As I sat in your office almost 8 or 9 years ago (!) to start Legacy Principles, I couldn’t have known that it wouldn’t just be something I would experience those two years; instead, it would be something I’d visit time and time again. It has shaped me, forcing me to be intentional in my relationships, work, and spiritual life; it has helped define who I am: wife, mother, daughter, friend, and most importantly, child of God; it has shown me my strengths, weaknesses, and how both can be used for the kingdom. Because of the love you’ve poured into so many lives across your table, I understand community and unconditional love. I was able to walk through my pain, understanding that sometimes it’s only through suffering that we can truly touch the face of God. And to think I was able to experience and understand this all at 28! Lucky, lucky me.
Because of you, your passions, your obedience to God’s call, and time spent in your community, I am able to articulate the story God has masterfully penned for my life. Thank you for that gift.
Mandy participated in the Legacy Principles mentoring program in 2005-06.
Several years ago I attended the Global Leadership Summit with Pastor Bill Hybels from Willow Creek Church. His opening session was on how leaders sustain themselves over long days and many years of leading. He shared that in his office he has signs, pictures, and memorabilia to keep him focused. When he looks at the pictures of his family he is reminded every day that his activities must be in alignment with the value he has placed in building his most precious relationships. He has leadership quotes, and other things that are intentionally placed in his sight so he will not forget what God has gifted and called him to give his life to.
I love what Marcus Buckingham says, “To thrive in this world will require a new skill. Not drive, not sheer intelligence, not creativity, but FOCUS. You must excel in filtering the world. You must be able to cut through the clutter and zero in on the emotions or facts or events that really matter. You must learn to distinguish between what is merely important and what is imperative. You must learn to place less value on all that you can remember, and more on those few things that you must never forget.” Marcus Buckingham, The One Thing You Need to Know
This past weekend Jim and I had the incredible pleasure to visit Sarah and Brian’s new home that is under construction. If there was ever an intentional project that requires full attention and engagement it is building a new home. You would never allow randomness to rule. Every detail is fit together to bring about a beautiful structure and end product. Every day there are new conversations that are required in order for the builder and the homeowner to be on the same page. To see a home come up from the ground is quite inspiring, but that is not what was inspiring to us…what was inspiring was to see the passages and verses that were written on the doorposts of every room in their house.
Brian and Sarah and their daughters took time to write God’s Word on the framing of their home as a reminder that everything they will enjoy in that home belongs to God. As we walked around the home and read the Word we were deeply moved.
At the front door, “Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land the LORD swore to give your ancestors, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth.” Deuteronomy 11:18-21
At the window in the living room overlooking the lake, “That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake.” Matthew 13:1
In the guest room, “Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:1, 2
As Jim and I left the construction site we were overwhelmed with God’s peace and a deep sense of gratitude to the Lord for our children, their story, and our rich legacy. There is no greater joy than watching your children walk out the truths that they have learned from us and are now teaching their children.
Today you may not be able to write on the door frames of your home as Sarah and Brian have done, but there are ways that you can post on your walls reminders of what you want to focus on and build in your life, in your marriage and in your children.
Take time this month to intentionally bring your thoughts in focus. Replace old pictures with beautiful life giving words. Put a family gallery of pictures together in a prominent place and tell the stories of each one. Here is an easy suggestion, go to Hobby Lobby and look for words that capture your heart and place them around your home.
As Elisabeth is preparing to move to Louisville on June 10, she too is beginning to look for truths that she can intentionally place in her home. Here are some of the pictures she has found and printed to place in her view.
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Mother’s Day is a time celebrate, honor, and recognize mothers. It is a day that is set aside once a year to give gifts, cards, and to maybe give mom a break from cooking her own breakfast. This year Mother’s Day was very different for me.
This past week Jim and I enjoyed an incredible family vacation. All of our children and grandchildren were together for a time of fun at the beach. It was the best vacation ever! No family disconnects, the little ones all played well together, the couples had a date night, the guys played golf, the sisters stayed up late and talked, and we gathered to pray for each other as each family has life transitions getting ready to happen. My mom’s heart was full of gratitude and delight.
But, today, our house is quiet and sadness has entered my soul. Cleaning the little handprints off the glass doors, picking up the toys that were scattered around the room, and cleaning the rooms where the children slept, has caused my soul to remember that these brief moments in time are precious and must be savored and intentionally created. My once little ones have grown up and though there were days when child rearing was hard, the joys of parenting and now grand-parenting are the greatest treasures of my life.
