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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

Home but not normal

So we're home again today and started on a new week - but things are not feeling normal yet. I'm still re-cooping from getting back from Naples and being slammed with stuff as soon as we got home. On Sunday we had a full day of church which although it was really good, was just your typical Sunday that is "go-go-go" without a rest. We had church, then went to lunch with the Torres family at Terra Sur (I love that place!) and enjoyed wonderful company and conversation. Then we went from there to Sunday night of ministry with couples, then stayed real late afterwards talking to a few couples in some more wonderful fellowship.

A storm came Saturday night and lightening hit and zapped out a bunch of our stuff including TV's projectors, the internet, our server, phones, etc. Lots will have to be replaced. We have insurance so we are hoping to get a great upgrade on everything! (Pastor T even has plasma TV's in mind to replace the ones in the fellowship hall. The ones we have are really nice but who knows this could be an incredible "next level" blessing from God.) The thing is though, we were working today without phones and internet which was CRAZY. Sunday we got power almost just in time for church. Thankfully that was solved, but at the office half of what we needed to do could not be done. We took an early lunch and had staff meeting out because the thing was, we were so handicapped without our phones or internet. We are amazed now at how much of our work has to be transacted on line. It's amazing. Even projects we send back and forth between staffers - it's just incredible how much we do the internet.

We finished up work at the office as much as we could and then Larry and I headed over to University Mall to drop off my ring at Littman's to be sized. When he got it for me it was a standard size 7 but I wear a 5, with my skinny fingers. Even when the rest of me was large, my fingers were always small. I have been wearing my ring each day however I have had to be careful and hang onto it for dear life because it's so loose. I miss it so much. I can't wait to have it back. We are supposed to get it Thursday afternoon. They said with the holiday they will try their best. Truthfully that ring means more to me now than my wedding rings. The thing is - when Larry married me he didn't know what he was getting into, really. But now after 20 years he really knows me and still loves and adores me. Giving me this new ring means, "I still love you and cherish you..." and I am delighted by that.

Tonight I did some research for a trip we are going to take as a family. It is a joy to work on it and dream about what it will be like for us.

Dealt with talking with the kids about a lot of things tonight once I got home...late night of talking about stuff but didn't get to cook dinner (just ate leftovers) and no time for anything else of consequence. Not really a normal day, but it's good to be home.


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