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Tuesday, November 25, 2014 @ 10:52:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 2 comments
A dear friend of mine is currently facing an incredibly tough situation: his wife has cancer. They've tried a variety of treatments with the understanding that once the treatments stop working, she will have about six months to live.
Monday, November 03, 2014 @ 12:00:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 2 comments
A friend recently wrote the following to me:

"If the Holy Spirit is in me, why is there no proof of that? Why is He so dormant in my life? What am I missing? I'm at the end of my rope on this."

Though my friend has walked with God for many years, he has recently endured great suffering and is currently experiencing a loss of confidence that God really cares for him.

Here's a summary of my response which I wanted to share today in hopes that it helps you as well as my dear friend:
Monday, September 08, 2014 @ 12:00:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 0 comments
In my previous blog "You’re Not Okay and That is Okay" I introduced Tullian Tchvidjian and recommended his book "Jesus + Nothing = Everything". In his book, Tullian highlights the lessons he learned during what he calls the most difficult year of his life, 2009.This was the year he began to understand the length and breadth of the freedom Jesus purchased for him and how dependent he was, as a senior pastor, on the approval of others for significance.
Friday, August 22, 2014 @ 12:00:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 4 comments
The stress of life is overwhelming at times. I have a deep seated drive to fix myself and fix those around me. I have pushed myself to have a more intimate walk with Jesus, to be a better husband and father and grandfather, and a better lover of people. Fortunately, the last few years I have begun to realize that "I am not okay, and that is okay!" The good news (the Gospel) sets me free to trust Jesus and His work in my life and this has led to me finding it easier to let others "not be okay" as well.
Monday, July 14, 2014 @ 12:00:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 2 comments
Life changed for Kaylinn and I on April 14th. This is when my wife was diagnosed with Stage IV Lobular breast cancer that had metastasized to her bones. Lobular cancer is not easily detected by a mammogram, a test Kaylinn has faithfully had every year since she had a breast cancer diagnosis 11 years ago. This time it is far more serious, and without God's intervention, not totally curable.
Monday, April 14, 2014 @ 4:17:00 PM - Written by Doug Hignell - 2 comments
Kaylinn and I recently hosted a dinner party for the two teams representing North Rim CrossFit at this year’s regional CrossFit competition. (Our son, Ryan, is the primary owner and manager of this gym.) The evening brought great joy to Kaylinn and I. Why? Because these young people have become dear friends of ours, as we have spent time with them in a variety of settings. Even though we were serving them, we received as much or even more joy from them as we all enjoyed an evening together.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 @ 12:01:00 PM - Written by Doug Hignell - 0 comments
Let's say we're having coffee together and I ask you the following question: "Do you believe that you love God enough?" If you said that you weren't sure, how would you respond to my next question, which would be: "How will you know when you love God enough to be fully pleasing to Him?" Then, if I offered you a free book called Five Easy Steps to Loving God More, would you be interested?
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 @ 9:12:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 2 comments
There are many excellent books being written and published today. In fact, there are probably too many. In the coming months, I plan to intersperse my posts with book reviews, highlighting ones that I recommend as worth reading.

One Way Love by Tullian Tchividjian is the best book I've read on increasing our understanding of grace.
Friday, February 28, 2014 @ 12:30:00 PM - Written by Doug Hignell - 0 comments
Walking in freedom requires a clear understanding of the grace and forgiveness we've received without any effort on our part. On the cross, Jesus lovingly forgave humanity for all of our sins, past, present, and future. However, activating this forgiveness requires our responding to Jesus by believing and committing our lives to Him.
Monday, January 27, 2014 @ 8:44:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 2 comments
Every once in a while, God seems to radically change our thoughts in a specific area, enabling us to take one more step toward spiritual maturity and freedom. The last month or so has been one of those times in my life. I hope I'll never be the same again.

