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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

Highlights from Gulf Coast Campmeeting:
"Breakthrough 2009"

We got home at 1:45 AM from ministering at Gulf Coast Assembly of God Campmeeting. The pastors of this great church in North Port, FL are Keith and LaDonna Jones . They have two wonderful young adult daughters, Kimberly and Jessica. Their campmeeting this year is “Breakthrough 2009” and we were blessed to be the guest ministers last night. God moved in a powerful way and lives were TRANSFORMED! We also had wonderful fellowship with the Jones before and after the service. We went over to Gulf Coast early and spent several hours together and enjoyed a terrific meal at a place called the Old World Restaurant in North Port. They had some of the most amazing French onion soup that we have ever had. After several hours of experiencing some real breakthrough at the service, we went to Applebees. It was so good just to talk and encourage one another in our calling, and enjoy some “ironing sharpening iron” time. They are SUCH a a great pastoral team and it was just great to talk shop, and l

10 Things you might be surprised about...

1)  I dropped out of kindergarten. 2)  I have a baby waiting for me in heaven. 3)  I had my own car when I was 38 and 39.   4)  People (strangers) mistake me for Bette Midler all the time.  5)  I was never allowed to go to the movies until I grew up and moved out of the house.  6) I type 130 wpm. 7) I married a teenager. 8)  I've gone to Africa by myself. 9)  I belong to two African tribes, the Maasai tribe and the Kikuyu tribe. 9)  I don't ever submerge my head underwater. 10)  I have however, submerged my head into a humongous bowl of jello.  

End to a perfect weekend...

Miss you already, my friends... Our hearts will ache and miss you and Max & Rocko til' next time...we are in person and ROCL  (rolling off the couch laughing!)    We are flying home to Tampa this morning... up at 4:45 am to get to the airport.  Coming back to an extremely full week -- preaching @Women's Escape tonight!   Hopefully I'll slide a nap in somewhere to get a little rest and additional energy for tonight.  I am putting finishing touches on my message while in flight today.  I'm excited to bring the strong word the Lord has given me.   Tomorrow we're going to Northport, FL where Larry is preaching at a Campmeeting for Gulf Coast Church (I'm singing and just going to support him and spend time with our wonderful friends Pastors Keith & LaDonna Jones and their family.)  Plus all the normal Northside stuff and Next Job stuff.  The week is full but it's a good full.  I have nothing to complain about. Yesterday we went to church with G

Mike's Party Photos ~ 3

Snapped this photo of Mike right before the party started. Me ~ I think Larry wants me to dress like this again sometime.  :) I've seen this look a few times before.  Usually it's when I have deleted something off of the Tivo. Andy and Jill Brasfield sharing some snuggle time mid-party     Larry ~ Me ~ Mikey Man of the hour Donna, Mike & Jodie during "story time" about Mike, down through the years... Jodie, Sarah & Rhonda Shake your groove thing, shake your groove thing, yeah yeah....(what we did til at least 11:30 pm...and Gibsons, Shrodes & Brasfield's got to sleep at about 2 am.  Best. Night. Ever.)

Photos from Mike's Party ~ 2

Here are some more party photos from last night, with more to come... Me, telling stories at the party -- "Mike Memories."  So much fun!!! Larry and I in front of one of the many fantastic cards at the museum. Great centerpieces Mike & Donna put together for the party that we all helped decorate with.  (Those are records and marbles around them, and little "50's".)  There were 70 people ~ Mike's closest family and friends, for this party which was a catered affair. These cupcakes were around the centerpieces and I seriously thought about eating mine first before my dinner.  The dinner was amazing by the way...spectacular food. Entrance to Museum -- posters of Mike that were professionally made of memories thorugh the years.  There was a photo of Larry and I with him and Donna on this poster that was in the center of the room. Mike's baby photo on this HUGE cardboard poster at the entrance.  I signed the butt and put

Mike's Party Photos ~ Part 1

More photos from America's Packard Museum

I took these yesterday when we were at the museum (party location) decorating.  I was able to get some great shots with our new camera that we got in May, for Jordan's graduation.