Kathy MacInnis – Her Personal Testimony

This podcast features the conversion testimony of Kathy MacInnis and is provided for you by Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women. We are delighted that you have chosen to join us today! This podcast features the conversion testimony of Kathy MacInnis and is provided for you by Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women.

Kathy  MacInnis was a founding Coordinator of the West St. Tammany Chapter of Magnificat in 1996, located just north of New Orleans. She served on the Central Service Team for 20 years, 5 years as Coordinator and is now part of the Advisory Team as Coordinator Emeritus. Join us as we share her story of service and of her miraculous healing from severe allergies.

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

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Magnificat ® is dedicated to Mary, the Mother of God, an image of the Church, and model for all Christians, especially women.

Two hundred Catholic women from all walks of life crowded into a Knights of Columbus hall on October 7, 1981, to have breakfast and to hear a woman’s personal
witness to the power of God in her life.

The women who left that hall were filled with a joy that only the Holy Spirit can give; that is, a deeper awareness of God’s loving presence in their lives and a burning desire to share this wonderful experience with more and more of their sisters in Christ.

The modest breakfast held on October 7, 1981, is today, a ministry to Catholic women known as “Magnificat” with Chapters in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, and Africa.

While the Magnificat Meal is the main function of the ministry, Magnificat is much more than “putting on a meal.” It is a time of praise and worship, fellowship, and prayer.
Magnificat is a private association of the Christian faithful under the vigilance and jurisdiction of the local ordinary. The ministry is consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

The essence of Magnificat is the encounter between Mary and Elizabeth (Luke 1:39-56). Magnificat is a woman-to-woman ministry which calls forth a lively faith in God and His actions in daily life, a love for Mary and for the Church, and deep holiness. The words of Our Lady’s canticle in Luke’s gospel take on a personal significance for Magnificat women as they seek to magnify the Lord in their own lives and lead others to know His great love and goodness.

We encourage you to join us as we pray, learn, and experience what God can do in our lives if we let Him!

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A Few Good Books

book loveBooks are the best! I rarely regret buying the book or reading the book. I do regret have given away books, especially those I can’t replace. I’m sharing a few of my past favorites today, books I pick up again just to read what I underlined or the notes I jotted down. It’s like seeing your old friends.

In no particular order, let me introduce you to my friends!

The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis, a satire in a series of letters from Screwtape to Wormwood. Wormwood is a demon in training; learning the ropes from senior demon Screwtape on how to get people on his side rather than God’s side. Originally published in 1942, the ways in which we succumb to evil is quite similar now.

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl tells the author’s story of imprisonment in Auschwitz and other concentration camps. He talks about how even in the midst of the harshest crimes against humanity and horrible suffering, people were able to find meaning in the suffering and choose their reaction. It is an amazing book that teaches us that we can rise above our experiences and expected responses.

The Holy Longing and Sacred Fire are both by Fr. Ronald Rolheiser. The third book in the series is Wrestling with God which I have not yet read. These two volumes talk about how we express our spirituality and answer the call of Jesus on our lives. If you are searching for a deeper relationship with God and wondering where he is leading you, pick up these books. You will not be disappointed.

Consoling the Heart of Jesus by Fr. Michael Gaitley is a do it yourself weekend retreat that you can take as long as you want to do! Based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, Fr. Gaitley leads you through the exercises in a weekend, instead of a month in solitude. He gives practical tips on how to manage your time and energy and asks the questions that get to the heart of the topic presented. Even if you do go through the book in one weekend, you will find yourself going back it to again and again. Truly life-changing for me!

Hairspray, Holy Water and the Healing Hand of God by Debbie Eckert is one woman’s story of her lifelong conversion to a deeper and closer walk with the Lord. Debbie writes in a down to earth style; it’s like having a cup of coffee and chatting. If you ever wonder if God is working in your own life, reading this book will help you see an example and is sure to help you see him in your own life.

If you are looking for a great book for moms who don’t have lots of time to sit and read a devotional every day, look no more. try the Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion from Ave Maria Press, written by over 50 authors. Each day includes a quote, reflection, prayer and question to ponder. Short, sweet and to the point. And, if you leave a comment in the comment box, you will be entered to win a copy! So leave a comment by Dec. 15, I’ll pick a winner on Dec 16 and get in touch with you then. So be sure to leave a comment (and your email), which no one will see but me, promise.

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This week, why not read a book? Leave a comment and you can win the Prayer Companion!

 

Joyful Family Celebrations

Joyful Family Celebrations | Joyful family celebrations take planning. No matter what time of the year we are in we can find ourselves overwhelmed! In this episode of One More Child Podcast, we will discuss how to look for the good in our family life. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast Joyful Family Celebrations Episode 28

Joyful family celebrations take planning. No matter what time of the year we are in we can find ourselves overwhelmed! In this episode of One More Child Podcast, we will discuss how to look for the good in our family life.

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My pastor has it right when he says that those who see good in others or situations always see good and for those who don’t they only see bad. It seems that the busier we are the more we become overwhelmed and less satisfied with life. I think it is all a matter of perspective.

When it comes to celebrations sometimes we put so much time in effort in impressing others that we lose sight of the real focus of the celebration. One year my then four-year-old daughter attended a birthday party hosted by a family with some amazing resources. When we drove onto the property we were greeted with balloons lining the driveway and signs leading the guests to park and a clown that greeted the children at the door. Of course, the inside of the home was on high-birthday-alert with signs, banners, balloons, and games. And yes there was even a pony ride. My daughter was so overwhelmed she did not want me to leave.

This one incident showed me that the key to happiness for our family was not in overwhelming the senses but in focusing on the joyful family celebration aspect, and if we invited a few friends then that would be fine.

We cannot please everyone and when we try to do this we will feel frustration. Joyful family celebrations are those in which we create memories.

Ask yourself these questions:

  1. What do I want my family to remember from this celebration?
  2. What is the overall goal? Is it a birthday memory or a milestone such as graduation?
  3. Are we celebrating a holiday? What is the one thing I want to do to make it memorable?
  4. Can I reuse things I have around the house?
  5. Can everyone participate in the setup and prep?

A friend recently shared that she didn’t buy gifts for her children once they reached a certain age for Christmas because they took family trips instead. She even did this for birthdays. The idea in her mind was to create a memory instead of buying an object they would eventually break or grow out of. Each family needs to make these decisions themselves and as with most things, whatever decision you make is probably right for your family.

Remember the focus is on the person, not the event. I doubt the four-year-old whose party we attended even remember that one event because more than likely her fifth, sixth and so forth were more spectacular. Talk to your child, your spouse and find out what they envision for that day? At one time my kids told me they did not want parties other than the immediate family, instead, we took a trip to an amusement park or their all-time favorite, camping.

As we approach the holiday season keep this in mind. Focus on the reason for the season and remember the joy begins with what is in our heart. Refresh your time with the Lord and He will provide an abundance of joy for you to pass on to your families! I pray this for you and yours especially as we head into our daily lives which are often filled with spills and tears. Know you are doing the best thing for your family taking the time to be with them. No one loves your kids the way you do and that my friends is the biggest blessing you can give them! Until next time – God’s blessing be upon you and your family.

 

A Secret To Easy Joy

Do you ever long to experience joy but feel like it takes too much work to make it happen?  In today’s episode, I reveal one of the keys to clearing the space for joy to come in!Do you ever long to experience joy but feel like it takes too much work to make it happen?

In today’s episode, I reveal one of the keys to clearing the space for joy to come in!

Just like cleaning out a cabinet before we organize things inside it, it is necessary to clear out the junk in our head before we can allow something else in.

What junk is that?

Great question!  It’s your own thoughts and never ending loop of what you should be doing that you haven’t already.

In short, when we don’t keep our promises and commitment to ourselves, to God and to others, we allow a sort of distracting white noise to take over inside.  In fact, it can become so loud that it completely blocks our joy receptors!

Here are a couple of areas where you can clean that up and make way for joy:

1. Keep your promises to yourself.

Self care- what areas have you decided need attention that you are continuing to ignore?

Convictions- where in your life do you hear a nudge to change every single time you open that game, flip that phone, watch that show?

Often we think there is wisdom in putting these things off- we’re busy with something else, there are good reasons to keep the thing, I might wish I did it differently later…

But if the nudge to take action is there, you’re clogging up your ability to absorb joy while you beat yourself up about what you aren’t doing.

2. Keep your commitments to others.

Just do it- when you make a commitment and follow through, it frees your mind to consider other things and people around you.  Joy becomes easier because you are distracted trying to avoid or procrastinate the thing.

 

Re-negotiate- some days, we simply have to be honest and realize we bit off more than we can chew.  In those moments the best thing is to figure out how to renegotiate the commitment.  When we go ahead and get that potentially uncomfortable conversation handled, it frees us up to enjoy the relationships, the events, and the beauty around us because we aren’t spending all that time and energy on resentment, frustration, or procrastination!

Three verses I appreciate about this topic are:

Romans 14:5

Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.

This reminds me that when I am fully convinced, that is the time I am most likely to take action.  If I’m not fully convinced it’s either time to put it down, or do what’s necessary to get to a place where I’m clear about what I’m choosing.  That brings joy.

Proverbs 15:23

A person finds joy in giving an apt reply and how good is a timely word.

I’m encouraged to have difficult conversations because of this verse.  There is a sweet relief that happens when we finally acknowledge elephants in the room.  Once we’ve admitted it’s there, we can focus on other things, which almost always include joy!

2 Corinthians 9:7

Each of you should give what you have decided in you to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

One of my favorite verses here, but in this context it’s a reminder that every promise and commitment is a choice that we made. No one forced them on us, we give them.  They are a gift. And as we remember that our commitments are gifts we give to others, we can be inspired to continue giving and fulfilling those promises with joy and gladness!

Now, what one next step will you take towards joy today?

Pro-Life Minsitry

Pro Life | Have you wanted to help the pro-life ministry? What can you do with love and compassion? With today's special guest is Father Frank Pavone known for his work with Priests For Life, he shares ways we can be involved to help bring in the culture of life. | #podcast #christianpodcast #pro-lifePro-life Ministry with Fr. Pavone Episode 27

Have you wanted to help the pro-life ministry? What can you do with love and compassion? With today’s special guest is Father Frank Pavone known for his work with Priests For Life, he shares ways we can be involved to help bring in the culture of life.

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Visit Fr. Pavone at his website:

About Father Pavone – Father Pavone is one of the most recognized pro-life advocates. He is also the President of the National Pro-life Religious Council, and the National Pastoral Director of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign and of Rachel’s Vineyard, the world’s largest ministry of healing after abortion.

Listen to the first interview with Father Pavone on Pro-Life

We often hear about the pro-life movement, but we’re really not sure what to do.

In the previous episode, we discussed Roe vs. Wade the legal decision that brought to the forefront the issue of abortion. Father Pavone knew Norma Mccorvey and was familiar with her decision to become a Christian. Father points out the pain and emotional hurt involved with those who would have an abortion. And that is something that we can’t forget, the person behind the decision. He encourages us to be empathic instead of being angry and pointing fingers. However, we want to help people realize there is a choice and many entities available to help.

Points to Remember:

  1. You can save lives.
  2. Realize those who feel they have no hope feel like they have to have an abortion.
  3. There are alternatives available and you can connect people with those alternatives.
  4. There are many websites for help!

Helpful Information.

  1. PregnancyCenters.org   You can type in a zip code and it shows the centers closest to where that person lives. They assess the needs of the individual and this is 24-7 and bilingual English. Just giving that information assures you that you can save someone’s life and spread the information in your community, have your churches put it in the church bulletin, talk to school counselors, make sure they know about it, spread the word in any way that you can.
  2. Rachel’s Vineyard is for people that have had abortions and they’re in great pain and are suffering deeply. This center helps people who are suffering the pain of an abortion to find healing and forgiveness and peace.
  3. A link on Priest for Life.org – Rachel’s Vineyard and Silent No More Testimonies

There are ministries, retreats, and resources close to where many people live – there is help out there. The greatest thing that anyone can do is to have this information at their fingertips. You can save lives and help to heal the wounds in people’s hearts. We are not being judgmental here, we’re not pointing fingers, we’re not to condemn. Once people realize the positive spirit in which the pro-life movement operates, then they’ll be ready to get involved in a whole bunch of the other activities, which we can also discuss as we continue here.

Abortion is such a deep wound that at first, the person who experiences it doesn’t even want to acknowledge it happened. They shut down a whole part of themselves, their relationships, etc. So many couples that we have dealt with this whether they were married or not, once they went to get the abortion we constantly hear them say, “Well, we never spoke about it again.”

And, and it is a whole dimension of the person and of the relationship that just shuts down, that’s not healthy. And that’s not the path to healing. It doesn’t go away just because we ignore it. And then once people do start facing up to what they realize is something that is holding them back from healing it will help them recover.

Questions People Ask After Abortion:

  1. What does that mean for my future?
  2. Can I trust myself anymore?
  3. Can I trust those around me?
  4. Can I trust God?

This leads to a terrible downward spiral and devastation. It leads to all sorts of other problems, self-destructive behavior or substance abuse sometimes suicidal behavior. It leads to broken relationships, inability to make decisions or to carry on with one’s education or career. And on and on. Not to mention various physical damage that’s done overall. One of the things we can do to help people find the path to healing is to go to Abortion testimonies.com.  This is part of our silent no more campaign. Many people have survived abortion and hey want to share their story.

Those stories are out there precisely for us all to use so that people can understand how, how terribly painful and destructive abortion is. And again, lead them away from that path.

What is Planned Parenthood?

Let’s put it this way. If you ask the question, “What is the largest business in the world that sells the most abortions?” It’s planned Parenthood. It is the largest abortion business in the world. It is furthermore an organization that has been involved in many illegal activities. It’s under investigation by federal and state governments. And it is a very political organization. Planned Parenthood pours, tens of millions of dollars into the campaigns of politicians that want to keep abortion going.

The title sounds very nice, but it’s not about planning to be a parent. It’s about planning not to be a parent. It’s how to kill the child inside of you. This, unfortunately, is the biggest commitment that planned Parenthood has. So, you know, we need to learn more about it. But the good news is that there are many more health care facilities for women and for all citizens in America that do not perform abortions. Many more of those facilities exist than do the planned Parenthood facilities. There’s plenty of ways to give healthcare without killing children,

Right? I mean, there are many free clinics that are set up in my own town. If you cannot afford you know, help there, there are places that you can go. So you know, when we know that on an intellectual basis, but sometimes it’s kind of nice to reveal. I mean, I love again, how you put that, you know, what is the largest business in the world that does abortions. And so that does, again, very clearly a father Frank Pavone is known for his clarity of words and really bringing simplicity to, you know, what it actually does. So if someone wants to get involved in the pro-life movement, I’m very blessed. Where I live, we have a very strong organization and you know, these ladies are tireless and we are able to, you know go on a regular basis even if people want to at least once a month. You know, different churches are praying outside of an abortion clinic that is in town. Sadly, we still have them here. So what are some things that people can do if they want to learn more information on how they can help. I know you have the priest for life.org/volunteer and again, I’ll have these on the show notes.

How To Volunteer:

  1. Visit the Priests for Life volunteer page. – The volunteer page gives people an opportunity to let us know what they would like to do, especially in regard to elections. We have want to help pro-life candidates get into office. We need good law makers. And if we want the laws to protect the unborn! We need to elect lawmakers that are willing to do that. So we help people to get involved in that way.
  2. There’s also a website we have called stop abortion now.org and what we have there are action alerts, especially if there is going to be a law passed, for example, in Congress that would advance the protection of the unborn. You know, we need people to make a little call, call into their representative, let them know that they support that bill or, or vice versa. If there’s a bad bill in the Congress or in an individual state that’s going to expand abortion. We need people to get on the phone, and make some calls and say, “Hey, I don’t believe in this.” You don’t have to be an expert on the bill. You just have to say, Hey, I’m a voter. I’m a taxpayer and I don’t like this. And that’s really all you have to say. But we guide people on how to do that and stop abortion.
  3. We have prayer campaign.org where people can participate in different activities, for example, prayer vigils that take place in the community 40 days for life, etc.

We pray that Father Pavone continues to be blessed and the Lord fills him with all that he needs to continue on with this very important ministry. I know it is difficult. There’s a lot of opposition. Even among leaders who should be helpful and supportive and you have persevered.

 

 

Practical Help for the Single Working Mom-Part 2

Episode 11–Practical Help for the Single Working Mom-Part 2

On this week’s episode of ‘The Working Woman Radio Show’, we will continue our conversation about ways the church, extended family, and community can help the single working mom.  Last week, we were privileged to have Priscilla Wilkinson, Anne Stuckey, and Angela Paul in the studio with us.  

‘The Working Woman Radio Show’ sat down with these women and discussed ways that the church, the community, and the extended family can help single working moms and provide them with more support. We talked about how to plan quick and easy meals, community financial assistance programs, mentoring programs for kids, and how the extended family and community at large can aid single-parent families.

Priscilla Wilkinson is a motivational speaker, mentor, consultant and author. She is currently Vice President of HR and Operations at SitusAMC, a financial services company. 

Additionally, Mrs. Wilkinson is also the Founder and Director of Women of Life, a non-profit organization dedicated to mentoring and training women to discover their value, purpose and passion. Besides this, Mrs. Wilkinson serves as an Elder at Crossroads Presbyterian Church in Stone Mountain, GA. She also oversees the Evangelism and Outreach ministries at Crossroads.

Anne Stuckey currently works as a Senior Enrollment Specialist with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro-Atlanta. She has been with the organization for almost two years and loves her job. She herself was a mentor and understands first hand the mutual impact mentors and mentees can have on each other. 

Angela Paul is the Chief Operating Officer of Math Plus Educational Services, and has tutored and taught math and science for over 30 years.  Additionally, she is the founder and former director of the Northeast Independent Preparatory Academy. Mrs. Paul has been instrumental in helping home-schooled students get into college for almost 20 years.

Furthermore, Angela is a married to Jim Paul and is the mother of four adult children, and the grandmother of four.

 

Helpful Resources:

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Salvation Army

The Salvation Army helps families overcome poverty by providing short and long-term housing assistance, meal assistance, and help with employment.

 

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United Way

United Way advances the common good in communities across the world. Their focus is on education, income and health—the building blocks for a good quality of life.

Goodwill Industries International

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Your next click can connect you with skills, a job and career path. GCFLearnFree.org resources are a great place to build the skills you need to get ahead. Use this job search tool to find employment opportunities at local Goodwill organizations and other employers near you.

Gift Giving

Gift Giving | What is the greatest gift that we can give to others? Well there are plenty that come to mind but the greatest gift-giving comes from Almighty God and His Son, Jesus. | #ChristianPodcast #podcastGift Giving Episode 119

What is the greatest gift that we can give to others? Well, there are plenty that come to mind but the greatest gift-giving comes from Almighty God and His Son, Jesus. In this episode, we will discuss how gift-giving sometimes takes center stage when the focus should be on the Lord!

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We celebrate Jesus at Christmas and Easter the two biggest seasons for Christians. And, when my kids were little I’d ask them what season was their favorite and would you believe it was Easter? Yes, there was definitely candy involved but the main reason was the fasting that came beforehand!

As a Catholic-Christian we celebrate the 40 days of Lent the time leading up to Easter Sunday and we “give up” something. Whether it is tangible like chocolate or candy to something like not being negative or perhaps setting aside a longer period of time to pray. In this giving up we are reminded each time we want to stray that we can not and this equates and is symbolic for giving up sin. So when Easter Sunday comes it is a time to put aside the fasting and to celebrate!

But, at Christmas time while Advent is similar to Lent in that we are counting down to the glorious day of our Savior’s birth (and yes – I realize it is not the exact date). It is much more difficult with full calendars, invitations from friends and families and a variety of to-do’s that center around baking – shopping or writing cards.

Christmas tends to be a time of giving – and while we give we often overlook that all some people need is our gift of compassion and to feel needed. When we are in the midst of our giving we overlook the real needs.

I once did a podcast on the things that kids want for presents (Presents Kids WantPresents Kids Can Make) and it was not what you might think. Sure that shiny object is fun for a short span of time but truthfully the gifts that you can give that last often can not be purchased from a store.

My kid’s favorite gifts consisted of time camping or time we spent together as a family reading in front of the fireplace. Once on a trip to Canada from Florida, my son asked if I brought along our storybook and if we could read in front of the fireplace in the lobby of the hotel! Friends, it was summer! What did this show me? That my son loved the time we spent together.

The gifts that keep on giving are the gifts we consider and think about. It is the gifts of baked goods, or the refrigerator magnets grandkids make, or just time spent doing something special.

My gifts to my grandkids consist of Zoo Family Membership and things they need. Most of all it will be time spent together baking and doing crafts – one of my favorite things and theirs as well. But the greatest gift you can give your family? The gift of Love and the gift of Faith.

Faith is the gift that keeps on giving. When my kids were little I created an Advent Calendar and each day I gave them a number, on the back was a Scripture Verse and a short note I wrote them. It was not only a count down to Christmas but a time of prayer and personal love notes written to them! The calendar is still up on two of my children’s rooms – all these years later! Another way we celebrated faith is with an Advent Wreath and we lit one calendar each week (and each evening we lit that same candle). We would pray a Scripture verse each night and then spent time in prayer for our family and each of us gave a “praise report,” what we were thankful for each day.

Remember this year that the best gifts are the ones that last!

Dear Lord Jesus thank you for giving me the gift of faith – and I ask, precious Lord that you give me the grace to pass on this gift with those I love and cherish! I know this is one of the greatest gifts are love and the gift of faith. Please fill me to overflowing with your love, the love that surpasses all understanding so that I may share this love with others. Please help me with my gift-giving this year to focus on the person and their needs. Please, Lord, hear the prayers I pray for the following people … help them Lord in their struggles and bring joy and victory in the Name of Jesus! And, I pray this in Your precious Name, My God. Amen!

 


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Love is Speaking Up

Last week, we discussed how love is about listening.  This week, we’re covering the opposite side of the spectrum: speaking up! Today we’ll get really clear about three different areas where speaking up is crucial.

Last week, we discussed how love is about listening.  This week, we’re covering the opposite side of the spectrum: speaking up.

Today we’ll get really clear about three different areas where speaking up is crucial.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but these three are some of the most important times, in my book, to open our mouths!

1. Love means speaking up when it’s the gospel that did the work, or is the remedy.

Romans 1:16: For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew and also to the Greek.

The gospel has power. It is the remedy!

When we know that the joy of the Lord is our strength, but we don’t proclaim that remedy to others, it’s like knowing someone is ill and having the medicine for them, but walking away.

Additionally, when we are focused on giving God glory, it helps us stay zoned into the heart issue and not whatever outward actions rub us the wrong way or are different from how we’d do things.

2. Love means speaking up when others have requested accountability from us.

Galatians 6:1: Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.

There is a default accountability agreement that we become a part of when we are part of the church of Christ. Speaking up to hold others accountable is part of our job.  Gentleness, kindness and humility is required, but accountability is a necessary component to growing as believers.

Additionally, sometimes people ask us to hold them accountable.  While their response is not always guaranteed to be pleasant when we do it. If we agree to speak up when we see something that needs improvement, but don’t, it isn’t love.

3. Love means speaking up against false teaching.

Ephesians 5:11: Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.

When we keep silent, we allow, by default, others to speak lies to those we love.  When people are desperate for answers, they are equally susceptible to any concepts that sound good and hopeful.

Two examples of false teaching in the coaching world include:

The importance of FORGIVING YOURSELF

Nowhere in the Bible will you find any scripture indicating that forgiving yourself is something you need to do.  Scripture talks about forgiving others, asking forgiveness of God, asking forgiveness of others. We don’t owe ourselves a debt. That’s a position that belongs to God and forgiving ourselves is a slick way to leave the real solution- true repentance and acknowledgement of our need for a Savior – out of the equation. It’s the world’s way of taking God’s idea and attempting to solve a problem without Him. Sure sounds good though.

I am enough.

This one is also a false teaching that is sweeping the world by storm and it is love to share with others the lack of hope and truth in this statement.

What is true?
We are valuable- priceless, actually. We are loved enough for Jesus to die to save us.

What is true?
We don’t need to be anything more than what we are for him to love us. And in that context we are “enough”. However, that version of “enough” is simply that God takes us as we are. We aren’t enough to save ourselves.

And are we enough for anything else? Is who we are sufficient to any task? No! The Bible says that in our weakness, he is made strong.  That he enables us to will and to do what he calls us too.  That indicates that we very much are NOT enough, but HE is!

God is enough.  Regardless of where we start, how weak or strong we are, God is enough to get us through, help us fulfill his purpose.

Again, this is a slick deflection the world uses to gently slide us towards elevating ourselves and eliminating our need for God.

But the truth is, HE is enough.  Because he works in us and through us, we become enough.

So, where have you experienced false teaching and choose to sit on it?  Love those around you well.  Speak up! Expose the lies. There is life in the TRUTH!

What one action will you take today in order to love God, love others, and enjoy it?

Practical Help for the Single Working Mom

Episode 10–Practical Help for the Single Working Mom

According to statistics from KIDS Count Data Center, single parents, are raising more than one-third of the children in the United States. This amounts to more than 24 million children having only one parent in the home.

The majority of these households consists of a single moms as the custodial parent. In 2016, 66% of all African American kids and 52% of all American Indian kids — 6.6 million children combined — came from single-parent families. The same study found that 32% of single-parent families with children were living in poverty versus just 7% of two-parent families.

