How to Thrive in the Workplace | by Kimberly Howey | KellyRBaker.com | 7 Ways to Thrive in the Workplace. | Nourishment is inevitable when a team thrives through humility, reliability, and submission. The entire business prospers, staff health improves due to the atmosphere of trust, and competitiveness gives way to collaboration.

How to Thrive in the Workplace

Kimberly Howey | How to Thrive in the Workplace at KellyRBaker.comToday it is my pleasure to introduce Kimberly Howey, a mentor, friend, and we share the same spiritual parents. Few people on this planet have impacted me the way she has, and I hope you will enjoy soaking up her words of wisdom. 


Have you ever wondered if God is in your workplace? If you’re there, then, yes, He is! As hard as it may be to believe, I have found that the glory of God can be manifested and experienced in a powerful way in the workplace, even in a non-Christian environment. In my experience, God’s love is unyielding when His people are willing to practice kingdom principles wherever the soles of their feet take them. His kingdom order can be experienced and enjoyed by everyone around you through your obedience to seek first His kingdom and righteousness at work.

Genesis 39:2-5 KJV “And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the Lord was with him, and that the Lord made all that he did to prosper in his hand. And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand. And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the Lord was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field.”

7 Ways to Thrive in the Workplace

1.) Be submissive and obey your leaders: When you remain humble in your service to your leaders at work, those who witness your daily submission will be emboldened to act with humility as well. This transforms your blessing into their blessing as well! Hebrews 13:17

2.) Manage your attitude and countenance and always be encouraging: Maintain a bright, positive attitude, and manage your countenance. If co-workers are complaining, discipline yourself to be the positive voice in the room. If others criticize you for having a positive outlook, stand your ground and remain un-opinionated about your co-workers. A great neutralizer for a negative attitude is to be a problem solver who repairs an issue without needing recognition for it. Your encouragement can be the key to unlocking a safe environment for your co-workers to reach their greater potential. It is a fact that when we feel safe and we trust the people we work with, we flourish to greater levels of creativity! 1 Thessalonians 5:11, 21-22

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3.) Be Discreet: Follow a strict “No Bully/No Gossiping” rule! No matter how badly you want to join the crowd in hating the co-worker/leader who irritates everyone, don’t fall into the gossip trap. You are well able to confront conflict with the intention of reconciliation without using passive-aggressive behavior or unforgiveness as a tool to manipulate a person’s bad behavior. 1 Thessalonians 5:14-15

4.) Never compare: Never compare yourself to your co-workers/leaders. Nothing halts your ability to thrive in the workplace like an outspoken spirit of poverty. Poverty is relentless in its message to tell you that everyone else has it easier than you, that if you only you had what they had you’d be happier, and that you’re more than or less than your counterparts. The spirit of poverty loves to isolate and divide a team of people simply by engaging you in a dialogue that includes dissatisfaction, discontentment, and lack. You will discover that never comparing yourself to others will eliminate fear-based suspicions that arise in our minds towards people we feel inferior or superior to. Hebrews 13:5

5.) Be humble: Because the favor of the Lord is upon you, it is your duty to carry the blessings of God responsibly. God’s favor should never be used to diminish others. Your leaders’ compliments should never be bragged about and boasted before others as a trophy but revealed by others as a product of your hard work and effort. Be humble. Serve first. Meet the need first. Problem solve as a team and not as a one-man-show. 1 Peter 5:5, Genesis 39:2

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6.) Be reliable, on-time, and consistent: Consistency builds credibility. Allow your credibility for excellent work, punctuality, and reliability be the evidence of God’s order and favor upon your life.

7.) Manage your environment: An important contribution you can offer to your workplace is your ability to raise the level of order. Be clean, organized, and assign purpose to your things. Proverbs 31

Nourishment is inevitable when a team thrives through humility, reliability, and submission. The entire business prospers, staff health improves due to the atmosphere of trust, and competitiveness gives way to collaboration.

Kimberly Howey and family | How to Thrive in the Workplace at KellyRBaker.comKimberly is an adoptee from Seoul, Korea. She was abandoned at birth and adopted by an American family through Holt International Children’s Service. Kimberly is married to Pastor Mark Howey and together they have five children ranging in age from twenty-two years-old to eleven years-old. Mark and Kimberly have ministered together as pastors of Today Church and Kimberly is a periodic talk radio host for One Jam Nation Radio. They’ve homeschooled their children for more than seventeen years and Kimberly is a supervisor in the children’s program for Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club where she serves the needs of over seventy-five school-age children.
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Nothing Knocks the Church Down Faster than Division

Today I’m excited to be sharing at Quietly Reminded. Kelli Lafram is a dear friend who stays nourished by following a daily reading plan, and leads a Quietly Through group who has joined her. I love that she also dives deep in Bible study and writes about God’s goodness, grace and glory.


