Healthy Leaders Can’t Lead On Empty


I was recently talking with a friend who is a leader at his church.  From the beginning of our conversation I could tell this guy was feeling bummed out, burned out, and on the verge of being on empty!  His leadership position had taken a toll on himself, his family, and the position he leads in.  I’ve been there, and I’m sure you have too!

The position of leadership never stops and in today’s world with all the many ways to stay connected and plugged in, it can force us to do work 24/7.  There are always ideas, opportunities, issues, people, reports, and many  Continue reading “Healthy Leaders Can’t Lead On Empty”

This Weekend At Shady Oaks


Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Delivery

A small shoebox can have a big impact. What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out of it is eternal. Be a part of changing children’s lives all over the world in Jesus’ Name through the power of a simple gift with Operation Christmas Child.
Bring your shoebox full of gifts to Shady Oaks Baptist Church on Sunday, November 13 and help change a child’s life. Continue reading “This Weekend At Shady Oaks”

Thank You, Veterans

Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day, created by President Woodrow Wilson as a way to remember all those who fought in “The War to End All Wars.”
In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first celebration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

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Always Keep Smiling! Several months ago we began the adoption journey, and at first it was not easy to Always Keep Smiling. From the beginning of our adoption process, we’ve had to fill out a lot of paper work, and more paper work, and even more paper work. We’ve had to get a physical, our blood drawn, our finger printed, interviewed, and did I mention all the paper work? In spite of all of that, God is taking us on this wonderful journey to adopt, and to Always Keep Smiling has become easier and easier to do! I mean, why wouldn’t I Always Keep Smiling? I serve a Mighty God who loves me and provides

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