Let me explain. Think about our typical response when we're mistreated or misunderstood. We take offense. This offense can often lead to bitterness.
Monday, January 13, 2014 @ 9:42:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 0 comments
In my lifetime, I've seen two very distinct ways of relating to God: fear-based and grace-based. A fear-based relationship is easier to understand and, sadly, it's what most of us learned at an early age. Gratefully, the Holy Spirit is currently releasing an increased awareness around the world of what it means to live under grace instead of fear, as evidenced by the ground swell of books, blog posts, and preaching on grace.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 @ 4:19:00 PM - Written by Doug Hignell - 0 comments
The Gospel - that is, the "good news" of God's grace through Jesus Christ - is often misunderstood, making it more difficult for us to take the "trusting God" road instead of the "pleasing God" road. The Gospel is typically presented as a message to be received. We then pass on this "good news" to others in the form of a message requiring an answer.
Monday, November 18, 2013 @ 9:38:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 3 comments
As I mentioned in my previous blog post, our view of God determines our response to Him. Just as there are two polar views of God, there are two opposite responses: am I going to focus on trusting God or pleasing God?
Tuesday, November 05, 2013 @ 9:36:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 2 comments
Like ocean waves on rocks along the beach, the following truth has been working on me for a while now:

"I can only extend grace to others to the extent that I extend grace to myself. But, I can only extend grace to myself to the extent that I understand and receive God's incredible grace extended to me."
Monday, October 14, 2013 @ 8:11:00 PM - Written by Doug Hignell - 1 comments
For many of us, The Shack by Wm. Paul Young challenged our view of the Triune God. For me it was a big push toward a more correct understanding of God. However, for others, it seemed like heresy. Clearly two opposing views of God exist within the church today, and a major step towards freedom is coming to understand which view we believe. Granted, the two views represent extremes on a spectrum and there are a lot of nuances...
Monday, September 30, 2013 @ 2:39:00 PM - Written by Doug Hignell - 1 comments
A challenge for me in recent years has been to learn to walk in spiritual freedom, trusting in God's grace. This is not, of course, freedom to sin. It's freedom to rest in God's incredible love for me rather than spending my energy in religious obedience, measuring my worth by my pursuit of God and my own personal holiness. The reality is that God pursues us, to which we respond, and when Jesus comes into our lives, we are as holy as we'll ever be. Hard to believe, isn't it?
Monday, September 16, 2013 @ 9:47:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 7 comments
Remember the childhood game Fruit Basket Upset? Maybe you're not old enough, so let me explain how it works. Many varieties of the game exist, but one variety involves a circle of chairs with one less chair than the number of players. When the person standing in the middle of the circle without a chair calls out, "Fruit Basket Upset," everybody has to leave his or her chair and move to another...
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 12:00:00 PM - Written by Doug Hignell - 2 comments
In an ongoing effort to choose rest and spend time with a daughter and her family who just moved to Chico after 8+ years in China, I am taking a sabbatical until late August. I will be resuming my blog posts once I am back to a more normal schedule but wanted to explain my "planned silence" for all of you who are following my blog. Hope your summer is restful too.
Monday, July 08, 2013 @ 5:00:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 0 comments
What does the concept of margins have to do with entering into an ongoing state of Sabbath rest? Everything! We lose our margins because we pack our lives with too many activities, responsibilities, and desires. Like most of us, I hate to miss any good opportunity before me. And not only that, but we also live as "responsibility sponges," soaking up responsibilities as if our well-being and the well-being of those around us depend completely on us.
Monday, June 24, 2013 @ 5:00:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 2 comments
