Model Christian

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We pray –

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

 

 

 

Mindfulness – Being In The Present Moment

Mindfulness | By a God-incident, I recently stumbled upon an audio book on mindfulness, being in the present moment. It spoke to me in a way that I can not describe. | #podcast #christianpodcastMindfulness – Being In The Present Moment – Episode 13

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

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When we are not mindful:

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

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

Why am I sharing this with you?

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

Sounds like a win-win!

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

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

Simple right?

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is an Oiler?

Podcast #50

What is an Oiler?

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

Diffuser Them

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

Apply them to Your Skin

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

Got Emotions?

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

What About Wellness?

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

Don’t Forget About the Kids

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

Oils Around the Home

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

Cooking with Oils

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

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

As always be grateful & have faith!
God Bless!

Faith to Please God

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

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

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

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

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

Walking in faith causes you to live the victorious life!

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Presence of God

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Call To Action:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meditate the Word of God

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Faith, Family And Holy Spirit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Holy Spirit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We pray this in Jesus precious Name, Amen.

How to Activate Your Faith

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

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

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

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

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

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Vasectomy Reversal Reality

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

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

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

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

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

Vasectomy Reversal Reality vs. Myths

Reality vs. Myth #1 

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

Reality vs. Myth #2

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

Reality vs. Myth #3 

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

Reality vs. Myth #4

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

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

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

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

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

6 Simple Ways to Keep Your Kids Healthy… Naturally

Podcast #49

6 Simple Ways to  Keep Your Kids Healthy… Naturally

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

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

Balance the Gut

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

Fun in the Sun

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

Let Them Play in the Mud

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

Avoid Chemicals

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

Add Some Salt to the Tub

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

Essential Resources

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

What are some ways that you keep your kids healthy?

As always, be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

Overcoming Religious Persecution

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Religious Persecution In Antioch:

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

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

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

The Answer to Religious Persecution: 

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

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

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

Religious Persecution Today:

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

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

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

 

Family Size Struggles

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

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

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

Topics to consider when discussing family size:

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

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

 

 

My First Aid Kit

Podcast #48

My First Aid Kit

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

Activated Charcoal

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

Apple Cider Vinegar

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

Aloe Vera 

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

Essential Oils

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

Homeopathic Remedies

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

Epsom Salt

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

Everything Cream

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

Thieves

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

Hydrogen Peroxide

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

Witch Hazel

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

Baking Soda

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

Coconut Oil

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

Superglue or a Liquid Bandaids

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

The Little Things

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

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

As always, be grateful and have faith!

God Bless!

Faith is an Action

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

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

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

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

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

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Worthy of Blessings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Worthy of Blessings

John 21: 1-7

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let’s pray!

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

 

Parenting Under Trial

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

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

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

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

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

Parenting Under Trial

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

Parenting with Grace

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

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

 

Simple Ways to Detox Daily

Podcast #47

Simple Ways to Detox Daily

Drink lemon water

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

Sip on a Detox Tea

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

Add Apple Cider Vinegar

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

Jump

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

Eliminate

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

Dry body brushing

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

Detox baths

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

Make your home healthy

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

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

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

As always be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

Enemies of Faith

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

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

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

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

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Blind Faith vs. Real Faith

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

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

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

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

Luke 21-24:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let’s pray:

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

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

 

Marriage Under Trial

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marriage Under Trial

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

Marriage with Grace

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

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

What’s the Big Deal About Fragrance?

Podcast #46

What’s the Big Deal About Fragrance

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

What is Fragrance

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

Where is Fragrance Found

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

Health Concerns of Fragrance

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

What Do We Do Now

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

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

As always, be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

The Resurrection

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

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

Thanks to our sponsor, Media Angels, Inc. and the book One More Child available for a limited time with bonuses. You can purchase it on Kindle or Print form on Amazon.

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

Resurrection is Life Changing!

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

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

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

Jesus defeated death.

Jesus lives today.

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

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

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

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

God Provides In Our Grief

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

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

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

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

God Provides Friends:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Two Kinds of Faith

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

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

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

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

 

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Unplanned

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Camping Essentials

Podcast #45

Camping Essentials

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

Valor & Stress Away

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

Lavender

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

Thieves

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

Lemon

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

Peppermint

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

Digize

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

Frankincense

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

Citrus Fresh

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

Peace & Calming

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

Panaway

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

Purification & Insect Repellent

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

Raven

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

Are you ready to camp?

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

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

As always, be grateful & have faith.

God Bless!

Prayers God Answers

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

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

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

One More Child  — and A Few Minutes with God 

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

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

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

Here are the prayers He answers:

Faith:

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

Salvation:

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

Forgiveness:

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

More of You Lord:

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

Prayer for Guidance:

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

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

Prayer for Perseverance:

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

Prayer to Share The Good News With Others:

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

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

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

 

Home Birth

Podcast #44

Home Birth

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

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

Why?

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

Overcoming misconceptions

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

Envisioning your birth

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

Hiring a midwife

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

Gathering Your People

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

Prepare for Postpartum

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

Are you ready?

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

As always, be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

Handling Devastating News

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tips for handling devasting news.

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

List of things NOT to do when handling devasting news:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

Holy Spirit Baptism

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

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

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

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

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

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Unanswered Prayers

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

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

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

One More Child  — and A Few Minutes with God 

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

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

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

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

Truth #1 – God can do anything.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SO what do I do next?

Truth # 3 – Motives

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

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

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

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

Truth #4 – Forgiveness.

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

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

Forgiveness — and Asking for Forgiveness

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

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

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

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

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

 

Natural Motherhood

Podcast #43

Natural Motherhood

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

It Starts at Home

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

In the Beginning

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

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

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

Safety & Dilution

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

Sleep is Essential

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

A Million Ways

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

Take Care of You

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

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

As always be grateful & have faith.

God Bless!

 

Holy Spirit Gifts

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

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

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

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

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Marriage With Children

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

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

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

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

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

Surrender To God

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

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

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

Birth Control

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

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

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

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

Contraception: Why Not – Link Here

Birth Control – Why

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Easter Blessings

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

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

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

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

Mark 16: 5–8

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

 

Characteristics of the Holy Spirit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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5 Steps to Emotional Healing

Podcast #42

5 Steps to Emotional Healing

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

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

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

Clearing Emotional Patterns

Identify

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

Understand

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

Learn

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

Clear

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

 

Release

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

It is really that Simple!

It really can be as simple as:

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

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

As always, be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

Loneliness

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

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

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

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

Loneliness is an Epidemic

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

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

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

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

2 Corinthians 4:17

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

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

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

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

 

Total Surrender

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

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

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How can we give God a total surrender of our concerns, worries, and problems if we do not trust? This is a question I’ve had time to reflect upon lately and I am not happy to say that after thinking about it, I’ve come been helped by certain realizations I’ll share with you. One is that we sometimes use God only in the sense of need – when we need him we pull him off that figurative shelf.

While this sounds sacrilegious we have all done it from time to time. Think about it – when all is going well do we cry out to God. No, because there is no need, but when we need him, we “cry out,” and wonder why He does not appear to answer. So we resort to that very human element in our lives worry.

Surrender it is not weakness it is a necessity. It is the only way we can survive in a world that wants to bring us down. Sometimes we just can not change our life circumstances – they are what they are. We have to pray – Lord, you take care of it for me, because I can not. I recently prayed, “Lord I pray a blessing on this person because you love them and I can not love them right now.”

Believe me, it helps!

I asked myself these questions and invite you to do so as well:

  1. Is there something that will change if you worry?
  2. Is there something you can do about the situation you worry about?
  3. By insisting in prayer to God that he changes the outcome to the one you want, are you convinced He will hear and answer your prayer the way you want Him to?

Truthfully that last one is what hit me. I wanted to know why God was not answering my prayer and it was for someone else. I found out that I could not control the situation (I’m sure you’ve already figured that one out) and while I could pray — and I am positive the prayer was heard, the outcome was not what I hoped for. The good news, it was not a life and death situation.

Sometimes what we love the most is what is taken away from us in order that we turn to Him. I’m talking about a career, an achievement, or something that is more on the superficial human level here. My husband always said, “God gets my attention when I don’t have much work.” He is self-employed and our work is steady only by the grace of God – to Him we give all the glory.

Is God getting your attention, and instead of total trust we worry?

Giving Up Worry – Total Trust

I decided this year for Lent (the season of 40 days before Easter) to fast from worry. For the most part, it has worked. Whenever I began to feel worried I gave it to the Lord, I realized very quickly that I could have a life that was calmer and focused on what matters and that is God’s will over mine. I’m sure you’ve all memorized Proverbs 3:5-6 and if not you should commit it to memory:

Proverbs 3:5-6

Total surrender takes:

  1. A decision – I will totally surrender to you, Lord.
  2. A recommitment daily if not minute-by-minute to total surrender.
  3. A realization and acceptance of a different outcome than what we hope for.
  4. A peace – knowledge that God IS always there for us.
  5. The belief that God will give us the grace we need to do this!

Let’s pray with expectant hearts!

Dear Lord, total surrender to you is an absolutely freeing idea and I pray that you give me the grace to surrender all of my problems, my concerns for those in my family, for myself, for those who are struggling. I place all of the issues I have into your very capable hands. You Lord know all things and I know you have my best interests at heart. You care is for my salvation Lord, and I pray a total trust in you. Jesus, I trust in You! Dear Lord, help me especially to surrender the following prayer intentions: (family, friends, work, home, etc.) Lord, I know that you hear me and I especially pray for the grace that comes from the Holy Spirit to shower upon me and bring me that peace that surpasses all understanding. And, I pray this in the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Survival

Survival | When I think of the word survival I think of the term, “Survival of the fittest.” We survive life’s curves in different ways. #podcast #christianpodcast #faithSurvival — Episode 3

When I think of the word survival I think of the term, “Survival of the fittest.” We survive life’s curves in different ways. We look at things during different lenses and I hope after the last podcast you are looking at your family roots with a focus on the positive. In this episode, we will look at the ways we survive with ideas on helping you cope, have hope and yes even have joy out of the process.

Before we get started … can you please share this podcast with a friend, and give me a star rating on your favorite podcast app – here we are in our third episode and I completely forgot to ask you previously. Amazing that I teach people to podcast and can’t follow a simple outline myself!

I believe we learn our survival skills as a kid. I know I did. Kids are resilient and I believe our survival stems from this very fact. Kids can bounce back from life changes so much easier than we can. When we get to be adults the silliest things set us off or throw us off like for me it was scheduling my kids —  The things that drove me nuts was juggling the schedules of three kids that play sports all at the same time in different places, yet this didn’t faze my kids at all because they knew I’d figure it out.

Our kids survive life’s changes because they know we have their best interests in mind. The adults will take care of it – what happens when we become adults who handles it for us now?

As a kid, I moved from my loving home with my parents and grandmother to a home far away leaving my grandmother behind. It is a tragic story of family drama. My grandmother didn’t want us to leave but the extended family got in the way. Of course, they had her best interests in mind…yet it backfired.

I have no idea what my parents were thinking as they packed up a car, with a trailer and moved me and my two little brothers from Long Island, New York and all the way to Toronto Canada. Both are in heaven so I can’t even ask them.

I think my parents were fearless. Can you imagine packing up three kids and moving across the continent in a few days? I can’t. We are planners, aren’t we? We are worried about taking a vacation or even going on a day trip. I have friends who decided to sell their house and become full-time RV’ers and it took them three years to plan for this lifestyle change, and rightly so!

I was very upset with my parents and very young. I was entering the fourth grade when we moved and they took me out of public school and placed me in a very strict Catholic school. No, I didn’t have the mean nuns. Our nuns were nice and we even had regular teachers.

I knew my parents cared about me but it wasn’t my friends I was sad to leave; it was my grandmother. I didn’t even care that we went to Canada. It was a pretty awesome place to live especially if you liked snow and what kid didn’t.

My parents knew they could work hard and had an amazing skill set. They didn’t mind being self-employed and were not afraid to take any job to pay the bills. They also had a small nest egg, or I assume they did because we bought a house at the top of a horseshoe subdivision on a hill. My mother was a fabulous seamstress, a great cook yet her baking was by “eye” and it was either great or not. My father was a handyman and a seamstress. All self-taught. Canada was a blessing to my family, my parents did very well sewing custom clothing for a wealthy crowd. My mother and father made my clothes well into college.

In fact on the rare occasion that my mother took me shopping, she would turn the seams inside out first. Mom taught me that to determine how long the outside would last you had to look at the inside first. A good life lesson!

Three years later they did it again. This time I didn’t care about moving from Canada to Florida. Across the continent, we went! We drove around the town of Winter Haven, (My mother said anything that had heaven in the name had to be wonderful), until my parents found first a house they wanted to buy and then a business. A fried chicken place – I mean what else would an Italian family buy?

Seriously. I’m astounded. Of course, they quickly added Italian sides like spaghetti. Two pieces of chicken, a side of pasta and garlic bread. The combo platter. I created custom signs, I loved art and was a bit embarrassed that they traded out the fries for pasta, but the customers were delighted. They soon outgrew their little place – and when the pizza place owner next door forced the building owner to not renew their rental contract it was understandable.

My mother prayed and prayed for a solution. I remember her going to talk to the priest because the other owner was Catholic as well. My mother prayed for God’s will. Nothing worked until they looked across the street. Well, not exactly across but at 2:00 – over there. I’m pointing but you can’t see me! There it was. A stand-alone building in need of remodeling. Hmm, anyone know a handyman? They purchased the building and remodeled and business was wonderful. They grew so big my dad had to remodel again, later while I attended college.

My parents made friends with one of the owners of the major league baseball team, the Red Sox that use to train down the street and we had a stream of winter visitors and famous players at the restaurant.

One door was closed and another opened for them!

It was a life tragedy for my parents. They had to move their thriving business. How could they survive and provide for their family? Yet, God provided. Not only that but grew their business tremendously! And guess what? They could now offer pizza on the menu because there were no lease restrictions!

Where do you get that will – that determination – that drive to survive? It comes from need. The need begins when we are kids and then develops as we get older and into adulthood. The urge to eat, sleep and provide for our families is very real and I believe it is instilled in us, this survival instinct.

Where do you get your survival instincts from? Have you thought about it? Is it due to the example of your parents or is it from someone who you admire?

I think it also is based upon what we think is important.

Ask yourself these questions:

  1. What has happened in the past to hone your survival skills?
  2. How do you survive life tragedies?
  3. What is your example in surviving in the midst of adversity?

I know what happened in my life – through moving I had to learn to let go, yet we are created to bond to others, our family or friends.

 

The Lifestyle

Podcast #41

The Lifestyle

Our home is our safe place and we want to keep that a safe place. Unfortunately, it has become a place that is filled with things that are unsafe and wreak havoc on our entire family. It is time to be the gatekeepers of our homes and start to live the lifestyle, the chemical free lifestyle.

How to Start

It is actually just 3 simple steps to a chemical free lifestyle.

Step 1: Identify- the harmful chemicals in your home. Be familiar with the common red flag ingredients and start reading labels.

Step 2: Replace- these toxic household products with safe and effective ones from a source you trust.

Step 3: Lifestyle- start living a life of wellness for your whole family. No more dealing with the side effects that come along with being exposed to these chemicals daily but instead living the life that God intended you too!

Beware of Greenwashing

People are starting to notice the chemicals and looking for better options and companies are getting smarter. They are making their products look healthier or saying things like “all natural” but the reality is they typically contain just as many chemicals as all of the other products on the shelves next to them. There is also the trade secret law that allows companies to not disclose the ingredients they use in order to keep their recipe a secret. Both of these are misleading and why you must first trust the company that makes them to truly know what you are getting.

Step 1: Identify

What chemicals are on the red list and should we be on the lookout for?

  • Fragrance
  • Parabens
  • BPA
  • Phthalates
  • Propylene Glycol
  • SLS/SLES
  • DEA, MEA, TEA
  • Triclosan
  • Dioxin
  • PEG
  • Petroleum
  • Synthetic Colors
  • Fluoride
  • Oxybenzone

Start reading labels and being aware!

Step 2: Replace

It is time to ditch & switch! What area of your home is in the most need? For most, the laundry room and household cleaner are quick and easy plus it eliminates the most chemicals the fastest. Then we have our kitchen, oral care, body care, make-up, and even our kids personal care products- like wipes. Check out this simple and easy switch that cuts the chemicals and saves you money!

Step 3: The Lifestyle

This is were Young Living is amazing and a life changer, a company you can trust and products that work! No more label reading needed no more chemicals, budget-friendly, and a happier healthier home. Get started here today!

Where will you start?

Take the one cupboard challenge. Go open one cupboard or cabinet in your home and start reading the labels. You might be surprised at what you find. Then start your lifestyle journey and never look back!

As always, be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

Holy Spirit Power – Part 1

Join Lucia as she begins a new series on Holy Spirit. #podcast #holyspirit

Join Lucia as she begins a new series on Holy Spirit. In this podcast, Lucia shares what happens in the spirit realm when a person asks Jesus to be their Lord and Savior, and the power that’s made available to them by and through Holy Spirit.

John 16:7 tells us “But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper (or some translations say Comforter) will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.” …and verses 12-15 says, “I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. “He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you. “All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore, I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you.”

Holy Spirit did a miraculous work in you when you asked Jesus to be Lord over your life and He made you a new creature.  Spiritual death was removed from your spirit and you were born again into a new life with a new spirit.

Holy Spirit personally carries out this miracle when we make Jesus Christ our Lord. This change in a man’s nature is a great, miraculous and supernatural event that makes great power available within him and upon him.

 

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Take Jesus With You

Take Jesus With You | Is Jesus with you each and every day? Learn how to notice God in your life | #podcast #christianpodcast Take Jesus With You – Episode 86

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

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

Matthew 28:16-20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Family Roots

Family Roots | Have you studied your family roots? We all have a history we are either proud of or want to shove back in the closet. In today’s episode, I’ll share how we can use our heritage to our advantage and bring healing out of situations that truthfully should make us cry! | #podcast #christianpodcast #faithFamily Roots – Episode Two

Have you studied your family roots? We all have a history we are either proud of or want to shove back in the closet. In today’s episode, I’ll share how we can use our heritage to our advantage and bring healing out of situations that truthfully should make us cry!

In my book, One More Child I write what I believe to be a truth – “We don’t get to choose our parents, something my kids probably lament in private!” They did get a kick out of that line – when our kids are little they adore us and write us “I love you, mommy,” notes. When they get older we can be embarrassing or you hear the line, “Moooommmm” at the end of anything I ask.

My parents are now both deceased, and my life was not your average American kid story. While I was born into an Italian immigrant family in New York City, I had no idea I was different until I entered school.

Has that happened to any of you? Your background, morals, truths that were taught by your parents just were, because they said? Then you wake up to find out, wow, things are different out there.

I go into more details about my upbringing in my book, yet in this podcast, I want to focus on our roots.

What are your roots? Have you looked back, and I’m not talking about a DNA test or a family tree history. While those may be interesting it tells you the ancestry parts of your story but not the full picture. Your family tree doesn’t tell you what is important to you. It doesn’t tell you how your upbringing, your family, your parents or lack of good parental influence colors your life decisions. It doesn’t explain the hurt you feel.

