Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Imagine a church staff where each person's primary vision is to attain the likeness of Christ. Picture working with this group of people: Not only do they each fulfill their responsibilities but they are earnestly reaching for Christ's humility. When they see something wrong or flawed, they do not become accusers. Rather, they meet the need with Christ's redemptive prayer life; they correct each other, when necessary, in the love and meekness of Christ. They are committed to possessing unoffendable unity in their relationships, both with those whom they serve and those who serve them. Is there any doubt that with such a team God could change the world?
Before you say the above is impossible, I'm actually describing my pastoral staff during the years prior to my retirement. The key had been their participation in In Christ's Image Training. While no one on staff was perfect, and we still had to correctly match individual gifts with ministry needs, the compelling vision for each person was to truly become Christlike.
In Ancient Times
According to the dictionary, a staff is "a group of assistants to a manager, executive, or other person in authority" (The American Heritage Dictionary). Originally, however, a staff was not a team of people, but a strong, straight branch cut from a tree and sanded smooth. The purpose of the staff was for support and balance, and it was also used as a weapon to protect the traveler. From this simple origin, we can better understand the genesis of the word staff and how it came to represent those who support a leader. Just as a staff provided strength, balance and protection, so a leader should find these same qualities in those who serve as his or her staff.
Of course, when we talk about leader/staff relationships, my main focus is leadership in God's kingdom. Ephesians 4:11-13 tells us that the Lord appoints individuals to serve His people. The idea that somehow leaders are not needed in God's kingdom is a reaction to the failures and abuses of the past. What we need are godly, humble leaders, not self-gratifying or abusive leaders. We need individuals whose transcendent goal is personal conformity to Christ. Such leaders should be supported by individuals who can work with, and also under, leaders placed in authority.
Amazing Power in a Godly Staff
The benefit of a godly staff is profound; it is a principle key to releasing the power of God in a church. Remember when the Almighty appeared to Moses in the burning bush? The Lord told Moses to cast his staff to the ground. Immediately, the rod turned into a dangerous snake from which Moses fled. Rather than being a source of protection for Moses, his staff became a threat. My first point is this: if a staff has not been touched by God to serve a particular leader---if it still harbors jealousy and selfish ambition (see James 3:16)---then it has the capacity to suddenly turn into a serpent, with tongues that spread poison.
However, in the above story the Lord told Moses to pick up the serpent, and as he did, it returned again to being a staff. When we lay our staff at the feet of God, that staff will be different when the Lord tells us to lift it, and this is my main point. When God gives you the staff He has chosen, there will be supernatural power accompanying it. In fact, listen to what the Lord said to Moses: "You shall take in your hand this staff, with which you shall perform the signs" (Ex. 4:17).
The Holy Spirit placed an anointing not only upon Moses, but upon his staff---and it was with his staff that he worked miracles! Repeatedly, the Israelites' deliverance from Egypt did not come through Moses alone, but God released miracles, signs and wonders through Moses' staff! Moses pointed the staff, struck the waters with the staff and waved it up at the sky; the staff was the instrument through which divine power manifest.
Not only that, but from that point on Moses' staff was called by an additional name. It was now called the "staff of God" (Ex. 4:20; 17:9). Oh, I pray this is a revelation to your heart! It is not enough for a man or woman of God to be anointed---their staff must become the staff of God. It is here, in the oneness of Christ, where the staff of God attracts Heaven's greatest blessings and power.
Written by Pastor Francis Frangipane, Advancing Church Ministries, www.Frangipane.org
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
A friend of mine from the East Coast, Derrick L. Miles, has written a new book. It's called Superhuman Performance, and it comes out next week! It is a book/ministry/business after my own heart, as it speaks to people about discovering their gifts. It goes one step further and connects giftedness with career satisfaction and choices.
Check out this preview video for the book's launch (directed towards leaders and managers):
You can learn more about Derrick and this book at www.MilestoneBrand.com. Enjoy!
Posted by Krista Dunk, www.KBWomen.com
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
If you’re like me and you grew up in church, you may be familiar with the passage “The truth shall set you free.” Regardless of what your religious beliefs are, I think there’s some wisdom in this for us as Fundraisers.
Speaking the truth may require you to shift your thinking. If you’re stuck in a poverty mentality, you run your nonprofit on a shoestring, and you believe that it makes you a more worthy nonprofit, then you really need to learn to speak the truth! These beliefs keep you stuck in a place of lack, and that’s not a good place for fundraising!
The truth is that your organization was started to do something worthwhile and make a difference in this world. Whether you’re feeding the hungry, protecting clean water, or preserving history, you’re really about changing lives. That’s the first piece of truth you must believe in.
Also, you must accept that if your organization is doing something worthwhile, it's worthy of receiving donations. Lots of donations. BIG donations. I'm astounded at the number of people who view their organization as "just a little nonprofit" and don't see it as equal to other nonprofits. They say things like "Our mission isn't sexy like _______." "We don't have major donors like _______ does." "We can't get the media's attention like _______ does." Do you see the stinkin' thinkin' here? When you think like this, you are actually setting the course for the future. You're dooming your nonprofit to remain small. Here's the truth: your nonprofit is just as worthy as any other nonprofit out there. So start acting like it.
