Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – June 27, 2021 – Bread of Life Bible Study

There are two incredible healings in today's gospel. Both required faith. We should never let our fear keep us from reaching out to Jesus.Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

There are two incredible healings in today’s gospel. Both required faith. We should never let our fear keep us from reaching out to Jesus. Fear is useless, what is needed is trust. Genuine faith involves action. Faith that is not put into action is no faith at all.

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

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

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

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

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

Summer Reading for the Working Woman

Summer Reading for the Working WomanEpisode 90–Summer Reading for the Working Woman

 

Deanna Cauthen, the host of The Working Woman Radio Show, shares 10 of her favorite books to encourage summer reading for the working woman.

The nice thing about the summer is that most people usually take vacations during the summer, and this can be a great time to catch up on some reading that you may not have been able to do during the other months of the year.

The list that she shares is not in any particular order as far as preference is concerned.

So she encourages you to put your feet up, kick back, and take a little time to do some reading this summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helpful Resources:

The following are a list of the books that I mentioned on the podcast:

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas

The Wisdom of Menopause  by Christiane Northrup, MD

Emily Posts Complete Encyclopedia of Etiquette by Emily Post

Love is a Verb by Gary Chapman

Soothe Your Nerves by Dr. Angela Neal-Barnett

Becoming  by Michelle Obama 

Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend

The Boy Crisis by Warren Farrel, Ph. D and John Gray, Ph.D

The Power of a Praying Wife  Stormie Omartian

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 The Elevate Talk Show

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Tell us a story about something you’ve done to elevate your life or someone else’s. It could be something you’ve done to better the life of a family member or friend, or a creative way you enhanced your home decor home. It could also be something you’ve done to improve your health like losing weight, and more.
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Automatic Savings

As a young husband and father, one of my goals was to make as much money as I could. Automatic Savings
As a young husband and father, one of my goals was to make as much money as I could. I discovered was that raising children was expensive. I worked part-time jobs on my days off, I jumped at any available overtime opportunities. The more money I made, the more money I spend. When I started in the financial services industry, I quickly made more money that I ever did serving in the military. I spend almost everything I made. It was a new thing to me to have money and I didn’t handle it very well. 25 years later, I realize it doesn’t matter how much you make if you spend it all. A person who makes 60k a year and saves $10,000 is much better off than the person who makes 100k and saves nothing. People who have not saved anything until they are 40 are very likely to work into their 70’s out of need. The best advice I can give you is that automation is your friend. If you have a retirement plan available through your employer, have your employer withhold at the minimum amount necessary to match your employer’s contribution. If you leave a job for another, DO NOT cash in the retirement plan. Consider rolling it into an IRA that you control. Once again, an IRA is not your emergency fund. If you are self-employed, speak with an advisor that can help you set up a retirement account. Do not put yourself in a situation where you are completely reliant upon social security to fund your elder years. Don’t procrastinate and use excuses to avoid saving money. I have heard many times that people will start to save when they pay off their debt. That day usually never comes. It is difficult to unravel years of bad stewardship, but you can make a positive change if you simply recognize the need to improve.

All Things New: Breaking the Cycle & Raising a Joyful Family

A new Book by Erin McCole Cupp

It is always a pleasure to talk to people I have gotten to know from their writing and social media. I’ve read Erin’s blog and known her work for some time. I was excited to learn about her new book, All Things New: Breaking the Cycle & Raising a Joyful Family published by Our Sunday Visitor.

What is the book about?

Through the framework of the Greatest Commandments and the Beatitudes, Erin tells us how we can have a joyful life, even when our own childhood was less than ideal. She draws on her own and other people’s experiences to show how it’s possible.

Erin wants readers to know that they have the freedom to choose a different path and that it’s possible to break the cycle of abuse and dysfunction.

Keep up with Erin

If you don’t have TikTok, follow her on Instagram for sure!

It’s up to You

I have been teaching Biblical Stewardship since 2008.It’s up to You!

I have been teaching Biblical Stewardship since 2008. I have acquired various certifications in the discipline such as Certified Stewardship Instructor and Certified Kingdom Advisor. I have spread the stewardship message across many radio stations, podcasts, newspaper articles and blogs during the last 13 years. My observation during that time frame is that most Christians don’t really want to follow scripture regarding financial stewardship. It really comes down to Secular vs Non-Secular. Bible vs worldview. Scripture teaches us to avoid debt, the world says debt is ok. Scripture teaches us to avoid those things that are unclean. The world says as long as your making money, it’s ok. The world says it’s ok to be materialistic and marketing across all avenues pushes that. Scripture tells us coveting and being materialistic is sinful. The world is winning in this race of obedience vs sin. I’ve had Christians tell me that as long as they are making a profit, that’s good stewardship. My friends, that is absurd. Believers can make a huge impact on what God has called us to do, but we must turn form the world’s ways. The devil doesn’t entice with rotten apples.

Special Replay: Habits – Overcoming Procrastination

In Habits, part 3, Join Lucia as she shares how taking charge of your life and overcoming procrastination.

Join Lucia as she shares how taking charge of your life and overcoming procrastination will help you live your best life on purpose. Today’s the day to open the door to the cage of self-imposed limitations so you can step into a bright future that includes freedom, success and victory!

Jeremiah 33:3 tells us, “To call unto God and He will answer you and show you great and mighty things that you don’t know.”  Lucia explains that it’s necessary to make time in your daily schedule to clear your mind and imagine what your life can be like.

Success and procrastination are totally incompatible so if you plan to change your habits, you must discipline yourself of take responsibility for your life and stop putting things off.  Today’s the day to seize the moment – seize the day, because at the end of the year, you don’t want to look back and say, I wish I would have done so and so.

We can’t deny change when it comes to our lives, and we can’t stop making choices to change and grow or we become stagnant in life.  We need to embrace change because it helps us grow. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.”

Lucia will encourage you to change your habits this year, because if you don’t, this year will be like last year, and next year will be like this year.  Before you know it, you will be at the end of your life with a bag full of wishes and I should haves!

LuciaClaborn.com

Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time – June 20, 2021 – Bread of Life Bible Study

Think for a moment about the storms in your life and the situations that cause you great anxiety. In the presence of Jesus, we can have peace even in the wildest storms of life.Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time, June 20, 2021 Bread of Life Bible Study

Think for a moment about the storms in your life and the situations that cause you great anxiety. In the presence of Jesus, we can have peace even in the wildest storms of life.

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

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

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

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

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

Special Replay: Time Well Spent

Time well spent makes us happy. If we feel accomplished, if we do things on our "lists," it makes us feel that we've spent our time well. Most of us say we need more time each day, we can't finish out tasks, we run out of time. How can we add more time to our days?Special Replay: Time Well Spent

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Time well spent makes us happy. If we feel accomplished, if we do things on our “lists,” it makes us feel that we’ve spent our time well. Most of us say we need more time each day, we can’t finish out tasks, we run out of time. How can we add more time to our days?

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a few minutes with God

When I look at my day I think, “What is the best use of my time each day?” Other than with my friends and family the best time is with God. How can you fill up without the One who truly gives us that grace to get through each day? Who do you spend time with and is that time well spent? In this episode, we explore how you can make the time. Let’s strive to make the most out of every minute of every day.

Look at your day, how can you incorporate time well spent? We all say we don’t have enough time each day!

  1. Identify the time wasters. Relaxing is wonderful for everyone and we don’t need to “produce” every day! However often we say we don’t have enough time for prayer because we don’t use our time wisely.
    • What are the things in your day that waste your time
    • How can you avoid the time wasters
    • Does making a list help you
    • We all waste time, and often we all need a break, so enjoy
  2. What is the one thing you can avoid? Is there something on your list that you can eliminate or reschedule in your day so that you can make more time?
    • Social media
    • Emails in the morning or afternoon
    • Shopping without a list
  3. Can you make 5-10-15 minutes or more to spend with God in prayer? Look at your lists above and see where you can add more time to your day. Five, ten or fifteen minutes helps tremendously! Time well spent with God is so helpful in our day. Often we leave prayer time to night time. Praying in the morning, the first thing you do — will change your life and is truly time well spent.
  4. Who do you spend the most time with? Is it family, friends, virtual friends? Ist it fictional characters in books? Truthfully, sometimes we let virtual friends take the place of real ones. I have good friends online, some I’ve never met in person. Nurture your friendships but remember the one who will fill you with faith, love, and joy.
  5. How can you make that time productive? Spending it with God first will increase your productivity all day long.
  6. Can you be a witness or a blessing from the Lord to someone in your life? Do you ask God to use you each day? Do you see the people in your life as a blessing? How can the Lord use you? How can you be an example of God’s love to others?

 

Cultivating Sisterhood

Episode 89–Cultivating Sisterhood

 

The Working Woman Radio Show invited teacher and professional storyteller, LaDoris Bias-Davis, into the studio to talk about cultivating sisterhood amongst women.

LaDoris shared how her parents encouraged and nurtured her and her siblings, and how that affected her relationships with others as an adult.

We spoke about the power of women supporting other women, instead of being petty and jealous.

We also talked about the love and encouragement that we have given each other, both professionally and personally, over the past 30 years.

Finally, LaDoris shares some practical tips that women can use to support each other on a day-to-day basis.

 

 

 

 

More About LaDoris Bias-Davis

LaDoris Bias-Davis is a professional storyteller, workshop facilitator, Educator/Consultant. With a BA in Speech & Theater and MS in Early Childhood Education, she has engaged audiences of many ages in the U.S. and internationally, for more than twenty-five years.

Her programs promote literacy, diversity, multi-ethnic cultures appreciation via folktales, historical portraits, personal stories, and more.

Proud to be born into a loving family of 13, she believes storytelling releases the power of the mind and nurtures the human spirit.

 

 

 

 

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 The Elevate Talk Show

The Mother/Daughter Talk Show that elevates your life.

The Elevate Talk Show wants to feature you on our show!

Tell us a story about something you’ve done to elevate your life or someone else’s. It could be something you’ve done to better the life of a family member or friend, or a creative way you enhanced your home decor home. It could also be something you’ve done to improve your health like losing weight, and more.
If you would like to be featured in our ‘Before We Go’ segment, share your story with us. To sign up, go to The Elevate Talk Show YouTube channel and subscribe. Then email us your stories and pictures to elevateytchannel@gmail.com.
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Be Still

As we strive to be good stewards, we face multiple obstacles. As we strive to be good stewards, we face multiple obstacles. We have pressure from work, demands from children, debt issues, church issues, spouse issues, and a magnitude of hurdles which cause us to stumble. I have found that if we set our Biblical priorities of importance, we can often relieve much of the anxiety and stress we carry. I am a self-admitted workaholic. For years I have worked 7 days a week which caused other relationships to bend. As a person who has a day job, and then pastoring a church, I literally had no time off. It was my badge of honor. When people asked how I was, my answer was always the same, busy, busy, busy. I actually bragged about how much I worked. As I have matured in my faith, I come to recognize, that is not what God intended. Our priorities according to scripture are God, Spouse, children, parents, extended family, brother and sister in Christ, and then the world. When we fail to follow that priority list, the anxiety begins to show. God did not intend for us to work ourselves to the point relationships fail, including our relationship with God. In Psalm 46:10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God, I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Focus on BE STILL. God is teaching us something here of great importance. Sometimes we need a break to strengthen those relationships. When we allow the world to interfere, trouble begins. My friends, when is the last time you were still? When is the last time you took time to talk to God, your spouse, your children without scrolling through social media or going to kids ball tournaments on Sundays? When is the last time you and your spouse took some alone time without any outside noise? Turn the phones off. Shut out the world, be still and then you will know God. Focusing on financial gain or financial stress is many times counter-productive.

Finding Sanctuary, How the Wild Work of Peace Restored the Heart of a Sandy Hook Mother

Restoration and Healing

People often wonder, when terrible things happen, how those involved recover. How do they find their way back to wholeness? This book, Finding Sanctuary, How the Wild Work of Peace Restored the Heart of a Sandy Hook Mother by Jennifer Hubbard, published by Ave Maria Press, is the story of just that, wholeness after a tragedy.

Amazing Conversation

I cannot synthesize my conversation with Jenny into a few points. I can tell you that speaking with her reinforced what I took away from in reading her book. She is quick to point out that her tragedies and trials are not greater than anyone else’s.

Grief

There is no one way to grieve. Trust in God, he knows what we need in the process of grieving and will provide. Jenny reminds us that there is beauty and growth in our trials and to be true and real with God. Don’t hide from him.

We didn’t have a challenge specifically, but Jenny talked about praying for eyes to see and ears to hear. I think that is good prayer for this week!

The Glorious Mysteries prayed by our Polish Team

We invite you to pray the Glorious Mysteries (in Polish) with our Magnificat Polish Regional Service Team.We invite you to pray the Glorious Mysteries (in Polish) with our Magnificat Polish Regional Service Team. We echo Our Lady’s surrender to God’s perfect will to be the Mother of the Redeemer and we travel through the life of Jesus. Please use this podcast as part of your personal prayer time and we pray that today you experience the presence of Jesus Christ in a deeper way.

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

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

Polish: Zapraszamy do odmawiania Tajemnic Chwalebnych (w języku polskim) z naszym Zespołem Regionalnym Magnificat w Polsce. Powtarzamy poddanie sie Matki Bożej do doskonałej woli Boga, aby być Matką Odkupiciela w naszej podróży przez życie Jezusa. Proszę, wykorzystaj ten podcast jako część swojego osobistego czasu modlitwy i modlimy się, abyś dzisiaj głębiej doświadczyła obecności Jezusa Chrystusa. Magnificat, zaczerpnięte z Ewangelii Sw Łukasza, Rozdzial 1, to wspanialy hymn pochwalny, który Maryja wypowiedziala odwiedzając swoją kuzynkę Elżbietę. Poprzez Magnificat Podcast spotykamy się w obecności Boga i głosimy, że Wszechmocny dokonał wielkich rzeczy dla ciebie i dla mnie, a święte jest Jego Imię!

Aby dowiedzieć się więcej o Magnificat, służbie kobietom katolickim, odwiedź nas na stronie www.magnifiat-ministry.org

Special Replay: Habits – Sow A Thought, Reap An Action

Join Lucia for Habits, Part 2, as she encourages you to meet this year’s expectations by making changes to your daily habits. #PodcastLucia continues revisiting her series on Habits as she encourages you to meet the remainder of this year’s expectations by making changes to your daily habits. She uses Steven R. Covey’s quote, “Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.” as the foundation for her teaching.

If you want to make lasting changes, you only need to focus on changing one or two habits at a time until you conquer them, and then move on to the next habit! Lucia gives you Bible verse references and several habits to choose from to add to your daily routine so you can make this year the best year you’ve ever had!

Don’t let old habits hold you back another year! Replace them with habits that will make your life better! Developing new habits requires you to pull up your determination, patience and constant effort, but you can do it! As you start building new habits, you’ll have a happier and more productive life.

It may take a few weeks, or a few months to conquer new habits, but it doesn’t matter how long it takes to build a new habit as long as you don’t give up! It’s the seemingly insignificant, daily choices that will change your tomorrows into better todays! Listen in now for a message that will help you start living the victorious life God created you to live!

LuciaClaborn.com

 

 

Guide to Marketing

As a business owner, one of the many hurdles we face is how to acquire customers.Guide to Marketing
As a business owner, one of the many hurdles we face is how to acquire customers. There are many options available concerning marketing and advertising. Most of those people in the marketing discipline tell you of the high degree of success that they can generate for your business. In reality, you are going to be disappointed in many of the options. We are blasted with advertisers from newspaper, radio, web designers, social media ad specialist, and local businesses or sports teams. You must remember, they are all trying to make money as well. The pandemic has doubled the amount of people trying to make money in the social distancing world. I have personally spent well into the 6 figures over the last 25 years as a financial planner of which, most was paying for my radio programs. It is important to start your marketing with a budget. Do not be bullied into spending more from those who say they are taking limited clients or zip code specific zones. It is my preference to support fellow Christians in their business, including advertising. 2 Cor 6:14 states we should not be unequally yoked with the unbeliever. As you research, talk to others in your discipline. If they are successful, most will help you regarding the marketing questions. Find a page or blog from your type of business and see what they are doing that is producing results. Don’t shy away from face to face marketing, which in my opinion, still is the most successful. Be prepared to tell people what you do and why you are different from others in the same field. Don’t give up on a strategy before it has a chance to work. Poor marketing or making bad decisions regarding your marketing can put a short life span on your business. Be disciplined in how you approach, purchase, and monitor your advertising options.  If you would like to discuss this topic, feel free to send a direct message and I will share my own personal experiences with you. God Bless.

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time – June 13, 2021 – Bread of Life Bible Study

The tiny mustard seed is like you and me. When we feel alone in our stand for Christ, we realize that God is building a worldwide kingdom through us.11th Sunday in Ordinary Time – June 13, 2021 – Bread of Life Bible Study

The tiny mustard seed is like you and me. When we feel alone in our stand for Christ, we realize that God is building a worldwide kingdom through us. St. Mother Teresa said, “Sacrifice, to be real, must cost, must hurt, must empty us of ourselves.” Our little sacrifices matter!

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

 

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

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

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

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

Spiritual Fill Up

What happens when you need a spiritual fill-up? It is time to go to the source of all that is good and holy!Spiritual Fill UP – Episode 177

What happens when you need a spiritual fill-up? It is time to go to the source of all that is good and holy! In this podcast we will discuss getting a spiritual fill-up and why it is good for us to recharge each day.

I’d love for you to visit my website MediaAngels.com and to look at some of my books, for example, a book that will help kids with faith: Print version or download: A Few Minutes with God plus study guide

Great for summer reading: The Truth Seekers Mystery Series – Entire Set and Study Guides

And, my book that tells how one big mistake translates into three more blessings — One More Child: Book

This year I took on a big project that was bigger than I could imagine and made my time even scarcer (if that was possible) than before. I was miserable during part of it and while I loved the project itself, I hated the timeline and deadlines that were required to finish it, quickly. However, once I was done I discovered that I needed a big dose of God and a refreshing of my spirit. It is not that I didn’t pray, or go to church, sometimes daily. It wasn’t that I didn’t spend time with God… no it was more than that. It was that I needed to be refreshed from the inside out and the outside in. I needed an infilling of the Holy Spirit in a mighty and powerful way.

  1. The first way is to just ask!

There are many ways to get a spiritual fill up but one of the best ways is by just asking the Lord, to refresh and renew us. This can be a prayer we say each day upon waking and it can begin with a simple, “help me Lord,” to a more complex, “Allow me to do your will today, my God.” Our Lord will direct us in the ways we should go, the direction we should head, but may times we forget to ask.

  1. Another fill happens when we praise God in song.

Listening to praise and worship music is one thing that always helps me. I become joyous and start singing along. We can fill the spirit being stirred within us. And, spiritual health check-up

A spiritual fill-up also means spending time in the word, daily readings can infill our souls with the amazing goodness of our God. When I take the time to journal about something that has touched me and I started – thanks to my sister-in-law, bringing a small book to church where I can jot down something that touched me that was in reading the Bible or something that the pastor said. I always think I will remember and I find that writing it down does help me. I can go back and read it during times when I need the renewal.

  1. Prayer.

Spending time with God and making time to pray each day. Sometimes we spend time reading the Word or going to church but prayer time is so important. I am blessed that when I walk into my church it is so quiet. I can kneel and pray and ask the Lord’s forgiveness for anything I’ve done to offend him as well as take the time to thank and worship Him. Allow the Lord to lead us in our prayers and it is another way that can bring us closer to Him. We will feel that lightheartedness when we consider the Lord and his amazing works and deeds!

