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Jun
14

A Merry Heart Doeth Good

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Rev. James Snyder, Out to Pastor bloggerWith all the sad news in our country recently, it is about time for some good news. However, the way things are going I am not going to hold my breath.

We just finished supper and the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I was watching a little bit of television. We like to try to catch up on the news after a day of working.

I well remember the time when the “world news” was only broadcast for 30 minutes, which was broken up by commercials. It is hard to get all the news that is worth hearing together for 30 minutes. Back in “the day,” the commentators were able to do it. At least we did not hear about all the news of the day, which was a blessing.

It is a different story today. We hear news from around the world all day long. In fact, some television channels are devoted exclusively to news 24/7. The problem with that is 99.9% of the news is bad news. Good news does not have much of a place on television. We are too busy these days to listen to good news.

We had just settled down to catch up and some of the news and I was not paying too much attention. The way I am, I can watch the news and not hear anything they are saying. My wife, on the other side of the room, hears every word the news commentators are talking about.

We were relaxing, enjoying some coffee while watching the TV. I was drifting off into Whatever Land and just chilling. It was then that I heard from across the room some gasping.

“What is wrong with people?” And, “Don’t they know to do any better?” And, “What does all that violence solve?”

I looked over at my wife and saw her grimacing at the TV. Every once in a while she would shake her head and make some kind of a moaning sound.

I knew not to interrupt her Grimacing Moment and allowed her to have her space. After all, everybody needs a little bit of personal space.

“I can’t believe,” she said most disgustingly, “that he actually said that! What is wrong with that person?”

I did not need to tell her that we live in a very crazy world. A world that has lost all sense of sanity. Unless you are insane these days, you are not going to get along with anybody.

At this point in the evening, I certainly did not want to get into a discussion about how crazy our world was. I have ridden in this rodeo before and I am not ready for another ride.

My wife and I agree on many things and this is one of them. Anger, hatred and violence never solve anything. What we need today is a little more laughter. Read More→

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Jun
12

Summer Tips for Mom Who Work From Home

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Finding Simplicity as a SAHM by Adrina PalmerSummer is here. My three kids have been out of school for a full week and we are getting into a routine. I would love to sleep in now that I do not have to wake up and get the kids off to school but my cat is adamantly against me changing her eating schedule to an hour later. Is it legal or effective to duck tape a cats mouth shut? Sometimes she is lenient and lets me sleep until eight. Only if I am a good girl which apparently is not often. Moving on.

What I want to talk about is the sun. I do not let my kids outside (if I can help it) between the hours of noon and four pm for playing or recreation outside, including the pool. Reason number one: my daughter has freckles and red hair. She is more likely to burn… and fast! She also does not tan. Bri is like me. We are ghostly white or lobster red, with little in between. The other two midgets tan to a beautiful golden tan like their father and do not burn as easily. Freckle-Face does not want more freckles, so my hubby and I have put a few summer rules in place.

* No going outside, for more than a few minutes, between the hours of noon and four pm.
* If you are going outside, wear a hat.
* Sunblock is your smelly best friend.
* Pool time is before 10 am or after 4 pm because the sun loves the pool too.
* One hour in the pool and then some time in the shade.

With our summer rules, my children completely avoided sunburns last year. We also avoid places like amusement parks in the summer. They are much more tolerable and fun in the spring or the fall. Trying to explain to my kids they still need sunblock if it’s not summer is a yearly conversation if you are staying outside. Read More→

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Jun
11

The Top Four To-Do’s of Successful VA’s

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Pebbles Jacobo, All Things VA bloggerI have had a lot of experiences in building my company from the ground up and refining my skills and services. From my experiences and education, I have a lot to share which may help with your own virtual assistant (VA) business. Here are my top “do’s” to begin with:

Do Communicate With Your Clients: Communication ensures you and your client are on the same page, tracking with the same line of thinking. This goes a long way in building a rapport with clients which will have them coming back for more. Repeat clients are additional revenue.