The Working Woman Radio Show sat down with Priscilla Wilkinson, Anne Stuckey, and Angela Paul and discussed ways that the church, the community, and the extended family can help single working moms and provide them with more support. 

 

Priscilla Wilkinson, is a motivational speaker, mentor, consultant and author. She is currently Vice President of HR and Operations at SitusAMC, a financial services company. She has over 30 years of corporate experience, primarily in roles dealing with employee relations, training and strategic planning. Mrs. Wilkinson is also the Founder and Director of Women of Life, a non-profit organization dedicated to mentoring, teaching, and training women to discover their value, purpose and passion. Mrs. Wilkinson also serves as an Elder at Crossroads Presbyterian Church in Stone Mountain, GA, where she oversees the Evangelism and Outreach ministries of Crossroads and teaches Adult Sunday School.

 

 

 

Anne currently works as a Senior Enrollment Specialist with the youth mentoring organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro-Atlanta. She has been with the organization for almost two years and loves her job. She herself was a mentor and understands first hand the mutual impact mentors and mentees can have on each other. 

Anne is relatively new to Atlanta, but has quickly grown to love the city and the people here. She and her husband, Matt, attend the Grace Church-NE Atlanta Campus.

 

 

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

She has taught at both the secondary and collegiate levels and as the founder and former director of the Northeast Independent Preparatory Academy, she has been instrumental in helping home-schooled students get into college for almost 20 years. She is also the mother of an a daughter who is a single mom.

Helpful Resources:

Women of Life

Women of Life, Inc.

Women of Life (WOL) is an organization with a mission that invites women to come as they are and supports them through teaching, equipping, and encouraging.

 

Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta

 

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Nearly half a million children in Metro Atlanta live in communities with low or very low child well-being. The Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta vital mission is to recruit volunteers to become mentors to children facing adversity. Their goal is to serve more children and increase positive outcomes by matching them with an adult who will ignite their full potential.

Peace Within Families

Peaceful Families | Next to world peace, we want peace within families! I’ve heard horror stories of siblings not talking to each other for years and in this episode, we will pray for broken families and those who are lost to the hope of Jesus. | #ChristianPodcast #podcastPeace Within Families Episode 118

Next to world peace, we want peace within families! I’ve heard horror stories of siblings not talking to each other for years and in this episode, we will pray for broken families and those who are lost to the hope of Jesus.

Thanks to our sponsor – Media Angels, Inc. and don’t forget to download our Prayer Journal free for subscribers on this website.

Peace on earth – peace be with you – peace within families it all goes hand-in-hand. I sometimes marvel that we want world peace but those who are born with the same parents, sometimes can’t get along! Of course, there are many psychological reasons that this happens, but truthfully the real reasons are not so complex if we really think about it.

I’ve created podcasts on the topic of forgiveness and sometimes it is the hurt and the forgiveness that keeps people apart. One of the biggest problems I see among families it the ability to communicate.

We get upset, our feelings get hurt, we can’t understand, we are floored and we are … well, fill in the blanks. We’ve all had arguments with those we love – and the more you love the harder it is at times to keep from getting hurt. We wear our hearts on our sleeves especially those of us who are parents, and we hope that our kids and our grandkids will see that we love them. But, seeing is often difficult when our actions may show something different.

How do we show we love – for different people it is in different ways – two quick examples for me it is doing something, baking you cookies, having you over for a meal, opening my home or well-doing. For my husband, it is time – and it is kindness. But peace is something that transcends doing!

John 16:33

Peace is the feeling of being protected, safe and most of all it happens when we feel people understand us. That is why within families without good communication it falls apart! With God we talk, He listens – very rarely do we hear the Lord … but when we do, whether it is through the Word, a friend or in prayer it may not be what we want to hear.

God is our safe haven. In God, we are guaranteed peace. Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

But back to peace within families – how do we achieve this? Especially in the toxic climate in which we, as Americans live – and at the time of this recording! I’ve heard of family members who avoid getting together for the holidays because they do not want to get into heated discussions!

So friends, here are some things to pray about if we want peace!

  1. Pray for the Lord to shower those you love and are family members with love, and that surpasses all understanding. Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
  2. Listen: when others talk listen and pray for discernment – and Proverbs 1:5 Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance—
  3. Pray to do God’s will – whether that is to comfort or love. We don’t have to agree but we can do what God would do – maybe not agree, but love

Only God can love unconditionally but I do believe that as family members we have a special grace from God to forgive if we allow ourselves to be humbled and realize we are not perfect! I know hard to do and easy to say –

SO, Let’s Pray for His Divine Grace.

Dear Jesus, I pray for peace within my family. I know You love me all the time with your unconditional love and I ask for the Divine grace to love those who have hurt me and ask that those I have hurt forgive me. Lord I don’t want to conform or be less than I am, I want to be a shining star that shows Your love to others. I want to reflect Your light, and I want to be the one who plants the seeds for You to reap. I ask my God that you bless those I pray for and specifically for their needs … thank-you Jesus for all you have done in my family and for the peace and joy that we will feel – and I pray this in Jesus, precious Name. Amen.

Praying with ACTS

It is all well and good to tell people to pray. But sometimes, because of lack of experience, tiredness, or maybe even a spiritual dryness, you don’t know what to say. That’s where ACTS comes in; it is a way to pray, a little formula you can use to get on track and stay focused.

How to pray

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ACTS stands for Adoration, Contrition, Thanksgiving and Supplication. Let’s look briefly at each of these.

A: we adore God, praising his holy name and letting him know that we know that he is God.

C: we say we are sorry and ask forgiveness for the wrongs we have done. Not to beat ourselves up but to be honest. And yes, of course, God knows what we have done but with humility, it’s good to admit it to him. This way we can get it out in the open and takes steps to correct our behavior.

T: God has given us everything! So we thank him for the problem resolved easily, the quick trip to work, our children’s success, our health, whatever comes to mind. Thank him for whatever comes to mind.

S: and now we get to the asking for what we need. Just as it’s a bit rude or presumptuous to start a conversation with a friend without asking them if they have time to talk and are well, it’s really the same with God. Wait to ask for your needs and the needs of those you love and those for whom you’ve promised to pray.

As I say in my audio, I didn’t make this up and could not find the origin of it. A priest taught it to me years ago and I pass it on to you.  I hope this process is helpful to you!

the not lukewarm challenge

 

 

And for our Not Lukewarm Challenge this week, go ahead and use ACTS to pray. You can download the image above as a reminder if you like.

Love is Listening

Today we are going to discuss some situations where listening might seem like the last thing you’d want to do, and yet, it’s a great opportunity to show love to others!Today we are going to discuss some situations where listening might seem like the last thing you’d want to do, and yet, it’s a great opportunity to show love to others.

However, we’ve discussed listening skills before.  If you want some practical tips, check out Episode 10: Kindness & Listening Skills

When I think of the type of listening I’m talking about today, I’m reminded of God listening to the children of Israel while they were still slaves in Egypt.

Exodus 2:24-25 says, “And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.  God saw the people of Israel – and God knew.”

He heard, remembered, saw, and knew.
Notice there is no talking involved on his part here,no getting defensive, no explaining why he did it that way. He listened.  He listened to their complaints, their grief, their frustrations, their groanings.  ANn he remembered his promise.  He saw their pain.  He was able to feel their situation clearly.

That’s love in listening.
And we are called to do the same for others.

John 15: 12-13 instructs us, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”

How often do we have the chance to simply lay down our life for others, literally?

In this country? Not very often.
But how often do we have the opportunity to lay down our defensiveness, our determination to be proved right, our desire to justify our actions, our reputation, or our perceived status in society?
Every single day, right?

This is love.  We can listen and I’m about to show you several areas where this applies, and some practical ways you can look at the situation so it becomes easier.

INAY

These are my favorite four letters when it comes to times I am called to listen and keep my mouth shut!

It’s Not About You.”

This is my slogan. SOmetimes I put it on a piece of paper when I’m coaching online. Sometimes I write it on my hand so I see it in conversation.  Other times, I’ve set it as a reminder to pop up on my phone.  WHen I present to an audience and I’m nervous about how it’s all going to come out, if I’ll be heard, if I’ll use the word “really” far too much- I tape it to my notes so I am reminded that my entire purpose is not about me.  It’s about others.  It is love.

Here’s some other situations where this reminder comes in handy:
– when your parents or in-laws are telling you how to parent.

It’s not about you. THey have ideas and how they did it. It feels good to help, and they also have an opportunity to validate their own decisions in their parenting styles. None of that is about you, how you parent, whether your choices are best, etc.  It’s about them. Lovingly listen.

– When your relatives or friends make insensitive comments:
To the single person, they might say, “You might just have to stop being so picky.”
To the grieving parent after a death of a child or major illness, you’d hear, “So, what is God trying to teach you through this?”
To the pregnant woman, “Whoa! You got twins in there?”
To the mom of many kids, “Don’t you know what causes that?”

All of these can obviously feel insensitive, but none of them are about you.  Often they are more about the other person trying to either figure out what to say, how to come to terms with a difficult situation, figure out how to make up for the obvious elephant in the room, or they are putting themselves in your position and have no idea how they would handle it or feel and are taking a stab. All of that is about THEM. It’s Not About You.

When we realize the comments aren’t really about us, it’s easier to listen, and let them fall off like they are no big deal.

Another area we can apply this is with our spouse and kids.

Let’s take the spouse first.

We simultaneously want our husbands to be authentic, vulnerable, and honest while also being our protector, steady support, and tolerant of our wishy washy emotions sometimes.

For some, it’s the other way around- the wife is the steady and the husband is the wishy washy one.  But in most relationships, there’s a combination of the two somewhere and to some degree it goes both ways.

When a spouse comes to us with genuine concerns, do we immediately assume they are blaming us, take it personally, get mad and defensive?

Or do you hold space for them to share their feelings, remember that their experience is not about you and listen with love?

It’s not always easy.  Especially if what their concerned about is also a perfect match for something we feel like we fail at regularly.  However, it’s still a good opportunity to show love and listen without becoming defensive.  Because their sharing is about them.  It’s Not About You.

SImilarly, with children.  WHen our children come to us with complaints, it can be easy to feel underappreciated, attacked, personally offended, etc.  But we have the opportunity to hear them and their difficulties from the stand point of being a safe place for them to say how they really feel.  Isn’t that what God does with us?  He listens- however it comes out, doesn’t take offense at us, and then does exactly what needs doing. He loves us by listening.

One practical way you can do this with your family, is to have a specific time where all of you get together and then take turns going around the room giving opportunity to each person to share what’s working and not working lately in their life. Write the things down, so you can remember and discuss them later.

You can take it one step further and pass out index cards for them to write anything down that feels too embarrassing to share.  Then at the end, collect them and address those privately.

This is not a time to explain why you do what you do, why their request isn’t possible, or how ridiculous they are being.  This is an opportunity to show love by listening.

When we have done this as a family, I am always blown away by some of the little things that feel so big to my children that they are carrying around. It will soften your hearts towards them.  You will hear them, and be able to feel their pain.

You may think you are already a family that communicates well. I think we are. It was still worth trying.

In conclusion,
Love is listening.
It’s not about you.

Let them tell their story,  ask questions, comment about what is interesting, consider why certain things make them feel certain ways.  Ask them why, how, if they could… Love them by listening.

What one action will you take today to show love to others?

Publishing Kids Books

Publishing Kids Books | Have you wanted to publish books? What about publishing kids books? Today my guest, Autumn McKay has successfully published books along with her husband, Seth. These books are geared for little ones and she shares her journey with you! | #podcast #publishingkidsbooks #booksPublishing Kids Books ~ Episode 22

Have you wanted to publish books? What about publishing kids books? Today my guest, Autumn McKay has successfully published books along with her husband, Seth. These books are geared for little ones and she shares her journey with you!

Thanks to our sponsor Ultimate Christian Communicators Conference  

 

Publishing Kids Books Top Tips:

  1. An idea that resonates with your buyer – in this case the author, Autumn McKay is a teacher who geared her books currently for kindergarten and younger. In addition, her engineer husband also wrote coloring books.
  2. Coloring books – great idea, because they are consumed. Consumable books are a great way to generate additional sales.
  3. Traditional vs. Self-publishing? Traditional publishers still want authors to market their own books, and the McKays decided it was in their best interest to self-publish and keep all the profit.
  4. Instagram is a way the book is marketed and a way to gather emails.
  5. Call to action – whether you are on an interview, speaking before groups of pre-school moms, or even on social media giving away something helps. Autumn used a lead magnet – giving the listener a “taste” of what her books are like in exchange for an email to add to her list. She can then give special promotions and more. Here is a call to action Autumn used as a lead generator. 
  6. Email lists are important, they are a way for the subscriber to learn more about the author and what the author offers.
  7. Giving the listener a PDF of books – here is an example of what Autumn’s books: BestMomIdeas Book Page PDF

You may want to check out Felice’s book, Information In A Nutshell Writing and Publishing:

 

 

 

Conversion Testimony of Rosalind Moss

This podcast features the conversion testimony of Rosalind Moss (also known as Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God) and is provided for you by Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women. This podcast features the conversion testimony of Rosalind Moss (also known as Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God) and is provided for you by Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women.

Join us as we hear her story from her Jewish roots to the heart and soul of Catholicism. She has worked as staff apologist for Catholic Answers and has co-hosted EWTN’s House of Faith and Now We’re Catholic. She is a prolific author and much sought after speaker.

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

Magnificat ® is dedicated to Mary, the Mother of God, an image of the Church, and model for all Christians, especially women.

The essence of Magnificat is the encounter between Mary and Elizabeth (Luke 1:39-56). Magnificat is a woman-to-woman ministry which calls forth a lively faith in God and His actions in daily life, a love for Mary and for the Church, and deep holiness. The words of Our Lady’s canticle in Luke’s gospel take on a personal significance for Magnificat women as they seek to magnify the Lord in their own lives and lead others to know His great love and goodness.

We encourage you to join us as we pray, learn, and experience what God can do in our lives if we let Him!

Find more episode here!

Visit Magnificat Ministry here.

The Senior Working Woman

Senior Working Woman

Episode 9- The Senior Working Woman: The Benefits of Working After 65

If you’re a senior woman, age 65 or over, in the workforce, you are not alone. Statistics show that the number of senior working women has risen 4.2 percent over the past year to 17.4 million.

There are several reasons for this increase. Many older women are helping their families catch up after the Great Recession that ran from 2007 to 2009, which set back their finances.

Others have been forced to return to the workforce due to divorce which is splitting up a record number of older couples.

Some women are simply seeking self-fulfillment after years of taking care of the needs of others. Also, women usually have longer life expectancy and need to finance longer retirements. Whatever the reason, there are more senior working women than ever before.

Special guest, Joanna Styles, has had a variety of careers that have spanned over six decades which include working as a circulation desk manager for the Queens Borough Public Library in New York, owning and operating Styles Home Cooking Restaurant with her second husband, Joseph, and teaching for the Fulton County School System, where she recently was awarded ‘Paraprofessional of the Year’.

Ms. Styles shares personal stories about her work experience as an older woman and how it has benefited her financially, socially, and psychologically.

Ms. Styles lives in Atlanta, Georgia. She is the mother of four, grandmother of 11, and great-grandmother of 15. She attends Mt. Paran Church of God in Atlanta and has been and active member there for more than 30 years.

Helpful Resources:

Applying For Social Security Benefits

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AARP Membership

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The Franchise Advisor

Franchise Your Business

 

U. S. Deparment of Labor

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Helpful Articles:

 

More Older Women Are Returning to Work

A new study says working women earn 49 cents for every dollar earned by a man, a claim that challenges most research that says women earn 80% of what men are paid on average across all industries.

Retirement Planning is Different for Women

 

Thankful All The Time

Thankful All The Time | Don’t you wish we could be thankful all the time? Especially in this time of joy sometimes we can’t see because we are covered with the business of every day. In this episode, we will discuss ways to keep thankfulness at the forefront of each day. | #ChristianPodcast #podcast Thankful All The Time Episode 117

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

Thanks to our sponsor, Sony / Affirms Films and the movie A Beautiful Day Movie.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ephesians 5:20

2 Timothy 1:7

Let’s pray:

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

 

 


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Communication Coach

Communicators Coach | Have you wondered what a communication coach does, well with Marnie Swedberg is an expert. Do you wish you had a ministry or were a speaker? Marnie gives you great information that will launch or grow your career. | #christianpodcast #podcastInside The Mind of a Communication Coach with Special Guest, Marnie Swedberg

Have you wondered what a communication coach does, well with Marnie Swedberg is an expert. Do you wish you had a ministry or were a speaker? Marnie gives you great information that will launch or grow your career.

Thanks to our sponsor, Media Angels host of the Ultimate Christian Communicators Conference.

Do everything for the glory of God! Marnie is a coach and mentors communicators.

Learn more about Marnie at Marnie.com

What is your focus and what did God create you to do? Cause we all want to do everything or what somebody else is doing, but what God wants us to do is what he created us to do. Marnie has learned this and her business focus is to help authors and speakers to achieve their best.

The Ultimate Christian Communicators Conference is the place to be in February and Marnie will begin a session with teaching about powerful speed networking and getting the most from your introduction. She will share how one of the most powerful ways to meet and be remembered by people that you just meet.

We discuss:

  1. How do you build your ministry?
  2. Learn the keys to communication?
  3. What can a communication coach teach you?
  4. Building a solid foundation with God – God is in the driver’s seat.
  5. Collaboration and networking component

What is your role as a Communicator:

Insider strategies and tips focus on targeting your topics, titles, and descriptions in order to capture the attention of your focus audience. Publishers, producers, and planners work with people all the time. Do you know how to position yourself so that you get noticed? What if you want to be on a guest blogger or a guest on a podcast? These are things you will learn at the Communicators Conference. 

You will learn about ways to explode your audience with targeted topics, titles and 30-word wonders as well as so many other things. There is a skill to bubbling to the top of the pile. And that’s where Marnie works with the speakers over at women’s speakers.com. My goal is to help women get ready, get seen and get booked because those all three are critically important. And that’s what we’re going to be doing at this conference to work on the publicity piece.

Coaching for Communicators is important if you want to take your message to a new level. Marnie will do some in-person coaching.

Sometimes it seems like you might be going down a rabbit trail. But honestly that’s how God holds the world together. If you look at the world it’s like this big web and that’s how women’s minds are. Our minds are like a huge web and it’s this big rule of you know electrical connections and everything’s connected to everything else. These coaching, the group sessions are so powerful. So I’m going to be doing two of them. One of them just on your basic speaking ministry, what are your most pressing questions and the other one on the international focus, how to, how to think about going global. And it’s a, it’s a specific session as well. Like it’s going to even include like a packing list for when you’re traveling to an impoverished nation. I mean we’re going to get detailed as well. How to think about it.

When you actually get to opportunity to meet these people in person, to actually connect with them, eye to eye, to see their body language, to have a hug, to hold hands and pray together. This is a whole different dimension. And I think one of the things I’m most excited about is the opportunity for networking and collaborating at this next level where yes, you can reach out to people by email. And I have so many great friends who have never yet met face to face and some of you are coming to the conference. I’m so excited. But for those of you who can’t decide, just pray about it, just ask God, is this, is this something that I should be attending?

Learn more at the Ultimate Christian Communicators Conference.com

 

 

Praying to the One who loves us

St. Therese on prayerPrayer helps us stay grounded, reminding us that we need God and that he is there, waiting to listen.

A few quotes on prayer

Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Phil 4:6

For me, prayer is an aspiration of the heart, it is a simple glance directed to heaven, it is a cry of gratitude and love in the midst of trial as well as joy; finally, it is something great, supernatural, which expands my soul and unites me to Jesus. St. Therese of Lisieux

What a gift prayer is! It is the real treasure of our soul, our being able to give to God the worship of perfect adoration. St. Frances Cabrini

My secret is simple–I pray. St. Teresa of Calcutta

Pray, hope, and don’t worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer.  Padre Pio

How to Pray

There are many ways to different ways to pray and each has a benefit. Common ways include praying rote prayers; praying with your faith community at Mass or a service; using scripture or music; praying in silence. Often we pray because we are restless or have a problem that needs solving. Many times, when you have many burdens, the best prayer is sitting in silence. God knows our needs before we say them. He does not want us to live in worry, confusion or discouragement. When you are overwhelmed and on input and noise overload, find a quiet spot, ask God to enter into it and sit, hands open, doing nothing. I say, “Come, Holy Spirit” and let all my thoughts go up to him. Even 5 minutes will give you peace and rest.

Pause during the day as well, whenever a decision needs to be made, and ask God what’s next. The more we approach God, the more peace we will have. As  Soren Kierkegaard said, “prayer does  not change God,  but changes him who prays.”  And what else can the point of prayer be, but to change and become more like the person God created us to be, living a life of abundance and sharing it with others.

the not lukewarm challengeOur challenge this week is to learn a new prayer. Or at least choose a new one to use regularly. I have a few links to prayer sites as well as a “Prayer” playlist on Spotify for you. I’d love to hear what new prayer you’ve used this week so leave a comment!

Prayer Sites

23 Powerful Prayers 
Catholic Prayers

 

 

Love: The Unconditional Kind

I believe that our love for God is reflected in how we love others. If that’s the case for you, what deal have you made about how that looks?I’ve always been an all or nothing kind of gal.

I’m like a steep roller coaster!
Loving God has been quite the journey for me.

I gave my heart to Christ when I was 5 or 6- I remember them explaining how Jesus died for my sins and that I could ask for forgiveness, and ask him to be the Lord of my life and thank him for saving me and that I would be saved.

I remember being so clear that I was saved and that I needed to obey Jesus and follow his will for my life.

Unfortunately, I felt very unsuccessful doing that.

I knew God loved me, but I acted like love was earned. Combine that with my extreme personality and if I couldn’t get it right 100% of the time, then why bother trying to get it right any of the time?

So, I would resort to selfishness, stubbornness, and frustration.

I believe that our love for God is reflected in how we love others. If that’s the case for you, what deal have you made about how that looks?

Here’s some of the deals I made:
First, Unconditional love means you have to live up to your end of the bargain loving me and all my mess regardless of how I show up, but I should be able to show love to you on a sliding scale of how much I feel like it on any given day and base my attention on that.

How’s that show up in your relationships? Huh?  That one doesn’t turn out so well.

Second, I really thought unconditional love meant that there was a basic love level and if I got on their good side by doing what they liked, then they’d like me more if I acted more like them.

But that really wasn’t love at all. It was a craving for attention.

When love is steady regardless of how I showed up if feels unconditional.

While it may seem odd at first if grand gestures are a way you show love when someone is making you happy, but you act mad when they disappoint you, then it isn’t steady.

Does this ever show up in your relationships with others?  In either your attempts to love other people- and your emotions get in the way, or in your reception of love from others.  Have you ever considered that an over the top response and attention to someone’s gift could actually be reinforcing a false pattern of belief about the love of God?

In order to truly love God, you must love others.

In order to truly love others, you must love God.

What does truly loving God look like?

Love rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth.

It bears all things.

It believes all things.

It hopes all things.

It endures all things.

Love never fails.

What one next step will you take today to love someone unconditionally?

Pro-Life & Family

Pro-Life Family | Education in the pro-life family with the expert in this movement. In this episode, we are going to discuss the history of the pro-life movement and why we need to learn the importance of the ministry. | #Christianpodcast #podcastPro-Life and Family Episode 26 with Special Guest Fr. Frank Pavone

Education in the pro-life family with the expert in this movement. In this episode, we are going to discuss the history of the pro-life movement and why we need to learn the importance of the ministry for life and what we are up against. Secondly, in the next podcast, we will discuss what we can do become more involved why now is the time that our voices are needed in this important movement.

Visit Fr. Pavone at his website:

About Father Pavone – Father Pavone is one of the most recognized pro-life advocates. He is also the President of the National Pro-life Religious Council, and the National Pastoral Director of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign and of Rachel’s Vineyard, the world’s largest ministry of healing after abortion.

We will discuss the history of the pro-life movement as well as ways to get involved (in the next episode).

In 1973, the Supreme court legalized abortion throughout pregnancy in the United States by its decision Roe versus Wade. And right after that pro-life efforts began there. In fact, there were some pro-life efforts that began before Roe V Wade. But the movement really began to grow as people said, children in the womb need protection. We need to do something to reverse this policy.

During that time, Pavone was in high school and became aware of abortion of the pro-life movement.

  1. In 1976 Pavone went to Washington DC on the first annual March for Life. He was impressed by the crowd, by the diversity of it, by the determination of these people, by the fact that even though they were confronting a very tragic and sad reality, they were very joyful and positive and prayerful.
  2. Began to get involved in local pro-life activities. And at the same time I felt the call to the priesthood. Long story short, I ended up getting ordained and through all my seminary years and into those first years of the priesthood, abortion was always front and center.
  3. Fr. Pavone preached about it frequently as a new priest. And then I came to a point where I experienced what I can only call a call of conscience. I was very happy doing the work in the parish and doing some teaching as well. But pro-life work became the dominant alarm going off in my mind. And I came to the point where I said, Lord, I, I need to devote myself to this full time.
  4. Felt the need to give his focus to defending the unborn. Cardinal John O’Connor of New York gave him permission to do that in 1993 as the first full-time director of priests for life. And I’ve been doing it ever since.

Pro-Life & Family – There is so much pain for those involved.