As I write this blog post, I'm ending a time of withdrawing alone for several days to rebuild margins and regain a sense of "rest" that I managed to lose as a result of many stressors this past week. As I prepare to re-enter my normal routine, I feel uneasy as I wonder if I can maintain this sense of "rest" as my pace of life ramps back up. How I long to enter the 24/7/365 rest that God challenges us to enter in Hebrews 3 and 4!
Monday, June 10, 2013 @ 5:00:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 1 comments
The most significant changes in my life have come as a result of withdrawing from normal activity on a regular basis since the early 1990s. Sometimes I've been able to get away only once every several months, but other times I've been fortunate enough to take off once or twice per month. These times of withdrawing restore my margins like nothing else can. I also find that as I slow my pace down, I hear more clearly from God.
Monday, May 27, 2013 @ 5:00:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 0 comments
As I reflect on a recent week, my four-day work week was one of the most productive in months. Why? Because, after many weeks of intense activity, I took a "rest day" the Friday prior. In fact, I even believe that this four-day work week was more productive than many of the five-day work weeks that preceded it.
Monday, May 13, 2013 @ 12:00:00 PM - Written by Doug Hignell - 1 comments
Fact: We can't escape the world we live in and its stress-inducing rate of change. Fiction: Because we can't escape this world and its stress-inducing rate of change, all hope for maintaining healthy margins is lost.
Monday, April 29, 2013 @ 12:00:00 PM - Written by Doug Hignell - 1 comments
Though we can't (and shouldn't) permanently flee from the world around us, as our lives progress, there's an increased need to withdraw for brief periods of time so that we can rest and avoid the burnout that comes from constant activity. This is what motivates me to set aside "Sabbath days" -- days in which I'm not fully engaged in activity.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 @ 4:08:00 PM - Written by Doug Hignell - 0 comments
I often wonder if it's possible to truly maintain healthy margins as we age. I thought maybe we would find it easier as we grew older, but looking around, most of my family and friends (and even myself) tend to move more towards overload than healthy margins as the years progress.
Monday, March 25, 2013 @ 10:02:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 1 comments
My wife, Kaylinn, and I recently had a good laugh when a friend posted a chart on Facebook that summarized the main differences between introverts and extroverts. Through the use of a few simple words, this chart humorously captured some key differences between Kaylinn (an introvert) and me (an extrovert).
Monday, March 11, 2013 @ 7:55:00 PM - Written by Doug Hignell - 0 comments
Earlier today I watched Jenny LaBaw - an incredible athlete from Chico, CA - perform in the 2013 CrossFit Open. I don't know if I've seen a more amazing athletic performance, yet Jenny considers her own physical abilities secondary to other parts of her life.
Monday, February 25, 2013 @ 12:00:00 PM - Written by Doug Hignell - 0 comments
This letter was recently sent to encourage a close friend who is struggling from a serious physical injury and I wanted to share it with you in the hope that it encourages you.
Monday, February 04, 2013 @ 3:26:00 PM - Written by Doug Hignell - 3 comments
Ice cream comes in hundreds of flavors. What's your favorite? Last week, I had the opportunity to speak at the Heaven in Business conference hosted by Global Transformation Institute at Bethel Church in Redding, CA. I spoke in the middle of the second day after the conference attendees had already been challenged by talented speakers in previous sessions. As I began, I asked those in attendance, "Raise your hand if you like ice cream."
Monday, January 21, 2013 @ 9:48:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 3 comments
If love is an action word, then what's the greatest gift or act of service that we can possibly give someone -- a gift that will have an impact far beyond what we can even anticipate? Flowers? Money? A vacation? No. The answer is prayer.
Friday, January 04, 2013 @ 4:31:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 2 comments
These days, we've watered down the word "love" to nothing more than a feeling. Consider a few examples:

