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

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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.

 

 

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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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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.

Special Replay: Transforming Faith

Transforming FaithTransforming Faith

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Luke 10:9-11

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

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

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

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

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

Responsible Stimulus Stewardship

Responsible Stimulus Stewardship Responsible Stimulus Spending

This week, many people within the United States received a stimulus check. At $1400 per person, many households received a sizeable deposit. This round of stimulus is creating the same spending frenzy as the last 2. You can visibly see the flat screen television boxes sitting on the curbside waiting for trash pickup. The tattoo shops are booked solid. Spring Breakers are filling up the hotels. The parking lots at Walmart, Target, and Best Buy have been packed the last few days. People are justifying their spending sprees on material and worthless items. For those people who have been directly impacted by the pandemic, the stimulus will hopefully provide some relief. For those who were not impacted by the pandemic, let me give some suggestions.

  1. Be charitable: If the pandemic did not reduce your income, think of family, friends, members of your church that may need financial help. Show up with a bag of groceries. Pay a car payment or utility bill for them. We are identified as disciples of Christ by the love we share.
  2. If you don’t have an emergency fund, establish one now.
  3. Tax filing has been pushed back one month. You have time to make an IRA contribution.
  4. Reduce non-secured debt.
  5. Make an extra car or house payment.
  6. Establish a 529 plan for your children.

There are many financially responsible decisions you can make regarding this last round of stimulus. Blowing the money on material comfort things should not be one of them.

Pondering the Crowning With Thorns

Pondering The Crowning With ThornsPondering the Crowning With Thorns

The King of kings crowned with thorns! What did Jesus gain for us? How does it help us and what does it mean for us today?

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!

 

Peter denies, Jesus forgives

What is sin?

Simply put, it is missing the mark. In the Gospels, the story of Peter denying Jesus and then being able to be forgiven by Jesus after the resurrection is such a clear example of how much love Jesus has for each one of us.

Scripture

John 18: 17, 25-27 is where you can find Peter being asked three times if he knows Jesus and three times he denies knowing Our Lord. And then the cock crows and Peter remembers Jesus’ words from the Last Supper.

What a weight that must have been for Peter to carry as he watched Jesus die on the cross, bury him and then wait for his return. Jesus does rise and Peter interacts with him. And then, Jesus asks Peter three times, “Do you love me?” in John 21:15-17.

Sin is gone

Peter is no longer burdened by his denial of Jesus. He can move forward, leading the apostles to spread the Good News. That is what forgiveness does; it gives us the freedom to live the life we are called to live in Christ.

Write a letter to Jesus about your sins. List them, ask for forgiveness, pour out your heart to him and invite him in to take your sin away.

(As always, if you are Catholic, consider confession.)

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Be Tax Savvy

Be Tax SavvyEpisode 77–Be Tax Savvy

The Working Woman Radio Show invited tax attorney, Josie Harris into the studio to talk about how to be tax savvy.

During our conversation, Ms. Harris-Walton talks about the biggest mistake business owners make when they start a business.

She also gave a brief tutorial on the various types of business entities, and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Finally, Josie explained why it’s so important for small business owners to seek the advice of an experienced tax professional to avoid problems before they arise.

More About Josie Harris-Walton

Josie Harris-Walton is a tax attorney and founding partner of The Walton Firm. She manages the law firm’s corporate and tax division.  In 2011, after attending law school at Samford University, Cumberland School of Law, Josie decided to enroll at DePaul University College of Law to obtain her master’s degree in taxation.  

In 2014, Josie became the owner and managing partner of Coleman & Walton, LLC, a boutique law firm dedicated to helping businesses with their business and tax issues, and in 2020 Josie decided to form The Walton Firm.

Josie serves as a board member of several non-profit organizations.   She is also a member of the Georgia Association of Black Women, the Coalition of 100 Black Women, and a Pro Bono attorney with the Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta. Josie is dedicated to her true passion of assisting and helping business owners understand their businesses and taxes

 

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Starting a Business

Starting a BusinessStarting a Business

One of the greatest things about living in the United States is the opportunities available to us to take an idea and to put it into motion by starting our own business. I am going to discuss two different options available in the start of a business. Many people have great and creative ideas, but are terrible business owners. By establishing a business properly, it allows some levels of protection from liability and makes things much easier on the business owner regarding tax reporting. The two business entities discussed are:

Sole Proprietor: A sole proprietorship, also known as the sole trader, individual entrepreneurshipor proprietorship, is a type of enterprise owned and run by one person and in which there is no legal distinction between the owner and the business entity. A sole trader does not necessarily work “alone”—it is possible for the sole trader to employ otherpeople.

Limited Liability Company: A limited liability company is the US-specific form of a private limited company. It is a business structure that can combine the pass-through taxation of a partnership or sole proprietorship with the limited liability ofa corporation. An LLC is not a corporation under state law; it is a legal form of a company that provides limited liability to its owners in many jurisdictions. LLCs are well known for the flexibility that they provide to business owners; depending on thesituation, an LLC may elect to use corporate tax rules instead of being treated as a partnership, and, under certain circumstances, LLCs may be organized as not-for-profit. In certain U.S. states, businesses that provide professional services requiring a state professional license, such as legal or medical services, may not be allowed to form an LLC but may be required to form a similar entity called a professional limited liability company.

Don’t Give Up On Your Dreams

Don't Give Up On Your DreamsDon’t Give Up On Your Dreams

Welcome to the show! Come on in and listen as Lucia continues her series on Keeping Your Dream Alive. In today’s episode, she shares that you can’t Give Up on Your Dream if you want to fulfill God’s plan for your life! Lucia encourages you to use Paul’s example of his attitude as your example to move forward with your faith! She also encourages you to declare what God will do for you in regard toyour dream, and then know that He will come through for you again and again just like He has done in the past!

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’sWord so you can enforce Satan’s defeat in your life and walk in victory!

Having the right attitude and perspective will always cause you to triumph in Christ Jesus! Trusting God will help you realize that nothing is impossible for you if you will only Believe what God says about you and to you! You can trust Him with your dream because He always causes you to triumph.

If you have listened to Luciafor any amount of time, you know that sheencouragesyou to stir up your faithand believe you receive everything God has for you! It is the same with your dream! When you begin to live by faith and step out to make your dream a reality, you are going to experience some adversity in your life because you are now a threat to the enemy.

God can do greater things in you that the devil can do on the outside of you through adverse circumstances. Everything in the natural is subject to change; however, the revelations God gives you as you go through the circumstances will produce a great harvest in your lifeso you can walk in victory!

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Pondering the Scourging at the Pillar

Pondering the Scourging at the Pillar
Pondering the Scourging at the Pillar

Let’s ponder Jesus’ Scourging at the Pillar? Why did He have to be scourged? What might He be trying to teach me?

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!

 

3.21.2021 – 5th Sunday of Lent Bread of Life Bible Study

5th Sunday of Lent5th Sunday of Lent Bread of Life Bible Study

Welcome to the 5th Sunday of lent, Bread of Life Bible Study. To live for Christ is to live for others by dying to ourselves. This does not mean that we want to physically die but means that we want to live only to glorify Christ.

“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 5th 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

Victory Over Sin

Victory Over Sin | There is victory over sin and in this episode we will talk about the true victory that comes from a relationship with Christ! | #podcast #christianpodcast #victoryoversin #sin #victoryVictory over Sin Episode 171

There is victory over sin and in this episode we will talk about the true victory that comes from a relationship with Christ!

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Why do we have trouble with certain sins in our lives? Most people look at their lives and compare them to others, and think – hey, I’m doing pretty good! But we all struggle from those little sins that can be insurmountable. What are they? The most common are gossip, envy, pride, lies, anger, unforgiveness, and lust.

Sometimes that sin seems like an insurmountable mountain and we can’t see the victory that is just over the summit on the other side. Usually, the sin that gets us is those pesky little ones like gossip. I remember a time in my life where I really enjoyed gossip. It was fun to hear details of other people’s lives, especially in high school. I realized at some point when I heard something repeated about me, that this was a sin. It was out of the blue – I wasn’t in prayer or on my knees. I don’t even remember the exact situation, I just knew that it was a sin. And I wanted no part of it. To this day I detest gossip. That is not to say that I never participate in gossip – I’m not perfect, but I seriously avoid it.

 

The same thing with drama – I can not handle drama and over-the-top situations that leave me feeling upset and angry. There are only so many things we can control and someone else drama is not one of them.

Friends there are only so many days in our lives and our days are numbered. Only God knows the time yet if we waste our time on the frivolous and believe me those little things soon become a mountain we are talking our eyes off of God and wasting them on the ridiculous.

There is nothing in you life that can not be conquered by the Almighty and our trust must be in Him – He is victorious! He is the king of King and Lord of Lords and There is victory in Jesus and over sin and we know the battle has been won.

Victory Over Sin The Battle Has Been Won

Colossians 2:15 “When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him.

  • Did God defeat the evil one? Yes and Amen.
  • Did God rise like he said he would on the 3rd day – Yes and Amen.
  • Did God send us His Holy Spirit to guide us in our lives? Yes and Amen.

We are heading toward the goal and the prize, and that will be our time in the glory of heaven.

You know, today I was thinking that we hold on to this world so tightly – and believe me, I’m not ready to leave yet… but the thought came that we hold on so tightly and if we knew, just had a tiny inkling of what heaven would be like we would be begging God to take us.

Thessalonians 4:13-15.  But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep [a]in Jesus. 15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive [b]and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep.

Jesus is the resurrection and the life – we must be focused now on the end, and the journey that is the hard knocks of life are the things that are the obstacles that later we will consider trivial. When we have overcome sin we look at it and are amazed that it even had a hold on us – and we know that we can be victorious in Christ.

The best things in life are those that are the most difficult at times to overcome. Christianity is not for the faint-hearted. But the problem is that we think we have to do the heavy lifting when we don’t — it has been done for us!  Let’s remember this as we celebrate the resurrection of Christ each Sunday and remember it each day – may God be blessed!

Let’s pray – Oh Lord by your cross you gave us an example of what we may need to overcome in our lives. Give us victory over sin, help us to truly see sin for what it is the temptation by the evil one – help us to renew our covenant with you my God and see in you the wonders of the glory of your Name. And I pray for these specific needs … and I praise you and thank you, In Jesus Name I pray. Amen

Purchasing a Vehicle

Purchasing a Vehicle Purchasing a Vehicle

One of the largest purchases in our lives besides purchasing a home, is purchasing a vehicle. Throughout large parts of the United States, a vehicle is a necessity. There are right and wrong ways to approach and finalize a vehicle purchase, unfortunately, many mistakes are often made. The most frequent mistakes involve financing of a vehicle. I want to give you some very basic guidelines to purchasing a vehicle.

The first issue is, if you are borrowing money to purchase the vehicle, you are borrowing money on a depreciating asset. If you must absolutely borrow money to purchase, make sure you have a down payment or cash equivalency of your trade at a minimum of 25%. Finance the vehicle for as few years as possible. If you cannot budget the vehicle payments for a term of 36 months or less, that vehicle is out of your price range. A dangerous trend I am witnessing is people borrowing money for terms of 72 months with little to no cash down. That situation has a high probability of failure for many reasons. Unless you drive very little, the car will depreciate faster than you can pay the vehicle off. If you needed to trade the vehicle within the next 5 years, you are going to be upside down on the value to amount owed.

Do not succumb to high pressure tactics at a dealership that may put your budget and credit at risk. You can walk away from a deal that smells bad. There is nothing worse than allowing the purchase of a car to strain your finances and make you feel as a slave to monthly payments.

 

Stir Up Your Dream

Stir Up Your Dream Stir Up Your Dream

God’s dream for your life is so much bigger and greater than you can imagine! If God showed you everything he has in store for you, it would overwhelm you, and yet He’s given you a glimpse of your dream and this is what you’re hoping will come to pass in your life!

Lucia welcomes you to the show as she continues her series on Keeping Your Dream Alive! In today’s show she focuses on the importance of Stirring Up Your Dream so it becomes your reality! It’s time to stop doubting yourself and limiting God as to what He wants to do in and through you so your dream can become a reality! God is the source of your dream and it is His creativity that lives on the inside of you!

