7 Top Tips From the Business Woman of the Bible, Lydia, for Today’s Woman of God

Lydia was one of the most successful business women in the Bible. You will find her story in the Bible in Acts 16:14-15. According to Biblical records, Lydia was a business woman who dyed and sold purple cloth, a material used by the wealthy and elite of the day. This meant Lydia worked in a high-priced market with a high-end target market.

But Lydia was more than just a woman who sold luxury goods to the elite and the powerful. From all accounts it appears she was also the head of her household, an employer of others, and a woman of great Christian faith. She was the first European convert to Christianity and the first to establish a church in her home for other Christians. Fellowship times included examples of how to do business and worship as a part of a business woman’s day.

As a powerful woman of God, Lydia has much to offer today’s Christian business women. Here are seven valuable lessons for women of God from the Bible woman, Lydia.

1. Keep prayer in your daily activities. The bible story of Lydia says she met the Apostle Paul at a place of prayer. She also opened her home to have worship services for others. Keep your priorities in order as a woman of God. Remember to pray unceasingly about everything including your business activities by making prayer a priority activity on your daily schedule.

2. Work to please the Lord. Lydia took her responsibility as a Christian business woman to work “as unto the Lord” very seriously. You can show Christian beliefs through your nature and personality without being pushy or unprofessional. Show Biblical principles through your actions and decisions in your business.

3. Design a powerful company. Lydia was a no-nonsense business woman who built a major company in a wealthy market. Nothing says a woman of God has to play small in the business world. Christian business women should be open to working in all types of industries and not shy away from the potential of going big. If you are pursuing big dreams use Lydia as your role model for growth.

4. Try non-traditional opportunities. By being a successful and wealthy merchant of purple cloth Lydia was in a non-traditional business category during her times. Don’t shy away from embracing non-traditional business opportunities. Consider working in fields where few if any woman are already excelling and create new paths to success.

5. Find your balance between work and home. Lydia maintained her household even while running a powerful business. Each woman has to find the way to balance, keeping her home in order while running a business. It might mean downsizing or hiring help. Use your business skills to figure out what works for you to get it all done.

6. Learn to grow your business. Lydia’s business was so successful that she had to hire employees. Growing a business means eventually needing to hire help. That help might come in the form of a part time assistants, independent contractors, freelancers or full-time employees. Start in the initial business planning stages to consider how and when you will start to hire help so you can expand your business operations. This creates jobs for others, increases the economy of your area and increases your status and influence as a business professional.

7. Know you can be prosperous. Lydia shows that successful Christian women can be highly prosperous. There’s no reason to fear money or to shy away from earning large amounts of money in business. The important key is to keep a check on your heart so money does not become your focus instead of God. Lydia was a business woman in the Bible who prospered while giving all glory to God.

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A Cheaper Way to Live and Get Ahead – Own a Recreation Vehicle (RV)

Get ahead and live easier.

You could go out and finance a home or land which benefits the banks. A way for you to benefit and not a bank is to buy an RV.

We’re trained from the time we are children that a dream life is to get a good education, get a good job, get married, buy a home and we will then live happily ever after. Sometimes that is true, but more and more, it is not true.

Think about the cost of owning a home in this current economy. On a thirty year mortgage, you will pay roughly three times the actual amount in payments of the actual price paid for the purchase of the home. For example, on a one hundred thousand dollar home over thirty years, your expenses will be three hundred thousand, two hundred thousand more than the purchase price of the home. The banks love this kind of profit they receive. That is how the executives get rich. You struggle for up to thirty years to make the payments and hope you make it until your possible investment is paid off. If you have trouble and for some reason you cannot make the payments the banks love that, they will gladly take your home. After you have made payments for years on your mortgage, the banks can and will leave you homeless. You the borrower take all the risk and accept a life of struggle and stress. Then you ask yourself, in this current economy of lower wages and job uncertainty, will the home you purchased appreciate in value. Your home might appreciate in value some but it is safe to say it will not appreciate much in value or very little.

