The Meaning of Life

Meaning Of Life | What is it all about? What is the meaning of life? What is our purpose here? This is an age-old question, and in fact, you probably have joked about it at some point, right? | #podcast #christianpodcast #meaningoflife #life #ChristianFaithThe Meaning of Life Episode 144

What is it all about? What is the meaning of life? What is our purpose here? This is an age-old question, and in fact, you probably have joked about it at some point, right? The meaning of life is clearly unfolded in the books of Sacred Scripture but can we read between the lines? In this episode, we will delve into the way the Lord reveals Himself to us in His Word.

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Listening to various sermons online from some of the best preachers has been so eye-opening for me. I learn something new every day or perhaps glean a new insight that has escaped me in the past. In the last episode, we spoke about Pentecost – the infilling of the Holy Spirit after Jesus left this world and went up to heaven. He promised he would not leave us or abandon us and sending His Spirit gives us comfort.

As a Christian, I know that Jesus is the way the truth and the Life and that whoever believes in Him has salvation. The Resurrected Lord appeared to the disciples after His death and there were many eyewitnesses which is why even with the threat of death, the apostles would not deny Him. He appeared to them and selected another apostle to take the place of Judas who betrayed Him and He selected Mathias. We learn from the Scriptures that Mathias had been traveling with them all along and had been learning from the Lord just as the others had. But, something called to the Lord to select Him as a replacement. Have you ever wondered why? Remember we’ve discussed how the New Testament is a fulfillment of the Old Testament of the Bible. And the number twelve was significant so it makes sense that the twelve apostles would symbolize the power of God through the new Evangelism – the new testimony of His witnesses. Because they were filled with the Holy Spirit the power of God was working within them. They would be able to share the good news that all was not lost and that the salvation of many would take place.

God works through us in the same way as He worked through His apostles and we see this through salvation History. In the Old Testament God began His revelation in the beginning – when He created the heavens and the earth. And even after the fall of man in Genesis 3:15

We know that “your offspring and hers” – hers signifying Mary and He signifying Christ. Christ crushed the head of the beast, while the beast only wounded his heel – in the Crucifixion, the heels of Christ were pierced. The verses of Scripture are so rich and continue to reveal more and more each time we read them. From the beginning, we were promised salvation from evil – and the Word was made flesh and lived among us. Let’s look at Hebrews 1:1-14

In God’s own words the mystery of life is revealed. God reveals himself constantly through the years as they unfold in the Scriptures. He shows himself in the created order, in the world he gave us, in the natural beauty, and even in us – in the humans, he created in His image… He shows himself through the revelation and the witness of the prophets in Hebrews we read that – He revealed Himself in his covenants – with Abraham and the 12 tribes of Israel – one of the descendants from this tribe was David where Mary and Joseph’s lineage can be traced. From this covenant, he laid down the laws as they were revealed and he made his promises to the people.

But, in no way even with the greatness of all the words and the deeds and the miracles of the Old Testament is it surpassed by the glory that God gave us in His Son. He fully revealed Himself to us and this is the New Covenant – it is the meaning of life – it is the Word of God made flesh. If the creator of the universe could send His Son to die for us – what else is there? There is nothing else to be said – it is time to drop the proverbial microphone! It is done. It is finished. There is no other revelation that we need to know about or want, for our salvation.

As we study our faith, as we ask for a deeper understanding of the Holy Spirit as we grow in our love for what the Almighty has done for us we realize that His love for us surpasses all understanding and the meaning of our life is only in the understanding of what it means to be in Christ and to have him in us.

Yet people always ask that age-old question – “if God is so good and all-knowing how can he allow suffering…” First, even the Son of God the second person in the Trinity did not save Himself from pain and suffering. We can read all the times in the New Testament where He suffered, where he even shed blood in the Garden of Gethsemane before they came to arrest Him because He knew what was coming. Do you think he does not understand what we are going through? Do you think he could have chosen a better time in history to show up, like now—where maybe he would be deemed crazy but harmless rather than at a time where punishment for supposed blaspheme was death by crucifixion? Think about it.

