Friday, August 23, 2013

August 23, 2013

Good morning all-

Yesterday was so great!  I'm not just talking a little bit great.  My company is fighting an uphill battle to stay a float in a market that believes the competitor is better.  The competitor has sales people that are slamming my boss and my company and basically saying we don't have the means to do the job well.  We have enemies at every door and sometimes the challenges have been great.

We are a small company where every single sale means something.  We won't be in business if we can't make a profit. When I arrived in April our cash flow was a mess, our staff needed to be changed and sales were good but at a lower margin.  It was time for a change.  My prayer prior to going there would be that God would help me build a great team, that we would work for one goal and that I would always remember that God was Lord of my life and the business He chose to give me.

I didn't know how much I would have to pray for this company or how often I would be sitting with the President telling him God was in control.  Now if you met my boss, he's the farthest thing from what we think of as a Christian.  His usual language is profanity, he has a temper and he loves people.  Odd mixture I know but he is a strong leader that needs wise people around him.  I don't always have the answers he does but I do know God and that's who I go to for answers.

The last three weeks have been rough.  We haven't won many of the jobs we had hoped foe but we have had victories along the way.  We are working right now on the ability to explode onto the market with a roar.  I have a strategy and I hope that God will take it and make it flourish.  I have learned a lot these last few months and the biggest lesson is God is the only one that is going to make this company great and the only way I will land any business is if He gives it to me.  I am aware of this daily and know that my success is His.  However, my boss doesn't know that and I continue to tell Him that I'm praying and that we must have the face of warriors.  He gets his feelings hurt, more pride than anything.  So I have to constantly remind him that he built the competitor and he can do it again.

I believe in him but I believe in God more.  Do I worry that this business won't succeed?  I had a moment a couple of months ago but then I prayed and miraculously the situation righted itself and the client is recommending us to other companies.  Why?  Because whether my boss knows it or not, we are using God's principles to build this company.  We value our people and in turn they care about the work they do.  We pray for our organization and know who is in control.  I continue to be bold and talk to my boss about the Lord, proclaiming His name, His glory and His power.

My boss texted me last night and said, "Your prayers are being heard."  Can you imagine the feeling I had yesterday when I saw that?  My response back, "God is great!"  Why?  Because at this company I'm able to freely talk about my faith and love the people that work for me.  I have no idea what the future holds but I do know that God is in control.  If at the end of this job all I take with me is someones  love for Christ, I can handle that.  I have found that leading is not easy and that people are all very different.  I also realize that the responsibility of being an executive is difficult.  Every decision you make effects someones livelihood.  I get that and I have never run from responsibility but the greater of these things is loving people and showing Jesus.  At the end of the day that's the only thing that matters.

I'm excited about what God is doing in my company and around the world.  The National Day of Prayer organization is touring the US and seeing miracles happen everywhere.  If you can give, please do.  It is a great organization with the goal to bring God back to this nation.  I have a greater goal and that's to spread the word to the nations.  There are people all over the world that need to hear Christ and I do it from my bedroom.  I hope today finds you well and I hope that you are praying for your families, your companies and your countries.  Time is ticking and people all around you need Christ.  Be well my sisters and know that Jesus is near!

Psalm 77:13 NIV

     Your ways, God are holy.  What god is as great as our God?

Psalm 145:3 NIV

     Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; His greatness no one can fathom.

My prayer today:

O, Lord of light shine down on the nations.  Lord lead us and guide us to You in every circumstance in life.  Make us bold warriors that want to pursue a relationship with You and that will carry that to others.  Help us to conquer our fears of being ostracized and instead put a fire in our belly for the things of You.  We understand that we won't always win but in the end we pray that people will find You through our faithfulness.  Protect us from the enemy and help us to fight the challenges that come our way.  We are sisters, banning together, to be near You!  We want to learn about You, pray with You and proclaim Your name always.  We are fallible people and often we fall into sin, so today protect us and convict us so that we can repent our sins.  We all hold things close and for me security is a big factor but I know that all things of this world are not secure, only You hold my security.  Help us lead the next generations to the God of glory and to be vigilant, trustworthy and faithful to the cross.  The world carries us and holds many optical illusions but You give us vision beyond what we see.  I hold onto You today and ask that You would continue to help me be bold and that many of my sisters and their families would turn toward You, proclaiming Your name and giving You glory at every turn.  It's all for You my Jesus!  In Jesus Name, AMEN

Until tomorrow...

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