My Magical Christmas Eve

Two back to back exams, a failed youth party, and one of the most magical nights of my life!

It was the night before, the night before Christmas (Dec 23rd) and I was doing an all-nighter at the church, pouring over Psychology and Human Anthropology. Why in the world I schedule two 3 hour exams back to back on Christmas eve day is beyond me. I needed to get the two correspondence courses done before Christmas to complete my BA before I could begin my Masters in January. I had no idea what I was in for that day!

JOY! 3 Ways to Help Students Experience it!

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“I felt warm in my heart and so happy tonight when that student was sharing with me! It felt like I was doing the right thing! It felt so good!”

I was thrilled too as my daughter shared with me after youth night. My heart was also filled with joy!! I wished every parent, student and leader could feel this overwhelming sense of pure joy! Here are three ways that I believe we can help students experience JOY!

3 Things to Pursue… Instead of Adventure

They weren’t Looking for adventure…

…but as they pursued these 3 things adventure found them!

Whatever it was that motivated Jesus’ disciples, I doubt it was a thirst for thrills. Peter actually told Jesus to get away from him at first. The others were called and then called others to follow him. None of them give any indication that they were adrenaline junkies looking for the “next big thing.” In fact, I think if you look at this more closely, these are the things we should be using to inspire young people instead of thrills.

Three Genius Brain Hacks to Fight Exhaustion

Ford, Edison and Einstein had some interesting habits that kept their minds sharp and creative. What researchers found is that these same habits also kept them alert and motivated! They didn’t struggled with exhaustion because they learned to do these three things.

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Years ago I read You Don’t Have to Go Home From Work Exhausted by Ann McGee-Cooper. Her book helped me pull out of a slump. It helped me regain energy and enthusiasm for my ministry. There are so many excellent ideas to balance your right and left brain so that you are more able to think, less exhausted and can sleep better at night. Here’s the first idea that really works for me.

5 Reasons Why I Still Believe in Youth Ministry

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There are some leaders who blame successful youth ministries for the exodus of young adults from the church. I disagree. Other leaders suggest that shutting down youth ministries would help students stay longer in church. I don’t think this is the way to go. In fact, here are 5 reasons why every church needs a healthy youth ministry.