Finally, you must believe that no matter what you hear on the news about the economy, there are people out there who want to support your cause and are willing to make a gift. (If you need to, read that sentence again and again.) It’s true. I heard from a client just the other day, that they reached their campaign goal already this year (and it’s just barely November!) and are in great shape to start 2012. Another client started 2011 with a cash surplus because they did so well last year during the holidays. I’m here to tell you that you are no different. You can do this too.
The success in fundraising happens when you use best practice fundraising techniques with a positive outlook, and you expect good things to happen.
Once you learn how to recognize and speak the truth, I bet you’ll find it incredibly freeing, and you’ll find fundraising to be easier and more fruitful.
Sandy Rees, CFRE, is a coach, consultant, and trainer who shows nonprofit organizations how to raise more money and grow their Boards. For free tip s on how to raise all the money your organization needs, visit www.getfullyfunded.com.
Monday, September 26, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Am I in the right business? Is this the work God has called me to? Am I in the Lord's will with my plans and goals? These questions are a common theme within the community of faith-based business and professional women, and they are important to ask. As businesswomen of God, we truly want God's answers. When they remain unanswered, an inner frustration, lack of commitment, stress and uncertainty can occur.
I've been in this place of uncertainty myself. Synonyms (and symptoms!) for "uncertainty" include:
If you find yourself in this situation, there is hope! Here are some truths to contemplate, affirmations and helpful tips:
- God has established a work for your hands and favor is found there. (Psalm 90)
- As one of God's people, the Holy Spirit has given you gifts to be used for His purposes.
- You have unique talents, abilities and aptitudes that come easily to you. This is by God's design!
- When you cultivate a relationship with the Holy Spirit, you will get direction and revelation.
- The work God has for you will always make a meaningful difference in others' lives.
- We have to be careful about listening to and following "worldly wisdom" systems and goals. It may seem right and good, but it leads to a separation of our path from God's.
- God's will can be permissive, meaning He allows us to continue in something even though it's not His first choice/plan A for us. We can seek Him for His perfect will.
- Examine what your heart's cry is for others and what motivates you at the core.
- Only God can reveal His plan to you. Searching for your purpose apart from seeking His face will be another source of frustration.
I pray that this information helps you today. As you may, or may not know, I have a special book that deals directly with this topic - God's people who are searching for their gifts and calling. To read more, visit the book's website at http://www.stepoutandtakeyourplace.com/.
You are blessed and called of God!
Sunday, September 11, 2011
As I pressed the button on the TV remote, I entered a chaotic war zone, and I couldn’t take my eyes off of it. All day, I sat planted on the couch feeling that I had to watch everything, see every interview and hear everyone’s story of their lost loved one. My heart felt that I owed it to those people to share their pain. Because all airports were shut down that day, my husband started his 18-hour drive home in a rental car that afternoon. It seemed like a small inconvenience for our family compared to what others were going through.
Every American has a 9/11 story just like this to tell, although some stories are much more intimately connected to, and came face-to-face with, the tragedy. Many Americans also share another common 9/11 thread – prayer.
“…if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” -2 Chronicles 7:14
Millions of people prayed that day: We prayed for survivors to be found, families to reunite, for justice, for healing, and for God’s mercy. Some people may think, “Why pray afterward when the damage has already been done?” Good question, but it really is necessary. Why? Prayer authorizes God’s hand to work on our behalf. Prayer makes a difference. Prayer changes things. Prayer helps us refocus our priorities and find answers. It’s a natural action with supernatural implications.
As you and I remember the heartbreak, heroism, loss and significance on 9/11’s 10th anniversary, please also remember to pray. Have a conversation with God for a few minutes while you’re in your car, while you’re on a walk, when you wake up first thing in the morning, while you’re in the shower, as you cook, as you rake leaves or mow your grass, etc.
Not sure exactly what to pray for? Suggestions for prayer topics:
· Pray for the people who are still suffering because of their loss and still have emotional trauma.
· Pray that plots for future destruction, such as 9/11, are thwarted beforehand.
· Pray for a covering of peace and safety on cities and schools.
· Pray for leaders to be led by God’s Spirit when making decisions.
· Pray for peace and healing for our land.
What could God be waiting for you to pray for, right now?
By Krista Dunk, In remembrance of those who died on September 11th, 2001.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
I am very excited to announce a fabulous event happening this fall. November 14-18, Breakthrough Conference 2011 is coming! It is a 5-day virtual women's ministry conference with 10 amazing speakers that have 10, must-know teaching sessions for women of God. Since this is a virtual conference, you can participate from anywhere via your computer!
Learn more and register at www.BTconference.com.
For the past year, God has really been showing me how much we're missing - knowledge and wisdom we need to know as His people. Our lack of knowledge is hindering us in many ways, including in our emotional, spiritual, mental, physical/health, financial and relational areas of life. All of these hindrances also keep us from stepping out and taking our places within His plans and purposes (our calling).
Breakthrough Conference helps you, women of God, to breakthrough where you've been stuck, reveal practical steps to move forward with and will encourage you to take hold of all that God has established for you!
- Attend the conference for ONLY $12. Yes, shocking, I know :-). Register today at http://www.btconference.com/.
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Posted by Krista Dunk
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
In working with my clients, I regularly run into business women who are burned out because they feel like they’re working on developing so many sources of income; however, none of them are succeeding. I met a woman recently who excitedly described herself as a “serial entrepreneur” meaning that she dabbled in many different businesses. Although she seemed excited all I could think was “she is making a big mistake and there is no way she can successfully handle all that in the long term.”