People become so emotionally volatile because there’s so much pain involved. Everyone is hurting from one for one reason or another by abortion either because of direct involvement, indirect involvement or just because of the fact that it’s happening all around us. It’s very painful.

  1. So we have to acknowledge that pain.
  2. We have to let people know that we are on their side.
  3. You know, we’re not judging them.
  4. We’re not condemning them.
  5. We’re not against them.
  6. We’re not their enemy.

And if we can convey that by our words and by our tone and by our actions as that should be done first, calm others down. This isn’t personal. You know, this is, we were trying to discuss an issue here.

What is the Pro-Life Issue?

  1. The last thing that abortion supporters want to talk about is abortion.
  2. They talked about the right to choose. Well, that’s not a discussion about abortion. Now you’re talking about who has the right to choose something.
  3. But you have to start by talking about what the something is you, as you’re talking about, obviously the right to choose abortion
  4. Start by talking about what an abortion is.
  5. That cuts through the fog and the distraction and the slogan.
  6. The good news about asking that question is we don’t have to figure out what it is. We just have to read the medical textbooks on how you do abortions or the public testimony of all kinds of doctors and nurses and physician assistants and others that have taken part in an abortion.
  7. When people get right down to it – they do not agree with the abortion procedure.

The strength of the other side comes from their despair, they’re scared.

  1. The of the pro-abortion side has always used the courts to advance their agenda. Starting with Roe V Wade itself, this has never sprung from the will or the vote of the people.
  2. On the other hand, the pro-life movement has always used the legislature’s, including in the States to advance the protection of the unborn, even in the light of Roe versus Wade.
  3. What’s happening now, thanks especially to President Trump and his administration is that more and more pro-life judges are being put in place all across the country.
  4. The other side is saying, “Hey, we want legal abortion. We’ve always wanted legal abortion all throughout pregnancy.” And it’s the courts that have protected that. If the courts are moving now in the wrong direction according to them the wrong direction, we’re going to have to see what we can do in those legislatures that are controlled by Democrats because they are the party that favors abortion without any limits.

Norma (from Roe vs. Wade) was a friend of Father Pavone and he had the privilege of not only getting to know her, he received her into the Catholic church back in 1998. In the early seventies, the lawyers that wanted to change the laws on abortion recruited her. She was pregnant for the third time, didn’t know what to do. And they basically promised her that they would help her. And for her, that meant they would help her, not that they would try to change the law for the whole country. So she was used, they never did help her. She ended up giving birth to the baby and placing the baby for adoption. But meanwhile, in her case, Roe vs. Wade ended up striking down the laws protecting babies. And when she found out about that by reading the Dallas morning news, she learned she was technically the winner of the case.

She wasn’t happy. She was devastated. And, and, and she always was ambivalent about abortion. And, and even in those early years when the pro-abortion groups said to her, Oh, you’ve got to tell the world who you are and write a book and they championed her. Even in those days. She was uncomfortable with abortion. And then as time went on, she became more and more pro-life until the point that n 1995, she got baptized as a Christian. Fr. Pavone started working for the pro-life group. Three years later she decided to become a Catholic. She spent the rest of her life working against abortion. And she, she passed away a few years ago, but was very, very committed to overturning the decision that bears her name.

  1. Abortion is becoming less and less popular, but it’s still happening at alarming rates.
  2. Even though those rates are going down, people have to work hard together to save lives.
  3. In the meanwhile to change the laws and policies, we must become educated.
  4. Join the winning team and save more lives.
    1. Equip yourself with knowledge of the issue, not only how to talk about it, but how to actually do the things that do save lives.
    2. Do things that change the laws and public policies. Because we have the opportunity now to do that. More and more people are waking up realizing how bad our abortion policy is, realizing how bad abortion itself is. If we don’t seize this opportunity now, things could get harder later on if the political winds change again in the wrong direction, or if people forget.
    3. Elect pro-life candidates
    4. Get involved in the movement. Everyone can save lives. And here’s the thing I always say is that everyone listening to us has to understand there are certain lives that only they can save, certain people only they can reach. And so life literally depends on it for us getting involved in this great movement.

 

 


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Working Moms With Special Needs Children

Episode 8-Working Moms With Special Needs Children

Special guest, Deidra Green, candidly shares about her experience as a working mom with a special needs child.

We talk about the challenges of managing doctor’s appointments during work hours and missed work days. We also chat about resources for families with special needs children, and securing caregivers for special needs children.

Additionally, we discuss how parents with special needs children can develop a strong network of support. Deidra finishes our conversation by sharing about the joy of being part of a supportive community of people who has helped to lighten her load.  

Deidra is a New Orleans, Louisiana native. She lives in Atlanta with her two children, Stephanie and Myles. She works for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a Public Health Advisor.

 

Helpful Resources for Families with Special Needs Children:

 

FOCUS of Georgia

FOCUS + Fragile Kids is are organizations that help children who are medically fragile or have significant developmental and/or physical disabilities. They offer comfort with hospital visits and support groups, give hope by providing information and education, organize fun activities for parents and kids, and help to make equipment available to children in need.

The Arc

The Arc is the largest national community-based organization advocating for and with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and serving them and their families. They work to make sure that every individual and family living with I/DD in the United States has access to the information, advocacy, and skills they need to support their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.

Mercy and Thoughtfulness of Our God

Mercy and Thoughtfulness | This is a time of mercy and thoughtfulness because with both of these items there is hope. It is almost like a math equation. Mercy + Thoughtfulness = Hope, but more than that God has an abundance of both. | #christianpodcast #podcast #mercyMercy and Thoughtfulness Episode 116

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

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Show Notes: Mercy and Thoughtfulness

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

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

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

Mercy and Thoughtfulness takes grace from God!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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An Interview with Bonnie L. Engstrom, author of 61 Minutes to a Miracle

Do you believe in miracles?

If you have read the Bible, Old Testament or New, you see miracles everywhere. God comes to his people in a burning bush, an ark, water, mud, fire, wind, rain and quiet. Jesus feeds five thousand people; heals the blind, the lame, those processed by demons and raises the dead. His apostles do the same. And here we sit, some two thousand years later and wonder, why not us? Why are there no miracles today? Do we lack faith? Are our needs to small? Has God stopped noticing us? NO!

There are miracles around us all the time, small, quiet ones and big, dramatic ones. There are miracles that change the course of people’s lives.

I was privileged to speak with Bonnie Engstrom, author of 61 Minutes to a Miracle: Fulton Sheen and a True Story of the Impossible, about the miracle that occurred in her life. In 2010 her son, James Fulton, was born stillborn. For 61 minutes, the family prayed while medical personnel worked on James. They asked for the intercession of Archbishop Fulton Sheen and God granted them the miracle of life fully restored to James.

The book is a testimony to faith and to God who loves us more than we can believe or imagine. In talking to Bonnie, she said a few things that really struck me about what she learned through this miracle.

  1. She was reminded that miracles of biblical proportions still take place today.
  2. That the Body of Christ is amazing. So many people came forward to pray and help in so many ways after James’ birth.
  3. That as James hit milestone after milestone at the appropriate age, she realized that not only was James brought back to life, but he was restored in the fullest way, so that his body could heal and become how it was meant to be.
  4. Miracles approved by the Vatican go through very rigorous testing and validation.

The book not only tells the story of James but also explains, in context, the details of how a person becomes a canonized saint in the Roman Catholic Church. Bonnie explains the process in a way that can be understood even if you are not familiar with saints or the Catholic Church.

I hope you enjoy our interview and know you will appreciate the book. It is a brilliant story of hope and restoration.

Prayer to Obtain a Favor through the Intercession of Archbishop Fulton Sheen

Eternal Father, You alone grant us every blessing in heaven and on earth, through the redemptive mission of your Divine Son, Jesus Christ, and by the working of the Holy Spirit. If it be according to your will, glorify your servant, Archbishop Fulton Sheen, by granting the favor I now request through his prayerful intercession, (state your intention). I make this prayer confidently through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.  (from 61 Minutes to a Miracle)

You can follow Bonnie on her blog or on Instagram. 

The book, 61 Minutes to a Miracle: Fulton Sheen and True Story of the Impossible, is available from Our Sunday Visitor.

the not lukewarm challengeThis week look for the miracles. Search out the good news of healing, restoration, kindness and caring. Post those in the comment section and share them on social media.

There is More-Part 5: The Promise of More

Lucia invites you to join her for the last message in the There is More series as she shares “The Promise” of More.  It doesn’t matter where you are in your spiritual walk with Jesus, He has more for you to experience so you can go from glory to glory and live a life of victory!Lucia invites you to join her for the last message in the There is More series as she shares “The Promise” of More.  It doesn’t matter where you are in your spiritual walk with Jesus, He has more for you to experience so you can go from glory to glory and live a life of victory! God’s promise is that He will satisfy and fill your hungry and thirsty soul with His presence, which is the Presence of Holy Spirit.

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Have you ever stopped to ask yourself, “How does God fill us with His presence today?”  The Promise is the same today as it was when Jesus spoke with His disciples in the upper room after He was arrested, crucified, and resurrected.

 Jesus made a promise to them that Father God would give them the gift of Holy Spirit.  Can you imagine what those in the upper room must have been thinking as they waited for the promise Jesus told them about?  They may be like many today who can relate to Acts 19:2, The first thing he asked them was “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?”  “No,” they replied. “We’ve not even heard of a holy spirit.”

And then, The Promise they had been waiting for arrived!  Can you imagine the joy they experienced that day as they had a personal encountered with Holy Spirit!  Can you imagine the overwhelming feeling of God’s tangible love they must have felt from Father God as Holy Spirit embraced everyone in the room?

The Promise Jesus made His disciples is still available to you today if you want more!

And what’s exciting about that is you receive all of it by using your faith!

 

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Faith Builders for Victorious Living

Victory Thoughts

 

Love: Extended Family & Expectations

We’ve all been there: the family gathering that everyone expects you to be at, but most don’t love and everyone spends feeling awkward. How do we handle them?We’ve all been there: the family gathering that everyone expects you to be at, but most don’t love and everyone spends feeling awkward. How do we handle them?

To say we’ll never go again seems harsh and unloving.  To insist on our own way seems selfish.
And what about the kids- they are so bored every time.  Never enough to do, or getting into trouble, or the feeling that I have to watch them so closely, I visit with no one, so…why did I come to this?

And there’s the food we don’t like, the people that are awkward or ask uncomfortable questions, or the family drama that we wish we weren’t a part of but somehow can’t seem to ever avoid.

What’s a mom to do?

Today, I’ll talk about a couple ways we have saved our sanity over the years that you can apply to any situation you have going on this holiday season

AND

How we can show love to others by doing one simple thing before going to any event.

 

  1. Prepare your family to thrive.  Set them up for success.  Bring the things. Get clear on when you need to arrive and when you need to leave, talk about it, and then stick to it.

 

  1. Talk to your spouse and kids and get their feedback.  Do they love or hate this event.  Who is the person in the family that most wants to be there?  Who wants to be there the least?  What’s hardest about it?  What’s the easiest or most fun? Is there a key part where breakdown occurs?

 

How to show love to others:

Choose a way of being before you go. Have a physical reminder with you to help you remember during the event.

This helps by: Keeping Kindness in the forefront of your mind.

Reminds you of who you want to be.

Allows you to be an example to others.

 

What events have you got coming up where you can show love like you mean it?

 

 

 

Learning At Conferences

Learning at Conferences | Are you ready? Cindy Rushton's back! Learning at conferences is important but so much more important if it is live! Join Felice Gerwitz and Cindy Rushton as she shares! | #podcast #christianpodcast #christianconferenceLearning At Conferences Episode 20 – with Cindy Rushton

Are you ready? Cindy Rushton’s back! Learning at conferences is important but so much more important if it is live! Join Felice Gerwitz and Cindy Rushton as she shares what she learned at a recent event and how wonderful the connections were, and what she learned. So much great information for you!

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Want to connect with Cindy?

Cindy Rushton’s Website – CindyRushton.com

Facebook Page – Stepping Up To Your Call

Why attend a live conference? Learning at conferences takes center stage in person!

Here are some things that may help you!

  1. Pay ahead – it is easy to have excuses of why you can’t go.
  2. Plan effectively – take notes but plan to implement.
  3. 31-day challenge ahead of time – get your mindset right!
  4. Connections – a great way to meet people.
  5. Connections on groups such as Facebook.

Conferences, especially learning at conferences when it comes to live events are time and money commitment. When you are invested you tend to want a return on your investment and that is why you will take special care in learning, and actually using the information. Live events challenge you. They introduce you to the mindset of a winner. A winner’s mentality. Many times we want to remain humble and have humility – I get it! But it also means we must focus on succeeding and working smart!

Be sure to connect with Cindy on her Facebook group for the encouragement you need.

 

Faithful Families

Faithful Families | As we approach the season of joy, we look at this through the eyes of faithful families. But does this always happen? What can we do when we have loved ones who have left their faith behind or loved ones that we want to encourage and pray for? | #christianpodcast #faithfulfamilies #UCPNFaithful Families Episode 115

As we approach the season of joy, we look at this through the eyes of faithful families. But does this always happen? What can we do when we have loved ones who have left their faith behind or loved ones that we want to encourage and pray for? Or loved ones who have let us down? In this episode, we will discuss faith from the standpoint of putting God first and all else second.

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  1. We know the importance of faithful families but how can we accomplish this in a broken world?
    • Constantly sabotaged with the media, education systems that may not align with our thought, etc.
  2. God created perfection – after each day of creation he said, “it was good,” but after he created man on the sixth day he said, “it is very good.”
    • Man was created in the image and likeness – and it was very good.
  3. Only God will not let us down!

The Bible tells us that

1 Corinthians 13 [Full Chapter]

The Excellence of Love ] If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing. …
Genesis 1:27-28
27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the [a]sky and over every living thing that [b]moves on the earth.
So 1 Corinthians 13 tells us that we must have love – and if we don’t have love we are like a noisy gong — and if we have faith to move mountains but don’t have love were are like nothing – and we are told in Genesis 1:28 that we are to be fruitful and multiply. So, we have love and we have a family – husband – wife – kids – inlaws – brothers – sisters – parents – grandparents – extended family and friends, that is when life gets messy.
We mess up and many times we get upset because of what we believe the ideal is – what we see on television, or the movies, or novels, or our best friend’s marriage. We always think the other person has it together – knows what they are doing – is a better parent – a better person, a better everything.
Don’t believe it! It is a lie. I want to do an entire episode on the lies we tell ourselves but in a nutshell – we listen to these lies we tell ourselves but as the author, we can change the script! So change it, believe that God doesn’t create junk. God is amazing, all-powerful, wonderful and such a gentleman – he allows us free will. And since we have this free will we love our families even when there is a mess.

Importance of faithful families

  1. We as a family are a microcosm of the Holy Family – Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.
  2. We are on a special mission as apostles, do we listen to what the Lord is telling us and apply it first to our lives (put on your own oxygen mask0 and then to others.
  3. We are laborers. We are the workers and it is up to the Lord to harvest.

Some people carry around guilt about their status as a family or having a faithful family or a family that loves the Lord. Yes, that is our ideal and we need to strive for this ideal. But, it is up to God to reap the seeds we plant. I know some of us came from broken homes or homes that lacked love or awful things that have happened in the past. But, all good things come from God and we need to pray for those who have hurt us and let go.

Pray and let go!

Faithful families require work – it takes time to pull out the Bible, read stories about Holy men and women of God, look for mentors, those who can lead you such as your church group and pastor. Pray. Pray. Pray. And remember God has this. No matter what this is. If we are faithful and keep our eyes on Jesus it is difficult to see the fault in others.

Faithful Families:

  1. Make God the Lord of your home.
  2. Prioritize prayer – morning and evening prayer.
  3. Pray at meals even when out.
  4. Discuss God and faith as a family.
  5. When all else fails pray and let go.

Let’s Pray:

Dear Heavenly Father, we know all things are good, very good at your hands. You will for us is to allow us to live our lives in a way that is pleasing to you, but we fail each other, we fail ourselves and most of all we fail you – but through all of this you are love and mercy. You, my God are grace and hope. You are the everlasting light that shines in the darkness. Please, Lord, I ask a blessing upon my family allow them to be faithful, allow them to hope in you to place you first and most of all Lord, allow me to release them into your hands. In the same way, you gave your spirit at your death on the cross to the heavenly Father – we release our hopes, our desires our wants and our dreams to you. Please hear my prayers for those I now pray … and I pray this in Jesus, precious and righteous Name. Amen.

 

Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women with Marilyn Quirk

Magnificant, a ministry to catholic women - enjoy this testimony with Marilyn QuirkToday’s podcast features the testimony of Marilyn Quirk and is provided for you by Magnificat, A Ministry To Catholic Women.

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

We are delighted to introduce you to our beloved Marilyn Quirk. While studying to become an Episcopal medical missionary in 1958, Marilyn converted to Catholicism.  Devoted to Our Lady and attentive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, she has been involved in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal since 1970.

Marilyn is the founding Coordinator of Magnificat, served I this capacity for 31 years, and is now Coordinator Emeritus of its Central Service Team.  Much like a spiritual mother to all of her Magnificat daughters, she is truly God’s gift sent to us for these exciting times in which we live. She was awarded the papal medal, Pro Ecclesia Et Pontifice, for outstanding service to the Catholic Church and has appeared on EWTN.

Striving to live a life of devoted service to God, her family and her church, she and her husband, Peter, are especially proud of their six children and thirteen grandchildren.  Members of the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher and Legatus, Marilyn and Peter have served their church parish in New Orleans as extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist.

We hope you enjoy her story of conversion, call, and commitment!

To find more podcast episodes and subscribe to the podcast, click here.

Visit Magnificat Ministries at www.magnificat-ministry.net

Women in Politics: Why It Matters

Women in Politics-Why It MattersEpisode 7-Women in Politics: Why It Matters

The Working Woman Radio sits down with Ms. Jannquell Peters, former Mayor of the City of East Point, to discuss the importance of women in politics.

Ms. Peters was elected 33rd Mayor of the City of East Point on December 3, 2013.  Mayor Peters is an attorney, entrepreneur and small business owner. Before taking public office, Jannquell held a variety of positions working with the underrepresented, providing a voice to those without. She has served as a mediator, public defender and a child advocate attorney—the position where she currently serves and represents abused and neglected children and families in foster care.  

 

On this episode, we will discuss the gender biases and double standards that women face as elected officials and political leaders. We will also talk about the day in the life of a political candidate. Finally, we’ll explore ways on how women can balance work and family in a male-dominated field.

For more information about Ms. Peters, visit her website at www.jannquellpeters.com.

 

 

Magnificat Ministry Podcast

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Magnificat® is dedicated to Mary, the Mother of God, an image of the Church, and model for all Christians, especially women.Magnificat ® is dedicated to Mary, the Mother of God, an image of the Church, and model for all Christians, especially women.

Two hundred Catholic women from all walks of life crowded into a Knights of Columbus hall on October 7, 1981, to have breakfast and to hear a woman’s personal
witness to the power of God in her life.

The women who left that hall were filled with a joy that only the Holy Spirit can give; that is, a deeper awareness of God’s loving presence in their lives and a burning desire to share this wonderful experience with more and more of their sisters in Christ.

The modest breakfast held on October 7, 1981, is today, a ministry to Catholic women known as “Magnificat” with Chapters in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, and Africa.

While the Magnificat Meal is the main function of the ministry, Magnificat is much more than “putting on a meal.” It is a time of praise and worship, fellowship, and prayer.
Magnificat is a private association of the Christian faithful under the vigilance and jurisdiction of the local ordinary. The ministry is consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

The essence of Magnificat is the encounter between Mary and Elizabeth (Luke 1:39-56). Magnificat is a woman-to-woman ministry which calls forth a lively faith in God and His actions in daily life, a love for Mary and for the Church, and deep holiness. The words of Our Lady’s canticle in Luke’s gospel take on a personal significance for Magnificat women as they seek to magnify the Lord in their own lives and lead others to know His great love and goodness.

We encourage you to join us as we pray, learn, and experience what God can do in our lives if we let Him!

Visit our website at https://magnificat-ministry.net/

The Communion of Saints

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us.” Hebrews 12:1

What is the communion of saints?

It is made up of all the people who are part of the Church, whether in heaven, waiting to enter heaven or on earth. It is a communion of people, meant to remind us that:

-God wants us to share in his divine life,

-we are called to pursue a common goal, holiness,

-mutual love is the bond; we are made one through the gift of Jesus’ life,

-our unity gives us strength, helps us grow in our faith, hope and love,

-we cannot obtain heaven isolated from each other,

-if one suffers, we all suffer; if one gains, we all benefit,

-The Holy Spirit leads us to share spiritual goods and material goods to a sacrificial degree.

The communion of saints is God’s holy human family. Death does not break this bond of love and sharing. The communion of saints connects us all as one body. The Church of this world is joined to the Church of the next in one Body of Christ.  We are never alone; we are united with each other in the mystical body of Christ. One way to act on that unity is to pray for we, the living, to pray for the dead, especially those who are in purgatory. We can also ask for prayer from those in heaven. This includes not only named or canonized saints, but our family and friends who are no longer with us. These souls are much closer to God, they are with him in heaven. Ask for them to intercede for you.

It is no different than asking a friend to pray for you.

Who are Saints?

In the broadest way, a saint is someone who is in a state of grace and united to God. There are also those who have led lives of exemplary example who have been declared saints by the Church. Those are canonized saints. These men and women show us that God can use each of us to point to His glory.

All have us have the potential to one day be saints. That is the goal of the Christian life, to be in heaven with God, at the eternal banquet, united with all those who love him.

the not lukewarm challenge

 

Find a saint to intercede for you. It can be someone you know and love who has died or a canonized saint. Look for a saint you can relate to You can use this site to find a saint based your name, a special date, a special interest or need, even your profession! Leave a comment and tell us who you found.

 

Faithfulness vs. Discouragement

How do we actually break free from a cycle of discouragement? Why do we let it go on so long? Today we’ll discuss three keys about discouragement and 4 ways to make it go away!How do we actually break free from a cycle of discouragement?
Why do we let it go on so long?
Today we’ll discuss three keys about discouragement and 4 ways to make it go away!

Be aware that when one thing isn’t working, we tend to gather all the things together that aren’t working like a little collection.

Why are we so quick to gather those things together?
What if, instead, we gather together all the possibilities?

Be aware that discouragement is more than just a feeling.

Discouragement can be a habit.

A pattern of worry, control, or analyzing.

Remember: The past is not evidence of all that is possible for the future.
Discouragement can come from a worry over time.

Thoughts like, “Not enough time before…x,y,z.”

Or, “Too much time has passed…I should be further along by now.”

Remember: If your big investment hasn’t paid off yet, the story isn’t over.

Discouragement comes from focusing on the negative what ifs.

Questions such as:

What if it doesn’t work out?

What if I don’t get there in time?

What if I run out of money?

What if they don’t figure it out?

Remember: It is possible to choose to focus on positive what-ifs instead.

Be aware of shame shutting you down! Shame pops in and causes us to shut down from sharing.  It causes us to believe or at least pay attention to lies. It prohibits us from reaching out.

So, what are you focused on?
How can we overcome discouragement?

Feel free to journal about all the things you are anxious about, worried about, scared of, fearful about, frustrated with. AND THEN…

Slow down

Focus

Breathe

Look for the positive what ifs.

We find joy in life by looking for the joy in life today!

Give no attention to the possibilities of failure. You can find excitement and possibility if you look for it. What do you look for most?

4 Ways to Overcome Discouragement:


1. Choose something else.

Choose to make a list of things that work.

A list of what-if’s that are exciting and possibilities.

(The more often we choose what is supportive, the easier it will get to choose it.)

Philippians 4:19

God’s abundance is always available and doesn’t disappear with a change in my circumstance.

 

2. Turn the lies around to truth.
We are so willing to put lies on a loop in our head.
Can we be just as willing to loop the truth?

 

3. Take the opportunity to focus on God’s goodness completely!

Movement- changes my physical body

critical to boosting dopamine! Take a walk, jumping jacks, dancing,

Laughter- don’t take yourself so seriously!

Also increases feel happy chemicals

Music changes my emotions

Do you have a playlist of music that elevates your spirit?

Gratitude Changes my mind

Celebrate your little wins. Remember the progress you are making.

 

4. Be aware of resistance.

What are you getting from staying discouraged?

What benefit are you receiving?

Recognize the rewards of discouragement, and ask yourself if this is the reward you want.

Choose to give no place to doubt and fear.

No place to what if it doesn’t work, the times I’ve blown it.

The past is not evidence for what is possible in the future.

God always works things together for my good.
I can trust him.

Stay focused on him.

He is faithful. We can be faithful. We can testify to his faithfulness at work in us!

What one next step will you take in faithfulness today?

 

 

The Self-Employed Woman-Pt. 2

The Self-Employed Woman Part 2Episode 6-The Self-Employed Woman-Pt.2

Many people look at a popular show like ‘Shark Tank’ and think that being an entrepreneur is super cool. While there are lots of positive things about being self-employed, it takes patience and tenacity to grow a successful business.

Helen King, a freelance writer/editor and the owner and operator of ‘Write Words’, an editorial service, will share the secrets of her entrepreneurial success.

During our interview, we will explore how to monetize your passions. We will also discuss the marketing tools necessary to grow your business. Finally, we deal with managing the many tasks of owning and operating a business.

