Family is one of the key successes of the foundation of America. The Team and LIFE business Co-founded by Orrin Woodward have produced training materials for the family. These post are related to marriage, parenting, children, finances, and relationships within the family unit from members of Team Maximus and LIFE
Raised on a farm, I am blessed to have parents who taught me the value of education and respecting an earned dollar through hard work. I was always a serious student, and I learned how to get good grades, but what I enjoyed most were the leadership roles I had in student council, colorguard, and other organizations. Learning how to inspire and serve others was exhilarating as we worked together toward our goals. This is where I felt the most alive. I had a strong desire to change the world, and I thought becoming a lawyer might be the answer.
After a series of seemingly random events, I decided to go to Kansas State University to pursue a double major in Architecture and Architectural Engineering. My advisor told me this seven-year dual-degree program was a combination of the most time-consuming degree and the second-most difficult degree. Being choleric, I smugly accepted the challenge. I made that decision at 17 years old, and I never looked back no matter how many people advised me otherwise over those seven years. One of those people was my mom, who half-way through this program sent me a letter. She added up all the years I had left until I had both licenses, and told me how old I would be. She then asked me if I had considered how a marriage and family would fit into my plan. I didn’t know. I was so career-driven, that it hadn’t occurred to me the sacrifices I was blindly making in other areas of my life. It would be several more years before I would realize this for myself.
The greatest blessing during college was meeting Ryan. I immediately knew he was the one for me, though I didn’t think I deserved him. He graduated before me, so we had a long-distance relationship for three years, and then the next year, I lived in Houston for a healthcare architecture fellowship. The next year, we were married and decided to make St. Louis our home. I got a great job at a well-known architecture firm and continued working in healthcare. This was a very promising career track for me professionally, but it required a lot of travel and overtime.
After a few years of this lifestyle, it finally began to occur to me that I wanted more than just a successful career, thanks to my husband’s leadership. He saw more for us than what was defined by the lifestyle of two architects. He began to dream about where and how we would live if we could choose. I was reluctant to dream-build with him, because I didn’t know how we would put food on the table. He said he didn’t know, but we would figure it out, and he started trying. We explored options in real estate, inventions, and self-employed business ventures, to no avail. We now know that the reason those weren’t successful, is because we were relying on information we already knew to make them work. We didn’t know what we didn’t know, and it was hurting us.
It wasn’t until we were reacquainted with my hometown friends, Brandon & Kristina Brazier, that we learned the answers lie in new information from people who have what we want in LIFE. Brandon showed Ryan the plan for the Team opportunity after he realized how dissatisfied we were in the rat race of corporate America. Ryan tried to explain it to me, and I didn’t get it, but I trusted Brandon and Ryan’s judgment. We went to a monthly seminar, and the rest is history. We didn’t understand much about the business, but we knew that these were people who had what we wanted and they were willing to help us. We saw how applicable this information could be in our personal and professional lives. Being around the people in LIFE awoke in me the same exhilaration I had in high school leadership roles, mostly the love of learning how to truly make a difference.
Being career-driven, I had some things to learn from LIFE. I didn’t know it was possible to earn my freedom and live my priorities instead of my obligations. I didn’t know I could earn a living without having to separate how the Bible says I’m supposed to live my life. I didn’t know the joy of making an eternal difference in other people’s lives by helping them with their marriage, parenting, faith, or finances. I didn’t know how desperately this country needs freedom restored, and that I can help. I didn’t know that retirement has nothing to do with age. I didn’t know my purpose-the thrill of pursuing God’s definition of a woman of excellence. I didn’t know how to be a wife of excellence. I didn’t know the peace that comes from my husband being the spiritual leader of our home. I didn’t know that being a mom is the most rewarding, challenging, fulfilling and significant career I could ever have, and thanks to our results in LIFE, I now have job security as a full-time mom!
