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Interview With Author TC Avey

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Since I started blogging seriously in 2012, I’ve met a lot of wonderful people. One of those is blogger and author, TC Avey. TC just released her first book this week, a novel entitled, The Precipice: When Everything We Know Ends.

It’s an incredible book that pulls you right in. You can learn more about how to connect with TC and about her book at the end of the post.

Without further ado, here’s the interview: [click to continue…]

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The Importance of Respite

Luke and Lina2Respite (noun) – “a pause from doing something (as work); a pause for relaxation.”

For the last almost-month, I’ve taken a respite. Not because I’ve been on vacation or was burned out, it’s because my wife and I had a baby, our second: Angelina Elizabeth Arnold.

She was born Mach 6, 2014. Our son, Luke, who is 3 1/2, has done incredible with a new baby. And my wife, in spite of having a C-Section, which is not an easy recovery by any means, has done incredible and is such a great mom. I am so blessed!

Because of this, I took some time off from blogging, social media, ministry-related activities that I do, speaking, and writing.

In the process, I’ve learned some things I’d like to share: [click to continue…]

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The Alley of Religion

This is a guest post by TC Avey. You can learn more about TC at the end of the post. She is a gifted writer who inspires many. Enjoy!

I love the name of Dave’s blog, Reflections from the Alley.

I don’t know about you, but most of my maturing occurs in the Alley.

It’s in the Alley where I’m challenged to grow. It’s also where I find purpose for various stages of my life.

In 2008 I entered the darkest and scariest Alley I’d ever known.

I found myself questioning all my beliefs, including my faith in God.

This Alley brought me face-to-face with a dilemma many Christians encounter at some point: Religion verses Relationship with Christ. [click to continue…]

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Why you should forget religion and focus on Jesus instead

This is a guest post from my friend, Vishnu Virtues. You can connect with him at the end of this post. Enjoy!

If you’re one of 26 million people who watched this video, then you’re familiar with 23-year old Youtuber and now published author, Jefferson Bethke.

In his newly released book, Bethke follows up his viral online performance and continues the dialogue about how Christianity has gone astray.

He asks the hard questions of what it really means to follow Jesus. [click to continue…]

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How to Thrive in Life and Leadership

Beautiful young woman jumping on  a green meadow with a colored tissueNote: Dave Arnold recently welcomed a baby girl into his family. This week he asked me, Dan Black to post one of my past posts so that he can focus on his family. I chose one that I think would best help you, his readers. I think you will enjoy it. Also don’t forget to sign up to receive Dave’s updates and when you do you will get his book Made To Soar: A Simple Manifesto on Destiny. You can subscribe at the top of this page.

Each of us have been through or will go through a variety of seasons in our life. Some seasons are good while others are hard or difficult. If we want to move through and excel in the different seasons of life it requires self-leadership and the ability to nourish ourselves.

Nourishment can be defined as the “substance necessary for growth, health, and good condition.” I discovered several nourishment centers that if implemented into your life produce magnificent benefits. These centers will:

Produce and keep you fueled and energized.
Allow you to sustain and move through a crisis, difficult seasons, or demanding periods.
Be the catalyst and needed jump start for getting out of a rut and moving you forward.
Allow you to move through and excel in the different seasons of life and leadership.

Below are 2 of the nourishment centers that will help you thrive in life and your areas of influence:

1. Relationships-

In Leadership Beyond Reason author John Townsend said, “Life is essentially about relationships, and it is empty without relationships.” If you want to move through the seasons of life it requires having strong relationships both personally and professionally. People who will be open and honest with you while at the same time be supporting and encouraging are essential. There have been countless times when I was feeling drained, wanting to give up, or in a difficult season of life when a friend supported and lifted me up. This nourishment center is an essential aspect to thriving in life and leadership. Take time to develop an inner circle of people who will support and lift you toward your potential.

2. Music-

The music we hear or play can bring nourishment into our life. This is because music has the power to stir our heart and emotions. Johnny Depp said, “music touches us emotionally, where words alone can’t.” The music you listen to has the potential to:

Bring restoration and healing from the scars and hard seasons of our life.
Bring encouragement and inspiration into your life.
Bring feelings of joy, happiness, thankfulness, and cause you to feel good.

They key is to find the music that touches you on a deep level and then regularly play or listen to it. The next time you’re going through a trying or demanding season or you need a spark of inspiration just play or listen to your favorite music.

Question: How do you thrive through the different seasons of life and leadership?