Claim a double dose of God’s goodness in 2014….

Casting all your cares on him because he cares for you” 1 Peter 5:7

Overwhelmed, overtired, over it! Have you ever felt like you just can’t stand anymore worries? Life’s trials can get you down and cause not only emotional turmoil, but physical ailments too. That’s why God tells us in 1 Peter 5:7- to cast all our cares on him.

2013 has brought many families to a point of being overwhelmed and over it!!

As we approach the end of a year of financial hardships, health issues, and much more, we can look forward to 2014. (14- That’s 2 x’s 7) 7 is God’s number. 7 is a number that represents completeness. 7 is a number that brings completion and rest after a full week of hard work.

A double dose of God’s goodness sure sounds good to me!

I am claiming that double dose of 7 for 2014.

Join me as we pray for a ‘New Year’ full of prosperity, peace and rest….

Join me as I leave behind a year of trials and claim God’s blessings and protection over yours and ours…

Join me as we enter an era of expectancy…

Expect God to reopen the windows of heaven…

Rain down the blessings till the flood gates are opened…

Celebrate the holidays with an expectancy of great and mighty things in the upcoming year!

 

It’s all about the little ones….

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English: This figure illustrates the function of the Everyday Parenting curriculum (EPC). “FCU” in this figure refers to The Family Check Up which utilizes the Everyday Parenting curriculum. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It all about the little ones…

Concerns of the 21st century……

The news… What is happening to the children here in our country?

Why are we reading about shootings, suicides, drugs, gangs, violence, teen pregnancies etc, etc, etc?

This is not something new, but it seems to be getting worse and the talk is always about the terrible incidents.

What’s going on in their world? Educators, parents and caring social workers are working on the sidelines to improve the quality of life for our little ones….

There are some children who are getting early intervention to prevent the onset of something worse happening in their lives. Protection and guidance is needed as they grow and mature. There are many early interventionists who are assisting families and educators as they work with children who are experiencing behavioral issues.

Preschoolers are learning how to become good citizens, and are developing important socialization skills through play.

Bullying must continue to be addressed and prevented. Parents who need to learn better parenting skills should have access to community classes free of charge.

The Dept. of Social Services must take their responsibility to these children and families seriously. In order to prevent the terrible crimes from continuing, there has to be an awakening of not only the community and the schools, but of the local churches too.

This is the most important aspect of a child’s growth-“spiritual.”

Let’s get the word out- let the kids know they have the hope for a better future.

With a world that appears to be going crazy, what are the kids thinking?

Get a message of hope out to them.

They can be over-comers and world changers!

God’s prescription plan for you….

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Pharmacy Rx symbol (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

God’s prescription plan for you….

 

Childhood memories or lack of them can bring much heartache into our adult lives.

 

When we have experienced loss, abuse, neglect or abandonment we can have the echoing of their scars tormenting us. Having the strength and courage to admit we have something from our childhood haunting us is the first step to a healing process.

 

Unpacking the unnecessary baggage from our past can be a strenuous process. Dragging the past into our future is a weight in life that will wear you down.

 

I want to encourage you to stop and think -what is it that you aren’t letting go of?

 

What is it that you are dragging around with you like a weight around your neck?

 

As children who are experiencing a traumatic event, they may become fixated on the event in their life. This will cause a repeat of hurtful events as you unknowing allow that event to keep you from healing and moving on to a happier future. Healing is a choice.

 

A choice we can make and pursue. Healing can come and stay if we invite it into our hearts and lives. Along with healing comes the grieving process. This will allow us to let go and grieve the loss, then move on in life. I want to encourage you to allow yourself to grieve your loss. Your heartache, your abused childhood, your severed relationship-whatever it is that is weighing on your heart-let it go.

 

Grieve the loss and move on with a healed heart.

 

The Bible tells us to not worry about tomorrow because tomorrow has enough trouble on its own. (Mathew 6:34) Don’t worry about your future. Accept healing today, and heal your future. When I was younger, I wanted so much to have a father who loved me.

 

I thought of so many things I could do in order to fix my life. If only I could be a better daughter, If only my Mom would reconcile with my father. If only I could talk to him…. These are some of the “If only” we say or think. After I became a Christian, I asked God to heal my heart. I learned to accept the fact that I didn’t have a father in my life here on earth, but I did have a heavenly father who loved and cared for me. God can be to you whatever you need for your healing. His prescription plan for you is unique and measured according to your hurting heart. God will bring people into your life and through others who love Him; you will experience the healing power of God.