Do the Social Media Marketing and Networking Dance:  Social media marketing is, in the words of Diana Ennen, “is here to stay.” It is a free method of marketing and getting the word out about your VA services. Social media marketing, if done correctly, also is a way of establishing your expertise in your field.

Do Schedule Your Time: Believe it or not, scheduling your time in regards to clients and tasks will not only reveals hidden pockets of time, but also help you stay on target. This will serve you well as the more on target you stay, the more productive and the more money you can make.

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Jun
08

3 Print Promotional Ideas to Skyrocket Your Marketing and Sales!

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DanaIn mJb165Ithese days of Internet marketing, it is easy to forget about old-­fashioned methods. No, they are not dead!

In fact, think about this: what do you receive in your mailbox? Junk and bills, right? So perhaps you can stand out above the crowd through some direct mail campaigns targeted to your audience. May these ideas get you started!

1) Postcards

Postcards are an extremely effective way to introduce yourself to prospects, especially in a localized area. Relatively inexpensive, they also offer a lower rate when it comes to mailing services.

Want to introduce your products or services? Then this is a perfect way to give a shout out to local businesses or individuals that you exist. Don’t know where to start? Check with your library! They usually have databases that you can use to help you target a list. Then you can follow up with a phone call a few days after the postcard is received. And that will mean you won’t be strictly cold calling, which will be more effective in the long run.

2) Notecards

Sending notecards is a more personalized method of promoting your products or services. This is especially helpful for current customers. After all, they are your best customers.

Using notecards is the first major marketing campaign my husband will employ in his new endeavor as a full time self­employed architect (yes, he now works at home!). I designed special notecards that included his branding and one of his best drawings on the cover.  He will write personal notes (with my help) to construction and engineering firms around the state to announce that he is open for business. He will then follow up with a phone call or email or both. Read More→

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Jun
07

Leading When You’re Wrong

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leadwhenwrongBrad Washburn, Do the Dad Thing bloggerHere’s one of the famous quotes and jokes from my Dad:

“I don’t make mistakes.  Except for that one time that I thought I made a mistake . . .  but it turned out that I didn’t . . . so that was actually a mistake.”

That’s the point when my sister, my mom, and I would groan.

Unlike my Dad, I DO make mistakes.  I made a big one a few months ago.  It was my job to handle the tithe portion of our budget.  Every month I take our tithe amount from the budget and PayPal donate it.  It’s not a big job.  I usually just set an alarm in my calendar, then on the designated day, send some $$ through PayPal.

But, I did some reformatting of my email, and, then reinstalling of my e-mail management program . . .  and lost my handy little calendar reminder.

You readers might have great capacities for memory, but I would actually lose my head if it wasn’t attached.  So, you can see where this is going:  Three months I forgot to send out the tithe.

Doesn’t sound like a big deal yet?  But you have to understand, the Washburns aren’t sitting on piles of dough.  My work in ministry and writing doesn’t put us on the Fortune list, and my wife’s steady (thank God for steady) job doesn’t either.  So that designated tithe money sitting in the account . . . got spent.

Yes, yes, the fact that I can’t tell you from our budget where that money was spent is probably also my fault.  I’m lumping it all into the same screw up.

But the point of this article is that I still had to lead even though I screwed up.  And being a good Christian Dad leader means that we tithe.  So that sacrifice of our first fruits of paychecks was still required.  But yet we had spent the money.

. . . and that’s when the fight started.

Actually it wasn’t much of a fight.  All my wife’s accusations of me mishandling funds and calendar were true.  But that fact that the Washburns had to come up with 3 months of tithe, because of my screw up . . .  Yes there was some ‘heated discussion.’

My fellow Dads, this is where I can’t emphasize enough that it’s really tough to lead, to ask your family to ‘dig deep’ and sacrifice, when we ourselves are to blame.  But there is NO WHERE in Scripture that says we quit leading just because we made a mistake.  We are men, and heads of family and marriage whether we are perfect or not.  So my only ‘take away points’ are ones that I’ve learned the hard way:

Admit it.  Take responsibility when you are wrong.  In this situation the resulting fight would have went on a LOT longer if I was unnecessarily trying to defend myself.  This is a great thing for our kids to see also; taking responsibility in a mature way.

