Blogging

Blogging | Blogging is one of those online platforms that takes very little work these days to set up and begin. It is used as a platform for authors, podcasters, and people who believe they have a message that they want to share. In this episode, we will examine blogging and how this can help your online presence. | #podcast #writing #podcasting #bloggingBlogging – Episode 10

Blogging is one of those online platforms that takes very little work these days to set up and begin. It is used as a platform for authors, podcasters, and people who believe they have a message that they want to share. In this episode, we will examine blogging and how this can help your online presence.

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Many authors are told they must have a blog with a large following to get a book contract and while there is some truth in this, blogs take time, work and good blogs have a ton of social media work that goes on behind the scenes.

Blogs crop up daily and I am sure the statistics are frightening. I can write, each podcast I create in the hundreds now are mini-blog posts. They contain the content I will share as well as some well-placed search engine optimization phrases. However, I often find it is easier to podcast than it is to write! Why is this?

Marketing. If you are going to blog you have to market. Sorry. It is a sad truth. Many blogs languish because no one knows about them. Some bloggers write to make money, they get readers by giving things away or they talk about deals with links to said deals. Then, their sites are covered with ads with pop up ads and all types of noise so that you can barely read the writing.

Are you like me with too many ideas and too little time? If you are considering a blog here is what I’d recommend you do:

Reason For Blogging:

  1. Purpose
  2. Can you write?
  3. Do you have a topic you are passionate about?
  4. Will you run out of information?
  5. How often will you post?

The technology of Blogging:

  1. Can you set up a website or will you hire this out?
  2. Are you a techie? Will you learn?
  3. How are your marketing skills?
  4. Do you have social media accounts that are for your business/blog?
  5. Will you set up an email with an autoresponder?

Do you want your blog to succeed? Here is the secret sauce of the day… you must be passionate about your topic and your topic must be original. You can not copy someone else’s blog or style and call it good enough. How many mommy blogs are out there after the Pioneer Woman made it big? I’m sure a ton of copy cat versions. Now Lee films on the Food Network has a bunch of book deals, a store and so much more. She was real, authentic, humorous and now her blog looks nothing like it first did. But that’s okay! It changed and adapted.

You can look at successful blogs and say, why is this good or why do I like this blog? In that way, you can figure out a style you can live with and that reflects the five points above. The saying if you build it they will come only works in the theatres. In real life, if you build it (aka a blog) you need to be sure your marketing is top-notch or you will be spinning your wheels.

So, here are more questions to ask:

The Bottom Line:

  1. Will writing this blog take time away from writing a book or podcasting?
  2. Will writing this blog be the perfect way to showcase my podcast, service or books?
  3. Will I enjoy writing this blog and it is a passion of mine?
  4. Will the benefits outweigh the time constraint.
  5. Do I have the social media savviness to get the word out?

If you begin a blog, stick to it. Give yourself a time limit to get it off the ground and share it with everyone. Don’t give up. Make business cards, hand it to friends, mail them to those you think will benefit. Remember the smaller your niche the better it will go, and have fun with it!

 

Prayer of Faith – Part 14

Join Lucia as she talks about how to put your faith into operation through the prayer of faith.  Join Lucia as she talks about how to put your faith into operation through the prayer of faith.  There are different kinds of prayers we can pray: the prayer of praise and worship; the prayer of agreement where two or more people agree together; the prayer of binding and loosing; the prayer of intercession; and the prayer of petition or the prayer of faith.

The prayer of petition is the most common prayer, and this is where we ask Father God to do something for us or give us something.  There are laws that govern its operation, and if we don’t operate according to the laws that govern it, it won’t work for us.

Mark 11:24 is a great example of the prayer of faith.  The Good News Translation reads, “For this reason I tell you: When you pray and ask for something, believe that you have received it, and you will be given whatever you ask for.”

This is one of the most important statements in the Bible and could be the solution to every challenge you may ever face.  Your faith is released through prayer and this verse is the key that unlocks doors to walk in victory.

Jesus says when you pray for your desires, believe that you receive them when you pray, and you will have them!

It doesn’t matter what your heart desire, the technique to get it manifested in your life is the same for whatever you desire.

Everything we receive from God we receive by our faith.  The technique or principle of faith is this: when you pray, believe that you receive them when you pray, and you will have them.   If you don’t believe you receive them when you pray, you are not going to receive anything!

 

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Gentleness and Ditching the Cloth Diapers

Gentleness is allowing yourself the freedom to change immediately, to let go of the path you thought you were on and go a little different way. #parentingGentleness and Ditching the Cloth Diapers

Don’t miss the key point!

Staying focused on the “shoulds” distracts us from following the actual path we are called to walk.

 

How many of you have times in your life that you look back on and think, “Man, I was an uptight mess!” and yet you know in that same moment that you were doing the best you could and making the decisions you genuinely thought were the ones that needed making?

 

Anyone?

 

I think we all have those times where we look back now and realize that the intensity and priority we place on certain choices was a little over the top.

 

What is one of those moments for you?

 

Growing up as the oldest of 8 children, I was exposed to plenty of skills that are required for proper parenting.

 

I was sure parenting was going to be no big deal for me.

 

 

In truth, since I knew I was set, of course I felt like I “should” be an even better parent. And that’s where I began putting the pressure on. I didn’t know it at the time, but I can look back and see that the more I knew, the more I felt like I should do with perfection.

 

I should cloth diaper. What is it about those cotton things that makes people ooh and aah. I admit I was taken. And these required no pins. The easy velcro, the elastic seams, the soft cotton. The newborn ones were adorable- the softest terrycloth little packages of cloudlike heaven you could imagine on a baby’s bum. And there were printed covers that were so cute, liners, adorable diaper pails with all natural deodorizers, I was smitten. Any real mom worth her salt would cloth diaper, especially with these fancy pants.

 

And I did this in every area of preparing for my first baby.

 

All the shoulds in the world didn’t really take into account the reality and needs of everyday life. It didn’t really account for anything that didn’t look completely blissful in my minds eye.

 

Those cloth diapers lasted a little longer. 15 months after Jonathon was born, James came

 

along. 16 months later Jefferson was born. Suddenly, I had three little boys, all wearing cloth diapers, none tall enough to make potty train something that saved me time or helped me in any way. If you have never gotten backed up on scrubbing out poopy cloth diapers to the tune of

15-20 diapers stacked next to the toilet, then let me explain: It finally broke me and I caved and bought pampers.

 

And yet, I felt guilty. Have you ever gotten to the complete end of something, know your situation is ridiculous, and that you need to change, but because you’ve carried that choice as a banner for so long as a “should” you feel like it’s sin to put it down? Anyone?

 

This is why shoulds can be a great signal to pay attention to the judgments we have on ourselves and choose gentleness. Every should isn’t necessarily a wrong choice. “You should go to the bathroom before we get in the car and drive for three hours.”

 

 

It’s a great time to ask questions:

Who has placed this should pressure?

Do I have the same priority now that I did when I made this decision?

Am I feeling guilty for something and making a choice to avoid feeling like a failure? Is the “should” coming from pride or confidence that it’s the direction I want to go?

 

Shoulds simply reflect what we believe was the best practice with a limited amount of information and a specific priority. When we get more information or a new priority, the ideal choice can change.

 

And I’m not talking about clear moral decisions here. I’m talking about all those silly pressures we put on ourselves that are neither here nor there on the 10 commandments list:

  • My kids don’t play video
  • We don’t watch
  • I only
  • We are
  • Breast fed
  • Baby
  • Methods of
  • Food choices, exercise choices, clothing choices…

 

We make decisions, then notice ways our choice is good and validate our choice. Next, it’s easy to decide that it’s such a good choice, everyone should be making this choice. So we promote it! Our pride gets wrapped up in validating our own decisions.

 

But it’s safe to change our minds when we have new information, a new priority, or discover a new problem that needs to be addressed. It simply requires humility. The sooner we can

 

recognize the pride that’s keeping us in an unnecessary pressure, the sooner we can choose gentleness and have expectations that are realistic.

 

Another way to look at shoulds is recognizing how often we have a Prince Charming mentality about how our life is supposed to look.  I got this little nugget from a coach named Ennio Salucci, the founder of https://reinventministries.org and in a conference he ran, he discussed how often we see others and situations in life as disappointments because we think it’s supposed to look like Prince Charming in order to be right. In our spouse, prince charming brain might look like shoulds such as: he’s handsome, works hard, plays with the kids, never touches a video game, brings me flowers and candy, but never when I’m dieting, works out, takes the kids and does the grocery shopping, comes up with surprise awesome dates, tells me how wonderful I am, and when my husband doesn’t meet those expectations or “shoulds” I’m disappointed. And we have an entire charming family.

 

Kid charming House charming

I should be mom charming Volunteer charming

 

That’s not reality. We are not a compilation of ideals. We are not God and sometimes being gentle to ourselves and others looks like releasing those “shoulds” from ourselves and others.

 

So what do we choose instead?

We choose the best choice in front of us today. Gentleness looks like choosing the best for this day.

 

Who I know I want to be today is… therefore I get to… What is that for you today?

Gentleness is allowing yourself the freedom to change immediately, to let go of the path you thought you were on and go a little different way. Ditch the shoulds, like those dirty cloth diapers, and choose what to do based on Truth with a capital T, but also on where your priorities are now.

 

Where is gentleness calling out to you to release your shoulds? What one next thing will you choose today?

Fruit Of The Spirit In Families

Fruit of the Spirit | Does your family need the Fruit of the Spirit in your lives? Join me and a special guest, Deanna Bartalini, the author of "Invite the Holy Spirit Into Your Life," and shares with us how you can encourage spiritual growth in yourself and in your family. | #podcast #christianpodcastFruit of the Spirit In Families ~ Episode 20

Does your family need the Fruit of the Spirit in your lives? Join me and a special guest, Deanna Bartalini, the author of “Invite the Holy Spirit Into Your Life,” and shares with us how you can encourage spiritual growth in yourself and in your family.

Deanna Bartalini can be found on her website here – http://www.deannabartalini.com/

To purchase Deanna’s book – visit this website for more information.

She is the author of “Invite the Holy Spirit into Your Life: Growing in Love, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control.” This is a Journal for Catholic Women. (This book can be used by women of all Christian denominations.)

The growth in spiritual gifts and fruits are important! In this episode, we continue to learn more about ourselves and how we can improve in our spiritual walk.

“If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit…” Galatians 5:22-25

We can grow in our daily life and have more peace, love, and joy. This is foundational to knowing who I am with Christ and being “good” with it! ~ Deanna shares more on the audio of this episode.

Fruit of the Spirit:

  1. How the Fruit of the Spirit is different from the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
  2. Where do the fruits come from?
  3. Why it is important to have and grow in the Spirit.
  4. How this is different than being a “good person.”
  5. How do we get and grow in the Fruit of the Spirit?

The Lord has gifted us and to grow in the gifts we already have we must practice. Typically we are “falling down,” in a fruit that we need. In this way, we practice to attain or achieve this blessing from the Lord.

Deanna Bartalini, M.Ed., M.P.A., is a Catholic writer, speaker and presenter, and educator.

Connections

Connections | It's all about connections, who do you know, how can you get an interview on a podcast, how can you promote your book? Connections mean everything in the industry saturated with mediocre and many time false information about the writing and publishing industry. | #podcast #writingandpodcastingConnections In Writing, Podcasting & Publishing – Episode 9

It’s all about connections, who do you know, how can you get an interview on a podcast, how can you promote your book? Connections mean everything in the industry saturated with mediocre and many time false information about the writing and publishing industry.

Thanks to the: Ultimate Christian Communicators Conference ~ this event is for anyone seriously considering increasing their exposure as a speaker at upcoming events as well as those interested in learning from leaders in the industry! Not to be missed, the conference can be attended live or you can purchase the recorded set.

My story began backward, I had a speaking platform before I had a book. This is actually a great way to begin because when you have a book, product or service, you already have a willing and waiting group of people who are interested in buying what you have to sell. That is one reason I recommend that you begin a podcast if you have allot of information worth sharing.

I’ve worked with many people in the writing, publishing and podcasting world. I’ve met some heads of large publishing companies and learned that I’m very happy as a self-published author. As I may have shared in the past, I received and turned down a four-book publishing contract. Were there times I regretted this? Yes, but then I know that it was all for the best.

One of the introductions to a large publisher came from a friend. He was actually an author but his day job was as an investment planner. I met him at a conference after he heard me speak, liked what I had to say and we had a nice conversation at my book table afterward. He wanted to introduce me to this publisher (who was his publisher) as well as one of his clients. Connections!

Connections help us in time of need. When I had my book publishing offer and read over the contract I realized that I needed to give this company the right of refusal with any of my upcoming books. I also knew that this company had a very narrow focus and my other books would have a larger market. These were not decisions I made lightly. It helped that I could go to a friend who had signed a book deal with another publisher and compare notes. I realized that with my goal, which was to run an online platform my goals were a bit different than most.

We live firmly in the world of home, family, and schedules. For those of us who run businesses, we also live in a world of people we’ve never met, people who are dear friends, and we form many symbiotic relationships. In my online world I know many people, in fact, my Facebook feed can attest to this and there is a small fraction of my friends that I have met in real life. Yet, many of those friends and connections are real and basically in this age of technology a mouse click away.

How do we use our connections? That is the real question. Before we delve into this, I want to share what I call a “secret sauce” piece of information. I’m a cook can you tell? This information will make a difference in how others perceive you online. The secret is to be a friend before you begin asking for favors. I can not tell you all the times I receive emails from people who ask to be interviewed. Either the emails are from slick advertising companies representing these authors or product providers, or the person themselves.

I think, are we friends on Facebook. I look – no. Are we connected on LinkedIn? No. Twitter? No. Instagram? No again.

If I am not your friend on social media and you ask me something, even if you have the best product known to man out there, I’m frankly just not that interested. Interviewing takes time and work. I have to find out all about you, look at your books or service, understand a bit about your history or back story. I will in addition promote, promote, promote your interview once it is complete. Work. Lots of work.

Do you see why connections are important? I’ve had people begin sharing my posts, comment on my podcasts, or send me emails after receiving something from my mailing list. These are connections, they are people I may know or interact with. Sometimes, rarely someone sends me an email and it interests me so much I’ll ask for an interview, but that happens rarely. An interview is a favor.

Here are my top tips for making the right connections:

  1. Be sure to connect on social media. Follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.
  2. Do they have a podcast? Be sure you listen, comment and share.
  3. Do they have a blog? Comment.
  4. Share, share, share. DO you see them posting on social media? Share it with your friends.
  5. Give. Give. Give.

I love to read and in my spare time that is what I do! It is an escape and I try to read one spiritual book, one business book, and then one fun book. I followed my own advice and after reading a book that I received for free on Amazon Kindle, I followed the author and bought all the other books in the series. She invited in her books to subscribe to her email to get a free book, and I did. I found myself enjoying her short emails and then a request. Receive ARC (Advanced Reader Copies) to find typos etc. and in return comment on social media and where the books are sold – disclosing that I received a free copy. Since I liked the author I was in. Then, the author emailed me back (after I sent links to the reviews) surprised I wrote three different reviews. Seriously? Who would post the same review three places? Obviously, someone who doesn’t know about the importance of SEO (search engine optimization – a must for those of us who know what that means.). So, I thought why not ask, this lady seems really nice – I should interview her! And, she said yes. So, at some point, I’ll have her on this show.

Connections. They take time but they work. And, friends you will be surprised at how a seemingly benign and kind thing turns into something more!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this episode, connect with me on social media, and please follow this show, give me a star rating on your favorite podcast app, and share this episode with a friend!

Hope you plan on coming to the Ultimate Christian Communicator’s Conference so we can meet in real life! And, I hope to talk to you soon!

Desiring God

Desiring God | Above all things desiring God is the key to our happiness. Or do you look at cheap substitutions and find yourself feeling lacking? In this episode, we will discuss how our desire for God can make us whole and realize what we are missing in our lives. | #podcast #christianpodcastDesiring God – Episode 104

Above all things desiring God is the key to our happiness. Or do you look at cheap substitutions and find yourself feeling lacking? In this episode, we will discuss how our desire for God can make us whole and realize what we are missing in our lives.

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In the episodes of AFMWG Podcast, we’ve talked about spending time with God in prayer, in the word, and in silence. In this way, we can grow in our relationship with Him. But we are busy, life has a way of throwing us curves and we find ourselves overwhelmed many times and ready to channel surf or mindlessly check social media accounts.

Talking To God In Prayer takes persistence ~ Desiring God Is A Choice

We talk to God, when we read the Bible, we try to listen to that still, small voice. We are not blessed to walk with God as Adam and Eve did, or talk to God as Abraham did, and the prophets who heard the Lord, clearly and distinctly.

When we think about persistence we think about Abraham asking God to spare Sodom and Gomora – over and over again reducing the number until it was down to 10. Unfortunately for the people only four survived, Lot his wife, and his two daughters (until his wife turned back to look after being warned not to – and the Bible says she turned into a pillar of salt) and then only three survived, Lot and his two daughters, because the people had hardened their hearts against God.

When God gives us a warning we must listen, and his justice –  We can never know the mind of God – we can read the Bible but sometimes what we read is puzzling which is why we need:

  1. Quiet and prayer first.
  2. Pray to the Holy Spirit ~ who will help us! Just ask
  3. Good pastor or spiritual counselor.

Why is this? Desiring God doesn’t necessarily mean we understand his ways. For example,  why didn’t God get angry when Abraham asked him over and over again to spare Sodom and Gomora? This evil was spreading and spreading to everyone who entered and set foot, yet God listened to Abraham’s prayer.

Jesus showed us how to talk to the Lord and how to pray – the Lord’s Prayer.

Jesus told us to call, God – “Father,” and no matter what your relationship is with your Father – God is a God of blessings.

Jesus illustrates the persistence

With a relationship, with a desire to know God, we understand that the source of all we need centers on God. If we fill our time with cheap substitutes we learn, rather quickly that it leaves us feeling lacking.

Many times our desire for God centers around our need to have prayers answered. If you pray and the Lord hasn’t answered you do you give up? We know God hears all of our prayers – even those we have in our hearts and are afraid to ask! If you give up then you are not serious in their request, and how can I say that? I don’t know you do I? I can say that because I know that God is all good, all-knowing and His generosity and mercy is immense. He has gifted us with the gifts through the Holy Spirit! I was able to interview an author of a book on the Holy Spirit who had some amazing insight, and I can’t wait to share that interview with you.

We desire God because we are commanded to love God.

Greatest Commandment is to love God with all your heart and to love your neighbor as your self…

Knowing things in our hearts, memorizing Scripture, doing works of charity and mercy all bring us closer to God and it is the desire and faith that changes our hearts.

Moses realized when he spoke to the people about God’s commandments – Deuteronomy 30:14 – “It is something very near to you…in your hearts.”

What better way is there to know something than by heart – to commitment things to memory. Whether it is prayers, or whether it is memorizing the Scriptures. When we have things in our hearts, we open our hearts to the words and it becomes part of our life, it molds our life and changes it – hopefully for the better!

But can we apply these things to our own lives?

We all know the story of the Good Samaritan the story of someone who goes out of their way for someone that they don’t know. The story is of the man who helped the person left to die on the side of the street after being victimized, we see people walk by who are the very people who should help this man, but they do not. These people walk on the other side of the road to avoid the victim.

Yet this story is one of the most popular because we find that the person who should be the one the least likely to help turns out to be the person who helps.

There were many major religious difference between the Samaritans and the Jews, but the parable teaches a greater truth, and that is the focus of the law over love.

Caution here – we hate the sin but love the sinner. We are not the ones to condemn, we leave it up to God. I feel that people use situations in the Bible to fit their own preconceived notion of how things should be. That is an error.

The story has a great impact on our lives and makes us think – it stretches us – it is how we should feel when we read the Word of God – we should want to be changed for the better. Deut. 30:10 … Moses asks the people to return to God with all your heart. Can we do this, especially with prayer?

If God’s will is in your heart so that you can desire Him, then you will know what to do in difficult situations, in times when there is nowhere else to turn but to God for the answers, when things are out of our control. You cannot help but follow God when times are difficult because you’re the desire for God has increased your faith and He has changed your heart.

Desiring God can increase with:

  1. Pray – make time each day.
  2. Scripture
  3. Sing to the Lord
  4. Journal
  5. Listen

I know friends, nothing new, but if we do not practice these things we will become stagnant and empty and seek things that will not make us happy!

Let’s pray. Dear Heavenly Father, you are the provider of every good thing, I ask God for a desire for you – I want more of you Father, more of you in my life. Increase my desire to know you, love you and do all things that bring you glory. Dear Lord thank you for today and all you have given me, even those things that are hard and I do not feel I can carry. I don’t need to worry because I know that you have me in the palm of your hand. Thank you, Father, and please hear the prayers I am asking for and I will continue to pray with the faith of Abraham who asked over and over again. I pray for the following…

And I pray this in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit Jesus Amen.

Gentleness and Building Relationships

Are you gentle with yourself when it comes to making and keeping friends? Are you gentle with others? This podcast is all about gentleness and relationships.Recently I had the opportunity to interact with a group of women all committed to discussing the vision of building more authentic relationships.

How many of you feel like sometimes having real friends can be difficult? Maybe we think…

We don’t do enough with them. They didn’t ask how we were.

I never see them.

Their social media is so much cuter than mine.

I’ve been the needy person so many times, it can’t be my turn again.

Or,

I don’t really want to spend time with them. Our kids don’t get along.

They parent differently so we just have to keep some distance.

Building relationships can be pretty rough sometimes. We talk about it with our kids all the time- how to make friends, how to keep friends, what to do when someone isn’t nice to them, how to be kind, etc. Yet, how many of us wish we had a magic friend fairy that could help the relationships building go a little easier?

I know sometimes, I’d love to see that magic wand wave over a conversation and suddenly we just click and enjoy each other’s company. Suddenly, there we are talking about things that really matter.

Well, my friend, and sister in law, Lisa Turner, came up with 6 great questions for discussion around building and maintaining deep authentic relationships and I think they go right along with our gentleness theme for August.

Definition of Gentleness: the quality of being kind, tender, or mild-mannered. Are you gentle with yourself when it comes to making and keeping friends?

Are you gentle with others? To whom do you most often ascribe the responsibility? You or

them?

Who is supposed to reach out? In what context?

Let’s go through these questions and talk about what the answers might be from a place of being gentle with ourselves and others in our relationships. Be thinking about which ones resonate with you the most.

Questions

  1. We put ourselves out there…we ask a couple out for lunch, we another mom to meet at a playground for a playdate, we try to get to know someone but keep getting a “no.” How do we deal with the rejection? How do we stay encouraged and keep trying?

 

Answer: Ask some key questions:

What is the story I am telling myself about these interactions? What do I really want here?

What do I have to believe in order to feel safe in this situation?

If I get to choose who I want to be regardless of how the other person shows up, who do I choose to be in this situation?

 

  1. How do we have joy for what God is doing in the life of our sister? Can you talk a little on how we rewire our minds to rejoice, even over the small things?

 

Answer: Be kind to your mind, your problem solving skills are a gift.

Look at it like we are going to create a new road, it’ll take time. It’s ok that it isn’t a super highway yet.

 

  1. How do we get over only relating to each other by commiserating?

 

Answer: Notice the desire to quickly connect with others through problems.

It doesn’t have be hard to celebrate with others, sometimes intentionally being silly and letting it be light hearted breaks the uncomfortable feeling of introducing a new conversation pattern.

What if it gets to be easy? Just own it that it’s new.

 

  1. Regarding the theme of knowing our sisters, and knowing them so well we know how to help and serve one another, do you have any advice on how we actually do this in our everyday life?

 

Answer:Don’t make it bigger than it has to be.

What if it gets to be easy? Something is better than nothing.

Set a reminder, who can I bless or encourage today?

 

  1. How have you encouraged your children on building relationships ?

 

Answer: LOTS of opportunities!

It’s not someone else’s job to help you feel like you belong, that’s your job.

Let it be ok that if feels uncomfortable. Breathe. Go serve someone else anyway.

Serve with someone- one of the easiest ways to get to know someone.

 

  1. How do you, mother of 7, owner of a business, just started at a new church church have time or energy to build relationships?

 

Answer:

  • We make time for what’s
  • Honestly, I often thing I could be better at this, faster, more dedicated, but that’s a pattern of self
  • Showing up, with a gentleness of spirit, choosing to be curious with others, speak before spoken to, and intentionally putting myself in a place of having to meet others or grow our
  • Let it take

 

Finally, we all tend to be pretty hard on ourselves. Gentleness is: being kind, tender, or mild-mannered.

What one next thing are you going to choose to do in a spirit of gentleness today? Who comes to mind that you could calmly reach out to today?

I challenge you to consider one next step of action.

Faith Part 13: God is Known by Faith

Join Lucia as she shares it takes faith to believe in a God we can’t see, and trust in His Word to know that He has already blessed us.  #podcastJoin Lucia as she shares it takes faith to believe in a God we can’t see, and trust in His Word to know that He has already blessed us. This is where we learn to walk by faith, and what we believe is what we receive.

There are two worlds – the natural realm and the spiritual realm – and the spiritual realm is more real than the natural realm!  The physical realm we live in is a result of the work God did in the spirit realm.

Because God is a spirit and Holy Spirit is a spirit, we can be assured that Jesus is a spirit.  And because we’re made in their image and likeness, we’re a spirit, which means we’ll live forever!  Although our earth suit will eventually die, our spirit man will live forever just like God and Jesus will live forever.

We have to use our faith to believe God is real and everything that God says in His Word is out there in the spirit realm and we can have it.  God’s economic system is activated or driven by our faith; compared to our world economic system which is driven or activated by dollars.  All that stands between you and your dreams coming true is money.  If you’ll take this comparison and flip-it over to the spiritual realm and realize the only thing that stands between you and your dreams is the level of your faith, you can have whatever you desire!

You will never be disappointed when you learn to walk by faith and trust God!  You will go from victory to victory, and from glory to glory!  You’ll realize you serve a limitless God who is only limited by your faith to receive!

 

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Transforming Faith

Transforming Faith | Do you have a transforming faith? A faith that withstands persecution or a faith that would leave everything behind to follow God? We have many excuses for following God The disciples left everything, family, and home to follow Jesus. In this episode we will discuss following God will transform us. | #podcast #christianpodcastTransforming Faith – Episode 103

Do you have a transforming faith? A faith that withstands persecution or a faith that would leave everything behind to follow God? We have many excuses for following God The disciples left everything, family, and home to follow Jesus. In this episode we will discuss following God will transform us.

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Friends, let’s be real here – we are attached to the things of this world, our homes, our sense of security and of course comfort, and every technological toy that helps us in our daily lives. And, why shouldn’t we be attached? We are living in this present age, right? We should have the things we need to survive.

In Matthew 8:20, Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

Jesus left home to preach, teach and heal. He was sent by the Father. He called simple men to follow him, and they did. Once the men followed they changed, they learned, they became transformed.

Faith will transform us! We see it in the lives of the disciples, and that God equips those He calls. Did they get it right the first time? No, it was over and over again.

What hits home is when we read that not all those who were called followed. Why?

Some had good reasons – one had to bury his father, one wants to say goodbye to his family, and we know the point being made is that follow Jesus requires total commitment. Like Elisha Jesus’ disciples are called to leave everything behind – even home.

In Luke 9:60 we read – Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”

We are asked to leave everything and follow him. The question is can we? The next question to ask is do we follow him in our daily lives?

Friends, when I think about what the disciples went through I am amazed and in awe, but then I remember, again that God equips those He calls.

Luke 10:3 – Jesus sends his disciples “like lambs among wolves.”  Jesus asked the disciples to depend on the kindness of strangers, as they travel without belongings or money. If people did not welcome them they were to dust off your feet their feet –

Luke 10:9-11

 Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ 10 But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say, 11 ‘Even the dust of your town we wipe from our feet as a warning to you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God has come near.’

So many people think that Christianity means, “what you give up.” No. This is an untruth. Christianity is all-inclusive, it is about redemption, but remember it is about the cross as well. Faith in the power of the cross, the redemptive power of Christ’s crucifixion for our sins – not the sins of our neighbor’s but our sins.

How can you thank someone who died for you? For the sins that you committed yesterday, today and tomorrow? We become new with our Christian faith and it is transforming faith.

The door is open and everyone is able to receive salvation – yet are we willing or do we have excuses. Yes, we can be laborers for the kingdom, this means to our neighbors to our friends to those who have hurt us the most. We forgive as we are forgiven. We are transformed.

Let’s pray. Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you for today, for all the blessings and for those blessings that are yet to come. I thank you your provision, for keeping us safe, for protecting marriages Lord, for coming against the evil one who wants to harm us and to break up marriages. I thank you for all the things you have done that I do not know about…and Lord I ask that you give me transforming faith, the faith that allows me to leave behind the old creation and become a new creation in Christ. Dear Lord, I ask for the following prayers … please, Lord, I ask that you help those I pray for that you help me and I pray this in Jesus, Name. Amen.

Meet Keith Williams

Andrew interviews Keith Williams on this week's Episode of Big Dream Podcast!Keith Williams was born and raised in Fort Myers, Florida. As a child, Williams attended Evangelical Christian School from kindergarten to the eighth grade. Keith also attended Bishop Verot High School. He played football for the Dunbar Little League, for the Fort Myers Rebels, and for the North Fort Myers Raiders (Knights). After high school he signed to play football with the University of Memphis and also at USF in Tampa. He is a graduate of Hodges University in 2017. Keith Williams spent 6 years coaching for the Cypress Lake Hornets and 3 seasons coaching football at Bishop Verot High School and Lehigh Senior High School. Currently, William is a school in Tampa, Florida.

