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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

God is faithful


Tonight before bed I was reading Come Away and normally I'll print a portion of it, if it really spoke to me. But not this time. It was so precious...so intimate, I just want to cherish it between God and I. So I'll just leave it at the fact that He blessed me incredibly with a comforting word. I've learned from Bob Sorge's teaching that when we miss our time with God, He's not waiting to beat us over the head and discipline us. Instead, he's SAD for us. He knows what we are missing and He so wants to bless us. In getting alone with God and reading His Word, talking to Him and gleaning from other books, I AM SO BLESSED. God is faithful. No matter what I am going through He is so faithful to show up and speak to me when I give Him the time He deserves.

A human being that blessed me today was Pastor T. It seemed the past few days nothing was coming together. So many things were stressing me out, some little - and some major. Today he wanted to show me the promo he made for Saturday's women's event. I was so weary with things eating away at me that I didn't even want to watch it at first and I said, "nothing's coming together for me" and he said, 'WELL THIS IS!' and sounded really excited. I sat down to watch the promo and it was excellent. All I could say afterwards is, 'that's the best thing I've seen all week!" He also gave me a few uplifting words that meant a lot this afternoon. He's a very "up" person and I enjoy that about him.

Things are really moving along well for Saturday's outreach. The women's team has done an exemplary job. No stress with any of them...it's all good. We are almost filled to capacity...things are going well with everyone getting their responsibilities in order. I just want to keep my head in the game.

This is a season right now where even when I share with friends in ministry what's wrong they say, "oh wow, me too..." It seems like everyone I know needs a boost right now. There is no friend that I share with who doesn't say back to me, "now that you've gotten that off your chest I have to tell you I am in need of desperate prayer..." Makes me realize how important others are to us in this journey of life. Sometimes you just have to know you're not alone. Others have struggles, and leaning on one another sure does make things easier to handle.

Dr. Lee asked Larry and I to teach/share part of co-hort this coming week. It's a busy weekend and it will be a total crunch to try to do that. But we don't want to let him down. The bigger issue is, we're drained right now with some things and wonder if what we say will be worthwhile, but God knows and He'll direct us and help us.

We had our interviews with the St. Pete Times and Tampa Tribune. They interviewed a few more people too, and we'll see how things come out.

So much going on, and if I can make it through this weekend successfully that will just be peachy. I have a few things going on this summer but nothing seriously HUGE until fall. Important things, yes. But things that will weigh as much on me as a major outreach...no. I'm looking forward to putting more of my efforts into weekly things vs. one huge thing.

And...I'm looking forward to increasing my time with the Lord even more. Because for sure that is what makes all things possible.

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