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If You Don’t Grieve your Loved One Now, You Will Hate Yourself Later

May 25, 2018
Grieve

No one likes to grieve, but it’s important.

I will never forget that dreadful phone call. Daddy had been sick, but he had improved. The nursing staff moved him to a nursing home for recovery. I knew his health was fragile, but I assumed I had more time.

The nurse on the phone said, “Your father is worse. Do you want to see him?”

“Yes.” Of course. What else could I say?

I assumed I might not see him again, and so my husband drove as fast as he could, but traffic was heavy that Sunday night.  When I reached his floor, I saw his room mate at the front desk, and that alarmed  Nurses don’t move people there for no reason. I rushed to Dad’s room and pulled aside the curtain around his bed. When I looked into his face, his blue eyes stared at nothing. He was dead.

I felt a huge empty spot in my soul. This was my last parent. It was as if I lost Mom all over again because they were both gone now.  I was an orphan. Furthermore, I had lost a lot over the past four years. It wasn’t long before I descended into depression as a grieved the many things I lost.

I knew he was with the Lord, that was not the problem. I had so many things to greive, and grieving takes time.

I’ll never forget that year at Christmas. Some lady told me I would be okay once all my children arrived from school. Somehow that wasn’t much comfort.

 

Americans do not grieve well.

The Bible says “for us not to grieve like the others around us that have no hope.”  It doesn’t mean we won’t grieve.

 

My guest is Gail Porter who is going to share some thoughts about grieving.

Find Gail here.

Satan

Warning: Satan Wants to Devour You

May 18, 2018
Satan

We must watch out for our mortal enemy. He is named Satan. Here are some tips on differentiating between what God does and what Satan does:

Two forces wield power in the universe: God made the world and everything in it. Satan is the prince of the power of the air, and he stands against God and his people. He uses his powers for evil.

God offers reconciliation through Christ, and He wants to connect you with people. Those who come to Jesus have a longing for those people they isolated because of their sin. On the other hand, Satan wants to separate people and inspire hate.

The presence of God overwhelms us with love and warmth, but the devil fills us with fear and self-doubt.

God leads us beside still waters and restores our soul. The evil one seeks to burn us out and destroy our peace of mind. He delights in disorder and worry.

I Peter 5:8 says, “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, Satan, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

We don’t want to give Satan an opportunity by holding onto anger and bitterness.

If we are doing anything for God or if we choose to become serious Christians, he opposes everything we do. He loves threatening death and encouraging suicide. He delights in telling us we are worthless and nothing we do matters.

Today Amarilys Rassler is my guest. She shares her grandparents involvement in the occult, and her choice to get involved too. You Amarilys find online here.

Mother's Day

Mother’s Day: Secrets to Being a Great Mom

May 11, 2018

This weekend we celebrate Mother’s Day. Lot’s of kids are buying presents, and many of you might be purchasing flowers or gifts.

As I approach Mother’s Day, I always remember how difficult it is to be a mom. I took psychology in college and was horrified by the blame hoisted on mothers. But we all know those early years formulate a child’s mind and temperament, so we cannot overestimate the value of good parenting.

However mothers get no training!

A doctor goes to school for years. First, he or she has premed and then medical school. Then he applies to be an intern for at least a year before he can move on to being a resident. During this time he hones his skills for whatever specialty he or she decides on. A lot of hard work and several years pass before he can offer his services.

Mothers get no training and yet we impact our children far more than a doctor.  People used to say, The Hand that Rocks the cradle rules the world.

 

Deuteronomy 6:7  Gives strong encouragement to both mothers and fathers: You shall teach them [God’s words] diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.

My husband and I spent a lot of time considering how we would parent, using both the Scripture and prayer. Even then, we apologized to our oldest daughter since we tried out all our ideas on her. We truly wanted to do a good job.

There’s a passage in Titus that talks about older women teaching younger women how to be good wives and mothers. God knew experienced mothers had guidance to pass along.’

Today we have an experienced mother of three, Angela Breidenbach to give us some guidance from her experience and history.

Learn more about Angela here.

 

 

Broken

If You are Broken, God Can Still Use You

May 4, 2018
Broken

A broken teapot never works, even if you glue it together again. So sad!

My family loves tea, and I have a myriad of teapots. A few of them are two-cup teapots since I like to make tea for individuals, but most of them are large six-cups pots.

After my mum died, I was at work in the kitchen and someone knocked on the door. The person rapped out a particular pattern that sounded exactly like what my mother used to do when she came for a visit. I froze. My only thought was, “She’s dead.”