 

Free Resources for Entrepreneurs

 

Prezi

Prezi allows you to create presentations using a large canvas format, as opposed to traditional slideshows. The service allows for zooming in and out of images, which they say is a more natural and effective way to communicate ideas. Prezi is available as a desktop, iPad, or “Meeting” account, which allows you to work on and share presentations with others in real time.

A free account allows you to create presentations and download them, while paid accounts of $59 or $159 per year offer other features such as the ability to make presentations private, work on a Prezi offline, or receive more storage space.

cooltext

CoolText generates logos and other graphics for free. After you submit a form describing the kind of logo you need, CoolText custom-generates one. You can also create buttons for use on a website. CoolText hosts the images online and provides an HTML code to link to. The site also offers more than 1,200 free fonts.

While you may want to hire a professional graphic designer for your main company logo, this can be a great way to make quick logos for campaigns or individual promotions. It can also help you get started if you simply don’t yet have a budget for your startup. This service is completely free.

Google Docs

Google Docs is a completely free online spreadsheets and document management tool that comes with your Gmail/Google Account. The spreadsheet feature (which doesn’t quite have all of the features of Excel) is particularly useful when you need to have multiple people working on the same spreadsheet at the same time (something you can’t do with Dropbox). It’s also very useful for collaborative editing of documents (including text files). There have been massive improvements to Google Docs in the last year (e.g. offline editing) and it looks like it will only get better in the coming years.

Fasting

Fasting | Fasting has never been anything I’ve enjoyed and probably the experience is the same for you. However, it can be redemptive and help us to put into perspective God’s holy will for our lives. | #podcast #christianpodcast #fastingFasting – Episode 114

Fasting has never been anything I’ve enjoyed and probably the experience is the same for you. However, it can be redemptive and help us to put into perspective God’s holy will for our lives.

Thanks to our sponsor: Media Angels.com and Felice Gerwitz on Amazon

Does anyone even fast anymore? That is a question I wonder and ask. As a Catholic, I grew up fasting from meat every Friday. We ate other foods and often they were equally delicious. To this day during the season of Lent, we hold strictly to the no meat rule. For some it is easy and for others, it is not.

Fasting isn’t easy – it isn’t fun and most avoid it or have never fasted in their lives.

Why fast? Well, even Jesus fasted before he began his public ministry and for forty-days. And during this time he was tempted by Satan. Interestingly, Satan used words from Scriptures to make his point and Matthew 4:1-11

Here are some points to consider:

  1. Health benefits
  2. Helps us to remind us to conform to God’s will (why this is important)
  3. To no longer live for himself but for him who loves him and gave himself to us
  4. Unity of the whole person body and should
  5. Helps us to avoid sin
  6. Grow in intimacy with the Lord
  7. Bible talks about fasting
    1. Ester: 4:3
    2. Psalm 35: 13
    3. Daniel 6:16-18
    4. Matthew 17:21 – “But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”
    5. Acts 13:20

By not eating or denying ourselves nourishment (not drinking coffee, fasting from meat, or having only water, or only bread and water) we allow our souls to be in a position where we are open to listening to Christ to be fed by his saving word. Through fasting in prayer, we become open – we have a hunger that goes beyond food or drink, a hunger to understand and know more about the Almighty. If we fast with the right mindset and heart then it can as the Bible tells us over and over again, be a benefit for us spiritually.

I invite you to try to fast. If you can’t fast from food all day, then fast from a specific thing or fast part of the day, but whatever you do, do it for the glory of God!

Let’s pray:

Dear Lord, I thank you for today and for allowing me to recognize the importance of fasting to get closer to you and I pray for all those who are hurting, all those who cry out to you and need you today Lord. I intercede on their behalf. Teach me how to fast in a way that will help me to understand and love you more. I want to grow in my faith. Dear Lord, I ask specifically for these needs that I have today: and I thank you Lord for being here for me, for listening and for the gift of faith. And, I pray this in Jesus, Name. Amen.

 

 

Faith, a gift from God

Hans von Balthasar says that “Faith is the fundamental response to the love that has offered itself up for me.”  That love is God giving up his Son so that we might have eternal life. That love is Christ crucified.  I believe that God offered up his love for me, just as he did for you.   In thinking about that love intellectually, it is beyond our grasp.  Most of us have experienced love in our lives, both given and received, but even those who profess to love us unconditionally and want nothing but our happiness let us down.  God never lets us down.  He never takes away the visible and real reminder of his love, which is Jesus, broken and poured out in the Eucharist for us.  Matthew 8:26

God does not demand we have faith, he offers it to us as a gift, we choose to accept it or not. People who profess no faith usually fall into two categories:  they do not need faith or they are afraid to accept it. Others want faith; seeing in people of faith something that they do not have in their own lives.  But they know that by accepting the gift, there are responsibilities that come with the gift of faith.  Changes would have to be made and possibly difficult choices, so instead of accepting faith they are adrift, constantly trying to fill the emptiness.  As St. Augustine says, “Our hearts are restless, Lord until they rest in thee.”

In Hebrews 11:1 we read that “Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen.” None of us can see the future, but we can trust and rely on God to guide us in our lives, no matter what happens.  Too often, we use our faith to get us through the bad times, not remembering that God wants to be with us in the good times as well.  Jesus died for us, that is TRUTH.  But he also rose for us.  It is in that rising from the dead that faith of the Apostles grew and changed, eventually, the Holy Spirit came down and gave them the power to move in that faith.  His resurrection is what we have faith in because in that action he gives us new life.  The cross tells us that we must die to self, but once we do we are raised to a new life of faith far greater than the one we gave up on our cross.

Faith gives us strength and the ability to grow into the persons God meant for us to be.  Each of us has a purpose, we are told, that “No one lights a candle and hides it under a bushel basket.” Faith is not meant only for your good, but for the good of others. To thank him for that gift I accept I do what I can to not only grow my faith but to share it with others.

Faith is the ability to see God at work in this world; to believe in a power much bigger than you.  With faith the impossible becomes possible.  It is faith that gives us the courage to bring children into this world. The desire to walk with another on their life’s journey is part of faith.  It is the strength in our soul to say yes when every other part of us is screaming no.  Sometimes faith means trusting just enough to get out of bed believing that God will clear a path, knowing that when I fall, he will lift me up.  Faith also gives us the ability to question the nuts and bolts of our religious beliefs and practices, knowing that God is there in those details and wants us to come to him using our intellect as much as our soul.

Scripture Verses quoted:

“If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith?” Matthew 6:30

‘He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?” Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm.” Matthew 8:26

 

the not lukewarm challengeOur challenge this week is to write down each day, one thing to give to God for Him to take care of instead of worrying about it.

There is More-Part 4: Hungry For More

How hungry are you for God?  Do you need more of Him in your life today?  Lucia encourages you to ask God what more of Him looks like in your life.How hungry are you for God?  Do you need more of Him in your life today?  Lucia encourages you to ask God what more of Him looks like in your life.  And then, know that Father God knows you intimately because He created you and knows exactly what you need to stir up the hunger in your heart. He will satisfy that hunger with every good thing so you can live a life of victory!!

A special thanks to our sponsor Anovite – A New You! that gives you the stamina for life and financial freedom to live the life you dream of.

Lucia helps you locate your hunger for God by referencing Psalm 34:8, O taste and see that the Lord is good; how blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!

 When you’re physically hungry or thirsty, you want something to satisfy you and fulfill your hunger pains or thirst. The more you think about being hungry or thirsty, the more you think about your favorite foods or drinks and you find yourself pursuing these to be satisfied!

You simply need to experience an encounter with God’s love through a touch of Holy Spirit to make your life better.  By experiencing God’s unconditional love, it penetrates your heart to ignite a romance like you’ve never experienced before.  You’ll never be satisfied with where you are in your spiritual walk and you’ll want more of His presence!

Lucia encourages you to realize God has more available to you if you will stir up your hunger for more. There’s always more to pursue and discover about who God is, who He says you are, and what He has available for you!  And you receive all of it by taking it with your faith!

 

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Faith Builders for Victorious Living

Victory Thoughts

 

Faithfulness: To Volunteer or Not to Volunteer

Today we'll discuss great reasons to volunteer and perhaps some red flags to be aware of.Today we’ll discuss great reasons to volunteer and perhaps some red flags to be aware of.

Let’s go into our potential commitments with both eyes open.

When we choose to volunteer it’s important to maintain

Integrity

Humility

Generosity

Consistency

 

Luke 6:38 (ESV)
Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.

 

We are always free to do whatever we want to do.  Just be clear this is in alignment with who you truly want to be and what you truly want to do in your life.

 

Good reasons to volunteer: Or, proceed with caution

1. You are needed AND it aligns with your purpose or calling

As believers, we are called to serve others, to share the gospel and the love of Jesus.

The question is “Where can you get involved, not IF you get involved.

 

  1. Build closer relationships with others

One of the best ways to get to know people deeply and quickly is to work on a project together.  This creates a natural point of mutual interest.

 

  1. Generosity

Have you ever been in the situation where it was way more fun to give a gift than it was to get one?
Serving others actually has a blessing for YOU!

Generosity helps us focus on the incredible abundance all around us.

 

BUT FIRST, Consider a couple things you need to know before you begin:

 

What do you hope to gain?

Praise? Power? Experience? The other person to change? Pride? Confidence?

 

How long are we committing for?

Indefinite time commitments don’t really serve anyone well.
Get clear on the expectations and communicate with others.

 

Reasons NOT to volunteer: Or, Proceed with caution.

SAFETY:

In order to cut corners financially, proper care and safety is not a priority to the organization

This can include child care, construction, old/ outdated methods and products that are dangerous.

 

BECAUSE IF YOU DON’T, THEN IT WILL FAIL

 Maybe it’s supposed to fail.

Because you stopped for two seconds and you are watching others squirm, and you feel guilty, so you go right back.
Because you stopped for two seconds and you don’t know what to do with yourself yet, so you go right back.

You keeping it limping along might be the biggest hindrance to the next beautiful, more effective thing coming

 

HOW ARE VOLUNTEERS TREATED?

Few repeat volunteers?

Volunteers well cared for?

Micromanagement?

Survival mode- do they overwhelm their help?

 

What one way can you uplevel your consistency in your service to others today?

 

Humor and Speaking Meet Tina Levene

Humor and Speaking | Are you funny? Do you use humor and speaking as a combination that helps your audience engage and become captivated with your teaching or subject? | #podcast #christianpodcast #tinalevene Humor and Speaking Meet Tina Levene ~ Episode 19

Are you funny? Do you use humor and speaking as a combination that helps your audience engage and become captivated with your teaching or subject? Today a special guest, author, and featured speaker at the Ultimate Christian Communicators Conference, Tina Levene shares her secrets with you!

Thanks to our sponsor, Media Angels host of the Ultimate Christian Communicators Conference.

Tina Levene is a survivor! She had a traumatic childhood and has learned resiliency and strength that only can be attributed to God and her faith! She shares that after she became sober and clean in college at twenty-three years old from alcohol and drugs, she had a spiritual awakening. She believes God saved me her from money situations, nightmares, etc. and realized the love of God.

She has put all that energy into her ministry that has been active for twenty-one years! Tina is the author of five book and is passionate about encouraging others to succeed. In 2012 she started writing and journaling on scraps of paper and this ended up in her first book. Her friend, a Christian publisher encouraged her and gave her “permission to write a book” and said he was gonna publish it!

It took fourteen years to actually sit down to write this book–actually I wrote it within a couple of months and it was published.  It was really Holy spirit driven. Tina has a great sense of humor that is very clean, and she transferred all of those gifts into her ministry. She is also an inspirational speaker. Learn how she uses her sense of humor and speaking to motivate women!

Connect with Tina Levene

Here is a complete list of Tina’s topics on the conference website here.

Tina is a featured speaker for the Ultimate Christian Communicators Conference and she is going to talk about: How to energize any audience engagement or moment.

Humor and Speaking

Here are some of the points I speak about with Tina, and she is an expert on humor and speaking.

  1. Tina loves to make people smile and laugh.
  2. Takes coordination to organize those faults and the visions because comedy is it.
  3. Her speaking is a ministry.
  4. Audience participation.
  5. Something the audience needs to hear
  6. Humor heals
  7. Allow the audience to loosen up and have a good time
  8. Audience engagement
  9. Inspires and empowers the audience
  10. Gives them the tools they need
  11. Helps them to read the audience when they are speaking

Tina will teach some of the elements to using your own brand or sense of humor and speaking to engage the audience.

 

The Self-Employed Woman- Pt. 1

The Self-Employed WomanEpisode 5–The Self-Employed Woman- Part 1

Being self-employed offers exciting opportunities and wonderful freedoms that traditional jobs don’t always allow. However, being an entrepreneur comes with a myriad of challenges and possible pitfalls.

Special guest, Angela Paul, is the owner and the chief executive officer of Math Plus Educational Services. She will help us look at the common trouble spots that come with being a entrepreneur and discuss solutions for solving them.

 

 

Discussion topics for this episode are as follows:

 -Is self-employment right for me?

 -What do I do about setting up a home office, scheduling, etc.

-How do I manage the finances of my business?

-Who can I talk to about my business if I need more help?

 

Helpful Online Articles for the Self-employed

Useful Resources for Self-Employed People

Resources for Self-Employed Business Owners

25 Essential Entrepreneur Resources

 

Interview with Deandre Simmons

Big Dreams Podcast interviews Deandre Simmons this week!Interview with  DEANDRE SIMMONS & Andrew Layton

We’ve got an interview with Deandre Simmons,

About Deandre Simmons:

I’m originally from the area from Riverdale high school back in 2008, played football, ran track, wrestled the whole nine. So, while I played sports, we had the quandaries and a lot of the times it was going door to door. A lot of times it was selling candy, car washes and people would ignore me. But, you know, we do different things to generate abroad program.

This is where stab raise comes in, we’re a social donation platform, so we work with every sport, every club you can think of. We’re in all 50 States. We’ve generated well over $400 million, since 2014. So, I mean, it just, that’s powerful in itself. I mean, just being around for less than 10 years and being able to generate that kind of money to programs all across the country is pretty amazing.

You signed up to coach and signed up to motivate kids at the end of the day. Unfortunately, we all have to do it because things cost money, travel uniforms, and more!

Topics In This Show:

  1. Gathering your biggest fans, the corner people that love and believe in what you’re doing.
  2. Give them a safe, efficient way for them to pull out the debit card or credit card, donate whatever amount that they’re able to donate or course, which they get a tax write off for it.
  3. They know that that money is going straight to the program. You know, there’s a lot of families out there that don’t know where your dollar is going.
  4. We are completely transparent, where you’re going to be able to track every dollar.
  5. You can leave personal messages for the kids, things of that nature. So that’s kind of everything in a nutshell about how snap works.
  6. It should only take 30 minutes for launch then. And that’s, and that’s the hardest part honestly because 95% of the work is already done right.

Reach out to Deandre Simons on Facebook and we are here to support you.

Download that subscribe button. Show your bro boy some love. They dream high. Check me out. Dee. Thanks again for coming on.

 


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Abundant Harvest

Autumn Harvest | God’s beautiful abundant harvest makes me think that God saved us from death. In this episode, we will discuss God’s mercy and his endless forgiveness for our sins. #podcast #christianpodcastAutumn Harvest God Saved Us From Death  113

God’s beautiful abundant harvest makes me think that God saved us from death. In this episode, we will discuss God’s mercy and his endless forgiveness for our sins.

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When we think of the harvest we think of all the beauty of the leaves, the produce, the fruit. But the harvest means that the leaves have died. The fruit has matured and will not live but be eaten and really while it is beautiful and fulfilling to us – sometimes we don’t realize the sacrifice that happens for us the saving power of God.

God is rich in mercy, we hear this over and over again. By grace, we are saved (SCRIPTURE). In his ultimate mercy God died for us and raised from the dead to leave this world for His true home and ours. Heaven. Read Ephesians 2:8-10

For by grace we are saved through faith – and not from us but from the gift that God gave us – not from works so we might boast but by the handiwork created by God! Lord uses us to plant seeds – but He is the one who harvests.

What does abundant harvest mean to us?

Joy – love – excitement – gifts from God! How can we not shout from the windows of our cars as we are driving by in excitement? Friends we have been adopted into a family of God, during this time of abundant harvest we can look at a world that is in dire need of a Savior a world that is hurting, that is divided were just wearing a hat can set people on edge. Our world needs healing! God saved us from death!

Colossians in a letter to St. Paul – … Spiritual Fullness in Christ  — Colossians 6:-9

We do not need to fear – the battle is not ours to fight. This time of harvest reminds us of this that in death there is the resurrection.

When is the last time you read the Psalms? Listen to Psalm 145 – Read all of it and meditate on the words.

So during this time of harvest let’s keep our eyes upon the Lord and remember his compassion for us – that he is trustworthy in his promises and faithful and he will uphold us – all of us who fall. Let’s pray.

Lord, thank you for this time of harvest and for the beauty of the world you created. Thank you for looking upon me kindly even in the times when what I do is not pleasing to you. I pray for all those ordained that they follow your holy will for their lives and please bring any stray sheep back to the fold. Thank you for your compassion, your promises and for the splendor of your kingdom, I have so much to look forward to. As I continue to live my life allow me to see your kingdom, to see your compassion to see your promises and I ask Lord that you hear the prayers I pray now …And, I pray this in Jesus, Name. Amen.

God the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity.  He is made known to us from the beginning of the Old Testament, in Genesis 1:2, “and the earth was without form or shape, with darkness over the abyss and a mighty wind sweeping over the waters” that wind is the Holy Spirit. Then we see again, in Exodus, God is with the Israelites as they flee from Egypt, “The LORD preceded them, in the daytime by means of a column of cloud to show them the way, and at night by means of a column of fire to give them light. Thus they could travel both day and night. Neither the column of cloud by day nor the column of fire by night ever left its place in front of the people (Ex: 13:21-22). God was with them and he is with us as well.

In the New Testament, we see the action of the Holy Spirit when Mary conceives Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35) and again, when Jesus is baptized, the Spirit, in the form of a dove rests above Jesus as he comes up out of the water (Luke 3:22).

The Holy Spirit completes the Father’s plan; he sent Jesus to save us and Jesus tells us that the Holy Spirit will come and be with us always. The Holy Spirit was poured out onto the apostles at Pentecost and enabled them to go out and preach the Good News. The Spirit guides,  protects and sanctifies (makes holy) the Church.

He calls all people to Christ and completes his saving mission. The Holy Spirit is with us always, drawing us closer to Christ, both consoling and convicting us of our sin. He is the source of our hope.

In Baptism we receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord (Is 11:1-2). They are sealed in us at Confirmation. As we live and grow as Christians, we grow in the fruits of the Spirit, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control (Gal 5: 22-23).

The Holy Spirit as many titles, which give an idea of how he acts in our lives: consoler, creator spirit, giver of life, paraclete, source of goodness, and spirit of truth.

The Holy Spirit is the fullness of love between the Father and the Son, reminding us that something always comes from love.

the not lukewarm challenge

 

This week, pray St. Augustine’s Prayer to the Holy Spirit and see what happens when you invite him into your life.

You can right-click on the image of the prayer to “save image as” and then print it if you’d like.

Prayer to the Holy Spirit

 

 

Faithfulness of Others

Join Mary Aldrich as she tackles the subject of seeing faithfulness in others around us.How can we encourage those around us?
What if we can’t find anything at all they are doing well?

Is there a way to increase their consistency without fussing or nagging them to do things?

In today’s episode we’ll discuss ways to do all three.

We’ll talk about husbands, children, and friends/ coworkers.
Plus, I’ll give you a secret tool to help you know what to say next time you can’t come up with something positive to say.

We’ve discussed finding and feeling the Faithfulness of God. Last episode we discussed seeing our own growth in faithfulness and consistency.  Today we are tackling the subject of seeing faithfulness in others around us.

When I was a teen my mom was so frustrated with me.

We encourage those around us by taking time to tell them what we see that they are doing well.

People crave it.

I don’t care what your love language is, it feels good to hear that you are doing something right. (Well, unless you haven’t heard it for a long time and you’ve been busy telling yourself negative things.  Then, it feels uncomfortable first.)

But what if I can’t find anything good to say?

Look at their weakness and ask, what is the strength on the other side?
A weakness is a strength improperly applied.  If it was applied correctly, what would it look like?

“She takes forever to do that work.” (Thorough, detailed, calm, persevering)

He is always arguing. (Thoughtful, bold, integrity)

He always breaks my stuff. (Creative, experimental, innovative, focused)

Won’t shut up. (Friendly, conversationalist, cheerful, speaks loud enough to be heard)

Too rowdy. (High energy, vibrant, physical stamina)

A slob. (Flexible, overlooks faults in others, willing to let other things go, forgiving)

Expects me to do all the work while they lie around and rest? (Aware of the rest they need, take care of themselves well, content to let things be as they are)

How can we maximize the possibility that they will grow and change without nagging?
PRAISE! PRAISE! PRAISE!!!

The Secret tools:

  1. Prepare ahead of time. Create a list of 100 things you can praise that person for.
  2. Turn the weakness around. A weakness is simply a strength improperly applied.

Who can you bless today with your positivity and encouragement?

Mega Planning

Holiday Planning | Ready to get your life organized, it is time for mega planning. It is a season of joy, no matter what time of the year, but more so near the holidays. With this season comes stress! One of the best ways to relieve stress is to plan...| #podcast #christianpodcast #holidayplanningSeason of Joy! Mega Planning ~ Episode 24

Ready to get your life organized, it is time for mega planning. It is a season of joy, no matter what time of the year, but more so near the holidays. With this season comes stress! One of the best ways to relieve stress is to plan and get ahead of your busy schedule. In this episode, we will look at to organize your time so you have more time for your family.

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We can not get back the time we do not spend with our kids. If we have the cleanest home or the best meals and find we are not spending time with our kids then the question to ask yourself is what is more important. Let’s begin with those questions first:

  1. I am a planner? Yes or No?
  2. I have a daily check-off list and prepare it the night before.
  3. At the end of the day, I am happiest when_________.
  4. If I do not complete this one task I feel like I have not accomplished much _________.
  5. I put my husband and kids first: A. All the time   B. Most of the time. C. After I finish my to-do list. D. Sadly I don’t.

Look over those questions and think about it. I don’t believe anyone purposely neglects their family to have a clean house or get the laundry done, but I have been guilty of allowing the kids to watch a movie so that I could get things completed when they were younger. My kids never took the long naps other moms talked about, and often I would clean up and they would proceed to mess up the house again. So, how do you stay ahead?

With prayer. Prayer is the one force in my life that I can say has kept me solidly balanced. It is the one thing that is first on my to-do list, especially now that my kids are older. However, in this simple planner, I want to share with you that I created, you will find you can easily organize your life with one sheet of paper.

I like to see a year at a glance.  Mega planning begins with an overview. What dates can you fill-in?

  1. Birthdays
  2. Major holidays – will you plan to take time off?
  3. Special days such as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Independence Day, etc.
  4. Vacations or Family Plans such as family reunions, anniversaries, etc.
  5. School dates and vacations

You can do this online in a free calendar that is provided by Gmail – or perhaps on your phone – or better yet, synch the too.

Once you have an overview of your year you can look at each month. My printed calendar is a month at a glance. I first look at a monthly planner and place all of the important dates on the calendar.

Place the following on your calendar:

  1. Church and events.
  2. Any dates for appointments that are upcoming.
  3. Kids schedule – any events, sports, lessons
  4. Date night (yes! plan it even if it is at home)
  5. Household

Four Square Planner – Mega Planning Fine Tuned:

Once you get your overview laid out you can begin fine-tuning the day. One of the quickest ways to do this is with the Four Square Planner. I love to take a piece of paper and divide it in four.  Faith | Kids | School | Household

Take each one of these to quickly make plans for the day.

  1. Faith: Under faith, list ways that you pray, read the Bible, go to church, etc.
  2. Kids: Under kids list things they have to do that day. Chores, lessons, etc.
  3. School: Times, what needs to be done?
  4. Household: Groceries, meals, cleaning, shopping?

Here is a sample and a blank to give you an idea of how to use it: 4-Square-Planner-MediaAngelsInc.

You can add to your main 4-square planner day to day if you do not have many things going on or actually use one for each day. It is the way I plan birthday parties, kids sporting events, the podcasts I record, and more! It is also the way I plan my mega shopping or mega cooking days. I consolidate to a date and time so that I am not overwhelmed.

If you can do this your life will be so much easier! It puts your to-do list in priorities. In fact, one of my friends calls this the priority planner! It is wonderful and so helpful. It is the way I keep my life organized. I hope it helps you in your life as well!

Successful Blogging and Marketing Meet Jimmie Quick

Successful Blogging and Marketing | Do you want successful blogging and marketing advice? In this episode, we take a look at what it takes to be a success in regard to your online presence with a featured conference speaker, Jimmie Quick, and Felice Gerwitz | #podcast #wahm #blogging #christianpodcastSuccess Blogging & Marketing with Felice Gerwitz and Jimmie Quick Episode 17

Do you want successful blogging and marketing advice? In this episode, we take a look at what it takes to be a success in regard to your online presence with a featured conference speaker, Jimmie Quick, and Felice Gerwitz

Thanks to our sponsor — The Ultimate Christian Communicators Conference 

Jimmie Quick began as a blogger. She was a stay-at-home mom who was homeschooling my daughter. She was living abroad and serving as a missionary in Asia. She had just started blogging and over time it grew and grew and grew. When her daughter was in high school  pretty much an independent learner, I was making a full-time income, working full time from home, doing marketing in the homeschool niche. She is very thankful for being able to work at home and help companies that I really believe in. I believe

Here are Jimmie Quick’s Featured Conference Topics.

