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April 2020

The Top 7 Money Questions swHw Women Have

By |2020-05-08T12:33:42-04:00April 24th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Is tithing just for those who can afford it? Proverbs 3:9-10 says: “Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.” This proverb, stemming from the instruction from Deuteronomy 26:9-11, commands us to give of the first and best of the harvest. God doesn’t ask us for our leftovers because everything belongs to Him anyway. Rather than questioning why He requests us to give our first tenth of what we have, we really should live in awe and gratitude that God allows us to keep 90% of what is His. We are managers of God’s resources, not the other way around. Yes, it will require faith. And you may even have seasons where tithing doesn’t make budgeting sense. But tithing is the one area where God tells us to test Him and see if He doesn’t provide in overwhelming ways (Malachi 3:10). Should I feel guilty for charging for my products and services as a Christ-follower? Paul said it best in Acts 20:33-35: “I have coveted no one’s silver or gold or clothes. You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my [...]

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QUARANTINE CLARITY: what is essential?

By |2020-05-08T12:33:49-04:00April 9th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Between FOMO (fear of missing out) and YOLO (you only live once), there's no question that it takes serious effort to live a life that doesn't require you to live exhausted or mindlessly. But as Somer said it in class yesterday: "One of the ways we deviate from God's calling on our lives is by adding too much to it."  And while we don't want to minimize the challenges many are facing right now, we also don't want to miss the opportunity to learn from what God is doing - because He is always working. We wanted to share an analogy with you from this week’s mastermind that hopefully will help you carefully evaluate your pre-pandemic life. Consider the difference between a buffet and fine dining. BUFFET FINE DINING It’s your responsibility to get the food Buffets are exhausting. (You and your spouse never sit down at the same time: someone needs to go to the bathroom, someone is somehow already ready for ice cream, someone else needs food, someone has to watch the purse, etc.) You get food you don’t even like because you don’t want to miss out. There are lots of mediocre chefs in the [...]

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free gift for you: a simple guide for everyday Bible study!

By |2020-05-08T12:33:59-04:00April 8th, 2020|Uncategorized|

The Holy Spirit is the B E S T Bible teacher. “'Now God has revealed these things to us by the Spirit, since the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except his spirit within him? In the same way, no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who comes from God, so that we may understand what has been freely given to us by God. 13 We also speak these things, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual things to spiritual people." – 1 Corinthians 2:10-13 At swHw, we love simplifying things for you. In our world of information overload and overwhelm, our goal in providing these simple reflection prompts is to lead you into a life-changing dialogue with the Holy Spirit…who is probably the most misunderstood Person of the Holy Trinity. But here’s the truth: when you accept Jesus’ gift of salvation, deny yourself, pick up your cross, and follow Him, having the Holy Spirit means you get FULL access to Jesus inside of you. There’s no such thing as half Holy Spirit. All believers gain access to the same [...]

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our mini crash course in retention

By |2020-05-08T12:34:05-04:00April 2nd, 2020|Classes, Faith, Family|

In this week’s swHw mastermind, Michelle managed to talk through the twelve pillars of retention in right around 45 minutes. (That has to be some kind of content-delivery record!) It was so good, though, that we decided to share one of our favorite tips from each of the 12 with you here.  But before we dig in, though, we need to redefine retention — it’s deeper than merely keeping a customer.  “Retention is stewardship of the mission God has called you to and the people He has brought your way through your work.” - Michelle Myers  While we’ve got you amen-ing, let’s dig in: ONBOARDING:  Assume their doubt + reassure their decision. FEEDBACK LOOP: How can you keep the conversation going? PROACTIVE CUSTOMER SERVICE: Can you connect them with others who engage with your work as well? Make them feel like they're a part of something more than just buying something. LOYALTY PERKS:  If a customer has already said yes to you, there should be perks inside that are not widely advertised on the outside. (Psst - this is how you underpromise + overdeliver!) MISSION REMINDERS: Ask reflection questions that make them see their own transformation. SIMPLIFICATION:  Let them [...]

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March 2020

Three Quick Tips to STAY Decluttered After Spring Cleaning

By |2020-05-08T12:34:12-04:00March 20th, 2020|Uncategorized|

You did it! You cleaned out the garage, the kids’ closets, the playroom, etc. You want to be so proud of yourself… …but deep down, you’re wondering just how quickly it will get out of control again. Can you relate? Here are three quick tips to help you maintain minimalism after decluttering:  When You Buy Something New This one is simple. If you buy something new for yourself, donate or give away something that is somewhat equal. For example, when you buy a new pair of tennis shoes, you need to donate or give away the oldest pair you currently have. Easy.  When You’re Given a Gift We’ve all felt that guilt when we’re given a gift. I mean, isn’t there some un-written rule that you have to keep it for at least a year before you give it away? Donating something doesn’t mean you didn’t like it; it just means you didn’t need it. So here’s the declutter new gift protocol: Accept it Admire it Donate it if you don’t need it. Paper If you find yourself having tons of paperwork at your house, try organizing your files by a timeline instead of by topic. [...]

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