God gave us His Son out of love for us – if we, humankind understood this would we not make other choices and live in harmony? It is with those people – the ones he has given free will that choices – and many times the wrong choices by selfish people who are full of pride for themselves that we all suffer. Just think about the enemy, Satan – his fault was that he was filled with pride and though He was greater than God and disliked that the angels bowed before God when he felt they should bow before him. Friends, it isn’t God who sent us death and destruction it is caused at the very hands of the people God created who have turned their backs on Him.

The meaning of life is right before us – it is in our giving of our lives to the Lord. He is here. He is waiting. He is knocking. Will you let Him in? If you have not opened yourself up to the Lord in a deeper way, get down on your knees and do it today – ask the Lord to give you the words for repentance, ask him to forgive those things you have done in your past – if you can’t remember them ask the Lord to bring them to your mind, and then He will give you forgiveness no matter what you have done! Ask Jesus to come into your life in a deeper way and offer your life to Him. Ask Him to cleanse you from all the things that are not of Him and give you a heart that wants only what is good and holy. By opening your heart, the Lord can fill the void that sense of loss that sense that no one cares or understands you. God will bring it all to you in a way that you will understand and the truth will set you free.

Let’s Pray – Dear Heavenly Father how can I thank you for revealing yourself to us through the words of the Old Testament and then giving us your son in the New? How can we thank You, Jesus, for the gift you gave or your very life for our salvation? Please send us your Holy Spirit to renew our faith to renew our wants and our needs only in You, my God. I know the purpose of my life and that is to have a life filled with the joy that Your love brings. I ask for the following needs, You, my Jesus know my heart …. If it is your will, and in

Fly to Mary

Mary is our Mother who loves us and wants to help us. Ever since I was a little girl I have prayed this very special prayer asking for Mary to intercede, The Memorare. The image of prayers flying up to her in heaven where she then offers them to Jesus for me is very hopeful.

It is a prayer of trust in a mother who will never let us down, always listening to us and helping us.

St. Teresa of Calcutta had a special devotion to Mary and prayed this same prayer often, calling it her “Flying Novena.” She would pray 9 Memorares and then 1 more in thanksgiving for the answer. The Missionaries of Charity use it often. I have as well and by the end, either I have an answer, I am calm or the situation has resolved itself. All great outcomes!

I encourage you to pray this prayer and go to Mary and ask for her help.

And that’s the Not Lukewarm Challenge for the week.

 

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What You Say Matters

What you say matters ... We can change what comes out of our mouths by changing what goes into our hearts. What we say makes a difference!

Jesus told the Pharisees: “By your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”

When we study and pray Scripture, we are filled with the Word of God.

Meditating on daily Mass readings is one way to incorporate the scripture in our lives. The Divine Office and many other prayer-helps can be accessed through the Treasury of Prayer link at the bottom of the Magnificat website: https://magnificat-ministry.net/

The Rosary with its mysteries, is completely scriptural and historically powerful. The Magnificat Ministry Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MagnificatMinistry has several recorded rosaries to assist you in praying the Rosary.

We can change what comes out of our mouths by changing what goes into our hearts. With Jesus Christ, the living Word of God in our hearts, what we say can make a difference for better!

Getting Something Off My Chest

Seven months ago, Shauna had the biggest surgery of her life. It was equally one of the most challenging times as well.Seven months ago, Shauna had the biggest surgery of her life. It was equally one of the most challenging times as well. When adversity strikes, our faith is tested. And we’re given a glimpse of our utter dependence upon God. Shauna opens up about her trial and the struggle to make it through. Sometimes, the struggle never goes away, we just learn to manage through faith. Some content may be sensitive for younger listeners, though nothing inappropriate is said. However, never miss an opportunity to grow and learn, though listener discretion is advised.

 

On the lighter side, Shauna will update you on her quarantine hair situation and her plans to rectify the situation!

Also – an update on the two old ladies that terrified Shauna and sent her into fight or flight – you won’t BELIEVE what happened!