Ephesians 4:20-25

Spiritual renewal is a renewal of our minds – if there is an area where you need to repent do it. If God calls it to min, allow yourself to be humbled and ask for forgiveness. The word says holiness of truth – and laying aside falsehoods. It also says speak truth each one of you with his neighbor which brings me to the next point

  1. Scripture Time.

Do a keyword search for specific things you need help with and use the word scripture. For example, overcoming sadness scriptures or encouragement scriptures. You can write these down and look them up in your Bible. Make a list of these and use them as you can as your go-to verses. Sure it is easy to look them up but writing them in a journal is helpful and we will remember them better when we write them down.

  1. Like-Minded Friends

Surround yourself with like-minded friends, those who are encouragers and allow you to share but also point you to the source for the answers. Some friends will pull you down or involve you in their problems to an extent that you can’t get to the surface because you are drowning in their problems. Friends point you to the Lord and keep you from going down the wrong path – temper this too with those friends who tend to be overly critical!

So to recap:

  1. Just ask the Lord.
  2. Praise and Worship music.
  3. Prayer
  4. Get into the Word and journal
  5. Like-minded friends.

Let’s pray:
Dear Lord, we all need a spiritual tune-up and infilling from time to time… I praise you and thank you that you are available for me to go to in times of need, to be infilled when I ask, and to provide for me and answers to my prayers and requests. Thank you for giving me a heart that is open to you and your will for my life and I pray for the needs and requests of those I ask for today – and I praise you

Lessons from the storm

Every storm that we survive in our lives is a learning opportunity. How do we react to a similar storm in the future? Every storm that we survive in our lives is a learning opportunity. How do we react to a similar storm in the future? Those who do not learn, are trapped in a vicious cycle destined to make the same mistakes and expose themselves to the same pain over and over again. We are all still recovering from the Covid pandemic. Depending on where you live, your experiences may be different than others. Those in Chicago have experienced the pandemic differently than those living in Orlando. Reviewing some of the things that happened to many people, here are items for attention that should be adhered to in preparation for another similar storm. First, make sure you have an emergency fund. There were many people who lost their paycheck involuntarily and suffered financially. An emergency fund could have made the negative experience more bearable. Secondly, have your affairs in order. Make sure your beneficiaries are updated as well as having a will or trust in place naming a durable power of attorney and healthcare representative. Thirdly, make sure your loved ones know where your important documents and accounts are. Do not assume they can find everything upon your death or illness. Make sure you are prepared by having non-perishable food in the house along with paper products, water, and gas. We all remember the toilet paper fiasco! Prepare your affairs as if this is your last day on Earth because it may be. Procrastination regarding financial stewardship is dangerous and irresponsible. If you need help, please seek good attorney and financial planner. You may also request a review from myself. Feel free to give me a call at 88-226-7614. God Bless

Special Replay: Habits – Identify Your Destiny

Join Lucia as she revisits looking at your habits and the choices you make throughout your day!Join Lucia as she revisits looking at your habits and the choices you make throughout your day! She encourages you to identify habits that help you be the most effective in your life, so you go from ordinary to extra-ordinary!

Changing a habit is a planned process, so whatever Holy Spirit is asking you to, it’s the little choices, the daily self-disciplines that will change your life, identify your character, create your destiny, and determine your victories to set you apart from those around you.

If you want to change your habits, you start by getting your heart and motives right.  Everything begins with heart issues according to Proverbs 4:23 in the New Living Translation, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” 

Guarding your heart allows you to think on the right thoughts. Whatever you do, it first begins as a thought or an idea. That’s why it’s so important to think about what you’re thinking about!!  Are your thoughts positive or negative? Are they bringing life or death? Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t do something – you’re right!! Set your mind to be the champion, not the victim so you can walk in victory every day of your life!

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How do we care for the marginalized?

A new book

Love and Care for the Marginalized, 40 Meditations, Spiritual Outreach Reflections for Catholics by Anne DeSantis is about learning to be kind and loving disciples of Jesus. That’s it. These meditations include a quote, a reflection, a prayer and a call to action. It is not enough to know what we are called to do, but that we act as Christians.

Who is quoted?

Scriptures, saints, and world leaders all have a place in learning to listen, love and care for those in our daily life. This is not about searching for the marginalized, but rather seeing them right in front of you.

What is needed today?

Active, compassionate listening. Treating the people we encounter as Jesus did and would. Caring about others. Living out the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

About Anne and her new book

Learn more about Anne at her website, You can check out her new book, published by Charis Books and now available for purchase!

This week, when you are interrupted, stop what you’re doing and be present, listening with your heart to what the other wants you to hear.

 

 

Financial Advice Before the Divorce

Financial Advice Before the DivorceEpisode 88–Financial Advice Before the Divorce

 

Mindy Pillow, the owner of the Pillow Law Firm, talks about the importance of women getting financial advice before the divorce.

Statistics show about 40 to 50 percent of married couples in the United States divorce. 

Mindy tells us about the biggest financial mistakes women make when getting divorced.

She shares some specific things that women can do to set themselves up for financial success.

She talks about how to choose a good divorce lawyer, and where to get legal advice if money is an issue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial Advice Before the DivorceMore About Mindy Pillow

Melinda (Mindy) Pillow is an attorney exclusively practicing in the areas of Domestic Relations and Family Law in the greater Atlanta metro area. 

Mindy represents clients in all aspects of family law, including divorce, legal separation, paternity, legitimization, child custody, adoption, and prenuptial agreements.

 

 

 

Helpful Resources

 

The Pillow Law Firm

The Pillow Law Firm is devoted exclusively to practice in the areas of Domestic Relations and Family Law in the greater metro area of Atlanta, Georgia.

 

 

 

Atlanta Legal Aid – Helping low income people meet basic needs, removing barriers to justice through civil legal assistance.

Atlanta Legal Aid

Atlanta Legal Aid Society helps people who cannot afford an attorney with free civil legal services.

 

 

 

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Choose Your Education

As the school year ends, many young adults are making decisions about attending colleges and universities.Choose Your Education:
As the school year ends, many young adults are making decisions about attending colleges and universities. For many, it will be their first time away from their family and they are excited and nervous. Many of these young adults know exactly why they are attending school. They may have aspirations of being an engineer, doctor, attorney, or dentist. Others are going to school because they think they are expected to go to school. This crowd was told by their parents that unless you have a bachelor’s degree, you will never succeed. That advice is wrong. Many years ago, a bachelor’s degree had ROI (Return on Investment). It no longer does. I do not see those who have completed 4 years of school earning more than the student who attended a junior college or one who is freshly exiting the military. IN fact, I see the opposite. Those that are attending trade schools to become a plumber, mechanic, electrician are greatly exceeding others their age in income and lack of debt. I have clients who entered their 40’s still paying on college loans. I have consulted with attorneys who were making mid 5 figures 5 years out of school. I consul parents who spent over 1 million dollars on their children’s education to see them graduate and earn less than 6 figures. That makes no sense. There are kids graduating high school, going to work for the coal mine and making almost 6 figures their first year. The ROI on a bachelor’s degree is basically gone. Consider a trade school. Consider the military, of which is where I found my home and learned what it took to be successful. There are no bragging rights for having a 4 year degree and 250,000 in student loan debt. If God has put you on a path that requires a traditional university, then follow that path, be obedient. If you are just going to school because you didn’t know what else to do, go see a recruiter. You will learn considerably more and earn GI Bill funds to attend school if you wish.

Pray the Rosary with us!

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

Please join the Central Service Team as we pray the Rosary with meditations based on Magnificat’s five objectives: 1) live out the mystery of Mary’s visit to Elizabeth, 2) help Catholic women to open more and more to the Holy Spirit through a deeper commitment of their lives to Jesus as Lord and to impart the Holy Spirit to one another by their love, service, and sharing the good news of salvation, 3) provide opportunities which foster growth in holiness, 4) sponsor the Magnificat Meal, the essential function of Magnificat, and 5) imitate Mary through spiritual adoption of priests and seminarians.

Taken from Luke: 1, the Magnificat is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. Through the Magnificat Podcast, we can come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me and holy is His Name! Magnificat exists to evangelize and to encourage Catholic women to grow in holiness through opening more fully to the power and the gifts of the Holy Spirit and is dedicated to Mary, the Mother of God, an image of the Church, and model for all Christians, especially women.

 

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

Coprus Christi – Sunday June 6, 2021 – Bread of Life Bible study

At the first Lord's supper, Jesus and his disciples ate a meal, sang Psalms, read scripture and prayed.At the first Lord’s supper, Jesus and his disciples ate a meal, sang Psalms, read scripture and prayed. He took the bread and wine and gave them new meaning as His Body and Blood. He gave us the gift of Himself for He is truly alive, body, blood, soul, and divinity in the Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist.

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

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

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

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

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

Special Replay: WRAP Yourself in Scripture

WRAP Yourself In Scripture

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

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Great Resource!

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

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

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

Wrap stands for:

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

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

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

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

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

Let’s pray.

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

The Work-From-Home Wardrobe

The Work-From-Home Wardrobe

Episode 87–The Work-From-Home Wardrobe

 

Although the pandemic is ending and things are starting to go back to normal, the work-from-home wardrobe will be an important skill to perfect, since working from home is not going anywhere. It may actually be the new normal. 

The Working Woman Radio Show sat down with Adrianna Cauthen, our favorite resident fashionista, to talk about the work-from-home wardrobe.

Adrianna shares that one of the biggest challenges of creating a good work-from-home wardrobe is finding the right balance between comfort and style. 

Adrianna also talks about the importance of hair and makeup and gives tips on how to create a more polished look.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Work-From-Home WardrobeMore About Adrianna Cauthen

Adrianna is a 13-year classically trained pianist. As an accomplished pianist, she has performed numerous times and won several music awards. 

In addition to her musical accomplishments, Adrianna also loves to bake, upcycle clothing to create new fashions, spend time with her dog, Carolina, and is the host of two YouTube channels, ‘Cooking at the Cauthens’ and ‘The Elevate Talk Show’.

Adrianna is a junior at Clayton State University in Atlanta, Georgia, where she has been accepted into the Honors Program and is pursuing a degree in music performance. 

 

Helpful Resources

 

woman working from home

Work-From-Home Wardrobe Essentials

Working from home for the first time is a major adjustment, but it has its perks—including no dress code. The flexibility to choose your wardrobe can be both freeing and a bit overwhelming.

To read the article in its entirety, visit Nordstrom Trunk Club.

 

 

 

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Tell us a story about something you’ve done to elevate your life or someone else’s. It could be something you’ve done to better the life of a family member or friend, or a creative way you enhanced your home decor home. It could also be something you’ve done to improve your health like losing weight, and more.
If you would like to be featured in our ‘In the Spotlight’ segment, share your story with us. To sign up, go to our Elevate! YouTube channel, https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GmNWVdmU3kU&feature=youtu.be, and subscribe. Then email us your stories and pictures to elevateytchannel@gmail.com.
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Meet Lara Patangan, author of Simple Mercies

What did you do when you turned 40?

Lara Patangan wanted to mark the milestone with a year of mercy. She decided to embrace the corporal and spiritual works of mercy by doing them all year long. And what began as an experiment of sorts became a turning point in her faith life.

What are works of mercy?

Without writing a theological treatise, it is a set of Corporal (related to the body) and Spiritual (related to the soul) works that the Catholic Church asks us to do in our daily lives. They are based on Matthew 25. Some examples are: feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the imprisoned, bury the dead and comfort the sorrowful.

What did Lara learn?

God is a giver of extravagant mercy and he really, really loves us all. At times, our service to others may seem mundane, but it all matters and makes a difference.

Her book, Simple Mercies: How the Works of Mercy bring Peace and Fulfilment published by Our Sunday Visitor is meant to inspire and encourage others to live out their faith every day by sharing God’s mercy with the people we encounter.

Lara suggests we practice giving one act of mercy towards someone else today and receiving one act of mercy from someone else today.

Follow Lara Patagan on Facebook, Instagram, and go to her website to download a free study guide for her book.

 

 

 

 

 

Reports of God’s Death are Greatly Exaggerated!

Report of God’s Death Greatly Exaggerated  is an excerpt from the book: Fr. Kevin’s Korner.Report of God’s Death Greatly Exaggerated  is an excerpt from the book: Fr. Kevin’s Korner. His words of wit and wisdom were originally shared as articles written for the Magnificat Newsletter during the 16 years he served as Magnificat’s Spiritual Advisor. Fr. Kevin went home to the Lord in 2018. His meditation is read for us today by Tom Green.

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

 

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

What is a REIT?

REITs, or real estate investment trusts, are companies that own or finance income-producing real estate across a range of property sectors.What Is a REIT?

REITs, or real estate investment trusts, are companies that own or finance income-producing real estate across a range of property sectors. These real estate companies have to meet a number of requirements to qualify as REITs. Most REITs trade on major stock exchanges, and they offer a number of benefits to investors.

A real estate investment trust (“REIT”) is a company that owns, operates or finances income-producing real estate. REITs provide an investment opportunity, like a mutual fund, that makes it possible for everyday Americans—not just Wall Street, banks, and hedge funds—to benefit from valuable real estate, present the opportunity to access dividend-based income and total returns, and help communities grow, thrive, and revitalize.

REITs allow anyone to invest in portfolios of real estate assets the same way they invest in other industries – through the purchase of individual company stock or through a mutual fund or exchange traded fund (ETF). The stockholders of a REIT earn a share of the income produced – without actually having to go out and buy, manage or finance property. Approximately 145 million Americans live in households invested in REITs through their 401(k), IRAs, pension plans, and other investment funds.

What assets do REITs own?

In total, REITs of all types collectively own more than $3.5 trillion in gross assets across the U.S., with stock-exchange listed REITs owning approximately $2.5 trillion in assets, representing more than 500,000 properties. U.S. listed REITs have an equity market capitalization of more than $1 trillion.

REITs invest in a wide scope of real estate property types, including offices, apartment buildings, warehouses, retail centers, medical facilities, data centers, cell towers, infrastructure and hotels. Most REITs focus on a particular property type, but some hold multiples types of properties in their portfolios.

Being Present In Prayer

What does being present in prayer have to do with your spiritual life? Well, this is an amazing insight into getting closer to God that was recently shared with me during a sermon, and it really hit home. I hope you are blessed as well.Being Present In Prayer – Episode 176

What does being present in prayer have to do with your spiritual life? Well, this is an amazing insight into getting closer to God that was recently shared with me during a sermon, and it really hit home. I hope you are blessed as well.

I’d love for you to visit my website MediaAngels.com and to look at some of my books, for example, a book that will help kids with faith: Print version or download: A Few Minutes with God plus study guide

Great for summer reading: The Truth Seekers Mystery Series – Entire Set and Study Guides

And, my book that tells how one big mistake translates into three more blessings — One More Child: Book

Being present sounds like it could be some type of new agey hype, and before you pull the plug on this podcast, here me out. I shared a podcast on this similar topic with parents recently on my other network for moms (VintageHomeschoolMoms.com) and discussed how it would change the relationship parents have with their children, and it will! Being present is an amazing concept that is not new but so important now because we are so wired and plugged in! Examples of out to dinner, etc.

We know that we were born to love and serve the Lord. The things of this world will not fill us up, and so when we do not spend time with the Lord we feel lost. The things of this world are like dust – when we pray to the Lord do we want Him to hear us, are we expecting he’ll be busy with someone else or something else, that are problems are too trival. Let me read Exodus 12-15 and poor Moses is having a time with the Israelites that God placed him in charge of leading through the desert- when you think your life is hard think about what Moses had to endure!

Exodus 12-15

We know that the presence of the Lord leads them in the day and in the night – God was there. He is omnipresent – he is with us always and He is everywhere. So, how do we as mere creates become present to God? It is actually very easy – in prayer and in quiet. (Hint: A Few Minutes with God!)

Our pastor told us a story of a holy man who saw someone in the chapel just sitting there with the Lord in prayer but his lips were not moving (longer explanation on the podcast). The pastor realized this was the highest form of prayer, just being there for and with God. Does God need us? No of course not but we need Him! Look around you – this world we currently live in is a world that is without God – they took God out of the schools, out of many churches even – pastors have lead their sheep astray. How do you know the truth? Well, through discernment a gift was freely given by the Holy Spirit. Be present with God and watch your life change!

Let’s pray. Dear Lord, I ask that you help me to be present to you. increase my time so that is not an obstacle, help me to identify the ways that I am avoiding prayer or putting up obstacles so that I can’t hear your voice. I realize Lord you talk to us in different ways, through others, in your most Holy Word in the Bible, and in our hearts. Thank you, Lord, for always being present to me and I pray for the following needs – in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Trinity – Sunday, May 30, 2021 – Bread of Life Bible Study

When we talk about the Trinity, we bring the authority of the Father, the power of the Spirit, and the loving sacrifice of the Son into one Being called God.When we talk about the Trinity, we bring the authority of the Father, the power of the Spirit, and the loving sacrifice of the Son into one Being called God.

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

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

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

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

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

Pray the Holy Spirit Litany with us

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful. And kindle in them the fire of your love.Hold Spirit Litany:

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful.
And kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.
And you will renew the face of the earth.

Lord,
by the light of the Holy Spirit
you have taught the hearts of your faithful.
In the same Spirit
help us to relish what is right
and always rejoice in your consolation.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen

As we pray this litany to You, Holy Spirit, come and fill us with Your graces and gifts.

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

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

Working While Disabled

Working While Disabled

Episode 86–Working While Disabled

The Working Woman Radio Show sat down with Abigail Paul, who was recently diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis, to talk about working while disabled.

Mrs. Paul, a Registered Behavior Technician, talked candidly about what life looks like as a disabled person.

She shared about how her disease has affected her ability to work, and how it limits what she can do to care for her family.

However, Abigail’s story doesn’t end there. She shares how grateful she is for all the love and support that she has received from family and friends. She also talks about how she is learning to accept and manage the disease in order to live a full life.

Finally, Abigail talks about her t-shirt fundraiser which will help her secure monies for an electric wheelchair.

 

 

More About Abigail Paul

Abigail Paul is a 27-year-old wife, mother, Registered Behavior Technician, and friend. She is also a person living with and disabled by severe myasthenia gravis, a rare autoimmune neuromuscular disease. Each day she has to balance each of these roles carefully, in harmony with each other.

 

Helpful Resources

 

MG United

MG–United

Wherever you are in your myasthenia gravis journey, MG United aims to help make today a better day. We’re dedicated to providing you with information and resources that try to address the unique ways MG can affect your life.

 

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Abigail’s T-Shirt Fundraiser

Hi, friends! Starting today, I am selling Myasthenia Gravis awareness t-shirts to help fund a power wheelchair for myself.

If you are interested in helping me get a piece of my life back, please consider buying a shirt! Design options are pictured below. ~75% of the money collected will go directly towards the cost of the chair, which is $2,684. We are hoping to have all orders/donations in by June 1st – the start of MG Awareness month! Click this link to fill out your order: https://forms.gle/5khD7yUynb6NTLGn6

 

 

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Tell us a story about something you’ve done to elevate your life or someone else’s. It could be something you’ve done to better the life of a family member or friend, or a creative way you enhanced your home decor home. It could also be something you’ve done to improve your health like losing weight, and more.
If you would like to be featured in our ‘In the Spotlight’ segment, share your story with us. To sign up, go to our Elevate! YouTube channel, https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GmNWVdmU3kU&feature=youtu.be, and subscribe. Then email us your stories and pictures to elevateytchannel@gmail.com.
Also, become an Elevate! Facebook friend by visiting, https://www.facebook.com/cauthenproductions/
and share your stories and pictures with us on our Facebook page.
To view the Elevate! YouTube channel, go to Elevate!
Also, if you live in DeKalb County, Georgia you can also listen to episodes of Comcast channel 25.