Our roots have a way of explaining a lot. I want to challenge you to look back on your upbringing like I did, but not with sad eyes but with eyes that see the good. We didn’t have money growing up but I didn’t know it. We didn’t live in the best neighborhoods or eat the right food. We didn’t even have friends (or very few) outside of our family circle. My best friends were my two cousins, both guys, Sal and Joe. We grew up in the same apartment complex. When we played, we played together.

In fact, my mother was divorced, something that is forbidden in an Italian Catholic family. It wasn’t her choice. My father left. But it left a big hole in her life and you can imagine it had a rippling effect not only on me but our extended family.

Do loving people, who love the Lord get abandoned. Yes. Sometimes through no fault of their own. These things remain a mystery in families that won’t talk about the issues that bother them, they are swept under the carpet.

But if you ask me to describe my family to you and my upbringing I would say it was loving, loud, and after God family was the most important thing and it was happy. Can you do that? Look back upon your family with rose-colored glasses and see the good?

It is a matter of our survival to focus on the good, the happiness, the joy. Even if it is a relative, a neighbor, a teacher who brought you that joy. In curriculum series, I published I had a co-author, Jill. I loved Jill. She was a boisterous evangelical Christian and I was a cradle Catholic and we agreed to disagree on several faith-related discussions but not on the things that mattered the most of which we agreed, our faith in Jesus Christ as Savior. She had a horrible relationship with her father, and when she found God she said she could not equate a loving God as a “Father” because her idea of the word Father was skewed. Yet, when she realized they were two separate entities and forgave her earthly father, she was able to move on and embrace the love and joy from her spiritual father.

That is true joy friend. When we can leave those icky things in our past behind and move forward. Maybe you are not at a place where you can do this – but you can. I have faith that you can. Maybe not this second but soon.

Here are some practical steps to get you started.

  1. Look at your roots. What do you see?
  2. If you see hardships, acknowledge those but look for the good.
  3. If you are stuck on the icky stuff pray to God to forgive. Only through forgiveness – can we move on.
  4. Future – look at the future with hope.
  5. Let go! Joy comes from releasing things that are upsetting to God and letting go.

This is a ton of work to get you started and believe me it doesn’t happen overnight. It took me many years to grow in faith and that was a process and afterward, it took me another five years to write my book.

Why do we delay in letting things go, in allowing God to work in our lives? If you have the answer, please let me know! We all make mistakes and in the next episode, we will discuss survival – the way we regroup and survive difficult things.

Maybe you can’t do any of the five things I’ve listed. Fine. Make up your own list. If you are struggling and hurting there is only one way out and that is to look for the root cause.

A quick side note here. Taking responsibility. In my case, my distress was because of a decision I made, not lightly but along with my husband. I had to take responsibility and own it to move on.

Bad things happen to good people. And…

Good people do not need to let those bad things define them.

We are responsible for ourselves for our decisions and for our own feelings. If we allow ourselves to stay in a self-pity party for very long it begins to define us – we look at other people and see their lives as perfect. We begin to compare ourselves to others and guess what? We think we fall short – everyone else’s life is so much better than ours, right?

Wrong.

There is no perfect life. Believe me, I know. Just think of any friends you’ve gotten to know whose life you thought were perfect. I usually walk away happy that is not my life and thanking God that He has given me what I can handle with His help!

Can you do it? Can you look at your roots, your past and not allow it to define who you are?

Yes, I’m Italian. Yes, I grew up in a faith-filled Catholic family but we were more cafeteria Catholic that true Catholic – selecting and choosing what we wanted to follow. Yes, I watched as my family practice the fine art of guilt – making others feel guilty when they didn’t want to visit or eat the food prepared. It was subtle but oh so effective technique – and the drama! There was always drama.

I let these roots define me for way too long! Take the good, get rid of the bad. Learn from past mistakes. I’m not into guilt or drama. But it was a process. When my parents retired in a community thirty minutes away, I would feel guilty if I was within ten miles of my parent’s home and didn’t go to visit. Even after my mother died I began to fill guilt that I hadn’t visited enough. Why didn’t I go see her more? My husband reminded me of all the times we visited all the meals, of all the family celebrations. My parents actually baked homemade pizza for lunch and brought it fresh and hot to my house for the kids. Retirement was an extension of the Italian Restaurant they owned in Winter Haven, Florida. They just changed the menu and fed the neighbors and family that lived nearby.

When my cousin wanted to take his wife on a getaway (the same cousin whose mother, my aunt lived in their home and his wife made welcoming) and he wanted to visit my area in Florida I told him that while I’d love to see him – this was a surprise for his wife who lived near family and it was okay—he didn’t need to come to visit. Needless to say, he was delighted and shocked.

In the past, there would have been all types of drama told about being so close and not coming over for dinner. Every. Night.

Growing up anyone who walked into our house was greeted with the same words. Hello. Welcome. And, you look hungry. How do you look hungry?!

Friends, let it go. If you come to my house I’ll say, “Hello, welcome,” and then proceed to forget to offer you even a glass of water. The glasses are in the drawer near the water cooler help yourself!

Please connect with me on social media, I want to meet you, and for us to get to know each other. The information and details are on the podcast page at One More Child Podcast.com – or if you are not on social media please share your comments and questions with me at Felice@MediaAngels.com.

I pray God’s blessings upon you and your family. Until next we meet

 

Prayer: Singlemindedness in Prayer – Part 4

Join Lucia and her special guest, her pastor, Mrs. Sonya Collins. Mrs. Collins shares a prayer secret from her 20 plus years of ministry experience, focusing on singlemindedness in your prayer life. #Podcast #ChristianJoin Lucia as she welcomes a very special guest, her pastor, Mrs. Sonya Collins. In this podcast, Mrs. Sonya shares a key prayer secret from her 20-plus years of ministry experience with the main focus being singlemindedness in regard to your prayer life.

As you read the Word of God and spend time in His presence, your heart will change, and you will begin to get settled and refocused on God’s promises. You will not be moved by what you feel – whether things are looking good or whether they’re looking bad.

Life happens after you pray, and you will have daily opportunities to question God if what you prayed will really come to pass. However, a key to living the victorious life is to have dove’s eyes and stay focused on His promise.

Mrs. Sonya encourages you to not say something unless you would pray it! The quickest way from amen to manifestation is true thanksgiving. If your situation is better but not what you’ve prayed for, it’s not over! God’s not done! Keep thanking God and keep your faith strong. He is faithful, and you can trust Him!

There’s no formula for faith. Your answer is simply Matthew 6:33, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” He knows the end from the beginning and as you seek Him first, He will direct you to the next level by the next step. As you live each day seeking Him first, you will walk into His glorious plan for your life!

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Join Lucia and her special guest, her pastor, Mrs. Sonya Collins. Mrs. Collins shares a prayer secret from her 20 plus years of ministry experience, focusing on singlemindedness in your prayer life. #Podcast #Christian

Healthy Kids Part 3

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Healthy Kids

Part 3

Healthy kids start before they are even conceived. We can start by getting both mom and dad healthy and functioning well so that the baby also can have a healthy beginning.

+ Increasing Your Fertility

  • Get rid of any pathogens- parasites, fungus, candida, etc.
  • Clean up your diet and eat foods that can increase your fertility
  • Avoid two things- soy and processed sugars

+ Fun Facts for Healthy Families

  • Babies do not have the proper enzymes for food until they have teeth
  • Thyroid issues are commonly a lack of iodine and minerals- increase iodine with Lugol’s liquid iodine and minerals with Pink Himalayan or Black Hawaiin Sea Salt
  • If you have had soy overload- one organic carrot day helps to reverse some of the damage that may have been done
  • Fermented food is huge and we need to start eating them
  • Reach for the sourdough or sprouted bread

+ How do we start

There are many ways that we can start making changes to have healthier kids and an overall healthier family. Simple changes every day is the key and being consistent. Where do you want to start? What is the most important area of your life that needs to start seeing change? Start there and make the change!

 

As always, be grateful and have faith!

God Bless!

 

Power of Family Prayer

Power of Prayer | I recently attended a prayer breakfast where I heard an amazing testimony to the power of family prayers. The prayers of a family or friends for a particular person are so powerful. In this episode, I want to share with you some of what I learned and the power of prayers for your family. | #podcast #christianpodcastThe Power of Family Prayers – Episode 85

I recently attended a prayer breakfast where I heard an amazing testimony to the power of family prayers. The prayers of a family or friends for a particular person are so powerful. In this episode, I want to share with you some of what I learned and the power of prayers for your family.

Family prayer is so important – we don’t realize the impact. We can unite as a community to pray for someone, we pray in the gap for those who may be struggling with their faith OR for those who need our prayer:

Jesus Prays for His Disciples – The Power of Family Prayer

John 6:26

  • I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours ((John 6:9).
  • All I have is yours and all you have is mine (John 6:10).
  • While I was with them I protected them (John 6:12).
  • I kept them safe by that name you gave me. (John 6:12). (The name? Jesus Christ.)

God knows what we need and He is what we need! Think about that. We are worried, concerned and we allow these feelings to overcome us to the point that we can’t function. I understand, life is a struggle and guess what – we hold this inside and don’t want anyone else to know. We continue on as if everything is okay.

And, to make matters worse? The enemy uses this to torment us and keep us bound to a place where can’t escape on our own. Friends, the only person who can set you free is the Lord. He is the one who knows all of our needs – all of our wants and keeps everything in perspective for us.

When we rely on Him for everything we will be victorious. One of the ways to get out of our own problems is to pray for others. Not in a way that has us tied up in knots with worry but in a way that releases the situation to God.

I keep learning and growing along with all of you on my journey of faith. I decided that the time before Lent I would give up worry. It was eating me inside and I was so concerned about things I could do nothing about – yes, I prayed and I stood in the gap, but instead of releasing things to God for Him, in His wisdom and mercy to take care of… I was concerned He wouldn’t answer, or that He would answer but not how I wanted Him to answer.

Instead every time I was tempted (do you hear that word, “tempted” it is true – we are tempted) so, when I was tempted to worry I said, “into your hands Lord I place this situation.” And left it there! Is it easy? No way, but I have faith.

In Exodus 3:1-15 we read about Moses and the burning bush – one verse really stood out for me. The Lord God told Moses he was … “the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob.” And, He went on —The Lord said, “I have witnessed the affliction of my people in Egypt and have heard their cry of complaint against their slave drivers, so I know well what they are suffering.”

God knows what we are suffering and what our friends and family are suffering. I spoke to a friend who is praying for her friends who are suicidal or have children who are suicidal. Another friend’s daughter was given a dire diagnosis of no hope after cancer treatment. We can stand in the gap, we can pray. One friend was so moved about another friend’s situation she took a calendar and started a prayer chain with each of us taking one day to pray for this person.

God hears the prayers of the family. The family can be blood-related but the family of God is interrelated. We, those of us listening to this podcast – we are family, we are the family of God. No matter what your faith journey if you are starting out or you are a committed Christian we all have people to pray for. I received a text as I was preparing this talk for a friend’s daughter who is having her first baby – she is on the way to the hospital so we pray!

Are you connected to others who pray? For those of you on Facebook we have a large group of prayer warriors – you can join us there, or email me at Felice (at) MediaAngels.com and I will add your prayer request https://www.facebook.com/AFewMinutesWithGod/

 

Remember – God knows our needs – he took the Israelites out of Egypt, and that was a miracle and He had not sent His Son, Jesus Christ at that point! Now the Lord has lived, died and is resurrected! He is here for us and we need to trust.

Jesus, I trust in you and I pray for those listening to this episode. You hear their prayers just like you heard the prayers of the people in Egypt who were under slavery. Lord we are under the slavery of sins such as anger, a feeling of injustice, pride, hate, impatience and all those little sins we think are minor and not important. I ask your forgiveness of these sins and I say right now, that I am sorry for the way I have sinned against you in Word, in thought, and in deed. I ask you, Lord, to fill me with Your Holy Spirit, to wash away those feelings I have and to allow me to focus on what is good and right. Dear Lord, you know my needs – and I know you are what I need. I ask you, Lord, to hear my prayers especially for myself and those I now pray for ….

I praise You Jesus for this time to give you all the glory and all the honor that you deserve, and I thank you for the hope you give me each day, and I pray all this in Jesus Name, Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

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One More Child Podcast

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You’ve come to the right place. My name is Felice Gerwitz and I’m your host on The One More Child Podcast. We’ll talk about life struggles, faith, relationships,  family and whatever the Lord brings my way. One thing you can be sure of … I will share helpful solutions and encourage you along your journey of life! I hope to share joyful and encouraging stories and the hope that comes only from faith in the one true God!

Do you have a question? Email me at Felice (at) Media Angels.com

Visit my website here: One More Child Website

and chat with us on our private Facebook Group here.

 

Invitation To Hope

Invitation To Hope | Do you need an invitation to hope? Well I did, and I’m convinced that everyone has a story to tell. #podcast #christianpodcastInvitation To Hope – Introduction Episode One

Do you need an invitation to hope? Well, I did and I’m convinced that everyone has a story to tell. Every single one of us struggles yet we don’t want anyone to know about it. We want to paint a rosy picture and let everyone know we are living the dream. My life was just that way; I was struggling on the inside yet smiling on the outside. There is hope and joy in life and I am here to share this message with you.

I will discuss real concerns that you have as a woman, as a mom or someone who is learning and growing in their faith. I want you to know you are not alone. This podcast is meant to support, encourage and to give you hope! Some of you are stay-at-home moms some of you at our work at home moms and some of you work outside of the home, yet we all have common struggles. Anyone who tells you that life is great all the time is not being truthful. Life has struggles, this is not heaven, and I often have to remind myself of this very fact. Happily ever after does happen in real life but it happens not necessarily in the way you think.

You might think this is a strange name for a podcast – One More Child – but it has impact and meaning. Once I was open to God’s will in my life, in everything–even being open to having one more child, I felt as if my eyes were opened to the truth. I could no longer compartmentalize my beliefs and my life. I also found that my daily life struggles were manageable because I was not doing it alone.

In this series of podcasts, we will discuss so many topics that affect our happiness. And you will see a reoccurring theme one of trust, of truth and of focus. Can you use more of that in your life? I know I can!

As I record this episode I am just beginning to share my book with the public, it is a story about faith and redemption, and how my last three children are a miracle story. I thought God might bless me with a third child, but he decided I needed a fourth and a fifth as well! My God is abundantly gracious.

In this series for the One More Child Podcast, I’m going to discuss different topics that relate to openness to children, family, faith, and relationships – I also want to encourage you to find joy and hope no matter what your life’s situation may be.

So who am I? My name is Felice Gerwitz, and I have been online in some capacity since 1999 representing the company I created and founded Media Angels. I’ve been writing and publishing for over 24 years.

When I started, there were no podcasts, no online forums or even social media as we know it today. But I am so happy we have these things so I can connect with all of you!

Now that my five children are grown up, with my two youngest currently in college, I find myself at a crossroads. I wrote a book that I felt compelled to write through the urging of the Lord, in writing this book I found that I had much more to say than the 100 pages of the book, so since I am no stranger to podcasts, I decided, “Why not?”

I know this podcast would have helped me as someone who was struggling, as someone who  had no one to talk to about private issues — well let me amend that, I had plenty of people I could talk to but no one I wanted to tell my story to nor was I open to any solutions at that time. I held a secret in my heart that was eating away at the very fiber of who I was as a woman as a mom and as a wife. Sometimes there are things you just can’t share with anyone. And this feeling was something I couldn’t even share with my husband even though if you had asked me I would say we were very close.

I don’t want this podcast to be a one-way conversation. I want you to join me with questions and perhaps as a guest on this podcast if you are open to this idea. If not, I totally get it! No one believes I am shy—no one. But truthfully I’m a private person that the Lord has stretched and taken me out of my comfort zone. Has that ever happened to you? We grow when we are stretched and believe me I have grown and continue to grow in my relationship with the Lord.

At one time I believed that if I shared my secret I would admit my inadequacies and I was not in a place spiritually to do this. My walk with the Lord was one-sided—I followed Him on my terms. You may wonder about my secret what was it that had me in turmoil? It was regret. Regret over a decision that thousands of people make each day and that is to limit the size of their family with a surgical procedure. For us, it was a vasectomy.

Once my faith grew and I began to understand what it truly meant to be a Christian in the full sense of the word, I began to regret the decision. My husband was also feeling the same way but he didn’t tell me either until years later.

If this story didn’t have a happy conclusion I wouldn’t be sharing this right now! I know the wonderful outcome could only happen by the grace of God – His mercy and His love for me. My last three children wouldn’t be here unless we had a change of heart, and I can’t tell you what a blessing they have been. Has it been easy? No – but can you tell me one thing in your life that has been worthwhile that is super easy?

What I want to share in future podcasts is that God does answer prayers and His answers are so much more glorious than anything you or I can imagine – and believe me, I have a very vivid imagination! God poured out His grace on me, my husband and my family and I can’t wait to share the good news with you!

One thing you can be sure of … there will be no pretense in these episodes. I have learned so much and I’m happy to share helpful solutions and encourage you along your journey in life if I truly have lived it — and my heart’s desire is to share the wonderful and amazing hope that comes only my relationship with the one true God! And, you know what? IT is available to all of you.

Welcome my friend. If you are a long-time friend and listener of my other podcasts I thank you in advance for coming over to yet another podcast I host and your loving support. You know who you are. If you are a new listener, I hope to meet you and for you to become a friend. My hope is that you will join me on social media so we can have a chance to connect, meet and get to know each other. The information is on the podcast page at One More Child Podcast.com – or if you are not on social media please share your comments and questions with me at Felice@MediaAngels.com.

I’m excited about this new journey the Lord has me on …and I pray it is a hundred-fold blessing to all of you. Until next we meet…

 

 

Prayer: Just Ask – Part 3

In this podcast, Lucia shares how God has been dealing with some of the prayers she has been praying, and compares safe prayers to courageous prayers. #Podcast #ChristianIn this podcast, Lucia shares that God has been dealing with her about some of the prayers she has been praying, and compares what she calls “safe prayers” to what she calls “courageous prayers.”
Are your prayers focusing on, “Lord, bless me.” “Lord, help me.” “Lord, protect me as I travel.” These are good prayers to pray; however, these are generally self-centered prayers, and prayers that ask God to do something that His Blood Covenant already provides for us.
Lucia shares that a mighty man of God said…why ask God every day to provide for us, and to protect us, our family, and our children, when, if we really trust God and have faith in who He is and what He’s promised us, we can ask Him once and for all, to cover all of our needs and protect us everywhere we go, and we would know it’s taken care of once and for all because we trust Him.
First John 5:14-15 says, “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.”
By changing the focus of your prayers from being safe – me-centered prayers – and settling in your heart that He’s got you and that He’s not only going to meet your needs, but He will give you the desires of your heart because you have a covenant with Him, you will realize that you can ask Him for anything and He’ll do it for you so you can ultimately help yourself, and others, walk in victory!

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In this podcast, Lucia shares how God has been dealing with some of the prayers she has been praying, and compares safe prayers to courageous prayers. #Podcast #Christian

Healthy Kids Part 2

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Healthy Kids

Part 2

As parents, we all want what is best for our kids and their health is a priority to us. We talked about some of the key areas that we can look at to make sure that we are creating a healthy lifestyle and the overall health of our kids.