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Stir yourself up today regarding your dream and start remembering your past victories. This is what you want to focus on because if God has ever come through for you once, He will do it again.

Lucia will encourage you to stir up your dream and believe in yourself. Say “yes” to God. Settle in your heart that if God gave you the dream, He has also given you the ability to make your dream a reality. Write your dream down so you can run your race. Rehearse your past victories and associate with other dreamers so you can realize all things are possible to those who believe! And last, don’t give up on yourself or you dream. Every day, stir up your dream and take a step of faithforward! Your dream my tarry, but stay in faith while you work and wait, for it will surely come to pass.

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Pondering the Agony in the Garden

Pondering the Agony in the Garden
Pondering the Agony in the Garden

Let’s go deeper in pondering Jesus’ Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane. What mental and emotional struggle might Jesus have been suffering? Why was it important to His mission?

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 welcome together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me. Holy is His Name!

 

Is it time to repent?

Repentance

True sorrow and a desire to change is the repentance God is asking from us. When we sin, we hurt ourselves, others and our relationship with God. God calls us to look at ourselves with honesty and decide what needs to be changed. Not out of shame, but because we desire to live more fully the life God wants for us.

Scripture

“Before you fall ill, humble yourself; and when you have sinned, show repentance. Do not delay forsaking your sins; do not neglect to do so until you are in distress.” Sirach 18:21

Sins can weigh on us, causing us mental and physical distress. Sirach says avoid those problems by taking care of the sin right away. Yes, we’ll need to be humble but God will not turn us away when we ask for his help.

Metanoia

A change of heart away from sin towards God. True repentance can bring about this metanoia, this change of heart.

God’s fills us

When we rid ourselves of sin we are filled with God’s love, mercy and grace. To me, that is the best reason to confess my sins. I receive something wonderful to take its place!

Spend some quiet time each day looking, with God, at the sin that needs to be removed from your life. Ask for forgiveness, make retribution if possible and pray for help to not sin again.

If you are Catholic, I encourage you to go to confession.

Malaika Wells–A Community Advocate

Malaika Wells--A Community AdvocateEpisode 76–Malaika Wells–A Community Advocate

 

The Working Woman Radio Show sat down with Malaika Wells, a community advocate with Global Ubuntu in Atlanta.

Mrs. Wells, the co-director of the organization, shared how Global Ubuntu helps Georgia residents use their individual and collective power to change their communities for good.

Malaika stated that Global Ubuntu’s mission is to empower and act as facilitators for individuals and groups who want to be change agents.

More About Malaika Wells

Malaika Wells is the Co-Director of Global Ubuntu, an organization that manages grassroots, community initiatives designed to combat racism. 

Malaika and her husband, Andrew, are marriage mentors. Through their ministry, Coupled in Christ, the Wells hold one-on-one facilitated dialogues with couples.  They also sponsor group marriage enrichment events, such as the Boundaries in Marriage book club and the Art of Forgiveness workshop. Malaika is a Florida A &M University graduate. She is also the mother of four children that she homeschools. 

 

 

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Church Debt

Whether or nota church should assume debtChurch Debt

A common question people have confronted me with over the last several years is whether or not a church should assume debt. It is my opinion that a church should not take on debt. Many issues may cause a church to consider debt or become a church in debt. One of the primary reasons is the remodeling or purchase of a church building. Other times, there may be a need for a bus, repairs, and numerous different scenarios. When looking to build because of lack of space, I first think a church should consider adding additional worship times. After splitting worship times, and the church still needs space, discuss this issue with the members. I am amazed at how members will step up and give when included in the decision-making. This problem solver should be used with any given financial need within the church when there are shortages.

Less Debt Means More Flexibity

2020 is a prime example of why we should not be presumptuous upon God and assume debt. Many churches closed their doors during the pandemic. Members have yet to return to live church sermons fully. Many have seen deceased giving during the 12 months. Those churches operating under the strain of debt are crunching numbers now to see what bills to pay. Those churches serving without debt have much more mobility during a financial crisis, as we have seen. I cannot think of a good reason for a church to carry debt, regardless of the amount. Allow God to work through the members, and your needs will be met. Many times we lose patience with the timing of God’s answer and therefore see debt used. God will provide on his timeframe.

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Absolute Moral Principles

Absolute Moral Principles | What are the absolute moral principles that Christians especially Catholics must believe? In this episode, Father David explains the five clearly without any doubt or confusion. While some want to push falsehoods, there is a big difference in what we must believe. #christianpodcast #podcast #MoralPrinciples #Christianmorality #christianmorals #morals #Christianity #Christians #CatholicAbsolute Moral Principles Episode 37

What are the absolute moral principles that Christians especially Catholics must believe? In this episode, Father David explains the five clearly without any doubt or confusion. While some want to push falsehoods, there is a big difference in what we must believe.

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Since Biden has been elected the Christians, especially Catholics may be confused. It has been no secret that his administration leaders would be chosen to reflect President Biden, who is a Catholic, socially progressive philosophies and attitudes towards moral behavior in American life. This matter is important for Catholic Christians because he has not always supported authentic Catholic moral teaching, especially in the recent past. For example, his clear and public endorsement of Planned Parenthood in the recent election campaign.

Therefore, at this time in our society, it may be helpful to examine what really is the moral teaching of the Catholic Church in relationship to certain non-negotiable absolute moral principles that pertain to the sacredness of human life. For the sake of our reflection and discussion, we can identify five non-negotiable absolute moral principles from the Catholic point of view. They are as follows: abortion, euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide, embryonic stem cell research, human cloning, and homosexual marriage. Always and everywhere the belief and practice of any one of the five is objectively a serious grave moral evil.

Over the last one hundred and fifty years in Christian churches in American society, there has been a history of gradual moral comprise, especially in the moral practices of infanticide (abortion), contraception, and homosexual marriage. Little by little each of these moral issues were gradually allowed. As society became more secular humanistic, it evolved into a total acceptance of these moral issues as completely allowed in modern civilization which has come of age. For example, one of President Biden’s appointments to a cabinet post is an individual who publicly identifies himself as a partner in a homosexual marriage, whose husband supports his appointment.

In the second part of this Podcast, we will look briefly at the above five non-negotiable moral issues to present the Catholic Church’s teaching about these challenging principles. To begin with, we will not be considering moral culpability or specific judgment on any individual. We will simply restate what the Catholic Church holds about these moral issues. Abortion is a grave moral evil contrary to the natural law. The inalienable right to life of every innocent human individual from the moment of conception to natural death is held by the Church and has not changed. Any state approving abortion is denying the equality of every human individual. Just recently the law in the United States is permitting abortion clear up to full term. This is one of our Nations greatest evils, if not the greatest. Abortion is the practice of child sacrifice! The next absolute moral evil is Euthanasia, which consists in putting an end to the lives of handicapped, elderly, the sick, or dying persons. It is a grave moral evil. The present form of Euthanasia which is practiced in the United States at the present time is physician-assisted suicide. Some of the States laws in this regard are weak, and thus in some places, it is being practiced at the present time. Denying the truth that it is God who remains the sovereign Master of all life.

We will treat Embryonic stem cell research together with Cloning human beings because they are related by the fact that they are both a part of the stem cell development process. The Catholic Church supports ethically acceptable and responsible stem cell research. What the Church opposes is deliberately destroying innocent human life at any stage for research or any other purpose. It opposes embryonic stem cell research. Stem cells are cells that develop very early in the human embryo after fertilization. The Church opposes any research that exploits or destroys the human embryo. It opposes destroying some human lives now, on the pretext that this may possibly help or save other lives in the future. In the case of embryonic stem cell research, it is impossible to remain true to moral principles and at the same time destroy potential human life in the process. To obtain embryonic stem cells, the early embryo is destroyed. This means destroying a potential human life.

In cloning human beings, to achieve the necessary stem cells the embryo has to be destroyed. The Church’s document on Christian views of cloning, entitled Declaration on the Production, the Scientific, and the Therapeutic Use of Human Embryonic Stem Cells; all three approaches of proposed solutions are morally unacceptable.

The Church teaches that from the moment of conception begins the development of a human being; therefore, the embryo cannot be considered just another clump of cells. As an individual, it has a right to its own life. And any negative action no matter for what purpose is a moral violation of an individual’s right to life. Any intentional damage to the embryo is a grave immoral action. No end believed to be good can justify an intervention to the embryo that destroys its life. A good end does not make right an action which itself is wrong. A human being is to be respected and treasured as a person from the moment of conception to the finality of natural death.

In the issue of human cloning: it is morally erroneous and unacceptable for anyone to engage in this process for the creation of human beings. It is morally unacceptable to develop a cloned embryo and then destroy it in order to produce a new cell structure moving towards the development of a human being. Because this process violates the sacredness and dignity of a God-willed and man-made human being. It consists of grave moral evil. In conclusion, it is not hard to see the serious gravity of the ethical problem posed by embryonic development and the attempts to clone other human beings. Where this has been attempted in the animal world serious and devastating problems have arisen. Some of the animals have developed major disproportions of structure, size, and organs. This process has made some extremely susceptible to viral depletions and vulnerable diseases.

The last topic for consideration is a huge hot button issue in our contemporary society, namely “Same-Sex Marriage”. First, may we say that the Church has a deep commitment to human dignity and the equality of all human persons. Why then is Same-sex Marriage disallowed in Catholic teaching? In Gaudium et Spes, the Council maintains that childless marriages are still truly marriages. The United States Catholic Bishops reflecting on this teaching state that the rightness of male-female marriage is demonstrated in the possibility of reproduction, maintain that there are also “personal and spiritual dimensions” revealed by that espousal union that are equally essential. There are deeply personal, social, and affective aspects of masculinity and femininity that are seen in males and females. Each person is complete in himself or herself, yet there is a complimentary and the communion of persons that is essential for marriage. This genuine complementary is impossible for same-sex couples.

The Catholic Church teaches that same-sex (gay and lesbian) marriages are not possible. Even though the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex ‘marriage’ is legal. The Catholic Church does not accept this court ruling. The reason why is that the Church believes and accepts that Marriage is, was, and always will be the union of one man and one woman, in a permanent, faithful, and fruitful union. God is the author of marriage, not man and not society or the government. Marriage is a sign of a covenant between God and his people, between Christ and His Bride, the Church. Men and women complement one another, emotionally and anatomically. Adoption and artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, or surrogate parenthood, are not viable means to render a relationship capable of married fecundity and espousal communion.

Homosexual unions contradict nature. They imitate but do not complement and that is key. The Church holds that same-sex inclination is objectively disordered. (the Catechism of the Catholic Church #2358). There may be no culpability if there is no activity but the orientation itself is irregular. That does not mean that persons with a homosexual orientation cannot be outstanding citizens or saintly persons.

Every human being regardless of orientation is called to live a life of personal holiness. While the inclination is disordered, only the activity itself is sinful. Homosexual acts as well as heterosexual acts outside and/or before marriage are all sinful and immoral. Only sex between a husband and wife is morally permitted. Deliberate and willful impure thoughts are also wrong as they lead the will into an area where the person because of their current state in life should not go and stay far away. The family is the foundation of the church and the state. Civilization is built upon it. Family is also rooted in the marriage of one man and one woman, committed to a permanent, faithful, and fruitful union. Same-sex unions are not marriage and can never replace it, they can only imitate it.

  1. In this regard, the ruling of the Supreme Court is nothing more than a travesty. A court cannot change Natural Law nor can it change God’s Law, nor can it change the nature of marriage, no matter how many judges rule in favor of the change.
  2. making homosexual marriage a moral reality by legal decision is the same as deciding that the Law of Gravity is unconstitutional. The words may be changed, and people may fool themselves, but the reality of marriage remains the same, just as the law of gravity exists.
  3. In this country we have been participants in moral compromise for a long time. We should not allow ourselves or others to confuse and deceive us into accepting same-sex unions as marriage.
  4. It is a revealed principle that the Good God bestows on us all the grace we need to know and practice his will and truth in our lives. We all should beech him for the wonderful light of grace and the consequent actions of truth to guide and confirm his love and will in our understanding, guidance, and choices we make to live and act in his truth.

(Much of this teaching has been taken from an article by Fr. John Trigilio, Ph.D., ThD. In Catholic Action.)