My dream to change the world is coming true thanks to the LIFE business that Chris Brady & Orrin Woodward have designed and implemented. We are grateful to the Braziers for introducing us to the Team’s systematic approach to a better LIFE, and for the coaching of Chris & Marcia Robinson and mentoring of Mark & Rita Haas in the areas of Faith, Family, Finances, Freedom, Following, Fitness, Fun and Friends. Do yourself, your friends, and your family a favor and find out what you don’t know about LIFE! Your legacy depends on it.
What didn’t you know about LIFE that has impacted your legacy? Please share and post to FB.
Yesterday’s Scripture Sweet was Psalm 118:5. “I called upon the Lord in distress: the Lord answered me, and set me in a large place.” I’ve always found the Lord’s response to the Psalmist’s plea quite interesting. This morning as we discussed this scripture as a family several thoughts rang through my mind. This ancient recording does not read that the Lord answered him and “rescued him from his afflictions,” “lightened his load,” or “saved him from distress.” Instead, it simply states that he was answered by being set in a large place. I am struck by the reality that in the midst of personal adversity, He gives us room to grow. What a blessing this is!! Yes, he commands perfection (Matthew 5:48), and He offers us His grace along our journey.
I am blessed with friends and family that have also “set me in a large place.” I feel their grace also as they have repeatedly given me room to grow on my journey through this mortal life. Michelangelo once shared, “Every block of stone has a statue inside it, and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” As the stone is carved away, the David beneath is revealed. In that sense, there’s nothing to attaining perfection either. With the help of the Almighty, we can remove all the obstacles in our life that would stand in the way of perfection. In a grander sense, our inner Davids slay our personal Goliaths on a daily basis.
How is this accomplished? In many ways, the task seems insurmountable. In enters LIFE and the Mental Fitness Challenge. Yes, our greatest tool for perfection is God’s word. However, we have been given companion tools that are specifically designed to help us along our journey. The Mental Fitness Challenge (MFC) designed by Chris Brady and Orrin Woodward is a revolutionary way to start our journey to perfection! Changes come best if we take one item at a time. The MFC starts out by offering us a baseline view of ourself through the Self-Assessment and 360 degree feedback. By examining our Wheel of LIFE we can target key areas of our life that are those pieces of stone ready for crumbling. When we perform the daily steps of the MFC…reading 15 minutes, listening to two audios, watching the video, reviewing our goal, and taking specific action toward that goal…we are chiseling away at the sculpture waiting to be revealed. The Challenge Group environment helps us to see how the mallet is working in the lives of other LIFE members and customers, and our chisels are sharpened through the LIFE subscriptions and LIFE’s coaching and mentoring process.
What better way to achieve perfection than by focusing on one area at a time! Striving for perfection in business? home? family? Begin with one area in your life and become perfect in it! Add trust in your relationships by becoming perfect at always being on time. Show your wife you love her by becoming perfect at speaking her love language. Increase your health and wellness by becoming perfect at quitting smoking. Grow your business by becoming perfect at edifying and validating those you work with. Share optimism by becoming perfect at avoiding negative self talk.
We have been set in a large place. As pebbles in God’s canyon, He awaits the discovery of our boulder within.
This week Rita and some of the roundtable ladies have been invited to visit Terri Brady at her Place in cape coral Fl. We decided to take a few days to deliver her as a family. It’s quite a LIFE experience spending 20 hours in a car with 5 children 10 and under and two “adults.”
We thank the LIFE business for our ability to endure such a task, LoL! Actually it’s been an amazing reflection to think how well the kids did respecting each others “lack of space.” We need to get a few more CDs in Annabel (2 years old) as her attitude about her 3 point harness and racing seat was a little on the negative side, occasionally.
Adam (10) was quite the trooper as he was the one who sat between Audrey (5) who likes to dance in her seat and Annabel who likes to escape from her seat. Aaron (8) gets the honor on the return trip!