A better way is to purchase a reasonably priced Recreational Vehicle. You can buy an older one and put a small amount of money into it to make it travel worthy, or by a more expensive one, that is up to you. But if you shop you can by a decent recreational vehicle to live in for less than the cost of a moderately priced new car. Even if you were to finance one for three to five years, you would be living in it during that time, saving hundreds of dollars a month by not making the mortgage payments to the bank.

Now you ask, “Where do you park the RV?” Well there are many seasonal campgrounds where you pay a minimum cost to plug into electric and water and pay on a monthly basis. You can work out a deal with a person to park it on their land, at their home or business, and farm, for a small monthly fee and they benefit and so do you. Once every week or two depending on your usage you can drive your Recreation vehicle to a dumping station to dispose of its waste.

Now here is the real smart part. You take the savings that you have incurred, while living a much lower stress life, and tuck that money in a safe place. Within a few years you have the cash to buy a home outright with no mortgage. Then you can live in that home with no mortgage years ahead of the others, who took on that thirty year mortgage. At the end you own a Recreational Vehicle; you own your home outright and have money saved from all the years of saving. You will live with no mortgage when the majority of the population still does.

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Good Healthy Food And Its Advantages

The advantages of eating good healthy food is that you provide your body with the nutrients it needs to function efficiently. This eliminates much stress, stops food cravings and prevents disease.

The common western diet is around 50% processed food and 40% animal protein. The cooking of animal protein alters the protein, making it more difficult to digest, assimilate and eliminate. Animal protein does not contain a wide variety of complex nutrients.

That leaves just 10%, or less, of real food. It is impossible for your body to function well when only 10% is nutrient rich food.

Not only is it impossible, it ensures you remain hungry all the time, increasing the chance of snacking. This inevitably leads to weight gain.

Cruciferous vegetables are one of the most complete foods there are. They are in the brassicaceae family of plants and include root vegetables, leafy greens and flowers. The common ones are broccoli, kale, cabbage, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, arugula, watercress, horseradish, collards, turnip greens, kohlrabi, radishes, daikon, chinese cabbage, bok choy, chard, rapini, wasabi and rutabaga.

They are rich in fiber, macro minerals, trace elements, vitamins, protein and omega 3, phytochemicals and antioxidants.

The green family members are especially healthy. The cruciferous vegetables all have a slightly spicy or pungent aroma and/or flavour. This comes from the sulphur containing compound, sulphaphane.

Sulphaphane is known to:

  • protect cellular enzyme activity
  • induce cancer cell destruction
  • targets cancer stem cells
  • heals the blood/brain barrier
  • reduces chronic inflammation

It’s interesting that these are the favourite vegetables for fermenting, which enhances the healing abilities of the vegetable.

The benefits of a regular supply of these vegetables include:

  • eliminating heavy metals
  • neutralising harmful chemicals

This is comforting in our current age of high toxicity, poisons, chemicals and environmental degradation.

The best way to eat good healthy food is to eat it fresh, and if possible raw. Growing your own vegetables can ensure the freshest supply.

Eating it raw can be a challenge. Often it is an acquired taste. But here is one recipe that may tickle your taste buds.

Combine freshly squeezed orange and lemon juice. Allow finely chopped kale to marinade in this overnight.

Healthy, delicious!

When you start to eat good healthy food, you find that you may suffer a little in the first week. This is normal and natural. After this cleansing and detoxing process is over, your find you have more energy, feel clearer and brighter and continue to improve. The desire for unhealthy food diminishes and fades altogether.

