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Principles of SuccessPrinciple:  Confidence Amidst Chaos

Scripture(s): Proverbs 10:25, 29 -30  “When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever… The way of the Lord is a refuge for the blameless, but it is the ruin of those who do evil. The righteous will never be uprooted, but the wicked will not remain in the land.”

Has everything in your life run perfectly smooth? I don’t know about you, but that’s never been the case in my life or business. There’s always something to go awry. It’s not always the known variables that throw a monkey wrench in things. Often times the unknown variables create more havoc than the known!

When a woman gets married, her choice of a bridal party is important. They not only should be close family and friends who support the upcoming union, but those who will help the bride on her journey. The maid of honor is a special position and when chosen wisely things run smoother. Take, for example, my own wedding. Things didn’t work out with my initial maid of honor. I was getting seriously stressed with the weight of planning our wedding, and, this being my first time; I did not know the duties of the maid of honor extended much beyond planning the bridal shower and looking good next to the bride. Read More→

Mary

This loveis the final in my series on preventing affairs. However, before I get to this I want to clarify a few things about affairs, namely, what constitutes one? It would seem obvious, but I have found many people have varying definitions. So, here’s my definition: an affair can be either or both emotional and physical; it involves any person, thing, or activity that takes me away from my spouse, the majority of my time–meaning, most, if not all, of my time, emotional energy, thoughts, money, etc, go towards or into that person or thing. While the obvious affairee is another person, I believe affairs can also be these two normal ‘things’:

#1 your work; #2 your children.

Now, please don’t send me hate mail! But, in my experience and in my practice of 20+ years, these two items can take you away from your #1 priority: your spouse (after God, of course). Now, certainly there are seasons when that will happen: the first 3-6 months of a child’s life are very exhausting for the parents, especially the mom. Lack of sleep, etc, make is hard to do anything but just survive! Work can and does have it’s busy seasons, but hopefully, it is not year round! These two are somewhat gender-biased, moms can devote SO much of their energy into their children that they end up neglecting their husbands, usually unintentionally. They sometimes forget that he came first (usually) and obviously was a big part in getting their children.

Now, this phenomena usually happens slowly over time. At first, most husbands complain but then its a bit hard to argue with “but honey, I have to take care of Johnny.” So, the husband gives up, and the wife thinks “everythings ok” when it really isn’t. Husbands often spend a LOT of time on their jobs, telling themselves “I’m providing for my family” which is well and good. This also happens right after the first child comes along. But then they too, work more and more, putting in long hours. Their wives may also complain but then give up also. They each must take inventory often so that this doesn’t continue for too long. Read More→

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waffleShe passes it down with nostalgia and a sad smile of bygone days remembered. It’s vintage, but well-maintained. “Does it still work?” I wonder aloud. “So far as I know,” she counters, although none of us are quite sure when it was last tested.

It’s a waffle iron, and a dated one at that. A wedding gift given to my grandparents on their day of union, over sixty years ago. The metal still shines, and the plates are clean. I readily accept the hand-me-down from my Nana and am eager to see if it can still turn out a tasty waffle or two.

And so I heft it onto the counter (“lightweight” wasn’t a consideration in early appliance marketing!), connect it to the power source, and am immediately rewarded with the smell of its warming. The batter is mixed, and the first cupful sizzles as it’s poured out onto the hot surface. Quickly and efficiently the aged machine cranks out beautiful waffles.

They don’t make ‘em like they used to.

The waffle iron I purchased less than a year ago already needs to be replaced. Modern appliances aren’t really made to last. And why should they be? Because soon, we’ll be ready for something newer or better or different. And we’ll buy another and throw out the old one (or sell it in next year’s yard sale).

As I contemplate the geriatric griddle (and its incredible longevity), it begins to symbolize something much more important than breakfast fare. I recall its beginnings, a gift in the hands of young love, a couple committing to one another for a lifetime. I know the age of the waffle iron because I know the age of the marriage.

They don’t make ‘em like they used to. Read More→

targetI struggle with staying focused.

It’s partly my nature. I’ve never been “officially” diagnosed, but the evidence is just too clear to ignore: I have ADD. For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a short attention span and an inherent impatience when things seem to be taking too long to materialize. Finally, as an adult, I figured out there’s a name for it!

But it’s more than that. As a work-at-home mom, I find that I’m always trying to navigate the tricky balance between pursuing work goals and being flexible and available for the needs of my family.

I’ve had to be very deliberate about focused and realistic goal setting. Over the years, I’ve learned some strategies that help me to break down those goals into simple, manageable steps that don’t bore or overwhelm me.

Whether you’re a super-focused mom (bless you!) or one who struggles to keep from going down rabbit trails (like me!), I believe these methods will help you as you formulate your goals:

  • Go to the Boss. I’ve learned the hard way that when I pursue goals without consulting the Holy Spirit, I just spin my wheels. I make it a habit to go to Him and ask for clear direction. And He never disappoints. He either gives me a peace or a sense of uneasiness that serves as my guide.

Years ago, I found this verse and have been using it as inspiration as I seek His will in my work and ministry: “Whether your turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it. ‘” Isaiah 30:21 Read More→

Principles of Success

Principle:  Make Informed Decisions

Scripture(s): Proverbs 14:8 “The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.”

Whether in business or life, decisions are made daily that determine your success or failure. Imagine putting on a blindfold and being asked to choose between two different shades of blue. Without the input from your eyes, making that decision would be near impossible. That’s kind of what making an uninformed decision is like, too. Input is necessary. Hoping for success while making blind decisions is nothing more than taking a shot in the dark.

Proverbs tells us, in multiple verses, of the importance of making informed decisions. In fact, Proverbs 22:3 tells us that there’s a price to pay for not making a prudent [informed] decision: “The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.” Applying this verse to success in life and business means the penalty one would pay would be, in fact, the antithesis of success: failure.

Long of the short: If you truly want success in life and business, make informed decisions as opposed to snappy, rash and blind decisions. Here are a few tips of ensuring your decisions are informed. Read More→

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