When’s the last time you cried during a tough time?  It’s so tempting to think being a rock means holding back the tears. But on this podcast, I share how ignoring the sting of hurt or loss and hoping it just might go away is so…WRONG!

Do Strong People Cry?

You’ll hear me share a touching story about what happened this past week, when my best friend’s dad passed away … and who ended up doing the crying. You’ll also hear how my son reacted to his sister when she had a melt down.

This podcast, “Do Strong People Cry” will help you:

  • Learn what happens when you push away the pain and pretend it doesn’t hurt.
  • Discover how not crying affects your physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
  • Be more comfortable when other people cry in your presence.

By the end of this podcast you’ll have the courage you need to cry and be strong.

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Want to be be a winner? Ahh, of course you do! But hey, it doesn’t matter how many times you’ve lost. Losing has nothing to do with winning. As long as you don’t stay stuck there in “lost-land” you’re going to move higher.

So what separates winners from losers?

In my mind, the dividing line is growing. Winners are in love with growing.

Highly successful people intentionally grow their minds because they get sick at the thought of being status quo. They salivate at opportunities to learn.

And losers? Losers give up. They lack motivation to go-for-it because they don’t know how to move forward. And not knowing how can put you into a hopeless state.

I’m emphatically and passionately a life long learner. I LOVE learning. It’s my favorite pastime. As I see it, the more I learn, the more I can help you and others. And of course, the bonus is that leaning ultimately helps me.

Last week I had the privilege to put myself in a mega-learning environment. By attending Dr. Dave Martin’s Ultimate Life Conference, I rubbed shoulders with multi-millionaires and some of the most brilliant business and
ministry minds on the planet. Business consultants, ministry leaders, and pastor-perenuers!

Ultimate Life Conference 2014

Not gonna lie, I’m still in over-load mode processing all the info that was thrown at me by these movers and shakers. As I process… join me, process with me, grow with me.

I’m sharing these info-bites with you to wet your appetite. I want you to hunger for more in life. And to get there, you need to learn. So here are a few tidbits that will nourish the “world-changer” in you.

11 of my biggest take-a-ways from Ultimate Life Conference 2014:

  1. The stream that you drink from is the stream that you think from.  –Simon T. Bailey, author of Shift Your Brilliance. (I bought Simon’s book as soon as I got home – He IS brilliant.)
  2. That which has fed you in one season no longer feeds you. Individuals who know how to shift their brilliance do not usually follow conventional ways. –Simon T. Bailey, author of Shift Your Brilliance
  3. Most Christians already know what to believe but they don’t do what they believe, they need to be taught how to act out their beliefs, what to do. It s not until you do something that you really find out what you believe. Dr. Robb Thompson
  4. In life we decide our relationships. Then our relationships determine our destination. It’s people who determine where you go. Relationships will either promote you or stifle you. You’re the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. You will suffer the consequences and rewards of those closest to you. – Dr. Robb Thompson
  5. We go toward our focus. What we visualize is what we get.
    You can’t avoid “a don’t do that” because it gives you an exact visual of what you don’t want to do.
    (Freshman boys who practice seeing themselves swish the ball in the basket 100 times before they go to bed every night perform better – because they see themselves doing it in their mind before they ever see themselves do it on the court.)  –AmyK Huchens
  6. If you can’t explain what you do to a kindergartner, you don’t know it good enough..make it simpler. –AmyK Hutchens
  7. If money is not important to you that would explain it’s absence from your life! – Pat Mesiti
  8. What happens to people who have lots of money, and lose it? Their money grew, their mind didn’t. – Pat Meseti
  9. Never sell what you’re in a position to sow. – Dr. Dave Martin, author of 12 Traits of the Greats
  10. People who change the world start by changing themselves. – Dr. Dave Martin
  11. 10 things Donald trump does everyday comes from the book of proverbs. -Dr. Dave Martin

That’s a mixed bag of goodies but here’s what I want you to take from this post:

In order to grow your mind so you can be more and do more, you have to put yourself in an environment to receive more.

More Information + Different Setting = Better Ideas. – Dr. Linda Travelute

How you can put yourself in an environment so you can recieve more:

  • Read. Read. Read. (Leaders are readers!)
  • Attend conferences. (Put money aside each month so you can afford the big ones!)
  • Invest in yourself: Buy educational programs, personal development materials, coaching programs.
  • Get a mentor or a life-coach (By the way, I’d love to coach you, connect with me here.)
  • Watch educational videos. (Ted Talks are amazing, see them on Youtube. Get the TedTalk smart phone app.)
  • Spend time with people who think differently than you do. (As AmyK Hutchens says: “You need to agitate your thinking so you can think differently.” …so you can come up with new and better ideas.)