Being a mom is hard work. It is draining and delightful all at the same time. So, today, I want to encourage the moms of small children, teenage children, many children, and hard children to stay the course. The return on your investment of time, training, and emotional connection will be huge, if you don’t lose heart. Don’t let the world tell you that you can’t do it. Be careful not to give your heart away to other things. Stay close to your children’s hearts and you will find that it will be worth it; maybe not now but in time, if you continue.
There is a great reward for your engagement. You may not see it, feel it, or believe it is yours today, but don’t give up. If you are sowing life in them today you will reap fruit in the future. God promises!
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Galatians 6:6-9
July 14 – Girl’s Night Out!
Stop by from 6:30-9:00pm and see the new venue for Legacy Lessons Over Lunch and Dinner Club at East End Market. From 7:30-8:15pm, Linda will be sharing the topics of conversation that will begin in August. Each participant will have the opportunity to enter a drawing for Dinner Club as well as a module for Legacy Lessons over Lunch. Names will be drawn at 8:15pm.
Bring your friends and come for a visit and enjoy an evening filled with coffee, chocolate, and conversations.
The event will be held in The Audubon Park Exchange (APEX) at East End Market, 3201 Corrine Drive in Orlando. The APEX is located on the second floor of the Market. Overflow parking is available across the street at Maranatha Fellowship Church.
Email Linda Werner
This page contains the audio and related files from the Saturday morning Coffee Conversations.
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The audio clips and related resources are listed below.
New Year, New You – January
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Marriage – February
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Understanding Life’s Seasons – March
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Legacy Principles is excited to announce a new environment. Monthly Coffee Conversations will be held on Saturday mornings at Calvary Assembly from 8:30-10:00am. The focus of the five sessions will be Living Fully Alive and Energized for 2014.
What if you knew this was your last year of life. What would you do to find the energy and the time to live more vibrantly with the important people in your life? This one thought has the potential to radically shape your priorities.
Linda Werner will present a passionate message each month that will provide tools and resources for each participant to move to a life that is more fully alive. Each month a book will be recommended that could bring additional learning for life change.
Gather a group of friends and invite them to coffee each month and begin a new journey together to live Fully Alive!
The Coffee Conversations environment will have a cost of $25.00 per person and includes all five sessions. This environment is open to singles, couples, and students 16 and older. Registration can be done by emailing, Linda Werner.
Payment can be made at the first session on January 25.
The coffees will be held in Johnson Hall at Calvary Assembly, 1199 Clay Street in Winter Park.
As I close out the year my heart is overwhelmed with gratitude for all God allowed for me to experience in 2013. It has been an “exceedingly abundant year.”
For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:1-10
God did indeed grant me strength through Christ in my inner man. I was able to meet with so many precious saints who encouraged my walk in Christ. I saw first hand the love of Jesus in the conversations I had with my family, friends and mentors. I am a richer woman because of this incredible journey. I have experienced God’s fullness in so many ways.
I love what Thomas Merton said, “To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us – and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him.
Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, and is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.”
I can attest to not only the truths of God, but my experience has been rich. My heart has been awakened to HIS wonder, as well as to HIS goodness. This year I have seen God’s love in a new way, and I know for me that my life has been forever changed.
I have attached my list of people and places that I visited. I know that their names will not mean anything to you, but I do believe that you could put “Your People” in their place. If you were to think of the people who have shaped your story, who would they be? What are the truths/principles that have impacted your life decisions?
This is what I know from the journey this year: Nothing has had a greater impact in my soul than to reflect and remember all that GOD has taught me through others.
You may not be able to take off of work, or spend extended time in reflection, but what if you began to take time this year to intentionally write your thoughts in a file, or a journal for the purpose of encouragement to your heart as well as to others.
As you think about the new-year what are your delights, desires, and dreams? What are you asking GOD to do in and through you?
My one word idea for the 2013 year was anticipation. At the time I wrote that word I had no idea what the year would hold. I lived with a sense of anticipation of what GOD was going to do in and through me. Today, as I sit and reflect and remember, it has been an Ephesians 3:20-21 year indeed. I have understood the full the measure of God’s love. I have seen the width and length and depth and height — I know the love of Christ that passes knowledge; and I have been filled with all the fullness of God. I am deeply grateful.
My new idea for 2014 is fully alive! I want to be fully alive in Christ! My scripture focus is, Ephesians 2:1-10.
And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:1-10
Beginning in January I will open a new monthly environment for the purpose of sharing truths, principles and practices that I have found that have allowed me to live fully alive! These sessions that I am calling Coffee Conversations will take place on a Saturday morning, once a month beginning January 25. Learn more about Coffee Conversations.