Monday, October 16, 2017
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
42 Years. We celebrated last night and reminisced. We both agreed our greatest accomplishment was our four children. We're so proud of them--and glad they're awesome adults in spite of our many blunders and mistakes.
Andy's biggest regret: that he wasn't bolder and more confident early on. He said he was proudest of me for truly partnering with him in ministry.
My biggest regret: that I didn't understand, focus on, and partner with our strengths earlier. I am proudest of Andy for the amazing way he connects with people and invests in them.
But we both agreed that our regrets mean nothing--knowing it was all part of the process of growth! It's been so fun to look back and see God's hand guiding us to where we are today! (And we BOTH agreed that this has gone WAY faster than we ever thought possible!!!!)
Happy 42nd Anniversary, Babe!!
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Friday, September 8, 2017
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Monday, August 28, 2017
Sunday, August 27, 2017
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Friday, July 7, 2017
After all, My God IS good ALL THE TIME - yes, even in my celebration. How sad is it that I hesitate to tell good news because of other's discomfort in declaring God's glory? Look at God's work in my life! See what He has done! He is all powerful! He is my Delight in good times and bad. He is Jehovah Rapha - The Lord Who Heals. He is El Roi - The God Who Sees! And this time He has seen fit to see me, to heal me! My doctors were so sure that cancer had again attacked my body that they had plans in motion for treatments after my surgery. BUT GOD. On my way to the appointment to see the surgeon after surgery, I received the call that the pathology report showed no cancer. I believe God healed me. Since He can see me, work miracles in my life and love me, He can do the same for you -no matter your circumstances. Just as God walked with our church friend and carried him though his time of illness, God walked with me. God was good then and He is good now. Praise HIM! If I could talk to that friend again, I would thank him for so gently reminding me when he knew I was waiting and hurting - "God is good ALL the time."
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Monday, June 19, 2017
Marcus Lemonis stars as The Profit on CNBC. I stumbled upon this reality TV show recently and it has reeled me in. Marcus is a real-life millionaire (billionaire?) who rescues failing businesses with a financial investment, taking over a percentage of the company, and declares, "I am now the boss." The rest of the hour is a summary of how he brings about change to make the company solvent. As I began to watch episode after episode, some things began to stick out to me. Some things which are common to life...not just business. So I took some notes and these are the things I've learned from The Profit. As you read the list, don't just think about business...think about life!
- You can't grow if you resist change. In fact, you may be destroyed.
- You have to have emotion for your business to succeed.
- People fear loss of control.
- When people refuse to change, they become argumentative (at the least), manipulative, subversive, divisive, and destructive (at the worst).
- Someone must be in control--someone who knows how to grow the business.
- You MUST get rid of the old to make room for growth and change.
- A good leader acknowledges where you are, asks questions, LISTENS, but stays focused on the vision. He's not afraid to speak truth to get you where you need to be.
- A business should know their numbers. If they don't, they have no plan for success.
- A leader must be able to see what is wrong. They see weaknesses but play to the strengths.
- A business should know their strengths and capitalize on them.
- A business should surround themselves with people who are different--to fill in the holes of their weaknesses.
- A business must VALUE their employees.
- A business should reward faithful and helpful employees.
- Negativity will kill a business.
- There MUST be quality control.
- You must admit mistakes and rectify them.
- Strive for happy customers.
- Be organized!
- Make the most of your space.
- Your business should be pleasing to the eye.
- Praise a job well done.
- Honor employees.
- Prove you're better than expected.
- Fix what's broken.
- Make your name visible.
- Don't be a know-it-all. Be teachable.
- Expand wisely.
- Deal with your past and your hurts in order to move forward.
- Expand wisely.
- Get counsel from people who can see your blind spots.
- Put "like" products together. Get rid of products which have nothing to do with your business.
- Have the right people in their right places.
- Be willing to let go of perceived strengths when they actually may be a weakness which is killing your business.
- Don't waste money with unnecessary jobs, misused space, or products which have nothing to do with your main business.
- Make a plan.
- Learn from successful businesses and people.
- You don't have to understand product to understand the business of the product. But you CAN research and learn!
- Be efficient.
- Obey laws.
- Use the right equipment.
- Create partnerships when you can and when it's wise. If you already have a partnership, don't try to be a Lone Ranger.
- Believe in yourself! Listen and receive the praise and encouragement others give. It may lead to a new understanding of yourself.
- Work hard to leave every customer satisfied.
- Don't undervalue your product. You've invested yourself in this product and it has value. Believe it!
- Don't leave anything on the table. Give 100%.
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Thank you to Bethany House for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255