Leadership devo, why people leave…


aul, an apostle—sent not from men nor by a man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead—
Galatians 1:1 NIV

People leave the ministry, because of 8 people.


The great exchange

Visalia First
January 12, 2019
01/13/2019 Visalia First: The Great Exchange
By: Mike D. Robertson
Lead Pastors | Mike & Karen Robertson

John 14:27 NIV
27 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.

1. Your number one WEAPON to use against the enemy is your peace.

2. If your peace DWELLS in stuff, then he will take your stuff so he can ruin your peace.

Two Types Of Peace

1. A worldly peace is determined by CARNAL stimuli.

Two Types Of Peace

2. A Godly peace is determined by SPIRITUAL stimuli.

Ephesians 5:18-19 (BSB)
“Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to reckless indiscretion. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.19Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your hearts to the Lord…”

Don’t Worry, Be Happy!

1. WORRY grows when we place our faith in worldly things.

Matthew 6:28-34 NLT
28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? 31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. 34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

Don’t Worry, Be Happy!

2. Peace is found in a SECRET place.

Don’t Worry, Be Happy!

3. You cannot speak peace if you don’t DWELL in it.

Don’t Worry, Be Happy!

4. You cannot speak peace if your mind space is being used to MANUFACTURE problems.

Don’t Worry, Be Happy!

5. Action steps: Will you trade your PART-time peace for God’s FULL-time peace plan?


While doing our churches 21 days of prayer for peace…I am struggling with peace and joy. I am also struggling with the whole middle age weight gain. It is really laziness on a lack of commitment on my part. I know, If I stick to the work out plan, and clean eating, (and now, weight watchers), the weight will come off.

I think I may be struggling with the sin of gluttony.

Gluttony, def., (Latin: gula, derived from the Latin gluttire meaning “to gulp down or swallow”) means over-indulgence and over-consumption of food, drink, or wealth items.

I am able to buy what I want, when I want, eat what I want, and really not worry about the expense. I have become undisciplined. Ouch.

Lord, please fill me with your spirit, that I would desire the things you desire. Give me your wisdom, and grace. Forgive my sin father. Change my heart….

Do you hear what I hear?

Visalia First
December 16, 2018
12/16/2018 Visalia First: Do You Hear What I Hear
By: Mike D. Robertson
Lead Pastors | Mike & Karen Robertson

Why These Shepherds?

1. These shepherds were HUNGRY for more.

Why These Shepherds?

2. Shepherds were RELIGIOUS outcasts.

Why These Shepherds?

3. Shepherds were SOCIAL outcasts.

Luke 2:10 NKJV
10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.

Do You Hear What I Hear?

1. Do you hear God’s HEART for all people?

Luke 19:10 NKJV
10 for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

Do You Hear What I Hear?

2. When was the last time you HEARD God speak?

Luke 2:17

“All who heard the shepherds were impressed.”

Do You Hear What I Hear?

3. When was the last time you heard God speak in a way that made you do something SIGNIFICANT?

Luke 2:8-19 MSG
8‭-‬12 There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you’re to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger.” 13‭-‬14 At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God’s praises: Glory to God in the heavenly heights, Peace to all men and women on earth who please him. 15‭-‬18 As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over. “Let’s get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us.” They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. All who heard the sheepherders were impressed. 19‭-‬20 Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself. The sheepherders returned and let loose, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen. It turned out exactly the way they’d been told!

I can do it.

Today has been hard. I am feeling alone, and somewhat lonely. I am aware that people that know me and don’t like me, may be blog lurkers. I am aware that some of those same people may enjoy a post like this. I have decided that I am not going to let them stop me from being who I am. Honestly. This post isn’t about them…it is about me, and living authentically.

So often, women, especially strong women, dont give themselves permission to be transparent. There will always be someone who has something negative to say. (Sometimes it is even those close to us).

Today, I am struggling with the very real struggle called depression. When I begin to feel depressed there are often 2 to 3 reasons. Hormones (check), being overwhelmed by things I need to do (check)…and Satan (check). When all three things happen at the same time, I can be a mess.

That’s just what happened in Saturday. My hormones are out of whack….I have a 7 mile run to do..(which happens to be the number I have a hard time getting to), and there are so many little projects I have wanted to do ( and big ones, like finish chapter 2), that I dont feel like I can do.

We have a faucet we bought a few months back. I would change it, but cant get the cold side to shut off. My tail light has been out since August. The sink leaks, and the dishwasher doesnt work very well. The grass is growing under the pecan trees, and I thought the horses would enjoy it.

I used to be so independent, and now it seems I need to rely on my husband. But our tolerances and focus are rarely on the same page. So, I did what any hormonal depressed run avoiding girl would do. I went shopping at Lowes.

Honestly, I dont know what I intended to buy…. but I know what I came home with! Oh, yeah, Tposts and a new Tpost pounder since mine is MIA. Got those, and moved the fence line. I think I am going to ask for a spot in the pole barn, for hay. That way, I can also fence the grassy area around the hitching posts. Maybe I will beg, borrow, and steal Deven over break, to help me with stuff (like installing patient poles) Seems the area I planted grass out back, is thriving..so I bought grass seed to plant some in the pasture that is closed. The rest of my shopping spree was to replace some cleaning supplies… oh, and I found a flooring I like, and may replace our bathroom floor, the bathroom, kitchen and laundry room over break!

I also figured out how to change out a light fixture…I admit, there were some tears… but…

Oh yeah…. and they work! ( although, husband is concerned that they may burn the house down).

Taking back a little bit of control has been good….

Ended the evening with littles and their parents at our churches Christmas event, Imagine More. Interestingly enough, I was sad all the way until we sat to watch the performance. The presence of God is in that place….