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Marnie Minute – Aug. 21, 2013

21 Aug

1. Financial Training: Business Success Principles
2. Countdown to the New Site – 20 Days!
3. New Site Feature of the Week – See What’s There!
4. Personal Note from Marnie


1. FINANCIAL TRAINING: Essential Principles of Business Success and Prosperity with Marnie & guest expert, Kathy Hill.

During this program, you’ll discover how to
– establish your business on God-honoring principles,
– recruit and hire awesome people who are aligned with your goals,
– establish a healthy work environment,
– prepare to succeed,
– and more!

Join us live online

Thursday, August 22, 2013

3-4 PM Central Time

Call in to listen at 646-727-2510
or listen online at


2.  Countdown to the New Site – 20 Days!

Thank you, thank you for you continued patience as we work to move into our new site.

The current site is literally bursting at the seams, causing slow loading times, link-drops, login issues and more.

Thank YOU for being part of the expansion that led to this necessary site upgrade! Growth is a GREAT problem and we LOVE you!

Please know that we are working as fast as we can to move this octopus to it’s new home ASAP. We so appreciate your patience and your prayers!

The grand opening for the new site won’t be until Thursday, November 11th (giving us time to work out all the bugs), but the site will be launched and up and running on Monday, September 9th, Lord willing.

Please be praying for this huge project!


3. New Site Feature of the Week – See What’s There!

The new site is just full of cool features, but the most important feature may be its ease of navigation.

For years we have been trying to find a way to put 30+ awesome sites together under one umbrella, and now we have.

I think you’re going to love how easy and fast it is to find what you are looking for, to see what all is available, and to access anything you want within seconds.

Site Launch: 20 Days & Counting

Oh, yeah, and we’re hosting a pre-launch membership sale. Access 100% of my online resources, past, present and future, for life, for just $249 (that’s 75% OFF), or make 12 payments of just $24.99. Register now at:


4. Personal Note from Marnie

We had SUCH a great 30th anniversary trip, and thank you to all who sent along congrats!

Two days before we left, our daughter, Keren, drove from Florida to surprise us in person. She’s planning to hang around a while and will be doing project work at the family restaurant through September. I’m so excited!!

Tim finished his summer of counseling at Trout Lake Bible Camp and heads off for his 3rd year of college tonight. It’s been great to have him home a few days!

Best ever, all 3 of my kids have been home with us this week. There just isn’t anything better than being together, is there!

Looking forward to heaven and endless together time with them, and with YOU!!

Have a super week!



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Tortured for Christ

11 Nov


Speak the truth with respect.
Receive whatever God allows.
Praise and watch God work.

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Hottest New Ice Breakers for 2013

13 Aug

Register for live, free training at the Minneapolis Area
Event Planners Bootcamp

Ice Breakers

Limited Seating: Register Here.

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Balancing Self-Sacrifice

22 Feb

This week I received an email including this sentiment:

“I love to invest myself, my time and my gifts into others, but when I get tired, or receive little or no appreciation, I sometimes wonder if I’m investing wisely.”

Does that describe your feelings? Have you been giving yourself away and now you are second-guessing that choice?Self Sacrifice

I used to lose my balance about this a lot until I adopted a few healthy personal policies which have now become second-nature to me. As you read through the following progression, I hope you’ll find some hope and a way to process hard choices (or maybe hard people!).

1. If God grants me the grace to give something away (my time, whatever), I do.

  1.   I give as unto God and not man (knowing full well He’ll reward me now, later or both).
  2.   I attempt to give as freely as it’s been gifted to me.
  3.   I expect nothing in return from the recipient (but love it if it comes).
  4.   I do not keep accounts. (ie – I do not require a thank you or payback, etc.)

2. If I have nothing to give, or no grace to give what I have, I ask God for whatever is needed. I pray, “God, I have no ___________ (whatever is needed or whatever I am being asked for right now), but You have plenty of ____________. Please flow some of Your ___________ through me right now. Thank You.”

  1.  If God answers with the ___________, I freely give it as in #1.
  2.  If God does not answer with ______________, I apologize* that I will not be able to help in that way today.
  3. I do not burn bridges. Just because God did not gift me with ability or resources today does not mean He won’t tomorrow.

C. If during the above process, at any point, I feel pressured to give by another person, I check my spirit.

  1.   If I have what they need, why would I say “no”? Note: There might be hundreds of God-honoring reasons to say “no.” Just be sure yours is God-honoring.
  2.   If I’ve asked God to supply and He has not, then I should feel OK saying “no.” If this is where I’m getting messed up, I humbly admit that I need personal healing when it comes to saying “yes” to God when He requires that I say “no” to this particular person OR to anyone who asks me about this particular service. In this case, I am the broken one, not the person asking this of me. Usually just realizing this helps me say “yes” to God.