+ Fingernails

Fingernails are a good indicator of what is going on inside of our bodies. Who knew, right? What are we supposed to look for:

  • We should see eight moons on our fingernails, this is a sign of an overgrowth of candida(this is something that happens around those mid-teen years and older)
  • Inflammation around the cuticles is a sign of inflammation in the body
  • Lines from tip to cuticle is a sign of parasites
  • Fungus nails is a sign that we are not eating enough healthy fats
  • White marks on our nails is a lack of zinc
  • Constant biting or picking is a sign of parasites

All of these go back to gut health. It is important to keep an eye on our gut health because that is typically where illness starts.

+ Poop

We can talk about poop, right? Everyone’s poop is a good indicator of what is going on inside of our bodies, especially in our gut. The Bristol Stool Chart is something to familiarize yourself with so that you can make sure that everything is working as it should be for both you and your children.

  • 1-2 is a sign of constipation
  • 3-4 is where you want to be and you should be going at least once a day
  • 5-7 might be normal for some but is definitely not healthy

+ Start simple

It is not too late and you can start by taking simple steps. When we know better, we do better. Some simple steps in the right direction:

  • Clear any parasites, candida or fungus. Find EDS(Electro-Dermal Screening) in your area because it is worth every penny!
  • Start by making one healthy meal a day. Simple small changes make for a lifetime of improvement.
  • Limit sugars
  • Cut out as many outside toxins. This is the best place to start and I will walk you through the process.
  • Know what the root cause is to things that are issues for your child: reflux, breathing issues, food dyes, aspartame, etc.

Start simple but simply start

When we know better we do better and now that you know, what will you do?

Tune in next week on how we can prepare our bodies to have a healthy child and more steps to raising healthy and happy kids!

 

As always, be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

 

 

 

Judgmental Christians

Judgmental Christians | In a world that has gone astray the last thing we need is judgmental Christians getting in the way of the goodness that is truly God. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcastJudgmental Christians

In a world that has gone astray the last thing we need is judgmental Christians getting in the way of the goodness that is truly God. In this episode we are going to take a hard look at ourselves and ways we can improve upon our nature to forgive and repent for pointing the finger at others when the finger should be directed at ourselves.

In the last few podcasts, we’ve listened as the Lord taught us first in the Beatitudes about how we should live and then in the verse about turning the other cheek and going above and beyond what is expected of us by normal situations. Today we are going to look at ourselves and the tendency we have of blaming others and not taking the blame that most squarely falls on our own shoulders.

Friends I am talking to myself here and don’t want you to see this episode of pointing fingers at you!

Luke 6:43-45 New International Version we read about A Tree and Its Fruit

What we produce depends upon what is in our heart – and that is unfortunately typically hidden from the world until something sets us off. I have to admit that I am not happy with my younger self. I was quick to follow Jesus in all things but then believed I had to correct all those around me. I was involved in a Bible Study focused on the Book of Corinthians and I was so excited with what I was learning. At a meeting with my CPA who had been Baptist but now was not practicing I was attempting to find out how to get her back to her faith.

I realized that not everyone was going to lead a life that was pleasing to me. When another friends’ marriage was ruined by infidelity on her husband’s part she went off what I would consider the “deep end” and began to live a life of promiscuity herself. It was retaliation on the hurt she felt by betrayal and the way she reacted was just the same. I thought it was my job to point out these issues and became self-righteous. After all, I told myself I was concerned for their souls. What if they died in a state of sin?

I looked at these friends and thought I am not doing anything remotely wrong in comparison, but judging them was wrong. “Every tree is known by its own fruit.” And my fruit was tainted. We think we are being compassionate but we are not.

In our family, we fall into this same trap. Whether it is an extended family member or someone in your immediate family. Yes, we want to help our children but at some point it is time to release them to God and allow the Lord to work in their lives.

Just for clarification – Being judgmental is putting someone else down to elevate ourselves – to make ourselves feel like we are holier and better than they in a spiritual sense. That is why it is sinful. Being helpful, loving guiding is not the same. As much as it pains me to admit I was judgmental in the bad sense of the word. And, I want to praise God that I finally “grew” out of it – and it was a spiritual immaturity that leads me down that path.

Can we pray for those that we feel are going down the wrong path? Absolutely… we can storm heaven for them. However, always reprimanding, nagging and chiding them for incorrect behavior is going to push them further away.

Matthew 7:5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

How are we doing? What does our life look like to those around us? Are we showing good fruit while we are harboring unforgiveness and condemnation toward others inside?

A splinter or a branch or maybe an entire plank can be blocking all the goodness in our lives and the ability for the Lord to work within us.

I know that when I prayed blessings on those who hurt me (I have podcasts on forgiveness and if you haven’t listened go to AfewminuteswithGodPodcast.com to find them), I was set free.

When someone who bothers you or you have judged comes to mind, pray a blessing upon them. Ask the Lord to bless them beyond measure and leave it at that. Do you think you love these friends or relatives more than the Lord does? No, not at all.

Now, what if someone asks you for help or asks your opinion on a matter that might be sinful? That is different, then it is advisable to pray to the Holy Spirit first for an infilling of His wisdom and help and then pray with the person first and then listen.

I want to warn you about being too scrupulous. Sometimes we are so focused on the outer trappings that we forget what is inside. That does not mean we need to lower our principles.

Recently dress has become more and more suggestive on television. My husband and I love to watch some of the cooking shows. We had to change the channel recently because the show host had a very low cut dress on – totally unnecessary. We will see more and more of this I am sure and it is time for us to take control and turn the channel and perhaps turn off the television.

I’m not suggesting you lower your own morals but in this episode, I pray it has given you food for thought. I’d like you to journal about the following questions or take them to prayer.

  1. Have I been judgmental of someone recently?
  2. Did I do it out of compassion or to show I knew more and was superior in my faith?
  3. Did I share my beliefs with this person in a harsh way?
  4. Did I condemn their actions?
  5. Did I pray with them?

Looking at ourselves:

  1. How am I living my life according to the gospels?
  2. Are there places that I need to improve?
  3. How can I forgive those that hurt me?
  4. What is in my life that is a flaw and fault that I need to change?
  5. How do I plan on making amends to those I have hurt?

Take some time and go through these questions, pray, ask God to forgive you and pray a blessing on those you have hurt! And watch the miracles happen.

Let’s pray:

Dear Jesus I thank you for the hard life lessons we must learn to be new creations. If we do not grow and change for the better, we cannot develop into the people you want us to be. Please help me to show good fruit that is from the heart, increase my heart with love especially for those who have hurt me. Help me to pray an abundance of blessings upon those who have hurt me. Help me to stop condemning or judging others and allow me to focus on myself and my family and allow me to be the best example of your love to them. Dear Lord, I pray specifically for the following intentions … I ask a blessing upon those I pray for and I ask you to hear and answer my prayers. Come Holy Spirit, infill me with your love and goodness and I pray this in Jesus Name, Amen.

 

 

Healthy Kids Part 1

Podcast #38

Healthy Kids

Part 1

 

As parents, we all want to have healthy kids and that seems to be getting more and more difficult these days. As parents, we need to learn to be an advocate for our kids- ask questions, educate ourselves and trust our gut.

 

+ Nutrition

Healthy children and family start with what we are putting in our bodies. The statistics that are out there are not only alarming but they didn’t happen overnight. Our genes, our genetics, they don’t change that quickly. It is something that we are being exposed to and something that our children are being exposed to.

The saying that you are what you eat rings true. Much of our diet lacks proper nutrition and more people are becoming aware of it. Dr. Weston Price did some fascinating studies on the difference between the “townies” and the “country folk.” The difference in their food and nutrition was obvious in not only their health but their overall appearance.

Good fats, fermented foods and food high in essential minerals are crucial to our overall health and in turn our children’s health as well.

 

+ Happy Microbiome

Our diet needs to feed us and not the possible passengers that we are carrying- parasites, candida, and fungus are the 3 most common. Our gut biome is crucial to our immune system and can be affected by many things including stress and sugar.

One key is to be using prebiotic and probiotic. This helps to feed the good bacteria and continue to increase the number of good bacteria that are there. MightyPro is an amazing supplement for kids and adults, grab yours here!

 

+Is it too late?

Just know that it is not too late and making simple changes now will make big changes down the road for you and your kid’s health. What changes are you ready to make to start this process?

 

Tune in next week for more about how we can create health changes to create healthy families.

 

As always, be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

 

 

Prayer: Trusting in the Integrity of God’s Word – Part 2

Join Lucia for Part 2 of her Prayer Series as she encourages you and stirs you up to remember God’s promises and trust in the Integrity of God’s Word.  #Podcast #ChristianJoin Lucia for Part 2 of her Prayer Series as she encourages you and stirs you up to remember God’s promises and trust in the Integrity of God’s Word. She explains how to locate your prayer foundation and then build on that foundation using your faith.
She will challenge you to ask God for miracles and believe Him for the impossible! This would be an ask so BIG that when it comes to pass, you know it could only be God that made it happen!
She will encourage you to keep trusting God – no matter what you see or don’t see, or how you feel because faith is not moved by what is seen, or felt according to 2 Corinthians 5:7 which says “We walk by faith and not by sight!” And Psalm 16:8 David says, “I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”
She goes on to explain that God is faithful, and you need to keep believing His promises! Hebrews 10:35 in the Amplified Bible says, “Do not, therefore, fling away your fearless confidence, for it carries a great and glorious compensation of reward.”
As you apply the Word of God on a consistent and persistent basis, the Word will change your life and you will live in victory every day – which is how God wants us to live! The Word says God will take us from Glory to Glory and from victory to victory so it’s time to decide to go to the next level, and the journey begins with prayer!

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Challenges For Christians

Challenges for Christians | I don’t need to tell you that as a Christian we are in peril. There are many challenges for Christians to overcome each day. | #podcast #christianpodcast Challenges For Christians Episode 83

I don’t need to tell you that as a Christian we are in peril. There are many challenges for Christians to overcome each day. We are a persecuted people worldwide but currently, in our own world, the things we held dear are slowly being eroded.

In the scriptures, Jesus challenges us again and again that following Him is not an easy road but it is one that is eternal. In the last episode, we read the Sermon on the Mount and how the Lord challenged us in the beatitudes. Today we are going to read about a further challenge that seems so applicable to our world today.

In the Scriptures, Jesus challenges us that it is not enough to be his disciples and to be blessed when we are persecuted but then we must turn the other cheek. I want to read the Scripture and have you process this and what it means for our lives because I feel the Lord has revealed something special in this passage and I will use it in my life. If you believe He wants you to use it in your lives as well then I invite you to think and pray.

Challenges For Christians

Matthew 5:38-40 New International Version (NIV) — Eye for Eye

This lesson from our Lord and Savior was to show us that the Kingdom of God does not operate as our world operates. Jesus characterized unfailing truth, mercy, forgiveness of sinners, and finally sacrificial love by his dying on the cross.

We are told to go above and beyond what is expected – but this verse does not mean we sit there and be abused. Not at all – we do not put ourselves in danger by allowing someone to hurt us. That would be against all that is good and holy. This verse shows us that in a world of mediocracy, of doing the least amount, of caring only about ourselves to the detriment of others we are to be a light in a hurting world. Recently on the news, I saw a story of a man who walked five or ten miles to work and had to get up super early to get there and was always on time. Someone saw this and purchased him a car so that he could drive instead. This is an example of what the Lord is showing us. The news received national attention and the donor was hailed as a “good Samaritan,” synonymous with the Scriptures intent.

Jesus is the one who challenges – and there will always be challenges for Christians

What Jesus says to us in the Scripture is that we should not retaliate – we should forgive, we should in essence “turn the other cheek.” The world expects us to retaliate, in fact, it is instinctive. We want to get back to insult, to hate. All of these things make the enemy rejoice while good suffers. So many people are held in bondage of guilt and unforgiveness and it will eat away at your health and eventually your soul if you let it.

Jesus is the perfect example of silence before his accuser when he was sentenced to death on the cross. We all know he could summon the angels of heaven or freed Himself with just one word but he did not. As I share this message we approach the Lenten season. It is a time of reflection, the 40 days before Easter. Friends, even if you are not Catholic, spend this time in prayer before the Lord daily and pray. Think about how the Lord did not avenge His death, instead He used it to set us free and what a heavy price. Something we should be grateful for and rejoice!

In the Old Testament, we see a similar example of acting counter culture with the sparing of Saul’s life by David. Even though Saul wanted to kill David, David showed that God was in charge of his life. And, Saul had been chosen by God.

We are told to be merciful as God is merciful. Jesus isn’t only teaching He is showing us a glimpse of himself and His mission. Where there was hatred Jesus came to bring us love. We are called to imitate Christ. Can we do that in our daily lives? Can we be a gateway of love and joy to those in our families, to those we encounter every day, to the random person on the street?

As Christians, we can show that when we are slandered and persecuted that we will pray for them. I once ended a conversation with someone that was pro-abortion that I would pray for them. They were taken aback. We should not say it in a way that is condescending but in a way that is heartfelt!

God does not call everyone but those He calls He equips. He has given us all the tools we need by the power of the Holy Spirit, by the grace from on high, by His words in Scripture. We have everything we need and yet we fall short. We must pray to be the light and to bring the light of Jesus to others and that should be our goal as we approach the 40 days of Lent.

Let’s Pray!

Lord, I want to imitate You, your goodness, your mercy, and your forgiveness but I fall short. I cannot do this on my own. I need the Father. I need You, Jesus. I need the Holy Spirit. I need help! Please, Lord, hear my prayers and help me in this time of persecution to place you first. If I put you first I know that everything else will work out. I put all of my trust in you, Jesus. Help me to be a light for a hurting world. Help me to forgive those who have hurt me. Help me to let go of the things that I have carried for many days, weeks or even years. I give all of my needs to you and I am free in the precious Name of Jesus. You died so that our sins could be forgiven and I praise Your Name!

Thank you for hearing my prayers for answering my prayers and for being ever faithful. Thank-you for this time to dwell on your words, to place them in my heart and to learn from your lessons even though it is many years later it still makes sense. Dear Lord, please listen as I pray for the following intentions… thank-you for hearing and answering my prayers. Dear Jesus I ask a special blessing on all of the listeners of this podcast, I ask that you bless them 100-fold for their faithfulness in listening and studying your Word in Holy Scripture and I pray this in Jesus Name. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prayer: Hungry and Thirsty for God – Part 1

Join Lucia as she begins a new series on prayer, and asks “How hungry and thirsty are you for God, and to see His power in your life?” #Podcast #ChristianJoin Lucia as she begins a new series on prayer, and asks “How hungry and thirsty are you for God, and to see His power in your life?” She references Psalm 42:1-2 in the Amplified Bible which says, “As a deer pants [longingly] for the water brooks, so my soul pants [longingly] for You, O God. My soul (my life, my inner self) thirsts for God, for the living God. When will I come and see the face of God?” and uses these verses as a comparison to locate where you are in your spiritual walk with God and your prayer life.

God created us with a deep need for Him and His presence, and when we try to fill that hunger with anything other than Jesus and His Word, we’re never satisfied. We’re still hungry and thirsty for the refreshing power of the Holy Spirit!

When we pray and ask God to make us hungry and thirsty for more of Him, we have to believe that He hears us and will answer us if we will only believe what He says in His Word is the truth!!

John 11:40 tells us, “Jesus looked at her and said, “Didn’t I tell you that if you will believe in me, you will see God unveil his power?” As you pray and believe God’s Word, you will see His power in your life!

The Bible says God will take us from Glory to Glory, from victory to victory, so it’s time to decide to go to the next level, and the journey begins with prayer!

 

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Healthy Habits

Podcast #37

Healthy Habits

Habits are something that we develop by making small changes every day to a healthier life. Most of the times we make these big audacious goals that in reality are too hard to keep going with. By making one change at a time, we are able to create a habit and that habit becomes a part of our daily routine.

 

Daily Habits for Women

+ First thing in the morning, a glass of room temp water with a drop of Lemon Vitality essential oil.

+ Roll Thieves on the bottom of our feet

+ Wash our face & grab a drop of Frankincense

+ Drink our 2oz of NingXia Red & take supplements

+ Throughout the day, essential oils

+ At night, our skincare routine again, followed with our favorite facial essential oils.

+ Lastly, Endoflex rolled on our inner ankles, Progessence+ on our forearms, and Frankincense on our face!

+ Roll on Tranquil Roll-On for restful sleep and fill the diffuser with your favorite oils like Lavender & Frankincense or Valor

Daily Habits for Men

+ First thing in the morning – a glass of room temp water with a drop of Lemon Vitality essential oil.

+ Wash our face with the Charcoal Bar Soap, use Shutran essential oil on our chest

+ Drink up NingXia Red, 2oz, and usually a Nitro and/or Zyng.

+ Take OmegaGize and Super Cal Plus

+ After working out or a hard days work, drink Aminowise & a Pure Protein Complete shake

+ A drop of Cedarwood on big toe to stimulate melatonin production + restful sleep. Diffuse Lavender + Northern Lights Black Spruce

Healthy Habit for Kids

+ While the kids get ready, they grab a shot of NingXia Red, a MightyPro stick, and their MightyVites Chewables.

+ Roll on Thieves before they put on their shoes!

+ Depending on your sweet little, you might want to create a brave roller of Valor, Lavender, Frankincense & Cedarwood to keep them feeling brave all day!

+ At night we love to use the KidScents Bath Gel, Slique Toothpaste, Shampoo, and Conditioner.

Mom Tip:

Use the diffuser as a nightlight and have Dream Catcher diffusing! Roll KidScents SleepyIze down their spine and do a little foot rub with Gentle Baby

Are you ready to make some changes?

What are some simple changes that you are going to make to your family’s daily routine to start living a healthier lifestyle and start creating those healthy habits? Grab your membership here and save even more money as you start your healthy habits with these small changes!

As always be grateful & have faith,

God Bless!

Jesus Calls

Jesus Calls Us To Transformation | In Christ not only are we transformed and made into a “new creation” but the entire world is transformed! | #podcast #christianpodcastJesus Calls Us To Change — Transformation In Christ ~ Episode 82

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

Jesus Calls Us To Change

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

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

Matthew 5:1-11

Luke’s version 6: 17-49

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

Jeremiah 17:8

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

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

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

Jesus Calls Us

Let’s pray –

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

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

 

Perfecting Your Love Walk, Part 3 – Overcoming Offenses

In today’s podcast Lucia finishes her series on Perfecting Your Love Walk and discusses how to overcome offenses.In today’s podcast Lucia finishes her series on Perfecting Your Love Walk and discusses how to overcome offenses. Even though you’re walking in love, you’ll have countless opportunities to get offended every day. 

People who become offended are usually trapped as they go about their normal, daily routines, and suddenly find themselves pulled into an offensive situation that causes hurt and resentment that grows until the person being offended decides to strike back. 

Offenses will come, but you can overcome them and not let them rule your life.  The important thing to remember is that it’s not the trap itself that is the offender; it’s the trapper who sets the trap.

Whenever Satan brings a scheme to cause an offense, he’s setting you up for destruction.  The proper response to an offensive situation is to respond the same way Jesus did!  Rebuke the devil!  That does two things for you.  First, you’re exercising your authority, and this stops the devil from hurting you. Second, it helps you recognize that it’s the devil and not people who sets up an offensive trap for you.