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A COMPREHENSIVE BUILDING VISUALISATION THROUGH ARCHITECTURAL ANIMATION

Architectural Animation is a short digital architectural movie which incorporates the concerned project or building, the location, animated people and automobiles, all of these are digitally created with the aid of 2D or 3D animation techniques. Contrary to an architectural rendering, which is displays a single image from a single point of view, an architectural animation is a series of this kind of still images. When this series of images are arranged in a sequence and played, they bring about the effect of a movie, similar to a real movie except for; all images in an here are digitally developed by computer. It aids in displaying an accurate view of the surroundings with the help of customized landscape.It is a boon for Architects and Designers to provide a 360 degree view of how the building will look after actual construction in an effective and interactive way.

Architects are always in search of better and more advanced techniques to avail benefits from it. It is one latest method which can be defined as computer generated animated video of the architectural aspects of the building with intricate details in the short duration of the video. Architectural Rendering is the most effective technique to showcase the photorealistic effect of the building.

3D architectural animation is a one stop solution which aids an Architect to demonstrate a building in a realistic visualization. It is beneficial in many ways:

 Provides significantly greater amount of details with regards to building’s architecture in an animated video format gives superior visualization to architects

 Representation of building’s architecture with additional perceptions and different angles, also moving animation from all angles provides explicit idea regarding building’s geography

 Easy implementation in construction projects for enhanced view

Architectural animation is often recognized as a series of animated 3D images of building’s geographical elements which is created using numerous modern techniques. Team of artists make 360 degree views and assists you to select suitable design for your future construction. In earlier times there existed a probability of re designing since there was no method to view your future building in virtual environment. These are also utilized extensively for interior design purpose in fact it is not limited up to interior but additionally put to use for landscaping. Landscaping is considered the most complicated process but animation makes it effortless since it offers pre visualization.

Architects make use of these animated 3D models of buildings as a template design of their structure.Since 3D Architectural Animation is a digitalized methodology, it is possible to automatically update the changes as per client’s specifications. Architectural Animations cater to the following sectors of building construction:

• It assists in creating 3D animation models of residential, commercial and industrial buildings

• Easy implementation of Animated 3D models for building’s interior

• 3D exterior architectural animation with detailed landscape and wall posts

• 3D animation rendering of various building types such as health care, schools etc

Architectural Experts are incorporating 3D animation of 3D house plans, 3D floor plans etc to represent a detailed and real view of the building from all the perspectives.

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Diabetes – Types and Symptoms – Part 1 of 4

If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, you’re probably wondering what that means. You may be curious as to how diabetes can affect your body. And you may be surprised to learn that uncontrolled diabetes can cause irreparable damage to your other body systems, even if you don’t “feel” sick. Keep reading to learn what diabetes is, what it means to you, and how exercise can help you.

Types of Diabetes

There are two main types of diabetes. Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1, or Juvenile Onset Diabetes, is normally diagnosed during childhood and is caused by the pancreas failing to produce insulin. Type 2 is usually diagnosed during adulthood, however, more and more kids are being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, related to the alarming increase in childhood obesity. We will be focusing this article on Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of diabetes, which is caused by the body not producing enough insulin, or the insulin no longer being as effective. (If your physician has told you that you have Pre-Diabetes, please see our Pre-Diabetes article here.) There is also Gestational Diabetes, but we will not discuss this here, as it affects pregnant women.

Diabetes is a metabolic disease, affecting the way your body’s cells use, or fails to use, glucose (sugar) in the blood. In order for the cells to use glucose, it needs a hormone called insulin that is made by the pancreas. Diabetes can affect the insulin-glucose relationship in different ways. If the pancreas doesn’t make enough insulin, there is not enough insulin to support the body’s need. On the other hand, the cells can become what is called “insulin resistant” which also prevents the cells from using glucose effectively. We’ll discuss this in more detail later.

Diabetes Symptoms

So, let’s start by learning the symptoms of diabetes. Increased thirst, increased hunger, fatigue, increased urination (even more so at night), unexplained weight loss, blurred vision, frequent infections, and you may notice sores that will not heal.