I admit that there is something fun and exciting about having many projects on the go but if you’re this type of person ask yourself “how’s it going so far?” Is it working? Do you own multiple domain names, run multiple Facebook pages and/or market yourself differently to different audiences? Just like I thought about the woman I met, until you focus on one venture and brand yourself as a person who can solve one type of problem for one particular market you will never truly gain traction with your business.
People always seek out the BEST person to solve their problem. They don’t want a Jane-of-all-trades trying to give them solutions but they want the specialist. What are you great at? What are you more passionate about than anything? Which one problem could you see yourself consistently, passionately solving for others? Which one idea can you stay excited about communicating over and over (and over and over)?
Trying to market yourself as being a bit of everything is not believable and also draws attention to the fact that you’re not sure who you are as a brand.
Take some time to explore your spiritual gifts and natural strengths. Be open to God’s wisdom to show you which market He has designed you to serve. We all have a call and a purpose on our lives. Like Seth Godin always says “In today’s market where anyone can get anything they want, people seek the experts for solving their particular problem.” Become the expert that people could not live without.
Originally posted at http://integratedwomanministries.com/choose-one-thing.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see”. At first glance, the story of the blind men in Matthew 20:29-34 may not seem to apply to our modern day lives. But like many stories in the bible, once we dig deeper, we find we are not so different from the blind men by the road in Jericho. Like the familiar song Amazing Grace, we have been blind and even now may feel our vision is impaired in certain areas. We need a Healer. We need a Counselor. We need our God.
The accounts in Matthew, Mark, and Luke vary slightly regarding the miraculous recovery in sight but the message is the same. Matthew describes two blind men sitting beside the road who upon hearing Jesus was passing by began crying out “Lord, have mercy on us”. The blind men acknowledged their need for healing before Jesus and the crowd. They did not pretend everything was fine or just press on like we so often do. They went straight to the One who could heal them. We have many options in our lives for help and advice. Do we neglect going to our Source with all the options available to us?
Or do we let pride silence our cries? The cry of the blind men is defined beautifully. It is an urgent scream, a ravens piercing cry, and inarticulate shouts expressing deep emotion. They certainly were not whispering a quiet amen. They weren’t afraid to lift their voice in the congregation or the street to grab the attention of their Healer. Maybe we are too refined in modern day churches to understand the loud, emotional cry these men were willing to utter. It was a cry of desperation with no concern regarding what others would say or think. As a matter of fact, when the crowd tried to silence the blind men, the blind men cried out even more.
Those following Jesus rebuked the men, telling them to be silent. Simply following Jesus among the crowd did not mean everyone in the crowd was “saved” and it also did not mean (regardless of their salvation) they knew what was right for the blind men. The crowd did not discern Jesus had a divine appointment to fill that day. We must be discerning of the crowd surrounding us as well. Always turn to God first and foremost. If God is our first Counselor we won’t miss our divine appointments.
“Have mercy on us” literally means have compassion by divine grace. They called on the grace of God to heal them and it did. By calling him Lord, they were calling him master and supreme authority. They believed this man could heal them. “It takes grace to reach greatness. It takes faith to release grace”. These words come from my Pastor and this story illustrates them perfectly. The blind men believed Jesus could heal them and that activated divine grace to do just what they hoped.
The opening of their eyes refers to a physical and spiritual opening. We are told their sight was restored and immediately they followed Jesus which is defined as being in the same way with and to accompany especially as a disciple. The blind men were in the right place at the right time by being on the road Jesus traveled. Throughout our lives we will face trauma and difficulty. When it strikes, we need to be found on the path of Christ. We will then see difficulties as opportunities to cast aside pride, cry to our Healer, and when others try and silence us, we will cry out even louder. In our cry we are expressing our belief that God is able and we are giving room for His divine grace to go to work and accomplish what we asked for. The result is not only healing but a deeper following of our Savior.
Monday, August 8, 2011
Later this week, KBWomen's association KBWA, is having a tele-class on creating business e-newsletters. In honor of our e-newsletter theme for the month, below is a list of several free e-newsletters that you may be interested in receiving.
E-newsletters/e-zines, just like KBWomen's *BLING* newsletter, are a great source of information, inspiration, learning and trend updates, depending on their topic/focus. Browse this free newsletter list below, and feel free to visit these business women's sites for more info if they are of interest to you:
Toby Parsons: It's Your Image, Professional Wardrobe Consultant for Women, offers a quarterly newsletter. You receive a free gift/download when you sign up at: http://www.iyimage.com/.
Karen Wells: Receive the "Woman to Woman" ezine for women wanting hope, acceptance and change today! Get un-hooked from past pain. Sign up at http://mybestlifepossible.com/
Krista Dunk: The "Gifts & Calling Newsletter" for people of God who want more information about how to discover their God-given gifts and His calling for their lives. Sign up at http://www.stepoutandtakeyourplace.com/.
Tammy Redmon: Inspiring Action - Shifting Perspectives. Weekly tips that will motivate and propel you forward in life and business. http://www.tammyredmon.com/
Kathie Nelson: Sign up for Kathy's "Insights for Busy People" e-newsletter at www.kathienelson.com/sign-up.
Cherish Flieder: "Painting for Life" is an inspirational arts newsletter from a husband and wife artist team who paint for the Way, the Truth and the Life. Sign up at http://paintingforlife.com/.