Satan’s plan is specifically designed to fit your weaknesses because he’s after your testimony. He wants to immobilize you and distract you from your destiny.  It’s time to put on the full Armor of God, stop blaming someone else for what they did, and take responsibility for your own actions! 

You can totally change your life by operating out of God’s love; and you can overcome offenses by choosing to forgive so you can live the victorious life God created you to live!

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Chosen People

Chosen People | The Israelites were God's chosen people. Why would he pick Israel? | #podcast #christianpodcastChosen People Episode 81

The Israelites were God’s chosen people. Why would he pick Israel? The Scripture explains this well beginning in Abraham when he was promised that his descendants would be as many as the stars in the sky and sand on the seashore.

Genesis 22:16-17

By Myself I have sworn, declares the LORD, that because you have done this and have not withheld your only son, I will surely bless you, and I will multiply your descendants like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will possess the gates of their enemies.

These descendants are the Israelites. But God has called many people throughout the years and they have been what we would consider less than stellar. Why would God choose Isaiah a man who admits to being unclean? Why would God select Peter, who was stubborn, sinful and fishermen of all things! He also inevitably denied Jesus three times. Yet God chose these people among so many others to play very important roles in our salvation history. Look at Paul. He persecuted the Christians as “Saul” until the Lord called him out of darkness to serve Him.

God uses miracles when he calls these men. Peter’s empty nets are filled with fish and though I’m sure he felt unworthy yet he accepts the call. The same with Saul, he is blinded and hears a voice that says, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”

Here is the Scripture in Acts 9:-1-7

Paul recognizes that it was not due to his own virtue that he was called but by the grace of God that made him worthy. Only God’s grace can cause these men to say, “here I am Lord,” and they left all they had and followed Him.

We must recognize God’s call for us today. How is God calling you? I’ve asked you this many times in past podcasts. I’ve challenged you to spend time in quiet with God to listen to his small voice.

In the quiet, we hear the Lord and he calls each of us today as His chosen people.

Dear Lord thank you for calling me, I am here Lord and I come to do your will. Please help me to understand your will for me today. Please help me to chose you each and every time over all of the other things I could be doing. Please help me to focus on the work you have for me and please give me the grace to do this work because I can do nothing alone. Personally, I thank you for the ability to create this podcast and for all of the people who listen to this show. Please bless them Lord and give them the desires of their hearts. Dear Lord, we pause now to ask you for the following needs:

Thank you, Lord for hearing our prayers and answering them and I pray this in Jesus Precious Name, Amen.

Immune Support Made Simple

Podcast #36

Immune Support Made Simple

Immune support does not have to be hard, in fact, it is actually very simple. It’s as simple as continuously raising our bodies frequency by eliminating sugars, negative thoughts, and toxins from our environment and replacing them with things that will raise our frequency like fresh foods, positive affirmations, and essential oils.

This amazing kit contains some of the most universally used essential oils for daily use as well as for immune function. Grab your kit here to get started today!

Why Young Living? Check out this list and see why transparency matters, especially with essential oils.

Peppermint

-Place one drop in your mouth to freshen breath!

-Rub up and down the spine to help maintain a healthy body temperature

-Add one-two drops to water and drink ½ hour before yard work or exercise for stamina.

-Put a few drops and some water in a spray bottle and spritz on in the hot weather to keep from overheating

Lemon

-Add a drop or two to 8 oz of water each morning for a morning detox flush.

-Drink in water or run on feet for daily immune support

-Apply to the feet or in a detox bath to gently detox your body

-Apply to the throat or drink in a warm tea to soothe a scratchy throat

-Dilute and rub in armpits when fever is present.

Lavender

-Use to soothe bug bites and stings.

-Apply to big toes nightly (using vita flex chart) to help assist with sleep which supports our immune function

-Soothes minor scrapes, bumps, and cuts

Panaway

-Use on fatigued muscles

-Add to Epsom salt for a soothing detox bath.

-Mix with Copaiba, Frankincense, Peppermint and coconut oil to make a muscle rub.

Frankincense

-Sniff from bottle to ground yourself when feeling overwhelmed or unsure

-Use in a detox bath

-Apply to the spine for a happy immune system (a key oil in the immune blend)

-Diffuse during Bible study, prayer, or just alone time to think.

-Helps soothe sore throats

Citrus Fresh

-Add a drop or two to water and drink up for antioxidant support, great taste, and a gentle detox.

-Add a couple of drops to wool dryer balls for fresh laundry.

-It can be uplifting to our mood and immune system due to the blend of citrus oils

Stress Away

*Stress is the #1 cause of disease and illness- we need a way to stress less. 95% of disease and illness is not genetic but stress induced…

-Take this via capsule and it’s like having a glass of wine!

-Pop that roller cap in it that came with your kit and roll it on. Often. Like, keep it in our pocket J

-Diffuse during sleep for a restful night(again supporting your immune system)

Thieves

-Apply to bottoms of feet nightly for immune support (a key ingredient in  immune support roll-on)

-Dilute and rub on outside of neck for immune support and to soothe scratchy throats(I like to add a little lemon too!)

-Thieves tea: Honey with 2 drops of thieves and 2 drops of lemon, add hot water and stir

DiGize

-Take via capsule, apply topically to stomach or bottoms of the feet for tummy troubles

-90% of our immune system is in our gut so gut health is HUGE

Raven

-Add one drop to each corner of your shower to help open airways.

-Make a DIY chest rub with coconut oil

-Hugely supportive of our immune and respiratory system

Valor

-Diffuse at night to sleep like your dead without being dead J and remember sleep is essential for immune support

-rub on spine before you go to the chiropractor

-apply on bottoms of feet to balance energy

Peace & Calming

-Diffuse at bedtime to promote a peaceful atmosphere

– Apply on the chest for respiratory support

NingXia Red

-Drink with a drop of Thieves when you’re feeling cold or flu coming on.

-Drink 1-2oz daily as an antioxidant, vitamin and mineral rich maintenance dose

-Add to any smoothie for a nutritional boost — bonus: freeze leftovers into popsicles for your kids

Thieves Household Cleaner

  • Cleans everything in your home
  • Is non-toxic and immune supporting with the Thieves blend of oils
  • You can even use as an air freshener

Thieves Hand Purifier

-Non-toxic and safe if ingested plus Immune-supportive with the Thieves blend

-Keep in baby bag or purse for use on-the-go

-Keep on changing table

 

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As always, be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

Perfecting our Love Walk – Part 2

Listen in as Lucia shares about setting a foundation of love with God's Word on this podcast.

Join Lucia this week as she shares to live a victorious life, a great place to start on that journey is to recognize the characteristics of love and evaluate the way we love other people. Galatians 5:6 tells us, For when we place our faith in Christ Jesus, there is no benefit in being circumcised or being uncircumcised. What is important is faith expressing itself in love.”

If you want strong faith to live a victorious life, the first place to start is with a firm foundation, and that foundation begins with love. If you’re going to grow and mature as a Christian, you must learn the fundamentals of love from the Word of God, begin meditating those Scriptures to build our faith to walk in love, and then put them to work in your life.

 One of the benefits of a relationship with Holy Spirit is that he will gently guide you in the way you should go, reveal the changes you need to make in your heart, as well as hurts you need to let go of, so they don’t become a root of bitterness in your life.

As you strive to perfect your love walk by taking on the characteristics in 1 Corinthians 13, your faith will become strong, and you’ll see more results as you pray which will lead you to victory.

God has imparted His love to us and as we learn to operate in the Law of Love, the Law of Faith works in our lives launching us into victory!

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Faith Under Pressure

Faith Under Pressure | In today's world, our faith is under pressure. There are so many things pulling on our time. | #podcast #ChristianPodcastFaith Under Pressure ~ Episode 80

In today’s world, our faith is under pressure. There are so many things pulling on our time. We are bombarded with the news, the things happening in our day to day work, the pressure of home and family. Everywhere we look we just can’t catch our breath until the next onslaught of issues comes barreling into us. It doesn’t have to be this way, and in this episode, we take a look at our faith and the pressure of the world, and the good news? God is victorious!

In the Scriptures, we read about the fate of the prophets. The prophets by definition are rejected. Whenever the Lord asked a prophet to give the people a warning most of the warnings fell on deaf ears. The people thought they didn’t need to change, they thought they were doing fine. Jeremiah told the people of Judah that they must repent on their infidelity or God would destroy their temple. They responded by threatening to put Jeremiah in jail.

In the Gospels, Jesus also faces similar opposition. He was not what the hometown people expected. They knew him and his family. They possibly watched him grow up. They rejected his teaching and drove him out of town. Jesus was able to bear all of this – and I can’t imagine how it felt to him to be rejected by those He loves. Saint Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 13:7 Love bears all things –It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Because of God’s love, he served the people and continues to serve us each day. What do we give him back? Our faith and when we are under pressure whether it is from family, pain, illness or from things we can not help, our faith can be tested. We are able to bare all things only by the grace of God only by the help we get in every day of prayer and time with God. We need to be shored up to be infilled and to be created more in His image than our own. Our faith survives when we die to self, putting others first. When we look at things as black and white that is when the filters of this world tend to come crashing in and threatened to overwhelm us.

Put on the armor of Christ daily, rely on God and even the hardest day can be victorious because as we all know – God has already won the battle.

Dear Lord Jesus, I praise you for all you have done for me in my life. I thank you ahead of time for listening to my pleas and calls in prayer. Dear Lord, I ask that you help me when my faith is under pressure and ask that you fill me with your Holy Spirit to overflowing so that I can withstand all the evil that happens daily.  I need your help Lord each and every day. I ask that you listen to my prayers for the following needs:

Thank-you Lord for all of your blessings, thank you for all of your answered prayers to come and those of you have already answered and I pray this in Jesus Name, Amen.

 

 

Perfecting our Love Walk

Lucia will help you celebrate Valentine’s Day and the Month of Love as she begins a new series on perfecting your love walk. #podcastLucia will help you celebrate Valentine’s Day and the Month of Love as she begins a new series on perfecting your love walk. She shares the one tip that will make your life better if you’ll implement it in every area of your life. 

The enemy is always trying to get your heart full of things to de-rail or stop your love walk. However, 2 Corinthians 10:3, tells us “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.” 

And, Matthew 22:37 and 40, work hand in hand.  When you do the greatest commandment – love the Lord with all our heart; the second commandment – love your neighbor as yourself; comes naturally.  This was Jesus’ answer to the Sadducees and it still works for us today.

Living the Christian life is all about love.  God said, I love you so much and I want you with me in heaven for eternity, so I’ll send you my best and most precious gift, my Son Jesus, so I can have you with Me. 

  Our love walk and faith don’t work because of a formula, rather it comes from a heart full of love for Jesus that flows out of us onto others. 

Lucia explains that it isn’t always easy to forgive and forget, but as you pray and ask God to help you, you’re actually freeing yourself from the bondage the devil would love to keep you in which will result in you living a victorious life,

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How to Make Yogurt

Podcast #35

How to Make Yogurt

 

Making your own yogurt isn’t as hard as one may think. It is actually a very simple and easy thing to do plus you have the added benefit of knowing exactly what is in your yogurt.

 

There are two ways that I recommend making yogurt: the good old fashion way(aka stovetop) and the new-fangled way(aka in the Instant Pot). Both ways require two simple ingredients: milk(raw or store bought but I recommend at least 2% or thicker) and a starter yogurt(plain yogurt or Greek yogurt)

 

The Old Fashion Way

 

Ingredients

  • 1 gallon of milk- preferably raw or whole
  • 8 oz of starter (plain yogurt or plain Greek yogurt)

Instructions

  1. Heat milk in a stainless steel pan over medium heat until it reaches 165-185 degrees.
  2. Cool, either by sitting on the counter or in a cool water bath until the temperature drops to 110 degrees.
  3. Add culture-2 oz of starter (of yogurt from a previous batch, store-bought yogurt) per quart of milk(so 8 oz for a gallon). Gently stir just enough to incorporate into the milk.
  4. Pour into mason jars and put the jars into the oven with the light on for 8-24 hours. I like to place in warm water (110-115 degrees) and put in the oven but some just place the jars in too. The light should provide a consistent heat of about 110 degrees.
  5. Put jars into the refrigerator until the yogurt is cold and set.
  6. Once the yogurt is set you can pour off the liquid whey from the top or strain the yogurt using cheesecloth for a thicker consistency(Greek yogurt).
  7. Enjoy!

 

The New- Fangled Way

 

Ingredients

  • 1 gallon of milk- preferably raw or whole
  • 8 oz of starter (plain yogurt or plain Greek yogurt)

Instructions

  1. Pour milk into Instant Pot(IP), hit yogurt button and then hit adjust until you select the “Boil” option
  2. Walk away and it will shut off when it is done (magic!!)
  3. Once it is done boiling, you can allow to cool on its own or put it in a cold water bath until the temperature is down to 110 degrees
  4. Once the milk reaches 110 degrees you can gently add the starter yogurt
  5. Again select the yogurt button and adjust it from “boil” to anywhere from 8-24 hours.
  6. Once the allotted time is up, put yogurt into mason jars and allow it to cool and set up in the refrigerator.
  7. Once the yogurt is set you can pour off the liquid whey from the top or strain the yogurt using cheesecloth for a thicker consistency(Greek yogurt).
  8. Enjoy!

 

So are you ready? Go grab your milk and starter yogurt and get cooking!

 

As always, be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

 

God Given Gifts

God Given Gifts| God is amazing and he has given you a present. Your God given gifts are something you can discover. #podcast #christianpodcastGod Given Gifts Episode 79

God is amazing and he has given you a present. Your God given gifts are something you can discover. In today’s episode, I share a personal story about how God used my son, who the world would consider a struggling learner. He did me a favor this week that just blew me away and I give all the glory to God!

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Today I share a heartfelt story about the amazing God we serve. I’ve been sick, fever, flu for about a week and yesterday I realized the neatly packaged boxes, fixed with goodies for my two college, out-of-state students sat waiting for the homebaked goodies I never made! I couldn’t make them too early and then last week I planned to mail it on Friday for a sure delivery by Thursday. Since I was so upset about this failure, I asked my oldest son, Neal, if he’d go shopping for two Valentine’s cards for me. I wanted one that was to a daughter and one to a son. I’ve asked Neal in the past under emergencies to shop for me because he has this gift!

Well, he purchased them and today I finally had the energy to quickly whip up some baked good. As they were baking I took the cards out and almost started to cry! They were perfect. Both were delicately wrapped in plastic, were not ridiculously expensive as we all know cards can be, and had amazing words! I share what each said on the air.

If I had sent my husband the results would be far from similar. These cards were heartfelt and described how I felt about my children. I asked him how long it took him to select the cards and he said fifteen minutes! God has given him a gift. God gives each of us special gifts. And we tell our son this over and over again.

  • Do you know what your gifts are?
  • Do you use the gifts that God has given you?
  • Do you help others identify their gifts?

If we work under the gifts of the Holy Spirit it is amazing how God will bless these efforts. All grace, all power, all glory goes to God. This is the son we were so concerned about for so many years. I am thanking God once again for His mercy, His grace and His providence for my family. I pray this story inspires you. If felt it was a story God wanted you to hear.

Dear Lord, we praise you and we thank you. I want to shout from the rooftop for the entire world to hear that you are the Lord of Lords, the King of Kings, The Bright Morning Star, The Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. You are worthy my God of all praise. I know you hear all our prayers even those in the depth of our heart. You can answer them anytime so we ask you once again for our own personal intentions. Thank you, God, that your words and promises are true and I pray this in Jesus Precious Name. Amen.

 

 

Abortion And Sacrifice

Abortion | Abortion has taken on a new meaning. What happened to love? In our world, it seems that love is no longer a factor in so many people's life.  #podcast #christianpodcastAbortion and Sacrifice Episode 78

Abortion has taken on a new meaning. What happened to love? In our world, it seems that love is no longer a factor in so many people’s life. The recent news has shown the sin of abortion toward the unborn. We as Christians need to wake up and take a stand and I see the root cause of this is an issue of sin, yes–but a lack of love.

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Recently I heard a riveting talk by a Jewish convert to Catholicism, Roy Schoeman, a graduate of MIT and Harvard Business School. He had an amazing conversion experience which he details in his book, “Salvation is from the Jews.” The topic of his talk wasn’t about conversion it was about the occult and some religions outside of Christianity and Catholicism. The details were remarkable, and I urge you to check out his website.

In his talk, he covered many things but what struck me are what he termed the sins the cry out to heaven for vengeance, or “the sins that cry out to heaven.”

Sins That Cry Out To Heaven

  1. Murder of a child by the parent, (or the killing among families)
  2. The sin of the “sodomites.”
  3. Slavery and marginalization of people
  4. Taking advantage of people and defrauding

 

What struck me the most was the first one, the murder of a child by the parent. He gave an example in scripture about the war between Israel and the Moab. 2 Kings 3. The Israelites were winning the battle, and . as they were in retreat, the King of Moab realized they were loosing. Listen as I read this passage:

King of Moab Sacrifices His Son to satan (god of Moab) ~ 2Kings 2: 26-27

When the king of Moab realized that he was losing the battle, he took seven hundred swordsmen with him and tried to force his way through the enemy lines and escape to the king of Syria,[c] but he failed. 27 So he took his oldest son, who was to succeed him as king, and offered him on the city wall as a sacrifice to the god of Moab. The Israelites were terrified[d] and so they drew back from the city and returned to their own country.

The king offered up his son to the god of Moab. Who is this god of Moab? It is the devil. He offered his son to satan. Why is this important? Because love is a powerful thing. If he loved his son, and I am sure that he did, giving up his son was a huge sacrifice. However, love was not enough. The power of evil was stronger because of the sacrifice of the son to the god. The decision of this king was for himself. He was selfish. He wanted to win. He wanted something he desired more than he wanted his son to live. So he sacrificed his son to a god. A god that we think, “well this god does not exist,” but the entity he sacrificed his son to was satan.

King kills his son and wins.

The connection between the king slaughtering his son and abortion hit me. We all know about abortion, and if you are listening to this podcast, my educated guess is that you agree abortion on demand is evil. However, I never thought of abortion in terms of the fact that a mother is killing her child in the same way as the sacrifice of the king of Moab. Think about it. If abortion is evil – and it results in death, the death of an innocent child, therefore the sacrifice of a child for the selfish reasons of the mother, whatever that might be is, in essence, a sacrifice to satan.

Our speaker explained that evil has power. And we can see that in the sacrifice by the King of Moab which turned around the war. There have been so many abortions, and that has fueled the hate in the hearts of those at the top of government the governor just signed a law reaffirming that a woman can have an abortion all the way up to birth. Another governor from Virginia in a radio interview explained they were hoping to pass a similar bill. The evil side has power. The speaker further explained that satan does not want people to think he exists. You can see that as well.

Where is Love?

Love of the human race is ultimately replaced by love of self. I won’t go into all the terminology used to spin abortion in a good light – we know it is false. It has nothing to do with women’s reproductive rights and everything to do with satanic sacrifice and worship. I can see that clearly. As a mother of five and two miscarriages, I know the power of love. The love of a mother, the love a mother has for her child.

The love of a mother should be sacrificial. If our children are hurting, we will do anything and everything we can for that child. We would lay down our lives for our children. But that is not what I see today. I see women who are hurting and confused pushed into abortions by those they think love them. If they are truly loved would they consider harming their own child?

