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Giveaway $25 Family Christian Gift Card (Review)

Ever want to brighten your day, I would say visit your local Family Christian store. I have been a patron of Family Christian stores ever since my wife introduced me to them over a decade ago. Since then it has become a traditional store for us to visit. Usually around Christmas time as well as when there is a birthday or other celebration coming up. One thing that I have noticed about any Family Christian Store I have been in, it’s the people. My latest trip to my local store this past week was no exception. Driving out there on my lunch break, in hopes that I would be able to get in and out quickly. I was greeted by the assistant manager, Patricia with a smile and words of blessings. Only after the cheerful greeting did she offer assistance. Unlike many retail stores, you could tell her spirit and heart truly meant the words she shared. After declining her generous offer to help, I proceeded to peruse around the store. There was a buy one get one 50% off Sale going on that peaked my interest. With brick and mortar stores these days, without an appealing sale, people are inclined to stay at home and order off the web. I wandered around the store and before I knew it I had been there over thirty minutes. Still with no purchase in hand. It was not for not finding one; it was from finding so many and having to decide. Finally, I chose two books by Stan Toler that I […]

You Must Point Your Sail Before You Launch

You can’t be a procrastinator in business! It is not fair to your customers, your marriage any of it! You keep saying these words they are warning signs for your business. On a recent phone call with my coaches they laid down the framework of tough love . Words very similar to those above punched me in the mouth or perhaps gut. Punching holes in the side of the boat I had been sailing in for so long. I had been going about this all wrong. Wandering in the sea of my own past. Believing the lies I had been told. Treading water above my self-inflicted misery. It was the time that I point my sail and use these fresh winds of truth to tack and jibe towards my dreams. As we worked through some more difficult questions in preparation for upcoming consulting, one of them, in particular, gave me a dose of smash mouth love. For many years, as long as I can remember, in fact, I have always done things my way. Never open to critiques or criticism no matter the source. My arrogance and ego pushed everyone to the edges of my life’s sphere, including God. I pretended to have it all together. Confidence oozed out of me as I walked through life, leaving a trail of carnage in my wake. I started a cycle of destructive self-speech that I began to believe. Words I heard growing up became a part of the threads of my humanity. Weaving through me until all […]

Don’t drop your pants! Get a Mission Belt (Review)

Anyone that travels outside of their home will find people with saggy pants these days. It is as if ill-fitting pants around the knees are a new trend. With the Mission Belt, there is no longer an excuse for pants that do not fit.           I know what you are thinking, what could be special about a belt? All belts are all made the same, so many sizes, just none of them yours right? If you are like me, you don’t want to poke any more holes in your belts to make them fit. Rather than strangling your midline with an ill-fitting belt you would rather go without one. The days of constantly pulling your pants up are over. Introducing the Mission Belt, the belt that is making a difference. No more holes, no more too tight or too loose straps. Whether you are having a thin day or a roomier one, the same belt will fit. “Give a man a fish and you feed him for the day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” A lot of people know how to fish; they just can’t afford the nets. Mission Belt was featured on ABC’s Shark Tank in 2013 and after a successful pitch we’ve expanded into over 1000 retail locations and have introduced many new styles including licensed products for NBA, NCAA, and NHL, as well as Nylon and Leather. They also offer a custom program, so that companies, events, or individuals can get a unique buckle with their logo or […]