I had the privilege of sitting at the table of a potter’s wheel.. And as he molded, and stretched and created, My Potter spoke to me. This is what He said:
Just as the potter kneads and stretches the clay to determine what it is made of, so I examine you.
Just as the clay never leaves the potter’s hands until it is complete, so I will never take My hands off of you until you are complete in Me.
Just as clay requires water to sustain it as it is being shaped and formed, so my creation requires the Holy Spirit to keep it pliable… Just as the potter must supply the water, so I must supply My Spirit.
Just like the clay is a part of the potter, birthed in his mind and covered with his handprints, you are part of me, and My image is imprinted on you.
Just like the potter works from the inside out, pushing and smoothing and pressing the clay until it resembles what He envisioned, so I also work in you, to bring you to completion and purpose.
Just as a potter uses the unintended flaws to create something unique and beautiful, so I use those things that come against you to make you singularly Mine. Read More→
Now that Thanksgiving is over, I can sigh a deep, well-deserved sigh of relief. Being thankful for everything is very hard work. During the Thanksgiving season, I pasted a gratuitous smile on my face claiming to be thankful for everything, but deep down inside somewhere there is a streak of rebellion that struggles with this concept of being thankful.
I will grant that there are many things to be thankful for in life. I will be the first to acknowledge that many things that happened to me have created a deep sense of gratitude in my heart.
I am thankful to live in a country such as ours. I am thankful to be married to someone who puts up with my idiosyncrasies (idiot for short). I am thankful that I have my health. And regardless of what other people say, I am thankful for a level of sanity enabling me to operate day-to-day.
Then there is that infamous list of things I am not thankful for… no matter what anybody says. I have a sneaking suspicion everybody has this list but do not have the courage to let anybody know about it.
Let me list a few things I am really not thankful for… no matter what anyone says.
I am really not thankful for the time change that happens every six months. Spring forward, fall backward. All this nonsense only serves to confuse me. I have a hard time remembering where I am let alone what time of day it is. Am I an hour ahead or am I an hour behind? Read More→
I recently had the chance to take a memory test. A student was measuring a few different variables: boys & girls; men and women; older than 30/younger than 30. It was quite interesting. First just a list of numbers flashed on a screen. Then we had to wait 30 seconds and in 1 minute write down all we could remember. Then words came across the screen, and finally 15 or so pictures of various items. I found out I did pretty well actually.
I was reading in Hebrews,chapter 10:24: “Think of ways to encourage one another to outbursts of love and good deeds.” (New Living Translation). Wow! How about that word “outbursts”? Webster’s defines it as “a sudden and violent release or outpouring; a sudden spell of activity or energy; a burstingforth”. Think volcanic eruption! That would be probably be a bit much, right? We probably don’t need to be ‘violent’ about loving our spouse, that’s for sure! But serious, this verse reminded me to be more active in loving my spouse. The NET version says, “and let us take thought how to spur one another on to love and good works” and the King James Version states “let us consider one another to provoke unto charity and to good works”. The English Standard says “let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works”. I liked that version the best because I had the image of one stirring up a fire at a camp site. It also seemed very poetic, as in stirring up the flames of our love, that once were a blazing fire no doubt. Read More→
Twitter is a micro-blogging site that has grown into one of the most popular social media sites available. To communicate with your followers you send short messages called tweets. These tweets can be used to build your business by building relationships.
With close to a billion active users, Twitter is a powerful force in the online marketing world. But, as with any marketing tool or method you do need to use it properly. Below are twelve things you can do to increase your following and beef-up your business.
1. Interesting and Complete Profile – Unfortunately you are only allowed 140 characters to sum up who you are in your profile so it has to be better than good. If you are tweeting for your business be sure to use your real name. Do not use cutesy or clever pun names. You need to be straightforward and let people know who you are. Use a “casual professional” photo of yourself. You don’t need to look like a stuffed shirt but you don’t want to look like you’re ready for a night on the town either. List your professional skills and/or accomplishments in your bio and ad your link.