We stopped at Walmart (as we always do anytime we are in the car together and I mean always) and purchased a nerf and mini “leather” football. We recently read the book of the month watched a Tim Tebow video so the boys have been hungry to throw. Adam and Aaron were quickly cranking perfect spirals at the rest stops. Alec quickly proved you can play frisbee “by myself” as he doesn’t need anyone’s help – the choleric!
I waited to the last minute to find a condo for a few days so I could negotiate a good price as I was sure anyone would rather rent their vacant condo for even a few dollars profit than none. Gotta keep working on that finance F as we teach our children to be “good stewards of their money.
Between the roof of the suburban, a bike rack and a hitch tote, we brought all the bikes and a pull behind for Annabel. We looked like something Jed Clampet would have put together. We arrived in style to our final Ft Myers destination at about 1am.
What a great time it has been even in just the first few hour of the new day watching the beach totally captivate the attention of all the children. No boredom here! Some sun, a great ocean breeze, and sand and water digging kids!
How One woman Learned so much from LIFE and the Proper association.
When I look at myself today, I sometimes wonder how in the world did I get here? If you could have seen me five years ago, you would completely understand what I mean. How did an extremely shy and insecure girl get involved in a people business, of all things, and actually see some results? I’m not talking financial results, we have seen those as well, but more importantly internal results.
When I was younger I was very shy, so shy that my mom did everything she could think of to help me break out of my shell. It was the first day of school in fourth grade, and my teacher was doing roll call. When she came to my name she mis-pronounced it, being a Spanish name, it happens quite often. Instead of just speaking up and telling her it was wrong, I just allowed her to call me by the wrong name, and for the next five years (yes, FIVE years) my friends and teachers were still calling me by this mis-pronunciation of my name!! It drove my mother crazy, and she couldn’t understand why I wouldn’t correct everyone. You’re probably thinking the same thing! I was so shy that I would rather be called the wrong name than speak up in class and correct her!
I tell you that because sometimes you see someone in this LIFE business, and you see the finished product. You see them all polished and think they have it all figured out, and that they have never had struggles. I certainly thought that when looking at all of the leading ladies. I remember thinking there is no way I would ever be able to get enough courage to speak on stage. There is no way this information can give me the confidence of a Laurie Woodward, or the grace of a Terri Brady. I thought only a certain type of person could make it in this business. I didn’t realize that i could become that type of leading lady through reading, growing, and implementing the information.
I am so thankful for people like Mark and Rita Haas and Kevin and Emily Cobb who saw something in me that I was too blind to see in myself! Sometimes you have to go on someone else’s belief for awhile until you can gain it yourself! Of all the blessings I have gained from being a part of Team, the one that I treasure the most is my relationship with Christ. I never would have dreamed that through this I would find Christ and ask him into my life. To see my husband take control and be the spiritual leader in our home has been amazing, and because of that, my children are so hungry to learn.
I look at my relationship with Josh, and although we thought our marriage was good, and it was, I never imagined it could be great! With great books like A Woman After Gods Own Heart, Love and Respect, For Women Only, and The Five Love Languages, I was able to learn how to be a Godly wife and give him the respect he deserves. Not only did I learn the information, but I had amazing examples in Rita and Terri to help me along the way. It makes me cringe to think about where we would be right now, had it not been for those two amazing strangers coming into our lives! We are eternally grateful, and consider it an honor to be a part of this amazing journey called LIFE! God Bless!
A Man learns systematic Success from LIFE and its mentors!
Scott & Angie Ballah
I always had great examples to follow in the area of hard work which is required to achieve success in anything. It was only after being introduced to the Team system and our future mentors Mark and Rita Haas that I realized I had found a cure for the “pain” I had endured as an engineer. Chris Brady, Orrin Woodward, and Mark Haas taught me that hard work alone will just make a person tired. Hard work coupled with a system and the correct information is the true key to success.
I can remember sitting at my desk during work hours and being extremely frustrated about our financial situation and not having a way to be free to make my own choices. People would always tell me “you must be doing very well since you’re an engineer and your wife is a nurse”. Little did they know we were drowning in debt and having to spend more time away from each other and our twins at the time.
