[Guest blog - April Lonneville]
It was the beginning of July 2018. Jon and I were headed out of the state to officiate a friend’s wedding.
We took the rare opportunity to get away together for a few days and headed to the Adirondack Mountains to connect. A few days earlier, we had taken an assessment a friend was talking to me about. (At that time, we had never heard of the enneagram test.)
As we drove through the quiet mountains, listening to the descriptions of our results, I could feel a door creaking open that made me nervous.
It was a door I knew needed to open for me personally, and for our marriage… but, on the other side of that door was vulnerability. Exposure. Intimacy.
Sometimes that can be scary.
Usually, it’s scary enough that many of us just don’t go there.
As the layers...
As I sat down to write this blog many times, I ended up getting interrupted by one of my 4 girls, my phone reminding me of the demands of life… or the laundry buzzer cutting through any ounce of concentration.
Here I am though at 12:08 am determined to blog away. It’s finally quiet and time to introduce myself.
I could tell you about my really awesome husband, our girls that keep life exciting, the different jobs I work from home or the other important things (well, I sure think they are important) that I do.
But, really, if there is one thing I want people to hear about, it’s how God poured His love into my heart at a young age, won my affection for life and silenced all wondering in my seeking teenage girl’s heart. He laid a solid foundation of acceptance that has stood strong through many storms.
Because I have experienced such security, I can’t help but want to see others enjoy that freedom as well. What a privilege it is to be loved...
"I tell you the truth, whoever believes in me will do the same things that I do. Those who believe will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father." John 14:12
I always assumed that the "greater things" in this verse were physical miracles, and maybe they are, but what if....
What if the transformation of hearts and minds is the bigger, better, goal Jesus was talking about?
Is this why He was always telling people not to talk about the miracles they had experienced? Perhaps He valued the kingdom principles he was revealing to the world even more than the physical relief.
Really isn't that the longer play?
All of the people Jesus healed on earth are now gone, but the lives transformed live on forever!
In Matthew 7:22-23, Jesus says, "On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ But I will reply,...
Let's talk about "Doing" vs "Being", or maybe let's talk about "Doing" without "Being".
In the past couple of decades, there has been a lot of emphasis on just "being". It is valuable to "be".
Be in God's presence.
Know who you are as a believer.
Rest in His love without striving.
Seep yourself in gratefulness that salvation cannot be earned, but only can come through receiving.
THIS IS ALL INVALUABLE! Our foundational core needs to be centered!
Yet somehow in the midst of it all "doing" got a bad rap. I find myself with James on this.
My brothers and sisters, if people say they have faith, but do nothing, their faith is worth nothing. Can faith like that save them? James 2:14
Pretty clear to me.
And yet I get it. If we have only "doing" or works, we are completely missing the point of grace.
"Doing" gets a bad rap when it is not preceded by "being".
Ephesians 2:10 says, "God...
This is one of my personal favorite enlightening questions.
"What's at stake?" can take me from not knowing whether or not to move forward to being more sure of a next step.
I've seen people I have been coaching get complete clarity when they talk out what is at stake if they do, or don't do, whatever it is they are thinking about.
The answer to "What's at stake?" is usually clear to me. It has to do with following the Spirit's guidance in my life. If I feel like God is leading me a certain way then what's at stake is my obedience to Him. Following that prompting, in turn, affects my ability to hear Him the next time He is guiding me.
Sometimes it is hard to know if a prompting is really God, or just us.
Sometimes we feel compelled, but the circumstances don't line up quite yet.
Whatever your situation, if God is prompting you to consider coach training at this time, say "Yes".
Here are 5 reasons why it might be time and also what could be at stake.
“So, what do you do?”
A simple question asked of the woman sitting beside me at a wedding rehearsal over five years ago.
A simple question that launched me into the next thing God was calling me to in my coaching journey.
I am the bride’s childhood best friend. She, the groom’s sister-in-law. Now we journey together in this world of coaching… believing in the serendipity, or “God-incidence,” of that day… embracing the joy of walking alongside others as they seek change, growth, and transformation.
God continues to unfold my coaching journey one step at a time.
That moment five years ago introduced me to Cindy Scott and led me to Bridges Coaching. I began with the Destiny by Design course, and simply kept saying, “yes” to each next thing… Coaching Training, Accelerated Coach Training, being a peer pair facilitating coach, the NXL Advanced Coach Training, and various coaching opportunities along the way.
We believe that questions are powerful.
And we want to give you the opportunity to ask us some questions.
Unsure if you want to sign-up?
Curious if it works?
Feeling "led" to jump in?
We're excited to announce our first online open house specifically designed to answer your questions.
If you have questions or want to learn a little bit more about what Bridges Coaching has to offer, join us at our ZOOM Open House!
Be sure to mark your calendars for January 16, 10:00 a.m. EST!
You'll have the opportunity to meet the Coaching Culture cohort course host, facilitators, and potential peer partners! You can also hear from alumni, ask questions about the course and where Bridges is going and we will even throw in some thoughts about our other offering Destiny by Design!
So, if you're thinking about investing in making engaged disciples, Bridges Coach Training could make all the difference.
Coach Training isn’t for everyone.
There are some specific people groups who would not really benefit.
1. Those who are all set!
If you are knocking it out of the park in your personal and professional relationships and have nowhere to grow, coach training is not likely to benefit you.
2. Those who prefer solely to teach!
While there’s a place for teaching in the kingdom of God, in the continuum of growth, it is only at the beginning.
In Bridges Coaching we promote the leadership growth model of:
Telling > Teaching > Training > Trusting
If you are not able to encourage maturity and help the people in your life to grow in their own relationships with the Holy Spirit, then coach training is probably not for you.
3. Those who enjoy being needed!
It’s the classic, but on steroids! You can give a man a fish or teach him how to fish.
In coaching it sounds like this: You can give a man the answers, or you can help him learn to discern for himself.
Taking Destiny By Design doesn’t guarantee you a preferred future, and it’s not for everyone, but if you can’t say for sure where you are headed, it’s not likely you will get out of the fog by accident.
That’s kind of like saying your financial plan is to win the lottery.
It’s not very likely. Especially if you don’t play.
Here's what’s at stake:
People who need what you have to give are waiting for you to step up.
Not that God couldn’t use another, but why not be all you can be (and we’re not talking about the army)!
With only five days left to register, slots are filling and we want you to be able to get in on this limited cohort offer!
Clarity seems to be a buzz word lately, especially in regards to goal setting.
I mean really, you absolutely need it to move forward well. No one orders an Uber but then fumbles with giving the driver a destination.
Sometimes we do that with our lives.
It’s like the destination for our lives is more like a Sunday drive with no specific outcome clarified.
The Destiny by Design course includes an exercise that focuses on clarifying your Life Purpose Statement. When you have taken the time to drill down to your core and decipher your internal design, it becomes much clearer what your personal best nexts should be.
Clarity is a hoax when you fake it and pretend you have a clear next step.
Clarity is a hoax if you think it isn’t needed.
Clarity is a hoax if you feel it’s only general and not specific like you’re just supposed to be good all the time rather than knowing specifically what you are good at and how to invest in bringing your best self to the...
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