 

I encourage you to accept God’s prescription plan for you.

 

Give it to him… Grieve your losses, and accept healing…..

 

 

Vetoviolence

The logo, including Casey, for the YCW of America
The logo, including Casey, for the YCW of America (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

The attitude of many teenagers is that an action isn’t wrong unless they get caught. They feel there are no boundaries that cannot be crossed and unless taught by their parents, they feel nothing is sacred. Parents and educators who try to put boundaries on teens become the adversary. Adults who question and criticize their choices are often labeled ‘judgers’ and ‘haters.’ In the media, they have been taught tolerance to the point of having no spiritual convictions or personal standards.

 

Young people go through a stage where they feel invincible, so gangs deliberately foster the myth of invincibility that only age and experience can normally dispel. Power is addictive, and many young people like the rush they get. Teens are very much influenced by the peers and the media. The music, videos, games, etc. are filling their minds and souls. As concerned citizens, the community has to take a role in helping prevent violence and redirecting the youth to a different way of life.

 

As soon as a teen in inducted into a gang, they are expected to perform crimes such as home invasions, brutal attacks, rape, murder or carjacking as a form of initiation. The psychological affect on the teen becomes overwhelming. This brings the new member’s own innocence to a halt and their self-esteem gets shattered. They then become a like-minded participant in the deeds. Once a new member does something like this and gets away with it, there’s usually some kind of tangible reward, such as money or stolen goods, as well as the applause and praise by other members for their courage and loyalty. When a young person is the center of a hero party atmosphere, it’s difficult to resist.

 

Parents should be the main influence in their teens’ lives, but unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. There are parents who are trying to be responsible parents but just don’t know how to be the parent that their child needs them to be. Parents can get help in the community they live in by contacting associations that offer help with teen violence. Community awareness is an important aspect of preventing youths from becoming involved in violent activities. A program like STRYVE, or Striving To Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere, is a national initiative led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prevent youth violence before it starts among young people ages 10 to 24. STRYVE’s vision is safe and healthy youth who can achieve their full potential as connected and contributing members of thriving, violence-free families, schools, and communities. STRYVE’s goals are to:

 

Increase awareness that youth violence can and should be prevented.

 

Promote the use of youth violence prevention approaches that are based upon the best available evidence. Provide guidance to communities on how to prevent youth violence.

 

Vetoviolence, retrieved on Oct.6, 2014 from: http://vetoviolence.cdc.gov/stryve/about_stryve.html

 

 

 

Pause…

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Pause icon for http://games.wtanaka.com/ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Have you ever felt as if you are paused in life? A time seems to linger on.

When a life event is something good and edifying, we seem to fly through the experience.

We savor what we can and wish for more. The moment becomes a memory.

As the season begins to change it becomes a canvas of God’s creation.

The colors and aromas bring reminders of life’s ever-changing stories.

As we stand on the threshold of a changing season, I urge you to pause in life and savor God’s greatness.

Let’s pray and look for ways to make a change.

Allow your creativity to create moments in life that call for a pause for others.

God gives us a blend of talents and abilities, so we can bless others.

Become fashioned in his Image and allow yourself to pause and enjoy this changing season.

Words in the morning…..

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Words (Photo credit: sirwiseowl)

As we prepare for school, I have thought about the words that will be spoken to many children as their parents try to get them back on a routine. Many parents look forward to getting back on the school routine. Summer is coming to an end and many kids are getting bored. With boredom comes behavior issues. So as parents are waking their children up early and dealing with the No’s, the crankiness and the difficult mornings, I want to encourage parents to use your words wisely as you get our kids off to school. They are the most valuable part of our lives. Use you words wisely. Speak with kindness in your voices and remember to thank God for each day we have with them.

Pray for protection over your children everyday. I still pray daily for each one of my kids, even though they are grown. As they face the world and all that comes with it! I pray for my youngest as he faces his senior year in high school. I pray for my grandchildren as each one starts their day.

I have been working on a new book. It is a Christian Fantasy and I want to share a bit of it with my followers, as I urge you all to choose your words wisely as we get our kids off to school!

“Way in the distance she noticed a usually big tree –a gigantic tree that was covered with branches and vines. On each branch hung a fruit. The tree had fruit of every kind. Evangeline could not take her eyes away from this unusual tree. As she felt herself being drawn closer to the tree, she cautiously made her way over to the huge tree trunk and reached out to touch the unusual tree. The texture was rough and jagged much like a harsh word that had once been spoken to a child.”

