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Trudging through the terrible two’s and teens


-1Now that all of this is over for us it should be rather easy to just be contemplative about the whole matter.  But oh, how hard it was to believe that when the seven month old baby in arms was supposed to turn into a monster during the dreaded time of the terrible twos…well, it was just plain hard to conceive this in our minds.  Some of us older folks still remember reading Ann Landers’ advice column on a daily basis, and in one of her columns she had asked her readers to write in and let her know what their response would be to her question.  The question was this: “If you had to do the parenting job all over again, would you do it?”  There was an overwhelming majority of her readers that said quite frankly, “NO!”  Hard to believe isn’t it?  Of course, there were also those who said that they would do it over again, but with some major changes included.  This column was read in 1977 when this writer had such a wonderful backlog of experience with children (baby was seven months old) and how this writer thought it was so terrible that these people would actually write in and say that they would never do the parenting job again if they had to do it over.  Writer remembers the smell of baby powder in her nose and the sweet scents of a newly bathed baby nestling up against Mommy’s neck.th

Oh, yes, as the title in this article also states….”the terrible teens….” as well.  Yes, they were terrible.  But perhaps it was because my two year old didn’t really have those so-called ‘terrible twos’ season….though later on, the wish was prevalent that those terrible twos had been as terrible as everyone said that they would be, but somehow they were not.  Perhaps this is why her teen years were so terrible.  She was making up for the easy time we had during her second year.

So what does it take to be even a somewhat decent parent?  If you are an on-fire Christian in love with the Lord Yeshua, then you’ll probably come up to being a three-quarter way decent parent.  If you are only a lukewarm Christian and only go to church on Easter and Christmas, (those dreaded CEO’s [Christmas-Easter-only] Christians, you’ll be lucky if you make it to one-third-way decent parent.  However, if you’re fully living in the world….well….good luck.

So would this on-fire holiness preacher ever do the parenting thing again?  I would as long as I remained an on-fire Christian, and totally in love with the King….that is, King Yeshua.  Now, if only that had been the case the first time through.  It probably would have been a lot easier.  Not that children won’t probably still go through a time of rebellion….but that as parents…we have a source of comfort and wisdom that the world simply does not possess. So what do you say about the idea of doing the parenting trip again?  Would you do it over again?

Making a list and checking it twice, getting rid of the frazzle in your dazzle


2015-12-06_10-22-15_804Well it’s hard to believe that Christmas…yes…CHRISTMAS…is coming up fast on our horizon. Seems like just yesterday that we were blowing horns that the New Year had just come in with a bang, and now we are shopping for gifts for our families and friends.  Did everyone survive Black Friday?  Well, now it is time that we begin writing out our Christmas cards and wrapping all of those gifts that we saved so much money on (or so we are told) by buying from this store rather than that one.

We know that stress is a killer and ‘T’is the Season’ that can bring much of this dreaded killer into our lives if we let it, and don’t carefully plan out our time schedules.  Make sure you plan on taking some time for yourself and just relax and let the worries recede.

Here is a list of some of the things that can help you to get rid of the frazzle in your dazzle this Christmas season:  First thing is to take the time to make a list.  Here we go:

1. Sit down with a cup of your favorite beverage and make a list of the things you need to accomplish in the next 2-3 weeks.

2. Planning is essential if you’re going to survive the holiday whirlwind.

3.  If you didn’t take part in Black Friday to buy your gifts, make a list of those you plan on giving gifts to and set the dollar amount that you wish to spend for each person, and stick to that limit.  Overspending during the holidays is a sure-fire stress producer, so stay away from the temptation to buy just one more gift for that particular person.

4. Write out your Christmas cards and mail them promptly….don’t wait or you might get stuck in the long lines at the post office.

5.  Take a long, hot bubble bath and pamper yourself.

6.  Get your calendar out and write out the dates of any Christmas plays or concerts that you have to attend for your children’s school or those that might be at the church you attend.

7.  Now add to your list and to your calendar the dates and times that you have already signed up to bake something for a club you belong to or the church bake sale.  Not to mention the baking that you wish to do for your family and friends.  Baking and cooking takes a lot of preparation and planning.  So, because of the time constraints, make a grocery list of the items you will need to purchase in order to successfully get these projects done.

8.  Sit down and watch your all time favorite Christmas movies.

9.  Plan on setting aside a time that you can wrap your Christmas gifts in private (especially, if you have children) or a husband that likes to peek and see what you’re doing.