Abortion is Murder of a Child

Abortion is murder, but now it has another face, it is a ritualistic sacrifice to the evil one. Friends, we can no longer sit back and allow the politicians and the court of the public to make decisions for us. We must pray as we’ve never prayed before and plead to heaven as a reminder that this is the number one sin that cries out to heaven for vengeance.

I keep thinking this is a nightmare and that I will wake up and find out it is a horrible dream, but day after day I hear the relentless chatter on the news that everyone is up in arms because 80% of the population is against late-term abortions. What about 80% against all abortions? How can any abortion be okay? I know how I felt when I lost a child in a miscarriage. What is the mental cost of a woman who has an abortion and later realizes she has killed her child? There are recovery groups of those who have had an abortion. One group Silent No More link helps women and men who are suffering from the effects of their decision.

Another point made by the pastor, Father Cooney after the talk is that these human sacrifices do have strength in making evil stronger. And, the church, Christians as a whole are lacking in faith. Our churches are full, but the faith of the average person sitting in the pew is in need of a revival. Maybe, friends, this is our revival. It is time we do something in the form first of prayer, and second in fasting. Fasting and prayer is a secret weapon of Christians that is not utilized. I have a special friend who I know has amazing results when she prays and fasts. It works!

Pray ~ Pray ~ Pray

We need to pray not only for an end of abortion but for the Lord to infill mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters with love. The love that comes from God. The love that will change hearts. If our world was filled with love if we could get along with each other, if we were focused on the task of following the Lord’s will for our lives we would not have this nightmare in our time.

So, friends, we have a job ahead of us, we have to pray as we’ve never prayed before. I am asking you to join me in asking the Lord for a miracle.

Dear Lord, I praise you like never before. You are the Almighty One, The King of Kings, the Lord of Lords. My God I worship you as the true God, the Alpha, and the Omega, the beginning and the end. Lord, I thank you for life, I thank you for each of the children you have given me and I lift them up to you by name. I thank you for my family, my extended family and all those loving people you have put in my life. I ask you, Lord, to hear our prayers. I know you are victorious and the battle over evil has been won, and I claim that in the precious Name of Jesus. I ask that you protect our country and our world and please stop this insidious call for abortion on demand. I ask you, Lord, to fill us with your love, fill us to overflowing because true loves cast out all fear and we should not be fearful but put on the armor of Christ to defeat the evil one. We can do nothing without you, Lord, this I know. So I ask that you empower those with real power to combat this on the local, state and national level. That you infill us, your prayer warriors with direction and instruction to join the Army of Christ. And, I pray this in Jesus’ precious Name. Amen.

to join the Army of Christ. And, I pray this in Jesus’ precious Name. Amen.

Habits: Listening to God (Part 5)

This week Lucia shares how perfecting the habit of listening to God for His instructions.  #podcast #christian #habitsJoin Lucia as she finishes her series on Habits. This week Lucia shares how perfecting the habit of listening to God for His instructions, and then exercising your faith to follow through with them will help you live the victorious life you were created to live.

When life seems out of order, many times it’s because we either haven’t asked God for His plan or His instructions for our life; or He’s given us the plan and instructions, but we’ve decided to do our own thing instead of following through with His plan.

When we stay connected to God’s plans for our life, we’ll do things we never thought possible in our own strength and abilities.  Life is much more fun when you decide to get your eyes off your own abilities and limitations, and have the audacity to trust in, and rely on God’s abilities in you to get the job done!

God wants us to be like Paul and realize He doesn’t choose us for our strengths; He chooses us because of our weakness.  He’s not concerned with your natural limitations and abilities, He just wants you to have faith in Him and His abilities in you, and then have the determination to see the job through to competition!

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Sacred Mountain

Podcast #34

Sacred Mountain

This is an amazing blend of essential oils that create a feeling of security and protection. It contains ylang ylang, cedarwood, balsam fir, and spruce.

The conifer oils used in this blend have been used by the North American Indians for hundreds of years for protection. The oils helped them to recharge energetically at all levels with a frequency of about 176 MHz. This oil will bring empowerment, sacredness and is uplifting yet grounding for the body.

Why use it?

When D. Gary Young was asked what oil would he pick if he could only choose one he said Sacred Mountain because it could help the most people. The reason that it can be so helpful to so many is primarily because of how it can help us deal with emotions and increase our frequency.

What does it all help with?

Feelings of anger with yourself or someone else.

Empowerment & confidence whether you have a job interview or are just a nervous person by nature

Dealing with frustration in the day to day or big life events

When we are dealing with grief and sorrow

In times were jealousy sets in

If we tend to be obsessive in situations or life

When we are working on personal change and development

This is also an amazing addition to prayer time

Protection from negative thoughts and feelings

If we tend to struggle or maybe our kids struggle with restlessness & sleep

Feelings of security in our God-given identity support

Uplifting your mood daily

Reduces feelings of stress

An absolute must-have in situations of trauma

Do you need this oil for yourself or someone you love?

Grab your today here.

How will you choose to use it? Will you diffuse it, wear it on your diffuser necklace or earing or just give it a smell right out of the bottle?

As always, be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

 

 

 

Second Chances

Second Chance | Is there a time for second chances? Of course, there is and we see that again and again in the Scriptures. #podcast #christianpodcastSecond Chances Episode 77

Is there a time for second chances? Of course, there is and we see that again and again in the Scriptures. We find the opportunities in our own lives to try for a second time. We are close to the New Year as I record this episode and one of the traditions is making a New Year’s Resolution. For years, I’m not afraid to admit I would not do it because I was afraid of failure. If you don’t make a resolution, a plan, and attempt to change then guess what? There is no failure. Or is there?

Well, just the simple act of not doing anything in truth is failure. We must strive to make gains each day, to grow in our faith, in our relationships and be present for those around us. When we make a plan or a resolution to change our behavior or bad habits we are trying to become a better person not just for ourselves but for those who surround us.

The Bible is a wonderful example to use for ourselves to see the way that we were redeemed throughout Scriptures. Much importance is put on Moses and freeing the Israelites from oppression, and we know the story, the Israelites at first could not leave behind the idols and we learn that not only did Moses go up to the mountain of Mt.Sinai to receive the 10 Commandments from God, but he went up twice! How often have you said, well if I were the people of Israel I would have been so happy to leave Egypt that I would want to change.

Habits. We get into bad habits and we have the hardest time letting them go. So, the people of Israel wandered in the desert for 40 years until they were shown the promised land. This was definitely a trial by fire. Yet, they were God’s chosen people.

Did you ever wonder what happened once they were in the promised land? You can read about it in Nehemiah Chapter 7 and then 8 – in this passage it tells us that Ezra the scribe was asked to bring out the book of the law of Moses “which the Lord had given to Israel,” and he read it from the town square in the presence of men and women, some who were specifically named in the Scriptures. Read Ezra 8:5-6

The people were so overwhelmed by the Word that they prostrated themselves on the ground. This was an opportunity for the people of Jerusalem to change their ways.

How different of a reception to the 10 Commandments to the people who had wandered and their descendants! Radically different. When we suffer we learn don’t we. We don’t want to make the same mistakes. The people of Israel had just returned after generations in exile so living according to the law would be something they were interested in that they bowed and worshiped the Lord with their faces on the ground. It was now an opportunity to change their lives and those of their descendants for the better.

In Isaiah 61:1 we also hear a call for freedom from captivity.

What captivity? What is darkness for prisoners? What are you captive to? What is the darkness that makes you feels as if you are a prisoner? It can be something simple from a bad habit, biting your nails, or eating the wrong foods that cause sickness or even telling lies, bad jokes, or gossip. Or it can be serious, and addiction that needs help.

God is a healer. He has brought us the good news to the oppressed and to bind the brokenhearted.

We often face rejection. From those nearest to us, those we love, our friends, neighbors – but Jesus too was rejected in his own home town as he was reading from Isaiah.

Luke 4:16-20 (read)

It was the beginning of his ministry – Jesus gave them a new opportunity, a new beginning a new life in essence. While many in his town rejected it we have a choice.

It is a free will choice. Will you be set free by the power of Jesus Christ? Will you let go of past hurts, of those you can’t forgive of all the ways you keep thinking about the way people have hurt you. Friends, we need to let it go. Life is not fair and we only get one life to live so how do you chose to live your life?

Let’s pray. Jesus, I chose you – I choose you every single time. I am thankful Lord and I give you all the praise. Thank you for coming for us, thank you for setting us free from oppression and from slavery. I chose yes Lord. I chose to follow your ways, to follow the ten commandments to being a new year, and a year acceptable to the Lord, or in the Lord’s favor. I ask Lord for the following need that is pressing on my heart and mind… Thank you Lord for your miracles and I know you can work miracles in my life as well. I thank you no matter what the outcome and I pray this in Jesus Name, Amen.

 

Habits – Part 4: Today Matters

In Part 4 of Habits – Today Matters, Lucia shares that what you do today really does make a difference, and it affects the rest of your life! #PodcastIn Part 4 of Habits – Today Matters, Lucia shares that what you do today really does make a difference, and it affects the rest of your life!

Lucia shares a few highlights from John Maxwell’s book Today Matters because it helped her refocus her thinking so she can live every day with purpose. She will help you define what you consider a “successful day,” and then, she will give ideas on how to go about creating a successful day.

Everyone has the power to impact the outcome of their life by focusing on “today”. Benjamin Franklin said, “One today is worth two tomorrows; what I am to be, I am now becoming.” If you want to change your life, change what you’re doing today. Success doesn’t just suddenly occur one day; you prepare for success every day.

Decisions and self-discipline always go together, and you can’t have one without the other if you want to live a victorious life. The only adequate preparation for tomorrow is the right use of today! So, seize the day and make the most of every day of your life so you can live the victorious life God created you to live!

The decisions you make today, and the self-disciple to follow through with those decisions will make your life better. John Wooden says it best, “Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”

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In Part 4 of Habits – Today Matters, Lucia shares that what you do today really does make a difference, and it affects the rest of your life! #Podcast

 

Winter Wellness

Podcast #33

Winter Wellness

 

Winter can be tricky and sometimes the hardest part is being bombarded with all of the crud going around. How can you keep you and your loved one healthy throughout the winter season? Here are some of the quick and easy way that we keep the whole family running through the cold winter months.

 

First things first — this seems basic but don’t miss it! Wash your hands, my friends, and wash them good!

Lather your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds before rinsing.

 

Drink plenty of liquids

Staying hydrated is important for keeping mucous membranes moist, so they can effectively fight off irritants.

 

Provide your body with proper nutrients

Maintain your wellness by eating healthy to get the vitamins and nutrients your body needs. Things like fresh fruits and vegetables that are nutrient full.

Add in things like Super C, ImmuPro, Inner Defense and Life 9 which all support your immune system, you can get them here.

 

Get plenty of sleep

Lack of sleep can cause stress, which weakens the immune system. A well-rested body is better able to maintain its wellness, so shoot for 8 hours per night. Create an atmosphere of peace by eliminating electronic devices and diffusing calming essential oils like lavender, stress away, and frankincense (grab your PSK that includes all of these and more here).

 

Ningxia Red

The NingXia Red® is a whole-body nutrient infusion packed with ingredients specifically chosen for their wellness-supporting benefits. In addition to the legendary Ningxia wolfberries, blueberry, aronia, cherry, pomegranate, and plum juices introduce additional carotenoids and phytonutrients.

 

Essential Oil support

Using essential oils to support your immune and respiratory system is not only simple but also very helpful. Oils like Thieves, Purification, ImmuPro, Oregano and any of the citrus oils are amazing for immune support. For respiratory support, you can grab Raven, RC, peppermint, eucalyptus or frankincense.

 

Take some “me” time

Taking care of yourself, if only for a few minutes, can make all the difference throughout the season. Checking your mindset daily (check out the Mindset Reset here)

+ Relax and recharge with a hot bath and a good book!

+ Meditate/Spend time in Prayer

+ Improve your intake!

 

Food choices

+ Super snacks: replace your regular (and maybe unhealthy!) treats with wholesome alternatives to help you stay on track

+ Line your shelves with good food choices

 

Exercise!

+ Talk a walk!

+ Take the long way when you can

 

The Winter Blues

Who knew this was really a thing? You especially get it if you live in a place that gets cold and dark for long periods of time, or if, for you, this winter happens to be a bitter one, without that sunshine and warmth we all crave. Using citrus oils like lemon, bergamot, citrus fresh, grapefruit and orange are helpful in lifting your mood to help with those winter blues. As well as Joy essential oil blend which helps to bring feelings of joy and love.

 

What ways will you help to stay well this winter season?

 

As always, be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

Christian Marriage and God

Christian Marriage | Every Christian marriage has its ups and downs and when you think about marriage as a Christian it is important to look at the scriptures! #podcast #christianpodcastMarriage and God Episode 76

Every Christian marriage has its ups and downs and when you think about marriage as a Christian it is important to look at the scriptures! In this episode, we will explore the Bible and look at the example of the marriage at Cana as well as all the places where God shows up in every day in our lives.

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In changing water into wine at the wedding feast at Cana we look at it so many years later as the first time we see the Lord, Jesus performs a miracle. But in the gospel of John, he does not refer to it as a miracle, he calls it a sign. It was a sign that was performed in order to reveal God’s presence in human history. What does this sign reveal? It reveals so many things personally to me. First, Jesus performed the miracle because his mother, Mary asked. I often wonder, did Mary realize this was a first in human history? Did she realize that in asking her Son to bless the water and in turn create wine that was the best the guests had tasted that it was the beginning of His public ministry? Did Jesus previously perform miracles at home with just Joseph and Mary as a witness? There are so many questions that are left unanswered.

I believe that Mary was given Divine grace, first in her ability to say yes to the angel, Gabrielle so many years ago. Then, in the way to raise Jesus. The only glimpse we are given into his childhood is when He is lost for three days and Mary and Joseph had to return to the temple and when they did, they found him among the elders teaching. Was this a time that Mary and Joseph had an argument? The men and women did not travel together so they both possibly thought the other had Jesus and then somehow learned he was not among them.

How did this family deal with adversity with the Savior of the world in their care?

This leads us to our own families and the conflicts that often arise. There is no one marriage manual that explains the differences between men and women so well that we understand our spouse completely. There is no manual to read before entering into a marriage that will solve all of your marriage issues because marriage is fluid. It changes. I am definitely not the same person I was when I said, “I do,” many, many years ago. That person was used to getting her own way and compromise consisted of my husband saying he was sorry and next time he’d do it my way! Okay, I wasn’t that horrible but you get the picture.

Marriage changes us and if we focus on God as a couple it will help us get through all of the tough times to come. Thankfully, we committed on our wedding day before God and our friends and family to put God first. If you have not committed your marriage to God consider doing that today! If you are not married remember the importance of this covenant with each other. We read about covenants in Scripture.

  1. Isaiah uses wedding imagery (Isaiah 62:4-5) … “as a bridegroom rejoices in his bride,” and the metaphor of marriage, “makes your land his spouse,” which describes God’s relationship with the land, no… with us, with humanity. God is united with humanity as we are united with a spouse in marriage. Scriptures often use words that we understand to describe that which we can not possibly understand.
  2. A covenant and a bond is created various times throughout scripture. In Cana, Jesus transforms the water into wine. The water was used for ceremonial washings and the wine was used by the guests to celebrate the wedding. Again, common day symbols for an understanding at that time.
  3. Wine is again used at the Last Supper, where it becomes His blood on the cross. Jesus drinks from the cup at the Last Supper, but on the cross, He says, “Father if it is possible let this cup pass me by.” It was not possible and Jesus embraced the cross and His death. The cup of our salvation. Jesus is the bridegroom sent by God to humanity, which is His bride.

Just as Jesus lived life with challenges as God and as man, we too are called to live our lives as men and women.

We expect nations to get along and often cannot get along in our own families. These Scriptures show us the price paid for our salvation. We join in marriage as a covenant and a symbol to God and to the outward world of a promise. How does that promise get so messed up in our daily lives? Well, one is that we face so many pressures the minute we wake up!

Ask yourself and journal about the following:

  1. What is the covenant you’ve made with your spouse? (If you are not married what is the covenant with God?)
  2. How are you living a life that is pleasing to God?
  3. If you live a life that is pleasing to God how will that help you in your marriage?
  4. Thanking God each day for the gifts of life and all of the things that happen in your life is the first step to a long and happy marriage. Can you begin this today?
  5. God is love, does that translate into your married life?
  6. Looking at the word sacrifice is there any way you can sacrifice in your life or in your marriage more than God sacrificed for you?
  7. Can you begin to put God first in your life?
  8. Can you put your spouse and their needs above yours and after God?
  9. What does dying to self mean to you?
  10. Name one thing you can change beginning today?

Love is a sacrifice. The two cannot be taken apart. We believe that love conquers all things and it does to a certain extent but until I learned to die to self, which is one of those very hard life lessons, things did not get better. We serve a selfish God. He wants all of us, not the leftover self we give him for two seconds before we fall asleep at night.

If we want a wonderful marriage we must have a wonderful covenant with God. Begin today.

Dear Lord, I praise you for all things even those things I’d rather not be happy about in my life. I know that all things are known by You, still Lord I want to ask you specifically for ___________. Lord allow me to pray for those nearest to me daily. Let me be a prayer warrior for them, please call to mind instances when I should pray for them. Dear Lord, I praise You and I thank-you. You are the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and I am honored to serve such a mighty God. I thank you ahead of time for all the answered prayers and I pray this in Jesus Name, Amen.

Habits – Part 3: Overcoming Procrastination

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Traveling: Tips, tricks & must haves

Podcast #32

 

Traveling: tips, tricks, and must-haves

 

Traveling can be crazy, chaotic, and all around draining but it doesn’t have to be.

 

Here are a few tips, tricks, and must-haves that we have found hugely beneficial while traveling, especially when we travel with kids and a lot of them!

 

#1 Be Flexible

Being flexible helps you prepare for delays, traffic or changes in your plan. I also like to not over plan. This allows for some rest and relaxation during your trip.

 

#2 Make a List

  • Packing your bag
  • Travel plan or schedule
  • All the extra’s (camera, snacks, etc.)

 

#3 Pack minimally

  • Can you do laundry?
  • How many outfits can you make with the pieces of clothing you packed?
  • Check the weather for where you are headed
  • Pack one container of toys (something that is compactable but classic)
  • What does the hotel/timeshare/house provide? (pack and play, high chair, strollers, etc.)

 

#4 Keep your budget in mind

With a large or small family, the budget is always important. Should you check out renting a home through someplace like VRBO or do you get a hotel room or an extended stay? Do you want to have a place to cook or are you planning on eating out?

Another thing to consider is driving or flying? Will you need to rent a car, for how many people? Is the travel for business or pleasure?

 

#5 Never forget your essentials

A large part of your costs can be on things that you could have easily packed. Do you have a travel 1st aid kit, travel oils (grab yours here) with a diffuser and roll-ons, supplements (your vitamins and digestive support), homeopathic kit, etc. All of these things make the little things like motion sickness, ear pain from elevation changes, digestive support from the food you ate, or that unplanned scrape, easy to deal with without interrupting your trip.

 

Planning a trip for 1 or 10 people does not need to cause unnecessary stress or worry. Make it simple and enjoyable with these quick tips. Which one will benefit you and your family the most?

