Ministry Update 2018…..It’s happening

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Mike and Teresa Escalante

Welcome to our website. Teresa and I thank you for visiting us.  We hope you are blessed and encouraged by our posts and updates. This year is incredible and it is only the beginning! We look forward to God directing our steps.

Here’s a thought, I realize with each passing day is a day closer to what I believe God has destined for us as a family and the burden we share for ministry. Teresa and I have been discussing our direction with the blog and the expectations we desire as a result.  This helped us see where we can improve not only in serving the Lord but also each other as husband and wife.  As we prayed and talked, and prayed again we believe the Lord has given our underwriting message for this year and Escalanteministries.com

Our focus for this year started early in December.  I was looking at my life in all areas evaluating its present state.  I had my journal with me for many weeks hoping to get something from God.  Then, on my day off I was praying and this time being intentional in my prayer about ministry and the blog.

Later that day I felt the Holy Spirit impress on my heart the words: Sowing, growing, harvest.  I don’t want to be cryptic or spooky. There was not a beam of light shining or a dove flying above me.  I felt the Lord gave me the impression that it is time this year to sow.

To add value. To bloom where I am planted.  To give more, to pray more and to fast (yikes).  This year is a year for me to be stretched in all areas. Physically, spiritually and emotionally as a Dad, Son, and Husband.  I am convinced that the Lord wants this year to be the best year yet. this takes leaving the safe and familiar. It takes time. It takes sowing.

 

Thank you reading.  Let us know how we can pray for you by leaving a comment.

 

Leading, how to start – D.M. Escalante

 

Thank you so much for connecting with me I am writing a series on leading if you wanted to see the first article click here.    Any Journey begins with a first step. How does one lead? How do we transition from follower to leader. How do we move from a position of being told what to do to a position of telling others?

I have experienced many types of leaders in my working career. I think my dad was the toughest.  He is very stern and is not one who coddles you when it comes to your performance. My Dad is all business and is the best at his craft (concrete) He gets things done without regard as to how you feel about it. He was not always the Boss.  He started out about 40 or so years ago. as a general laborer.  He often worked hard and long hours to support my brother and I at the time. Now he runs his own company I am so proud of my Dad.

Leading begins with the taking the first step: Initiative.  you have to commit for the duration. Leading does not take breaks, it takes assessments to see how well the project is moving. It takes guts to lead sure you can always criticize that leader and how you could do better.  If that has happened to you then, I have a question? what is stopping you from leading?  This is critical because as you find out what is truly keeping you silent you will discover the thing that is holding you back.

quick steps:

  1. Identify.  Identify what is truly holding you from stepping in or stepping up?
  2. Quantify.  Figure out if the reason your are staying in the background, is worth seeing the project flounder. one reason it could be failing is derived from a lack of the gift you bring to the table.
  3. Rectify.  Reduce your decision to lead to one act you can do right now. Do not loose your nerve, the first action is always the hardest. If you need resources to help you get the ball rolling look out for them.  Resolve within your self to do one thing to lead (and yes, planing is a step towards leading although you have to keep momentum).

I pray that these quick steps help you move into the position the project needs you for. If it has? then please let me know. I want to hear from you.  If you think  this will help a friend then share it.  There are many other resources if you look up leadership in your search engine.  the resources are endless as they equip you to climb higher and soar. Praying for you.

Mike

Leading – D.M.Escalante

Leadership is not always pretty. I watch how the movies serve up the hero; smooth, calm and, collective. Calling the shots like a boss.
It makes me want to be like that leader or that coach we see in the movies. I watched the movie Remember the Titans and how during one part of the movie the coach was breaking the rest of the team down. My friend says “ man, I could totally do that!!” I simply chuckled, as I  thought to myself.

Because leaders in leadership make it look easy. We look to them and believe they are larger than life. We assume no evil befalls them . they don’t have craziness going on in their life.
In reality, it is totally different. Leaders are actively working when others are just getting to work. Leaders are those who bring a solution to the complaint they may have.

But leaders are human. They endure family issues, not a one of them are perfect. But leaders are tough. They push when others quit. They thrive when others die off because they have “grit” and sheer will.
Leaders purpose their days, and not allow their days to rule them. They fight to complete priorities because leaders are finishers.
If you want to lead, I just gave you some good guidance to start.

Here is the secret, you can already do this stuff. You might have to square up with the reflection in the mirror and must choose to be the leader you desire to be.
I bet you have some questions and that is great, I want you to have ask questions. How do you lead where you are? What if no one is following you? What would Jesus do, lol. I hope we can discover together what it takes to lead from a biblical perspective. share you questions.  what does leadership look like to you?
So let’s pack our bags and go on this trip..

..Thank you for reading my post I hope we can connect in the future. If you have any prayer requests let’s connect and join in prayer together (it’s free). God bless you.
-Mike

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