The first night I was introduced to the Team business system and what eventually became THE LIFE BUSINESS, I was extremely excited!! All of the dreams I had when I was in college that I thought would be provided through getting an engineering degree were awakened. At first, I only saw the financial benefit of the Team system and LIFE business. I have learned and applied so much about each of the 8 F’s of LIFE (Faith, Family, Finance, Fitness, Fun, Friends, Freedom, Following).
Our marriage and finances were a wreck. I didn’t have much of a spiritual background or foundation. Leadership was not in my vocabulary and I didn’t understand the importance of keeping our freedom (personal and national). I had plenty of friends and fun usually involving 12 ounce arm curls (the results of which were stated in the first sentence).
I am eternally grateful to the Haas’ and the Brady’s for steering me out of that train wreck through their mentorship and the books and CD’s in the LIFE business. Our marriage is amazing (twins plus 3 more)!! We have been able to get out of debt, pay cash for vehicles, help some family members financially, raise our children in a Christian home, have more friends and fun and find a purpose that will affect generations to come. LIFE will never be the same and I’m fired up about that!!!
In Christ, Scott “In a man’s heart, he plans his course but the Lord directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
“Welcome to Hollywood! Everybody has a dream! What’s your dream? What’s your dream? Hey mister, What’s your dream?” As the opening line to Pretty Woman (one of my favorite movies) points out, we all have dreams. Usually dreams don’t come true without sacrifice. Sacrifice can be defined as short term loss in return for a greater power gain. Sacrifice in the oldest records was that of human lives and animals. The more valuable the offering, generally, the more highly the sacrifice is regarded but the more difficult to make.
When my dream was to become an Architect, I had to leave my family and friends to go to college. I am very shy, so this was difficult for me. Growing up I was taught to go after what I wanted and I could do anything. My parents wanted a better future for me than what they had. When I was very young, they owned a health foods store. At some point the store was not doing well, and their finances went south. They lost their store and the house. I was too young to understand what was happening. They pushed on and on to provide for my sister and I, making sacrifices along the way that mine can’t even compare to.
A dream I always had growing up was to have a family. Ryan and I met during college. A year after I graduated we got married, we got a house, then we got a dog and a cat all within the same year. We both had good jobs, we worked on our house, and we enjoyed playing tennis. Five years later we had a beautiful baby girl. A lot of people asked me if I would stay home or go back to work. It wasn’t something I really considered because I just figured I would go back to work. How would we make it on 1 income? What kind of sacrifices would we have to make on 1 income? What would people think of me if I “quit” on my dream of becoming an Architect?
So, I went back to work full time. I was juggling home, family, work and trying to become an Architect by taking 7 exams. At this time (about 3 years ago) we were approached with TEAM by our good friends Ryan & Sarah. They asked me if I wanted to be a stay at home mom. I quickly answered “no”. I thought, “what are they talking about? How am I supposed to be an Architect if I stay at home?” We declined what they were offering.
A few years later we had another beautiful baby girl. I honestly considered staying at home this time. With the cost of daycare and rising gas prices, I questioned if it really made sense for me to continue to work. Plus, by now my dream of becoming an Architect had been put on the back burner. However, I went back to work full time again juggling everything. Since then, I feel like a chicken running around with my head cut off! We rush to get out the door in the morning, I rush around at work to get as much as possible done so that I don’t have to work any over time, I rush to pick the girls up at daycare, we rush to get dinner on the table, and we rush to get them to bed. This is our daily routine. I started to think “I’m going to have a heart attack before they even graduate from high school.”
This stressful busy life that society says makes us successful is just unhealthy. The worst part is that our only family time is on the weekends. We also started to go backwards in our finances. All of this was affecting our relationships. Ryan and I became short with each other, with our girls, and our patience was always running thin.
