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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

It's Hammer Time!
Let's Get This Justice Party Started...

“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”  ~ Elie Wiesel

I love the book Night by Elie Wiesel. After reading it years ago, I believed it to be such an important book, I told all three of my kids I'd pay them to read it! Turns out, I didn't have to pay any of them. The oldest two just read it when I asked. Savanna still didn't want to read it even with the offer of payment. However, one of her teachers assigned it to her as required reading this year. (Yay for teachers!.)

The year I read Night I gave it away as Christmas gift to a few friends. I know it might seem odd that I would give the gift of a book written by a holocaust survivor, chronicling the injustices he faced. It's not really a happy, clappy Christmas gift. But I really thought people needed to hear the message.


The Holocaust wasn't that long ago.
And it really happened.
And people let it happen.
And they did nothing.
From 1933 to 1945 it happened and went on and on, and people just...let it.




I can't even wrap my head around that.

My sense of justice is very strong. I know it's just an inbred part of my personality being an INFJ, and I believe it's strong because I'm a Christian.  God loves justice. Why shouldn't I?

I was having a conversation with my sister Shari on her last visit to Tampa and we were talking about wrongs we want to see righted in the world. We spoke of things we are tired of waiting for.

A lot of people are afraid of seeking justice because they're too lazy and complacent to get involved. If something doesn't affect them they really don't care. Others seem reluctant to speak out or judge because they are afraid of being judged. They say, "We've all committed wrongs." True. We have. That doesn't mean ongoing wrongs don't need to be stopped. And apologized for. And restitution made. Boy Deanna, you sure want a lot, don't you?


I desire so much to see justice for the things that bother me, I welcome being judged.
Bring it.
Judge me. Find fault in me. 
Let me lay on a bed of nails or walk through fire.
Just right the wrongs.
Please, right the wrongs!

When I was talking to my sister she said, "My prayer is, do it Lord! Judge what you have to judge in me, but please, bring the hammer down!" [By this she means, bring the hammer down on the injustices in the world and bring it down on me too if you have to.]

I said, "That's funny, I pray the same thing all the time." [My sister and I are so much alike, it's freaky. We even pray the same exact strange prayers. Ha ha.]

There are a lot of injustices in the world and hurting people. I'm tired of it.
If I must be judged to bring about that justice, so be it.

The bible says judgment begins in the house of God.
Alright. Here I am.
Let's get this justice party started... 

 

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