Growing up, Keith Williams shared his life with his older brother Warren William. His brother played on the 1983 and 1987 National Championship Team at the University of Miami and played 6 years in the NFL. His brother was also part of the Dunbar Youth Basketball Association under coach Ernie Brown. Warren William played along side Scott Dobins, who went to play at Purdue. He also played with Greg Spires, who played with the New England Patriots (1998-2000), Cleveland Browns (2001), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2002-2007), and Oakland Raiders (2008). Keith Williams was the number one rusher as a “full back” in the state of Florida. When William is not teaching, he is the owner of Rosalee Gourmet Barbecue Sauce. “A Grill Mans Best friend”, that Fie-Fie sauce!!

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Faith Takes Time to Grow

Join Lucia as she explains your faith takes time to grow, and it will always produce results. #podcast #faithJoin Lucia as she explains your faith takes time to grow, and it will always produce results.  Like anything worthwhile that you work for, you have to work at growing your faith.  It’s similar to a muscle that needs exercise to make it grow.

At first you may not see results, but the longer you stick with it, the stronger it will become.  As you commit to walking by faith, and are fully persuaded that what God says in His Word is true and it will work for you if you work the Word, then give your faith time to grow, you will live a victorious life.

Our goal is to be like the woman with the issue of blood that said within herself, “If I can just touch the fringe of his clothes, I know I can be made whole.”  Her step of faith to touch His garment caused the healing power of God to be released through His body and Jesus called that faith, because He said, “Daughter, your faith (or you could say your action) has made you whole.”

Faith starts with believing, because believing puts you into position to act upon what you believe.  The more you act on your faith, the stronger it will become.

Matthew 9:27-30 tells us the blind men acted on their faith by following Jesus and calling out to Him.  Jesus asked them what they wanted, because he wanted to know if they believed he could make them see.  Jesus’ reply to them then is still the same for us today when we ask Him for something.  Jesus told the blind men because of their faith; they would have their eyesight restored.

Faith always produces results!

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Gentleness: MVPs & Dragon Slayers

On this episode, Mary shares a few key ways she’s discovered to help tame that dragon inside of us. #podcast #gentlenessOnce upon a time, in a land not so far away lived a dragon who ruled over her kingdom. One day the dragon decided to survey her kingdom and determine if all was in order. As she looked over the kingdom, she discovered that it was NOT in order!

“Clean up this mess!” she roared! Quickly the little villagers scrambled to do her bidding. They knew that the town was a disaster, but the task to recover it looked so big! They began to feel discouraged, get distracted and play with toys…err…feed their chickens.

The dragon became so enraged that the villagers were not keeping the town in tip top shape, that she drew a deep breath and then blew fire across the whole land, burning it all to the ground.

After her nasty explosion, she retreated to her cave. When she came out the following day, she was determined to ask the villagers to work again, but as she surveyed the land, she suddenly realized there was nothing left. She had burned it all to the ground the day before.

Have you ever felt like that fire breathing dragon? Capable of breathing fire on everyone around you?

I have! In fact, I’ll let you in on a little secret- my kids used to think I really was a dragon!

In this episode I’ll share why we end up raging at others in spite of saying hundreds of times that we won’t. The honest truth is that the best intentions without a clear action plan will simply leave us frustrated and going right around the same circles over and over again. If we want something different, we must DO something different.

I’ll also share a few key ways I’ve discovered to help tame that dragon inside of us so we have far more margin for difficulties, unexpected outcomes, and surprise sidetracks.

Finally, I’ll give you a short question to use about the “MVP of the day” that will help you clearly see what things are getting in the way of maintaining gentleness as a priority. This one question will make it so much easier to pick and choose with confidence what goes into your day and what must be thrown out.

If you want regular accountability and support changing these and other habits you are ready to be rid of, simply go to maryaldrichcoaching.com and click “Get Started!” We can find a support solution that is perfect for you!

Taming the Tongue

Tming The Tongue | In James 3:3 he talks about the power of the tongue. In this episode, Felice discusses how some of us need a good dose of taming the tongue in our everyday lives. Can you imagine a world where we are encouraged and uplifted, it can be done and it begins with you! | #podcast #christianpodcastTaming The Tongue – Episode 18

In James 3:3 he talks about the power of the tongue. In this episode, Felice discusses how some of us need a good dose of taming the tongue in our everyday lives. Can you imagine a world where we are encouraged and uplifted, it can be done and it begins with us.

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How often have you said something you regret, to your spouse, your children, or someone else close to you? Why is it that we hurt the people we love the most? Often, as parents we often find ourselves saying things in anger, frustration and then wished for a do-over? The good news is we do get a do-over each and every day, but truthfully our frustrations often occur in direct correlation to our experience and relationship with God.

Recently I was in church and praying. As I was praying to the Lord, a strong thought of anger came over me of an injustice that happened in my life. It wasn’t a big thing but it was something that hurt me. In my mind, I knew it was silly to be upset because I understood the action behind the cause of my pain was not intentional, yet the more I thought about it the angrier I became. So angry in fact that I almost got up and left the church!

I realized my mistake, repented and asked the Lord for forgiveness and the Lord relieved me of the burden of hurt. When we talk about taming the tongue, the same goes for words that are left unsaid. Sometimes we don’t know what to say and even our silence can cause harm to those we love.

God said the greatest commandment is to love God with all your heart and to love your neighbor as yourself. These are what I call heart issues. We know things in our heart but our minds are a different story.

Faith changes our heart. It fills our heart with every good thing. If God’s will is in your heart you will know what to do in difficult situations, and in times when there is nowhere else to turn but to God for the answers. Life often throws us into situations where we feel totally out of control. Ask any parent of young children. One minute everything is going well and the next minute chaos! You can’t help but cry out to God in times such as this rather than losing your temper. It never helps.

I use to say, I have to yell because I’m Italian, and once I yell I feel better. This might be true, but I can guarantee while I felt better my kids didn’t.

Taming the Tongue: Great Scriptures:

  • Colossians 4:6:
  •  Ephesians 4:29
  • Proverbs 10:19
  • Proverbs 15:4
  • Matthew 15:11
  • Psalm 34:13
    Proverbs 15:1-2
    Proverbs 6:16-19

So, how do you apply this to your life? Taming the Tongue 101:

  1. When you want to lash out, take a deep breath – pause.
  2. Prepare a statement – I’m so angry I don’t know what to say right now, but let me pray about it and I will let you know later.
  3. Avoid confrontation – yes, you need to address bad behavior (with your kids) but, avoid arguing. Start with – what you did is not right, Avoid character assassination. Address the sin, not the person.
  4. What is really going on here?
  5. Relationship – it is all about love, the love of God within us and the fruits of the Holy Spirit – the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the peace and joy that only God can give.

I believe that many times when we lose it and we are upset many times it is because of what we believe the problem is rather than what it actually is – what I mean by this is often when we listen, (which we don’t want to because we are angry!) then we realize much of what we were upset about really isn’t valid. And if it is, take a breath and use a prepared statement!

Listen, no one said life is easy, there are often ups and downs in each person’s life that is a struggle, but if we take the time and make a plan, we can sure work toward taming the tongue and having fewer regrets in life!

You won’t want to miss the next upcoming episode – with Deanna Bartalin who wrote a book on the topic and has a wealth of great ideas that are applicable

WRAP Yourself in Scripture

Wrap Yourself In Scripture | What happens when you wrap yourself in Scripture? You will find yourself in a closer relationship with God! Why wait? Learn what the acronym WRAP means and some great resources to get you started. | #podcasat #christian podcast Wrap Yourself In Scripture Episode 102

What happens when you wrap yourself in Scripture? You will find yourself in a closer relationship with God! Why wait? Learn what the acronym WRAP means and some great resources to get you started.

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Where to find the book ~ WRAP Yourself in Scripture by Karen Dwyer

There are many ways to pray and prayer is different for each person. Some people pray with words, others are with the Lord listening to his small, still, voice and others may sing or talk to the Lord as if they were talking to a friend. Prayer is two-way communication with the Lord. In this way, we are able to grow closer to God.

Recently I attended a conference and heard Karen Dwyer speak, and was really blessed. In one of the books she wrote, she explained a concept about called WRAP, wrap yourself in Scripture. I felt that this process helped me to not only read the scriptures but to allow the words to touch my heart in a deeper way. Reading the scriptures allows us to be in fellowship with God and brings us joy. We should want a deeper encounter with the Almighty God in daily prayer.

Wrap stands for:

  • W stands for Write
  • R stands for Reflect
  • A stands for Apply
  • P stands for Praise

According to Dwyer, the WRAP process takes the same skills we use when we worry and transfers to prayer. She goes into this in detail in her book. But this process really works!

I think what I found the most encouraging is that she said we should spend time after reading the scriptures to allow the Lord to love us! Just think of it! We know God loves us unconditionally. But when we pause after reading the scriptures and try to seek what the Lord is telling us from His word, we are allowing His love to flow upon us! What a blessing!

There is power in prayer, in praise and in reading scriptures. Our Lord Jesus quoted the scriptures many times. The scriptures were memorized and made part of their lives. Do we memorize the Word? Do we commit verses to mind so that we can recall them in times of darkness when we need the Lord the most?

In order to wrap ourselves in scripture, we need to make an effort, and as in past podcasts, I’ve discussed setting aside time, using a prayer journal, finding a good place that is quiet to read the Bible and to pray. These are simple directions in how to get the most out of your time with God.

Let’s pray.

Dear heavenly Father, we praise you and we thank you for every good thing in our life and in the lives of those around us. We thank you for all the people who never appreciate or thank you for what you have done in their lives.

Interview with Rika Lashawn, founder of The WOW Club

Reka Lashawn is a devoted mother of seven, a mentor, a teacher and an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. She was born and raised in Fort Myers, Florida by her mother who was sixteen at the time. Reka continued the cycle and gave birth to her first child at the age of sixteen. Reka is the founder of a local mentoring group called “The Wow Club”. The W.O.W Club is dedicated to help teenage women. The acronym W.O.W stands for “ Women of Worth”.

Reka holds an Associate of Science in Nursing from Edison State College. After graduation, Reka continued her education and achieved her Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing from Nova Southeastern University. From then on she enrolled into South University to obtain her Masters Degree. As of right now, she is enrolled in South University in pursuit of her doctorates degree. Reka Lashawn is a clinical instructor in The Registered Nursing Program at a local state college. Aside from working and studying as a nurse, she is a sports mom to two of her awesome young athletes.

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Faith Ignores the Negative

Join Lucia as she continues her series on faith and shares that we ignore the negative things in our life so we can walk in victory! #podcast

Join Lucia as she continues her series on faith and shares that we ignore the negative things in our life so we can walk in victory!

To walk by faith and enjoy a victorious life, focus on the things that are unseen – the promises of God – and not the things seen in the natural realm because 2 Corinthians 4:18 says, “because we don’t focus our attention on what is seen but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but the unseen realm is eternal.”

The first thing you do is ignore the negative circumstances, and the second thing you do is choose to say what God says about your circumstances.  God is not a man that He should lie so this means He’s telling the truth.  Whatever He says in His Word is true and you can stand on His promises and say what He says.

Keep your eyes on the Word of God, keep your mind focused on the Word of God, keep the Word of God in your mouth, and ignore the symptoms of lack, sickness, fear, or negative thoughts the enemy tries to bring to your mind.

Your key to walk in victory is to ignore your symptoms, circumstances or situations just like you would ignore an unwanted phone call.  You simply push the decline or silent button in your mind as you would your phone’s silent button and ignore those thoughts.

You aren’t saying the caller isn’t there; you’re just not allowing them to impact your present situation.  You don’t deny the fact that negative situations exist in your life; you simply don’t focus on them.  This is a mind that’s walking by faith.

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Gentleness & Late Night Picnics

Join me as I share one of my favorite stories of the late night antics from my children and how their huge blunder helped me learn how to have a more gentle approach. #parenting #christianparenting #fruitpursuitGentleness and Late Night Picnics

You’ve worked hard!  You’ve done your best all day.  You’ve given it everything you’ve got.  And now it’s time for those munchkins to go to bed!  Time to relax and rest…or so you think.

Join me as I share one of my favorite stories of the late night antics from my children and how their huge blunder helped me learn how to have a more gentle approach with myself when it comes to addressing imperfections, limitations, and skills that I haven’t quite developed yet.

Once upon a time we only had a couple of kids, but they were adventuresome!
Join me to hear the story of the boys and their crazy picnic!

Do you brainstorm all the things your kids do wrong in any given moment? Often we could address so many things at once.  What do you do? Will they hear it?  How do you choose?

I’ll share how I handled it and how it informed me in a new way of what I really needed to do with myself and my mistakes as well.

 

If you don’t take away anything else, how can this verse and promise bring your encouragement today?  What does it say about God and his care for you?  How does it inform who you can be today?

 

Isaiah 40:11

“He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom; and gently lead those that are with young.”

 

How can we be more gentle with ourselves in our various roles as spouse, parent, child, sibling, educator, co-worker, entrepreneur, Christian, etc.?

One way is to choose a WAY of BEING.

Many people choose a word for the year to focus on, but what if we chose a word for the day, the week, or the month?  How might this allow us to focus on cultivating a new habit well and streamline what things we are focused on?

In this episode I’ll give an example of how one word helps maintain focus of loving our families well and minimizing overwhelm.

How could one word help streamline bedtime routines for instance?

What about meal times, how can one word help you decide what to prioritize between nutritious, timely, on budget, something everyone likes, easy to prepare, and a variety of other factors?
Staying focused on one thing at a time allows us to learn that one thing really well.

What one thing are you going to focus on today? How will you streamline your focus and be gentle to yourself and those around you?

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Join your host, Andrew Layton.

Andrew Layton loved playing football and devoted his life to playing until he took a wrong turn because of finances. Now he wants to help student-athletes to make to take the higher road.

Andrew is a personal trainer, former professional athlete, and currently the Head Football Coach at Canterbury High School in Ft. Myers.

Andrew is determined to help at-risk kids just as he was at one time, now he encourages athletes to stay on a better path, and avoid the cycle of despair that he fell into. He saw the affects on the lives of other young men and women who grew up in similar communities, including his late mom.

Andrew was a star football player at Estero High School and he entered Georgia Military College. His mom died during his first year in 2000. He later attended Appalachian State University in North Carolina. Although a pulled hamstring barred him from the NFL draft, he started a professional football career in the Arena Football League, playing for the Greensboro Prowlers.

Andrew was recruited by the first-string Dallas Desperados and elated to be making money doing what he loved. Now he shares his story and insider tips and advice to all of you athletes who want to Dream Big on his Big Dreams Podcast! Join Andrew Layton weekly.


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Power of Praise

Power of Praise | The power of praise is amazing! It can uplift your spirits in a way that nothing else can. Want to feel like you are touching heaven? Praise God. In this episode, Felice shares the amazing power of praise and ways you can use this in your own life. | #podcast #christianpodcastPower of Praise Episode 101

The power of praise is amazing! It can uplift your spirits in a way that nothing else can. Want to feel like you are touching heaven? Praise God. In this episode, Felice shares the amazing power of praise and ways you can use this in your own life.

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I just came back from a Christian conference and it was amazing. Yes, the talks were great, the setting was wonderful. It was a split between time to have quiet and pray, worship, listen to amazing speakers, pray as a group, visiting wonderful churches and sampling the local cuisine. I even rode in my first non-taxi! But even with all the wonderful things that happened was praising God in a large group. This group was an International Ministry with leaders from around the world and we were all singing praises to Jesus! Our Lord and Our God.

One of the greatest books I read on the power of praise was written by Merlin R. Carothers, Power in Praise. It is a life changer if you have never read it. I purchased this book in bunches of five to ten. While Mr. Carothers is no longer alive he was such a powerhouse. I was on his mailing list and even received an email from him after he died!

When we praise God we are keeping the first of the Ten Commandments. “I am the Lord thy God, thou shalt not have any strange gods before Me.”
It puts our eyes back where it belongs, on God. We forget our problems.
It makes the enemy flee! The devil hates our praise, evil can not stand when we praise and thank God. Feeling depressed? Praise God. Try it. Praise reminds that we need God. God will bless us

Psalms 100:4 – Enter his gates with thanksgiving, his courts with praise. Give thanks to him; bless his name!”

Here is an example of a litany of praise.

  • Praise you, Jesus.
  • I thank you, Lord Jesus.
  • You are the King of Kings.
  • You are the Lord of Lord.
  • You are the Bright Shining Star.
  • You are the Alpha and the Omega – the Beginning and the End.

You can add to this and it will, I promise to change your life.

Let’s pray:

Dear Lord Jesus, I praise you and I thank you for all that you do. Please help us to worship you in praise, there is power in praise and it lifts us to the gates of heaven and beyond. I love you, Lord. I worship you, Lord. You are the Creator of the Universe and all that is in it – and you are the Almighty God. Dear Lord, in humility I come before you and lay out all of my petitions to you… I place them in your most competent and loving hands. Please Lord, if it is for my eternal good and those that I pray for, please answer my prayers… Thank you God for giving me the ultimate gift, the gift of faith, salvation and I pray, someday eternal life with you.

 

Who Is Andrew Layton?

Meet Andrew Layton, host of the new podcast Big Dreams Podcast #sports #podcast #ucpn

Join your host, Andrew Layton as he talks about the Big Dreams Podcast – what you will hear on this show and his hope to inspire all the athletes out there to dream big!

Andrew is a personal trainer, former professional athlete, and currently the Head Football Coach at Canterbury High School in Ft. Myers.

Andrew is determined to help at-risk kids just as he was at one time, now he encourages athletes to stay on a better path, and avoid the cycle of despair that he fell into. He saw the affects on the lives of other young men and women who grew up in similar communities, including his late mom.

Andrew was a star football player at Estero High School and he entered Georgia Military College. His mom died during his first year in 2000. He later attended Appalachian State University in North Carolina. Although a pulled hamstring barred him from the NFL draft, he started a professional football career in the Arena Football League, playing for the Greensboro Prowlers.

Andrew was recruited by the first-string Dallas Desperados and elated to be making money doing what he loved. Now he shares his story and insider tips and advice to all of you athletes who want to Dream Big on his Big Dreams Podcast! Join Andrew Layton weekly.

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Who Are You Listening To? Meet Mary Aldrich

Meet Mary Aldrich, the host of Fruit Pursuit Podcast! #podcast #christianity #christianpodcastWho are you listening to?  Meet Mary Aldrich

In this episode, discover a little about who I am, some about my family and our life.  Find out the purpose of this podcast and what this fruit is all about.

Galatians 5:22-23 Tells us the fruit of the spirit includes love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

How often do we long for these particular qualities to be more evident in our lives and in the lives of those we love?  Yet, how often do we truly spend cultivating these into our lives in practical ways?

This episode will explain a little about how my journey as an overwhelmed mom led to a desire to focus whole-heartedly on learning practical ways to cultivate these fruits into my own life and hopefully inspire you with new ways to cultivate them in your life as well.

Who am I?

I’m a multi talented person- which will become more relevant in a minute.

  • I can rock my life coaching job, paint, do construction, cake decorate, organize, delegate, teach, create art, repair a toilet, and a host of other things
  • My favorite hobby is learning new hobbies. I enjoy being relatable to others.
  • Weaknesses: food control, finances, technology

Why this podcast?

  • When my 5 kids were 6 and under, I was thoroughly overwhelmed.
  • I took multi-tasking to a whole new level!
  • Friend recommended a weekend conference by www.reinventministries.org that changed the trajectory of my life forever
  • Gradually found margin to love my family well
  • Got clear what my purpose was
  • Realized I believed that if I was good at something therefore I SHOULD be doing it and began to realign my life according to my clearest purpose
  • As I find hope, I long for YOU to find hope and life as well.
  • It’s my intention to create a way for YOU that is as easy as possible.

Why fruit?

  • Galatians 5:22-23
  • First, I believe in the absolute truth of the whole Bible.
  • Second, It’s important that the mindset we practice and work so hard to improve aligns with the truth of the scripture.
  • The goal here is to find ways to build practical tools which develop these fruits of the spirit into your life.

Ultimate Intention

  • Be encouraged that love, joy, and peace really is possible.
  • Actually feeling this way is not just a twisted way of talking spiritual while feeling miserable.
  • I challenge you to take one step, one action to adjust the trajectory of your life 1% today and every day.

Looking forward to you hanging around! And hey, bring your friends!

5 Characteristics of Healthy Families

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Being open to having more kids comes with understanding the characteristics of healthy families. There are five main characteristics we will focus upon as well as realistic goals to achieve peace and harmony, what parents and children both crave.

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The family is the safe zone, it is a place where the children can grow and flourish into the people that God designed them to be. A family offers the children emotional security free from self-doubt, incrimination, and guilt! Does this sound like a fictitious ideal? Well, it shouldn’t be, God designed our families to be a strong unit, something the enemy hates! For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:20  God also formed the family in his image – the two become one and nine months later a baby is born. I realize life is not that simple but thinking of the family in the context of God and his creation and plan for a family it brings it to an entirely new realm.

5 Characteristics of Healthy Families:

  1. Faith: A relationship with God that is strong is a foundation to everything that comes next, love, kindness, loyalty, and trust. Faith is a gift that is given freely, God waits with open hands for our “yes” and invites us to true peace.
  2. Love: this comes from above! God is love and the source of all love. If you do not know God, that is a priority. Secondly loving others as you love yourself. Yes, this may seem narcissistic, but you can’t love others if you hate yourself. Love is the glue that keeps a family together.
  3. Kindness: We can train ourselves to be kind and think the best of others even if this does not come naturally. A healthy family is one that thinks before they speak and thinks the best of people before jumping to conclusions.
  4. Loyalty: Will we stand by our family members, nurture and train them to be the best person as God designed them to be, using their talents and gifts for others? Loyalty to the family can be expressed by encouraging unity during discussions and when disunity happens have tools in place to bring the family together for open and honest discussion. This relates to trust as well.
  5. Trust: Trust is earned and it can easily be lost. Trust is given and it should be cherished, explain the importance of trust and understanding why this is something that must be demonstrated again and again. This is especially important when the child is young, that the child takes ownership of situations as presented and shows they can do what is required.

The family bound is important and it is part of a family legacy. What do we want our children to remember? A good home life and a family that cares is much more important than what your family can buy. Some families think it is quality time vs. quantity time – and think there is no difference.

Each family needs to figure out their own solution for this, and for us, I chose to stay home with my children vs. furthering my career. My career came later when the kids were older when I could fulfill my dream of writing, publishing and public speaking. My niece and nephews have a different family solution, my niece an attorney works and her husband stays home with the kids and then works on the computer when they are in school, my other niece and nephew both doctors split a week with one working two days and the other three days a week. For each family, time with their kids is important because it goes so quickly.

Some quick keys that will help your family is to have open communication – kids need to feel they can talk to their parents no matter what. This also means listening. Forgiveness is another key, bad feelings need to be resolved and saying I’m sorry is different than saying, please forgive me.

Links to other podcasts on forgiveness:

Forgiveness: An explanation and solutions.

Asking for forgiveness – the key to healing.

Lastly, be appreciative of your family and happy for what God has put together. We do not have a choice in the children we are given but the ultimate Creator of the Universe knows and has carefully selected you – and me to be the parents of the amazing children He gives us. We can be appreciative of our kids and work on encouraging them but it takes an effort. Words are cheap, people, and we can use our words to uplift or tear people down. Uplifting is so much better!

 

 

Faith is a Way Of Life

Faith is a way of life - with Lucia Claborn on the Secrets to Victorious Living PodcastFaith is not something you try, it’s something you do.  It’s a way of life. It unlocks and opens doors for you and causes you to walk in victory every day of your life!!

Every time you hear the Word of God, it will increase your faith to believe the impossible is possible.  If you have the Word, you have faith!

Second Corinthians 4:18 says, So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”

Hebrews 11:1 in the Amplified Bible says, Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses].” 

Romans 1:8 in the Amplified Bible says, “First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith [your trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness] is being proclaimed in all the world.”

If you want your faith to grow strong so you can live by faith, this is your key – learn to trust and have confidence in God’s power, wisdom and goodness because it will open every door for you.

Faith begins where the will of God is known.  When you know what His Word says about your situation, this is where your faith begins.  If you don’t think it’s God’s will for you to have something, you can’t release your faith to believe you receive it. 

God wants you to focus on the unseen realm which are His promises.  You look at them with the eye of faith, because faith is the proof or title deed of the things you cannot see with your natural eyes.

 

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Fruit Pursuit

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Fruit Pursuit with Mary Aldrich

Most believers know that the fruit of the Spirit is something that we have access to and should be cultivating in our lives. But do you ever feel like growing more joy, gentleness or self control takes so much work, it isn’t worth it? After all, getting frustrated about how hard I have to work to feel joyful isn’t ever going to work! If this resonates with you, then I’m thrilled to have you join me as we discover ways to incorporate more of this fruit into our lives. You’ll come away with extremely practical tools and methods that flow with the choices we are longing to make in life. So what fruit exactly are we pursuing?

Galatians 5:22-23 says,
But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness gentleness, and self control. Against such things there is no law.

I think all of us can agree that if we really lived these qualities out, life would feel abundant, rewarding, and wonderful regardless of our circumstances.

As Christians, we are called to be a witness to others of the power of Christ in our lives and the effectiveness of yielding to his ministry. All too often we go through life feeling discouraged, miserable, or just frustrated by unexpected or difficult circumstances. The tendency is to feel like if we could just get a break already, or if we could just finally have a little financial relief, or a short break, we could finally show that joy that we claim is inside.

But that moment just feels too hard…and then so is the next one…and, well…if I can just get through this busy season, then I’ll be able to relax and be happy and act like my Christianity has changed my life… And all of a sudden years have passed and as we reflect back, it’s easy to see that we’ve just been surviving for years, longing for something different, but never really feeling it.

Honey, we are about to change all that!

We’re about to align who you say you want to be with how you live every single day of your life!

Paul talked about his ability to be content in all situations and he references times when he was feeling great, but also times when he was stranded in the ocean, tortured, chased out of town, and in prison! And I don’t think he was just all talk to sound impressive. I think he actually genuinely meant it. That feels so foreign, doesn’t it? To truly, genuinely feel content in a difficult circumstance? Some of us would rather fuss and say we’ll go back to adulting tomorrow.

Today is too hard.

If you would like to continue to fuss about how hard life is, then this podcast is not for you.

However, if you are ready to ditch that attitude, find freedom and abundant life, and really be able to feel like your daily life aligns with the abundance that Jesus promises, this podcast is right up your alley, dear one!

Together, let’s commit to pursue this amazing, rewarding and bountiful fruit of the spirit! Let us graft it into our daily lives with the bigger vision of acting like a changed person. Finally, let’s show our children, our families, and the world that following Jesus is worth all the hype and isn’t only some religious talk. Instead, it’s a life changing, turn the world upside down, revolutionary way to live that is not only addictive but soul satisfying. Let’s show the world we have something they really want, by acting like it works. Because…it does work! It can work for you, for your children, and for generations! Let’s get busy on this fruit pursuit so we can more vibrantly love God, love others, and enjoy it!

About Mary Aldrich

Hi, I’m Mary Aldrich and I’m delighted to spend time with you each week pursuing the Fruit of the Spirit. My husband Brandon and I, and our 7 amazing children have a passion to live our daily life in alignment with what Jesus says is possible: abundance and joy! As we long to share that vision with others as well, it is my pleasure to bring you this weekly podcast.

Please feel free to follow me on social media- Facebook and Instagram. If you’d like to contact me about personal coaching or learn more about what coaching is, you can find information at www.maryaldrichcoaching.com

Spiritual Discernment

Spiritual Discernment ~ Episode 100

Spiritual Discernment | The gift of spiritual discernment is one we all need! It allows us to see the truth to avoid darkness and to be ready for what is in store for those who love the Lord. | #podcast #christianpodcast #spiritualgifts #UCPNThe gift of spiritual discernment is one we all need! It allows us to see the truth to avoid darkness and to be ready for what is in store for those who love the Lord!

Welcome to AFMWG – this is a milestone episode for me – 100! When I began this podcast I had a handful of listeners and I believed the Lord wanted me to continue, even if I could fit all of you in my living room! However, as this show has grown in the number of listeners I am blessed by the power of God and some of you have given me feedback on what this show means to you – thank-you. If the Lord has helped me to help one person then this show has been worth it.

How do you connect to me? Via social media – we have a FB group for this network, look for the Ultimate Christian Podcast Network. You can also comment on our website at AFewMinutesWithGodPodcast.com – each show has it’s own post where we are open for comments.

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I was chatting with some moms that were talking about seeing a miraculous manifestation. Some thought it looked evil, others thought it was a miracle, a sign from God. Friends, in this case, we need discernment. Why did God perform miracles? He did this to increase the faith of those who saw Him do this, it is to increase our own personal faith. The importance of the gift of discernment could take up the next ten episodes of A Few Minutes With God Podcast! The gift of discernment keeps us from evil. Discernment allows us to see right and wrong, it allows us to recognize a sign that is not from God.

Back when I was learning about the gifts of the Holy Spirit the one gift I didn’t want was anything that had to do with discerning evil. I was young in my missionary walk with the Lord, in other words, I believed I loved the Lord and followed Him, but it was a personal journey – I would never consider doing a podcast or ever talking about anything religious in any sense of the word! Why didn’t I want the gift? Because I was afraid of evil. When we are strong in the Lord there is no need to fear. My mother use to say the devil was the size of an ant and the Lord the size of the entire world, and she is right! Jesus has already won the battle, and he has been victorious so what do we need to fear?

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There was an instance in my life when I met a person and I could sense evil. Don’t ask me how, I could, and it made me shudder. I warned one of my son’s about this person because he had to work closely with her on a ranch and he was very kind and could easily be swayed. Some things happened that caused him to feel the intuition I had was right and he came to me to talk about it, it turned out leaving a job was the best way to deal with the situation.

This “feeling” or “intuition” or gift has happened to me time and time again. It is something you can pray for and ask the Lord to give us and you will find it is one of the biggest blessings!

Starting with 1 Kings 3:11 when God said to Solomon that he didn’t ask for riches, or for the life of his enemies but for discernment to know what is right all the way to 1 Corinthians 12:10 discernment has been sought after by followers.

