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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

Five days after our world fell apart...

this is what things looked like yesterday in our world at the Shrodes house...


Lifting Maddie's bowl up so she can eat.  She is eating normally again.  Thank  you, Jesus.


We were surprised to open the mailbox and find a card addressed to her...


It was from another dog!  It said, "Hey girlfriend, sorry to hear you're sick as a dog..."


"Hope you get well soon.
  I was thinking we could get together for a bone sometime."
Love, Bo Shehan"


Savanna rests alongside her - we are there 24/7 


Sheri and Joel Powell came to visit today...and Jordan and Savanna even did "Maddie duty" for a few hours so that Larry and I could have dinner with them.  Thank you, dear children.  :)


Fauve Wilson also came to visit...

AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST...A MAJOR PRAISE REPORT...


Maddie finally went poo!!!!    LOL

Sheri Powell agreed with me that this was a major accomplishment after her surgery, and Joel even thought we might consider sending it to ratemypoo.com!  :)  

Jordan and Savanna couldn't BELIEVE I was taking a photo of poo.  "Mom, you are CRAZY!"  Hey, I'm chronicling this whole thing and this poo is a victory.

In all honesty I have been praying that she would go #2.  The problem is she is in the sling and hasn't wanted to go that way.  She is uncomfortable and could not get in her usual position to go as we have her in a sling when we take her out.  I have been wondering if she would ever feel comfortable enough to relax and go.  Finally last night before bed, she did.  God cares about everything my friends, even poo! 

Many more of you have become friends with Maddie on facebook but just in case any of you readers missed it the last few days, you can become friends with Maddie by looking up Maddie Shrodes on facebook.  She is up to 144 friends now. 

 We love you and thank  you for your prayers.  In addition to praying for her spine to heal would you also give special attention to praying for her back right leg?  The doctor said she thought Maddie had feeling in all four legs but couldn't be sure that nerve damage or paralysis wouldn't occur.  She definitely has feeling in three legs, but the fourth one on the back right hand side we are not sure.  She doesn't respond much when that one is touched.  Please be in prayer that she will have feeling there.  She starts steroids today.  The doctor says this should help with the swelling and may bring total feeling back there.  We believe in faith it WILL! 
 
The doctor asked us to keep her drain in her incision one more day.  It's still got stuff coming out.  We will wait until at least Saturday night to take it out.  I didn't post photos here because it's pretty graphic and I promised no more of those photos.  :)   

Everyone keeps asking, "is she improving? Is she getting better?"  Well, there's no definitive way to tell until four weeks from now when we try to see if she can stand to tell if the spine fracture has healed.   Her spirits are great but then again she is always happy and always loving so it's hard to tell.  Even if her worst pain she has always been kind and never lashed out.    Maddie has a lot more fruit of the spirit than many Christians. 

Comments

Ruth, PA said…
Thank you, Deanna, for being specific in the prayer requests. I love to do that when I pray. Still storming Heaven daily with prayers for you Maddie!
Ruth, PA said…
I always check back in the evening to see how your baby is doing! Had to add that I love the new look of your blog!

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