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.

Did you know?

By now you know to things about me: (1) I love Jesus (2) I love Plexus.

But did you know Plexus was having a sale now that ends soon? (And Plexus rarely has sales).

If you’ve been watching my blog posts and wondering if Plexus is the answer for you, let’s talk before the sale ends.

Just text PLEXUS to 234.206.1599 or visit bit.ly/whyjoinplexus to learn more. There is a reason I love Plexus. You’ll soon discover why for yourself.

#plexusproud

I was proud this summer, when I went to the Convention in Las Vegas and saw my company’s commitment to excellence, trailblazing innovation, family centered values and Christ honoring culture.

I was proud last month, when we donated $100,000 to the Salvation Army to help with first-responder efforts to Hurricane Harvey (AND started a matching fund for up to an additional $100,000).

I was proud this week, when our CEO initiated an around the clock effort to get more than 600,000 Ambassadors paid five days early because so many of us had been affected by the recent tropical storms.

Now, I am proud today that, after our company has worked extremely hard to promote top ethical practices at every level of the company, the BBB has taken notice and deemed Plexus Worldwide worthy of a coveted A+ rating . . . did you catch the PLUS?

I know some people question my willingness to affiliate with a MLM as a leader in the body of Christ, but never will I doubt what I heard from God about Plexus. His hand is truly upon this company and it IS a vehicle to deliver blessings to His people.

I am so godly proud of Plexus, the lives that are changed by these products and the lives that are impacted by this business opportunity, including my own and my family. I cannot wait to get to Leaders Retreat and learn from these phenomenal men and women of God.

What if this could change everything?

Maybe you have been reading this blog and wondering:

How do they earn money sharing Plexus?

How much money can you bring in a month?

How often do you get paid and how?

Is this a scam or a pyramid scheme?

Do people really make it to the top of the comp plan?

If so, you’re someone I’d love to chat with and give direct answers to those questions and more.

You can privately peek at the answers here or text AMBASSADOR to 234.206.1599 to schedule a phone conference or Zoom call.

What will it cost you to explore? What if this could change everything?

Today I Choose Thankfulness

Oh boy. I don’t always blog, but when I do it’s because I feel an overwhelming obligation to share something the Lord revealed to me in more characters than would be appropriate in a Facebook post. And, this moment is one of those moments. I sent my two oldest children off to school today and felt so many emotions.

Yes, partly because my oldest daughter is entering the ninth grade this year. I think I just didn’t process that until just this moment. Just the other day I remember giving birth to her and changing her diapers and nursing her and what? Where was I? Seriously, how did she become a high school student??? Incredibly puzzling moment.

Then, my youngest daughter just departed for the seventh grade retreat. It’s a bit much for me. This is a new journey for her and she was just so happy and so excited. She has worked so hard to get to this moment and overcame many obstacles. I have seen the hand of God move to provide and I am just in awe of His Faithfulness.

The Lord truly is My Provider. I cannot begin to express financial commitment of having an elementary school, middle school and high school student going through private Christian education while a preschooler makes their way through private early childhood education. The cost is extensive, but it is the investment we were led to make.

It’s an investment we do not regret that comes with many intangible benefits, but many sacrifices as well.  When you accept a call from God that results in closing your law practice to build a ministry, it is not without financial consequences. Not every ministry is a mega church, and not every church is in a position to compensate its leadership.

My husband and I have graciously accepted our assignment to pastor at a church of the latter kind.  Yet, God has provided for our family like He provided for the prophets of old. It has taught us to lean and depend on Him in ways I would likely have never experienced if financial hardship had never been a part of my journey.

But it has, and yet God has and continues to supply. So, I can’t take finances to privately pay for their education for granted . .  . I give Him thanks. I can’t take uniforms and book bags and school supplies for granted . . . I give Him thanks. Every year my children stop and smile for the ceremonious photo before walking through those doors . . . for this I give Him thanks.

And, the fact that they walked through those doors is yet another miracle in and of itself for which I praise Him.  Hardly a day goes by that I don’t forward the post of a parent’s plea for help in finding their missing child.  Daily, I read an article of a child lost to illness, accident or crime.  My heart aches in unexplicable ways for a parent that is now without their child.

So, how can I complain that the cost of private school education is increasing? Or that the school supply lists are exhaustive? Or that they need new clothes and new back packs? Glory be to God that they are healthy and continue to grow. Praise be unto God that they are alive and well and able to return to school this year. Yes, I choose thankfulness!

I choose public thankfulness because someone else needs to be reminded to count their blessings. I choose public thankfulness because someone else needs to know the struggle to provide better for your children is nothing for which you should be ashamed. I choose public thankfulness because I desire to bring hope to someone wondering this very moment how they are going to get make it.

Yes, there are organizations and charities out there that provide aid . . . our church is one of them. But, I thank God we learned how to plug into the Source and I pray that you will do so today. Let God show you, as He has shown my family, that He is an Awesome Father and He can do exceedingly abundantly above all you could ask or think to ask in your life. Turn to Him today and let Him become the Source of your Strength.

I also pray today that you will be open to whatever way God desires to provide for you. The Lord gives us the power to get wealth. My husband and I are very grateful that we have had success in our entrepreneurial endeavors to augment our income. Much of what we do is not easily duplicatable because of unique assets or talents God has provided. But, our network marketing business is indeed the exception.

I take great joy in sharing this with you because you too may be believing God for finances to fund your vision for your family. I have the ability to work my business around my obligations to provide for my family and when I am not preparing to teach at our church. It’s such a blessing to have a business that complements my ministry and my family-oriented lifestyle.  I am grateful God provided this opportunity and equips me to help others seize it as well.

I would love to hear your feedback in the comments. Are you the product of Christian Education, and if so how did your parent’s sacrifices impact your life? Are you juggling the demands of meeting the financial obligations of private school, and if so how did you create an additional stream of revenue for your family? Have you experienced God’s Faithfulness to provide in your life, and if so in what ways? Let’s learn from each other.

God is Able! If He did it for me, He can do it for you! Be encouraged.