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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?

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National Day of Prayer on May 1st


The National Day of Prayer was first observed informally by theNatl Day of Prayer - outreach.com Continental Congress in 1775 and then later on it was observed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. During the Presidency of Harry S. Truman, he declared an actual day of observance on April 17, 1952 and it was brought into law by a bill that he signed. It was President Ronald Reagan who amended this law and declared that this National Day of Prayer would be set on the first Thursday of May, beginning in 1988. In different languages it is written as:

National Day of Prayer in English and

Día Nacional de la Oración in Spanish

היום הלאומי של תפילה in Hebrew and

기도의 건국 기념일 in Korean (Holidays.)

There are many things that different people do on this day. Some people just simply pray for our Nation and for the people that they know. Other people observe it with prayer and with fasting and also to entreat the favor of the Lord God Almighty, that He might bless this nation once again and restore this Nation to greatness.

According to the National Day of Prayer website, it will be televised live on DirecTV 365 as well as being streamed live on their website. It will begin at 9:00 a.m.to 12:00 EST and broadcast from the Cannon House office building in Washington D.C. Some of the speakers that will be presenting will be Anne Graham Lotz and Dr. James and Shirley Dobson.

Many cities across the nation will also be hosting Prayer breakfasts and other linked events. In the Chicago area and surrounding communities (or even nationwide), there will be at least 40 different events, so to see which one is close to you just click here and enter in Chicago, Illinois. Other countries such as England and Australia will also be participating with the United States of America and prayer will be uplifted to our Creator at the same time and on the same day, May 1st. Hallelujah!

Proverbs 29:2

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.

Let us pray!


Connecting with Christian women in fellowship


Stonecroft1As a Christian it is critical to be in fellowship with other Christians, since being in fellowship gives one a sense of participation in the wider body of Christ.  While local churches do provide fellowship and Bible studies, whether in large or in smaller cell groups; sometimes an individual if they are between churches and trying to find a new place to connect, groups like Stonecroft offer to fill that void.  Even after you have connected into your local church, participating in other Bible studies and fellowship groups helps to round out one’s Christian experience.

Stonecroft Ministries is for Christian women and they help women connect with other Christian women through:

  • Connect with women
  •          Through meaningful relationships
  • Connecting with your comumunity
  •           Through small groups and large events
  • Connecting with God.
  •            Faith rooted in Biblical truth

Stonecroft Ministries is an international Christian organization that helps women strengthen their friendships, family and faith.  Stonecroft Ministries has been helping Christian women for 75 years and has 25,000 volunteers leading local groups.  They are currently in all 50 states in America and are located in over 60 countries.

If interested in finding a group near you, you can contact their main headquarters located in Kansas City, Missouri.

Stonecroft Home Office Phone: 1.800.525.8627 FAX: 1.816.765.2522 E-mail: connections@stonecroft.org

Street Address: 10121 Grandview Rd. Kansas City, MO 64137

The local group that this writer connects with offers monthly luncheons at a reasonable price plus Bible studies and prayer groups.  Usually, at the luncheons, they have a guest speaker who serves up contemporary information on such timely topics as home organization, musical instrumentation, Christian testimonies and a number of other relevant topics each month that can give interesting information that is sure to strike a chord with most people.  The best thing of course is fellowshipping with other Christian women.


Scripture readings for the first day of Hanukkah


Torah - FacebookHannukah is a celebration for the glorious restoration of the Temple of God in Israel in 165 B.C. when Antiochus Epiphanes attempted to force the Jewish people to worship false gods.  By the time that the Lord Jesus Christ began his ministry, Hanukkah was well established as a time of celebration.  The Lord Jesus also celebrated this time of thanksgiving as we find in:

John 10:22-28

And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter. And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch. Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.  Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me.  But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:  And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

Scripture readings for the first day of Hanukkah are these:

Genesis 37:1-40:23 from the Torah or the First Testament and it covers the account of Joseph being sold into slavery and how God established him or ‘settled’ him, even in the time of his imprisonment and the years of slavery that his brethren forced upon him.  The readings from the Torah for this day are called, ‘VaYeshev,’ which means ‘And He settled.’  Even when dire circumstances arise in our lives or persecution comes upon us because of our walk with the Lord Y’shua because of our determination to walk righteously even as He did, we can know in our hearts that God has already ‘settled’ an end for our time of tribulation.  It is He that shall restore us.

The second reading is this:  Amos 2:6-3:8 which speaks of the enemy who has overtaken the people of God, God Himself shall bring them down even as He has done throughout the annals of history.  The swift shall not be able to deliver himself as in:

 Amos 2:9b – yet I destroyed his fruit from above, and his roots from beneath.

Which clearly represents the total destruction of any enemy that rises up against the people of God.  Even as Antiochus Epiphanes attempted to destroy and subvert the people of God, so God destroyed Him. The final reading for this first day of celebration concludes in:

Acts 7:9-16

And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him,  And delivered him out of all his afflictions, and gave him favour and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house.  Now there came a dearth over all the land of Egypt and Chanaan, and great affliction: and our fathers found no sustenance. But when Jacob heard that there was corn in Egypt, he sent out our fathers first.  And at the second time Joseph was made known to his brethren; and Joseph’s kindred was made known unto Pharaoh. Then sent Joseph, and called his father Jacob to him, and all his kindred, threescore and fifteen souls.  So Jacob went down into Egypt, and died, he, and our fathers, And were carried over into Sychem, and laid in the sepulchre that Abraham bought for a sum of money of the sons of Emmor the father of Sychem.