The buildup of excess glucose in your blood will cause fluids to be pulled from your body’s tissues into your blood stream in an attempt to dilute the blood. This fluid shift can cause you to have dry mouth and make you very thirsty, usually causing you to drink more. Your body will also try to flush this extra glucose from your blood by increasing urination. Combine this with your extra fluid intake and you’ll be urinating “every time you turn around.” Fluid can also be pulled from the lenses in your eyes, affecting your ability to focus and causing blurred vision. All of this fluid shifting in the body and urination can ultimately lead to dehydration.

If you cells aren’t getting the glucose they need because of insufficient or ineffective insulin, your body will think the problem is that you’re not eating enough food. In turn, you will feel hungry, even if you’re eating an enormous amount of food. You may also find yourself losing weight, despite eating more. However, this isn’t always the case. In some instances, you can actually gain weight. The inability of the body’s cells to use the blood glucose they require for energy can leaving you feeling fatigued, physically drained, and constantly exhausted. This can lead to increased irritability and weakness.

High glucose levels can fuel infections and can reduce your body’s ability to fight infections and to heal wounds. You may have repeated urinary tract (or other) infections, itchy skin (particularly around the groin or vaginal area). Women (and men) may have recurring yeast infections. You may notice cuts or wounds take a longer to heal, if they heal at all. Additionally, you may experience tingling of your hands and/or feet. You may feel nauseated, and you might even vomit.

Increased thirst and frequent urination are usually the symptoms that get people to the doctor. However, if you experience any of the above symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible.

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Financial Recruiters – Job Description

They are professionals that locate and place employees in positions in the financial industry. This can include placing temporary staff in positions for those on extended vacations and on leave or placing employees in high-level positions. A financial recruiter may work for a recruiting firm, a specific financial company, or independently. To work in this position they need to have the knowledge of the industry and have a network of contacts to help them locate the best employees to fill different positions.

The first step that a financial recruiter takes is to meet with the employer to discuss the kinds of qualifications that they are looking for and the position that needs to be filled. If the company they are working for wants to advertise, the financial recruiter can help develop a job listing and can also meet with human resources to discuss the job description. After gathering all the information about the job the financial recruiter will use their resources to locater prospective employees. These prospective employees will meet with the financial advisor for an interview to determine if they meet the need of the company.

When working for a recruitment firm or a particular company they may give the recruiter a time line to find someone appropriate for their job opening. The financial recruiter will pre-screen those who might be appropriate for the job opening and then set up an interview with the company or firm for the prospective job opening. The prospective employee will only be scheduled for an interview if the recruiter feels they meet the qualifications of the job.

To work as a financial recruiter, you will need an understanding of different kinds of qualifications and positions in the financial industry. This goes from accounting staff to chief executives. You will need good communication and people skills. It is helpful if you have big network resources because they allow you to locate more prospective employees for job openings that you may be asked to find employees for.

To become a financial recruiter it is essential to have a background in both human resource management and finance. You should major in a field like management with a minor in accounting or financing. You could earn a master’s degree and then spend several years in the finance world as a manager or work for a human resource department. To gain more experience while in college you could do an internship. Being a financial recruiter is more than dealing with numbers, it is dealing with people. Interpersonal skills are important. You should also have good organizational skills and be good at conducting interviews. It is a good paying position but it may take several years before you reach the top money range.

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Direct Insurers Vs Traditional Insurance Brokers

There are two types of insurance brokers, direct, and traditional. We will take a look at the two to aid you in making a comparison that will help you determine which will be best for you.

Direct Insurers

Direct Insurers are car insurance companies that have realized they can save money by cutting out the ‘middle man.’ By dealing directly with the client, instead of paying a broker or intermediary, they are able to cut back on costs and therefore offer lower premiums.

Because these companies do not have brokers accessing the public for them, and bringing in new clients, they use marketing tools to entice the customer. By advertising their services via billboards, television, radio, print media and the like, the publics’ interest is piqued. The Direct Insurer will then have a call centre where a potential client can phone in and query their services.