 

As always, be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

Christian Transformation

Christian Transformation | Have you had a Christian transformation in your life? God sent His only Son so that we might live an abundant life and in this podcast, we will explore Christian transformation and look at the ways that we can apply this to our life. #podcasat #christianpodcastChristian Transformation – Episode 75

Have you had a Christian transformation in your life? God sent His only Son so that we might live an abundant life and in this podcast, we will explore Christian transformation and look at the ways that we can apply this to our life.

We witness the power of God’s love in the Bible. If you have not made it a habit to read Scripture every day be sure to add it to your list!

You can listen to my last podcast Prayer and Routines here.

We all have some type of life transformation but it might not be in the spiritual sense. It might be weight loss or gain. It might be an addition or loss in your family. Transformation can cause us heartache but when we are transformed by the power of God’s word it can be life-altering.

When we read about the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River we are astounded once again by God’s love. Jesus is an example of becoming poor to make us rich. John himself said he was not worthy to even tie his sandal, yet Jesus asked to be baptized.

God’s love is transforming, read: Isaiah 40:1-10 … We read, “A voice of one calling: In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lordmake straight in the desert a highway for our God. 

This is a foreshadowing – a prophecy about the coming of John, the voice calling in the wilderness, and it was written when the Israelites were living in exile. 

At times we can relate to the Israelites. In this time we live of divisive politics where right is wrong and wrong is right. We are dismayed if we watch the news for any length of time and find ourselves frustrated no matter what side you are on. We hold on to this promise to the Israelites that the God of Isaiah is also our God and He knows what we struggle with on a daily basis.

In Acts, Peter speaks in the house of Cornelius, the first Gentile convert. He says, “God shows no partiality.” Now we learn that the God of the Israelites is the God of all and the Christian community is being formed among believers. (Acts 10:34)

Paul also writes to Titus that through Baptism and the Holy Spirit, we can become heirs in hope of eternal life (Titus 3:..-10) and I’d love for you to pull out your Bibles and read this directly, it is as if God is speaking to us today.

Isn’t that amazing? We lived in malice and envy being hated and hating one another … but with the KINDNESS and love of God our Savior appeared. And, friends that is what we must live for, we have Christian transformation when we focus on the fact that he saved us not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.

This is true transformation. Trusting in God. Knowing that we are justified by grace and we have the hope of eternal life. Who else gives us this hope? Our family. No. The people we work with. No. The friends we surround ourselves with. No. The only person who gives us eternal hope is the same one who died on the cross, for our sins, so that we can have this promise.

John promises that Jesus would baptize with the Holy Spirit and with fire. This baptism after the life, death and resurrection of Christ set into the motion the baptism of the Holy Spirit upon the disciplines and in a sense to us, and this baptism of fire is what is transforming in our lives.

The Holy Spirit was sent to transform us. The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. One God, three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This God we serve is an amazing God and ready to help us in our daily trials. If we have been baptized we have transformative power of the Holy Spirit within us and for that we should shout, Halleluiah and praise the Lord! God is within us and we only need to ask for His saving grace in our life.

Do we realize that we as believers and followers of Christ can pray for a deeper infilling of the Holy Spirit in our lives? Do you want to see true transformation, then try this tonight at the foot of your bed, or anytime you want the true restorative help of God in your life…

Dear Lord, I come to you sinful and sorrowful and I ask first that you forgive me of the sins I have committed today … I ask that you bless me with your restorative love and infill me with the Holy Spirit. Bring me to a deeper union with you, my God. Help me to see you in everything. Help me to be thankful each day no matter what the circumstance. I thank you for your promise of everlasting life and a true transformation that only comes with belief in Christ. I praise you and I thank you, my God. Thank you for giving me your Holy Spirit, thank-you for deepening my love for you, thank-you for infilling me to overflowing with the grace to do Your will each day, and I praise you in Jesus Name, Amen.

Habits – Part 2

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

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

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

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

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Join Lucia for Habits, Part 2, as she encourages you to meet this year’s expectations by making changes to your daily habits. #Podcast

Routines and Prayer

routines and prayers | When life throws you a curve falling back on routines and prayer are helpful for a Christian. #podcast #christianpodcastRoutines and Prayer For Christians

When life throws you a curve falling back on routines and prayer are helpful for a Christian. In this episode, we will focus on making the most of your daily routines to include prayer.

With the holidays ending there is still so much on my to-do list it seems to be never-ending. In fact, I’ve stopped making the lists because I felt like I spent half of my time just adding most of it to the next day. During this time I realized one thing that helped me tremendously and that was my daily prayer routines, and that is what I’d like to encourage you to do as I believe it will be helpful.

What is the difference between routines and habits? I believe they are both similar. A routine is actually the “doing” of a habit. There are many lists out there for good Christians to follow and I find most of them overwhelming. Keeping your routines simple give the opportunity for growth, which is my goal. My husband often says if you are not growing in your relationship with the Lord then you are not stagnant, you are actually going backward. While you may not agree with this philosophy for me it gives me pause to think.

Some people overanalyze and I am one of those people. When things go right, I tend to go with the flow but when they don’t then I’m ready to figure out the why behind it. During the busy holiday season and even afterward, I felt further and further behind with my prayer time and Bible time until I realized that it really wasn’t true and with some of the routines I had in place, I was actually on autopilot which allowed me to make the most of my time with the Lord as well as time with my family.

What are your goals as a Christian?

  1. Time for prayer
  2. Time for reading the Bible
  3. Time to grow in my relationship with the Lord
  4. Time to look at my life and make changes
  5. Time to share my faith
  6. Time for family and friends

Your goals can be different than mine but look at how you are spending your time growing in your faith and the things you’d like to change. As always start small and add to the list, and give yourself a break. When things don’t go as planned don’t get down! What are the constants in your life and are there ways to improve upon them, if not go to the next item on your list.

My goals have changed as I have grown in the Lord and as I’ve shared in previous podcasts for me the quiet time and just listening was and to a certain extent now the hardest obstacles in my life. The only place I come the closest to listening to the Lord is at church. There is something about church that gives me time to focus on the Lord and just close my eyes and listen.

Please know that I have felt a closeness to the Lord in different degrees all of my life thus far, and like the waves on the beach that closeness at times has ebbed and flowed. There are times I’d pray and only hear silence. I believe it is in those times of silence that the Lord teaches us to be disciples and allows us that quiet to do an inner reflection. It also takes discipline to be quiet before the Lord and for many of us–myself included that discipline is needed. It takes all our strength to persevere, but please, please do not give up!

It may mean we have to repent before the Lord. Ask the Lord if there is something we need to ask forgiveness for. For me often it was stress and not relying on or trusting in Him. I’ve had to ask the Lord’s forgiveness for my lack of trust. Do I know, intellectually that the Lord is in charge of everything and that He has it all under control? Of course! Yet it is difficult for us to trust without holding back.

Do you have a place to pray? Where is your place? Do you have a prayer chair? A prayer corner?

Talk about the lady who prayed and even asked God about what plants she should plant…

So, the focus today is on routine, habits and growing in your faith. Pick one thing today to focus on and begin now.

Let’s Pray:

Dear Lord, I thank you for giving me a sense and a heart for loving You and wanting to be in Your presence. Thank you for giving me the gift of faith and for allowing it to grow each day. I ask that You help me with the daily routines, and allow me the time to follow them in order to spend time with You not only in prayer and petition but time in silence. It is in the silence that I learn discipline and to be a disciple. In the silence, I learn what it is about myself that needs to be changed. Lord, is there something that I need to repent and ask forgiveness for? Is there something I am lacking? It is in the asking that we are freed and I ask this Lord in Your precious name. Dear Lord please help me in my prayer routines and to create good habits in me. I also ask for the following intentions …  thank-you my God for always being here for me. And, I pray this in Jesus, Precious Name. Amen.

Habits – Part 1

!  Join Lucia as she encourages you to identify habits that will help you be the most effective in your life this year, so you go from ordinary to extra-ordinary!As you start the New Year, what better time to look at your goals and habits for the coming year!  Join Lucia as she encourages you to identify habits that will help you be the most effective in your life this year, so you go from ordinary to extra-ordinary!

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

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

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

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New Year And Faith

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

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

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

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

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

Podcast #31 Essential Oils of the Scriptures Part 2

Podcast #31

Essential Oils of the Scriptures Part 2

Essential oils and the Bible go hand in hand. Oils are mentioned in the scriptures and after discussing how they have been used it is also important to talk about which oils were used

Frankincense Essential Oil

The oil is extracted from the Boswellia (“Bos-WELL-ey-ah”) tree. The tree needs to be at least 40 years old before you can extract 1 drop of oil from it. In Biblical times, 40 years was very significant as it symbolized one generation.

Ancient Uses:

  • anointing oil & meditation
  • transitioning to death & embalming
  • perfume
  • anoint newborn sons of kings & priests

Modern Uses:

  • Rub on chest and over lungs for a calming effect
  • Breathe deeply for emotional support
  • Use for healthy looking skin
  • Diffuse for overall grounding and focusing effect

Versus to check out: Matthew 2:11 & Revelations 18:13

Myrrh Essential Oil

Myrrh is actually from the frankincense family and it is steam distilled from a resin.

Ancient Uses:

  • fixative to lengthen the smell of perfumes & ointments
  • used on umbilical cords
  • oral hygiene
  • inhaled during labor

Modern Uses: 

  • antioxidant
  • healthy for the skin
  • aids in meditation

It is the first oil to be mentioned in the Bible in Genesis 37:25 and the story of Joseph. Then again mentioned in
 Esther 2:12, to be prepared as a bride for the King, Esther massaged with the oil of myrrh for six months.

Cedarwood Essential Oil

This oil is steam distilled from the bark of the Cedarwood trees.

Ancient Uses:

  • spiritual cleansing
  • disinfecting temple instruments
  • stimulate the mind and emotional cleansing

Modern Uses:

  • calming and grounding
  • helps support healthy skin
  • stimulates calming and peaceful emotions

Check out these biblical references in Leviticus 14:49 & Psalm 104:16

Cypress Essential Oil

Cypress leaves and branches were a source of medicinal oil from ancient Egypt. You can almost tell by smelling the oil how powerful it can be – cleansing, clearing and supportive.

Ancient uses:

  • the doors of St Peter’s cathedral are 1200 years old and are made out of Cypress
  • the custom of planting Cypress trees in cemeteries symbolized life after death
  • the cross of Jesus was made of cypress wood

Modern Uses:

  • promotes a sense of security and grounding
  • calming angry emotions
  • beneficial for oily or problematic skin
  • use on tired or sluggish legs.

Some biblical references to check out: Genesis 6:14 & Isaiah 14:8.

Sandalwood Essential Oil

It is steam distilled from the bark of the Sandalwood tree.

Ancient Uses:

  • support the lymphatic and cardiovascular system
  • calming the nerves
  • skin revitalization
  • aphrodisiac
  • meditation and prayer

Modern Uses:

  • comforting and relaxing
  • amazing for skin care, aftershave, and perfume
  • calming and emotionally balancing
  • used for stress and unwinding

Mentioned in the Bible several times and it was known as Aloe but the plant is what we now call Sandalwood: Psalm 45:9 & John 19:39.

Cassia Essential Oil

It is steam distilled from the branches, leaves, and petioles of the tree.

Ancient Uses:

  • ingredient in Moses’ holy anointing oil
  • a natural remedy to support healthy immunity

Modern Uses:

  • Supports feelings of well-being
  • High in antioxidants

Cassia is mentioned in the Bible over 50 times, Exodus 30:24 & Psalm 45:8 are just a few.

Spikenard Essential Oil

Spikenard is a very spiritual oil and comes from the same plant family as Valerian.

Ancient Uses:

  • anointing oil
  • to induce mediation
  • as a perfume

Modern Uses:

  • supports relaxation with a calming scent
  • high in antioxidants

Helps with calming and soothing emotions. This amazing oil is mentioned about 17 times in the Bible. Here are a few of them: Song of Songs 1:12, Song of Songs 4:13 and John 12:3.

Hyssop Essential Oil

Hyssop means “holy herb” in Hebrew. It is steam distilled from stems and leaves.

Ancient Uses:

  • spiritual cleansing
  • cleanse, purify and even to “forgive sins”
  • meditation and rituals

Modern Uses:

  • supports a healthy immune system
  • can help for occasional body soreness
  • emotional health.

Hyssop is mentioned a dozen times in the Bible: Psalm 51:9 and Exodus 12:22.

Myrtle Essential Oil

Myrtle is derived from Latin, the word means “chaste beauty.” It is steam distilled from leaves and has a clear, fresh scent, similar to eucalyptus.

Ancient uses:

  • religious ceremonies
  • supports the respiratory system
  • great for skin, hair, and nails
  • researched to help with glandular imbalances
  • used for meditation and lifting the spirit
  • balances of the female and male energies.

This is a must-have for singers love this oil because it helps to clear the voice. Mentioned in the Bible six times, in Esther 2:7, Nehemiah 8:15, and Isaiah 55:13.

Cistus Essential Oil

Cistus also known as the Rose of Sharon, looks like a rose and that is how the name is derived. It has a soft, fruity smell with honey overtones. It is a calming and uplifting oil that stimulates the five senses.

Ancient Uses:

  • heals wounds
  • respiratory support

Modern Uses:

  • used for meditation
  • oxygenates the brain
  • calming and uplifting
  • helpful for finding emotional balance and in counseling

Jesus is referred to as a “Rose of Sharon” in many verses, which refers to Cistus: Song of Song 2:1.

Onycha Essential Oil

Onycha is steam distilled from the resin of the tree.

Ancient Uses:

  • cleanser made sure the area used for sacrifices was free of disease, cleansed and purified
  • respiratory support

Modern Uses:

  • promote feelings of liberation and freedom
  • calming the emotions
  • wound cleansing
  • support healthy looking skin
  • stimulates the five senses: touch, feeling, hearing, sight, and taste
  • helps co-dependents find more balance

Available only in the 10 oils of ancient scripture kit. Do not diffuse, it may plug up the diffuser. This plant only shows up in Exodus 30:34 as an ingredient of the sacred incense.

Galbanum Essential Oil

Ancient Uses:

  • ancient anointing oil and was commonly combined with frankincense as holy incense
  • spiritually it was used to enhance meditation
  • Holy incense which was burned 24 hours a day in the temple

It significantly increases the vibrational frequency of other oils despite the fact that its own frequency is not very high. Combined with other oils like frankincense or sandalwood, the frequency rises dramatically.

Modern Uses:

  • supports the immune, digestive, respiratory, circulatory, and other body systems
  • aid for troubled or mature skin.
  • allows for the shedding of old ideas and attitudes
  • grounding yet it leads us to surrender

This plant only shows up in Exodus 30:34 as an ingredient of the sacred incense. This lowly, earthy oil included in the Holy Anointing Oil, some wonder why? Some believe it represents the sinners who needed redemption, that it balanced the blend of oils.

There you have it!

There you have it. The 12 Oils of Ancient Scripture. These do come in a very special kit from Young Living- grab yours here. It now contains only the 10 most significant oils found in the Bible.

How will you use them: prayer, blessing or to support your body physically and emotionally?

As always be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

Home and Promise

Hope and Promise |The joy of the Lord is almost among us and we wait in hope and promise! In this episode, we celebrate the coming of Jesus in a new way. |#podcast #christianpodcast #christianHope and Promise Episode 72

The joy of the Lord is almost among us and we wait in hope and promise! In this episode, we celebrate the coming of Jesus in a new way.

Thanks to our sponsor Media Angels, Inc. You can find books and products on MediaAngels.com as well as on Amazon. I highly recommend getting a copy of One More Child when the book releases as well as A Few Minutes with God or the Truth Seekers Mystery Series for your children.

The hope and promise that Jesus gives us in the here and now – and it happens each and every day. We could not have hope without a cross and resurrection, something my pastor reminded me of the other night when he came for dinner.

He made an interesting comment. He said, there is talk of joy and thanksgiving but people forget the heavy price that came for that joy and thanksgiving to take place. That price was the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ.

That price is also the fact that our Lord became man.

We pay the price each day. In those little and big dramas in our life. In our frustrations. In our inability to cope or to get along with others. In dealing with members of our family or in suffering the loss of loved ones.

That price comes at a heavy cost in our lives as well. Yet, there is hope.

We miss these little gems if we are not careful to see them. As we seek the coming of the Christ Child at Christmas, the death and Resurrection at Easter and the waiting for the second coming of our Lord we can have joyful anticipation. The promise is real.

We sing, “Oh Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” and I love that name! It means, “God with us.” It makes my heart sing because I know that God is already here. He is with me each and every day.

Zephaniah 3:17 NIV  — “The Lord your God is with you…”

Zephaniah 3:17 New American Bible states, “The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a mighty savior, Who will rejoice over you with gladness, and renew you in his love, Who will sing joyfully because of you.”

The Lord God is in our midst and a might savior – is among you.

Isaiah 12:6 – “Shout with exultation, City of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel!”

The Lord is near Philippians 4:5)

As Baptized Christians we have already received the Holy Spirit – God is already with us, so we should witness to God’s presence and how can we do this?

  1. SMILE – that costs you nothing
  2. Find time to spend with the Lord! If we are filled up with the love of God it will spill out to others.
  3. Treat others with kindness
  4. Treat others fairly
  5. Be content with what we have!

Friends we live in a hurting world and as my pastor says, without the cross we can have no resurrection but I find that so many people are focused on themselves and their situations that it is almost impossible for them to pick up their heads and look at others.

Giving of yourself costs nothing. It costs a smile, a hug, patience at the store or while driving. It is a small cost for what the Lord has done for us.

How can we bring the joy of Christmas to others? By having the Lord in our hearts. That is the absolute best gift you can give anyone, the gift of faith.

Let’s pray.

Dear Lord today we pray for all that you offer in the promise of Christmas – all of the blessings, all of the joy that comes from your love for all of us. I ask that you translate this joy into our hearts, into the hearts of our loved ones and especially for those who struggle at this time of the year. True joy. Everlasting joy. Eternal joy. Only comes from you. As the Lord and Savior, as Emmanuel, God with us you can infuse in our hearts this joy that surpasses all understanding. I ask for an infilling of your most Holy Spirit to overflow in my life. I ask that you hear the prayers and petitions I set before you … I praise you my God and I am humbled and awed that you ask me to be your servant. That you chose me – each one of US that is listening today. You have called us by name and you are here in our midst. Thank you Lord for the greatest gift of all – the gift of faith and salvation. I praise you and ask a blessing on all those listening and all those we pray for … thank-you, my God. I pray this in Jesus, Name. Alleluia, Alleluia.

God’s Draw to Movement – Part 3: Vision and Mission

In this podcast, Lucia explains the importance of creating a personal, family and/or business vision and mission statement, and she encourages you to take time to invest in your future by praying and asking Holy Spirit to make the answers to these questions clear to you.As you listen to Part 3 of the series “God’s Drawn to Movement,” Lucia will have you asking yourself, “What’s my life-purpose? What’s my vision? and, What’s my mission assignment from God?”

Lucia explains the importance of creating a personal, family and/or business vision and mission statement, and she encourages you to take time to invest in your future by praying and asking Holy Spirit to make the answers to these questions clear to you.

She references Habakkuk 2:2-3, “Then the Lord answered me and said, “Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets, that the one who reads it may run. “For the vision is yet for the appointed time; It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; for it will certainly come, it will not delay.”