Ericka Jackson: The "Greater Works" weekly ezine is for Christians who've been called to build a thriving ministry and need inspiration and equipping. Visit http://www.erickajackson.com/ to sign up.
Kathy Wright: Receive a free, weekly health and beauty tips newsletter for women - creating health and preventing disease, by Kathy Wright, ND. http://www.bkathywright.com/
Janice Campbell: "The Edge: Success Strategies for People Who Work with Words" is a monthly newsletter with career-building articles, events, tips and quotes for writers and editors. Sign up at http://naiwe.com/.
Tonya Fitzpatrick: "Positive Footprints"complements the "World Footprints Radio Show" and focuses on socially conscious & responsible travel and lifestyle. It features interviews with celebrities and newsmakers. Sign up at http://www.worldfootprints.com/.
JoJo Tabares: Receive the Art of Eloquence newsletter with tips on leadership, overcoming shyness, homeschool speech and debate, social communication, conflict resolution and sharing the faith among other things. http://artofeloquence.com/pages/newsletters.php
Koinonia Business Women: "*BLING* Newsletter" - for Christian women in business who want ideas, tips and inspiration. Get a little sparkle in your inbox :-). Sign-up link: http://www.kbwomen.com/
E-newsletters (AKA e-zines) are a great way to stay informed, get new information, hear about events, and/or learn about a particular topic...and they're free! If any of these newsletters are of interest to you, please visit the sign-up website that is mentioned.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Please - Please - Please pray for men around the world, Friday, July 8, 2011 throughout the day. Nothing organized, just need to pray.
Godly men are being attacked every day. Phone call after phone call I am hearing women cry out for the men in their lives (husbands, brothers, fathers, grand-fathers, co-workers, male pastors, friends, and the list goes on). Men are losing their jobs, therefore unable to provide for their family and to maintain the bills. Men are becoming stressed and becoming ill. Men are becoming discouraged. Men are not taking care of themselves, and they are losing motivation, becoming distracted, etc.
What I am seeing in the spirit is that men are being attacked by the enemy. The enemies plans is to take out and or distract the head. God holds the victory. Let us join in a time of prayer of intercession. Men, women, children, prayer warriors, please join in a day of prayer for men.
What I am hearing in the spirit is – this is urgent!
Mark 14:37-38 - New International Version (NIV):
"Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. 'Simon,' he said to Peter, 'are you asleep? Couldn’t you keep watch for one hour? Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.'”
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
I pity the small businesses that try to sell their products or services only through features and benefits. They think that hard sales tactics like cold calling or deep price discounting actually still work and are a solid way to build their business. They keep trying to sell to the same old prospects until they become so unresponsive that they are lost on how to find additional business.
Sales, in the traditional sense, is dead. In fact, trying to sell to prospects only breaks down our confidence and make us feel bad about our company. When a prospect says no to our product or service, we think they are saying no to us personally. We hate it. We feel the sting and it makes us reluctant to try it over and over again.
I learned a long time ago from Sander Selling Systems that the formula for people buying is actually very simple. Customers buy when:
1. They are in pain.
2. They have the money to solve that pain.
As a small business owner, the first task is to be able to describe the pain that your company solves and identify who has the money to solve that pain. In fact, this should be practiced as your “elevator speech."
The next step is to forget the “S” word. Now learn the “R” word: relationships. Relationships are the key to growing your company and can bring sales to you almost effortlessly. This is because we actually can’t sell anything to anyone. We just need to be there when people are ready to buy. This is why consistent marketing is so important. You need to continually remind people what you do and how you help others. When they have a problem you can solve (and the money to solve it), they will naturally buy from you. They may even know someone else that has the same pain and make a connection.
Don't waste your time by chasing the people that long ago decided not to buy from you. These are the same people that have stopped returning your phone calls or e-mail inquiries months ago. Remember, every prospect needs to continually qualify themselves for it to be worth your time in the sales process. As a result, the only way to grow your company over the long term is to keep investing in building trusted relationships. This is done by implementing a systematic method for "staying in touch" with people over a long period of time.
Three simple methods for doing this are:
1. Use CRM software such as HighRise, Salesforce, or Goldmine to know when to periodically contact people (monthly or quarterly). Any simple reminder system that can capture information can be effective.
2. Consistently reach out to people through phone, e-mail or snail mail. This is done not by selling them anything, but by giving them something of value they can use in their business. This can be a person they should meet, a lead, a resource article or a helpful website.
3. Use social media to “Like” or “Retweet” their comments or content. They will think of you for an instant and remember the value you bring.
Vow never to sell again. Think building relationships. It works every time.
Submitted by Barry Moltz: www.BarryMoltz.com
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Holy - to be without mixture. To be pure. Nothing unclean.
Boldness - to move forward with certainty and power.
Throne of Grace - The seating place of the Father in Heaven, Jesus, and You.
Yes - you. You are seated at the right hand of Christ in Heavenly places at the right hand of The Father (Eph 2:6). But, how do we take our rightful and ordained place at the right hand of Christ and operate from that realm everyday?Asking yourself the following questions will chart your way:
1. In what areas of your life are you experiencing less than holiness?
2. In what areas of your life have you not operated boldly?
3. Are you spending all of the time you desire to in the presence of the Lord daily?
You and I have the ability within us to visit the heavenly realm on a daily basis. How else can we bring forth the things of the Kingdom of Heaven upon the earth? God allows us to do this through dreams, visions and meditating on His Word.
