Online Bible Study is Back!

Boy, Are You in for a Treat?! — Tomorrow we continue the series ‘Are We There Yet?’ as we explore the importance of accepting God’s timing to receive the abundant life He has in store for us.

I am so very honored and excited that my co-laborer in the Lord, Ginger Savage, is lending her time and talent to further expound upon and illustrate this essential lesson.

If you’ve been struggling with waiting on God or understanding His Timing, this is an online bible study that you will NOT want to miss. Breakthrough awaits! See you then.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 7 pm EST (6 pm CST) via:

1) Facebook – fb.me/ladypastorpreneur

2) Zoom – zoom.us/j/994740711, or

3) Phone – (408) 638-0968, Code 994740711

For one-tap —> +14086380968,,994740711#

Thankful Thursday

Man, I’ve been meaning to share this story with you, but time kept escaping me. This #tossbackthursday gives me the perfect opportunity.

When I was preparing for leadership retreat a few weeks ago, I needed a pair of nude shoes but found the small tap on one of the heels was missing on mine. So I searched on the map and found that a local dry cleaners performed shoe repairs.

I dropped them off and was promised I could pick them up the next day, which was perfect! The plan was to get them before heading to bible study. Then my flight was 6:00 am the following day.

 

Problem arose when I came to pick up my shoes and they looked awful! Though they were NUDE and had a tan or light brown sole and taps, these people went and put a big bulky BLACK tap on a thin stiletto heel! And still wanted payment!

 

I was mortified. I was in disbelief about the AWFUL customer service and subpar work and more importantly, I was out of time to fix it. It was time for bible study and I had kid duties that night (which involved loads of homework), last minute grocery shopping, preparation for the trip, packing, etc.

 

(I was so swamped that I never even made it to sleep that night…I had to work all through the night right up until the 4:00 am arrival of the Uber for the airport transportation).

 

So imagine how highly agitated I was with my husband when he didn’t return home immediately after bible study ended, like I asked. I figured he was chatting it up with the members instead of honoring my request and I was texting and fussing. All the while, he was playing it cool saying “Yes, Honey. Sorry I am late. I’ll be home soon.” He just took it like a champ.

 

Soooooooo, imagine my surprise when he lay asleep in the bed at 2:00 am and I reach for my neatly folded stack of clothes and piles of shoes to pack and find a BRAND NEW PAIR OF NUDE PUMPS!!!!

 

OMG! So you mean to tell me after you finished teaching in Bedford, you raced to Nordstroms in Beachwood and went shopping for a pair of heels after a long hard day of work???

 

After what will be 16 years of marriage on 11/24, I am shocked that I still keep falling for the okey doke. I should have known he was up to something. #smh Feeling #thankful that after all these years he still makes my happiness his priority and will stop at nothing to provide for me.

2017 Leadership Retreat Highlights

Though there are nearly 600,000 Ambassadors with Plexus Worldwide, less than 3,000 qualified for the 2017 Leadership Retreat. By the grace of God, I was one of them. I am thankful to all those who supported my efforts to earn this trip. Here are the highlights.

The only thing better than staying at the Gaylord Resort and Convention Center, was doing so courtesy of Plexus Worldwide. The accommodations were lovely and the resort property and meeting facilities were very nice.

After our arrival Thursday, we visited the Holy Land Experience where we were able to catch a phenomenal performance of the trial, death and resurrection of Jesus. I was profoundly touched by the prayer received afterwards from the actor who portrayed and embodied Jesus in His love and compassion even off stage.

We returned to the Gaylord where we enjoyed a Havana Nights themed Welcome Reception and had the opportunity to reconnect with my friend and sponsor, Diamond Ambassador Sara Marble and meet our president, Alec Clark and our chief executive officer, Tarl Robinson. We even had an opportunity to meet a pioneer in Plexus; Diamond Ambassador Shiela Medina. Did I mention we enjoyed the entertainment, as well?

I must also give honorable mention to the food. Yes, I’m a foodie and I cannot overlook the illustrious spread they had available for all the leaders attending with their guests. We felt very welcome and impressed by the reception they provided us.

Before retiring for the evening I was gifted a wonderfully thoughtful goodie bag by my sponsor to enjoy and use during the trip. It was a great finale to a day filled with God’s favor and love leaving me further appreciative of this business opportunity and the people I have gotten to meet on this journey.

Having already registered and received goodies from Plexus in a fashionable Messenger bag, I was armed and ready to attend the General Session. Amongst other impactful speakers, I was blessed to hear from my favorite author on leadership, none other than John Maxwell. He taught from his book the Five Levels of Leadership and imparted wisdom beyond the book that is sure to further my leadership skills, as well.

When the session ended, we were able to finally meet some Facebook friends in real life and snap some fun photos before heading off to Disney Parks.

