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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

Relaxing Thanksgiving








So here we are on this fine Thanksgiving day that our family enjoyed with our children's pastors - Trinity & Misty Mackley and their children, Nate and Celeena. You will notice my kids are not in the pictures. My boys were in their jammies most of the day lounging around. Being that I am a Mom that chooses my battles carefully and does not major in the minors........ it's really no big deal to me that the boys chose to lay around in their pj's on what is supposed to be one of the most relaxing days of the year anyway. We're just home all day relaxing and doing a bit of everything here and there. Truthfully I might have stayed in my jammies had I thought twice about it! (Sometimes I actually am in my pj's when the staff is here...appropriate ones of course!) Honestly now that I think about it I'm pretty much living in a swimsuit or jammies at home. What a life!

Larry and I stayed up very late last night together and then we slept in...me longer than him. I slept til' I could sleep no more. That right there made for a wonderful day. Larry got up to start making the turkey but I slept about another hour. He always makes the turkey and does a great job of it. I could have done a lot more housework (gotten into some deep cleaning rather than just general stuff) than I did this morning but decided to not to drive myself crazy and actually take some more time to relax. I already had the majority of the cooking done and the table set last night.

After sleeping a little while longer I got up to get the sweet rolls done for Savanna. The boys were coming home from Steven's mid morning and they got here right in time to get some sweet rolls before they were gone. I got the dough going for the dinner rolls and prepped everything to roll them out, finished some cleaning and then settled in for a long bath complete with a facial mask and a tea tree hair treatment. I like to do that kind of stuff when I'm home for holidays and can just soak in the tub. After all that, Mackley's arrived and we finished making the rest of the dinner. Before we ate I sent the customary basket of rolls over to the neighbors. It's a wonderful tradition I have of sharing bread with them each time I make it. Donna says it usually never makes it to their table. Each person grabs a roll and eats them up while she's passing the basket, they love them so much. Someday I need to have the neighbors over and teach them how to make bread. I keep saying that, now I just need to do it! 

They guys watched football and played the Tiger Woods golf game most of the day and after cleaning up the incredible dinner we made, Misty and I took Celeena and went in our room and crashed on the bed and watched Take the Lead. I never did watch it last night - I just spend time with Larry. Anyhoo, the movie was good. We enjoyed it and it was so nice just to RELAX. When the staff/family is here I do not feel pressure to entertain although I like to do things nice, it's the type of thing where we can come together and do the things we all love to do whether it be movies, playstation, playing around on the computer or just having a cup of tea and talking. Being that our staff members are more family than anything, we are just at home doing whatever, even if we just fall on the couch asleep it's okay with everybody. So Misty and I watched our movie and then came out and had pie. Moooooreee food! This is THE DAY for it and tomorrow, we're right back to WW "point city"...all of us but Misty. (She doesn't need it.)

Actually everyone is still here...the guys have started watching Survivor and I convinced Misty that she should get on line and order her pictures from Sam's for Christmas. I did it and it was so easy. So she's sitting here poring through photos and ordering all that on line while I'm blogging. Savanna and Nate & Celeena are writing and putting on a play in various rooms. They have been perfecting various acts of this play all day. We've had a few cups of tea and talked for a long time, and it seems we just done a little of everything all day and it's really been great. The one thing we have left to do before they go home is jacuzzi, so I think I'll go put my suit on.

I'm thankful for a wonderful, relaxing Thanksgiving day that was just what the doctor ordered! Now if I can just get some more rest tomorrow! It's our regular day off. Barring no emergencies, I'm going to take this day off too. It's not often we get two days in a row off, normally we just have one day a week. (We always work Saturdays.) So I'm really looking forward to tomorrow and this down time. God is good!

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