 

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Crisis Money Management for Women

Crisis Money Management for WomenEpisode 35–Crisis Money Management for Women

 

With many Americans experiencing an economic crisis because of the COVID-19 pandemic, crisis money management for women and their families is a timely subject.

Many people have had their hours reduced, been furloughed from their jobs, or lost them altogether, and even though some states are planning to allow business to reopen, the economy is in a mess, and people need help.

Rachel Beverly, an accountant with Ernst and Young, sits down with The Working Woman Radio Show to talk about practical things that women and their families can do make ends meet during these difficult times.

Rachel gives suggestions on how to make a simple budget, what people can do to trim their expenses, what to do or not do if you don’t have an emergency fund.

Ms. Beverly also talks about paying down things like student loans and credit cards, and whether or not to make changes with your current investments.

 

 

 

 

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Crisis Money Management for WomenMore About Rachel Beverly

Rachel Beverly is a tax accountant with Ernst and Young, one of the largest accounting firms in the world. She grew up in Alabama where she  attended the University of Alabama where she made life-long friends from around the globe. 

Her friendships led her to move to Clarkston, GA, one of the most diverse places in the US. She loves being outside and spending time with friends. 

Pentecost

Pentecost | The truth can set you free, and on Pentecost, the Apostles were filled with the Holy Spirit and became embolden speaking in tongues, in languages they did not know. How can we be filled with this spiritual influence and use it in our everyday lives to go out and proclaim the good news? | #podcast #christianpodcast #holyspirit #GodsGift #TheSpiritofGodPentecost Beginning For Christians ~ Episode 143

The truth can set you free, and on Pentecost, the Apostles were filled with the Holy Spirit and became embolden speaking in tongues, in languages they did not know. How can we be filled with this spiritual influence and use it in our everyday lives to go out and proclaim the good news?

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I have several other podcasts on the topic of the Holy SpiritGifts of the Holy Spirit and Family  of the Holy Spirit  

As I shared in a previous podcast I had a revelation that without the Holy Spirit it is difficult for us to understand faith, and to understand Biblical principles. What is so clear to me seems fuzzy to some, and what is so clear to my pastors or teachers sometimes seems difficult for me to understand. We have different levels of understanding in academics, right? For some calculus or maybe writing a 20-page essay may come easy, but others may look at these two topics and say, no way! I can’t do either! For academics, we need to study, but sometimes studying doesn’t mean we can understand the material – we need to study about faith as well and expose ourselves to readings and a good book.

With faith, we understand what we are capable of understanding at that time and place. But one thing I’ve always been in awe of is the faith of a child. My grandchild sometimes says things to me that leaves me breathless in their faith and thoughts about God.

Faith is a gift and it is given freely. The answer to this call is totally up to us. If we look at the Holy Word of God the Bible we will see that throughout salvation history, God the Father revealed Himself to us. How did He do this? We see it in the garden when he walked with our first parents. Can you imagine walking with God the Father? We see it when they sinned against God and he prophetically shared in Genesis 3:15 – This was the foreshadowing of the coming of Christ who would defeat evil. In the Old Testament, we continue to read about a God who lead an imperfect people. But we also read that when we see Jesus, we see the Father. And, after Jesus rose from the dead He sent the Spirit. Pentecost Sunday is celebrated seven weeks after Easter. It is a reminder to us about the ability to be ready at all times, and the infilling of the Holy Spirit will open your mind and heart to all that is good and Holy.

Where is the Holy Spirit in your life? On Pentecost, we Christians celebrate this awakening of awareness and understanding of God – we see that in our imperfection we are made whole and we are loved by the Father, the Son, and the Spirit. When we pray, we are opening ourselves up to gifts that are greater than anything we can even imagine on earth, and if you are like me—your imagination can be grand! How can we stay in our complacency when our eyes have been opened to the glory that is available, freely from our God? He is ready with all the gifts of the Holy Spirit and waiting for us to open our hands in the ready for what He has to offer to us! Not the neighbor down the street, not to other people who you think are more worthy, but to us! If we continue to live our lives on our own terms there can be no change in us for the better. I hear all of these talks about being the “best person you can be,” but at what cost? So many people walk around miserable and unhappy. Happiness, true happiness is based upon faith! It is a deep-down realization that we are not alone and we are in the care of a Heavenly Father.

