Skip to main content

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

A day in the life


I have some exciting news this week ~ I can't wait to share it, but first I have to call and e-mail a few bff's and tell them personally and not let them read it on my blog. :-) I owe that to my close friends. But just wait, I have great news.

In the meantime, here's the majority of what I did yesterday...

Woke up.

Went in to make sure Jordan was up for school. Bedroom light on. Bathroom light on. His door open. I hear him milling around, assume all is good. I lay back down for some extra zzzz's before getting Savanna up. Big mistake.

Saw Savanna off to school and got ready for work.

Came out to leave for work and noticed Jordan had gone back to bed and was laying there sound asleep. Very frustrated. (Me, not him...) Wanting to wring his neck but I don't want to be late for work. Decided for once to deal with it later.

Went to work. Read some devotional things on the way to work as usual. (Larry drives)

Busted through a ton of work in a few hours. Probably 7 things on the agenda including personally following up on all the visitors from yesterday.

Had a few hour staff meeting over chinese food. Yum. Solidified planning for Thanksgiving and Christmas church events/services.

Went to three stores looking for stuff I need for the women's meeting tonight.

Went home.

Greeted kids..."how was your day,", etc...

Checked messages to answer on home phone.

Repotted plant on back patio.

Pulled some weeds.

Cleaned and swept patio and furniture.

Cleaned kitchen and started supper...spanish chicken, rice, peas, broccoli...

Did load of clothes.

Cleaned out fridge/freezer in garage and wiped down while Larry did the one in the kitchen.

Fixed some picture frames.

Finished writing project I left undone at the office.

Dustin called to ask if he and Casey could come back home for dinner. (They were at the movies on a date.) I said of course.

Ate dinner.

Cleaned kitchen again.

Made White Chocolate Fudge Cake for women's night at my house next day.

Cleaned it all up again.

Bagged trash.

Soaked feet while simultaneously finishing another computer project.

Made Savanna's lunch for school.

Wrote new music chart for song we're introducing Sunday.

Updated choir blog.

Looked through a bunch of special music numbers to think about Sunday's offertory.

Answered five or six e-mails that have been waiting. (Sorry to the rest of you I didn't get to yet.)

Wrote e-mail memo.

Wrote 2 blog posts and read a few daily blogs.

Cleansed face, flossed, brushed teeth, and...

Went to bed at 2 am.

And that, my friends is a pretty typical day in the life of Deanna Shrodes except I didn't get to exercise yesterday and normally I spend more time with the fam. Somehow it all works out ... but now you know why I just have to chuckle inwardly when people repeatedly call me and say, "Hey, got a minute?" My standard answer: "For you, I'll make one!" Or there's the ever popular, "Are you busy right now?" My standard answer: "How can I help you?"

Comments

LAURIE said…
Wow...I am simply exhausted after reading that list. In fact I think I need to join Jordan and go back to bed and rest! (ha ha) Hope you have a just as busy of a day today because that means God is blessing you with ministry, blessing you with health, blessing you with His goodness! -Blessings.
Aaron said…
Whew! I'm taking a nap after reading this!
Tara Sloan said…
Da, da, da, da... another full day's adventure in the life of Wonder Deanna!!!!!

You rock!
Melissa Davis said…
After reading that, I have a nick name for you "THE WOMAN W/MANY HANDS". I say this because I often tell the kids, "many hands make light work" - well, I dont have that excuse anymore (lol).

As I've said before, you never cease to amaze me!
Thank you for posting this.....I think more people need to see what goes on in the real life of a pastors wife....and I have to admit, it encouraged me that maybe I can do a little more I just need to find that Super-Woman outfit of yours and wear if for the day! LOL

Shelisa

Popular posts from this blog

Relevant Church doing something...

incredibly RELEVANT!

I just heard some news today that really inspired me. A church here in Tampa, Relevant Church is doing a new thing this month called the "30 Days Sex Challenge." (I've never visited the church but Pastor Trinity - our children's pastor - has visited or has met some people from this church and he was very impressed.) Realizing that this is a major element missing from some marriages (the frequency factor) their lead pastor, Paul Wirth, has issued a challenge for all the married couples to have sex for 30 days in a row. At the same time he has issued a challenge for all unmarrieds to completely abstain from sex. Of course we know the Bible says that those who are unmarried should not have sex in the first place but the point is, a lot of unmarried's aren't obeying the Lord's command to abstain and this is just one pastor's way of trying to get them to see that indeed, there is a better way! (God's way!) At the same time, many married couples are no

Excellent teaching on Criticism

My friend Pastor Leanne posted this today on her Myspace blog and I thought it was excellent and so timely. It's a blog post from Pastor Perry Noble , about criticism. I think it's perfect for the pastors at Relevant Church right now, as well as any other person going through this. I would like to note that when he says, "when God begins to move" it wouldn't necessarily just pertain to your church but to your life, your family, your marriage, anything that concerns you. I have found that the greater God does things in my life and the more He blessed me the more I should expect it. This teaching is good, so good I was almost wavin' a hanky in my office. Okay, here we go... You Will Be Criticized When God Begins To Move–Expect It And Get Over It. (Pastor Perry Noble at http://www.perrynoble.com/ ) I've never met a devil worshiper–to my knowledge that is. When I first became a Christian I was convinced that I needed to do all that I could to be ready to c

What Verbal Abuse is Really Like, and Why We Must Care
Guest Post: Terri von Wood

In my speaking travels, I meet the most amazing people. Some are connections that go beyond just a night or a weekend of preac hing. One day on my journey, I met Terri von Wood, and we immediately clicked and have been friends ever since.  Just a reminder that all of our guest bloggers this week are available to chat with you in the comment section here on the blog or on my facebook page where the blog is also published.   *** People who have never suffered through or witnessed abuse (including pastors) often don't know how to help women in abusive situations. Knowledge is power and it is my belief that if the church understood the prevalence of abuse, help would be made available.  First, we must acknowledge that the divorce rate is the same  in the church as in the world.  Second, we must understand that the 50% divorce rate does not include all the women who are abused but stay because they do not know what else to do or do not have anyone to turn to.  If those women we