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We all have times and places of significance in our lives. And I’m sure as you are reading these words, you are thinking about those times and places that are special to you: where you proposed to your wife, the day you got married, when you found out you were going to be a parent. These memories are precious to us, but so often they are memories of earthly things. When was the last time you had a significant moment with God?

All throughout the Bible, people built altars to God as reminders of significant moments or encounters with God. In Genesis 35, Jacob was fleeing his brother Esau when God appeared and spoke to Jacob. In honor of God and in memory of this encounter, Jacob set up a stone pillar as an altar to God, and called it Bethel. In Joshua 22, Joshua goes about building an altar, not for sacrifice, but as a visual reminder for generations to come of all the things God has done for us, and how we are to give thanks and give to God what is God’s.

As summer comes upon us, let’s focus our thoughts not only on good times and memories with family, but also on those special moments with God. Let’s strive every day to make a special connection with Him. Making Him a part of our daily lives may not only impact ourselves, but others around us as well.

Blessings,
Caleh

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For years I’ve called my wife a “Proverbs 31 Girl.”¹ Verses 10-31 describe her “to a tee” (except, as she admits, the “up before dawn” part!). But I also have a confession: when our children were babies, she was the one to get up at night for them about 99% of the time. I hope all of you husbands and husbands-to-be are blessed like I am with a Proverbs 31 Wife. Below are the King James and the Message translations of verses 10 to 31.

“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar. She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night. She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant. Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.” (KJV)

“A good woman is hard to find, and worth far more than diamonds. Her husband trusts her without reserve, and never has reason to regret it. Never spiteful, she treats him generously all her life long. She shops around for the best yarns and cottons, and enjoys knitting and sewing. She’s like a trading ship that sails to faraway places and brings back exotic surprises. She’s up before dawn, preparing breakfast for her family and organizing her day. She looks over a field and buys it, then, with money she’s put aside, plants a garden. First thing in the morning, she dresses for work, rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started. She senses the worth of her work, is in no hurry to call it quits for the day. She’s skilled in the crafts of home and hearth, diligent in homemaking. She’s quick to assist anyone in need, reaches out to help the poor. She doesn’t worry about her family when it snows; their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear. She makes her own clothing, and dresses in colorful linens and silks. Her husband is greatly respected when he deliberates with the city fathers. She designs gowns and sells them, brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops. Her clothes are well-made and elegant, and she always faces tomorrow with a smile. When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say, and she always says it kindly. She keeps an eye on everyone in her household, and keeps them all busy and productive. Her children respect and bless her; her husband joins in with words of praise: “Many women have done wonderful things, but you’ve outclassed them all!” Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades. The woman to be admired and praised is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God. Give her everything she deserves! Festoon her life with praises!” (Message)

¹ This segment is also dedicated to my mother, Mary Katherine Powell Sappington, born March 30, 1926, died May 20, 2009.

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Business Goals

Here is a great article that really gets to the heart of how businesses should be run, and how we strive to treat our customers. So often we believe that the goal of a business is to make a profit, but when we look at scripture we see that the main goal of our lives (which includes our businesses) is to further God’s kingdom. We can do this in part by treating people with kindness, love, and consideration. Treating people like they are people, instead of treating them like objects or the means to an end, can go a long way toward making a business profitable. Take a look at this article and let me know what you think.

http://www.breakpoint.org/bpcommentaries/entry/13/16968

Blessings,
Steve

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