Communication is key

Communicate. A simple but important word. Failure to do so can ruin relationships both business and professional. Learning how to do it effectively can salvage them and transform lives.

When I decided to become an attorney, it was this skill that impressed me most. I saw how Thurgood Marshall was able to impact the fate of our nation by effectively communicating his views with his peers on the Supreme Court.

I knew then I had to master that skill. I wanted to be able to express my thoughts without getting upset or using profanity or using anything other than words. I mastered this technique in the court room and was a very skilled lawyer.

Then I discovered an entirely different set of communication skills were needed in personal relationships. I had to discover how to interact with my spouse and others to resolve conflict effectively. It was very difficult but worth the effort. Relationships are priceless.

Now when I see people destroy relationships because they don’t know how to express themselves, so they build walls or shut down or go completely off, I realize that not everyone has embraced this word or developed this skill.

Challenge yourself. If you want to be a better leader, a better mate, a better friend, a better business woman or man challenge yourself to be a better communicator. If you can’t communicate, don’t expect to be great.

Give Me Jesus & Plexus

I have a confession to make. I got up this morning and didn’t pray AND didn’t drink my Pink Drink. 😧😳😦 Yep, this Ambassador for Christ and Plexus Ambassador is imperfect. 🤷🏽‍♀️

I realized what I had done once my head started hurting and I didn’t feel like myself. Here comes the good part! I get to start my morning now! I’m about to unplug, make my Pink Drink, grab my bible and spend the lunch hour with the Lord. 🙌🏽

It’s only the enemy that makes you feel like there is no recovery from your mistakes. You fell off your weight loss journey? Start again. Prayer life in shambles? Start over. We serve a loving, forgiving God that wants to hear from you no matter how long it’s been.

May my willingness to expose my inadequacies and failures, bring glory to the One that somehow gives me beauty for ashes and takes everything that was meant for bad and uses it for my good. Glory be to the One who deserves the credit and the honor.

Check It with the Chek Kit

Every day, approximately 110 women in the United States die from Breast Cancer . . . every day, according to 2015 statistics from the American Cancer Society.

Early detection saves lives. Sensory touch magnification can improve the effectiveness of your self-exams. That’s why I am proud to highlight the Plexus Breast Chek Kit.

I am also honored to be walking — along with our President, Alec Clark, our CEO, Tarl Robinson, and thousands of Plexus leaders from across the country — next month in support of this cause.

To further my impact, I am personally gifting a Ribbons of Hope Scentsy Warmer on October 1. When you order a Breast Chek Kit from bit.ly/chekkit now through midnight on Friday, September 29th, you will automatically be entered to win.

So, now you have one more reason to check it.

Did you know?

By now you know to things about me: (1) I love Jesus (2) I love Plexus.

But did you know Plexus was having a sale now that ends soon? (And Plexus rarely has sales).

If you’ve been watching my blog posts and wondering if Plexus is the answer for you, let’s talk before the sale ends.

Just text PLEXUS to 234.206.1599 or visit bit.ly/whyjoinplexus to learn more. There is a reason I love Plexus. You’ll soon discover why for yourself.

But did you pray?

Please join me in this prayer:

Lord God, we desperately need your wisdom. You have given us a great country, founded on principles and truths from Your Word. We need men and women who will honor You, trust You, and lead us once again back to You. We pray for servant leaders who love the things You love and who care more about others than themselves.

Give us leaders with discerning hearts, bold faith, and wise minds that model Your character. Teach them—and us—not just what is good, but what is best. Guide them in the way our country should go. Give them purity in their intentions, and godliness in their convictions. Energize their spirits and bodies physically and spiritually, and keep them emotionally secure in the knowledge of who You are—and whose they are. Help them to be bighearted and sincere, energetic in goodness, and courteous in their manners.

Raise up leaders with the greatest potential of godly leadership, those who can ease confusion, expose illusion, and heal delusion. You alone hold the power to turn the hearts of leaders, but You listen and use our prayers to move them into right action. Help us to be faithful to care and to pursue Your heart in prayer.

Help our leaders to be quick to admit failure, but ready to rebound in persistent resilience. Encourage them to choose wisely, and when they don’t know what to do, help them keep their eyes on You. Let them take a firm stand on issues that truly matter to You, regardless of the consequences or approval ratings. Make them God-pleasers, not puppets; leaders filled with conviction, not corruption.

As a nation, God, help us to desire righteousness more than rights, and to mirror sacrifice more than selfishness. You know us well, and You understand our flaws. Turn those weaknesses into strengths; bathe us with Your grace and mercy, though none of us deserve it. Fill us with the boldness to choose the kind of freedom that will benefit all, rather than a few. Open our eyes to see others as You do—with godly potential and value. But help us, too, to recognize our own pride in trying to elevate ourselves and others above You and Your purpose for our lives.

We need, You, God. Oh, how we need You! You have exercised nothing but faithfulness and fairness in Your treatment of our country, even when we’ve turned our back on You and forgotten Your goodness to us. Your discipline at times is hard, but You are just. Your purpose is always to draw us close to You, to bless us, and to make us a great nation who honors You. You are a good, good, Father—and Your love for us has a proven track record.

Forgive us for wanting our own way and making our own paths—often the ones paved with least resistance. Forgive us for fence-walking, or for ignoring completely the truths that can so easily set us free. Deliver us from mindless quarrels and destinations that lead us nowhere, but away from You. Free us from divisiveness, and melt our hardened hearts to love, not hate, and to heal, not debate.

Our history has cried for king-like leaders who will solve our problems and meet our needs. But there is only one King, and that is You, Lord. We have blindly sought answers from others to life’s unresolved questions through the years, but You are the only wise Counselor. We have longed for peace, but You are the only Peacemaker, and the only Prince of Peace. We’ve clung to our weapons of warfare, not as measures of defense, but as strongholds of selfish pride. We look at outward appearances; You see the heart. With You, nothing formed against us can prosper. Without You, we are nothing.

Make us a great nation, yes. But more than that, make us good, Lord, with a heartbeat that wants every person of every creed and color to know Your love, Your goodness, and Your worth. Make us wise as serpents, but gentle as doves. Turn our fears to faith, as we look to You and You alone for the future of our country. Give us God-confidence that no matter what happens, we will believe You are not only in control, but that You know exactly what is needed to accomplish Your purpose. Help us not to second-guess Your moves, but to move at Your command, always without hesitation.

We look to You and to You, only, Lord. Help us make wise decisions that move our country in the right direction. Help us to do our part in praying and in staying with what we know is right according to the truth of Your Word. Teach us to make our actions count and our words matter, and line them both up to Your sense of rightness, not ours. Guide us with Your eye; grip us with Your strong arm; teach us what we need to know to make our lives—and our nation—count for you. We pray for our leaders, but we ask You to make us both leaders and followers: leading in the way of Truth, and following those who honor You.

In the precious and powerful name of Jesus,

Amen

(Written by Rebecca Barlow Jordan, reprinted from crosswalk.com)