Checking the state of your flock

Checking the state of your flock

  I was having lunch with a good friend and investor named Emmett, recently. We talked about the current market and strategies we’re implementing, and we discussed what we see our other investor friends doing.   One of those friends hasn’t done many deals lately because she got her start when the market was at the bottom. Now that the market is moving so much, she is afraid it will…

Remember to be Thankful

Remember to be Thankful

  Ashley and I went up to Kentucky to see her side of the family for an early Thanksgiving. It was great. Her Dad lives in Pulaski County, and the mountains there are just beautiful. We spent our time riding the kids through those mountains on four wheelers and visiting with family we see only a few times a year.     We came home the day before Thanksgiving. Traffic…

Knock on the door of success

Knock on the door of success

Knock on the door of success:   It’s that time of year again. It’s time to evaluate last year, to celebrate your successes and investigate where you need to improve. Once that’s done, you can move on to the all-important task of setting goals for 2017. Are you excited?   Something I love about this time of year is that personal development goes into overdrive. If you’re like me, you’re…

How the Fourth Commandment will make you a successful investor

How the Fourth Commandment will make you a successful investor

How the Fourth Commandment will make you a successful investor   It never fails: each time we start a new property a contractor will ask me why they can’t work for us on Saturdays.   You see, our job sites shut down on Saturdays. That’s because I observe Sabbath from sundown on Friday night to sundown on Saturday night – and no it’s not because I’m Jewish.   Believe it…

I Am

I Am

I Am:   I’d like to invite you into a night ritual my three year-old daughter and I share most evenings in her room.   I lay her on my chest while we sing songs and pray.   Before I lay her down, I ask her:   “Are you beautiful? Are you funny? Are you strong? Are you fast? Are you smart? Are you a princess of Yahweh?”   With…

Yohanan’s Might

Yohanan’s Might

Yohanan’s Might:   We learned late last Thursday evening that something terrible had happened in our community. A family in our congregation had lost a child. Their 18-month-old son, Obadiah Dillard, had died due to an accidental drowning. Obadiah was the fifth of six children born in the Dillard house.   As I lay down Thursday night, I wondered what could be done to help. It dawned on me that…

The Oldest Recorded Deed

The Oldest Recorded Deed

As you walk into a deed room, it can feel a little scary.   First, you realize you’re in a vault in the depths of your local court house. Second, the thick steel doors that protect the deed room from fire and flood are similar to something from a 1930’s bank heist. You’re sure Bonnie and Clyde are looming somewhere close. And since you are on the bottom floor, it…

The Proverbs 31 Woman

The Proverbs 31 Woman

In chapter 31 of the book of Proverbs, Solomon’s mother tells him what to look for in a woman. This is fascinating because the Bible is often written from a man’s point of view. Here we have a woman giving her perspective as to what a woman should be.   Girls all over have clung to these verses looking to them as a guide stone for what a “real” and…