The caller will give all their details to the company directly, and there will normally be less paperwork involved than with an insurance broker. The common myth is that no commissions are paid at all within these Direct Insurer companies, but this is not true. Commission is paid to the call centre agent upon your signup, but that is a once off thing. With the Traditional Insurance Brokers the commission will get paid to your broker on an ongoing basis based on your monthly premiums.

Traditional Broker based Insurers

These car insurance brokerages have existed for a very long time, as opposed to the fairly new idea of Direct Insurers. Traditional Insurance Brokers have developed a very clear separation between customer services and dealing with risks. The theory of this is that if you have separate specialized entities, then each broker can develop closer relationships to their clients and offer them better service. The risks will then be understood better.

So which is better?

It is hard to debate which type of insurer will save you more money. At face value it may seem like Direct Insurers will be cheaper, especially when considering that they have cut out the middle man and therefore broker fees. It is wise to take into consideration that these companies also have much huger advertising budgets than Traditional Insurance Brokers. Sometimes, the money that they have saved on brokers’ commissions has been used for advertising, in order for them to entice their customers. This will make your premiums more expensive. This is normally the exception to the rule though, and only by doing research and comparisons will you find the Direct Insurer that is best for you.

Traditional Insurers can sometimes offer you a better deal than Direct Insurers. This is especially so if you include your household contents in your insurance request. You will receive a discount when you decide to insure more than just your vehicle with one of these companies. Unfortunately, if you do not need to insure your household contents when acquiring car insurance, you may find that a Traditional Insurer is a more expensive option.

Generally speaking, in some cases it is cheaper for the client to use a Traditional Insurer as opposed to a Direct Insurer, and vice versa. It is mostly based on your specific needs and insurance requirements.

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A Brief Overview of Small Business Administration Loans

The Small Business Administration offers loans to the small businesses who do not meet the eligibility criteria required in order to secure them from the banks as well as other traditional organizations. It is vital to remember that this organization does not offer money to the small businesses directly and that it sets up proper guidelines for the loans that are offered by its partners that include credit unions, community development agencies, banks as well as micro-lending organizations. This organization gives the assurance that a certain portion of this type of fund will be paid back within the scheduled period of time. This type of guarantee from this organization will be able to eliminate all sorts of fear from the mind of the lender in the best possible way. This article will highlight on a few important loans that are offered by this organization for the borrowers in order to fulfill their requirements in the best possible way.

SBA 7 (a) loan

This type of fund is used for multiple business purposes such as renovation of buildings, purchase of fixed assets such as buildings, machinery and furniture and so on. It is used for other business purposes such as repayment of debt, investment of capital and so on. Its term is twenty years in the case of purchase of fixed assets and its term is twenty five years in case of repayment of debt.

SBA 504 loan

This type fund is used for the purchase of land and buildings and for the purchase of different kinds of fixed assets. It is designed in such a way that this organization offers fifty percent of the total cost of a particular project within the scheduled period of time. It is vital to remember that this type of fund cannot be used for capital investment at any point of time. It is used for the purchase of land, machinery and other fixed assets and it is used to renovate buildings and properties in the best possible way.

Microloan

If you want to run your startup company successfully and if you want to expand your business, it is advisable that you should try to obtain it in the best possible way. It is mainly used to purchase furniture, machinery, equipment, inventory and other fixed assets in the best possible way. It is offered by the intermediary lenders who are associated with nonprofit organizations and who have long years of professional experience.

Disaster loans

The Small Business Administration offers them to the businesses that are affected by any kind of disaster. This kind of fund is often used to repair machinery, devices, damaged property and other kinds of assets in the best possible way.

Whether you want to obtain SBA 7 (a) loan or you wish to acquire microloan in the best possible way, it is vital that you should be able to gather knowledge about its application procedure. All you have to do is to provide the necessary documents such as financial statement, documents on income tax, business certificate and so on. The next step that you should follow is to fill up its application form properly and to submit it to a particular partner within the scheduled period of time.