Successful Blogging and Marketing Begins with a Blog

Jimmie shares that so many people that begin to share their message with the world start with blogging because it is a low cost platform.

  1. It’s a great way to extend your reach.
  2. It’s for people who love to write and would like to do it daily
  3. Even if you have begin small there is always room for improvement.
  4. Blogging allows you to have an audience.
  5. It can begin with your life experiences.
  6. Remember to connect with your audience.

Marketing:

  1. The language of blogging is also what slows people down.
  2. Understand the anatomy of a perfect blog.
  3. Understand SEO (search engine optimization)
  4. It is important to understand social media. The key ones for bloggers are Pinterest, Facebook and other social media platforms.
  5. Learn how to use email marketing.
  6. Keep an editorial calendar.
  7. Weekly posting is the minimum for a blog.
  8. Outline with purpose. Not just random ideas but a deliberate plan based upon keywords that you want to be found for in a search.

 

The Power of Email Marketing

Email marketing is important and Jimmie will discuss leveraging the power of email marketing.

  1. Get a vision for building and then nurturing a list and then what to do with those people.
  2. The secret sauce of this talk is going to be auto-responders. Some people call them drip campaigns.
  3. The importance of follow-up
  4. A subscriber is like “milk” not “yogurt.”

It takes a mind shift that a lot of people, especially Christians really struggle with because they don’t want to appear pushy. They don’t want to be salesy, but yet they have a business, they want to sell something, they want to reach the world with their message and they know that the worker is worthy of his wages and they want to get paid for this thing, but they are afraid to ask for money. They’re afraid to put a price on it. And, and the, so it’s really these issues about money and value and being pushy and being salesy. So we’re going to really delve into that and see why. If you have a message that you need to be, you need to push through your fear of being, pushing it, pushy and you need to get it out there. You are not harming people or offending them.

It is a mind shift and I think you know, once you grabbed onto these principles and you really absorb them and then you just start looking at your ministry slash business through these lenses everything becomes clear, the path becomes clear and you understand, ah, this is what I need to do next. And hopefully, that’s what all of the attendees at this convention conference are going to leave with. You know, a clear vision of these are the next steps I need to take.

 

When Mom Goes Back to Work

When Mom Goes Back To Work | We tackle when mom goes back to work! You stayed home to raise your children, but now, one by one, they are leaving the nest and you've decided that it's time to re-enter the workforce. | #wahm #podcast #christianpodcast

Episode 4-When Mom Goes Back to Work

You stayed home to raise your children, but now, one by one, they are leaving the nest and you’ve decided that it’s time to re-enter the workforce.

Navigating the process of re-entering the workforce can be an overwhelming experience and there are many things to consider.

What kinds of training and career resources are available for women who want to return to the workforce?

How can a woman re-entering the workforce create a winning resume if she has a significant employment gap?

What kinds of things did you do to prepare for your employment interview?

What kinds of things can someone looking for work do to boost their chances of successfully finding a job?

These are a few of the questions that I will discuss with Caryn Becker, a former home educator and stay-at-home mom. Caryn recently re-entered the workforce and is currently a registered pediatric nurse who works with medically fragile children at a metro-Atlanta hospital. She holds two bachelor degrees–one in nursing and the other in retailing, along with two associate degrees. Caryn is a Georgia native and she and her husband, Brent, have six adult children and one grandson. 

To download this episode, click the link below. If you would like to subscribe to this podcast, visit the www.theworkingwomanradiopodcast.com.

 

Salvation History & You

Salvation History | Have we considered salvation history in the light of not only what Jesus did for humanity but what Jesus did directly for us? In this episode, we will learn how to apply this to our lives and others. | #podcast #christianpodcast #salvationhistorySalvation History and You Episode 112

Have we considered salvation history in the light of not only what Jesus did for humanity but what Jesus did directly for us? In this episode, we will learn how to apply this to our lives and others.

Thanks to our sponsor: Media Angels.com and Felice Gerwitz on Amazon

The Bible consists of the Old and the New Testament. The first book of the Bible begins in Genesis and ends in Revelations. It is the behind the scenes look at the new heaven and the new earth and at the apex or the center is Christ. This is a story of love – the greatest love of all, the love of God for a humanity that He created, that is fallen. It is the story of God’s promise before Jesus came and about Jesus fulfilling the promise by his life, his death, and His ultimate Resurrection.

Simply put, the salvation of history is the storyline of the beginning of time, the creation of man and the redemption by God. The Bible is this intricate puzzle with many books that seem to be unrelated yet overall paint this amazing picture of our history and God.
When we read the Bible we get a glimpse into the lives of the saints that lived before us, the tragedy and the triumph. It really happened. It isn’t an allegory, a theory or a fluff piece. It is real.

Before God created the world He existed. The Father. The Son. The Spirit. For us it is difficult to imagine an always was – always is and always will be because we are finite people.
And before

History is His – Story, the story of a God who was not made, not created, but who always was and will always be. This amazing creator God wanted to enjoy the universe he created with us. He began our story with our first parents, Adam and Eve.

Before the fall we read a wonderful, idyllic story of our ancestors that lived in this beautiful garden with everything they wanted or needed provided. This was how God planned it. No toil, no sin, no problems.

God created the angels before our first parents – and we learn about their sin in Revelations:

And there was a great battle in heaven, Michael and his angels fought with the dragon, and the dragon fought and his angels: and they prevailed not, neither was their place found any more in heaven. And that great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, who seduceth the whole world; and he was cast unto the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. (Apocalypse 12:7-9)

We know the story, our first parents sinned and were banned from the garden, from that idyllic place because they were tempted by the devil or Satan. The punishment from God to the enemy was swift yet he did not find mercy from God, but man did. Read 2 Peter 2:4

We do not know the mind of God – from paradise on earth, our parents were condemned. The need for a Savior was born.  Read Genesis 3:15. Then the trouble began and continued throughout history to this present moment and we still need a Savior!

God has not deserted us – God is active in our lives, each and every day. It is the mission of you, of me, of the CHurch to
The history of salvation leads us to be disciples, and bring others the gospel message.

We must understand the beginning to realize the end.

Salvation history forces us to look at the actions of those who went before us, the story of God’s people from God’s point of view. God’s word tells us all about the way he time and again saved the people who cried out to Him.  Do we cry out to God for saving? And if we do, how do we apply what we know not only to our lives but the lives of others? Are we a witness not by word, but by deed? If not we should be.

Let’s pray:

Dear God Almighty the Creator of Heaven and Earth, we thank you for sharing the story of how the world came to be and the history of your people through your point of view. I thank you, God, for giving us this world in which to live, for our family, for our friends, and for those who we will meet in the future. Let us be an example of your kindness, your love, your peace, and your joy. Let us learn from the holy men and women who went before us as well as those who turned their backs on you. Please keep us free from the temptations of the evil one and keep us in your holy mantle of protection. Dear God Almighty we pray for the following:  …  Please hear our prayers and grant them if they are in your Divine Will. I praise you for all you have done in my life and I thank you until I draw my last breath. And, I pray this in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.

 

 

 

Why hasn’t Lee County won a High School Championship Yet?

On Big Dreams we talk about "Why hasn’t Lee County won a high school championship yet?" What is the best way we can bring a championship to SW Florida?On Big Dreams we talk about “Why hasn’t Lee County won a high school championship yet?” Is it the coaching style? Could it be too many schools in one district? Not enough talent in the community? What and how is the best way we can bring a championship to SW Florida. So, come listen and comment you opinion on our Big Dreams Sports Tv Podcast.

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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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Jesus, the Son of God

Do you ever wonder where we would be without Jesus? I know I would not be a tenth of the person I am today without him and my faith in him So who is Jesus, well, he is the second person of the Trinity, God the Son. He is incarnate, which means he took on human flesh, became a person like us in all things but sin and came to this world to save us.

The incarnation is JJesus, Second person of the Trinityesus taking on our humanity. But the Incarnation also gives us a share in his divinity. Jesus’ birth and death gives us a renewed hope and belief that we too, will one day be in heaven. The Incarnation is a foundational belief.  It is the basis for believing and understanding Jesus’ mission, which is to save us, the purpose of his church and his eventual second coming.

For thousands of years, God called his people to himself, but they often turned away. So, “when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to ransom those under the law, so that we might receive adoption” (Gal 4:4-5).

Jesus is our redeemer.  He took on our sins, all the consequences of them and paid our debt to the Father. His Passion and Death, his ultimate sacrifice – saved us from our sins, reconciled us to the Father and opened the gates of heaven

One way in which Jesus was different than us is that He lived a life of total and complete obedience to his Father. In the Garden of Gethsemane when he knew his death was imminent, he prayed for God’s will to be done, not his. His suffering on the cross was real and true and painful. He suffered in his humanity; that suffering was possible because of his divinity.

Jesus rose from the dead and bodily ascended into heaven. He promised his Father would send the Holy Spirit to us to help us, guide us, and empower us. The Spirit forms us in the likeness of Jesus. We live in continual conversion toward God and away from sin.

Jesus reveals the Father to us, for he is visible. His desire is for us to enter into a relationship with him based on our free love for him. Just as God the Father does not force us to love him, neither does Jesus.

Jesus intends for us to become holy and partake of his divine nature. The more we go to Him in prayer and ask for what we need, the more we will receive. We can look at his life as an example, he shows us the way to holiness.

the not lukewarm challenge This our challenge is to pray the Jesus prayer, “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”

For more information about the Jesus prayer, take a look here. 

 

 

There is More-Part 3: God’s Infinitely More

Lucia encourages you to keep going toward “the more” of God’s purpose for your life! He wants you to pursue Him with all you heart because He has so much more for you!! When the world says you can’t do it, God says “You Can!” with a resounding “Yes!”  Lucia encourages you to keep going toward “the more” of God’s purpose for your life! He wants you to pursue Him with all you heart because He has so much more for you!!  He has uncontainable blessings in store of you if you will only believe He is able!!

God has an amazing calling for your life, and He has more for you!  “The More” Lucia shares with you is more of Holy Spirit that will bring you to a place of sufficiency in His Grace so you can fulfill your dreams and be a blessing to those around you.

 

The “More” God wants for your life is almost beyond what you can comprehend.  And it’s not able to be measured with your mind.  God can do far more than you can ever imagine, guess, or request in your wildest dreams.

God will exceed your dreams, plans, visions, and hopes that you have for your life!  He will give you more favor and increase than what you can imagine!  You can never outdream God! He will take you far beyond your wildest dreams and the vision you have for your life!

 

The More that you want, is less about you, more about helping others, and all about Him!  God sees more in you than you could ever see or imagine in yourself!
If you want to live the victorious life, Lucia encourages you to release your faith and realize there is more available to you.  More grace, more favor, more mercy, more love, and more forgiveness waiting for you! There’s always more to discover about who God is and who He says you are so you can walk in victory!

 

 

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Faithfulness: How Not to Climb a Mountain

In this episode, we’ll discuss how to take problems, anxiety, and frustration and turn it into something that is going really well that you can get excited about!This is your chance to notice the faithfulness of God, and also your own consistency.

Philippians 4:8 (ESV) – Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

 

Choosing to climb a mountain with a pile of toddlers is no easy task.

Choosing to climb a mountain and never stopping to look at the progress you’ve made- that our family has made- is a miserable task.

But how do we stop to focus on what’s going well when we must be so busy carefully protecting our kiddos from themselves?

In this episode, we’ll discuss how to take problems, anxiety, and frustration and turn it into something that is going really well that you can get excited about!

For a great example of David’s focus on what is going well, check out Psalm 103:1-5 (ESV)

Bless the Lord, O my soul,

And all that is within me,

Bless his holy name!

Bless the Lord, O my soul,

And forget not all his benefits,

Who forgives all your iniquity,

Who heals all your diseases,

Who redeems your life from the pit,

Who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,

Who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

 

Want some areas to consider for what’s going well?

Here are a few:
What priorities are you keeping straight?

What are you trusting God about right now?

What are your children excelling at?

What progress have you made in the past three months? In the past year?

What wise financial choices have you made recently?

What random things have you been taking for granted lately?

What other things can you celebrate that is going well with you and your family?

Celebrate the faithfulness you are demonstrating in your own life!

 

Conference Speaker Meet Meredith Curtis

Conference Speaker | Meredith Curtis attended a conference where I was a featured conference speaker. She had dreams of becoming a published author! Fast forward many years later and not only did Meredith realize her dream, but she also is a speaker herself! | #podcast #christianpodcast #becomeaspeakerConference Speaker – Meet Meredith Curtis Episode 16

Meredith Curtis attended a conference where I was a featured conference speaker. She had dreams of becoming a published author! Fast forward many years later and not only did Meredith realize her dream, but she also is a speaker herself!  In this episode learn what it takes to become a speaker!

Thanks to our sponsor the Ultimate Christian Communicators Conference – visit the website here.

Many authors would love to be a conference speaker. How does an organizer select the best speakers? It is a matter of the needs of the conference but also the information the speaker submits. If you want to attend an amazing conference sure to bring your business to the next level, listen to this show.

Meredith attended a conference seminar on writing and publishing. Her daughters brought her by my booth to introduce me to her and she purchased my book. She was so excited about writing her own curriculum that she used for her own children and others. The talk inspired her to begin her own company, Powerline Productions and print her own books! Not only that–but she hosted her own Finish Well Conferences for teens for years in her area.

When I was planning my Ultimate Christian Communicators Conference I asked several people I knew to submit talks they would like to present, and Meredith’s ideas really resonated with me.

Conference Speaker Sessions: Here are Meredith’s Sessions

  1. Prepare Your Heart to Run A Business: The first is as a believer in Jesus, she wants to do it for His glory, and it all begins with what does the Bible says about running a business. The Bible has so much to say about serving others, managing money and even investing, which really is what a business is investing for profit. I talk about how we applied Biblical wisdom to our business and also how we do that in our home. Because our home, is not a country club or an organization, it’s home.
  2. God’s Wisdom For Running A Business: Meredith ended up writing a book on Economics  to teach others about the economic cycle, and understand when to expand your business, grow it and thrive. And then there are times when the economy slows so you need to pull back, and your sales may go down. Things become more difficult and you can use that to your advantage to streamline, to cut waste and trim excess until you are ready to start expanding again. This allows you to save money for even more growth.
  3. Running A Business Debt Free: The Bible says do not despise the day of small beginnings. And I think that’s an important principle when you’re thinking about starting a business because you just start with what you have and what you can afford to spend. One of the principles is to put aside money for your next expenses and you have to think longterm instead of short term. Meredith will be sharing the seven keys to running a business debt-free at the Ultimate Christian Communicators Conference. 

Meredith and her worship team will be playing live during the conference and be on hand to pray for the attendees–if anyone would like prayers.

This conference is happening because we want to support you and your calling, whether it is to write a book, speak at a conference, have your own podcast, be a consultant or coach for others or travel the world in ministry. Whatever that is, we are here! All are welcome!

 

 

The Working Woman Wardrobe

The working woman wardrobe. Clothing ideas for working women. Episode 3- The Working Woman’s Wardrobe

Deciding what to wear for work these days can be tricky business. Many women find looking fashionable and keeping up with the latest trends expensive and exhausting.

Additionally, the workplace has evolved. It used to be that work was from 9-to-5 and had a fixed geographical location. There were desks and staplers, fountain pens, and corded phones. You had a designated spot (usually a cubical) and everybody knew who sat where, and you could expect to spend all or at least most of your time in one place.

Advancements in technology, working remotely, and freelancing, has fundamentally changed the way work looks and feels. Work sometimes means accessing emails on your phone at the local coffee shop and doing video meetings from your desk at home. Office politics now takes place via social media rather than around the water-cooler. A pencil skirt and stilettos, although chic, is not necessary if you work from home. It can also be downright inconvenient for walking meetings or “break-out areas” with low-level seating. 

In this episode, Najah Drakes, the CEO of Divinico Clothing, an online women’s boutique, offers wardrobe help for today’s working woman. She tell us how to create a fabulous, fashionable wardrobe that’s flexible for wherever you work. She talks about the must-haves for every working wardrobe. She also gives the listeners tips on how to purchase those items economically.

According to her website, Najah’s company, Divinico, specializes in “high quality rhinestone encrusted apparel and products, as well as non-rhinestone apparel, and they “offer products that help women sparkle from the inside out”. For more information about Divinico, visit their website at https://divinico.com/

Online Articles to Help You Create a Winning Wardrobe

7 Office Wear Ideas & How To NOT Dress Boring To Work

18 Outfits for Women Over 60- Fashion Tips For 60 Plus Women

Faith Journey

Faith Journey | Each of us comes from a different place in our walk with God, but our faith journey typically has some of the same factors. In this episode, we discuss ways to grow in faith. | #podcast #christianpodcast #faithFaith Journey Episode 111

Each of us comes from a different place in our walk with God, but our faith journey typically has some of the same factors. In this episode, we discuss ways to grow in faith.

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Do you have a favorite book? A favorite chair? A favorite television program? What about a favorite song? If you think about it, I’m sure you could answer every single question, but if I asked you the same thing five years ago, the answers might be different. Our solutions change as we change. And, so it is with our faith. Our faith can grow, especially at the beginning when we are excited to learn everything we can, we can’t wait to read the Bible and soak up the Word of God, we love to pray, and we find many of our prayers are answered. It is a time when everything seems glorious, and it is often called the honeymoon period, because similar to a young marriage, everything is bright, new, wonderful, and we are in love! We are in love with Jesus.

Has your relationship with the Lord gotten comfortable? Is it like a favorite recliner or chair? It molds and fits you, but it isn’t the same as when it was new? If we do not work on our relationship even with the Lord, it can stagnate and even in some cases, slide and go backward. We hear of people who lose their faith or their way, and some we might know that we’re on fire for the Lord. Maybe they were preachers or wrote books or even were pretty famous. What happened to them? What made them go from hot to cold?

Yes, life happens, but I believe the same way we nurture a relationship with people we love, we must nurture our relationship with the Lord. So, here are some questions I want you to ask yourself.

  1. Do you become excited when considering reading the Bible, or is it something you do to check off the daily list?
  2. Same question about prayer… excited or just a check in a box?
  3. Same question about quiet time before the Lord.
  4. Same question about attending church.
  5. Same question about your relationship with God.

How do you grow in the Lord without it looking like a to-do list that is done each day out of obligation? Ahh… here it is the real question. The real question is do you know Jesus? Do you know Him? Who is He? Who does He say that He is? If we know Jesus as He knows himself to be (as my pastor says) and love Jesus as He knows Himself to be, then we can’t help but grow in the Lord.

The reality is that life happens, and we get busy, sidetracked, and find that we are spinning our wheels when it comes to faith. Sure, maybe you are well-meaning — I know I am, but I have to admit that I do have a little bit of that “check-off-the-box” mentality. I’m super happy if I make it to Mass each day if I pray on the way and stay in church a little while after to pray some more if I think about God in the car on the way home or play some praise and worship music. But you know what? It doesn’t matter. God knows our hearts!

Today I was joyous. I mean giddy, exicted happy…joyous! And I asked God why. “Why Lord am I feeling so happy?” and I felt the answer was …”No reason, because I love you.”

Friends, we don’t do any of these things for God – we do them for ourselves to grow in our love for the Lord. If you are taking a step, even if it is a tiny step in the direction toward God, that is great! It is wonderful! It is the ideal for you today. Remember, guilt is not from the Lord. It is from the enemy that wants to keep us down.

Does this mean you don’t have to learn, spend time with God, read the Bible, listen to spiritual and uplifting music that praises God? No – of course, you can, but you don’t have to! Your faith journey is unique to you! Your faith journey is your relationship with God. Your faith journey is learning and growing and spending time with the Almighty, the King of Heaven and Earth, the King of Kings the Lord of Lords! Who doesn’t want to know more about Him? Who doesn’t want to shout “Jesus Reigns” from the car as we drive by unsuspecting motorists? Yeah, okay – that may be a bit weird, but you get my point.

If you search for the word “faith journey” in any Bible app nothing is going to come up. It is not in Scripture. But, if you search for faith -it shows up 378 times and, the verse that speaks to me is Hebrews 11.

Hebrews 11:1-8 … Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen…(use your Bibles to read more, or go here).

Friends, our journey toward God can be steady and slow, as long as we are moving forward. It is in those times when we pause or outright stop that the enemy can and does attack us. It is in those times that we feel despair and cry out to God, “Do you even hear me?” … yet, I assure you He does. He is here with arms open willing us to walk toward him.

Let’s Pray:

Dear Heavenly Father, thank-you for the gift of faith for it truly is a gift. Please allow us to have the faith of Noah, who built an ark because you commanded it, and the faith of Moses who lead the chosen people out of Egypt, and the faith of all the holy men and women who have gone on before us. Dear Father, give us the faith of the thief on the cross who knew He was a sinner and unworthy of the kingdom, but asked anyway. Please help us in our faith journey to walk ever closer to you, be beside me, Lord for those times I falter and fall. Be beside me, Lord, for those times that I do not know what to say to those who hurt me. Be beside me, Lord and, help me to put one foot in front of the other and continue walking, praying, studying, and listening … please, Lord, hear the prayer I ask for this day… let me grow ever closer to you, and I pray this in Jesus’s Name. Amen.

Why It Matter What Essential Oils You Use

Podcast #53

Why It Matter What Essential Oils You Use

This is a common question that is asked and it is not really complicated. We know when we buy better quality foods, we are healthier and feel better. This is the same with essential oils. With more and more essential oil companies popping up everywhere, how does one know which one to choose?

USDA Organic Certified vs. Young Living Seed to Seal

USDA Organic Certified

  • 5% non-organic materials allowed
  • Chemical-free soil for 7 years
  • 3 years of growing before eligible to meet standards
  • Weeding done by hand or approved synthetic or organic substances
  • May use approved synthetics for pests
  • Continual testing of soil only
  • May use conventional seed that is non-GMO
  • 15 volunteers make up the approval board staff
  • No 3rd party testing required

Young Living Seed to Seal

  • Zero pesticides or chemicals permitted
  • Chemical-free soil for 30+ years
  • 5 years of growing before being eligible to meet standards
  • Weed by hand
  • Control pests with essential oils
  • Continual testing of water, soil, and air
  • No conventional grown seeds
  • 50 trained scientists on staff
  • 3rd party testing required

Just these results show a difference but when 15 essential oil companies were called, that shows the true reason as to why Young Living stands above the rest.

The final reason that makes a difference in where you buy your essential oils…

Will you be educated? Once you have essential oils in your home, having the education and tools is important. Find someone you trust and you will get so much more out of your essential oils. If you are looking for that person, join me here.

As always be grateful & have faith!

God bless!

 

When Do You Let It Go?

on today’s podcast I talk about, when do you let it go? What’s a good time to move on from the love of the game physically? #podcastHey guys on today’s podcast I talk about, when do you let it go? What’s a good time to move on from the love of the game physically? My love for the game will forever be in my heart, but when do you hang up the cleats? We talk about that, and much more. So come check me out on Big dreams sports tv.

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Are You Interested In Playing Sports?

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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The Origin of All: God the Father

Origin of AllGod the Father is the first person of the Most Holy Trinity. God the Son, Jesus and God the Holy Spirit are the second and third persons of the Trinity. He is the origin of all life. Life begins with the Father. He created us out of and because of love.

God loves us so much that he reveals himself to us in all of creation, in scripture, and of course, in his Son, Jesus. St. Augustine says, “You have made us for yourself and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” We all long for God and a way to express our love to him for all that he has given us.

God the Father is almighty, all-powerful, all-loving and merciful. He desires us to be in relationship with him. He has given us faith and if we think we are lacking or desire more, we can ask him. God wants our good because we are his adopted sons and daughters. He wants us to participate in his life and will never leave us

However, we have free will. This means that what we return to God, to be authentic, must be freely given. We can choose to turn to him or away from him. Sometimes, we do what we are told out of a sense of obligation or fear, that is not what God wants from us. He wants us to love him as freely as he loves us.

I think of God the Father as my father. He is always ready to listen to me, he is patient, forgiving and present. I picture myself crawling up into his lap, head on his chest, listening to his heartbeat.

Some scripture verses to ponder:

Then God said: Let us make human beings in our image, after our likeness. Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the tame animals, all the wild animals, and all the creatures that crawl on the earth. God created mankind in his image; in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:26-27

Thus says the LORD who made the earth, giving it shape and stability, LORD is his name: Call to me, and I will answer you; I will tell you great things beyond the reach of your knowledge. Jeremiah 33:2-3

Righteous Father, the world also does not know you, but I know you, and they know that you sent me. I made known to them your name and I will make it known that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them.” John 17:25-26

the not lukewarm challenge

 End each day thanking God for all that he has done for you today.

Season of Hope

Season of Hope | Five Sure Fire Ways To Avoid Stress | We are approaching a season of hope! Here are five things to really help you to reduce the stress, make a quick plan and get rid of those things that cause you to feel overwhelmed. Get ready to enjoy any season, with these five easy to answer questions. | #podcast #holidaystress #holidayplanning #christianpodcastSeason of Hope Episode 23

We are approaching a season of hope! Here are five things to really help you to reduce the stress, make a quick plan and get rid of those things that cause you to feel overwhelmed. Get ready to enjoy any season, with these five easy to answer questions.