Epcot was a blast! After arriving too late to attend the live culinary demonstration we had reserved for the Food Network Food and Wine Festival, we pressed our way to the Festival Center in hopes of at least eating our meal. By the favor of God, we received so much more! We were so grateful that the chef and host took time out of their day to personally interact with us and share what we missed as we enjoyed his delightful vegetarian dish. We enjoyed the conversation and the experience naturally and spiritually.

Our culinary adventure didn’t end there! First, we explored seafood with crab cakes and shrimp scampi dip, comfort food with a zesty cheeseburger and cheddar cheese macaroni handwich. Then, we satisfied our sweet tooth with a sweet avocado crema and a mango lassi.

We hopped over to Animal Kingdom so we could watch the Carnivale, ride the Exhibition Everest roller coaster, witness the Rivers of Light show and, of course, experience the Flight of Avatar. (If you can’t get a fast pass, be prepared for a 2 1/2 hour wait).

I was touched by the many instances God demonstrated his power. (How we made it back to our hotel on the shuttle was nothing short of a miracle). By the end of the night, I knew I would have blisters though. The good news is I have discovered omegas, vitamins and proteins heal blisters so I’m covered.

Our Saturday morning began at the crack of dawn where we showed up at 6:45 am for the much anticipated 5K walk. We had never participated in one and were delighted to be walking for such a great cause. Plexus donated to the American Cancer Society for every participant in the event. We were honored to be a a part.

Next up was the closing session. We got to hear from more great leaders and learn about our newest product, which I am super excited about. Every time I turn around my kids are getting a prescription for an antibiotic. So a 2-in-1 multivitamin and probiotic to help my kids achieve health and wellness too was icing on the cake. Plus, we got to sample it and it tastes great . . . like a sweet tart candy, except there is no sugar added!

At the close of the session, we enjoyed lunch with our team. Since we are from different states, this was quite the treat. Though the Plexus festivities continued with a Pirate Party, we departed afterwards to return in time to prepare for Sunday worship service.

In sum, this was a wonderful opportunity and I am very grateful for every customer that supports my business, every acquaintance that joined my team and every team member that expanded our organization. With the help of the Lord, collective will and a lot of hard work this was made possible. Thanks to every one who prayed for this day to manifest.

Are you ready for this testimony???

Are you ready for this testimony???

Sooooo, once the general session ended we needed to make a bee line to Disney to make our scheduled pre-paid reservation for a LIVE Culinary Demonstration at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

But, housekeeping was still in our room when we returned, so we were delayed in changing. Then my husband got a text and had to handle some business. Then our Uber picked up the wrong riders so we had to ride a bus to Magic Kingdom and then wait for and catch a monorail to Epcot. When we got to the park, we were further delayed in entering because I had to get my tickets converted from my phone to a card. 😪

I’ll be transparent with you. I was really sad. It was the highlight of my trip to Epcot. I was really disappointed as I watched the clock pass the start, then the middle and eventually reach the end of the demo time.

We pressed our way through the park and I started to feel despair. I thought we will never make it, why even keep pushing. But my husband, who knew how much this meant to me, insisted that we pick up the pace and run until the very end. So tired, hot and sad, I pressed through Epcot to arrive at the event as.all.the.guests.were.leaving.

We said, well let’s at least snap a photo with the chef and the host so we can have a keepsake of the experience we missed. And we asked if it was okay if we stayed behind and ate the vegetarian dish that was prepared for us in our absence. The Disney staff graciously obliged . . . this is what they do —� they specialize in memories.

So, we sat and ate our meals with a grateful heart that at least we got to eat and steal a picture. But then the chef comes to our table, takes photos with us, has a seat and gives us a personal explanation of the recipe and even shared with us the legend behind the meal, the Story of the Three Sisters. Then, the host Nicole joins us to eat and we are all sitting, breaking bread, talking about our kids, life, you name it.

I will share with you what I shared with them, this was yet another instance where God showed me . . . I LOVE YOU. Even your delay is not denial. If you don’t give up, I have something EVEN MORE AMAZING than what you hoped for in store. #ladypastorpreneur #myGodisawesome #testimony #dontgiveup #keeppressing

Communication is key

Communicate. A simple but important word. Failure to do so can ruin relationships both business and professional. Learning how to do it effectively can salvage them and transform lives.

When I decided to become an attorney, it was this skill that impressed me most. I saw how Thurgood Marshall was able to impact the fate of our nation by effectively communicating his views with his peers on the Supreme Court.

I knew then I had to master that skill. I wanted to be able to express my thoughts without getting upset or using profanity or using anything other than words. I mastered this technique in the court room and was a very skilled lawyer.

Then I discovered an entirely different set of communication skills were needed in personal relationships. I had to discover how to interact with my spouse and others to resolve conflict effectively. It was very difficult but worth the effort. Relationships are priceless.

Now when I see people destroy relationships because they don’t know how to express themselves, so they build walls or shut down or go completely off, I realize that not everyone has embraced this word or developed this skill.

Challenge yourself. If you want to be a better leader, a better mate, a better friend, a better business woman or man challenge yourself to be a better communicator. If you can’t communicate, don’t expect to be great.