  1. Remember that as Christians and Dads we are not alone.  God is with us.  Just like He promised the Israelites in Deuteronomy 31:6 – “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
  2. Remember that as Christians and Dads our family is “our people” — when Solomon prays for “wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?” (1 Chronicles 1:10), he’s not just talking about the nation of Israel; he’s’ talking about families like ours.  Your people are yours and you are not alone — even if they complain.  Yes, even if they complain a LOT
  3. The Bible is pretty clear that being a Christian and a Dad is going to be tough.  The Devil’s schemes are against us (Eph 6:10), and we are encouraged to not be weary of doing good (Gal 6:9) — why would we need such encouragement if God didn’t know that it was going to be hard?
  4. You will come out of it and it will be better.  Yes, we finally paid the tithe I had missed.  We are still surviving, and, as my waistline is showing, no one has starved to death.  In fact, we all noticed some unexplained blessings that made the extra financial amount easier to handle during the last several months.  I can honestly say it was an example to my wife, and to me, of how God has a Master Plan.

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Jun
06

A Key On the Table Is Worth Many A Chuckle

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Rev. James Snyder, Out to Pastor bloggerSmile Post-itWhen it comes to forgetting anything, I am king of the hill. My forgetting has nothing to do with age because I have been forgetting as long as I can remember.

Of course, with age comes an excuse for forgetting something. Don’t let anybody know this, but sometimes I use my age to say I forgot something which in reality I had not forgotten. Sometimes forgetting something is the best expression of valor.

I can’t remember all the things I have forgotten, however, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage remembers everything, even things I did not forget. Her memory is impeccable and I just have to live with it.

Often she will start a conversation with, “Do you remember…?”

Being married as long as I have, I always go with the affirmative nod, which I never forget to do.

When I was a young husband, I remember very distinctly correcting her about what I remembered about an incident she was talking about. I have remembered never to make that mistake again.

I am forgetting everything these days. It may be my keys. I get to the church office, check my pocket and realize I forgot my keys. Then I have to get on my cell phone (when I don’t forget that) and call my wife explaining that I forgot my keys.

Once we went for supper with some friends, I was to pick up the tab, and when the tab came, I had forgotten to bring my wallet. I am definitely not going to do that again.

Once I went on a trip and forgot where I was going. Fortunately, I had the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage with me who is an expert in telling me where to go.

I can’t tell you how many lectures she has given to Yours Truly in this area of forgetting. I think she should win some kind of a prize or a doctorate in this area. Maybe I should begin calling her, Dr. Never Forget.

I could not remember all of the things that I have forgotten. I could ask my wife, but that would take a day and a half for her to get them all on the table. Read More→

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Jun
05

Unfair Perceptions

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An excerpt from Unbridled Faith: 100 Devotions from the Horse Farm, by Cara Whitney:

Unfair Perceptions

“But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town and in his own home.” And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.” Matthew 13:57–58

Giving your trust to a horse after it has hurt you can be a hard obstacle to overcome. Even after a “naughty” horse has spent a good thirty days with a trainer, you are still left to wonder if he has changed his ways. The horse’s behavior may have changed, but how we see him is still the same.

Horses aren’t the only ones who suffer from unfair perceptions. Sometimes people’s perceptions of us are hard to overcome. Even Jesus experienced this. When He traveled to His hometown of Nazareth, the people there still saw Him as a carpenter’s son. Because they let pride blind their eyes, they missed out on the miracles the Messiah was willing to offer.

We also fall prey to people’s old perceptions of us. After you become a new creation in Christ, it’s the people you are closest to who have the hardest time recognizing and accepting the changed you. Don’t get discouraged if you are labeled by the things you’ve done in your past. We all have a past we are not proud of, but Jesus took those sins of ours on Himself when He died on the cross. They no longer have any power over us.

“To follow Christ” means we apply the truths we learn from His Word (the Bible) and live as if Jesus were walking beside us in person. Don’t make the mistake of seeking your validation and self-worth from the opinions of other people. Instead, know that the Father sees you as a new creation, which you are in Christ. Find your self-worth in knowing that you are God’s beloved.

