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What To Do First to Make a Profit

The PF Women Team at our Annual Team Retreat  ~ 2018 Today on Seth Godin's blog, he said: It's tempting to decide to make a profit first, then invest in training, people, facilities, promotion, customer service and most of all, doing important work. In general, though, it goes the other way. Yes, it does. If you are waiting to make a profit before you do these things, in my experience you're  not going to make a profit. So many organizations, ministries and churches are struggling with financial issues. I know your pain. As anyone who follows our story knows, our ministry was in a ton of debt four years ago when I came on as director.  Since that time, we've gotten out of debt and turned a profit every year.  God has done amazing things through out team, for which we give Him the glory! I find that what Seth is saying here is absolutely true, with one disclaimer. For Christian leaders, spiritual disciplines must always be first. Before we started inve

Rest is good

Today Oswald Chambers devo says: "Then the eleven disciples went . . . to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them" ( Matthew 28:16 ). If I want to know the universal sovereignty of Christ, I must know Him myself. I must take time to worship the One whose name I bear. Jesus says, "Come to Me . . ."— that is the place to meet Jesus— "all you who labor and are heavy laden . . ." ( Matthew 11:28 )— and how many missionaries are! We completely dismiss these wonderful words of the universal Sovereign of the world, but they are the words of Jesus to His disciples meant for here and now.

I am taking time in the last 24 hours to come away...take time to rest...take time with Larry...take time to talk with the Lord.

Yesterday I slept in as long as I wanted to, (my voice came back!), and then relaxed. Went to get my nails done. They had Click playing and I had already seen it. I read a fitness magazine and talked to Mai. For the first time she asked me for directions to our church and service times. I invited her to friends day but she didn't come. I have just been quietly waiting to see what will unfold, not pressuring. I think she is interested and softening up. 

We dropped Savanna off for Malibu and went on a date. Larry and I decided to go for Japanese. We got seated with a family that clearly didn't want to be seated by anybody else...or should I say the Mom didn't want to. I thought to myself, "doesn't she know this is the way it works?" I told Larry, let's make this dinner very interesting for her. So, while we were waiting, I snuggled up and would kiss him now and then...whisper in his ear... Of course they looked at us like it was very strange, especially when people see wedding rings they think..."surely they must just be new to this or something..."but no. So the whole meal I decide just to continue on acting like he's my boyfriend instead of my husband. (I enjoy doing that anyway, it's a lot of fun!) When we got ready to leave I actually felt a little sorry for her because it was evident she and her husband had fallen into some comfortable pattern and there was really no affection going on there. Seemed to be almost a business like relationship instead of a love relationship. Perhaps we gave them something to think about. Midway through the dinner the man mentioned that he was placing an ad for his business and wanted to know what paper we read. Larry mentioned to him about the effectiveness of internet advertising and also that we pastor a church. I noticed the woman's eyes got big when he said that. (Uh...not only are the married...but they are pastors of a church? I'm sure she didn't get the connection there...married-pastors-hot passionate love affair...) 

Savanna spent the night at Britney's so after stopping by Walmart to pick up grocery items, I came home and sat in the Jacuzzi and listened to Delilah, sat on my swing and talked to the Lord a while...then went in and picked up where I left off at the restaurant with Larry.

Here ut is Saturday...time to tie loose ends up for tomorrow's service... 

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