Proverbs 16:21 – The wise of heart is esteemed for discernment, and pleasing speech gains a reputation for learning.

1 John 5:20 – We also know that the Son of God has come and has given us discernment to know the one who is true. And we are in the one who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.

In 1 Corinthians the gifts of the Holy Spirit are layed out and especially in 10 we read, “…to another mighty deeds; to another prophecy; to another discernment of spirits; to another varieties of tongues; to another interpretation of tongues.”

To grow in the gifts of discernment we need to pray for the help of the Holy Spirit, ask for the spiritual gifts of knowledge and understanding, and continue to read and study the Scriptures. Get connected to a church, and be sure to keep your eyes on Christ.

Friends, these gifts strengthen us in our walk with the Lord!

Let’s Pray For the Gift of Spiritual Discernment

Dear Father, I ask for an infilling of Your Holy Spirit, please give me the gift of discernment, please help me on my spiritual journey and I ask for the following prayer intentions… Father if it is in your will please answer my prayers, and I pray this in Jesus Name. Amen.

Faith is the Evidence of the Unseen

 Lucia continues her study of faith and shares faith is the evidence of the unseen on this week's podcast. #faith #podcast #christianity

Lucia continues her study of faith and shares faith is the evidence of the unseen. God’s Word tells us what’s in the spirit world, and it’s actually more real than the physical world we can connect to with our five senses.

Faith is the evidence or the proof of things that are not perceived by our senses.

The more you get out of the natural realm, or the more you stop being led by your emotions and senses, the more you move over into the spiritual realm, and the easier it will be to walk by faith.

As you learn to walk by faith, it becomes a conditioning process.  You’re not moved by what you see or how you feel.  If God has ever answered your prayers and came through for you one time, that is your point of reference that He will do it for you again!

As you grow in your faith, you will come to the point that you simply trust Him to do what you ask Him to do and you don’t have to feel anything or see anything when you pray; you simply take God at His Word and trust Him to do what He says He will do.

You settle in your heart that you’ll do 2 Corinthians 5:7 which says, “We walk by faith and not by sight.”  And the New Living translation says, “We live by believing and not by seeing.”

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Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Gifts of the Holy Spirit | The gifts of the Holy Spirit are real and free and available to all. At Pentecost, the disciples were able to speak in different languages and those who heard them understood. | #podcast #christianpodcast #holyspiritGifts of the Holy Spirit Episode 99

The gifts of the Holy Spirit are real and free and available to all. At Pentecost, the disciples were able to speak in different languages and those who heard them understood. The disciples were taught by the Holy Spirit in other ways as well, by reminding them what Jesus had taught them. Remember, they learned from the Lord but often did not understand what he meant. (John 14:26) We even read passages where Mary buried things in her heart. And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. Luke 2:19

The Holy Spirit allowed them to remember and bring God’s word with them wherever they went and any time they wanted it, it was available to them to use as they became missionaries for the Lord. I once read an analogy of how the information we have today available to us at a push of a button via our cell phones is similar to what the apostles must have felt when they had access to the gifts of the spirit.

Starting with 1 Kings 3:11 when God said to Solomon that he didn’t ask for riches, or for the life of his enemies but for discernment to know what is right all the way to 1 Corinthians 12:10 discernment has been sought after by followers.

Proverbs 16:21 – The wise of heart is esteemed for discernment, and pleasing speech gains a reputation for learning.

1 John 5:20 – We also know that the Son of God has come and has given us discernment to know the one who is true. And we are in the one who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.

What is impactful is the following verse in 1 Corinthians 1:10 – “…to another mighty deeds; to another prophecy; to another discernment of spirits; to another varieties of tongues; to another interpretation of tongues. ”

Holy Spirit Podcast here

Please read all of 1 Corinthians 12 –

The overall purpose was to teach the believers that when they were pagans they were attracted to the way of the idols and that it was difficult to resist sin. god sent us the Holy Spirit so that we could use these gifts, which are many to be steadfast, to have wisdom and discernment.

1 Corinthians 12, verse four talks about the different spiritual gifts but the same Spirit.

Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Wisdom
Understanding
Counsel
Fortitude
Knowledge
Piety
Fear of the Lord

Wisdom is considered the first and the greatest of the gifts.

Understanding helps us to realize the importance of God as the Almighty, opens our eyes to the spiritual and allows us to read and understand Scripture

Fortitude has to do with courage, and also endurance

Knowledge: The gift of knowledge allows one, as far as is humanly possible, to see things from God’s perspective. It “allows us to perceive the greatness of God and his love for his creatures” through creation.[24]

Piety is the awe of God and the understanding of our own weaknesses – this virtue can be overused in the sense of condemning others and become judgemental.

Fear of the Lord is an understanding of the awesomeness of Almighty God.

 

Raising Great Kids In One Easy Lesson

Raising Great Kids | We want to raise great kids that we are proud of, let’s face it isn’t that hard, or is it? In today’s podcast, we discuss raising great kids and how it really can be done in one easy lesson! | #podcast #christianfamilies #greatkids #parenting #UCPNRaising Great Kids In One Easy Lesson! Episode 16

We want to raise great kids that we are proud of, let’s face it isn’t that hard, or is it? In today’s podcast, we discuss raising great kids and how it really can be done in one easy lesson!

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I’ve parented since 1980 when my first child was born. If you do the math you can see it is quite a few years. My five children are all different, and my eight grandchildren have the same trait, they are unique. So what do parents do with all of these different little personalities God has gifted them with?

From my experience with my own children, teaching other children and speaking to hundreds of parents of children it is one of two things with everything in between. We spoil them, we are harsh disciplinarians or we fall somewhere right of center, or left of center, or the worse, in the center.

Raising Great Kids by Example

In a nutshell, if you want to raise great kids it takes modeling good behavior and dealing with bad behavior. I believe that God created man to be good, his Creation (read Genesis) was all about seeing that what He created was good. Sure we are tempted and sure our kids tend to protect self over others, but if we believe our kids have goodness in them, that is helpful!

We must model the behavior and encourage our children to do the same. We want our children to have honorable values, be respectful, love God, and be happy.

The problems begin to happen when we don’t correct behavior that is not acceptable. I think one of the biggest issues is when kids lie. I know for some of us lying is the ultimate sin and we can’t handle it when our kids are less than truthful. But what about us? Do we lie? Do we always tell our kids the truth?

The erosion begins when our kids hear things (and our kids have great hearing when they want to!) and they begin to lie.

Have you ever caught your child in a lie and they vehemently argue that you are wrong? (Story about being a kid and this happening to me.) It was a God moment in my life.

Issues with Raising Great Kids May Stem From:

  1. Uncorrected behavior
  2. Making excuses for our kids
  3. Being too understanding

Our kids will soon learn that they can get away bad behavior and that my friends is why we see kids that are brats, we especially see this in other people’s children!

Take a hard look, and look within:

  1. Can your children handle disappointment?
  2. How do your kids do when you discipline them?
  3. Is your child me focused?
  4. Does your child blame others?
  5. Does your child take responsibility or apologize?

Look at yourself:

  1. Do you deal with lies for example when they happen?
  2. Do you have a clear cut disciplinary procedure?
  3. Do you make excuses for misbehavior to yourself or others?
  4. Do you blame others?
  5. Do you expect your child to make restitution?

If your children are little that is the best time to begin teaching our children the difference between right and wrong. We should never discipline in anger. Our kids need to realize we love them but we will not put up with bad behavior. Yes, talk to your children but be sure there is a punishment that will deter future problems. I usually pray when I am at a loss of what to do! Prayer has helped me tremendously in dealing with situations that I felt were out of my control or I felt the usual discipline wasn’t going to work.

The idea of discipline is to get better results, so if the results are not changing you need a change!

You cannot raise great kids alone, it takes being on your knees and understanding that ultimately God is in charge! God gave us these blessings and He handpicked YOU as the perfect parent for your child, whether you believe this or not you are the perfect parent. We all make mistakes but each day is a new day!

 

 

How Faith Works – Part 8 in Faith Series

Join Lucia as she continues her study of faith and shares how faith works. #podcast #christianfaithJoin Lucia as she continues her study of faith and shares how faith works. The scripture for this session is Hebrews 11:1, which explains the characteristics of faith.  The Good News Translation says, “To have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of the things we cannot see.”

This is the traditional biblical definition of faith; however, Webster’s 1828 Dictionary says faith is a noun with a Latin root meaning fides, fido, or to trust.  One of the meanings of faith is that it is a firm, cordial belief in the veracity of God, in all the declarations of his word; or a full and affectionate confidence in the certainty of those things which God has declared, and because he has declared them. 

 Although these are the definitions of faith, Lucia explains that we cannot apply definitions to situations.  We have to extract from the definition what the definition actually means and then apply it to our situations.

Faith is the key that operates everything in the Kingdom of God and everything we receive from God we receive by faith!  As we look at Hebrews 11:1, we see faith has a time.  There’s a time when faith is faith, and there’s a time when it’s not, and you have to know the difference. So, when is faith, faith?  Hebrews 11:1, tells us faith is present tense.  Faith is always NOW! If what your speaking and believing is not now, then it’s not faith!

Settle in your mind that God has done everything He’s going to do! Your job is to simply believe you receive what He’s already done!  That’s how faith works.

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Promises To Abraham

Promises To Abraham | When we read Genesis we learn, soon after the fall that all is not lost. We have hope in the promises to Abraham, from God. All is not lost and we know that through Abraham came the lineage to David and through David the lineage to Joseph and in essence to Jesus. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcastPromises To Abraham – Episode 98

When we read Genesis we learn, soon after the fall that all is not lost. We have hope in the promises to Abraham, from God. All is not lost and we know that through Abraham came the lineage to David and through David the lineage to Joseph and in essence to Jesus.

We learn so many things, yet one fact remains, Abraham (Abram) doubted. It resonates with me and it should resonate with all of us that we as a fallen people can not possibly understand the mind of God. God entrusts man to carry on His will and man in turns often fails. Even those who are considered by scripture to be righteous.

Promises to Abraham:

  1. Fear not (echoes what the angel Gabriel told Mary – “Fear not…”)
  2. The Word of God came to Abram
  3. A servant would not be his heir but his own flesh and blood.
  4. “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” (Genesis 15:5)
  5. Genesis 15:18 “To your descendants I give this land, from the Wadi of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates.”
  6. God’s promise and blessings were to be upon Isaac who would be blessed with a huge lineage as well. (Isaac’s name would be changed to Israel and the Twelve Tribes of Israel was his heritage.)

God’s Promises To Abraham

God’s promises to Abraham still come even though Abram did not wait! While it is difficult for us to understand this since our ways are so different now, it was acceptable back then to take on other “wives.” Sarai his wife told him to sleep with her slave, Hagar and Abram agreed.
God protected Hagar because she carried the son of Abraham. The angel appeared to her in the desert and told her she would name her son Ishmael.

This is one of the hardest things for me to read, that Abram who heard directly from God did not wait upon the Lord. Friends, how often do we do this? Not wait even though we know we should? This is something to meditate upon and journal. The entire section of the Bible that deals with Abraham and his life is filled with mishap, sometimes lies and always forgiveness from God.

The promises to Abraham include Abraham’s request, God agreed to bless Ishmael He would be the father of twelve rulers and he agreed to make him into a great nation.
But God’s covenant was for Abraham and the blessings would ultimately fall upon Isaac (Israel).

We learn about God’s ways as He “cleans” house by destroying Sodom and Gomorrah.

God’s judgment is always rooted in truth and righteousness.

The key in these scriptures for me is to wait upon the Lord. Remembering that His time is not our time.

Your Measure of Faith

Everyone has been given “a” measure of faith or “the” measure of faith, and what we do with that measure is the key to growing strong faith. 
#podcast Lucia continues her study of faith this week, and shares that everyone has been given “a” measure of faith or “the” measure of faith, and what we do with that measure is the key to growing strong faith.

Have you ever prayed and ask God for more faith?  You don’t have to ask for more faith; you just need to know how faith works! 


If you’re a born again Christian, settle in your heart that you already have faith according to Romans 12:3. The New American Standard Bible says,
For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.”  Another word for each is everyone, so He didn’t leave anyone out if you’re born again. 


As you use your faith to believe for things where you are right now, and you receive them, your faith will grow, and it will get stronger.  One miracle calls for another! And one victory calls for another! 


As you listen to this message, I encourage you to settle in your heart that you know, that you know, that you know, that you have faith.  Once you settle this in your heart, you’ll not doubt that you have faith and you can go forward to develop strong faith and move on into the higher things of God.  God wants us to progress and go from Glory to Glory, which means we go from one level to the next level spiritually.

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Mary Mother of Jesus

Mary Mother of Jesus | Mary, Mother of Jesus is known throughout humanity, nations and time. We can learn so much from her! Most Christians know her name and read about her in the Bible. | #podcast #christianpodcast #MadonnaMary Mother of Jesus – Episode 97

Mary, Mother of Jesus is known throughout humanity, nations and time. We can learn so much from her! Most Christians know her name and read about her in the Bible. She receives a staring role in the New Testament that begins with humble roots, becomes elevated by her, “Yes,” to the Angel, Gabrielle – the spokesperson for Almighty God and culminates in the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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Why are we discussing Mary – as I record this it isn’t anywhere near Christmas when people consider Mary’s part in redemption history as they set out a Nativity scene perhaps to commemorate the birth of Christ. Yet, I believe that Mary is more than that and we need to take a closer look. She is a kindred spirit. She suffered as we suffer, she felt compassion, loved, trusted God and she is our example.

Mary is known by many names, she is known as Mary Mother of Jesus, she is known as the Virgin Mary, as Theotokos in Greek  -Mary Mother of Jesus or in Easter Christianity and the Latin translation is Mother of God or God’bearer

Yet, while the Bible talks so little of Mary. We know her by her attributes:

  • She was a willing servant
  • She trusted God
  • Mary Obeyed God’s call
  • Mary had great suffering in her life

Can you imagine being a poor girl and learning that you were chosen by God for a great task? As a young Jewish girl, Mary must have learned as all the children did that they were awaiting a Messiah, a Savior to free them from Roman rule. She learned the Old Testament and she must have known about Isaiah and the prediction that a young virgin would bear a son, and he would be named Emmanuel which means God with us. Read all of Isiah 7 but the verse I will read to you is at follows and begins in verse 10-15

Emmanuel – God is With Us: Isiah 7: 10-15

When Mary was approached by the angel she didn’t say – “I’m sorry you’ve got the wrong person, didn’t you take a wrong turn at a castle somewhere?” No – she said, “Let it be done to me according to your Word.” She said yes.

How often do we feel like God asks us to do something and we are conflicted. As I’ve shared with you its happened to me often. Yet, Mary was from a poor and humble family. Luke 1:38

The Infancy Narrative is in the Scriptures and you can read the entire verses in Luke 1:1-50 read this in your Bible and think about the words and what they mean. How can you apply this to your life? Luke 1:26-45 especially announces the birth of Jesus to Mary by the angel Gabriel. He was sent by God, and Mary humble servant said, “Yes.” She then visited her cousin Elizabeth. She was unselfish. And the visit turned out to be a blessing when Elizabeth greeted Mary. “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.” (Luke 1:42)

Mary Filled with the Holy Spirit: Responded with, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior.” Luke 1:46-47  Mary needed a Savior, and her son was the Savior.

For many of us these verses are so familiar and if they are not for you – go back and revisit them, take your time, journal about them. While they are often read around Christmastime, it is so important we take time now to study them now.

God sent His Son for us – and God picked a humble lady. Now, Joseph’s lineage we read is from the house of David with a direct lineage to Abraham, this is very important and not the topic of today’s podcast. However, know that because of prophecy and the fulfillment of prophecy

First known miracle -wedding feast of Cana – do what he tells you.
Mary reminds us that Jesus serves our needs – but we must be obedient to Him.

She was present in the days before Pentecost and she was there at the foot of the cross

A woman of great courage and self-giving – went to visit Elizabeth to help her!

Isaiah 7:14 speaks of the Virgin Mother of Emmanuel
“Virgin-Mother of Emmanuel”: “Therefore, the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and His name shall be called Emmanuel.”

Emmanuel means God with us

The child – Jesus, would be a

Luke 1:46-49 – My soul magnifies the Lord …

Greatest of all saints – chosen by God, prepared by God to be the mother of his son – His divinity at the Council of Nicea was determined by defining his mother. Was Jesus half man and half God – God his human form from May and his Divinity from God or was he fully man and God – all as one?
Mary was called Mother of God –

Mary was immaculate by an act of God at the time she was conceived so that she would be sinless and therefore a worthy vessel

God gave Mary so many wonderful attributes of Grace
She is the symbol of hope, obedience, and pointing us constantly to her son – do what he tells you. Her life is a witness to the Glory of Jesus

Is Mary Mother of Jesus a Kindred Spirit?

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Giovanni Battista Salvi da Sassoferrato [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Giovanni Battista Salvi da Sassoferrato – http://www.bridgemanartondemand.com/art/104827/The_Madonna_in_Sorrow

Mindful Kids

Mindful Kids Being present for your kids and having mindful kids is the topic of today's podcast. The last episode of One More Child Podcast we discussed mindfulness and being present. | #podcast #christianpodcastMindful Kids – Teaching Kids To Be Present Episode 15

Being present for your kids and having mindful kids is the topic of today’s podcast. The last episode of One More Child Podcast we discussed mindfulness and being present.

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*Please note: the education system has hijacked the term mindfulness to make it into an new age propaganda, filling kids heads with nonsense, asking kids to “empty their minds,” so the system can fill it with the negative (to a Christian, anyway.) This show focuses on the now – with God, as a Christian. It is in no way linked to anything not of God, as God created our minds and God is in this present moment.

God made us different in the sense of likes and dislikes, personality and how we demonstrate our love for each other. So many things in our lives are distracting and our focus is on our phones, the things on our to-do list and what we need to do tomorrow. We miss the details of today.

Look around when you go out to dinner. People are on their phones instead of talking to each other. No one is talking or laughing or discussing the events of the day.

Mindful Kids Know:

  1. You are there for them now.
  2. We care (show it instead of just using words).
  3. To be present. Do not judge or criticize.
  4. Learn to appreciate the now.

Our kids remember things differently than we do as adults. When my children get in trouble I often ask them if they know why they are in trouble. Many times they do not know or the reason they say the wrong reason. This is one of those areas you can work through and help them to understand the real reason.

We should teach our kids to live each day as if it is our last. Do this exercise with your kids.

What would you do if this was your last day?

  1. What would you do or say?
  2. Don’t worry about the future.
  3. Enjoy each thing – taste, drink and enjoy the sights around you.
  4. Appreciate your environment.
  5. Focus on each other.
  6. Appreciate the moment.
  7. Realize God is in this present moment.

 

Model Christian

Model Christian | Being a model Christian requires responsibility, but what does a model Christian look like? Is it someone who talks the talk or walks the walk. As a Christian, you can no longer act like a heathen and there is a standard to uphold – or is there? | #podcast #christianpodcast Model Christian Episode 97

Being a model Christian requires responsibility, but what does a model Christian look like? Is it someone who talks the talk or walks the walk. As a Christian, you can no longer act like a heathen and there is a standard to uphold – or is there?

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Some believe that becoming a Christian requires a statement of faith – and acceptance of the Lord in a prayer, a declaration, perhaps an altar call they believe it is a one-time thing that is forever and there is never anything you can do after that that alters that commitment if it is done willingly and with an open heart. Others believe that the model Christian is someone who honors the church teachings, receiving the sacraments of Baptism, Communion, and Confirmation. Of frequent confessions and attending church on Sunday. Some think it is a combination of the two and others may think just being good is the way to be a model Christian.

So many people who have been held in high esteem – those who are pastors or tele-evangelists have fallen in horrible ways – those who believed they had the answers were left shocked and hurting. Friends, we can never place our hope in man – no matter how eloquently he/or she speaks, We read about failings each and every day,  whether it is about financial sin or sexual sin – it is a betrayal not only in their own life but in those whom they serve.

Our hope is only in God. The model Christian examples are given so beautifully in the story of the first person to die for his faith.

We learn in the scriptures that being a model Christian has a price, we can no longer be the same. Being a disciple means living a life that models Christ, that is selfless, generous, charitable to our neighbors, some have even suffered for their faith and were put to death. There are places even today where those who are Christians are killed in the same way as in the time of the apostles. The first martyr we read about is Stephen. He was sharing the truth – what it meant to be a model Christian – but his words infuriated the Sanhedrin –just like when Jesus shared the truth and the teaching was too hard for them to believe.

Read and study all of Acts 7:29-70.

As he was dying he echoed the words of Christ – he cried, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit,”

Jesus said in Luke 23:46  Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit”; and when he had said this he breathed his last.

He also said “Lord do not hold this sin against them” an echo of the Lord who said,

(Acts 7:60) and in Luke 23:34  Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.”

Stephen paid the price of being a model Christian – he did not back down and say, “Oh, sorry, didn’t mean to offend you, just forget everything I said and have a nice day.”

Instead, Stephen is a true model of anyone who wants to follow Christ, who wants to be one with the Lord – who wants to know that we pay a price by being a Christian. Just think of what it is like today if you believe as I do that life begins at conception – you will be shouted down for being pro-life. You will be called all kinds of vile names, you will be accused of being narrow-minded and a stupid. What price do we pay to do what is right?

Christians are still the majority but we have been silenced and until recently have not stood up for ourselves but this is no longer true. We have been shut out and shunned but we are now called in a greater way in a world of darkness to stand up for our faith, our beliefs and for our Christ. Revelations 22:12 states, Whatever the price we pay, we are assured in the end to receive recompense according to our deeds. Behold, I am coming soon. I bring with me the recompense I will give to each according to his deeds.

We pray –

Dear Lord Jesus, come, please come. We are at a time when evil is considered good and good evil and I know it is much the same as in your day the time you walked the earth. We as Christians need model Christians as examples to us – we need saints of today that will encourage us to be all that we can be and to be fearless to stand up for our beliefs and call evil – evil and good – good. Lord fill us with your Holy Spirit so that we can have the grace to do what is right. Dear Lord, we ask for the following prayer requests… please hear our prayers and answer them if it is in your perfect will and we pray this in your precious Name, Amen.

 

 

 

Mindfulness – Being In The Present Moment

Mindfulness | By a God-incident, I recently stumbled upon an audio book on mindfulness, being in the present moment. It spoke to me in a way that I can not describe. | #podcast #christianpodcastMindfulness – Being In The Present Moment – Episode 14

By a God-incident, I recently stumbled upon an audio book on mindfulness, being in the present moment. It spoke to me in a way that I can not describe. Parts of the book had cautioned that we might not be happy with what we were hearing, but truthfully I was praising God for the God-incidence in the ability to hear something I craved.

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When we are not mindful:

  1. Info overload: We are overcome by so much information in our lives and being in the moment is something most people struggle with, myself included
  2. Restless sleep When it was quiet my racing mind caused my thoughts to become scattered. In this podcast we will discuss Are you one of those people who are exhausted but can’t sleep because your mind is racing?
  3. Arriving at a destination when you had no idea how you got there.
  4. Praying and not remembering what you were saying.
  5. Talking to someone and not sure what is being said.

Our minds seem to have a life of their own and we are overcome with thoughts many that are negative in our lives. Mindfulness allows you to be in the moment and I will share with you how important this is for anyone who professes Christianity.

Why am I sharing this with you?

  1. It can make you really understand yourself.
  2. It is not psycho mumbo jumbo – it makes sense in that we are trusting God.
  3. It can change your life by not allowing negativity (yourself or others towards you) from affecting you or letting it rule your life.
  4. It can help you to corral overwhelming thoughts
  5. It can make you happier!

Sounds like a win-win!

Mindfulness is a psychological term for what is truthfully a Christian principle.

  1. The Lord lives forever
  2. God is here in this present moment.
  3. God was not created.
  4. God is eternal.
  5. Grace abounds where God is – and He is now – He is here.

Simple right?

Some basic tenants of mindfulness is to be in the present moment without judgment or criticism.

Movie – Percy Jackson – ate the lotus flower and didn’t realize how much time has gone by –

Our lives are wasted by negative thoughts. What is going to happen today, tomorrow, twenty years from now? This happened to me when I learned my oldest was learning delayed I couldn’t imagine what his life would be like with a handicap and NOW I know that I worried for no reason. All that  I imagined was false.

Being mindful is taking charge of harmful thoughts and realizing that what MIGHT come also might not come. Does this mean we never think or plan – absolutely not! Of course, we do, however, we must realize the reality that our thoughts do not define who we are.

  • Just for today realize that God is here, now. It is a grace-filled moment!
  • If you have trouble sleeping because your mind is racing, get up – get a drink of water, go to the restroom – lay back down, and pray. Thank God for the time to pray for someone else. Sometimes that little bit of movement helps.
  • When you feel like you are in a situation (thoughts overwhelming you or life) breathe. Recently – share DMV story –
  • Realize you are NOT your thoughts –if there are negative thoughts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is an Oiler?

Podcast #50

What is an Oiler?

Well simply put an oiler is someone who uses essential oils but what does it really mean to use essential oils?

Diffuser Them

This is one of the basic ways to use essential oils. Grab your diffuser (which you get with your PSK here) and add some oils and water. You are making the area smell amazing and you are supporting your body and those around you,

Apply them to Your Skin

Do you have an area of discomfort? Apply oils and you will be amazed! Grab lavender and frankincense for the skin or peppermint and panaway for a throbbing head.

Got Emotions?

Essential oils for emotions is a game changer! You can diffuse them, smell them straight from the bottle and apply them using affirmations to release the negative and embrace the positive. *Note* only Young Living oils are recommended when dealing with emotions and the limbic area of the brain.

What About Wellness?

Using essential oils to support your overall wellness is a sure sign of an Oiler. This is as simple as grabbing one of your favorite immune supporting oils like Thieves, frankincense or lemon and applying them to your feet or diffusing them.

Don’t Forget About the Kids

Using essential oils with your kids is simple and easy. Diffusing and applying them daily for the different things that come up is a wonderful way to keep them healthy. Always be your own advocate and apply them to your comfort level.

Oils Around the Home

Using essential oils beyond diffusing is a step in the right direction. You can use them to clean, in your personal care products, lotions, supplements and more!

Cooking with Oils

Who knew? Cooking with oils is just like adding your favorite spice like black pepper or herb, just remember that you might only need a drop. This also cuts down your food budget in the herb department.

When you become an Oiler, you are simply adding oils into your daily life and living a healthier life because of it. Most people start with their Premium Starter Kit (12 oils + a diffuser = winning!) and it will be the best investment you will ever make! Are you ready to become an Oiler? I would love to help you get started!

As always be grateful & have faith!
God Bless!

Faith to Please God

Lucia continues her study of faith in this week’s podcast by sharing you must have faith to please God. Live the victorious life! #podcastLucia continues her study of faith in this week’s podcast by sharing you must have faith to please God.

She references Hebrews 11:6 in The Passion Translation which says, “And without faith living within us it would be impossible to please God. For we come to God in faith knowing that he is real and that he rewards the faith of those who give all their passion and strength into seeking him.”

And Hebrews 3:7-12 in the New Living Translation tells us it’s important to walk by faith. That is why the Holy Spirit says, “Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts as Israel did when they rebelled, when they tested me in the wilderness.  There your ancestors tested and tried my patience, even though they saw my miracles for forty years.  So I was angry with them, and I said, ‘Their hearts always turn away from me.  They refuse to do what I tell them.’  So in my anger I took an oath: ‘They will never enter my place of rest.’  Be careful then, dear brothers and sisters. Make sure that your own hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning you away from the living God.”

A key statement in this verse is “Make sure that your own hearts are not evil and unbelieving.”  Paul is telling us that an unbelieving heart or a heart that is not full of faith is considered to be evil!!

If you want God’s Word to work for you, you must mix it with your faith.  The Word of God can be preached; people can hear the Word; and it will not profit or produce for them because they don’t mix their faith with the Word of God.

Walking in faith causes you to live the victorious life!

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Presence of God

Presence of God | For a Christian the presence of God is an amazing feeling and even without that feeling we have faith that God is with us always. How we understand God’s presence? We will look at the Scriptures for clarification during this episode. | #podcast #christianpodcast #christianPresence of God – Episode 96

For a Christian, the presence of God is an amazing feeling and even without that feeling, we have faith that God is with us always. How do we understand God’s presence? We will look at the Scriptures for clarification during this episode.

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The ascension of our Lord is talked about in the Scriptures and often we don’t give it more than a passing thought. Yes, Jesus lived, died and rose from the dead, yes Jesus ascended into heaven after forty days – yet this was the first time after the birth of Jesus that the presence of our Lord was no longer physically present. His apostles felt what we feel today – we can’t just turn around and say, “Lord, what do we do?”

We have spent our entire life in this way. Each one of us has a different story about how we came to learn about God. Maybe you chanced on listening to this podcast and you don’t really know God or believe if He even exists. Maybe you learned about God from your parents and are not sure He is real enough to you – maybe you believe but still, have many questions.

Each of us didn’t know God at one time of our lives – we all began one day at a time, one Bible story or Scripture verse or someone sharing the God news about God that really loved Him and wanted to share what God had done in their life. Faith is a gift if you have faith never discount it or consider it unimportant – you have faith because God has called you by name. You grow in your faith because you take the time to pray, spend time with God in quiet, read the Bible, go to church, surround yourself with Christian readings, or podcasts. You grow your faith by believing but also by doing something about your belief.

Think about this – our lives even those who are not Christians surround two major Biblical events. Christmas (the birth of Christ) and Easter (the resurrection of Christ). Even if the world has tried to secularize these holidays (Winter Break, Spring Break, etc.) we Christians really understand the meaning and significance. Our lives have been impacted by these events and especially the ascension of Christ into heaven.

I’d love for you to Read Acts 1 yourself – especially Acts 1: 1:12

The power of the Holy Spirit was poured on the apostles in order for them to be given the strength to be witnesses at a time that being a Christian was a death sentence – but I love this part when the Angels – two men in white garments questioned the apostles and said, “Why are you looking at the sky?” – in other words, get going you have work to do!