Lord, help me to see myself as You see me instead of finding my value in the opinions of others. Thank You that I am Your beloved, amen.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Cara Whitney grew up on a cattle farm in Northern Wisconsin. After spending a decade as a radio personality in markets that included Las Vegas, she found herself in a search of that simpler life everyone
talks about. She soon discovered that there is no such thing as a simple life, but instead your best lived life is one that includes a relationship with Jesus Christ. Cara lives with her husband and two kids on a horse farm in Nebraska.

Cara, wife of comedian and actor Dan Whitney (aka Larry the Cable Guy), has written a beautiful horse devotional – Unbridled Faith: 100 Devotions from the Horse Farm, Thomas Nelson (June 5, 2018).

“I never really set out to write a book. I grew deeper in my faith by talking to God while I also spent time with my horses. I see a lot of myself through the personalities of my horses, and through them, Jesus challenges me to fix the broken parts of myself. This journey became ‘Unbridled Faith’,” Cara shared.

Unbridled Faith is a daily devotional for horse lovers that brings 100 devotions straight from Cara’s horse farm. Each devotional, along with stunning photography, provide lessons from scripture sprinkled with winsome stories of horses that Dan and Cara know and love. The devotionals teach readers how to overcome temptation, discover why they should be glad God doesn’t answer yes to all prayers, and provide a reminder that each person is priceless to God. “I first used horses to try and fill the God shaped hole that I had in my heart. As big as my horses are, not one of them could accomplish such a task. I made the decision to put Jesus Christ there instead, and I am so happy to be saved. I now use my
horses to help communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ to others,” said Cara.

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Jun
04

Genuine Work From Home Jobs To Consider

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More and more people are now enjoying the perks of working from home, as compared to working in a regular office. One of the main reasons why working at home is a preferred option is because of the ever-increasing influence of the Internet. The Internet has truly made it possible for us to get a real job, while staying at home and spending more time with our family and friends. Because of this increasing trend, majority of seekers are now going against the conventional mindset of getting a job in the office.

Earn From Stock Photography

If you’re a want to-be freelance photographer, and you consider yourself to be camera-savvy, then stock photography could be a very lucrative online job for you. Simply choose one or more Web sites where you can sell royalty-free stock photos on the Internet, and register with the Web site. Stock photographers must be able to pick one or two stock photography Web sites at the beginning, and must also read and understand the site’s submission guidelines and requirements. They must also conduct research on which stock photos are popular on the specific site.

In addition, they also need to determine the style and subject matter of the site’s popular royalty-stock photos, so that they’ll have a better idea on which types of photos the Web site is looking for. By analyzing the style, quality and subject matter of each stock photography Web site, you’ll certainly have better chances of getting approved as a stock photography contributor.

Freelance Technical Writer

Technical writing is a job that requires the ability and skill to write clearly, accurately and in plain terms extremely complex articles, reviews and product descriptions and other content. The most common clients of freelance technical writers today include training companies, electronics and software companies, educational firms and consumer manufacturing firms. Technical writing demands a high volume of documentation-style work, and is often warranted whenever there’s something complex to explain in a standardized way. If you wish to work as a freelance technical writer, you’ll certainly end up working for one of the large software, electronics or manufacturing companies today.

Freelance technical writes often write training materials, marketing communications, Web content, hardware documentation, user guides and online help and documentation.

Work-At-Home Data Processing Jobs

Data processing generally involves the conversion of information into digital information. All useful information or data has to be entered, recorded, sorted, analyzed, calculated and summarized as well as stored as useful information. Today, there are lots of data processing service companies that offer a wide assortment of home-based data processing job options. The first stage of data processing involves data entry. Data entry workers enter information into a computer, using the proper format, and ensures efficient and smooth handling of data. An entry-level data processing job requires high school and some college education, as well as possess above-average spelling, punctuation, grammar and word processing skills.

