A New Administration

I have fielded many questions over the last three weeks regarding the new administration and what impact this change may have on a person’s financial plan and investment accounts.I have fielded many questions over the last three weeks regarding the new administration and what impact this change may have on a person’s financial plan and investment accounts. First, let me begin by saying that news programs, whatever they may be, should have little to do with your long-term financial plan. The stock market is an individual entity that reacts differently according to financial criteria. Seldom can one predict the reaction of the market to public information that is spread via biased news outlets. If the market responded accordingly during the Trump administration and the multitude of negative news stories, one would think the market and the economy would have been dismal the last four years. The fact is, the economy and market set many new positive records in various areas during those four years of the Trump presidency. Now we have a new President and new administration. People have legitimate causes for concern, but I want to stress to you that we should not be reactionary in our planning and stewardship. A good steward will follow the guidance established by a proper risk tolerance questionnaire and seek the advice of a trilogy of professionals such as an investment advisor, CPA, and attorney in accordance with their needs. The advice provided by these professionals should be void of emotion and founded in research of your specific situation.

If you need assistance in establishing a God honoring financial plan, please request a consultation with our office. You can reach us at 888-226-7614 or you can schedule a consultation online at www.kingdomplanadvisory.com

4th Sunday of Ordinary Time Jan 31

Jesus was in full authority because he was in full obedience to His Father's will. Jesus was in full authority because he was in full obedience to His Father’s will. We can always have access to His authority as long as we are doing the will of His Father. We can cast out demons, heal the sick, or give sight to the blind in Jesus’ name. Jesus’ fourfold ministry was to teach, preach, cast out evil spirits and heal the sick.

“There is a famine today that is raging across this great land of ours. There is a deep hunger and thirst for the healing Word of God … With humility, boldness, and energy, we must personally hear the Word, pray the Word, study the Word, proclaim the Word, and live the Word of the Lord Jesus Christ.” (from Introduction for The Bread of Life Bible Study)

Today’s podcast focuses on the Sunday readings for the 4th Sunday of Ordinary Time. It is based on the Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study and presented by the coauthor, Marie Finn. Please visit the website: www.StDismasGuild.org for more information and for supplemental materials.

We pray that today maybe a special day in your life as you experience the presence of Jesus Christ among us through this podcast. May the Lord speak to each heart the words He wants us to hear!

Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. We trust that this sharing will help us better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness, and are called to “go and bear fruit, fruit that will last” (John 15:16). Join with us as we come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me. Holy is His Name!

To find out more about Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women, visit us at www.magnificat-ministry.org

 

Stress and God

God & Stress | What happens to stress when we let God in? Well, when we stress there are so many things that happen, and sadly none of them are helpful to our mental or physical help or our lives.| #podcast #christianpodcast #stress #Christian #helpforstressStress and God Episode 168

Stress and God are not compatible. When we stress there are so many things that happen, and sadly none of them are helpful to our mental or physical health. In this episode, I discuss the root cause of stress and how you can make changes for the better in your lives, with little steps.

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Why do Christians have stress when they believe in the Almighty and that His hand is on the universe? There are so many reasons for this and while I can give you all the platitudes, it’s okay and God’s got this, for many of us it falls on deaf ears. Why do we worry? Why do we care? Does worry help you? Does worry make things better? Does complaining?

I love Luke 12:22-31 – here is the first admonishment from the Lord…

For life is more than food and body more than clothing… of course, we must provide for our families but often we get caught up in the external to the detriment of the internal. Where is your heart? Where do you store your treasures? Is it in the things of this world? I have to admit that I don’t like the way our world is headed and for me and my house we will serve the Lord, but unless I put my faith into action, it is only words. We must love others and focus on our own families before we try to fix the world. Everything sadly does not have a solution.

God has His hands around us and we know it and we need to make that connection between our minds and our will. We let our minds take control, we let our fears run rampant and we worry about the future. How can we change our fear into praise? It is easier than you think, make a decision where you are fearful to chose God, and here is a brief plan on how to do this.

First, we have control over our minds, we can allow garbage in watching videos that put us on edge and rob us of our peace. Do you know what I mean? We can allow this information into our minds and therefore it tends to put us on edge. Just as we turn things on we can turn things off, and it is time to turn off the stress. Quit watching the news, quit watching those videos, and work on your relationship with the Almighty God.

Do we trust God or not? Maybe this is a time of chastisement, maybe this is a time when everything we hoped for will not happen, and maybe it is a time of new beginnings. Sometimes things have to burn to the ground in order for new growth to occur. And this is a time to pray. We as Christian people have been comfortable with one foot in both the secular and the other in the spiritual world. The word of God never changes, but the other is fraught with uncertainty and change. And, when our foundation is shaken we fall in a heap of despair. But our God is God of the Universe and in His permissive will, for the benefit of our eternal soul He allows our lives to hit those bumps and what does that do? It makes us open our eyes and see that only our eternal souls are what is important.

Relationships come and go. Money comes and goes. But our Lord, He loves us no matter what, and no matter how much or how little time we give to Him. Where is our hope? Our hope is in Christ. I pray that you continue to put your hope in Christ, delve into the word and pray. Yes, cry out the heavens, for our world is desperately in need of a revival.

Let’s pray.

Dear Jesus you know our hearts, you know how terrible the world is right now, and like the cry of the people in times past, we cry out to you! Your will Lord, Your will… please let me see your hand in my life, in those little and big things. Give me discernment in what I should look at and what I should spend my time and focus on, and all the rest let it fall to the wayside. I love you Lord and I ask a blessing and protection on my family and those needs I pray for now… And, I offer this up to you, Almighty God, Amen.

Obedience in our Stewardship

Obedience in our StewardshipScripture mentioning financial issues is throughout the bible, in fact, there are over 2300 verses detailing how we should handle money. God knew we were going to struggle with stewardship of the “treasures” he has blessed us with. As I counsel people of all denominations, ethnic groups, ages, and genders, I see the struggles that people have with money. To be good stewards, we must first understand obedience and ownership. God owns it all and we manage those assets belonging to God which is the definition on a steward. The focus begins with obedience after we realize ownership and we must strive to honor God in our stewardship. There are many scriptures teaching us to honor God of which I have shared a few. The simple question regarding stewardship decisions is “Would God approve of this financial decision?”.

1 Corinthians 10:31 

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

1 Corinthians 6:20 

For you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

1 Samuel 2:30 

Therefore the Lord, the God of Israel, declares: ‘I promised that your house and the house of your father should go in and out before me forever,’ but now the Lord declares: ‘Far be it from me, for those who honor me I will honor, and those who despise me shall be lightly esteemed.

Proverbs 3:9 

Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the first fruits of all your produce;

2 Timothy 2:21 

Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.

Deuteronomy 6:5 

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.

1 Corinthians 3:16 

Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?

Numbers 30:2 

If a man vows a vow to the Lord, or swears an oath to bind himself by a pledge, he shall not break his word. He shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.

Joshua 24:15 

And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Acts 20:35 

In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

 

Cleansing

What is the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation?

This sacrament forgives our sins, reconciles us to God and his people, and gives us the grace to not sin again. In John 20: 22b-23 Jesus is with the apostles, “he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.”

Where do we start?

First we need to examine our conscience. There are many ways to do this: use the 10 Commandments as a guide, review the past few weeks and months , sit quietly and think of the times you have less than your best.

If you haven’t been in a while, tell the priest. He will talk you through the steps.

It’s important that we have contrition, that is, are sorry for our sins. We also need the desire to amend our ways so we don’t sin again. We say our sins aloud to the priest and then he offers us absolution and gives us a penance.

What do we receive in the sacrament?

Unbelievable grace. Forgiveness. The strength to not sin again.

Those are just a few gifts we receive and that why going to confession is so important and helpful.

If you are Catholic, consider going to receive the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation. If you are not Catholic, ask forgiveness of anyone you  have hurt and pray to receive grace to not to it again.

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Start Your Own Podcast

Start Your Own Podcast

Episode 68–Start Your Own Podcast

 

Over the past year or so since I started The Working Woman Radio Show podcast, different people have reached out to me for information on how to start their own podcast, so I thought that I would dedicate an episode to talk about this topic.

In this episode, I talk about what you will need to start a podcast, including cover art, themes, podcast name, basic recording equipment, and more.

Creating a podcast allows you to reach a brand new audience: people who might otherwise never find or consume your long-form content because they prefer the audio format.

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The Rosary by Fr. Kevin Scallon

Today we present an excerpt from the book Fr. Kevin’s Korner.Today we present an excerpt from the book Fr. Kevin’s Korner. Today’s article is entitled: The Rosary: A Walk to Emmaus. The greatness of the Rosary lies in its power to help us walk in the footsteps of Jesus. Walk with Fr. Kevin today as he takes on a portion of his walk with the Rosary.

Fr. Kevin’s words of wit and wisdom were originally shared as articles written for the Magnificat Newsletter during the 16 years he served as Magnificat’s Spiritual Advisor. Fr. Kevin went home to the Lord in 2018. His meditation is read for us today by Tom Green.

Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. Through the Magnificat Podcast, we can come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me and holy is His Name!

Fr. Kevin’s Korner is available in hard copy or eBook through Amazon.  Visit us at www.magnificat-ministry.org to find out more about Magnificat!

 

Controlling the Physical

What are the non-verbal characteristics of a Christian? What are the non-verbal characteristics of a Christian? What would make someone who sees you in public think that you are a believer? I have taught many lessons on the non-verbal characteristics if a Christian and those identifiers include showing love, showing kindness, being joyful, being charitable, and having self-control. When we are unable to show those characteristics, many times it is because we have lost control of the physical, or “free will”. If we are unhappy and angry, it’s very difficult to show love, joy, kindness, and to be charitable. When we lose control of the physical, we start to treat our unhappiness with a number of sinful activities such as buying material things to make us feel better, being promiscuous, gambling, drinking, and addictions. Those symptoms are evidence of losing control of the PHYSICAL and our God given free will allowed us to slide down that path of sin. Free will can be used to glorify God or rebel against God.

Obedient stewardship is 100% free will. We can choose to avoid debt. We can choose to avoid gambling. We can choose to invest with a biblical perspective. We can choose to be charitable. To be obedient, one must control the physical. When we are free of financial concerns and worries, our attitude is considerably different and we can show that attributes of a Christian and ultimately be content in Christ and the Kingdom.

3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s podcast focuses on the Sunday readings for the 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time.“After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God:

This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” Mark 1:14

“There is a famine today that is raging across this great land of ours. There is a deep hunger and thirst for the healing Word of God … With humility, boldness, and energy, we must personally hear the Word, pray the Word, study the Word, proclaim the Word, and live the Word of the Lord Jesus Christ.” (from Introduction for The Bread of Life Bible Study)

Today’s podcast focuses on the Sunday readings for the 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time. It is based on the Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study and presented by the coauthor, Marie Finn. Please visit the website: www.StDismasGuild.org for more information and for supplemental materials.

We pray that today maybe a special day in your life as you experience the presence of Jesus Christ among us through this podcast. May the Lord speak to each heart the words He wants us to hear!

Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. We trust that this sharing will help us better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness, and are called to “go and bear fruit, fruit that will last” (John 15:16). Join with us as we come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me. Holy is His Name!

To find out more about Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women, visit us at www.magnificat-ministry.org

 

Clear Choice

Clear Choice | The clear choice is obvious for a Christian who is faced with obstacles, debates, and sadness that threatens to push us into depression. What can we do? The choice is clear. Listen to this episode of A Few Minutes with God. | #podcast #christianpodcast #clearchoiceforchristians #christians #christianpodcast #christianityClear Choice For Christians Episode 167

The clear choice is obvious for a Christian who is faced with obstacles, debates, and sadness that threatens to push us into depression. What can we do? The choice is clear. Listen to this episode of A Few Minutes with God.

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The noise is deafening all around us. There is an upheaval that is unparalleled in my lifetime and people are asking, “What is happening to our world?” The short answer is when you take God out of the schools and you secularize life, you end up with godless people who are easily swayed by thoughts of free money and government handouts. The long answer is that it is way more complex.

A familiar scripture is, John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” And the clear choice is to follow Him and to imitate Him. How do we do this? There has always been and will always be until the end of time a conflict between good and bad, right and wrong, evil and righteousness. When things seem unfair we can look to the cross and see the ultimate injustice upon a sinless redeemer.

The end of the story is that God wins. All the time. And that is our hope and where our salvation rests. We see the hand of the Lord in every day in our lives. In the beautiful weather, or after a rainstorm when we see the glorious rainbow. Or where I live we see those beautiful sunsets.

What is robbing you of your peace? Think about this and jot down those things that make you anxious or angry.

Here is a quick list:

  1. The news. Social media. Turn it off.
  2. The latest text, or email. Wait to answer it. Set times when you do this and keep to schedule.
  3. Lack of time in prayer with the Lord. Prayer works. I promise.

In real life, it isn’t practical to believe we can be peaceful twenty-four-seven, yet when we are stressed we should be able to take a deep breath and regroup. In the night if I wake up I begin praising God, simply saying, “I praise you and I thank you, Lord God. Jesus I trust in you.” Or something similar to this and it calms me and soon I am back to sleep.

The level of anger and helplessness felt in the lives of many the past few months has been overwhelming. This past year in fact has been one for the history books. And so many have fallen prey to depression and anxiety. In fact, for a time I personally pulled away from social media and all news, except for short recaps on a news outlet I follow online. With so much disinformation — a word we barely used a few years ago, who knows what to believe. And it is best to continue on with my work and to focus on what is important in my own life.

We see family members at odds. Friends at odds. And it seems to only get worse every day. Who profits from this anger? No one. In fact, my next podcast is on that very subject. How to talk to people who are at odds in a way that is befitting a Christian! Kindness with Words.

As a Christian, the choice I make every day is very clear. I chose Christ. But for those who are lost who do they choose? I meet people on occasion that are confused, sad, and frankly, scared. They are worried about what is happening in our world. And the news sensationalizes it all to keep us in a state of fear and panic so we are glued to the screen to see the next latest greatest word. Believe me, I’ve been there. But now. I chose God. I chose peace. I chose joy. As I write this it is a new year and the calendar has turned. Our life is a choice, our free will is in force and our free will is a gift that is given to us, that no one can take away.

But what does that mean, “chose God?” My definition is very simple. It means to allow God to work in our life by giving Him our will and asking for His. About ten episodes or so ago I titled a podcast, “Knowing God’s Will,” Which even by my own admission is a very bold statement. The way to know God’s will is to give God our own, and in doing so we will know if we listen to our conscience the right path to take. Do we go left? Or do we go right? Or do we stay right where we are?

Perhaps things of this world can be taken away. But our faith can never be taken away. Mark 8:36 states “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?” The things of this world remain behind when we die. We should not put our faith in things, in man, but in the Almighty because only the Almighty God will not let us down.

Maybe you do have faith but it has been shaken lately. Remember what I said about choices? Habits are formed by doing the same thing over and over again, and if we make a decision to chose God, daily (it is a daily choice), this will become a habit. It is faith in action. The choice gives us a sense of peace that transcends all that is happening around us. It allows us to focus on the task of the day whatever that is in your life. Even the mundane, doing the dishes or fixing a meal can be joyful and give us a sense of peace if we thank God for those little things.

Let us pray and ask that the Lord helps us to show through our actions that He is indeed Lord of all!

Dear Lord, I praise you and I thank you for all that you have done in my life each and every day. While the choice is clear we need your help, we need your help my God to follow you to open the door to make the path straight. Dear Lord I ask you to help me each and every day. Please help me to find the peace that surpasses all understanding today and all the days of my life. I pray for the following needs:   And, I pray this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Why Risk Tolerance is Important

Risk toleranceRisk tolerance is the degree of variability in investment returns that an investor is willing to withstand in their financial planning. Risk tolerance is an important component in investing. is the degree of variability in investment returns that an investor is willing to withstand in their financial planning. Risk tolerance is an important component in investing. You should have a realistic understanding of your ability and willingness to stomach large swings in the value of your investments; if you take on too much risk, you might panic and sell at the wrong time.

Risk tolerance is often associated with age, although that is not the only determining factor. However, in a general sense, people who are younger and have a longer time horizon are often able to and are encouraged to take on greater risk than people older with a shorter-term horizon. Greater risk tolerance is often synonymous with equities and equity funds and ETFs, while lower risk tolerance is often associated with bonds, bond funds, and ETFs. But age itself shouldn’t determine a switch in asset classes. Those with a higher net worth and more disposable income can also typically afford to take greater risks with their investments.

Understanding Risk Tolerance

Risk tolerance assessments for investors abound, including risk-related surveys or questionnaires. As an investor, you may also want to review historical worst-case returns for different asset classes to get an idea of how much money you would feel comfortable losing if your investments have a bad year or bad series of years. Other factors affecting risk tolerance are the time horizon you have to invest, your future earning capacity, and the presence of other assets such as a home, pension, Social Security, or an inheritance. In general, you can take greater risk with investable assets when you have other, more stable sources of funds available.

 

3 Minute Meditation: Fullness of Charity

What could the “Fullness of Charity” be? What does this fullness “look like” in our lives?What could the “Fullness of Charity” be? What does this fullness “look like” in our lives?

We are delighted that you have chosen to join us today! This podcast is provided for you by Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women.  We pray that today may be a special day in your life as you experience the presence of Jesus Christ among us through this podcast.

Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. We trust that this sharing will help us better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness. Join with us as we come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me. Holy is His Name!

Blessing for Your New Year!

While things are ever changing, our God remains constant!We are delighted that you have chosen to join us today! This podcast features an article written for our Magnificat Newsletter and is provided for you by Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women.

While it is an article written during the Advent and Christmas season, it is still relevant to the changing times in which we live. While things are ever changing, our God remains constant!

We pray that today maybe a special day in your life as you experience the presence of Jesus Christ among us through the personal testimony of our special guest. Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. The Magnificat Proclaims podcasts feature Catholic women who have shared their testimony at one of the many Magnificat Chapters hosting quarterly meals held around the world. We trust that these testimonies will help us to come to better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness. We want to come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me and holy is His Name!

Faith in difficult times

Why Vn. Pierre Toussaint?

I find his story compelling and an excellent example for our times. In the face of many obstacles he lived a life of holiness and virtue. His faith guided his life.

A  bit about his life

He was born a slave in what is now Haiti in 1766. His master allowed him to be educated by the family tutor which was extremely rare. In 1787 part of the family was sent to New York City due to political unrest. Pierre and his sister were among the slaves who went with the family. In, NYC Pierre trained as a hairdresser and was allowed to keep the money earned. His master died and his family was left almost desittiue. Pierre supoprted the widow for mnay years, until her death. It was then that she finally gave Pierre his freedom. ONce freed, he purcahse his sister’s freedom and his future wife’s.

Once free

Pierre and Juliette married. They had no children of their own but did adopt Pierre’s sister’s daughter when his sister died. Sadly, she died at 14. Faith and discipline is what kept Pierre going. He moved forward, every day, praying and serving those in need, as well as working. He worked long many years, not for himself, but so that he could use his money to  help others.

Charitable works

Juliette and Pierre opened their home to orphans and those on need. Pierre helped St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in her work. He also donated substantial funds towards the building of the first St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC.

There’s so much more about this great man to learn, this episode just scratches the surface but I hope you’ll listen to hear more!

This week consider emulating Vn. Pierre Toussaint’s charity. Choose a charity to help, with your time, resources or prayer and plan a way to help them.

 

Make Money in Real Estate

Make Money in Real EstateEpisode 68–Make Money in Real Estate

 

In today’s economy, can you really make money in real estate?

Jackie Marsh Brown, owner of Jackie Brown Enterprises, a global real estate, and multimedia company, says, ‘Yes, you can!”

According to Mrs. Brown, if you’re thinking about making a career in real estate, now is a perfect time to make your move.

Mrs. Brown shares about her own personal journey to become the successful real estate agent she is, today.

She talks about the changes in the industry, the lessons she has learned, and her passion for teaching others about the real estate business.

She also talked about the number one thing a woman should do if she wants to get into the business of real estate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make Money in Real EstateMore About Jackie Brown

Jackie Brown is the owner of Jackie Brown Enterprises, a global real estate, and multimedia company.

She is the creator, producer, and host of the ‘It’s Up To You’ TV show. She is also the owner of ‘It’s Up To You’ Academy.

Mrs. Brown loves building community and connecting with people. Her goal and vision are to help as many as she can to create the life they were meant to live.

Jackie has been married to her husband Bobby for 31 years, and they live in Lawrenceville, Georgia with their two AMAZING sons Chase and Jeremy.

 

 

 

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Hold Your Peace

Lucia has an on-time word in today’s show as she encourages you to Hold Your Peace as you face the uncertainty of the days ahead!Lucia has an on-time word in today’s show as she encourages you to Hold Your Peace as you face the uncertainty of the days ahead!

 

John 14:27 says, “I leave the gift of peace with you—my peace. Not the kind of fragile peace given by the world, but my perfect peace. Don’t yield to fear or be troubled in your hearts—instead, be courageous!”

 

One thing remains certain in an uncertain world and that is keeping your mind stayed on the Word of God will bring peace to your heart. When you use your faith and declare and decree the Word of God over the circumstances or situations that are causing you to lose your peace, you will see Isaiah 55:11 go to work which says God’s Word will not return void but will accomplish what you send it out to do!

 

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If you want a sure foundation to stand on or build your life on, Jesus is your answer! If you focus on what is going on around you in the world, you will lose your peace and it is possible that you could get over into fear instead of staying in faith.  Remember, God has not given you a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. The fear of the Lord will be your treasure that will help you walk into victory!

 

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2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time Bread of Life Bible Study

Today’s podcast focuses on the Sunday readings for the 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time. It is based on the Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study and presented by the coauthor, Marie Finn.Deacon Ken Finn said in a previous commentary regarding these readings that “Today’s gospel is about the joy, excitement and power of discovering the Messiah.” Marie Finn said, “I think that sums up this Second Sunday of Ordinary Time!”  When we discover Jesus and spend time with Him on a daily basis it becomes ordinary Kingdom Living. We are not of the world, we are in the world and knowing Jesus we just automatically want to tell people about him and especially how much he loves us.

“There is a famine today that is raging across this great land of ours. There is a deep hunger and thirst for the healing Word of God … With humility, boldness, and energy, we must personally hear the Word, pray the Word, study the Word, proclaim the Word, and live the Word of the Lord Jesus Christ.” (from Introduction for The Bread of Life Bible Study)

Today’s podcast focuses on the Sunday readings for the 2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time. It is based on the Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study and presented by the coauthor, Marie Finn. Please visit the website: www.StDismasGuild.org for more information and for supplemental materials.

We pray that today maybe a special day in your life as you experience the presence of Jesus Christ among us through this podcast. May the Lord speak to each heart the words He wants us to hear!

Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. We trust that this sharing will help us better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness, and are called to “go and bear fruit, fruit that will last” (John 15:16). Join with us as we come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me. Holy is His Name!

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What to do with the Stimulus check?

Roth IRA or 401k?  Jay goes into what you can do with your stimulus check to contribute to your retirement.

What to Do with the Stimulus Check?  If you’re working at a company that offers an employer-sponsored retirement plan — specifically, a 401(k) plan — you might be wondering if you should participate in this or open a new individual retirement account (IRA) or continue to fund your existing IRA. There are benefits and tax considerations for both of these tax-advantaged retirement plans. Here are some factors to compare:

Annual contribution limits. For 2021, an individual may contribute up to $6,000 to a traditional or Roth IRA (with an additional $1,000 in catch-up contributions for people age 50 and older). Note that taxpayers may be limited in their contribution limits to a Roth IRA or be prohibited from contributing at all, based on modified adjusted gross income (for single filers or those filing jointly), as detailed by the IRS.

Employees with a 401(k) plan may contribute up to $19,500, and the catch-up contribution is also much higher at $6,500. In addition, a 401(k) plan may have an employer match (often 2% or 3%), which helps boost retirement savings more quickly; this may require the employee to make a required contribution amount to trigger the employer match. The employer’s contributions do not count toward the employee’s contribution limit.

With a 401(k) plan, the employee’s contributions are deducted from their salary as a pretax contribution, and funds grow tax-deferred. With an IRA, you have the option of opening either a traditional or Roth IRA, which will determine whether those funds are taxed when withdrawn (traditional) or when contributed (Roth).