May We Pray

God our beloved Father we are so thankful for all the gracious goodness you have bestowed on those who love you. We thank you for the unique way in which you created human beings in your image and likeness. Above all, we thank you for becoming man in the person of your beloved Son Jesus Christ. In these confusing and unfaithful times in our society, we stand firm rejoicing in your revealed truth, giving light and wisdom to your Church holding to the Revelation of scripture and the authentic teaching of the Catholic Church. We so desire to be faithful to you and the teaching of your Son, Jesus. Fill us even more with the power and light of the Holy Spirit in whom we continue to seek and live in the Truth. We pray this prayer in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

4th Sunday of Lent 3.14.2021 – Bread of Life Bible Study

Today’s podcast focuses on the Sunday readings for the Second Sunday of Lent. It is based on the Bread of Life Catholic Bible Studyand presented by the coauthor, Marie Finn.
4th Sunday of Lent 3.14.2021 

Whoever rejects Jesus and does not accept His words already has his judge, namely, the words He spoke. We will be saved from sin’s deadly “bite” by looking to Jesus and believing he will heal us.

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

Today’s podcast focuses on 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 theLord 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 childrenof 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 – Fearless Faith Journey

How do we have a fearless faith journey when our lives are fearful and full of confusion? In this episode, we will discuss how our journey...Fearless Faith Journey

How do we have a fearless faith journey when our lives are fearful and full of confusion? In this episode, we will discuss how our journey should be one with hope instead of fear, and we should not be afraid.

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Our fearless faith journey looks different depending on where we are in our lives. If we are young, our journey has just started and as we age we are wiser (I call wisdom learning from our past mistakes and making an oath not to do them again!) And, in the sense we now see this journey with a rearview mirror and some of us like what we see and the others want to forget. There are some things that keep us pinned down unable to move forward in our faith journey. These things are:

  1. Fear
  2. Regret
  3. Paralysis

Many people base their feelings on emotion and what is happening in their relationships but if our relationship with the Lord is on a solid ground out a relationship with our loved ones, our friends will all fall into place. (Podcast on Relationship with Christ here)

Life is a journey and so is our faith. We plan for our lives, our retirement our vacations. We plan for futures but we don’t look at our faith the same way. For some, it is a one-time acceptance. I’ve accepted the Lord Jesus as my Savior, I have repented of my sins and I promise to sin no more, Amen. And that is it – then they live their lives as if they don’t have a care in the world and no outward sign to others of what they have been given. A gift of eternal life. How can we not want to shout it from the rooftops? “JESUS CHRIST IS LORD!” This is a precious gift that some have accepted on their life journey and they don’t ever tell anyone about it!

We begin as baby Christians on a path where we don’t really know what we are doing or what is expected of us. Many think that Christianity is a list of what we need to give up! In fact, the list is more extensive the more someone has lived. God doesn’t say, don’t have fun and live your life in sackcloth and contemplation of your past sins. No, Jesus has died for our sins and all we need to do is release them.

Fearless Faith Journey

Faith is freeing and sin bogs us down, it gives us anxiety it makes us feel horrible. We are built with a conscience whether you like it or not. Let’s say you steal and you are not caught, how does that make you feel? If you have a well-formed conscience you will feel horrible. Picture this, a clear glass that is brilliant and multi-faceted. The light that is pure can flow through the glass and in the glass. Now put the glass in a pit of mud, and what do we have … we have glass that is dirty and the light filters through there and there but mostly is blocked from entering. That is the state of our souls when we sin and have an absence of God – and for many of us, we don’t even see it. Lying. Gossip. Anger. Self-Righteousness. Stealing. Killing. and so forth.

When we see rioting or looting we think, “How can people do this?” We see evil for evil. We see good for good. Others may not see this as clearly or if they do, they chose evil.

Our faith journey has ups and downs but that happens when we forget that Jesus is Lord and God reigns. We forget and we become sad or despondent. We take the cross of illness, anxiety, stress, and allow it to bog us down to the point that we are indeed paralyzed and fearful. The question is how do we get past these roadblocks in life?

Write them down. Right now. Stop this audio and write down what is preventing you from your travels, your personal life journey. What are you holding on to? What can you not let go of? What fear is overwhelming you? What is the issue in your life that has no solution? Our fearless faith journey begins with these five point:

  1. Remember that we have been redeemed by the Lord ~ Revelations 5:11

    11 Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. 12 In a loud voice they were saying:

    “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
    to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
    and honor and glory and praise!”

    2. Jesus has already died and paid the price for our sins – do you believe, truly? If so, why are you fearful?

    3. God the Son, the eternal word became flesh and dwelt among us in order to share in our life in all things except sin. Have you given your life to Christ and invite Him to walk alongside you?

    4. Every issue in life has a solution, but sometimes the answer is not we want.

    5. Our hope is in the Lord and in no other.

    Recently I heard a sermon and it was beautiful in that the Priest reminded us that our hope is in Christ he talked about praying and I felt that sometimes when we pray we can use different words. We can learn so much from the Scriptures – what did Martha and Mary say to the Lord when their brother Lazurus was sick? “Lord, the one that you love is sick.” Take those words and apply them to your own prayers – Lord the one that you love is fearful, Lord the one that you love is worried, unemployed, hurt by the words of someone they love…” We can use these words as we pray and the needs in our life and the needs of others.

Our journey in life should be joyous and fulfilling. It should be rich with the knowledge that we are not going it alone. Who do you have in your life? Even though I can not see you I know that you are listening and I have so many of you in my life, I pray for you and you pray for me. It is a journey we are talking together. This journey of life is not lonely if we have the Lord. It is full of richness and love, a love that flows our of us and can’t help but spill onto others.

I pray that your journey begins to improve that those uphill battles begin to even out, that those dips in the road become filled with the sweetness and joy that comes from knowing that God has not forsaken you, and He is right there alongside you – only if you have asked Him to come into your heart and onto the road of life.

Let’s pray:
Dear God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit – thank you for filling me with joy as I teach today’s session and I ask that you allow this joy to filter through the airwaves to those who are listening. Give them a sense of you alongside them on this journey of life, allow them to see your hand in their lives and be thankful. Dear Lord help us and come with us as we continue on toward the journey of life and our faith journey. Allow it to become deeper and deeper with more of you and less of us. I pray for the following intentions: And, I pray this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Breaking the Power of Money

As an experienced faith based financial planner, Jay can attest that those stewards who focus on giving first, can break the power of money.Are you aware that there is an anecdote for the struggles we have with money? When people come to me and say they are having issues with debt and materialism, my first question to them is, “Are you tithing?” Seem a strange question, but based on scripture, I do not believe we will ever conquer our issues with money unless we are good givers. Through personal observation as a faith-based financial planner, I can attest that those stewards who focus on giving first have very few debts and materialism problems.

Giving breaks the power of money over us. I will rearrange the question….have you ever seen someone in severe debt or living paycheck to paycheck their entire lives being a cheerful giver? Probably not. From a teaching position, God has instructed us time and time again throughout scriptures the importance of giving as stated below:

2 Corinthians 9:7 KJVEvery man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

1 John 3:16-18 KJV: Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

Leviticus 25:35-37 KJV: And if thy brother be waxen poor, and fallen in decay with thee; then thou shalt relieve him: yea, though he be a stranger, or a sojourner; that he may live with thee. Take thou no usury of him, or increase: but fear thy God; that thy brother may live with thee. Thou shalt not give him thy money upon usury, nor lend him thy victuals for increase.

Acts 20:35 KJVI: have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

Letters to Women by Chloe Langr

A new book

Letters to Women: Embracing the Femmine Genius in Everyday Life is a collection of letters put together by Chloe Langr. There are 30 letters from different women for different times and seasons of life. Some a specific, letter to those who want to be married or have suffered a miscarriage. Others are more general, women who are suffering or want more joy in their life. Each letter begins with a brief introduction from Chloe and ends with questions for reflection and questions for conversation. The questions would be ideal for a group study.

How did this book come about?

Chloe has a podcast by the same name. She realized that many women have similar struggles and thought it would be interesting to pull together different letters on women’s experiences in different situations and how God spoke to them. Some of the letter authors will be familiar names while others not. But each letter serves the purpose of speaking to a woman’s heart and helping her embrace her feminine genius.

What is the Feminine Genius?

This is a phrase used by St. John Paul II in his Letter to Women before the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995. He used the phrase but did not define it. He did give some characteristics though, such as receptivity, density, generosity and maternity. There is no one way to live out the feminine genius. Rather, it the unique way you are put together by God to live as a woman in this time and place.

Who is this for?

All women! I read the letter about Surrender. It was written by a woman who could be my daughter. It resonated with me. I encourage you to take a look at this book for all the women in your life.

It is published by Tan Books.

Chloe offered a great challenge: spend just a few minutes in silence (maybe during lunch time or early in the morning) to simply exist with God, entering into a time of prayer with Him without an agenda, but simply to be present.

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When Nothing Goes Right … Go Left

We know what it’s like to “receive that call,” to hear the words “it’s over,” or to realize just a little too late that what’s done is done, and there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING you can do.  But what I’m here to tell you today is this.  There IS something you can do and with just a few simple strategies you can put a pause on panic and turn your road back in the right direction.  After all, “When nothing goes right…go left. “Our hearts race, our head starts to spin, and in a matter of seconds every inch of our body completely tightens up.  For most of us, we’ve experienced both the physical and psychological reactions when things go wrong.  We know what it’s like to “receive that call,” to hear the words “it’s over,” or to realize just a little too late that what’s done is done, and there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING you can do.  But what I’m here to tell you today is this.  There IS something you can do and with just a few simple strategies you can put a pause on panic and turn your road back in the right direction.  After all, “When nothing goes right…go left. “

  1. Treat prayer as medicine- Our faith mixed with God’s word is the catalyst for miracles! His will for each of us is to be blessed, healthy, happy, and lacking nothing but it takes doing our part as well and that is going to the Father in prayer. He not only hears our little cries but He cares about our minor troubles from day to day. Don’t put limitations on the Lord, believing He’ll only answer prayers that seem somewhat promising.  The Bible says, “But with God EVERYTHING is possible,” not just what we deem is possible.
  2. Create the picture in your head- Whether it be picturing yourself healthy, confident, with a new job, achieving the goals you wish to attain, every night before you go to bed, visualize it becoming reality in your mind.
  3. Go to Plan B– Life has to be flexible and we have to know that a plan is just a plan. It’s a blueprint, an outline that can and WILL be changed.  When things don’t go the way we arranged, it’s not wasted… Everything has a purpose.  What may surprise you is that Plan B may contain a blessing far greater than anything Plan A could’ve offered.
  4. Connect-Don’t live out of fear. Live out of connection.  Surround yourself with those who love you because that’s what true friends do… they find each other’s light.
  5. “What do I know?”- STOP and think, “What do I know?”  “What is true about the situation?”  Taking the emotions out and sticking with what you know, keeps your mind from presenting a problem that was never actually there. 
  6. One word…Temporary. Nothing on this Earth is forever and this too will pass.  Meditating on that simple fact will help hold the problem in its proper place.
  7. Change your environment.- Go outside. Go to a coffee shop.  Go get some ice cream.  Do anything but stay where you are.  For some reason, when you change the environment from  the place you were when you received the “bad news,” you’re given a fresh perspective.  Being around places and things that bring you comfort seems to lessen the sting of whatever is currently happening in your life. 
  8. Think baby steps, not leaps.- Instead of jumping straight to the possible solutions, start small. What is one thing I could do at this moment to help my situation?  It could mean grabbing someone’s arm and asking for a hug or just taking a moment to sit down and breathe. Just like a wave begins with a single ripple, so will tiny steps lead to leaps of victory.
  9. Grant yourself permission to feel– God knows your heart and He knows what you’re feeling. Don’t try and mask what’s really going on in your life. Jesus doesn’t just toss you out if you doubt.  Uncertainty and feeling scared are a natural part of life. When you avoid the negative feelings and just “sweep them under the rug,” the opposite ends up happening and the problem grows instead of regresses.
  10. Don’t give up!- No, failure doesn’t feel good and when things go wrong, we react. But in that initial moment when we’re faced with a problem, keep in mind this one thing.  You WILL get through this if you DON’T QUIT!  In the words of J.K. Rowling, a herself,  she said, “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all-in which case, you fail by default.”