What a perfect time for Ryan and Sarah to re-approach us about LIFE! I was interested, but wasn’t sure we could make it work. Ryan & Sarah told me I would have to make sacrifices. I thought “why should I have to make sacrifices?” They were gracious enough to accept me where I was. Fortunately we don’t have to offer the lives of our kids or animals to become part of LIFE! I could tell my husband Ryan wanted this, so I agreed. I would hear people on CD’s talk about living your priorities. I realized how backwards my thinking had become. If my family was my priority, why wasn’t I making it my priority? We did need to change.
My new dream is to be a stay at home mom. I have to make sacrifices, but they are worth it. Believe in your dreams. Thank you Ryan & Sarah Fronick, Brandon & Kristina Brazier, and Chris & Marcia Robinson for believing in us!
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As I attended one of the Team’s (co-founded by Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady) LIFE open meetings recently, the speaker discussed a concept taught by Napoleon Hill. In his book, he studied successful people and based on his research found four principles that successful people apply. I have not read the book (it’s on my list!) and am not claiming to be an expert, but one of the principles the speaker mentioned really spoke to me.
He said, “Have a definiteness of purpose backed by a burning desire to fulfill it.” To someone who isn’t around leadership principles, this may sound a little funny, or hard to understand. How can we have a definiteness of purpose in life if we’re just trying to make it through the day? How can we have a definiteness of purpose with our children if we’re just wishing they would hurry up because we’ve got ten thousand other things to do? How can we have a definiteness of purpose with our spouse if we don’t have time to spend good quality time with them?
My point is, what the speaker said hit me hard. It had an impact on my thinking. Immediately.
How many of us wish we could take a few minutes each day, put our worries and work aside, and spend good quality time with our spouse or children? Or wish we could take a look at our life and live by our priorities instead of our obligations? How much would life be different if we all lived by our priorities?
But that’s just the first part of the equation…the definiteness of purpose has to be backed by a burning desire to fulfill it. Ah ha. That’s the hard part. The desire to do whatever. it. takes. to fulfill our definiteness of purpose. Living by your priorities is not easy. It means letting the phone ring when you’re spending time with your children. It means leaving work at work, even though your work is not finished. It means taking the time to read books and apply the information you’ve learned, even though it’s easier to watch tv. It means being diligent with your finances even though it’s easier to use a credit card. It means doing the hard work and disciplining yourself in whatever area you define as your definiteness of purpose.
That’s what I love about the information that LIFE provides. It consistently gives us information to help us fulfill our definiteness of purpose. The LIFE information encompasses everything I mentioned above (time with your children, relationship with your spouse, growing personally, better finances, etc.) and more. We are so thankful that we got over our skepticism to actually take a look at the information. It truly has changed our lives. I now live with a definiteness of purpose AND a burning desire to fulfill it.
“In each of the 8 F categories of Faith, Family, Finances, Fitness, Following, Freedom, Friendship, and Fun, one can imagine a certain grade based upon how one is doing in that category. In the diagram the center represents horrible, as in, you are totally “stinking up the joint” (as my kids say) in a certain category. Working your way out from the center to the outer ring in any of the categories represents a stronger grade. So someone with a dot near the outer ring is doing well in that category. By connecting the dots on your subjective personal estimation of your life at this moment in each of the categories you can come up with a shape that roughly represents your life right now in each of the 8Fs.
Quite simply, the LIFE business supplies life-changing information to help you increase your score in each of the 8Fs. The goal is to take someone from the not-so-good black shape represented toward the center of the diagram to the much improved (and happier, we would think) life represented by the red outline toward the outer ring of the circle.
Who doesn’t have at least a category or two, or three, or eight, in which he or she would like to have a better score? Who wouldn’t want to transform his or her life from the tiny blob (and who among us hasn’t felt like a tiny blob from time to time?) in the center to the big wheel (and who hasn’t wanted to be a big wheel at least once in his or her life?) toward the outer ring?
