Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Monday, December 03, 2007
What a Year!
Let's step back to Friday July 13th. You know what they say about Friday the 13th, well it was totally opposite for me. Looking back it was one of the best things that has happened to me. I found out that day the company I had worked for the last 7 years was going out of business in two weeks. At that point I wasn't permitted to tell anyone or ask for prayer (I had to wait three days - till Monday), so I spent the weekend seeking God on what avenue to pursue. During this period I received peace to venture full-time into the company I had been establishing over the past year. This is what I hung my hat on when I had doubts about my decision. Over the next two weeks I had the opportunity to accept other job offers that would have very nearly doubled my existing salary, these were quite tempting since at that point I saw no way humanly possible to support myself full-time, I had never had enough business to come anywhere close to meeting my bills. Over the course of the next two weeks I jumped into action and prepared flyers, business cards and letters to deliver to anyone I could. On Sunday July 22nd I was sitting in church, extremely nervous, since I only had one week left. I was praying and repeating back to God the promise of His taking care of me, as well as reminding Him that He had given me a peace about this (I still saw no way to support myself), I was attempting to be faithful in following Him in the direction I was taking.
All the way up till Thursday (26th) I still saw no way of making it. That day God brought a big contract right to my doorstep (phone actually) that provided a lot of work for about a month and a half. Along with that He also reunited me with an old friend (on Friday the 27th - the last day in business) that I have been able to help out in his business. Truthfully business has its ups and downs but God has been keeping true to His word of providing my daily bread.
What a walk of faith it has been and continues to be. My friends, if God can do this for me, I simply had to be obedient and step out in faith, what can He do for you? I pray God will use this faith experience and give me more opportunities to have Him prove faithtul, even when I don't see any way for "it" to happen (after all, isn't that faith).
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
I Call them Customers Part II
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
So whatever your "Starbucks" is, remember it is a mission field too, whether you think of it that way or not.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Strong Minds for Tomorrow's World
In ancient times, one might say more civil times, battles were fought with clubs, spears, swords and bows. This is the physical side of the battle. How did these valiant warriors prepare for the mental struggle? If you said through studying fighting techniques and subjecting themselves to the extremes of the elements, you'd be right. Although recent archaeological discoveries indicate the best warriors went through a more rigorous training regimen. That's right, staring contests! These contests were at times brutal in nature. If one lost their intense focus and blinked or perhaps even laughed they would forever be ridiculed and spurned by their clan. This of course promoted a deep desire for success and a strong mental fortitude. The people group that achieved the highest faculty of concentration in this skill were the Spartans. That is how a meager group of only 300 men held off thousands of the Greeks.
So how can we use this oft overlooked method of training the mind in todays culture? I see a couple options before us. We can start a class at local colleges and design a curriculum around this highly intensive mental exercise. It will be most beneficial in preparing young adults to jump into the work force and not have to rely on power naps or Starbucks to get them through the day. Another application would be staying alert on long road trips.
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