 

We can’t avoid the hard times but we CAN control how we react. We are given one life. One life to jump into, with all its possibilities. One life to face the challenges and breathe through the lessons.   One life to climb over the rock in the road allowing it to shape us and not destroy us.  One life to sacrifice risk for relationships, vulnerability for victories, and complacency for chances of a lifetime. In the words of Marianne Williamson, “Nothing binds you except your thoughts; nothing limits you except your fear; and nothing controls you except your beliefs.” Sometimes the road to the ultimate blessing isn’t always the right one.  Often, it’s the road you stumbled across when you decided to do something different and just go left.

When Women Collaborate

When Women CollaborateEpisode 75–When Women Collaborate

 

Today, The Working Woman Radio Show sat down with Adrianna Cauthen to talk about what happens when women collaborate.

Healthy competition whether it’s in the workplace or in sports as well or in the educational arena can be a good thing, but often competition can become toxic, and I think that this can be especially true for women who see other successful women as a threat.

In this episode, Adrianna and I discuss why collaboration is so important and why women have traditionally not been encouraged to do it.

We discuss the mentality required to collaborate with others, and the benefits of working interdependently.

Adrianna and I also share about our own collaborations, as mother and daughter, including our newest venture, a YouTube channel that we will be starting called ‘Elevate!’.

 

 

 

Helpful Articles and Resources

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Power of The Pack

I always say a woman alone has power; collectively we have an impact. Traditionally we have been taught to be competitive with one another because there was such a scarcity of jobs at the top. It’s so clear that strategy doesn’t work. The truth is that raising each other up and channeling the power of collaboration is truly how we’ll change the equation—and have a lot more fun along the way.

To read the entire article, click the link, above.

 

 

 

 

 

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

By Stephen Covey

In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, service, and human dignity–principles that give us the security to adapt to change and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Imagine Your Dream

Lucia welcomes you to the show as she continues the series on keeping your dream alive.  Today she focuses on how to Imagine Your Dream so it becomes your reality! Lucia welcomes you to the show as she continues the series on keeping your dream alive.  Today she focuses on how to Imagine Your Dream so it becomes your reality!

What do you think about your dream? Your dream must become so real inside you that it actually becomes a part of you and can’t be stolen away from your heart by negative people; it needs to be so real in your heart that it becomes the difference between success and failure and goes beyond your wishful thinking.

Every dream God has ever placed in your heart began with an image in your mind and you had to use your faith to make it became a reality in your life. What is your dream? What are you imagining will come to pass in your life? If you want your dream to become a reality, you have to keep a picture of it before your eyes so you can focus on it and envision what it will be like to experience it in your life!

I would like to take a moment and thank our sponsor for this podcast, the ABC’s of Who I Am, at Lucia Claborn.com. This resource is packed with powerful speakers who have learned to set their mind to overcome life’s challenges to walk in victory! They will build your faith and help you renew your mind regarding the power of your confessions, meeting Him in the morning, starting over, hearing God’s voice all the time, prosperity, and much more so you can walk in victory!  We encourage you to get your set 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!

If you will refuse to give up, you will see your dream become a reality and you will experience victory! If you will persevere, you will conquer and overcome the challenges that come to stop your dream from becoming a reality. If you will persevere and be determined to stand in faith in the face of opposition, you can achieve everything that God puts in your heart so you can live the victorious life.

 

 

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Reaching Contentment

contentment in retirementWhat is your idea of a perfect retirement? Over the last 25 years as a financial planner, I have heard many similar answers to that question. Many men say they want to play golf every day. People want to travel and buy homes near the beach. Often, the answers revolve around buying things or spending all their time focused on leisure. My friends, I have yet to witness any of the retirees finding happiness with 100% leisure and attempting to buy happiness. In fact, when a retired person focuses on those things, I see divorces happen, I see nervous breakdowns, I see depression, and simply people being unhappy. On the opposite end of the spectrum, when retirees have a Kingdom focus during their elder years and devote their time, talent, and treasures to serving the Kingdom, I am witness to believers who are content. Contentment is a state of peaceful happiness. You cannot buy contentment, but you can surely earn it. It is difficult for people nearing retirement age as the advisors world is focused on marketing to those things that look good. Pull up any advisors website that works with retirees and you will see people on the golf course, on a sailboat, walking the beach, etc.. What you don’t see from the marketing world are those truly content retirees who are donating their time at the local thrift shop, foodbank, or children’s services. The world view of retirement happiness is a short-lived venture. I encourage you to approach retirement with a Kingdom focus, where contentment can be found.

3rd Sunday of Lent, March 7, 2021 – Bread of Life Bible Study

Today’s podcast focuses on the Sunday readings for the Third Sunday of Lent. It is based on the Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study and presented by the coauthor, Marie Finn. 3rd Sunday of Lent, March 7, 2021

Are we one who radiates Christ when we talk about him or do we provoke God to anger with the way we use our money?

“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 Third 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

Faith Tested By Fire

Faith Tested By Fire | We all want faith, but our faith must be tested. Faith tested by fire withstands as we have seen through the many examples of the goldy mean and women who have gone before us. In this episode, Felice discusses that trials do make us stronger and what we should pray instead of, "Lord take this cross away." | #podcast #Christianpodcast #Christian #fithtested #faithFaith Tested By Fire Episode 170

We all want faith, but our faith must be tested. Faith tested by fire withstands as we have seen through the many examples of the goldy mean and women who have gone before us. In this episode, Felice discusses that trials do make us stronger and what we should pray instead of, “Lord take this cross away.”

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Faith is not faith until it is tested. 1 Corinthians 13:12
I head a sermon this weekend that changed the course of today’s podcast. I wanted to talk about faith as we are in a season of our Lenten journey as I record this we are walking toward the time of celebration and Easter, but most of us do not feel like celebrating because we can’t help to focus on the day to day goings on in our world. We have faith, and yet for many, our faith withstands but by the grace of God. It is often tested and we are in a sense of working within the will of God. It is amazing to think that faith well freely given is something we have to work through. For anything worthwhile in this life takes work. Jesus reminded us that faith is not faith until it is tested. Jesus reminded his apostles of A time when he would be sacrificed for us the disciples did not want to hear this and Jesus this response was frightening to us get behind me Satan. Why is this? Because the enemy does not want us to have faith because true faith cannot be broken.
I think one of the things that really has an impact on me the most is when I think about the disciples who walked with our Lord, who experienced the miracles of Jesus, who saw in him neon The Almighty. And yet during the time of his passion, they deserted him! If those who had experience Jesus fully did not know God, how can we? The only way is through the gift of the Holy Spirit. Unless God opens in aluminates our minds we cannot experience true faith. We are tested every day there are obstacles in our life there are tragedies in our life we have disappointments in our life and we often ask where is God?
But what we always see in the Scriptures is that God transforms evil into God. Even in the worst evil, we can see the greater good. Jesus talks about refining us just as the finest gold must be fired so that the impurities can be taken out. – Zechariah 13:9
1 Corinthians 15 reminds us without the cross and crucifixion there could be no resurrection. Verse 50-52 states… 
Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
I think one of the greatest things that we as Christians have the help of the Almighty and the Hope that is in Christ, and without hope we would be despondent. If we know that God and only in Him and His infinite wisdom and mercy knows what is best for us–and remember, He knows every hair on our head … if this is that same God then, of course, we have the confidence to believe that He knows what we need in our lives. We think we know better. We don’t.
I often find myself in situations that are of my own doing. I often find myself saying yes before really thinking things through and when things fall apart, I always wonder, Where is God? But God hasn’t left, He is at the same address, he is there waiting for me, expecting me to go to him in prayer, and truthfully maybe I did, but I’m not even sure.
And, in the quiet, in the silence of our heart, we hear Him and He says, “Did you?” No condemnation just a simple question. That dear friend only we can answer ourselves. Today our focus as our faith is tested by fire is that instead of asking that our cross be removed, we what our Lord for the grace to face the difficulties in our lives so that we too may be winners and survive the trial. We should pray that while we believe in faith that God is there and always hears our prayers, that we pray that we can feel the hand of Almighty God around us, holding us up when we are too weak to do it on our own. In this way, our faith will be purified through trial and fire but God, while allowing these tests also allows us to have a deeper understanding of faith!
Let’s pray:
Dear Lord Jesus, I praise you and I think you and I ask my God did you send me the tools I need to withstand the evil one that you help me in my every day to focus on you on the greater good and eternity instead of the here and now. I know God you are here and today not asking my God to be with me in every step on me to shine a light before me so I know which steps to take. And I ask for a blessing on the following people that I pray for in my life and I pray this in Jesus precious name amen!

The Final Tithe: Conclusion

As we conclude the podcast series on our “Final Tithe”, I want to share with you the reasoning behind the need to include the Kingdom in your estate plan.As we conclude the podcast series on our “Final Tithe”, I want to share with you the reasoning behind the need to include the Kingdom in your estate plan. As we follow our faith throughout our natural lives, many of us have a clear understanding of good stewardship. Good Stewardship includes avoiding debt, providing for your family, and being charitable. The world influences our stewardship both in our life and at our death. The world says that you divide everything equally among your surviving family members at death. Very few estate plans ever venture into a Kingdom oriented conversation. An estate plan becomes Kingdom oriented when we review our quest to be charitable. A Kingdom oriented plan does not simply divide everything equally without any investigation into the impact or influence money will have on those designated as beneficiaries.

We should ask ourselves these questions.

Am I leaving “God’s assets” to good stewards?

What will they do with the assets?

Will they spend it on  material things?

Will they spend it on addictive behaviors?

Will it cause division within my family?

What impact on the Kingdom am I having with the assets God has entrusted me with?

Would God approve of the plan I have in place to distribute those assets he blessed me with during my lifetime?

When we ask ourselves these questions, we develop a different approach to estate planning. We should be charitable at our death. We should attempt to provide for the needs of our loved ones. We should make an effort to teach good stewardship to our beneficiaries while we can so that we can be confident that God’s assets are handled with care. Ultimately, we are attempting to reach a level of contentment through good stewardship while we are living and at our death.

Is Lent a time of sacrifice or action?

What is Lent?

Lent is 40 days before Easter, it begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on the Wednesday before Holy Thursday. It is a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving; a way to prepare ourselves for the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Sacrifice or Action?

I say both! Give up something and then do something. But it’s not only me saying this, God does too! Check out Isaiah 58:1-9a.

 

Yes, Lent has already started but it’s never too late to enter into the season. For this week, choose a sacrifice and an action for the rest of Lent.

FYI: I have a playlist for Lent on Spotify.

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The Business of Hair-Pt.2

The Business of Hair-Pt. 2Episode 74–The Business of Hair-Pt.2

 

In The Business of Hair-Pt.2,  The Working Woman Radio Show invited hairstylist, Angelia McCall, back to the studio to talk about Tessica Brown-the Louisiana woman dubbed “Gorilla Glue Girl” after she made the unfortunate mistake of spraying her hair in place with the adhesive.

Many people made fun of this woman for putting Gorilla Glue in her hair, however, this is not an isolated incident. This is just an extreme form of something that happens every day particularly for women of color.

Ms. McCall talks about the harsh chemicals that women, particularly women of color use on their hair, and the extreme caution that should be used when working with these kinds of products.

 

 

 

 

 

More About Angelia McCall

Angelia, or Angie as her friends and family call her, is a hairstylist and was a guest on the show several weeks ago on an episode called ‘The Business of Hair’.

Ms. McCall has been a licensed stylist for the last ten years and currently works in the metro-Atlanta area.

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

 

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Why was Tessica Brown not afforded grace after her Gorilla Glue mishap? (Photo: Instagram/Tessica Brown)

From Gorilla Glue mishap to ‘The Bachelor’: Why is it so hard to give Black women grace?

Whatever happened to giving people grace?

It’s a question that came up repeatedly last week, particularly regarding Black women, when the world met Tessica Brown — the Louisiana woman dubbed “Gorilla Glue Girl” — after she made the unfortunate mistake of spraying her hair in place with the permanent adhesive. Reactions to her predicament were a mixed bag, ranging from sympathy to disbelief and ridicule from both celebrities and social media at large. To read the article in it’s entirety, click the link, above.