Guaranteed Life Insurance Explained

You often see commercials on television offering “Guaranteed Life Insurance”.  Those commercials are talking about Graded Death Benefit Life insurance and I think it is important to understand these types of life insurance contracts.You often see commercials on television offering “Guaranteed Life Insurance”.  Those commercials are talking about Graded Death Benefit Life insurance and I think it is important to understand these types of life insurance contracts

There are several different types of life insurance policies which are designed to meet the needs of individuals of all ages. You may have heard about graded premium whole life insurance that promises for a low price to guarantee coverage that holds the same premiums into your senior years. But what is graded death benefit insurance and is it a good fit for you?

 

What is Graded Death Benefit Life Insurance?

 

It is a permanent life insurance policy as opposed to a term policy that ends after a pre-designated period. What makes this type of life insurance different from standard permanent policies is that it is graded over time so that your premiums will not increase. This means that for the first two years of the policy itself if you should pass away the beneficiary will only receive the payments from the premiums and interests, but not the stated benefits. This means that for the first two years the beneficiary will not receive any more than what you paid in and the interest it has built up over that time frame. Although that may not sound like much, it should be noted that the average interest rate ranges from seven to ten percent with some insurers. This means that the interest rate is substantially higher than what you would find at a bank which is one reason why the policy is rather attractive for some.

 

Good candidates for a Graded death benefit are applicants who would not or can not qualify for medically underwritten life insurance contracts due to existing health concerns such as diabetes, recent cancers, cardiovascular issues, and some diseases.

 

It is a good idea to speak with a professional who can first see if you are qualified for “day 1” types of life insurance. If you do not qualify for a traditional plan, then a graded death benefit option may be a wise choice for you.

Secular Humanism

Secular Humanism | Secular Humanism introduces a spirit and way of life which engages in various aspects of unbelief in the supernatural. | #podcast #christianpodcast #secularhumanism #CatholicPodcast #Christianthemes #secularThe Spirituality of Secular Humanism ~ Episode 36

Secular Humanism introduces a spirit and way of life which engages in various aspects of unbelief in the supernatural. It renounces or ignores the presence, action, and the expectations of God in our human endeavors of life, pushing God out to the margins of life and removing his existence, awareness, and influence in our minds, and in the daily practical actions of our human choices and development.

This inspiring book by Father David Tickerhoof, Third Order Regular (TOR), on the role of Merciful Penitents in the Renewal and Reform of the Church

Father David’s book is available! “Evangelizing Catholic Culture,” get your copy today.

And so now we live in a spiritual fog, atmosphere, and social environment with many former Christian believers, who still identify with some degree of Christian affiliation, which affiliation makes no or little difference or impact in one’s practical daily human existence. Everything is focused or centered on the I or Me because I am totally in charge of my human life for the search of the truth. I effectively answer to no one about anything in the framework of my human life and relationships. Even though I need to be accountable for civic and social aspects of my life and relationships, God is not in the picture. In a sense, I have replaced God, revealed truths, and the supernatural with myself as the central meaning of life. One living this way of life embraces a lifestyle of a humanistic spirituality or religion.  The new developments of science, modern society, and my personal achievements are more than sufficient to accomplish the human fulfillment of my existence, maturity, and ultimate happiness, so goes the refrain. Many different degrees of this spirit of secular humanism mix with other values of an individual’s convictions. In the end one can easily feel that there is really no need to worry about spiritual emptiness or what will happen to me when I leave my time on earth!  Along with this thinking goes a spiritual darkness, which most are unaware, that opens the door of one’s human being to all sorts of negative and destructive possibilities. This range of experience may eventually include personal unraveling, demonic influences, and the loss of my integral dignity as a human person, and ultimately the loss of my soul.

May we review a biblical story that illustrates this reality. Omri the King of Israel contracted a political marriage for his son Ahab with Jezebel the priestess daughter of the King of Phoenicia. She moved to Israel bringing her pagan religion with her. Most writers hold that she became the power behind the throne. Ahab and Jezebel ruled in Israel for twenty-two years. During that time Ahab with Jezebel almost wiped out the Covenant that God made with Israel, replacing it with the worship of Baal, the god of fertility, and Astarte the feminine counterpart. This pagan religion consisted of all possible types of sexual immorality as worship.

The goal of this worship being child sacrifice. The people would burn their children in the fire before an image of Baal as a sacrifice to appease the gods and receive their blessings, which would be all aspects of materialism in addition to depraved sexual license. Ahab built a huge temple to the gods, plus many shrines throughout the land. In short Ahab and Jezebel fostered and replaced the worship of Yahweh with this pagan worship. The “religion” of Secularism Humanism in all its negative forms today is a modern replica of the ancient pagan worship of Baal in the time of Ahab and Jezebel. Case in point, over 60 million abortions in the United States since 1973, is not that child sacrifice? Our Country today has adopted the obvious patterns of the major sexual revolution which embraces confusing gender identity and numerous sexual values and practices which are clear violations of Christian morality. These attitudes and practices find their way into all walks of life. And to some sad degree also within the Church. These audacious practices are germinated in our adherence and attachment to the false god of materialism, which bears fruit in adopting a spirit of narcissism while adhering to a quasi-religious way of living a human life. This in a sense could be defined as a social secular humanistic religious approach to human living. Western Civilization and our own Nation is replete with these attitudes, values, and practices, which results in a very worrisome spiritual sickness within our society and also within the Church.

 

 

 

 

External Change

Spiritual Makeover continues…

God calls to us and offers to change our stony hearts for those of flesh. Jesus also calls us to conversion. The Gospels are full of stories which point to Jesus healing and leading people to a relationship with God.

2 Stories

In Mark 2:1-12 we see Jesus healing the paralytic. The man is lowered down from the roof by his friends so he can get to Jesus. And Jesus heals him and then tell him to pick up his mat and go home. He gives him directions, a bit task that allows him to participate in the healing. It is not passive.

And then, The Samaritan Woman at the Well in John chapter 4. Yes, Jesus tells the woman her sins, but then also tells her she can be given life giving water; she slowly comes to realize that this is the Messiah they have been waiting for and tells the other people in town. They to come to believe.

What’s our part?

Jesus calls us for conversion not condemnation. This is important to us for 2 reasons: so we know what he wants of us and to do the same with others. We are called to share the light of Christ with those around us. And the world needs the Light!

Internally we may change, but we need to externally change as well. This is how we lead people to Jesus, by our example, our behavior. So onto the

This week, think and pray about how some of your behaviors might need to change. Is it to stop yelling at your children, spouse or others; remember to spend some time in prayer each day; go back to regular worship with your community – whatever it may be, let’s start having our internal change and external behavior match more closely with each other.

 

New Year And Faith

New Year and Faith | Try these things to jump start the new year. #podcast #christianpodcastNew Year and Faith – Special Replay

Beginning the new year with joy and a plan of focusing on increasing our walk with the Lord in the best way possible is the topic of today’s podcast. A simplified approach is the best for busy people, and here are some pointers to help you.

  1. Rejoice in the Lord always – Philippians 4:4
  2. Gratitude – 1 Thessalonians 5 — Be thankful for the small things and the big things be grateful for the faith
  3. Focus – on one thing — what is the one thing you can do to increase your faith? Your prayer life?
  4. Begin anew. Something you were doing but stopped? Journaling? Reading the Bible? Praising God each day?
  5. Attitude recheck. Are you upset or depressed? Give it to the Lord  — Philippians 4:6-7
A prayer to help you in the new year:

Dear Lord Jesus, I love you very much and I thank you for the simple message today to refocus and renew my love for you, for all things that are good and holy and let the rest drop away. I ask that you infill me with your Holy Spirit, that you give me the wisdom for the things I should do as well as those things I should not do. I ask that you bless those who I pray for now ….

Dear Lord thank you for the gift of faith and the opportunity to praise and rejoice in your goodness. I ask you to bless us as we prepare for a brand new year and give us the fortitude to do your will. I pray this in Jesus Name. Amen.

The Business of Hair

The Business of Hair

Episode 67–The Business of Hair

 

The Working Woman Radio Show sat down with hairstylist extraordinaire, Angelia McCall, who gave us the 411 on the business of hair.

Angelia, one of the most sought after hairstylists in the metro-Atlanta area, shares industry secrets for maintaining beautiful healthy hair, opportunities for women in the industry, as well as some other juicy tidbits.

 

More About Angelia McCall

Angelia McCall, or as Angie as her friends and family call her, has been a licensed stylist for the last ten years. 

Whether she’s working in salons in the south side of metro Atlanta, on fashion photoshoots in the suburbs of Alpharetta, or learning about how beauty products are made, Angie has definitely dabbled in almost everything the beauty industry has to offer, and is excited about future opportunities to come.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Why Rebalance?

You may or may not need to do any rebalancing at that time, but reviewing your portfolio periodically is a good exercise. You may or may not need to do any rebalancing at that time, but reviewing your portfolio periodically is a good exercise. Rebalancing is a way to control portfolio risk. Rebalancing can help you keep your portfolio on track with your overall financial plan.

 

What happens when you rebalance your portfolio?

Rebalancing is the process of realigning your current portfolio holdings to your target asset allocation. What this truly entails is counterintuitive to many investors. When you rebalanceyou sell positions that outperformed and use the proceeds to buy more of a position that did not grow as quickly.

 

Does portfolio rebalancing actually improve returns?

Just to be clear: rebalancing doesn’t boost your long-term returns. If anything, to the extent rebalancing forces you to cut back on your stock holdings and put more money into bonds, it reduces the return you’re likely to earn over the long-term, as stocks tend to outperform bonds over long periods.

 

How often should I rebalance my portfolio?

Portfolio’s can be rebalanced at set time points (quarterly, monthly, annually) or at set allocation points (when the assets change a certain amount). A good rule of thumb is to rebalance when an asset allocation changes more than 5%

 

How do you calculate portfolio rebalance?

Let’s look at each step in detail.

  1. Review your ideal asset allocation. Your ideal asset allocation—the right mix of stocks, bonds, and other asset classes in which to invest your retirement money—is a personal decision. …
  2. Determine your portfolio’s current allocation. …
  3. Buy and sell shares to balance your portfolio.

Best Words Of Wisdom For Successfully Raising A Step Family

Best Words Of Wisdom For Successfully Raising A Step Family

With recent studies showing that 60 percent of second marriages end in divorce with percentages rising to 70 if both spouses have children from a previous marriage, it’s no wonder why blended families are so difficult to manage.  Speaking from my own personal experience, here’s my top ten best words of wisdom for successfully raising a stepfamily.

  1. Enter in knowing there will be challenges- Have the mindset that this may be a bumpy path in the beginning, a winding path in the middle, but a path that leads to a beautiful destination in the end.
  2. Set expectations from the beginning- Talk about how visitation is going to look and be consistent with what you and your ex decide.  Children will accept this new life better if they aren’t tossed around haphazardly from house to house.  Also, decide between parents what each of you expect from each other and map out each one’s role in their lives. Agree that you won’t keep tallies of the other one’s mistakes and that at the end of the day, every decision will have solely the welfare of the children in mind.
  3. Don’t rush things- Let it simmer because it’s going to take time. It’s not a magic towel that you add water to and in a matter of seconds you have a perfectly sized family.  You may have chosen your new spouse but your kids didn’t get a say in choosing their new family.  Give them time and remember…love isn’t entitled…it’s earned.
  4. Continue to spend moments alone with your biological children- Children NEED some separation at times so that they don’t feel they’ve lost their relationship with their original parent. Keeping time alone with your child maintains their level of norm and gives them a sense of security, which will help them accept the family you want to become.
  5. Accept that your Ex or your spouse’s ex is NOT the enemy- Respect each other and get it out of your mind that they are secretly out to get you.  Reassure them that they are the original parent and that you have no intention on trying to overstep your role. Children need to see that even though you may not have the same way of doing things, you still honor the fact that they are the mom or dad.
  6. Co-Parent instead of compete- Whether you want to believe this or not, your ex and your husband’s ex are part of your extended family now. You can try to parent without them, but the only thing that will be left from trying to alienate them is a stressful you and an unhappy anxious kid.
  7. Keep the old traditions while making new ones- Creating a new family tradition will help you bond together and unite your family, but allowing the kids to keep some of their old rituals will ease them into this new and different world.
  8. Be careful not to bad mouth your ex in front of your child- Yes, there will be things you and your ex disagree on…that’s probably why they’re your ex, but keep in mind that no matter what you’re feeling, they are still your child’s dad or mom.  There will be times where it’s necessary to sit down and discuss things with your husband but do NOT do it in front of the kids. It will damage your relationship with your stepchildren and create an underlining pressure that they somehow need to choose sides.
  9. Nurture your relationship with your new spouse- Marriages need time together, but especially in a step family. It’s really important to secure some time with just you and your spouse and protect your time as a couple. Although you will need to talk about parenting to  understand each other’s philosophy, there should be separate times allotted to just be reminded of why you fell in love in the first place.
  10. Keep your child the focus- If you stand still and promise to keep the child and the child ONLY at the center of your focus…decisions will become clear and good things will become of it.

Stepfamilies, to me, are like jigsaw puzzles. It takes a bit of moving around the pieces to figure out what fits, but once you do, you finally get to see the bigger picture, and enjoy the view everyone worked so hard to get. One of my favorite quotes from Lessionslearnedinlife.com, to me describes it best when it says, “Blood makes you related but loyalty makes you family.”

Historical Roots of Secular Humanism

Roots of Secular Humanism |  What are the roots of secular humanism? Where do they come from and why should they matter to Christians? Listen as Father David explains the roots and how this humanism has entered the lives of those even in the church. | #podcast #christianpodcast #christiantruth @secularhumanism #CatholicPodcastHistorical Roots of Secular Humanism ~ Episode 35

What are the roots of secular humanism? Where do they come from and why should they matter to Christians? Listen as Father David explains the roots and how this humanism has entered the lives of those even in the church.

The stress and process of the current pandemic place many unexpected challenges in our lives that are not always easy to handle. Shutting down of churches, government mandates, confusing reports, fear of infection, and lastly our own personal faith responses to name just a few. We did not just arrive at this cultural dilemma recently; this societal breakdown has been coming for some time. What are some of the significant movements that have contributed to our current “state of affairs”?

Roots of Secular Humanism

What are the roots of Secular Humanism? It begins in Europe.

In Europe, in the 17th and 18th centuries, a major movement emerged entitled the Enlightenment. This social event happened in strong reaction against the mandates, prescriptions, and controls of Christian belief systems, especially Catholicism. For some academic professionals, this was an honest attempt to search for the truth beyond the rules and regulations of current society. Acting against the societal faith norms in control, it eventually led to an abandonment of essential established ways of life producing a complicated ferment against the peaceful balance of the age. In short, it consisted of an aggressive attempt to separate the principles and values of humanism from their Christian foundations. This movement emphasized a purely scientific and rational approach to human realities and the truths of life.

The Enlightenment held and promoted an exclusive approach to truth that did away with biblical revelation, supernatural beliefs, the Ten Commandments, and no need for God to live a moral, meaningful, truth-filled way of life. If God remained in the picture He was pushed off to the outer margins of existence. Of course, the Church soundly resisted this movement, sometimes violently. This movement impacted all the domains of human reality. Specifically, in the French Revolution, its aggressive momentum ignited the fire of violent rebellion against the Catholic Church. Bishops, Priests, religious, and many laypeople were brutely put to death. Even though several Popes and Church leaders proclaimed their errors this philosophy of life caught on significantly affecting the thinking and lifestyle of Europeans, and by the way made major inroads in the emerging way of life of many Americans.

The European brand of the Enlightenment influential among the French tended to fuel the thinking and ideals of the Foundering Fathers of our Country, along with the ideas of Deism. The beginnings of the American ideals, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness were encouraged by France who supported the Founding Fathers in their efforts to be free from English domination. The Statue of Liberty was a gift to the United States from France. Benjamin Franklin made frequent lengthy visits to France. He was very comfortable with the more modern view of an enlightened life and personally espoused those principles in his lifestyle. Many of our Fathers really held the belief system of Deism, which is the core of the Unitarian faith. This religion holds to faith in unity in the One God, however, we are left to develop a humanistic spiritual or religious way of life without any or very little demands on the individual. One is pretty much free to carve out a good and moral life stance by humanistic efforts alone while placing our efforts in deciding our own truth about life or one’s self enlightened humanism. Thus, the principles and values of the Enlightenment and Deism infiltrated the spirit and reasoning of our Nation.

Over a relativity short period of time, the spirit, principles, and values of enlightened human liberalism captured the social atmosphere, the thinking, and development of “the American Dream.” Wealth, and attitudes of comfort, affluence, scientific advancement, social, and economic control infused and infiltrated the American way of life. Over the last seventy years, these accepted and promoted realities have nurtured and matured in our society expanding and deepening among the peoples of our Country. All the while infiltrating the minds, hearts, and relationships of our citizens and our young people and subtlety producing a new religious or spiritual humanism called secularism humanism.

Secular Humanism is a world view and way of life. It believes God is not necessary to be moral. As a spiritual state of being it presumes that human beings are capable of being ethical or moral without being religious or believing in a deity. Along with this is an understanding and conviction that secular humanism is a way of life that continually adapts searching for truth through science and human experience and various philosophies. It consists of a world view that is primarily concerned with the promotion of human welfare in this world. Secular humanism denies the subordination of human dignity and happiness to supernatural realities. It would reject religious faith and hold distrust in absolutes when they are religiously proposed, rejecting moral absolutes in any form. Our moral sense of which concluded in a blind alley leading to mental confusion. Secular humanism would lead to moral relativism, ethical bankruptcy, and religious indifference.

In the later part of the 19th Century, secular humanism emerged in the world and specifically in the Church as a movement entitled Modernism. It was a strong effort to liberalize the “tight” laws, principles, and practices of Catholic life. The Popes of the time engaged in an aggressive effort to eliminate its influence from Catholic life. Pius X took a fearful shut down approach to this invasive cultural influence. Leo XIII who followed him in the Papacy was more open to defeat this cultural disintegration by opening the doors to evaluation, study, and constructive adaptation. This approach encouraged an intellectual reassessment of scripture, liturgical development, and a review of pastoral theological considerations. This was an honest attempt to curtail the negative effects of the Enlightenment and its brainchild modernistic secular humanism. Some would say that this effort would unintentionally open the door for its advancement in the 20th Century and its 21st Century maturation. For example, a case where a prominent official publicly referring to the grace of God while supporting and promoting the practice of abortion and the enterprises of Planned Parenthood.

Roots of Secular Humanism started long ago.

Years of study and planning transpired before Pope John XXIII announced the opening of Vatican II in 1961, which concluded in 1965. The Documents of the Council are a sound presentation of teaching designed to move the Church into a fresh authentic adaption of the Church in the modern world. The aftermath in the Church a major struggle. Pope Paul the VI did his best to steer the ship in a positive and fruitful direction, but the inroads of the Enlightenment and Modernism caused controversies so that this positive effort would not be the case. Eventually, confusion, reaction, and misrepresentations emerged, which we still suffer from today with even an increased intensity. Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI firmly promoted a “hermeneutic of continuity” as a standard for the implementation of the authentic traditional teaching of the Catholic Church. Pope Francis is committed to the teaching and values of Vatican Council II. His approach appears to be on an emphasis to adapt the Council’s teaching to the areas in the Church and world where human life is taking place, and where justices are ignored, and the poor suffer the consequences. Therefore, without compromising authentic traditional Catholic teaching he attempts to move the Church where human life is happening. In this regard, he appears to be a supporter of meaningful and just socialism. Obviously, this approach is not going down well with some members of the Church led by some members of the hierarchy. This opposition has become an intense battle that has reached the position of a new scandal. It has become a complicated mess. This battle has some relationship to society’s struggle and adherence to the pseudo-spirituality and religiosity of contemporary secular humanism. Pope Francis’s hesitation to present clear Catholic moral teaching, especially in the areas of sexuality and family life is very upsetting to some sincere members of the Catholic Church. This concern needs significant attention.

May we ourselves do a life review to discern if we have been influenced, adopted, or caved into some aspects of the religion and spirituality of secular humanism; even if we unintentionally ingested these discordant values to some degree into the ambient, environment, or culture of our American life.

The Blood of Jesus Is God’s Liquid Love

Join Lucia as she wraps up her series on the power of the Blood of Jesus and shares the Blood of Jesus is God’s proof of his liquid love for you.

Romans 5:8 in the Passion Translation says, “But Christ proved God’s passionate love for us by dying in our place while we were still lost and ungodly!” Jesus paid the price for you when he died on the cross so you can walk in victory, and John 3:16 confirms just how much God really loves you. “For this is how much God loved the world—he gave his one and only, unique Son as a gift. So now everyone who believes in him will never perish but experience everlasting life.”

When you use your faith to apply the blood of Jesus to situations you’re going through, and you believe that speaking the Word of God has the power you need, as you apply the blood of Jesus to every area of your life, you become part of a new bloodline. It’s the Bloodline of a Champion which is the Bloodline of Jesus!

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When Jesus shed his Blood and died on the cross for you, it was the greatest demonstration of love that has ever been displayed. Jesus’ shed Blood has not lost its power and it’s a continuous reminder of God’s great love for you. As you exercise your faith in the Blood of Jesus, God brings life, healing, victory, blessings and restoration to your life.

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Bread of Life Bible Study for Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021

Join us weekly for a podcast focusing on the Sunday readings based on the Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study and presented by the coauthor, Marie Finn. “There is a famine today that is raging across this great land of ours. There is a deep hunger and thirst for the healing Word of God … With humility, boldness, and energy, we must personally hear the Word, pray the Word, study the Word, proclaim the Word, and live the Word of the Lord Jesus Christ.” (from Introduction for The Bread of Life Bible Study)

Join us weekly for a podcast focusing on the Sunday readings based on the Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study and presented by the coauthor, Marie Finn. Please visit the website: www.StDismasGuild.org for more information and for supplemental materials.

We pray that today maybe a special day in your life as you experience the presence of Jesus Christ among us through this podcast. May the Lord speak to each heart the words He wants us to hear!

Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. We trust that this sharing will help us better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness, and are called to “go and bear fruit, fruit that will last” (John 15:16). Join with us as we come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me. Holy is His Name!

To find out more about Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women, visit us at www.magnificat-ministry.org

3 Helpful Tips

3 pieces of advice entering the new yearAs we enter into a new year, here are three pieces of advice I recommend.

Change your passwords.

No one enjoys working with passwords, but they’re necessary for keeping your accounts secure — at least until something better comes along.

You likely already make sure that your passwords are strong and difficult-to-crack. You might even go the extra step, and never use the same password for more than one account at once.

But there’s another issue to consider: Should you change your passwords on a recurring basis? And if so, how often?

Conventional wisdom holds that you should change your passwords every few months. For years, this was the advice given by security experts, and it’s still easy to find this advice online.

Search for recurring payments

What Are Recurring Credit Card Charges?

Normally when you use your credit card to make a purchase, it’s a one-time deal. You swipe or dip your card at the checkout, or enter your details when shopping online, and that’s it. A one-time charge shows up for the purchase on your next card statement. You choose to pay it in full or pay it off over time.

Recurring credit card charges, on the other hand, are charges that come back again and again. They can be larger charges, but most often, they’re smaller costs that you don’t necessarily notice unless you’re carefully going over your statements each month.

Gray charges are a type of recurring charge that’s associated with hidden fees, automatic renewals or increasing service fees for things you regularly pay for. The “gray” comes from the under-the-radar nature of these costs; they can sometimes be the result of sneaky or even fraudulent tactics used by the company that’s charging you. In other words, it may be less apparent to you that you’re paying for them.

Negotiate a better cell phone plan

Call Your Current Carrier

After you’ve checked the status of your current cell phone plan/device repayments and done ample research on what’s available, it’s time to call and negotiate. Have your list of requests in front of you, and prepare what you are going to say. Let them know how you’re feeling and what you’re looking for in a new cell phone plan. Remember that the worst that can happen is for the carrier to say no.

Don’t be Afraid to Walk Away

If the carrier isn’t willing to negotiate, or what they are willing to compromise on isn’t worth it to you, it’s o.k. to walk away. Walking away from the company and going to another carrier gives you power to negotiate again. When one cell phone carrier door closes, another one opens.

 

 

 

A Change of Heart

Happy New Year!

Thoughts often turn to resolutions and changes and how will I solve all problems this year as a new year begins. And while making change can be good and beneficial, we need to care first for our soul.

Turn to God

A few scriptures from the Old Testament that tell us what God wants to do for us:

  • I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:26
  • My dwelling shall be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people. Ezekiel 37:27
  • And of course, all of Ezekiel 37 about the dry bones, speaks to what GOd can and will do for us if we but call on Him.
  • Yet, Lord, you are our father; we are the clay and you our potter: we are all the work of your hand. Isiah 64:7

God is gentle and wants to help us live a life of abundance, peace and joy. He is mercy, so go to him and ask what in our stony heart needs to go and be replaced by His heart of flesh.