10. Spend time with your friends and family and just enjoy the holiest of all Holy(i)days. Unwrap your presents and be thankful to the Lord Jesus Christ that He agreed to come down as a little baby so that He could become your Savior and mine.  Hallelujah!

Now….just think about it for a minute…. after you open up your presents and you have to clean up all of the mess….in just 371 days it will be CHRISTMAS once again.  God Bless!

Blazing red cups without any snowflakes


Surfing the web, this writer came across an article written by Matt Walsh that was pos015e1f791ed22715d7f2b9c12dde118ated in The Blaze at http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/no-serious-christians-arent-worried-about-the-stupid-starbucks-cups/ about the supposed Starbucks Christmas cup controversy.  Seriously?  It is hard to believe that any Christian(s) would be upset about such a thing.  Then there is the backlash happening on the web as well as the major news outlets picking up the story, and so this guy, Joshua Feuerstein, has been making the rounds on Facebook trying to stir up a controversy.  If Christians should get upset about anything that Starbucks puts on their cups, it would be their iconic twin-tailed mermaid siren or Norse goddess.  According to Starbucks:

Suddenly, there she was: a 16th century Norse woodcut of a twin-tailed mermaid, or Siren. There was something about her – a seductive mystery mixed with a nautical theme that was exactly what the founders were looking for…http://www.starbucks.com/blog/so-who-is-the-siren

Then this writer 2015-11-11_20-30-00_755found this blurb:

One of Astarte’s symbols was actually a star within a circle, which was used to symbolize the planet Venus. Interestingly, two stars are found within the green circle surrounding the logo character of the former Starbucks logo, which was used to separate ‘Starbucks’ and ‘Coffee.’ Artistic depictions of the goddess often show her naked, so why was such a figure with a steamy background chosen to represent the popular coffee chain?  Astarte was a goddess that was worshiped2015-11-11_20-32-21_514 in the Eastern Mediterranean countries dating back to the bronze age and into classical times, according to http://www.unexplainable.net

As some commentators have responded: Go feed the hungry, etc. etc. which is a reference to:

Matthew 25:34-40

Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:  For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:  Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

So what should shock Christians the more?  No snowflakes on the red cups or the fact that Starbucks has chosen a snake-like goddess that has been represented as a twin-tailed Norse goddess, and which has also represented Astarte, a pagan goddess?

For Christians, the first of the Ten Commandments states very clearly:

Exodus 20:1-4

And God spake all these words, saying, I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

 

Coffee anyone?

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International Day of Prayer for the persecuted Church, November 1st


Christian-Persecution-in-NigeriaComing soon to a prayer closet near you, this November 1st will be the International  Day of Prayer for the persecuted Church.  There are many countries around the world today that are outright hostile towards Christianity, most of them with a Muslim majority in the country. Other countries that target Christians in certain areas, is the predominant group of Hinduism. One group that this writer is in contact with is “Voice of the Martyrs” which publishes their magazines that highlight certain groups of people that are currently suffering persecution for their Christian faith.  America is still a blessed country and we have not experienced the type of persecution that many of our Christian brothers and sisters face on a daily basis.  They are hunted down like outlaws and treated accordingly; because they have a simple faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His salvation that they accepted.

Even as the Scriptures have commanded us to follow Matthew 5:44 – “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.”

Voice of the Martyrs is a worthy organization to include in your giving heart and hands funds.  If you would like to order special magazines that you can pass out to your church, you can go to http://www.vombooks.com/September2015.

Additional resources can also be purchased by going to www.persecution.com/IDOP.  If your church would like to add them to their list of mission oriented projects, then please inform your church about this group.  They provide medical help, clothing, shelter and many more services to those Christians that have been caught in the line of fire, and have been targeted for violent actions against them, simply because they have chosen to worship the One True God and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Fourth and final blood moon tetrad coincides with super moon September 2015


Yahoo.comSeptember 27-28 will put on display for anyone watching the fourth and final blood moon tetrad that has coincided with the Jewish feasts of Passover and Tabernacles for the last two years.  Many have thought these occurrences to be spiritually significant, and truly only history will tell us of any significance in these matters.  Plus, tonight there will also be a super moon occurring as well, which will cause the moon to look excessively larger than normal.  This is also called the Harvest Moon.