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Types of Recreational Vehicles

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There seems to be a lot of confusion when using the word RV and what it describes. It is my hope that this simple little article will help in understanding all that the letters RV encapsulate.

First RV is short for Recreational Vehicle. To many, the RV is a motorhome, but while that is true it also covers other types of recreational vehicles. The main categories would be Motorhomes which covers Class A motorhomes, Class C motorhomes, B+ motor homes, and even a couple of other areas such as the toy hauler motor homes, B class motor homes, and Super C’s. Then there are the Towables category which represents travel trailers, hybrid travel trailers, toy hauler travel trailers, v-front travel trailers, work and play travel trailers, fifth wheels, toy hauler fifth wheels, low profile fifth wheels, mid-profile fifth wheels, high profile fifth wheels, entry level fifth wheels, luxury fifth wheels, and fold campers also called pop up campers.

As you can tell the letters RV covers a huge arena of products of which I named above. When you add brands and niches to all of the above it becomes a giant and hard to understand and even harder to make a decision on what to purchase. Questions like what type would work best for me? What size would work best? What is the difference between the brands? Do I have the right tow vehicle? I know I want a towable type but should I get a travel trailer or a fifth wheel? Should I get a bunkhouse camper or a mom and pop style? Should I buy a Sandpiper Fifth wheel by Forest River Inc or a Wyoming Fifth wheel by Coachmen? Should I buy a wildwood travel trailer by Forest River Inc or an Autumn Ridge by Starcraft RV?

These are all great questions and we are writing articles almost everyday to add to our article directory. The decision on what type of RV to purchase rest entirely with the individual. Yet to help make that decision here are some things to consider. Do I want to drive my RV or pull it with a tow vehicle. Is it going to be set permanently. If so definitely a Lodge park trailer would best fit this need. One of the best tips I could give is to visit a RV dealer and sit down with a sales consultant and talk your needs through with them or visit a RV dealers web site and look through the product and then e-mail them with questions.

I wish you the best in all your RV adventures. Happy Camping!

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Healthy High-Calorie Foods For Weight Gain

No doubt, gaining weight is as hard as losing. Having a good body and a healthy weight is important to live a long and healthy life. And if you are one of those skinny people who is struggling to increase some extra pound, so, this article is for you. Here we share a list of foods you can add to your diet that increases your weight in no time without putting any adverse effects on your health. So, let’s take a look.

  • Protein Smoothies: If you want to gain weight, so, you should increase the amount of protein in your diet (as per recommended by your dietitian). And drinking protein smoothies are the easiest and yummiest treats you can give to yourself that not only help you attain your weight gain goal but also satisfy your cravings. Try to make some homemade protein smoothies with some natural fruits to have real-time benefits.
  • Dairy Products: Milk, cheese, egg, yogurt, butter and to name a few are some of the dairy products you need to add to your diet. These are high in calories and help you gain weight effortlessly. So, make sure you include them in healthy quantity with expert advice to take their real benefits.
  • Rice: Rice is a low-carb food that again one of the easiest ways to gain some extra pounds without making so many efforts. Make sure you have a bowl of rice regularly if you want to see quick results.
  • Nuts And Nuts Butter: Nuts and nut butter like peanut butter is no doubt a high-calorie food that is the way perfect to add to the diet if you are looking to gain some healthy weight. These are healthy and have enough nutrients your body requires to function properly.
  • Starchy Carbs: Starchy carbs helps you to gain healthy weight. Include potatoes, quinoa, oats, corn, beans, and legumes, squash, buckwheat, etc. And within a few days, you will see the results that for sure amaze you.
  • Dark Chocolate: It has a high-calorie density and therefore having, it may also have some positive effects on your weight gain goal. Make sure you add healthy quantity and if you have any other health problem, so consult your doctor first.

Eating more calories than your body needs is the only secret to gain weight, keep this in your mind and adopt a healthy diet plan that aids you to attain your goal in no time.

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