The TEAM and it’s Business called LIFE (founders #12 and #7 Leadership experts Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady, respectively) make all the difference for so many people by getting them the correct information and association.
Here is a testimony of TEAM LIFE from a great student on our team that we just had to share. A contacting session at a Major Leadership convention, led us to a gentleman who introduced us to Joe and Tori Blackburn and their daughter Lilian. Hilary and I have been so proud of these guys and how they have been open to change and an opportunity to impact their lives forever. A dream to provide for his family and a supportive wife, drove a hunger to learn that has advanced this young couple to dig in and find an opportunity for victory in a world that is full of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. They truly have a can do attitude.
One example is as Joe comments on, his solution to overcoming a financial obstacle to participate in the training system, was to quit smoking cold turkey. The simple solution was to shut off cable, but at that time that would have affected the rest of his family. So the one thing that he could control was a habit that was standing in the way of allowing him the opportunity for victory.
There is no doubt in my mind that these guys will find victory in TEAM LIFE. Only being involved a short time, they are already on track to hit first time go getter for the Dec 10th seminar. I hope this touches your heart like these guys have for Hilary and I. We all have a “Dream, Struggle, Victory” story inside us that is just waiting for a “YES TO LIFE” to awaken the true leader inside of us. Enjoy and God Bless!!!!! Here is a bit of Joe’s testimony in an email to me:
” Hey buddy I’m going to call you tonight and ask you about three C’s and I have 8 F’s and some guy just retired. ( Next day) ” Hey i forgot to call you last night but i want you to come to my house tonight. I’ve got some guys coming over and i will let you talk to one and you can get a free book and some CDs like me.”
Never in a million years did i think that would be the beginning of a huge turning point in my life. I am so glad that I decided to go that night and that my friendship was strong enough to “take a look.”
Due to the information I got that night and some good people who were interested in my needs for some strange reason, I’ve experienced change, Not in clothing or cars, but a change in views, a change in direction, and a change in heart. I have detected a purpose, discovered strengths, grown, learned, smiled, cried, dreamed, struggled, and even won! And because of the sanguine I am, I woke up the next day and did it again. Its amazing the results that come out of life when you can put in a system of information that the TEAM/LIFE has.
The truths told are undeniable. Such as:
1) What a true leader is and what it means to lead your household.
2) I realized that me working hard was great but not when my ladder was leaning against the wrong wall. So I’ve gone from poor to broke,
3) I’ve become a former smoker,
4) and a follower of all who truly have fruit on the tree.
5) This information and the team has been a humbling beginning on the start of this journey because I now truly appreciated life in ways I did not before.
6) Instead of smoking, I save,
7) Instead of T.V .I read,
8) Instead of radio, I learn and grow
9) Instead of playing, I perform.
10) I’ve recently been promoted in work because of the personal development I have received through the training system.
11) I have a lifelong obligation to get this into as many homes as possible.
12) The quality time spent with a T.V. is now spent with my daughter and wife.
13) The money that was wasted is now invested.
14) The desires that were dreams are now a mere future…and what was once lost is now found.
I am so thankful for the TEAM and LIFE and Orrin and Laurie Woodward, Chris and Terri Brady and so many more. And I invite everyone to go get your dreams. Jump on this opportunity. Believe in yourself and Don’t Give Up! We were meant for something more! I believe we were meant for a million more! This is your life. Make it count! God Bless!
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Following TEAM Maximus and Orrin Woodward in to a new LIFE, Jason and Gina Sweet have changed so much for the better!