Repentance

Consider too, if you need forgiveness for what you have done wrong. God extends His mercy when we ask for it and then we can extend mercy as well.

Pray about what needs a spiritual makeover in you. Do you need a change of heart?

And I hope you join me again next time, as we look at how Jesus calls us to be made over!

 

 

 

Rejoice In All Things

Think about these passages and realize this is the Old Testament it was foreshadowing the coming of our Lord and Savior. We celebrate Christmas once a year - the birth of the Savior and we celebrate Easter once a year, the resurrection of our Savior, but what do we celebrate daily? Are we rejoicing in all things?

Rejoice In All Things – Episode 166

Can you really rejoice in all things when everything seems to be falling apart in your life and all around you? Yes, you can. And in this episode, I will share with you the secrets of Christian living.

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Oscar Wilde is said to have said, and I am paraphrasing here, but that Religion was a fashionable substitution for faith. When we focus on what we are to do and not do we can become bogged down. When my children were little we would read the books of the saints and we loved these stories. They depicted young men and women who loved the Lord and though example, even in the toughest times and situations always showed the love of the Lord to others in their lives. They were wonderful stories that were true of heroism and virtue. Oh, to be like the saints. But, my young daughter said, “Mom, I love reading about the saints but the books are so sad because they always die at the end.”

Out of the mouth of babes, right? Yes, they die at the end after living heroic and virtuous lives. Yet, to us death is sad. This year my husband lost his parents, both of them, I lost my inlaws, and my children lost their grandparents. We think about the loss instead of the joy. They are in a place that knows no pain or sorrow. A place that is what we strive for all of our lives. As we live our lives we must seek God while we can and rejoice in all of the glorious things that happen.

To rejoice in all things can easily be explained like this, “Make lemonade out of lemons.” How can you apply this principle in your life. God’s ways are not our ways and if we are striving to be more like Him I want to remind you – as I forget to do this daily like I want to and that is to give your will to God each and every day. Lord, I give you my will. Please give me your will. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven! It is a reminder of the Lord’s prayer that we too should pray each and every day.

God said follow me. When you find yourself saddened or miserable think about who you are following, or what are you following. Is it the news, the events of the day? It is best to turn it off! The only way we can rejoice in all things is to think about today. Not yesterday with the should-have-could-have or tomorrow with the what if this or that happens. Just today. Focus on today.

In Isaiah 25:9 we read, In that day they will say, “Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the Lord, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.”

and in Isaiah 29:19 we read: Once more the humble will rejoice in the Lord; the needy will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.

Think about these passages and realize this is the Old Testament it was foreshadowing the coming of our Lord and Savior. We celebrate Christmas once a year – the birth of the Savior and we celebrate Easter once a year, the resurrection of our Savior, but what do we celebrate daily? Are we rejoicing in all things?

Put a smile on your face each day and ask the Lord for that grace to be joyful and appreciate the things that are the most important in your life. What are the graces you need each day? Is it the grace to go to work, to do the things you must do for yourself or your family? Very few people love their jobs and yet they get up daily and go to work so they can support their families, and even in this very act of giving they are an example to others. With our actions, we are a greater example than all of the words we can use.

Let’s pray!

Dear Lord, help me to have the gift to be able to rejoice in all things. Give met the gift to focus on today on the here and now. To think about each of these things and not worry about the other things that might or might not happen. Dear God I want to praise you each and every day and I ask for this gift. Dear Lord, I pray for the following needs in my life, and I pray this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Wednesday Wisdom

Wednesday WisdomEpisode 66–Wednesday Wisdom

 

‘The Working Woman Radio Show’ recently kicked off a new feature of the podcast called ‘Wednesday Wisdom’.

It’s a time when I ask my listeners to give me their feedback about a particular question, and then I read and share the wisdom that they gave me on the show.  

But this December’s ‘Wednesday Wisdom’ will be a little different. The question’ for this month is ‘What are some life lessons that can be learned from 2020?’ and since this is the last show of the calendar year, I decided to share some of the personal wisdom I gleaned from my own observations and experiences, over the past year.

I want to share with you 12 life lessons that I have learned from this past year.

So let’s get started.

 

 

 

 

Helpful Resources

 

Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life

Often, Christians focus so much on being loving and unselfish that they forget their own limits and limitations. When confronted with their lack of boundaries, they ask:

– Can I set limits and still be a loving person?
– What are legitimate boundaries?
– What if someone is upset or hurt by my boundaries?
– How do I answer someone who wants my time, love, energy, or money?
– Aren’t boundaries selfish?
– Why do I feel guilty or afraid when I consider setting boundaries?

Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend offer biblically-based answers to these and other tough questions, showing us how to set healthy boundaries with our parents, spouses, children, friends, co-workers, and even ourselves.

 

 

 

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

One of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has captivated readers for nearly three decades. It has transformed the lives of presidents and CEOs, educators, and parents—millions of people of all ages and occupations.

Now, this 30th-anniversary edition of the timeless classic commemorates the wisdom of the 7 Habits with modern additions from Sean Covey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How To Make 2021 The BEST Year Ever Despite Being In The Middle Of A Pandemic!

with a fresh clear perspective, we can close a very long chapter and learn how to make 2021 the BEST year ever… despite being in the middle of a pandemic!2020 has been tough.  It has pushed us to our limits and has challenged us beyond our own comprehension.  However, with a fresh clear perspective, we can close a very long chapter and learn how to make 2021 the BEST year ever… despite being in the middle of a pandemic!

  1. Embrace what you’ve learned from 2020- If we can walk away a better person because of the valuable lessons we learned then the year we just experienced did not happen in vain. When we go through something tough, especially as tough as this year has been, we get to experience first-hand the person we truly are.  We’ve learned that a lot of things in life are unpredictable and are frankly out of our control.  But despite this fact, there is one thing that IS in our control…our state of mind.  We can choose to stay positive and minimize the impact or throw in the towel and exasperate the circumstances all together.
  2. Rearrange a Room In Your House- For some reason this little strategy of moving stuff around will brighten your spirit, realign your perspective, and put a spark in 2021 that we all need!
  3. Book The Experience- With masks and vaccines, our journey to new adventures can come alive once again! So if it’s a desire to climb the Rocky Mountains or embark on a sailboat cruise, make this year one that embraces the moment and book the experience!
  4. Treasure Friends and Family- Just like Sunday afternoon dinner or times at the fishing hole, taking time for family keeps us grounded.
  5. Trade your resolutions in for a Vision Board- It’s fun and has no restrictions because you can change it as your goals and dreams change. Get a cork board, acknowledge where you are at the moment and vision yourself where you would like to be.  Print out pictures, write out quotes that reflect your passion, and gather anything that makes you feel uplifted and peaceful.  To achieve something you must FIRST see it.
  6. Implement one new tradition per season-Whether it be taking a trip to the beach in the summer or taking a painting class in the fall, if you give yourself permission to do one new thing each season, your year will be filled with positive memories despite what may come up.
  7. Start your morning with a devotion-This one thing will ABSOLUTELY make the MOST impact on your life! Trust me.  If you will give the Lord the FIRST of your day, before the world gobbles it up, then you will reap His blessing beyond your imagination.  God sees what we give Him and He has a heart for those who seek Him.  Make the small change in your mornings and your days will reap the benefits. Michael Vidaurii’s book called, “He Healed Them All” is a great devotion book that literally changed my life.
  8. Make your bedroom a sanctuary- Your bedroom, where you sleep, where you dream, should be your peaceful retreat. With all the other rooms in your house to exhibit everyday life, your bedroom should be kept separate.
  9. Remember Gratitude and Giving- Make it a point to give and listen to your heart when doing it…not someone else’s two cents of what they deem is acceptable. Give with what’s between you and the good Lord. Give when you feel that little tug pulling on you and even though the Lord will bless you because of it, give without ever expecting anything in return.
  10. Change Up Your Day To Day- Whether it be stopping by Starbucks every Friday before work or buying a Keurig for your time at the office, making a small change will leave you feeling like a whole new you!

The new year is a time for renewal, for wiping off the slate, for reflection, gratitude, and for securing a chance to start over.  It’s a time to reflect on what we’ve learned and what the year has taught us. It’s taught me that this new year especially, holds a much earned opportunity to dream, to plan, and to write chapters where the pages remain blank. We may be still recovering from the loss of 2020 but the healing of 2021 is literally at our feet.  This new year, enter with a state of redemption and don’t bring the worry into what’s been given… and that is a fresh start. Understand that the chapter won’t be over until we finally close the book.

2021…What will you write on the pages of this new year?

The Importance of a Will

A will is a legal document that sets forth your wishes regarding the distribution of your property and the care of any minor children.

A will is a legal document that sets forth your wishes regarding the distribution of your property and the care of any minor children. If you die without a will, those wishes may not be carried out.1 Further, your heirs may be forced to spend additional time, money, and emotional energy to settle your affairs after you’re gone.

Wills can vary in their effectiveness, depending on the type, though no document will likely resolve every issue that arises after your death. Here’s what you need to know about these vital documents.

IMPORTANT ISSUES

  • A will is a legal document that spells out your wishes regarding care of your children, as well as distribution of your assets after your death.
  • Failure to prepare a will typically leaves decisions about your estate in the hands of judges or state officials, and may also cause family strife.
  • You can prepare a valid will yourself, but you should have the document witnessed to decrease the likelihood of successful challenges later.
  • To be completely sure everything is in order, consider having your will prepared by a trusts and estates attorney.

WHY YOU SHOULD HAVE A WILL

Some people think that only the very wealthy or those with complicated assets need wills. However, there are many good reasons to have a will.

  • You can be clear about who gets your assets. You can decide who gets what and how much.
  • You can keep your assets out of the hands of people you don’t want to have them (like an estranged relative).
  • You can identify who should care for your children. Without a will, the courts will decide.
  • Your heirs will have a faster and easier time getting access to your assets.
  • You can plan to save your estate money on taxes. You can also give gifts and charitable donations, which can help offset the estate tax.

 

Listen to Your Mother…

Fr. Beau discusses the concerns of people during this time of isolation and confusion.Today’s podcast was recorded October 31, 2020 at the Slidell Chapter Magnificat Breakfast. The speaker, Fr. Beau Charbonnet, is the Spiritual Advisor for the Metairie Chapter, the Mother Chapter of Magnificat, and the pastor of St. Angela Merci Parish in Metairie, Louisiana.

Fr. Beau discusses the concerns of people during this time of isolation and confusion. How do we navigate these trying times? Who do we worship? How do we pray? We need to Listen to Our Mother.

We are delighted that you have chosen to join us. We pray that today maybe a special day in your life as you experience the presence of Jesus Christ among us through this podcast. May the Lord speak to each heart the words He wants us to hear!

Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. We trust that this sharing will help us better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness, and are called to “go and bear fruit, fruit that will last” (John 15:16). Join with us as we come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me. Holy is His Name!

To find out more about Magnificat, A Ministry To Catholic Women, visit us at www.magnifiat-ministry.org

 

Bread of Life Bible Study

bread of life “There is a famine today that is raging across this great land of ours. There is a deep hunger and thirst for the healing Word of God … With humility, boldness, and energy, we must personally hear the Word, pray the Word, study the Word, proclaim the Word, and live the Word of the Lord Jesus Christ.” (from Introduction for The Bread of Life Bible Study)

Join us weekly for a podcast focusing on the Sunday readings based on the Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study and presented by the coauthor, Marie Finn. Please visit the website: www.StDismasGuild.org for more information and for supplemental materials.

We pray that today maybe a special day in your life as you experience the presence of Jesus Christ among us through this podcast. May the Lord speak to each heart the words He wants us to hear!

Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. We trust that this sharing will help us better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness, and are called to “go and bear fruit, fruit that will last” (John 15:16). Join with us as we come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me. Holy is His Name!

To find out more about Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women, visit us at www.magnificat-ministry.org

International Travel Tips to the Mission Field

International Travel Tips to the Mission FieldAs believers, we are often given an opportunity to travel abroad to the mission field. In this podcast I discuss various tips regarding international travel and the need for travel insurance.

What is travel insurance?

Travel insurance is a type of policy that reimburses you for money you lose from non-refundable deposits and payments when something goes wrong on your trip. These problems can range from lost baggage to flight delays to medical problems.

The more you’re spending on your trip, the more you likely need travel insurance. This is especially true for International trips and cruises, where travel problems become more expensive to solve.

What is not covered by travel insurance?

There are common things not covered by travel insurance. Make sure you read a policy’s exclusions so you’re not caught by surprise later. For example, a travel insurance policy could have medical coverage but exclude pre-existing conditions. So if an existing condition flares up during your trip, the travel insurance policy won’t cover it unless you purchased a pre-existing conditions exclusion waiver.

High-risk activities may not be covered, such as scuba diving. Nor are problems that happen because you were drunk or using drugs.

Medical tourism is also a common exclusion, so if you’re going abroad for a face lift, travel insurance won’t cover the hospital bills or aftercare.

What is travel medical insurance?

Travel medical insurance provides coverage for emergency medical expenses and emergency evacuation while you’re on your trip. If you suffer an injury, illness or problems with a medical condition that’s covered by your travel medical insurance plan, you’ll be reimbursed for reasonable and customary costs of emergency medical care. This also includes emergency dental care.

You can buy travel medical insurance as a plan by itself or as part of a more comprehensive travel insurance policy.

 

 

Meet Lisa Mladinich, Life Coach

What’s your strength?

Did you ever wonder what your strengths or gifts or talents are? I have. I’ve also thought about what is the best fit between who I am and what I do in my life. That’s where it can be a big help to learn what your unique strengths are and Lisa Mladinich, a Gallup certified strengths based life coach can help!

Sounds interesting

It is. And very practical, which if you’ve been here, you know is my style. Even more interesting, is the new program Lisa has put together and is offering at no charge.

A Strengths Based Marriage Challenge

Beginning in January, Lisa is forming a book club group using the book, “Strengths-Based Marriage: Build a Stronger Relationship by Understanding Each Other’s Gifts,” by Jimmy Evans and Alan Kelsey. It is a 6-week group that weill meet via Zoom. For more information and to register, go here.  

You’ll learn about your and your spouse’s strengths, Lisa will have some giveaways, and I know if will be an enjoyable way to begin the new year.

Why participate?

I’ve been married 37 years and there are still many times I shake my head and wonder how I can better understand my husband or explain something to him more easily so he’ll understand my point. I don’t want a good marriage, I want an excellent marriage so putting in this investment of time and energy is worth it to me. And my husband, since he’s joining in the challenge.

Learn more

If you’d like to learn more about Lisa, check out her website.

Or follow her in Instagram, Facebook and Parler at @LisaMladinich

This week, consider this from Lisa, “How will I use one of my God-given gifts to bless someone else, today?”

 

 

Embrace the Entrepreneur in You

Embrace the Entrepreneur in you

Episode 65–Embrace the Entrepreneur in You

Do you want to learn how to embrace the entrepreneur in you?

The Working Woman Radio Show invited Dawn Kirk, the owner of BestU4Life, an executive coaching and consulting firm, into the studio to talk about how to make that happen.

As a woman who has worked as a senior executive in corporate America for Fortune 500 companies for many years, Ms. Kirk talks about why she left the corporate world to start her own business.

She talks about how the  traditional workplace sometimes penalizes older women instead of embracing their expertise and experience.

As a successful entrepreneur, she encourages professional woman who are looking to leave the traditional workplace and become self-employed to prepare as much as they can before they make the leap. She also shares about her recently published book entitled, Heartbeat Leadership.

 

 

 

 

More About Dawn Kirk

Dawn Kirk is the owner of BestU4Life, a premier Executive Leadership Coaching and Consulting firm. BestU4Life trains executives and their teams on how to use untapped potential and translate a strategy into a plan of execution.

Ms. Kirk believes great leadership leads to capability growth and says that people within your organization are your greatest asset and resource.

Dubbed one of Georgia’s 100 Most Powerful and Influential Women, Dawn’s real-life approach towards professional and lifestyle management has supported an impressive 26-year corporate climb to senior executive levels at two Fortune 100 Corporations, Pepsi-Co. and The Coca-Cola Company. 

 

 

 

 

 

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10 Things I Wish I Learned Earlier As A Parent

Raising kids can be difficult and often times we’re left with doubt that we, as parents, are on the right track or that we’re even on the road at all.  To help with this…Here’s my Top Ten Things I Wish I Learned Earlier As A Parent. Ever wished after giving birth, in lieu of new bought onesies, someone handed you an instruction manual instead?  Raising kids can be difficult and often times we’re left with doubt that we, as parents, are on the right track or that we’re even on the road at all.  To help with this…Here’s my Top Ten Things I Wish I Learned Earlier As A Parent.

  1. Choose Your Words Carefully- Words have power. In a matter of just one sentence we can either MAKE a child’s day or can CRUSH a child’s spirit. Peggy O’Mara pretty much summed it up when she said, “The way we talk to children will become their inner voice.”
  2. Be Your Child’s Biggest Cheerleader-Believe in him even when he doesn’t believe in himself.
  3. Add Routines and Make Traditions- Routines help your kids understand what is expected of them and will have a solid foundation for making better choices. As for traditions, kids LOVE having something to look forward to. Something as simple as Friday night movie night could nurture their spirit and give them a sense of belongingness.
  4. Connect With Teachable Moments- Embrace the little moments when you can slip some life lessons in. These quick lessons not only will echo in your child’s mind for years to come, these moments tend to bring you closer and cultivate your relationship.
  5. Eyes are watching- When in doubt…know that THEY ARE WATCHING AND LISTENING to everything you are doing and saying. What we need to realize as parents we hold the highest responsibility for our own kids. Remember, our home is actually their first classroom.
  6. Time vs. Toys- Yes, kids need toys. But in reality what they REALLY want is time with you. It could be something as simple as a set Mommy or Daddy time each day or a full out “Date Night With My Parents” once a month. When planning your week, write in a day that could be purposefully set aside for your child.
  7. Unplug and Read- Children look to us as their guide.  It’s really difficult for them to understand why they need to have time without technology if mom and dad are constantly plugged in.  Unplug and read to them and listen to them read to you. If you want your child to read for 20 min. a night then they need to see YOU read each night.  Lessons don’t go far if you limit it to “Do as I say, not as I do.”
  8. Understand today’s pressure- In this day and age kids are under an incredible amount of pressure. WAY more than when we were kids.  Take this fact, have empathy, and breathe before you react.  The way YOU handle trials or adversity will put your child on a path of how to solve problems when things happen to them. Provide a safe haven for them.  It doesn’t matter what type of house you live in as long as it provides love, security, and peace.  Be the kind of person your child is proud of! DON’T embarrass them, especially around their friends. Don’t complain when your child wants friends over because that usually means one of two things…1. He’s proud enough of his home and family that he doesn’t mind showing them to his friends and 2. He’s not out with his friends so that you have to worry….he’s home.  Growing up in this world is tough.  Don’t make it any tougher.
  9. Porch Time– Whether it be a porch, a living room, or at a dinner table, take time to come together on a regular basis. When your child grows up with that expectation, he/she will most likely feel comfortable talking to you about their problems when they’re older.
  10. Pray Over Your Children- Pray for the Lord’s favor so that their lives will be easier. Pray for God’s protection so that they will always come home to you in one piece. Pray for wisdom to know how to be the kind of mom they need and the words to say when you are tired and run down.  Pray for mercy, compassion, and grace in their lives because you know that without those things, we, as moms, would not be able to survive ourselves.  Pray that they will always stay close to the Lord and that as they grow up they will never wander too far from Him… or from home.

 

Parenting…it still remains one of the most difficult, yet most rewarding jobs you could experience.  We may not be Champions of Childhood nor Guardians of the Galaxy, but we are definitely this.  We are moms on a mission and dads on a destination to not raise our children so that everything is perfect, but rather to raise our children to FEEL they are perfectly everything.

Inflation Impact on Retirement

Inflation Impact on RetirementThe primary concern for retirees is how inflation affects their purchasing power. This is true even if inflation remains low because seniors are more likely than younger consumers to spend money on things that tend to increase in price, such as healthcare.

Few things can cause as many problems for your retirement outlook as inflation. You know that when the average inflation rate increases, things get more expensive. But did you know that the types of goods and services used by the elderly are affected more by inflation than the goods and services used by younger people?

That means inflation is going to pack a bigger wallop to your retirement savings than you expect to face in your golden years.

As a matter of fact, seniors say that the most surprising thing they have discovered once in their retirement years is how much everything costs. When they started saving for retirement years ago, they knew that groceries, gas, medical care and other expenses would cost more than they were presently paying, but they had no idea the difference would be so dramatic. They never could have imagined how much more they would have to pay for everything they need.

Inflation can have a major impact on your retirement income and other financial planning concerns such as the cost for final expenses and Long-Term Care needs. As good stewards, we should consider the inflationary increases to our financial plan so that we can reduce the negative effects of price increases.

 

Holy Family Our Family

Holy Family Our Family | What a beautiful example the Holy Family is in our lives and in this episode we will explore the examples of Jesus, Mary and Joseph and how to live lives that are filled with hope! | #podcast #christianpodcastHoly Family Our Family –  Special Replay

What a beautiful example the Holy Family is in our lives and in this episode we will explore the examples of Jesus, Mary and Joseph and how to live lives that are filled with hope!

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At Christmas time we decorate our houses with scenes of the Nativity. These scenes are familiar and if you are like me, it brings me great joy to see them around my home. I have several that are in different rooms because for me the focus of the holiday surrounds the birth of Jesus. It causes me to consider the holy and the things I hold sacred in a way that is tangible in my life.

The prophet Isaiah foretold the coming of the Messiah: Isaiah 11:1-7

It hit me recently when we read this exact scripture with my family that there was a great parallel between the verses… Justice shall be a band around his waist and faithfulness a belt upon his hips with Ephesians

Exhortations for Spiritual Warfare – Ephesians 6:10-18

1It is at times like this that I wish I was a scripture scholar. I’m not. But what I can tell you is that the parallel really spoke to me – The prophet Isaiah foretold the coming of the Messiah and in the New Testament Christ is the fulfillment of the prophecy and the key to winning over souls out of the hands of the enemy.

The opening of the kingdom – the eternal kingdom and our salvation comes from Christ. And what an example the Holy Family is to us –

Do we consider ourselves in that situation? The Holy Family gives us an example of overcoming hardship for the greater good. Mary and Joseph were scorned in their own town. Why? Because Mary was “with child” before she lived with Joseph. She was betrothed but then went to visit Elizabeth. When she returned, they could see she was pregnant. She explained in her own words that an angel had appeared to her. Can you imagine what her parents thought? Can you imagine being Joseph?

Take time to think about this and apply it to your life. How do you face those hard decisions in your life? Do you do it with faith and help from the Lord or do you do it on your own without thought of God? Look at the lives of the Holy Family. I came up with five things I’ve learned from the life they lived.

What we learn from the Holy Family:

  1. Dying to self. They took upon themselves the hardships of what the yes to God would mean – a huge disruption in what they envisioned for their life.
  2. Ability to persevere – in the face of hardship they forged on having to travel to Bethlehem for the census (God knew this, right? Again it was a fulfillment of prophecy but how difficult for Mary and Joseph.)
  3. Understanding the truth. They believed. They may have questioned, who wouldn’t? But, they believed that God would provide for them, and He did. Even if it wasn’t easy.
  4. Responsibility – can you imagine being in charge of the upbringing of the second person of the Trinity, Jesus? Many of us can barely raise our own children and to have this mind-blowing responsibility put on our shoulders. Wow. Just wow. Friends, think about this!
  5. The faith that we read in the Scriptures that surpasses all understanding. That is the faith I want that I crave. I want to believe without a doubt, I want to follow God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit in every single thing I do in my life.

Can you add to this list, is there something that speaks to your heart as you contemplate this most Holy of Families?

We know the end of the story and we celebrate this story every year. The prophecy was fulfilled with the yes from Mary in response to the request of the angel, archangel Gabriel – it comes again from the yes when Joseph, once he realized through a dream that Mary was telling the truth and indeed carried the Word of God soon to be made flesh that he had a responsibility to care for them both.

It also shows us that faith is a belief in that which is unseen and resonates truth in our hearts. Today we hear the media talk about “individual truth,” – for example, “she spoke the truth as she believes it.” But, truth is not subjective, it does not change, it always is. God gave us the intellect to believe in a truth higher than we could possibly imagine. Yet we think we know better. We twist the truth to meet our expectations of what we want it to say.