The part we don't talk about enough is that Jesus requires us to be holy in order to grant us full access to His throne. When we are living holy, boldly and in His presence we can easily approach His throne and our lives with Holy Boldness. I am working on it each and everyday and I pray that you will join me.
Written by Ericka D. Jackson, Evangelist, Author and Kingdom Trainer
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
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Tuesday, May 24, 2011
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." -Philippians 4:6-7
Monday, May 16, 2011
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Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Read this description (from his website:): "What's the difference between a dreamer and someone who achieves a dream? According to best-selling author Dr. John Maxwell, the answer lies in answering ten powerful, yet straightforward, questions. Whether you've lost sight of an old dream or you are searching for a new one within you, Put Your Dream to the Test provides a step-by-step action plan that you can start using today to see, own, and reach your dream. Dr. Maxwell draws on his forty years of mentoring experience to expertly guide you through the ten questions required of every successful dreamer.
In Put Your Dream to the Test, Dr. John Maxwell asks you ten powerful questions to determine how your dream can become reality. Now, in My Dream Map, he helps you create a detailed plan with interactive exercises and opportunities for personal exploration that will challenge, inspire, and direct you. This companion to Put Your Dream to the Test will help you uncover, perhaps for the first time, specific steps you can take to stop merely thinking about your dream and start living it."
It seems as though I've been dreaming about Business On A Mission, www.BusinessOnAMission.com most of my working life. It's only been the last few years that I've put contemplative time into imagining what I really want to accomplish with it (the result of my life taking a dramatic turn away from what I had been doing for over 30 years).
After reading about Mike Hyatt (President and CEO of Thomas Nelson, Inc.) in Put Your Dream To The Test, and the way he approached turning the trade book division of Thomas Nelson from the least profitable to the most profitable in only a few years, I realized that I was on track. Sometimes when I shared my dream about Business On A Mission with others they would respond with "What's your strategy for success?" I didn't have one. I couldn't even go there. And what I realized after reading this section is that my vision is most important and I am still formulating it.
When I have the vision for Business On A Mission crystal clear (I’m getting there!), the strategy will surface. Mike Hyatt learned that when people think about the how too soon, they hurt their potential (pg. 25). The first step for Mike was to go on a weekend retreat to develop his vision for the division. According to Mike...if you don't have a clear vision, no strategy will save you.
He came back from that retreat with a crystal clear and laid out for success vision. It was highly specific. When people began asking him how he was going to accomplish his vision his response was, “I’m not sure, but I am confident it is going to happen. Just Watch.” (pg 28).
As he kept focused on the vision, the strategy began to emerge. That gave me encouragement. I am often asked, “What is your strategy? How are you going to make money?” At first, this made me very uncomfortable because I thought, “Maybe I shouldn’t be doing this, maybe this idea can’t fly, etc. etc.” It was with the encouragement of a few people (who thought the idea was GREAT) that I kept moving forward with it.
I am a planner, a doer. I like results. This whole process has taken me out of my comfort zone. I’ve needed to take it a step at a time…I believe that small business can be a powerful force to change the world for the better. That business doesn’t have to only be about making a profit (but certainly that is a reality).
So I’m still refining my vision and my first strategy is to locate other small socially responsive businesses, learn from them, and then highlight them in a book and on my website.
One step at a time….
For all of you who are still formulating your business idea, get it and read it. For those of you struggling with business success, get it and read it. Maybe you just need to re-think what you are doing and possibly change course.
Written and contributed by Patti Grunkemeier of www.BusinessOnAMission.com - *
Monday, May 9, 2011
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Friday, April 29, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
They host in-home purse parties and fundraisers. They have a wide variety of purses and Bible bags. They have an inventory of over 500 purses. They will bring about 150 purses and Bible bags to your home or event.
If you are looking for a new fun way to raise money for your cause, Purse-onality Purses! is for you. They will host a purse party fundraiser for you, and then donate a percentage of their profits to your fundraiser.
Chris being a single mom wanted to incorporate her daughter into the business as much as possible. Kayla started working with her mom when she was twelve. Kayla, over the last four years has learned the in’s and out’s of small business ownership. She has learned everything from speaking at the parties to managing the money. Chris firmly believes teaching her daughter the core values of small business ownership will help Kayla throughout life.
Chris believes if you have a dream of owning a business to follow that dream! “It doesn’t have to be complicated. Anyone can do it. You own your business, it doesn’t own you. You can do it!” Says Chris.
From her unique purses to her passion to teach her daughter and others the power of a dream, Chris has a vision to follow her own dream and she is doing it one purse at a time. You can contact Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Member Spotlight written by Diana DeAndrea-Kohn - a small business owner and writing in Kirkland, WA. For writing projects, you can reach her at http://www.writingilluminated.com/ or her business website is http://www.businsswithflair.com/.
Monday, April 18, 2011
KBWomen Radio Interview w/Erica Jefferson of Be INspired 04/18 by CWA Radio | Blog Talk Radio
posted by Krista Dunk
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Oh No! It’s An Audit! by Diana DeAndrea-Kohn
Every day I walk out to get the mail hoping for a check. Most days it’s just more bills, but I still have hope. One day, as I quickly flipped through the mail, I noticed something I don’t usually see. It was a thick envelope from the Department of Revenue.
