Kim Martinez Articles

Discovering What Your Ministry Really Is

I caught myself thinking this morning.I was contemplating my role in "ministry" and had to stop and shake myself a...
3 Keys to Surviving the Onslaught of Horrible News

3 Keys to Surviving the Onslaught of Horrible News

How do you survive in a world of constant bombardment?Britain leaves the EU, and the world markets freak outThe never ending political chaos that is a U.S. election year, where every iteration seems to sink lower and lower into chaosAmerica, apparently at war with...

When You Don’t Want Change

When You Don’t Want Change

I put out a frantic text to my cohort. "I can see my life shrinking. Soon it won't be bigger than my couch."This was a critical moment in my recent transitions. We all reach that point—some of you aren't as dramatic as I was. I knew I was in trouble because I...

Break the Fear of Being First

Break the Fear of Being First

I was watching my son's first robotics competition, and a young woman spoke. I didn't catch her name, but her words were inspiring.    "If you are the first in any area, it is scary because there is no model for you to follow."This parallels my recent...

3 Ways to Prepare for Change

3 Ways to Prepare for Change

I put out a frantic text to my cohort. "I can see my life shrinking. Soon it won't be bigger than my couch."This was a critical moment in my recent transitions. We all reach that point—some of you aren't as dramatic as I was. I knew I was in trouble because I...

When You’re Facing Disagreement

When You’re Facing Disagreement

In leadership, you will always have detractors. People will question your assumptions, your actions and your attitudes. Today we will look at Job (from the Bible) and see what he did to deal with these "friends."Right up front we know that God finds Job to be...

Why You Might Be in a Mess

Why You Might Be in a Mess

"A bird planted that.""Without even trying?" I looked at my arborist (person who is really smart with plants) friend, then back to the mini-tree in my front yard incredulously.You see, I am bad with plants. So, when I moved into a house with way too many bushes,...

When God Calls You to Be First

When God Calls You to Be First

I was watching my son's First robotics competition, and a young woman spoke. I didn't catch her name, but her words were inspiring."If you are the first in any area, it is scary because there is no model for you to follow."This parallels my recent thoughts on risk...

What Box Do You Fit in?

What Box Do You Fit in?

Yesterday I talked about self-identity. I'm thinking through this for a reason.I highly suspect that:Just as we tend to change careers every seven years, we also tend to need to redefine our boxes (which means teens aren't the only ones working on self-identity).When...

Live to Your Purpose

Live to Your Purpose

I'm reading a book that really resonates. It is about purpose. You can get the gist from the TedTalk here.Why do you do what you do? Simon Sinek repeats over and over in his book Start with Why, "people don't buy what you do, they buy why you do...

4 Ways to Test if God Is Calling You

4 Ways to Test if God Is Calling You

Have you ever wondered if God has called you to something more?John 1:6, "There was a man sent from God whose name was John."This simple verse tells us a lot: It tells us that the man we know as John the Baptist somehow stood out. It was obvious to others that he was...

How to Bounce Back From Mistakes

How to Bounce Back From Mistakes

Last week I made a mistake. It was a serious mistake that couldn't be covered up, but not quite so bad of a mistake that there wasn't a fix. In other words, I couldn't make it so people wouldn't see. I had to admit my mistake.I've been noticing an unfortunate trend in...

Are High Incomes a Sign of God’s Blessing?

Are High Incomes a Sign of God’s Blessing?

Today, I read a couple of articles that bring up an interesting conversation—how our theology effects our view on poverty and social class.The first is an article on the shrinking of the middle class in America. This first article shows that the class...

When You Feel Too Weak to Give Any More

When You Feel Too Weak to Give Any More

Perhaps one of these scenarios feels familiar:It is 3 a.m., and one of the kids wakes you up—again. Every cell in your body wants to rebel or retaliate, yet you pull yourself out of bed to return the toddler to her slumber, only to find that she's soaked the...

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