There are some people to whom it is very, very difficult to say “no.” Join God: He says “no” to them all the time! In fact, sometimes it is my “yes” that messes up His “no.” Does that make sense?

God is not obligated to jump through every hoop we hold up. We are not obligated to jump through every hoop others hold up for us.

If God has chosen to bless us with the ability to serve others in a particular way, then serve we should. But if He has chosen to withhold that ability (for a moment, an hour, a day, a lifetime), we should accept His decision and apologize for any inconvenience.

*Why apologize? Well, at least for me, I actually do wish I could say “yes” to everything — both because it is more fun and also because I truly care about the tangible needs of the people in my sphere of influence.

But, if God says “no,” my answer must be “Yes, Lord. I’ll say no!”

This is a tough one.

The only way to stay in balance with God’s provision is to stay in touch with His Spirit. I love Ephesians 5:18. “Do not be drunk with wine, but be filled with the Spirit.”

When a person is drunk, they are no longer in control of themselves. They do things they’d never do if they were in full control.

It’s the same with a Christian who is Spirit filled. We do things we would never do if we were fully in control.

The difference is that the drunkard’s focus is on pleasing self while the Spirit-filled’s focus is on pleasing God. You truly can never out-give God if your sacrifices are for Him, through Him, in Him and to Him.

12 Punny Tips for a Fun 2012

1 Jan

1. Dream Big!
Dream of a better tomorrow, where chickens can cross the road and not be questioned about their motives.

2. Take chances.
Flying for example, is the act of successfully throwing oneself at the ground and missing.

3. Tread lightly.
A friend said, “When I told the doctor I’d broken my leg in two places, he told me to quit going to those places.”

4. Eat to Live.
Like the vegetarians who do not love animals, but simply hate plants.

5. Take up a cause.
Support your right to bare arms: wear short sleeves.

6. Don’t sweat the small stuff. A penny saved is ridiculous.

7. Learn to appreciate the laws of the universe.
Just remember, if the world didn’t suck, we’d all fall off.

8. Think before you talk. Light travels faster than sound. That’s why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

9. Learn to be patient because you live in a society where fast food drive-thrus take longer than if you’d made it yourself.

10. Argue tactfully.
Try this: “OK, but that when I agree with you we’ll both be wrong.”

11. Choose joy!
Since God is watching, the least we can do is be entertaining.

12. Be humble.
Like me! “I don’t suffer from insanity; I enjoy every minute of it.”

Here’s to a truly wonderful, fun and profitable New Year!

Quips adapted from Cool Funny Quotes, 50 Funniest Quotes and One Linerz.

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Deal of the Week

30 Nov

Price Buster Deals Run Wednesday – Friday each week.
Check back on Wednesday for this week’s bargain buy.

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Social Networking Shortcuts

19 Aug

Between Youtube, Facebook, Ping, Twitter and all the other social media sites out there, knowing which ones to use and how to manage them all can be a job on it’s own!

Sue Koch spent 15 years in consulting and corporate roles building and managing the internal business systems and organizational structures of small technology companies in Chicago. She took what she loved most from her career and created Chicago based Soaring Solutions, LLC; helping business owners expand their strategic and technical horizons to reach new levels of engagement and ROI via social media.

During today’s full hour broadcast, Sue will explain :
1. Defining the third party integration tool

2. Basic overview and comparison of the 4 most popular third party tools
1. SocialOomph
3. TweetDeck
4. Hootsuite

1. More Detailed Discussion on primary uses:
1. Scheduling posts
2. Strategic & tactical efficiencies (i.e. audience tracking, lists, dashboards for focused engagement, etc).
3. Etiquette in automation and scheduling
4. Metrics and reporting
5. Other tips in managing following, spam and direct messaging
6. Free vs paid accounts, and when the latter is warranted


Live training: Thursday, August 25, 2011 at
1-2PM Pacific, 2-3PM Mountain, 3-4PM Central, 4-5PM Eastern

Valentine’s Day Advice for You from Super Lovers

4 Feb

Valentine’s Day is a great time to divorce-proof your marriage and spice up your love life with these sage sayings and quotes from long-time lovers! The following are twelve timely tips I have learned from couples who’ve proven their wisdom through 50-plus years of marriage.

So many marriages are in crises.  What’s interesting is that not one of these tips is particularly time consuming!

1. “Stick together!” say Stan & Doris Stenson, of Rapid City, IA, who have been married for over 50 years. Through 12 moves and major ups and downs, this couple is still smiling, side-by-side.

2. “Don’t expect your spouse to make you happy,” is Doris’ advice to young wives. She warns that pressuring your partner to meet all your needs is not going to work. Bob & Doris Knecht, of Rapid City, IA, have been married for 64 years.

3. “It’s OK to disagree; learn to bend!” Herbert & Zelmyra Fisher, of Craven County, North Carolina not only know how to stay married, they also know how to keep having fun and to change with the times. Now both over 100 years old, they started a Twitter page together to celebrate their 85th anniversary.

