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Black Friday in Retail...God's house in the Red!

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I was in shock to see it and even more in shocked to watch it as the lines started forming on Thanksgiving afternoon all over the country. People stood in line to get into stores to purchase "doorbuster" specials, receive special incentives, and fill their buggies full of stuff they didn't even need. I know this because my family first had spent over $200 after walking into a store on Black Friday saying we really didn't need anything. Get this fact: Total Shopper spending for the weekend of Black Friday reached an estimated $59.1 billion, which is a 13% increase from a year ago! Online shopping (my favorite kind of shopping) eclipsed over 1 Billion dollars in sales and increased by 21% over the weekend from 2011 sales. This represents astronomical numbers especially for us to be in the worse economy in 50+ years. The National Retail Federation is predicting that sales this holiday season will rise 4.1% from 2011 sales.  If the estimate is correct, holiday sale…

Busy but not Productive!

A couple of months ago I went to warm up some coffee in our microwave. I opened the door, put the lukewarm coffee in the microwave, set the timer for 30 seconds, and pushed start. The microwave lit up, the little warmer plate started spinning in circles, and my taster was set for some nice hot coffee. When the "ding" indicated the microwave was through, I opened the door and reached in to get my hot coffee. There was an immediate problem...my coffee was not the least bit hot. I didn't understand! How could this be? So I put the coffee back in the microwave, repeated the process for another 30 seconds, and waited impatiently for the "ding." I reached in to get my coffee and still no heat! Could this be the beginning of the end of time? Was I to now drink lukewarm coffee? Even the Lord would spew lukewarm coffee out of His mouth. I finally came to the reality that the microwave oven was in fact broken. It was no longer productive. It had to be replaced...and soon…