pastor on a Podcast while I’m driving or to read a book on leadership but to set time aside in the morning just doesn’t seem to work. I even wake up earlier than my husband (we carpool to work together) but end up filling my time doing things around the house. Please tell me I’m not alone in this?!!

There have been a few apps/devotionals that have helped keep me on track for spurts of time:

“Experiencing God Day-by-Day” dailyprayer_pg2-daybyday
First5 mobile app (from Proverbs 31 Ministries)
Various reading plans via YouVersion dailyprayer_pg2-youversion

If you have problems with quiet time as well, here are some solutions… dailyprayer_pg2-youversion

As referenced in the article, I’m going to try something new this year.
They say it takes 21 days to make a habit, so join me in making a new habit in the first 40 days of 2017! Sign up here (free) for “The 40 Days of Prayer” from

Happy New Year!

– Care

Hello 2017, Goodbye 2016 by Ashley House

January 1st, 2017 | No Comments | Posted in From Ashley
shutterstock_276025601A new year is upon us and before we get caught up in the new season of activities and plans, I find it wise to pause, reflect, pray & plan. When you take time to think back on 2016 and look expectantly at 2017 it can change your perspective drastically. It may seem tedious or daunting or boring but I’ve been doing this for the past 5 years and have never been disappointed that I took an hour out of the first few weeks of the new year to pray through what I did well or didn’t do well the previous year and the hopes, dreams & goals I’m chasing in the new year.I was given a good tip a few years ago around goal setting for the New Year – pick one fruit of the spirit as your theme for the year. Praying about it, focus on it and ruminate on it for the year.

Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

This year I’m choosing “forbearance” aka patience. Do you also feel like the world went a little crazy in 2016? It can make you feel anxious, it can make you want to speed through a portion of your life, it can make you want things that God knows you’re not ready for you. Patience. Time can be your friend if you let it. Be still, and I know that I am God. Psalm 46:10

I’ve been following along with a new leadership podcast out of Minnesota called “Lead Stories with  Jo Saxton and Steph Williams”. I love these girls, they make you feel included and loved and challenged. Highly recommend!

They’ve created a tool to help you say Hello to 2017 & Goodbye to 2016. Get it here:

Wishing you a Happy 2017!
– Ashley

5 Things Great Leaders Do (That Most People Don’t) Recommended by Ashlyn Berkhout

January 1st, 2017 | No Comments | Posted in Advice and Tips

I found that this article impacted me because of my leadership role during events and with the Family Fun Team. Sometimes we get so caught up in just making sure that everyone under our leadership is happy, organized, growing, and communicated with properly that we forget about our own growth. With the new year coming up and fresh resolutions, I want to encourage others in a leadership role specifically to take these points to heart… The most important one being that you are never too old to keep growing as a leader and as a Christian. – Ashlyn

pexels-photo-29676As the pastor of a young church, I get to interact with a lot of young people, many of whom dream of doing something significant with their lives. To quote the late Steve Jobs, they long to make a dent in the universe. They want their life to matter. I love getting to spend time with young people who aren’t content to settle for the status quo and who long to make a difference. That said, there are some things I’ve noticed that are common to aspiring young leaders that often get in the way of them actually seeing those dreams realized.

So here are a few pieces of advice I have for aspiring young leaders:

1. Learn to Follow First

Leaders tend to want to lead, and that isn’t always a bad thing. After all, the Apostle Paul did say whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task (1 Timothy 3:1). But Paul also gave us a great picture of what that leadership is supposed to look like: “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1).

In other words, Christian leaders are primarily in the following business. This is so important for aspiring leaders to get because the idea of leading can sound pretty appealing. Aspiring to lead can naturally play to our pride, but following develops in us humility.

For this reason, it is vitally important that young leaders learn how to follow first. This means not only learning how to follow Jesus, but also learning how to follow those He has placed above us. Until you can do that joyfully, you’re not ready to lead yet. Learning how to follow is an important part of becoming a leader worth following.

2. Find a Mentor

Great leaders never stop learning. Many of the very best continue to have coaches and mentors even as they sit at the highest levels of leadership in their company or organization.

