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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

Today's potpourri

Photo I took with our new camera recently... What happened today? (Tuesday) It rained very hard - thunderstormed - all day in Tampa. That's great by me -- it makes my yard look great and we need the rain. I also like it as a backdrop sometimes while I'm working as it calms me. I light a few candles and get to work! I'm trying to cram three weeks of paperwork into one week since we are getting ready to go on vaca. It's going relatively well so far. Keep in mind I'm doing all that while handling a brand new load of clients in my other job. That's going well too, or so they say. :-) Every week it seems I'm entrusted with some more responsibility. Thankfully my boss does ask first if I have "the bandwidth" to handle it. I am really blessed to work in all areas of my life with very understanding people. Things are going to a whole new level (in a good way) with my work at Next Job. I was crazy about my old boss (still am -- just had breakfast with her

Michael thoughts

It has been reported in the last day or two, including on MaryMary's blog that three weeks ago, Michael Jackson prayed with Andrae and Sandra Crouch to receive Christ as Savior after singing the song, " It Won't be Long" (til we'll be leaving here...we'll be going home). Another report is here . More can be found by simpling Googling for them. Whether this report is true or not, we can't judge what might have happened in a person's final moments. I'm convinced some pastors and other Christians may have forgotten this fact. I've read so many "status updates" on facebook and other social networking sites, condemning him to hell as well as chastising people for being so sad or rebuking them for being sentimental about his music. This type of judgmental behavior is pathetic. It doesn't help anyone whether they are a believer or not. Christians who do this are exactly the people I do not want to hang around with whether in person or

Weekend Wrap Up

Larry and I, tonight at the Oasis youth ministry "Improv" at our church. Dustin and Casey were in charge of this fundraiser for fine arts, to help send all our kids to nationals. We are so proud of them. They did a chicken alfredo dinner and this comedy night that was just hysterical. Lisa took some photos of the night including this one of us. It was a good day from start to finish. We had a good service this morning followed by lunch at our house with Pastor George, Irene and Becca. I made some of my special recipes ~ and we had a thoroughly wonderful time of sharing all afternoon. At 5:30 we headed back to the church for the Improv night where we laughed ourselves silly. The Dearborn's came back to our house for a while afterwards and were only going to pick up a book quickly and head on their way but we ended up sharing for a while longer...what wonderful folks they are. We just love 'em! When we got home Larry decided to go out to a late night showing of Trans

Anniversary Night :)

Larry and I went to Shephard's for an anniversary dinner and he had arranged for some friends to be there to surprise me and celebrate with us. Our friends, Currie's, Riveras & Shehans joined us. Dinner was so yummy...amazing seafood, prime rib, many favorites, we were loving it and the conversation of course... Here we are last night...and we've been married 22 years today! Larry also surprised me by having our wedding video (VCR tape...yeah, we were married in the old days) put on DVD. Pastor Trinity did it for us and dropped it off to the hotel last night so we'd have it to watch. We had an awesome room with a view of Tampa Bay and a balcony. Of course the best thing of all is spending time with him. :)

Happy Anniversary to us...

Tomorrow is our wedding anniversary ~ and at 2:00 pm we will have been married for 22 years. Today Larry made reservations for us to go to Safety Harbor Resort where we will stay tonight. We're going to have dinner at one of our favorite places, Shephards -- where they have amazing seafood. I'm really looking forward to a night away with my husband. It's been a week and I'm feeling a bit overloaded. In addition to my normal work in pastoring (which entailed some extra things thrown in this week I didn't expect), and moving forward on getting my health issues straightened out, we got a bunch of new clients this week in my career coaching job. There was a plant that shut down in the midwest and we are serving ALL of the employees. I had a list of clients that I was given on Wednesday to engage and...after much hard work at 10:30 pm last night every single one of them was what we call officially "engaged", meaning they are signed on the dotted line, I have ha

Insurance is bad enough!
Let's not kill ourselves with socialized medicine!!

I was hit with the stark revelation once again yesterday that medical insurance companies could really care less whether you live or die. Commercials about being "there for you" are meaningless. Let me say up front, I have Blue Cross Blue Shield . Right now, I'm so angry with them, and I hope they are like so many companies who are googling themselves to see what bloggers are saying about them. I've actually had two companies contact me that I blogged about who wanted to apologize to me for poor service and ask for my business back. I think businesses and corporations are starting to see how much influence bloggers have. So, let me just say to Blue Cross Blue Shield...YOU MAKE ME SICK!!! LITERALLY!!! And I want the whole world to know it. I hope a bazillion people find this through Google search and see the truth about you. I have been sick since the third week in November. Read about it here if you want. Currently one of the top specialists in Tampa is tr


"Some of us are becoming the men we wanted to marry." Gloria Steinem There are some people who won't really see the value of this quote and dismiss it, focusing exclusively on who said it rather than the meaning . That's a shame. What does it mean? Simply that a woman doesn't have to marry a man to achieve a place of influence by virtue of being married to him. Her own leadership skills can carve a niche for her, instead of having to rely on a marriage license. Gone are the days when women had to marry certain men to utilize their leadership skills. Now women can just become whatever they want to be instead of marrying what they want to become and living vicariously through them. Today women have opportunity to have the career they want, and marry for love instead of for hopes of achieving something in whatever field they are interested in. This is becoming exceedingly clearer all the time in the secular world, but my hope is that young ladies in ministry will s

This one's for you, Paul... :)

I would like to dedicate this picture post to my friend, Pastor Paul Grabill , senior pastor of State College Assembly of God and Assistant Superintendent of the Penn-Del District of the AG. After lunch yesterday, we were walking through a party store to get some supplies for a church event and Larry found a huge display that they had set up for July 4th parties and excitedly called over to me and said, "Deanna, you've got to come take a photo with this stuff, just for Paul Grabill!!!" So, I happily obliged while the staff members with us were in stitches laughing and setting up this impromptu little photo shoot that Larry was convinced would be such a blessing (?) for Paul. Anyone who has read his blog for more than a few posts knows that we spar often on issues such as patriotism, the flag, the military, capital punishment, war etc. however for all the debating we do on these many sensitive subjects, I have a tremendous amount of respect for him. He is an integ


This is why you should ALWAYS twirl once in front of the mirror before you leave the house!