 

 

 

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A Few Minutes with God – Special Replay: Asking God

Ask God | Thy will be done in heaven as on earth is a form of asking God in prayer to guide our life. But is it that simple? Welcome to A Few Minutes with God, where we delve into the scriptures in a practical way. | #podcast #christianpodcast #askGodAsking God – Episode 107

Thy will be done in heaven as on earth is a form of asking God in prayer to guide our life. But is it that simple? Welcome to A Few Minutes with God, where we delve into the scriptures in a practical way.

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So many times we begin the day with our to-do list running in our heads and frantic with all the things we need to do each day. I found myself in this mess in the not too distant past and I finally had to reevaluate my life as I found myself unintentionally clenching the insides of my mouth as I silently stressed over things I could not avoid and had no control over.

As a Christian, I carried on the guilt that I was not living up to the ideal. All Christians are happy they walk with inspiration from the Lord and have a ready smile for all they meet. Sure, that was me on occasion but more times than not I hid behind the discontent. I was frankly too busy.

Well fast-forward to today and I am still extremely busy but guess what, I’ve learned from my past mistakes the biggest one? I forgot to ask God.

  1. I forgot to ask God if I should take then next big project.
  2. I forgot to ask God if I should implement the “great idea” I had about work.
  3. I forgot to ask God about the little things as well as the bigger things.

Friends, you have often heard me say, “Pray about this, or pray about that…” and now I am reminding me and you that this is necessary!

I’m sure I’ve mentioned James 4:3 before, “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”

Or James 1:22 “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”

We all know talkers, and I am one of those, but if we don’t do what we recommend then we are as bad as those who do not believe. Many people want to say that faith is a one time commitment to the Lord and a one time decision, and to some extent it is, but if we do not walk in faith or do the good works that the Lord has prepared for us (Ephesians 2:10 -For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.) then we are talking the walk and not walking the talk.

James 4:7-8 is another wonderful example of asking God.

Friends, study James there is so much wisdom in that book as well as all the books in Scripture – it is not only for teaching but for blessing us and bringing the Christian faith to us in a very real way.

Let’s Pray:

Dear Heavenly Father, please remind us daily to ask you for our daily bread, our daily needs and to test all things first through you. Dear Lord, we humbly come before you and ask that you use each one of us as you have called us to be lovers of the word and to increase our faith each day. Pour out your blessings upon us and upon those who we now pray … I praise you Jesus for every great thing and I pray this in your blessed Name, Amen!

 

The Final Tithe: Tax Efficiency

Estate Planning and Tax Efficiency - Estate planning is the process of anticipating and arranging, during a person's life, for the management and disposal of that person's estate during the person's life, in the event the person becomes incapacitated and after death.The Final Tithe: Tax Efficiency – Estate planning is the process of anticipating and arranging, during a person’s life, for the management and disposal of that person’s estate during the person’s life, in the event the person becomes incapacitated and after death. The planning includes the bequest of assets to heirs and may include minimizing gift, estate, generation skipping transfer, and taxes. Estate planning includes planning for incapacity as well as a process of reducing or eliminating uncertainties over the administration of a probate and maximizing the value of the estate by reducing taxes and other expenses. The ultimate goal of estate planning can only be determined by the specific goals of the estate owner and may be as simple or complex as the owner’s wishes and needs directs. Guardians are often designated for minor children and beneficiaries in incapacity.

Below are the four main tax baskets (tax categories in which individuals can hold assets):

  1. Traditional (a/k/a Deductible) Retirement Accounts: These include workplace plans such as the 401(k), the 403(b), the 457, and the TSP, and IRAs. Under ideal conditions, the contributions, when earned, are not taxed but the contributions and earnings are taxed when later withdrawn.
  2. Roth Retirement Accounts: These include workplace plans such as the Roth 401(k), the Roth 403(b), and the Roth TSP, and Roth IRAs. Under ideal conditions, the contributions, when earned, are taxed but the contributions and earnings are tax-free when later withdrawn.
  3. Health Savings Accounts: HSAs are tax-advantaged accounts only available to you if you have a high deductible health plan (a “HDHP”) as your health insurance. Under ideal conditions, the contributions, when earned, are not taxed and the contributions and earnings are tax-free when later withdrawn.
  4. Taxable Accounts: Holding financial assets in your own name or otherwise not in a tax-advantaged account (tax baskets 1 through 3). The basic concept is taxable in, taxable on “realized” earnings (rental income, business income, dividends, interest, etc.) while in the account, and partially taxable (value less “tax basis”) on the way out.

2nd Sunday of Lent Bread of Life Bible Study: The Transfiguration

The Transfiguration - Jesus takes three with Him to witness His clothes become dazzling white and see Moses and Elijah in conversation with Him and also hear a voice say, "This is my beloved Son. Listen to Him".Second Sunday of Lent, February 28, 2021   –  The Transfiguration

Jesus takes three with Him to witness His clothes become dazzling white and see Moses and Elijah in conversation with Him and also hear a voice say, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to Him”. This shows us our need for community to share spectacular events that happen in our lives.

“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 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

The Final Tithe: Using Beneficiary Designations

As we continue the series on “The Final Tithe” and how to include the Kingdom in our estate plan, I want to share with you a missed opportunity to easily name people or entities as Beneficiary.As we continue the series on “The Final Tithe” and how to include the Kingdom in our estate plan, I want to share with you a missed opportunity to easily name people or entities as beneficiaries. Beneficiary planning is so important and should carry I high importance in your estate plan. The first area I see people missing an opportunity to name beneficiaries is on their banking accounts. You can utilize a feature at your bank called Payable on Death (POD). A POD allows you to name beneficiaries. By naming beneficiaries, you can avoid sending those assets through costly probate. Another issue I see is on non-qualified investment accounts that are individually owned or jointly owned.  You can add a feature called Transfer on Death (TOD) that will prevent those assets from being pushed into probate. More commonly known beneficiary designations are found on life insurance, annuities, and retirement accounts. It is extremely important to conduct a tax efficient review of your estate plan to retain as much of the asset(s) as possible without paying unnecessary taxes and attorney fees.  We would be happy to assist you with your Biblically Responsible estate planning. You can reach Jay D Schurz at 888-226-7614 or by email at jschurz@vanderbiltsecurities.com.

What Is Payable On Death (POD)?

Payable on death (POD) is an arrangement between a bank or credit union and a client that designates beneficiaries to receive all of the client’s assets. The immediate transfer of assets is triggered by the death of the client.

What Is Transfer on Death?

The transfer on death designation lets beneficiaries receive assets at the time of the person’s death without going through probate. This designation also lets the account holder or security owner specify the percentage of assets each designated beneficiary receives, which helps the executor distribute the person’s assets after death. With TOD registration, the named beneficiaries have no access to or control over a person’s assets as long as the person is alive.

 

God’s love for you

The 1st Commandment

Then God spoke all these words: I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall not have other gods beside me. You shall not make for yourself an idol or a likeness of anything in the heavens above or on the earth below or in the waters beneath the earth;  you shall not bow down before them or serve them. For I, the LORD, your God, am a jealous God, inflicting punishment for their ancestors’ wickedness on the children of those who hate me, down to the third and fourth generation, but showing love down to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.               Exodus 20:1-6

We are the apple of his eye

God has, in one way or another, brought us all out of slavery, just as he did the Israelites. His love for us knows no bounds. And when we put him first, he gives us unending mercy.
In chapter 32 of Deuteronomy Moses recounts all God has done and in verse 10 says,  He found them in a wilderness, a wasteland of howling desert. He shielded them, cared for them, guarded them as the apple of his eye.” 

We are his children

Not only did God give us Jesus for our salvation, we are his adopted children. John reminds us of that, ” See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed. We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is” 1 John 3:1-2.

 

 

Read the 1st commandment and consider if you have things or people or activities that come before God. Do you want to change that? How could you do that?

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Components of a God-Given Dream

keeping your dream alive Lucia is continuing her series on Keeping Your Dream Alive so you can fulfill God’s plan for your life! In today’s show, she shares the Components of Your God-Given Dream by comparing your dream to the dream God gave Moses!

As you look at the life of Moses you will see how his character actually changed from doubting himself and his abilities, to being bold and courageous to fulfill his God-given dream. Moses’ attitude went from “Who am I, Lord?” to demanding Pharaoh “Let God’s people go!” Like Moses, as you spend time with God and realized your true identity, you will know God is the author and finisher of your dream. You will become like Moses and trust God to help you fulfill the dream He put in your heart!

I would like to take a moment and thank our sponsor for this podcast, the Mindset for Victorious Living Audio & Video Series, at Lucia Claborn.com. This resource is packed with powerful speakers who have learned to set their mind to overcome life’s challenges to walk in victory! They will build your faith and help you renew your mind regarding the power of your confessions, meeting Him in the morning, starting over, hearing God’s voice all the time, prosperity, and much more so you can walk in victory!  We encourage you to get your set 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!

God is looking for his children to rise up in faith and pay the price to make their dream a reality so they can walk in victory! He’s listening for His children’s faith-filled words so He can make great power available to them to help them accomplish their dreams! God wants you to confess what He can do and what He has already done for you, rather than focusing on your own self-limiting thoughts and abilities.

Not only will your dream give you identity and authority, but it will also give you credibility and confirm your abilities. As you pull up your courage and your boldness, to step out in faith, your determination to persevere until your dream manifests will make your God-given dream a reality!

 

 

Start Your Own Podcast-Pt 2

Start Your Own Podcast- Pt 2Episode 73–Start Your Own Podcast–Pt 2

 

Start Your Own Podcast-Pt. 2 primarily deals with debunking the myths behind podcasting and helping potential podcasters lay a good foundation.

Start Your Own Podcast- Pt 1 primarily focused on the equipment and the basics of podcasting.

Since that show aired, more people have reached out to me for information on how to start their own podcast, so I decided to dedicate a second episode to talk about this topic.

I originally planned to do a second episode about more of the technical aspects of podcasting, but I changed my mind because there are some fundamental things that I really think people need to consider before jumping into the world of podcasting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday Morning Quarterback

Here’s my top ten ways to help us become an active player in life instead of a regretful Monday morning quarterback. In the same way a quarterback replays the game over and over in their mind, as if thinking about it could somehow change the outcome, we do the same with decisions in our everyday lives.  “Why did I do that?  If only I had of done this instead…” Continually battling this topic myself, here’s my top ten ways to help us become an active player in life instead of a regretful Monday morning quarterback.

  1. Be confident that God will use regret to renew. – If we allow Him, He will put back everything we lost and then some. God has this way of taking our mistakes and making something beautiful out of it.
  2. Make it right.- Where some bad decisions are choices we made that affected us, others are choices we made that affected other people.  In those cases, either intentionally or not, we need to do the right thing and own up to it. Apologize and try and heal the hurt. It will provide peace over the offense, stopping it from becoming a haunting regret.
  3. Simplify our minds.- As you are minimizing your To-Do list in hopes of a refreshed spirit or renewed peace of mind, don’t forget to take off the weight of carrying around your past mistakes. Regrets we don’t let go of will prevent us from enjoying the present and keep us still connected to the hurt.
  4. Focus on the present- Ask yourself, “Are the decisions I make TODAY, ones that evoke love and peace?” “Are they choices that have the intent to make not only my life better but those around me as well?” Keep your mind focused on the HERE and NOW and make sure your intention is pure.
  5. Forgive yourself.- Be careful not to get so overwhelmed with the failure that it leads to self-destruction and prevents you from experiencing joy.
  6. Work on being decisive.- A large part of regrets happen because of two reasons. One…we don’t really KNOW ourselves well enough to understand which decision would’ve been better for us and two we don’t have the confidence that what we choose was what we needed.  Take some time and figure out what makes you giddy inside, what keeps you going when times get tough…what produces real joy in your soul.  Once you figure this out, go back to your list when you need to make a decision.  If one of your choices doesn’t align with what you’ve discovered about yourself, then that is NOT the right option for you.
  7. Be grateful- When we do have something in our lives that we wished we had of done differently, we learn.  The key is to open your ears and listen.  Listen to what it taught you and be grateful for the lesson.
  8. Be proactive- Now that you really know what makes you tick, take that energy and channel it into one of your passions. Keeping the energy focused on the regret keeps you actively engaged to the mistake.  Once you stop and do something productive that will leave the world around you in a better place, you’ve placed the regret right where it should be…squashed completely in the ground.
  9. Limit your talk- Be careful what you say because your words have power. The more you talk about your past mistakes the more you’ve given it life and the bigger the voice becomes. Choose words that bring about blessing and favor.
  10. Remember what the Lord says- Don’t waste your time doing something that doesn’t matter when your life is over because beyond all the regrets on this Earth, nothing compares to the regret we will experience if we miss Jesus.

