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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

Teeby saves the day


This morning was my day to work from home and Larry was to go to the office as usual. We heard Savanna get up early and so since she was already out fixing her breakfast and getting dressed, I laid in bed a while longer and Larry rolled over to hold me and talk to me, and suddenly...the dam burst and there went my tears all over the place. I just sobbed and sobbed, and well...sobbed some more all over him and my pillow.


He laid there and talked to me for about 20 minutes as I just wept my little heart out and he talked some sense back into me, sounding more like a football coach than a husband. I needed it. It was one of those, "crying so hard I can't breathe" moments and then when I was spent he said, "I'm taking off today."

He's been telling me he's going to take a vacation day since he still has 14 left and hasn't done a thing with them. I know, that's not good that we haven't taken all of our vacation, but it's just how it worked out. We have taken some time off this year - a week in January, and we took a few other days off however we still have two weeks we haven't taken and probably won't get to this year. Anyhoo...

He was going to take a vacation day last week but it wasn't a good time - too much going on that we just couldn't get out of or stop. It's a miracle that we just take our weekly "day" off let alone our vacation. So today he said, "we have Christmas shopping to finish. You are spent emotionally. I want to be with you. Let's just get out of here and take off today.

So he called Cathy and told her we wouldn't be in today and she held down the "Northside fort." Pastor Trinity is gone right now - in Missouri, doing his uncle's funeral.

I got in my bathtub this morning, quickly bathed and dressed and Larry took Dustin and I out to breakfast. We went to Cracker Barrel and then we went Christmas shopping all day. We are finally DONE except for one more gift for one of the kids. Wow, that is RELIEF.

We were wrapping up our shopping and Bobby called on the phone and said he was at the house and no one was there. This is his last day here in Florida before he goes to California to spend Christmas with his mother. We'll really miss him. We went home and soon had a houseful with the boys, Savanna, Bobby, Stephen, and Chris Currie, who is home from Basic Training. They have been eating and playing Halo tonight. Meanwhile Larry and Savanna have been wrapping Christmas gifts all night. And guess what - except a few little gifts I have to wrap for Larry, we're done with wrapping. I only have a few small gifts to wrap for him because I'm letting him pick out his gift from Best Buy. I want him to have what he really wants. (Besides "me" of course!) GRIN

Tonight while they did that I got all our Christmas cards signed, addressed, signed, sealed and...almost delivered! (Will do that in the AM) Christmas stuff is coming along at the Shrodes house! I also wrapped up a few work odds and ends that were necessary today.

I'm doing better. Teeby always does what he can to make it that way. Just one more reason I love him. I'm so glad he stayed with me today. And that he'll sleep beside me tonight.

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