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Laughing at God

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Really?

It has been said that God laughs at the plans of men. How presumptuous we can be, thinking we know what tomorrow holds. I have had many struggles over the last few years where I have wanted God to reveal a long term plan to me, grown frustrated when he didn’t, made my own plan, and then gotten frustrated when — surprise! — it didn’t work out. While I know He reveals long-term plans for some, He’s finally gotten me to realize He just wants me taking it day by day.

Yet how many of us seeking God’s will aren’t willing to listen when it comes. WHAT?!! That can’t be right. Quit kidding around, God.

Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh? Why did she say, ‘Can an old woman like me have a baby?’ Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return about this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” Sarah was afraid, so she denied it, saying, “I didn’t laugh.” But the Lord said, “No, you did laugh.” Genesis 18:13-15 NL’S

If God has unbelievably big plans for you, are you ready? Have you made a habit of being in His word and in prayer so that you’ll know His voice when He calls? Have you made a habit of acting on the Spirit’s promptings, no matter how small?

Be ready. God has plans to use you in big ways. Perhaps invite that new coworker to church. Spend more time serving others. Practice big acts of charity in secret. Maybe start a new career. Turn over a new leaf with your spouse. Forgive someone. Step out in faith. God gets the last laugh. Join Him.

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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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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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Review: Financial Peace University

The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender. ~ Proverbs 22:7 NIV

Breaking Chains Financial Peace Debt Emily Page Thirty-One join Thirty One Proverbs 31 work from home business income wahm sahm entrepreneur job husband burdenDo you ever get to the end of the month and wonder who you’re actually going to work for?  You earn money, but it all seems to go to the rent or mortgage, the power company, the gas company, the water bill, the phone bill, the car payment, the student loan, the credit card, the equity line, the tax man…   There are months where all the money you work so hard for goes right out the door and the scripture above rings truer than ever, and that assumes you can even make all the payments.  All that stress of owing so much to so many is THE major strain on a marriage.  When you do have a little left over at the end of the month, the differing priorities about how to spend it become significant.  How can you take control of your finances and get the priorities back in your life and the sanity back in your marriage?

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ReBlog from Jason Cox: Why Are So Many Husbands Antagonistic to Their Wife’s Business?

Great blog post from Jason Cox:

Top 5 Reasons Husbands Are Antagonistic to Direct Sales

1. Control

2. Jealousy/Pride

3. Misinformation/Misunderstanding

4. Fear

5. Lazy

This is going to be an uncomfortably direct look at the reasons behind these attitudes. No punches will be pulled today.

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Trusting God with Your Career

In God We Trust Money Dollar career Thirty-One Thirty One husband join sahm wahm work home job employment business Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.  ~ Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT

I must confess that one of the hardest things for me to do is surrender my career to God and trust in Him.  In marriage, in parenting, in health… in so many other areas of life it is easier to acknowledge that He is control — and that I am not.  There is a temptation to want to surrender to Him those things that we know we can’t control anyway, but reserve to ourselves and our own “wisdom” the things we think we have more control over.  The challenge, then, becomes surrendering in areas over which we have the tightest grip.

“But I have such great plans! And I’ve spent so much time and effort preparing!” we tell ourselves.  “Surely God wants me to work hard, right?”  The answer is yes… according to his will.  To use the boat analogy:  Are you rowing in the right direction?  Is God your captain, or your passenger?  Is His Word your map or your life preserver?  One successful entrepreneur, Scott Osborne, owner of a faith-based company, SentforHim.com, says you must seek His guidance, and with that guidance comes the confidence that sees you through the times of struggle into the times of blessing.

What if you are between jobs or are underemployed?  Still seek His guidance.  But be careful not dismiss that “still, small voice” if it’s prompting you to do something difficult.  For many folks, the answer to their prayers IS hard work… the hard work of starting their own business or adding a second job.  My wife Emily has gone through such a journey and her hard work has blessed our family in a number of ways.

A preschool director who already had a tough and demanding job, she saw an opportunity a few years ago to get a discount on some great products — purses and totes from Thirty-One Gifts — and joined as a consultant to get discounts and maybe get some spending change.  By following where God has led her and working that business hard, she has grown her business to the point where she was able to initially go part-time at her main job and pick our girls up after school for more family time, to recently being able to quit her other job and make Thirty-One her full time gig.  She’s been more successful than we ever would have imagined and a lot of it has to do with working hard in the direction God was leading her and not trying to rely on her own wisdom.  Had we relied on our own “wisdom” and planning, we would never have thought that direct sales — or sales of any kind — was Emily’s path to success.  But He knows every hair on our head and he knows what is best for us.  Thirty-One husband Emily Page direct sales work home wahm sahm join Thirty One servant leader husband career job employment trust God

Pray for His guidance.  Trust in his prompting and the doors He opens.  Do not waste time and energy fretting and moping about the ones He closes.  And work hard in the right direction.