There is only one truth, friends. The truth that God came as a babe in humility for me, for you, for all. God is not exclusive. Do we hunger for truth and righteousness? That is truly what God is – He doesn’t lie, He doesn’t make unfulfilled promises. He came, He lived, He died and He rose.

The intelligent always think they know better. God sent his Son to live with a humble carpenter and his poor wife. Jesus wasn’t born to a king. He could have been, right? He is God, He could do whatever He wanted. We are shown that the Kings, the three Kings paid him homage. What an amazing proof that is—even to King Herod who sent out his men to kill all of the firstborn sons. But as we read in Ephesians evil will not triumph.

Friends, death is not the end. Think about this – those holy innocents, those poor souls who were murdered were vindicated once the gates of heaven were opened. They received their glory not on this earth but in the next. We look for our glory here – how many toys can we buy, how many events can we experience, we need this we need that. We do need to enjoy our life, God gave us this beautiful world in which we live, but not to the exclusiveness of all else.

God’s word is everlasting it is our rock. If we trust God and His Word we can be grounded in righteousness. We can use this rock to build our lives.

Even the gifts the Kings brought of gold, frankincense and myrrh are rich in meaning. Gold we are familiar with – it is a valuable commodity even today, frankincense as well is used by many of us as a potent and valuable essential oil – and incense, and a symbol of deity and myrrh was a symbol of death used as an embalming oil.

Again the Scriptures give us so much to think about to meditate on.

As we remember this precious gift, the birth of Christ and his earthly parents, Mary and Joseph let’s purpose to live our lives in a way that includes the Almighty and how much better off we will be!

Let’s Pray:

My God, there is so much to be thankful for even in times of hardship but we have faith the faith that you give us. Please God, during this very wonderful season, increase my faith, that is the gift I ask for to have more of You in my life to bless me with an abundance of Your grace to overflowing so that I can pour out this grace to others. All that is wonderful and righteous is in You my God, and I thank you for the gift of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. Please, Lord, I ask for these special intentions for my family and friends:     I love you my God and I thank you for all the answered prayers and the miracles in my life that come from you and I thank you in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

 

Investment Accounts for Children

Investment accounts for childrenOne way we can raise good stewards is to begin teaching a child early in their life God’s plan for obedient stewardship. A unique opportunity to teach a child about investing is to create an investment account and include the child in the conversations regarding, management of the assets. There are three types of accounts that I choose to recommend based on the financial situation of the investor. The three plans are:

  1. The Uniform Transfers To Minors Act(UTMA) is a uniform act drafted and recommended by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws in 1986, and subsequently enacted by most S. States, which provides a mechanism under which gifts can be made to a minor without requiring the presence of an appointed guardian for the minor, and which satisfies the Internal Revenue Service requirements for qualifying a gift of up to $14,000 for exclusion from the gift tax.[1] It is a more flexible extension of the Uniform Gifts to Minors Act (UGMA), and allows the gifts to be real estate, inheritances, and other property.
  2. Coverdell education savings account(also known as an education savings account, a Coverdell ESA, a Coverdell account, or just an ESA, and formerly known as an education individual retirement account), is a tax-advantaged investment account in the U.S. designed to encourage savings to cover future education expenses (elementary, secondary, or college), such as tuition, books, and uniforms (for the same year as the distribution). It is found at Section 530 of the Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C.  530). Coverdell ESAs were first introduced under the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997
  3. 529 plan is a tax-advantaged investment vehicle in the United States designed to encourage saving for the future higher education expenses of a designated beneficiary. In 2017, K–12 public, private, and religious school tuition were included as qualified expenses for 529 plans along with post-secondary education costs after passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

A Meditation for Christmas

Almost Christmas!

There’s no need for many words. So I offer yo this mediation based on Luke 1. Read it and then give a listen in a quiet, prayerful place. And surprise, it’s not me, it my husband you’ll hear.

A voice for radio

A little story – a few years ago my husband and I were in Italy visiting my family. I was the translator between them and John. One night, my cousin’s husband says, after hearing John talk to me, “he has a voice for radio.” I start cracking up, thinking of the phrase,  you have a face for radio. At any rate, I translate back and forth and we settle the joke and the compliment and move on. But I think about it sometimes, when I hear my husband proclaim the Gospel at Mass. He does so well; sometimes I forget it’s him.

Happy Birthday!

So yes, I celebrate another year this week. Quite close to Christmas. If you join my newsletter list, which is so much more, as you will get access to the Live Not Lukewarm Community and all my courses, I will enter you into a drawing to win a prize.

Merry Christmas!

I hope you have a Merry and Blessed Christmas!

Chief Mirtha Ramos

Chief Mirtha Ramos

Episode 64–Chief Mirtha Ramos: A Leading Lady of Law Enforcement

 

The Working Woman Radio Show had the distinct privilege to sit down with Chief Mirtha Ramos,
the first-ever female police chief in DeKalb County, Georgia.
Chief Ramos shares how she rose through the ranks to her current position, and about the unique qualities that women bring to law enforcement.
She also encourages women to not be afraid to achieve their goals and to be all that they can be.  This is truly an inspiring interview that you don’t want to miss.

More About Chief Ramos

Chief Mirtha V. Ramos began her law enforcement career in 1997 with the Miami-Dade Police Department.  She served in various assignments and rose through the ranks.  

In 2016, she was appointed to Division Chief of one of the largest and busiest divisions of the Miami-Dade Police Department, overseeing 1,200 employees.  On November 4, 2019, Chief Ramos was appointed Chief of the DeKalb County Police Department. As chief, she is responsible for the daily operations of the DKPD and the safety of DeKalb’s 700,000 citizens.  Chief Ramos also leads 800 sworn police officers and 110 civilian employees and commands the police department’s $95.1 million budget.  Chief Ramos holds a master’s degree in Psychology of Leadership from Penn State University. She is also a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy.  

 

Helpful Resources

 

DeKalb County Police Department

The DeKalb County Police Department is now hiring police officer recruits.

For more information on the Police Officer position, click the above link, and then click on ‘Background and Recruiting’ in the left-hand column or click on the picture.

 

 

 

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Time Is On My Side

Although we can’t bottle time up and open it when we need a little extra…with these 10 steps we can finally say…Time Is On My Side. Ever find yourself running through life without even a moment to catch your breath?    Although we can’t bottle time up and open it when we need a little extra…with these 10 steps we can finally say…Time Is On My Side.

  1. Create a Schedule and Track Your Time- Sit down and write out not only what you do in the course of a day but roughly how much time it usually takes you to do it. Once you begin to think through and write down your daily and weekly routine, you can see what takes up space in your life.
  2. Organize Your Tasks With the Four D’s:

Four D’s (delegate, delete, defer, or do) Divide a piece of paper for that week into 4 boxes and take your tasks and assign each one to the appropriate box.  By dividing your tasks into categories, it forces you to evaluate each thing and put them into other boxes besides the, “I have to do everything” box.

  1. Break It Into Chunks– Take the task and break it into pieces. Give yourself a due date regardless if it requires one or not.  Take a certain amount of days and write down what you will do for each day to accomplish that goal.  By the end of the week, or that “due date” that you’ve set for yourself…the big task that was at once overwhelming has now become attainable.
  2. Get better at saying “No.”- Managing your time means not adding anything onto your plate. When you only say “Yes” to things you pile up your To-Do List and cause yourself burnout and a ton of anxiety! Being able to say “No” will actually empower you and give you a sense of taking charge over your life.
  3. Streamline your life- Start by decluttering your work space AND electronic space. Unsubscribe from unwanted emails and clean out your inbox. Organize your files in folders online as well as physical files on your desk.  Once a month, clean out your purse…men, clean out your briefcase, gym bag, or satchel.
  4. DON’T Multitask!!! Give tasks its own space- lultiple studies have shown that multitasking overloads the brain so instead of getting more done at once, multitasking can have the opposite effect. Research also says that multitasking lowers your IQ.  It seems that our brains want us to be kind to them and focus on one thing at a time.
  5. Schedule in breaks- Time to unplug. The brain functions best when we go from moments of work to moments of rest. Try working on a task for 25-30 minutes straight, then take a brisk walk or get some coffee.  You’ll find that by adding these breaks in you will get MORE done in less amount of time and the quality of your work will improve.
  6. Block out distractions- Distractions are a part of the dark side when it comes to managing your time. If you have to  lock yourself upstairs in the guest closet to finish a task then so be it.  You’ll use half the time and get twice as much done. 
  7. Use a Calendar- Calendars, for me, keep my life in order and my mind clear. Whether it’s a digital calendar or the good ol’ fashioned kind, calendars are a life saver for planning your week and saving you time.
  8. Be “Unavailable”-One of my all-time favorite things to do when streamlining my world is to be “unavailable” to talk during certain times of the day. Something as simple as turning off your cell for a couple of hours will provide you with a simplicity we all need.

Time….it’s SUCH a precious commodity because it’s the one resource you can’t get back.  When you think about it, everything in this world is connected with time.  Whether it be the time that goes into our day, or the years that make up our lives, everything is bound to time.  The way we manage time can either improve our quality of life or stunt our ability to live each day to the fullest.  Time may not be able to be bottled up  to use when we need an extra dose,  but with these strategies we can finally be able to say …Time Is On My Side.

Should I Co-Sign?

Scripture gives us an abundance of advice regarding financial stewardship, and although it does not specifically say “co-signing”, we can gather enough information relating to the topic.I am often asked questions regarding the subject of co-signing for a loan. Scripture gives us an abundance of advice regarding financial stewardship, and although it does not specifically say “co-signing”, we can gather enough information relating to the topic to know that it is not a good idea and here is why:

It doesn’t really help.  The reason the person needs a co-signer is because the lender doesn’t have confidence they borrower can pay.  Could it be that we perpetuate the problems of poor credit or money management issues by co-signing?   Wouldn’t wisdom tell us that saying “no” could be the best help we could offer?

Co-signing is implicitly agreeing to debt.  Whereas the Bible never says “Debt = Sin”, it does portray debt as being a type of bondage.  Wise Solomon, who disdained co-signing, also said, “The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.” (Proverbs 22:7

The relationship is jeopardized.  If we assume that the lender who originally turned down the loan was correct in doing so, there is a good chance that the co-signed loan will not get paid.  At that point, the one who co-signed will be required to make those payments, which, in most cases, will strain or even break the relationship with the borrower.

Proverbs addresses this subject in the following passages:

Proverbs 17:18 One who lacks sense gives a pledge and puts up security in the presence of his neighbor.

Proverbs 11:15 Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer harm, but he who hates striking hands in pledge is secure.

 

Bread of Life Bible Study for the Fourth Week of Advent

Bread of Life Bible Study for the Fourth Week of Advent“There is a famine today that is raging across this great land of ours. There is a deep hunger and thirst for the healing Word of God … With humility, boldness, and energy, we must personally hear the Word, pray the Word, study the Word, proclaim the Word, and live the Word of the Lord Jesus Christ.” (from Introduction for The Bread of Life Bible Study)

Join us weekly for a podcast focusing on the Sunday readings based on the Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study and presented by the coauthor, Marie Finn. Please visit the website: www.StDismasGuild.org for more information and for supplemental materials.

We pray that today maybe a special day in your life as you experience the presence of Jesus Christ among us through this podcast. May the Lord speak to each heart the words He wants us to hear!

Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. We trust that this sharing will help us better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness, and are called to “go and bear fruit, fruit that will last” (John 15:16). Join with us as we come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me. Holy is His Name!

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Amazing Grace

God's grace, HIS Amazing Grace is a gift that just keeps on giving. In this episode, Felice shares how the grace of God is all you need during any time of your life because you can be sure HE is always there for you. Amazing Grace – Episode 164

God’s grace, HIS Amazing Grace is a gift that just keeps on giving. In this episode, Felice shares how the grace of God is all you need during any time of your life because you can be sure HE is always there for you.

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Thanksgiving and Faith 

Thanksgiving and Trust

God’s grace is amazing and it is free. Every time you go to the store to buy food or other necessities it seems as if the prices have gone up, and sometimes it is truly a struggle to get the things we need when we need them. But, with God, His grace is there for anyone who is open to it! It is here today. Right now.

God is a generous God and there is no way we can ever outgive His grace and providence – His provision for us. And, that makes me think that I am so blessed knowing and loving God, but it also calls to mind a time when I thought that if I followed all of God’s commands, that would be too much! I was much younger and in college at the time and I remember having some friends that were what I would consider very holy. And, it appeared to me that God gave them more than what they could handle in that so many things I considered bad happened to them. For example, one friend finally got a car to drive and within a week it was totaled. She was okay but not her car. And, I thought why would God do that to her when she loves Him so much.

I later learned that the grace God gave to her in that moment to deal with this crisis in her life was not the same grace He gave to me as a concerned friend. This incident didn’t happen to me, I didn’t need to deal with it, she did and God gave her an abundance of joy over the fact that she wasn’t hurt badly and it was only a “thing.” That my friends is what God does in our lives. He give us the grace, the Amazing Grace to deal with our burdens and our issues when they happen in our lives. We do not have the grace to deal with problems that are not our problems.

What an amazing gift that is when we really take the time to think about it.

Many people think that Christians have to give up things in order to get their heavenly reward. They think it is a bunch of thou shall nots rather than do-whatever-you want. Now, think about this. If a good person — and this is just a general person out there, not necessarily a person of faith. Let’s say this person wants to run a red light or steal something from their neighbors home, or do something else that is against the law, they know that the punishment will be bad if they get caught. So, they will abide by the traffic lights and driving laws, and not break other laws that could land them in jail. This is following the law and everyone agrees it is a good thing. So, why would following God’s law be so difficult?

Almighty God realizes that we are frail human beings. We can cling to our anger and have thoughts of revenge or we can be hateful to others and wish them harm. But if we feel this way we are no better than those that do not believe. We are called to be the light of the world, to show the light of Jesus in our lives. How do we do this? For Christians, forgiveness is not an option.

The life of a Christian is one that begins by showing charity to others, loving our enemies, being good to those who hate you, not being judgemental, condemning, or gossiping. How can we love our enemies or those who have hurt us? It is a decision of forgiveness and I have several podcasts on A Few Minutes With God Podcast that deal with those topics.

We are called to reflect on all that God has given to us, and that isn’t always easy but it is truly the right thing to do. Recently I did a podcast for children on being joyful and we talked about the things that bring a child joy, and all of those things, if they are being honest are things that center around what they want whether it is a thing or something they want to do. When we are honest with ourselves we will realize that we can never outgive the abundance of gifts that God has given us, for one thing, our very lives. How precious are we that the Creator of the universe actually cares about us.

In  2 Corinthians 13:14 – the scripture reads: May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

It was a greeting of the early Christians to pray that the fellowship and love that comes from knowing the one true God resonates not only in our lives but in the lives of others. To be a Christian, to have that joy that surpasses all understanding, to live the life fully that God has called us to have in Christ is a gift that no other gift can ever surpass.

The song Amazing Grace is one that is sung in churches all over the world and this song is one that should resonate in all of our lives. We once were lost but now we are found. May the grace that surpasses all understanding be in your lives today and always.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, I come humbly before you as a sinner and I know that you hold the keys to the gift that is the only gift I should want while on this earth and that is the gift of faith in you. Dear Lord, I renounce sin in my life, and I rebuke the enemy, I believe in you, my God, and my Savior, Jesus Christ. You have the gift of eternal life, and I ask for the grace and the blessing of faith. The faith that surpasses all understanding and the grace that is freely given if I ask, and I ask this now. And, I pray this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

A Materialistic Christmas

materialistic christmasWe are in high gear with just a few weeks remaining until Christmas. Christmas has turned from a day of celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ into the devil’s holiday as materialism consumes our thoughts. God knew we would struggle with materialism as it is valuing the physical over the spiritual. Matthew 6:19-24 Jesus warned about the three deadly dangers of materialism.

First, materialism is deadly because it consumes a person. Jesus said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal” (verse 19). Earthly wealth does not provide ultimate satisfaction. It is undependable. It is not wrong to be wealthy. Working hard, providing for our families and saving for the future are godly virtues. Jesus is not teaching asceticism. Jesus is forbidding storing up things as if they had the ultimate importance.

Jesus warned, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (verse 21). Wherever we invest our treasure will ultimately determine the direction of our lives. Focusing on this life leads to being consumed with this life. We must invest in eternity.

Second, materialism is deadly because it blinds a person. Jesus said, “The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness” (verses 22-23). Jesus is using a play upon words. The word translated bad can also mean envious or covetous. The word translated clear can also mean generous. Proverbs 28:22 says, “A man with an evil eye (envious, covetous) hastens after wealth.”

Jesus is basically saying, “As the physical eye allows physical light into the body so your mind allows spiritual truth into your life.  If your mind is clouded by materialism, spiritual truth will not penetrate your mind.” Materialism blinds a person. It blinds a person to the value of spiritual things. It blinds a person to the gospel. It blinds a person to what truly matters.

In Luke 12:16-21 Jesus told the story of a very materialistic person. This man tore down his barns and built larger ones to contain all his wealth.  The man said, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry (verse 19). That very night he died. Jesus pronounced the man foolish. Jesus said, “So is the man who stores up treasure to himself, and is not rich toward God” (verse 21). In Luke 9:25 Jesus asked, “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and loses his soul?”

Third, materialism is deadly because it demands worship. Jesus said, “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth” (verse 24). Every person is a slave to something or someone. We are all ultimately slaves to God or slaves to sin.

Money can easily become an idol in our lives. Do you love wealth more than you love anything else- including God? Do you believe money and physical things will bring you the greatest happiness and joy?

If materialism does not satisfy, what does satisfy? It is only the Person of Jesus. Jesus said, “I am come that they might have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). Only Jesus died for our sins. This life is short. James, the half brother of Jesus, said, “You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away” (James 4:14). We must value the spiritual over the physical. We must value the eternal over the temporal. We must focus on the future and not just today. We must turn to Jesus today!

 

Fiat & Surrender

Mary’s Fiat

Such a simple word that changed the world for all of us. Fiat, yes, I will. It was surrender and trust. Surrender to the world and absolute trust in God. It’s what we all say we want; the idea of total surrender; “thy will be done.” But we are afraid. What will people think? What if I suffer? Or maybe, I’ll suffer, Lord, this way not that.

Mary’s yes was to bring Jesus into the world in an ordinary way after a most extraordinary encounter. She lived an ordinary life, daughter, mother, cousin, wife – in the most radical of ways. In total surrender to God which gave her strength. We may view surrender as weakness, but when we surrender to the One who made us, it is not weakness. We are afraid to surrender because we are locked in our own weakness. We are afraid. “There is only one cure for fear – trust in God.”

The Reed of God by Caryll Houselander

I’m reflecting on the chapter, Fiat. This chapter is full of observations on what Mary said yes to and how she surrendered. It also gives insight into why we struggle with doing the same.

A few quotes:

  • There is only one cure for fear – trust in God.
  • We are afraid for ourselves, but a thousand times more afraid for those we love.
  • God asks for extreme courage in love; the Bride of the Spirit must respond with strength like Hos own strength. Our Lady did this.

 

Find a container of some sort, a box, an envelope, something you can open and close; then some small pieces of paper – now, write down your worries, concerns, struggles, fold them and pout them in the box. Give them to God. Trust and surrender to what he wants the outcome to be, let him deal with it all.

 

Keys to Success

Keys to Success

Episode 63–Keys to Success

At one time or another, many of us have asked the question, “What are the keys to success?”

The Working Woman Radio Show invited composer and piano extraordinaire, Pam Asberry, into the studio to talk about that very thing.

Ms. Asberry, a piano teacher by training and trade recently entered the world of composing, is literally playing her way to becoming a world-renowned piano composer and arranger.

She shares about her journey as a female musician and how her talent enabled her to support herself and her children as a single mom.

She talks about the wonderful opportunities available for women in the music industry, and she talks candidly about how the pandemic has affected her business. Finally, she encourages women, no matter how old they are, to never give up pursuing their dreams.

 

 

 

 

Keys to Success

More About Pam Asberry

Pam Asberry, M.M., has over forty years of professional experience as a music educator, adjudicator, performer, recording artist, speaker, author, composer and arranger. 

A BMI artist, she has released five solo piano albums to date and her music can be heard on Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music, Sirius XM, and elsewhere.

 

 

Wexford Carol | Pam Asberry

 

Pam Asberry–Thankful Heart, Joyful Mind

 

To listen to and purchase this album as well as Pam Asberry’s other piano solo albums and singles, visit https://pamasberry.com/shop/.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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For All Who Truly Believe

This year…let’s celebrate, let’s find our way again and realize that we can help make this Christmas the most magical one yet…for not just children but for us…And For All Who Truly Believe!This year let’s agree that we will steal some time away from our hectic schedules to slow down and actually FEEL Christmas. Join me and together I’ll show you how to create the most magical Christmas for you, for your child, and “For All Who Truly Believe!”

1. Gingerbread House Party- You don’t have to make homemade gingerbread or have the icing already set in piping bags. Keep it simple. Get some graham crackers, a variety of candy and a few tubes of icing and let them go at it. Put the candy in separate bowls so that it’s easier to grab and don’t just provide candy; add pretzel sticks and little round butter cookies for the wreaths.

2. Grinch Night- Grab a copy of the book or movie, pick up a fun pair of Grinch jammies, and make some green floats. Bake up some Grinch cookies and put out Grinch decorations. There are tons of stores that carry Grinch style pj’s and you can find many decorating ideas on Pinterest.

3. Christmas Eve Boxes- Inside the box is everything from new Christmas pj’s and cute toothbrushes to chocolate Santa’s and reindeer food. As your kids grow into adults, the contents of their box may change but make sure it still contains a new pair of comfy Christmas pajamas.

4. Count-down to Christmas- Whether it be as simple as red and green paper links that can be torn off each night to fancy store bought calendars that revealed a new toy each day, a count-down to Christmas is sure to ignite their anticipation!

5. Santa’s Footprints- Find a piece of construction paper, trace around a shoe, and cut it out. Place the footprints on the floor Christmas Eve after the littles are in bed and sprinkle baking soda over the footprints. Pick up the cut outs and you will see Santa’s footprints. Continue this in a path up to the tree where he would put the gifts. On Christmas morning after the kiddos are in awe from the trail he left, simply vacuum the baking soda up. Clean, easy, fun!

6. Crepe Paper Doorway-Imagine the added excitement when your kids wake up to red crepe paper covering the entrance to their room in which they have to break out in order to get to the living room. For $2 for tape and crepe paper at the dollar store, you can make Christmas morning even more magical than it already is!

7. Holiday Cardboard Houses- Basically, you need a few different size boxes, a knife, a strand of Christmas lights, markers, and some garland. Once the house is made, give your kids the markers, maybe some construction paper, glue, and sit back and watch how they not only transform the plain box into a winter wonderland but how the magic of Christmas transforms them.

8. Christmas Playdough- 1 cup all-purpose flour
• 1/3 cup regular salt
• 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
• 1 cup water
• 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
• 1/2–1 tsp peppermint extract (optional but fun!)
• food coloring*

INSTRUCTIONS
-Mix the flour, salt, and cream of tartar together in a 2 quart saucepan.
-Add the water, oil, and peppermint extract to the flour mixture.
-Turn on the burner to medium/low heat and stir.
-Keep stirring until the mixture starts feeling a little more solid. You can tell when it starts separating a little at the bottom of the pan. This could take anywhere from 20 seconds to 2-3 minutes, depending on how hot your stove is.
-Add the food coloring right away. The playdough begins to solidify quickly from here, so it’s easiest to mix the food coloring in just before that point.
-Now dump the ball of playdough onto a plate or piece of waxed paper to cool. It won’t be super hot, but I usually let it cool for about 5 minutes before kneading it to get any lumps or food coloring mixed in completely.

9. Santa’s wallet- If you can get a hold of an man’s old wallet and a picture of Santa or Mrs. Claus then you’re all set to make some Christmas wonder come to life! Buy some Santa dollars online and add a picture of Santa and Mrs. Claus. It seems that Santa accidently dropped his wallet right by the door… so you can imagine the complete joy when the kids discovered this new found treasure lying on the floor.

10. Christmas Eve Candlelight Church Service- This is the most special tradition of all…honoring the one who gave us Christmas in the first place…Christ. There’s just something about it that makes everything about Christmas clear.

This year…let’s celebrate, let’s find our way again and realize that we can help make this Christmas the most magical one yet…for not just children but for us…And For All Who Truly Believe!

Come Lord Jesus!

Advent has a mood all its own. Have we got our priorities straight? We cry out “Marana tha! Come, Lord, Jesus!A new liturgical season is upon us. We call it “Advent” from a Latin word which means “coming.” Advent has a mood all its own. Have we got our priorities straight? We cry out “Marana tha! Come, Lord, Jesus!