Sunday nite wrap up...

Photo I took with my new camera ... It was a splendid day today. I'm so tired right now, therefore only taking time to blog for a moment. We had a full day at church and then went to the Currie's for a lunch. Good times, bbq'ing and enjoying all that goes with it, for Father's Day. After an afternoon of fellowship there both our families headed to the movies together and then back to their house once again for ice cream til' after 11 pm. We talked while the kids swam in the pool. I am exhausted, will have an extremely busy week this week with church, coaching, and more. Sometimes going into weeks that I know look like this, as far as my calendar/schedule goes gets me discouraged but I am going to try to look on the bright side of everything. I have a lot of opportunities to help people...what could be greater?

Saturday stuff

This morning was life coaching at the church and as usual it was a fantastic time. I absolutely love, love, love this time with my ladies. After life coaching I went to grocery shop and get things for our Father's Day dinner. We are going to be spending it with the Currie's and BBQ'ing. Larry requested that I make his favorite dessert, carrot cake, [a prizewinning recipe ] and I made it today. It looks amazing , better than I made it last time. I'm not sure about why as it turned out right last time however this time it just seems exceptional so I just hope it tastes as good as it looks. I also made potato salad because he really likes my homemade recipe for that too. Larry is going golfing this afternoon/evening and I'm working on the house, cleaning, ironing, returning phone calls & e-mails, laundry, weeding, and I'll take time in there to walk a few miles. A woman's work is never done. I am so ready for a vaca.

Fun Friday

I had a good Fun Friday today. Got up late this morning (oh the bliss of the kids not having school!) right in time for a client (coaching) meeting. After that I headed to get a fill (pink) and then when I came home Larry said he wanted to go on a date to the movies. We went to see "The Proposal". I loved it!!! If you read my blog or Twitter very often you probably notice I go to the movies on a constant basis. Usually I have seen just about everything in the theatre at any given time since my son works there and our family goes for free whenever we want. It's wonderful. We picked up Savanna who has been at the Hart's all week. She and Morgan babysat twins this week, all week long and she stayed at her house since it simplified things and plus that they just love being together. After dinner tonight I walked 2 miles. Then showered and did some much needed cleaning and laundry at my house . It was a good day. On to tomorrow morning and life of my favor

Missing it...

A pastor friend from Africa sent me these photos recently of me ministering in a service there in '08... Heart is aching today -- can't wait to go back.

Life today...

Is blessed. Woke up this morning to Maddie running in the room, putting her face in mine and pawing me to get up. I was so tired but knew I was in the home stretch of this week. Went to the office and finished cleaning out a bunch of stuff. Yes, I have gotten around to cleaning my office. I thought it would take me til the end of summer but I simply decided, I'm taking the time and doing it. I still have some more old stuff to clean out but by and large I am almost done cleaning. The offices were even steam cleaned today. In addition, I threw away a bunch of old things some of which quite honestly were not good for me to have in my office. By that, I don't mean anything sinful. I'm talking about some memories which probably weren't the best for me to hold on to. So, zap...gone. Feels awesome. I still have a few more things to get rid of but I'm well on the way. It's a new day, a new time... After work I met my friend & church member Jenn for dinner at Weck


I'm exhausted but it's a good exhausted. Larry and I got home and then to sleep at about 4:30 am after doing the show . I got up this morning right in time for a conference call. And the day is off like a rocket from here...I have work projects, Fusion tonight, and we have several errands to run, such as getting a car tune up. Tonight I'm finishing up a 10 week series I've been teaching on "transformation". It's been such a good teaching topic for me, and...I've changed along with everyone else, in several ways. It's SO important that we keep changing...after all, it's what the Christian life is all about. My photos from our beach day/picnic/water baptism...out of the 400+ photos that we took... on this amazing day...did I mention we baptized 16 people? :) Jordan and Eddie Beautiful ladies...enjoying the sun and conversation... Morgan and Savanna My hunky man :-) Jordan hamming it up as usual... James walking along the beach with his daug


Larry and I just got a call this afternoon to host America's Prayer Meeting on CTN tonight, so...check it out if you are up that late from midnight to 3 am. If you want to watch and you live in Tampa, it's channel 3 if you have Direct TV, or on local TV on channel 3 or 22. The show is now worldwide show, on SkyAngel and also for anyone who has Direct TV. If all else fails, just get on your computer HERE and watch it. Anyone, anywhere can watch it if you have a computer and internet. Simply scroll all the way down and look to the right where it says, "Live Webcast". Click there and you can watch from your computer. You can also call in if you want! There's a toll free number. I will warn you, tons of calls come in from everywhere so it's not guaranteed that they take your call as one that goes on the air, however everyone does get prayed for by ministers who are also there answering phone calls. The show airs live EST from 12 midnight - 3 am. So for those of

More church beach day photos...

Margaret -- one of my fav people in the world. Is there anyone more fun? Playing in the water as the sun is it! Kirsten...such a sweetie. Emmy buries! Emmy's feet Girls just wanna have fun! Ashley & the Rivera's