They carried on their mission. Do we carry on our missions in the same way – do we make haste as those in the scriptures do to share the words of everlasting life? They were like us – men and women living their lives, eating, sleeping trying to make the best of things. They had the one advantage over us – they had witnessed Christ in their midst!

Yet, we are just like them in many ways. We have our doubts, our trials, our problems that bog us down daily. But we also have hope and without hope, the human condition is doomed. We have hope for a better tomorrow, hope that everything will work out fine, hope that God is with us today – He is here in this present grace-filled moment to give us encouragement and the blessings to face even our harshest challenges. We are called in our baptism to be the witnesses of Christ’s love and providence. We are in a time that shuns all that is holy – a time where evil is called good and good evil. Now, friends, it is our time to be that light for a hurting world.

Call To Action:

  1. Spend time in prayer and quiet with the Lord.
  2. Seek the Word of God – fill yourself up with the wonderful words of the Bible each and every day.
  3. Ask the Lord how He wants to use you each day. Is there someone lonely that needs a smile or a helping hand? All little things are mighty if they are done with a spirit of love and humility for God.

Some people just look at things as in the “what is in it for me,” and never try to look at how they can bless others. Maybe your burdens are too heavy right now to care for others – but if that is the case, that my friends is how the Lord is using you – to minister to your needs or those of your family. Selfishness is never a right but it can be changed and it happens slowly and with purpose.

Sometimes we get complacent, God doesn’t need me He has so many others so much more capable (friends, this is what goes through my head when I get ready to sit down and podcast). Why am I doing this – I am no one – why me Lord, why me? And, the answer I get is that He asked and I said yes.

What are you saying yes to? Have you prayed and said, Lord how can I help, or are you standing around looking up into the sky and wondering where are you, Lord?

He is here. He is now. This my dear friends is a grace-filled moment… understand it and believe.

Dear Lord, I thank you for all that you did during your time on earth so that your actions, your words, your miracles, and even your death and resurrection could be read about so many years later. I thank you for the gift of faith, for ascending into heaven so that through not only Baptism of water but also of the Holy Spirit we can be filled with the grace to share the good news with others. Dear Lord, I ask you today how you would use me, please Lord help me to understand your will for me and the ways I can let others know more about your goodness and mercy. Dear Lord, I pray for the following intentions … please hear my prayers and help me in the answers, and I pray this in Jesus Name. Amen.

Meditate the Word of God

Join Lucia, and special guest Mrs. Donna Dudley, as they discuss meditation from a positive view, what meditating the Word of God means, and the benefits and results of meditating the Word. #Christian #PodcastLucia is continuing her study of faith this week, and is joined by a special guest, and dear friend in the ministry, Mrs. Donna Dudley. Donna shares a subject that is dear to heart, which is meditation.

They will discuss meditation from a positive view, what meditating the Word of God means, and the benefits and results of meditating the Word to increase your faith to live the victorious life.

Psalm 119:97-100 says, “O how I love and treasure the revelation of your word; throughout the day I fill my heart with its light!  By considering your commands I have an edge over my enemies, for I take seriously everything you say. You have given me more understanding than those who teach me, for I’ve absorbed your eye-opening revelation. You have graced me with more insight than the old sages because I have not failed to walk in the light of your ways.”

Meditation is a powerful weapon that God has given us, and Donna gives examples from the Bible where it says to meditate the Word day and night, as well as what Jesus said about meditating the Word.

Donna explains that as you read the Word of God, focus on one verse, think about it, roll it around in your mind and get everything you can from that verse. Then speak it out of your mouth. It will change your mindset which will change your world for the better.

She encourages you to keep the Word before your eyes to build your faith, and then God will give you the command to fulfill your faith.

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Faith, Family And Holy Spirit

Faith & Family | When my faith in the Lord grew I knew I was a new creation, but I didn't realize the effect of faith and family as a life-changing event. In this episode, I will share how my faith in the Lord caused my husband and I to grow from trusting ourselves to trusting God. | #Podcast #christianpodcast #faithandfamily Faith and Family Episode 13

When my faith in the Lord grew I knew I was a new creation, but I didn’t realize the effect of faith and family as a life-changing event. In this episode, I will share how my faith in the Lord caused my husband and I to grow from trusting ourselves to trusting God.

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I often recommend that people keep a prayer diary for many reasons, but one of the biggest is to see your spiritual growth. We did all the right things as a family. We went to church together, we prayed before meals, we prayed each evening before bedtime. We attended religious retreats and went to spiritual teachings at Church. We thought we were on the right track in our lives and with God.

I loved the Lord – I had followed Him my entire life – but I soon realized as my faith grew that I was following Him on my terms. Wow. That was a time to sit back and to re-evaluate my life.

It came after becoming aware of the workings of the Holy Spirit not only in the time of the apostles when Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would teach them all things. But also today in our lives today. (A friend shared this with me – she said I could kneel beside my bed and ask for an infilling of the Holy Spirit!)

(John 14:26) But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

God had other plans for me – and I was invited to hear a friend’s teaching on one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. I soon remembered reading in the Bible the gifts of the Holy Spirit which are: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. This teaching was called a Life in the Spirit Seminar.

I wanted all of the gifts! I wanted the Lord to come into my life and guide me as He did the apostles. My heart was ready and so was I! The Lord surrounded me with committed Christians in my homeschool friends and in my extended friends that I met through Church. We were invited to a Bible Study and guess what we studied? Acts of the Apostles. All of these things combined changed my life.

I was more understanding as a parent, more loving and kind. I was calmer and my husband noticed a change in me, as well as my parents who lived nearby. In fact, my parents were so amazed at the change they saw in me and then my husband they wanted to learn more so they attended a Life in the Spirit Seminar to learn more about the Holy Spirit and soon joined a Charismatic Prayer Group.

Faith is contagious when you share the good news and share your faith not so much with words but with actions. When I wrote my book I thought my story was about the decision my husband and I made to extend our family size, but as I continued to write the book and the pieces came together, I realized it was a story about my growth in faith and the outcome of this faith in our decision to have more children. I know I’ve said this before on this podcast that I can’t imagine life without my youngest three children.

The fabric of our lives are known by the Lord, but not by us – we can’t predict our futures, and for that, I am truly thankful. We – you and I get to explore our lives as we live them each day. Praise God that we opened our hearts to more of God’s love – that we believed the Gospel message that the Holy Spirit was instrumental in changing our hearts!

Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit | The Holy Spirit is one of the greatest gifts from God! All we have to do is look at the Gospels and rejoice that God did not leave us alone, He sent His Spirit to be with us always. | #christianpodcast #podcast #faithinGodThe Holy Spirit – A Gift From God – Episode 95

The Holy Spirit is one of the greatest gifts from God! All we have to do is look at the Gospels and rejoice that God did not leave us alone, He sent His Spirit to be with us always.

Jesus promises the apostles that the Holy Spirit will not only guide them but teach them everything they need to know about what they should do. (John 14:26) But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

There were so many questions the new Christians had at the time. Some of them were life-altering. It is the same with us as Christians. What is acceptible for us to do, and what appears to be a gray area? This is an age-old question and one that even the most committed Christians will argue about. Is it okay to drink if it is socially? Should you go to church – or can you just pray at home? Do you need to go to confession or can you just pray and ask the Lord to forgive you? Some of these answers are specifically found in the Bible and we are blessed that we have this available to us. It is after all thousands of years since our Lord died and rose from the dead to give us everlasting life.

Jesus gave the disciples strict instructions, to preach the Good news to all nations. He did not explain how the Gentiles should live their lives. At the time that these questions came up it was about 50AD and it had been about twenty years since the Lord’s resurrection when he sent them the Holy Spirit to guide them. Yet they were meeting to decide what to do and make the right decisions. They decided the Gentiles needed to follow limited Jewish laws.

The Holy Spirit guides our church today – when men fail – those in leadership it is because they have forgotten the Gospel message. They have failed to take it to their hearts and ask the Lord in every circumstance, big and small. Recently a megachurch suffered a scandal due to mismanagement of funds among other accusations. It is always newsworthy and always disheartening when these things happen. Often there are coverups – those who bring accusations are falsely punished, excommunicated and worse. Their reputations are ruined and they face legal consequences. All of this could be avoided by following the simple instruction from the Lord in Matthew 28:19, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

Why do we forget about the Holy Spirit? Because we are distracted by our schedules, by the things of this world, by those who do not mean nearly as much to our eternal life as the Lord. How can we make disciples of all nations when we can’t even manage our own household? Friends, we must rely on the infilling of the Holy Spirit and ask Him to come into our lives today. To live within us and to guide us!

What are the gifts of the Holy Spirit? They are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord.

True story – how the Lord lead me to the Charismatic renewal within the Catholic Church. You can pray for an infilling today!

Dear Lord, we praise you for this time together to think about you and to worship you – we thank you for your gift of the Holy Spirit the third person of the Trinity. Come Holy Spirit Come and fill the hearts of the faithful! Dear Lord, I ask you to allow those listening today to understand the power of the Holy Spirit and how it can help them in their life. Give them the gifts of wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. Dear Lord help us to realize that the Holy Spirit is here to guide us and to help us in our daily walk with you. If we have a need or a worry allow the Holy Spirit to fill our heart and guide us. Allow us to test all spirits that they are holy and righteous and do not allow us to be deceived by the evil one. Dear Jesus, thank you for listening and please hear and answer the following prayer requests:

We pray this in Jesus precious Name, Amen.

How to Activate Your Faith

On Secrets to Victorious Living Podcast, learn how to Activate Your Faith using your words!  #podcast #victory How to Activate Your Faith

Lucia continues her study of faith this week, focusing on how to activate your faith.  She explains that it’s possible for your faith to increase or grow bigger, and even if you have small faith, you would “say”, which is an action that activates your faith.

You have to act on what you believe by saying what you believe.  There are two ways to release your faith.  First, by what you say and second, by your actions that confirm what you say.

If you want your faith to increase, you have to not only “believe” what you want to happen, you have to “say” what you want to happen!  Believing and saying go hand-in-hand.  You have to say it loud enough for the devil to hear it because he’s the one who’s holding your blessings from you, not God.

James 2:14-18 confirms that faith is activated by an action. It says, What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith, but he has no works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?  Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.  But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.”

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Vasectomy Reversal Reality

Vasectomy Reversal Reality | Open to life was a term I never heard of before but that became the outcome when the vasectomy reversal reality hit. | #podcast #christianpodcast #vasectomyreversalVasectomy Reversal Reality – Episode

Open to life was a term I never heard of before but that became the outcome when the vasectomy reversal reality hit. Being open to life described our openness to more children in our family as well as a realization that life is precious and that means all life. The born and the unborn. Children are considered a blessing–or they should be considered a blessing!

Thanks to our sponsor Media Angels and the book, One More Child – download a free chapter at MediaAngels.com

In my book, One More Child there are nine chapters that signify each month of pregnancy. One focuses specifically on the event leading us to a vasectomy reversal as well as the reality that came with it.

Life isn’t easy – it is messy. There are things that happen each and every day that challenge even the most faithful. And this is what happened in my life. I go into this more in my book, but suffice it to say that I was not always open to more children. In fact, my husband and I made the decision to have a vasectomy – but later, after I believe my eyes were open to the love and providence of what God has in store for my life, my husband had a Vasectomy reversal.

A vasectomy seems to be a much easier choice for most families than a vasectomy reversal. One gets praise and wide approval while the other is looked upon with disdain. Even the doctor who was scheduled to do the procedure wasn’t in favor! Friends, if you are a parent I get it – we are tired, we have so much going on in our lives, and kids are expensive! So, why do it? In our case, it was a decision of obedience. We felt that the Lord was leading us in this direction. We wanted to be open to whatever God had for our lives and that included in our ability to have children.

Vasectomy Reversal Reality vs. Myths

Reality vs. Myth #1 

Most families can afford a vasectomy but not a vasectomy reversal. While this is true to some extent there is much that can be said with research! We priced the reversal and found that it was going to cost over $10K including travel. That meant leaving our family and telling our extended family, our babysitters, something we were not prepared to do! It ended up costing us a little under 2K with a local doctor only two hours away. Some people have lowered the cost by offering to pay cash.

Reality vs. Myth #2

Recovery is long. It depends on the person, but our situation had my husband back at work after the weekend. He is owner of a construction company and ordered not to lift anything heavy – which he did not, but his recovery was relatively quick.

Reality vs. Myth #3 

Vasectomy reversals don’t always work. While this is true for some, it was not in our case. Even though it had been ten years, we have three more children. We do have one friend whose reversal was unsuccessful, however, they experienced great peace of mind after the procedure was completed, and that is true success. One more thing – for us, it worked rather quickly. I was pregnant with months of the procedure. For others, it may take a full year or longer.

Reality vs. Myth #4

Vasectomy Reversals are required as a Christian. This is an untruth. My situation is a long story – which lead me to a book for others who struggle as I did. However, I do not believe if you had a vasectomy you must have a vasectomy reversal. It is between you and God and your pastor. Most Christian pastors have opted for vasectomies in their own life. As a Catholic, it is not permitted, and therefore confession and speaking to your pastor is important. If you believe God is leading you to a vasectomy reversal, speak to your spouse!

Vasectomy reversal to us meant to encourage more kids. I realize that a big family is expensive, but I have watched our own situation with five children and the downturn of the economy. How was I going to pay for college for my youngest three? The Lord provided for the youngest two who opted for a college with a scholarship! (Thanks to Jean Burk with CollegePrepGenius.com/podcast – listen in if you want to learn more).

Big families allow us to become less focused on self-centered activities. We had to think before we headed out to eat, or took a vacation. It wasn’t easy grocery shopping with all the kids, and even with two older and three younger, it was still a challenge. It meant trading in my car for a conversion van and then an SUV. It meant sacrifice. The things of this world – those worldly things are short lived. However love and family are forever or for as long as we are on this earth.

Yes – love and family may mean a sacrifice to some, but not to me. And, if you consider it a sacrifice is short lived. Kids grow up so quickly and when they are gone, you will miss them! I tell parents all the time to hug your babies!

The decision to be open to life opened up questions from complete strangers. Some of our friends who pushed how we had the big age span between our two oldest children and our three youngest also shared their desire for more children and opted for a vasectomy reversal as well.  I pray that my story is an inspiration and not a condemnation. I also pray that the Lord leads you to peace, not matter what your decision. Until we meet again.

6 Simple Ways to Keep Your Kids Healthy… Naturally

Podcast #49

6 Simple Ways to  Keep Your Kids Healthy… Naturally

With all the resources that we have why does it seem like kids are getting sicker quicker and more than ever before?

These are some simple way to keep your kids healthy all year round.

Balance the Gut

This is huge. Keeping out gut flora in check keeps are entire body running well. Some simple ways are to avoid processed foods and adding in prebiotic and probiotic-rich foods and supplements. Grab yours here.

Fun in the Sun

Food is a great way to get your vitamins but sometimes we could use a little boost especially with vitamins D & C. Sunlight is a big help where vitamin D is concerned but if you are needing a supplement this is one that we use. Citrus fruits are helpful when it comes to vitamin C but when we need extra this is a great source too!

Let Them Play in the Mud

As odd as it might sound to us as parents there are naturally occurring compounds in the dirt that boost serotonin levels and will also contribute to healthy sleep. On top of that, by interacting with dirt, kids are naturally exposed to a host of natural bacteria and pathogens that actually help strengthen the immune system.

Avoid Chemicals

This sounds super easy but have we really looked at what we are pouring on to them lately? Check out your toothpaste, lotions, shampoo/conditioner, bug sprays, sunscreen, laundry detergent and more.

Add Some Salt to the Tub

Epsom or sea salt baths are amazing for detoxing the body especially when we add some essential oils to them but it also has an additional health benefit- magnesium. Due to depleted soil and water levels, many adults and children are magnesium deficient.

Essential Resources

Keeping things like essential oils, homeopathic remedies, herbs, and tinctures on hand is crucial. That away when something does pop up, you are prepared to handle it.

What are some ways that you keep your kids healthy?

As always, be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

Overcoming Religious Persecution

Religious Persecution | Who would have thought that religious persecution would come to the shores of America? We know about persecution happening to all faiths in foreign lands, but on our soil? | #podcast #christianpodcastOvercoming Religious Persecution – Episode 94

Who would have thought that religious persecution would come to the shores of America? We know about persecution happening to all faiths in foreign lands, but on our soil? In this episode, we take a brief look at the persecution of the church in the first century and how our hope rests in Christ. He has Risen!

Thanks to our sponsor Media Angels and the book, One More Child – download a free chapter at MediaAngels.com

When we read the scriptures after the death of Jesus we learn that the Jews who believed in Christ and ultimately were called, “Christians” were persecuted in ways we can’t even imagine. Religious persecution came in the form of abuse, verbal and physical. It came in the shunning of people, in crowds shouting, and so much more. Yet every time we read about the religious persecution we are given a sign of hope and reassurance that only comes from the Holy Spirit. While the church thrived in these early years it was in the midst of adversity.

When Christianity broke away from Judaism the religious and state authorities targeted these believers on both sides. Paul and Barnabas were expelled from Antioch in Pisidia and this was a form of religious persecution. You can read the full version in Acts 12:25-13:52.

Barnabas and Saul Are Sent Off On A Mission For God:

  1. Barnabas and Saul finished their mission and returned to Jerusalem
  2. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.
  3. After they fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.

Religious Persecution In Antioch:

  • On the Sabbath they entered the synagogue and read from the Law and the Prophets, the leaders of the synagogue sent word to them, saying, “Brothers, if you have a word of exhortation for the people, please speak.” 
  • Standing up, Paul read the Scriptures and then rebuked them.

As we know the people asked for a King and he gave them Saul from the tribe of Benjamin, who ruled for 40 years – and as we know the scriptures talk about how Saul and his failures and that of his sons – then David became King, and verse 22 states:

And it continues – Jesus brought us the message of salvation and the people of Jerusalem and their rules condemned him which was a fulfillment of the prophets – they had no crime to try him with – yet they crucified Him anyway.

The Answer to Religious Persecution: 

The answer to religious persecution is the example Paul and Barnabas gave us – they were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit. They were not angry or resentful, they did not fear and despair. Why? Because God was with them and in them.

We know that true joy – the kind that surpasses all understanding comes from the one true God!

The Romans did not offer their citizens religious liberties and Christians would be killed for rejecting the pagan faith of the Romans. And this is happening on our own shores today. If you want to stand up for your faith you will be persecuted. It has become more difficult to take a religious exemption for your beliefs.

Religious Persecution Today:

The liberties of Christians have been attacked worldwide, but now on our own shores. Turn on the news and you can hear this on a daily basis 24/7. If you are a conservative you are narrow-minded, bigoted or worse. Many Christian speakers have been run off of college campuses, they are not allowed to present an opposing view in a place where we should be able to express our differences. Political parties are at each other’s throats. Our rights to claim religious exemptions are being thwarted. Did you know that it is extremely difficult to get a religious exemption – but you can get a medical exemption?

But friends – we have hope! We should not worry or fear. Just like Paul and Barnabas whose lives were on the line, they trusted in the providence of God. John 10:28 – I give them eternal life and they shall never perish! That is what I pray for us.

Dear Lord – you gave us a wonderful example with the holy men and women who preached the good news. You promised not to abandon us, you promised to provide, you promised to give us eternal life. I am grateful Lord for your providence, for your protection and for your Word that remains with us in the Holy Scriptures. Thank you that we have The Bible to read, to learn from and to enjoy. I ask you, Lord, to protect our religious freedoms and our human rights – of the born and unborn. I ask you to watch over us – our families – and our friends. I ask you, Lord, to hear the prayers we pray today … please Lord provide for all we pray for, and I pray this in Jesus Name, Amen.

 

Family Size Struggles

Family Size Struggles | Family size is something you discuss at different times in your life. And, if you have other struggles in your life it may add additional pressure to your decisions. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcastFamily Size Struggles Episode 11

Family size is something you discuss at different times in your life. And, if you have other struggles in your life it may add additional pressure to your decisions. Have you struggled with family size? In this episode, we delve into this topic with faith as our foundation.

Thanks to our sponsor Media Angels and the book, One More Child – download a free chapter at MediaAngels.com

Topics to consider when discussing family size:

  1. Families struggle over family size.
  2. Family dynamics are considered.
  3. Added pressure from well-meaning family or friends.
  4. Harmful effects of birth control on women. Dr. Janet Smith
  5. Seek outside counsel – pro-life doctor and clergy.

Take responsibility for your decisions about family size. Our faith grows to a point where we want to honor God in everything we do, every decision and every way we can in our lives. We are always under God’s will, but God gives us free will to make our own choices.

 

 

My First Aid Kit

Podcast #48

My First Aid Kit

What are the must-haves in your natural first aid kit? Here are the things that we keep in ours.

Activated Charcoal

For acute use in food poisoning, intestinal illness, vomiting, diarrhea, ingestion of toxins, etc.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Keep a bottle of organic Apple Cider Vinegar with “the mother” on hand for digestive troubles, indigestion, food poisoning, sunburn, bug bites and more.

Aloe Vera 

Amazing for burns and blisters and super soothing to the skin.

Essential Oils

There are so many to have with you and this is just the short list. Lavender, patchouli, lemon, tea tree, lemongrass, Thieves/clove, frankincense, copaiba, oregano, purification, & peppermint. So many uses for each and this is just the basic must-haves that you can grab here.

Homeopathic Remedies

Homeopathic remedies are another must have. Simple and easy to use. You can grab them here. These are just the basics to have on hand. Check out this podcast to learn all the awesomeness of homeopathy!

Epsom Salt

Good as a bath soak for sore muscles. Dissolved in water, it can also be a good soak to help remove splinters.

Everything Cream

This “everything cream” can be used on dry skin, cuts, bruises, rashes, and anything else healing ointment could be used on.

Thieves

Be sure to have on hand the Thieves Spray, Waterless Hand Purifier and of course the Thieves House Hold Cleaner.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Great for cleaning wounds, mouthwash, and as a stain remover just to name a few.

Witch Hazel

A must have on hand for use on cuts, scrapes, and in cosmetic uses. It makes a great skin toner and is good for the postpartum bottom too.

Baking Soda

A good remedy to keep on hand. For severe heartburn or urinary tract infections, 1/4 tsp can be taken internally to help alleviate quickly. It can also be made into a poultice and used on bites.

Coconut Oil

Great for just about everything. From skin salve to diaper creme, to makeup remover, to antifungal treatment, use coconut oil for everything.

Superglue or a Liquid Bandaids

On minor to moderate skin cuts (not puncture wounds) use superglue and butterfly bandages.

The Little Things

  • Strips of sterilized muslin cloth in plastic bags for wrapping wounds.
  • Cut off wool sleeves from old sweaters to cover bandages and hold ice packs
  • Assorted bandages, butterfly bandages, and gauze
  • Homemade ice pack- just freeze liquid dish soap or rubbing alcohol in a double-bagged, ziplock bag and use as an ice pack.

Do you use any natural remedies for illness or first aid? Share your tips below!

As always, be grateful and have faith!

God Bless!

Faith is an Action

Lucia continues her study of faith focusing on faith being an action. Faith is the foundation for living a victorious life.  It’s the first priority for our life, and everything in life is affected by our faith. #podcastLucia continues her study of faith focusing on faith being an action. Faith is the foundation for living a victorious life.  It’s the first priority for our life, and everything in life is affected by our faith.

Lucia references several Bible verses showing people used their faith by doing an action.  She shares the faith of the centurion, blind Bartimaeus, and the disciples in the storm to show the comparison of strong and weak faith. 
  She explains great faith is activated by the action of speaking the Word of God, and not just believing the Word of God.  If the centurion had just believed Jesus could do something, but never came to Jesus and asked Him to heal his servant, his servant would not have been healed.  What he believed about Jesus would still be true, but it would not have affected his servant.

When we look at the Word of God, we see the works of Jesus as our example to walk by faith.  We can do the same things Jesus did when we exercise our faith and take action.

  Once you pray and petition God for your request, then you believe you receive, and you begin to confess you have it. 

You stick with speaking your confession and fight the good fight of faith that 1 Timothy 6:12 tells us to fight. You stay on the Word of God and keep confessing the promise!  Never give up on what the Word of God will produce in your life.  You have to be willing to stand on the unchangeable Word of God and prepare yourself to stand until you receive the dreams and desires God has put in your heart.  This is how you live the victorious life!

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Worthy of Blessings

Worthy of Praise | Are you worthy of blessings? Blessings come to us in different ways and in this episode we will look at the blessings we receive as well as the cost. | #podcast #christianpodcastWorthy of Blessings? Episode 93

Are you worthy of blessings? Blessings come to us in different ways and in this episode we will look at the blessings we receive as well as the cost.

Thanks to our sponsor Media Angels and the book, One More Child – download a free chapter at MediaAngels.com

In the book of Revelations 5:12 we read the phrase many of us are familiar with, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches, wisdom and strength, honor and glory and blessings.” I don’t think any of us would argue that Christ is worthy of these blessings. He suffered and died to bring us salvation and this sacrifice has withstood the test of time, The Holy Bible is the most read book in the world.

Who do we consider worthy of blessings in today’s world? Is it someone who has accumulated wealth, someone who is famous or someone we admire for something great they have accomplished? Worthiness is in the eye of those who consider it important. Yet in the time after the Resurrection, we learn that worthiness meant something totally different.

Peter had denied Jesus three times! He was a man that walked with the Lord for many years, who watched him teach, perform miracles and at at the table with him. Yet, this was also a man who did something dishonorable, and he was even warned about it by our Lord – then became a changed man. This change came when he was forgiven.

We read that after the resurrection, the apostles went back to their old way of life and while fishing they noticed a man on the shore — the man asked them if they had caught any fish and they said no. SO he instructed them to throw down their nets yet again (similar to when he first called them to be his apostles). They had fished all night and when morning came they were asked …

Worthy of Blessings

John 21: 1-7

Peter became a new man – he was forgiven! We have hope friends! But with this hope comes the fear and we feel it today. Unborn babies are in even more danger than before with new laws being enacted. Believers who stand up for the rights of the unborn are ridiculed and condemned. Recently a lawmaker did a live stream video of him harassing a lady praying at the sidewalk of an abortion clinic. She was praying for the unborn baby who was about to lose their life – and this man was calling her horrible names and telling her how evil she was.

If you stand for the truth – for the Lord you will be worthy of blessings but also at a price.

When the apostles began to do as Jesus asked they were harassed.

It meant that if you preached in the name of the Lord, you would be condemned by the Sanhedrin – as Jesus was and it was considered an honor.

Read all of Acts from about Acts 5:20-41 -this is where the apostles were captured for preaching and put in jail – when the guards went to get them they found the jail still locked and the men preaching to the crowds.

They rejoiced because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name!

Are we worthy of blessings? Yes, if we are willing to pay the price.

Let’s pray!

Dear Lord God, you are worthy of all praise, all glory, and all honor. I thank you, Lord, for what you have done for me in my life. I love you Lord and I ask that you help me in my faith journey, show me the ways you want me to feed your lambs and tend your sheep. Help me in my process of worthiness and I ask that you walk alongside me each and every day. Make my path straight and righteous Lord! I ask Lord that you hear my prayers for the following people and needs … I praise you, my God, that you hear all of my prayers and answer them as I need them to be answered and I pray this in your Name – Amen.

 

Parenting Under Trial

Parenting Under Trial | Parenting under trial happens to most at some time or another. Parenting, in general, is a skill not for the faint at heart, but when you add a child with some developmentally delayed or ill child the answers can be elusive. | #podcast #christianpodcastParenting Under Trial – Episode 10

Parenting under trial happens to most at some time or another. Parenting, in general, is a skill not for the faint at heart, but when you add a child with some developmentally delayed or ill child the answers can be elusive.

Thanks to our sponsor Media Angels and the book, One More Child – download a free chapter at MediaAngels.com

Parenting Differently
My husband and I were raised totally opposite and our parenting skills also reflected this in so many ways. I am the disciplinarian and if you are the one in your family then you know you are typically the “fall guy” while the other parent seems to get away without any of the blame.

I am the doer, the researcher, the let’s try this and see if it works because we have a problem. My husband, on the other hand, was oblivious there was even a problem. Having a special son took major patience, something I found myself extremely short on — and my husband had this in droves. he was so patient, so kind, so encouraging. I expected my son to listen to instructions yet wondered at how much he really understood.

Parenting Under Trial

  1. Keeping God around just for emergencies.
  2. Expecting more from our spouse than we are willing to give.
  3. Thinking you know more than your spouse.
  4. Quoting an article or book as an authority.
  5. Undermining your spouse’s discipline.

Parenting with Grace

  1. Pray – pray – pray. Prayer is the answer for everything. Put your children under God’s authority. He will provide.
  2. Parent together discuss first what you would like to do together before you approach your child. Yes, this takes planning.
  3. Realize your spouse does have an opinion and listen. If you disagree explain why with grace and love.
  4. Educate yourself, and share the information you find helpful only if your spouse wants to hear it – or read it himself.
  5. If you disagree with your spouse’s method of parenting or discipline, discuss it later -not in front of the children.

Parenting is a team effort and my husband always says that kids are gamblers. They will take the chance to push the limits

 

Simple Ways to Detox Daily

Podcast #47

Simple Ways to Detox Daily

Drink lemon water

Warm to room temperature lemon water is the best, especially first thing in the morning. Add a drop of lemon vitality or some fresh squeezed organic lemon juice work well.

Sip on a Detox Tea

There are a variety of teas out there. Look for teas that contain dandelion root, ginger root, burdock, and licorice.

Add Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has a multitude of benefits. It alkalizes the body, helps detox the liver and supports the metabolism. Good Girl Moonshine is one of my favorite ways to add it to my day.

Jump

Jumping is a great way to stimulate our lymphatic system. It increases circulation.