I was never a big planner until I got older, and the reason was self-preservation. I would just plain forget if I did not plan things out. The older my children were the more planning that was necessary, in fact during the phase of sports we had a shared digital calendar so we could plan family events around their sports schedule. Sound familiar? Maybe you kids don’t play sports but have other lessons to attend, and once again the family is pushed in this direction or that.

Then, when you turn the calendar there is a collective gasp as you realize we are in the countdown mode – the countdown to Thanksgiving or Christmas. So, then what happens? Panic.

We can choose to be joyful, but that is harder to do when we are up to our eyeballs in meals, laundry, and kids. We can play praise and worship music (that always makes me happy) – or we can just pray our way through the day.

I have some experience at parenting…my oldest was born in 1980, and I have five kids. So, if you do the math I will be logging in 40 years of parenting and still going as of 2020! So, in my experience, I have learned to examine my stress factors that take away my hope and my peace.

Ways To Combat Holiday Stress! Remember this is the Season of Hope!

  1. What is making me stressed – write these down.
  2. What things on my list can I cross out?
  3. What things on my list can I delegate?
  4. What things on my list can I do today?
  5. What things on my list can I do – and here is the date/due by.

Do I have a plan? The next podcast will be about planning and how you can make any holiday, event, and schedule in a way that is manageable.

Recently I saw a preview of the upcoming Mr. Rogers movie – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, and I cannot share details but let me say it is a life-changing movie. I will share more about things I learned (without any spoiler alerts) in upcoming episodes as well – so be sure you subscribe to this podcast to receive new shows.

Through the struggles of the characters, we learned nuggets about life. And, truthfully our hope is not in the things of this world – our hope is in the things that truly matter.

List those – what are those things that truly matter to you? Take a few minutes to do this now, or plan a time later this evening before bed, or when you wake up in the morning or at lunchtime… but do it!

For each one of us, those things look different depending on our station in life! I remember as a young mom thinking that just a few minutes of quiet, or getting the laundry washed, folded and put away in one day was important. Now that my kids are grown, the house is quiet and you guessed it – I can do many loads of laundry in one day and get it put away! Those things are no longer important.

Upcoming is a season of hope – Thanksgiving is coming, then Christmas. It is a time of fall harvest, going to visit a pumpkin patch, enjoying fall leaves (think of me when you do it is the only thing I miss about living up north), or sipping apple cider, or hot chocolate while bundled in a blanket watching a campfire. These things are special, the upcoming celebration of the birth of Christ is special – these things bring us joy they bring us hope and they lift up our faith.

Friends, be sure to look at this season of hope and take the time to stop and enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds of the season. Take time with your family, snuggle up with a good book, and be sure to tell those you love how thankful you are of them!

Next week mega planning! Be ready.

 

Faithfulness: God’s Faithfulness & Feeling It!

Are you believing the truth about God’s Faithfulness? Are you setting up yourself for success to actually feel his faithfulness? Join Mary as she covers 2 aspects of faithfulness!God’s Faithfulness and Feeling it!

Are you believing the truth about God’s Faithfulness?
Are you setting up yourself for success to actually feel his faithfulness?

Today we are going to cover 2 aspects of faithfulness:
-The truth of God’s faithfulness to us

– Feeling his faithfulness to others.

The truth of God’s faithfulness:

Deuteronomy 7:9
God is faithful, and keeps his promises!
He keeps his love to us- to those who          love him and keep his commandments!

1 Timothy 2:13

God is faithful even when we aren’t!
He cannot quit his commitments to us!

1 Corinthians 10:13

God’s faithfulness provides a way of escape from any temptation!

He does not allow us to be tempted without an alternative he knows we can choose.
There are no special circumstances that exclude you from his love.

Romans 8:38-39

God is faithful in love and there is nothing that can separate us from it!

He covers all the possibilities; there are no loopholes.

 

God’s Ultimate Faithfulness to us:
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

He gives us the free gift of salvation through sending Jesus to die on the cross for our sins.  Ask forgiveness for your sin, acknowledge him as God and Lord of your life. Believe that he saves you and that you get to be in a personal relationship with him!

This is the TRUE faithfulness of God!

Now, what about feeling it?

Hebrews 11:6 says,
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

Key: HE does exist. He DOES reward!
All we must do is seek him!

Where can you find him showing up in your life today?

Consider how this is an opportunity for a great treasure hunt!
Can you find him in your car rides?

In Sunday services?

In nature?
In his provision?

In your children?
In your spouse’s story?
In journaling?

In music?

In something unexpected?

Where else can you find him?  He is there.  He is faithful. We only have to find where he is!

For more inspiration and working this into our life, consider our Fruit Pursuit Mastermind!
It’s open for enrollment for just a few more weeks!
We’d love to have you!

You can go to www.maryaldrichcoaching.com and click “Contact”
Let’s chat about how I can support you becoming the woman you long to be and loving it!

 

Part 2: There is More

It doesn’t matter how good you think things are in your life or your spiritual walk with Father God, there is more!  God has more for you, and He wants you to ask Him for it! It doesn’t matter how good you think things are in your life or your spiritual walk with Father God, there is more!  God has more for you, and He wants you to ask Him for it!  Join Lucia as she shares from Ephesians 3:20 in the New Living Translation.  Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”

 

She shares a spiritual key is to reach out in faith to take whatever you want or need from Jesus so you can walk in victory!  She will reference four people with real-life situations from the book of Mark. Each of them had varying levels of faith when they were in the presence of Jesus with their issues and they all received their healing.  It didn’t matter if they had little faith or great faith.

 

If you want to create a culture of more, you have to share testimonies of people that have been healed, delivered, set free, and restored.  You need to talk about what Jesus has done…who He’s healed, who He’s delivered, who He’s restored…because this builds people’s faith to receive their healing, freedom, restoration, or whatever they’re believing God to do for them.

Although these four situations deal with healing, you can apply the Law of Faith to any area of your life and receive more from God!  As you locate your level faith, remember, each person received what they needed at their level of faith.  You can receive right where you are!

 

Ask God to stir up your hunger for Him and bring revival to your heart because there’s so much more!  He created you to live a victorious life, and you do that by walking by faith!

 

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Faith Builders for Victorious Living

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Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling at Your Workplace

Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling. Dealing with gender and racial discrimination in the workplaceEpisode 2- Breaking Through the ‘Glass Ceiling’ At Your Workplace

The “glass ceiling” is a metaphor for the invisible barrier that prevents some people from rising to senior positions in the workplace. Every day across America, women experience sexism and inequities that that their male counterparts do not face. Additionally, women of color have the extra burden of racial discrimination.

Workplace discrimination is a difficult thing to tackle, but it’s not impossible. Emmy Award-winning journalist and Atlanta Mommy blogger, Joyce Brewer and I, talk about some things that women, specifically women of color, can do to push past the “that’s just the way things are” mentality and smash the “glass ceiling”.

In our interview, we will discuss the psychology behind the “glass ceiling” mindset,  the “micro-aggressions” that women of color face when they try to climb the corporate ladder, and the actions that management can take to break with the status quo and dismantle the “glass ceiling” culture.

To download this episode, click the link below. If you would like to subscribe to this podcast, visit the https://ultimatechristianpodcastnetwork.com/ and click on The Working Woman Radio Show.

For more information about Joyce’s Mommy Talk Show, visit her blog at https://mommytalkshow.com/about-atlanta-mom-blogger-joyce-brewer/.

 

 

God’s Timing

God's Timing | God's timing is perfect, this is something we hear about all the time but in reality, when we ask something in prayer we often expect immediate results. In this podcast, we discuss how our time is so different to God's time and ways to let go! | #podcast #christianpodcastGod’s Timing – Episode 110

God’s timing is perfect, this is something we hear about all the time but in reality, when we ask something in prayer we often expect immediate results. In this podcast, we discuss how our time is so different from God’s time and ways to let go!

Thanks to our sponsor, Media Angels and the books A Few Minutes with God and One More Child. You can find more information about both titles on Media Angels or Amazon.

We are a society of immediate gratification. We don’t have to haul our water in from the well or farm our own food or any of the things that in the not so recent past our ancestors had to do. My own parents had a garden, and I grow herbs – okay, not quite the same thing, but I buy a plant and plant it – I don’t even use a seed!

So why does it surprise us that when we pray to God we want instant answers? God’s timing is not our timing and His timing is perfect! Yet we lack patience, faith, hope, and we become anxious! How does this happen?

There is a reason our prayers do not have an instant answer. What is it – I don’t know. I’m sure the reason is different for each one of us. Our job is to keep focused, continue to pray and to read your Bible! Stay grounded in God’s Word.

When we become anxious and stressed over God’s timing it is usually because we want the Lord to answer a prayer about a difficult situation or perhaps we are ill and want to be healed. Believe me, I get it!

Does God not know about your situation? Does he not understand. Of course, he does.

Psalm 18: 20 As for God, His way is blameless.

Psalm 31:14-15

We must surrender our needs to him, and we can learn through the waiting. Sometimes the lessons we learn are so much more effective in growing our faith!

Jesus Stills the Sea  —  Mark 4:35-41

Can you imagine what the apostles learned from the calming of the sea? I have a picture in my living room to the right of the TV that depicts this Scripture verse. It is a reminder to wait on Him – on His timing.

And, I want to leave you with a thought. As we are waiting for the perfect timing for the answer to our prayers, please let’s not forget to be thankful in all the prayers He has answered. Take out your praise and thanksgiving journal and write in it — go back and read it, see? He has answered prayers in His perfect time.

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, Your timing is perfect. I know that you have everything in the palm of your hand. That you know the time and place of everything that we worry and stress about, and I ask that you help to let to go and let God into my life in a deeper way. Thank you for fulfilling all of my needs. Thank you for giving me my daily bread. Thank you for giving me the very things I need, just when I need them. You are the God of perfection and I ask you to allow me to rest in You. Thank you for providing for all I pray for today … I know you have the perfect time to answer all of these prayers, and I pray this in Jesus Name. Amen.

Interview with Michael Patterson

Interview with Michael Patterson, Coach at East Lee High School, a guy that serves his community, and Author of Live Love and Lead. #podcastOn today’s podcast, we talk to one of my Frat brothers, Michael Patterson, Coach at East Lee High School, a guy that serves his community. Author of “Live Love and Lead,” and how his hitting rock bottom transformed his life into becoming a better man. Sharing with us about a sickness that took a threat to his life, and how he overcame that to be there for his kids because of the love he has for the sport. So, grab your coffee and your headphones and come enjoy this wonderful story.

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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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Not Lukewarm, a new podcast with Deanna Bartalini

Not Lukewarm, a new podcast with Deanna Bartalini – There are many voices asking to be heard in this world today. Some are the voices of those we know and love – family and friends, those we serve in ministry, those we care about. There are other voices as well – cultural icons, sports figures, politicians, clergy, authors – all asking us for our time so that they can tell us their point of view and possibly sway us to what they believe.

I am not here to sway anyone into what I believe. I am here to tell you what the Church teaches and how I live it out in my daily life. I live it out as a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, aunt, friend, teacher, seeker of truth, beauty and goodness, sometimes saint and sometimes sinner; but always focusing my eyes on Jesus. Except when I can’t face him because I’ve fallen into that last category. Then I ask forgiveness and remember God’s mercy and know that keeping my eyes on Jesus is the most important thing.

For many years, I have served in both paid and volunteer ministry in the Church, mostly in Florida where I moved to after college graduation. My faith is not something that has sustained me only recently, it has been my rock and my fortress for as long as I can remember. As a child, my two favorite places were my local Catholic church and the library. In truth, just add a great coffee shop to the list and you’ve got my top three places today.

Has my faith been tested? Yes and no. You see, my father was always fond of reminding us that everyone puts their pants on one leg at a time, clergy included. So, when scandals hit, I was sad and angry. But I knew that it was not God’s fault. I was able to help hurt and confused parents when the bishop was forced to leave the diocese right after he had confirmed their children and then again when the same thing happened after my son’s confirmation.

When my friends have died too soon, leaving husbands without wife and children without mothers, I have mourned but stood fast and helped them embrace their cross as I did mine and move from life into eternal life.

There have been more trials but those are not the only things that have formed me. I was formed by Franciscan priests and brothers, countless orders of sisters, and a few Jesuits. I have learned through books and life experiences; in classrooms giving and receiving instruction; through bible studies and discussion groups.

I cannot count or name all those who I have helped come into the Catholic Church. And I know, that while I may have supplied information, it was the Spirit that led each person. Did every parent keep bringing their child to Mass after First Communion or every youth or adult continue in the faith after their Baptism or Confirmation? I don’t think so.

My goal in this podcast is to give you a glimpse of what it means to be Catholic. Maybe you are seeking answers or clarity. Maybe you want to re-learn the lessons you have forgotten. Maybe you are from the generations who learned little in the aftermath of Vatican II and now you want to know what you didn’t learn. Whatever your reason, join me on the journey.

 

This week your challenge is to pray a morning offering when you wake up. It can be as simple as, “God, I offer you all that I think, do and say today. Please be with me always.”

Here are some other options:
from the United States Council of Catholic Bishops
from Our Catholic Prayers

 

Be Your Own Advocate

Podcast #52

 

Be Your Own Advocate

 

Have you ever felt alone? Have you ever felt judged because of a choice that you made? It is time to stand up and be your own advocate- for you and for your family.

 

If you don’t advocate for them, who will?

  • Believe in Yourself

  • Know Your Rights

  • Get the Facts

  • Gather Support

  • Express yourself clearly

 

You are not alone. There are communities and support in numbers.

Check out my facebook page for more community, support, and education.

You got this!

Be grateful & have faith!

God bless!

Kindness & Listening Skills

Today, we’re covering some key ways to up your listening skills in your family as a way to show kindness to others as well as yourself, by increasing your ability and frequency to have amiable conversations.Everyone should be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger. James 1:19

 

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to respond.” -Stephen Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

 

“You are short on ears and long on mouth.” -John Wayne

 

Are you a good listener or are you a little long on mouth?

Today, we’re covering some key ways to up your listening skills in your family as a way to show kindness to others as well as yourself, by increasing your ability and frequency to have amiable conversations.

 

But what’s the purpose of listening anyway?

To learn what we do not know.

Understand the other person’s perspective.

 

What it isn’t:

An opportunity to check off all the things we know already.
Decide that we know why they did what they did and dig for evidence to support that assumption.

 

Three listening skills we’ll cover today include

  1. Create a safe space.
  2. Stay Curious
  3. Practice a listening lesson. (Surprise, you have homework!)

 

 

First, create a safe space. This is not a time to attack or defend. Stay curious and caring. Notice where your mind starts racing, creating judgment, or focusing on what you think you know already.  Finally, remind yourself and the person you are talking to that you are on the same team by sitting next to each other to discuss something rather than across from each other.  Just this physical change can go a long way to feeling more like comrades and less like enemies.

 

Second, stay curious- look for what’s underneath. Some phrases and questions you can use to explore what’s really going on for the other person include:

“Tell me more about that.”

“Why do you think that is?”

“How does that make you feel?”

“What are you really wanting more than anything?

Third, try this listening lesson.  When someone tells you what is wrong, attempt to repeat it word for word back to them and then ask if you heard correctly.  This not only forces you to listen all the way to the end, but it also allows the other person to clarify any misunderstandings immediately.

 

And don’t be afraid to practice this one.  Try it on something that isn’t super important first.  Have another person tell you a story and you periodically try to repeat exactly what they say.  Once you’ve taken turns doing that a couple of times, then try it during a more serious discussion.

 

Finally, when you think the conversation is over, ask,

“Is there anything else you want me to know about this right now?”

This allows the other person a chance to declare that they also think the conversation is over- or not, which helps you both end it well.

 

If you’d like more tools like this, we have over 40 other training’s presented in our Fruit Pursuit Mastermind Membership.  That membership is currently open for enrollment.  If you, however, listen to this and enrollment is not open, we are happy to add you to a waiting list where you can be notified of future times when it is open.

To get more information about how you can join our membership, send an email to mary@maryaldrichcoaching.com

 

PS- October is all about Faithfulness.  I look forward to sharing a new month of topics around faith, consistency, and fighting discouragement with you!  See you then!

Visit Mary at maryaldrichcoaching.com or find more episodes here.

Attending Conferences

Conferences | With so much information online should you attend an "in person" conferences? In this episode, Felice Gerwitz shares how a recent and past conferences have taught her so much she can implement today. | #podcast #writingandpublishing #conferencesFive Tips For Getting The Most Our of Attending Conferences – Episode 13

With so much information online should you attend an “in-person” conferences? In this episode, Felice Gerwitz shares how a recent and past conferences have taught her so much she can implement today.

Thanks to our sponsor, Media Angels host of the Ultimate Christian Communicators Conference.

I’ve attended many conferences in my life, upwards of fifty, and at some of these, I was a featured speaker. However, in all of that time, I realized, when I was an attendee that I didn’t have a working plan of what I expected to get out of the conference. How many of you have attended a conference or even a meeting and didn’t even have paper? Maybe you thought it would be provided, maybe you thought you could borrow some, yet do you realize that is a subliminal message (to yourself) that you are not there to learn.

Are you teachable? I’ve met some people that are smart intellectually and think they can figure it out or have all the information they need, perhaps you’ve met people who do not take feedback to heart.

Just this week I attended a conference and truthfully I wasn’t attending it to learn, but to meet people and to see how this conference was run. And, I left pleasantly surprised. First, let me back up – I am pretty teachable. I love to learn and I am what I call a perpetual student. I read science abstracts if I want to learn something about a particular discovery or a study that was done, I interview people who are knowledgable in an area I think my listeners could benefit, and I am … well, a student.

So, while I wasn’t attending *not* to learn, I started off the morning sessions with a small notepad I keep in my person instead of my laptop or spiral notebook I had in the car. I listened and it wasn’t until about forty-five minutes into the sessions that I started to take notes – jotting down ideas, shaking my head and agreeing or being sparked to think of something to do later – an action point. I did go to the car after the lunch break to get my notebook to take notes. If you haven’t listened to my podcast on making connections listen to this here.

And, that is what I want to talk to you about today, how to attend a conference, a meeting or even a webinar and get the most out of it! The conference I attended was particularly for speakers but it extended to people in business, sales-people, real-estate, authors, investors, etc. One of the comments on the website before attending was to dress your best (the mantra: “dress for success”) and I decided on a lace top with one of my nicest pair of linen pants, matching purse, pearls and other jewelry. Understated but elegant. As expected, some people were in business suits, others looked nice but not dressed up. But, this request to dress up set the tone that this was serious and worthwhile.

Here are Five Tips to getting the most out of conferences.

  1. Plan to be dressed up, not over-the-top — but professional – for yourself and your mindset/ outlook more so than for others. (tell about the lady with red hair)
  2. Plan to take notes – if you have this mindset you are planning to learn. After the conference type up the notes, review action points and plan when you will implement these things.
  3. Make action points. As you take notes think about some things you can implement, even if not in the immediate future. (Box)
  4. Bring business cards. This is a must. Try to meet as many new people as possible and get their cards as well. Or, have a pad and ask for their name and email – keep in contact.
  5. Meet the organizers, thank them and be sure to complement when warranted.

One other thought – not necessarily in my top five. I am an impulse buyer. I know this about myself. I decided before attending that I would not purchase anything. Not a book, not a class on DVD and not a private consultation or even learning retreat. That doesn’t mean I won’t do this in the future, just not right now. Why? Because of my time constraints. I know myself and I know when I can and can not do one more thing. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go with an idea of buying. It just means to know before you attend what you plan to do!

Some of my action plans after attending this and other conferences:

  1. Create a how-to-podcast self-paced class.
  2. Create an ebook that I will first sell, and then give away as a freebie on my website.
  3. Create several marketing videos for my upcoming Ultimate Christian Communicators Conference

So, friends, I hope this has inspired you to really listen and be ready to learn when you attend a conference, webinar or even, perhaps listening to an inspiring podcast that to get the most you need to have an attitude of learning!

 

 

 

Christian Hope

Christian Hope | What is the difference between hope and Christian hope? Do we hope in what we want, or do we hope in God's will for our life? We explore this theme today. | #podcast #christianpodcastChristian Hope – Episode 109

What is the difference between hope and Christian hope? Do we hope in what we want, or do we hope in God’s will for our life? We explore this theme today.

Hope in Christ – it is already accomplished – God’s will has been done, it is finished. So we can go on with our lives and not worry about anything. Don’t you wish it were that easy?

Our hope is that our “will be done” that God answers our prayers the way we want our outcome to be. Just think about this – it is humbling. We “hope” things go our way.

The Garden of Gethsemane – Matthew 26:36-46

How do we hope in a seemingly hopeless world? How do we hope when we are depressed – lonely – or feel abandoned?

Some pastors teach that if we pray it – believe it – it will come. And if the prayers are not answered, we then lose hope and think the Lord has abandoned us!

Christian Hope – is different. While we hope for the Lord’s will in my life – yet not as I will, but as You will.”  We still hope for the best possible outcome.

As I record this it is 9-11 and it is a horrific time in American history when we had a terrorist attack on American soil. As I listened to reports of what was expected in the death toll from the Twin Towers, the estimates for 14-15K because of the number of people believed to be in the building.

One death is too many, but the numbers were way, way less than was predicted. We read so many miracle stories. We see the hand of God, we see that even those who went to rescue the fallen were never the same.

Yet we continue to believe. We continue to hope.

We read in Psalm 121. 

Romans 8:24-25

We don’t know the answers, but … we read in Isaiah 38:18 New International Version (NIV)

For the grave cannot praise you, death cannot sing your praise; those who go down to the pit cannot hope for your faithfulness.

Yet then we read in Lamentations 3:17-20 New International Version (NIV)

Romans 8:23-30

Christian hope is when we read about what God has promised within the pages of the Bible—within the knowledge that God is never changing, within the trust that God never lies—His word is inspired, true and without error.

1 Peter 1:13-16

Let’s Pray!

Lord thank you for Christian hope and the knowledge that when we trust in you our trust is secure, we are confident you hear our prayers and you will answer them according to Your will for our lives. We know we will mess up and only you are holy and worthy of every good thing, yet we love you Lord and we do hope in you. where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth and I am glad and praise Your Name for this promise. Dear Lord, please hear the prayers we ask now and those in our hearts… and I pray this in the hope that is in Christ. Amen.

What’s in Your Birthing Bag?

Podcast #51

What’s in your Birthing Bag?

 

Here are a few items that Amanda finds important to have on hand while she is birthing. It doesn’t matter if you are birthing in a hospital, birthing center, or the comfort of your own home.

 

Must-haves:

#1 Essential oils are a must and making them easy to use in a roller bottle is quite helpful. Blends to consider are a Labor, Strength, Milk, Grounding, Peace, Head, Back, Sleep, Dynamic Duo, and Relax.

 

#2 Young Living’s Claraderm or a DIY Peri Spray

 

#3 Homeopathic remedies. Check out www.homeopathyformommies.com for a complete list on birthing remedies.

 

#4 Diffuser

 

#5 Hypnobirthing relaxation CD or birthing playlist- don’t forget the speaker J

 

#6 Popsicle pads- check out the full video and recipe here!

 

#7 Comfortable nursing bra

 

#8 Anything that helps to keep you calm and grounded- a doula, printed affirmations, or prayers.

 

What is in your birthing bag?

If you want to learn more about our preparations for a home birth check this out too!

As always, be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

Interview with J.R. Rivera

Today on Big Dreams Sports Tv, we sit and talk to J.R. Rivera, Teacher and author of “What is eating up your time” and author of 3 kid’s literary books.Today on Big Dreams Sports Tv, we sit and talk to J.R. Rivera, Teacher and author of “What is eating up your time” and author of 3 kid’s literary books. He explains how his platform has led him to reach 150,000 through uplifting, motivating and educating. So come join us as we talk to this amazing guy on his role in the community and as a father.

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Are You Interested In Playing Sports?

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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Kindness vs. Pesky Sisters

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32 ESV

 

Sometimes we really get on each others nerves, don’t we?

 

Recently my daughters were having a conflict over the expected standards of cleanliness and organization in their room. Both are little neat freaks, but they have different expectations of what that looks like.

They wanted to focus on who had done more, who was right, and whose turn it was to put away stuff.

How do we get along in relationships when these types of conflicts arise?

Relationships aren’t 50%/50%.

Relationships are 100%/100%.

For a relationship to thrive, this needs to be our stance whether we think the other person is giving their whole 100 or not.  We simply assume they are and we focus on doing our part.

But what does giving 100% look like?
Someone gets hit last. Let it be you. This is what I tell my boys when they are fighting.  In any fight if the goal is to get along, someone must be willing to be hit last.  Let it be you.

  • Assume full responsibility. Assuming responsibility for everything breeds gratitude for anything others do to lift the load.
  • It’s always my job to say, “I’m sorry,” first. If the ultimate goal is to reconcile, then whoever notices first that an apology needs to be made is the one to get the ball rolling.

 

Kindness includes FORGIVENESS

            What is forgiveness? A practical definition is: accepting the pain and releasing the offender from the obligation to remove it.

 

This is what Jesus did for us.  He took on the pain and suffering of the cross and his forgiveness free us for any obligation to make that pain go away.

 

Besides, most of the time, there really isn’t anything the offender can do to take away the pain anyway.  They can apologize, which is helpful, but it doesn’t really take the pain away.

 

Kindness includes being TENDERHEARTED.

            Not everyone is in your place. What comes easy to you may not come easy to others.  Often people are also fighting a battle in their own mind of guilt, shame, embarrassment, or defeat worse than anything we can see on the outside.