Guard Against Greed

I have had the pleasure of sharing God’s word concerning financial stewardship for many years. Guard Against Greed. I have had the pleasure of sharing God’s word concerning financial stewardship for many years. I have witnessed the great good that comes from the blessings that God bestows on us all. Unfortunately, the evil that originates from the lack of good stewardship is profound. I see people divorcing because of money issues. I see dangerous depression because people have allowed themselves to be buried in debt. I have seen greed destroy relationships time and time again. Money isn’t evil, but the love of money is. It creates so many avoidable problems. God knew we were going to struggle with money. God gave us very clear instructions on how to manage money to the point it is the most discussed topic in scripture. I want to focus on Luke 12:15

Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

We all have one thing in common. Mortality is 100% we begin to die the day we are born. Regardless of how many possessions we have at our death, we will take nothing with us to our eternal home. Why then do we focus so much on earthly possessions rather than our heavenly treasures? I am a firm believer in that Satan uses money to separate us from God. We must be vigilant and obedient in our stewardship to prevent the mishandling of God’s assets.

What are the Works of Mercy?

Works of Mercy

How can we serve others? The Church talks about the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy, a means of helping those around you in very real and tangible ways.

Here are 2 images that break it down for you

 

 

 

 

 

When you look at these lists and explanations and ideas, what tugs at you? Consider thinking about you can serve in one of these areas on a regular basis.

 

 

Just a Whisper

Have you ever been in a situation and felt a nudge, a yearning, a kind of voice that seems to be ultimately telling you something? Have you ever been in a situation and felt a nudge, a yearning, a kind of voice that seems to be ultimately telling you something? Our lives are constantly speaking to us.  It speaks every time you feel a pit in your stomach telling you this is no longer your place of acceptance.  It speaks when it leaves a spark of excitement in your spirit as it guides you to your next clear step.  It speaks when it plants a notion in your mind delivering a message that something’s just not right.  It’s the brief interruption that mumbles, “There’s a better path on your journey…”or the warning that the turn you took may just be leading to an unfulfilled dead end. Listen…it happens with just a whisper.

So, here’s my top 10 signs that you may not be listening to your inner voice making both your mind and body out of alignment:

  1. You feel unsettled.- Bottom line. You feel like something is wrong.  Even if you aren’t able to identify why you’re feeling that way, you just know that something isn’t right.
  2. You constantly question why you’re here.- When you are living out of alignment you constantly question your purpose on this Earth. You don’t understand your reason for existence because you’re not in the life you’re supposed to be living.
  3. Your health starts to deteriorate.- You may start getting headaches, brain fog, or find that you’re growing accustomed to just not feeling well. Although you often can’t pin point what it is, you know that something in your body is not right.  You may also find that you are irritable or quite often in a bad mood. What you’ll discover is if you get back to your truth, even the tiniest of bad moods will disappear.
  4. Your bad habits are growing.- You might find that the one  glass of red wine you have at night for the benefit of your heart is now turning into two glasses a night for the sole benefit of masking your nerves.  The decadent dessert you once indulged in for special occasions only presently occurs as part of your ordinary nightly routine.
  5. You feel like you don’t belong.- Being in the space where you belong doesn’t begin with warning signs. When you are living in the truth and listening to where you need to be, you feel as if all the parts of your world come together. They are working harmoniously and you are left feeling balanced and connected to the world around you. Being around people who don’t align with your same values eventually leaves you feeling like the odd guy out.
  6. You get a pit in your stomach.- So the expression described as your “gut feeling” is really that; you feel like you’ve been sucker punched in your stomach. You may feel like your appetite has diminished or even experience a sense of nausea.  This is your intuition practically screaming at you!
  7. You find every excuse not to do something even though you know you should.- Living a life of true integrity often means not giving into fear. You know it’s time to move onto something better, either with your job, your relationships, or whatever it is that would improve your personal growth, but you’re afraid.  Put down the excuses and decide you’re going to stop living a lie and allow change to put you back to integrity.
  8. You feel guilty.- When this happens you can be confident that some part of your life isn’t lined up correctly. Take a few minutes to just be quiet because it’s in silence that we find the truth.
  9. You pretend that everything is great and it’s not- How many times have you posted something on social media and it look 100% better than what it actually was? We all do it.  You’re not alone.  Hiding behind the canvas of what the world sees and not listening to the real dreams of your own soul is living by default not fulfillment.
  10. You feel like you’re lost.- From a young child, we learn early on to do the things and be the way others have defined us to be.  We learn that as long as we follow through with the expectation that others put on us, then our lives will stay in harmony with the culture that our friends and family have set.  This is the reason we feel lost, because we are living the life everyone else wants from us instead of being in harmony with what WE want for ourselves.  Make the change and start getting back to what you love.

From the smallest gut instinct to the largest sense of call, our bodies know when we are living outside of the truth and will tell us if we quiet ourselves to listen.  It’s the uneasy feeling, the sneaky suspicion, the guiding spine-chilling sense that can strike fear in even the most complacent of people. Ignoring the warnings won’t make them go away.  They will instead get louder and louder because any form of distress in our lives is just our bodies trying to get us back to the truth.  Whatever shape the whisper takes, know that it is NOT by accident. Listening to these signs can open the door to your personal progression, pushing you towards your life’s greatest calling.  Ignoring them, and sweeping them under the rug, is an invitation to complete chaos.  Martha Beck said, “ Every single choice is a chance to turn toward the life you really want.” And how do you do this?  I’ll answer that…it starts with just a whisper. 

Healing Belongs To You

God sent Jesus to pay the price for you to walk in victory in every area of your life

God sent Jesus to pay the price for you to walk in victory in every area of your life – peace in your mind, your health and your finances – just to mention a few areas. The Word of God tells you that you overcome by the Blood of Jesus and the word of your testimony. This means you must know the power that is available to you and walk in that power.

Lucia continues her series on Healing and Walking in Your Authority on today’s show. Matthew 8:16 in the Passion Translation says, “That evening the people brought to him many who were demonized. And by Jesus only speaking a word of healing over them, they were totally set free from their torment, and everyone who was sick received their healing!”

Because Jesus is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow, you can expect to receive your healing today because Jesus healed then and is still healing today!

We would like to thank our sponsor for this podcast, the ABC’s of Who I Am, coming soon to Amazon! This resource will build your faith and help you declare who God says you are so you can walk in victory! Lucia Claborn at LuciaClaborn.com is providing resources to build your faith, teach you who you are in Jesus Christ, and what belongs to you according to God’s Word so you can enforce Satan’s defeat in your life and walk in victory!

As a born-again child of God, you have a Covenant of Healing with Father God, so you do not have to allow sickness or disease in your body! As you keep thanking God for healing you, and the symptoms are leaving your body, you will have a manifestation of what you are declaring and decreeing.

A key to walking in victory in your health is realizing that Jesus gave you the keys to the kingdom. Keys represent authority and speaking the Word of God in faith is how you walk in your authority to enforce Satan’s defeat in your life so you can walk in victory!

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A reflection on JN 6:35-40 – Mortality & Immortality by Deacon David Hockwalt

A reflection on JN 6:35-40A reflection on JN 6:35-40 – Mortality & Immortality by Deacon David Hockwalt

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

Hedging Against Politics

We talk about hedging against inflation by investing in certain cyclical and noncyclical sectors. What the public doesn’t discuss is the topic of hedging against politics. The topic of inflation has been a topic for a couple of weeks now across the news stations as well within the financial markets. We talk about hedging against inflation by investing in certain cyclical and noncyclical sectors. What the public doesn’t discuss is the topic of hedging against politics. Inflation is predictable to a certain extent. What the politicians say or do can be very unpredictable. Most recently, the CDC relaxed mask requirement. You and I both know that was politically driven. If you had the vaccine, you may go without a mask. My wife and I both had the Johnson and Johnson vaccine and we both caught the virus after the fact. You hear that we are following science. That is nonsense. This virus has been political from day one and really became profound during the 2020 election. We see the conflicts rising in the Middle East with Israel and Hamas. The United States is silent, yet still funding those people who are attacking Israel. What are we to do with the bumbling government in regards to our stewardship. The best advice still comes from King Solomon.

Ecclesiastes 11:2 Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.

Diversification is still the answer and always will be. While you are diversifying your portfolio, focus on being Biblically Responsible in the process and avoid those companies that support and profit from activities that are contrary to your faith.

Special Replay: Combating Fear

Combating fear is something we all want. Do you worry about things? Join the club -  don't we all?Combating Fear

Combating fear is something we all want. Do you worry about things? Join the club –  don’t we all? But in this episode I am going to discuss fear, the result of worry and how we, as Christians, armed with the promises of God can combat the fear and turn it to victory!

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Show Notes: Combating Fear

Fear gets us nowhere. It is a dead-end street that has us walking the same path again and again. It is the place that the enemy would like us to remain in because let’s face it — fear is a bondage. Fear is from the enemy.

2 Timothy 1:7

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.

Yet, God built us to fear if we sense danger. Fear does in essence help to protect us – if we sense something instinctively it can help us to survive. Fear is natural, it keeps us away from those things that could hurt us or bad choices.

The bible also tells us that “fear of the Lord is the beginning of all understanding,” how do we take that verse? What we fear is the judgment of the Lord. If you are a follower of Christ and want to do His will – you should not fear judgment, but you should remember it as you live your life.

God is our light – He is the guiding beacon in the midst of our fears. We can have the courage to deal with the things that happen in our lives and what that takes is praying to overcome the fear. Prayer and reading Scripture verses and memorizing some can help. Another help is using acronyms to help us.

When speaking about fear in the spiritual sense, when we allow worry to cloud our thoughts and overtake our lives realize we are giving the spirit of fear permission to reside in us. The first step is in renouncing the spirit of fear.

In the Name of Jesus, I come against the spirit of fear and I renounce it – I do not give fear dominion in my life. I break any chains of fear in my life and offer it to you, Lord. Lord, I give you permission to come into my life with joy, the joy that surpasses all understanding and that reigns in the knowledge that you are in control of my life.

Here are some wonderful scriptures to write in your journal under the title of “Combating Fear” and pray, say, and memorize these wonderful scriptures:

  1. 1 John 4:18: “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.”
  2. Proverbs 29:25:  “Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.”
  3.  Matthew 10:31  “So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
  4. Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
  5. Psalm 23:4 – “Even though I walk in the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff comfort me.”
  6. Psalm 91:14 – “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.”
  7. Romans 8:30-31 – “And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”
  8. Psalm 118:6: “The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”
  9. Psalm 27:1: “The Lord is my light and my salvation–whom shall I fear?”
  10. Luke 1:30: “But the angels said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.”

If you are fearful and have never repented of the spirit of fear, let’s pray! (Prayer at the end of the audio.)

 

Pentecost – Bread of Life Bible Study

The birthday of the Church! You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, power to heal and power to fight off the evil one who is prowling around like a roaring lion. The power from the Holy Spirit helps all of us live a life of holiness and wholeness. The birthday of the Church! You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, power to heal and power to fight off the evil one who is prowling around like a roaring lion. The power from the Holy Spirit helps all of us live a life of holiness and wholeness.

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

Today’s podcast focuses on the Sunday readings for the 6th Sunday after Easter. It is based on the Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study and presented by the coauthor, Marie Finn. Please visit the website: www.StDismasGuild.org for more information and for supplemental materials.

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

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

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

The Dangers of Inflation

I feel the need to revisit the topic of inflation as is has been all over the news stations this past week. I feel the need to revisit the topic of inflation as is has been all over the news stations this past week. Inflation is simply the value of our dollar is less than what it was previously because the cost of some goods have increased. We have seen the cost of gas increase $1 a gallon in the last 4 months. The cost of lumber has increased 30% in many cases. Real estate prices are skyrocketing. Some medications are at all-time highs. Inflation is basically a tax on everyone, but affects the poor and middle class more than the wealthy. For those that are on a fixed income, inflation is dangerous. As of today, we haven’t seen a response from the Biden administration on how they are going to fight this. The fact is, they are responsible for much of it as printing money causes inflation. There is more money than goods which cause the cost of goods to increase. That is 8th grade economics.  The solution for those of us on the street is complicated. Many will need to cut spending. We made need to travel less, eat out less, reduce our grocery spending. The unfortunate issue is that some people cannot cut anything else from their budget. If you are an investor, it is imperative you speak with an advisor who is knowledgeable on the topic of hedging against inflation. I don’t have a positive outlook on a quick fix to our current inflationary situation. On an individual basis, if you would like to discuss your current financial plan and it’s exposure to inflation, I would be happy to help you. God Bless and please pray for our elected officials .

The Ascension – Bread of Life Bible Study

While the feast of the Ascension is celebrated on Sunday in many areas, we were led to include this reflection for you on this most hoy of feast days. While the feast of the Ascension is celebrated on Sunday in many areas, we were led to include this reflection for you on this most hoy of feast days.

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

Today’s podcast focuses on the Sunday readings for the 6th Sunday after Easter. It is based on the Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study and presented by the coauthor, Marie Finn. Please visit the website: www.StDismasGuild.org for more information and for supplemental materials.

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

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

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

Meet Erin Whalen from Compassionate Coaching

Tired of feeling weary?

Do you ever feel like no matter what you do it is not enough? You are not just tired but weary of trying to do all the things for all the people. Enter Erin Whalen, a life coach who wants to help you go from weariness to hope. Erin journeys with women who want to stop focusing on all the doing and want to stop and listen to God’s call.

Why hope?

Our hope, as Christians, is in the name of the Lord. Hope appears in the bible over 200 times. Without hope, we can forget what God has written on our hearts. Erin seeks to serve women both in small groups and one-on-one coaching to learn our value and worth as a person created by God in his image and likeness.

New Group forming

“Do Justice” is a group being formed to help women look at how they can face real-life issues and brokenness in our world. It can be overwhelming when we see the great injustices around us; we may think we are powerless. To learn more, check out this website. 

 

I forgot to ask Erin before we started talking,  but she came through the perfect challenge: spend 5 minutes, resting in the Lord. Nothing fancy. But very powerful. Try it and let me know how it goes.

Where to find Erin

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A Conversation with Lizbeth Dison

A Conversation with Lizbeth DisonEpisode 85–A Conversation with Lizbeth Dison

 

The Working Woman Radio Show had a conversation with Lizbeth Dison, publisher of ‘Our Town DeKalb’ about the good news she brings to the community.

Ms. Dison talks about the journey that led her to becoming the publisher and editor of ‘Our Town DeKalb’.

She also shared why a newspaper like ‘Our Town DeKalb’ matters so much to the community, and how it encourages people to live their best lives.

 

More About Lizbeth Dison

Lizbeth Dison has over thirty years experience in marketing and communications, across a wide range of vertical industries, including cable/broadband, mobile, publishing, visual and performing arts, and more.

Her resume includes positions with Disney/ABC Networks, Time Warner Cable, Comcast and Cox Communications. She is currently president and owner of Shiny, Inc., a boutique public relations company specializing in unique and niche clients.

Ms. Dison is also the publisher and editor of Our Town DeKalb, Northeast DeKalb’s premier monthly magazine serving Tucker, Smoke Rise, Northlake and Embry Hills. 

She is a twenty-year resident of the City of Tucker, and a member of The Rotary Club of Tucker and the Tucker Business Association. Additionally, Ms. Dison also proudly supports many volunteer and community organizations in the city.

 

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Our Town DeKalb

Our Town Dekalb is the NE DeKalb, in Metro-Atlanta, a premier monthly magazine. Each publication has a readership of over 20,000 people in Embry Hills, Northlake, Oak Grove, Smoke Rise and Tucker area per month.

To view current and past issues of Our Town DeKalb, click here.

 

 

 

 

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Inflation, and It’s Impact on You

Inflation has been relatively low for several years, but now, it is being monitored closely.A topic that I have not discussed for several years is now a cause for concern again. That topic is inflation. Inflation has been relatively low for several years, but now, it is being monitored closely. We can see inflation in lumber prices, real estate, and gasoline over the last few months among several other items. What is Inflation:

In economics, inflation (or less frequently, price inflation) is a general rise in the price level of an economy over a period of time. When the general price level rises, each unit of currency buys fewer goods and services; consequently, inflation reflects a reduction in the purchasing power per unit of money – a loss of real value in the medium of exchange and unit of account within the economy. The opposite of inflation is deflation, a sustained decrease in the general price level of goods and services. The common measure of inflation is the inflation rate, the annualized percentage change in a general price index, usually the consumer price index, over time.

Inflation is dangerous to those people living on a fixed income, normally retires. One of the very few places to generate income that outpaces inflation is in the equity markets which is a problem for people who have low risk tolerance. The solution can be found many times in diversifying across liquid and illiquid investments such as equities and fixed annuities. Every person’s situation is different and there is not a one size fits all solution. I encourage you to review your personal plan now. You can reach us at 888-226-7614.

7th Sunday of Easter, May 16, 2021 – Bread of Life Bible Study

The world hates us because we do not belong to the world.  Jesus' prayer was not that the Father take us out of the world but that He keep us from the evil one. Thank you, Lord.The world hates us because we do not belong to the world.  Jesus’ prayer was not that the Father take us out of the world but that He keep us from the evil one. Thank you, Lord.

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

Today’s podcast focuses on the Sunday readings for the 6th Sunday after Easter. It is based on the Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study and presented by the coauthor, Marie Finn. Please visit the website: www.StDismasGuild.org for more information and for supplemental materials.

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

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

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

Turning Lemons Into Lemonade

The idea of positive thinking, such as turning lemons into lemonade has been around a long time. So, how can you apply this concept to your life as a Christian? Turning Lemons into Lemonade – Christian Perspective Episode 175

 The idea of positive thinking, such as turning lemons into lemonade has been around a long time. In this way, taking something that is otherwise sour and making it more palatable and sweet is plus. So, how can you apply this concept to your life as a Christian? Stay-tuned as we discuss this topic today!

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Turning lemons into lemonade? It can happen.

Are you as tired as I am about the news and negativity all around us? I know that we are in the midst of a struggle, good against evil that is nothing new and has been going on since the beginning of time. However, I have found an increasing amount of my friends are dwelling on the negative. We talk about how we are going to avoid social media, video links we are sent, and all of the other links we are given to read about how our world is falling apart around us. But the enticement is too much and we have to know! We tend to look at things negatively and keep thinking, this is just so unfair. So, it translates into us being upset and we struggle. Now add to that the normal daily struggles of life and what happens? We find ourselves stuck in this vortex of lies, deceit, and serious problems even among our leaders of faith. Interestingly, I was watching a favorite Catholic network on television, and one of the speakers graduated from Harvard years ago, and he said the emphasis in learning back then was holding to an ideal of truth.  However, today truth is considered subjective. Even Pilate asked the Lord what is truth?

This philosophy that truth is subjective and the truth is whatever you think it is is emphasized and pervasive in today’s culture especially in the university settings. What you believe is not what I believe or better yet you should believe what I believe. But there is no absolute truth. And that’s the problem–the problem is we look at things with this idea that there no one way. But, what did Jesus tell us? He is the way the truth and the life and he said in verse 37 everyone who believes in truth believes in me. So what do we believe?

