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Grace for the Non-Prodigal

I’m pretty good.

I don’t say that as a brag. In a weird way, I mean that to point out something I lack:  true gratitude for the grace and forgiveness I’ve received through Christ. I’d bet your experience is much like mine.  Many of the most passionate Christians I know are those who were some of the worst sinners before they knew Jesus.  The gratitude they have for the forgiveness they’ve received, and the work that Christ has done to bring them from where they used to be is powerful.  I don’t have that.

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I Don’t Wanna!

pouting little girl, curls, cute, petulant child, argue with God, moses, jeremiah, jonah, jesus, protest, Thirty-One, husband, proverbsI must admit that I act like a petulant child sometimes when prompted by my Lord to do things out of my comfort zone like:  invite people to church, forgive the unworthy, show grace to the ungrateful, and be grateful in difficult circumstances.  But.. but, but God — I don’t wanna! Continue reading

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Just Friends: Breaking Up with Carolina

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This is the hardest letter I’ve ever had to write.  It’s not you. It’s me.  We’ve been together as long as I can remember.  Those high school and college years… whew… the passion was amazing. But we’re just in different places now.  I’ve settled down.  I’ve got to reassess my priorities.  And let’s face it: you won’t miss me.  You’ve got plenty of other guys.  Can we just be friends? Continue reading

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Knowing v. Trusting

I have a pet peeve.

holding child hand Thirty-One Thirty One 31 proverbs gifts Emily Page husband H.O.T. knowing trusting God futureMy kids love to ask me about what is going to happen. When are we going to do ______?  Are we going to be able to ____?  What are we going to _____? It could be about dinner, vacation plans, or just about anything.  The problem is, the answers are usually (lawyer alert!) “It Depends”.  They hate that.  Even worse, sometimes I give a specific answer and then change my mind or the circumstances change and it doesn’t happen as I said.  They REALLY hate that.  So they get mad when I can’t tell them specifically what the future holds, and they get mad when it doesn’t happen like I told them.  That’s my pet peeve.

And yet, I do that with God all the time.
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Being a Thirty-One Husband

Emily and I just got back from the Thirty-One Gifts 2013 National Conference in Atlanta.  16,000 hootin’, hollerin’ consultants and a handfulof husbands.  I loved this video they showed of some of the husbands taken during last year’s Leadership Incentive Trip to Cancun.

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Life Sucks Sometimes

Christians try really hard to honor God, to remain grateful and humble, to be patient and trust and rely on Him.  But the truth is, even when you do all that, life can still really suck sometimes.  *Gasp!*  I know, it’s not cool to admit that in certain circles.  Some modern Christian churches preach a God that takes away all pain and suffering if you just have enough faith.  But the truth is, our God allows suffering.  He lets life suck sometimes.  Check out the life of Joseph:
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Movie Review: Here Comes The Boom

I thoroughly enjoyed this film. Emily and I watched it and enjoyed it, and then let the girls watch it and they loved it. It’s fairly formulaic as a fighter movie with fights and training montages and all, but the differences between this film and others in the genre are small but significant.

First, Kevin James is reliably funny. Admittedly, I’m not a hard sell on the heavy, charming, funny, slightly sarcastic protagonist with a good heart, but James’ character of high school teacher Mr. Voss is perfect. Add in actual mixed martial art (MMA) legends for Voss’ trainers, Henry Winkler as the band teacher and Selma Hayek as the love interest, and you’ve got a solid cast.

James’ Voss is a burned out high school teacher who has just enough of a good heart to find himself volunteering (almost unintentionally) to raise money to save the band teacher’s (Winkler) department and job from impending budget cuts. When he discovers that an MMA fighter won $10,000 for losing a fight, the gameplan is in place. Voss, a former Division I collegiate wrestler, comes across a former MMA fighter and trainer (Bas Rutten, who steals the show with some of the funnier moments in the film) in the US citizenship night class he teaches and convinces him to train him for MMA. Insert training/early round montage here.

The heart of this film is what made it for me. As it turns out, Kevin James is a practicing Christian and that faith finds its way into the film in several organic and not heavy-handed ways. In addition to the over-arching plot thrust of literally laying down one’s life for his friends, there are also scenes that honor the pre-meeting prayer of an AA meeting, a reference to Genesis 32’s story of Jacob wrestling with God, and a pre-fight prayer.

The language is clean, the faith is real, and the film has a good heart. While there is the inherent violence of MMA bouts and training, none of it was gratuitous. One of my favorite films ever.

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The Lawyer’s Psalm?

Malicious witnesses testify against me. They accuse me of crimes I know Emily Page Thirty-One Thirty One join Proverbs 31 work from home business income sahm wahm husband lawyer attorney psalm 35 faith dad fathernothing about. … I am attacked by people I don’t even know; they slander me constantly. They mock me and call me names; they snarl at me. How long, O Lord, will you look on and do nothing? …They don’t talk of peace; they plot against innocent people who mind their own business. They shout, “Aha! Aha! With our own eyes we saw him do it!”

O Lord , you know all about this. Do not stay silent. Do not abandon me now, O Lord. Wake up! Rise to my defense! Take up my case, my God and my Lord. Declare me not guilty, O Lord  my God, for you give justice. Don’t let my enemies laugh about me in my troubles. Don’t let them say, “Look, we got what we wanted! Now we will eat him alive!”

May those who rejoice at my troubles be humiliated and disgraced. May those who triumph over me be covered with shame and dishonor. But give great joy to those who came to my defense. Let them continually say, “Great is the Lord , who delights in blessing his servant with peace!” Then I will proclaim your justice, and I will praise you all day long. ~ excerpts from Psalms 35:11-28 NLT

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Direct Sales Tips: Stop, Drop and Respond

Emily has learned a lot about sales in a relatively short period of time with Thirty-One.  I know she has raved about the tips she has gotten at National Conference every year.  She has learned by the examples of other Directors.  She has listened to her fantastic coaches. But some things you learn the hard way.

When someone contacts you about buying something, setting up a party or for more information on joining your team, you must respond immediately.  Chances are, that person has made inquiries in more than one place.  The person who responds with a thoughtful answer first is more likely to convert that sale or sign up a new team member.  We learned this the hard way back when Emily still worked full-time in addition to her job as a Senior Director with Thirty-One Gifts. She would not be able to call or email in response until that night or maybe even the next day, by which time the person would have in many cases moved on.

That’s why the new mantra is STOP, DROP and RESPOND.  Emily Page Thirty-One Thirty One Proverbs 31 work from home business income sahm wahm husband christian faith father dad

No matter what else is going on (sometimes including sleeping and eating), those initial inquiries about joining Thirty-One or a new customer get answered immediately.  So far, this policy is yielding dividends.  Note:  while it is important to be attentive to current customers and team members, this policy is for new inquiries only.  It would be way too stressful to apply this to every single business call or email and have the potential to run you ragged.   It’s like ER triage in a way; the existing team members and customers are like stabilized patients and the new contact is fresh off the ambulance.  Both require attention, but it’s important to prioritize.

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25 Ways to Show Your Wife You Love Her

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The key to a successful marriage is putting your spouse’s needs ahead of your own. Here are 25 practical suggestions gleaned from 25 years of happy marriage.

    To be truly heard is the longing of every human heart, and your wife is no exception. It sounds simple, but listening can be harder than it seems with so many distractions around us and within us. Set aside some time every day to look into your wife’s eyes and really listen to what she has to say. You may be surprised at what you hear. (James 1:19, Matthew 11:15)

MORE: 25 Ways to Show Your Wife You Love Her.


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