Lucia explains that you were created with a purpose that only you can fulfill and as you discover your passion and purpose, and define your “why”, it may change as the years go by and the seasons of your life change; however, when you go back and revisit your vision statement and remind yourself of your “why”, you will feel yourself getting re-focused and re-energized so you can regain your momentum.

When you have a clear sense of purpose or vision for yourself, your family or your business, people are more inclined to partner with you to make your dream come to pass. You will be aimed, similar to an arrow, that hits the target every time which enables you can walk in victory and live the victorious life God created you live!

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Christian Preparation

Christian Preparation | Prepare the way of the Lord, that is the cry for Christian preparation. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #podcastChristian Preparation Episode 71

Prepare the way of the Lord, that is the cry for Christian preparation. The early Jews and Gentiles did not understand nor did they have the wonderful ability to read about God in the Bible. We do! In this episode, we will study what it means to prepare and to await the coming of our Lord.

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If you listen to my podcasts in order then you learned in the last one about the beginning of the Christmas season with the start of Advent. Today we talk about waiting in preparation but also understanding that the ministry of God was not an easy one. John the Baptist announced the coming of Jesus after his time in the desert. We are in a time of freedom from sin and a time of forgiveness through repentance. In Isaiah, we read, “A voice of one calling; In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord…” The voice of John the Baptist in the desert asks us to prepare the way for the Lord – we are to make our paths straight in the desert a highway of God.

Friends, what is cluttering your life? What is standing in the way of God? What is the roadblock or the bump in the road that is difficult for you to navigate around? Is there one? Give yourself some time to reflect. If you are keeping a daily journal think about this, and be honest with yourself. Whatever that obstacle, whatever that problem, nothing is too big or our GOD. Our God is there for us and as Christians we must prepare.

You know I love the idea of accepting God as my personal Savior but that is just the beginning. It is not the end. Christian preparation is an everyday thing.

Reflect upon these points:

  1. What are your last thoughts before you go to bed at night?
  2. What do you think about when you wake up in the morning?
  3. Do you think about God during the day?
  4. Do you thank God during the day?
  5. Do you feel joy in your heart when you think about God?

Reflections are not to make us feel bad or inadequate, they are to give us an idea of where we are going or what needs work. As I shared these points with you I know there are two areas where I need major work.

Christian preparation means praying before we go to sleep and trusting in the goodness and providence of God for our needs. Notice I said needs and not necessarily wants, although the Lord hears these as well.

I for one want to answer the calling of John in the desert to prepare the way of the Lord.

I do this by listening to Christian music – I did a podcast and I’ll put the link in the show notes about Christian music I love that is uplifting. At Christmas time I love to listen to Michael W. Smith’s classic albums of Christmas. What better way to prepare than to sing in glory to God.

Praising God in song will bring you joy. Another way to have joy is to forgive. Who is it that you need to forgive. If you say no one that means you have not given yourself time to think! I promise you we all have to forgive someone and often the person you need to forgive the most is yourself!

Dear Jesus … give us a servants heart and allow us to embrace all that you have in store for us this Christmas season. I want to know you – to love you and to serve you all the days of my life. Starting this very moment Lord, I want to be known as a follower of Christ. I will not compromise truth which you have laid out in the Holy Bible, which you have passed on in the word to generations of faithful men and women and which you showed by example when you lived on this earth. Dear Lord let me keep my eyes focused on you — not on the fleeting things of this world that get me off track. I want to praise you Lord in joy and in song. Thank you for coming as a tiny baby to a poor family – thank you for living a life that was an example of kindness, love, and compassion, thank you for dying on the cross and rising – to give us new life. Dear Lord, I bring you my prayers and needs and lay them before your feet… and I pray this in Jesus, Name. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

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God’s Drawn to Movement – Part 2

Join Lucia for Part 2 in her series "God's Drawn to Movement." #Podcast Lucia continues her series, “God’s Drawn to Movement.”

Join her for Part 2 as she explains that it’s your decision to keep moving with God that allows you to receive all of His blessings that He has prepared for you. God is for you; He’s not against you, and He’s always ready to bless you and meet your every need; every want; and every desire — right now, right where you are. However, He’s waiting for you to decide to move! It’s time to rise to the occasion as Isaiah 60 tells us, “Arise, shine; for your light has come, And the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.”

If you’re going to rise up from defeat and walk in victory, you’ll have to exercise your faith with confidence. Unless your confidence is in God and His Word, your faith and faith-confessions are not going to work for you! That means when you humble yourself and say what the Word says, and make our faith confessions, believing God’s Word is backing you up – it will not return void but it will accomplish what you send it out to do!

Lucia explains that Jesus has many titles – Healer, Provider, Deliverer, Restorer – but Chauffer is not one of His titles! The Holy Spirit is waiting for you to take a step of faith so He can help you and direct you to your victory! He is waiting for you to decide to change your point of focus, arise from your current situation, and move toward your dreams and goals!

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Essential Oils of the Scriptures Part 1

Podcast #30

Essential Oils of the Scriptures

Part 1

It All Started at the Beginning of Creation…

It all started in Genesis! From the very beginning of the creation story, plants and herbs are mentioned. Plants are not only fundamental for our planet, but they are also intimately tied to the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of people. This has been noted since the beginning of time.

These passages support that notion.

  • Ezekiel 47:12
  • Revelation 22:2

Herbs, Oils and Essential Oils Used for Incense and Prayer

Oils were essential to daily living back in Biblical times. In fact, the word “oil” appears in the Bible 190 times which is more than the words believe, grace and joy!

There are mixed opinions on whether fragranced oils (early versions of essential oils) were truly essential oils or if they were just olive oil that was heavily infused with different herbs and plants. As early as 3500 B.C. distillation pots have been found.

Biblical References to Incense

In Exodus 30:34-35, the Lord actually gives Moses a Holy Incense recipe. They then use that recipe later when a plague came through in the book of Numbers 17: 11-13.

Anointing & Oils in Ancient Times

Oils were used for both anointing and healing in the Bible. God also gives Moses a Holy Anointing Oil Recipe in Exodus. How cool is it that God is giving out recipes 🙂

Fun facts

500 Shekels is about 12.5 lbs, and a hin is 1 gallon. So this recipe made up about 24 quarts of oil! You can imagine the value of this oil blend! This blend was also put on wafers and unleavened bread and eaten, which shows that essential oils were used topically and internally.

The Importance of Anointing

Now, let’s back up for a minute and talk about the practice of anointing which was big in Biblical times and unfortunately has become lost over the years. The origin of anointing was from the shepherds of the day. Lice and other insects would often get into the wool of sheep. From this, anointing became symbolic of blessing, protection, and empowerment.

The New Testament Greek words for “anoint” are:

  • chrio which means “to smear or rub with oil” and, by implication, “to consecrate for office or religious service”
  • aleipho which means “to anoint

During Biblical times, people were anointed with oil to signify God’s blessing. They were also used to call that person to role or position in their life.

We see this in the following passages:

  • The Anointing of Aaron: Leviticus 8:10-12
  • The Anointing of Saul: 1 Samuel 10:1
  • The Anointing of David: 1 Samuel 16:12-13
  • The Anointing of Jesus: John 12:3
  • Jesus and the Disciples Anointed People: Mark 6:12-13
  • God the Father anoints Jesus: Hebrews 1:8-9

This is just the beginning of Essential Oils and the Bible.

Learn more next week about:

  • 12 of the Essential oils of the Bible
  • ancient uses for them
  • how we can use them today

You want to grab your oils now, you can find them here.

As always, be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

Advent

Advent | When we celebrate Advent, we are waiting for the coming of the Lord. Advent means coming in Latin. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #homeschoolAdvent Episode 70

Do you realize we are always waiting? When we celebrate Advent, we are waiting for the coming of the Lord. Advent means coming in Latin. In this episode, we will explore the hope we find at Christmas time and how this hope can translate our lives for the better.

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We are always waiting for something! If things are difficult in your life you wait for them to get better. We wait for a new opportunity, a new job, a new house or car. We wait and wait and often we find that our happiness hinges on this waiting and what the waiting will bring. The things of this world are fleeting. And while we realize that with head knowledge our hearts beg to differ.

During the time before Christmas we have many distractions but essentially they can be distilled down to two points.

  1. We get caught up in the materialist theme of Christmas… decorations, presents, and food
  2. Or we can focus on the true meaning of Christmas — That Almighty God, the Creator of the Universe gave us His only begotten son, allowed His Son to live among a humble man and woman, Joseph and Mary… living the life of a poor carpenter, so that we could have Salvation.

In the weeks before Christmas, we can be in hopeful waiting and anticipation for the coming of Jesus into the world. The four Sundays and weeks of Advent allow us to prepare and remember that Jesus is the reason for the season.

My family celebrates with prayer every evening. We light the four candles of the Advent wreath, one each week to symbolize the days of anticipation. The wreath has three purple candles and one pink, for the third week. The wreath is a circle of evergreen branches laid flat to symbolize eternal life. On Christmas day a fifth white candle is lit, representing Christ.

Each evening we pray, by reading different Scriptures and lifting up people in prayer and petition to the Lord. At the end, we celebrate the day by thanking God for one or more things that happened.

Advent is a time of expectant waiting and preparation. But we don’t have to throw out all of the traditional celebrations. I know of people who are good and committed Christians who decided that Christmas is essentially a pagan holiday and refuse to put up a tree or exchange gifts. I respect each person and how they wish to celebrate, however, for us it is the melding of two worlds without compromising our faith in God.

God comes first – Christmas is the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus but it also reminds us of the second coming. When we celebrate the past, the birth of Jesus we look forward to the future, the coming of Christ to judge the living and the dead. We must be vigilant and not allow the anxieties of daily life to distract us.

In Luke 21:34 we read:

“Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap.

This also relates to Christmas time – we can celebrate the season without becoming all consumed in the celebration and preparation that we forget all about God.

This also reminds us to keep anxiety at a minimum, remember the podcast a few episodes ago where I relayed the important information about where to find God. We find Him today – we focus on today. We don’t worry about the past and allow it to cause us anxiety or grief and we don’t worry about the future where things may or may not turn out the way we fear! Fear and anxiety are not what the Lord wants for our life!

1 Thessalonians 3:7-13  – In verse 12 it says, “May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.”

If the Lord increases our love for others as we prepare for the coming of the Lord, we cannot help but rejoice. This love of God will flow out to others and they will say, “What is different about you.”

This waiting and expecting can be a time of great joy no matter what is happening in your life. By taking out eyes off of ourselves and placing them on the joy of the Lord, we can only grow in strength and wisdom to fight the good fight.

I pray as we begin our prayers for this Advent season that it becomes the best one ever!

Dear Lord Jesus, I love you very much and I thank you for coming into this world to save us! I thank you for giving us these days of preparation to place you deeper and deeper into our hearts so that we can reflect the love you have for us and bring others joy as a result. Lord help us to overcome our anxieties and worry and I place all my needs, especially this specific need for which I pray into your most capable hands ……. Thank-you Lord for hearing my prayers and petitions and for granting me the desires of my heart. Thank you, Lord, thank you for all you do in my life and for all the graces you give me each day to combat the evil one! I pray for the joy that surpasses all understanding today and always, Amen!

God’s Drawn to Movement – Part 1

Join Lucia as she gives you permission to get out of your box of limitations!  She begins a new series entitled, “God’s Drawn to Movement.” Join Lucia as she gives you permission to get out of your box of limitations!  She begins a new series entitled, “God’s Drawn to Movement.”  She will encourage you live out Philippians 3:13-14, “This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus! It doesn’t matter in life how good or bad your past has been, today is the day to forget your past and press on toward your future and your upward call in Jesus.

Third John 2 in the New Heart English Bible says, “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in good health, even as your soul prospers.”  Lucia will explain that your soul is your mind, will and emotions, and if you want to live a prosperous life, you will need to make an effort to prosper your soul by meditating on the Word of God and speaking it out of your mouth to change your situation.

Lucia explains that Jesus has done all He’s going to do to help you change your situation because when He sat down at the right hand of Father God, he said it is finished and He made His enemies his footstool.  God has given us His Word, His authority and Holy Spirit to change our lives for the better.  It’s our move to set things into action and Lucia will tell you how to work the Word to get results in your life so you can live the victorious life God created you to live!

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Podcast #29 Frequency

Podcast #29

Frequency

 

Research has shown that essential oils vibrate on the highest frequency levels known and can result in environments where disease, bacteria, and viruses cannot survive.

What is frequency?

Frequency is a measurable rate of electrical energy that passes a fixed place in a set amount of time. It is constant between any two points.

Frequency is measured in hertz (Hz) and megahertz (MHz).  The hertz measurement is the number of waves that pass by per second. If the time it takes for an energy wave to pass is 1/2 second, the frequency is 2 per second. If it takes 1/100 of an hour, the frequency is 100 per hour.

Every living thing has a natural resonant electrical frequency—your dog, the sunflowers in your garden, the bugs outside your window, your food—you get it.

So are there crazy radio waves in my body?

Not the same thing exactly. You have something called somatides in your body. A somid is a sub-microscopic electrically charged particle found in every matter–plants, people, rocks, fruits. They cannot be destroyed. Researchers have tried to torch and cut them with diamond blades but could not. Somatides transmit frequencies from the cells in your body to the outside of the body. This is how what you feel inside goes out to the universe and interacts with others.

If everything has an energy frequency and essential oils come from plants–they have a frequency too!

Essential oils contain frequencies that are seven times or more, greater than the frequencies of food and herbs. This means that essential oils have more life-giving energy than any other substance. They are the lifeblood of the plant, so of course, they would have more energy!

Frequencies of common things in our lives:

*Disease begins at 58 MHz
*Colds invade at 58 MHz
*Flu symptoms at 57 MHz
*Cancer at 42 MHz

The frequency range of Young Living Essential Oils start at 42 MHz and go as high as 580 MHz.

*Canned/Processed Foods-zero MHz
*Fresh Foods-20 to 27 MHz
*Dry Herbs-15 to 22 MHz
*Fresh Herbs-20 to 27 MHz

*Coffee– holding a cup of coffee can lower your body frequency by 8
MHz. Drinking coffee lowers it by 14 MHz.
*Holding a cigarette can decrease our frequency by 14 MHz. Smoking a cigarette
can decrease your frequency by 24 MHz.
*Negative thoughts decrease our frequency by up to 12 MHz
*A positive thought can increase our frequency by 10 MHz
*Prayer increases our frequency by 15 MHz

When essential oils are inhaled following exposure to coffee, the bodily frequencies restore themselves in less than a minute. If no oils are used, it can take up to 3 days for the body to recover from even one drink of coffee.

Using oils of a high-frequency can:

* lower stress

*calm the nervous system

*restore damaged cells

*raise our wellness levels

Check out the chart to learn the frequencies of oils!

The level of frequency inside of you is measured by how quickly your building block cells are moving and repairing themselves in your body. The more movement, the more available your body is to repair and heal damage and stop free radicals. The lower the frequency the more prone you are to disease, blockages in your system and poor mental health.

How do I know this is real?

You can’t see frequencies but they are there. You believe in God but you haven’t seen him. When you listen to the radio but cannot see the emissions but you still hear a sound. If I told you about my soul and my feelings, you wouldn’t say they were made up, would you?

They aren’t. Neither are frequencies. They can be measured with science and that is the best part!

Now that you understand frequency more, what are you going to do differently?

Start your day right:

  • Get up and start your day with prayer
  • Open up your essential oil and smell it, diffuse it, or apply it (grab yours here)
  • Create a new scent memory
  • Be aware of your negative thoughts and change them
  • What are you feeding your body?

“Everything is energy.”
-Albert Einstein

As always, be grateful and have faith!

God Bless!

 

Fishers of Men

Fishers of Men | What does it mean to be fishers of men? It means first hearing the Word of the Lord and placing it in our hearts. Only in that way can we follow.| #podcast #christianpodcast #fishersofmenFishers of Men

We want to be fishers of men because, for me, the ideal is to be used for the Lord’s work. In this episode, we will discuss how we can hear the Lord’s calling in the words of the Scriptures and how He can lead us to share the good news!

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What does it mean to be fishers of men? It means first hearing the Word of the Lord and placing it in our hearts. Only in that way can we follow.

In the Book of Romans, we read that while we can confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord — we must also believe in our hearts. Let’s read Romans 10: 9-18 together.

This is such great news because we hear many things:

  1. We must believe.
  2. No one who believes will be put to shame
  3. The Lord is Lord of all
  4. For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved

But, just as important for all of us is what we have been learning and practicing in this series of podcasts and that is listening. The Scripture further goes on to say, “…And how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard?” Without spending time with the Lord we can’t come to know him. “…But not everyone has heeded the good news; for Isaiah says, Lord, who has believed what was heard from us.”

How can we share the good news without instilling it in our hearts and living our lives as if we believe? This is totally by the grace of God but a grace He can most definitely give to us. If we have heard the good news and the love the Lord has placed in our hearts for Him, we will not be able to contain the joy.

As I record this podcast we are approaching the Christmas season and it is definitely a time of great joy and great sorrow. Sorrow for those we have lost, for those we are estranged from and for all the regrets that seem to plague us. It is also a time of great joy not for what we will find under the tree on Christmas day but we are a joyful people because of the good news… we have heard the Lord and we are following Him. God’s words give us life. god’s words are true, enduring they last forever. God’s words are more precious than gold.

In Matthew 4:18-22 we read about Jesus as he meets his disciples.

In this Gospel we are delighted as we learn that the men, simple by the world’s standards are drawn to Jesus and leave all that they know, their livelihood, their family to follow him. How likely are we to drop everything and follow Jesus as these men did.

Sometimes I think that the simple in worldly ways are truthfully the people of God. They do not need to think, they act. And, I’m sure that the Lord provided His grace but they out of a simple act of obedience said yes. It was not the most traveled road. Conversely, it was a hard road to travel because we know the ending. One died at his own hands (Judas), one lived to an old age in exile, (John) and the remainder were martyred for their faith.

While our lives may not be easy we can learn so much from these men. Friends, as we approach each day, let’s pray that the Lord chooses us to be fishers of men.

Dear Lord, I praise you that your Word is true, blessed and refreshing to our souls. I thank you for allowing us to join you, to come alongside you to share Your good news with others. I want to be a fisher of men, I want to proclaim the good news to all who will listen, to the ends of the earth, but you Lord have the perfect plan for my life. As I sit here and pray along with those listening, I ask that you hear our petitions for all of those that we pray for… Dear Lord hear our prayers and grant us the grace we need to go on each day. I thank-you today Lord for all the blessings you have provided for my life and those I love. And, I pray this in Jesus Name, Amen.

Benefits of a Thankful Heart – Pt 5

  Lucia shares how to pray, be thankful and praise God beforehand so you can have a manifestation of your heart’s desire.Join Lucia as she concludes her series on the “Benefits of a Thankful Heart.”  She will encourage you to not give up on your dreams, and to trust God to bring them to pass for you.  He is so faithful and He’s no respecter of persons. If He did it for us, He will do it for you!  She will brag on Daddy God and thank him for His goodness. She will explain that God is no respecter of persons, and since He has blessed Lucia and her family, He will do the same for you!!