In just 3 short months my (Jason Sweet) life has changed in several ways for the better and more rapidly than I could have predicted or expected and all I did was change my information and my association! Since signing up with TEAM and getting on Leadership System I immediately dove into the system tools. I began reading books and listening to CDs. Prior to TEAM I had areas of my life like finance that needed help but had neither the confidence or information to fix it. It was a very overwhelming feeling! I’ve now read several books on personal finance that have not only introduced us to an immediate plan to begin the climb out of the financial hole we were in but have educated us on how to budget. We are now saving several hundred dollars a month using the same financial resources that we’ve always had. Books like “The Richest Man in Babylon” should be read by everyone feeling overwhelmed by their own financial burdens as I WAS. By implementing a budget, practicing long-term vision, and reevaluating my financial responsibilities we were able to create an extra $300/month. We still have the debt but it now is manageable and is not the mental goliath that it was before. Defining exactly what we wanted in life was instrumental in determining what we could live without. My wife, Gina, two sons Kevin 7 and Lincoln 4, and even my 11 month old daughter Julie all understand what delayed gratification is and I can assure you that my family is happier today than it has ever been.
While the finance portion was a huge victory in my life and the TEAM does deserve all the credit for the ignorance it corrected, personally it was not the most important. The personal growth that I am developing in my life has been priceless. Through system tools and now LIFE products as well as association through Tuesday opens, live seminars, and major conventions thing are beginning to happen in my life that I never thought would be possible. The system is second to none but I believe as good as the system is you still have to have leaders and mentors that are strong and live by example. As far as I am concerned none are stronger than Mark and Rita and Josh and Annie. I believe that they have more character and integrity than any group of people I have ever met in my life. They are true products of an incredible system. I aspire to be more like Mark Haas and Josh Dames. Since mentoring with Josh and participating in a marriage class led by Mark as well as reading books on leadership, faith, and family all areas of my life are improving and I am so happy and proud to be a part of this TEAM. Being a leader is what I always wanted to be and I thank God for the opportunity to serve and grow with the men and women of TEAM Maximus!!!
How can you really retire in today’s world? What is the secret? What kind of LIFE can you lead by changing your thinking?
My husband Scott and I had both worked hard our entire lives. We had great examples in our parents who believed in an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay.
We both pursued Bachelor of Science degrees in our field, his engineering and mine nursing. I can remember feeling so confident in the conventional thinking we had followed. It seemed; however, as time clicked by that the results of our choices were not what we had hoped. We had accumulated a lot of debt with student loans, car notes, a mortgage and various credit card debt.
After five years of marriage we felt it was hard to just keep our heads above water each month let alone pursue the priority we had set of me being a stay at home mom.
Through a mutual friend, Scott and I were introduced to Mark and Rita Haas who became instrumental in being able to turn our life around. Mark had been mentored by Chris Brady and plugged into information Chris and his partner Orrin Woodward had systematized for several years Through being a great student of Chris and Orrin and the information they made available on leadership, finances and relationships, Mark was able to guide us to take control of our own finances and lead others to do the same
We learned to delay our gratification and pay off our debt. New habits of thinking about long term goals and not impulsively living for the moment financially were common in the communities of people that influenced our lives! By following their example and applying the same principles we had learned about being a good student and working hard I have been able to be a stay at home mom for over 7 ½ years.
The impact of being able to prioritize my time with our children has completely changed our family. It certainly allows us choices in slowing down to enjoy the day to day moments as our children grow. No longer being reliant on a job for income has also allowed us to homeschool our children. The most precious gift this decision has offered us is the ability to be the main influence in our children’s lives…priceless!
Is the world leading you astray? Can you get new information, mentorship and leaderships skills for a LIFE purpose?