If you live in the Northern hemisphere, the blood moon eclipse will begin at 1:07 UT, which translates to our time in the Central daylight time zone as:

Central Daylight Time (September 27, 2015)
Partial umbral eclipse begins: 8:07 p.m. CDT on September 27
Total eclipse begins: 9:11 p.m. CDT
Greatest eclipse: 9:47 p.m. CDT
Total eclipse ends: 10:23 p.m. CDT
Partial eclipse ends: 11:27 p.m. CDT Super blood moon central daylight times

However, if you live in central Illinois as of this writing, clouds have moved in with light rain and so unfortunately, unless it clears or there is a patch of open sky, the blood moon tetrad will not be as visible as hoped for tonight.  It might be worth driving to find an open portion of the sky.

Former dates of blood moon occurrences are according to Dates of blood moons

While it is fairly rare, a tetrad of lunar eclipses has occurred before and will occur again in the future. History and science tell us that tetrads or blood moons also came to pass in the following years:
•162-163 A.D.
•795-796 A.D.
•842-843 A.D.
•860-861 A.D.
•1493-1494 A.D.
•1949-1950
•1967-1968

That means that it’s been 46 years since this has happened, making it something that definitely gets the attention of the masses when it does occur.

So if you have the opportunity for a clear sky tonight, it is definitely worth going outside from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. CDT, which will conclude the super blood moon tonight.

Rosh Hashana, Jewish New Year 5776


Shofar horn for Rosh Hashanah near apples

Shofar horn for Rosh Hashanah near apples

Just now as sunset is coming on, Rosh Hashana has just begun, the Jewish New Year of 5776.  This holiday is celebrated every year with the blowing of the shofar, even the same as it was done when the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ walked upon the face of the earth.  This was also a time that Israel coronated its kings, and it was also a time that the people prepared for Yom Kippur, a high holy day for repentance.  Rosh Hashana is really just a one day feast day.  ‘However, the Sanhedrin would send out messengers to inform people that the new moon had been seen; but sometimes the messengers would actually be late by an entire day.  So by the time of the 12th century, Rosh Hashana was extended to a two day feast which was considered to be just one incredibly long day’ History.com .

Good food is an integral part of the celebrations; namely, challah (pronounced ‘hollah’) bread and apples dipped in honey which represents a ‘sweet new year’ and as such, the participants bless each other with sayings such as, “Shana Tovah,” meaning ‘A good new year.’  Some participants stand by a body of water and cast the contents of their pockets out onto the water which represents the casting away of their sins.

The next ten days are considered to be ‘high holy days’ in preparation for the culmination of Yom Kippur.  Rosh Hashana is also a ‘serious time to ask oneself if you have strayed from the path of righteousness.  How can one return and be better in the coming new year?  It is a wake-up call to wake up those that are sleeping and could have done better’ History.com.

So light some Shabbat candles and serve some apples and honey for a sweet new year.

Annie McRae, Southern Gospel Singer/Songwriter


The last two nights have been spent at “Jesus is the Gate” church revival in Glenarm, Illinois which was held on August 1-2, 2015 with special Southern Gospel artist, Annie McRae belting out her praise and worship songs for the Lord Jesus Christ.  As one fan noted, “She blew the roof off!”  Annie grew up around Souther2015-08-01_16-38-58_408n Gospel music and began touring at age 15 along with her sister, Kelly for about 12 years.  According to Annie, she sang her first solo in church at the age of 6 and she continued to learn how to sing by standing by the altos so that she could learn how to sing harmony.  She and her sister recorded their first album titled, Annie & Kelly McRae, produced by Jeff and Sheri Easter when she was 15 years old and her sister was only 13.  Both sisters have performed with Bill and Gloria Gaither with their song titled Walk on the Water.

One of her first tours was with Mark Lowry at Notre Dame University before thousands of people in 2001.  She was also nominated for a Dove award in 2006 for Country Album of the Year with her album Perfect Love, and she was nominated for Bluegrass Recorded Song of the Year with the song Low and Down.  Her sister continued to tour until she got married and then went off the road. Annie continued to tour with her other groups she formed until 2010 at which time she decided to take some rest for herself.  She had been residing in Nashville, TN but has since returned to her family roots in Mississippi.

Her latest album is titled Purpose and Passion, which she performed some of the songs during her concert at Jesus is the Gate.  She learned well from one of her mentors Gloria Gaither, when Gloria instructed her to not just fill up an album with music because you needed to, but to wait until you had at least ten songs you were just dying to share with the world.

Annie McRae’s songs are available for purchase at Itunes, Amazon, Spotify and other online music retailers.  She is also out on YouTube with the Spirit and Truth Ministries.  She also writes her own blog called, Remedy Girl on WordPress.

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