 

Life is a game of wins and losses.  It’s a game that at times we are a leader coaching from the sidelines where as other times we’re running down the field with five guys on our back.  It’s hours of preparing and practicing so that we know ourselves well enough to make those quick decisions all while keeping the final goal in mind.  It’s sometimes having to receive the ball and take a chance to run it in while other times having to decipher when to pass it off to someone else.  It’s a game that if played with God by your side, won’t result in being a Monday morning quarterback.  Instead, the losses you’ve endured will become game clinching playbooks for a Super Bowl lifetime of wins.

 

The Final Tithe: Discussing Trusts

In this episode of “The Final Tithe”, I discuss the use of Trusts and how they can serve our purpose in a non-secular estate plan.In our third episode in the current series of “The Final Tithe”, I discuss the use of a Trust and how it can serve our purpose in a non-secular estate plan. A trust is an opportunity for “Grasp beyond the Grave”. Not everyone needs a trust. Those that do need a trust, should utilize an estate planning attorney to develop the trust for them. There are several different types of trusts which I have included explanations of below. I encourage you to review your stewardship needs in regards to your estate planning. We can help with that review and give you an opinion on what types of planning you should consider. Many of our final wishes can be accomplished without the need to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on legal planning. Other times, more aggressive planning is needed. You can find our contact information at www.kingdomplanadvisory.com.

This is a sampling of different types of trusts. Please consult with a licensed professional to discuss your specific needs.

  1. Living Trusts

living trust, sometimes known as an inter-vivos trust, is one made by a trustor (grantor) during his or her lifetime, with assets or property intended for the individual’s use during their lifetime. This type of trust allows the trustor to benefit from the trust while alive, but passes the assets and property on to a beneficiary (using a trustee) upon their death. With a living trust, you are generally able to avoid probate court, provided the trust is funded.

  1. Testamentary Trusts

A testamentary trust, often called a will trust, is an agreement made for the benefit of a beneficiary once the trustor has died, and details how the assets must be endowed after their death. This type of trust is often instituted by an executor, who will manage the trust for the trustor’s decedents after their will and testament has been created. And, a testamentary trust is irrevocable (cannot be changed or altered).

  1. Revocable Trusts

A revocable trust, like a living trust, is created during the trustor’s lifetime. It is able to be changed, terminated, or otherwise altered during the trustor’s lifetime by the trustor themselves. It is often set up to transfer assets outside of probate. In this case, all three parts of the arrangement (the trustor, trustee  and beneficiary) are often the same person who can manage their own assets, but will be given over to a successor trustee and other beneficiaries upon the original trustor’s death.

  1. Irrevocable Trusts

On the contrary, an irrevocable trust is one that a trustor (grantor) cannot change or alter during his or her lifetime or that cannot be revoked after his or her death. Because this type of trust contains assets that cannot be moved back into the possession of the trustor, irrevocable trusts are often more tax efficient – with little to no estate taxes at all. For this reason, irrevocable trusts are often the most popular as they transfer assets completely out of the trustor’s name and into the next generation or beneficiary’s name. However, a living trust can be either revocable or irrevocable based on its specifications.

 

First Sunday of Lent – Bread of Life Bible Study

Today’s podcast focuses on the Sunday readings for the First Sunday of Lent. It is based on the Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study and presented by the coauthor, Marie Finn.First Sunday of Lent, February 21, 2021

Jesus was tempted by Satan and chose not to sin but to do His Father’s Will. We can do as Jesus did because He left us His Spirit. “A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

“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 First 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

Kindness With Words

Kindness | How do we speak with kindness? How do we use our words to bless others instead of joining in heated conversations that can only hurt? In this episode, we will discuss using the beautiful gift of communication to uplift others. | #podcast #christianpodcast #kindness #kindnesswithwords #kindnesswithactions Kindness with Words and Actions ~ Episode 169

How do we speak with kindness? How do we use our words to bless others instead of joining in heated conversations that can only hurt? In this episode, we will discuss using the beautiful gift of communication to uplift others.

For immediate download: A Few Minutes with God plus study guide

Truth Seekers Mystery Series – Entire Set and Study Guides

One More Child: Book

Can we show others kindness with our words and dare I say our actions – can look at you and say, wow, that person must be a Christian because of the way they act? In this episode, we are going to talk about how the world really, really needs our Christian example, because friends our world is hurting right now.

No matter where we are in history our world has always been hurting and it will remain hurting and why is this because we are in a state of sin when we are in a state of sin we are going to mess up and they were going to be problems and not to mention all of the things that are happening in our world that are out of our control. How do we deal with ourselves and how do we deal with those who have opposing views especially the views that are going to affect our everyday lives.

As Christians shouldn’t be an eye for an eye a tooth for a tooth? Should we call them out on Judeo Christian principles question? Should we look at this world and be disciples of Christ? First, we can’t call people out in a way that would be displeasing to the Lord. Remember the old saying which is still a current saying, what would Jesus do? While the Lord is loving and forgiving and has mercy beyond measure, the same is not true for us: Read Mark 8: 36.

Tips:

  1. Do not react quickly. Wait for a leading from the Lord.
  2. Ask God what to do whether to respond or not.

Even if I can win the argument With words, my Christianity was not really showing. And above all, we want to focus on ourselves on our families and our Christian example which brings me to verse 5:22 in Galatians.

Galatians 5:22 – But the fruit of the Spirt is love, joy, peace, patience, and kindness, goodness, faithfulness –

Was I showing that with showing love to my brothers and sisters was I helping them to have joy and peace without being patient and kind did I show goodness and faithfulness sadly the answer is no. So I decided that I would just pray specifically for situations that the Lord would put in my path and then I would answer those and I would take a deep breath and say Lord help me or some quick prayer and go forth and do whatever it is I wanted to say or do. We must stand up for truth but we must do it with kindness we must be examples of God‘s love and God‘s mercy

Proverbs 21:21 – Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness, and honor.

I want that for me I want that for you. What is it going to profit me to win an argument and lose a friend?

My job is to show the love of Christ my job is to raise my family to love the Lord my job is to walk in righteousness my job is to lend a hand to a friend my job is to be uplifting think about this when you talk to your husband when you talk to your kids when you talk to your grandchildren when you talk to your friends do you lift them up? Or, to do you praise them do you find something that is good do you encourage them do you love them? We love conditionally we love and we look at things and say what’s in it for me.

Unfortunately, we live in a narcissistic society we live in a place where people only look at themselves and what they can gain out of things instead of what is right and true and just. We look at our media and we see that fear and discourse are being sowed so would we do the opposite.

In a sense, we let go and we let God. It is ultimately up to Almighty God to make the right wrong. Do we still stand up for ourselves of course do we still protect our integrity absolutely do we still pushed back if we are unjustly accused of course we do but that doesn’t mean we do it with harsh words or in a way that would be displeasing to our Lord.

Friends, ultimately we need to be kind and loving not only with our words but with our actions as well we need to show the love of Christ our world needs us it is hurting it is crying out and it doesn’t know where to turn. We will help them why are examples and point them upward to Almighty God who IS ALL love, joy all kindness, and every good thing that is lacking on earth is fulfilled by his love.

Let’s pray. Almighty and just judge our Lord Jesus Christ I praise you and I thank you and I ask you, Lord, for that gift of discernment to know when I should speak and when I should stay silent, I pray for that gift of knowledge Lord to know what to say when you call me to speak I pray for those who are hurting for those who do not know you for those who are seeking but do not know what they are seeking for and I pray that by my example by my walk by my words I will leave them to you my God and I pray for the following intentions…

Job 6:14 – He who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty

 

 

The Final Tithe: Using a Will

The will accomplishes many tasks for your estate, primarily handling those tangible assets that must be distributed. As we continue the podcast series discussing your “Final Tithe”, I want to discuss the importance of a will. The will accomplishes many tasks for your estate, primarily handling those tangible assets that must be distributed. Additionally, having a Durable Power of Attorney and Living Will in place can make handling your wishes much easier. I suggest you utilize a local attorney with expertise in estate planning in the construction of your legal documents. I am including explanations of topics I discuss in this Podcast. If you have questions regarding the subject of a will, please call my office at 888-226-7614. You can request a consultation at www.kingdomplanavisory.com.

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

A power of attorney (POA) is a legal document giving one person (the agent or attorney-in-fact) the power to act for another person (the principal). The agent can have broad legal authority or limited authority to make legal decisions about the principal’s property, finances or medical care. The power of attorney is frequently used in the event of a principal’s illness or disability, or when the principal can’t be present to sign necessary legal documents for financial transactions.

A living will – also known as an advance directive – is a legal document that specifies the type of medical care that an individual does or does not want in the event they are unable to communicate their wishes.

What’s your passion?

What kind of passion am I talking about?

I’m talking about the kind of passion that propels your life in a positive direction, and ideally, of course, toward God and for his glory.

5 things I’m passionate about

  • My faith:
    • specifically Scripture,
    • Sacraments and
    • most especially the Eucharist
  • My family
  • People – getting to know them, serving them, teaching them, being with them

What’s your passion?

What propels you forward? What are the things in your life that drive you and that without, you would be bereft? Do these draw you to or away from God? Others? Yourself?

Find or rediscover your passion. It’s in you, let it out. If we live out the passion God poured into us, we will give him glory.

And if scripture is your passion or you’d like to discover if it could be your passion, join me to learn about the Gospel of Mark. You can join the group at any time. It is a no pressure group of supportive people who love God’s word.

Practicing Self-Care

Practicing Self-CareEpisode 72–Practicing Self-Care

Practicing self-care can be a difficult thing to do especially for busy working women with families.

Angela Paul, a math and science teacher, mother of four adult children and four grandchildren, defines exactly what self-care means.

Mrs. Paul shares candidly about her own personal struggles with this issue. She also talks about practical things that women can do to better take care of themselves.

She talks about why self-care is more of a struggle for women than it is for men, and the role that boundaries play in the practice of self-care.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Practicing Self-CareMore About Angela Paul

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

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

 

 

200+ Self-Care Ideas and Activities for Coping With Life

275 Self-Care Ideas

Self-care is popular these days. It has become a buzz topic for many millennials. But don’t let that fact make you think that self-care is synonymous with some sort of self-indulgence, or that is it is another example of the laziness of youth or even aspirations for some unachievable state of bliss and nirvana. Self-care is not indulgent. Self-care is real, and it matters—more than you might think.

 

 

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Jesus Calls

Jesus Calls Us To Transformation | In Christ not only are we transformed and made into a “new creation” but the entire world is transformed! | #podcast #christianpodcastSpecial Replay: Jesus Calls Us To Change — Transformation In Christ

In Christ not only are we transformed and made into a “new creation” but the entire world is transformed! I’ve done another podcast on Christian Transformation, and the link for that is here. However, in this podcast, I want to think about the charge, the call to action in the Beatitudes. In the different books of the Bible, the author had a specific inspired message by the Holy Spirit directed to the children of God. As Christians with access to the entire text, we see that there is a difference between Luke’s version of the Beatitudes and Matthew’s version. In Luke’s, it is not the poor in spirit who inherit the kingdom of God, but the actual poor. It is not those who hunger for righteousness who will be satisfied but those who are actually hungry. And it goes on to the rich. Not only is there an admonishment to the rich but the words, “Woe to you who are rich…woe to you who are filled now.” (Luke 6:24-25)

Jesus Calls Us To Change

I want to read both versions, the Beatitudes in Luke and in Matthew. Here you will hear how Jesus calls us to change. Allow the words to touch you and focus on what the Lord wants you to do about it. Let me just say that as a young and immature Christian I looked at the Beatitudes and said – okay, well there is no chance for me to even get into heaven because there were verses like Blessed are the poor in Spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven… I didn’t feel that I was poor in spirit, I didn’t understand what this meant. Friends,  pray to the Holy Spirit – like I will before I read these to you that you will be blessed to understand what the Lord wants you to understand.

