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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

Naming them one by one...


"Count your blessings...name them one by one...count your many blessings see what God has done..."

Anybody besides me remember that hymn? 

I have a journal where I do nothing but count my blessings!  It's called my "Things I Love" journal.  I write on good days in the Things I Love journal and just make lists and lists and lists of things I love.  Then on the "not so good" days I read that journal.  Without fail it always lifts me up because I have counted my blessings and reminded myself of all God has done.  In reality, He doesn't have to "do" anything else --  He's already done it all by sending Jesus, but amazingly He just keeps blowing our mind and giving us more blessings!! 

So today I thought I'd name a few blessings I'm excited about.  Keep in mind, I don't just write super spiritual gobbledegook in my Things I Love journal.  I write everyday stuff like, "What a blessing banana night is at Bruster's Ice Cream!"  

So here we go...

1)  My Amazon Kindle.  I have been grateful for it and counted it a blessing ever since Christmas day when Larry gave it to me,  however I am especially grateful for it NOW because I'm taking it with me to Africa and that means I don't have to lug any books with me!  I just have to figure out how to put the books I want on the Kindle without breaking the bank.  We do still need to pay our mortgage.   On my first trip I took at least 10 books on my carry on!  OMW, that bag was so heavy.  Books are more valuable to me than any material possession.   But now with my Kindle, I can pack other things in my carry on...like panties.  God knows I needed them when my luggage was lost for 5 (count em five) days on my first trip to Africa.  That's a lot of nights of washing the same pairs of panties.  I'm just sayin'. 

2)  My monkey pajamas.  I got a pair of monkey pajamas from a Goodwill store...they were actually originally from Old Navy but somebody was crazy enough to give their monkey pj's to Goodwill!  I love monkeys and in Africa they are  not behind a cage and I can see tons and tons and tons of them up close.  They even came and invaded the house where I stayed last time.  I loved it!  They came just for me, I'm convinced, because they know I love them!!!  They feel the love!!!  I wonder what they will think when they come see me this time and notice that I am wearing them on my PJ's?

3)  Becca.  She is going with me to Africa!  This is the trip of a lifetime for us to do this together!  I am so excited I can hardly stand it.  She amazingly raised her money in like a month...now you KNOW that's God.  She's talented, but man, you know that has to be the anointing of God.  I am so excited to have her with me on this trip.  She's going to be a great blessing to me, and to the people there, and I'm just giddy inside knowing how this time of ministry is going to ROCK HER WORLD. 

4)  Plum butter.  Yes, plum butter.  I never had it before buying a jar on our way back from Gatlinburg.  I love apple butter and since I like plums more than apples I thought, why not give it a try?  Oh. My. Stars.  I am addicted to the stuff and just have a teeny bit of it left in the jar.  I have no idea if it's good for me or not...there's not a lot of info on the jar.  Maybe I don't want to know!  But I can't say goodbye to my plum butter.  So I've been looking up recipes on line.  Yes, you guessed it, I'm going to start CANNING!  [I'm sure my husband's heart is sinking now as he reads this... "oh  no, she's getting into something ELSE now on top of everything ELSE she does...lol!!!]  I love plum butter so much I think I'm going to make it at home and start canning it.  I might not stop there...I may just do the jalapeno jelly I love so much too!   Do you think those can both be made to taste the same with Stevia instead of sugar?  If not, to heck with Stevia, I am eating the sugar.  

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