When life hands us lemons what do we do with them? Well, usually there are three things.

  1. We complain because that’s the first line of defense
  2. We try to look for alternatives or solutions of how to resolve the issue
  3. We make lemonade out of these lemons we are handed.

I realized the way I look at life is really how I am living my life. Am I showing my faith and my love of God to myself, my family, and others? Do I believe what He says and trust in Him? Am I living a life that is pleasing to the Almighty? Or am I leading a life that is filled with stress anger and self-righteous annoyance at how unfair life is?

Have you ever heard anyone say everything bad happens to me? Well, it’s almost like it’s a self for filling prophecy. Rebuke that thought in the Name of Jesus if you have it! And, how about turning it around and saying everything good happens to me? Because as Christians the Lord does not allow anything in our lives that he has not given permission to. This is a very difficult concept to grasp. Because how can an all-loving God allow things to happen that are negative in our lives?

And that my dear friends is a question I cannot answer because it is only the Almighty who has that answer. And that’s when we go to our knees and we pray, we ask for relief, we asked friends to pray. And, we begin to look –baby steps, at life as an opportunity to bless not only those in our own family but others as well. There are many of you listening to this that are self-sacrificing every single day for the betterment of others. Please don’t think it goes unnoticed by the Almighty.  Realize that in your everyday struggles the Lord knows and understands and provides for you in many ways that you do not even see.

A friend of mine who is an amazing Christian man and follower of Christ has posted many of his trials on social media – not so much for pity, but to show us that no one escapes the difficulties in life. His family is struggling not only with medical trials within members of the family but also in the home in which they live. So they are psychological, physical, and mental challenges. And it reminds all of us of Job. However, through his postings, he has shown that while everything seems to be falling apart, he knows in his heart that the Lord loves him and it is through this witness that others will be saved. And when everything is going right it is easy to get praise God, but how about when everything is not going well? Look at your lives today, this week, this month, and this year, and let’s all turn those lemons in our life into lemonade.

Let’s pray.  Almighty God and Father, we praise you and we thank you for everything in our lives we thank you for all the blessings you have given us and we thank you for all the times that we struggle. Please help us and give us the knowledge that we need in the midst of the struggles to continue to follow you, to follow in your footsteps, and ask that you carry us for when we are weak you are strong my God~and I know that You will provide for each one of us and we praise You and we thank You, Lord and we lift up the following prayers and petitions to you…and we humbly pray in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Our Communication Skills

Evolution is happening right in front of us. Evolution of communicating. The Pandemic put this evolution into warp speed. In my opinion, this change in our ability to communicate with one another is destructive.Evolution is happening right in front of us. Evolution of communicating. The Pandemic put this evolution into warp speed. In my opinion, this change in our ability to communicate with one another is destructive. When is the last time you phoned or visited someone on their birthday to wish them well? Did you do as so many choose to do now and send them a text, or maybe a Facebook post? How many of you choose to buy things online, such as car insurance or life insurance because you do not want to deal with a salesman? How many of you manage investment accounts online to avoid dealing with a broker? You make excuses about saving money, but in reality, you just don’t want to talk with someone. My brothers and sisters in Christ, this is unhealthy. We need to interact personally with one another. From a position of being a Financial Planner, I can see the destruction of a person’s good intentions when they attempt to do everything themselves. What actually happens is they leave their estate in disarray at death. Things that a professional could have prevented are now a problem for the loved ones of the deceased. I have seen this time and time again and it’s getting much more frequent. Beneficiaries of an estate coming to me for advice because they are at a loss on how to settle an estate. Many of the issues I see could have been prevented if the deceased had a professional planner in their life in lieu of a customer service representative available at a toll free number in the Philippines call center for an online financial company! You must avoid the trend of avoiding personal contact. People have lost their ability to communicate, have lost their ability to disagree, and have lost their ability to problem solve with other human beings. God gave us the ability to speak with one another, put it to use.

Top 10 Mother’s Day Gifts

Top 10 Mother's Day GiftsEpisode 84–Top 10 Mother’s Day Gifts

 

Do you want to know what the top 10 Mother’s Day gifts are for the working woman? The Working Woman Radio Show gives you the 411 in this episode.

Motherhood, by its very nature, is work, and it’s probably the hardest job you will ever do.

So, I’m dedicating today’s show to all of you great moms out there, and in an attempt to salute and pay homage to all of the hard working ladies, I’ve compiled a list of 10 things that can hopefully lighten your load, and brighten your day.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the wonderful mothers out there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One Dozen Rainbow Roses

 

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Elevate!–The show that lifts you up.

The Elevate! talk show wants to feature you on our show!
Tell us a story about something you’ve done to elevate your life or someone else’s. It could be something you’ve done to better the life of a family member or friend, or a creative way you enhanced your home decor home. It could also be something you’ve done to improve your health like losing weight, and more.
Share your story with us and you might be featured in our ‘In the Spotlight’ segment. To sign up, go to our Elevate! YouTube channel, https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GmNWVdmU3kU&feature=youtu.be, and subscribe. Then email us your stories and pictures to elevateytchannel@gmail.com.
Also, become an Elevate! Facebook friend by visiting, https://www.facebook.com/cauthenproductions/
and share your stories and pictures with us on our Facebook page.
To view the Elevate! YouTube channel, go to Elevate!
Also, if you live in DeKalb County, Georgia you can also listen to episodes of Comcast channel 25.

Embrace Uncomfortable?

Do you like being comfortable?

I do. In the spiritual life though, comfortable can mean stagnant. Or stuck. Not moving toward greatness.

Two quotes

“The world promises you comfort, but you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness.”  Pope Benedict XVI

“If you are always comfortable, nothing really happens, nothing changes. Embrace uncomfortable.” Me, as in, I said that!

Why be uncomfortable?

I think sometimes we need to be uncomfortable so we can grow and change. God really does call us to greatness, not mediocrity.  If you feel a tug toward change because you have become complacent or want to grow closer to God, pay attention.

This week, if you sense a pull from the Holy Spirit, pray this prayer each day, The Litany of Trust.

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Walking in Your Authority for Healing

Do you have symptoms or sickness in your body? Are you wondering if God really wants you healed? You will not want to miss this week’s episode as Lucia shares the Word of God regarding healing! Do you have symptoms or sickness in your body? Are you wondering if God really wants you healed? You will not want to miss this week’s episode as Lucia shares the Word of God regarding healing!

Lucia gives you keys from the Bible found in her favorite verses to help you grow your faith to receive your healing. Mark 5:36 in The Passion Translation says, “But Jesus refused to listen to what they were told and said to the Jewish official, “Don’t yield to fear. All you need to do is to keep on believing.”

The things that you think are impossible in your life are possible with God if you will only keep believing on God’s promises found in His Word. When you put your faith in what the Bible says you cannot fail. All things are possible in your life if you will only believe!

We would like to thank our sponsor for this podcast, the Faith Builders for Victorious Living, coming soon to Amazon! This resource will build your faith and help you declare what God says about faith, healing, prosperity, peace, love, and much more according to the Word of God so you can walk in victory! Lucia Claborn at LuciaClaborn.com is providing resources to build your faith, teach you who you are in Jesus Christ, and what belongs to you according to God’s Word so you can enforce Satan’s defeat in your life and walk in victory!

 Faith will decree the end from the beginning according to the Word of God and then it will receive God’s promise by faith! As you decree healing and health over your body, all the power of Heaven comes to back you up and bring it to pass in your life.

A secret key to walking in victory in your health is that you must build your faith to receive your healing from Father God. Everything you receive from God; you receive with your faith because Jesus came and paid the price for you to walk in complete health and healing.

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How Do We Influence Change?

We can make a difference in how this world develops, but until we can individually hold ourselves to be obedient in our Christian lives, it is all a smoke screen with no base.

It’s very common to feel helpless as we watch the world decay around us. We turn on the evening news and see nothing but hate, often driven by the media and political operatives. What do we do as Christians? Is there an option to have a voice against this moral decline? Outside of the obvious answer, which is to pray for our nation, as Christians, we do have a voice. There are approximately 70% of the people in the United States who identify as Christian. What would happen if those 70% took a hard stand and said we will not own a company that utilizes Life Ending Scientific research or supports the abortion industry. I can assure you that things would change. That 70% could have a massive influence on our culture today, but it doesn’t. It has very little influence because people are not living their beliefs. It is no different than a vegetarian eating only beef. Our beliefs dictate our behavior. When a Christian man settles down and watches porn on his computer, is he guided by his Christian beliefs? When we visit the gas station and buy $20 worth of Powerball tickets, are we living our Christian beliefs? When we verbally abuse our spouse and children, are we living by our Christian beliefs? We can make a difference in how this world develops, but until we can individually hold ourselves to be obedient in our Christian lives, it is all a smoke screen with no base.

New Life & Power

We all want a new life power of faith and grace that is given by God. But how do we go about doing this? In this episode, Father David goes deeper into the heart of the matter that there is power in prayer and the graces of God are just waiting for us!New Life & Power of Grade ~ Episode 41

We all want a new life power of faith and grace that is given by God. But how do we go about doing this? In this episode, Father David goes deeper into the heart of the matter that there is power in prayer and the graces of God are just waiting for us!

Check out Father David’s Book!

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

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

 

 

In this podcast, I am continuing the themes and harmony of the New Covenant in Jesus Christ. However, we cannot pass this day by without mentioning that this is the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. Most Catholics probably do not know much about this day. I would like to lead in by presenting a brief explanation of Our Lady of Lourdes, a universal shrine for healing near Lourdes, France.

New Life Power of Grace

In 1858 the Virgin Mary Immaculate appeared to Bernadette Soubirous near Lourdes, France within the cave of Massabielle. Through this humble girl, Mary called sinners to conversion and enkindled within the Church a great zeal for prayer and charity, especially service to the sick and poor. The following is what Bernadette briefly tells us: “I had gone down one day with other girls to the bank of the river Gave when suddenly I heard a kind of rustling sound. I turned my head toward the field by the side of the river Gave, but the trees seemed quite still, and the noise was evidently not coming from them. Then I looked up and caught sight of the cave where I saw a lady wearing a lovely white dress with a bright belt. On top of each of her feet was a pale, yellow rose, the same color as her rosary beads. The Lady asked Bernadette to pray for the conversion of sinners…after a while in her time she told me that she was the Immaculate Conception”.

Conversion and life-giving repentance truly bring about new life and power. The Church as an ecclesial body needs to do repentance for numerous things, no repentance no restoration: sexual abuse both sacerdotal and laity, excessive institutionalism, clericalism, materialism, buying into the neopagan social religion of secular humanism and all its moral abuses, allowing the abuse of modern technology (all members of the Church), mistrusting the leadership of women, very poor pastoring of the clergy for the laity. You may have a few other issues in mind. In listing these concerns I am not trying to bring condemnation, but an honest and open look at our sin, and then doing what is necessary to travel the path of change in order to experience the blessing of Restoration.

There are at least three important things to embrace, in addition to life-giving repentance, in order to move along the path of change toward restoration: all three are interrelated.

  1. We as the Church (all segments of the Church) need to bring the spiritual power of the New Covenant in the new creation out of the dry dock and place the practical theology and spirituality of the New Covenant at the heart and center of all spiritual and pastoral growth and formation in the life and relationships of all the segments in the life of the Church, including the teaching about the Sacraments. The notion of the Covenant exists in the scriptures and office books for sure, but in catechesis and in individual formation it seems to be ignored. The New Evangelization is almost impossible without making this change. The teaching of the New Covenant is what places the Scriptures as the foundation for living the Gospel.
  2. The Second Vatican Council II is the tremendous work and the overflow of grace of the Holy Spirit for our time. I am not speaking about the many goofy interpretations of the Council that emerged after its close in 1965. You may hear a good number of people criticizing the Council, and some have gone so far as to try and remake the Church like it was before the preparation and promulgation of the Documents of the Council, and some who believe this are among the Episcopal leaders in the Church, and many priests have ignored preaching about the content of the Council in their homilies. Here is the litmus test: when you ask individuals who are critical of Vatican II, have you read the documents? You will hardly find any person who has or even read a few of them. How can your criticism be legitimate, if you do not know what the Vatican Council teaches?
  3. The impartation of the grace of the Holy Spirit in the practical lives of members of the Church. In the years following the close of Vatican Council II, there were spiritual renewal movements and programs, which promoted a new life in the Holy Spirit, and anointed teaching that made a notable positive difference in the spiritual lives of many individuals within the Church and other Christian groups as well. This powerful actual grace led to many endeavors of corporal and spiritual works of mercy as well as groups of prayer, praise, and community relationships. Many years have passed since the close of the Council, individuals have gotten older and some have moved on to a life of glory in heaven. There are many young people searching for something more than those graces of the recent past because naturally, they are distant from the youth. Those who are still involved with the spiritual journey of life have had many experiences. Modern life is a very demanding and complicated existence. Many of those who started well have tired out and lost momentum, enthusiasm, and zeal. If God so chooses, it may be time for a second refreshing outpouring of the Holy Spirit; a new conferral, bestowal, impartation of the actualizing grace of the Holy Spirit centered in the Churches Grace of Renewal and Reform. In addition to various groups and communities celebrating life-giving repentance satisfying the Lord God’s expectations, it would be necessary to design a program or some type of structured experience that would hold and promote the necessary elements of transformation that could move us forward in a grandiose yet humble and grateful manner. What do you think? May we hear from you! What kind of a program would you design?

 

May We Pray!

Holy Father in each age of the Church’s existence you have been most faithful in pouring out your graces and power. We know and believe that you love us, and you desire us to experience a mystical transformation in this time by the direction infusion of your love in the power of the Holy Spirit. For this divine impartation, we are hungry and thirsty. While living in this earthly reality we desire to rise above the challenges that beset us, but through this empowerment may we continue to know, love, and serve you with our whole heart. We pray this prayer through the intercession of Mary our mother and in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Special Replay:Blind Faith vs. Real Faith

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

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

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

Luke 21-24:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let’s pray:

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

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

 

6th Sunday of Easter, May 9, 2021 Bread of Life Bible Study

God in His mercy and grace approaches us with a call and an offer made out of His love. This lesson shows us how to become friends with Jesus.

God in His mercy and grace approaches us with a call and an offer made out of His love. This lesson shows us how to become friends with Jesus.

 

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

 

Today’s podcast focuses on the Sunday readings for the 6th Sunday after Easter. It is based on the Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study and presented by the coauthor, Marie Finn. Please visit the website: www.StDismasGuild.org for more information and for supplemental materials.

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

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

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

Continuing a Legacy

Continuing A Legacy

Episode 83–Continuing A Legacy

 

Continuing a legacy can be a very difficult thing to do, but Elizabeth Omilami, daughter of civil rights leader Hosea Williams, has accomplished it.

The Working Woman Radio Show sat down with Ms. Omilami, daughter of Hosea Williams and CEO of the Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless, to talk about the work she is doing to help the needy.

More About Elizabeth Omilami

Elizabeth Omilami, is the daughter of civil rights leader, Hosea Williams, and Georgia State Representative, Juanita Williams. 

After graduating college, Elizabeth created the People’s Survival Theatre, producing a season of five shows per year. When her husband, Afemo Omilami received a scholarship to New York University, Ms. Omilami continued to direct and act, while helping to support her family as an arts administrator and executive assistant in New York City. 

Upon her father’s passing in 2000, Ms. Omilami became the CEO of the Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless organization, and expanded the organization from a budget of $200,000 to over $1.5 million. Ms. Omilami works to provide programs that will meet the basic needs of the working poor and homeless.

 

Helpful Resources

 

Hosea Helps

From preventing homelessness in working families to providing emergency food for students, and from making sure that children have school supplies to delivering Thanksgiving and Christmas meals to the homes of senior citizens, we engage in a wide range of human services all year long.

 

Elevate!–The show that lifts you up.

The Elevate! talk show wants to feature you on our show!
Tell us a story about something you’ve done to elevate your
life or someone else’s. It could be something you’ve done to better the life of a family member or friend, or a creative way you enhanced your home decor home. It could also be something you’ve done to improve your health like losing weight, and more.
Share your story with us and you might be featured in our ‘In the Spotlight’ segment. To sign up, go to our Elevate! YouTube channel, https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GmNWVdmU3kU&feature=youtu.be, and subscribe. Then email us your stories and pictures to elevateytchannel@gmail.com.
Also, become an Elevate! Facebook friend by visiting, https://www.facebook.com/cauthenproductions/
and share your stories and pictures with us on our Facebook page.
To view the Elevate! YouTube channel, go to Elevate!
Also, if you live in DeKalb County, Georgia you can also listen to episodes of Comcast channel 25.

The Healthcare Dilemma

One of the largest requirements in our lives is the need of healthcare insurance. I am dismayed at the number of people who think they cannot afford healthcare options.

One of the largest requirements in our lives is the need of healthcare insurance. I am dismayed at the number of people who think they cannot afford healthcare options. I am not a fan of “ObamaCare”, but it is an option for lower income households as they receive a subsidy to lower the monthly premium. The reality of purchasing healthcare on Healthcare.gov is the ridiculously high deductibles and lack of options. Very few people can afford to cover the deductibles which can be well over $10,000 annually. If you are fortunate enough to have group health insurance through your employer, count your blessings. For those who must purchase healthcare through other avenues, let me make a suggestion. As believers, we have options available through various ministries. To be clear, it is not health insurance, but it is very similar. Each is unique in their options. Deductibles, monthly share costs, pre-existing conditions all vary among plans. The biggest difference I see in the contrast between ObamaCare and Christian Healthcare is the monthly cost. I personally have saved $9000 annually in premium. That difference in premium allows me to pay cash for services rendered at a deep discount. When lined up in a side by side comparison, I am saving approximately $7500 a year for my household. That’s a $625 monthly savings. Christian Healthcare options may or may not be a viable solution for you or your family. The pre-existing condition issue may be the determining factor on what you choose, but it is worth your time to investigate.

The Prayer of Silence

What is prayer?

Prayer is time with God. A conversation. A lifting of our mind and heart to him.

There are different types of prayer

We can pray with others or by ourselves. There are vocal prayers, often those we have memorized. We can pray those aloud or inside our mind, but there are words involved either way.

Contemplative prayer is quiet. There are not many words.

How to pray in silence?

Put yourself in a quiet place, free of distractions.

Close your eyes and ask the Lord to be present with you.

Breathe. In your mind, picture God looking at you or open your eyes and look at an image that focuses you.

Tell God briefly what is on your mind.

And then sit quietly, if thoughts come to mind, let them go.

When you are done, thank God for his presence.

You may come away with answers or a sense of peace. Answers may come at another time. Try not to worry if you are doing it right, know that any time we give to God like this helps us become the person he created.

Try contemplative prayer this week. Start with 10 minutes a day and see what happens.

 

Intentional Ignorance

Where we invest and where we spend our money can and does make a difference.