I was in a worldly paradigm and deep down knew something was not right. Many people have this mindset; unfortunately their associations prevent them from gaining the courage to act or the wisdom to grow. There has to be a solution for this gut feeling…
Seeing my parents divorce when I was 15 was an awakening. I repeatedly said I would not have a girlfriend or get married because in my mind having a girlfriend ultimately led to a broken relationship and hatred. However, deep down though something did not feel right. There had to be a solution for this gut feeling…
I used to go out into my workshop and build things nightly to escape the daily grind. One day I decided to turn my passion of woodworking into a business. Over time I ended up with a gut feeling that the craft remain a hobby. There had to be a solution for this gut feeling…
I would hang out with peers on a Friday night at local establishments and discuss superficial topics such as sports, women, and gossip. I had this gut feeling that my time should be used more productively. There had to be a solution for this gut feeling…
My wife gave me a bible 11 years ago. I opened it only once from that time 8 years forward, primarily due to association and lack of purpose. Then one of my good friends Brandon Brazier courageously stepped out on faith and showed me a business plan for personal growth on the back of a pickup truck. Sounds strange doesn’t it? He told me about Orrin Woodward and his leadership organization called the Team and Now what is being called Life. Over the past several years I have been reading scripture, have found Christ, am developing my purpose and striving to be the best example of a Christian Husband, Father, Brother, Son, and Friend. LIFE is the solution for this gut feeling…
Understanding my purpose has developed confidence. When this passion was combined with a dream, hope began to fuel my desire to grow and develop. A hunger to lead overthrew logic; my elephant began to steer the ant reframing the “self” perspective. I can really notice a difference looking back over the past 6-9 months.
When somebody goes out and serves (1 Cor 2:4) their paradigm can only be transformed in a positive way. Seeing friends who were originally negative and are now your best friends in this business, seeing a marriage destined for failure turn around over a 6 month period, seeing people edify you for your efforts/sacrifice; all these are wonderful examples of what the dear Lord has blessed me with through the LIFE business. Here is the video of My wife retiring from her Job to be able to be a stay at home mom with our son Austin. This would never have been possible with out the TEAM, Orrrin Woodward, Mark Haas, and the Leadership Skills we Learned from them. It has changed out LIFE!
‘Christians are brainwashed’ or ’No one can really ‘know’ God’s will…it’s ‘unknowable.’Does Gods care enough about me or…you.to really have a purpose for our life?’ Have you thought about or heard these things before?
How do you know you are living God’s will for your life? I meet a lot of people who have a difficult time understanding this. I know there a lot of books that speak on this subject, but I’d like to offer a simple perspective that is easy to understand.
God has a will. HIS will does not change. “He has made us for his pleasure.” (Rev 4:11) He has given us a framework in which we are permitted to operate. That framework is explained in His word, the Holy Bible. If you are not reading the Bible, your framework will be dictated by the popular media and people with whom you associate. If you are not regularly reading the Bible, that will eventually guarantee you are not doing God’s will for your life. You will not know or remember what that framework is, much less be able to live within it.
If you are reading the Bible regularly, you will be familiar with that framework. It will honor God to choose anything within that framework as a means to live and operate your life. “A man’s heart devises his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” (Prov 16:19) If you are reading the Bible and pursuing a relationship with God instead of pursuing religion, what is in your heart will be of God.He would be most pleased by us if we lived in a way in which we did the most work for His glory. That, of course, would include us using the talents he has given us to their maximum potential.
Of course, that maximum potential always comes with some struggle and adversity. His will for your life rarely presents itself as easy. Somehow many people are making decisions about God’s will for their life based upon the “easier route”. The Bible I read rarely demonstrates God’s will is the easy route. In fact, Jesus said, “They will hate you because of me.” (Matt 10:22) Moses, Joseph, Joshua, Mary and Joseph, Jesus himself, and Paul and the disciples all had the task of doing God’s will and it was a struggle. Usually a big one! However, it always worked out in the end to honor God and show how magnificent he is.
I did not used to read the bible regularly. I never used to read books either. I began reading books when I joined the TEAM, a community building organization. In addition to a leadership and community building subscription, they had a faith subscription of books and cds which I have subscribed to for 10 years also. The founders and my friends, Chris Brady and Orrin Woodward would reference books as they grew in their leadership abilities. Through their example and demonstration of Christ in their life, they influenced me (true discipling) to begin reading the Bible and the same books as they did so I may be blessed with the same information. I encourage you to read the bible regularly as well.
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Stay tuned for part two as we discuss more on the topic of God’s will, specifically, “praying about it”