• While watching The Voice on TV recently, I noticed that one judge after another often says, "I love you" to a contestant—typically when that contestant is being eliminated from the competition.
• When somebody asks if we'd like to go shopping, we gladly answer, "I’d love to."
• We "love" pizza, beautiful skies, and turkey at Thanksgiving.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 @ 3:05:00 PM - Written by Doug Hignell - 2 comments
Picture this: it's the end of an exhausting day at work and my phone rings. It's my wife, Kaylinn. "Doug," she says, "on your way home, could you stop by the cleaners and then swing by the grocery store to pick up a few things for dinner tonight?" On the surface, her request is a simple one - and it would be even simpler if I wasn't so tired. In this situation, I can choose to respond in one of several ways including:
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 @ 1:12:00 PM - Written by Doug Hignell - 0 comments
Today a very kind article was published on the blog of Yardi Systems (www.yardi.com/blog/) that describes the Creating Caring Communities program. I wanted to share it with you so I am re-publishing it here with credit and gratitude to Yardi Systems for writing and publishing this.
Thursday, October 25, 2012 @ 2:20:00 PM - Written by Doug Hignell - 0 comments
"God is good, all the time; all the time, God is good." Believing this truth is the key to maintaining hope when our stories don't progress as we've planned. However, it's not enough to believe this truth in our minds. Instead, this truth must permeate our lives.