Dear Lord, I praise you and thank you and I ask for an infilling of the Holy Spirit that you can help us to discern your calling and your will in our lives.

Matthew 5:1-11

Luke’s version 6: 17-49

The requirements of the kingdom of God is different than those that we look at in our current world, our society, even our homes. It is a call to change. To become a new creation. In Baptism we are made new, our sins are washed away by the cleansing waters of the Holy Spirit, but we also die with Christ. In the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, we receive the promises…the promise of eternal life for those who believe.

Jeremiah 17:8

We can be assured that we are transformed in Christ by the power of His being – we are believers and as believers in the Word of God that is infallible, we know without a doubt that we are on the path that leads to heaven because we believe.

Believing has its own set of requirements and not to get denominational here – but know that just believing is not enough. No, you can’t earn your way to heaven but we are called to disciple others to share the good news. If we as believers keep our thoughts to ourselves we will continue to have a world that is sharply divided where good is called evil and evil is called good.

Let’s look at the right of an infant to get help after birth if it was due to a failed abortion – that was ruled against recently by our government. We the people need to stand up and take note of every person who voted against affirming the right to live. Friends this is satanic worship – it is worshiping the god of death and destruction. This is a sacrifice a human sacrifice to evil. Please pray for our world, pray for yourselves and pray that you are transformed by Christ with the Father and the Holy Spirit to minister to a hurting world.

Jesus Calls Us

Let’s pray –

Dear Lord Jesus we live in a time that breaks my heart, a time when good is not revered when life, as we know it, has changed for the worse. Please Lord, help us, fill us with your Holy Spirit – help us to do what is right and live a life that gives glory to you every single day. We do not want to do anything Lord but we need your help and direction. Thank you for all you have given us, thank you once again for the gift of faith. I ask for the gift of discernment and I ask that you fill me with the ability to share the good news of the gospel with others. Bring me people that I can minister to, Lord. I pray specifically for the following intentions…

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

 

The Final Tithe- Part 1

The need to include the Kingdom in your estate planning.I am going to begin a series of podcasts titled “The Final Tithe”. I will discuss the need to include the Kingdom in your estate planning. To fully understand estate planning with a Biblical perspective, one must first understand ownership. The following verses all describe the fact that God is the creator and owner of all things. To claim ownership of his assets at our death does not coincide with the belief that God owns it all, in fact, it is my belief that estate planning that does not include the Kingdom is theft. I will explain in the next several podcasts why I believe that. My objective is to take you from A-Z in planning your Final Tithe!

Psalm 24:1
A Psalm of David.The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it.

Ephesians 4:6
one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.

Hebrews 3:4
For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.

1 Corinthians 10:26
for the earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains.

Haggai 2:8
‘The silver is Mine and the gold is Mine,’ declares the Lord of hosts.

Psalm 50:10
“For every beast of the forest is Mine, The cattle on a thousand hills.

1 Chronicles 29:12
Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all, and in Your hand is power and might; and it lies in Your hand to make great and to strengthen everyone.

Leviticus 25:23
‘The land, moreover, shall not be sold permanently, for the land is Mine; for you are but aliens and sojourners with Me.

Luke 12:20
But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’

Acts 4:24
And when they heard this, they lifted their voices to God with one accord and said, “O Lord, it is You who made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and all that is in them,

Psalm 104:24
O Lord, how many are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all; The earth is full of Your possessions.

Matthew 21:3
If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.”

Genesis 1:1
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Job 41:11
“Who has given to Me that I should repay him? Whatever is under the whole heaven is Mine.

Genesis 14:19
He blessed him and said, “Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth;

 

Reclaim Your Dream

Reclaim Your Dream from the enemy so you can fulfill God’s purpose on your life!Lucia welcomes you to the show today as she continues to focus on helping you keep your dream alive and encourages you to Reclaim Your Dream from the enemy so you can fulfill God’s purpose on your life!

If you are like many people today, you have a dream for your life and you’re wondering if and when it’s going to come to pass. You are the one that ultimately has control over your dream because of your faith and the attitude you choose every day!

As a child of God, you have a covenant with God which promises you He will always provide for you and take care of you! Not only that, when He tells you He has a purpose for your life, you must determine in your heart to trust your covenant with God and put action to the purpose He’s given you for your life!

A special thanks to our sponsor for this podcast, the Mindset for Victorious Living Audio & Video Series, at Lucia Claborn.com. This resource is power packed with speakers who have learned to set their mind to overcome challenges to live a victorious life! They will build your faith and help you renew your mind regarding the power of your confessions, meeting Him in the morning, starting over, hearing God’s voice all the time, prosperity, and much more so you can walk in victory!  We encourage you to get your set now by visiting the link in the show notes

When you hear God and receive His purpose for your life, you are the only one that will decide if you’ll allow your dream to die before it becomes a reality or if you will pay the price for it to manifest in your life.

It’s time to reclaim your dream from the enemy and ask God to resurrect it so you can fulfill the plan of God for your life and walk in victory. When you refuse to give up and quit on your dream, you will see your dream come to pass and you will finish your course with joy.

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6th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Feb 14,2021

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, February 14, 2021 (falls on Valentine's Day) Jesus touched the man with leprosy and he was healed. Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, February 14, 2021 (falls on Valentine’s Day)

Jesus touched the man with leprosy and he was healed. Today’s Gospel shows us the healing power of Jesus Christ. Jesus heals today just as He did in the  Gospel, and He heals in union with the Church.

“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 5th Sunday of Ordinary Time. It is based on the Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study and presented by the coauthor, Marie Finn. Please visit the website: www.StDismasGuild.org for more information and for supplemental materials.

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

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

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

Stop Procrastinating!

Having been a financial planner for the last quarter of century, I have made many observations of people who have been successful and people who have failed regarding their stewardship. Stop Procrastinating

Stop procrastinating!  Having been a financial planner for the last quarter of century, I have made many observations of people who have been successful and people who have failed regarding their stewardship. Each person had similar characteristics of other fellow successful or unsuccessful people. Those who were debt free, had sufficient savings in place, and adequate protection portfolios have one profound characteristic. That characteristic is proactivity. Those who controlled their debt, were good savers, limited spending, were good givers, and listened to advice have all done remarkably well. In contrast, those who procrastinated, were always in debt, lived paycheck to paycheck, never saved, cashed in the retirement accounts each time they changed jobs, and basically were oblivious to the fact that they will not live forever all did poorly. We all can learn from other people’s success and failures. The underlying component to successful planners was obedience to God’s word regarding our stewardship. Those who failed. Has no grasp of Biblical financial instruction.

We must, as obedient stewards, be proactive. We must seek the advice of advisors who apply your faith to your plan. We must avoid those who offer world view advice. Regardless of what stage of life you are in, please review your current situation. Whether you have taken the step to begin a plan, or maybe you have a plan in place, but it isn’t a plan that aligns with God’s word, please start now. I would be happy to review your current situation and apprise you of any shortfalls or needed changes. You can reach me at 888-226-7614 or visit www.kingdomplanadvisory.com

Don’t Allow Fear to Stop Your Dream

God hasn’t given you a spirt of fear, rather He’s given you a spirit of faith Lucia welcomes you to the show today as she focuses on helping you keep your dream alive so you can fulfill the plan God has for your life so you can walk in victory! She shares part of her story about fear paralyzing her and her husband to keep them from moving forward toward their dream.

 

There are three words that never need to come out of your mouth! They are “I am afraid!” These three words immediately put Satan in the driver’s seat of your life and empower him to bring chaos and destruction into your life.

 

A special thanks to our sponsor for this podcast, the Mindset for Victorious Living Series, at Lucia Claborn.com. This resource is power packed with speakers who have learned to set their mind to overcome challenges to live a victorious life! They will build your faith and help you renew your mind regarding the power of your confessions, meeting Him in the morning, starting over, hearing God’s voice all the time, prosperity, and much more so you can walk in victory!  We encourage you to get your set 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 to walk in victory!

 

The promises God has made to you regarding your dreams will come to pass if you will continue to use your faith instead of allowing doubt, fear and unbelief to creep into your heart. If you want to live by faith and walk in victory you have to set your mind to know that whenever you hear the devil telling you something, you can believe just the opposite because everything he tells you is a lie!

God hasn’t given you a spirt of fear, rather He’s given you a spirit of faith! If you want to walk in victory, and receive everything God has for you so you can see your dream come to pass, fear cannot have any part of your life. When you put your faith in God, and His goodness toward you, you have nothing to fear!

 

 

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Meet Bishop William Byrne

It was an honor and a pleasure to speak with Bishop Byrne about his priesthood, new appointment as Bishop of Springfield, MA and his new book.

Things to know about Bishop Byrne

He grew up in Washington, D.C. , the youngest of 8 children. When he told his parents his parents he wanted to become a priest his mother encouraged him to work first before entering seminary because she didn’t want a son who “was” a priest. He listened to his mom and taught at school for a time. The call to the priesthood remained though and he responded. He was ordained a priest in 1994. In October of 2020 he received a phone call with the news that Pope Francis had appointed him Bishop. He was ordained and installed as the 10th Bishop of Springfield in December 2020 by Cardinal Sean O’Malley.

How did he come to write a book?

Bishop Byrne’s book, 5 Things with Father Bill: Hope, Humor, and Help for the Soul , published by Loyola Press came out of a video series he did when he was in the Washington D.C. diocese. The series is on YouTube; the videos are short, but have meaningful content.

The book is similar, 50 short chapter, no more than a few pages each with topic ranging from dogs to blessing to gifts to every day life. After a short introduction, Bishop Byrne gives 5 things that can do, pray, think, change that will help in your faith life. All very relatable and helpful.

This was a fun interview and I hope you enjoy it. Follow Bishop Byrne on Instagram. 

For our challenge this week consider writing your own list of 5 things about your faith that you are passionate about. I’ll share mine in the next episode.

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A Writer’s Life

A Writer's LifeEpisode 71–A Writer’s Life

Awarding winning author, Melissa Fay Green, sat down with The Working Woman Radio Show to give an inside view of a writer’s life.

Melissa shares about what it takes to be a good writer, and why she loves writing.

She talks about the variety of opportunities for women in the field of writing, and she shares an important piece of advice for aspiring writers.

More About Melissa Fay Greene

Melissa Fay Greene is an award-winning author of six books of nonfiction, a professor of journalism at Agnes Scott College and at the University of Georgia.  

She is a contributor to several periodicals including The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Newsweek.

She and her husband live in Atlanta and are the parents of nine (four by birth and five by adoption). They are also the grandparents of two. 

 

Books by Melissa Fay Greene

The Underdogs: Children, Dogs, and the Power of Unconditional Love

The Underdogs: Children, Dogs, and the Power of Unconditional Love

From two-time National Book Award nominee Melissa Fay Greene comes a profound and surprising account of dogs on the front lines of rescuing both children and adults from the trenches of grief; emotional, physical, and cognitive disability; and post-traumatic stress disorder.

 

 

 

Praying for Sheetrock

Finalist for the 1991 National Book Award and a New York Times Notable book, Praying for Sheetrock is the story of McIntosh County, a small, isolated, and lovely place on the flowery coast of Georgia–and a county where, in the 1970s, the white sheriff still wielded all the power, controlling everything and everybody. Somehow the sweeping changes of the civil rights movement managed to bypass McIntosh entirely. It took one uneducated, unemployed black man, Thurnell Alston, to challenge the sheriff and his courthouse gang–and to change the way of life in this community forever. “An inspiring and absorbing account of the struggle for human dignity and racial equality” (Coretta Scott King).

For more books by Melissa Fay Greene, visit Amazon.com.