This past weekend I had an opportunity to spend a couple of days at an event for conservatives. As a sponsor of this event, I had a booth with brochures, etc., available for the attendees that discussed Biblically Responsible Investing. Approximately half of those attending the event showed some interest in the topic. Many were intrigued that their investments may be supporting and profiting from activities that are contrary to their faith. The remaining attendees were quick to brush off the conservation with comment that had nothing to do with being a good steward. Many people related were happy with their current investments. Others stated they had a good advisor. These responses were focused on making money, not being an obedient steward. I have seen this attitude anytime we are in a bull market. People have tunnel vision on their statements, not on how the profits were being generated or who the company supports. These issues are alarming and should rattle all of us. Is it ok to invest in a company that uses fetal tissue in their product development as long as the investor is making money? Are could lay out a series of similar questions. The fact is, the steward either cares or doesn’t care. I find it hypocritical that a person cheers for the prolife political agenda, yet holds a myriad of investments that financially support planned parenthood. Can you see the irony? Where we invest and where we spend our money can and does make a difference. I heard people at the event stating they will not use Amazon because Amazon hurts the small business, yet they hold a mutual funds that owns Amazon. It is willful ignorance. If you want to know what you own, I would be happy to screen your current portfolio for you. Book a consultation by calling 888-226-7614.

 

5th Sunday of Easter May 5, 2021 Bread of Life Bible Study

5th Sunday of Easter, May 2, 2021 – Bread of Life Bible Study 

In the Passover meal,  the fruit of the vine was a symbol of God’s goodness to his people. Love and forgiveness are decisions we can make by accepting the cross of Christ. Until we accept the love and forgiveness of our God through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, we cannot forgive truly from the heart.

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

In the Passover meal,  the fruit of the vine was a symbol of God's goodness to his people. Love and forgiveness are decisions we can make by accepting the cross of Christ. 5th Sunday of Easter Bible StudyToday’s podcast focuses on the Sunday readings for the Second Sunday of Lent. It is based on the Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study and presented by the coauthor, Marie Finn. Please visit the website: www.StDismasGuild.org for more information and for supplemental materials.

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

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

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

Lead By Example

When we lead we show and we demonstrate often without words – a quote attributed to St. Francis of Assisi says, “Preach the gospel at all times and if necessary use words.”Today our topic is one that may cause you to think that leading by example means being perfect and no one is perfect this side of heaven – but, there is more to leading and we’ll explore this topic in this podcast!

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Sometimes our leader’s let us down and when we see this we lose heart and think this is it! The world is ending tomorrow… but Jesus said, Matthew 28:19-20

New International Version

19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

He didn’t say go forth and be perfect as I am perfect! When we look at leadership we see that there is much that is expected and rightly so… but it also means that we must look at what we can do and not where others have fallen short. In college, many people thought I needed saving. I was a Catholic and in my mind a Christian. But, my Christian friends thought I had something lacking in my walk with the Lord. So, they asked me to pray a salvation prayer and join a Bible study. I read the salvation prayer and thought – sure, I already believe this and a Bible Study? Why not? But it was still you need to do this and that – and this is the way, the only way.

Good people who mean we’ll want to help others as the Lord has urged, to make disciples of all nations. If we sit together and chat I am sure that many of us come from different denominations and may say their church is the only way. But here is the thing, how are you leading and how are you giving others an example of the love of God in your heart?

When we lead we show and we demonstrate often without words – a quote attributed to St. Francis of Assisi says, “Preach the gospel at all times and if necessary use words.” There are those who say that Francis never said this and we may never know, but I’d like to believe that he did and I heard this taught by my own parents at an early age, St. Francis being one of our favorite Italian saints who denounced his worldly wealth and went on to preach the gospel all his life.

When we have God’s love in our hearts and we are in communion with him there is no need to use words, there is no need to tell people what to believe or do – there is only a need to show and we do this first and foremost with our own family and our friends. Why is it that we hurt the people we love the most? We hurt those who care for us and who are immediately there in case of need? Is it because we know they will understand? It is not the way we should be or live our lives.

I had a good friend in fact we co-authored some books together and she was a science genius, an amazing mom, and a cook. She was just good at whatever she did, and I would tease her often about her joy and her vocabulary. She talked about utensils (you mean forks and knives?) she talked about “play structures,” you mean a swing set? I would tell her I was her translator because she was on another level! She loved the Lord and before we began the writing projects we would launch into prayer, she’d grab my hands and begin praying and praising God, and yes from time to time I’d open one eye and see she was still going strong, so I’d close my eyes and focus on the words and the Spirit of God – she was an Evangelical Christian and we got along famously because of our mutual love to the Lord even if she was just a tiny bit more –okay allot more—vocal about her praising God. The reason I share this wonderful memory – because Jill went to be with the Lord right after Christmas in 2007, is that wherever we’d go people would stop her and say those golden words to any Christian who wants to share the gospel –
“What is different about you – or You are different, or “I want what you have.”  Jill lead people to the Lord at our printing company where we had our books printed, at the grocery store, and even at the gas station. In fact, she never even realized she did this until I pointed it out to her. She didn’t go around saying anything. Or wearing a huge cross or even a t-shirt that says, Got Jesus? She just smiled and was joyful to everyone she met.

So, we start by asking the Lord for that SPIRIT of Joy and we begin in our own homes and then we ask God to give us the gift of evangelism if that is our calling how DOES HE want us to share the gospel? Is it to learn all we can in the quiet of our home? Is it to reach out to someone at church, or in the grocery store? I look around me and people are afraid. It is a spirit of fear that holds people ransom and the evil one feeds on fear – if you are fearful there is no way you can be an example or lead… Pray this prayer –

1 John 4:18

18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear must do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love.

Ask the Lord for an infilling of HIS love – and ask the Lord for a deeper relationship with him. We can lead only the Lord requests it.

Let’s Pray – Dear Lord I ask you for that spirit of Joy to overcome any negativity or fear in my life and in the NAME of Jesus I ask that you take away any fear, any anxiety, anything that is not of you and put it at the foot of the cross. Dear Lord I ask for you to fill me with the opposite the spirit of hope, of love, of peace and joy – and I ask for the following needs in my life…. And I pray this in Jesus precious Name. Amen!

Exercising for Life

Exercising for LifeEpisode 82–Exercising for Life

 

The Working Woman Radio Show invited, personal trainer and owner of InclusIF Fitness, Patrice Peters, into the studio to talk about exercising for life.

Ms. Peters talked about the benefits of regular exercise and how it can create a better quality of life.

 

More About Patrice Peters

Patrice Peters discovered her passion for fitness in 1996 when she was a student earning her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in New York.

Shortly after completing a Masters degree in Public Administration, she decided to venture out on her own. In 2007, Patrice opened InclusIF Fitness studio. This work has extended to partnerships which include City Club of Buckhead in Atlanta, Emory Wellness Center and a variety of local community centers. 

In 2014, Peters decided to expand her business enterprise and opened Cosmic Energy Fitness Studio. She partnered with a variety of talented and passionate instructors and offered a wide spectrum of creative dance and fitness classes. 

In 2020, Ms. Peters decided to return to school, and earned a Paralegal certificate from the University of Georgia. Her mission is to deliver aid wherever she can, be it in a legal environment, or in a fun, high-energy workout session. 

 

 

Elevate!

The show that lifts you up.

 

ELEVATE! MOTHER’S DAY MAKEOVER!!
Does your mama need a makeover–a furniture makeover, that is?
Well, today could be her lucky day!
The Elevate! talk show is proud to announce our inaugural Mother’s Day Furniture Makeover.Just like the title says, we will makeover and restore a piece of furniture for the deserving mom in your life. Whether she’s your biological mom, a step-mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, or a godmother, it doesn’t matter.

ReVamped Furnishings, our furniture restoration company located in Atlanta, Georgia, is sponsoring this project and will refinish the piece free of charge.

Here’s how you enter. First, go to the Elevate! YouTube channel and SUBSCRIBE. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hm_VhhFGrc

Then snap some pictures of the piece of furniture that you would like for us to restore. Tell us why your mom deserves to have this piece refinished, along with your contact information. Then email your pictures and information to elevateytchannel@gmail.com.

We will choose ONE piece of furniture from the entries that are sent in and announce the winner on our show on May 1, 2021.

But hurry because you only have one week. The contest ends Friday, April 30th. Also, this contest is for local metro-Atlanta residents only.

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Investing in Our Eternal Home

Why do we focus on material things in a place where we are here just for a short time? God has entrusted us with blessings of many things that we are to steward.

When you check into a hotel room for a long weekend or on a week-long vacation, do you make changes to the hotel room? Do you hire a construction crew to replace the shower, put in beautiful marble countertops, replace the carpet with oak flooring, paint the walls a different color, and add a den? Of course you don’t. Why not? Because you are only there for a short while. Why do we do that to our earthly home? Why do we focus on material things in a place where we are here just for a short time? God has entrusted us with blessings of many things that we are to steward. Should we be buying million dollar homes? Should we be buying $400,000 sports cars? Should we be getting plastic surgery? The answer really is between you and God. Are you obedient first to the Kingdom? Are you caring for the sick, the needy, the widows and orphans before your own materialistic needs? Should we not be preparing our heavenly home by storing our treasures in Heaven? I urge you to answer these questions and understand that we are here for a short while, but eternity is forever!

1 Chronicles 29:15 We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace.

Whisper: Finding God in the Everyday

Meet Danielle

Danielle Bean is brand manager at CatholicMom.com, an apostolate of Holy Cross Family Ministries. She is creator and host of the Girlfriends podcast and co-host of The Gist on CatholicTV. Danielle is also author of several books including Momnipotent, You Are Enough, and Giving Thanks and Letting Go. She is a retreat leader and a popular speaker on a variety of subjects related to Catholic family life, education, marriage, and motherhood. Danielle has been married to her husband Dan for 26 years and together they have 8 children.

A New Book

Whisper: Finding God in the Everyday by Danielle Bean is from Ascension Press. This book reminds us that God is with us in all that we do each day. This book is not for women only, it speaks to all of those who are on a journey of faith.

Two favorite parts of the book are the scripture verses for each chapter that you can pray with and ponder. There are also prayers included from the rich treasures of our faith, prayers from saints such as Ignatius and Augustine as well as current prayers, such as the Litany of Trust from the Sisiters of Life.

Where you can find Whisper and Danielle

Pre-order Whisper and get the Companion Journal!

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Spend time this week recalling when you have seen God in your life. Write down those times and when we feel alone, go back and be reminded that God is always with you!

Resting In and Trusting God

Have you ever gone to God and said, “I want it right now, God!” Join Lucia in today’s show as she talks about Resting In and Trusting God’s Timing.Have you ever gone to God and said, “I want it right now, God!” Join Lucia in today’s show as she talks about Resting In and Trusting God’s Timing.

Do you want things right now? How many times as God’s child, do you say, “God, I need this right now?”

Habakkuk 2-3 says, “This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.”

Many times, we want the answer to our prayers ‘right now’ when we pray. Hebrews 4:16 says, “So now we draw near freely and boldly to where grace is enthroned, to receive mercy’s kiss and discover the grace we urgently need to strengthen us in our time of weakness.” Don’t give up in a moment of weakness. You can be strong when you seem weak.

We would like to thank our sponsor for this podcast, the ABC’s of Who I Am, at Lucia Claborn.com and soon to be on Amazon! This resource will build your faith and help you confess who and what God says you are from A to Z according to the Word of God so you can walk in victory! We encourage you to get your copy now by visiting the link in the show notes. Lucia Claborn at LuciaClaborn.com is providing resources to build your faith, teach you who you are, and what belongs to you according to God’s Word so you can enforce Satan’s defeat in your life and walk in victory!

Even when you don’t see things happening, you can have the confidence to know God is working on your behalf! We expect God to answer our prayers, immediately, but sometimes it takes weeks, months, or even years for things to manifest in your life.

Are you willing to stand in faith, rest in God and trust in His promises until your prayers are answered? It doesn’t matter how long it takes to receive your answers, when you hold your promise in your hands, or you experience what you’ve prayed for, all the pain, all the frustration, all the disappointments are gone.

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Watching the World Implode

Do you think the world is more morally intact in 2021 than what is was 10 years ago? What about 20, 30, or even 50 years ago?Do you think the world is more morally intact in 2021 than what is was 10 years ago? What about 20, 30, or even 50 years ago? Are cities safer? Are television shows cleaner? With the invention of social media, has the world become a better place to live in? I think most of us would say no. We don’t let our kids play in the street anymore. We don’t let our families go to certain neighborhoods. We turn on the news and see nothing but division, hate, violence, and the media burns those things as fuel to keep their engine running. What if I imply that the situation we are in today is our fault? I believe it is. For too long, we have become fearful of being labeled racist, homophobe, and bigot among many other things. Those labels are as meaningless as the term Christian now. People who call themselves Christians, but live a life contrary to Biblical instruction. We as believers have taken a seat in the stands and watched as the world has imploded around us. Maybe we are too busy looking at that 4” x 6”  cell phone screen to even recognize that Satan is running freely among us and even being celebrated. As believers, we need to stop being pathetic sheep. Stop spending your money at places of sin. Stop investing in companies that profit and support abortion, pornography, anti-family entertainment, and alternative lifestyle. You can make a difference in this world by how you spend and invest those assets God has entrusted you with.

Gift of New Covenant

The tremendous grace of the gift of the new covenant comes to us each and every day and Father David once again gives a clear and concise podcast on the topic, to renew our faith!The Gift of the New Covenant Episode 40

The tremendous grace of the gift of the new covenant comes to us each and every day and Father David once again gives a clear and concise podcast on the topic, to renew our faith!

Check out Father’s book!

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

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

The scripture in the Old Testament that is most quoted which declares God’s promises for his people is Jerimiah 30:31-34. Since it is the foundation that declares restoration for God’s people it is worth quoting: The days are coming says the Lord when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers the day I took them by the hand to lead them forth from the land of Egypt; for they broke my covenant, and I had to show myself their master, says the Lord. But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord. I will place my law within them and write it upon their hearts, says the Lord; I will be their God, and they shall be my people. “No longer will they have need to teach their friends and kinsmen how to know the Lord. All from least to greatest, shall know me, says the Lord, for I will forgive their evildoing and remember their sin no more.” This wonderful promise is all about restoration! However, that is not where we are as a people at this present time of crisis, which is suffering in a pandemic, which shows no sign of conclusion. It seems there is more purification which is ahead. What will it take for the human community, and specifically the Christian community, to satisfy our Lord?

In the recent past we Catholic Christians have over-emphasized the Church as an institution, and narrowly presented a singular picture of the Sacraments as the only path to living in grace. There certainly is the truth about all this, but we just assume that devotions will somehow to pick up the rest. All awhile not really explaining to our people how this all works in the realm of the practical realities of daily life. Rarely, in our catechetical and homiletic presentations is the word Covenant mentioned. Viewing all this from a spiritual and biblical point of view it seems we need to go back to the experience of the Covenant and seek the elements of the meaning of the New Covenant as the heart of our Christian way of life. A solid balanced spirituality is not just built on praying devotions and prayers that other people have written. These things are good but clearly incomplete. Through and in the New Covenant we need to go to the heart of the matter in the personal experience of the Lord Jesus Christ as the Covenant of the New Creation, and the root of it all is a profound personal experience and relationship with Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior.

Before this recent pandemic broke into the life of the human community we experienced some concern that so many of our churches were closing or being amalgamated with other worshiping bodies. Our Catholic members who go to church did not seem to realize just how drastic this process is because it happened so gradually. Our Catholic communities in the United States, for the most part, are comprised of older people. I saw a statistic recently, and I hope it is not true, that seventy percent of our youth who have been raised in Catholic families leave the practice of their religion by the age of twenty-seven. I am also very aware that there are many young people who are experiencing a wonderful renewal of their Christian life. Still this pandemic has shut the churches down. Some people have not been to Mass for almost a year, and some have not seemed to have missed it. The lengthy process of this pandemic crisis has many people bewildered! Pope Francis mentioned recently in his new book “Let Us Dream”, the path of a better future, that the human community is going to come out of this extended crisis for the better or worse. We certainly hope for the best!

We find in Hebrews seven that Jesus became the guarantee of a better covenant. He is the mediator of the New Covenant. Jesus has obtained a more excellent ministry, just as he is the mediator of a better covenant. Jesus tells his disciples that he did not come to set aside the Old Covenant, but he came to fulfill it, and establish a new covenant of power and life. God’s goodness and graciousness is an expression of the Covenant. God is our Father because of the covenant relationship. The messenger of the Covenant whom you desire is like a refiner’s fire and he will purify his sons and daughters. As we are called by a transforming, grace we are called to offer a response of faith and love. Christ instituted the New Covenant in his blood and water which poured forth from his side. He has joined each member of his Body in an everlasting covenant. Therefore, the Church as the New Covenant People of God, and each member is alive and in the union in a covenant relationship with the glorified Christ.

This mysterious union is entitled the Paschal Mystery, a New and Everlasting Covenant, and the action of the Holy Spirit is at work continually in the People of the New Covenant. This mystical covenant between God and his people prepared the way for the new and everlasting Covenant in which the Son of God by becoming Incarnate and giving his life has united to himself in a certain way all humankind saved by him, thus preparing for “the wedding feast of the Lamb”. The entire Christian life becomes the mark of the spousal love of Christ and the Church. Christian marriage becomes a beautiful and endearing and efficacious sign, the sacrament of the Covenant of Christ and the Church. The spouses celebrate a true sacrament of the New Covenant.

May We Pray!

Dear Lord, the struggles and trials of Christian marriage at times become hard and challenging. We know you will not abandon us when these trials occur. For we have received the covenant grace of Christian marriage. The vision given to us by the grace of the Sacrament, an everlasting assurance that you will lead and guide us in our vocation within the New Covenant Church community. With this assurance, we pray for a special charism of renewal and refreshment of the espousal grace. When we hunger for a deeper love with you. May this special charism be given to us at times when we desire to pass from a good Christian marriage to a more mystical experience of the Divine union of love. We pray this prayer in the spousal relationship of Mary and Joseph, as we thirst for a deeper union with our God who is Eternal Love. Amen.

 

 

 

Special Replay: Take Jesus With You


Take Jesus With You | Is Jesus with you each and every day? Learn how to notice God in your life | #podcast #christianpodcastTake Jesus With You

Many times people feel alone and forgotten but you can take Jesus with you each and every day. In this episode, we are reminded that God is always with us until the end of time. We are not alone!

So, how do you take Jesus with you and why is this a strange concept to so many? We learned as children that Jesus is always with us – we are told in the Scriptures after Jesus resurrected that the disciples were asked to go to the mountain in Galilee where they found the Lord – and he instructed them before he went to heaven. This is known as the “great commission.”

Matthew 28:16-20

  1. The eleven went to find Jesus
  2. Some doubted
  3. The great commission – make disciples of all nations
  4. The Trinity: Baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit
  5. Teach them to obey
  6. …I am with you always, to the very end of the age

Jesus is with us … always … to the very end of the age…

We should be shouting and rejoicing in the streets – hallelujah the Lord is with us – He is here – He is always beside us. OR… if we are not sure of our relationship with God it may be a little bit intimidating.

Each of us has a different relationship with the Lord. We worship in our own way. Some in private, other’s in the community, some lifting their hands and worshipping in song and others on their knees in the privacy of a church chapel or home. Yet we should work on our communication with the Lord.

Is Jesus with you each and every day? Is he right

Dear Jesus, thank you for always being with me, until the end of time – thank you for giving me the grace to believe you are here – that you are with me. I repent of any way I have not allowed you to work in my life, anything I have done that is not pleasing. I ask you, Lord, to come into my life in a renewed way – to see your hand in the little things in my life, to honor my prayers and to go with me, wherever I go. I praise you and I thank you, Lord! Thank you for answering the prayers that I ask of you now…

You are the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords and I give you all the honor and praise as the one true God and I pray this in Jesus Name – Amen!