“Oh no!” I let out.
As I opened it, I felt the fear welling up inside me. Please don’t let this be an audit. Please don’t let this be an audit. I pulled out the letter. Sure enough, it’s an audit.
I rushed into the office to tell my bookkeeping client he was being audited. He assured me it would “be fine.” Be fine? Be fine! Does he not understand what is at risk here? I left his office and ran down to schedule my appointment with the auditor.
As I called to set the appointment I realized my client is like most business owners. There isn’t time to see the seriousness of this event. We all fear an audit, but we don’t prepare as we should. And that, in the long run, will cost.
The thick envelope was filled with instructions. The auditor had a list of everything he needed. I did everything I could to prepare. I gathered every piece of information he wanted. I had everything laid out for him. I cleared my whole day to be there to answer any questions for him. The audit went great. The damage was minimal.
Going through this, I learned some things that could help other business owners.
- Time Time Time. Take the time to gather all the information the auditor requests. The less the auditor has to hunt for the better. Respect their time. Be prepared. Have everything they need.
- Don’t delay. Schedule your appointment as soon as possible. The longer you take to have the audit the more stressed out you can become. Save yourself the stress. You already have enough to worry about.
- Save everything. Make sure you keep all receipts. I know, it’s easy to lose a receipt. They seem so unimportant. But you must realize your receipts are money. If you don’t have a receipt you can’t prove you paid sales tax. If you can’t prove it, you may be charged again. That is worth repeating. If you can’t prove you paid sales tax, you will be charged sales tax again. Your receipts are money. Would you throw your money away?
- Know your business tax regulations. I understand it’s not very exciting to run around learning tax code. But knowing it could save you thousands of dollars. Take an hour to learn what is taxable and what isn’t. What should you pay tax on verses what you shouldn’t? When do you charge tax? The Department of Revenue has booklets for different industries. It tells you all the different rules and regulations for your business. There are some weird off the wall rules out there. The average small business owner might not know every regulation. With that, some mistakes could happen. Take the time to learn your regulations.
Diana DeAndrea-Kohn is a small business owner and writing in Kirkland. For writing project you can reach her at http://www.writingilluminated.com/ or her business website is http://www.businsswithflair.com/ .
Monday, March 21, 2011
How does knowing God's plan for your life sound instead, and bearing much fruit?
posted by Krista Dunk
I ran across a series of videos on YouTube that I believe will inspire your faith. A man named Ian McCormack explains, in detail, his near death experience. Click here to start watching this amazing testimony:
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Do you struggle with worry? I do, more than I'd like to admit and I doubt I'm alone. As busy women, we could write lists full of worry-worthy items! Here's a thought for us for the next 21 days: Let's go on a fast from worry.
This weekend, during the week three session of my virtual workshop, I told a story about how God spoke to me about worry. When my son was three, he had several nights of bad dreams...about skunks. He had never actually seen a skunk before, but nonetheless they were plaguing his dreams! During the dreams, the skunks were coming into his room, and no matter how rational my explanations were about how "that's never going to happen - there is no way a skunk could get into your room...," he continued to worry about it. Then these words escaped my mouth:
"When you worry, you waste your thoughts."
God immediately convicted my spirit. I worry and waste my thoughts too! How can we escape this brain-draining and faith-stealing habit?
1. Purposefully pay attention to what our thoughts are focusing on. Worrying is a habit, and most of the time we do it without realizing it. Pause for a moment, and write something down on a worry list or journal. "I am worrying about _____." Having that visual written down will help us know what we're up against!
2. Use the Word of God. We can meditate on verses/truths like these that address the root of our worry:
- Be confident my heart, because the Lord has been good to me. (Psalm 116)
- You are working all things out for my good... (Romans 8)
- I will be anxious for nothing, and I cast all my cares upon You... (Philippians 4)
- My heavenly Father knows all the things I need, and I seek first His Kingdom (Matthew 6)
Are you with me? I'm going to take this 21-day fasting from worry challenge starting now. For the next several weeks, please send me your thoughts on this topic to include on the KBWomen blog. Thank you!
posted by Krista Dunk
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Written by KBWA Member Karen Wells of Karis Counselling Services
We all have “stuff ” that has happened to us in our past that we do not want to remember and want to keep a secret from others. Some of that “stuff “is not so impactful and we can deal with it on our own. Maybe we can learn something from it, or perhaps it has made us wiser about future decisions or choices. That in itself is good.
Yet it is those impactful secrets that we really need to consider. Many women keep the secret of an abortion, an assault, a molestation, or a physical/emotional beating to themselves. The secret seems to be a form of protection. It seems to be a protection from lowered self-worth, guilt, fear, and even empowerment.
Yet, it is not. A secret is often a hook. It is often keeping a women from moving forward. Impactful secrets eat away at a women’s sense of self. Secrets silence hope.
Women do not seek support from a past experience for numerous reasons. They may convince themself that the situation was “not a big deal”. They may assume it is not safe to talk to anyone. They may have been taught to “suck it up”. Or maybe they are just plain scared to face the story!
I am not telling you that you should run out and tell everyone you meet about your struggle. What I am encouraging you with is that you should consider finding a safe place to expose your secret, so it does not have any more power over you. It seems so big when you are running from it, but I guarantee you that if you look at the “secret” in the face, it will shrink. It only has power if it chases you.