Today’s podcast is an Advent Reflection written by Fr. Thomas Cebula and read by Jackie France.

We are delighted that you have chosen to join us today! This podcast is provided for you by Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women.  We pray that today may be a special day in your life as you experience the presence of Jesus Christ among us through this podcast.

Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. We trust that this sharing will help us better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness. Join with us as we come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me. Holy is His Name!

Donor Advised Funds

Give it away?  Instead of selling their potentially taxable appreciated assets, benevolent clients might want to donate the shares to a qualified charity.Give it away?

Instead of selling their potentially taxable appreciated assets, benevolent clients might want to donate the shares to a qualified charity. The process can be a little tedious, but not much more than selling the asset, calculating the cost basis, incurring capital gains taxes and then writing a check.

If the appreciated asset is worth more than what the clients would like to donate right now, they should look at placing all they wish to get rid of into a donor advised fund (DAF).

Then they will receive a larger tax deduction in 2020, and can choose if and when to donate from the DAF in the future (albeit, without a tax break at the time of the distribution). In an ideal scenario, the clients could donate some of their appreciated assets to the DAF in 2020 and then sell another portion in the same year. They could then use the tax break received by the donation to the DAF to offset all of the tax cost incurred by selling the appreciated assets.

How a donor-advised fund works

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Donate cash, stocks or non-publicly traded assets such as private business interests, cryptocurrency and private company stock to be eligible for an immediate tax deduction. A contribution to a donor-advised fund is an irrevocable commitment to charity; the funds cannot be returned to the donor or any other individual or used for any purpose other than grantmaking to charities.

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Church in the Pandemic

Church in Pandemic | Are we a church in crisis? What is the church in the pandemic? As a Christian what do you do in this time of confusion? Where can you find the truth? Here Father David talks about the church and how you can find strength in Christ. | #podcast #christianpodcast #catholicpodcast #catholic #pandemicandfaith Church in the Pandemic – Episode 33

Are we a church in crisis? What is the church in the pandemic? As a Christian what do you do in this time of confusion? Where can you find the truth? Here Father David talks about the church and how you can find strength in Christ.

This inspiring book by Father David Tickerhoof, Third Order Regular (TOR), on the role of Merciful Penitents in the Renewal and Reform of the Church

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The Church in the Pandemic

Coming from the Temple: “…Wherever the river flows, every sort of living creature that can multiply shall live, for wherever this water comes the sea shall be made fresh. (Ezekiel: 47: 8-9) Most Catholics living today struggle with what is happening in the Church. This stress and confusion has developed it into a Church in crisis. This is not something new caused by the pandemic; it has gradually been developing ever since the close of Vatican Council II. However, it has reached the level of a crescendo. Before the Council, most of us were content to live in a Church that viewed itself as an institution which dispenses the Sacraments. This view emphasized stability and external clarity. One writer stated in his book entitled, “The Models of the Church” That the main model of the Church should never be primarily viewed as an institution. It is true that the Church needs to be a visible organized structure existing in society, but there are other very important ways to view the Church. Since the close of the Council, a tremendous grace has been given for renewal and reform in the Catholic Church.

The change of focus has been a move away from the institutional model of the Church towards a “mystical communion” understanding. This approach would emphasize internal nature. In short, it may be called the Church as a Mystical Communion, which would highlight the inner work of grace in the power and activity of the Holy Spirit. In our Baptism of water, each one of us received the gift of the Divine Indwelling of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Therefore, we all have the potential to live in a magnificent union of love and grace with each other. In the words of St. Paul, “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? …for the temple of God, which you are, is holy. (1Cor 3: 16-17)

Can there be a church in the pandemic? Will it survive?

At the close of the Council, this Church’s Grace of Renewal began to manifest itself in various ways. The main experience focuses on interior transformation and the manifestation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. This process of spiritual renewal has been occurring for over fifty years. However, in recent years the renewal of the Church has moved from spiritual renewal to reform. Reform basically deals with the structures, forms, or visible expressions of the Church. Reform always initiates a significant crisis. We human beings love the security of what we were born and raised with. What is unfortunate about reform is that it usually becomes messy, and things are changed too quickly, or changes are made that are unhealthy or sometimes destructive. It is not surprising that reform engenders a crisis of faith and calls forth the validity of truth. We usually do not enjoy this experience, for some of our closest friends think very differently about matters that are very important to us. This obviously puts a strain on our relationships. This volatile confrontation happened to Jesus. He went up to Jerusalem for Passover and went into the temple. He found that the central courts of the temple were desecrated with animals and money changers. Jesus took a whip of cords and made the money changers move everything out of the temple. He was confronted by the Scribes and Pharisees, who were financially profited from this enterprise. When asked by what authority do you do this, Jesus said “Zeal for my Father’s house will consume me”. Jesus then prophetically prophesied about his own body, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up,” (Jn. 2: 13-22) A classic example of confrontation when reform is at stake!

The infamous Pandemic that arose in our midst last February and March added significant stress and chaos to already pastorally charged issues in the life of the Church. Our leaders in the Church had to give a major amount of time and energy to work with civic leaders to try to bring this cultural crisis under control. This is not to obscure that there are already multiple uncomfortable issues and other events occurring in the life of the Catholic Church. The sexual abuse crisis since the last part of the twentieth century and the first twenty years in the twenty-first century has been a scandal in the Church that most Catholics who are alive today never had to deal with in their lives’. Much suffering has been experienced by all living in the Catholic Church at this time. In addition to these occurrences there arose in the Church a major conflict and disagreement between those who give a strong place to Church external law and traditional teaching matters and clear doctrines, and those who believe that the Church needs to reach out to the poor and disenfranchised. The present Pope’s care for creation and emphasis on socialism, plus statements made that are confusing and unclarified have added fuel to the fire. These differences have intensified an already unclear doctrinal mismatch.

Some might say the Church’s teaching already clearly exists in the New Catholic Catechism. It has been about forty years since it has been published. Realistically who has really read much of it or seriously studied it?  Teaching and pastoring go together. You cannot have one without the other! The last point that I want to make is this. I believe the lack of personal pastoring of the flock of Christ in the Church is itself a scandal. In these negative occurrences in society and in the Church, which has happened to the lay faithful. Our leadership, for the most part, has been silent, unavailable, or ignoring matters that needed good communication. I need not mention the difficulties the lay faithful have experienced since the close of the Council. I believe they are clear to anyone who gives a little time to think about what has been happening in the Church over the last sixty years or so. I also realize that it has been very difficult for our leaders for many reasons, and they may be working on many things of which I am unaware of. However, when the lay faithful go to youtube and talk shows to get an understanding of the crisis of truth and the teaching on faith, it is a sad day indeed in the pastoral life of the Church. American Catholics need clear upfront teaching on the five non-negotiables: Abortion, Euthanasia, or physician assisted suicide, Embryonic Stem-Cell Research, Human Cloning, Homosexual marriage. Is it possible that a written moral compendium or a pastoral letter by the USCB to the American Church might be helpful?

May we Pray!

We pray for light, wisdom, and understanding from the Holy Spirit at this challenging time in the Church and in the world. Dear Lord, we pray that each and every one of us will spend the time needed to reflect on oneself and ask the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit to show what we can do to bring love and peace for those who have especially a hard time with what is currently happening. Give healing, truth, and a more profound faith to us as we continue the journey of this troubling age. We make these prayers in the heart of Mary given to her son Jesus. Amen

Bread of Life Bible Study Third Week of Advent

Join us weekly for a podcast focusing on the Sunday readings based on the Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study and presented by the coauthor, Marie Finn.“There is a famine today that is raging across this great land of ours. There is a deep hunger and thirst for the healing Word of God … With humility, boldness, and energy, we must personally hear the Word, pray the Word, study the Word, proclaim the Word, and live the Word of the Lord Jesus Christ.” (from Introduction for The Bread of Life Bible Study)

Join us weekly for a podcast focusing on the Sunday readings based on the Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study and presented by the coauthor, Marie Finn. Please visit the website: www.StDismasGuild.org for more information and for supplemental materials.

We pray that today maybe a special day in your life as you experience the presence of Jesus Christ among us through this podcast. May the Lord speak to each heart the words He wants us to hear!

Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. We trust that this sharing will help us better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness, and are called to “go and bear fruit, fruit that will last” (John 15:16). Join with us as we come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me. Holy is His Name!

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True Meaning Of Christmas

True Meaning of Christmas | The commercial aspect of the holidays almost destroys the true meaning of Christmas. In this episode, I want to share an easy way to bring Jesus to the front and center where He belongs! | #podcast #christianpodcast #christmasTrue Meaning of Christmas – Special Replay

The commercial aspect of the holidays almost destroys the true meaning of Christmas. In this episode, I want to share an easy way to bring Jesus to the front and center where He belongs!

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The beautiful decorations and lights are uplifting to our spirits and the idea of gift-giving is symbolic of the gift that God gave to us by the birth of His only Son. Yet when we get distracted by all the symbolism that is a time to recall the true meaning of Christmas.

Here are three very easy ways to keep our focus on Christ.

  1. Take time each day to read John 1
  2. Spend time with God. Just a few minutes each day.
  3. Close your eyes and listen.

If you have a journal take some time and write your thoughts. How do you feel? Are you excited or do you lean more toward depressed?

Christmas can be a time of anticipation and excitement but it also tends to be a time of disappointment and depression. Especially if we dwell on the past or on what could have been. Or if our expectations surround materialist things. We feel that we are not doing enough or perhaps can’t afford the things we want. But that shouldn’t be the focus.

Life happens each and every day and we can look at it as what we have or don’t have or we can look at each day as a blessing from God.

Recently two of my friend’s husbands died suddenly of heart attacks. Both were robust and active. Both full of life.

Only God knows the reason for taking them home. Only He knows the time and place when we too will be called home. I think it is especially difficult during the holidays to lose a loved one, but I also know that the Lord is not surprised by any of it. These families need prayer as well as all the families who are saddened or struggling during this time. It is hard to be joyous when we struggle with loss.

That is why the Scriptures are so inspiring. They speak to that part in us that longs for relationships and what better relationship than with God? I want to read part of John 1. This is one of my all-time favorite Scriptures and it is the one I always read at the beginning of Advent – the days leading up to Christmas.

John 1:

In the beginning, was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him, nothing was made that has been made.

Just stop and think about these first sentences! The Word – which is Scripture is also God! And the Word was there at the beginning. Imagine! This really helps us to understand and put into perspective the mind-blowing aspect – and that is, God and Jesus are one … it is one of those verses that give us a glimpse of the deeper mysteries of faith. It is also one, that for me is so uplifting it gives me joy and it gives me a deep abiding hope.

And it goes on… In him was life and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

True Meaning of Christmas

Jesus is referred to as the light of the world – the fact that God became man was an act of humility! He came as an infant to save us – to give us eternal life by his life, death, and resurrection. We should rejoice because we know the end of the story – the Scripture tells us, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” – the darkness, the evil in this world is uncovered for what it is when you shine the true light – the goodness of God upon it, we find that we, who are called by name can not turn our backs upon what is right and good.

When we feel down when we feel depressed when we don’t feel we want to get out of bed and face the day we have only to look at the Word of God for our inspiration. Write out the words, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” What joy those words give us!

Our focus is not on the glitter or the gift-giving, or even the baking – which I love! The focus is on Almighty God who came as a babe to conquer sin and set us free. Friends, Christianity is a joy! It is not what those who don’t believe say, “Oh. My. Gosh. You Christians are so boring. You have to give up this and that.”

Friends Christianity is freeing because of the joy of knowing that I am living a life without regrets. I am not giving up anything. I am gaining so much.

Think of it this way. In fact, close your eyes for a minute. Imagine a gift that is so amazing – take a few minutes and really think about this gift. What would you do with it? How would you share it?

Now – consider this. God gave us a gift that is so much greater than anything you can imagine! It is 100 thousand times greater. How could I not want to go to church and thank him, and worship Him?

Isaiah 9:6 (read)

How can I not want to live a life that is pleasing to God? How could I not say thank-you Lord, each and every day for the gift of life – yes, but everlasting life? I will live my life on earth but will have full confidence that I will live a life eternally with Him!

This time of joyous celebration that comes around every December reminds me that the real meaning of Christmas is to give all the honor and the glory to Jesus – the Divine One.

Celebrate with your family with your friends but know that the opening of gifts is a small symbol of the greater joy in the gifts that God gave us. This joy of giving gifts to those who are important to us is a symbol of our love for them and their love for us! God gives us an abundance of love and it flows from God – to us to them! Allow the Lord into your life today!

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Let’s Pray:

Dear God the Father, thank-you so much for gifting us with the Son, and then leaving us with the Holy Spirit until the end of time. Thank you for helping me to understand the true meaning of Christmas. Thank you for allowing me to understand that the truth of the season comes in the love that is shared from you to me! Dear Lord Jesus, today I ask you in a deeper way to come into my life. I repent from the sins of the past and ask for your forgiveness. I choose you, my God. I choose you today, and tomorrow. I ask you, Lord, to bless me and cleanse me. I ask that you fill me to overflowing with joy and your love. Help me to sin no more. Help me to follow you in all of the ways that are pleasing to you, my God. Thank you, Lord, for this gift that is more precious than any gift I can imagine. Dear Lord, I ask you know for these specific prayers for those I pray for now…

Thank you, Lord, for hearing my prayers and for answering them and I pray this in Jesus’ precious Name. Amen.

 

Seek Godly Advice

Seeking Godly advice on money and financial stewardship.The Bible has over 2300 verses that discuss money and financial stewardship. Scripture relating to debt, investing, giving, and sin is found throughout the gospels. God knew we would struggle with stewardship and the amount of instruction on money management within the Bible is proof of this. With money being such an important topic, I find that the trend of investing online with Robo Advisors and cheap online stock trades alarming. People become very confident in their investing abilities during bull market runs and under confident when a correction or recession occurs. At no time does the act of obedient stewardship come into play as people avoid the use of God honoring advisors and do it themselves through online opportunities. Would you perform brain surgery on yourself? Would you self-diagnose a cancer and treat yourself without expert advice? Why is the most discussed topic in scripture any different? Avoiding using counsel to help you align your beliefs with management of God’s assets is poor stewardship. Tax planning and estate planning are no different. Avoid the cheap alternatives that are offered online and pursue professional, God Honoring advise. It is important to avoid worldview advisors, tax professionals, and attorneys. Seek those advisors that understand obedience to God is the first criteria to be met. What does scripture say about using or seeking advice?

Proverbs 15:22 Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.

Proverbs 12:15 The way of the fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.

Proverbs 28:26 Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.

Abundance or Scarcity?

It’s an often asked question of people, are you an optimist or pessimist? If we are living as God calls us, then our answer is hopefully, optimist. We have a God of abundance, not scarcity.

What does the Bible say?

I’m going to focus on two passages. From the Old Testament we have the story of manna in the desert, Exodus 16. God gave this food for the people to eat, enough for a day to teach them to trust and rely on him. However, he didn’t give them a small amount, he allowed them to take as much as they wanted as long as they didn’t save it. God provides in abundance for today! And then, in the New Testament is the multiplication of the loaves and fish from Matthew, 15:32-38. The disciples show a bit of hesitancy that they can feed all of these people gathered. But Jesus has none. He takes what is provided, and multiplies is so that there is enough with leftovers.

What does this mean?

God provides us with what we need, when we need it. Jesus shows us time and again with his life that we have been given what we need to live. Whenever we think we have a scarcity, offer that bit to God and see what happens.

Who do we live?

I think we live as if we have all that we need. So give away your time, your good deeds. Stop saving things for a special time and use them to care fort hose you love.  Shift from thinking I need more or what if I need it later to God will provide and whatever I use up or give away will come back to me at the right time.

This week, focus on living abundantly. List all the gifts God has given you and find a way to share them with others, knowing Goad will provide for tomorrow.

Know Your Life Season

Know Your Life SeasonEpisode 62–Know Your Life Season

 

As working women, it is vitally important to know your life season because your work and the assignments that you are called to do will look very different, depending on the season of life.

The Working Woman Radio Show invited Emily Tellez, a wife and mother of four, and a ministry leader, back to the studio to talk about this issue.

Emily shares about the season of life she is in, as a full-time wife and mother, and talks about how she navigates it.

She also reflects on the high school and college years and offers advice to teens and to the twenty-somethings about steps that could be taken during this season of life.

Finally, she shares some candid thoughts about what she has seen and learned as she watches her mother navigate her senior years.

 

 

 

Know Your Life Season

More About Emily Tellez

Emily Tellez grew up in Bogota, Colombia. She, and her husband, Carlos, have been married for 19 years and together they have four children. 

Emily has served in a variety of ministries over the years, including youth and college ministry, children’s ministry, English as a Second Language for adults, curriculum development and teaching, and is currently the interim children’s ministry coordinator for their church. She has her BA in Counseling and her MA in Ministry Studies. 

 

 

 

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The Cauthen-Zimmerman Family6 Lessons From a Retired Homeschool Mom

If someone would have told me, 27 years ago, that I would be homeschooling my children for more than two and a half decades, I would have told them that they were crazy. After all, my original plan was just to make sure that they had a good foundation in reading, writing, and arithmetic, and then I was going to put them in traditional school.

Well, one year lead to another, and four kids, and 4,860 days later (that’s 27 years times 180 compulsory school days),… I have officially retired as a home educator. To read the article in its entirety, click here.

 

Seasons of a Woman’s Life Bible Study

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Each session is led by Chrystal Evans Hurst and Priscilla Shirer. They will include scriptures, insights, and principles from the book, Seasons of a Woman’s Life, by Dr. Lois Evans.

 

 

 

 

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Hope, The Anchor of Your Soul

We must keep our hope alive because it is the anchor for our souls!In today’s show, Lucia shares something that we all need to keep alive in our hearts if we are going to walk into victory, and that is hope! We must keep our hope alive because it is the anchor for our souls!

Hebrews 6:18-20 in the Passion Translation says “So it is impossible for God to lie for we know that his promise and his vow will never change! And now we have run into his heart to hide ourselves in his faithfulness. This is where we find his strength and comfort, for he empowers us to seize what has already been established ahead of time—an unshakeable hope! We have this certain hope like a strong, unbreakable anchor holding our souls to God himself. Our anchor of hope is fastened to the mercy seat[a] which sits in the heavenly realm beyond the sacred threshold, and where Jesus, our forerunner, has gone in before us.”

The anchor for our souls is this hope that reaches into Heaven. This anchor is both sure and steadfast. It holds fast in the very presence of God. When strong winds blow, the anchor holds our soul steady the same way a huge ship’s anchor holds the ship steady. As you know, the storms of life come to all of us, but God has given us an anchor that reaches into Heaven, and He tells us that we must lay hold on this hope that is set before us. Our sponsor for this podcast, the Mindset for Victorious Living Audio & Video Series, at Lucia Claborn.com is power-packed with speakers who have learned to set their minds to overcome challenges so they can live a victorious life! They will build your faith to renew your mind regarding beginning again, the power of your confessions, meeting Him in the morning, hearing God’s voice all the time, prosperity, and much more so you can walk in victory!  Be sure to get your set now by clicking the link below! Lucia Claborn is providing resources to build your faith, teach you who you are in Christ, and what belongs to you according to the Word of God so you can enforce satan’s defeat in your life!

Hope is a supernatural force that is as powerful as faith and love. Your hope is what will cause you to be stable in unstable times. You can look to God with great expectancy because your faith is what gives substance to our hope! Hope is the anchor that holds your soul – which is your mind, will and emotions – steady and stable.

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Looking Through a Different Lens

I will share how in ten short steps  you could walk away with a life of peace, of gratitude, of love…all by looking at life… through a different lens. 

How would you feel if I told you by changing one thing in your life, you would change your world entirely? Every day we face challenges and every day we have a choice on how we see it, how we internalize it, and how we react.  Perspective is all about what you choose to focus on. Today, I will share how in ten short steps  you could walk away with a life of peace, of gratitude, of love…all by looking at life… through a different lens.

  1. Celebrate the small victories- Take time to be happy for yourself. Celebrating birthdays, holidays, etc. will always come naturally.  But adding in those little victories like finishing a project, will bring so much extra joy to your world!
  2. Notice the way you talk to yourself- We are our worst critic. Start being aware of how you talk to yourself.  The next time you have negative feelings, don’t act on them without thinking them through. Remember, the way you talk to yourself usually becomes your reality.  From the words of Tony Robbins, “Whatever you hold in your mind on a constant basis is exactly what you will experience in life.”
  3. Choose Happiness- It’s easy to feel happiness when everything’s going our way. But sometimes happiness comes from us making a conscience decision to CHOOSE to be happy.  It’s saying, “I will NOT allow the difficulty to define me.  If I look closely, there is something good that either came out of this or WILL come out of this.  I CHOOSE to focus on this joy, no matter how small the fragment may be.”
  4. Cut-off the complaining- Complaining usually doesn’t actually fix anything, it just makes us feel better temporarily. The danger comes when we get so used to complaining that what once was an occasional vent session has now become a “Way of life” and your new norm.  Instead, take your words and put action behind it.
  5. Embrace differences- It’s when we encounter people who are different than us that we are shown a different angle of life, one who teaches us, shapes us, and enlightens our world.  So the next time you find yourself feeling frustrated or annoyed because the person isn’t like you, stop and see life through their eyes and be grateful that they gave you that opportunity.
  6. Forgive and Forget- Visualize your situation. Do you think the person you had a conflict with is at home torn up with sadness because you won’t let that hurt go? Holding onto bitterness only hurts you. Psalm 37:7-9.  It says, “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.  Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret-it leads only to evil. For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.  Our job? To forgive as Christ forgives us and be at peace that He’ll take care of the rest.
  7. Embrace the silly stuff-Remember when you were a kid? Remember how you’d laugh for hours over something that didn’t even make sense? You may not still be a kid, but loving and appreciating something that you can’t always explain is true joy.
  8. Hold onto hope- People who are genuinely happier have something else they are grounded in than just themselves. When you are grounded in something that’s brings you hope you stay more constant when the road of life gives you a turn.
  9. Change how you look at social media- Stop and think. “What was social media originally meant to be?”  It was a way to connect to one another and stay in touch.  It was NOT meant to compare yourself to anyone else nor struggle to stay in competition with anyone else’s life.  Release the pressure and use social media for what it was intended for.
  10. View your life as where you should be at the moment- Sometimes, we’re in such a rush to get to the “next place” in life that we miss the stage that we’re in. You are meant to be where you are exactly at this moment. Embrace that.

Perspective…it’s putting down the fogged pair of glasses which only saw with eyes that deemed you were right.  It’s the choice to close the box of your way or the highway and open the possibility to other views.  By doing this you will encounter a world you’ve never known.  Benjamin Franklin once said, “While we may not be able to control all that happens to us, we can control what happens inside us.” Perspective…it WILL change your life…all by simply looking at life…through a different lens.

The Importance of Diversification

The importance of diversificationIn times of economic uncertainty, I like to focus the conversation regarding investing to risk tolerance and diversification. These are tumultuous times. We have the issues with the pandemic, politics, and social divisions across the globe. People are genuinely concerned. During these troubled times it is important to focus on the guidance God has delivered to us regarding our stewardship. King Solomon gave wonderful advice concerning diversification.

Ecclesiastes 11:2

Invest is seven ventures, yes, in eight; you do not know what disaster may come upon the land.

Why diversify?

The goal of diversification is not necessarily to boost performance—it won’t guarantee gains or guarantee against losses. Diversification does have the potential to improve returns for the level of risk you choose to target.

To build a diversified portfolio, you should look for investments—stocks, bonds, cash, or others—whose returns haven’t historically moved in the same direction and to the same degree. This way, even if a portion of your portfolio is declining, the rest of your portfolio is more likely to be growing, or at least not declining as much.

Another important aspect of building a well-diversified portfolio is trying to stay diversified within each type of investment.

Within your individual stock holdings, beware of overconcentration in a single investment. For example, you may not want one stock to make up more than 5% of your stock portfolio. It’s smart to diversify across stocks by market capitalization (small, mid, and large caps), sectors, and geography. Again, not all caps, sectors, and regions have prospered at the same time, or to the same degree, so you may be able to reduce portfolio risk by spreading your assets across different parts of the stock market. You may want to consider a mix of styles too, such as growth and value.

When it comes to your bond investments, consider varying maturities, credit qualities, and durations, which measure sensitivity to interest-rate changes.

