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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

My dog has more fruit of the spirit than most Christians...

Max is an amazing "fruit of the spirit" dog.  I often marvel at his character.  I wish I could be more like him in the sense that many days he's a whole lot more like Jesus than me.

Galatians 5:22-23 definitely describes him...

Love - Max is the most loving dog I know - even exceeding Maddie in this department.  I have never known a "sweeter" dog than Max.  He wants to cuddle all day long.  He has to be as close to you as possible.  He  just wants to be near.  Even when you use the restroom, he waits outside the door and lays right up against it until you come out.  Seriously.

Joy - he leaps with joy constantly.  Sometimes too much!  He gets excited if you just leave for 10 minutes and go to the store and come back, he leaps with joy all over again.

Peace - he is a very peaceful dog and I have never known him to start a fight.

Longsuffering - he's the most longsuffering dog I know.  Maddie get aggressive with him sometimes.  Max just takes it most of the time and doesn't injure her.

Kindness - Max is so kind.  Even his eyes are kind.  He just gives a "look" that screams, "I love you!"

Goodness - he struggles a bit with this one - chews up things constantly including chewing Larry's I-phone charger cord to pieces yesterday, and chewing about a 5 inch hole in our leather sofa.  Yeah.  We're working on this one.  I believe at heart he's good but chewing is his weakness.  Some struggle with porn or drugs...or a brownie calling their name....Max chews.

Faithfulness - Max is faithful everyday to be the same sweet natured dog in times good and bad.  Larry and I can be moody and all over the place with our emotions but Max is steady in who he is.  He's loving, kind and faithful whether we're serene or screaming in the house.  It's amazing.

Gentleness - he's got the most gentle eyes and he never does anything real aggressive although he is extremely exciteable he has never been a biter even in play.

Self Control - This is another one we're working on.  Yeah, that chewing thing.  He can't resist a cord or plundering a pillow.  But hey, seven out of nine fruits of the spirit mastered isn't AT ALL bad!

I have so far to go on these Max puts me to shame.  Oh Lord, please help me catch up with Max.

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Deanna, I so agree! Cora, our dog, is a member of our family, and my third "child"! LOL When I am ill, she knows before I share this info with anyone. Very sensitive, forgiving, and loving. Her only bad habit is growling at strangers. (But maybe this is her way of protecting us!) We adopted her from the humane society. We love her to pieces!

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