Eliminate

Elimination is one of the key ways that our detoxes every single day. Be sure to eat clean and add in your fiber. Get in your probiotics, digestive enzymes, and Digize essential oils. Consider trying a coffee enema.

Dry body brushing

This not only feels good but it also activates the lymphatic system, stimulates circulation and enhances the elimination of toxins through our largest organ- the skin!

Detox baths

This is a good thing to add to your weekly routine to help support and cleanse our body. Grab the recipe here. All you need is some sea salt or Epsom salt, baking soda, and essential oils. If you can’t do a bath, try a foot soak.

Make your home healthy

Get some plants in your home that act as natural air filters. Avoid using chemical cleaners. Throw out your plugins, candles and other items that scent our home and instead use a diffuser with essential oils (I recommend Young Living.) Get a reverse osmosis system or water distiller.

What simple steps are you ready to make to detox your life daily?

It doesn’t have to hard or complicated, just start making little changes to a healthier you!

As always be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

Enemies of Faith

Lucia continues her series on faith, with addressing the enemies of faith. Just as there are two kinds of faith, there are two kinds of unbelief. #podcastLucia continues her series on faith, with addressing the enemies of faith.  Just as there are two kinds of faith, there are two kinds of unbelief.  First, there’s the kind of unbelief that’s based on a lack of knowledge of God’s Word.  And second, there’s unbelief because people can’t be persuaded to act on God’s Word although they know the Word.

So, unbelief is either ignorance to the Word of God, or being un-persuaded to act on the Word.  The cure for ignorance is to gain knowledge and the cure for unbelief is obedience.  Faith is acting on God’s Word.  If we really believe God’s Word is true, we’ll be just as steady in the midst of trials, as we are when we’re walking in total victory.

Our faith should be like the faith of Abraham because we’re Abraham’s seed according to Galatians 3:7 which says, So those who are the true children of Abraham will have the same faith as their father! Our faith is simply based on what God says.

Lucia goes on to explain there are several enemies to our faith and explains the only fight we’re to fight is the fight of faith, according to 1 Timothy 6:12, which says “fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”  Jesus has taken care of every battle we will ever face and has pronounced us the victor!

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Blind Faith vs. Real Faith

Blind Faith vs. Real Faith | Blind faith is not what is required of us. We should question and wonder in our walk with the Lord, but truthfully while we believe without seeing, it is far from blind faith.  #podcast #christianpodcastBlind Faith vs. Real Faith: Episode 92

Blind faith is not what is required of us. We should question and wonder in our walk with the Lord, but truthfully while we believe without seeing, it is far from blind faith. In this episode, we will think back to the time of the Ressurection of Our Lord and what we can learn from the scriptures that can be applied to our lives.

Thanks to our sponsor Media Angels and the book, One More Child – download a free chapter at MediaAngels.com

Jesus did not call us to blind faith – because he has opened our eyes!

Luke 21-24:

When I think about those who doubted I think about doubting Thomas. I wonder, would I have been any better? I hope the answer is YES!

In John 20:24-29 we read about the way that Jesus appeared to Thomas.

Are we the blessed who have not seen and yet believe? This is something to think about to journal about and to really consider when we look at our lives. In this podcast, I ask a lot of you! And, I’m so happy for all of you who listen, because this is a lesson for us all!

There were many signs and miracles that happened after Jesus rose – and we learn more and more as the story unfolds.

Because of the witness of the faith of the twelve so many people were converted into believers.

In Acts 5: 1-14 we read a tragic story of those who followed but on their terms. They followed half-heartedly and allowed greed to get in the way of blind faith. They wanted to believe, but on their terms, like many of us!

Our faith should grow every day, if we are not going forward we are not just stagnating we are regressing. We see the works of the Lord all around us if we look – even though Jesus rose over two thousand years ago we see the witness of this faith. We see it in the men, women, and children that go to church each week. We see it in those who honor the Lord in their dress and their speech. Who proclaim Jesus and give him all the glory and the honor on the sports field.

We are the people who witness now. How can we do this?

  1. Smile – that goes a long way in letting strangers know we have something special.
  2. Praise God in conversation. Give God the glory. (I share a story about my husband here.)
  3. Tell others what God has done for you, in your life.
  4. Ask others to share their story – I’d love to hear yours!
  5. Tell people the good news – if you see someone is depressed who seems to be without hope ask them about their faith, invite them to church.

Remember to be able to witness we must first, fill up! Are you filled to overflowing with the love of Christ? We are the witnesses as believers. As we gather in prayer, as we gather as a faith community, as we share what the Lord has done for us.

Be sure to spend time this week in prayer and with your journal in recording how your faith has sustained you.

Let’s pray:

We will pray in the Trinity – in the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Dear Lord, we thank you for giving us faith – the faith that believes without seeing. Oh, how I would have loved to be with you and talk to you when you lived upon the earth, but Lord, I know that you are more present now, through the Holy Spirit and the graces your death and resurrection have purchased for us sinners. I am so blessed Lord that you opened my eyes to the Christian faith and that you are so ready to deepen my faith if I just ask! Please help me to be a Christian witness to others for your glory, Lord! And, Father God thank you for your love in sending your Son and the Spirit – please hear our prayers … I praise you my God for all you have done and for all you will do in my life, and I pray this in the name of the Almighty God. Amen!

 

Marriage Under Trial

Marriage Under Fire | Marriage under trial happens each day. This can be due to finances, or family issues such as health and in these cases, the pressure just becomes even more difficult. In this episode, we learn the true test is not what you think.| #podcast #christianpodcastMarriage Under Trial – A True Test of Love: Episode 9

Marriage under trial happens each day. This can be due to finances, or family issues such as health and in these cases, the pressure just becomes even more difficult. In this episode, we learn the true test is not what you think.

Thanks to our sponsor Media Angels and the book, One More Child – download a free chapter at MediaAngels.com

True love can be fleeting or it can last a lifetime. When we meet and fall in love our world seems to change. Our mood lifts, we are happy, and everything is more in life become easy or at least more manageable. Yet there are so many things that can rob our peace and the main one in most marriages is problems with the children. Even the best marriages struggle with different parenting styles or even different opinions on what is important.

Yet I learned the hard way that if I didn’t have open communication with my spouse and patience with my children then there would be a very hard road ahead. I am not a marriage authority, nor have I written any books on the topic, but I can tell you that after being married for almost forty years, I can tell you a thing or two about what works and what does not!

We made some horrible decisions in our marriage that I am not happy about and one of them is deciding on a vasectomy. We thought it would make our life easier and in the long run, we realized it was something we needed to change. There will be a future podcast on this topic.

My husband had ideas that I went along with for the sake of peace. Several were marriage retreats. We attended a marriage encounter, for “good marriages,” and a Cursillo retreat for a deepening of our faith. My husband attended one weekend and I attended the next. This was wonderful in many ways, yet it took me many years to see the fruits.

Marriage Under Trial

  1. Forgetting to put God first in your life, your spouse second in your life – above kids or work.
  2. Thinking you are always right and it is everyone else’s fault.
  3. Holding grudges and failing to forgive.
  4. Not respecting the other person.
  5. Forgetting the romance.

Marriage with Grace

  1. Putting God first in your life, spouse second.
  2. Remembering that you are not in this alone. It is a partnership.
  3. Realizing love means sacrifice.
  4. Forgiveness is key
  5. Dating and rekindling your relationship. Respect your spouse!

Marriage is under attack on a daily basis and we need to pray for the grace to continue on, and to persevere.

What’s the Big Deal About Fragrance?

Podcast #46

What’s the Big Deal About Fragrance

This has become a hot topic everywhere. Why? People are becoming more aware of what they are using daily in their homes. One of the top things that we should all be aware of is fragrance. Fragrance has become known as the new second-hand smoke and is causing toxic effects on our body that we may not even realize.

What is Fragrance

Fragrance is defined by the FDA as a combination of chemicals that give each perfume or cologne its distinct scent. Fragrance is called a “proprietary blend” or a “trade secret” to the company that contains them. This allows them to hide thousands of chemicals and you would never know.

Where is Fragrance Found

Most of our personal care products contain fragrance. Things like sunscreen, shampoo, soaps, lotions, makeup, body wash, cleaning products, perfumes, deodorants, and pretty much anything that has a smell may have fragrance. Just check the label.

Health Concerns of Fragrance

The word fragrance can hide over 3000 chemicals. These chemicals are being linked to reproductive toxicity, central nervous system disruptor, endocrine disruptors, allergies, respiratory issues, gastrointestinal problems, cardiovascular problems, cancer and more. What is even more alarming is the fact that these chemicals are even being found in the blood of newborns meaning that the chemicals the mother is being exposed to are now being passed onto her baby.

What Do We Do Now

Read your labels- all of them. Avoid any label with the word “fragrance” on it. Check out the documentary “Stink.” We also need to realize that the TSCA  a law made to protect us is actually doing the exact opposite.

Are you ready to be the gatekeeper of your home? If you could protect your family from a list of health issues would you? Today take the challenge and check your labels. Do they have the word fragrance? Will you continue to use them?

As always, be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

The Resurrection

Resurrection | The ressurction is life changing. We know that as Christians our life changed the minute Jesus rose from the dead. This was such a surprise to his apostles! | #podcast #homeschoolpodcastThe Resurrection Life Changing For Christians Episode 91

The resurrection is life changing. We know that as Christians our life changed the minute Jesus rose from the dead. This was such a surprise to his apostles! They didn’t really understand what that meant, but do we? In this episode, we will explore the meaning of the resurrection and how it impacts our lives.

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We are currently living in a time when I dread turning on the news. When I listen I feel like this entire world has gone off the deep end. It is so depressing and often the truth is that people have lost their faith. Maybe they never had faith, to begin with! As a Christian, we can be assured that the real story for us doesn’t take place until our life here ends and that friends is the joyous news! The resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ changes everything – the resurrection is life changing!

Resurrection is Life Changing!

John 20: 1-10 explained finding the tomb empty.

Can you imagine being in their shoes! Where was He? Where did He go?

Recently I did a series of podcasts on prayer – the prayers that appear to go unanswered and the prayers Jesus always answers. But at times we feel the way the apostles did – we feel lost without our Shephard. Our Shepard is with us always and this proof of the empty tomb that was guarded by the way by the Roman guards! The guards ran away, they knew they were in trouble.

Jesus defeated death.

Jesus lives today.

Paul tells the Colossians in verse 3:1 to seek what is above. Paul tells the Corinthians to throw out the old yeast and bake a fresh batch of dough. Jesus is the new yeast and we are the dough! We are reborn in Christ – through our commitment and through our Baptism of water and the spirit. This is our hope. We can use this message and allow it to bless us and to change our lives. How can our lives change?

  1. Seek what is above. Colossians 3:1 Mystical Death and Resurrection. If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. We are so worn down with what is happening today – when I began this episode I talked about that – we worry about politics, about money, about our kids – we worry without any provocation! Yet we know that Jesus opened the gates of heaven and this life is temporary – we are to look at the things above and if we do and keep our eyes focused we will be so much happier! I promise.
  2. What about 1 Corinthians 5:7 – Clear out the old yeast, so that you may become a fresh batch of dough, inasmuch as you are unleavened. For our paschal lamb, Christ has been sacrificed. We are to grow in Christ. If we have old yeast the bread will not rise, it will not grow and change it will never be nourishing to our bodies and our souls. Jesus Christ died so that we could have life – we hear that in church often. We must allow the Lord to work in us – and like the bread the kind the raises anyway, you have to punch it down a time or two so that it rises light and fluffy – and sometimes we too are knocked down so that we can rise again.

Do not lose hope! Jesus Christ is risen and we celebrate this each and every day!

Dear Lord Jesus, we thank you for being our paschal lamb, for your sacrifice which opened for us the gates of heaven where we hope to be joyful with you at the end of time. I ask you, Lord, to send your Holy Spirit upon us to open our eyes so that we can look upward, and not dwell on the things that get us down. I thank you, Lord, for the new yeast that will allow us to grow and change and become a new creation in You! I ask a blessing on all those who are listening to this broadcast, for their families, their friends, that you infill them with the joy that surpasses all understanding. We praise you, Lord! And please Lord, hear our prayers as we ask for these specific things:  … we thank you for all you provide for us and pray this in Jesus, Name. Amen.

God Provides In Our Grief

God Provides | God provides in the midst of our grief. In this episode I give you some real life examples but also ways you can see the hand of God in your life, when you don't think he is here. #podcast #christianpodcastGod Provides In Our Grief

God provides in the midst of our grief. In this episode, I give you some real-life examples but also ways you can see the hand of God in your life when you don’t think he is here.

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When I learned my son would have struggles all of his life my heart broke and yet I had a husband and a young daughter who needed me, plus my son. When I began the process of contacting doctors and learning to what the next steps were in my son’s remediation it began at the hospital where he received occupational therapy and speech therapy.

My days, every day, revolved around the hospital – three days a week sitting and waiting. And that is where I met a friend, a kindred spirit who was also there for remediation for her daughter. Somehow we connected and spoke and became friends. God sent me friends someone who would understand me, who knew what I was going through and who could be there to encourage me.

God Provides Friends:

We had different ideas about how we would proceed after this first step, she decided to send her daughter to a full-time school for the deaf, while I decided to homeschool. Homeschooling was not something I considered lightly – as a certified teacher after spending years in education classes I never imagined I’d go this route. Obviously, God provided as I successfully homeschooled my son through high school. My network of homeschool friends were amazing, strong Christian women who made me think about my faith, what I really believed and how I would approach our differences in doctrine. Yet, we agreed on one fundamental point and that was salvation through Christ. I will be forever thankful for these ladies and their loving hearts!

It was also at this time that my mother gave me the book, Humane Vitae an encyclical written by the Pope Paul VI. It was written in 1968 and while I read it in the late 90’s today it is considered a prophetic book. It talked about the effect of birth control on people and how this would lead to other things such as promiscuity among families, euthanasia and more. Now we know that one of the leading cause for people who have abortions is a form of birth control or failed birth control. Again, it was prophetic in that birth control did change our culture and the rise of divorce and infidelity is now considered rampant.

God provides for us time and time again, yet when we are in the middle of our grief we can’t often see this help. In retrospect, I can see it so clearly now! I can see the times he lifted me up through the phone calls from a friend who said they were thinking about me, for the friendships he provided and for the love of my husband and support of my family.

God Provides! If you are in the middle of a difficult time in your life I recommend the following:

  • Do not make any major decisions.
  • Pray when you feel at your lowest – even a brief, “Dear God, help me!” is sufficient. God knows.
  • Do not worry about things you can not control. God has this.
  • Look at the small things, each and every day and chose to see the good.
  • Surround yourself with positive people, if this is not in real life – do it with us on Facebook – we are there to support you.

Please realize that our prayers are not always answered in the way that we want or wish they would be answered. I have struggled with this for years and that brings anger and unrest during a time when the situation requires my complete focus. I believe it is the enemies way of getting our eyes off of what is important. I have had many prayers answered and many prayers answered in ways I least expected not always in a way that I wanted! (podcast you may want to listen to here on prayers God answers — and prayers unanswered.)

 

 

Two Kinds of Faith

On this podcast, Lucia compares two kinds of faith; Abraham’s faith and Thomas’s faith. Faith is not only a Substance, it’s a force with supernatural power.  Lucia begins a new series on faith, and approaches it from a different perspective.  She will encourage you to wake up your God-given dreams because God didn’t give you those dreams to die unfulfilled.  He gave them to you for a purpose…not only to bring you joy, but to touch other people’s lives in the process of you accomplishing your dreams.  Matthew 19:26 says, Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.”

Lucia compares two kinds of faith; Abraham’s faith and Thomas’s faith.  Abraham, who is called the Father of Faith, had spiritual faith, a heart of faith, which was based on everything God said even though he didn’t see it in the natural realm.  Thomas, who was called doubting Thomas, had natural, human faith, and didn’t believe unless he could see it with him natural eyes.

In 2 Peter 3:1, Peter said he came to stir up their pure minds and put them in remembrance of what they’d already heard.  Lucia does the same for you in today’s message.  As you listen, she will stir you up because faith comes by hearing and hearing the God’s Word.

Faith is not only a Substance, it’s a force with supernatural power.  God’s Word is a supernatural power and it has the power to change your situations when you put it to work.  Hebrews 12:2 says, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.”

 

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Unplanned

Unplanned | My life was going well until something unplanned happened. Life keeps twisting and turning. In this episode, we discuss how we as Christians can stand together when life happens. | #christianpodcast #podcast Unplanned ~ Episode 7

My life was going well until something unplanned happened. Life keeps twisting and turning. In this episode, we discuss how we as Christians can stand together when life happens.

The movie unplanned has had a ripple effect upon the general population both for and against. It is the turn of the conservative media to take ownership of the ability of a well-told story to change hearts. Especially in this case when the movie depicts a true story.

In this film, it is the true story of a young woman, Abby Johnson becomes a clinic director of Planned Parenthood and is vehement about her stance on abortion. She is asked to assist during an abortion and what she sees changes her life forever.

How did this young woman come to the decision that abortion on demand was every woman’s right was such a proponent that she took a job as the clinic director?  We base our decisions on life experiences and for the young, those experiences are limited to what we are told or what we experience.

We are a product of our education and the forces behind education today are fighting for the minds of our children. In my book, “One More Child,” I discuss the decisions I made based upon preconceived notions and ones that were drilled into me as a product of the 1970s. It was a time of freedom from the shackles of the past. Women were equal to men if not better and our decisions should be based on “what feels good,” vs. what is good for our souls.

The decision for my husband and I was not abortion, it was a vasectomy to limit the size of our family. Just like abortion is common so is birth control. And, again I ask — how did we get here? Our story ended happily in that we had, “one more child,” and two more after that as we decided that a vasectomy was not what God intended for our family. A child is not unplanned it the eyes of God.

The silent majority is silent. But no more. This movie has peeled back a layer of what has been kept under wraps for way too long. And there is another layer of truth that the actress in the feature film learned that her mother almost aborted her! She didn’t learn this until she had accepted the role and was on set. Her mother called to chat and ask what she was doing and when she shared she was on set and staring in a role, and the topic of the movie her mother began crying. She told her then that she had a previous abortion and when she was pregnant again went to the clinic to have an abortion but couldn’t go through with the second.

 

‘Unplanned’ Actress Ashley Bratcher Learns Dark Secret: ‘I Was Almost Aborted’

What is an amazing turn of events and one I would call a “God incident.” With God, there are no accidents. There is nothing unplanned.

We as Christians and people of faith cannot be silent any longer. How do we do this?

  1. Pray – pray – pray for an end to abortion (shared a prayer on the podcast)
  2. Support pro-life films.
  3. Vote for pro-life politicians.
  4. Stand at pro-life marches, rallies and at abortion clinics in prayer.
  5. Sign petitions and support pro-life organizations.

It only takes one person and that person is you! We have the ability to change the world, one person, beginning with yourself at a time.

Camping Essentials

Podcast #45

Camping Essentials

You never know what you might need when camping. Here are some of the essentials to have on hand.

Valor & Stress Away

These are great to help everyone on the trip! They can calm the nerves and help you ease into vacation mode.

Lavender

This is known as the Swiss Army knife of essential oils. Cuts, scrapes, bug bites, owies, to much sun, sleep, nervous tummy when in doubt grab lavender.

Thieves

You never know when your immune system will be compromised and sometimes it can take being in cold damp weather or just overdoing it to bring our immune system down a notch. Thieves is a must have! It is also great for cleaning and making sure nothing nasty comes home with you.

Lemon

Great for adding to your water and cleaning out impurities. Uplifting to moods when diffuse if you are stuck inside or adding it to your fresh caught fish.

Peppermint

This is a must-have when it comes to the hot summer days. A drop in your water keeps your body temperature from climbing and even better spiders and ants do not like peppermint either.

Digize

This is a wonderful oil to help support our digestive system, especially while camping. In case you eat something that did not agree with you or maybe you have issues going #2 in new places, this is an oil you want to have.

Frankincense

Keeps you calm, keeps you grounded, keeps the bruises away. This is a must have for any injury.

Citrus Fresh

This is going to help keep the smells away. While your fishing and hiking, it can keep the smells away.

Peace & Calming

This is wonderful to calm the little ones in your life or your furry friends too! It just what it says that it will do, bring feelings of peace and calm.

Panaway

This little bottle is great for any soreness after your hike, long day rowing, or just for the muscle, you may have all of a sudden noticed that you have after you set up camp.

Purification & Insect Repellent

Purification is helpful to keep the pests away. it also helps to take the itch out if we get a bite. Get for our dogs too! The insect repellent is natural and it doesn’t contain DEET, win-win!

Raven

This blend is amazing for respiratory support. After that long hike to the waterfall or a long day canoeing, you want this in your pocket.

Are you ready to camp?

Most of these amazing oils come in one little kit that you can grab here for over 50% off! You will be set for all of your camping trips this summer. Bonus, it includes a diffuser!

Go grab yours today and you will personally have me to help you along the way!

As always, be grateful & have faith.

God Bless!

Prayers God Answers

Prayers God Answered | We know God can do anything, and he can answer each and every prayer that we ask. In this podcast, we discuss the prayers God answers and will answer all the time! | #podcast #christianpodcast #GodanswersprayersPrayers God Answers ~ Episode 90

We know God can do anything, and he can answer each and every prayer that we ask. In this podcast, we discuss the prayers God answers and will answer all the time!

Thanks to our sponsor, Media Angels, Inc. and the books available:

One More Child  — and A Few Minutes with God 

Like any good father, God has our best interests in mind. When we pray many times it is self-serving, and minor such as; God, help me find a close parking space or Lord help me eat healthily. Our prayers can be urgent, God, help my friend who has cancer, and help those who are lost and don’t know you. These are all good prayers. The first, while self-serving show trust in the Lord to ask Him for everything because we know that every good thing comes from God. It also is important to keep God in our thoughts and what better way than prayer.

The problem comes — not in the praying but in unanswered prayers when we feel that God does not hear us and He will not answer. When we look at the grand scheme of things, God has answered the most important prayers and that is in giving us life, a world to live in and loved ones that make our life complete.

There are important prayers we pray but there are some prayers that are always answered. And, I’m not being presumptuous. God answers them because it is for our own good.

Here are the prayers He answers:

Faith:

If we pray for faith, or for more faith God will give it to us. Faith is what completes our lives, makes it full and makes it worth living. Faith gives us hope, it gives us joy and it gives us an outlook that there is more than what we can see, hear and touch. Faith gives us the belief that God is the Creator and we are the created. God has an everlasting place for us that will never end and we prepare for this place while each and every day. Faith lets us know there is more.

Salvation:

If we pray for salvation it will be a prayer that is answered. First, we pray for faith, because without faith, we can not have salvation. Jesus came, sent by the Father to live, die and rise from the dead to break the bond of sin and open the gates of heaven so that we can have everlasting life. Salvation is what Jesus gives us and we can accept this for free.

Forgiveness:

God will give us the grace of forgiveness if we pray to Him for this specific grace. He will give us the grace to forgive others who have hurt us. Just as we forgive He too will forgive. The Lord’s prayer states: “Forgive us as we forgive those who have trespassed against us.”

More of You Lord:

If we pray to the Lord for Him to give us more of Him – to reveal Himself to us more fully He will answer this prayer. We long for communion with God to know Him better, but we can not even imagine how much more the Lord wants this for us. If we ask God to let us learn more about Him, to learn to love Him more, to spend more time with Him–He will answer this prayer.

Prayer for Guidance:

If we pray to the Lord to help us and guide us He will!

Psalm 25:4-5 –  James 1:5 – John 16:13

Prayer for Perseverance:

Pray to the Lord for the prayer to persevere, to continue on to keep going when we can’t do it any longer. We pray this prayer when we are at the end of our rope–when we really need help. I’ve prayed this prayer and each time God comes through. I was leaving for a trip and had so much to do. I had my book launch another podcast to prepare that was brand new.

Prayer to Share The Good News With Others:

Pray to the Lord to help you share the Gospel and salvation, through Christ with others. The Lord will give you the opportunities and the words you should use. This is a prayer the Lord will answer. God commissioned the apostles to go forth and make disciples of all nations. Matthew 28:18-20

These prayers as you can see are all other serving – not self-serving. They are things that will increase our relationship with the Lord and with our relationship, we can serve Him better.

Friends pray for these specific things, for faith, salvation, forgiveness, relationship with the Lord, guidance, perseverance, and sharing the Gospel – and I pray this in Jesus Name, Amen.

 

Home Birth

Podcast #44

Home Birth

For centuries, home birth was the only way to birth. It was common that the new mother was surrounded by the other women in her community to assist her through the birthing process. In the past century, the birth was moved from the care of the women for women to doctors in the hospital. When looking at the history and statistic, this did not actually improve birth as a whole.

Not everyone should have a home birth. Those who are considering it should think about a few different things while discerning if it is the right option for you.

Why?

Everyone has a different reason for choosing homebirth. What are your reasons? Comfort. Fears. Security. Empowerment. Knowing your why is going to help you in the decision as to whether home birth Is the option for you.

Overcoming misconceptions

Ghostbusting some of the misconceptions that we have heard, seen in movies or even emotional trauma that we have experienced through our lives is where we should start. Holding onto thoughts, stories or past traumas can be brought back as we prepare for our birth. This is something all women should do before their birth, no matter where the birth will take place.

Envisioning your birth

Just as with anything that you are doing in life, running a marathon, achieving a business goal or giving birth, envisioning the process and the outcome is important. Hypnobirthing is an amazing birthing technique that helps you prepare and envision, as well as overcome some of your fears or misconceptions of what birth truly is.

Hiring a midwife

One of the most important things you will do while preparing for your birth is hiring your provider. That is right, YOU get to decide who your care provider is. Interview them. Ask them the hard questions: transfer rate, certifications, experience, and anything else that is important to you.

Gathering Your People

This is an area that gets overlooked. Who do you want at your birth? Are you hiring a doula? People that have been negative or unsupportive, even if that is your mother or best friend, should not be someone on this list.

Prepare for Postpartum

Often postpartum is forgotten in all of the birthing plans. Soon baby will be here and having a support system and plan in place for meals, other children you may have, and even a postpartum doula, are options that you should consider before that little one arrives.

Are you ready?

Be informed. Educate yourself and those who will be helping you along this journey into motherhood.

As always, be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

Handling Devastating News

Handling Devastating News | In life, at some point we must deal with handling devastating news - in this episode, I share moments from life and lessons I learned and the hope we all have that today's devasting news is our future praise report! | #christianpodcast #podcastHandling Devastating News – Episode 6

In life, at some point we must deal with handling devastating news – in this episode, I share moments from life and lessons I learned and the hope we all have that today’s devasting news is our future praise report!

I had a boy and a girl – and people, well-meaning kept telling me I shouldn’t have any more children. Everyone has an opinion and they were willing to share it with me. On top of this, my son was not progressing developmentally. I had a background in education with an emphasis in early childhood education and I was interested in playing educational types of games with my children.

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Slower at walking, smiling, he seemed to understand but in slow motion – everything took longer. When my daughter was born, my once compliant child didn’t want to go to bed. My husband was a saint and came to help. He was very strong-willed and disobedient. Only years later would we really question how much he understood of what we said? His speech was delayed.

Testing – had blood work done at the result of my pediatrician

Told the devasting news that my son had Mosaicism – not life-threatening, praise God but still life-altering. I didn’t have the advice I will now share with you – and this is so important for anyone receiving information that is hard to process.

Tips for handling devasting news.

  1. Take a deep breath, panic is not an option.
  2. God is in this present moment. Not the past and not the future.
  3. Take the time to process the information and ask questions.
  4. Anxiety may come, and tears, allow yourself to grieve.
  5. Turn to prayer – the Name Jesus is powerful.
  6. Surround yourself with loved ones.

List of things NOT to do when handling devasting news:

  1. Decisions. Don’t make rash decisions.
  2. Get good counsel but double check your options.
  3. No major decisions especially if they are life-changing.
  4. Do not turn to drugs or alcohol

I didn’t have this information so soon after we had the results of my son’s diagnosis I went to my regular women’s health appointment where I shared with my doctor the news. He immediately recommended that my husband get a vasectomy. Skipped bc discussion because he knew I didn’t want to be on the drug.

We got counsel – spoke to a visiting pastor giving a retreat and he advised us that this was a good option. It wasn’t.

The good news is while we did go ahead with the procedure and then years later had it reversed, the subject of my book One More Child, I learned that we are ultimately responsible for our decisions and if we get bad advice we need to check with others.

I had three more children that wouldn’t be here if I had allowed the devasting news to shatter my world and rule my life. How many of you have allowed the things that happen in your life to define you? We talk about the things that we have in medical terms. You are not what you have, it is a symptom!

We have one life to live and I plan to live mine to the fullest, to spend each day praising God and all He has done in my life. My son has lived a great life. He is happy, adjusted and he has owned several vehicles and currently drives an SUV and has a job that he likes in the construction industry. He has a healthy bank account and while he still lives at home, it is his choice for now. He has lived in his own place for a time. And I know he can support himself.

I am not a super parent, I am a parent who takes one day at a time. Please share with me ways you have been able to overcome your devastating news and perhaps tips that will help us all!

 

 

 

 

 

Holy Spirit Baptism

Join Lucia as she is sharing more on the power of Holy Spirit, which is the Baptism of Holy Spirit, and the power you receive.  She gives answers from the Word of God to clarify the evidence of being filled with Holy Spirit.Join Lucia as she finishes her series on Holy Spirit, building on the foundation from the last three weeks, and sharing more on the power of Holy Spirit, which is the Baptism of Holy Spirit, and the power you receive.  She gives answers from the Word of God to clarify the evidence of being filled with Holy Spirit.

She begins with 1 Corinthians 2:9-10,  That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”[a] But[b] it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets.”

She explains that we’re made in God’s image; and we’re a three-part being.  The real you is a spirit; you live in a body, and you have a soul – which is your mind, will, and emotions.  Our spirit-man is the part of us that gets born again or recreated as a brand-new being, one that never existed before, when we ask Jesus to be our Lord and Savior.  First Corinthians 2:14 in the New Living Translation tells us, But people who aren’t spiritual[a] can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means.”  Spiritual things, like praying in tongues, have to be discerned by our spirit-man, because our mind can’t understand spiritual things.