Good Shepherd – 4th Sunday of Easter, April 25, 2021 – Bread of Life Bible Study

4th Sunday of Easter, April 25, 2021 – Bread of Life 

This Gospel is a powerful reminder that every living person on this earth is under the loving care and concern of our "Good Shepherd," Jesus Christ. 

This Gospel is a powerful reminder that every living person on this earth is under the loving care and concern of our “Good Shepherd,” Jesus Christ.  We call Him the Good Shepherd because He not only took many risks for His flock, but He also died defending it.

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

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

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

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

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

Thriving After Breast Cancer

Thriving After Breast CancerEpisode 81–Thriving After Breast Cancer

 

Is thriving after breast cancer possible?

The Working Woman Radio Show sat down with breast cancer survivor, Amanda Collier-Rittenhouse, and she said that it is indeed possible.

Ms. Collier-Rittenhouse candidly shares about her diagnosis and her treatment plan. She also talked about the support and encouragment she received, and how she is paying it forward.

More About Amanda Collier-Rittenhouse

Amanda Collier-Rittenhouse is a native Georgian raised in Conyers, Georgia. She graduated Clark Atlanta University, and she currently works in the pharmaceutical industry presently.

As a breast cancer survivor, Amanda enjoys having conversations with other breast cancer patients. Her faith in God has allowed her to encourage others on their journey as others encouraged her.  Amanda met her soulmate, Howard, on a blind date, and they will be married 30 years, this year. She and her husband are the parents to two amazing young adults. 

 

 

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Elevate!–The show that lifts you up.

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Tell us a story about something you’ve done to elevate your
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Share your story with us and you might be featured in our ‘In the Spotlight’ segment. To sign up, go to our Elevate! YouTube channel, https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GmNWVdmU3kU&feature=youtu.be, and subscribe. Then email us your stories and pictures to elevateytchannel@gmail.com.
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Is Today the Day?

As a former law enforcement officer, I don’t think that those people I witnessed lose their life in car accidents thought that today was the day!So often, I receive phone calls asking for help after a person receives disturbing news about their health or loss of a loved one. People who may have procrastinated about getting their financial affairs in order now are frantic about completing things. Many times, it is too late to properly put needed items into the plan due to health situations such as Life Insurance, Disability Insurance, or Long-Term Care insurance.

As a planner, I have struggled with ways to get people to understand the importance of planning. The issue really begs the question of mortality. If I asked you if you were going to die today, I assume you would say no. If I asked if you are going to die tomorrow, or the next day, or next week, most people would either respond with “I don’t know” or “no”.

The real issue is we do not know when God is going to call us home. The peace of mind that either exists or doesn’t exist based on a person’s stewardship at the current time is relative. As a former law enforcement officer, I don’t think that those people I witnessed lose their life in car accidents thought that today was the day! I often wonder what situation was left behind in those situations. Was the person prepared to go? Or, was the person one of those who never planned for their own death or disability and left their loved ones in a terrible position financially.

I urge you to get serious about your financial stewardship. You need to know if God called you home today, your family will be able to deal with your death without worrying about losing the home, dealing with debt collectors, and possibly borrowing money to bury you.

Strong in Faith

Strong in Faith - Magnificat Ministry PodcastStrong in Faith  is an excerpt from the book: Fr. Kevin’s Korner. His words of wit and wisdom were originally shared as articles written for the Magnificat Newsletter during the 16 years he served as Magnificat’s Spiritual Advisor. Fr. Kevin went home to the Lord in 2018. His meditation is read for us today by Tom Green.

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

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

3rd Sunday of Easter April 18, 2021 Bread of Life Bible Study

3rd Sunday of Easter April 18, 2021  Jesus appears to His disciples and tells them to look at his hands and feet and to touch Him.3rd Sunday of Easter April 18, 2021

Jesus appears to His disciples and tells them to look at his hands and feet and to touch Him. He is not a ghost; He is alive and well. He is alive in Eucharist and His Word. He eats and drinks with us daily. Jesus was able to appear and disappear, and His resurrected body was even more real than before. His body was immortal like the kind we will be given at the resurrection of the dead.

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

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

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

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

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

Hearing God’s Voice Challenge

Life and Leadership Coach Laura White joins the show to talk about Hearing the Voice of God. Life and Leadership Coach Laura White joins the show to talk about Hearing the Voice of God. Lucia and Laura encourage you through their short testimonies how they learned to tune in to hearing God’s Voice so they can walk in victory.

You won’t want to miss their announcement about an upcoming event to grow your faith to hear God’s voice!

Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call unto me and I will answer you and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.”  This is the confidence we can have in knowing that when we talk to God through prayer, He hears us, and He answers us!

 

Often times we need to slow down or stop what we’re doing, get the clutter out of our minds, our hearts and our physical surroundings so we can actually hear God’s voice speaking to us. His voice is the still small voice that often times is missed because of the chaos in our lives.

We would like to thank our sponsor for this podcast, the ABCs of Who I Am, at Lucia Claborn.com. This resource will build your faith and help you confess who and what God says you are from A to Z according to the Word of God so you can walk in victory! We encourage you to get your copy now by visiting the link in the show notes. Lucia Claborn at LuciaClaborn.com is providing resources to build your faith, teach you who you are, and what belongs to you according to God’s Word so you can enforce Satan’s defeat in your life and walk in victory!

 

Lucia and Laura are seasoned life coaches who have learned to walk by faith and live a life of victory by hearing God’s voice and they want to share their hearts as well as the benefits of hearing His Voice so you can walk in victory!

 

God always has time to talk with you. He’s always listening for your voice. If you want to hear his voice you must position yourself and turn your receiver on so you can tune into His frequency!

 

 

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Hearing The Shepherds Voice

Hearing The Shepherd's Voice | Have you struggled in your relations with God? Is hearing the Shepherd's Voice too faint? Sometimes in our humility, we believe we are too sinful to ask to be in the presence of the Almighty. In this episode, we explore that the voice of God is a whisper away. #podcast #christianpodcast #hearingGod'svoice #hearingGod #goodshepherdHearing The Shepherd’s Voice – Episode 173

Have you struggled in your relations with God? Is hearing the Shepherd’s Voice too faint? Sometimes in our humility, we believe we are too sinful to ask to be in the presence of the Almighty. In this episode, we explore that the voice of God is a whisper away.

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Is it true that we are not worthy? Yes, and yes. But isn’t it also true that by the death and resurrection Jesus set us free, saved us from our sins, and has welcomed us with open arms to everlasting life with Him? The Scriptures are filled with the invitation from the Almighty to grow closer to Him. Why do we struggle to hear Him? There are too many reasons to list but the biggest is we can’t get past our own sinfulness and believe that God actually wants to speak to us in a personal way.

I’ve spent the bulk of the past several years on this podcast sharing with you all the ways to be open to the voice of God, to understand His love for us is beyond measure, and to explain that He is always waiting for us. But all of these words will fail to convey the depth of His love for us because we do not have words sufficient in the entire world to do it justice.

How can I a mere creature explain God’s love to you? I can’t. Only you can experience it in a personal way but it takes humility and an openness to understand that we hold the key. Yes, God has given us the ability to go to Him or to turn away. We are so busy with the nonsense of this world that we won’t even stop for five minutes a day and just listen. Sure we pray, we talk, we may even witness to others, but do we listen?

So many of us are truly sincere and want to do God’s will, and I do not doubt that for a minute. But, we go on our own steam, using our own wants and needs and prioritizing the “have-to-do list,” first. When you think about it, what is more, important on any list that would supersede time with God? Recently I listened to one of my favorite priests on YouTube, Father Goring. He gives short homilies and teachings and one recently was about hearing the Lord and doing His will. He explained about a man who was healed miraculously and then went to the hospital and prayed for the sick wanting them to explain the same miracle of healing that he experienced. The results were a failure and when the man cried out to God asking why, the Lord answered, “I didn’t ask you to do this.”

In our inexperience, we want to help save the world, but that is not our job. What is our job? For each of it is different, but can you imagine working in any job with any boss and not waiting for instructions before completing our tasks. We’d be fired on the spot. In a sense, our Creator gave us a manual, and it is filled with examples and verses that show time and again that God desires a covenant with man. What is this and how do we achieve this relationship with God? By spending time with the Lord and praising Him, and accepting what happens in our lives. Yes, this is easier said than accomplished, but I for one am blessed to offer you the podcasts on this network as a labor of love. From me to you, as we continue on the road least traveled.

 Hearing the Shepherd’s Voice

John 10:11-18 states:

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
But what does Jesus do? He lays down his life for the sheep, and why is that? What did we do to deserve this type of unconditional love? Nothing. Not. One. Thing. But, Jesus gives it anyway. The ways of God are not anything we can possibly understand and so it is very often something we justify away. My kids use to say I expected too much every time I asked them, “What would Jesus do?” and the answer was, I don’t know because I can’t be Him.
As Christians, you are given the spirit of the Almighty and it may be deep, buried in your hearts. As a Catholic, I have received the sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, and Communion as well as Confirmation, my yes to God to be a soldier in His army, to commit to Him, to accept Him into my life as my Lord and Savior. It is more than just a one-time commitment. It is a daily yes, a waking up and recommitting my life to Him again, and again and again.
The thief on the cross is an example of what is called a Baptism of desire when he asked to be remembered.

Luke 23:39-43One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us! But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom

Hearing God means making a commitment to Him, to repent and sin no more, and to follow His ways. Asking to sin no more takes a grace from God, we can not do it on our own.

When we listen to that prompting in our spirit, a leading that seems to come from nowhere, a push if you will to do something outside of our comfort zone, that may be the Holy Spirit. It is the idea of going right instead of left, the idea of talking to the lady who seems distraught in church and asking if you can pray for her, the idea to give of yourself in some small way for another. When we do what is right and just what is our reward?

Hearing the Shepherd’s Voice

How do we hear the Shepherd’s voice? If we are expecting a booming voice that shakes the foundation of our home we may be disappointed. The Lord speaks to us in many ways, and you can ask Him for a word, or a sense of His presence. It is the burning in our hearts that He is present, and an overwhelming sense of peace. A joy that surpasses all understanding, a knowledge that you know that you know that He hears you and is present. Are you welcoming or are you putting up barriers?

  • I’m not good enough.
  • No way do I hear God.
  • He can’t be talking to me.
  • I never hear God.

We have a book of thousands of words that Christ spoke and these are not just for the people of the day they are for you, and for me.  It can be when we are lead to read a particular Scripture verse, or during our time of prayer when we stop and listen. Is the Lord leading you to write something down? It can be when we really want that snack and decide to forgo it and pray for those without. It can be a time when we are lead to pray for someone that keeps coming to mind, it can be reaching out to others outside of our comfort zone and inviting them to church. It can be in praising God daily, it can be in focusing on the positives in our life or it can be in the small success of practicing self-control.

In all of these things, we praise God and ask Him for his help!

Dear Lord, we want to do your will and we want to hear your voice but we need Your help and grace to do this. Please, dear Lord, we want to follow your ways. I repent from any way I have sinned against you and I ask for your mercy and your forgiveness. Thank you for dying for my sins, Lord. Please expand my time and give me the burning desire to spend time with you in silence. Open my ears to hear your voice and help me in my everyday walk with you. I ask for the following needs:  … and I pray this in Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Tomorrow May Never Come

Tomorrow may never come. Please stop procrastinating when it comes to your stewardship and relationships.A valuable lesson I have learned over the past 25 years as a financial planner is that there is a enormous difference between those who plan or fail to plan because they think they will live forever and those who know that our days are numbered. Over the last year, I have unfortunately been involved in the settling of many estates. Those that had up to date financial plans in place made the passing a little more tolerable. Those that did not have a financial plan or did, but it was not current, made the loss of life that much worse. My friends, our days are numbered. It is imperative that those things we can control, be managed properly. I can without hesitation tell you that mortality is 100%. We are not staying here and when we leave, there are only two destinations. Please stop procrastinating when it comes to your stewardship and relationships.

 

If you are not right with God, get there. You must have a relationship with Jesus Christ. If you do not, I would be happy to introduce you.

 

Fix your broken relationships. Apologize to who you need to apologize to. Accept apologies from others and move on.

 

Get you financial affairs in order now, not next week or next year.

 

Job 14:5-7

A person’s days are determined;
you have decreed the number of his months
and have set limits he cannot exceed.
So look away from him and let him alone,
till he has put in his time like a hired laborer.

“At least there is hope for a tree:
If it is cut down, it will sprout again,
and its new shoots will not fail.

 

A new book: Hearts Burning within Us

Meet the authors

Anne DeSantis and Bill Synder are the people who worked together along with other contributors and college students to put together this unique book. Why do Is ay unique? Because the questions are not what they think college students need to know about but are actual questions from students!

Bill is the founder of Patchwork Heart Ministry. He is a passionate Catholic with a lively faith. For over a dozen years he has been an active member and leader in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal and holds bachelor’s degrees in both Theology/Religious Studies and TV/Radio Production from the University of Scranton, PA. As a youth minister, servant leader, teacher and dynamic speaker he harnesses the energy of young Catholics, guiding them into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and challenges them to be bold witnesses to the Catholic Faith.

Anne is Anne DeSantis is a wife, mom and the director of a non-profit called the St. Raymond
Nonnatus Foundation for Freedom, Family, and Faith. She is a Catholic Author
and hosts a weekly podcast with co-host Bill called “Sewing Hope” and a weekly on-line TV show called “Journeys in Faith with Anne DeSantis” on Fiat Ministry Network.

What’s the purpose of the book?

To give answers to questions that are relevant to upper high and college students about how faith and life intersect. The goal of the book is to speak with truth, clarity and charity about the truth of Catholicism.

Who is the book for?

Graduating high school seniors, whether they’re attending college or not; parents and grandparents who want to be able to answer questions in a relatable way; youth and young adult ministers; campus ministers. Keep in mind, the book is not meant to be read cover to cover, but rather, as questions come up, use the book to learn the answers and as a springboard for discussion.

Links to everything we mentioned in the episode!

Preorder the book here

Follow Anne on her website, Facebook; Patchwork Heart Ministry on YouTube;

Sewing Hope on Instagram

We have two options for this episode or if you’re feeling particularly ambitious, do both! Bill invites us to consider doing today one thing you want to do tomorrow. Anne suggests reaching out to the marginalized, do something good for someone who is lonely, depressed, anxious or needs a friend.

Making A Difference

Making a DifferenceEpisode 80–Making a Difference

The Working Woman Radio Show sat down with Ms. Derrica Williams, the president of the DeKalb National Council of Negro Women, to talk about how she and her organization are making a difference.

 

More About Derrica Williams

Derrica Williams is the Chief Operating Officer for Concepts, Inc. in Decatur, Georgia. The company has several divisions that include commercial construction, property management, and sports marketing. Derrica oversees the management of these divisions. 

Derrica is the President of the DeKalb National Council of Negro Women. She is also a 2017 Leadership DeKalb graduate, and a founding member of the Stone Mountain Action Coalition.

In addition to this, Ms. Williams is a board member for the Junior League of DeKalb and a member of several communities and civic organizations in metropolitan Atlanta. 

 

 

Inspired by the legacy of NCNW founder, Mary McLeod Bethune, the DeKalb Section became a reality in January 1990 with 50 founding members.

Today the Section has a membership of more than two hundred men and women of all races. These members are actively involved in politics, health, economic development, elder care, youth education, and mentoring throughout DeKalb County. With its projects, the DeKalb Section seeks to fill community gaps that exist in our society, particularly in meeting the concerns of minority women.

 

 

Elevate!–The show that lifts you up.

The Elevate! talk show wants to feature you on our show!
Tell us a story about something you’ve done to elevate your
life or someone else’s. It could be something you’ve done to better the life of a family member or friend, or a creative way you enhanced your home decor home. It could also be something you’ve done to improve your health like losing weight, and more.
Share your story with us and you might be featured in our ‘In the Spotlight’ segment. To sign up, go to our Elevate! YouTube channel, https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GmNWVdmU3kU&feature=youtu.be, and subscribe. Then email us your stories and pictures to elevateytchannel@gmail.com.
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Also, if you live in DeKalb County, Georgia you can also listen to episodes of Comcast channel 25.

And They Both Lived Happily Ever After

And they both lived happily ever after ... Keep your heart open and make a promise to stay true to yourself and you too will have everyone around you smiling and saying… “And they both lived happily ever after.” And They Both Lived Happily Ever After…

Do you ever wonder why some people wind up with the fairy tale ending while others seem to spend a lifetime picking up the pieces?  True unconditional love…How can we be certain that the soul you declared “The One” is actually the one who captured your soul?  Step out of the path of infatuation and experience the kind of love that’ll leave everyone around you saying, “And They Both Lived Happily Ever After.”

  1. Being with your partner makes you a better person– You’ll find yourself being more compassionate to others, more understanding to people’s needs and you’ll experience a more confident and happier YOU. A pure love gives you the feeling that as long as you have that person’s affection the world is at your feet and there is NOTHING you can’t accomplish! “The best kind of love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds.” ~Nicholas Sparks
  2. You care about his/her welfare more than your own- Being in love means no longer thinking of yourself. No matter what is going on in your world, your mind seems to always want to do something that you know would make them smile.  Your way no longer matters and you find genuine joy just making them happy.
  3. You accept their flaws unconditionally– Everyone has flaws; being in love doesn’t erase them, being in love accepts them. Real love acknowledges the flaws and is willing to receive the ‘not so perfect’ qualities with NO intent on “changing them.”  NO amount of Mr. and Mrs. marriage commitment will EVER change anyone. If you don’t whole heartedly accept every single thing about them then keep on looking because it may not be love but
  4. You go to them first when you have exciting news to share and you run to their side when times get tough- You can picture their face as they not only join in with your elation but are so proud of you for whatever it was that made you so happy. You share everything with them, the good and the bad, goals that never transpired and dreams that only the deepest part of your soul is knows about.
  5. The chemistry between the two of you is OFF THE CHARTS- Some think that chemistry is just the sparks you feel when a relationship is new. But in reality, it’s the emotion that, if present, stays very much in place for the lifetime of the relationship. Unlike what many people think, chemistry isn’t just sexual.  It’s the ability to spend hours with each other without feeling exhausted or annoyed.  It’s the intense connection that elevates you to a level you would have never experienced on your own. It’s the natural interaction between the two of you that leaves you encountering a sense of completeness like the missing puzzle now has his last piece.  Vulnerability combined with physical chemistry unlocks the door to greater intimacy.  The absence of it, in turn, leaves two people with a relationship that never gets past the surface.
  6. You can be fully yourself and there’s contentment- Two words…you’re enough.  When you are with the person you love there is no pressure or condescending words to be anything but yourself.
  7. You are each other’s best friend- Conversation happens but isn’t required. Looks are exchanged, eye glances are understood, and a touch is interpreted without a single word.  You’re content and you know without a doubt that the other one has your back.
  8. You can’t imagine life without them, present AND future- This includes, having the desire for everyone around you, especially your family to see them as the amazing person that you do. This person is constantly on your mind on every occasion and in everything you do.  Life suddenly feels complete and you can’t imagine time on this Earth without them.
  9. You are spiritually and mentally connected– Personalities may not be equal, but true souls always are. You are connected by the heart so when they hurt, you hurt.  You are connected by the spirit so when you grow spiritually, they grow spiritually.
  10. No matter your circumstances, you’re willing to take the risk- You open up your heart with the understanding that it may get broken yet in the same breath you unlock your soul with complete vulnerability, because you know that this is the only way to allow your heart to truly feel.