I was so rattled that I dropped the dish i was holding and crushed a pretty floral teapot. I looked at the one million pieces and wanted to cry. The person who knocked made a delivery and left, yet that shock I felt cause me to lose one of my special teapots.

Every time I mess up, I feel like that broken teapot. Useless. God wants us to be holy and to live like him, but we still exist on earth amongst sinners. How on earth can we do that and still please God. Can God use a broken person? A teapot needs to be discarded, but what about a person?

Today Tina Yeager is my guest. She is a counselor and life coach, and I am always delighted to have her with me.

You can find Tina here.

Rest

A New Idea to Rest Your Body and Mind

April 27, 2018
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I am always looking for ways to rest and rejuvenate because I have learned the importance of caring for myself.

Of course, the verse in I Timothy 4 comes to mind: “bodily exercise is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” But I hate exercise and getting hot.

Over the years I have learned I look and feel better if I do spend time toning up my body, but staying in the Word makes a huge difference too.  Bible study energizes me like nothing else. I get so excited I have to pace. So, what if you combine the two?

Susan Neal had a degree in Nursing and is a health coach. She put exercise and the Bible together and called it Scripture Yoga. Today she’s going to share some benefits of doing both.  You can find her here.

 

False-Guilt

Recognize False Guilt from Real and Break Free

April 20, 2018
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Do you ever struggle with guilt and wonder if it’s real or false-guilt? I do. Let me tell you a story.

When I was a kid, I never screwed lids on jars. And that drove my dad crazy. Mom used to buy apple butter in a large round jar, and I enjoyed eating that on toast. I’ll never forget the day dad got in the frig for the apple butter and of course, he picked it up by the lid. The half-screwed-on top held long enough for him to get the jar out of the frig and then the jar hit the floor.  Apple butter  splattered all over the kitchen while he stood holding the lid.  The gooey stuff hit the floor, the ceiling, and the walls. Mom even found bits of apple butter on the ceiling in the next room years later.

Well, my dad was furious. He raved and fussed. “Why on earth would anyone not screw the lids on all the way. That is so dangerous.” And he went on and on and on.

I was not about to let him know I did it. But boy I felt guilty.

In fact, I am very good at guilt.  When my husband’s stocks don’t do well, I apologize for not praying more. And I often feel guilt for things I did or said years ago. Even silly things I recall can bring guilt. I know some of that is false-guilt.

So Katy  has just talked about Breaking the Chains. She is going to share how to handle guilt and recognizing false guilt.

Find Katy here.

 

Hate-Speech

Best Way to Handle Accusations of Hate-Speech

April 13, 2018

Have you ever been accused of hate-speech? I have and it’s very uncomfortable.

I belong to a group of online writers, and I send a message through about homosexuality because I wanted to start a dialogue about how we could effectively speak to them. No one in the media talks about the consequences of their behavior, and yet I think that’s huge. The outcome of their choices are not good. I believed we could devise ways to minister to them more effectively.

However, I was horrified because I was attacked. Suddenly, I was a terrible person who had evil intentions. (as if they could see inside my heart.) Believe me, I wanted to give a message of hope and grace, not evil.

Yet we are seeing more of that in our society than ever. On college campuses, speakers who want to share truth are attacked or not allowed at all.  We have also heard stories of people trying to share on Facebook and finding officials online censored them. It’s everywhere and it’s unfair.

I met Bill Watkins at Florida Christian Writers Conference. He is with Broadstreet Press. He has written on the topic and continues to watch the situation in our nation.

You can find out more about Bill here.

Guilt

Get Rid of Secret Guilt Once and For All

April 6, 2018
Guilt

Do you have a secret? We tend to hide our sins, and that guilt can eat at your soul.

I lost a baby between my first and second child. Ouch! My doctor did a sonogram to see the status of the baby, and he could tell my baby was dead.

However, the image of that child is blazed into my mind, even today. When I found out the baby was dead, my heart and mind went to that passage in 2 Samuel where King David lost his son. He said, “… Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he will not return to me.” That gave me confidence I would see my baby in heaven.

I grieved that baby, especially since a woman in my church shared my due date, and I would watch her and think about what I would look like if the baby had lived.

I once heard a OB doctor say women intuitively know they sound not kill their baby. But our society allows us to kill them for any reason, and women feel intense guilt because they know they killed an innocent baby.

May women keep their choice secret, and they are miserable.

Today Julie Christian is my guest. She shares how God healed her after an abortion.

Find Julie here.

 

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