…But God was with him, and delivered him out of all his afflictions!  Yes and Amen!  This is what God our Father and Creator does for those who worship Him and Him only and who choose to live righteously.  He delivers, lifts up and restores those who have been brought down through the unrighteousness of others.

So think upon these things as you light your first candle tonight.


A Christian perspective on SAD (seasonal affective disorder)


Good ShepherdDecember is the national awareness month for the condition of SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder.  People affected with this disorder often experience some level of depression, mainly due to the shortened days.   Since this can be a very serious topic, here is the Christian perspective on how to alleviate any and all symptoms of SAD.  Simply this:  read as many Psalms out loud throughout the day as necessary  These are pure moments of praise and worship for our God.  This writer has employed these tactics for many years whenever depressed feelings were coming on the scene.  Here is a link to a great video you could play as well:   Praise is what I do!

For example:

Psalm 50:14-15

Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: and call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

This is a good time to then make your prayer and supplication to the Lord and let Him know how you are feeling.  Remind the most High that He promised to deliver you in the day of trouble and then glorify Him.  Then there is:

Psalm 47

O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph. For the Lord most high is terrible; he is a great King over all the earth. He shall subdue the people under us, and the nations under our feet.  He shall choose our inheritance for us, the excellency of Jacob whom he loved. Selah. God is gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet. Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding. God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness. The princes of the people are gathered together, even the people of the God of Abraham: for the shields of the earth belong unto God: he is greatly exalted.

If you are currently on a doctor prescribed medication, do not stop taking it but add this remedy along with it.  Reading the Psalms out loud and even shouting them out or singing them to the Lord your God can work absolute wonders for your soul.  After all, when you read Psalm 47…even God goes up with shouting and a trumpet.  He probably dances too!

So when feelings of being blue come over you…remember….SING! SHOUT! and DANCE ALL ABOUT!


Thanksgiving Celebration 2012


You can always tell when the time is nearing the Thanksgiving Holiday. After all, the grocery stores explode with activity, the farmer’s markets are selling record sales of Autumn produce, such as pumpkins, decorative gourds, squashes and late tomatoes and peppers just in from their gardens. Of course, one cannot forget that the days are beginning to be nippy and we have raided the winter closets to pull out sweaters and cardigans and lest we forget…the argyle socks as well. We dutifully go through the routine of trying on last years’ winter coats to see if they will still fit the children. Alas, we also check to see if our winter clothes will still fit us as well. Okay, we had a little too much pumpkin pie last year. But you only live once, right?
But having seen it, done it, AKA Black Friday, the Thanksgiving holiday should be set aside for a time to Thank God for all of your blessings and to be thankful that you have family and friends to be with during this time. Has anyone noticed that Christmas trees are being displayed in the stores before Thanksgiving season has even started? In my area, they were being displayed along with the Halloween decorations. The Thanksgiving Holiday, or Holy Day, is being squeezed out by slick marketing campaigns that have realized that they can sell more toys than they can pumpkins and turkeys.

According to American tradition, you can follow this link to my selected video:

Thanksgiving Day video
But getting back to the true meaning of what the Thanksgiving holiday is really all about, i.e. being thankful for the many blessings that we have received. This is a great way to remind us that this should also be a time for us to remember those less fortunate, and as you are shopping, don’t forget to unload all of that pocket change into those red kettles that the Salvation Army has set up outside the store’s front doors. Of course, there are other fine charities that you may wish to donate to at this time of the year, such as your local church food pantry and so many more that this article cannot possibly mention all of them. It’s really up to you who you choose to give to, but definitely choose at least one this season. Why? Perhaps someday down the road, you might be the one that needs help and perhaps someone will be dropping their coins in a red kettle that will help to benefit you.  The Lord Jesus Christ plainly said that the poor would always be with us, but He also said in:
Matthew 25:35-40
For I hungered, 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 hungering 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.’
God Bless and have a Blessed Thanks Living Day…..I mean LIFE!


International Day of Prayer for the persecuted Church, November 11, 2012


Tomorrow, November 11, 2012 is the observance of the International Day of Prayer for the persecuted Church.  It also happens to be the observance of Veterans Day here in the United States.  But the focus of this article is for the heart-feld needs of the persecuted Church of the Lord Jesus Christ.  It is a fact that the Lord Jesus Christ warned His disciples that they would be treated in the same manner that He was being treated at that moment and throughout time, at least until His return.  Let us look at:

Matthew 5:10-12

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.  Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Another verse of Scripture using the same tenor is to be found in:

Matthew 24:9-10

Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.  And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.

It should be interesting to note that close to the beginning of the Lord Jesus Christ’s ministry and near the end, the Lord warned His disciples that unbelieving people would hate them and subsequently persecute them without cause.  But our response was and is to rejoice because our stand for Christ convicts those that hate the Lord Jesus Christ.  We have also been commanded by the Lord Jesus to pray for those who persecute us because of our faith in His completed work on the Cross of Calvary.

Tomorrow many churches will be praying for those Christians who are currently being persecuted around the world and yes, even here in the United States.  While not as many incidents as there are overseas, it is still happening here in the land of the free.

If you would like to help or get involved, there is a ministry that was founded by a Christian, Richard Wurmbrand, that endured much personal affliction, torture and imprisonment for his faith; this ministry is called Voices of the Martyrs, and their website is www.persecution.com.

On November 11, 2012 please lay aside a few momemts of your time and pray for our brothers and sisters around the world that are currently suffering persecution in all forms or they are currently suffering in prison for their stand for our Lord Jesus Christ and pray also for those that are inflicting the persecution upon Christians, that they may be converted and saved as well.

P.U.S.H. (Pray Until Something happens!)