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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

God's Blessings Raining Down...


So tropical storm Debby hit the Tampa Bay area last night and is still going strong today and this is an actual photo from a news report of some people with canoes in the streets! Talk about crazy!

Everybody's talking about the rain but my day hasn't really been focused on the storm, but on the blessings in the storm. I heard of at least two churches this morning who sang,"Let it Rain" and were sorry they did. LOL!  At Celebration Church we didn't sing Let it Rain, but God's blessings rained down.

We had a great service and they celebrated our 25th Anniversary of marriage and ministry.


 The actual day is June 27...this Wednesday, and a reception was held at church today.




Here's one of my favorite photos-- Dinah Velazquez (church member and owner of Dinah-mite Photos) has a flair for capturing special moments. She and Gary Boggess (of Boggess Video & Sound) also created this special video of wedding and family photos that was shown during the service and reception. It made the day super special!



Blessings just kept raining down as our dear friends Andy and Joy Morey and their daughter Miranda walked in the doors of our reception.


 They are friends from bible college who were at our wedding 25 years ago!  And they came to celebrate with us today. Joy spoke of her memories of the day -- what a hot day it was (the hottest temp all summer that year!) and what joy was on our faces as we came back down the aisle...


 We did have joy on our faces and still say "I do" today, through the good and bad...


 The greatest blessing God has rained down on me is my family...serving the Lord together -- faith and fun have kept us strong...


This week the church has given us a great blessing -- in addition to the reception today they made arrangements to send us to Club Med Sandpiper Bay.  We will have a romantic getaway this week. Can't wait!

Some are saying..."the storms are supposed to continue all week...what a bummer..."

I'm sure we'll find something to do. :)

Thanks Celebration Church board, church family, all of the ladies who decorated and prepared food (I'm afraid to mention someone for fear of leaving someone out), but a few I know who had a tremendous lot to do with the day are Candy Rivera, Becky Faux, and Michele Danielson. Christine Cabrera, thanks for an amazing cake! The most amazing EV-er!


Is this a spectacular cake or what? It speaks of my love for animal prints, (pink, red & black) and Larry's love for zebra cakes. :)

Thank you Dinah Velazquez and Rachael Rice for capturing all the moments of our day so beautifully. I can't wait to see all of the photos once they're up. I'm sure some of them will make their way to the blog this week. 

It rained today in Tampa Bay in more ways than one.

I'm grateful for the rain.

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