Holy Spirit is for everyone; it doesn’t matter your nationality, your denomination or your religion. He wants to empower you and help you.

The Walk of the Spirit: The Walk of Power by Dave Roberson – DaveRoberson.org
The Holy Spirit and His Gifts by Kenneth E. Hagin – Amazon.com.
The Holy Spirit Handbook by Mike Murdock – wisdomroombookstore.com.

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Unanswered Prayers

Unanswered Prayer | What happens when we pray and we feel our prayers have been unanswered. In this episode, we tackle the topic of unanswered prayers and what we can do as Christians to hope! | #podcast #homeschoolpodcastUnanswered Prayers – Episode 89

What happens when we pray and we feel our prayers have been unanswered. In this episode, we tackle the topic of unanswered prayers and what we can do as Christians to hope!

Thanks to our sponsor, Media Angels, Inc. and the books available:

One More Child  — and A Few Minutes with God 

How many times have you prayed for something and feel like God doesn’t answer your prayers? Recently I’ve been praying and praying and I’ve been surrendering to the Lord, but my mind just won’t stop. Like a spoiled child, I keep asking, “Why?” I feel that there must be something blocking this prayer request.

I’ve come to learn some things that I will reveal to you and this is one of those hard self-teaching moments. Truthfully, many times when I share a podcast about a particular topic I feel that I am talking to myself.

The first thing is we can not do anything to make God greater than He is — we try in our limited words to say things like, “I give you all the glory and the honor.” But nothing we give God changes Him – it changes us.

God gives and we receive. It is a pure gift. My next podcast is on all the prayers that God will answer! However, we need to understand specific truths first.

Truth #1 – God can do anything.

If God wanted to answer our prayers immediately he could. He is God! God created the world, he parted the Red Sea, Jesus healed the blind, he brought the dead back to life – he can answer our measly prayers.

Ephesians 3:20-Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us,

Corinthians 9:8 – And God is able to make all grace abound to you so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed;

Matthew 7:7 – Prayer and Ask, and it will be given to you; [b]seek, and you will find; [c]knock, and it will be opened to you.

Jesus promised, “The Father will give you whatever you ask in my name” (John 15:16, 16:23)

So, what’s the deal? Keep listening and you will learn what I did as well as working on a better way to pray – not that it means God will answer but that you can rest assured that your unanswered prayers are being heard!

Truth #2 – God doesn’t need to do what I say.

This hit me hard. What? God does hear my prayers – I know He does, and He is a loving God, and He can answer them if He wants to, but He doesn’t have to do it my way. I felt like a little kid as if I was stopping my feet and demanding that He hear and answer – and then when there was no answer I wanted to know why. Sound familiar? If you have a child you know exactly what I mean.

SO what do I do next?

Truth # 3 – Motives

We should look at our motivation in prayer. Was I asking for something that was selfish? Was it self serving? For example, Lord let me win the lottery, or Lord let me do pass a test that I didn’t study for. We ask for something that could be missing for our prayers. We need to pray for things that are a priority. What is it that you really need and look at your motives for this prayer. Without faith we are lost and when we change how we pray it is amazing.  Read Hebrews 11:6 – Jesus leads a man with a child who is possessed to prioritize his prayers for faith overhealing.

“Whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive if you have faith.” Matthew 21:22 – faith. That is so important in all of our lives.

Lord, allow me to have more faith even if I have unanswered prayers. We should pray with a clear conscience and Deuteronomy 1:43-45 explains this well. If our conscience is guilty we should confess and get this taken care of, and I don’t need to explain why. We may need spiritual healing and we should ask our pastors for help!

Acts 28:27. and read Jer. 15:18-19

Truth #4 – Forgiveness.

What is your heart telling you? Are you holding grudges against other people, are you forgiving others from our heart? Before praying we should ask the Lord if there is anyone we need to forgive. Matthew 11:5 – “Whenever you stand praying, forgive if you have anything against anyone so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions.”

When we pray are we holding anything against anyone if so we must forgive them. I’ve done several podcasts on forgiveness.

Forgiveness — and Asking for Forgiveness

Yes – we should ask ourselves if we are in sin, a great sin we need to know that these need to be taken care of before we can expect God to answer our prayers.

Truth #5 – We should pray without ceasing and always hope.

Do I keep asking God for my unanswered prayer? Why not – if our motivation is good and if we in good standing with the Lord, we pray and we should not stop praying. Especially if you’ve asked yourself the questions about motivation and forgiveness.

 Please let me caution you, there is no magic formula. There isn’t any guarantee however, we have faith, we must have faith, we must pray for faith. We must ask the Lord for the words to use in prayer. The Lord will help us! We must have hope friends, without hopes we cannot be live.

Let’s pray.
Dear Lord we ask for additional help for our unanswered prayers – we know you hear us – we know you can answer all of our prayers, we know you want what is best for us – but, Lord we are still hurting and still in need of your answers. Lord, please give me the words to pray, not only now for those who are listening but also in the future for when I ask for a particular answer to prayer. Lord help me, help me to look at my motives, I want purity of motives Lord – I want to honestly ask in my prayer. God if my motives are not pure, please show me and allow me to see this, please bring to mind people I need to forgive. I want what you want Lord, and I don’t know what that is but you know. Please give me hope to know that you will hear and answer! Dear Lord, I pray for the following: ……….. and I ask that if it is in your perfect will that you answer my prayers but either way Lord, I want to be obedient to your will. I thank you, Lord, for my unanswered prayers because I will thank you and praise you in all things. I also ask Lord that you give me faith, that you fill me to overflowing with your hope and the peace that surpasses all understanding and I pray this in Jesus Name, Amen!

 

Natural Motherhood

Podcast #43

Natural Motherhood

Natural motherhood means to be an advocate for you and your family. Start by learning what we can, trusting your gut and cutting out the things that are not good for us.

It Starts at Home

We are the gatekeepers of our homes. It is up to us to educate ourselves on what we are using and allowing to cross that threshold. Do your research and then ditch & switch. Start with the areas that are most important to you- laundry, cleaners, personal care, etc.

In the Beginning

Maybe it is baby #1 or baby #9, motherhood can be emotional. Supporting your emotions is key.

Preparing the go bag for the hospital, be sure to have these:

  • Lavender
  • Peace & Calming
  • Peppermint
  • Joy & White Angelica
  • Panaway & Black Pepper
  • Popcycle pads
  • DIY Peri Spray or Claraderm

Safety & Dilution

Always trust your gut. You have mama instincts for a reason. General dilution rules for ages 0-1 years is ⅛ dilution and ages 2-6 years ¼. Remember do your research and be your own advocate. Check out Debra Rayburns Gentle Babies book for amazing information.

Sleep is Essential

You may not get a lot of sleep in the beginning but setting up a routine can be a huge help. Do what works for you and stick to it!

A Million Ways

There are so many ways to make motherhood natural and easy. Being consistent with these will help the entire process to become second nature.

Take Care of You

Number one thing when becoming a mom is that even though your family is your priority it is vital to take time for you. This could be reading a book, taking a shower, going for a walk or reading the Bible. Whatever it may be, do it! Take 5 minutes or 30 minutes but be sure to fill your cup.

What steps will you take to making your motherhood more natural?

As always be grateful & have faith.

God Bless!

 

Holy Spirit Gifts

Lucia continues her series on Holy Spirit with a focus on the gifts and talents He gives us and what He expects us to do with those gifts.  #podcastLucia continues her series on Holy Spirit with a focus on the gifts and talents He gives us and what He expects us to do with those gifts.  First Corinthians 12:1 says, “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.”  The New Living Translation says, Now, dear brothers and sisters,[a] regarding your question about the special abilities the Spirit gives us. I don’t want you to misunderstand this.”

She will take you through 1 Corinthians 12 and share what Paul says about the nine spiritual gifts which are the word of wisdom; the word of knowledge; faith; healing; working of miracles; prophecy; discerning of spirits; diverse kinds of tongues; and interpretation of tongues. Verse 11 in the Message Bible tells us All these gifts have a common origin, but are handed out one by one by the one Spirit of God. He decides who gets what, and when.”

First Corinthians 12:31 says “we should earnestly desire the greater or best gifts.”  Our assignment from God and our responsibility is to discover and recognize our gift, or gifts, and grow in them.  You have more power available to you than you realize, and it enables you to walk in victory if you’ll tap into it!

Holy Spirit planted greatness within you before you were born.  Your destiny is to discover your spiritual gifts, and not decided what gifts you want.  Your job is to enter into His presence, spend time with Him, and discover what His plan is for your life so you can walk in victory every day!

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Marriage With Children

Marriage and Children | I didn’t dream of marriage with children in the sense of planning for this day, yet when it came I was open and excited to the possibilities. Marriage Tips | #podcast #christianpodcast #marriageMarriage with Children – Happily Ever After Episode 5

I didn’t dream of marriage with children in the sense of planning for this day, yet when it came I was open and excited to the possibilities. Many of you listening are married – and perhaps some of you are considering marriage. Each of us has a different story and I’m sure it is unique to your situation.

Sometimes our expectations are not what we hope, and sometimes they are greater than anything we could possibly dream. In my case, it was the latter. This man that God brought into my life was amazing in every way. I was undeserving and truly blessed at the same time.

If I learned anything from the situation it is to trust but also to take action. I want to talk more about this in upcoming podcasts – but let me say here to fulfill God’s plans for us we have to make an effort and sometimes get out of our comfort zone and take action.

As I shared in the least episode I was lonely – yet I turned to God. My final thought in prayer was that if the Lord wanted me single all my life I would accept it. And, this admission and surrender gave me great peace?

Surrender To God

Have you ever surrendered a situation to God and felt the same peace? The peace that surpasses all understanding? It is wonderful! I urge you to try it.

Co-habitation is an epidemic. Living together was not an option for us – nor would I have agreed and I know my parents would have been totally against it – I’m happy in my case that it did not come up – and ladies if you are urged to “live together” or sleep with someone to prove you love them, I would say stand up for yourself and say no.

Yet before the marriage, I made a decision I have since regretted – and at the encouragement of a friend I went to an OBGYN since I had not previously been and he advised me to use birth control. I had no idea going into this appointment that I would ever use BC but it made sense. His reasoning was, “You don’t want to get pregnant immediately, you want to see how this marriage goes.”

Birth Control

Friends, I did not question him – I did not pray about it, I did not seek Jeff’s input I just did what the doctor said.

Of course, once we were married I shared this information with my husband and he was unhappy with the decision. I didn’t consider the Catholic church teachings. Before Jeff asked me to get off of birth control I read a very short book that my mother gave me. She was a reader of anything religious and she shared a book, Humane Vitae – this book summarized the teaching in 1968 by then Pope Paul VI that reemphasized the Church’s constant teaching that it was always wrong to use contraception in any manner to prevent children from coming into existence.

What few people realize is that up to 1930, all Protestant denominations agreed to condemn contraception as sinful. However, in 1930 at the Lambeth Conference, the Anglican church, was under social pressure to change their stance and they did. They said it would be allowed in some circumstances. Yet soon they allowed contraception across the board. Now all Protestant denominations have followed, and today, the Catholic Church alone stands by the historic Christian position on contraception.

At first, I was upset with the church’s teaching … why was the Catholic church the only one to make this decision, and not change their stance like all of the other Christian faiths? But then I agreed with my husband. I also listened to a talk by Dr. Janet Smith – her talk was eye-opening for me and I was shocked at her findings on the effects of birth control on women and wondered why this wasn’t common knowledge. Friends, we didn’t have the internet then and we could not find the information readily.

Contraception: Why Not – Link Here

Birth Control – Why

Myths about living together: Living Together – Why or Why Not

When I gave up on bc I felt free – and soon became pregnant with my first. I used this as a perfect reason to stay at home and raise my son, and then two years later (exactly another Christmas Eve baby) my daughter.

Friends I was living my dream, my happily ever after with a man I truly loved and I was so happy to wake up each morning and see him and I couldn’t wait until he got home each and every day. He was equally happy and it was a gift from God because this relationship that we had would be tested. My husband is a rock and I pray this for my children to have a strong spouse. One who will stand beside and support you in every way.

Life isn’t perfect and in my case, that imperfection soon was evident in my son’s delays. For those of you who struggle with special children, the next podcast is for you!

One more thing – marriage isn’t perfect. Mine takes a bunch of work on both sides. Yes, I love my husband but he and I are two different personalities —extreme in a sense. Where he is laid back and easy going to a fault. He loves to procrastinate, “Why do today what you can do tomorrow,” and I love to get it done, now. I’m strong willed, I want my own way, and I am tenacious! Our first year was touch and go and many of our arguments stemmed from immaturity on my part. Thankfully, the Lord was there in our lives. We attended church as a family and we prayed and we looked at our lives in the sense of growth and change. Which turned out to be good because I had an inclination that Neal was delayed but didn’t know the severity until later. And that my friends are a time when I really had to cry out to God for help.

We face challenges in life – sometimes they are more difficult than other times. We have to hold on to God as a life-line, but how can you if you do not have a deep relationship with Him? In my life, my relationship can be best described as an ebb and flow of the tides … sometimes it was strong and unwavering and other times it seemed to take a back seat to more pressing needs.

My promise to you is that when you follow God – all in, He will not fail you. He may not answer your prayers exactly as you hoped. But, believe me when I say the way He answers them are perfect in every way.

Easter Blessings

Easter Blessings | The peace of the Lord is always with us, especially for those who believe but what about Easter blessings, why is that a special time? | #christianpodcast Easter Blessings Episode 88

The peace of the Lord is always with us, especially for those who believe but what about Easter blessings, why is that a special time?

On Easter, we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior! He is risen is the cry – and we are so blessed at the thought that Jesus Christ who was sent by the Father, lived, died for our sins and rose from the dead to break the bond of sin for us all.
His was the ultimate sacrifice and on this day, Easter we celebrate it in a fuller way.
Reflection

“On entering the tomb, they saw a young man in a white robe seated on the right-hand side, and they were struck with amazement. But he said to them, ‘There is no need for alarm. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified: he has risen, he is not here. See, here is the place where they laid him. But you must go and tell his disciples and Peter. He is going before you to Galilee it is there you will see him, just as he told you.’”

Mark 16: 5–8

And Luke 24 – 1-12  – The Resurrection of Jesus

 

Characteristics of the Holy Spirit

Lucia continues her series on Holy Spirit and shares that Holy Spirit is a person and describes His characteristics. #podcastLucia continues her series on Holy Spirit and shares that Holy Spirit is a person and describes His characteristics.

Holy Spirit is the third person in the Trinity – which is Father God, Jesus his Son, and Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit is fully God. He is omniscient, which means He knows everything, and He’s omnipresent which means He is constantly encountered. Although Holy Spirit is described as Wind, Fire or a White Dove, He is none of these. Holy Spirit is a person and not merely a force.

Lucia references the teachings of the Apostle Paul about the role of Holy Spirit in our lives as a Helper or Enabler, Teacher, Comforter, Witness and Guide. He is also the Spirit of Creativity.

Jesus knew that not only the disciples would need help after He went to Heaven, but that we would need help, also. In John 14:16 Jesus taught us, “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you.” Some Bible translations call Holy Spirit the Comforter, Counselor, or Helper in this verse.

Holy Spirit uses various pictures of Himself in the Bible, like water, fire, or wind, to reveal His works, His nature and various qualities about Himself. But most importantly, Holy Spirit will come to you the way you need Him the most.

He can come as a gentle Nurturer, like a mother who cares for her children. He can come as a brilliant and articulate Advisor when you’re facing a difficult decision or situation. He can come as a comforting Healer when you need physical healing in your body, or you have mental scars from a tormenting battle. And, if you need a friend, He’s a friend that sticks closer than a brother. You can trust Holy Spirit to reveal specific wisdom for your situation so you can live an overcoming, victorious life!

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5 Steps to Emotional Healing

Podcast #42

5 Steps to Emotional Healing

Emotional release is something that can be very powerful and ultimately life-changing but getting started is where most people get stuck. It does not have to be as scary as we might think and can be done in 5 simple steps.

Two amazing books to help you dig deeper into emotional release and healing are Releasing Emotional Patterns with Essential Oils by Carolyn L. Mein, D.C, and Feeling Buried Alive Never Die by Karol Truman.

* Note: the only essential oils recommended for emotional release are Young Living Essential Oils due to quality standards. Grab your oils here.

Clearing Emotional Patterns

Identify

Step 1 is to identify the feeling or emotion. This brings that feeling or emotion into conscious awareness.

Understand

Step 2 is that once we have identified the emotion and thought pattern that was created. Understand it and where it comes from.

Learn

Step 3 is to learn from this emotion or feeling. Let’s look at the other side or the positive emotion, which is the positive expression of that emotion.

Clear

Step 4 is it clear that emotion. This is the way out, which is a statement or affirmation that provides a way for us to shift from the negative emotion or feeling to a positive emotion or feeling. Remember the deeper the emotion is the more times it can take to clear it. Think of each emotion or feeling like a hole. If you have been digging that hole for years it will take more than one shovel full of dirt to fill it back in.

 

Release

Step 5 is to release the emotion or feeling which no longer serves you. Place a drop of essential oil in your hand. Inhale the essential oil. Apply it to the alarm points or emotional points. The bottoms of the feel and ears are good places to use as a backup.

It is really that Simple!

It really can be as simple as:

  • I choose being (insert positive feeling/emotion)
  • I feel (insert feeling/positive emotion)
  • I AM (insert positive feeling/emotion)

Are you ready to let go of those emotions and feeling that no longer serve you? These emotions and feelings do not have to overtake your life. They can if you let them. Grab your oils and sit down in prayer and the Holy Spirit to help you release the feelings/emotions that no longer serve you and are holding you back from having the life that God has waiting for you.

As always, be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

Loneliness

Loneliness | Loneliness hits when we least expect it - solutions that work. | #podcast #christianpodcastLoneliness  – Episode 4

Loneliness hit me just as I realized, “I’m now an adult.” In this episode, I share some life lessons I learned along the way to adulthood and how we are never alone.

After graduation, I returned to my home town and while my parents were truly loving, and they had the best intentions for me. My dad, however, took the entire, “Italian father,” job literally and stepped in with the acceptance of my first job. I wanted a job teaching elementary school but the job my dad accepted was in middle school – in fact, the one I had attended as a kid when we first moved to town.

God, however, knew what He was allowing and it turned out to be a perfect fit for me. Yet one thing stood in the way of my happiness with my life, and that of a teacher, loneliness.

Loneliness is an Epidemic

The statistics for loneliness are astronomical and it tends to lead to depression. Have you ever felt lonely in the midst of a busy life? I had a wonderful family surrounding me, a bustling Italian restaurant I could escape to if needed with plenty of customers who knew me since I had lived in town since middle school. Yet I felt out of place. I was finally an adult with a piece of paper that said I earned a degree and I had a job, a good job.

The problem was my relationship with the Lord and that was the first thing that needed fixing. Loneliness for me was real and without the grace from God, I would have been lost. It was an interior sense that there was more, that God had someone for me but if He decided to wait then I was fine with waiting or never having anyone if that was God’s will.

I was thankful to a college friend who gave me what I call the True Love Prayer – I’ll read an excerpt to you now…

It was after truly praying and believing that God was in control and surrendering my will to His that I found my loneliness lift. I was no longer focused within, I was focused on others. Giving of ourselves is one way to combat loneliness. I gave to my class and I enjoyed my students. They were wonderful!

2 Corinthians 4:17

While I know I was not alone in feeling loneliness I realize to that it will come and go as I age. However, at this time I believe that it was in letting go that God worked out the details of my life and brought what would turn out to be the love of my life into town – a boy I knew from my college days who lived two hours away. God took care of it!

Now that my kids are grown and the youngest two are in college I’ve felt that loneliness again. During the day instead of the 100+ demands on my time and attention, I found myself wandering around the house wondering, and thinking, and yes feeling lonely! Just think I run a business, and help my husband with his business and still write and speak – can you imagine if I really didn’t have anything to do?

Loneliness is a state of mind and I think the enemy likes to use it against us!

If only we (I) could release more and trust in Him. Can you do that in your own life? Trust? Let go of loneliness? Allow God to work in your life as He has worked countless times in mine? I am learning to do that each and every day. God has this – I trust and I believe!

 

Total Surrender

Total Surrender | Total surrender is easy, right? Well, as a Christian, it should be easier, in theory at least. In this podcast, we will discuss a way that is helpful to let go and let God. | #podcast #christianpodcastTotal Surrender – Episode 87

Total surrender is easy, right? Well, as a Christian, it should be easier, in theory at least. In this podcast, we will discuss a way that is helpful to let go and let God.

Thanks to our sponsor – MediaAngels.com

How can we give God a total surrender of our concerns, worries, and problems if we do not trust? This is a question I’ve had time to reflect upon lately and I am not happy to say that after thinking about it, I’ve come been helped by certain realizations I’ll share with you. One is that we sometimes use God only in the sense of need – when we need him we pull him off that figurative shelf.

While this sounds sacrilegious we have all done it from time to time. Think about it – when all is going well do we cry out to God. No, because there is no need, but when we need him, we “cry out,” and wonder why He does not appear to answer. So we resort to that very human element in our lives worry.

Surrender it is not weakness it is a necessity. It is the only way we can survive in a world that wants to bring us down. Sometimes we just can not change our life circumstances – they are what they are. We have to pray – Lord, you take care of it for me, because I can not. I recently prayed, “Lord I pray a blessing on this person because you love them and I can not love them right now.”

Believe me, it helps!

I asked myself these questions and invite you to do so as well:

  1. Is there something that will change if you worry?
  2. Is there something you can do about the situation you worry about?
  3. By insisting in prayer to God that he changes the outcome to the one you want, are you convinced He will hear and answer your prayer the way you want Him to?

Truthfully that last one is what hit me. I wanted to know why God was not answering my prayer and it was for someone else. I found out that I could not control the situation (I’m sure you’ve already figured that one out) and while I could pray — and I am positive the prayer was heard, the outcome was not what I hoped for. The good news, it was not a life and death situation.

Sometimes what we love the most is what is taken away from us in order that we turn to Him. I’m talking about a career, an achievement, or something that is more on the superficial human level here. My husband always said, “God gets my attention when I don’t have much work.” He is self-employed and our work is steady only by the grace of God – to Him we give all the glory.

Is God getting your attention, and instead of total trust we worry?

Giving Up Worry – Total Trust

I decided this year for Lent (the season of 40 days before Easter) to fast from worry. For the most part, it has worked. Whenever I began to feel worried I gave it to the Lord, I realized very quickly that I could have a life that was calmer and focused on what matters and that is God’s will over mine. I’m sure you’ve all memorized Proverbs 3:5-6 and if not you should commit it to memory:

Proverbs 3:5-6

Total surrender takes:

  1. A decision – I will totally surrender to you, Lord.
  2. A recommitment daily if not minute-by-minute to total surrender.
  3. A realization and acceptance of a different outcome than what we hope for.
  4. A peace – knowledge that God IS always there for us.
  5. The belief that God will give us the grace we need to do this!

Let’s pray with expectant hearts!

Dear Lord, total surrender to you is an absolutely freeing idea and I pray that you give me the grace to surrender all of my problems, my concerns for those in my family, for myself, for those who are struggling. I place all of the issues I have into your very capable hands. You Lord know all things and I know you have my best interests at heart. You care is for my salvation Lord, and I pray a total trust in you. Jesus, I trust in You! Dear Lord, help me especially to surrender the following prayer intentions: (family, friends, work, home, etc.) Lord, I know that you hear me and I especially pray for the grace that comes from the Holy Spirit to shower upon me and bring me that peace that surpasses all understanding. And, I pray this in the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Survival

Survival | When I think of the word survival I think of the term, “Survival of the fittest.” We survive life’s curves in different ways. #podcast #christianpodcast #faithSurvival — Episode 3

When I think of the word survival I think of the term, “Survival of the fittest.” We survive life’s curves in different ways. We look at things during different lenses and I hope after the last podcast you are looking at your family roots with a focus on the positive. In this episode, we will look at the ways we survive with ideas on helping you cope, have hope and yes even have joy out of the process.

Before we get started … can you please share this podcast with a friend, and give me a star rating on your favorite podcast app – here we are in our third episode and I completely forgot to ask you previously. Amazing that I teach people to podcast and can’t follow a simple outline myself!

I believe we learn our survival skills as a kid. I know I did. Kids are resilient and I believe our survival stems from this very fact. Kids can bounce back from life changes so much easier than we can. When we get to be adults the silliest things set us off or throw us off like for me it was scheduling my kids —  The things that drove me nuts was juggling the schedules of three kids that play sports all at the same time in different places, yet this didn’t faze my kids at all because they knew I’d figure it out.

Our kids survive life’s changes because they know we have their best interests in mind. The adults will take care of it – what happens when we become adults who handles it for us now?

As a kid, I moved from my loving home with my parents and grandmother to a home far away leaving my grandmother behind. It is a tragic story of family drama. My grandmother didn’t want us to leave but the extended family got in the way. Of course, they had her best interests in mind…yet it backfired.

I have no idea what my parents were thinking as they packed up a car, with a trailer and moved me and my two little brothers from Long Island, New York and all the way to Toronto Canada. Both are in heaven so I can’t even ask them.

I think my parents were fearless. Can you imagine packing up three kids and moving across the continent in a few days? I can’t. We are planners, aren’t we? We are worried about taking a vacation or even going on a day trip. I have friends who decided to sell their house and become full-time RV’ers and it took them three years to plan for this lifestyle change, and rightly so!

I was very upset with my parents and very young. I was entering the fourth grade when we moved and they took me out of public school and placed me in a very strict Catholic school. No, I didn’t have the mean nuns. Our nuns were nice and we even had regular teachers.

I knew my parents cared about me but it wasn’t my friends I was sad to leave; it was my grandmother. I didn’t even care that we went to Canada. It was a pretty awesome place to live especially if you liked snow and what kid didn’t.

My parents knew they could work hard and had an amazing skill set. They didn’t mind being self-employed and were not afraid to take any job to pay the bills. They also had a small nest egg, or I assume they did because we bought a house at the top of a horseshoe subdivision on a hill. My mother was a fabulous seamstress, a great cook yet her baking was by “eye” and it was either great or not. My father was a handyman and a seamstress. All self-taught. Canada was a blessing to my family, my parents did very well sewing custom clothing for a wealthy crowd. My mother and father made my clothes well into college.

In fact on the rare occasion that my mother took me shopping, she would turn the seams inside out first. Mom taught me that to determine how long the outside would last you had to look at the inside first. A good life lesson!

Three years later they did it again. This time I didn’t care about moving from Canada to Florida. Across the continent, we went! We drove around the town of Winter Haven, (My mother said anything that had heaven in the name had to be wonderful), until my parents found first a house they wanted to buy and then a business. A fried chicken place – I mean what else would an Italian family buy?

Seriously. I’m astounded. Of course, they quickly added Italian sides like spaghetti. Two pieces of chicken, a side of pasta and garlic bread. The combo platter. I created custom signs, I loved art and was a bit embarrassed that they traded out the fries for pasta, but the customers were delighted. They soon outgrew their little place – and when the pizza place owner next door forced the building owner to not renew their rental contract it was understandable.

My mother prayed and prayed for a solution. I remember her going to talk to the priest because the other owner was Catholic as well. My mother prayed for God’s will. Nothing worked until they looked across the street. Well, not exactly across but at 2:00 – over there. I’m pointing but you can’t see me! There it was. A stand-alone building in need of remodeling. Hmm, anyone know a handyman? They purchased the building and remodeled and business was wonderful. They grew so big my dad had to remodel again, later while I attended college.

My parents made friends with one of the owners of the major league baseball team, the Red Sox that use to train down the street and we had a stream of winter visitors and famous players at the restaurant.

One door was closed and another opened for them!

It was a life tragedy for my parents. They had to move their thriving business. How could they survive and provide for their family? Yet, God provided. Not only that but grew their business tremendously! And guess what? They could now offer pizza on the menu because there were no lease restrictions!

Where do you get that will – that determination – that drive to survive? It comes from need. The need begins when we are kids and then develops as we get older and into adulthood. The urge to eat, sleep and provide for our families is very real and I believe it is instilled in us, this survival instinct.

Where do you get your survival instincts from? Have you thought about it? Is it due to the example of your parents or is it from someone who you admire?

I think it also is based upon what we think is important.

Ask yourself these questions:

  1. What has happened in the past to hone your survival skills?
  2. How do you survive life tragedies?
  3. What is your example in surviving in the midst of adversity?

I know what happened in my life – through moving I had to learn to let go, yet we are created to bond to others, our family or friends.

 

The Lifestyle

Podcast #41

The Lifestyle

Our home is our safe place and we want to keep that a safe place. Unfortunately, it has become a place that is filled with things that are unsafe and wreak havoc on our entire family. It is time to be the gatekeepers of our homes and start to live the lifestyle, the chemical free lifestyle.

How to Start

It is actually just 3 simple steps to a chemical free lifestyle.

Step 1: Identify- the harmful chemicals in your home. Be familiar with the common red flag ingredients and start reading labels.

Step 2: Replace- these toxic household products with safe and effective ones from a source you trust.

Step 3: Lifestyle- start living a life of wellness for your whole family. No more dealing with the side effects that come along with being exposed to these chemicals daily but instead living the life that God intended you too!

Beware of Greenwashing

People are starting to notice the chemicals and looking for better options and companies are getting smarter. They are making their products look healthier or saying things like “all natural” but the reality is they typically contain just as many chemicals as all of the other products on the shelves next to them. There is also the trade secret law that allows companies to not disclose the ingredients they use in order to keep their recipe a secret. Both of these are misleading and why you must first trust the company that makes them to truly know what you are getting.

Step 1: Identify

What chemicals are on the red list and should we be on the lookout for?