Writing these blog posts in recent weeks has increased my ability to trust God in a variety of situations. More than ever, I'm realizing:
Monday, October 01, 2012 @ 1:04:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 0 comments
I'm realizing that clinging to hope when our stories don't turn out as we've planned is a common struggle for many of us-even more common than I thought. I've received more emails and comments related to this series of blog posts than any I've written before. Why is this? Because we all have at least one story that didn't end as we'd planned.
Monday, September 10, 2012 @ 5:53:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 1 comments
Take a moment and think about the stories you've written for your life: the dreams you have for your children loving and following Jesus, for your success in the marketplace, for your health or the health of a loved one, for your financial security, and more. We all envision many stories for our lives, and we lose hope when those stories don't quite unfold as we'd dreamed.
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 5:00:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 0 comments
From the dozen or more emails and phone calls that we received in response to my last blog post, it's clear that trusting God in the midst of difficult circumstances is a common issue for many, both personally and professionally. As one friend wrote: "Thanks Doug! Your blog met me where I have been. I could easily substitute my name where your name was. This is true for both my wife and I."
Friday, August 17, 2012 @ 3:00:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 3 comments
Life is full of ups and downs, both in our personal lives and in business. In the last 10 days, I've been abruptly reminded of what life is like without hope. Here's some background: my wife and I have been trusting God for a positive outcome in a certain situation for more than 15 years. During these years, we’ve had times of encouragement as the situation improved, only to be followed by times of discouragement as the situation worsened.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 @ 12:00:00 PM - Written by Doug Hignell - 2 comments
Why am I continuing to write about exercise on a blog where my main purpose is to encourage men and women in the marketplace to journey with Jesus? Here's a comment from a friend Jerry White in response to my first post on exercise:

"Amen, Doug. Well said. We are stewards of our body as well as of our soul and mind. If we get negligent or lazy in any of those three, we will pay a price."
Thursday, July 19, 2012 @ 10:37:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 2 comments
You work a minimum of 40 hours a week. You have a family, a home to keep up, friends and relatives who want to see you now and again and all sorts of demands on your time. In short, life is fuller than full and one result is that over and over again I hear people say "I don’t have time to exercise." You know, you've heard it before and possibly even said it yourself a few times. How can you possibly add regular exercise to an already overflowing life?
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 @ 7:01:00 PM - Written by Doug Hignell - 3 comments
Why write about exercise on a blog whose posts usually have a spiritual focus? Because exercise is one of many elements to living a full life that brings honor and glory to God. Almost daily, we hear or read about the importance of focusing on the spiritual side of our lives, but without proper sleep, rest, exercise, and diet, we simply won’t be living the healthy, vibrant lives God has designed for us to live.
Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 11:20:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 2 comments
This week, my response in a situation revealed to me how much of my life is still "about me." Recently, I spoke several times at a three-day conference. My presentations were well received and I made some new friends with whom I’ll likely stay in contact in the future. This week, however, I received a copy of evaluations from people who attended the conference.
Monday, June 11, 2012 @ 2:39:00 PM - Written by Doug Hignell - 1 comments
Too often, we become so consumed by the details of life that we fail to take time to step back, reflect, and ensure that we’re on the right path. In graduate school, I interviewed a series of successful senior executives, asking them each the following question: "If you had your life to live over again, what would you do differently?"
Thursday, May 31, 2012 @ 9:22:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 0 comments
After a very busy first three weeks of May, I’ve once again withdrawn to rest and radically disengage for a day or two. During this time, I’ve been deeply impacted by the book Simply Jesus and You: Experience His Presence & His Purpose by Joseph M. Stowell. I highly recommend this small, yet powerful book. The following quote captures the theme of Simply Jesus and You:
Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 4:59:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 0 comments
It works! Drawing away to spend time with God has restored my sense of balance and has enabled me to find peace in the midst of daily activities. This is the third weekend in a row that I've intentionally set aside a significant amount of time to rest. During these times, I typically receive from God in worship, meditate on Scripture, pray, and journal. Ultimately, I simply try to let Him "lead me beside still waters" (Psalm 23).
Monday, April 30, 2012 @ 5:28:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 0 comments
How do I love others well, but not get overwhelmed? How do I fulfill the call on my life to be a spiritual "father" to many, yet stay away from a performance mentality? This blog post continues the thoughts of my previous post, "It Ain’t Easy," in which I confessed my deep levels of stress and fatigue during the past few weeks.
Monday, April 16, 2012 @ 5:00:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 0 comments
Just as I began to think that I might finally have a handle on living in His presence rather than from my performance, I find myself once again stressed, tired, and fatigued. Will this cycle ever end?
Monday, April 02, 2012 @ 4:46:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 0 comments
What does it look like to really live from God's presence? How do we know when we’re operating out of His presence and not just performing from our natural strengths and abilities? After years of pursuing greater intimacy with God and witnessing His presence being manifested in and around me, I've been able to identify a few clues:
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 5:42:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 0 comments
In order to live and rest in God's presence on a moment-by-moment basis, we must first understand how God sees us. When we truly experience God's deep love for us, and when we truly grasp how highly He values us, our insecurities will melt away.
Thursday, March 08, 2012 @ 11:38:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 2 comments
In preparing to speak to a Christian student group, I've been reflecting on the tendency in my life towards performance, as opposed to living from and resting in God's presence. To look back on my own life, I created a timeline of significant events from birth to the present day. From this exercise, I realized that that my life can be organized into five distinct stages of where I was looking to find my sense of worth, value, and significance.
Thursday, February 02, 2012 @ 1:02:00 PM - Written by Doug Hignell - 1 comments
A close friend recently wrote me an email that has caused me to reflect on how I worship God through music and why it matters so much. He wrote:

"I desire to become more of a worshipper, but have found myself simply trying to add it as a "discipline." Any insight on how to grow in the love of Christ in worship?"
Sunday, December 18, 2011 @ 10:00:00 PM - Written by Doug Hignell - 5 comments
The Kingdom of God exists wherever God's Presence and dominion are manifested. A Kingdom business focuses on inviting and protecting the presence of God more than just applying Biblical principles. It is a business that reveals, points to, and reflects God's glory – His attributes, nature and power. It is a business motivated to see God's kingdom come and His will done within its sphere of influence (on earth as in heaven, Matthew 6:10).
Wednesday, December 07, 2011 @ 9:46:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 1 comments
A full life includes learning to live in God's presence moment by moment in spite of the ups and downs that life brings. To do so it is important to be able to recognize the presence of God in our daily lives. As we rush about, the world's noise often drowns out any sense of His presence. C.S. Lewis would suggest that the problem is in our recognition, not in whether or not God is actually present:
Monday, November 21, 2011 @ 12:58:00 PM - Written by Doug Hignell - 0 comments
Thanksgiving. Is it a time of giving thanks or just a time to have one or more days off from work and normal activity? While having time off work is a great gift, I must admit that often I have slid right through Thanksgiving without giving much thought to what I am thankful for. Not this year!
Tuesday, November 01, 2011 @ 10:18:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 0 comments
I am tired of always being in a hurry. I want to change, but change seems almost impossible. It has been a way of life as long as I can remember. Even as a kid I didn't want to miss anything. I filled every waking moment with something to do, or even two things to do.
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 5:37:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 2 comments
Recently I participated in a "Heaven in Business" conference where I spoke on "The Presence of God in the Marketplace." God's presence was tangible as I spoke and I received positive feedback far beyond anything I had received before. As I reflected on my experience the next day my initial thought was that this will certainly increase my self-confidence for future speaking engagements. It didn't take long for the Holy Spirit to remind me that more important....
Tuesday, September 06, 2011 @ 5:00:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 1 comments
What is my purpose for living? What will bring meaning to my life? Why am I here? We may all phrase it differently, but the question of meaning and purpose is one of the biggest questions we face during our spiritual pilgrimage on earth. The short answer is that we are to live our lives to experience and reveal God and His glory just like Jesus, who is our model.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 @ 6:00:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 1 comments
My son-in-law and daughter live with their children in China, a truly intimidating culture. For years Ric would end his emails with this quote: "nothing to prove, nothing to lose, nothing to fear!" This is a statement of truth that is directed against the "fear of man" which hinders us from becoming all God created us to be. Fear, especially fear of man, is a major tactic of the enemy to ensnare us.
Tuesday, August 09, 2011 @ 10:05:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 1 comments
Do you know that the number two fear for most people is speaking before an audience, right behind the fear of death? It is the same fear we feel when we walk into a room of people we don’t know, or the fear we felt in junior high when we didn’t seem to fit in. Have you ever wondered why "caring what people think of us" is such a strong fear?
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 @ 5:00:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 0 comments
Because I am intrigued by what has kept others from being all that God created them to be, I have been asking friends the question, "Why has it been difficult for you to fully live as God intended?" I have received some excellent responses and would like to share excerpts from my dear friend Roger.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 @ 5:00:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 2 comments
"Why has it been difficult for you to fully live as God intended?" This question has been taking up a lot of my meditation time as I process the journey I am on with my Father. His highest desire is that I become all that He intended me to be, and He is not comparing me to other people.
Tuesday, July 05, 2011 @ 5:00:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 0 comments
Writing blogs has provided significant reflection and change in my life. After writing the series on rest I have embarked on a two month sabbatical from my normal work routine. Since writing my most recent blog on "Why Were You Not Doug?" I have been reflecting on two very important questions:
Monday, June 13, 2011 @ 5:00:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 2 comments
My life pilgrimage centers around several key pursuits. Two of the most important are finding God and finding Doug. That may seem a strange way to phrase things, but I came across a quote today that highlights the important pursuit of "finding Doug" in a vivid way.
Wednesday, June 01, 2011 @ 8:54:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 0 comments
Throughout this series on rest, I may have given you the false impression that I am a master at rest. Nothing could be further from the truth. Rest is a constant struggle for me. In the era that I grew up in, nobody knew about ADD or ADHD, but I am certain that if they did I would probably have been diagnosed with one of these!
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 @ 11:48:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 1 comments
In my previous blog I shared an email from a good friend who called himself the "Ten Talent Idiot". I ended the blog by saying that rest was worth the risk of reworking our busy lives. As we continued the dialogue, my friend wrote:
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 @ 5:00:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 1 comments
I was created to love God and love people. There is no greater joy than having the privilege of creating a safe place where a friend feels loved and in the process God brings gentle change to their lives. This morning I spent an hour on the phone with a close friend I talk with a couple of times per month. He expressed that he was feeling overwhelmed by life
Friday, April 01, 2011 @ 12:00:00 PM - Written by Doug Hignell - 3 comments
His plan, my plan or our plan? Am I free to have my own plan? Can I change God's plan? Matt Damon and Emily Blunt's latest fast paced movie, The Adjustment Bureau, leads one to ponder the age old argument between the sovereignty of God and the free will of man. In the movie, Damon runs up against a predetermined plan for his life overseen by "The Chairman". When Damon meets a girl and falls in love, which is not part of the plan, the Adjustment Bureau works to keep the Chairman's plan in place.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 @ 7:52:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 2 comments
Rest has two key components: resting while engaging in our work and activity and resting from our work and activity. Hope is a key to resting while engaging in our daily life. Without hope our daily lives become overwhelming resulting in stress, anxiety, worry and even health issues.

