Coach Galen

the coaching practice of Galen Hiestand

Galen's Coaching Blog

  • Prayer for Direction

    “Dear God, You are compassionate to the humble, to those who seek after You. You lift them up. But You bring down those who are haughty. Have mercy on the poor in spirit. Shine Your light on each one who seeks after You. Each heart is known by You. Direct us on the path You have chosen for each of us. By Your wisdom guide our steps even today. Restore our bodies. Refresh our spirits. By Your Holy Spirit bless us abundantly. So be with me and each one of us even at this moment. In Jesus. Amen

  • What Do I Want In Life?

    What do I want? What matters the most to me? How do I want to live the rest of my life?   Part of me wants to enjoy my children and their children, longtime friends and new acquaintances, the changing of the seasons, travel to historical places and beautiful settings, and being introduced to new thoughts about old problems.   Playing Chinese Checkers with beautiful Brooke (6) and Emily (8), watching base hits driven off the bats of Elliot (8) and Cole (13), sharing ice cream with Charlie (5) and Mason (10), and kissing my wonderful wife, they rank up there with the grandest things in life.   I lunch with each of my sons, listening, learning, and enjoying their expanding stories about life.  ...

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  • Mackenzie and God

    “Dear God, I saw the movie, ‘The Shack’ last night. It attempts to depict You and MacKenzie dealing with the murder of his daughter Missy. It speaks to a number of questions humans have about You. Some are trivial. Some are profound. Some center on matters of faith and trust. As with all of us, reflections and questions about You are personal, in that they affect our faith relationship with You. Please help us find the answers to our questions about You as if we are Mac in ‘The Shack.’ Lead us to a place of encounter with You. Break through our doubts, our fears, our bitterness, our confusion, our agony, and our pain. Help us come to understand Your love, what forgiveness is, and...

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  • Who Will Know What Next?

    “Dear God, between Jewel Foods, Sam’s Club, Aldi, and Costco they know practically everything Carol and I eat and how often we eat it. Our public, personal, and private lives hold few secrets. Amazon remembers not just what we buy, but what we’ve considered buying. Facebook knows more about our friends than we do. Our phone provider knows who we talk to, who talks to our friends, and who their friends talk to. Quicken knows what we make, how we spend our money, what our savings are and who we give donations to. The medical profession knows us inside and out: Drs. A…, F…, M…, P…, S…, W…, Z…, have made sure of that regarding me. My Internet company knows what I like to watch...

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  • Prayer for our Nation

    “Dear God, You are the Almighty One. We are still as Job, silenced as he was when You ask us ‘Can we…?’ for our answer is still ‘no.’ We can not control the sea. We can not control the wind. We can not stop earthquakes, mud slides, volcanoes, hurricanes, tornadoes, or even the rain and snow. We can not stop hatred, lying, cheating, robbery, and murder. We can’t even stop ourselves from thinking evil of others, wishing ill on our enemies, desiring revenge, cutting ourselves off from those who oppose our point of view. We are no less guilty of injustice than those we accuse of being so. Your righteousness is our only hope. Forgive our sins and heal our land. May we repent as...

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  • A Prayer for Our Nation

    “Dear God, in the midst of the mayhem in the world, the secularization of the church, and the deterioration of civil discourse, have mercy on us. We have lost our sense of what is true and what is false. We seek justice without, while holding deceit within. We consume, instead of showing compassion. We speak words of love, while harboring bitterness and hate. Lord God, have mercy on us. Bring spiritual healing to our nation, restore our family relationships, and help truth prevail. We are an embittered people, hunkered down with fear. Lord God, have mercy on us. Lead us to fresh waters and green pastures. Restore our souls. Bring back hope to our personal worlds. Give us today what we need for life, productivity,...

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  • The Influence of Others – Purposeful Living

    The flyleaf of my well-worn Bible holds the signatures of men and women who influenced me as a teenager. They encouraged me to give my life to God and commit to do his will. Over the years, I have been blessed with other like-minded individuals committed to God, honoring him through their lives, and influencing me as I traveled with them on a purposeful journey of faithfulness to Jesus Christ. Some years later, in my forties  a fifty-six year old associate told me he was pursuing a doctorate. I thought, “Oh what a waste to do it so late in life.” Well, here I am. Having achieved mine at seventy. Do I still think it is a waste to do it so late in life? ...

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  • Prayer for our Nation

    “Dear God, I pray for our nation today; for those who are afraid, and for those who are hopeful. May both groups remember that You are the One who is in control of the universe. May all of us keep in mind we are mere men and women, humans, all dependent on You for life, liberty, and happiness. For my family, friends, neighbors, and fellow Americans, guide our incoming President and his administration to do what is right, honorable, just, compassionate, fair, and equitable. May they reverence You, hearken to  Your Word of Truth, and lead our nation with Your mercy and grace. Though they will most likely never know many of us by name, You know them. And You know us. Make the connection...

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  • False Certainties to True Uncertainities

    The movement from illusion to prayer is hard to make since it leads us from false certainties to true uncertainties, from an easy support system to a risky surrender, and from the many ‘safe’ gods to the God whose love has no limits.”  From Reaching Out by Nenri J. M. Nouwen.

  • Spiritual Direction Enriches Coaching

    I have enhanced my coaching profession through The Transforming Center and Northern Seminary. My doctoral thesis focuses on helping individual pastors find their unique purpose.  Their personage, that which defines them from everyone else, is intended by God to be a blessing first to themselves and then to others. he same approach was also applied to the local congregation. The thesis can be found at …………… Through it all, coaching is still my primary ministry. I help men and women find their calling, purpose, and focus for embracing their life.  It is a delight for both me and my clients to discover who we are as unique individuals, how that is a blessing to ourselves, and through us to others. Key to their success is...

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