  • Fragrance
  • Parabens
  • BPA
  • Phthalates
  • Propylene Glycol
  • SLS/SLES
  • DEA, MEA, TEA
  • Triclosan
  • Dioxin
  • PEG
  • Petroleum
  • Synthetic Colors
  • Fluoride
  • Oxybenzone

Start reading labels and being aware!

Step 2: Replace

It is time to ditch & switch! What area of your home is in the most need? For most, the laundry room and household cleaner are quick and easy plus it eliminates the most chemicals the fastest. Then we have our kitchen, oral care, body care, make-up, and even our kids personal care products- like wipes. Check out this simple and easy switch that cuts the chemicals and saves you money!

Step 3: The Lifestyle

This is were Young Living is amazing and a life changer, a company you can trust and products that work! No more label reading needed no more chemicals, budget-friendly, and a happier healthier home. Get started here today!

Where will you start?

Take the one cupboard challenge. Go open one cupboard or cabinet in your home and start reading the labels. You might be surprised at what you find. Then start your lifestyle journey and never look back!

As always, be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

Holy Spirit Power – Part 1

Join Lucia as she begins a new series on Holy Spirit. #podcast #holyspirit

Join Lucia as she begins a new series on Holy Spirit. In this podcast, Lucia shares what happens in the spirit realm when a person asks Jesus to be their Lord and Savior, and the power that’s made available to them by and through Holy Spirit.

John 16:7 tells us “But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper (or some translations say Comforter) will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.” …and verses 12-15 says, “I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. “He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you. “All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore, I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you.”

Holy Spirit did a miraculous work in you when you asked Jesus to be Lord over your life and He made you a new creature.  Spiritual death was removed from your spirit and you were born again into a new life with a new spirit.

Holy Spirit personally carries out this miracle when we make Jesus Christ our Lord. This change in a man’s nature is a great, miraculous and supernatural event that makes great power available within him and upon him.

 

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Take Jesus With You

Take Jesus With You | Is Jesus with you each and every day? Learn how to notice God in your life | #podcast #christianpodcast Take Jesus With You – Episode 86

Many times people feel alone and forgotten but you can take Jesus with you each and every day. In this episode, we are reminded that God is always with us until the end of time. We are not alone!

So, how do you take Jesus with you and why is this a strange concept to so many? We learned as children that Jesus is always with us – we are told in the Scriptures after Jesus resurrected that the disciples were asked to go to the mountain in Galilee where they found the Lord – and he instructed them before he went to heaven. This is known as the “great commission.”

Matthew 28:16-20

  1. The eleven went to find Jesus
  2. Some doubted
  3. The great commission – make disciples of all nations
  4. The Trinity: Baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit
  5. Teach them to obey
  6. …I am with you always, to the very end of the age

Jesus is with us … always … to the very end of the age…

We should be shouting and rejoicing in the streets – hallelujah the Lord is with us – He is here – He is always beside us. OR… if we are not sure of our relationship with God it may be a little bit intimidating.

Each of us has a different relationship with the Lord. We worship in our own way. Some in private, other’s in the community, some lifting their hands and worshipping in song and others on their knees in the privacy of a church chapel or home. Yet we should work on our communication with the Lord.

Is Jesus with you each and every day? Is he right

Dear Jesus, thank you for always being with me, until the end of time – thank you for giving me the grace to believe you are here – that you are with me. I repent of any way I have not allowed you to work in my life, anything I have done that is not pleasing. I ask you, Lord, to come into my life in a renewed way – to see your hand in the little things in my life, to honor my prayers and to go with me, wherever I go. I praise you and I thank you, Lord! Thank you for answering the prayers that I ask of you now…

You are the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords and I give you all the honor and praise as the one true God and I pray this in Jesus Name – Amen!

Family Roots

Family Roots | Have you studied your family roots? We all have a history we are either proud of or want to shove back in the closet. In today’s episode, I’ll share how we can use our heritage to our advantage and bring healing out of situations that truthfully should make us cry! | #podcast #christianpodcast #faithFamily Roots – Episode Two

Have you studied your family roots? We all have a history we are either proud of or want to shove back in the closet. In today’s episode, I’ll share how we can use our heritage to our advantage and bring healing out of situations that truthfully should make us cry!

In my book, One More Child I write what I believe to be a truth – “We don’t get to choose our parents, something my kids probably lament in private!” They did get a kick out of that line – when our kids are little they adore us and write us “I love you, mommy,” notes. When they get older we can be embarrassing or you hear the line, “Moooommmm” at the end of anything I ask.

My parents are now both deceased, and my life was not your average American kid story. While I was born into an Italian immigrant family in New York City, I had no idea I was different until I entered school.

Has that happened to any of you? Your background, morals, truths that were taught by your parents just were, because they said? Then you wake up to find out, wow, things are different out there.

I go into more details about my upbringing in my book, yet in this podcast, I want to focus on our roots.

What are your roots? Have you looked back, and I’m not talking about a DNA test or a family tree history. While those may be interesting it tells you the ancestry parts of your story but not the full picture. Your family tree doesn’t tell you what is important to you. It doesn’t tell you how your upbringing, your family, your parents or lack of good parental influence colors your life decisions. It doesn’t explain the hurt you feel.

Our roots have a way of explaining a lot. I want to challenge you to look back on your upbringing like I did, but not with sad eyes but with eyes that see the good. We didn’t have money growing up but I didn’t know it. We didn’t live in the best neighborhoods or eat the right food. We didn’t even have friends (or very few) outside of our family circle. My best friends were my two cousins, both guys, Sal and Joe. We grew up in the same apartment complex. When we played, we played together.

In fact, my mother was divorced, something that is forbidden in an Italian Catholic family. It wasn’t her choice. My father left. But it left a big hole in her life and you can imagine it had a rippling effect not only on me but our extended family.

Do loving people, who love the Lord get abandoned. Yes. Sometimes through no fault of their own. These things remain a mystery in families that won’t talk about the issues that bother them, they are swept under the carpet.

But if you ask me to describe my family to you and my upbringing I would say it was loving, loud, and after God family was the most important thing and it was happy. Can you do that? Look back upon your family with rose-colored glasses and see the good?

It is a matter of our survival to focus on the good, the happiness, the joy. Even if it is a relative, a neighbor, a teacher who brought you that joy. In curriculum series, I published I had a co-author, Jill. I loved Jill. She was a boisterous evangelical Christian and I was a cradle Catholic and we agreed to disagree on several faith-related discussions but not on the things that mattered the most of which we agreed, our faith in Jesus Christ as Savior. She had a horrible relationship with her father, and when she found God she said she could not equate a loving God as a “Father” because her idea of the word Father was skewed. Yet, when she realized they were two separate entities and forgave her earthly father, she was able to move on and embrace the love and joy from her spiritual father.

That is true joy friend. When we can leave those icky things in our past behind and move forward. Maybe you are not at a place where you can do this – but you can. I have faith that you can. Maybe not this second but soon.

Here are some practical steps to get you started.

  1. Look at your roots. What do you see?
  2. If you see hardships, acknowledge those but look for the good.
  3. If you are stuck on the icky stuff pray to God to forgive. Only through forgiveness – can we move on.
  4. Future – look at the future with hope.
  5. Let go! Joy comes from releasing things that are upsetting to God and letting go.

This is a ton of work to get you started and believe me it doesn’t happen overnight. It took me many years to grow in faith and that was a process and afterward, it took me another five years to write my book.

Why do we delay in letting things go, in allowing God to work in our lives? If you have the answer, please let me know! We all make mistakes and in the next episode, we will discuss survival – the way we regroup and survive difficult things.

Maybe you can’t do any of the five things I’ve listed. Fine. Make up your own list. If you are struggling and hurting there is only one way out and that is to look for the root cause.

A quick side note here. Taking responsibility. In my case, my distress was because of a decision I made, not lightly but along with my husband. I had to take responsibility and own it to move on.

Bad things happen to good people. And…

Good people do not need to let those bad things define them.

We are responsible for ourselves for our decisions and for our own feelings. If we allow ourselves to stay in a self-pity party for very long it begins to define us – we look at other people and see their lives as perfect. We begin to compare ourselves to others and guess what? We think we fall short – everyone else’s life is so much better than ours, right?

Wrong.

There is no perfect life. Believe me, I know. Just think of any friends you’ve gotten to know whose life you thought were perfect. I usually walk away happy that is not my life and thanking God that He has given me what I can handle with His help!

Can you do it? Can you look at your roots, your past and not allow it to define who you are?

Yes, I’m Italian. Yes, I grew up in a faith-filled Catholic family but we were more cafeteria Catholic that true Catholic – selecting and choosing what we wanted to follow. Yes, I watched as my family practice the fine art of guilt – making others feel guilty when they didn’t want to visit or eat the food prepared. It was subtle but oh so effective technique – and the drama! There was always drama.

I let these roots define me for way too long! Take the good, get rid of the bad. Learn from past mistakes. I’m not into guilt or drama. But it was a process. When my parents retired in a community thirty minutes away, I would feel guilty if I was within ten miles of my parent’s home and didn’t go to visit. Even after my mother died I began to fill guilt that I hadn’t visited enough. Why didn’t I go see her more? My husband reminded me of all the times we visited all the meals, of all the family celebrations. My parents actually baked homemade pizza for lunch and brought it fresh and hot to my house for the kids. Retirement was an extension of the Italian Restaurant they owned in Winter Haven, Florida. They just changed the menu and fed the neighbors and family that lived nearby.

When my cousin wanted to take his wife on a getaway (the same cousin whose mother, my aunt lived in their home and his wife made welcoming) and he wanted to visit my area in Florida I told him that while I’d love to see him – this was a surprise for his wife who lived near family and it was okay—he didn’t need to come to visit. Needless to say, he was delighted and shocked.

In the past, there would have been all types of drama told about being so close and not coming over for dinner. Every. Night.

Growing up anyone who walked into our house was greeted with the same words. Hello. Welcome. And, you look hungry. How do you look hungry?!

Friends, let it go. If you come to my house I’ll say, “Hello, welcome,” and then proceed to forget to offer you even a glass of water. The glasses are in the drawer near the water cooler help yourself!

Please connect with me on social media, I want to meet you, and for us to get to know each other. The information and details are on the podcast page at One More Child Podcast.com – or if you are not on social media please share your comments and questions with me at Felice@MediaAngels.com.

I pray God’s blessings upon you and your family. Until next we meet

 

Prayer: Singlemindedness in Prayer – Part 4

Join Lucia and her special guest, her pastor, Mrs. Sonya Collins. Mrs. Collins shares a prayer secret from her 20 plus years of ministry experience, focusing on singlemindedness in your prayer life. #Podcast #ChristianJoin Lucia as she welcomes a very special guest, her pastor, Mrs. Sonya Collins. In this podcast, Mrs. Sonya shares a key prayer secret from her 20-plus years of ministry experience with the main focus being singlemindedness in regard to your prayer life.

As you read the Word of God and spend time in His presence, your heart will change, and you will begin to get settled and refocused on God’s promises. You will not be moved by what you feel – whether things are looking good or whether they’re looking bad.

Life happens after you pray, and you will have daily opportunities to question God if what you prayed will really come to pass. However, a key to living the victorious life is to have dove’s eyes and stay focused on His promise.

Mrs. Sonya encourages you to not say something unless you would pray it! The quickest way from amen to manifestation is true thanksgiving. If your situation is better but not what you’ve prayed for, it’s not over! God’s not done! Keep thanking God and keep your faith strong. He is faithful, and you can trust Him!

There’s no formula for faith. Your answer is simply Matthew 6:33, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” He knows the end from the beginning and as you seek Him first, He will direct you to the next level by the next step. As you live each day seeking Him first, you will walk into His glorious plan for your life!

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Join Lucia and her special guest, her pastor, Mrs. Sonya Collins. Mrs. Collins shares a prayer secret from her 20 plus years of ministry experience, focusing on singlemindedness in your prayer life. #Podcast #Christian

Healthy Kids Part 3

Podcast #40

Healthy Kids

Part 3

Healthy kids start before they are even conceived. We can start by getting both mom and dad healthy and functioning well so that the baby also can have a healthy beginning.

+ Increasing Your Fertility

  • Get rid of any pathogens- parasites, fungus, candida, etc.
  • Clean up your diet and eat foods that can increase your fertility
  • Avoid two things- soy and processed sugars

+ Fun Facts for Healthy Families

  • Babies do not have the proper enzymes for food until they have teeth
  • Thyroid issues are commonly a lack of iodine and minerals- increase iodine with Lugol’s liquid iodine and minerals with Pink Himalayan or Black Hawaiin Sea Salt
  • If you have had soy overload- one organic carrot day helps to reverse some of the damage that may have been done
  • Fermented food is huge and we need to start eating them
  • Reach for the sourdough or sprouted bread

+ How do we start

There are many ways that we can start making changes to have healthier kids and an overall healthier family. Simple changes every day is the key and being consistent. Where do you want to start? What is the most important area of your life that needs to start seeing change? Start there and make the change!

 

As always, be grateful and have faith!

God Bless!

 

Power of Family Prayer

Power of Prayer | I recently attended a prayer breakfast where I heard an amazing testimony to the power of family prayers. The prayers of a family or friends for a particular person are so powerful. In this episode, I want to share with you some of what I learned and the power of prayers for your family. | #podcast #christianpodcastThe Power of Family Prayers – Episode 85

I recently attended a prayer breakfast where I heard an amazing testimony to the power of family prayers. The prayers of a family or friends for a particular person are so powerful. In this episode, I want to share with you some of what I learned and the power of prayers for your family.

Family prayer is so important – we don’t realize the impact. We can unite as a community to pray for someone, we pray in the gap for those who may be struggling with their faith OR for those who need our prayer:

Jesus Prays for His Disciples – The Power of Family Prayer

John 6:26

  • I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours ((John 6:9).
  • All I have is yours and all you have is mine (John 6:10).
  • While I was with them I protected them (John 6:12).
  • I kept them safe by that name you gave me. (John 6:12). (The name? Jesus Christ.)

God knows what we need and He is what we need! Think about that. We are worried, concerned and we allow these feelings to overcome us to the point that we can’t function. I understand, life is a struggle and guess what – we hold this inside and don’t want anyone else to know. We continue on as if everything is okay.

And, to make matters worse? The enemy uses this to torment us and keep us bound to a place where can’t escape on our own. Friends, the only person who can set you free is the Lord. He is the one who knows all of our needs – all of our wants and keeps everything in perspective for us.

When we rely on Him for everything we will be victorious. One of the ways to get out of our own problems is to pray for others. Not in a way that has us tied up in knots with worry but in a way that releases the situation to God.

I keep learning and growing along with all of you on my journey of faith. I decided that the time before Lent I would give up worry. It was eating me inside and I was so concerned about things I could do nothing about – yes, I prayed and I stood in the gap, but instead of releasing things to God for Him, in His wisdom and mercy to take care of… I was concerned He wouldn’t answer, or that He would answer but not how I wanted Him to answer.

Instead every time I was tempted (do you hear that word, “tempted” it is true – we are tempted) so, when I was tempted to worry I said, “into your hands Lord I place this situation.” And left it there! Is it easy? No way, but I have faith.

In Exodus 3:1-15 we read about Moses and the burning bush – one verse really stood out for me. The Lord God told Moses he was … “the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob.” And, He went on —The Lord said, “I have witnessed the affliction of my people in Egypt and have heard their cry of complaint against their slave drivers, so I know well what they are suffering.”

God knows what we are suffering and what our friends and family are suffering. I spoke to a friend who is praying for her friends who are suicidal or have children who are suicidal. Another friend’s daughter was given a dire diagnosis of no hope after cancer treatment. We can stand in the gap, we can pray. One friend was so moved about another friend’s situation she took a calendar and started a prayer chain with each of us taking one day to pray for this person.

God hears the prayers of the family. The family can be blood-related but the family of God is interrelated. We, those of us listening to this podcast – we are family, we are the family of God. No matter what your faith journey if you are starting out or you are a committed Christian we all have people to pray for. I received a text as I was preparing this talk for a friend’s daughter who is having her first baby – she is on the way to the hospital so we pray!

Are you connected to others who pray? For those of you on Facebook we have a large group of prayer warriors – you can join us there, or email me at Felice (at) MediaAngels.com and I will add your prayer request https://www.facebook.com/AFewMinutesWithGod/

 

Remember – God knows our needs – he took the Israelites out of Egypt, and that was a miracle and He had not sent His Son, Jesus Christ at that point! Now the Lord has lived, died and is resurrected! He is here for us and we need to trust.

Jesus, I trust in you and I pray for those listening to this episode. You hear their prayers just like you heard the prayers of the people in Egypt who were under slavery. Lord we are under the slavery of sins such as anger, a feeling of injustice, pride, hate, impatience and all those little sins we think are minor and not important. I ask your forgiveness of these sins and I say right now, that I am sorry for the way I have sinned against you in Word, in thought, and in deed. I ask you, Lord, to fill me with Your Holy Spirit, to wash away those feelings I have and to allow me to focus on what is good and right. Dear Lord, you know my needs – and I know you are what I need. I ask you, Lord, to hear my prayers especially for myself and those I now pray for ….

I praise You Jesus for this time to give you all the glory and all the honor that you deserve, and I thank you for the hope you give me each day, and I pray all this in Jesus Name, Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

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Life Faith Hope Podcast

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You’ve come to the right place. My name is Felice Gerwitz and I’m your host on The Life Faith Hope Podcast. We’ll talk about life struggles, faith, relationships,  family and whatever the Lord brings my way. One thing you can be sure of … I will share helpful solutions and encourage you along your journey of life! I hope to share joyful and encouraging stories and the hope that comes only from faith in the one true God!

Do you have a question? Email me at Felice (at) Media Angels.com

Visit my website here: One More Child Website

and chat with us on our private Facebook Group here.

 

Invitation To Hope

Invitation To Hope | Do you need an invitation to hope? Well I did, and I’m convinced that everyone has a story to tell. #podcast #christianpodcastInvitation To Hope – Introduction Episode One

Do you need an invitation to hope? Well, I did and I’m convinced that everyone has a story to tell. Every single one of us struggles yet we don’t want anyone to know about it. We want to paint a rosy picture and let everyone know we are living the dream. My life was just that way; I was struggling on the inside yet smiling on the outside. There is hope and joy in life and I am here to share this message with you.

I will discuss real concerns that you have as a woman, as a mom or someone who is learning and growing in their faith. I want you to know you are not alone. This podcast is meant to support, encourage and to give you hope! Some of you are stay-at-home moms some of you at our work at home moms and some of you work outside of the home, yet we all have common struggles. Anyone who tells you that life is great all the time is not being truthful. Life has struggles, this is not heaven, and I often have to remind myself of this very fact. Happily ever after does happen in real life but it happens not necessarily in the way you think.

You might think this is a strange name for a podcast – One More Child – but it has impact and meaning. Once I was open to God’s will in my life, in everything–even being open to having one more child, I felt as if my eyes were opened to the truth. I could no longer compartmentalize my beliefs and my life. I also found that my daily life struggles were manageable because I was not doing it alone.

In this series of podcasts, we will discuss so many topics that affect our happiness. And you will see a reoccurring theme one of trust, of truth and of focus. Can you use more of that in your life? I know I can!

As I record this episode I am just beginning to share my book with the public, it is a story about faith and redemption, and how my last three children are a miracle story. I thought God might bless me with a third child, but he decided I needed a fourth and a fifth as well! My God is abundantly gracious.

In this series for the One More Child Podcast, I’m going to discuss different topics that relate to openness to children, family, faith, and relationships – I also want to encourage you to find joy and hope no matter what your life’s situation may be.

So who am I? My name is Felice Gerwitz, and I have been online in some capacity since 1999 representing the company I created and founded Media Angels. I’ve been writing and publishing for over 24 years.

When I started, there were no podcasts, no online forums or even social media as we know it today. But I am so happy we have these things so I can connect with all of you!

Now that my five children are grown up, with my two youngest currently in college, I find myself at a crossroads. I wrote a book that I felt compelled to write through the urging of the Lord, in writing this book I found that I had much more to say than the 100 pages of the book, so since I am no stranger to podcasts, I decided, “Why not?”

I know this podcast would have helped me as someone who was struggling, as someone who  had no one to talk to about private issues — well let me amend that, I had plenty of people I could talk to but no one I wanted to tell my story to nor was I open to any solutions at that time. I held a secret in my heart that was eating away at the very fiber of who I was as a woman as a mom and as a wife. Sometimes there are things you just can’t share with anyone. And this feeling was something I couldn’t even share with my husband even though if you had asked me I would say we were very close.

I don’t want this podcast to be a one-way conversation. I want you to join me with questions and perhaps as a guest on this podcast if you are open to this idea. If not, I totally get it! No one believes I am shy—no one. But truthfully I’m a private person that the Lord has stretched and taken me out of my comfort zone. Has that ever happened to you? We grow when we are stretched and believe me I have grown and continue to grow in my relationship with the Lord.

At one time I believed that if I shared my secret I would admit my inadequacies and I was not in a place spiritually to do this. My walk with the Lord was one-sided—I followed Him on my terms. You may wonder about my secret what was it that had me in turmoil? It was regret. Regret over a decision that thousands of people make each day and that is to limit the size of their family with a surgical procedure. For us, it was a vasectomy.

Once my faith grew and I began to understand what it truly meant to be a Christian in the full sense of the word, I began to regret the decision. My husband was also feeling the same way but he didn’t tell me either until years later.

If this story didn’t have a happy conclusion I wouldn’t be sharing this right now! I know the wonderful outcome could only happen by the grace of God – His mercy and His love for me. My last three children wouldn’t be here unless we had a change of heart, and I can’t tell you what a blessing they have been. Has it been easy? No – but can you tell me one thing in your life that has been worthwhile that is super easy?

What I want to share in future podcasts is that God does answer prayers and His answers are so much more glorious than anything you or I can imagine – and believe me, I have a very vivid imagination! God poured out His grace on me, my husband and my family and I can’t wait to share the good news with you!

One thing you can be sure of … there will be no pretense in these episodes. I have learned so much and I’m happy to share helpful solutions and encourage you along your journey in life if I truly have lived it — and my heart’s desire is to share the wonderful and amazing hope that comes only my relationship with the one true God! And, you know what? IT is available to all of you.

Welcome my friend. If you are a long-time friend and listener of my other podcasts I thank you in advance for coming over to yet another podcast I host and your loving support. You know who you are. If you are a new listener, I hope to meet you and for you to become a friend. My hope is that you will join me on social media so we can have a chance to connect, meet and get to know each other. The information is on the podcast page at One More Child Podcast.com – or if you are not on social media please share your comments and questions with me at Felice@MediaAngels.com.

I’m excited about this new journey the Lord has me on …and I pray it is a hundred-fold blessing to all of you. Until next we meet…

 

 

Prayer: Just Ask – Part 3

In this podcast, Lucia shares how God has been dealing with some of the prayers she has been praying, and compares safe prayers to courageous prayers. #Podcast #ChristianIn this podcast, Lucia shares that God has been dealing with her about some of the prayers she has been praying, and compares what she calls “safe prayers” to what she calls “courageous prayers.”
Are your prayers focusing on, “Lord, bless me.” “Lord, help me.” “Lord, protect me as I travel.” These are good prayers to pray; however, these are generally self-centered prayers, and prayers that ask God to do something that His Blood Covenant already provides for us.
Lucia shares that a mighty man of God said…why ask God every day to provide for us, and to protect us, our family, and our children, when, if we really trust God and have faith in who He is and what He’s promised us, we can ask Him once and for all, to cover all of our needs and protect us everywhere we go, and we would know it’s taken care of once and for all because we trust Him.
First John 5:14-15 says, “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.”
By changing the focus of your prayers from being safe – me-centered prayers – and settling in your heart that He’s got you and that He’s not only going to meet your needs, but He will give you the desires of your heart because you have a covenant with Him, you will realize that you can ask Him for anything and He’ll do it for you so you can ultimately help yourself, and others, walk in victory!

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In this podcast, Lucia shares how God has been dealing with some of the prayers she has been praying, and compares safe prayers to courageous prayers. #Podcast #Christian

Healthy Kids Part 2

Podcast #39

Healthy Kids

Part 2

As parents, we all want what is best for our kids and their health is a priority to us. We talked about some of the key areas that we can look at to make sure that we are creating a healthy lifestyle and the overall health of our kids.

+ Fingernails

Fingernails are a good indicator of what is going on inside of our bodies. Who knew, right? What are we supposed to look for:

  • We should see eight moons on our fingernails, this is a sign of an overgrowth of candida(this is something that happens around those mid-teen years and older)
  • Inflammation around the cuticles is a sign of inflammation in the body
  • Lines from tip to cuticle is a sign of parasites
  • Fungus nails is a sign that we are not eating enough healthy fats
  • White marks on our nails is a lack of zinc
  • Constant biting or picking is a sign of parasites

All of these go back to gut health. It is important to keep an eye on our gut health because that is typically where illness starts.

+ Poop

We can talk about poop, right? Everyone’s poop is a good indicator of what is going on inside of our bodies, especially in our gut. The Bristol Stool Chart is something to familiarize yourself with so that you can make sure that everything is working as it should be for both you and your children.

  • 1-2 is a sign of constipation
  • 3-4 is where you want to be and you should be going at least once a day
  • 5-7 might be normal for some but is definitely not healthy

+ Start simple

It is not too late and you can start by taking simple steps. When we know better, we do better. Some simple steps in the right direction:

  • Clear any parasites, candida or fungus. Find EDS(Electro-Dermal Screening) in your area because it is worth every penny!
  • Start by making one healthy meal a day. Simple small changes make for a lifetime of improvement.
  • Limit sugars
  • Cut out as many outside toxins. This is the best place to start and I will walk you through the process.
  • Know what the root cause is to things that are issues for your child: reflux, breathing issues, food dyes, aspartame, etc.

Start simple but simply start

When we know better we do better and now that you know, what will you do?

Tune in next week on how we can prepare our bodies to have a healthy child and more steps to raising healthy and happy kids!

 

As always, be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

 

 

 

Judgmental Christians

Judgmental Christians | In a world that has gone astray the last thing we need is judgmental Christians getting in the way of the goodness that is truly God. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcastJudgmental Christians

In a world that has gone astray the last thing we need is judgmental Christians getting in the way of the goodness that is truly God. In this episode we are going to take a hard look at ourselves and ways we can improve upon our nature to forgive and repent for pointing the finger at others when the finger should be directed at ourselves.

In the last few podcasts, we’ve listened as the Lord taught us first in the Beatitudes about how we should live and then in the verse about turning the other cheek and going above and beyond what is expected of us by normal situations. Today we are going to look at ourselves and the tendency we have of blaming others and not taking the blame that most squarely falls on our own shoulders.

Friends I am talking to myself here and don’t want you to see this episode of pointing fingers at you!

Luke 6:43-45 New International Version we read about A Tree and Its Fruit

What we produce depends upon what is in our heart – and that is unfortunately typically hidden from the world until something sets us off. I have to admit that I am not happy with my younger self. I was quick to follow Jesus in all things but then believed I had to correct all those around me. I was involved in a Bible Study focused on the Book of Corinthians and I was so excited with what I was learning. At a meeting with my CPA who had been Baptist but now was not practicing I was attempting to find out how to get her back to her faith.

I realized that not everyone was going to lead a life that was pleasing to me. When another friends’ marriage was ruined by infidelity on her husband’s part she went off what I would consider the “deep end” and began to live a life of promiscuity herself. It was retaliation on the hurt she felt by betrayal and the way she reacted was just the same. I thought it was my job to point out these issues and became self-righteous. After all, I told myself I was concerned for their souls. What if they died in a state of sin?

I looked at these friends and thought I am not doing anything remotely wrong in comparison, but judging them was wrong. “Every tree is known by its own fruit.” And my fruit was tainted. We think we are being compassionate but we are not.

In our family, we fall into this same trap. Whether it is an extended family member or someone in your immediate family. Yes, we want to help our children but at some point it is time to release them to God and allow the Lord to work in their lives.

Just for clarification – Being judgmental is putting someone else down to elevate ourselves – to make ourselves feel like we are holier and better than they in a spiritual sense. That is why it is sinful. Being helpful, loving guiding is not the same. As much as it pains me to admit I was judgmental in the bad sense of the word. And, I want to praise God that I finally “grew” out of it – and it was a spiritual immaturity that leads me down that path.

Can we pray for those that we feel are going down the wrong path? Absolutely… we can storm heaven for them. However, always reprimanding, nagging and chiding them for incorrect behavior is going to push them further away.

Matthew 7:5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

How are we doing? What does our life look like to those around us? Are we showing good fruit while we are harboring unforgiveness and condemnation toward others inside?

A splinter or a branch or maybe an entire plank can be blocking all the goodness in our lives and the ability for the Lord to work within us.

I know that when I prayed blessings on those who hurt me (I have podcasts on forgiveness and if you haven’t listened go to AfewminuteswithGodPodcast.com to find them), I was set free.

When someone who bothers you or you have judged comes to mind, pray a blessing upon them. Ask the Lord to bless them beyond measure and leave it at that. Do you think you love these friends or relatives more than the Lord does? No, not at all.

Now, what if someone asks you for help or asks your opinion on a matter that might be sinful? That is different, then it is advisable to pray to the Holy Spirit first for an infilling of His wisdom and help and then pray with the person first and then listen.

I want to warn you about being too scrupulous. Sometimes we are so focused on the outer trappings that we forget what is inside. That does not mean we need to lower our principles.

Recently dress has become more and more suggestive on television. My husband and I love to watch some of the cooking shows. We had to change the channel recently because the show host had a very low cut dress on – totally unnecessary. We will see more and more of this I am sure and it is time for us to take control and turn the channel and perhaps turn off the television.

I’m not suggesting you lower your own morals but in this episode, I pray it has given you food for thought. I’d like you to journal about the following questions or take them to prayer.