 

Bread of Life Bible Study for 12.6.2020

Join us weekly for a podcast focusing on the Sunday readings based on the Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study and presented by the coauthor, Marie Finn.“There is a famine today that is raging across this great land of ours. There is a deep hunger and thirst for the healing Word of God … With humility, boldness, and energy, we must personally hear the Word, pray the Word, study the Word, proclaim the Word, and live the Word of the Lord Jesus Christ.” (from Introduction for The Bread of Life Bible Study)

Join us weekly for a podcast focusing on the Sunday readings based on the Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study and presented by the coauthor, Marie Finn. Please visit the website: www.StDismasGuild.org for more information and for supplemental materials.

We pray that today maybe a special day in your life as you experience the presence of Jesus Christ among us through this podcast. May the Lord speak to each heart the words He wants us to hear!

Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. We trust that this sharing will help us better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness, and are called to “go and bear fruit, fruit that will last” (John 15:16). Join with us as we come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me. Holy is His Name!

To find out more about Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women, visit us at www.magnificat-ministry.org

 

Generosity and Faith

Generosity and Faith | Some people are just naturally generous and in this episode, we are going to talk about generosity and faith and a way to deepen your love for God which in turn will translate into your love for others. | #podast #Christianpodcast #Christianfaith #faithpodcast #believeinGod #Generosity #trustinginGodGenerosity and Faith ~ Episode 164

Some people are just naturally generous and in this episode, we are going to talk about generosity and faith and a way to deepen your love for God which in turn will translate into your love for others.

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Thanksgiving and Trust

Recently I was thinking about the book the Five Love Languages. In this book, the author, Gary Chapman discusses the different ways that we say I love you, and this is especially important for couples.  I’m going to share just two with you that actually apply to my life and that of my husband. My husband‘s love language is to spend time with me, he thinks that expresses his love for me and he does this with something he considers valuable, and that is his gift of time. My love language is to bake you something or to give you something I am a gift-giver I love thinking about what will make someone else happy whether it’s something that I put effort into in making or something that I buy. As you can see these two things are different. And as my husband likes to say isn’t it wonderful that God made us so different. That definitely is a positive spin to what could possibly be a difficult situation.
But when I think about generosity it comes in all different shapes and sizes. When we look at each other in the human sense generosity comes from something that we personally think is valuable or important and often if we are honest it is something that makes us happy. So, it that really being generous if we get something out of it? That is food for thought. But, when I think about generosity as a focus of faith it is so much deeper.
When we look at our lives objectively we can see that often we gather things that we can’t possibly use. Have you ever cleaned out a closet of clothing? Have you ever looked at things that you may have purchased for your children and more than half of the things were never worn? We gather these things so many of which we can never use. But the gift of faith the gift that God has given us? That is the gift that just keeps on giving.
Let’s look at just one tiny aspect of the generosity of God and that is faith. Faith is freely given to all, but few accept it. If you are thinking, Felice you are wrong! My church is huge, many accept the gift of faith–then, my question is where were all the faithful when they shut our churches down? We hid in our homes afraid. I was one of them. However, if I told you in January of 2020 that our churches would not be at full capacity by November 2020 when I am recording this show, what would you say? You would have a hard time believing me. I am not condemning you -or me, it is just what happened in our lives and some of our church leaders and pastors are now in court suing for the constitutional right to worship, freely. This is a gift of the generosity of our faith that we took for granted. Never again will we do this. So, back to faith–yes, it is freely given by God but what do we do with this gift?
I personally want a deep sense of faith, and I am going to pray this for you.
1. The faith of knowing that God is in charge of our lives.
2. The faith of knowing that the Lord will never leave us.
3. The faith of knowing that God is in the here and the now.
4. The faith of knowing when we are weak that Almighty God is strong.
5. The faith of knowing that the battle against evil has already been won by the birth, life, death, and resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ.
If we know these things we will have a deeper sense of the generosity of the gifts God has given us and the truth that these become in our lives.
God’s gift to us can never be repaid and that is another thing that is different about the gift of faith. Usually, if someone gives us something we can gift them with something back. In a way, it almost negates our generosity. And if you give with the thoughts of what you were getting back, that further dilutes generosity. Generosity from the Lord is in the fact that he died for our sins, that he gave us everlasting life. Look around you, is this all there is? For those who are Christian, we believe there is more.
This world that God has given us has its ups and downs and many of the ups are from Him and the downs are from things and choices that we make. The saying that “God is good all the time and all the time God is good,” is a refrain the Christian say, but the question is do we believe it? If you have strong faith the answer is yes, and it’s not because we say it over and over again so that then we believe it. No, it is because we truly believe in our hearts that God can only give us things that are good. Do bad things happen in our lives? Of course, they do, because God has also given us free well.

Another amazing gift of the generosity and love of Almighty God is the gift of free will and how that allows us to do what we want in our lives, and that want can include the love of our Lord, but we love the Lord because we want to. We can choose not to do that. That is also part of our free will as well. Whenever I have a hard time grasping the concept of the free will that God gave us I think about forcing someone to love me. We all crave love in this life. We want people to like us and those close to us, to love us. However, we want this freely, right? We don’t want this to be forced and so it is with Almighty God.

We can never understand the mind of God all we can do is strive to do the best that we can do each day. As the holidays are coming up as I record this show, I think about all of the things that I will do soon and maybe you as well. I will shop, I will bake, I will buy or make some gifts, and I will be with those I love. But what will I do as a gift for Almighty God? The one thing I want to share with you again and again because to me this has been an a-ha moment and one gift that we can give Almighty God is to give Him our will. Why? Because we have the free will do to this and HE gave us free will, so we can give it back to Him as a form of humility. Do this takes deep faith. Do you have the faith that surpasses all understanding?

Friends, that is what I’m going to pray for you during this season. To have faith to have trust in Almighty God and all that he will provide for you!

Let’s pray
Dear Lord, I praise you and I thank you and I give you all of my will to do with as you please help me my God to understand the gift of generosity, to understand the gift of faith, to understand the gift that you have given me and allow me my God to be aware of these gifts. I ask my God, for the prayers that I have in my heart for those I love in my life and for myself… and I praise you and I thank you in Jesus’s Name. Amen.

Non-Qualified Investing

A non-qualifying investment is an investment that does not qualify for any level of tax-deferred or tax-exempt status.A non-qualifying investment is an investment that does not qualify for any level of tax-deferred or tax-exempt status. Investments of this sort are made with after-tax money. They are purchased and held in tax-deferred accounts, plans or trusts. Returns from these investments are taxed on an annual basis.

With non-qualifying investments, typically the investor is under no annual restrictions on the amount they can put towards such assets. This can offer more flexibility in some regards compared with qualifying investment accounts, which typically have maximum amounts that may be contributed depending on the type of asset. For instance, employee 401(k) contributions have an annual maximum contribution that can be made toward their plans. The limit may change to some degree, determined by the Internal Revenue Service. A non-qualifying investment can see any size contribution made over the course of each year according to the account holder’s strategy for saving.

Account holders can also make withdrawals on non-qualifying investments when they want, though they will pay tax on interest and other gains such as appreciation that have accrued.

Examples of non-qualified investments may include individually, jointly, and entity owned stocks, bonds, mutual funds, precious metals, guns, antiques, and real estate.

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Mercy and Thoughtfulness of Our God

Mercy and Thoughtfulness | This is a time of mercy and thoughtfulness because with both of these items there is hope. It is almost like a math equation. Mercy + Thoughtfulness = Hope, but more than that God has an abundance of both. | #christianpodcast #podcast #mercyMercy and Thoughtfulness – Special Replay

This is a time of mercy and thoughtfulness because with both of these items there is hope. It is almost like a math equation. Mercy + Thoughtfulness = Hope, but more than that God has an abundance of both.

Show Notes: Mercy and Thoughtfulness

Who else but the creator of the universe considers the sinfulness of man yet gives us mercy to overcome thought His ever-present Spirit and His love for us in the small and simple things. When you think about the things that bring us joy on an ongoing daily basis it isn’t looking down on your fingers and a piece of jewelry you are wearing, or admiring a handbag – or if you are a guy, success in business, being a good provider or perhaps winning at a game or having a team win or something similar.

The things that give us joy are those things that are fleeting like family, friends, love, and those more everlasting like faith, and hope. God thought of everything. God is thoughtful!

God is merciful and God is truth – God is everything that is good. But do we realize this in our everyday life or do we allow our situations to get us down? If you look up the word thoughtfulness in the Bible you won’t find one entry – try it! But we do know by definition the Lord is thoughtful because He has provided for us in so many ways that we can never thank him enough or repay him!

Mercy and Thoughtfulness takes grace from God!

I love the Book of Proverbs because if you want to see morsels of truth you should read it end to end. I’m going to read you some wisdom from Proverbs 18 – just a few verses because I invite you to read it for yourself in your quiet time and meditate on the words…

Do we have the heart to discern – to acknowledge that God is the seat of mercy and thoughtfulness for our lives – that we want to seek out the wise and not the foolish. SO many times friends we are wiped out because of something we have no control over.

Think about it: Are there things in your life you are holding on to that you can not control? Are there people in your life that bring you down to your knees? For all of those things, we can not control that hold us bound – put them on paper and release them to the Lord. For all those people who upset or bother us – pray for them. In fact, I am taking my own advice and some people that I do not know personally but are upsetting to me are going to be the recipient of my prayers starting today!

The human spirit in Proverbs 14 talks about how we can overcome illness but our spirits become crushed by so many things in this world. Our spirits are our reasoning powers – they consist of the ability to make decisions, have insights and judgments, to reason and understand, to be aware and have feelings, emotions – and passions! But our souls – our souls will not die. Our bodies will die and our spirt might be crushed but our soul, if we are a believer will rest with God – and that my friends is the goal of my life to do everything I can each and every day to be held to account by a merciful God.

Do you praise God for His Mercy – for His thoughtfulness – for His creation? Remember this when we are down or “crushed” as Proverbs reminds us by the weight of the world.

God is the giver of all gifts – as I record this we are coming into the time of Thanksgiving and Christmas times that either bring you warmth and joy or make you sad. Why are we sad? Usually, it is for things we can not control, such as the death of a loved one or someone we are missing. And, yes – we remember as we should and keep those we love close to our hearts but not to the point that we can not move forward and be present for those who are here and need us.

Every single one of us is needed – do not let the enemy rob you of your joy and peace. We are needed as prayer warriors as those who help our families, those at church or our neighbors. Ask the Lord each day – how do you want to use me today, Lord?

Proverbs 18:16 says a gift opens the way – who is not receptive to gifts? But, maybe you are like me and like to give gifts rather than receive? Interesting side note here – the Lord taught me that it was okay to receive gifts. There was a time when money was tight and I could not give as I wanted and someone gifted me. Instead of being grateful I was horrified and wanted to refuse the gift! But, then a wise pastor reminded me that in time past when I gave the recipients were grateful. The gift was ultimately from God. God knows our hearts and He does provide – not always as we want but as He wishes.

If we are filled by God’s love we can’t help to be overflowing with love for others. Think about it. God’s love spills over on us and it gives us so much joy we can not help to share this joy with others.

Let’s Pray: God you gift us with so many things but your mercy and thoughtfulness for the little and big things in our lives often go unnoticed or overlooked by us. You are the author of life. You are the giver of every good thing. During this time of giving thanks, we ask you, Lord, to help us to remember those who are less fortunate, and to bring to mind people you want us to pray for on a daily basis. Dear Lord we pray for these people right now, and those near to our hearts … Thank you, Lord, for blessing me with your love, your joy, and your mercy. And I pray this in Jesus’ Name, Amen!


Win the War Over Weight

Win the War Over WeightEpisode 61–Win the War Over Weight

 

Every day millions of working women struggle to win the war over weight.

Special guest, Dr. Andrea Christian Parks, an OB/GYN, candidly shares about her own personal struggle with weight loss and the secret she learned to overcome weight issues.

She shares why women gain weight during perimenopause and why weight loss is different for women than men.

She also weighs in on the Keto diet and intermittent fasting and shares some personal recommendations.

Dr. Andrea gives some specific tips on how to jumpstart your metabolism.

Finally, she shares about the biggest deterrent to losing weight and the number one thing you must do in order to get started on your journey to weight loss.

 

 

 

 

Win the War Over Weight

More About Dr. Andrea Christian Parks

Dr. Christian Parks, who has actually been a guest on the show before, is a board-certified, obstetrician-gynecologist and lifestyle medicine physician.  Additionally, she is certified as an integrative nutrition health coach, and a certified life and weight loss coach. She has been caring for women in clinical practice for more than a decade with an emphasis on natural and holistic living. 

Dr. Christian Parks is the creator of A Journey To Wholeness, a blog where she shares her personal growth and holistic living lessons. Dr. Christian Parks also has a Youtube channel called ‘For This Moment Now’ which features videos on weight loss and meditation and mindfulness. Dr. Christian Parks is the wife to the love of her life and mother of four incredible homeschooled children, ages 7 to 13.

 

 

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Trim Healthy Mama

There is a learning curve to Trim Healthy Mama. It is not designed like most conventional diets as a 30 or 90-day plan. You are not instructed what to eat at every meal with portion sizes dictated to you. The plan encourages you to learn to put meals together that will suit your own needs, challenges, and food preferences. Since Trim Healthy Mama is geared as a lifelong plan, you learn as you go, but after a while, it becomes second nature for most people. For more information, Trim Healthy Mama.

 

 

The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss (The Wellness Code) by [Dr. Jason Fung, Timothy Noakes]

The Obesity Code by Dr. Jason Fung

The landmark book from New York Times bestselling author Dr. Jason Fung, one of the world’s leading experts on intermittent fasting for weight loss and longevity, whose 5-step plan has helped thousands of people lose weight and achieve lasting health.

In this highly readable and provocative book, Dr. Jason Fung sets out an original, robust theory of obesity that provides startling insights into proper nutrition. In addition to his five basic steps, a set of lifelong habits that will improve your health and control your insulin levels, Dr. Fung explains how to use intermittent fasting to break the cycle of insulin resistance and reach a healthy weight—for good.

 

 

 

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Qualified Plans Available to You

As we continue to discuss building a God honoring financial plan, we begin to discuss the third building block of the plan, which is qualified investing.As we continue to discuss building a God honoring financial plan, we begin to discuss the third building block of the plan, which is qualified investing. The most common options for qualified investing are dependent upon your type of employment. For those that are self-employed or work at an employer that does not offer a retirement plan, the traditional IRA and Roth IRA may be an option you use.

traditional IRA is an individual retirement arrangement (IRA), established in the United States by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) (Pub.L. 93–406, 88 Stat. 829, enacted September 2, 1974, codified in part at 29 U.S.C. ch. 18). Normal IRAs also existed before ERISA.

A Roth IRA is an individual retirement account (IRA) under United States law that is generally not taxed upon distribution, provided certain conditions are met. The principal difference between Roth IRAs and most other tax-advantaged retirement plans is that rather than granting a tax reduction for contributions to the retirement plan, qualified withdrawals from the Roth IRA plan are tax-free, and growth in the account is tax-free.

Another option for self-employed business owners may include the SEP IRA.

A Simplified Employee Pension Individual Retirement Arrangement is a variation of the Individual Retirement Account used in the United States. SEP IRAs are adopted by business owners to provide retirement benefits for themselves and their employees. There are no significant administration costs for a self-employed person with no employees. If the self-employed person does have employees, all employees must receive the same benefits under a SEP plan. Since SEP-IRAs are a type of IRA, funds can be invested the same way as most other IRAs.

For those people who work for a healthcare organization, not-for profit, or educational position, a 403 plan may be offered to you through your employer.

In the United States, a 403(b) plan is a U.S. tax-advantaged retirement savings plan available for public education organizations, some non-profit employers (only Internal Revenue Code 501(c organizations), cooperative hospital service organizations, and self-employed ministers in the United States. It has tax treatment similar to a 401(k) plan, especially after the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001.

If you work with a municipality, a 457 plan is an option that could be available.

The 457 plan is a type of nonqualified, tax advantaged deferred-compensation retirement plan that is available for governmental and certain nongovernmental employers in the United States. The employer provides the plan and the employee defers compensation into it on a pretax or after-tax basis. For the most part, the plan operates similarly to a 401(k) or 403(b) plan with which most people in the US are familiar. The key difference is that unlike with a 401(k) plan, it has no 10% penalty for withdrawal before the age of 55. These 457 plans can also allow independent contractors to participate in the plan, where 401(k) and 403(b) plans cannot.

And the most popular plan many employees have available to them is the 401k.

In the United States, a 401(k) plan is an employer-sponsored defined-contribution pension account defined in subsection 401(k) of the Internal Revenue Code. Employee funding comes directly off their paycheck and may be matched by the employer. There are two main types corresponding to the same distinction in an Individual Retirement Account; variously referred to as traditional vs. Roth, or tax-deferred vs. tax exempt, or EET vs. TEE. For both types profits in the account are never taxed. For tax exempt accounts contributions and withdrawals have no impact on income tax. For tax deferred accounts contributions may be deducted from taxable income and withdrawals are added to taxable income. There are limits to contributions, rules governing withdrawals and possible penalties

It is important you speak with an advisor and a tax professional to determine contribution limits and taxable consequences to each plan that may be available to you.

“Can the Turkey…Carve the Memories”

I will show you how this year especially, you’ll be able to…”Can the Turkey and Carve the Memories.”It’s no doubt that Thanksgiving this year will look a little differently than years in the past. So…on the eve of Thanksgiving 2020…with a little creativity and a whole lot of grace, I will show you how this year especially, you’ll be able to…”Can the Turkey and Carve the Memories.”

  1. Skip the turkey, order a brisket instead. Find a BBQ restaurant and order a smoked turkey or even pulled pork, all prepared by one of your favorite restaurants in town. If you have family recipes for sides then take time to make those from scratch, but order the meat from a restaurant!  It’s not only SUPER yummy, but it will save you a TON of time!
  2. Watch football- Whether you like NFL football or not, there’s something about having the game on that just exudes happiness.
  3. Uninvite the in-laws- If there is any year that you can have a pass from getting your cheeks squeezed by Aunt Mildred then it’s 2020! It’s a year of social distancing and a year to excuse yourself from the “When are you going to finally get married?” questions…or the “You need to get a job and start doing something with your life” remarks.  Keep the gathering small and save both your cheeks AND your ego from getting pinched!
  4. Keep the dessert homemade- After you buy the bird or whatever meat from a restaurant take the time to make the dessert from scratch. Keeping the dessert homemade makes the last thing on your lips remembered as a Thanksgiving dinner which spent hours in the kitchen…when in reality, it took less time than watching a movie.
  5. Tune into the Macy’s Day Parade-It’s a 100 year iconic annual tradition and will be sure to kick off your Christmas season.
  6. Prep for Christmas a few days before- Sort out the fun parts of decorating saving those to do with family and take care of the not so fun parts BEFORE turkey day official arrives.
  7. Don’t travel- Stay home with a warm cup of coffee and your favorite pair of jammies.  Remember…comfort, not stress.
  8. Get outside- Put on your favorite pair of jeans, a soft hoodie, and go outside. Take a walk, play some street football, or build a bonfire.
  9. Make a list- Although the world has had our share of trials, it’s important to stop and reflect on the things that WERE blessings to us this year, and give thanks for those specific things. “How can we ask the Lord to heal our land from the Corona Virus and restore our Thanksgivings and gatherings to what they used to be when we don’t even stop to thank Him for the good things He HAS allowed for in 2020?”  Every single good thing we have in our lives comes directly from the Lord’s kindness and love towards us.  Show Him you are grateful.
  10. Give back- Life isn’t about how perfectly we carved the turkey or how the mashed potatoes came out just right. This Thanksgiving giving back means more than it ever has. It’s paying it forward without any restrictions, without any boundaries, and without the expectation that we will get anything in return. Buy some stuffed animals and drop them off at a local emergency room.  Make two pans of mac and cheese and give one to the local shelter.  Knock on the door to someone you know is alone and make sure they are taken care of this season. Whatever you choose to do, give back with your children by your side. Show them the heart of gratefulness.  Show them that hope in this world doesn’t depend on what the neighbor down the street is doing. It’s up to us to make the change.

 

Thanksgiving…by the world’s standards, can often be a time of stress from cooking, cleaning, and the pressure to create a bountiful table.  This year, make it a day of simplicity, of ease, of actions that extends far beyond the perimeters of that day.  Lessen the load, can the turkey, and take that time saved to carve some memories instead.  After all, in the words of  Winston Churchhill, “We make a living by what we get. But we make a life by what we give.”

Bread of Life Bible Study Week of 11.29.2020

Join us weekly for a podcast focusing on the Sunday readings based on the Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study and presented by the coauthor, Marie Finn.“There is a famine today that is raging across this great land of ours. There is a deep hunger and thirst for the healing Word of God … With humility, boldness, and energy, we must personally hear the Word, pray the Word, study the Word, proclaim the Word, and live the Word of the Lord Jesus Christ.” (from Introduction for The Bread of Life Bible Study)

Join us weekly for a podcast focusing on the Sunday readings based on the Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study and presented by the coauthor, Marie Finn. Please visit the website: www.StDismasGuild.org for more information and for supplemental materials.

We pray that today maybe a special day in your life as you experience the presence of Jesus Christ among us through this podcast. May the Lord speak to each heart the words He wants us to hear!

Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. We trust that this sharing will help us better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness, and are called to “go and bear fruit, fruit that will last” (John 15:16). Join with us as we come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me. Holy is His Name!

To find out more about Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women, visit us at www.magnificat-ministry.org

 

Prioritizing Your Plan

 A question that is asked in regards to starting a financial plan is “Should I pay off my debt before I start a financial plan?” Over the last several podcasts, we have discussed the building block of a financial plan and the important of protection planning and emergency fund needs. A question that is asked in regards to starting a financial plan is “Should I pay off my debt before I start a financial plan?” That is a great question and one that needs addressed. My opinion is that starting a financial plan by having your protection planning (Life insurance, health insurance, home and auto insurance) is a priority to attacking the debt issue. Creating an aggressive plan to pay off unsecured debt requires one critical point, and that is you are alive to earn the income to eliminate the debt. What happens if you pass away from an accident or illness without protection in place to replace you and your earned income? Now, you are leaving debt and lack of income because you prioritized debt reduction before protection planning. When looking for funds to cerate the foundation of the financial plan and elimination of debt, we must realize that we may have to give up some luxuries such as cable television, eating out frequently, daily Pumpkin Spice Lattes, car payments, and the newest and greatest Apple I-phone. When we look at our budget, many times we can create the necessary means to create the financial plan foundation and attack debt burdens. I understand reduction in many of the luxuries of our materialistic lives isn’t what we want to do, but it may be necessary to be an obedient steward. If you have questions or need a review of your current situation, please feel free to contact us at 888-226-7614. You can visit our website at www.kingdomplanadvisory.com and arrange a personal consultation online. Please do not be embarrassed by your current financial situation. Take control of it!

To have integrity

What does it mean?

Integrity is honesty, strong moral principles and an upstanding character trait. I think it is essential. A person of integrity is someone you can trust to do the right thing and do what they say they will. You can count on them.

What does God say about integrity?

  • Observe the person of integrity and mark the upright; Because there is a future for a man of peace. Ps 37:37
  • I look to the faithful of the land to sit at my side. Whoever follows the way of integrity is the one to enter my service. Ps 101:6
  • The wicked are overthrown by their wickedness, but the just find a refuge in their integrity. Pro 14:32
  • Love righteousness, you who judge the earth; think of the Lord in goodness, and seek him in integrity of heart. Wisdom 1:1
  • Reliable instruction was in his mouth, no perversity was found upon his lips; He walked with me in integrity and uprightness, and turned many away from evil. Malachi 2:6

Each of those verses points to God telling us and showing us that his hope is that we be people of integrity. Are we?

Consistency in behavior

To truly be a person of integrity we are called to act that way no matter who we are with or where we are. We cannot treat certain people one way and then others a different way as it suits us. At times, we may stand alone in the truth. But that is possible because we know the Lord is with us.

This week, choose a verse that helps you to be a person of integrity. Write it out and post it where you can see it. In prayer, ask God to show you how to have greater integrity in your life.

Wednesday Wisdom

Wednesday WisdomEpisode 60–Wednesday Wisdom for November

I’m excited to announce that ‘The Working Woman Radio Show’ is kicking off a new feature of the podcast called ‘Wednesday Wisdom’.

It’s a time when I ask my listeners to give me their feedback about a particular question, and then I read and share the wisdom that they gave me on the show on the third Wednesday of each month.  

The idea behind this new segment is twofold. First, I am always looking for new ways to encourage and inspire my listeners. That’s what this show is all about. 

Secondly, I want to make sure that I’m creating opportunities for my audience to engage with the show and to give meaningful feedback that will help others. 

