Category Archives: Tools for Significance

A collection of tools: surveys, questionnaires and work books in three distinct areas: Life Tools, Soul Tools and Leadership tools.

Listen Deeply – a Contemplative Prayer exercise

The practice (grace) of seeing God in and through all things will serve us well in season and out. I invite you to sit quietly and turn your thoughts to Jesus.  In this contemplative prayer exercise relax and picture Jesus and let that image come to rest in your heart.  This is a gentle practice…
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Can you Hear Me? The Skill of Listening

Learning to listen well has been a life long challenge for me, and maybe for some of you. Many of us can get caught in defensive listening. Defensive listening is the temptation to listen looking for an error, or to formulate a response or a rebuttal before the person has finished speaking. Sometimes we listen through…
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The difference between Coaching and Spiritual Direction?

What an excellent question and while volumes have been written on Spiritual Direction and life coaching, it is important to understand the two are not the same thing as if Coaching is a more contemporary term for Spiritual Direction. Christian Life Coaching can be an incredible tool in the real life of everyday people, but…
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Cracks – A Spiritual Exercise

The following is a short Christian spiritual exercise that will help you engage a little deeper with God. Take a couple of deep breaths and in prayer, invite Jesus into this time. Begin reading the poem below entitled "Cracks" by David Bookless.  This first reading is to help you get a sense of the entire piece. Now,…
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Follow Jesus – On the Way

With a sincere desire to cultivate a deeper experience and relationship with God many folks are conditioned to ask the question "how." How can I experience greater peace, joy and freedom in the Lord?  How can I get a deeper sense of my relationship with Jesus in all of life?  These are honest questions.  Unfortunately,…
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Bullied by Stress and Anxiety?

Have you ever felt like you are being ambushed by stress, fear, worry and anxiety?  Sometimes the unpleasant feelings can be so overwhelming, making it very difficult to get a proper perspective, focus on the tasks at hand and make good decisions.  Here is an effective tool for dealing with these feelings. The Welcoming Prayer…
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Bruised and Broken? God has a Plan for You!

Thornton Wilder's play, “The Angel that Troubled the Waters” is based on the story found in John 5:1- 5 with an interesting twist. The play tells the story of a doctor who visits the pool of Bethesda in hopes that he could be the first in the water when the angel appears and troubles the…
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Reflection at Days End

In this restful audio reflection you prayerfully look back over your day. As you review your day, you ask God to bring those things to mind that He wishes.  As you become aware of situations and feeling, you are invited to offer these back to God to perhaps hear what He might be saying and…
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Self Assessment Tool: JoHari Window

The JoHari Window was designed by Joseph Luft and Harrington Ingham in 1955 and is a great tool to help leaders understand who they are as people and to identify their strengths and weaknesses. The JoHari Window is a powerful tool to assists leaders in understanding their weaknesses are often apparent to other by their actions, regardless of…
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Intimacy with God Reflection

Rhythms of the Heart.   The key to a rich and dynamic spirituality in the cultivation of intimacy with God.  This is a process like any journey with each step yielding a great sense of peace.  Spring boarding from the story of the Ten Virgins in Matthew 25, we reflect upon the imagery within the story…
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