So what’s your action item today?

Get one of the books listed in this post and start reading or watch a Ted Talk. Leave a comment below and let us know what you’re going to do right away to grow your mind and your world!

I hope to see you at next year’s Ultimate Life Conference!

AmyK Hutchens

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Goals, dreams, and everything in between. You want to move forward accomplishing what’s in your heart, but may feel stuck. Or maybe you’re not progressing as quickly as you thought. On this week’s Christianity Made Easy Podcast, I share a simple strategy that I use with my life-coaching clients that will help you gain success in every area where you are lacking.

Where Do You Need The Most Help Right Now?

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Whether it’s climbing the career ladder, losing weight, marriage problems or…insert your roadblock here…listen to this episode and you’ll have a simple plan that will help you be more and do more.

People pay big bucks for a life coaching strategy like this. Today you get it as a gift.

Listen below or get the podcast in iTunes.

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Think changing someone’s life is hard?  Let me show you how you can immediately change someone’s circumstances without even saying anything to THEM. Shoot them with your prayers!

In this week’s “Christianity Made Easy” podcast you’ll hear:

  • how my husband, Ted and I stopped a tarot card reader in action at an Orlando restaurant.
  • How shooting an accident victim on the side of the road with your prayers may save their life.
  • How I turned a closed-hearted audience member into someone salivating to hear my message presentation.

You too can change lives and here’s a little glimpse of what you can do by shooting them with prayer…

You can:

  • change their mood
  • wipe the frown off of their face
  • enable them to feel love
  • change their physical state from sickness to health
  • help their marriage
  • show them a new perspective
  • catapult them toward their dreams

Yep, you can do all this and more – without saying anything to them.  So simply, so easily, so quickly.

Listen to the podcast so you can learn how to shoot someone with your prayers! And change their lives!

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9 Benefits You Have If You’re In Christ

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Imagine you’re hired a prestigious company who is known for great benefits and taking care of their employees extremely well (Think Google, Netfix, Etc).

Your first day on the job you’re handed a packet which details your benefits. Since you don’t really like to read, you just kinda skim the packet of paperwork and toss it in the backseat of your car. You know you can read the rest later when you have time.

Several months later you find out your having a baby.

A baby? YAY! Congratulations to you and your spouse!

And as exciting as that is, now you’re wondering how your life is going to change. Ekks!

How you’re going to handle the stress of finding a competent baby-sitter you can trust so you can dash off to work every morning?

You look at the classified ads for a good baby-sitter. You check with family and friends. You ask around.

You got nothing. You’re still without someone you can trust to care for your new bundle of love.

Time is running out. The delivery date is coming soon and your stressing… Still no sitter.

Thankfully, someone in the break room overhears your dilemma.

They ask,  “Didn’t you read your benefits package?”

“You don’t need to loose sleep over finding the right baby sitter. Your benefits package covers free child care as an employee of this company!”

What?  You had access to this all along?

Yes! But you didn’t know it because you never took the time to read what was given to you in your benefits package.

Kinda makes me think of this scripture in Hosea 4 that goes like this:

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…

Getting Acquainted With Your Benefits Package

Hey, I don’t want you lacking in any area of your life. So, I want you to get acquainted with the benefits package you have in Christ.

You may have only heard about this second hand. Maybe you’ve not read the fine print in your Bible for yourself. If so, no sweat. Let’s take a look and make sure you totally understand the benefits you’re entitled to IF you are in Christ.

Just what can you count on if you’re a believer?

Below is a quick list of 9 benefits from Psalm 103:1-5. Let’s take a look at what you have, so you can receive them as you believe they belong to you.

Psalm 103

Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul; and all that is [deepest] within me, bless His holy name!

Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul, and forget not [one of] all His benefits

Who forgives [every one of] all your iniquities, Who heals [each one of] all your diseases,

Who redeems your life from the pit and corruption, Who beautifies, dignifies, and crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercy;

Who satisfies your mouth [your necessity and desire at your personal age and situation] with good so that your youth, renewed, is like the eagle’s [strong, overcoming, soaring]!(A)

I love this, don’t you?!