One of my favorite verses on hope is Romans 15:13:
Monday, February 28, 2011 @ 5:24:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 0 comments
What is the rest that God is challenging us to enter? I believe there are at least two aspects: (1) resting while engaging in our work and activity, and (2) resting from our work and activity. Both are equally important and necessary but also equally difficult.

Hebrews 4:10 in the Amplified Bible says "ceasing from the weariness and pain of human labors" The verse does not say ceasing from human labors.
Thursday, February 17, 2011 @ 1:00:00 PM - Written by Doug Hignell - 0 comments
A close friend sent me this email in response to my previous blog on rest:

"Nice blog. I look forward to talking to you. Rest has been pretty elusive for me. Work, five kids, sick kids, tired wife, large case load, Sunday school teaching…. It is hard to find rest in the middle of this. I look forward to your input. Even when we are home with our kids, rarely does it feel like rest. Umpiring…yes. Dishes…yes. Diapers….yes. Cleaning…yes. Rest….not really."

Tuesday, February 01, 2011 @ 9:54:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 0 comments
Learning to engage weekly in an extended period of rest has tremendous benefits but it is not normal practice for many of us. Rest is difficult in our current culture. We are bombarded with activity every waking moment. Traditionally we think of Sunday as a day of rest but if we are not careful Sunday becomes just as full of activity as every other day.
Friday, January 21, 2011 @ 10:32:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 1 comments
Between the holidays and having major surgery December 21st, I have not had the time or attention to provide 2 to 3 blogs per month as I desire to do. But life has moved on, the holidays are over, and I am recovering nicely from my surgery. Stay tuned as I return to blogging within the next week or two. May 2011 be your best year ever both spiritually and in every other way. Doug
Tuesday, December 07, 2010 @ 12:51:00 PM - Written by Doug Hignell - 1 comments
"Resting in God's provision" includes learning to slow our pace and not fill every waking moment with activity. As adults there are far more excellent opportunities than there is time available. I am challenged by what a friend said this week: "when the obligations of the day exceed the time available you can’t walk in freedom." Living in a state of rest necessitates making tough decisions on the use of our time.
Monday, November 22, 2010 @ 4:47:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 0 comments
"What if God designed marriage to make us holy more than to make us happy?" While vacationing this summer with friends I was introduced to this question in an excellent video and a book by Gary Thomas. The concept was brought home as I prepared to officiate for the wedding of our daughter, Keri, to a wonderful man named Steve. Keri had experienced approximately seven years as a single mom with three kids and God miraculously brought her and Steve together.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010 @ 2:23:00 PM - Written by Doug Hignell - 1 comments
Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks? After being married for 35 years I am finding that this last 12 to 18 months has been one of the most significant seasons of positive change in our marriage. With the Holy Spirit's guidance I have lightened up, learned to not take myself so seriously, laughed more and reduced my desire to control.
Monday, November 01, 2010 @ 4:45:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 0 comments
Have you ever articulated your heart’s desires? Are they in writing? Years ago a study showed that the most common characteristic among Fortune 500 CEO’s was that almost all had clear goals that were in writing. For years I have been regularly refining my heart’s desires in writing, as I gain more spiritual insight.
Monday, October 25, 2010 @ 5:00:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 0 comments
I received a wonderful and encouraging unsolicited email from an employee yesterday:

"Good Morning Doug: I just wanted to say Happy Boss’s Day (tomorrow.) I really love that you and Kaylinn’s pursuit of God is evident in all you do. You affect so many lives by showing that all the things we read about in the Bible and hear about at church really work in life. Thank you for being a good example of a Godly leader."
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 @ 9:05:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 0 comments
What are the desires of your heart and do you believe that those desires are just yours, or from God Himself? In my own life I have specific desires that have yet to be fully accomplished and if I am not careful I grow discouraged about them. What keeps me going is the belief that God delights in fulfilling my heart's desires because He is the one who planted these desires in me.
Monday, October 04, 2010 @ 11:55:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 0 comments
"Why is it always about you!" This is the title of a good book by Sandy Hotchkiss which is about living with narcissistic people. Narcissism is defined by Webster's as "egoism", or more simply put, self-centeredness. We live in a narcissistic culture and I am sure each of us has family, friends or acquaintances we interact with and everything seems to be “all about them”.
Monday, September 20, 2010 @ 8:23:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 4 comments
I have been good at confrontation in the past, but unfortunately for most of my life it has been when I am frustrated, upset or angry. This is an inappropriate time to confront because honor disappears.

In contrast, learning to confront with honor has been much more difficult. I don’t like confrontation for many reasons, especially because it seems like disapproval. My people pleasing tendency also gets in the way.
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 6:00:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 0 comments
I can fake honor and so can you. We do it all the time. It is as simple as opening the door for somebody while inside being angry with him, or pretending to be nice to an acquaintance while having no interest in her and her needs. It is giving a compliment to another and then turning around and talking about the person in a negative way to somebody else. Truly, we are masters at faking external honor.
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 6:00:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 2 comments
I found out Friday that I have Prostate cancer. Fortunately it is in the early stages and is a slow growing cancer. I received this news at the end of a very hectic week full of many business pressures. In spite of the many pressures I have been amazed at the level of peace that I am experiencing.
Monday, August 30, 2010 @ 6:00:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 2 comments
"You can determine the level of honor in an organization by how the janitor is treated." This is a phrase that I have heard several times from my friend, Paul Manwaring, of Bethel Church in Redding.

