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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

Yesterday


We had a great day yesterday!  After sleeping in  (my kids are older now and hate waking up early, even for Christmas) we ate sweet rolls for breakfast.   We opened our gifts and then it was time to finish preparations on the dinner.  We had an amazing array of food and even better conversation.  Right as we were sitting down to dinner and the bread was coming out of the oven fresh, I had Savanna take some of the homemade yeast rolls over to our neighbors.  It's been my tradition for five years ever since we moved here -- every time I make bread, rolls or biscuits -- which is usually at least once a month --  we take a basket of it over to them.  One of the neighbors is an atheist and it's my prayer that they will feel God's love through this "ministry of bread".   God is at work there...I am believing for great things for them.  Sometimes it just takes time for people to come around...in this case more than five years, but who's counting?  (Not me, I'll keep making bread whether they ever respond or not.)  The wife of this family was really sick a while back -- for months time.  Anyone who knows me knows that I always ask if I can pray for people who are sick.  She said it would be fine for me to pray so I prayed for her and a little while later I saw her outside and asked how she was and she said, "you know, it's strange, but I'm better..." and she thanked me for the prayer.

 We were joined for dinner by our friends the Currie's.  After dinner we sat around and talked and just rested for a while.  We made a fire on the patio, and sat out there sipping coffee while we talked.  Later at night we headed to the movies to see Sherlock Holmes.  It was not my favorite kind of movie however I just enjoyed being with everyone.

 I got a Kindle for Christmas!  I have wanted one ever since the first one came out years ago.  I thought it was way too expensive  (luxury) item and never bothered to ask for it.  But I was really surprised to get one for Christmas yesterday.  So far I know how to look up words in the dictionary and download sample chapters in books.  When I first saw the Kindle years ago my thought was that I really would have wanted it on my Africa trips for those 25-30 hours of travel  both to and from.  My first trip I took about 10 books in my carry on luggage, to keep me busy.  It was so heavy!!  That was the year my suitcases got lost for the first five days I was in Africa.  I had plenty of books, but little clothes or other items with me.  I regretted it and didn't do it on the next trip but missed having my books.  I thought, "if I had a Kindle, this wouldn't be an issue."  Well, I will have one for this year when I go.  By the way,  my Kindle holds 1500 books.  Pretty cool, huh?
 
Today is a day of rest.  I need one.  Good day to read my books.  In addition to my Kindle, I also have a stack of books given to me for Christmas.  Aside from getting a few last minute things in order for church, I'll be taking it easy today, barring any emergencies.  (Pray with me that there aren't any.)  Enjoy this week between Christmas and New Year, my friends. 

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Cassandra said…
I want one too...awesome!!

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