Here’s a breakdown of these 9 benefits:

  1. He forgives you. Not just once either! Verse 3 says God forgives ALL your iniquities.
  2. He Heals you. Not just one healing either! Verse 3 says God heals ALL your diseases.
  3. He redeems you. Meaning you’re salvation is fixed in him!
  4. He beautifies you. Makes you look good in His eyes!
  5. He dignifies you. You’re guilt can fade in the light of Christ so you can feel worthy.
  6. He crowns you kindness. That’s the loving-kind!
  7. And mercy too – in the most tender way.
  8. He satisfies your desires. (Everything you need and desire, no matter what stage you’re in, no matter your situation, He’s got you covered.)
  9. You’re renewed like you were when you were young so you can be strong, overcome every obstacle, and soar over every circumstance.

That’s a complete benefit package! So, know what you’re entitled to! Keep this passage of scripture in a spot where you will see it and stay acquainted with all Jesus has given you. The only reason you won’t have these benefits is if you forget their yours!

Here’s a quick prayer starter for you so you can keep these benefits on your radar:

God, thank you for all that you’ve done to forgive me of all of my sins. All is a big word. It makes me so grateful. Thank you for saving me from destruction. I may need reminding from time to time of the fact that your crowning me with loving kindness and tender mercies. That’s a lot to take in. Show me how you’re satisfying my mouth with good things and how you are renewing my youth like the eagle’s. Help me remember all of these benefits every day. Show me more of what Christ has done for me. I am thankful. I will bless the Lord, and FORGET NOT ALL HIS BENEFITS.

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Striving for perfection so you can get into God’s graces, are ya? Ok. Stupid idea. But I’ve been there. Let me show you why you’re headed for failure and what you can do instead. Let’s just say, you can take the easy way out – without even being penalized – like my son did when he washed my car last week.

I told my son that if he washed my car I’d pay him $20. He had to do outside and inside. Vacume, dust. Spit shine the tires. You know…the works. Well, he didn’t deliver. So, in my mind, I’m thinking, “Fine, he won’t get paid.” That will teach him!

But then my dad arrives on the scene. He starts washing the vehicle. I look out the window and see my 73 year old father out performing my son. Not gonna lie, I’m getting a little upset with my son for this. He could have done it by himself. Put in the labor. Got the money.

That’s fair, right?

But then I started thinking. That makes sense in the parenting world and yes, even in the business world.

You work, you get paid.

But that’s not how it works in the world of God’s grace.

So, for the purpose of teaching my son about God’s grace, I paid him. Yep…paid him for work he didn’t do. And gave him a $10 tip on top.

Why? To show him what God’s grace is like. God’s grace is Jesus, coming along side of us like my dad did for my son. Jesus shows up, does the work and gives us the paycheck (salvation and blessings).

We do nothing to deserve it. We don’t even have to lift a finger. We do less than my son did to wash the car. We do nada.

When you think about all you do trying to acheive perfection in exchange for salvation and blessings, it might look like this…

  • You fast
  • You tithe
  • You help those in need
  • You’re better than most people in your circle

So what does that get ya? Let’s see what Jesus would say… “Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled.” (Luke 18:14.)

That’s not exactly what you were going for, huh?

But what about the scripture that says… “Be perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect” (Matt 5:8)? That’s pretty clear, isn’t it? Makes you want to at least try to be perfect. But consider this…

For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly NOT enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:20)

If you know you’ve never acheived the status of a Pharisee… If you know you’ve NEVER been perfect, and you know you’ll never BE perfect, you need Jesus’ words of grace. You need to hear Him speak about an alternate route to his grace. Trading his perfectness for yours.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled”. (Matthew 5:6)

What is righteousness? Christ. So, hunger for Christ and all he is (He’s perfection to the max!) and you’ll be righteous. And when you do, bonus… you’ll desire to behave better. Check this little gem of a scripture out:

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness. (Titus 2:11)

Lookie there! Grace teaches us to live right. So, hey, how about you and I just stop stessing by trying to be perfect. You know it’s not possible. The only option that makes sense is this:

Either you must be perfect, or represented by the one who is. Jesus.

So where does that leave us? Not perfect. But labled perfect because he is. Let Jesus wash your car. You’ll get paid anyway.

 

What’s a faith-free loader? Glad you asked. See if you can find yourself in any of these scenarios, then we’ll talk about what to do about it so you can get the things you’ve been wanting all along.

  • In weight loss, it’s the gal who wants six pack abs by taking a pill while eating ice cream on the couch.
  • In dating, it’s the guy who wants to date a model by reciting some canned pickup lines …even though he’s a poorly dressed slob who compulsively picks his nose.
  • In business, it’s the guy who wants a flood of customers but doesn’t provide actual value in exchange for the money.

In business, it’s the guy who wants a flood of customers but doesn’t provide actual value in exchange for the money.

What’s a Faith Freeloader?