If you are holding a secret and you know it is impacting your life, then I encourage you to challenge it’s power. Find a safe place to get ‘unhooked”. Woman to Woman is here to help. Go to http://www.mybestlifepossible.com/ and decide if that may be the safe place you are looking for. There are numerous telephone services available, so location is not a barrier.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Did you know that KBWomen hosts a weekly blog talk radio show? Yes...when we first started in January 2009, we had an independent show that we hosted twice a month. In March 2010, we joined up with the CWA Radio Network, where Christian women come to hear great show content from other Christian women radio show hosts.
Have you ever considered hosting your own internet radio show? In the beginning, I admit it was out of my comfort zone, but I've grown to love it! As business owners, authors, speakers, coaches, consultants, etc., having a show is great experience and an excellent way to market yourself and your business.
Click this link to get more information about becoming a radio show host through Blog Talk Radio:
You can get started free, and take it for a test run :-). If you'd like to hear KBWomen Radio, or other radio shows for women of faith, visit the CWA Radio Network link here: www.BlogTalkRadio.com/CWA-Radio
Blessings to you,
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Dear Lord, I thank you for this day. I thank You for my being able to see and to hear this morning. I'm blessed because You are a forgiving God and an understanding God. You have done so much for me and You keep on blessing me. Forgive me this day for everything I have done, said or thought that was not pleasing to you. I ask now for Your forgiveness.
Please keep me safe from all danger and harm. Help me to start this day with a new attitude and plenty of gratitude. Let me make the best of each day to clear my mind so that I can hear from You.
Let me not whine and whimper over things I have no control over. Let me continue to see sin through God's eyes and acknowledge it as evil. And when I sin, let me repent, and confess with my mouth my wrongdoing, and receive the forgiveness of God. And when this world closes in on me, let me remember Jesus' example -- to slip away and find a quiet place to pray. It's the best response when I'm pushed beyond my limits. I know that when I can't pray, You listen to my heart. Continue to use me to do Your will.
Continue to bless me that I may be a blessing to others. Keep me strong that I may help the weak. Keep me uplifted that I may have words of encouragement for others. I pray for those who are lost and can't find their way. I pray for those who are misjudged and misunderstood. I pray for those who don't know You intimately. I pray for those who don't believe. But I thank you that I believe.
I believe that God changes people and God changes things. I pray for all my sisters and brothers. For every family member in their households. I pray for peace, love and joy in their homes that they are out of debt and all their needs are met.
I pray that every eye that reads this knows there is no problem, circumstance, or situation greater than God. Every battle is in Your hands for You to fight. I pray that these words be received into the hearts of every eye that sees them and every mouth that confesses them willingly.
This is my prayer.
In Jesus' name, amen.
Monday, February 14, 2011
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Here is a link to our most recent show:
KBWomen Radio - Caleb Quaye - from secular rock star to worship leader 2/7/2011 - CWA Radio Internet Radio Blog Talk Radio
Friday, February 4, 2011
So many times I felt alone during perimenopause and menopause (I call it PM&M), except, of course for the SUMO wrestler in my head. You might have one too. He’s that big, scary guy, telling me horrible things, like; “You’re getting old and wrinkled”, “You’re not smart anymore” and “You’re already fat, so you might as well finish all that cookie dough and skip baking the cookies.”
In the end, my perimenopause and menopause journey actually taught me to look at some of the dysfunctional relationships in my life – like the one I had with food – and how to treat them with kindness.
Now, when my SUMO jumps in my face and begins yelling at me, I try to minimize him. I make him smaller in my mind. Over time, he keeps shrinking.
"E" is the pen name of Ellen Sarver Dolgen, author of Shmirshky: the pursuit of hormone happiness, a light-hearted, informative, easy-to-read book on menopause, and creator of http://www.shmirshky.com, a resource treasure trove for women going through perimenopause and menopause. E stands for everyone because everyone goes through menopause or knows someone who does. Ellen is passionate about promoting health and wellness in America. She currently serves on the Community Advisory Board of Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. She has served on boards, committees, and chaired numerous events for Fresh Start Women’s Foundation, Angel Charity for Children, San Diego Hospice. Brandeis University, the Phoenix Heart Ball, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Weizmann Institute of Science, Brewster Auxiliary, and Handmaker Home for the Aging. Ellen’s lifelong commitment to philanthropy through board representation, fundraising, and event organization continues with her founding of Shmirshky Universal, which aims to promote women's health and well being around the world. For more information, visit http://www.shmirshky.com.
Monday, January 31, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Marketing isn't always an easy task, and most of us need some help. I've made many marketing mistakes myself in the past! However, I have learned a few important tips lately. When it comes to marketing your business and services, think MIATA - Make It About Them Always. Focus on your potential clients rather than making your marketing and promotional materials all about you, or what you do.
Honestly, most people don't care that much about what you do. But, they do care about what they want or need right now. If your business solves a problem for them or meets their need, by all means promote that fact! When you take that approach, your customers will be more likely to investigate what you have to say.
Even in networking situations this can be achieved. Look at these two answer options when someone asks, "So, what do you do?"