 

A wise friend once suggested: God is working on everyone. If it doesn’t seem like he’s working on a particular area that frustrates you, that just means he’s working on something more important.  Extend grace.

 

Finally, I like to think of relationships like a figure 8, or an infinity symbol.

Each circle represents a pattern we can go around:

 

Cycle of togetherness

            This circle builds communication, community, connection, and love.

 

Cycle of aloneness

This circle builds resentment, victimhood, pride, and isolation.

 

As we go around these circles, we move through 4 processes:
Belief, Feelings, Actions, and Results

 

It looks like this:
I believe we are a team, I feel happy about working together, I help the other person be successful, we connect and rejoice over whatever we accomplished, which in turns confirms our belief that we are a team and continues the cycle.

 

Or

I believe that I’m the only one working on this relationship, so I feel alone, which causes me to act as if it’s all up to me in a resentful way, and I notice what I do, what they don’t, and what they should be doing, which leads me to believe that I’m the only one working on the relationship, which continues the cycle.

 

At any moment, in any one of the four processes we can jump on or off one of the cycles.
The challenge is to stay on the cycle of togetherness as an act of kindness to your relationship, even if the other person jumps off.

Whatever we are doing, we are always proving one or the other cycle true with our beliefs, feelings, actions, and results.

To recap:
Kindness looks like

Giving 100/100 all the time.

Choosing forgiveness.

Being tenderhearted.
Staying on the cycle of togetherness.

 

What is that one thing that hits home for you in your relationships with others?
Take one action today!

God Has More for You

 

God has more for you! It doesn’t matter what level you’re at in your walk with Jesus, there’s more available to you!!

God has more for you! It doesn’t matter what level you’re at in your walk with Jesus, there’s more available to you!!  You may be asking yourself, what do you mean more?  More of what?  There’s more of whatever you want!  More revelation knowledge from the Word of God.  More fruit from spending time in His presence.  More empowerment. More Words of Wisdom.  More Words of Knowledge.  More joy!  More peace!  More power!  What do you want?  There’s more of it for you!

 

Join Lucia as she walks you through the process to get filled back up and go beyond where you are now spiritually.  She shares scriptures to build your faith to receive what He has for you!  Since He did it for Lucia, He will do it for you if you’re feeling like you’re spiritually dry and you know there’s more to your spiritual walk!  If you’re thinking, that’s not me, I’m actually doing pretty good in my spiritual journey, then Lucia will encourage you to know ‘there’s so much more!’ that God has for you!

Lucia references Psalm 42:1-2 in the Passion Translation, “I long to drink of you, O God, drinking deeply from the streams of pleasure flowing from your presence.  My longings overwhelm me for more of you!  My soul thirsts, pants, and longs for the living God.  I want to come and see the face of God!”

As you hunger and thirst for Jesus, His promise is that He will satisfy you.  As you spend more time in His presence, you realize that once you leave His presence, you take Him with you wherever you go.

 

Lucia encourages you to ask God to stir up your hunger for Him and bring revival to your heart because there’s so more!

 

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Faith Builders for Victorious Living

Victory Thoughts

 

Working Woman Radio Show Introductory Episode

 

Working Woman Radio Show IntroductionThe Working Woman Radio Show Introductory Episode

Welcome to the introductory episode of The Working Woman Radio Show where we have real conversations about the unique issue that working women face.

In this introductory episode I’ll be talking about some of the upcoming topics that you can expect to hear on The Working Woman Radio Show.

Are you currently self-employed or looking to set up a home-based business? We will be talking with successful women entrepreneurs who will tell you how to find capital for your venture. These women will share about the ins and outs of setting up a home-based business, and the financial management required to operate your business successfully. We’ll also talk about how to create a balance between your work life and your personal life in order to keep from burning out. 

Are you a full-time mom looking to re-enter the workforce? The Working Woman Radio Show will discuss what to do to make that happen. We’ll share information about retraining programs. We’ll also talk about how to prepare a resume, and what to do to prepare for a job interview. 

Another topic that we’ll be tackling is returning to work after the birth of a baby. This is especially important for women who are first-time mommies. We’ll be discussing childcare options and share tips on how to navigate nursing a baby as a working mom. We’ll also explore how you, as a new parent, can negotiate a family-friendly work schedule with an employer. 

These a just a few of the many topics that we will be discussing on the show. If you want to tap into this valuable resource, make sure to visit The Working Woman Radio Show podcast at www.theworkingwomanradiopodcast.com. 

Well,  God bless and we will see you next time on The Working Woman Radio Show.

OverStimulated Christians

Overstimulated Christians | Christian information is everywhere, on our phones, on television and the radio and we become overstimulated Christians! In this episode, we will look at our relationship with God | #podcast #christianpodcastOverstimulated Christians – Episode 108

Christian information is everywhere, on our phones, on television and the radio and we become overstimulated Christians! In this episode, we will look at our relationship with God, and how to in doing things to get closer we sometimes end up being further away.

Thanks to our sponsor, Media Angels and the books A Few Minutes with God and One More Child. You can find more information about both titles on Media Angels or Amazon.

We get information everywhere, everyone has a blog, a book, a podcast. In addition each day:

  1. We have our devotions
  2. Our prayers
  3. Our prayer books
  4. We pray at church

Do we do the right things but do they feed our soul? Think about that? This thought hit me hard. Each morning I like to go to Mass if I can and on the way there, I will pray, then at church I pray, then after church on the way home I will pray. Sometimes I listen to praise and worship music, which really does bring me joy. And, by the time I get home around 8:30 I feel pretty good, but am I feeling good because I’ve spent time with God or because of what I did?

Many times we do things to check them off the list. Not consciously – I do them because I want to spend time with God, but at times I do think I’m heading at least on the right path. However, it is always good to look at our motives.

But the question is are you doing your “devotions” or are you “devoted to God?”

  1. Spend time in the Word but meditate on the words.
  2. God talks to us in The Bible
  3. God’s word is a two-edged sword

Hebrews 4:12 [Full Chapter]
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Psalm 149:6 May the praise of God be in their mouths and a double-edged sword in their hands,

We can do a quick check on our motivation for learning and filling our lives with good things, but maybe not the best things God has for us.

  1. How do you feel after praying? Are you elated or stressed because you’ve put other important things off. If you are elated – good, right path if you are stressed… look at your motivation.
  2. Do you pray because you want to spend time with God or because you feel you have to?
  3. Spend a few minutes analyzing your motivation.

This was a wake-up call to me – I tend to get over-committed and oversaturated in trying to learn all that I can, and sometimes the quiet, the time listening to God or being still in His presence is more than I can hope for! It is what fills me and brings me joy. Joy is a decision sometimes – it is a commitment to live out our lives praising the One who created us.

We can be overcommitted even by spending too much time with friends, having to fill our days with chatter and noise with things that are not important in the grand scheme of things! Our hearts should belong to the Lord. And our time is His as well.

Let’s pray.

Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you that you open my eyes each and every day to the times I become overstimulated and overcommitted. I ask you to bring me the peace, the love and the joy that I crave. Dear Lord still my soul, allow me to feel the peace that surpasses all understanding today. Right now. This very second. Bring me the peace and the joy that I need … and allow it to permeate my life. I ask you Lord for the prayers that I now pray for those near to me or for my own special intentions … Dear Jesus thank you for clearing out the cobwebs of my mind and bringing the light that is You. In Jesus Name, Amen.

The Working Woman Radio Show

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Working Women Radio Show

Welcome to The Working Woman Radio Show where we have real conversations about the unique issues working women face. I am your host Deanna Johnson Cauthen.

I’d first like to say that hosting this show is a dream come true for me. I am honored to have this opportunity to share some of my experiences as a wife, a mother, and a woman who has worked as an entrepreneur for the past 30 years. 

Secondly, you will not just be hearing from me. I will be interviewing women from a broad spectrum of the community. They, too, will share the wisdom that they’ve gained from their work struggles and successes.

Finally, I want to hear from you. I want to know what your needs are as a working woman. I want to know about the challenges you face and burdens you bear. I want to hear your opinions and ideas about how we can make the workplace experience better for women. I want the conversations that start here, not to end here. I want The Working Woman Radio Show to be a catalyst for future conversations, and more importantly, for change. I encourage to reach out to me via The Working Woman Radio Show Facebook page and leave a comment. You can also send an email to dzstories@yahoo.com because I want to hear from you.  With that being said, God bless, and we will see you next time on The Working Woman Radio Show!

Deanna

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Journal the Journey

In an effort to support and encourage our listeners, The Working Woman Radio Show is giving away free copies of Journal the Journey: The Working Woman’s Guide to Keeping a Journal. It’s a 6-page booklet full of tips and helpful guidelines for journaling. It also has  select scriptures from the book of Psalms, and personal reflections. It’s a free resource, so click the link above, and download.

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About Your Host

Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, closeupDeanna Johnson Cauthen is the co-owner and Marketing Director of ReVamped Furnishings, a antique furniture restoration company. Deanna and her husband, Andrew, consider themselves Renaissance people. Although they are both highly skilled communications professionals, they also have a passion for bringing new life back to old furniture. They love restoring family heirlooms, and  re-imagining and creating new pieces.

For the past 11 years, Deanna has also worked as a contributing writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Decatur Dispatch and Tucker Times news magazines, publications of Hometown News Inc. She has also worked for the Stone Mountain-Lithonia Patch, a news service of AOL.com.  As a writer, she has written numerous articles for local and national publications including Leadership Journal, a magazine published by Christianity Today.  Additionally, Deanna has owned TPS Public Relations where she provided marketing services for small business owners.

Deanna is the mother of four adult children and is a veteran home educator of 27 years. She recently completed homeschooling her youngest daughter, Adrianna, who is attending Clayton State University in Atlanta, Georgia.

For more information about Deanna Johnson Cauthen, visit her website at https://revampedfurnishings.com/.

 

Interview Tips

Interview Tips | Do you want to be one of those guests that get invited back? Here are some interview tips to help you improve the chances of not only getting invited back but improving your reach with the podcast guests. | #podcast #writing #podcastingInterview Tips To Improve Reach ~ Episode 12

Do you want to be one of those guests that get invited back? Here are some interview tips to help you improve the chances of not only getting invited back but improving your reach with the podcast guests.

Thanks to our sponsor Media Angels – host of the conference, Ultimate Christian Communicators Conference, a one-of-a-kind in-person mentoring event to help you boost your writing, blogging, coaching or speaking.

Have you listened to a podcast and thought – wow, that guest is great, I want to learn more about them, I want to check out their website, follow them on Instagram or just connect with them? Well, if you have that is the sign of a great guest. A guest is someone who connects with the host and directs the conversation in a way that helps them shine.

Today I’ll share some of my interview tips to help you be a guest that people want to know.

An interview should be informative, teach the listener something and be engaging so that your expertise and personality shine. It shouldn’t be forced, hurried or rushed. It goes without saying that before you accept an interview you should be prepared and have everything you’d like to say in bullet point.

Do you know why you want the interview and what you plan to say? Do you have a list of questions from the host or did you provide them? Do you know if this is an audio, video, or if you need some type of special equipment?

I invite you to listen to the podcast, “Getting An Interview,” for more details on how to get an interview and best practices for that, but here is the list I use to prepare for interviews I’ll give on other podcasts.

I have a question for you. I actually have several questions and this is something that I would like you to think about if you want an interview.

  1. Do I know something about the show host? Have I listened to previous shows?
  2. Did the show host ask me for a topic? Is the topic I gave something that I feel passionate about and can use it to my advantage to show my expertise?
  3. If the show-host asked for a specific topic outside of my area of expertise, can I make it work, do I know enough to sound informative?
  4. Did I ask for a set of questions? If not, did I provide these questions?
  5. Do I know if I need special equipment (good headset or microphone) if it is on the computer? If it is call-in only, do I have a clear connection and good cell or land-line service?
  6. Do I have the number or website link? Do I have the software needed on my computer?
  7. Did you send a headshot or logo, and your bio?
  8. Do I have a call to action to the guests? Something that encourages them to connect with me. (Examples are given on the audio.)
  9. Do I have a book, blog or website and a link or landing page to send the listeners?

To be a guest you need to think quickly if the host throws you a question you don’t know. If it is something you can not answer here are some options that work:

  1. Thanks for that question, but truthfully it is outside of my area of expertise.
  2. I appreciate you asking, and I can email you those website links after this interview so that you can have it available for the listeners.
  3. That is a great question, and if your listeners connect with me on______ (Your website, Facebook, Instagram, etc.) I can share the answer there.

Any of these gracious replies will work!

What if the host says something negative and you disagree? (I’ve had this happen with a guest.)

  1. Interrupt as soon as you can to clarify your position.
  2. If it is not egregious, let it go.
  3. Correct the host kindly. Something like, “In my experience, I’ve found…” or “I can only respond to that statement based upon my own experience…”
  4. OR if you are the host – like I was, I edited that section out! (Explain some faux-pas from recent guests!)

One thing that a good guest will do that endears me quickly is to answer emails promptly. Sure, over the weekend may have a delayed response, but typically if a host asks for a headshot, a bio or other pertinent information and you lag behind getting it to them, it can make you appear unorganized.

That’s it! You are on your way to being a great guest using some or all of these interviewing tips! If you have something that would pertain to this particular podcast, reach out and contact me.

 

 

Authoritative Parenting

Authoritative Parenting | It's not easy to parent today, because there is a blog, a tv show or your neighbor, relative or best friend who knows of a better way. In this episode, we cut through the fluff and talk about the importance of being the parent in this time of anything goes. | #podcast #christianpodcastAuthoritative Parenting ~ Episode 22

I first heard the term, “authoritative parenting” when glancing at an article and seeing that it fit pretty closely to my parenting style. It’s not easy to parent today, because there is a blog, a tv show or your neighbor, relative or best friend who knows of a better way. In this episode, we cut through the fluff and talk about the importance of being the parent in this time of anything goes.

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Parenting takes time, parenting takes commitment and parenting takes backbone, but it also takes heart. Our children are precious and I believe on loan to us from the amazing Creator God! Little children tend to look up to their parents, and love unconditionally so what happens when they grow-up?

I always say that God knew what He was doing when He created teenagers, don’t get me wrong, I loved all of the teen years, but sometimes I felt like when the time came for them to leave, I’d help them pack! When your children are young you or they may have separation anxiety, our little ones want to be with us, close to us and that is normal, that is good. But all of our parenting stems around the ability to use our love for our children in a way that is healthy for now and the future.

I’ve heard friends say things like, “It’s a good thing that child number one was so easy going because if I had child number two first, I might have only had one kid!” (And that child was standing within hearing range.) Friends your kids are sponges they have eyes and ears everywhere, just like they can’t often pull one over us they same goes for them! If you are talking about a baby, then maybe the toddler is listening.

Being an authoritative parent doesn’t mean being overly strict but it also doesn’t mean being permissive. Being a parent means following through and I believe each one of us has an area we need to work on, the latter was always my area of struggle. I was what was called a threatening-repeating-parent. Do this now… if you don’t do this now you are going to be in trouble … do it RIGHT now, or else… you get the picture. If I had given instruction and gotten up when the instruction was not followed with some sort of punishment I can guarantee I would not have to repeat myself next time. Sure, it sometimes takes practice with a little one, my husband says that kids are gamblers, they gamble you won’t follow through!

Here are some tips of what I believe fits an authoritative parenting style:

  1. You are strict, but you are flexible. It isn’t my way or the highway – but it is, this is how we are going to do things in our family.
  2. Our kids know what we want them to do, there is no guessing. Bedtime is at 8, we brush our teeth first, get a drink of water, say prayers and then off to bed. Or, no snacks before mealtime. Etc.
  3. We hear them when they speak. If they want to input when we are giving instruction, we can ask them to wait until we are finished – but we hear them. What they have to say may not necessarily sway our instructions but we give them a voice. (I would say when a child argued: “Have you ever had me change my mind when you argue with me? (“No. But it should.”) I would just smile and my child would drop it or suffer the consequences.
  4. Our kids know there are consequences. Our kids learned Newton’s third law is: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.  In other words, if you mess up you will pay for it in some type of punishment and more than likely you won’t like it. (Corner-Mike)
  5. We don’t say hurtful things. Never character assassination. It is not worth it – the hate word was not permitted even among siblings.
  6. We are fair and just.
  7. We provide emotional support and love. Need to know they can count on us.
  8. We are consistent.
  9. We ask for forgiveness. Even we are wrong.

We do our best, we don’t always get it right, but we do try. Our kids need to know this, that we love them and can trust us to say what we mean and do what we say!

 

Kindness In Relationships

Let’s take a look at kindness as it takes place between people we love so much, as well as the ones we don’t always love so much.

Let’s take a look at kindness as it takes place between people we love so much, as well as the ones we don’t always love so much.

We’ll talk about:

– two cranky kids,

– a difficult, exhausting child,

– and an annoying spouse to round out our discussion.

 

Sounds fun right?

 

Well, I think you’ll enjoy it as well as discover some helpful tips along the way for how to practically apply kindness to each of these situations.

 

Don’t worry, it’s going to be easier than you think.

Situation #1:The two loud, rambunctious, ornery, grouchy whiny kids fighting with each other.

 

Perhaps they say things like, “I did not, you did too, well you did first, well you were just being mean, that’s because you were being a stupid head, well you just never want to me to win, well you just never want to play my way… “

 

Do you hear them accusing each other of unkind intentions?

 

Kindness Key #1: Declaring they were being mean is assigning motive.  Talk about what they did, not what you think they were thinking when they did it.

When our children accuse someone of being mean, we remind them to talk about facts and try again.

 

Situation 2: The kid you think is determined to make your life miserable.
When Jefferson was younger I wasn’t sure both of use were going to make it.
He was a disaster of a little one.

It was easy to think things like, “He’s determined to make my life miserable, just a trouble maker, he knows exactly what he’s doing and he’s deceitful, a liar, and undisciplined, he just like to tear things up.”

 

Others were quick to judge as well, “You obviously haven’t been strict enough with his discipline, he’s determined to destroy this place!”

Kindness Key #2: Believe the best of others. Get curious.  I wonder what he could be thinking about that causes him to decide this is a good idea.

What if he is trying his best?  I try my best and fail, make mistakes, hurt others.

What else could be the story here? I have good intentions sometimes and create a disaster.

Kindness is recognizing the difference between mischief and curiosity.  That doesn’t mean that he never had consequences, but it was easier to continue to want to let him try again when I choose to believe the best, instead of want to lock him in an indestructible cage forever.

 

Situation #3: The annoying spouse.

It’s easy to assuming judgment, especially when we feel like we are failing anyway:
“He is pointing out I stink at doing the laundry.” “He can’t just get up and eat, he’s got to make it really obvious that I haven’t cleaned up the kitchen yet.” “He isn’t responding, which means he doesn’t care about what I just said.”

The truth is that all of my accusations were based on judgements in my head that I had made up. I had assigned a negative motive and intention to the things I was accusing him of that wasn’t true.

Kindness Key #3: When in doubt, just ask.

 

“The story that I’m making up is: that you went to do the dishes to point out to me that I had been sitting around all morning allowing the house to turn into a disaster, is that true?

His response: “No, I just don’t want to make my breakfast in a filthy kitchen, so I’ll clean it up first.”

How often do we make up a story?

 

We have all this past evidence that it is true, (which are often just other times we’ve made up the same story in our minds), so therefore we are completely justified in assuming their motives this time. Nope.

When you notice yourself making up a story, even if you are fully convinced it’s true- it’s better to ask.  Then comes the hard part.  You have to believe their answer.

A final review of the three kindness keys we talked about today?

  1. Don’t say they were being mean, say what they did that was a problem.
  2. Believe the best of others.
  3. When in doubt about their motive, just ask.  The story I’m making up right now is…

 

So, which one resonates with you the most today?  What one thing will you take home and apply in your attempts to be kind and teach kindness to your family?

 

Daily Joy

Daily Joy | How do you start the day with daily joy? Some days it is easier than others, but in this podcast, I'll share ways that are helpful and will encourage you to begin with a smile. Shh! It is contagious. | #podcast #christianpodcast How do you start the day with daily joy? Some days it is easier than others, but in this podcast, I’ll share ways that are helpful and will encourage you to begin with a smile. Shh! It is contagious.

Episode 21 – Daily Joy

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Family life is hectic to say the least. Especially in families where faith takes a back seat. I’d like to say that faith is the one thing that has sustained, guided and brought me to a point where I see the Lord’s hand in everything.

God is all around us and busy moms and dads can’t see it because, well, they are busy! But here is a quick list for you to begin your day with joy a daily dose of joy… and guess what? It is contagious! Your family with be joyful as well.

How can we begin with a dose of daily joy?

  1. Start off with prayer. We always pray before meals. We prayed before school and we prayed as a family at night. We also prayed a blessing on each of our children.
  2. Song! A joyful and encouraging song can be such a blessing. I can’t tell you how it touched my soul! It is soulful, but it gave me such peace and Joy! Is there a song that makes you joyful? It works, today I listened to Hillsong’s Oceans here.  Lyrics: My faith will keep me stronger in the presence of my Savior… I will call upon your Name. … I am yours, and you are mine.  Just a few words that can only make you smile!
  3. Trust. God’s got this. Why are we worried, concerned, upset? Give it to the Lord.
  4. Still upset. Call a friend, pray with them. If you can pray with your spouse that is the best!
  5. Journal. Tell the Lord what you are thankful for and have all the kids start their own prayer journals. This is wonderful.

Look at what steals your joy. What is it? One thing? A pile-up of things? Don’t let things or business rob your joy. Take a breath, sometimes we all need a time out. While we want to be a good example to our kids, that doesn’t mean we have to be perfect. We can’t be perfect!

If we make mistakes we ask forgiveness and move on. Remember, focus on today.

Joyfulness is a choice. It is a decision to think the best of people to have a positive outlook and to look upon our situation in life with the knowledge that nothing lasts forever. Nothing. I know some of you listening may be ill or have circumstances that would cripple someone less faint of heart. For those of you, I send a virtual hug and know that you are in my prayers. We pray for all of our listeners on this network and another network I run.

This is meant to encourage you that joy is attainable and not to heap guilt upon you if you are not joyful today. That is okay! There are days when I want to crawl back in bed. Today I had to deal with a difficult work situation and all kinds of thoughts went through my head – some not very kind, but ultimately I found the reason for my feeling badly was because I was hurt. I think identifying hurt helped me to deal with it in a nonemotional manner, deal with it, and move beyond it. Do things hurt us, of course, every day. But what we do about it is the ultimate question. Do we sit in the hurt or claim our daily joy?

I for one will claim Joy!

How to Prepare for the Upcoming Season

Today on big dreams we are talking about how to prepare your child for the upcoming season! When it comes to preparing your kids for the upcoming season of sports, how parents play a major role, and how creating a routine can bring value and balance to your young athlete. So, grab your coffee and your headphones and check me out on Big Dreams Sports Tv.

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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.

Asking God

Ask God | Thy will be done in heaven as on earth is a form of asking God in prayer to guide our life. But is it that simple? Welcome to A Few Minutes with God, where we delve into the scriptures in a practical way. | #podcast #christianpodcast #askGodAsking God – Episode 107

Thy will be done in heaven as on earth is a form of asking God in prayer to guide our life. But is it that simple? Welcome to A Few Minutes with God, where we delve into the scriptures in a practical way.

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So many times we begin the day with our to-do list running in our heads and frantic with all the things we need to do each day. I found myself in this mess in the not too distant past and I finally had to reevaluate my life as I found myself unintentionally clenching the insides of my mouth as I silently stressed over things I could not avoid and had no control over.

As a Christian, I carried on the guilt that I was not living up to the ideal. All Christians are happy they walk with inspiration from the Lord and have a ready smile for all they meet. Sure, that was me on occasion but more times than not I hid behind the discontent. I was frankly too busy.

Well fast-forward to today and I am still extremely busy but guess what, I’ve learned from my past mistakes the biggest one? I forgot to ask God.

  1. I forgot to ask God if I should take then next big project.
  2. I forgot to ask God if I should implement the “great idea” I had about work.
  3. I forgot to ask God about the little things as well as the bigger things.

Friends, you have often heard me say, “Pray about this, or pray about that…” and now I am reminding me and you that this is necessary!

I’m sure I’ve mentioned James 4:3 before, “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”

Or James 1:22 “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”

We all know talkers, and I am one of those, but if we don’t do what we recommend then we are as bad as those who do not believe. Many people want to say that faith is a one time commitment to the Lord and a one time decision, and to some extent it is, but if we do not walk in faith or do the good works that the Lord has prepared for us (Ephesians 2:10 -For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.) then we are talking the walk and not walking the talk.

James 4:7-8 is another wonderful example of asking God.

Friends, study James there is so much wisdom in that book as well as all the books in Scripture – it is not only for teaching but for blessing us and bringing the Christian faith to us in a very real way.

Let’s Pray:

Dear Heavenly Father, please remind us daily to ask you for our daily bread, our daily needs and to test all things first through you. Dear Lord, we humbly come before you and ask that you use each one of us as you have called us to be lovers of the word and to increase our faith each day. Pour out your blessings upon us and upon those who we now pray … I praise you Jesus for every great thing and I pray this in your blessed Name, Amen!

