Today, two friends are celebrating birthdays. I hope my words here honor them and inspire you. I’ve never blogged about friends in this way, but I knew I needed to today.

BradSargentBrad Sargent is a unique, one-of-a-kind, miracle. Of course, this is true of everyone, but somehow it seems more true of Brad. Maybe it’s because he’s so comfortable in his own skin. He knows who he is and he’s confident in God’s design without being arrogant. This makes him very attractive.

Brad loves to celebrate people and their accomplishments. It’s one of the things I really appreciate about him. He’s constantly aware of how he can encourage others. I think all of us who know him would agree – he makes all of us better.

Brad chose to invest in me when I began writing my first book. He was my writing coach and I’ll be forever grateful. It’s also because of his recommendation that I was able to network with a strategic organization. His confidence in me and my gifts has meant the world to me.

Brad inspires me to stay the course – to know what God has called me to and to do it. He has worked on two massive projects for years – cultural analysis/interpretation for the church and spiritual abuse – and is respected for his expertise. https://futuristguy.wordpress.com/ He won’t allow himself to be distracted because he believes He has heard from God and this work is his to do. It’s been hard and lonely at times. He has not given up. He won’t.

Can you imagine how much better off we’d all be if we sought God regarding our call and our work and did it? I am grateful to Brad for his friendship and his example.

  • Let’s all seek God and fulfill our work.
  • Let’s celebrate others.
  • Let’s invest in others.

Kenda-Le-2012-headshotKenda-Le Pernin is the second friend I want to honor today. I’m glad God made her, too. She’s become a trusted friend after working with me for years as a business consultant http://mka-world.com/kenda-le-pernin/ for Celebrate Kids, Inc.

She’s brilliant in helping people determine goals and objectives and what systems will be necessary to achieve them. She got to know me and all that Celebrate Kids is about so her instruction was relevant, timely, and extremely helpful. More than anyone, she helped me understand Celebrate Kids isn’t just a non-profit ministry. It’s a business. I needed to see myself as an entrepreneur and she was the one God used to mature me.

I’m very grateful to Kenda-Le for her tenacity. She wouldn’t give up. I was such a novice when we began working together, but she understood. Because of her compassion toward me and passion for what I do, I knew she was safe. I could ask any questions I needed to and she’d repeat her answers as often as necessary.

KendaLeKenda-Le, like Brad, loves celebrating people. During every phone call, she wanted to hear about successes since our last call. She taught me to celebrate baby steps and the big deals. Yes, we credited God, but she also helped me recognize my growth. Without my increased confidence in God and myself, I’m not sure we would have made it through the financial valley that occurred several years ago.

Kenda-Le isn’t just passionate for me and Celebrate Kids, she is passionate for consulting. She loves her work and it shows. Because of her passion and expertise, I still have something posted on my wall, above my desk, that she helped me create in 2012.

Can you imagine how much better off we’d all be if we served others with abandonment? I am grateful to Kenda-Le for her friendship and her example.

  • Let’s all seek God and fulfill our work.
  • Let’s celebrate others.
  • Let’s invest in others.