Imagine two preschoolers stacking up some blocks and making a tall tower. Then one of them decides he doesn’t want to build together, and with one swift hit he smacks it and down it goes. Similarly, there’s nothing that knocks the church down faster than division. The force behind that is the one known as the accuser of the brethren (Revelations 12:10), laughing at his dirty work. But the devil cannot be blamed for everything. Christians get it wrong sometimes. Not you, of course. It’s those other Christians. Like me.

Let me tell you a story.

KellyRBaker | KelliLaFram | Nothing Knocks the Church Down Faster than Division | Jesus is building His church, but the devil comes with division to knock it down. A story of how I learned to not argue over methods in ministry.

I used to be director over one of our younger kids’ classes at church several years ago. There was some spiritual block-building going on. The previous director had stepped down, and there was no one to take her place. Coming from a family who planted a church, I saw a need and filled it. God started dropping a new vision in my spirit for that ministry.

God gave me a burden for those kids, which propelled me to volunteer to be their lead teacher every week for a year. Previously, the lead teachers were on a rotation basis. During that year, I broke the class into two sections by age, renamed it, redecorated it, and gave it a new format. That class? It was my blood, sweat, and tears.

Early on, God showed me the woman He had planned to be the director after I finished making all those changes. The time came to train her. At the beginning, it went well. After all, she had experience and was gifted. But then the month came when we were in transition over to her becoming the new director and I was her oversight.

It wasn’t long before the block tower started to fall.

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3 God Time Lies | God desires to pour His love on and through the body of Christ. The enemy tries to stop that process. The enemy whispers lies in an attempt that we won't spend time with God through daily devotions.

3 God Time Lies

God wants us to thrive. Why? We are part of the body of Christ. That means we are His hands and feet on the earth. We have souls to win; we have people to touch, to help, to heal.

If we are God’s, then we are also a target for the enemy who would like to hinder us from going forward—to keep us from thriving.

To thrive means to grow or develop well or vigorously. Spiritual growth is needed to be effective in the kingdom of God. We are a like trees planted by rivers of water to bring forth fruit in our season (Psalm 1:3), and God wants us to thrive spiritually as well as any natural tree should. He wants to pour His love on us and through us—a love that can’t be measured. Friends, He desires to empower us for His glory!

No plant will thrive if it’s being choked by weeds. The weeds will suck up the nutrients and water in the soil that the plant needs to survive. A plant can survive among weeds, but it won’t thrive as the strong plant it is intended to be. Simply surviving is not thriving.

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I learned this as a young Christian when I realized I wanted to help people, but I didn’t know how. I knew I needed to meet with God and find out. I was also eager for Him to reveal what He wanted me to do to help others. I desired to become and remain a strong follower of Jesus—that was my new resolve.

And don’t you know that whenever you resolve to seek God in earnest the devil shows up with lies. He hopes we will believe his lies because he doesn’t want us to spend time with God everyday.

Developing a habit of having a daily time with God will bring us to a place of thriving.

He must increase, but I must decrease. John 3:30 ESV

3 Lies about God Time We Can Trash Right Now

Lie #1: I don’t need to do this.

First, let’s dispose of the lie that says, “I don’t need to do this.” Spiritually thriving isn’t only for your pastor. (No, he doesn’t just seek God therapeutically after tending rowdy sheep all day.) Moses as a leader had face time with God. (I would have stayed on that mountain away from those people, too.) Jesus was human and yet needed to keep a strong spirit by finding an isolated place to pray (Mark 6:46).

Lie #2: I don’t have time for this.

Second, let’s trash the lie that says, “I don’t have time for this.” Life is busy and brings interruptions. It’s frustrating, isn’t it? However, everybody has the same 24 hours; it’s how we schedule them that makes the difference. People don’t have time for something, they make time for something. We make time for what’s important to us. Is spending time with your Creator so His love will be poured onto You and overflow from your life to others important to you? THIS is why we are here!

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Lie #3: I won’t keep up with it, so why bother?

Third, let’s get rid of the lie that says, “I’ll never keep up with it, so why bother?” Building habits take time. In various research I’ve done, building a new habit can take a minimum of 21 days. In most cases it takes much longer. We are all different and have different circumstances and temperaments. The good news is, habits can be built. Just be patient. If our end goal doesn’t look anywhere near where we are today, we don’t have to be discouraged. God is still increasing in our lives as we continue to open our hearts to Him.

These lies can keep us from thriving. Let’s trash them right now!

3 God Time Lies | God wants to pour His love on and through you

If building a Daily Time habit seems challenging, you’re in the right spot. In my next post I’ll be talking about putting together an integral plan.

What lies could you add to this list?

If you want further encouragement and support in establishing a consistent time to meet with God every day, I’ll be providing something to help soon. Stay tuned!


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