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Jun
03

Review: CSB Study Bible for Women

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Enter a giveaway for this lovely Bible here: https://www.blessedfreebies.com/csbwomensstudybible.html

I adore this new CSB Study Bible for Women. It is beautiful – with a soft blue and cream linen cover, and bright spring colors sprinkled throughout the interior. It  has so many great features, such as Character Profiles, Word Studies, and even a place to keep track ofSpiritual Mentors in your life.

I appreciate the CSB translation. It is modern, straightforward, and easy to understand. It’s written in such a way that I can sit down, read, and comprehend what God is conveying in each passage. The CSB Study Bible for Women also takes it a step further by providing study tools throughout, which allow me to learn more about what I’m reading without leaving the page.

 

 

MORE ABOUT THIS BIBLE:

Now available in the Christian Standard Bible (CSB) translation with revised and updated content and a fresh, new interior design, the CSB Study Bible for Women will equip you to reach deep into God’s Word. As the most comprehensive study Bible ever prepared for women and by women, the most powerful aspect of this Bible are the “threads” of specialized study thoughtfully woven throughout pointing you to God’s larger story and allowing the Holy Spirit to write His revealed truths on your heart. In the CSB Study Bible for Women, you’ll join a host of other women, all academically trained in the original languages of the Bible and passionate about God’s Word, for an intimately deep dive into Scripture that will equip you to unlock the riches and majesty of His Word, and ignite a passion to mentor others in your life to do the same.

Features include:

  • Smyth-sewn binding
  • Two-column text
  • 8-point type
  • Extensive commentary notes
  • Word studies
  • Answers to hard questions
  • Doctrinal notes
  • Biblical womanhood articles
  • Character profiles
  • “Written on My Heart” applications
  • Extensive book introductions
  • Presentation page
  • In-text maps
  • Charts & timelines
  • Concordance
  • Full-color maps, and more.

The CSB Study Bible for Women features the highly readable, highly reliable text of the Christian Standard Bible® (CSB). The CSB stays as literal as possible to the Bible’s original meaning without sacrificing clarity, making it easier to engage with Scripture’s life-transforming message and to share it with others.

 

Purchase Your Copy Here:  http://www.bhpublishinggroup.com/products/the-csb-study-bible-for-women-hardcover

 

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Jun
01

Social Media is About Networking and Branding is Key!

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DanaRecently, laughinglwhile a guest on a local radio show, I got to meet a top social media marketer named Kevin Knebl. He wrote a book called, “The Social Media Sales Revolution” and he is in high demand as a speaker all over the world.

As I listened to him being interviewed, what he said resonated with me. The host asked a very interesting question about LinkedIn. She mentioned that direct sellers would frequently set up a meeting, having contacted her her through LinkedIn, and then try to get her to join their downline. This would make her feel very uncomfortable,  especially if others were brought into the meeting.

She felt like they were leading her on as their intent was never shared ahead of time. Busy with her radio show and job as a branding consultant with a radio conglomerate, she has no interest in joining an opportunity, although she’s very supportive of small businesses and will become a customer if she really likes the product or service.

Kevin’s thoughts on this subject were so true, something I’ve seen happen over and over again. The direct sellers who do this kind of thing are not using social media effectively. It’s not for spamming. Social media is for networking, for building relationships.

And that’s the key to successful sales, and to successful branding. It’s about relationship building.

Kevin also pointed out that if this were done in the 90s, they would have used their cell phones. Really, if a person is bad at networking, then they will approach social media in the same way. The opposite is true. If a person is good at networking, their social media efforts will be effective.

The important factor is knowing how to network and doing it effectively. What’s one of the best resources out there? Kevin suggests Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People.”

Because the truth is, business success is based on timeless principles. Too often in this Internet age, we seek for this next big shiny object that will solve all our problems instantly. But the foundations of marketing, sales, and business building do not change over time.

Because people do business with people they like, know, and trust. That will always be the case. Social media is a great way to accomplish this and is in fact a gold mine!

However, it takes wisdom on how to use these tools. For instance, do you remember the saying “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it?” Well, social media is much the same way. It’s not the place for gossip, excessive ranting, or continual spamming.

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