4. “Put God first in your life,” advise Glenn and Ruth Shinn, of Toledo, Ohio. They have been married over 70 years and are still involved in a Bible study.

5. “Respect your partner, exactly as they are.” Giuseppe and Giuseppina Pignataro of Sydney, Australia, have been married for 50 years.

6. “Never go to bed mad.” Married 77 years, Ray and Irma Ziff, of Thousand Oaks, California, have lived by this Biblical advice.

7. “Walk together and share what your reading with each other.” Bob and Cindy Venables of Stanmore Bay, New Zealand, are avid readers who have been walking and talking for 51 years.

8. “Travel together for work, fun and ministry.” Herschel and Joan Jones, of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, have been taking trips as a team for over 50 years.

9. “Allow each other to have unique interests and always support one another.” Brain & Allison Davey (Mayor Alison Davey) of Cessnock, New South Wales, have been shining bright as individuals and a couple for over 50 years.

10. “Through the ups and downs of life, just get on with it!” Too many spouses want to make a fuss about the hard times, but Dorie and Harold Coupland have set a record as the longest married couple in Britain at 78 years, by always “getting on with it!” They make their home in Middlesbrough, United Kingdom.

11. “Work hard and spend wisely.” Italo & Maddalena Maratta, of Highland Park, New Jersey, where they own a business. They have been married for over 50 years.

12. “Never even consider divorce.” Frank and Jan Mossfield, of New South Wales, Australia, have been married more than 50 years and encourage young couples to commit to one another for life.

Go ahead: Dress up, share a special meal and exchange cards and gifts on Valentine’s Day. But over dinner, take a few minutes to commit to these 12 ways of loving each other, today and everyday, for the rest of your lives.

Click on the scroll photo to download the ready-to-print version of the 12 keys.

Elizabeth Edwards: Role Model or Ruined Woman?

8 Dec

As women everywhere try to make sense of life – including the ravages of cancer, infidelity, and other devastating disappointments, an Internet poll is asking the question: Elizabeth Edward: Was she a hero or a victim?

My personal take is that she was a woman… at moments, she was heroic, at others, she was weak; at her most vulnerable, she was betrayed by her husband.

I admire much about Elizabeth Edwards. She may not have behaved perfectly during the months it took for her to recover from her husband’s betrayal, but she didn’t give up, she got back up!

How do you want to be remembered? I hope when I die, you will remember the times that I was loving life, because that is what has characterized my stay on this planet. I hope you will not focus on the times I lost my temper, forgot your birthday or felt completely overwhelmed by life. Let’s do the same for Elizabeth Edwards!

And, no matter what you are facing today, don’t give up! Even when Elizabeth made the decision to decline further treatment, it wasn’t “giving up.” It was facing the fact that the season for treatment was over. She was ready to move on, and the next day she did, to eternity.

What about you? Is it time to forge forward, making the most of every minute you have in this season of life, or has this season come to an end and now it’s time to let it go and move on?

I’ll be praying for you today!


Marnie Swedberg is the author of the Marnie Method Series for Super Busy Women and is available for 2 minute to 2 hour interviews. View Marnie’s Media Kit here.

Feeling Loved Book Launch

10 Nov

Feeling Loved: Connecting with God in the Minutes You Have

Tuesday – Q&A Interview with Marnie by Lynn Mosher at Heading Home.
Tuesday – Featured at Angie Breidenbach Blog, God Uses Broken Vessels.
Tuesday – Interview with Susan Martin, The Mom Coach, at WorkingMoms 911 Note: The recording is part of a for-fee conference set, thus free listening ends Thursday.
Wednesday – Featured at Carmen Boley’s Blog, Continuous Delights.
Thursday, 3 PM CT – Personality Training Segment at Leadership Attitudes.
You? Would you like to book an interview or guest blog with Marnie? Details Here.

Table of Contents

Section I: Feeling Loved
1.       God Sees You as “Best Friend” Material
2.       The Five Keys to Friendship
3.       Gut Honest
4.       Humility: Key to God’s Heart
5.       Dealing with Feelings
6.       Hearing God
7.       Affirmations, Meditation & Memorization
8.       Praying Scripture
9.       Personalities & Prayer
10.   Does God Hate Prayer Lists?

Section II: Scripture Prayers
1.       Prayers of Praise
2.       Prayers for God’s Will to be Done
3.       Prayers of Petition
4.       Prayers of Repentance
5.       Prayers for Protection
6.       Prayers of Submission

1.       Jesus is the Bridge to God
2.       Questions & Answers
3.       Marnie’s Top 200 Verses
4.       Recommended Reading

Feeling Loved

Paperback Version

Soulutions of Warroad has autographed copies for $14.99 each, 2/$25 or 10/$100
plus S/H. Visit

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