So where is your hope? Where is your expectation?  Lucia shares how to pray, be thankful and praise God beforehand so you can have a manifestation of your heart’s desire. She gives examples from Jehoshaphat’s and Paul’s lives as to how they relied on God and not themselves to win the battle.  She explains how their expectation, hope and trust in God brought victory to their lives.

Having an expectation and a heart full of hope puts joy and peace in your life. As you build your faith by reading and speaking the Word of God, you will realize that if God turned just one person’s situation around for them, He will do the same for you. God’s eyes move to and fro across the earth looking for someone to show Himself strong to on their behalf, and He finds us by our faith-filled words. 


There is power in having a thankful heart! This is a key to living the victorious life! 

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Something Out of Nothing

Something Out of Nothing | Only God can create something out of nothing – He did this in the Creation of the World and he does this all the time when He blesses. | #podcast #christian podcast #miraclesSomething out of Nothing — AFMWG – 67

Only God can create something out of nothing – He did this in the Creation of the World and he does this all the time when He blesses. In this episode, we will discuss how God rightly deserves our Thanksgiving!

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How many times do you give thanks each day? Blessings are something out of nothing. We can see the blessings in our lives but where do they come from? How do they come to be? It is from the Lord – but we don’t visibly see him.

I describe the effects of the Lord in our lives to the wind – and I’m sure I’ve used this analogy before. We feel the effects of the wind but we don’t see it. In the following examples, we will see how the Lord blesses His people and how those who are the ones he is blessing realize this and give him all the glory! This is a wonderful example for us.

King Solomon dedicates the Lord’s temple which was one of his greatest accomplishments. This temple was vast and greater than anything the people at the time have ever seen. But, Solomon’s dedication was thanksgiving to the Lord with prayers to God to bless the people. He thanked God for keeping all the promises God had made to the chosen people through Moses.

I Kings 8:22-23

Saint Paul also thanks God for the grace upon the people of Corinth. 1 Corinthians 1:3-6 — Thanksgiving for the Corinthians.

Paul realizes that in Christ the Corinthians are “enriched in every way.” And one of the most beautiful praises to God is from Mary – in Luke 1:46-50 It is called the Magnificat.

How wonderful that even the Mother of our Lord realized when she said, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord. — Praise be the Lord!

Dear Lord Jesus – thank you for reminding us that truly something does come from nothing if you are the one behind all of the goodness in our lives. In the midst of wonderful things Lord let us remember that you are the one who is the ultimate source of all that is good, that is wonderful that is deserving of our thanksgiving. Lord help us to be thankful not only during seasons such as Thanksgiving or Christmas but also all the times in between. We praise you Lord and ask you to grant us the following: ——————- Thanks so much Lord for every good thing and I ask you to bless my family, to keep us in your loving care and for answering our prayers. In Jesus Name. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Benefits of a Thankful Heart – Part 3

As you celebrate Thanksgiving this week, join Lucia as she continues her series on the “Benefits of a Thankful Heart.”  She shares who and what she is thankful for in her life, and reminds us the Bible says Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.As you celebrate Thanksgiving this week, join Lucia as she continues her series on the “Benefits of a Thankful Heart.”  She shares who and what she is thankful for in her life, and reminds us the Bible says Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.  She connects our listeners to the fact that Jesus took our infirmities, carried our sorrows, was pierced for our transgressions and crushed for our iniquities during the crucifixion, so we can live free from everything the devil tries to put on us.

Jesus is the bridge for us to have a personal relationship with God. He paid a very high price in his body so we can walk free from condemnation; free from sickness in our mind, emotions, and our bodies. He paid the ultimate pricee paid the ultimate price  so we can live a life free from fear, anxiety, stress and worry.  Jesus exchanged our sins for his righteousness when He went to the cross. He paid the price so we can choose to walk in victory every day of our life!

Lucia will give you an opportunity to share communion and be reminded of what Jesus did for us as she reads 1 Corinthians 11:23-25 which tells us what the bread and juice represent.

There is power in The Blood of Jesus! As we recognize and honor the shed blood of Jesus, we empower everything in our life that Jesus paid the price for us to own! This is a key to living the victorious life!

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Podcast #28 7 Tips for Digestive Health through the Holidays

Podcast #28

7 Tip for Digestive Health through the Holidays

 

The holidays are busy and usually have us running from function to function eating things that we typically don’t eat and in turn not always feeling the best. Supporting and maintaining our digestive health is crucial in keeping our immune systems in check and up to par.

 

Tip #1 Start Your Day Right

 

This can look different from each person but when we give ourselves 5 minutes to pray, meditate, dive into scripture, dedicate our day to God, or just 5 minutes to breathe in the morning it can start off in the right direction. One devotion that is amazing for the Advent season is Rooted in Hope, check it out!

 

Tip #2 Health Snacks & Food

 

As we are running from a family gathering to holiday events and meeting up with old friends, a lot of our food options are not as healthy as we may typically eat. Having a back-up for a healthy snack or bringing a healthy dish to pass is another great option. Knowing that you have a healthy snack can help you to not overindulge on foods that you know will make you feel not so great later on.

 

Tip #3 Stay Hydrated

 

Drinking water is always important especially when it comes to our digestive health. Water can help us to not feel as hungry, when we add some lemon essential oil(grab yours here) it can help flush toxins and balance our bodies PH level, and it helps to properly hydrate our entire body so that everything moves smoothly- including our digestive tract.

Tip #4 Prebiotics & Probiotics

 

Both prebiotics and probiotics are key to not only our digestive function but also our immune system. Finding a quality pre and probiotic can be tricky. Two that we have found to be hugely beneficial and meet up to our standards are:

  • Life 9 is an amazing probiotic that has over 17 million live cultures (grab them here)
  • MightyPro is a prebiotic/probiotic supplement that literally tastes like a pixie stick and contains over 8 million live cultures. Either can be taken by kids or adults (grab yours here)

 

Another amazing and quick option to get some of those crucial prebiotic and probiotics into your life through the holidays is by drinking Kefir water or Kombucha. They taste amazing, you can buy them or make your own. Learn more here about each.

 

#5  Enzymes

Enzymes are key to life itself and therefore are a huge key to digestive function. They help us to break down food that is hard to digest and keep our intestinal tract moving along. Even though enzymes are found in the foods that we eat, due to the way we cook and process them very few are left to help us digest them. Essentialzymes-4 and Detoxzyme are amazing enzymes that can help you through the holiday season (grab yours here).

 

#6 Slow Down

 

The holidays can be rushed but take a moment and slow down. Enjoy the moments with your family and friends. Take the time and enjoy all of the little things- the laughter, the games, and the taste of your food. Don’t over-do things but instead slow down and enjoy them!

 

#7 Get Good Sleep

 

We all know that sleep is a necessary daily activity but making sure to get enough sleep can make or break your holiday season. Turn off the phone a little sooner, give yourself 10 minutes to finish that project, and make sure to schedule those 7-8 hours of sleep that our body needs to function and be the best version of ourselves that we can be.

 

What tips are you going to add to your life this holiday season?

Start by adding one and gradually add all of them so that you can be the best YOU this holiday season.

 

Here is to you and your digestive healthy this holiday season!

As always,
Be Grateful & Have Faith!
God Bless!

Faith & Generosity

Faith and Generosity | Can you give as the widow gave her last mite? | #podcast #christianpodcast #christian teaching

Faith and Generosity Episode 67

In our world, we have an abundance and sometimes we become complacent, in today’s episode we will discuss our attitude toward all things including the meaning of true generosity that comes from the heart.

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In our world of overflow, there are times when an abundance makes us complacent. Many of us know where our next meal will come from. We don’t have to worry that there will not be enough food, praise God. Some years back there was an economic setback that made us evaluate our purchasing and I had to eliminate all the extras like bottled water, paper plates, and we used paper towels very sparingly. The clothes went out on a line and we only used the dryer in emergencies or rainy days. These hard times caused us to think and be frugal and 4 out of my 5 children are very frugal because of it.

In Scripture, we read about the widow and her son who had no money. 1 Kings 17:12

Can you imagine? Someone asks you to share your food and you have to say “When we have eaten it, we shall die” – yet she shares the last of her food with the prophet and God blesses her generosity. Can you imagine being in her situation? What would you do?

There are many who need our help and I am blessed to be in a church that does a good job of collecting money for what they call the St. Vincent DePaul society that gives to the poor. One Sunday at Mass the VP came and asked not for money but for volunteers! I am praying to join them at some point to help.

Sometimes you can’t give money but you can give your time.

We read of a similar situation but this time in the Widow’s mite – in Mark 12:44 we read — They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”  The widow gives her whole livelihood at the temple of the Lord. She gives not just the extra that she had, but everything she had. In this way, it is an example to us to give our first fruits or our best to the Lord. Again, if not in money then in time.

The ultimate of giving and generosity is Jesus. He is faithful to the Father – on the cross He says, Father, Your will not mine.  He gives his life to save humankind – but just not everyone else – US – he died to save us. You and me. In Hebrews 9:26 we read, “therwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself.

— “Once for all he has taken away sin by His sacrifice.

We must be a beacon a light for others we must show our faith and generosity not because we believe or are kind but because we allow the light of the Lord to shine through us and how can he? If we are not spending time with him we will have a harder time.

Remember – to spend time with God daily – every day. Spend time talking to Him, writing in your journal make it the first thing you do not the last when you are exhausted and can’t give him your best.

Dear Lord Jesus, I praise you and I thank you – I appreciate all you have done for me, all the ways you have shown me that you care all the ways you have provided for me and my family. Dear Lord, I ask you to help us to give out of our abundance whether it is our gifts or talents. I love you Lord and I ask that you bless each one of us – and that you hear the prayers that are the most pressing on our hearts …………………………….. Lord, I know that you hear our prayers and I ask that you answer them, and I pray this in Jesus Name. Amen.

 

 

Benefits of a Thankful Heart Part 2

Lucia will give examples of the results of grateful hearts as she shares Corrie and Betsie ten Boom’s story about fleeing the concentration camps.Today’s a great day to have a great day!  It all comes down to our attitude!  Join Lucia for Part 2 of the Benefits of a Thankful Heart. The Word tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 

God is still on the throne, and He is still in control of the circumstances that surround our lives. Lucia will give examples of the results of grateful hearts as she shares Corrie and Betsie ten Boom’s story about flees in the concentration camp barracks where they were staying; as well as, the power that was made available for miracles as Jesus thanked God before he asked Him for the miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead, and the multiplying of two loaves and five fish to feed the multitudes resulting in 12 baskets of food collected once everyone had eaten.

You can make a lasting difference in your life by choosing every day, to give God  thanks. When we have a heart of thanksgiving, we realize that no matter what we face, God doesn’t just work to change our situations and help us through our problems, but He changes our hearts in the process. His power, through our heart of gratitude and a mind focused on Him, releases the grip struggles have over us. We’re strengthened by His peace, and we’re refueled by His joy.

Lucia will share faith-filled confessions to help you enforce Satan’s defeat in your life, so you can live the victorious life you were created to live.

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Thanking God

Thanking God When Things Happen Not Matter What Happens- Episode 66

Thanking God is difficult when things don’t work out the way we want. And this goes against everything in our human nature. I believe in God, but even science shows us that we are built for self-protection. It is what psychologists call the fight or flight mechanism. When we feel something hot we immediately pull our hand away, when we feel threatened we instinctively back up—so in this podcast we are going to discuss Thanking God in all things – which even means when things go wrong, when bad things happen and when we can’t do one more thing because there is a crushing weight upon us!

I recently heard an amazing speaker and she was full of energy, God’s love flowed out of her and she was truly anointed as she spoke – and she gave us that exact challenge. This lady is no stranger to adversity. Her son who recently came home from the service after many tours of duty in dangerous countries died in a one-car auto accident close to their home. He was her only son. Then not too long afterward her husband died after being diagnosed with an incurable illness and then he was gone. She speaks internationally, has her own television show, radio show, and many, many books and Bible studies. She travels the world proclaiming God’s love and joy. And yet she is no stranger to tragedy, not once but twice in her immediate family.

This lady told us that we had to thank God for everything. Thank God for cancer. Thank God for illness. Thank God for whatever it is that you don’t want to be thankful about!

Think about this. How can we be thankful when we do not feel thankful?

Similar to the podcast I did some time back on Forgiveness (link here) when we do thank God for everything – even the bad things what we ARE doing is an act of obedience.

But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15

Will you serve the Lord? If so at what cost? To some, the cost is to high.

Here is how I look at it – You can NOT outgive the Lord. In otherwords, if you help a stranger or if you do something nice for someone else, whatever that is… as little as letting someone in ahead of you in traffic or allowing the person with one item to go ahead in the grocery store, holding the door for someone else, all these are acts of kindness – then watch what happens in your life – the unexpected…(say something about motivation)

Maybe you are thinking – but I don’t do anything for anyone else, I don’t go out much I don’t see others – how can I give?

God does not look at what you do – he looks at your heart, and your motivation. IF you are only doing acts of kindness for something back, it is for yourself that you do these things. If you give freely without restraint or strings you are giving to the Lord.

Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess. Deuteronomy 5:33

Thanking God even in the midst of hardship and adversity FOR THAT PROBLEM is an act of obedience.

So David went up in obedience to the word that Gad had spoken in the name of the Lord. 1 Chronicles 21:19

Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him. Psalm 128:1

How can we outgive the Lord – you can’t … I remember one time thinking that I wished the Lord would use me for evangelization. But I was a stay at home, homeschool mom. How was I going to do this? I couldn’t!

So, you know what happened? God sent people to me. Literally. The guy who sprayed for bugs. The plumber. The door-to-door salesperson. The lady at the grocery store.

We listen to people, ask how they are doing – how did you get into this job? How long have you lived here (I live in Florida so people here typically moved from somewhere else.) and it was amazing, I’d get their life stories. Some even said no one even asked how they were doing and treated them as if they were invisible!

Let’s pray.

Dear Lord, we thank you for everything that is happening in our lives. We thank you for ____________ each of us has a special need Lord and you know our hearts. But you also know everything that happens in our lives – you are aware of it Lord and in your permissive will it is allowed to happen. Lord, I ask you for the spirit of obedience that you take away any obstacles in our lives that are holding us back. That you increase our love for you, that you fill us with every good thing so that we can be used by You to minister to others. By our obedience in the good and the bad make us an example of your love. We praise you and we give you all the glory, all the honor and all that is worthy of your praise. And, I thank you Lord! In Jesus Name, Amen.

 

 

Podcast #27 Supplements- Do we really need them?

Podcast #27

Supplements-

Do we really need them?

With thousands of supplements lining store shelves, it’s no wonder people are confused. Where do you start? Should you start? Do we even need supplements? Which of these pills and potions are legit, if any? Are the people that buy them just investing in really expensive pee? How does one know what to take??

The short answer is that yes, we do need supplements for a variety for many reasons:

  • soil and water has been depleted of nutrients
  • non-organic food contains fewer nutrients
  • your body needs nutrients to deal with the toxins that are present in our environment
  • nutrient absorption declines with age
  • exercise increases our need for certain nutrients

So why Young Living supplements?

Research has shown that before putting essential oils in MultiGreens, there was 42 percent blood absorption in 24 hours. After adding essential oils to MultiGreens, blood absorption increased to 64 percent in 30 minutes, and 86 percent in an hour. The conclusion was that the cells were now receiving nutrients that they had previously not been able to assimilate. So many of these supplements that we love are infused with essential oils, which help so much with absorption, plus we also get all the added benefits from the oils themselves! It’s truly amazing that we have such awesome supplements that we can use to support our bodies!

Where do we start?

There are so many supplements out there how do we even know where to start? Do you take them all? Or which one do you start with?

Pick a system! Where do you feel your weaknesses are? Where does your body need support? Digestive system? Circulatory system? Brain health? Bones and muscles? You know your body better than anyone else, so pick a system that needs support and start there.

Some people will notice a change right away and others may not. Supplements work in our bodies in subtle ways over time. Sometimes our bodies need to build up whatever we are lacking so consistency is key.

Not only is consistency a key but also having the right base as a start. There are a few supplements that can help the whole body function optimally and these are like the legs of your table- crucial to have a balanced life.

Oh, our Omega’s and all the healthy fats that we need for our brain!

Omegagize is a source of healthy fats, vitamin D, and CoQ10. It targets the heart, brain, eye, and joint health. This is a supplement rich in the nutrients needed to feed a healthy heart and brain. A starving brain and heart malfunction while proper nourishment can promote wellness at all stages of life. This is something that we all need. The biggest thing that to remember is the quality of this amazing fatty oil is also of the utmost importance.

Hair, skin, and nails!

Sulphurzyme is the ultimate hair, skin, and nails superpower! It is a unique combination of MSM, which is the protein-building compound found in breast milk, fresh fruits and vegetables, and Ningxia wolfberries. Together, they create a new concept balancing the immune system and supports every major function of the body. MSM has the ability to equalize water inside the cells, which is amazing for those who are in need of joint support.

If you have hair, skin or nails, this is a supplement that you should be taking because you are likely not getting enough of this compound. Weak and brittle nails, hair loss or hair that doesn’t grow or that isn’t healthy, joint that are painful and skin issues that really are a walking billboard telling us that we need more nutrition in this area. When you have skin that is super sensitive with the topical application of essential oil, this is another tall tell sign that your body is in need of this supplement. The main thing that sets this supplement apart from other MSM out there is not only that fact that it is combined with the Ningxia wolfberries but the quality and exceptional purity of the MSM. It is a pharmaceutical grade MSM that is light years ahead of the materials imported from Asia that you find on most store shelves. This is a supplement that is suitable for not only us but also our kids and pets.

All the good bacteria!

Fun fact- 80% of our immune system is in our gut. This is why supporting our body with a probiotic such as Life 9 or MightyPro is so important to our good bacteria and gut flora. It targets guts, our digestion, skin, brain and immune system. Life 9 is a high-potency probiotic that combines 17 billion live cultures from 9 beneficial bacteria strains that promotes healthy digestion, supports gut health, and helps maintain normal intestinal function for overall support of a healthy immune system. MightyPro is slightly different because it is a not only a probiotic but it is also prebiotic, meaning it feeds the bacteria that are being delivered to the digestive track- amazing! Remember that a healthy gut is a key to a healthy brain, immune, and skin health.

All the Antioxidants!

Who love’s their Ningxia?!?!? This is an amazing source of vitamins, antioxidants, nutrients and it targets our overall health, immune system, healthy blood sugar levels, energy, and so much more! Why is Ningxia Red so huge? We get worn out, our digestive systems get tired, our cells get dirty, and we need something we can assimilate quickly and easily to go to work. Thank you Ningxia Red! This is a powerful antioxidant supplement drink made from wolfberry puree, blueberry, plum, cherry, aronia, and pomegranate juices, grape seed extract and it contains Yuzu, Tangerine, Lemon, and Orange essential oils, stevia and vanilla extract. It supports immune function, liver function, and eye health and is reported to increase energy without harmful stimulants. Plus it has the highest antioxidant level on the S-ORAC scale, meaning that it protects our body from the dangers of free radicals and is a whole-food source of nutrients- filling in all of those little gaps and helping us to feel amazing! Want to grab the complete Ningxia kit & save money? Grab it here!

 

Four legs to our tables

Omegagize, Sulphurzyme, Life 9 and Ningxia. Which one will you start with? Maybe all 4? What system of your body needs the most love? Start there and grab them here!

 

As always,

Be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!