2. Timing – There are good times to tweet and bad so do some testing and find the best times to tweet. Finding the best tweet times is not easy but there are tools to help you. Tweriod analyzes your tweets and your followers’ tweets to give you the best times. TweetWhen will let you know the days and times when you get the most retweets.
3. Repeats are Good – A lot of people would say to always post new and interesting information but if you repeat your popular posts periodically, it will help you get more followers. Just search for your name and see which posts got the most replies and retweets. Repost those tweets a few times but not too close together.
4. Follow Autofollow – Some Twitter experts encourage the use of Autofollow. This is an automated service that allows Twitter users to automatically follow people who have followed them. Look for people who follow a lot of people but have the same amount of followers. This could be an indication of Autofollow. If you follow that person, they will automatically follow you back. But be wary of spam followers. They will be following thousands of people but will not have the same amount of followers like a person using Autofollow. Read More→
Many of you probably heard that yet another direct selling company has gone by the wayside – Lia Sophia.
While it is sad that so many consultants have now lost their businesses, to me it is yet another reminder why branding is so important.
Sure, direct sellers and network marketers use the corporate brand that they are representing. But it is shortsighted to rely solely on this.
Lia Sophia’s recent disappearance in the marketplace is one such example of this truth.
So how can a brand be developed when representing another company?
Let me give you some examples. Take the healthcare industry. You may represent a supplement or some type of wellness product. But what if you branded yourself as a wellness expert? What if you expanded your products or services to include coaching? Read More→
There are many ways to market a home-based business. But one of the simplest ways is to use an every day business tool – email. By using these five easy tips you’ll see how easily your business can grow without much effort on your part.
1. Use a Professional Signature – This is an important tip to use on every email that you send. Even your friends may not always remember your website address or business phone number and will quickly look to an old e-mail to look it up.
When preparing an email signature it’s important to include Your Name, Company Name, and your Physical Address or Website Address. You may also include your phone number.
Below is a sample Email signature:
Christian Work at Home Ministries
The signature is simple, easy to read and includes a link directly to my website. It is very important to include the http:// before the website address because many email programs will not link the text to your website without this (it will appear as text – not a link).
Also, make sure that you double check that you have your website correct. Often times I’ve found that people have their website wrong by inverting a letter or two and aren’t aware of it. It cannot only lead to a loss of a sale, but it shows less professionalism on your part.
You can also use a virtual business card as your signature. You can design and purchase your own virtual business card at http://www.vistaprint.com. There is a very small cost – less than $2.00 for this professional looking virtual signature file.
2. Find a “Signature Buddy” – This is an easy and cost-free way to spread the word about your business. Ask a colleague or friend if they will “swap” a line in their signature with you. You will add a line at the bottom of your signature with a link to their business and they will do the same. Read More→
Really, when you think about it, what is a home without traditions? Many people pretend that they do not have traditions which in and of itself has become a tradition.
Our tradition is that on what is normally called “Black Friday” we do not leave our house except to go out and get the mail. Years ago we did, but those ensuing years have created a sense of wisdom that has brought us to banning any out of the house experience on “Black Friday.”
When we were younger, we had more energy and could run. Now, running is a very fond memory.
I am not that fond of shopping malls in the first place, and in the second place, I do not like to be run over by a mob trying to out buy me.
Thus, our tradition on “Black Friday” is to stay home and appreciate one another’s companionship. It is always good to relish Thanksgiving dinner leftovers, sit back and just enjoy ourselves. I think we also watched a little bit of television.
As we were watching television, a terrible thought wrestled my mind to the mat. I guess my mind is not as strong as it used to be.
The thought was simply this; there is a special holiday that follows Thanksgiving. I did not give it any thought until at this point. That special holiday is [drumroll] Christmas. And Christmas means buying a Christmas present for my wife.
This is always a stressful time for me. After all, what do you get somebody who has everything? She has me! What more could she need. (Don’t tell her I said that.)
Now my mind was racing a thousand miles an hour trying to figure out what I should get her as a Christmas present this year. Read More→