In my previous blog, "What Makes a Team Successful" I mentioned several attributes of a successful team including honoring one another. Learning to honor one another is a key both in business and in our personal lives though honoring is a lost art in our society and is misunderstood at best.
Monday, August 23, 2010 @ 1:23:00 PM - Written by Doug Hignell - 0 comments
This past week I was sitting with our Hignell Companies President Phil and our VP for Property Management, Greg. We were reflecting on why our nine member Executive Team functions so well as a team. All three of us are aware of another team outside our company that has yet to learn to work together successfully. We identified 5 key attributes for our Executive Team that are, I believe, universal for successful teams.
Monday, August 16, 2010 @ 6:09:00 PM - Written by Doug Hignell - 1 comments
Freedom!! A powerful cry that rang out from Mel Gibson in the movie Braveheart. William Wallace and his followers were willing to battle and even die for "freedom" from oppression. I was recently talking with my friend Brad about how difficult it is to consistently walk with a sense of freedom rather than living a life based on striving and driving ourselves.
Monday, August 09, 2010 @ 5:17:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 0 comments
Striving to accomplish the task before me is a constant threat for my walking in peace and rest. Even when packing yesterday for a vacation I was pushing to get out of town as quick as possible rather than enjoying the process of working together with my wife to get ready.
Monday, August 02, 2010 @ 6:00:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 0 comments
In business, everyone talks about Return on Investment (ROI) and it is an important topic, but at The Hignell Companies we also talk about Return on Lives (ROL). Balancing the importance of ROI vs. ROL is an ongoing challenge for any business committed to the Kingdom of God. As a company we believe that people have eternal value and should be our primary focus as evidenced by our purpose statement "Creating Caring Communities that Transform Lives".
Monday, July 26, 2010 @ 5:30:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 1 comments
Prior to my new life in Jesus some 35 years ago my life was miserable. I was selfish, joyless, loveless, lacked compassion and self-control and peace was extremely illusive.
Monday, June 28, 2010 @ 10:50:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 1 comments
I desire to be a "one thing" person; a person whose primary focus in life is to live in God's presence on a moment by moment basis. My hope is that everything else in life will pale by comparison as I pursue intimacy with God.
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 9:49:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 0 comments
A friend of mine in Kentucky made a statement recently that resonates with me. He said: "My tendency is to approach the activities in my life as an obligation to fulfill rather than an opportunity to enjoy". He was speaking about activities such as spending one on one time with his young children, and many of the ministry activities he is involved in.
Monday, June 14, 2010 @ 5:48:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 0 comments
Life is about relationships. I believe that the Gospel of Jesus can be summarized in our vertical relationship with God, through Jesus, and our horizontal relationship with people. We are commanded to "love the Lord God with all our heart, soul and mind, and our neighbor as our self". (Matthew 22:37-40). The command of Christ is to "love one another". (John 13:34).
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 6:46:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 2 comments
I love my children but sometimes out of frustration I hold back the full expression of my love. I was reminded recently that God, as my father, does not treat me this same way. His proactive father's love is always pursuing me even when I mess up.
Monday, May 31, 2010 @ 7:46:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 2 comments
If you know me, read the material on my web site or follow my blogs it won't take you long to realize that I live a life in conflict. Is my connection with God out of performance or out of intimacy and relationship?
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 @ 9:53:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 1 comments
It has been a tough few days and discouragement has raised its ugly head. I can handle stress up to a point but when it reaches a certain level then I have trouble holding it all together, especially my sense of God’s presence and love for me. If I am not careful discouragement and even a sense of depression take over.
Monday, May 24, 2010 @ 6:57:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 2 comments
Hope is elusive and something I easily lose sight of. Life is hard at times and bad news is all around us: in the morning paper, the TV news, a friend that has just been diagnosed with cancer, or a son who is pursuing wrong priorities. Without hope life breaks down into duty and discipline and often drudgery.
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 9:53:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell - 1 comments
Learning to Blog at 67...who says old dogs can't learn new tricks?