There is a wealth of knowledge out there and I realize that there is much wisdom with a multitude of counselors. The question for our first ‘Wednesday Wisdom’ segment is this:

 

What word of advice would you give a young woman entering the workforce? 

I asked that question because there are many young women like my daughters who are entering the workforce and who need good sound advice that will help them navigate their way to success. 

I was particularly interested in hearing from women aged 35+ since they have more experience in the workforce, and I am happy and excited to say that I got some really great responses, and as an extra bonus, I threw in some quotes from a few of my favorite celebs,  so I want to go ahead and share them with you, now.

 

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Christian Mysteries of Light

Christian Mysteries What are the Christian mysteries of light? No, this isn't some new-age ideal. This is actually meditation of the active life and ministries of Jesus Christ. It allows us to think about and contemplate the Lord's work on earth. | #Christianpodcast #christianfaith #catholicfaith #luminousmysteries #LifeofJesus #JesusChristThe Luminous Mysteries: Christian Mysteries of Light ~ Episode 32 

What are the Christian mysteries of light? No, this isn’t some new-age ideal. This is actually meditation of the active life and ministries of Jesus Christ. It allows us to think about and contemplate the Lord’s work on earth.

This inspiring book by Father David Tickerhoof, Third Order Regular (TOR), on the role of Merciful Penitents in the Renewal and Reform of the Church

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Some spiritual writers identify the Mysteries of the Rosary as the compendium of the Gospel. Pope John Paul II identified five special events in the public ministry of Jesus as unique mysteries that involved Jesus as the light. He wrote an Apostolic Letter proclaiming these five events as additional mysteries of the Rosary. He believed these five mysteries called the Luminous Mysteries gave monumental evidence of Jesus as the light of the world, focusing on the active ministry of Jesus. Adding the luminous ministries would complete the other three sets or categories of the Rosary, which would then present all four as a unique completion of the full Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Christian Ministries of Light

The four sets of the mysteries of the Rosary are:

The Joyful, the Sorrowful, the Luminous, and the Glorious Mysteries. The Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary are called “mysterious of light” because they shed light on who Jesus Christ is. He brings light into the world and into each soul who believes. Christians understand the whole person of Jesus as light and the fulness of spiritual life; his mission one of light and life. Being light in the world Jesus brings us true freedom through spiritual transformation. Each of these Luminous mysteries emphasizes the unique aspect of the truth of who Jesus is during his public ministry. Each mystery reveals the Kingdom of God present in the person of Jesus who proclaims a call to conversion, and an invitation to enter the Kingdom of God.

I will present in this podcast each individual mystery of light and a brief reflection on each one. The first Luminous Mystery is the Baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan. Jesus in and of himself did not need to go through the baptism of water for his salvation. However, he submitted to the baptism of John receiving the Holy Spirit for the sake of doing his mission. In another place, Jesus tells Nicodemus unless a person is baptized in water and the Holy Spirit he cannot enter the Kingdom of God  This fact is confirmed by the Father when a voice called out “this is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” John and those around saw the Spirit of God like a dove come down and enter Jesus.

The second Mystery is the changing of the water into wine at the wedding feast of Cana. When Mary, the mother of Jesus, realized the great embarrassment of the young bride and groom because they had run out of wine, she mentioned it to Jesus. He immediately put the whole event into a much greater context. That is the moment of inaugurating his divine mission! Mary told the servants to be obedient to what Jesus would tell them. Then Jesus told them to fill six water jars with water. He blessed them and the water was changed into wine. The head steward commended the couple because they had held the best wine until last. In this event, Jesus began his mission by revealing his divine nature and power, and his disciples began to believe in Him. We also might understand this event as the initial revelation of the mystery of the Eucharist.

The third luminous mystery is the Proclamation and Establishment of the Kingdom of God by signs and wonders. This mystery entails all that Jesus said and did in his active ministry. He taught the message of salvation by announcing the teaching of the Gospel, and he confirmed his power and authority by signs and wonders and his victory over Satan and the kingdom of darkness, which he would ratify by his own death and resurrection, and with the Father sending the Holy Spirit for all believers, calling them to life-giving repentance and conversion in order to experience the fulfillment of the life of the Kingdom.

The fourth luminous mystery is the event of the Transfiguration on Mt Tabor. Jesus took Peter, James, and John up the high mountain, and there the Transfiguration of Jesus occurred. He shined with tremendous divine splendor and his garments became as white as snow. Moses representing the law of the Covenant and Elijah representing the prophetic tradition appeared in conversation with Jesus about his death and resurrection. This prophetic experience highlighted par excellence the mystery of the glorious resurrection of Jesus. It announces Christ’s Resurrection, the final magnanimous victory of light over darkness, life over death, and the glorious promise of our own resurrection and the gift of eternal life. Again, at the conclusion the Father spoke in confirmation of the truth, “this is my beloved Son, listen to him.”

The fifth luminous mystery is the institution of the Eucharist. This mystery reveals the permanence and fidelity of God’s love for all of humanity, but especially all believers. Christ, in sacrificial love offers his body and blood, testifying his eternal love for all. The sacramental expression of the Paschal Mystery is a “now” revelation of the Kingdom present in the person of Jesus. “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven…whoever eats this bread will live forever.” (Jn. 6:54-59)

In conclusion, the adding of the Luminous Mysteries to the Joyful, Sorrowful, and Glorious Mysteries makes the corpus of the major mysteries of Christ found in the Gospel more complete. In praying all four sets of the Rosary one opens their heart in order to experience the transforming graces of the major mysteries of Christ in the Gospel. The fruitful result which occurs is a very real and powerful transition from a good normative Christian life to a deep rich mystical union in the grace that loving reveals its own reward in living in union with Jesus through Mary.

May we pray!

We most humbly and graciously thank you Father for the deep heart-felt life of grace you have bestowed on us in living out our life in devotion and love for the spiritual gifts of grace and love which you genero32usly pour out on your beloved sons and daughters. May these precious rewards lead us to share willingly these possibilities with our brothers and sisters. We pray this prayer through the gentle heart of Mary in a grateful relationship to you our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

 

“Soul Shopping Without A Sale”

 I’ve uncovered some real life ways to help you go, “Soul Shopping Without a Sale.”Have you ever asked yourself the question, “Why am I not happy?”  “Why do I feel so sad?”  Have you found that even though you have a good life, a good family, good friends…it feels as if something is missing? So, in the season of shopping, let us think, “What if, for the first time in my life, I started off my Christmas shopping, not in search for the perfect gift but rather in search of my true self?” “Where would I shop?” “Would I stroll the aisles of Oscar de la Renta or would I look for a bargain on the shelves of the Dollar Store?” “How much is my soul really worth?” “What price would I put on finding my identity and character?” “How can I shop for someone else this Christmas season when I don’t even know myself?” This is an ongoing journey and I’ve uncovered some real life ways to help you go, “Soul Shopping Without a Sale.”

  1. Be still- You can’t develop a relationship with yourself when you’re going 90 miles a minute. Regardless of where you’re at…take some time to just BE STILL. You’ll be surprised at what answers become clear.
  2. Notice what puts you in a good mood temporarily and what keeps you there. Stay in tune with your feelings and take note when you experience a warmth in your heart and when you sense your pulse race with anger.
  3. Make a conscience decision to be the person the Lord wants you to be. There is something very liberating about knowing that the path of our existence isn’t left into just our hands. Ask Him to help you find who you are in God…not who you are in the world.
  4. Understand that this life is just a big classroom and that we are here to learn. The truth is we are NOT defined by our failures and when we look at our lives knowing we are here on this earth to learn, it changes our perspective on everything.  In the words of Dr. Maya Angelou,  “Do the best you can until you know better.  Then when you know better, do better.”
  5. Go on a date with yourself. After 3 dates, I promise you…you’ll understand what I’m saying. Just like getting to know a person in a new relationship, going on a date with yourself will unlock barriers you never knew existed within yourself.
  6. Make your “Yes” strong and your “No” even stronger. Have the courage to not allow the “No” to even enter your space. It will be difficult at first but after you feel what it’s like to stand up for something small,  it gets easier to stand up for something big.  Acknowledge what is your poison and what brings you life.
  7. Remember who you were! Remember what you loved once. Allow yourself to appreciate what past experiences have taught you or helped shape you into the person you are today.  Part of losing ourselves, is recognizing that somewhere along our lives, we started listening to others on what our preferences SHOULD be instead of staying strong to what WE originally loved in the first place. So… If you still have the shoebox with keepsakes from the past, get it out… and take yourself on a journey to remember what you USED to love once ago.
  8. Don’t equate your success with your identity. American Author, Father Richard Rohr says that “Success is hardly ever your true self, only your early window dressing.  It gives you some momentum for the journey, but it is never the real goal.  Soul expanding is what makes our character but it doesn’t happen in the good times.  Our souls expand when we are faced with adversity and disappointment.
  9. Stop being the victim.  When we have a mindset that the world is out to get us then our true identity gets masked.  It’s such a waste of energy to think that others need to be DEmoted in order for us to be PROmoted and anytime you are in that space you are operating from a false self. To me, self-identity isn’t the reflection we’ve manufactured, it’s the raw existence of something which was already there.
  10.  Accept the journey. Be open to wanting to seek who you really are and embrace that it’s NOT going to happen in a day.

 

With being on the brink of holiday shopping season, don’t make it a season of crowded stores, of late night bargain hunting, of exasperated discoveries all with one single purpose… to find the perfect gift.  I challenge you with this question once again, “How can you shop for someone when you don’t even know yourself?”  This is a journey that you can’t achieve by frantic last minute shopping.  It’s not a journey where coupons can be cut, bargains could be made, and negotiations could be considered. It is a voyage to self-discovery that begins with times of stillness, that travels through conscience inner awareness, and embarks with a complete willingness to spend the time to go “Soul Shopping Without A Sale.”

Emergency Fund

An emergency fund is the 2nd building block of a financial plan and is critical to have in place for a myriad of reasons.An emergency fund is an often discussed topic among financial planners and consultants. An emergency fund is the 2nd building block of a financial plan and is critical to have in place for a myriad of reasons. Many planners advise that 6 months of income is an adequate amount of funds to set aside for emergencies. I believe that the amount depends on your circumstances. If you are a small business owner, then your emergency fund may need to be larger to bridge you through things such as non-essential business closures. I would suggest for the average family, a minimum of two months of income set aside for emergencies such as home, auto, and medical issues. You must realize, even with a good insurance program in place, the average claim is paid in 60 days. Your family will need access to funds while the death claim is being processed. You do not want you family cashing in IRAs and 401ks to survive while waiting on insurance proceeds. An emergency fund must be liquid and accessible. Do not categorize your retirement assets as emergency funds. Even qualified funds require distribution request and may incur early withdraw penalties and taxes. I suggest emergency funds be held in a checking, savings, money market, or 30 day CD. I believe emergency funds are assets that you can get your hands on with 24-48 hrs. You must be obedient to your financial plan and possibly need to change your budget to create the emergency fund as quickly as possible. Once the emergency plan is in place, avoid using the funds for anything other than emergencies and review your current needs frequently to make sure that your emergency fund requirements are adequate at all times.

The Doctor

Shauna takes us through her latest adventure at the doctor’s office.Shauna has been out or range for two weeks and we are going to see just what she’s been up to. It’s not easy being middle age especially for high-risk people. Join us for the ride that won’t end.

Shauna takes us through her latest adventure at the doctor’s office. There is no easy way to tell someone they’re dying, but Shauna has managed to hear it from more doctors than she can count. Never to be out done, we walk through the weave of the story that was her latest opportunity for growth, a growth?

We also get a break down of the word toxic. What is toxic and why is everything toxic? Shauna also tells us what the secret ingredient is in all water everywhere. Don’t miss out of this never to be taken seriously medical advice.

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Thanksgiving and Trust

Thanksgiving and Trust | When we give to God all that we have, we will find ourselves filled with thanksgiving and trust that all things work for good for those that love and serve the Lord. Romans 8:28 | #podcast #christianpodcast #Christianfaith #thanksgiving #praisingGod #faith #faithandfamilyThanksgiving and Trust – Episode 163

When we give to God all that we have, we will find ourselves filled with thanksgiving and trust that all things work for good for those that love and serve the Lord. Romans 8:28 – of course, this is a paraphrase of the scripture in the Holy Bible, but nonetheless, it is a scripture that speaks to my heart.

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Thanksgiving and Faith 

 

Years ago I began keeping a prayer journal, but this one had a twist. Instead of a prayer request journal that I’ve had for many years, this one contained something different. In my prayer journal, I would petition God and put my laundry list of needs down many of them heartfelt and many of them answered prayer However when I began this other journal it was at a time that was actually a very low point in my life and I realized that I was focusing on what I considered the insurmountable problems in my life. Instead, when I prayed I felt a strong sense that I needed to be thankful.
Why did I need to be thankful? Because I had nothing or I thought I had nothing to be thankful for. So many things were going wrong in my life and they were disrupting my trust in prayer. What were these things? They were a mix, some included health issues with members of my family, financial issues, and of course many things breaking down that were costly within our home. So many issues in such a short amount of time and I felt they were all insurmountable. What happens when you feel like you are in the “debts of despair” to borrow a phrase of one of my favorite movies, Anne of Green Gables. Well, when you feel like that you can be sure that it does not come from God.
So, it is time to pray and change the way you pray — at least that is what I did, and truly it helped me to praise God with heartfelt thanksgiving and trust came right alongside this decision. One of the first times of awareness of what I should be thankful for was on my way to Mass one morning. I remember driving in my car on one exceptionally beautiful day and marveling at the beauty of the sky. Living in Southwest Florida we have flatlands and a big sky. And I realized at that point in time that some of the most beautiful things that I should be thankful for were free!
Do you think that only money or security in someone or something can bring you the peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7)? No. That is not how it works. While we need finances to get along in this world, financial security is NOT what we need to be happy. I know some very wealthy people who are some of the most miserable people in the world. We’ve heard the saying that money does not buy happiness. However, if you don’t have money that is a very hard concept to buy into. No pun intended!
So fast forward why should we be thankful? Why should there be praise and worship on our lips, because we have been made to love and to serve the Lord and if you’re not a Christian this is such a foreign concept. We think in our humanness that we should love and serve our families our friends and even our fellow man, but for many, an obscure God that very rarely answers our prayers even when the prayers are sincere and heartfelt seems like a far off concept. But it’s not.
So many things are happening in our world today and I believe that many of these things are a result of mankind turning our backs on God. Many self-sufficient people feel they don’t need a Lord because they can rely on hard work, or their jobs, or their family. We truly are creatures of comfort, and anything that is outside of our comfort zone is something we dislike. Extremely dislike. What is outside of your comfort zone when it comes to faith?  Is it standing up for your faith? Is it wearing a cross or some other type of Christian jewelry? Is it a pro-life sticker on your car or license plate?
You won’t know which direction to take if you are not … do you know what I am going to say? It has something to do with spending time with God… that is right! It is time to spend a few minutes with God, in prayer, and in quiet. Many of us do not have that sense of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Recently I heard a talk from a charismatic Catholic priest who also added that he was a conservative and then he jokingly said, “wrap your mind around that one.” He talked about how he was astounded that at one time the charismatic renewal was everywhere and people had a renewed sense of faith. And he wondered about where this infilling of the Holy Spirit was now, and how so many of us were drifting and appeared lost. We have lost our sense of the holiness of God and that connection to God. God requires nothing of us other than being open to his will. Being the wonderful father that He is, He wants what is best for each one of us. We are reminded that God will provide for all of our needs in Matthew 6:26: “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.”
Are you not much more valuable than the birds, the Word of God asks? So what do you have to be thankful for? Has the enemy robbed you of your peace of mind? Do you have a sense of hopelessness? Well, today is the last day of any of that.
Today is the first day of a renewed sense that God is in control. Today is the day to make a choice of good over evil. Today is the day to decide to find something to thank God for each and every day, multiple times a day how about that for a novel idea? We can begin our days with praise and Thanksgiving or we can begin days with heaviness which will you choose? The choice is really yours. We are given free will we are given choices:
1. You have the choice to be sad to be despondent and to focus on everything in your life that is falling apart. Once we do that even for a brief second time our minds to be taken over by doubts and insecurities. Remember God is in the now for us God is in the present. When we worry about things in the future when we worry about things that we cannot control when we worry about things that are insurmountable in our own minds we are setting ourselves up for failure.
2. The second choice is to choose to praise God in thanksgiving we lift up our voices. If you sing, sing your favorite hymn or praise and worship song–what will it be? What do you have to be thankful for? The air that you breathe, the fact that you have food to eat today, shelter, and people, like me who pray for you and with you each and every week during these broadcasts!
When we are thankful we allow the Lord to work in our lives and then we will see that we have trust in the outcome no matter what happens. Did you hear that? We will have trust in the outcome no matter what happens. Either good is good and bad is bad and God is in control. If we do not feel like God is in control then we need to make a decision and in prayer give our will to God. It is a simple prayer that I taught you in a past broadcast: Knowing God’s Will

God, I give you my will. Please give me your will. Thy kingdom comes thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. The ending of that prayer is the Lord’s prayer that Jesus gave us when he was asked, how we should pray. If we give our Lord the will we have we are going to be in union with him and then, what happens? Miracles!

Which will you choose today? The choice is up to you. Let today be the last day of feeling despondent and the first day of praise and thanksgiving and what will come next? That’s right trust in the Lord.
Let’s pray:
Oh Lord, I praise you and I thank you and in praise and thanksgiving, I ask you to give me an infilling of the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity. Before you rose into heaven you said you would not leave us alone, but send us your Spirit. I ask for this in a deeper way today. Please fill my heart with the joy and love that only comes from you. Allow this to overflow into everything that I do. I ask You to help me with all that I have to do in my every day, the details Lord but allow me to see the big picture.  I am not too proud to pray, to be aware of all the things I should thank You for and I ask that you show me the things that I should be thankful for in my life. Help me to begin each day with the words of praise and worship on my lips and I ask this in Jesus’ Name. I also offer up prayers and petitions for those in my life, but Lord I need prayer for myself as well. There are many injustices in this world my God and I have no control over these things so I give them up to you. And I praise you and I thank you for all that is good and holy, and I pray this in Jesus’ Name. Amen!

Determining Need

Life insurance is the building block of a financial plan.Life insurance is the building block of a financial plan. Life insurance allows a financial plan to be self-completing if you fail to survive until the goals of your plan are met. Determining the amount of life insurance need is an exact science. You can discover the number by answering an in-depth series of questions. The first number needed in the equation is current debt. Add you mortgage, car loans, student loans, and credit cards to find this number. The second question to be answered is the amount of funds needed to replace your income. I use the number of 5%. For example; if I made 50,000 annually, I would need 1M dollars invested at 5% to replace my income. The third question to be answered are financial goals. These goals can include sending your children or grandchildren to college. As obedient stewards, I recommend we leave funds to the Kingdom at our passing as well. Lastly, the actual cost of burial. A number often used is 15k. By answering these questions, a person a make a good determination of the amount of insurance needed to replace them. We can never be replaced as a spouse, father or mother from an emotional standpoint, but leaving your survivors without adequate funds to carry on with their life and the goals you made together can be devastating. Once you have determined the need, solving the need can be done in several ways by laddering term insurance. Often, the needs carry a different time frame. By structuring term insurance based on the length of years the need is present can save you money that can be used within the financial plan in other areas such as creating an emergency fund, retirement funds, or being aggressive in eliminating current debt.

The desire to please God

Why Pray

I pray to keep focused. I pray to remind myself that I am not alone. I pray to ask for guidance. And sometimes I pray for direction. Who am I kidding, I pray for that reason lots!

This prayer from Thomas Merton has been in my prayer box for quite some time. Some call it the Prayer of Surrender others of Abandonment. Either way, it is about the idea that while we want very much to do God’s will we don;t always know we are and it’s okay. Our desire, our intention matters. And God knows our intention always.

The Prayer

My Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going
I do not see the road ahead of me
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think that I am following your will
does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you
and I hope I have that desire in all I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this, you will lead me on the right road
though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore, will I trust you always.
Though I may seem to be lost
and in the shadow of death,
I will not fear, for you are ever with me
and you will never leave me to face my struggles alone. Amen.

(Thomas Merton-Trappist Monk)

the not lukewarm challenge

 

This week, pray this prayer as you begin each day. Allow it to comfort and guide you.

 

 

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Victory Over The Spirit of Fear

Victory Over The Spirit of FearLucia takes a pause from her series on the power of the Blood of Jesus this week and addresses something that many people are dealing with in today’s culture and that is the spirit of fear.

Join Lucia as she shares that you have the authority to walk in Victory Over a Spirit of Fear and you can enforce Satan’s defeat to live a victorious life.

Because faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God, Lucia shares several Bible verses to build your faith to overcome the spirit of fear so you can walk in victory in everyday of your life!

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Lucia references 1 Samuel 17 and the story of David and Goliath as she compares this example of God’s power to fight your battles for you as you step out in faith to do what God has told you to do.

Whatever Satan is bringing against you today to defeat you, you can apply the Blood of Jesus and use the words of your testimony to enforce his defeat in your life because you not only have a covenant of provision and a covenant of protection; God has already given you His Peace!  Jesus is the Prince of Peace and as you call Him your peace, peace will manifest in your heart and in your home.

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Be A Super Senior

Be a Super SeniorEpisode 59–Be A Super Senior

 

Growing old and dealing with all of the changes that come with that can be a difficult process. Dr. Lois Ricci, a gerontology specialist, talks about some of the common challenges that senior women face as they age, and how to overcome them and become a super senior.

Dr. Ricci believes that living your best life is a matter of choice.

She shares how menopause, although sometimes difficult, is a natural passage from one stage of life to another, and she encourages women to use this time to reinvent themselves.

She shares what can a senior who may be experiencing some low-grade depression can do to get motivated.

Dr. Ricci also talks about the role physical activity plays in being a super senior and she gives other practical tips on how women can stay viable as they age.

 

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More About Dr. Lois Ricci

Dr. Lois Ricci is a longtime resident of Tucker, where she chairs the Tucker Civic Association’s Lifelong Community Committee. She serves as an adjunct faculty member at both Kennesaw State University where she teaches gerontology courses and the Professional Development in Gerontology Certificate Class. 

Her column “Age-Friendly Tucker” featured in the ‘Our Town DeKalb’ magazine discusses the city’s commitment to its age-friendly designation by the World Health Organization and the challenges and issues around that. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tax Efficient Estate Planning

Tax Efficient Estate PlanningTax Efficient Estate Planning – Life insurance is an instrumental piece of a financial plan for a myriad of reasons. One characteristic of life insurance is that the death benefit is tax free to the named beneficiaries under normal circumstances. A majority of assets held in the United States today are held within qualified accounts, such as 401ks, IRAs, 457 and 403B plans. These qualified accounts are taxable upon distribution to your spouse, children, and other people. You can pass a qualified account to a spouse without creating a taxable event until the surviving spouse takes distributions. Non-spouse beneficiaries are required to drain the qualified account within 10 years.  Life insurance creates an estate of tax free funds without the taxation burden. By utilizing tax efficient estate planning, a person can blend the taxable and non-taxable estate. This tax efficient planning is a wonderful opportunity to include the Kingdom in your estate planning.

Scripture states in Psalm 24:1 that “The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains. The world, and those who dwell in it”. We are stewards of God’s assets throughout our lifetime, including at our death. It is standard practice that people leave their assets to their family at death without regard to “ownership” and taxation.

Currently, a person can name a non-profit organization as a beneficiary of their qualified accounts without it being a taxable event to the charitable entity. A wise person should review their current beneficiary designations, life insurance plans, and their obedience to the Kingdom regarding their estate planning.

You Must Always Come to Me

You Must Always Come to MeToday we present an excerpt from the book Fr. Kevin’s Korner. The article is entitled You Must Always Come to Me and tells of a personal encounter with Jesus and His saints.

Fr. Kevin’s words of wit and wisdom were originally shared as articles written for the Magnificat Newsletter during the 16 years he served as Magnificat’s Spiritual Advisor. Fr. Kevin went home to the Lord in 2018. His meditation is read for us today by Tom Green.

Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. Through the Magnificat Podcast, we can come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me and holy is His Name!

Fr. Kevin’s Korner is available in hard copy or eBook through Amazon.  Visit us at www.magnificat-ministry.org to find out more about Magnificat!

 

Homeschooling in a Crunch

Homeschooling in a CrunchWith school in full swing and so much as stake, you may have found your family making the decision to homeschool, instead of choosing the traditional path for your child. As a teacher myself, I know the intense work it takes to properly educate a child.  I also know that unless you work in that environment, it may be overwhelming to take on the challenge of teaching your children at home.  I’m here to tell you…DO NOT FEAR!!!  It truly IS going to be ok!