Let your words be soft and encouraging…..

Weekly Writing Challenge

Weekly Writing Challenge

Fantasy within the city limits….

My name is Teresa and I live here in the city. Every Saturday, mommy would take me to the supermarket-“The Bodega” and I couldn’t wait to go. After we went into the store I would be allowed to sit on my favorite character Tiger and go around in circles on the merry go round! Only after just a few minutes, the ‘merry –go- round’ would stop and we would have to put in three more quarters. Many times, Mommy wouldn’t have three more quarters to put in the ride. I think it is just unfair to ask for that many quarters for a short ride. But who cares about the opinion of a little Hispanic girl here in the hot humid city? I’ll just sit here and wait for the taxi cab to arrive and take us home with our groceries. Someday, mommy will be able to afford a car for us. Until then, my adventure to the store on Saturday was all I could look forward to. The taxi cab driver always gave me a lollipop too. Today is my special day in the city. Someday, I’ll grow up and be a fantasy story writer. I’ll write all about my fantasies in the city. I know I will be famous someday. My mommy told me-I can be whatever I want to be! Maybe someday I’ll be in the movies too. I’ll ride on a real tiger. I’ll go into the big jungle with real jungle animals. I might even be able to visit Disney World, and see the real animal characters up close!

I guess I can use my imagination to take me on all the rides I would like to go on. I can see myself spinning in a teacup high on the twisting teacup ride. I almost threw up in my Mommy’s new purse after spinning so fast my afternoon lunch just about flew across the parking lot! It almost landed in a stranger’s face. That would not have been good. I have seen people get really angry over fewer things than that! I remember when Pedro got hit in the nose for splashing water on some kid. It was a hot day too. You would think he liked getting cooled off with water! Go figure….

Maybe if I sit here long enough then the strange green animal will come to life! I’ll just sit here and wait. No-one wants to pay three quarters for a short ride on these animals. I don’t even know why they have this here. It’s like a torment for us kids. Too much money and so much fun! I have my thinking face on and hopefully no-one will bother me as I wait. When is this taxi getting here?

After about ten minutes, a woman came and sat next to me. She just smiled and looked ahead onto the street. She must have been waiting for the taxi cab too. A little boy came over and sat on her lap. He just stared at me for about five minutes; then whispered something in his mothers’ ear. She shook her head no and told him to go play under the stop sign. He ran over and sat in the little patch of grass under the stop sign.

Man, that taxi cab sure is taking a long time to get here. I wonder what is taking so long. Maybe it got lifted up into a huge trap. That trap was set out there on the street for the bad guys. Only now it is trapping my taxi cab driver! Oh no. I must get home and help mommy put our groceries away. I think she bought ice pops for me. They’ll melt soon, if we don’t get home. Well-if they do melt, they are in plastic wrap. I’ll just make them into flat ice-pops. They still can freeze in the freezer. All that thinking of ice-pops made me thirsty.

“I’m getting a little thirsty mommy. Can I have a drink?” Mommy told me the drinks were too hot to drink, but the ice-pops weren’t! So my mommy and I drank the whole box of ice-pop juice! That was exciting. I love my mommy. She does such cool things with me.

Once when I was sitting on the tiger, she jumped on and sat on Winnie the Pooh with me! The people around us thought she was crazy, but she didn’t care. That’s just how my mommy is.

Boy, it sure is getting hotter out here. Mommy took out her cell phone and called the taxi guy back. I heard her asking what was taking the cab so long to get here.

When she put her phone away, she looked at me and said “It’s going to be a few more minutes, so we have to be patient. Ok?” Then she took out a white envelope from her purse. On it said “laundry money” and she took a handful of quarters out, put three in the merry-go-round. I jumped onto the merry-go-round real fast and sat on old tiger again. Before I knew it Mommy jumped on too. She rode on the Winnie-the Pooh because that was her favorite character when she was growing up. Then two more grown ups joined us and then two little boys jumped on and we all were on our fantasy ride. Everyone took turns putting in three quarters, and before I knew it. Time had taken us to the greatest fantasy I’ve ever been in. Fun in the city, is all I ever think about now! A bunch of strangers became our friends that day. The laughter, silly looks, smiles and stares made the ride even more fun. As I sat there on tiger, I asked myself again- who cared about this little Hispanic girl in the city. I knew many people cared and this ride today proved it! Next Saturday-I hope the taxi guy takes his time, because it’s my time now!

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