Do we live life on our terms? Are we really open to the glorious blessings that the Almighty has in store for us? The gifts of the Holy Spirit — God is greater than all the kings and kingdoms of this world, all the great men and women that we see or know about because they are famous, and God does not puff Himself up sharing His importance with us—no, He comes to us in humility. Do you want to get to know God? Humility is your key.

Years ago I met a man whose father held very important positions and was a remarkable man in intellect. He was knighted by the Queen of England and was now know with the title of “Sir” … so teasingly I asked this man, who was sitting at the table in our home, if we had royalty in our midst. He humbly smiled and said something like, only in Christ are we truly heirs to the Kingdom. That resonated with me… only in Christ are we heirs.

Christ did not shy away from humility in the life he lived with Joseph and Mary. The life of a poor carpenter. God could have claimed all the riches of the earth, yet he lived among the people who were detached from worldly goods. He also didn’t leave us alone. He promised and advocate – the Holy Spirit.

In Acts 2 – you should read the entire chapter, but it talks about the effects of the Holy Spirit among the 12 that were hidden in the upper room, where it was believed that Mary was with them. She had been left under the care of John, the Apostle by Jesus at the foot of the cross. If he was hiding out in the upper room, I’m sure he would not have abandoned the mother of our Savior! You can read about the apostles speaking in tongues because that is what we typically read and hear – but I want to point out Acts 2: 17-20 It was a reminder of the prophet Joel from the Old Testament – the New Testament we are reminded over and over again is a fulfillment of the Old.

Some think the Holy Spirit was only for then—not now, but that is not true. First let’s look at the gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, counsel, knowledge, fortitude, piety, and fear of the Lord. But let’s look at what comes after these gifts! After these gifts come to the fruits – especially for those who are open to God in their life Scripture always tells us we can judge others, their motivations, and intentions by their fruits. If you say you are a Christian how are you showing it? Just in words or in deeds?

… In Galatians 5: 22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Friends we can’t do it alone. I pray this for you, today is a new beginning and all things for us are impossible but with God all things are possible

Let’s Pray – Dear God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit we ask for an infilling of all of the gifts of your Holy Spirit not so that we can boast but so that you can be glorified. Help us to grow deeper in the love of You – help us to be detached from the things of this world and know that you hold the meaning of joy and a fulfilled life… I ask for the gifts and the fruits of the Spirit so I can better serve you each day. I ask for the following prayer requests and intentions… Dear Lord if it is your will I ask that these requests and intentions be heard. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Our Lady wants to help untie the knots of our life

Mary, the Blessed Mother, mother of Jesus and our mother too wants to help us always. We can turn to her in prayer and ask for help.

A recently re-discovered title of Mary is Mary Undoer or Untier of Knots. It is a famous painting in Augsburg, Germany. Pope Francis, when he was the Archbishop of Buenos Aries, saw the image and popularized it and wrote a prayer in honor of it. Johann Melchior Georg Schmittdner painted Mary Undoer of Knots with great grace. Since 1700, his painting has been venerated in the Church of St. Peter in Perlack, Augsburg, Germany. It was originally inspired by a meditation of Saint Irenaeus (Bishop of Lyon and martyred in 202) making a comparison between Eve and Mary, saying:“Eve, by her disobedience, tied the knot of disgrace for the human race; whereas Mary, by her obedience, undid it”.

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Here is the prayer from Pope Francis:

Holy Mary, full of God’s presence during the days of your life,
you accepted with full humility the Father’s will,
and the Devil was never capable to tie you around with his confusion
Once with your Son you interceded for our difficulties,
and, full of kindness and patience you gave us example of how to untie the knots of our life.
And by remaining forever Our Mother,
you put in order and make more clear the ties that link us to the Lord.
Holy Mother, Mother of God, and our Mother,
to you, who untie with motherly heart the knots of our life, we pray to you to receive in your hands (the name of person) and to free him/her of the knots and confusion with which our enemy attacks.
Through your grace, your intercession, and your example,
deliver us from all evil, Our Lady, and untie the knots that prevent us from being united with God,
so that we, free from sin and error, may find Him in all things, may have our hearts placed in Him and may serve Him always in our brothers and sisters. Amen.
If you’d like to pray the full novena, you can look here.
the not lukewarm challengePray this every day for a specific intention. Put your needs into the hands of Mary.
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Peace of Mind

Does peace feel elusive? I’ve got good news for you! In this episode we’ll cover 3 things that bring us back to peace of mind and it can happen in a moment.