  1. Have I been judgmental of someone recently?
  2. Did I do it out of compassion or to show I knew more and was superior in my faith?
  3. Did I share my beliefs with this person in a harsh way?
  4. Did I condemn their actions?
  5. Did I pray with them?

Looking at ourselves:

  1. How am I living my life according to the gospels?
  2. Are there places that I need to improve?
  3. How can I forgive those that hurt me?
  4. What is in my life that is a flaw and fault that I need to change?
  5. How do I plan on making amends to those I have hurt?

Take some time and go through these questions, pray, ask God to forgive you and pray a blessing on those you have hurt! And watch the miracles happen.

Let’s pray:

Dear Jesus I thank you for the hard life lessons we must learn to be new creations. If we do not grow and change for the better, we cannot develop into the people you want us to be. Please help me to show good fruit that is from the heart, increase my heart with love especially for those who have hurt me. Help me to pray an abundance of blessings upon those who have hurt me. Help me to stop condemning or judging others and allow me to focus on myself and my family and allow me to be the best example of your love to them. Dear Lord, I pray specifically for the following intentions … I ask a blessing upon those I pray for and I ask you to hear and answer my prayers. Come Holy Spirit, infill me with your love and goodness and I pray this in Jesus Name, Amen.

 

 

Healthy Kids Part 1

Podcast #38

Healthy Kids

Part 1

 

As parents, we all want to have healthy kids and that seems to be getting more and more difficult these days. As parents, we need to learn to be an advocate for our kids- ask questions, educate ourselves and trust our gut.

 

+ Nutrition

Healthy children and family start with what we are putting in our bodies. The statistics that are out there are not only alarming but they didn’t happen overnight. Our genes, our genetics, they don’t change that quickly. It is something that we are being exposed to and something that our children are being exposed to.

The saying that you are what you eat rings true. Much of our diet lacks proper nutrition and more people are becoming aware of it. Dr. Weston Price did some fascinating studies on the difference between the “townies” and the “country folk.” The difference in their food and nutrition was obvious in not only their health but their overall appearance.

Good fats, fermented foods and food high in essential minerals are crucial to our overall health and in turn our children’s health as well.

 

+ Happy Microbiome

Our diet needs to feed us and not the possible passengers that we are carrying- parasites, candida, and fungus are the 3 most common. Our gut biome is crucial to our immune system and can be affected by many things including stress and sugar.

One key is to be using prebiotic and probiotic. This helps to feed the good bacteria and continue to increase the number of good bacteria that are there. MightyPro is an amazing supplement for kids and adults, grab yours here!

 

+Is it too late?

Just know that it is not too late and making simple changes now will make big changes down the road for you and your kid’s health. What changes are you ready to make to start this process?

 

Tune in next week for more about how we can create health changes to create healthy families.

 

As always, be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

 

 

Prayer: Trusting in the Integrity of God’s Word – Part 2

Join Lucia for Part 2 of her Prayer Series as she encourages you and stirs you up to remember God’s promises and trust in the Integrity of God’s Word.  #Podcast #ChristianJoin Lucia for Part 2 of her Prayer Series as she encourages you and stirs you up to remember God’s promises and trust in the Integrity of God’s Word. She explains how to locate your prayer foundation and then build on that foundation using your faith.
She will challenge you to ask God for miracles and believe Him for the impossible! This would be an ask so BIG that when it comes to pass, you know it could only be God that made it happen!
She will encourage you to keep trusting God – no matter what you see or don’t see, or how you feel because faith is not moved by what is seen, or felt according to 2 Corinthians 5:7 which says “We walk by faith and not by sight!” And Psalm 16:8 David says, “I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”
She goes on to explain that God is faithful, and you need to keep believing His promises! Hebrews 10:35 in the Amplified Bible says, “Do not, therefore, fling away your fearless confidence, for it carries a great and glorious compensation of reward.”
As you apply the Word of God on a consistent and persistent basis, the Word will change your life and you will live in victory every day – which is how God wants us to live! The Word says God will take us from Glory to Glory and from victory to victory so it’s time to decide to go to the next level, and the journey begins with prayer!

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Challenges For Christians

Challenges for Christians | I don’t need to tell you that as a Christian we are in peril. There are many challenges for Christians to overcome each day. | #podcast #christianpodcast Challenges For Christians Episode 83

I don’t need to tell you that as a Christian we are in peril. There are many challenges for Christians to overcome each day. We are a persecuted people worldwide but currently, in our own world, the things we held dear are slowly being eroded.

In the scriptures, Jesus challenges us again and again that following Him is not an easy road but it is one that is eternal. In the last episode, we read the Sermon on the Mount and how the Lord challenged us in the beatitudes. Today we are going to read about a further challenge that seems so applicable to our world today.

In the Scriptures, Jesus challenges us that it is not enough to be his disciples and to be blessed when we are persecuted but then we must turn the other cheek. I want to read the Scripture and have you process this and what it means for our lives because I feel the Lord has revealed something special in this passage and I will use it in my life. If you believe He wants you to use it in your lives as well then I invite you to think and pray.

Challenges For Christians

Matthew 5:38-40 New International Version (NIV) — Eye for Eye

This lesson from our Lord and Savior was to show us that the Kingdom of God does not operate as our world operates. Jesus characterized unfailing truth, mercy, forgiveness of sinners, and finally sacrificial love by his dying on the cross.

We are told to go above and beyond what is expected – but this verse does not mean we sit there and be abused. Not at all – we do not put ourselves in danger by allowing someone to hurt us. That would be against all that is good and holy. This verse shows us that in a world of mediocracy, of doing the least amount, of caring only about ourselves to the detriment of others we are to be a light in a hurting world. Recently on the news, I saw a story of a man who walked five or ten miles to work and had to get up super early to get there and was always on time. Someone saw this and purchased him a car so that he could drive instead. This is an example of what the Lord is showing us. The news received national attention and the donor was hailed as a “good Samaritan,” synonymous with the Scriptures intent.

Jesus is the one who challenges – and there will always be challenges for Christians

What Jesus says to us in the Scripture is that we should not retaliate – we should forgive, we should in essence “turn the other cheek.” The world expects us to retaliate, in fact, it is instinctive. We want to get back to insult, to hate. All of these things make the enemy rejoice while good suffers. So many people are held in bondage of guilt and unforgiveness and it will eat away at your health and eventually your soul if you let it.

Jesus is the perfect example of silence before his accuser when he was sentenced to death on the cross. We all know he could summon the angels of heaven or freed Himself with just one word but he did not. As I share this message we approach the Lenten season. It is a time of reflection, the 40 days before Easter. Friends, even if you are not Catholic, spend this time in prayer before the Lord daily and pray. Think about how the Lord did not avenge His death, instead He used it to set us free and what a heavy price. Something we should be grateful for and rejoice!

In the Old Testament, we see a similar example of acting counter culture with the sparing of Saul’s life by David. Even though Saul wanted to kill David, David showed that God was in charge of his life. And, Saul had been chosen by God.

We are told to be merciful as God is merciful. Jesus isn’t only teaching He is showing us a glimpse of himself and His mission. Where there was hatred Jesus came to bring us love. We are called to imitate Christ. Can we do that in our daily lives? Can we be a gateway of love and joy to those in our families, to those we encounter every day, to the random person on the street?

As Christians, we can show that when we are slandered and persecuted that we will pray for them. I once ended a conversation with someone that was pro-abortion that I would pray for them. They were taken aback. We should not say it in a way that is condescending but in a way that is heartfelt!

God does not call everyone but those He calls He equips. He has given us all the tools we need by the power of the Holy Spirit, by the grace from on high, by His words in Scripture. We have everything we need and yet we fall short. We must pray to be the light and to bring the light of Jesus to others and that should be our goal as we approach the 40 days of Lent.

Let’s Pray!

Lord, I want to imitate You, your goodness, your mercy, and your forgiveness but I fall short. I cannot do this on my own. I need the Father. I need You, Jesus. I need the Holy Spirit. I need help! Please, Lord, hear my prayers and help me in this time of persecution to place you first. If I put you first I know that everything else will work out. I put all of my trust in you, Jesus. Help me to be a light for a hurting world. Help me to forgive those who have hurt me. Help me to let go of the things that I have carried for many days, weeks or even years. I give all of my needs to you and I am free in the precious Name of Jesus. You died so that our sins could be forgiven and I praise Your Name!

Thank you for hearing my prayers for answering my prayers and for being ever faithful. Thank-you for this time to dwell on your words, to place them in my heart and to learn from your lessons even though it is many years later it still makes sense. Dear Lord, please listen as I pray for the following intentions… thank-you for hearing and answering my prayers. Dear Jesus I ask a special blessing on all of the listeners of this podcast, I ask that you bless them 100-fold for their faithfulness in listening and studying your Word in Holy Scripture and I pray this in Jesus Name. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prayer: Hungry and Thirsty for God – Part 1

Join Lucia as she begins a new series on prayer, and asks “How hungry and thirsty are you for God, and to see His power in your life?” #Podcast #ChristianJoin Lucia as she begins a new series on prayer, and asks “How hungry and thirsty are you for God, and to see His power in your life?” She references Psalm 42:1-2 in the Amplified Bible which says, “As a deer pants [longingly] for the water brooks, so my soul pants [longingly] for You, O God. My soul (my life, my inner self) thirsts for God, for the living God. When will I come and see the face of God?” and uses these verses as a comparison to locate where you are in your spiritual walk with God and your prayer life.

God created us with a deep need for Him and His presence, and when we try to fill that hunger with anything other than Jesus and His Word, we’re never satisfied. We’re still hungry and thirsty for the refreshing power of the Holy Spirit!

When we pray and ask God to make us hungry and thirsty for more of Him, we have to believe that He hears us and will answer us if we will only believe what He says in His Word is the truth!!

John 11:40 tells us, “Jesus looked at her and said, “Didn’t I tell you that if you will believe in me, you will see God unveil his power?” As you pray and believe God’s Word, you will see His power in your life!

The Bible says God will take us from Glory to Glory, from victory to victory, so it’s time to decide to go to the next level, and the journey begins with prayer!

 

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Healthy Habits

Podcast #37

Healthy Habits

Habits are something that we develop by making small changes every day to a healthier life. Most of the times we make these big audacious goals that in reality are too hard to keep going with. By making one change at a time, we are able to create a habit and that habit becomes a part of our daily routine.

 

Daily Habits for Women

+ First thing in the morning, a glass of room temp water with a drop of Lemon Vitality essential oil.

+ Roll Thieves on the bottom of our feet

+ Wash our face & grab a drop of Frankincense

+ Drink our 2oz of NingXia Red & take supplements

+ Throughout the day, essential oils

+ At night, our skincare routine again, followed with our favorite facial essential oils.

+ Lastly, Endoflex rolled on our inner ankles, Progessence+ on our forearms, and Frankincense on our face!

+ Roll on Tranquil Roll-On for restful sleep and fill the diffuser with your favorite oils like Lavender & Frankincense or Valor

Daily Habits for Men

+ First thing in the morning – a glass of room temp water with a drop of Lemon Vitality essential oil.

+ Wash our face with the Charcoal Bar Soap, use Shutran essential oil on our chest

+ Drink up NingXia Red, 2oz, and usually a Nitro and/or Zyng.

+ Take OmegaGize and Super Cal Plus

+ After working out or a hard days work, drink Aminowise & a Pure Protein Complete shake

+ A drop of Cedarwood on big toe to stimulate melatonin production + restful sleep. Diffuse Lavender + Northern Lights Black Spruce

Healthy Habit for Kids

+ While the kids get ready, they grab a shot of NingXia Red, a MightyPro stick, and their MightyVites Chewables.

+ Roll on Thieves before they put on their shoes!

+ Depending on your sweet little, you might want to create a brave roller of Valor, Lavender, Frankincense & Cedarwood to keep them feeling brave all day!

+ At night we love to use the KidScents Bath Gel, Slique Toothpaste, Shampoo, and Conditioner.

Mom Tip:

Use the diffuser as a nightlight and have Dream Catcher diffusing! Roll KidScents SleepyIze down their spine and do a little foot rub with Gentle Baby

Are you ready to make some changes?

What are some simple changes that you are going to make to your family’s daily routine to start living a healthier lifestyle and start creating those healthy habits? Grab your membership here and save even more money as you start your healthy habits with these small changes!

As always be grateful & have faith,

God Bless!

Jesus Calls

Jesus Calls Us To Transformation | In Christ not only are we transformed and made into a “new creation” but the entire world is transformed! | #podcast #christianpodcastJesus Calls Us To Change — Transformation In Christ ~ Episode 82

In Christ not only are we transformed and made into a “new creation” but the entire world is transformed! I’ve done another podcast on Christian Transformation, and the link for that is here. However, in this podcast, I want to think about the charge, the call to action in the Beatitudes. In the different books of the Bible, the author had a specific inspired message by the Holy Spirit directed to the children of God. As Christians with access to the entire text, we see that there is a difference between Luke’s version of the Beatitudes and Matthew’s version. In Luke’s, it is not the poor in spirit who inherit the kingdom of God, but the actual poor. It is not those who hunger for righteousness who will be satisfied but those who are actually hungry. And it goes on to the rich. Not only is there an admonishment to the rich but the words, “Woe to you who are rich…woe to you who are filled now.” (Luke 6:24-25)

Jesus Calls Us To Change

I want to read both versions, the Beatitudes in Luke and in Matthew. Here you will hear how Jesus calls us to change. Allow the words to touch you and focus on what the Lord wants you to do about it. Let me just say that as a young and immature Christian I looked at the Beatitudes and said – okay, well there is no chance for me to even get into heaven because there were verses like Blessed are the poor in Spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven… I didn’t feel that I was poor in spirit, I didn’t understand what this meant. Friends,  pray to the Holy Spirit – like I will before I read these to you that you will be blessed to understand what the Lord wants you to understand.

Dear Lord, I praise you and thank you and I ask for an infilling of the Holy Spirit that you can help us to discern your calling and your will in our lives.

Matthew 5:1-11

Luke’s version 6: 17-49

The requirements of the kingdom of God is different than those that we look at in our current world, our society, even our homes. It is a call to change. To become a new creation. In Baptism we are made new, our sins are washed away by the cleansing waters of the Holy Spirit, but we also die with Christ. In the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, we receive the promises…the promise of eternal life for those who believe.

Jeremiah 17:8

We can be assured that we are transformed in Christ by the power of His being – we are believers and as believers in the Word of God that is infallible, we know without a doubt that we are on the path that leads to heaven because we believe.

Believing has its own set of requirements and not to get denominational here – but know that just believing is not enough. No, you can’t earn your way to heaven but we are called to disciple others to share the good news. If we as believers keep our thoughts to ourselves we will continue to have a world that is sharply divided where good is called evil and evil is called good.

Let’s look at the right of an infant to get help after birth if it was due to a failed abortion – that was ruled against recently by our government. We the people need to stand up and take note of every person who voted against affirming the right to live. Friends this is satanic worship – it is worshiping the god of death and destruction. This is a sacrifice a human sacrifice to evil. Please pray for our world, pray for yourselves and pray that you are transformed by Christ with the Father and the Holy Spirit to minister to a hurting world.

Jesus Calls Us

Let’s pray –

Dear Lord Jesus we live in a time that breaks my heart, a time when good is not revered when life, as we know it, has changed for the worse. Please Lord, help us, fill us with your Holy Spirit – help us to do what is right and live a life that gives glory to you every single day. We do not want to do anything Lord but we need your help and direction. Thank you for all you have given us, thank you once again for the gift of faith. I ask for the gift of discernment and I ask that you fill me with the ability to share the good news of the gospel with others. Bring me people that I can minister to, Lord. I pray specifically for the following intentions…

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

 

Perfecting Your Love Walk, Part 3 – Overcoming Offenses

In today’s podcast Lucia finishes her series on Perfecting Your Love Walk and discusses how to overcome offenses.In today’s podcast Lucia finishes her series on Perfecting Your Love Walk and discusses how to overcome offenses. Even though you’re walking in love, you’ll have countless opportunities to get offended every day. 

People who become offended are usually trapped as they go about their normal, daily routines, and suddenly find themselves pulled into an offensive situation that causes hurt and resentment that grows until the person being offended decides to strike back. 

Offenses will come, but you can overcome them and not let them rule your life.  The important thing to remember is that it’s not the trap itself that is the offender; it’s the trapper who sets the trap.

Whenever Satan brings a scheme to cause an offense, he’s setting you up for destruction.  The proper response to an offensive situation is to respond the same way Jesus did!  Rebuke the devil!  That does two things for you.  First, you’re exercising your authority, and this stops the devil from hurting you. Second, it helps you recognize that it’s the devil and not people who sets up an offensive trap for you.

Satan’s plan is specifically designed to fit your weaknesses because he’s after your testimony. He wants to immobilize you and distract you from your destiny.  It’s time to put on the full Armor of God, stop blaming someone else for what they did, and take responsibility for your own actions! 

You can totally change your life by operating out of God’s love; and you can overcome offenses by choosing to forgive so you can live the victorious life God created you to live!

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Chosen People

Chosen People | The Israelites were God's chosen people. Why would he pick Israel? | #podcast #christianpodcastChosen People Episode 81

The Israelites were God’s chosen people. Why would he pick Israel? The Scripture explains this well beginning in Abraham when he was promised that his descendants would be as many as the stars in the sky and sand on the seashore.

Genesis 22:16-17

By Myself I have sworn, declares the LORD, that because you have done this and have not withheld your only son, I will surely bless you, and I will multiply your descendants like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will possess the gates of their enemies.

These descendants are the Israelites. But God has called many people throughout the years and they have been what we would consider less than stellar. Why would God choose Isaiah a man who admits to being unclean? Why would God select Peter, who was stubborn, sinful and fishermen of all things! He also inevitably denied Jesus three times. Yet God chose these people among so many others to play very important roles in our salvation history. Look at Paul. He persecuted the Christians as “Saul” until the Lord called him out of darkness to serve Him.

God uses miracles when he calls these men. Peter’s empty nets are filled with fish and though I’m sure he felt unworthy yet he accepts the call. The same with Saul, he is blinded and hears a voice that says, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”

Here is the Scripture in Acts 9:-1-7

Paul recognizes that it was not due to his own virtue that he was called but by the grace of God that made him worthy. Only God’s grace can cause these men to say, “here I am Lord,” and they left all they had and followed Him.

We must recognize God’s call for us today. How is God calling you? I’ve asked you this many times in past podcasts. I’ve challenged you to spend time in quiet with God to listen to his small voice.

In the quiet, we hear the Lord and he calls each of us today as His chosen people.

Dear Lord thank you for calling me, I am here Lord and I come to do your will. Please help me to understand your will for me today. Please help me to chose you each and every time over all of the other things I could be doing. Please help me to focus on the work you have for me and please give me the grace to do this work because I can do nothing alone. Personally, I thank you for the ability to create this podcast and for all of the people who listen to this show. Please bless them Lord and give them the desires of their hearts. Dear Lord, we pause now to ask you for the following needs:

Thank you, Lord for hearing our prayers and answering them and I pray this in Jesus Precious Name, Amen.

Immune Support Made Simple

Podcast #36

Immune Support Made Simple

Immune support does not have to be hard, in fact, it is actually very simple. It’s as simple as continuously raising our bodies frequency by eliminating sugars, negative thoughts, and toxins from our environment and replacing them with things that will raise our frequency like fresh foods, positive affirmations, and essential oils.

This amazing kit contains some of the most universally used essential oils for daily use as well as for immune function. Grab your kit here to get started today!

Why Young Living? Check out this list and see why transparency matters, especially with essential oils.

Peppermint

-Place one drop in your mouth to freshen breath!

-Rub up and down the spine to help maintain a healthy body temperature

-Add one-two drops to water and drink ½ hour before yard work or exercise for stamina.

-Put a few drops and some water in a spray bottle and spritz on in the hot weather to keep from overheating

Lemon

-Add a drop or two to 8 oz of water each morning for a morning detox flush.

-Drink in water or run on feet for daily immune support

-Apply to the feet or in a detox bath to gently detox your body

-Apply to the throat or drink in a warm tea to soothe a scratchy throat

-Dilute and rub in armpits when fever is present.

Lavender

-Use to soothe bug bites and stings.

-Apply to big toes nightly (using vita flex chart) to help assist with sleep which supports our immune function

-Soothes minor scrapes, bumps, and cuts

Panaway

-Use on fatigued muscles

-Add to Epsom salt for a soothing detox bath.

-Mix with Copaiba, Frankincense, Peppermint and coconut oil to make a muscle rub.

Frankincense

-Sniff from bottle to ground yourself when feeling overwhelmed or unsure

-Use in a detox bath

-Apply to the spine for a happy immune system (a key oil in the immune blend)

-Diffuse during Bible study, prayer, or just alone time to think.

-Helps soothe sore throats

Citrus Fresh

-Add a drop or two to water and drink up for antioxidant support, great taste, and a gentle detox.

-Add a couple of drops to wool dryer balls for fresh laundry.

-It can be uplifting to our mood and immune system due to the blend of citrus oils

Stress Away

*Stress is the #1 cause of disease and illness- we need a way to stress less. 95% of disease and illness is not genetic but stress induced…

-Take this via capsule and it’s like having a glass of wine!

-Pop that roller cap in it that came with your kit and roll it on. Often. Like, keep it in our pocket J

-Diffuse during sleep for a restful night(again supporting your immune system)

Thieves

-Apply to bottoms of feet nightly for immune support (a key ingredient in  immune support roll-on)

-Dilute and rub on outside of neck for immune support and to soothe scratchy throats(I like to add a little lemon too!)

-Thieves tea: Honey with 2 drops of thieves and 2 drops of lemon, add hot water and stir

DiGize

-Take via capsule, apply topically to stomach or bottoms of the feet for tummy troubles

-90% of our immune system is in our gut so gut health is HUGE

Raven

-Add one drop to each corner of your shower to help open airways.

-Make a DIY chest rub with coconut oil

-Hugely supportive of our immune and respiratory system

Valor

-Diffuse at night to sleep like your dead without being dead J and remember sleep is essential for immune support

-rub on spine before you go to the chiropractor

-apply on bottoms of feet to balance energy

Peace & Calming

-Diffuse at bedtime to promote a peaceful atmosphere

– Apply on the chest for respiratory support

NingXia Red

-Drink with a drop of Thieves when you’re feeling cold or flu coming on.

-Drink 1-2oz daily as an antioxidant, vitamin and mineral rich maintenance dose

-Add to any smoothie for a nutritional boost — bonus: freeze leftovers into popsicles for your kids

Thieves Household Cleaner

  • Cleans everything in your home
  • Is non-toxic and immune supporting with the Thieves blend of oils
  • You can even use as an air freshener

Thieves Hand Purifier

-Non-toxic and safe if ingested plus Immune-supportive with the Thieves blend

-Keep in baby bag or purse for use on-the-go

-Keep on changing table

 

Are you ready to start supporting your immune system daily? To knock down the number of times you are down and out every year? If you are, grab your starter kit here today! It will include all of the necessary tools and support for you and your families wellness journey.

 

As always, be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

Perfecting our Love Walk – Part 2

Listen in as Lucia shares about setting a foundation of love with God's Word on this podcast.

Join Lucia this week as she shares to live a victorious life, a great place to start on that journey is to recognize the characteristics of love and evaluate the way we love other people. Galatians 5:6 tells us, For when we place our faith in Christ Jesus, there is no benefit in being circumcised or being uncircumcised. What is important is faith expressing itself in love.”

If you want strong faith to live a victorious life, the first place to start is with a firm foundation, and that foundation begins with love. If you’re going to grow and mature as a Christian, you must learn the fundamentals of love from the Word of God, begin meditating those Scriptures to build our faith to walk in love, and then put them to work in your life.

 One of the benefits of a relationship with Holy Spirit is that he will gently guide you in the way you should go, reveal the changes you need to make in your heart, as well as hurts you need to let go of, so they don’t become a root of bitterness in your life.

As you strive to perfect your love walk by taking on the characteristics in 1 Corinthians 13, your faith will become strong, and you’ll see more results as you pray which will lead you to victory.

God has imparted His love to us and as we learn to operate in the Law of Love, the Law of Faith works in our lives launching us into victory!

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Faith Under Pressure

Faith Under Pressure | In today's world, our faith is under pressure. There are so many things pulling on our time. | #podcast #ChristianPodcastFaith Under Pressure ~ Episode 80

In today’s world, our faith is under pressure. There are so many things pulling on our time. We are bombarded with the news, the things happening in our day to day work, the pressure of home and family. Everywhere we look we just can’t catch our breath until the next onslaught of issues comes barreling into us. It doesn’t have to be this way, and in this episode, we take a look at our faith and the pressure of the world, and the good news? God is victorious!

In the Scriptures, we read about the fate of the prophets. The prophets by definition are rejected. Whenever the Lord asked a prophet to give the people a warning most of the warnings fell on deaf ears. The people thought they didn’t need to change, they thought they were doing fine. Jeremiah told the people of Judah that they must repent on their infidelity or God would destroy their temple. They responded by threatening to put Jeremiah in jail.

In the Gospels, Jesus also faces similar opposition. He was not what the hometown people expected. They knew him and his family. They possibly watched him grow up. They rejected his teaching and drove him out of town. Jesus was able to bear all of this – and I can’t imagine how it felt to him to be rejected by those He loves. Saint Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 13:7 Love bears all things –It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Because of God’s love, he served the people and continues to serve us each day. What do we give him back? Our faith and when we are under pressure whether it is from family, pain, illness or from things we can not help, our faith can be tested. We are able to bare all things only by the grace of God only by the help we get in every day of prayer and time with God. We need to be shored up to be infilled and to be created more in His image than our own. Our faith survives when we die to self, putting others first. When we look at things as black and white that is when the filters of this world tend to come crashing in and threatened to overwhelm us.

Put on the armor of Christ daily, rely on God and even the hardest day can be victorious because as we all know – God has already won the battle.

Dear Lord Jesus, I praise you for all you have done for me in my life. I thank you ahead of time for listening to my pleas and calls in prayer. Dear Lord, I ask that you help me when my faith is under pressure and ask that you fill me with your Holy Spirit to overflowing so that I can withstand all the evil that happens daily.  I need your help Lord each and every day. I ask that you listen to my prayers for the following needs:

Thank-you Lord for all of your blessings, thank you for all of your answered prayers to come and those of you have already answered and I pray this in Jesus Name, Amen.

 

 

Perfecting our Love Walk

Lucia will help you celebrate Valentine’s Day and the Month of Love as she begins a new series on perfecting your love walk. #podcastLucia will help you celebrate Valentine’s Day and the Month of Love as she begins a new series on perfecting your love walk. She shares the one tip that will make your life better if you’ll implement it in every area of your life. 

The enemy is always trying to get your heart full of things to de-rail or stop your love walk. However, 2 Corinthians 10:3, tells us “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.” 

And, Matthew 22:37 and 40, work hand in hand.  When you do the greatest commandment – love the Lord with all our heart; the second commandment – love your neighbor as yourself; comes naturally.  This was Jesus’ answer to the Sadducees and it still works for us today.

Living the Christian life is all about love.  God said, I love you so much and I want you with me in heaven for eternity, so I’ll send you my best and most precious gift, my Son Jesus, so I can have you with Me. 

  Our love walk and faith don’t work because of a formula, rather it comes from a heart full of love for Jesus that flows out of us onto others. 

Lucia explains that it isn’t always easy to forgive and forget, but as you pray and ask God to help you, you’re actually freeing yourself from the bondage the devil would love to keep you in which will result in you living a victorious life,

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How to Make Yogurt

Podcast #35

How to Make Yogurt

 

Making your own yogurt isn’t as hard as one may think. It is actually a very simple and easy thing to do plus you have the added benefit of knowing exactly what is in your yogurt.

 

There are two ways that I recommend making yogurt: the good old fashion way(aka stovetop) and the new-fangled way(aka in the Instant Pot). Both ways require two simple ingredients: milk(raw or store bought but I recommend at least 2% or thicker) and a starter yogurt(plain yogurt or Greek yogurt)

 

The Old Fashion Way

 

Ingredients

  • 1 gallon of milk- preferably raw or whole
  • 8 oz of starter (plain yogurt or plain Greek yogurt)

Instructions

  1. Heat milk in a stainless steel pan over medium heat until it reaches 165-185 degrees.
  2. Cool, either by sitting on the counter or in a cool water bath until the temperature drops to 110 degrees.
  3. Add culture-2 oz of starter (of yogurt from a previous batch, store-bought yogurt) per quart of milk(so 8 oz for a gallon). Gently stir just enough to incorporate into the milk.
  4. Pour into mason jars and put the jars into the oven with the light on for 8-24 hours. I like to place in warm water (110-115 degrees) and put in the oven but some just place the jars in too. The light should provide a consistent heat of about 110 degrees.
  5. Put jars into the refrigerator until the yogurt is cold and set.
  6. Once the yogurt is set you can pour off the liquid whey from the top or strain the yogurt using cheesecloth for a thicker consistency(Greek yogurt).
  7. Enjoy!

 

The New- Fangled Way

 

Ingredients

  • 1 gallon of milk- preferably raw or whole
  • 8 oz of starter (plain yogurt or plain Greek yogurt)

Instructions

  1. Pour milk into Instant Pot(IP), hit yogurt button and then hit adjust until you select the “Boil” option
  2. Walk away and it will shut off when it is done (magic!!)
  3. Once it is done boiling, you can allow to cool on its own or put it in a cold water bath until the temperature is down to 110 degrees
  4. Once the milk reaches 110 degrees you can gently add the starter yogurt
  5. Again select the yogurt button and adjust it from “boil” to anywhere from 8-24 hours.
  6. Once the allotted time is up, put yogurt into mason jars and allow it to cool and set up in the refrigerator.
  7. Once the yogurt is set you can pour off the liquid whey from the top or strain the yogurt using cheesecloth for a thicker consistency(Greek yogurt).
  8. Enjoy!

 

So are you ready? Go grab your milk and starter yogurt and get cooking!

 

As always, be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!