The truth is, it’s never too late or too early to find a mentor. So find one (or three) and starting asking questions. Listen well to what they have to say. Give them permission to speak hard truths into your life. And take really good notes. Not only will this allow you to draw from their wealth of knowledge and experience, but it’ll help you avoid having to learn what they have the hard way.

3. Finish What They Start

One of the best pieces of advice I was given as an aspiring young leader was, “Do everything you can to finish what you start.” That was not my track record up until that time, but I took the advice and it changed my life.

I meet a lot of passionate young people who jump from one thing to the next without finishing many of the things they’ve started. As my mentor pointed out to me in my early twenties, this is a character issue. It’s a sign of immaturity and selfishness as we what we want or feel right now is given complete precedence. It breaks trust with others as they come to realize we can’t be counted on to follow through on what we’ve said. It develops a really bad habit that will not serve you well as you grow older. And it shortcuts the character development that happens in the hard work of persevering (Romans 5:3-4), a necessary quality for every leader.

So finish what you start. No matter how badly you want to quit, no matter how hard it gets, finish and finish well.

4. Decide Who They Want To Be and Act Accordingly

This might sound obvious, but it’s important to realize you’re not just going to roll out of bed one day and be who you want to be. You won’t just stumble into your dream job. You won’t be an overnight success (there’s no such thing). You won’t accidentally become more wise, more talented, more connected, more faithful, more spiritual, more mature, more disciplined, more developed, more successful, more ___________.

You will be who you have decided to be, whether actively or passively. Your person and as a result, your life, will be a reflection of the decisions you make over time. So you need to decide now who you want to be and what kind of life you want to live and begin practicing the habits that will get you there today.

5. Don’t Wait for Permission

I meet a lot of young people who plan to do something someday, but are doing little to move that direction right now.

But here’s the thing: You can start doing some of the things you want to do someday today. And doing it today is the best way to figure out whether you actually want to do it someday.

You want to start a business? Awesome. Start one. Even if it fails in six months and you don’t net a single dollar, you will have learned more trying and failing than you will sitting around reading Fast Company for the next five years. The same goes for most anything else. You want to go into ministry? Great. Start doing ministry today. Take responsibility for spiritually investing in those in your relational circles now. Then pay attention to what happens. If you see fruit, that’s a really good sign. If not, at least you’ve got some experience to process with your mentor before you invest a whole lot of years and money in a ministry education you may never use.

The point is you can start right where you are, right now. Don’t wait for permission.

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Bill Stevens Top 10 Leadership Books that He’s Read

January 1st, 2017 | No Comments | Posted in From Bill

A Playlist For Your New Year

January 1st, 2017 | No Comments | Posted in Artist Spotlight
New music for 2017 curated by the CHRI Radio Team

Daring Women of the Bible Daily Scripture Writing Plan

January 1st, 2017 | No Comments | Posted in Advice and Tips

Genesis 2:23-24
Genesis 21:6
Genesis 24:56-60
Genesis 29:35
Genesis 30:22-24
Exodus 1:15-21
Exodus 2:8-10
Exodus 4:24-26
Exodus 15:20
Joshua 2:8-10
Judges 4:4-5
Judges 4:21-22
Ruth 1:16-18
Ruth 4:14-15
1 Samuel 1:26-28
I Samuel 25:32-33
2 Kings 11:2
2 Chronicles 34:23-28
Ester 4:14
Luke 1:39-45
Luke 2:36-38
Luke 8:1-2
Luke 8:3
Luke 10:42
John 11:21-27
Acts 1:14
Acts 9:39-40
Acts 16:13-15
Acts 18:24-26
Romans 16:12-15
2 Timothy 1:5

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Free Printables

January 1st, 2017 | No Comments | Posted in Lifestyle
laracasey_10_largeThe CHRI ladies are big fans of Lara Casey & her inspirational blog. She has beautiful & inspiring free printables. We encourage you to print them out & stick them around your house, at work, in your car, everywhere! The more time you immerse yourself in scripture the more your mind will recall the verses and God’s truth when you are struggling. 

“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things” – Colossians 3:2

Free Printables: