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*Reliable *Dependable *Sustainable

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

The following article dissects communication. Ultimately, it defines relationship. I decided to share this with you because it should be as obvious as a big red barn. For some of us, it will all hit home when reading the last line. No worries. You are still cool with me.

Either way, I want you to get the full effect. There is a word that qualifies communication and is also key to achieving relationship.

It is how a Michelin Star chef prepares each dish.

It is the noteworthy modifier for reliable and dependable service, causing a sustainable relationship between customer and purveyor.

When you figure out this word, please check yourself at the bottom of this page.

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Every Billionaire’s Secret

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

My customers ask me all the time, “Where do I place the Treasure Fulcrum?” Okay, so not exactly in those words. What I hear most often is: “Isn’t there an easier way or some secret formula to get lots of money?

I tell them that there is… inherit it. As with any relationship, acquiring wealth demands commitment. This is not a secret.

Let’s Define Wealth

We know that wealth does not just mean money. It can also be defined as value. It can be defined as our brand. The determining factor is that if some thing is valuable to us, then we can be wealthy by adding more value through honest investment.   

The most succinct definition of “investment” is: “someone’s commitment of an asset in a system in order to achieve a planned goal.” We can commit our moneyinterestservicedevotionheartlove, energy and most importantly time. These are our assets and they allow us to have a relationship with wealth. This is not a secret.

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Card again

A young soldier was in his rest area alone one Sunday morning in Iraq.  

It was quiet that day, The guns, mortars and land mines, for some reason hadn’t made a noise. The young soldier knew it was Sunday. As he was sitting there, he got out an old deck of cards and laid them out across his sleeping bag. 

Just then his platoon sergeant came over and said, “Why aren’t you with the rest of the platoon?” 

The soldier replied, “I thought I would spend some time with the Lord.”  

The sergeant said, “Looks to me like you are going to play cards.”  

The soldier said, “No, Sergeant. Since we are not allowed to have Bibles or other spiritual books in this country, I’ve decided to talk to the Lord by studying this deck of cards.” 

“How’s that again?” the sergeant asked in disbelief. 

“You see the Ace, Sergeant? It reminds that there is only one G_d.

The Two represents the two parts of the Bible – Old and New Testament.

The Three represents the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit.

The Four stands for the Apostles: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

The Five is for the five virgins that waited on the Bridegroom, out of ten, but only five saved their lamp oil to greet him.

The Six is for the six days it took G_d to create the heavens and earth.

The Seven is for the day G_d rested after creation.

The Eight is for the family of Noah, his wife, their three sons and their wives. G_d saved the eight people from the flood that destroyed Earth.

The Nine is for the lepers that Jesus cleansed of leprosy, but ignored Him. He cleansed ten, but nine never thanked Him.

The Ten represents the Ten Commandments that God handed down to Moses on tablets made of stone.

The Jack is a reminder of Satan, the angel of light, cast out of heaven, and is now the father of lies.

The Queen stands for the Mary, Jesus mother.

The King stands for Jesus, for He is the King of all kings.  

“When I count the dots on all the cards, I come up with 365 total, one for every day of the year.

There are a total of 52 cards in a deck, each is a week – 52 in a year.

The four suits represents the four seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.

Each suit has thirteen cards; there are exactly thirteen weeks in a quarter.  

“So when I want to talk to G_d and think on Him, I just pull out this old deck of cards and they remind me of all that I have to be thankful for – even here in the Middle East.” 

The sergeant just stood there with tears in his eyes. He said, “Soldier, can I borrow that deck of cards?”  

Please take time to pray for all of our servicemen and servicewomen who are now away, putting their lives on the line for America and for the sake of Liberty. 

G_d bless you.

G_d bless Texas.

G_d bless America!

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