1. "I am a sales rep for Fluffy Bunny Software, and I work with independent preschools." (Boring)
2. "I help busy preschool teachers with software that opens the imaginations and ignites the reading skills of their students." (Catchy for parents of preschoolers and teachers)
1. "I offer payroll services, monthly bookkeeping, tax tips and business forms for small businesses." (Yippee)
2. "I partner with small business owners by eliminating the burden of bookkeeping, tax prep and payroll while keeping it in trustworthy, experienced hands." (This appeals to me!)
Promoting a service:
1. "Learn about healthy eating for your whole family and positive self-care habits." (Do they need this? Yes. Do they want this? Not really.)
2. "Come see how you can loose weight, have less medical expenses, make simple healthy lifestyle changes, and prevent disease." (They want this!)
Many of you know this already, but it serves as a great reminder for us. From your elevator pitch to your website, brochures to ads, keep MIATA in mind. Focus on what they want, and how your service meets that need. Also, use wording that describes their greatest wants, not their greatest needs. For example, does someone want to loose weight? Yes. Do they want to change their eating habits? No. Will loosing weight require a change in eating habits? Yes, and you know this as the expert who can help them, but it does not appeal to them.
So, in conclusion, discuss their "want," as that is what will catch their eye. Also, don't fill your precious marketing space with info about you; "I can...me, me, me." Show that what you have to offer is all about them!
Monday, January 24, 2011
1. Prayer is not a "spare wheel" that you pull out when in trouble; it is a "steering wheel" that directs us in the right path throughout life.
2. Do you know why a car's WINDSHIELD is so large & the rear view mirror is so small? Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE. So, look ahead and move on.
3. Friendship is like a BOOK. It takes few seconds to burn, but it takes years to write.
4. All things in life are temporary. If going well enjoy it, they will not last forever. If going wrong don’t worry, they can't last long either.
5. Old friends are like Gold! New friends are Diamonds! If you get a Diamond, don't forget the Gold! Because to hold a Diamond, you always need a base of Gold!
6. Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, GOD smiles from above and says, "Relax, sweetheart, it's just a bend, not the end!
7. When GOD solves your problems, you have faith in HIS abilities; when GOD doesn't solve your problems HE has faith in your abilities.
8. A blind person asked St. Anthony: "Can there be anything worse than losing eye sight?" He replied: "Yes, losing your vision."
9. When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them; and sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.
10. WORRYING does not take away tomorrow's TROUBLES; it takes away today’s PEACE.
Krista Dunk, www.KBWomen.com
Friday, January 21, 2011
As business owners, we all decide one day, “I can do this.” You no longer need your boss. Heck, your boss couldn't make it without you! You bravely make the decision to start your own business. You have been in your industry for years. You know all there is to know about your field of work.
To be successful with your own business you have to start doing thing you never thought you would do; all the things your mom warned you about.
"Don’t talk to strangers." Yet, now you find yourself standing in the corner of a restaurant, by yourself, staring at your shoes instead of networking with other business owners. It’s hard to get the nerve to walk up and talk with someone you have never met before.
But it doesn’t have to be hard. If you go to a networking meeting ready, the conversation can flow as easy as coffee with your best friend.
You have a secret. No one knows you are nervous. Chances are they are nervous too. Put a friendly smile on your face and walk up to someone at the networking event. Find someone standing at the opposite corner of you. I guarantee they will welcome you.
Always give them a business card. If you are not comfortable just handing them your card. Ask for their card. Take that opportunity to give them your card in return. If you ask them about their business they are sure to ask about yours. Take the time to listen to them. Even if that person isn’t a potential client for you, they may know someone in the future that needs your services.
Follow up. After going to a networking event take the time to contact the people you met at the event. To be a successful business owner you must build your relationships. A quick note that says it was nice to meet you or loved hearing about your business will not be forgotten.
Remember, not talking to strangers has been ingrained in us since we were two. But to have a successful business talking to strangers becomes our biggest ally.
Submitted by Diana Kohn
Diana Kohn is a member of Koinonia Business Women. She is the owner of FLAIR. Her business is designed to help small business owners grow their business through networking.She is also available for writing projects. http://www.businesswithflair.com/
Lord God in Heaven, I used to crave for physical things, more clothes than I need, more time than I need, more food, more of everything. All these physical cravings consumed my thoughts, my lifestyle, my everyday when I should have been craving more of you. I knew you were always there Lord, at my side and at my back, but I should have been looking for you at my front to guide me. I lost sight of what I was supposed to be doing. I was walking without a plan; had too many clothes, too little time and money management and too much food consumption. I had only to rely on you for a plan instead of relying only on me.
Over consumption of anything will lead to a loss of something with whatever I do. Spending too much leads to debt, not managing money and time wisely leads to waste. Allowing food to consume me has led to unhealthy body and an unhealthy spirit life. I don't want my spirit to starve Lord, so I rely on you so that I can resist the temptations and redirect my cravings onto you Lord. Jesus, Lord you were tempted so I know I am not alone. Temptation does not have to come in the form of food; it can be in any form, and produce all kinds of unhealthy cravings. Lead me not into temptation guide me towards your spirit of truth.
Today I sustain a deep craving Lord God; a craving for your spirit and truth. I wish to be consumed by the spiritual cravings of truth and life, not of darkness and death. The life of the righteous is in your hands. Lead me to the cross where I lay my burden down. God be with me. Amen.
Contributed by (KBWA Member Angelica Carmouche) Drisana - http://askdrisana.blogspot.com/