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Many days, I used to drag myself to work.

It’s not that I don’t love my job, for I do.

Rather it’s because I wasn’t seeing the bigger perspective about work in general.


His.


Spending more time in the Word, I realized that the church in Acts seemed to do more “church-like” Kingdom work outside of the walls of the church buildings, right in the communities, wherever they were. Just as Jesus did.


Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for people. – Colossians 3:23

Immediately my eyes were opened to the reality that Kingdom work was never meant to be limited within the walls of a building.


Kingdom work was always intended to be carried within the heart of everyone in the Kingdom, and shared with those who need to hear the Good News that they too are welcome in His Kingdom.


  • The Kingdom is within me, for I am His.

  • The Kingdom walks with me, for the King is with me wherever I go.

  • I work with the King, wherever I work

  • All my work matters for His Kingdom when I do it for Him.

  • When I am aligned with His heart for those around me, I am doing Kingdom work.

And I don’t need to be church staff, or in a church building to do so.


I only need to be lead by Holy Spirit, love with my Father’s heart, follow Jesus’ example of blessing those He encounters, and join them in doing their work.


For wherever I am, the Kingdom is too. And friend, the same is true for you!

When I go to work, I’m going to the Kingdom. I’m not working for the King, I’m working with the King. The Kingdom is not restrained to the walls of the Church. – Kris Vallotton

Taking This to God in Prayer


God, I have somehow believed the untrue thought that the only work for You which matters is the work done in church. However, Your Word is filled with encounters on roads, in homes, on boats - everywhere people are, You meet them there. Help me to bring this Kingdom mindset into my work place, that I might truly be a servant to all as You were and are, Jesus. That I might express how much You love them through my words and actions as I partner with You at work. Thank You for this revelation, and that I am never alone when I follow You. Amen

May our hearts be changed to see that wherever we find ourselves - at home or work, grocery shopping or in a meeting - we can choose to work for Him! And may we work for His glory, not ours.


Karla Lees, Christian Women at Work

@HopenHisPresenz


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"…the storm subsided, and all was calm." (Luke 8:24)

As a Physiotherapist, I assess and treat people who have pain. It could be a pain in their leg, arm, neck, or back. It is essential to determine where the pain is coming from as, sometimes, the cause of the problem is not actually where the symptom is being felt. Even though the pain is in their calf, the cause may be an irritated nerve in their back. Although the pain is in their elbow, it may come directly from their neck. If I do not determine the core root of the problem, I cannot help them resolve their symptoms. 


This is similar to the storms we experience that cause us pain and stress. We require a process to decrease the pain or anxiety we are dealing with, and one such process is called "The 5 Why's". 


The 5 Why's was initially developed by Toyota to improve its operations by determining the root of a problem they were facing. It involves asking "Why" repeatedly until the "bottom line" of the problem is determined. This approach is helpful in both business and in your personal life.


The 5 Why's is a simple but very powerful tool to lead you in a process that helps you go deeper in your understanding of the issue. To unpack what is really going on. As I have used it to improve my business' operations, I have also depended on it from a Biblical perspective by returning to God's Word to deal with concerns, conflicts, and crises. 


Is there something at work that continues to be a chronic stress for you? Have you tried to deal with it but have yet to be successful? The 5 Step Survival Guide will help you determine the root of the problem and then discover what God wants you to know. 


The first step in the 5 Step Survival Guide is to state the problem.


This week, take time to determine what is really bothering you. Be specific. Don't just say, "I am stressed at work," but clearly state what it is that is stressing you, such as:


"I always stay late at work, and my family is upset I am not spending time with them." 

"My boss is asking me to do too much work."

"My employee is undermining me." 

"My manager is making fun of me." 


It may be something that has been bothering you the most, what has been going on the longest, or what you want to work on first.


The important thing is to make a start on dealing with a storm in your life. I have broken down this self reflection process into 5 smaller guided parts to help you narrow things down:


Monday: List the positive things about work and what you enjoy about your work environment and responsibilities.


Tuesday: Make a list of the things which are stressful for you at work. 


Wednesday: What are the top two most stressful things for you?


Thursday: Choose one issue that you would like to work through.


Friday: In one sentence, state precisely what is bothering you.


Taking This to God in Prayer:
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Word, love, wisdom and direction. Right now, I am dealing with some difficult situations at work which I have not yet been able to resolve or have peace about. Please give me the wisdom to understand the real problem and the knowledge & understanding to calm this storm Your Way. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

May God richly bless you this week as you trust Him to help you clearly define the stress you are experiencing. Have a wonderful week, and I look forward to sharing Step 2 with you next month!


Bonny, Christian Women at Work


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There are days at work where there is tension. Between staff and clients, co-workers, owners and employees, vendors and recipients. Wherever there are people and differences in opinion, stress can ensue. This can be especially impactful in our workplaces depending on how we handle it.


As Christian women, we have a tool box we can reach 'into' at any time to help us diffuse tension and reduce stress or anger when faced with it, work included:


"Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way." (Colossians 3:15-17 MSG)

SEVEN TOOLS FOR US TO HELP REDUCE TENSION AT WORK


1. PRAY FOR PEACE - ask God for His peace. Invite it into the situation. Maintain your composure as you pray.


"Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." (John 14:27)

2. REMAIN TEAM FOCUSED - not only are we a part of a team in our workplaces, we are also on Team Jesus. Keep focused on the team aspect as you face tension, not the situation which could divide you.


"I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought." (1 Corinthians 1:10)

3. CONTINUE TO BE THANKFUL - refuse to partner with discouragement and allow negative thoughts to overtake your mind. Remain thankful overall for your job, your coworkers, your clients - even if you have difficulties at times.


"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

4. LET THE WORD RULE WITHIN - spend time in His Word regularly, so that when you are asking for His help, God can bring timely words back to your mind when you need them.


"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellence or praiseworthy - think about such things." (Philippians 4:8)

5. SPEAK WISE WORDS - Share wisdom as you speak to one another, as you depend on Holy Spirit for His guidance on the right words to share when appropriate.


"The Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you." (John 14:25-26)

6. KEEP WORSHIPPING - Keep praise and worship songs playing on Spotify or your devices on a regular basis. Sing along whenever you can, considering it an important part of maintaining a close relationship with God.


"You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only shall you serve." (Luke 4:8)

7. GIVE IT ALL TO HIM - Whatever we do - at work, at home, wherever we are - we are to offer it all to God as an offering.


"I appeal to you therefore, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship." (Romans 12:1)

TAKING THIS TO GOD IN PRAYER:


God, I often feel stressed and occasionally angry when faced with a difficult situation at work. I thank You that You are always with me, and that nothing I face is ever a surprise to You. Help me to pause and pray, wait for Your wisdom, and follow Your prompting as I respond to tension at work. Your Word reminds me that You not only equip me but are with me when I am up against more than I can handle on my own. May I keep studying Your Word, praying for Your guidance, worshipping You for who You are, and regularly give You thanks for all You have done and blessed me with. I give all of me back to You again now with a grateful heart. In Jesus' Name I pray, Amen.

"Every day brings a choice: to practice stress or to practice peace." - Joan Borysenko


When I am very stressed or overwhelmed by a difficult situation or unresolved tension in my work place, one passage reassures me that God is not only alongside me but helping me in ways I cannot even discern. It is my other key Word passage in my toolbox at work:


“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to Me. Get away with Me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with Me and work with Me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with Me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:28-30 MSG)

What verses help you in navigating tension in your workplace? We'd love to know!


Blessings as you stay close to the One who can best help us in every situation and season,
Karla, Christian Women at Work

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