Clarksville, TN – Do you want a great marriage? I’ve got good news… it’s completely up to you, not your spouse.
If you want a great marriage, be a servant; serve your spouse. I use the word serve because that’s always been the way I’ve seen marriage – it takes work!
Serving someone, whether by loving them the way they need to be loved or doing something for them simply doesn’t come easily sometimes. «Read the rest of this article»
Before you read this, let’s get one thing straight. This article is not hype. It’s not a sales pitch. This is my story. I needed to do something so that I would be able to play with my kids from now until I’m old, as they are growing. I want to be able to enjoy life with them. So whatever excuse you come up with while you read this, that’s ok. Again, this is about my venture into the Crossfit world, community and lifestyle. No more excuses for me. -Mat «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – It’s been a while since I have written so I figured today is the day. After all, I can’t really work… or move much.
I was working out this morning at CF Sola Gratia (near Crossfit Sola Fide, behind Sam’s Club). I’ve been doing crossfit for a couple months now and have been seeing better results than I expected. I was used to going to a gym but gyms get fairly boring after a couple of workouts.
This morning I had a great warm up and I worked up to the weight I would use on my deadlift. After 41 reps I was setting the weight down and I felt it – SNAP! – a muscle said “goodnight.” I’m not sure if it is my gluteus or where my upper hamstring connects, but either way, it was on fire. On to the prayer, stretching and essential oils. «Read the rest of this article»
Most people don’t realize who they really are. Most of us think of who we are at this very moment, not who we were created to be.
Adults, young and old alike, initially define their worth based on what they do for income. Their view of self-worth usually branches out from there, as that is easy to do, limiting who they are from the world’s eyes, escaping having to define who they really want to be. This may come from past failures and unfulfilled desires. «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – My name is Mat Lasater. I’m CEO of Lasaters Corporation, the Founder of the Lasaters Coffee & Tea® Franchise, owner of LASATERS® Construction, LLC and LASATERS® Coffee, LLC. But, most importantly, I’m also a husband, a father, a brother, an uncle, a child of a King, a son, a grandson, a nephew… I’m also just a ‘somewhat’ regular guy… only different - I’m a business owner.
Most of us business owners are not rich, but, we’re doing our best to provide an enjoyable work environment for our employees, put food on our tables and give (when we can) to our local communities. «Read the rest of this article»
Recently, I saw a graphic on Facebook depicting certain states in the USA where there were more people on welfare than working in that state. A couple of days later, I read a post that a friend shared on Facebook, again, about welfare.
I was not surprised at the post, rather, reminded that sometimes it takes a couple nudges for us to see what we’re really seeing. The post was from Mike Huckabee, a former preacher and presidential candidate. «Read the rest of this article»
I decided to hold off on writing anything lately. For one, I’ve been extremely busy with helping to prepare the opening of Zack & Heather Gates’ next LASATERS® location in Cleveland, TN.
Secondly, every time I think of writing, I draw a blank – not just a blank, but a not-getting-a-single-thing-to-write-about, blank. I think, that now, I know why… it’s Christmas… kind of.
For over the past month I’ve been traveling to Cleveland each week for 3-4 days at a time. I’ve been working with Zack (and sometimes my oldest son, Joriah) on his store build out; the cabinetry, the pergola-styled booth seating, the counter tops, administrative stuff to prep for opening, and what feels like a million other things. «Read the rest of this article»
The following account is a true story. All those involved can testify to the events that took place here. This happened in 2009 in Clarksville, TN.
I was sitting in my office at LASATERS® Headquarters preparing for the day when Barry (one of my employees at the time) came into the room. Barry was only in my office briefly when I felt a heaviness that had entered with him (you know, when someone comes in and you can tell that something’s not right, or you get a sense that they are ‘dealing with something’?).
I asked him if we could pray together, and so we did. After we prayed, I felt that, through our prayer together, that we got rid of whatever it was that he was carrying (at least to some degree). I told him that I felt that he was to go to the front door and kick out the heaviness that came into our building. This was to be a symbolic act of getting rid of the heaviness that accompanied him that morning. «Read the rest of this article»
Going through scripture this morning, while listening to a couple friends of mine on the Spirit of Clarksville, I found a verse that moved me. It’s simple, and easy to overlook as part of a story, yet it shows the meaning of friendship to me.
Mark 2:3-5 (3) Some men came, bringing to Him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. (4) Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. (5) When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
Those guys who lowered their friend, I say were more than just friends, they were “good friends.” You could read it, verbatim, and decide that a few guys knew who Jesus was, and that He could heal the paralyzed man, so they just grabbed him on their way to see if Jesus could heal him too. «Read the rest of this article»
Let me set the stage a bit… It’s just after 6:00am on Wednesday morning, the day after the election, and I’m driving down to Cleveland TN to work on another LASATERS® store with our franchisee. There are more than a few things on my mind (businesses, election results, future, travel schedule, etc.). My mind is going non-stop and my heart is still pumping abnormally fast as I recount the election results of the previous night. I figure, “I’ve got 3.5 hours to drive – I’ll figure it all out on the way, or, at least get a handle on planning, projections, future business plans (now that capitalism is under full attack) and how to manage 3 businesses successfully with a government that is obviously more for themselves than the people.”
Just my thoughts. Not exactly a great way to start my day. «Read the rest of this article»