 

 

 

 

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The Strength of a Woman

The strength of a woman is developed when she learns how to love with her complete heart, no matter the circumstances around her. What makes a woman strong?  Is it being able to juggle work-life and home-life without even breaking a sweat?  Is it winning the battle to stay competitive with what once was “A man’s world?”   The Bible says that “God is within her.  She will NOT fall. God will help her at break of day.”  Join me as we uncover the secrets to becoming a woman of strength!

  1. She knows her value to God.- Do you know what you become when you finally realize how deep the Lord’s love is for you? You become content and no longer need the approval of anyone else.  Do you know what you become when you finally realize that beyond anything the world hands out, the Lord has the ability for you to overcome all of it? You become fearless.
  2. She knows her own worth.- Do you know what you become when you finally realize the value of your worth? Self-care is a real thing and does NOT mean that we are self-absorbed.  If we keep running ourselves ragged and don’t put priority on taking care of ourselves, we’ve in essence, given our family a person barely surviving with half of an oxygen mask that will eventually run out.
  3. She prays.- I have often found that when I lack on time talking to God, I lack a peace and contentment over my life. Prayer builds strength and it’s not just any kind of strength either.  It’s God given strength.  Women who have strength hold deep roots with the Lord.  They aren’t afraid to get down on their knees and plead for God’s favor.
  4. She speaks truth over popularity.- Part of being strong is resisting the desire to go along with the majority even though it may mean you’re left hanging on a branch by yourself. KNOW what you stand for and be BOLD enough to represent that vision whole heartedly. The woman who knows what she believes in makes a memorable difference in our lives.
  5. She stays centered on the opinion that matters the most…The Lord–“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” Proverbs 31:30 Be careful not to focus mainly on outward appearance as inner beauty is a very powerful thing.  I’ve learned in life that you can go from model status to butt ugly ranking in a matter of seconds from just opening your mouth.  The true beauty of a woman is her heart…and so much so that a woman’s heart has the ability to change her appearance without even one ounce of help.
  6. She’s not afraid to do hard things.- With the power of a woman’s faith behind her, there is NOTHING she can’t do. Neale Donald Walsh says, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” Roads that we go on in life where it’s an uphill climb often produce the most amazing views in the end. When has your character grown or doors of unexpected blessing opened up? It was almost always from a path of uncertainty or a road that was anything but easy. The Lord is our guide and our strength comes from not being afraid to choose the more challenging path because you trust that the guide has got you. Hold onto Christ and don’t rush the journey. Your waterfall will be there and your heavenly guide knows the way.
  7. She stays balanced.- It’s so easy to get caught up in the busyness of life, but a strong woman recognizes when she needs to let some things go. This may mean eliminating something from her obligation list or being choosy about who enters her inner circle. Toxic people and a slammed schedule will do anything but keep you balanced.  Reevaluate what and who takes up space in your world and invest in the relationships and principles that really matter to you.
  8. She is humble.- Whether you’re a woman or a man, a person who displays humility demonstrates a true badge of honor.  Being humble, especially for a woman, is a trait that shows grace.  It’s not a trait that shows weakness nor does it insinuate you are a doormat for everyone to walk over.
  9. She fights back with grace.- A strong woman’s core isn’t moved because she remembers what Proverbs 16:33 tells her. “We may throw the dice, but the Lord determines how they fall.” A woman with strength stands up for herself but doesn’t lower her standards to their level because SHE knows by doing so, she’s allowed that person what they wanted in the first place…and that is control.
  10. She chooses to make a mark on life, not a stain.- Decide what your legacy will be and focus on that goal. Even  though one person can’t change the entire world, we can do a lot if we start by changing ourselves.

 

The strength of a woman is developed when she learns how to love with her complete heart, no matter the circumstances around her. She doesn’t need to make her presence known to the world because her presence is felt by the way she treats  everyone around her. Beautiful…heartfelt…and can penetrate through what seems to the world as the impossible.  Remember…behind every woman may not lie the strength of a girl…but I assure you…behind every girl lies the strength of a woman.

The Market Roller Coaster

The Market Roller Coaster - We have seen some prime examples of an emotional stock market in recent weeks.The Market Roller Coaster – We have seen some prime examples of an emotional stock market in recent weeks. There has been a competition of individual investors versus hedge fund managers, a modern day David versus Goliath. We are witnessing a market reaction to political influence as the new administration is making big moves in the areas of energy, social governance, and healthcare. It all can be overwhelming if a person is attached to the minute to minute news that is flowing through a biased media and various social media outlets. In times like these, many people become alarmed and even immersed in deep worry.

As obedient stewards, we must disconnect from the worldly influences and focus on our position as stewards. We must first determine our beliefs. What is it we wish to support and avoid as we invest? We should consider avoiding investing in companies or mutual funds that own companies that support or profit from the abortion and pornography industries. We should avoid companies involved in human rights violations and companies that utilize unfair labor practices. We should support companies that align with our beliefs, companies that treat their employees and the environment with respect. These are just a small selection of issues we should consider as we begin or change or investment journey.

Once we get a grip on aligning our beliefs with out stewardship, at that time, the risk tolerance determination is critical. How much risk can we as the steward be exposed to based on underlying criteria?

If you would like a screening of your current investments, or would like to discuss Biblically Responsible Investing options, please send a message to jschurz@vanderbiltsecurities.com. You can find additional contact information at www.kingdomplanadvisory.com.

5th Sunday of Ordinary Time Bible Study

The 5th Week in Ordinary Time, February 7, 2021. This brings out Jesus, the Healer.

The 5th Week in Ordinary Time, February 7, 2021. This brings out Jesus, the Healer.

Like Peter’s mother-in-law, we need to trust in Jesus for our healing, accept it, and

go on in life. Like Jesus we need to spend much quiet time alone with the Lord and receive His love so we can love others.

“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 5th Sunday of Ordinary Time. It is based on the Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study and presented by the coauthor, Marie Finn. Please visit the website: www.StDismasGuild.org for more information and for supplemental materials.

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

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

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

Keep Your Dream Alive

Keep your dream aliveLucia welcomes you to the show today as she challenges you to keep your dreams alive! She encourages you to be just as determined today as you were when you  entered this new decade.

God placed a dream in your heart and He’s given you hope for that dream to come to pass. As you take a step of faith, God is going to give you a glimpse of the next step He wants you to take, and then He will give you pieces of the puzzle to make it work out for you. As you step out to take those pieces and put them together using your faith, while speaking the Word of God over each step you take, you will begin to realize the perfect plan God has for your life.

I would like to take a moment and thank our sponsor for this podcast, the Mindset for Victorious Living Audio & Video Series, at Lucia Claborn.com. This resource is power packed with speakers who have learned to set their mind to overcome challenges to live a victorious life! They will build your faith to set your mind regarding the power of your confessions, meeting Him in the morning, starting over, hearing God’s voice all the time, prosperity, and much more so you can walk in victory!  We encourage you to get your set 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 to walk in victory!

If you have a dream, you’re already a threat to the enemy as you continue pursuing the things God has for you to accomplish. You were created to win! You were created to succeed! You were created to walk in victory!  Lucia will encourage you to see yourself taking Papa God’s hand, taking a deep breath and stepping out in faith to make your dreams a reality! If you stumble, if you fall, or if you fail, He has your hand and will help you get up and try again! The only way you will allow your dreams to fail is if you don’t get up and try again!

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Buying a Home

buying a home Buying a home is often one of the largest financial decision a person makes in their lifetime. The process can be stressful without the proper guidance regarding the home purchase. I have seen many people make serious mistakes during their home buying event. I am going to give you some common sense advice that I pray will help you.

First, have your financial affairs in order. Know what you make, what you owe, and what discretionary income is available for a home payment. Do not consider buying a home without first having your emergency fund in place, be free of unsecured debt, and have some reasonable idea of future income projections.

Secondly, when beginning your search, an old but reliable guide is to never buy a home that is more than your annual income. For example, if your household income is 200,000, do not consider buying a home for more than that. Also, your mortgage payment including taxes and insurance should not be  more than one weeks income. If you bring home $750 a week, make sure your mortgage payment is less than that.

Third, compare interest rates and terms from various institutions to receive the best offer.

Fourth, do not be pushed into a hasty decision by the realtor or bank. Make sure you are fully apprised of all issues such as home inspections, loan terms including all fees, taxes, and insurance.

Buying a home is a complex stewardship decision. Move at your pace, be fully informed, don’t be pushed, and pray through the process.

Unlocking Freedom with Jesus

We live in a fallen world. No news there. We long for something to help us. We often look in many places before coming to the One who can help us. Unbound is a prayer process that can help us rid ourselves of past sins and hurts by others. Even those of us who receive the sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation often hold onto our sins, refusing to forgive ourselves though God has done so.

If after listening to this episode you are interested in learning more, go to the Heart of the Father website. 

There are 5 Keys to Unbound:

  1. Repentance & Faith
  2. Forgiveness
  3. Renunciation
  4. Authority
  5. The Father’s Blessing

All of this is done in the name of Jesus. It is gentle, though it can be emotional. The prayer is driven by the needs of the person coming for prayer. The person leading the prayer and the intercessor are conduits of God’s mercy and healing.

I encourage everyone to look into this prayer, especially if you feel weary and weighed down by life.  Many times, by surrendering past hurts and lies we have believed about ourselves, that burden is lifted. This process is not a substitute for counseling or medical help, rather, it si of help for our soul.

Another good resource is the book, Unbound by Neal Lozano.

Do you have unresolved burdens or sins in your life? Pray. Thank God for all He has already done for you in these areas and then ask if Unbound is something for you. If it is, go to the website to find a group in your area who can pray with you. If you have nay questions or can’t find someone to pray with you, please email me dgbartalini(at)gmail(dot)com.

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The Lord, the Giver of Life

The Lord, the Giver of LifeToday we present an excerpt from the book Fr. Kevin’s Korner. Today’s article is entitled: The Lord, the giver of life. When we experience the power of the Holy Spirit, we experience the fullness of the Jesus. Thank you for joining us today for Fr. Kevin’s short meditation on the Holy Spirit.

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

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

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

 

Women Who Lead

Women Who LeadEpisode 70–Women Who Lead

Women who lead have certain qualities that set them apart from others. Such is the case with Teresa Hardy, President of the DeKalb Chapter of the NAACP.

The Working Woman Radio Show sat down with Ms. Hardy to talk about the role of the NAACP, today. We also talked about the important characteristics of women who lead.

More About Teresa Hardy

Teresa Hardy is the President of the NAACP DeKalb Branch, where she is making positive impacts. Some of these impacts include increasing membership, voter rights empowerment, economic justice, education advocacy, and youth empowerment.  

Ms. Hardy is an active member of Salem Bible Church. She serves on the Political/Social Action Ministry team. She also facilitates the Women Empowerment Series which focuses on health and wellness, professional and career development.

Teresa is an experienced executive manager with over 20+ years in management consulting. She is CEO of Hardy, Graham and Associates LLC. As the program delivery expert, she provides a strategic vision for delivering client-focused and value-based strategies and solutions.

 

 

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A New Administration

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

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

4th Sunday of Ordinary Time Jan 31

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Stress and God

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let’s pray.

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

Obedience in our Stewardship

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

1 Corinthians 10:31 

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

1 Corinthians 6:20 

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

1 Samuel 2:30 

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

Proverbs 3:9 

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

2 Timothy 2:21 

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

Deuteronomy 6:5 

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

1 Corinthians 3:16 

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

Numbers 30:2 

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

Joshua 24:15 

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

Acts 20:35 

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

 

Cleansing

What is the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation?

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

Where do we start?

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

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

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

What do we receive in the sacrament?

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

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

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

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Start Your Own Podcast

Start Your Own Podcast

Episode 69–Start Your Own Podcast

 

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

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

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

A podcast is a great way to build an audience from the ground up and position yourself as an authority in your industry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Rosary by Fr. Kevin Scallon

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

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

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

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

 

Controlling the Physical

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

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

3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Clear Choice

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here is a quick list:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why Risk Tolerance is Important

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

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

Understanding Risk Tolerance

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

 

3 Minute Meditation: Fullness of Charity

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

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

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

Blessing for Your New Year!

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

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

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

Faith in difficult times

Why Vn. Pierre Toussaint?

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

A  bit about his life

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

Once free

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

Charitable works

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

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

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