Here’s my top ten ways to help you homeschool in a crunch!

  1. Create a schedule. Children thrive on routines as it provides security and a sense of safety and puts them in the right state of mind. Helpful Hint #1: Make the schedule WITH your child and hang it up.  Encourage them to keep track of the times so that they take control of their own day.
  2. Set up a work space. It doesn’t  have to be fancy but it does need to be a comfortable area that they identify as their work space. If you’re homeschooling more than one child, try facing them away from each other so that they keep their focus on their own work. Helpful hint #2:  If you want your child to really be excited about their “new adventure,” then give them a say of what else should go in there.  Example, let them pick out a special lamp or a cool chair to sit at in their work space.  If you give your child some choice and voice in the planning of this space, they will develop a sense of ownership and will be more inclined to work harder. 
  3. Don’t forget physical activity and the arts!  Researchers say that students who receive an education in the arts develop better brain structures in memory, learning and attention; develop fine motor skills, and demonstrate better language development.  So don’t forget outside play, time listening to music, and exposure to viewing and creating art.
  4. Keep it fresh! Incorporate hands-on learning and make their learning relate to their life. Helpful hint #3, The first step in getting your child to WANT to learn is by making it exciting to them.
  5. Pencil in brain breaks!- Small breaks to get up and move around actually increases children’s focus and helps them stay engaged in their schoolwork. Helpful hint #4,  Keep them around 1-3 minutes long and pencil them in BEFORE your child reaches that frustration level.
  6. Know your child and know yourself- Take into consideration what works for not only your child, but you as the instructor. Remember, this is a time where your “mom hat” is momentarily put aside and your “teacher hat” comes alive.  Look at BOTH the student and whoever is going to be the homeschool teacher because just like it takes two to tango…it takes two to homeschool as well.
  7. Be Flexible! Things are going to happen and situations are going to come up.  When it does, acknowledge it, take a moment to breathe, and then continue on.  Where your focus goes, your energy follows.  Helpful hint #5,  Don’t put a lot of reaction to what you can’t change. Little minds are watching you.  Show them how they can tackle a problem…not make it bigger.
  8. Go with the “flow”- Flow is when students are completely immersed in what they are learning, happy, focused, and moving from task to task in a seamless worry-free state. Helpful hint #6, Part of creating a learning “experience” instead of a learning “environment” is to take a concept you’re trying to teach and make it their own.
  9. Prepare your supplies! Set up their workspace so that they have everything in one place. This life skill will go far as you are teaching how organization can reduce anxiety and can better prepare them for the future. Helpful hint #7, Have everything you’re going to need for the activities that day ready before you go to bed the night before. 
  10. Set goals and celebrate! If a child doesn’t decide where he’s going, he won’t know when he’s arrived.  Goals are necessary because it lays down the road we’re wanting and gives us the picture needed to envision the finish line. Helpful hint #8, Help your child come up with 3 goals for the week.  Helpful hint #9, Celebrate them when accomplished!!!

If the Lord has called you to homeschool your child, be confident that He will provide you with what you need.  Change can be tough, but you are tougher.  Uncertainty is strong, but you are stronger. The love you have for your child is great, but remember…the love the Lord has for His children is by far greater. Helpful hint #10, A quote from Harold B. Lee…”The most important work you will ever do will be within the walls of your own home.”

Special Replay: Thankful All The Time

 Don’t you wish we could be thankful all the time? Especially in this time of joy sometimes we can’t see because we are covered with the business of every day. In this episode, we will discuss ways to keep thankfulness at the forefront of each day. | #ChristianPodcast #podcast Thankful All The Time – Special Replay

Don’t you wish we could be thankful all the time? Especially in this time of joy sometimes we can’t see because we are covered with the business of every day. In this episode, we will discuss ways to keep thankfulness at the forefront of each day.

Colossians 3:15Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

Can we be called to peace and thankfulness – of course, Scripture command it but without the love and providence of Almighty God we can’t do it alone. If only we have time, right? It is always about time. It is the one thing people say to me over and over again.

  1. I have not time to pray.
  2. I have no time to listen to podcasts.
  3. I have no time – no time – no time.

In fact, I bought into the no-time lie for so many years that I am not a time hoarder – I hate to waste time! I am serious about this – but God has shown me that HIS ways are so much greater than my ways.

I thought that someday when my kids were grown I’d have so much time. You know I use to worry that I would be lonely, and I would have nothing to do – whatever would I do if I wasn’t being a mom to five and helping my husband with his business as well as working on mine – in my spare time? Well, fast forward and I’m here! I’m in an almost-empty-nester home and have so many projects underway that I forget the main thing I want to focus on this time of the year and that is being thankful, not only each day but all the time.

Why? Because it reminds me that my heritage is not here on earth but above. I am reminded that when I am weak He is strong. I am nothing without God in my life. Nothing, not even chocolate makes me happy the way God does! I have a glass paperweight that says “We do not know what the future holds, but we do know Who holds the future.”

Who holds your future? Is it your accomplishments? Is it the people you love in your life, your family? Your friends? The future is not only now and if we can think “be thankful all the time” even in the midst of hardship, but we do have a slice of heaven with us each day. How do we grow for the better? Usually, it is after overcoming a hardship in our life. We can have a wonderful testimony at the end and always point to God. In fact, have you ever looked back to a particularly difficult time in your life and seen the hand of God? I have and then I’m sad that I was not more thankful for the situation.

I’m reminded of this wonderful scripture – Hebrews 12:28  Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe

The song 10,000 Reasons, “Bless the Lord oh, my soul, worship His Holy Name.”

When we play praise and worship music it is easier to be reminded of the ways we should be thankful all the time.

Sometimes we just need to write the ways we are thankful.

  1. I am so thankful for you my, God.
  2. I am so thankful for the family you have gifted me with.
  3. I am so thankful for my Christian friends.
  4. I am so thankful for my non-Christian friends because you have put them in my life for your Divine purpose – not mine!
  5. I am so thankful for the air I breathe, for the day you’ve given me, for the way you love me, for the grace you’ve given me for continuing each and every day.
  6. Add your own ways to be thankful!

Funny story – I’ve always avoided exercise and I married a man who was not only a stellar and decorated athlete – but he was a Physical Education major and my children are almost all athletic. Why avoid exercise – oh, we don’t have enough time for me to share all the reasons. But, what am I most thankful for now – the fact that my husband purchased a treadmill for me! Yes, I am making the time for walking each and every day and I have used this time to pray – to listen to podcasts and to read, all while walking in my own home.

Who would have thought! Friends, the strangest things happen in life – and they are mostly wonderful! So, I praise God for the gift of time to walk each day.

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Let’s pray:

Dear Lord Jesus, I worship you and I love you – You have given me a spirit that is not timid – a spirt that give us power, love and self-discipline and I chose you Lord – 1000x a day I chose You! I come just as I am and you know all of my faults, I come to you with an open heart – I come asking for the spirit to be thankful all the time and joyous! I ask you, Lord, to bless those I pray for now … and I thank you, my God, for all the wonderful blessings ahead of time because you are an awesome and righteous God! I praise you and I thank you, Amen!

A Buy and Sell Agreement

A buy and sell agreement is a legally binding contract that stipulates how a partner's share of a business may be reassigned if that partner dies or otherwise leaves the business. Concerning discussions regarding uses of Life Insurance, we need to look at life insurance as a tool that uses leverage to accomplish a task. One of these uses addresses eliminating a potential problem with people who are partners or co-owners of a business. What happens when one owner passes away? What happens to their share of the business? Life Insurance can be used to provide a remedy for this issue by providing financial funds for a Buy-Sell agreement.

What Is a Buy and Sell Agreement?

A buy and sell agreement is a legally binding contract that stipulates how a partner’s share of a business may be reassigned if that partner dies or otherwise leaves the business. Most often, these agreements stipulate that the available share be sold to the remaining partners or to the partnership.

The buy and sell agreement is also known as a buy-sell agreement, a buyout agreement, a business will, or a business prenup.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • Buy and sell agreements stipulate how a partner’s share of a business may be transferred in the event of the partner’s death or departure.
  • They may also establish a method for determining the value of a business.
  • The two most-common buy and sell agreements are cross-purchase, and redemption; some agreements will combine the two.
  • Cross-purchase agreements allow remaining owners to buy the interests of a deceased or selling owner.
  • Redemption agreements require the business entity to buy the interests of the selling owner.

Buy and sell agreements are commonly used by sole proprietorships, partnerships, and closed corporations in an attempt to smooth transitions in ownership when each partner dies, retires, or decides to exit the business.

The buy and sell agreement requires that the business share be sold to the company or the remaining members of the business according to a predetermined formula.

In the case of the death of a partner, the estate must agree to sell.

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Humility is not easy

Foundational Virtue

Humility is the virtue on which all others are built.  CS Lewis said this, “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.” We are not being asked to not think of ourselves at all, but to not forget others.

For many people, it is difficult to let go of the need to be right, have the last word or let others know how great they are. Can we look instead at the model of Jesus?

Christ did not deem equality

So beings the beautiful Christological hymn from St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians. In chapter 2, verses 5-11 he tells us that though Jesus is the Son of God he was still obedient, even to death – for us.  And because of his humility, God exalts him.

Here is the entire hymn:

“Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus,Who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, ecoming obedient to death, even death on a cross. Because of this, God greatly  exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Phillipians 2:5-11

Jesus had humility

I think about that when I am prone to a lack of humility. I don’t have to have the last word; I don’t know everything; let someone else do it their way. It is better to wait to be asked your thoughts than to give them all the time. We know these things, and yet, we struggle. Maybe we are tired or overwhelmed and little things get to us more easily than usual. Let things go that are not harmful to you or others. And when it’s hard, come back to these verses. Because if Jesus did it, he will give you the grace and strength to do it, ask him.

Each day, pray these verses and ask Jesus to help you have humility in your interactions with others.

Create More Margin

Episode 58–Create More Margin

 

Are you looking for ways to create more margin in your life?

The Working Woman Radio Show invited Angela Paul, a wife and mother, teacher, and business owner back to the studio to talk about how to create margin in your schedule, with your finances, and in your relationships.

Mrs. Paul talks about why it’s important not to fill up every moment.

She shares some practical things that we can do to create manage our daily/weekly schedules.

Angela also explains the role boundaries play in creating margins in our relationships. Finally, she shares how living proactively instead of reactively can help to create more margin in our lives.

 

 

 

 

 

More About Angela Paul

Angela is the Chief Operating Officer of Math Plus Educational Services and has tutored and taught math and science for over 30 years. She was educated at MIT and Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) where she obtained a master’s degree in chemical engineering. 

She has taught at both the secondary and collegiate levels and as the founder and former director of the Northeast Independent Preparatory Academy, she has been instrumental in helping homeschooled students get into college for almost 20 years. Angela is also a wife and mother of four adult children and the grandmother of four.

 

 

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Thanksgiving and Faith

Thanksgiving and Faith | Thanksgiving and faith go hand in hand even when our faith is always being tested by the forces of this world. Even if everything in your life is going well, or as well as can be expected. | #podcast #christianpodcastThanksgiving and Faith Episode 162

Thanksgiving and faith go hand in hand even when our faith is always being tested by the forces of this world. Even if everything in your life is going well, or as well as can be expected, it is as if we have one eye looking in the rearview mirror just waiting for something to happen. Maybe, however you are an optimist and you look at things as being in God’s hands, a very good place to be… and for us as Christians there is a very simple lesson and that is to get our priorities in the right place.

Where are your priorities? Your family, your immediate needs, maybe you are struggling with an illness and your priority is to get better. We must get our priorities straight and that includes thanking God in all things, having faith when faith seems distant, and looking at our lives as a temporary place yet, somewhere the Lord wants us right now.

Do you remember, some time ago (for those of you who have listened for a while) I did a show on being in the present moment? When our peace is robbed, it is because we are looking too far in the future. Today, focus on today. And, as you are focusing on today—what are you thankful for. As I record this it is a time of difficulty as well as the holidays around the corner. And truthfully, many people might feel like there is not much to be thankful for…however, that is never true. As disciples of Christ, we have so much to be thankful for!

Gratitude is something that is innate for some people, it comes naturally—yet, for others it is difficult. Being grateful means we see the little things, the things often overlooked by others. We see the it in the sunset, in the time with family or friends. We see it in the ability to go to church and praise God. Without gratitude, we have no hope. Without hope we have no future. Where is our hope? It is with the Almighty.

Lately, the news has been dire. And when you listen to the news you hear doom and gloom, yet when you open the Bible, the Word of God is encouraging for those who love and follow the Lord and His commands. Remember the children’s song, based on scripture? This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad? Psalm 118:24 says, The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad. But what about verse 25? Lord, save us! Lord, grant us success!

Remember success varies, and what you consider success is not what I consider success. For some success translates into money earned, and for others, success is in the smile of a child or a sunset or sunrise. Thanksgiving doesn’t depend on success. Thanksgiving takes a conscious effort of determining that you will be thankful…why? Why not? What is it in your life that you can praise God for, and mean it? Take some time to think about this. I see people post things on social media that show a sense of hopelessness. There is a sense that things are all bad and there is no redemption, but those people have not only lost a sense of hope and dare I say, faith. If we have faith—the faith that surpasses all understanding we have hope. And, if we have hope – we are thankful.

Why is it that it is easy to list all the things that upset you? If I gave you five minutes to list all your grievances you could probably fill a sheet of paper, but if I asked you to list all the ways you are thankful and have hope, what would your paper say? The enemy does not want us to have hope and he has robbed a society glued to social media and television of hope. Do you have the weight of the world on your shoulders? Do you feel defeated? Think about this:

Here is what we know.

  1. God is the victor, and to Him goes the glory and honor.
  2. You are a child of God. Remember that.
  3. Unite your will to God’s every day – Lord I give you my will, please give me your will. Thy kingdom come thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
  4. In God there is hope. Never forget that.
  5. The battle is not for us to fight, but the battle is for us to prepare for (Ephesians 6:10-18- put on the armor of Christ: –because once again the battle has been won. Let me remind you what this amazing scripture says:

Ephesians 6:10-18

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The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

How can we be vigilant? By praying dear friends, praying to our Lord because only God and God alone can change our hearts from being burdened to overflowing with Thanksgiving and hope!

Let’s pray.

Dear heavenly Father, I praise you and I thank you for everything. For the sun, the moon, and the stars, for the mornings and the evenings. For giving me the breath each and every day to not only survive but to thrive and to praise YOU who are worthy of my praise. I love you my God and I thank you, only YOU are victorious against the enemy and I thank God the Father for sending His only son that we can not only be saved but to be healed and to be joyful and hopeful people. Dear Lord, I pray for the following needs:   And I pray this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall”

Self-worth is the value you set for yourself, the belief that you ARE good enough, that YOU matter. It’s a core part of who you are that doesn’t change with the wind.  Having a solid Self-Worth is paramount in our lives because if we don’t think we are good enough, we will end up destroying opportunities and blessings that could’ve been ours to enjoy.

Here’s my Top 10 ways to raise the bar of your self-worth to what it should be!!!

  1. Know your “why?” Remember your “why” can be either dynamical or destructive, depending on the road you take.  YOU get to choose your path.  Make your why reasons which create a purpose of a happy, healthy   This will improve YOUR life and well-being. Remember, there’s usually not a problem knowing your what.  Don’t forget to refocus your why.
  2. Teach the new generation. Teach the younger ones how to have self-confidence and dignity.  Show them that the bar of how they are treated begins with the bar they set for themselves.
  3. Be careful what you wish for. If you are always wishing you were like someone else or had what they had you will miss what the Lord had planned for YOU! “If outside validation is your only source of nourishment, you will be hungry for the rest of your life.” (quote from @hellooctober.com) Be confident that the Lord’s intention for your life is better than anything you THINK the other person’s life contains.
  4. Flatter yourself There are SO many talents within EACH of us! Take the time to discover what makes you special and do MORE of what flatters YOU!  “When you learn how much you’re worth, you’ll stop giving people discounts.” (quote from Nelsonmillardspeaks.com)
  5. Set realistic goals. When you set a dream so high that it’s near impossible to attain, you’re often left with a feeling of frustration which will most likely lead you to quit. Perfectionism is a real issue and one that is both toxic and destructive to your mind and self-worth.  If God puts the dream in your heart, then He will give you what you need to achieve it.
  6. Discover yourself! Think about who you really want to be and pursue those interests.  Try different foods, movies, activities and see which ones you like and don’t like.  The world is SO full of wonderful things.  Go on an Adventure with yourself and discover what makes you…YOU!
  7. Create a vision board of YOUR journey. When you can visualize what you want for your life and put it down on paper, what you’ve done is you’ve now created a road map for your journey.
  8. Two words…self-compassion! Give yourself permission to fall flat on your face so that you can show yourself compassion when getting back up.  Trials bring endurance and endurance develops strength in character.  By having strength in character you become a better person and someone who is strong in the Lord.  By becoming strong in the Lord your faith will grow leaps and bounds. NOTHING is impossible with the Lord’s hand on you and HE WILL SHOWER you with HIS compassion and open doors you couldn’t even BEGIN to imagine!
  9. Silence your inner critic and be positive! To live a positive blessed life you MUST speak positive words.  Believe that you are valuable because YOU ARE!
  10. Give back and it will be given to you! The Lord says “Give, and it will be given to you.  Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap.  For with the measure you use it will be MEASURED BACK TO YOU!”  It’s when we try and hold onto what belongs to us…our possessions, our money, even our time, that we are left feeling shallow, empty, and unworthy.

Finding your self-worth is a journey that starts and ends with YOU!  So stop worrying about what everyone else thinks.  Take the first step on the path of self-discovery and find what makes YOU happy. Once you discover that you will finally be able to say, “Mirror, mirror, on the wall…” YOU don’t determine who’s fairest of all!”

From Fr. Kevin’s Korner

Today we present an excerpt from the book Fr. Kevin’s Korner.Today we present an excerpt from the book Fr. Kevin’s Korner. The article is entitled Christ in His Word. What exactly is the Living Word of God? When does the written word in the gospels become a Living Word?  Fr. Kevin’s words of wit and wisdom were originally shared as articles written for the Magnificat Newsletter during the 16 years he served as Magnificat’s Spiritual Advisor. Fr. Kevin went home to the Lord in 2018. His meditation is read for us today by Tom Green.  Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. Through the Magnificat Podcast, we can come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me and holy is His Name!

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Ingredients and Applying the Blood of Jesus

Applying the blood of Jesus.Lucia continues her series on the power of the Blood of Jesus as she shares what is in the Blood and how to apply the Blood of Jesus so you can enforce Satan’s defeat and live a victorious life.

Some of the benefits the Blood of Jesus paid the price for us to receive is: Total salvation, total deliverance. Total righteousness, forgiveness, mercy, grace, redemption, restoration, sanctification, healing, victory, blessing, boldness, prosperity, and resurrection power is available to us because of the Blood of Jesus!

Thank you to our sponsor for this podcast, the Mindset for Victorious Living Audio & Video Series, at Lucia Claborn.com.This resource is power packed with speakers who have learned to set their minds to overcome challenges so they can live a victorious life! They will build your faith to renew your mind regarding beginning again, the power of your confessions, starting over, hearing God’s voice all the time, prosperity, meeting Him in the moring, and much more so you can walk in victory!  Be sure to get your set now by visiting the link below. Lucia Claborn.com is providing resources to build your faith, teach you who you are in Christ, and what belongs to you according to the Word of God so you can enforce Satan’s defeat in your life!

In Romans 3:21 Paul says, “But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago.”  God made us righteous – or in right standing with Father God – by the shed Blood of Jesus and not by the works we do. Isaiah 32:17 says, And this righteousness will bring peace. Yes, it will bring quietness and confidence forever.”

When you apply the Blood of Jesus to your life with your faith, it will not only put the devil on the run, but it will also stop him from stealing from you and you can get your stuff back.  The Blood of Jesus defeated Satan once and for all and when we apply the Blood of Jesus to your life, it enforces his defeat.

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Types of Life Insurance

In today’s podcast, we discuss the 3 types of Life Insurance.In today’s podcast, we discuss the 3 types of Life Insurance.

Term life insurance or term assurance is life insurance that provides coverage at a fixed rate of payments for a limited period of time, the relevant term.

Universal life insurance is a type of cash value life insurance, sold primarily in the United States. Under the terms of the policy, the excess of premium payments above the current cost of insurance is credited to the cash value of the policy, which is credited each month with interest.

Whole life insurance, or whole of life assurance, sometimes called “straight life” or “ordinary life,” is a life insurance policy which is guaranteed to remain in force for the insured’s entire lifetime, provided required premiums are paid, or to the maturity date.

A person’s unique situation dictates what type of insurance is needed. Variables such as debt, premium cost, age, health, and financial goals are all considered in the decision making process of purchasing life insurance and what type is needed to accomplish these needs.

A Self-Completing Plan

Life insurance is a topic that many people avoid.Life insurance is a topic that many people avoid. People do not like to talk about dying, and many more people don’t like the idea of paying premiums associated with life insurance. 1 Tim 5:8 states that “Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” In regards to financial planning, people have many financial goals such as sending their children to college, retiring early, paying off their home and being debt free which are all achievable goals, but require for the bread winner(s) to be alive and earning an income. Life insurance allows a financial plan to be self-completing and allows the surviving family to not have a severe financial disruption associated with the death of a spouse or parent.

Things mom said

The Advice

Or were they comments? I’m not sure. But like many of us, I can recall things my mom said that were meant to be a help as I went through life. you know, don’t touch a hot stove, run with scissors, and stop hitting your sister. She also said things that have stuck with me, or I hear her say them still.

  1. Don’t tell anyone who you vote for. Think about this, we vote in private, so why would it then be told to everyone. And of course, when I started voting there was no social media to spread the word about how you voted correctly and if people voted the other way, well. I can’t go there. To extend this idea, think about other things you do in private, we keep them private. I really like this advice!
  2. In your heart of hearts. I know that’s not a sentence, it’s a phrase that can be used in different ways. As in”What is in your heart of hearts? Or In my heart of hearts I believe, know, think, feel… You get the idea. As a teen, I would roll my eyes, now, nope. What does your gut tell you? What is the Holy Spirit whispering to you in your soul? In the deepest part of yourself? Trust it. And act on it. That’s what it means.
  3. When it’s your toothache it hurts. Well, yes it does, now doesn’t it? And sometimes that pain, wherever it is coming from, causes you to irritable, less than loving and charitable. Conversely, others have toothaches too. So try as best you can to extend them some love and kindness.

 

Think about some advice your mom gave you that is still helpful and true today. Pass it on to others. Thank her for it. And, drop it in the comment box so we all can see it.

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Thriller

Halloween is this weekend and the world is a buzz.Halloween is this weekend and the world is a buzz. What will we do? How will our children be overloaded with piles of candy from perfect strangers? This is the topic we will discuss today on the Seriously Shauna program.

It should come as no surprise that Shauna isn’t over-fond of other peoples’ kids. This “holiday” is nauseating, and you all know it’s true. If you cannot see that, you are part of the problem. Of course, Shauna’s neighborhood is up to no good around this holiday, and she has a word or two to share with them all.

If you want to raise your children right; giving them a good healthy sense of self, Shauna is here for you. She minces no words. The truth is often hard to hear, even harder for those not wanting to hear it.

Join the party on social media. Shauna can be found everywhere social media is peddled. Reach out and taste the fun…

If you want to share your truth, your realization that your kids aren’t as cute as you once thought, please share your story with us: idea@seriouslyshauna.com

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Evangelization – A 3 Minute Meditation

Today’s topic is “Evangelization”.Evangelization – 3 Minute Meditations

Today’s topic is “Evangelization”. The words and writings of recent Popes have made “evangelization” a more common word in the Church today. What does it really mean and how do we evangelize? You might be surprised to find you are already an evangelist. Do you know what you are evangelizing?

Luke 2:19 tells us “And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.”  Some Bible versions say, “She pondered.” The original Greek word for ponder is sumballo which means to “throw together.” Think of these 3-minute meditations as a throwing together of thoughts, ideas, and reflections related to a particular topic.  They are not meant to be teachings, but rather invitations and perhaps helps to reflecting more deeply in your own heart.

We are delighted that you have chosen to join us today! This podcast is provided for you by Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women.  We pray that today may be a special day in your life as you experience the presence of Jesus Christ among us through this podcast.

Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. We trust that this sharing will help us better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness. Join with us as we come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me. Holy is His Name!