If you think the Thirty-One opportunity might be right for you or someone you know, as a business venture, a part-time gig, a supplemental income, something to enable you to work from home, or something to keep you busy if you already stay at home, please contact Emily Page and get more information.

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Husband v. Cow

There is a generation of men brought up to think that if they go to work, earn a paycheck and come home, then they’ve done their part as the man of the family.  They’ve “put meat on the table,” as it were.  That grossly undervalues and abdicates a man’s vital role in his family.  Are you a cow or a husband?  Thirty-One husband Emily Page direct sales work home wahm sahm join Thirty One servant leader husband cow

If you limit your role as a husband to being simply a provider, you are a cow.  A cow provides — it provides milk and it provides meat.  A husband is something more.

Husband – noun
1   a male partner in a marriage
2   steward
Husband – verb
1   to manage prudently and with care
Being a husband is not just who you are, it’s what you do.  It’s an action.  This is the same word from which “husbandry” is derived.  You are caring for your family, managing their affairs.  And as with animal husbandry, the product you get for your labors depends largely on the care and effort you put in, and it is not a 9 to 5 job either, but from the moment you wake until the moment your head hits the pillow.
Resolve today to be a husband and not a cow.
Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church—a love marked by giving, not getting. Christ’s love makes the church whole. His words evoke her beauty. Everything he does and says is designed to bring the best out of her, dressing her in dazzling white silk, radiant with holiness. And that is how husbands ought to love their wives. They’re really doing themselves a favor—since they’re already “one” in marriage. No one abuses his own body, does he? No, he feeds and pampers it. That’s how Christ treats us, the church, since we are part of his body. And this is why a man leaves father and mother and cherishes his wife. No longer two, they become “one flesh.” This is a huge mystery, and I don’t pretend to understand it all. What is clearest to me is the way Christ treats the church. And this provides a good picture of how each husband is to treat his wife, loving himself in loving her, and how each wife is to honor her husband.  ~ Ephesians 5:25-33,  The Message
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Husbands As Servant-Leaders

Found a great blog and resource for aspiring Proverbs Thirty-One husbands.  It speaks for itself.Thirty-One husband Emily Page direct sales work home wahm sahm join Thirty One servant leader

Husbands As Servant-Leaders.

Husbands As Servant-Leaders

What is a “servant-leader?”  A wimp?  Boot-licker?  Why would a Husband or Father want to be one?  How might “servant-leadership: affect the culture of home & family?  How might it change husband/wife dynamics?  Would it make things better, or worse?

This download is a thoughtful comparison of normal top-down power-curve leadership, and servant-leadership.  Among other research, the download references the leadership paradigm of the only U.S. based airline with 38 uninterrupted years of profitability.

To download article, click on this link:

Servant Leadership

via Husbands As Servant-Leaders.

Husbands As Servant-Leaders

What is a “servant-leader?”  A wimp?  Boot-licker?  Why would a Husband or Father want to be one?  How might “servant-leadership: affect the culture of home & family?  How might it change husband/wife dynamics?  Would it make things better, or worse?

This download is a thoughtful comparison of normal top-down power-curve leadership, and servant-leadership.  Among other research, the download references the leadership paradigm of the only U.S. based airline with 38 uninterrupted years of profitability.

To download article, click on this link:

Servant Leadership

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Movie Review: Fireproof

Fireproof is a few years old, but it is still a very moving story about a firefighter (Kirk Cameron) and his strained-to-the-breaking-point relationship with his wife.  They are angry with each other, hurt over perceived wrongs done by and selfishness of the other, and very seriously considering separating and divorcing.  Then the firefighter has a literal come-to-Jesus moment and begins living and serving his bride to win her back.  It is an inspiring example for all husbands and gives hope that no marriage is too far gone to save when viewed through the forgiveness and love of Jesus Christ.

The church that produced Fireproof, Sherwood Baptist in Georgia, has produced other excellent and inspirational films (including Courageous, which I recently reviewed), and has bible studies and other motivational texts to accompany the film.

Buy it on DVD, rent it, stream it on Netflix.  It’s well worth it.

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Our Story

My wife Emily and I never dated.

Admittedly, she disagrees with me slightly on this, because we hung out A LOT. But we didn’t go on anything we called a date at the time.  And since this is MY version of our story, I’m saying we never dated and you can’t just change history retrospectively!!…  Where was I?  Oh, yes.  We were best friends.  Still are. But she can’t argue with this one:  our first kiss was AFTER we had agreed to get married and spend the rest of our lives together.  Crazy, right?!

Believe it or not, we knew exactly what we were doing.  Truth be told, I have never felt more confident or right about any other decision in my whole life.   But let me back up a bit. Continue reading

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