Faith-Free Loaders are people who are the lowest common denominator to their own faith. They desperately pray for something they need, yet put no faith in their ability to do something that will change their situation.

When I was in college, I was working full-time at a restaurant, was a part-time youth pastor, and took a full course load. I averaged only 4 hours of sleep each night – because, sadly, I didn’t have time to sleep. (Or so I thought!)

Result? I was constantly whipped. Tired was an understatement. I survived on 14 Diet Cokes a day to get my caffeine fix.

And you know how silly I was? Ok, let’s just call it like it was – STUPID. I was stupid. Because I’d stay up studying till midnight after working an 8-hour shift, then get up at 4 am.

I would PLEAD with God to give me energy and make me wide-awake. I asked for a miracle every morning that I wouldn’t feel tired. What kind of stupid is that?!

If I needed more rest, I should have cut something out of my life and slept more.

Hey, look, you can pray till you’re blue in the face, but if you don’t put your faith where your mouth is, your faith isn’t worth a pile of poo!

So, am I saying you have to add works to faith?

NO – but sort of.

Some people totally misconstrue the verse: “Faith without works is dead.” (James 2:14). They take it to mean that they have to add their own works to their salvation in order to have solid faith. And that’s misunderstanding the Idea of Faith Without Works

This is not what that scripture means. It’s talking about the fact that faith without Christ’s work is dead. Chew on that for a bit till you get it.

BUT, I’m not saying that you get to be a freeloader when it comes to receiving the things Christ’s work has granted you. If you don’t put your actions to work believing you can behave in a way that brings you what you’re praying for…you probably won’t get it.

You can pray for a miracle to help you get money you need to pay for your groceries, but if you spend your paycheck on beer, it’s not happening!

If you’re praying to lose weight – you need to pray that God will help you make healthy eating choices, start exercising, get enough sleep, and do a better job of taking care of yourself.

And it takes FAITH to believe you can do these things. Especially if you haven’t had success with it in the past.

Some people crack me up – coming to me at the end of a service or ministry time, asking me to pray that they will receive a “MIRACLE” in their area of need. Yet, they will go home and engage in the very same behaviors that got them into their trouble in the first place.

Write this down: The wiser you are, the fewer miracles you’ll need in life.

The smarter your choices, the less you’ll need God to get you out of constant crisis mode. 

So what can you do if you have Freeloading faith tendencies?

Use your faith to ask God to change you – that’s where the real miracle is!

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I know you do, and I love you too, or I wouldn’t be so blunt. So share this post with a friend who needs it. Someone you love. Someone who needs help. Like it on Facebook or even hit the automatic tweet quote box I’ve got below for your convenience. 

We are VERY close to finishing our long-awaited Prayer Training Program. We have been working on this for more than 2 years, and have done a “soft” launch that you may have been privy to, but we are finally going to wrap it up. We will be officially releasing it in just a few weeks.

This course will be entirely focused on “Training for Fueling Your Prayers and Boosting Results.” It will include:

  • 10 Audios
  • Workbook
  • Journal
  • Prayer Booster book with over 200 Fast Fuel Prayer Packs

It’s going to be a complete brain dump with tons of research on everything that we know about Praying and Getting Results & Answers from God.

We are going to cover all the myths and stumbling blocks to prayer. As well as help believers discover how to carve time out of their busy lives for praying and Bible reading. It’s a complete Prayer toolbox like no other.

However, we need your help. Before we finalize everything and make it fully available, we need to make sure we have everything covered.

That is where you come in. Please take a few minutes to answer this super-short survey – there is only one thing we want to ask you…

What are your two top questions about Praying and Getting Answers to Your Prayers that we absolutely NEED to answer in our training course?
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What do potato-peeling shortcuts and instant oatmeal have to do with being forgiven, saved, God’s grace and His blessings?

EVERYTHING!

Why is it you search for all kinds of shortcuts to make your life easier and yet refuse the shortcuts God provides?

Join me for this podcast and find out if you’ve been refusing something that will bless you and make your life easier.  You will be pleasantly surprised. Christianity is a lot easier than you think!

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Ever wondered how Jesus would handle bad behavior? What would Jesus do if…

  • Your son came home drunk?
  • Your daughter got expelled?
  • Your employee bad-mouthed another employee.
  • A student in your class lied to you?

Here’s a simple & easy way to handle any kind of bad behavior – whether it be from your kids, your employee, a student, or yep…your spouse!

In this quick video, I’ll show you how to get bad behavior under control. This will change the atmosphere in your home and you’ll win in your relationships.

It’s how Jesus would do it!

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