Real love, to me, happens when you find that someone who can and does completely take your breath away.  Finding “Mr. Right” or discovering “Mrs. Perfect,” can be a challenge but the secret  actually lies within YOU. Instead of working to make it happen with the right person, work on making yourself the right person for YOU.  What will happen is the right person will then be drawn to you based on the work you have done for yourself. Dr. Seuss once said, “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is better than your dreams.” Keep your heart open and make a promise to stay true to yourself and you too will have everyone around you smiling and saying… “And they both lived happily ever after.”

 

Your Challenge to Hear God’s Voice

Lucia welcomes Life and Leadership Coach Laura White to the show to talk about Hearing the Voice of God.

Lucia welcomes Life and Leadership Coach Laura White to the show to talk about Hearing the Voice of God.

Together they share tips to hearing God’s Voice so you can walk in victory as well as announcing their upcoming 3-Day Challenge!

A good scripture to confirm that it is possible to hear God’s voice is John 10:27, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”

 

Sometimes people say they are too busy to listen to God, while others say they can’t hear His Voice! And yet others confess that they think God is too busy to listen to them. Soometimes they feel unimportant and insignificant in God’s eyes.

We would like to thank our sponsor for this podcast, the ABCs of Who I Am, at Lucia Claborn.com. This resource will build your faith and help you confess who and what God says you are from A to Z according to the Word of God so you can walk in victory! We encourage you to get your copy now by visiting the link in the show notes. Lucia Claborn at LuciaClaborn.com is providing resources to build your faith, teach you who you are, and what belongs to you according to God’s Word so you can enforce Satan’s defeat in your life and walk in victory!

 

Lucia and Laura share testimonies from their journey this past year and what they did to hear God’s Voice more clearly. They also promote their upcoming 3-Day Challenge and the benefits of hearing His Voice.

 

One of the benefits of hearing God’s Voice and acting upon what He tells you is the peace and confidence it brings to your heart and life. God always has time for you. He’s always talking to you, and you just need to find His frequency to tune in and hear His Voice!

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The Truth about Annuities

There are many misconceptions about annuities. In this podcast episode we discuss the different types of annuities and the benefits and negatives to each.There are many misconceptions about annuities. In this podcast episode we discuss the different types of annuities and the benefits and negatives to each.

What Is a Fixed Annuity?

 

A fixed annuity is a type of insurance contract that promises to pay the buyer a specific, guaranteed interest rate on their contributions to the account. By contrast, a variable annuity pays interest that can fluctuate based on the performance of an investment portfolio chosen by the account’s owner. Fixed annuities are often used in retirement planning.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • Fixed annuities are insurance contracts that pay a guaranteed rate of interest on the account owner’s contributions.
  • Variable annuities, by contrast, pay a rate that varies according to the performance of an investment portfolio chosen by the account owner.
  • The earnings in a fixed annuity are tax deferred until the owner begins receiving income from the annuity.

 

What Is A Variable Annuity?

A variable annuity is a contract between you and an insurance company. It serves as an investment account that may grow on a tax-deferred basis and includes certain insurance features, such as the ability to turn your account into a stream of periodic payments. You purchase a variable annuity contract by making either a single purchase payment or a series of purchase payments.

A variable annuity offers a range of investment options. The value of your contract will vary depending on the performance of the investment options you choose. The investment options for a variable annuity are typically mutual funds that invest in stocks, bonds, money market instruments, or some combination of the three.

Each variable annuity is unique. Most include features that make them different from other insurance products and investment options. Keep in mind that you will pay extra for the features offered by variable annuities.

First, variable annuities have insurance features. For instance, if you die before the insurance company starts making income payments to you, many contracts guarantee that your beneficiary will receive at least a specified amount. This is typically at least the amount of your purchase payments. It may also offer additional insurance features such as promising you a certain account value or the ability to make withdrawals up to a certain amount each year for the rest of your life.

Second, variable annuities are tax-deferred. That means you pay no federal taxes on the income and investment gains from your annuity until you make a withdrawal, receive income payments, or a death benefit is paid. You may also transfer your money from one investment option to another within a variable annuity without paying federal tax at the time of the transfer. When you withdraw your money, however, you will pay tax on the gains at ordinary federal income tax rates rather than lower capital gains rates. Under certain circumstances, the death benefit may not be subject to federal estate tax. In general, the benefits of tax deferral may outweigh the costs of a variable annuity only if you hold it as a long-term investment.

Third, variable annuities let you receive periodic income payments for a specified period or the rest of your life (or the life of your spouse). This process of turning your investment into a stream of periodic income payments is known as annuitization. This feature offers protection against the possibility that you will outlive your assets.

Bestow A New Anointing

Bestow a New Anointing - The next two podcast shows are probably the most important ones that will appear in my podcast listings or shows.Bestow A New Anointing Episode 39

The next two podcast shows are probably the most important ones that will appear in my podcast listings or shows (evangelizingcatholicculturepodcast.com).  The overall topic I will be discussing in this show is the Church’s Grace of Renewal. I would like to start by reviewing a bit of history of this topic. Immediately after the close of Vatican Council II in 1965 a wonderful spiritual grace began happening in the Catholic Church. This grace manifested itself in various renewal programs which provided individuals the opportunity to receive a powerful transforming grace of spiritual renewal. The one approach that I am most familiar with is the happenings in the Charismatic Renewal. In the 1960’s some of the young leaders in the movement wondered what to call this movement. After consulting with several Catholic theologians, they decided to call it the Charismatic Renewal. The reason for this title resided in the fact that what was manifested experientially was some of the charisms listed in the scripture. The anointing that individuals were powerfully experiencing they entitled the “Baptism of the Spirit”. This experience initiated a tremendous spiritual change in one’s Christian life. This identification of the anointing was probably unfortunate for several reasons. First it easily led to the “haves and the have nots”. This reality led to many negative experiences. Secondly, the word “baptism” led to some confusion between this actual grace of anointing with the reception of water baptism, which is a very different thing. The baptism in the Spirit is simply an actual gift of grace give by God for a current conversion of life. Water baptism is the reality of the Divine indwelling of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit for the gift of eternal salvation. It is easy to see why this tension and confusion arose among Christians.

What seems to be the present situation? About 65 years have passed since the initial emergence of the Renewal appeared right after the close of the Council in 1965. Many years have passed and what was fresh, new, and exciting has waned. At the beginning there was a flurry development of prayer groups all over the world, especially in the United States. Today most of them have discontinued or usually consist in a few older people in the later years of life. Some individuals have left go of the initial empowerment and no longer consider themselves a part of the movement. Many have gone home to the Lord. In short, many things have changed in society in relationship to moral principles and behavior, and in the Church, which is experiencing a tremendous amount of downsizing. Plus, the fact that the neo-pagan social religion of “secularism humanism” has brought a huge amount of “spiritual darkness”, moral confusion, and unfaithfulness among Catholics who were formerly committed to their religion and its practice. For example, a statistic I read awhile back maintains that 70 percent of those raised Catholic leave the Church or the practice of the Faith by the time they are 27.

Where do we go from here? Quite frankly I believe we need to view the past anointing of the Spirit experienced through prayer and various spiritual renewal programs as the first installment of a much greater outpouring of the Spirit. At this point instead of looking wistfully at the beautiful empowerment of the Spirit in the past. For example, the Baptism of the Spirit identified in the Charismatic Renewal. We should humbly desire a fresh second empowerment that bestows a new fresh anointment of the Spirit for the current needs and spiritual desires of individuals, and the powerful grace to meet the mission of the Church to establish the Kingdom of God now! A new impartation of the Holy Spirit at this time could set on fire many souls for greater holiness. Equip individuals with the tools for fighting against the modern forms of neopaganism in our society. For example, current attempts to destroy Christian family life in our American culture. And stand for the truth revealed by the Word of God and the authentic moral principles of the Church (check out the last podcast)

Are there any individuals who may have a strong desire to develop an organized movement to unfold prayer, study, and action to humbly attempt to investigate and possibly initiate possibilities in a new spiritual direction? What would be some of the considerations necessary to discern any planning about these matters in the days ahead?

  1. First is this conferring of a second empowerment of the Spirit need to be something that God wants to bestow on His People?
  2. What sort of gathering could exist or come into existence that some may see it necessary to evaluate these possibilities?
  3. Is there anybody who really believes in this possibility, and is willing to put some effort forth to consider making this happen?
  4. We want to hear from you in order to initiate a good discussion about these matters.

 

May We Pray!

Dear Father, we approach you in your Son Jesus because we have many serious and painful concerns in our hearts. The spirit of negative secular humanism is rapidly growing in our society. Many of those accepting this new social religion are working against the revealed truths of a Christian way of life, and they are promoting a spiritual darkness and abandoning the wonderful teaching of Jesus and his way of salvation. Immorality and violence are increasing in our culture. Fear, mistrust, and hatred abound in many sectors of our society. Families are suffering greatly. We know that there are many good people who desire to live in a spirit of love, honesty, and service for others. We pray with a trusting and humble heart that in your goodness and mercy you would pour out you Holy Spirit anew among those whose hearts are open to receive a divine impartation which would equip many to serve to embrace the liberating freedom of holiness, enlightened truth, and the zeal to serve brothers and sisters in need of your goodness, mercy, peace. We pray this prayer in Jesus most holy name. Amen.

Second Sunday of Easter 4.11.2021 – Bread of Life Bible Study

Bread of Life Bible Study - Easter 4.11.212nd Sunday of Easter, April 11, 2021

We have been given a tremendous power by Christ, and that is to free men from bondage, or if we choose, we can hold them in bondage.

Jesus forgives sins through the sacrament of reconciliation. We forgive man’s sins by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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

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

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

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

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

 

Presence of God – Special Replay

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Call To Action:

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Opportunities of an Obedient Steward

Utilize the talent(s) God has given you to do these things as you strive to be better stewards. We are living in a new society where people expect things to be given to them rather than earning them. I have seen numerous instances where an adult child is asking their retired parents for financial help when dealing with excessive credit card debt while they still vacation, have a nice home, nice cars, and having a weekend BBQs. Rather than dealing with the problem directly, it has become standard to not make sacrifices and work additional overtime, a second job, and giving up material possessions. The United States is a land of opportunity. You are only limited by your imagination. You can create your own business which many people across the globe do not have the opportunity to do the same. You can write your own story you simply need to put the idea into motion. Scripture is clear about providing for our families and laziness.

Proverbs 16:27 Idle hands are the devil’s workshop. Idle lips are his mouthpiece.

Proverbs 13:4 The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.

1 Tim 5:8 Anyone who does not provide for their relatives and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

We must be obedient as stewards. Be a faithful giver and charitable to those in need. Avoid the use of debt. Be a good saver. Utilize the talent(s) God has given you to do these things as you strive to be better stewards.

A Meditation on John 20

Not quite Easter

Save listening to this for Easter Monday! Deacon John Bartalini, my other half, better half, whichever you prefer, leads us in a guided meditation on John chapter 20. Pause it as you wish to allow yourself time to enter into the scene with Mary Magdalene and the apostles. Imagine you’re right there, looking for Jesus.

 

Happy Easter

Live in the joy that is the Resurrection. Have a blessed Easter!

The Work of a Matriarch

The Work of a MatriarchEpisode 79–The Work of a Matriarch

 

The Working Woman’s Radio Show ended Women’s History Month with a special presentation called ‘The Work of a Matriarch’.

This special episode is a tribute to the woman who affected my personal history the most–my mother, Joanna Johnson Styles.

The feature is based on a story that I wrote entitled ‘A Portrait of an African-American Matriarch’, which describes the journey my mother took to become the extraordinary woman that she is, today.

My mother not only transcended her own history, but her countless sacrifices and selfless acts of service changed the course of history for our family.

Heroic and ambitious, she has laid a firm foundation and gave our family the tools for success. Her faith, her focus, and her fearlessness make her a beautiful portrait of an African-American matriarch.

 

 

 

 

Elevate!–The show that lifts you up.

I would like to let my listening audience know about a new talk show that my daughter, Adrianna, and I will be hosting on YouTube called, Elevate!’

We created the show because our family loves living life together and we want to share some of those experiences with you. We want to elevate, inspire, and encourage other people to live their best lives, too.

We’re going to cover the topics that matter most to you. We will be talking about ways to elevate your finances, food, fashion, mind, and home decor. We want to bring you facts and great information.

Our first show will air Sunday, March 28th at 6 PM. So take a moment to subscribe to the Elevate! YouTube channel and please share with your friends.  To view episode one, go to Elevate!

Pursue Your Dream

Lucia welcomes you as she finishes her series on Keeping Your Dream Alive and reminds you that you must Pursue Your Dream Until it Maniests in your life!Lucia welcomes you as she finishes her series on Keeping Your Dream Alive and reminds you that you must Pursue Your Dream Until it Manifests in your life!

She starts with a good Word this week, Micah 7:7-8 in the New Living Translation, “As for me, I look to the Lord for help.  I wait confidently for God to save me, and my God will certainly hear me. Do not gloat over me, my enemies!  For though I fall, I will rise again. Though I sit in darkness,  the Lord will be my light.”

When you fall, you need to set your mind that you will get up! There may be times when you feel like your answer or your dream will never come, but keep standing and keep believing God! From the time you say ‘Amen!” to the time it manifests in your life, you must walk in faith, fight the good fight of faith, speak words of life and declare and decree what you want to happen!

A special thanks to our sponsor for this podcast, the ABCs of Who I Am, at Lucia Claborn.com. This resource will build your faith and help you confess who and what God says you are from A to Z according to the Word of God so you can walk in victory! We encourage you to get your copy now by visiting the link in the show notes. Lucia Claborn at LuciaClaborn.com is providing resources to build your faith, teach you who you are, and what belongs to you according to God’s Word so you can enforce satan’s defeat in your life and walk in victory!

Satan does not have the power to steal your dream, unless you give him that power. If he comes to steal your dream remind him that there is nothing he can do to stop you from fulfilling your dream. Remind him that he is a defeated foe and enforce his defeat with the Blood of Jesus and the word of your testimony. Now is the time for you to go after your dream with everything that is in you; and remember, God is on your side to help you walk in victory!

 

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Pondering Christ’s Crucifixion by Jackie France

Pondering on the Crucifixion of Our Lord – Jackie France

Jesus enters His last hours. He goes like a lamb to the slaughter. He completes the work the Father has given Him to do. How am I to respond?

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

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

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

Seek the Advice of Many Advisors

The foundation of estate planning should include three professional advisors and should include a financial advisor, CPA, and an attorney.The foundation of estate planning should include three professionals. Those three professionals include a financial advisor, CPA, and an attorney. These three professionals must be working together to facilitate a plan that matches your wishes. Unfortunately, we often see one out of the three professionals mentioned attempting to drive the planning car without the help of the other two. That is not in the best interest of a client. A well designed plan almost always involved all three. Scripture tells us to use many advisors:

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

For those that are involved with a CPA, advisor, or attorney who strongly objects to advice of  seeking additional opinions, I would avoid such a person. Every house being build has a person who specializes in foundations, framing, electrical, plumbing, etc. A financial plan is no different. As a good steward, we are to seek obedience first. If any of the three attempt to guide you to secular ways, it might be best to replace that professional with one who will assist you in building your plan based on your values, beliefs, obedient stewardship.

 

Sign of God’s Love

In this episode, we will explore the idea that God’s love is all around us, and within us if we have eyes to see and ears to hear!Sign of God’s Love – Episode 172

Do Christians act any different than non-believers? If not, how can we see the sign of God’s love in them? We can’t. In this episode, we will explore the idea that God’s love is all around us, and within us if we have eyes to see and ears to hear!

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Being a Christian means giving up something, right? I mean all this sacrifice and for what? A possibility of eternity with God. Who is God and why should I care?

That is what it looks like from the outside, and when we act like just like everyone else in dress, word and deed we can see that professing to be a Christian alone is not enough.

So many times, people look at us as an example and yet the example we show falls short, way short. Our pastor once told us that he was highly offended by off-putting jokes and he would walk away, and sometimes these were told by people he held in high esteem. And we wonder why the churches stand empty. What do you expect when you go into a church? What do we expect from the Almighty God creator of the heavens and the earth?

When we look only for signs and wonders but miss the obvious love of God’s that right in front of us! What is this sign, you may be surprised.

The very fact that you exist is a sign of God’s love. The people God has brought into your life the lifestyle you live … I’m not talking about extravagance here, I’m talking about a warm bed, and food, clean water, and a place to call home. I’m talking about the way that things no matter how horrible at times of our lives seem to work out in the end.

Death and taxes are the two things that we are told we can do nothing about – but the most important of our lives is the thing we neglect the most. We are all searching for love because the Almighty when He created us put this into our hearts. And, where do we seek this love? Sometimes in the wrong places. And the search for love and the sale of love in the sense of movies and books is big money because we are seeking a love that can never quench the fire in our hearts. Something is missing.

The Lord our God has given us the greatest gift and that is deep within us, it is to know, love, and serve God. This is something that every Christian school kid was taught at an early age – and Catholics especially memorized in the Catechism. We were even quizzed on this. How many memorize Bible verses and can quote chapter and verse? But, do you really have and understand that this, this gift is a sign of God’s love?

If we know God, if we trust that His love is never-ending and if we serve the one true God that made heaven and earth, that gave us His only Son in selfless love to take on our sins and die for us so that we might have eternal life and, as if that is not enough… gave us His Holy Spirit so that we could actually feel the love of God – well, then. If we do this, we will live forever in the next world.

We know things about God’s love intellectually. We know there is hope and power in the love of God by the very fact that He gave us His only begotten Son to take our sins and die for us. Not for our neighbor or that sinful person we see on television – no, for us. When we can personalize this love of God we have a new insight into His love for us but still we struggle. And, we look for those signs.

Lord, I need this or that. Lord, can you please? Lord, are you listening?

Is it bad to ask for a sign? Well, we know that the Old Testament is filled with signs of God’s love and His just judgment. And, the same in the New Testament. God showed us in John 10: 31-42 that it was important that we could see in Him the Father’s love because of the works He performed. Let me read the passage: (on the recording)

They had Jesus in the flesh, He was performing the signs of the Father – and they said, sure, yes we see those signs and that is not why we are stoning you… it is because you say you are God. What a contradiction.

The truth is that even if the Almighty comes down from heaven and shows the world signs and wonders for most they will not see it. And…what about us?

How many things have you seen in your life that would be considered miraculous? Have you seen someone healed or perhaps an answered prayer that you never thought would be answered? We’ve heard about atheistic doctors who have witnessed someone dead who has come back to life and while they did not deny it was a miracle, they did deny it was by God.

The only thing that is blocking the love of God and the sign of God’s love in our lives is us. God is waiting with His arms open and we are too busy. So even if there are miraculous happenings all around us we will still not see or appreciate it and call it what it is – God’s love for us!

The truth is we equate the love of God with getting what we want and our prayer is please God I need this or that. But to see the hand of God and His love clearly, the only way is during a time of persecution, and only then can we see it clearly. When we look into the face of evil and we sadly do not have to look far, it is all around us, we will clearly understand that evil is devoid of love.

A pastor said the opposite of evil is not God – God is so much greater than evil. But the opposite of evil is love. Evil is ugly, evil is lies, evil wants to condemn and evil wants to kill. God is beauty (look at the world around us to see the beauty of God), God is truth, and God wants to redeem us and God wants us to live forever.

When we look at salvation history – which is the story of the Bible – the beginning of creation to the end in Revelations, this book shows us that during certain times where there was extreme persecution there was an abundance of signs showing the Almighty hand of the Father.