 

Interview with Johnson Marce

Today on Big Dreams we sit down with Johnson Marce, talking about forgiveness and what is means to him, and how he implements in his life. #podcast #sportsTalking about Forgiveness with Johnson Marce

Today on Big Dreams we sit down with Johnson Marce, talking about forgiveness and what is means to him, and how he implements in his life. So go grab your coffee and headphones and come join us on Big Dreams Sports TV.

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Are You Interested In Playing Sports?

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.

 

Fight the Good Fight of Faith – Faith Series, Part 16

Join Lucia as she finishes her series on faith and shares that we have to fight the good fight of faith to live a victorious life!  #podcast #faithJoin Lucia as she finishes her series on faith and shares that we have to fight the good fight of faith to live a victorious life!  It’s important that we learn how to use our faith and apply the principles of faith so nothing will be impossible to us.

Jesus tells us in Mark 11:12, “From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force.” 

We have to fight the good fight of faith because Satan is going to come against us to discourage us and keep us from entering into God’s will, which is for us to have days of heaven on earth.

We must have bulldog tenacity to stick with our faith confessions and not give up when we think it’s taking too long for our manifestation to come.  If we give up, we allow Satan to win by stealing our blessings.

Every time we make our faith confessions from the Word of God, we’re fighting the good fight of faith and we empower God’s angels so they can defeat Satan’s demons, and bring the answer to our prayers.  God’s angels can only get through based on our faith confessions.  When we back off our faith confession, we allow Satan to win.

Our part is to make the commitment to fight the good fight of faith and be willing to stand as long as it takes for the answer to manifest.  According to the Bible, we’ve already won!  We’ve got our answer, but it takes our faith to bring whatever we need out of the spiritual realm into the natural realm.  We just have to stand until it manifests, and we do that by fighting the good fight of faith to walk in victory!

 

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Kindness vs. Scared Crazy

Today we are covering two ways we scare ourselves to death and why it’s so unnecessary. #podcast #christianToday we are covering two ways we scare ourselves to death and why it’s so unnecessary.

Do you ever wonder why you find yourself wanting something different, longing for something new, and yet when it boils down to the moment- you freeze?

When I was a child I was so afraid of the dark, that I wanted to go get my parents in the night, but was too scared to get out of bed!

As adults, we sometimes still do the same thing, just a different scenario.

Have you ever been in a situation before where you knew that the only way you were going to succeed was to do something uncomfortable and so you squirrel around avoiding it?

Perhaps, hoping an easier path is going to come along?

Today I’m going to let you in on a couple secrets of how we scare ourselves crazy and an even bigger secret- how we do it on purpose.

One way we scare ourselves is:

  1. We take others random experiences and throw it into our future so we can trip over it.

THAT’S NOT KINDNESS!

If I had chosen to do that with my sister, Jane, when she was learning to ride a bike at three years old, I might have started her lesson off with how our brother, Frank once went over a little dirt hill on our lawn, landed on a garden rake, popped the tire, flew over the handlebars and gave himself a concussion.

I could have told her of disasters I had read about where people who enjoy biking and ride on the road have been killed tragically by vehicles not paying attention.

I could have told her of the many times I had fallen from my own bicycle and scraped knees and elbows and how much it hurt.

But would anyone do that with someone who was trying to learn how to ride a bike?  Of course not!  What would you do?
We would focus on how many other people ride bikes all the time, how others have learned and lived to tell about, how much fun it’s going to be- things like that.

This is kindness.

A definition of kindness: being friendly, generous, and considerate

But how do we apply this to our adult lives practically?

Stay off the news!

Quit listening to the police scanner.

Stop reading the details of every school shooting, or mass public atrocity.

Unless you have a clear purpose towards action- you are just spending your time scaring yourself to death in preparation for the next day!

Kindness is being friendly to your brain by choosing carefully what you dwell on.

If you want to believe good things can happen today, you need to build a pile of positive references to think about.

Those aren’t on the news- you’re going to have to find them somewhere else!

Podcasts, books, friends’ successes, the fact that you went to church, school, or the store safely for the past 10 years, there are places we can see positive track record to give us courage, but it aint on the TV.

Remember, kindness is being friendly, generous, and considerate with your own mind by refusing to dwell on the calamities and tragedies of others.

What one way can you take action in the area of kindness today?  What can you choose to watch or listen to that is friendly and generous to your own mind?

Another way we scare ourselves is:

2. We take our own past painful experiences and throw them into our future so we can trip over them.

If you listen to me long enough, you’re going to discover that I had a roller coaster life as a teenager.  In short, it’s important that you know that I ran away from home several times.  My poor parents.

As a parent myself now, I can’t imagine the stress I would be under if my kid starting running away from home at age7.  But that was me.

I can honestly say, and I think my mother would agree that we have a great relationship when we don’t have to live together, but we operated very differently and sharing the same space was extremely hard. I think there was relief for both of us when I got married. That’s my past exprience.

So, last year when we moved from New Hampshire and my parents offered their home as a transitional landing space for our family of 9- I didn’t want to go.  I was so scared.  Why?

Because I was taking my past experience and throwing it into the future so I could trip over it.

Immediately, I’d begin to feel the stress of feeling unsuccessful as a teen and imagine that it would be that way again.  Cold sweat, heart racing, almost panic at times of going back to my childhood home 24 years later.

But we are different people now.  We’ve learned how to have conversations, how to talk about what’s not working, how to give each other space and grace for their weirdness.

When I dwelt on it- the dwelling made it so much scarier and impossible to succeed.

And this was not that.

Where are you projecting your past into your future and scaring yourself silly?

Where can you say, “This is not that,” and then take a deep breath and let this incident play itself out all on it’s own?

Those are the two tips today of how to be kind to yourself:

1. Don’t take other people’s past experiences and throw them into your future so you can trip over them.  It’s not kindness!

2. Don’t take your own past experiences and throw them into your future so you can trip over them.  It’s not kindness.

Kindness is choosing to treat your own new steps, actions, and endeavours with friendliness, generosity, and consideration.

Now what one take away do you have from this episode?

What’s your one takeaway?

Not Lukewarm Podcast

Not Lukewarm Podcast with Deanna Bartalini

Welcome to learning and growing into a person who is not lukewarm. Curious as to where “not lukewarm” came from? It is from Revelation 3:16, “So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” Jesus is speaking to one of the seven churches and he is admonishing one for being neither hot nor cold and he tells them he will spit them out of his mouth. The first time I read that I realized I never wanted to be lukewarm, especially in my faith and love for Jesus. Rev 3:16 is a life verse for me, reminding me to the person God is calling me to be, each and every day.

And I want to help you live “not lukewarm” too! One of my greatest joys is to walk with people on their faith journey. I believe that the more you know about God and your faith, the more deeply you will fall in love with him. And when you fall in love with God, you want to reach out to others in gratitude. The Not Lukewarm podcast is about journeying together and learning how to live our faith every day.

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Food From Heaven

Food From Heaven | Are Christian's suffering from malnutrition? Food from heaven is the only food that sustains us in the spiritual sense, but how do we go from hearing the Word to doing what the Word says? In this episode, we will explore these concepts and more. | #podcast #christianpodcast #spiritualfoodFood From Heaven – Episode 106

Are Christian’s suffering from malnutrition? Food from heaven is the only food that sustains us in the spiritual sense, but how do we go from hearing the Word to doing what the Word says? In this episode, we will explore these concepts and more.

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We are fed in many ways – our physical bodies with the food we eat, and how long could we go without food? Sometimes three times a day isn’t enough and we need or crave snacks. We feed our spiritual bodies with faith, the Word of God in the Bible, and listening or reading what others have to say, our pastors, voices out there who are Christian leaders.

But still, we are suffering from spiritual malnutrition we are missing that food from heaven. If I asked you to describe physical hunger you could do that, but what about spiritual hunger?

Ask yourselves these questions:

  1. Have I craved the Word of God?
  2. Do I feel lost without praying?
  3. Do I feel empty if I do not “do” my devotionals?
  4. Do I “do” my devotionals (prayer time, praying, listening to God, studying the Word, etc.) to feel better or because it feeds me?
  5. Do I sometimes feel lost like I am floundering?

These questions are meant to make you think. Not to feel guilty (repeat!)

Let’s listen to the bread of life discourse from the author, Jesus himself. Read John 6:25-59

We don’t lack food from heaven – we don’t lack hearing the Word of God – we hear many different interpretations from pastors, and from those who read the Word in private.

However, if you are a Catholic you believe the bread of life is in the Eucharist which is why it is available at every Mass, every day, and all over the world in every Catholic Church. It is the Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and I can tell you that often even Catholics only believe it is symbolic. The manna the Israelites ate was a precursor – a bodily food that showed, it was evidence of food from heaven, basically a miracle to keep the people from starving. The food we receive now is miraculous as well but in a spiritual sense.

God is calling us – a call to change.

God is all around us. We see Him in creation, in every good thing, what we lack is doing something about what we hear, what we learn, and that is something we should take to heart.

Are we changed? The word of God is like a two-edged sword, are we changed and challenged after hearing it?

How can we improve upon ourselves and our lack of fulfillment? We are malnourished in the sense of always looking for the next best thing, people often fill their lives with meanless chatter, events, and possessions but we all know those things do not fulfill us. The happiness of things is fleeting.

We have the Word of God all around us – but what we lack is the implementation of truth in our lives and in our hearts. If we truly have this food from heaven we can never be hungry. God promises!

Believers have malnutrition, we have the word which feeds us spiritually but we must do what we need to move forward.

It is time to be in the Word and to walk by faith and not by sight! That is the topic of another podcast coming soon. Faith in the unseen, because if we could see it, would it be called faith?

We must seek God and continue to seek only Him!

As a reminder, this podcast seeks to encourage you toward a deeper relationship with God. I ask questions often, and while I share my thoughts, I want you to grow in your walk with the Lord in this episode I feel we are scratching the surface on a deeper issue and that is how everything else is more important to “feeding” us in a temporal sense – a here and now, rather than an everlasting sense.

Let’s Pray.

Dear Heavenly Father, you are the Bread of Life, the food from heaven. You are the one and only God, there is no other, and I praise You and only You and I worship You – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I ask you, Lord, to fill me with wisdom, understanding, and peace as I seek you in a deeper way. Let me put Your words in Holy Scripture in my heart and allow me to change as you would have me change for the better. I can not do this on my own Lord and I need your help. I ask you Lord for the prayers and petitions that I now ask for… I ask that you give us your love, your peace and your joy as we continue to pray and ask and seek you, and I pray this in Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Faith Part 15: You Can Change Your Level of Faith

Join Lucia as she shares that you can change your level of faith and go from faith to faith and from Glory to Glory! #podcast #christianpodcastJoin Lucia as she shares that you can change your level of faith and go from faith to faith and from Glory to Glory!

 

Mark 11:24 says, Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.”  There are two things that impact when the “they will be granted you” will manifest.  The first is the nature of the thing that you’re asking for, and the second is the level of your faith at the time you pray.

Lucia compares the Roman officer’s faith in Matthew 8 to Peter’s faith in Matthew 14. One has great faith; the other, little faith!

 

As your faith grows by receiving victory after victory, you’ll go to a higher level of faith and your faith will be stronger.  The key to making this happen is to grow your faith strong before you need to use it!  You can’t wait until you’re in the heat of the battle to realize you need stronger faith!

 

God will meet you where you are, however, He wants you to grow your faith to receive more!  It takes your faith in God’s Word and God’s power to produce results in your life.  His power is always available to you, but it takes your faith to activate that power into your life.

 

When you start learning how faith works, you can receive using someone else’s faith; however, it’s more fun to grow your own faith so you can receive for yourself, and eventually help others receive by your faith until they can grow their own faith!

 

Once you learn how to use your faith, the enemy can’t defeat you!  He can’t talk you out of your victory, nor can other people.  When you reach this level of faith, you will live a victorious life!

 

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Victory Thoughts

Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number

When it comes to the kids and their sports, what is age appropriate for your child to play with the other kids? Find out on this #podcastOn today’s podcast Andrew talks about the future stars game in Kennesaw Georgia, and his perspective while coaching the 6th grade future stars team. When it comes to the kids and their sports, what is age appropriate for your child to play with the other kids? We get into a little more depth on Andrew’s experience when age and sports become a minor flag on the play.

Gentleness & Decision Making

How confident and easy does it feel to you to make decisions?  Today: 3 ways to experience gentleness in decision making. #podcastHow confident and easy does it feel to you to make decisions? Does it feel like a gentle process in your life?

 

Today: 3 ways to experience gentleness in decision making.

 

Also stories about our huge school decisions, late night campfires, and a little about that insane hour that is just before dinner.

 

Bonus first thing: It’s important to ask the obvious questions first.

The beauty of obvious questions- if there’s a clear answer, you’re done!

 

What are the obvious questions?

They are related to who we’ve chosen to Be. Our identity. As believers, we’ve chosen to align our identity with Christ and follow him in obedience.

 

Obvious questions are things like:

Is this an issue of absolute truth, clear biblical morality, or clearly revealed will of God? Does the Bible clearly have a stance on this issue?

Am I open to his leading or am I resistant to being swayed in some way? Have I prayed about it?

Is there an obvious Biblical principle that applies here? Ex: love, honesty, stewardship Is your spouse extremely certain of the decision and you are just resisting?

 

Cue: embarrassing example of when I was praying about when to get married

 

But sometimes we go through the obvious questions, don’t see a clear line, and still feel stuck.

 

Here’s 3 of my favorite Questions to try:

 

  1. How do I feel? What do I need?

Ok, that’s two, but they go together, so I’m counting it as 1.

 

Example: That couple hours of insanity in the late afternoon:

-Little kids are up from their nap,

-older kids are mostly done with school

-You are making dinner

 

-There’s a fight breaking out in the living room

-The phone is ringing

-Someone is crying

  • Dinner is burning
  • AND, Dad is either about to walk in the door, or he just texted to tell you he isn’t going to be home for another two

 

“What on earth do I do? I can’t be in all these places at once, fixing everything at once! This is insane!”

 

Enter: The question!

“How do you feel? What do you need?” Then, listen.

 

Often the answer is, “Woman, you’ve needed to go to the bathroom for the last two hours! Stop and go do that.”

 

When I do the thing I need, I can see more clearly how to prioritize everything else. Do you see how this decision isn’t really dictated scripturally?

How do you feel? What do you need? And listen. Easy. Gentle. And yet, it’ll blow your socks off how effective it can be.

 

  1. Which choice will I be glad I made in 10 years?

 

Example: Once upon a time I was staying at someone else’s house and we had enjoyed a bonfire that night. The fire was almost out, in a clearing, away from the house and close to water, but I was having trouble sleeping because it wasn’t out completely.

 

It was probably going to be fine- far away, only coals, even raining. Yet, I was nervous.

 

I felt silly that I was standing there waivering about it. “Oh Mary, you’re just being ridiculous- nothing is going to happen.”

 

Besides, it wasn’t my fire, or my house, or my land, I was a guest. If I went down there and put it out, I might cause us a conflict.

Was it really that important? Enter: Question 2:

Which choice will you be glad you made in 10 years?

 

Ah! Easy peasy! In 10 years I would never regret making sure that fire was thoroughly out.

 

Never.

 

So, out went the fire. And there was a little discussion and some hurt feelings, which we worked through, but no regrets.

 

What decision will you be glad you made 10 years from now?

 

  1. What does fear say? What does faith say?

 

Example: The decision to put everyone in school!

 

You see up until this year, we’ve homeschooled. But this summer has been different.

 

There has been a stirring in my heart. Perhaps we might choose something different. I was a little scared.

Too many transitions, surely we needed continuity somewhere…so I stalled.

 

I was scared

  • nervous about the conversation with Brandon
  • unsure what others would think about my coaching business that began as a homeschool specialist
  • And all the classics: Would my kids be on grade level? Would they be ok? Are they going to struggle? WIll I be one of THOSE parents?

Enter: Question 3 What does fear say?

Fear says, you are crazy and this is a terrible time to do this and you’re probably gonna pay

big time for this one.

 

But what does faith say?

 

Faith says, you’ve always made this decision together with Brandon and you’ve decided to be on the same page. You can at least talk to him about how you are feeling and go from there.

 

We did have that conversation. It went easier than ever because in 2 minutes we realized we were on the same page.

 

If there is a decision in your life where fear is shoving out the gentleness, I encourage you to consider,

What is fear saying? What does faith say? Allow your heart to settle and trust and decide from that place.

 

 

To recap:

How do I feel and what do I need?

What choice will I be glad I made in 10 years? What does fear say? What does faith say?

 

Two bonus encouragements:

We can Trust God’s sovereignty. His will is never defeated by your puny decisions.

 

WE can trust God’s kindness. The Bible says in Isaiah that he gently leads those that are with young. Y’all, he’s not up there hovered over his heavenly computer like a strategic video game waiting with anticipation to push the smite button on us. He loves us, cares for us, and gently leads us if we let him.

Speaking of God’s Kindness, that’s September’s theme! Join me! Tell your friends! Finally, what’s that one ah-ha you are taking away from today’s episode?

Take a minute to take action!

What one idea will help you make decisions more easily?

Getting An Interview

Interview | Want an interview? Well, if you are an author, have a service or sell a product this is a great way to let people from all over the world know about what you have to offer. | #podcast #writingandpublishingGetting An Interview ~ Episode 11

Want an interview? Well, if you are an author, have a service or sell a product this is a great way to let people from all over the world know about what you have to offer.

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How Do You Get An Interview?

I’ve met people and in the course of a conversation I’ll say, “Hey, can I interview you? I’d love to interview you about ____, my audience would enjoy what you have to say!” Believe me, this happens rarely. But I am approached online often by people I don’t know.

What I have learned is people with a book, a product or a service often approach me in a way that is not going to get them an interview on my podcast and I host several! So if you have something that you want to share, this is important information for you. 

 

I have a question for you. I actually have several questions and this is something that I would like you to think about if you want an interview.

  1. Why do you want that interview? If you’re going to say, I want to make money, then that is a sure fire way to fail. I have found that if you don’t have passion-passion-and-passion, you can’t fake it and if you’re on an interview and you’re not excited about the topic and you don’t have a lot to bring to the table, it’s going to show.
  2. What do you have to share that is unique? I shared with you in a previous episode that I wrote a book on writing and publishing. What makes my book unique? It’s short. You can read it in two to four hours and it’s like having a conversation with me. It is my consultation in a nutshell. You can find it on Amazon.
  3. How can you capture the eye of someone who has a platform that you want to be featured on? If you didn’t listen to Episode Nine on Connections, go back and listen to that episode or re-listen to it and you will find the importance of catching the eye of a potential podcaster by following them on social media and connecting with them in that way. Be sure to comment and leave a nice review 🙂 All this helps.

Being unique is important. It can be as simple as taking a complex topic and breaking it down. Like I shared with you about my Information In A Nutshell book and we did this in the second book in the Information Nutshell series and that is written by a CPA who wrote Business Tips and Taxes for Writers and Bloggers. Again, a very short book that is going to be something you can access with information that is going to help you to be successful in your business.

The secret sauce in this podcast on how to get an interview is the importance of connections. (If you’ve listened to past episodes, the secret sauce is a little bit of information I’m going to give you that is so important.) This is a surefire way to be seen and to make contact with people who have a platform. For example, Jeanne Burke wrote a book called College Prep Genius.

She is the resident expert on the SAT and ACT which are important for college entrance and more importantly, scholarships. She has been on ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, and so many more television and radio shows. I’ve interviewed her several times and she is the walking, talking test prep genius.

Not only did I interview her, but I offered her a podcast on my network. Why? Because she was the perfect fit and her topic is high interest to my audience. So you know, a lot has been made about a pitch and I’m going to go through that in more detail at some point in another podcast. But I just want to give you a very short example of that, but before I do, I want you to be thinking about this and I’m going to ask you more questions.

More Questions!

  1. Do you “know” the person that is going to be interviewing you in the sense of you’ve listened to their show, you follow them on social media and remember the secret sauce connection?
  2. Is your message a good fit for the person’s show? I can’t tell you the number of times people contact me and they’re not a good fit.
  3. Is your message a message that’s not a sales pitch for your product or service. I received something recently from a lady and it was all about selling her book. I really wanted to interview this person, so I went the extra mile and explained to her I needed the “concept” of her product to talk about, not the product itself. She came back with really good information

If you answer these questions and you’ve answered them in a way that is giving to others, then we’re ready for the pitch. The first point is to keep it short. Again, I’ll go into this in detail on another podcast.

KEEP it SIMPLE:

You’re going to keep it simple because you have to grab the person’s attention. Remember your goal and sum it up in a sentence or two at the most, and be sure to tailor the pitch to the person. Know who is receiving your pitch and also what’s in it for me, and I don’t mean me in the sense of you,

I mean me in the sense of the person that you want to interview you, they are going to look at it and say, “Gosh, this is a great fit for my audience.” Be sure to do your research!

After you write your pitch, read it aloud. Keep it short, maybe four 50 to 600 words at the most, and if you’re going to send that in an email or if you’re talking to somebody, keep it to about 60 seconds. Really fine-tune your message because that is so important.

Eventually one of the goals of this platform is to monetize it, to make money, but friends this can’t be the main point. After a couple of years I was able to build my platform to have sponsors contact me. But, this wasn’t immediate so in the meantime

Now I have sponsorships, I have nothing against making money because it helps pay the bills–but the people I know that think podcasting is all about making dollars right off the bat are the ones that struggle.

Connect with me, and be sure to share this podcast and leave me a star rating on your favorite app!

Christian Ministry

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Have you considered volunteering in a Christian Ministry? In today’s episode, we discuss why ministry work is important and ways to pray to the Lord for help in leading you.

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Recently on a trip, I met two very sweet nuns. It is often that you see nuns wearing a habit and so, they pretty much stand out. One, in particular, caught my eye and she seemed to have that peace of Christ. She had a smile on her face and looked so inviting that I fell into easy conversation with her. She told me she wasn’t always Catholic and actually had a late calling to become a nun. I was so taken by her story that I asked her if I could interview Sr. Cecilia at some point for the One More Child Podcast and she said yes! So, I hope to do that soon.

That started me thinking. Here is this lady who has given her life to Christ and is by worldly standards “giving up everything,” to serve in a life of ministry. One of our family friends’ oldest son is a Catholic priest and we knew him as a young boy. He was a good student, started out homeschooling and then into a private Catholic high school, went to college and then, God called him. He said that when he was twelve he told us he wanted to be a priest but no one took him seriously. He had a bright future and he too “gave up everything,” to serve the Lord.

Do we give up everything when we serve? I don’t believe we do because as I am sure you know, you can’t out give God. Try it!

Ministry in a way is framed in Scripture with hospitality. We read of times when the Lord appeared or showed himself to those such as Abraham.

Abraham greets three stranger and gives them a wonderful meal – A and S did not know this was the Lord until he predicted that Sarah would bear a son (well past her childbearing years)

Later we read that Martha and Mary open their home to the Lord and his disciples – Mary listens to Jesus and Martha does the work – yet each serves God in their own way.

Last week we spoke about desiring God in our lives – more of God and less of us – and the love of God changes our hearts! We read in the Bible about how God showed us this love in serving others.

Have you asked yourself how you can serve God? Is there a Christian ministry that needs your help? I’m part of a women’s ministry, Magnificat that hosts a prayer breakfast four times a year. At this breakfast, we open our hearts to the women who attend, we have music and we sing praises to God and then we pray, we listen to a speaker who tells us their testimony about what God has done in their lives. Not so they can boast but so that they can point to the Lord and say, see where I am now thanks be to God.

Every time I attend I feel a stronger pull and call to serve God. We see examples of today of ministries. There are Christian ministries serve in nursing homes, they take communion to the people there, they set up prayer times and visit with the people.

We see those who serve in ministry to help bring the word of God whether in testimonies – This is what God has done in my life – or teachings that will allow us to make life changes and want to also be open to hospitality.

There are people who write books, who give talks, who host podcasts. Of course, when we think of ministry we think of those who go into the “mission field” to bring Christ to people in foreign countries.

Christian ministry can be as simple as a smile to a stranger, a smile to someone at church or even baking a bit extra to give a neighbor or friend. If we love the Lord we will open our hearts to serve those around us in any way that we can.

Look at the time you have and also your gifts. What do you have to offer? Sometimes a smile and a love for the Lord is enough! I remember one time praying that God uses me to bring more people to him… kids little … at home… no time. Repair people, cleaning people, bug guy!

Take some time and open your journal and ask God:

  1. Do you want me to serve you in Christian Ministry?
  2. How do you want me to serve?
  3. Bring me opportunities
  4. Open the doors
  5. Show me which ones to walk in!

Let’s Pray – Dear Lord you have called each one of us by name. You have asked us to make disciples of all nations, and while I have little to offer I give you the little I have. Please God, use me in this time of confusion, in this time of hardship and heartbreak. We live in a hurting world Lord, please use us to bring love and peace in your precious Name. Lord I ask for the following: (pray here). Lord, I praise you among all Names, and I thank you for every good thing and I pray this in Jesus, Name. Amen.

Sweat and Sacrifice

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Hey everyone, in today’s podcast I’m talking about sweat and sacrifice. And how you can learn a valuable lesson in sports and use them in life! I have two special guests, Darryl Rowe And Keith Williams. I sit down and gain a perspective from a freshman and also a legend that is known in the community for his youth athletics.

We talk about how sweat and sacrifice is part of the routine and how he has applied this to their lives. So, you already know go ahead and grab your cup of coffee or tea and come join us at Big Dreams Sports – Where Life and Sports are one in the same.

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Blogging

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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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