What was happening during those times? Persecution. Terrible persecution with temples destroyed and those of faith being persecuted and put to death. Sound familiar? Oppression is happening all over the world and we do not see it… and if we do we think we can’t do anything about it.

Well friends, stay tuned. I believe God’s hand will be shown and evil will not triumph of this I am sure. It is like reading the best story ever written and knowing the ending.  Spoiler alert! God wins!

Let’s pray and pray this along with me – it is in the first person, and I want you to think about these words and make them your own!

Almighty God and Father, Creator of heaven and earth, I pray that you give me an infilling of the Holy Spirit. An abundance of your love and grace and joy. I ask you my Father that you fill me to overflowing… I ask that you give me the grace to say yes when all I want to say is no, do not abandon me in my time of need. I ask that you help me to see your love and to give this love to others who are hurting and in need. I ask God that you hear my prayers, and answer these prayers if it is in accordance with your Holy will…. And I pray this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Easter Sunday – Alleluia He Is Risen!

Easter Sunday - He is alive in you and me and we are being challenged to bring Him to our families, our friends, our communities, the poor, the broken, the lost, and to all we encounter in our daily lives. He will be seen by the love we have for one another. We are His beloved. "Alleluia, He is alive."Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021 – Bread of Life Bible study

He is alive in you and me and we are being challenged to bring Him to our families, our friends, our communities, the poor, the broken, the lost, and to all we encounter in our daily lives. He will be seen by the love we have for one another. We are His beloved. “Alleluia, He is alive.”

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

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

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

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

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Hold on to Your Dream

On this week's podcast, Lucia encourages you to Hold Onto Your Dream because it will give you courage to step out in faith!Lucia welcomes you to the show today as she continues the series on Keeping Your Dream Alive. She encourages you to Hold Onto Your Dream because it will give you courage to step out in faith!

The vision of your dream manifesting in your life shows you the end from the beginning so you can set your mind and use your faith to persevere in the face of opposition. When you realize that God has already given you power over the enemy, you will be an unstoppable force to recon with! There is nothing that can stand in your way of making your dream a reality! God promises you victory in your life!

I would like to take a moment and thank our sponsor for this podcast, the ABCs of Who I Am, at Lucia Claborn.com. This resource will build your faith and help you confess who and what God says you are from A to Z according to the Word of God so you can walk in victory! We encourage you to get your copy now by visiting the link in the show notes. Lucia Claborn at LuciaClaborn.com is providing resources to build your faith, teach you who you are, and what belongs to you according to God’s Word so you can enforce satan’s defeat in your life and walk in victory!

Hold onto your dream and don’t let it go! When you are almost at your breaking point because the enemy’s pressure is so strong to make you quit, you can know that your breakthrough is just around the corner! Don’t focus on the pressure! Don’t talk about the pressure! Instead, talk to the pressure! Remind the pressure that you already have the victory! Talk about what God has already done for you and rejoice in the fact that He will do it again! God is not only ready, He is willing to turn things around for you to make your dream a reality!

I like what 1 Corinthians 10:13 in the Message Bible says, “…All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he will be there to help you come through it.”  Hold onto your dream when the pressure is on and refuse to quit or give up because God created you to win! He created you for victory and when you realize that, nothing can stop you!

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Using a Budget

 If you and your family want financial security, following a budget is the only answer.The importance of making a budget is a financial lesson that cannot be overemphasized. If you and your family want financial security, following a budget is the only answer.

Still not convinced? Below are six good reasons why everyone should create and stick to a budget.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • If you’re like most folks, you probably aren’t following expert financial advice by crafting and following a budget.
  • A budget is simply a spending plan that takes into account both current and future income and expenses.
  • Having a budget keeps your spending in check and makes sure your savings are on track for the future.
  1. It Helps You Keep Your Eye on the Prize

A budget helps you figure out your long-term goals and work towards them. If you just drift aimlessly through life, tossing your money at every pretty, shiny object that happens to catch your eye, how will you ever save up enough money to buy a car, take that trip to Aruba, or put a down payment on a house?

A budget forces you to map out your goals, save your money, keep track of your progress, and make your dreams a reality. OK, so it may hurt when you realize that the brand new Xbox game or the gorgeous cashmere sweater in the store window doesn’t fit into your budget. But when you remind yourself that you’re saving up for a new house, it will be much easier to turn around and walk out of the store empty-handed.

  1. It Helps Ensure You Don’t Spend Money You Don’t Have

Far too many consumers spend money they don’t have—and we owe it all to credit cards. As a matter of fact, the average credit card debt per household reached $7,027 in 2020.1

Before the age of plastic, people tended to know if they were living within their means. At the end of the month, if they had enough money left to pay the bills and sock some away in savings, they were on track. These days, people who overuse and abuse credit cards don’t always realize they’re overspending until they’re drowning in debt.

However, if you create and stick to a budget, you’ll never find yourself in this precarious position. You’ll know exactly how much money you earn, how much you can afford to spend each month and how much you need to save. Sure, crunching numbers and keeping track of a budget isn’t nearly as much fun as going on a shameless shopping spree. But look at it this way: when your spend-happy friends are making an appointment with a debt counselor this time next year, you’ll be jetting off for that European adventure you’ve been saving for—or better yet, moving into your new home.

  1. It Helps Lead to a Happier Retirement

Let’s say you spend your money responsibly, follow your budget to a T, and never carry credit card debt. Good for you! But aren’t you forgetting something? As important as it is to spend your money wisely today, saving is also critical for your future.

A budget can help you do just that. It’s important to build investment contributions into your budget. If you set aside a portion of your earnings each month to contribute to your IRA, 401(k) or other retirement funds, you’ll eventually build a nice nest egg. Although you may have to sacrifice a little now, it will be worth it down the road. After all, would you rather spend your retirement golfing and taking trips to the beach or working as a greeter at the local grocery store to make ends meet? Exactly.

  1. It Helps You Prepare for Emergencies

Life is filled with unexpected surprises, some better than others. When you get laid off, become sick or injured, go through a divorce, or have a death in the family, it can lead to some serious financial turmoil. Of course, it seems like these emergencies always arise at the worst possible time—when you’re already strapped for cash. This is exactly why everyone needs an emergency fund.

Your budget should include an emergency fund that consists of at least three to six months worth of living expenses. This extra money will ensure that you don’t spiral into the depths of debt after a life crisis. Of course, it will take time to save up three to six months’ worth of living expenses.

Don’t try to dump the majority of your paycheck into your emergency fund right away. Build it into your budget, set realistic goals and start small. Even if you put just $10 to $30 aside each week, your emergency fund will slowly build up.

  1. It Helps Shed Light on Bad Spending Habits

Building a budget forces you to take a close look at your spending habits. You may notice that you’re spending money on things you don’t need. Do you honestly watch all 500 channels on your costly extended cable plan? Do you really need 30 pairs of black shoes? Budgeting allows you to rethink your spending habits and re-focus your financial goals.

  1. Reducing Financial Worries

Following a budget will also help you catch more shut-eye. How many nights have you tossed and turned worrying about how you were going to pay the bills? People who lose sleep over financial issues are allowing their money to control them. Take back the control. When you budget your money wisely, you’ll never lose sleep over financial issues again.

Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg. There are countless other advantages of following a budget. So what are you waiting for? Time to start budgeting!

 

Meet Mary Lenaburg, Be Bold in the Broken

A new book

It’s no secret that I love books! Interviewing authors is always a chance to learn more about the person behind the words. In Mary Lenaberg’s case, she is just as down-to-earth and honest on paper as in person. As she said, she only has time to be one Mary, no matter where she is or who she is with. In this book, Be Bold in the Broken published by Ave Maria Press Mary talks about how she found “courage and purpose in God’s unconditional love.”

What is the point of the book?

As a speaker, Mary is often asked by women, “who am I and what am I here for?” This book answers that question. We are all unique and unrepeatable people created by God. Mary tells the stories of her mistakes that led her to have the courage to let go, be healed and encourage others on their own journey. She invites, through her words and personal stories, to open the door to the Divine Healer.

Hospitality

Reading this book is like sitting down to coffee with a friend. Mary is honest, vulnerable and funny. Her joy in people is evident as is her heart for serving others.  If you are looking for a good read to help you draw closer to God, healing and wholeness – I highly recommend this book.

Your challenge this week, offer some hospitality to others. Nothing fancy could be tea on the porch or a conversation at church. Extend yourself a little bit, be present to another person.

 

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Fulfilling Your Dreams After 50

Fulfilling Your Dreams After 50Episode 78–Fulfilling Your Dreams After 50

 

The Working Woman Radio Show, invited Cheryl Newland, into the studio to talk about fulfilling your dreams after 50.

Ms. Newland recently started a new business venture called, Jellybean Productions, a film company.

Cheryl shares how she refused to let her age determined her ability to pursue her dreams.

She also shares words of encouragement to other women who have allowed fear and doubt to keep them from pursuing their passion.

More About Cheryl Newland

Cheryl Newland is an Administrative Assistant for the General Services Administration where she has worked for over 20 years. She assists project managers and also manages two special initiatives, “Women in Construction” and “Pep Talk Tuesday”.  

In addition to her day-to-day work, she has produced a documentary about the Martin Luther King Federal Building to highlight historic buildings occupied by the federal government.

She has served as PTA President at Avondale Middle and High School, raised funds for Habitat for Humanity and the Combined Federal Campaign, and is a very active member of the Peachcrest Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club.  

In her spare time, she loves to cook, read, and watch hours and hours of Law and Order, Chopped, Classic Movies, and HGTV’s Home Town! She’s excited about her new business venture, Jellybean Productions, a company she created to produce film projects for kids and teens. She considers this a true step of faith!  

Kingdomwood International Film Festival

Kingdomwood Women in Films (KWIF) was launched to support women who are currently working in the film industry.

KWIF is a networking group that recognizes the achievements of women in film. They produce movies about love, hope, friendship, reconciliation, and more. The group also focuses on Kingdom plans for relationships, marriages, and families.

For more information about KWIF, click here.

 

 

 

 

Coming March 28th–Elevate!  A New YouTube Channel

I would like to let my listening audience know about a new talk show that my daughter, Adrianna, and I will be hosting on YouTube called, Elevate!’ 

We created the show because our family loves living life together and we want to share some of those experiences with you. We want to elevate, inspire, and encourage other people to live their best lives, too.

We’re going to cover the topics that matter most to you. We will be talking about ways to elevate your finances, food, fashion, mind, and home decor. We want to bring you facts and great information.

Our first show will air Sunday, March 28th at 6 PM. So take a moment to subscribe to the Elevate! YouTube channel and please share with your friends.  To view the promotional video, go to  https://youtu.be/ZEat_j04QFg.

 

 

The Cost of Illegal Immigration

The Cost of Illegal ImmigrationThe Cost Illegal Immigration

A 2007 review of the academic literature by the nonpartisan CongressiEonalBudget Office (CBO) found that “over the past two decades, most efforts to estimate the fiscal impact of immigration in the United States have concluded that, in aggregate and over the long term, tax revenues of all types generated by immigrants—both legal and unauthorized—exceed the cost of the services they use.” While the overall fiscal impact on the US is beneficial, unauthorized immigrants have an adverse impact on the budgets of state and local governments. While cautioning that the reports are not asuitable basis for developing an aggregate national effect across all states, they concluded that:[20]

“State and local governments incur costs for providing services to unauthorized immigrants and have limited options for avoiding or minimizing those costs”;

“The amount that state and local governments spend on services for unauthorized immigrants represents a small percentage of the total amount spent by those governments to provide such services to residents in their jurisdictions”;

“The tax revenues that unauthorized immigrants generate for state and local governments do not offset the total cost of services provided to those immigrants”;

and “Federal aid programs offer resources to state and local governments that provide services to unauthorized immigrants, but those funds do not fully cover the costs incurred by those governments.”

IRS estimates that about 6 million unauthorized immigrants file individual income tax returns each year.[20] Research reviewed by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office indicates that between 50 percent and 75 percent of unauthorized immigrants pay federal, state, and local taxes.[20] Illegal immigrants are estimated to pay in about $7 billion per year into Social Security.[21] In addition, they spend billions of dollars per year, which supports the US economy and helps to create new jobs. The Texas State Comptroller reported in 2006 that the 1.4 million unauthorized immigrants in Texas added almost $18 billion to the gross state product, and contributed $1.58 billion in state revenue, while costing the state about $1.16 billion in services used.[22]

The Social Security and Medicare contributions of illegal immigrants directly support older Americans, as illegal immigrants are not eligible to receive these services, although their children born in the United States are eligible for such benefits.[23] Illegal immigrants pay social security payroll taxes but are not eligible for benefits. During 2006, Standard & Poor’s analysts wrote: “Each year, for example, the U.S. Social Security Administration maintains roughly $6 billion to $7 billion of Social Security contributions in an “earnings suspense file”—an account for W-2 tax forms that cannot be matched to the correct Social Security number. The vast majority of these numbers are attributable to undocumented workers who will never claim their benefits. For 2010, the Social Security Administration estimated that unauthorized immigrants and their employers paid $13 billion in required social security payroll taxes.[24]

The Social Security Administration has stated that it believes unauthorized work by non-citizens is a major cause of wage items being posted as erroneous wage reports instead of on an individual’s earnings record.[25] When Social Security numbers are already inuse; names do not match the numbers or the numbers are fake, or the person of record is too old, young, dead etc., the earnings reported to the Social Security Agency are put in an Earnings Suspense file. The Social Security spends about $100 million a year and corrects all but about 2% of these. From tax years 1937 through 2003 the ESF had accumulated about 255 million mismatched wage reports, representing $520 billion in wages and about $75 billion in employment taxes paid into the over $1.5 trillion in the Social Security Trust funds. As of October 2005, approximately 8.8 million wage reports, representing $57.8 billion in wages remained unresolved in the suspense file for tax year 2003.[25]

Estimates indicate that about 4% of the school-age population is made up of children who are illegal immigrants.[26] Many require remedial assistance in language skills, which increases costs to the public schools. During April 2006, Standard & Poor’s analysts wrote: “Local school districts are estimated to educate 1.8 million undocumented children. At an average annual cost of $7,500 (averages vary by jurisdiction) per student, the cost of providing education to these children is about $11.2 billion.” Other estimates of the costs to educate unauthorized children and US-born children of unauthorized immigrants reached $30 billion in 2009.[27]

Blessing of Purification

Blessing of PurificationThe Blessing of Purification ~ Episode 38

Is purification a blessing? Can the blessing of purification happen in our own lives? In this podcast, Father David looks at how we are purified each and every day and the ways that the Lord works in our lives to bring about a change, a renewal and a deepening of our faith.

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There are plenty other examples which we could site to illustrate the challenge and magnitude of this crisis. Sometimes the last one we look at is the spiritual opportunities, and the divine intervention and possibilities which may be available for us. About a month ago slowly awakening from a fretful sleep I became starkly aware of the Lord’s communication: “my Mercy is in your wounds and hurts.”  I followed in response: “I am a poor man, I have not a thing I give you my heart”. Awake now, my mind went back to the time in my life when, a year after Ordination, I experienced a tremendous conversion and empowerment by God in my life. A huge blessing for sure! And in joy a gift of the Church’s Grace of Renewal

However, that experience happened almost fifty years ago. Many years plus various assignments and commitments have passed. Laying there I started to seek out the meaning and truth of that journey in my life. What stuck out in my mind was this: What was once a powerful grace-filled intense transformation in my life gradually lost its impact, and slowly I experienced a fatigue and weariness in my life and ministry. For sure some of this was a result of naturally aging, and many changes and challenges in the Church and in our current sometimes traumatic society. But in the last 10 years a too frequent change in my assignments, both locations and ministries. and a lack of vibrancy in my commitment to serving God’s People sapped the spiritual energy in my life. These challenges and obstacles surly call me to a deeper repentance. And require a personal generosity in being open to healing and atonement for sin. Reparation and prayer for a Church deeply influenced by “the negative spirit of the world” and unfaithfulness in bringing forth the light and power of the Gospel to its members is also necessary.  It seems that many Catholic Christians need a second installment of the Church’s Grace of Renewal; a second empowerment and impartation even more powerful than the first empowerment that many in the Church received over the last fifty years or so. Has the salt lost it flavor in your spiritual life as well? The present trials and vicissitudes of the current Pandemic may be one of the Lord’s ways of purifying his people to receive a powerful new Divine gift of a second installment of Spirit-filled empowerment and impartation; a Pandemic Blessing for sure!

Three things need to come about and are necessary to give God an open door to bestow a follow up impartation of a new empowerment of grace. Are we hungry for a new refreshing ability of personal transformation, and enthusiasm to continue the mission of building the Kingdom of God on earth? The following are the three requirements:

  • Is this the time and place for the Divine Plan of God to be manifested in a unique manner to meet the desperate situation we experience at this time in the human community, but more importantly in the Church?
  • Are individuals open and hungry to receive such a precious impartation of gifts and grace?
  • What are the structures which may be able to contain and hold such a Divine impartation, and are we willing to sacrifice to provide those entities which would advance God’s powerful work anew on the planet earth and within the Church?

If our response is yes!  Yes God, please pour out you Spirit anew upon our lives and relationships! Then let us boldly storm the heavens humbly with prayer and pleas for a time of impartation and bestowal of God’s powerful gifts and graces.

May We Pray!

Blessed Lord Jesus we recognize that over the last fifty years many things have changed in our society. Moral compromise and loss of faith have reached such a high peak that it has been necessary for your Holy Spirit to bring about a second installment of the full empowerment and renewal of the Holy Spirit in the Church and our society. New forms of neo-pagan religions have infiltrated the very depts of society, also within the Church. We are very grateful for the early experiences of the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit given to many after the close of Vatican Council II. However, much more is very necessary to move the Church and each individual more deeply into the necessary repentances and conversion to meet the devils work in souls and to counteract the infusion of the “spirit of the world” which is about the destruction of Christian family life. Come Holy Spirit and re-anoint and refresh your people to embrace the spiritual warfare necessary to defeat the tremendous evils emerging in our world. We pray this prayer in Jesus name! Amen.

Pondering Jesus Carrying his Cross

Pondering Jesus Carrying His CrossPondering Jesus Carrying the Cross

What more can Jesus endure? What compels Him up the road to Golgotha? How is it reflected in my own walk? Join us for today’s podcast, “Pondering Jesus Carrying His Cross”, as we welcome together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me. Holy is His Name!

Luke 2:19 tells us “And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.” Some Bible versions say, “She pondered.”

The original Greek word for ponder is sumballo which means to “throw together.” Think of these meditations as a throwing together of thoughts, ideas, and reflections related to a particular topic. They are not meant to be teachings, but rather invitations and perhaps helps to reflecting more deeply in your own heart. We are delighted that you have chosen to join us today!

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

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

 

Palm Sunday, March 28, 2021 -Bread of Life Bible Study

Palm Sunday: Bread of Life Bible StudyPalm Sunday: Bread of Life Bible Study

Taking the road alongside Jesus to His death is not an easy road to take. He will have gone through hero-worship to rejection, jeering, incarceration, torture and finally execution on a cross. See if you can stay awake with him and comfort Him on the road.

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

Today’s podcast focuses on theSunday readings for the SecondSunday of Lent. It is based on the Bread of Life Catholic Bible Studyand presented by the coauthor, Marie Finn. Please visit the website: www.StDismasGuild.org for more information and for supplemental materials.

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

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