Does peace feel elusive? Do you sometimes feel so disjointed that it seems like it would take an entire day or even a week to get back to feeling calm and happy? I’ve got good news for you!  It doesn’t have to take that long! In this episode we’ll cover 3 things that bring us back to peace of mind and it can happen in a moment.

A couple of helpful verses we’ll be discussing are:

Philippians 4:4-9

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me- practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”

Colossians 3:14 And above all these, put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

This is a great time to go looking for that peace that God promises.  It’s there, already.

Lots of love!

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Women’s Panel Testifies of Their Authority

Lucia welcomes a panel of special guests – her dear friends, Mrs. Donna Dudley, Mrs. Penny Parker, and Mrs. Donna Walker – as they discuss the authority and power God has given His children to walk in victory every moment of every day.

Lucia welcomes a panel of special guests – her dear friends, Mrs. Donna Dudley, Mrs. Penny Parker, and Mrs. Donna Walker – as they discuss the authority and power God has given His children to walk in victory every moment of every day.

They share their testimonies of real-life struggles and discuss the life-giving changes that occurred in their lives when they received revelation knowledge of the power that’s made available to them when they exercise their God-given authority that belongs to every born-again, child of God.

A Special “Thank You!” to our sponsors, ABC’s of Who I Am, at Lucia Claborn Ministries for sponsoring this podcast.  Learn and confess who God says you are from A to Z so you can walk in victory! .  Lucia Claborn Ministries is providing resources to build your faith and teach you who you are according to the Word of God!

These seasoned Christians discuss real-life situations where they have applied the Word of God to their circumstances and stood on His promises to see change in their families, finances, and jobs, to ultimately enforce Satan’s defeat in their life so they can walk in victory every day of their life!

Donna, Penny and Donna will share person triumphs that will encourage you to take your rightful place of authority as a child of God and make your faith-filled confessions to enforce Satan’s defeat in every area of your life, so you too can live the victorious life God created to live.

Links mentioned in the podcast:

LuciaClaborn.com

Faith Builders for Victorious Living

Victory Thoughts

ABC’s of Who I Am

 

 

 

 

Parenthood

In this revealing episode, Shauna discloses some of her most sacred secrets in parenting.  Let’s talk about the do’s and don’ts of parenthood.In this revealing episode, Shauna discloses some of her most sacred secrets in parenting. She will give you some intimate details about her daily life, that you never asked for. Let’s talk about the do’s and don’ts of parenthood.

From toddlers to teenagers, she will sprinkle years of wisdom onto the heads of those listening. We will expose the realities of parenting, the good bad, and the ugly.

From the time she told her son chocolate was medicine, to when a full -grown friend was mistaken for her daughter. You will get the whole truth.

In the Spirit of the book of Titus, chapter two, Shauna will bestow her parental wisdom on the younger, unsuspecting listeners.

Never miss an opportunity to pass along terrible advice to people who aren’t asking for it!

 

It’s a great day to be a parent in the world, let’s all hold hands and lament the truth together.

 

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Women Policy Makers for Tough Times

Women Policy Makers for Tough Times

Episode 34–Women Policy Makers for Tough Times

 

The Working Woman Radio Show invited former Mayor of Lithonia, Georgia, Deborah Jackson into the studio for a discussion about ‘Women Policy Makers for Tough Times’. 

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, our nation is not only dealing with a public health crisis, but many Americans are experiencing an economic crisis.

Deborah Jackson, who is running for a US senate seat, talks about the kinds of things that will be necessary to get our economy back on its feet. 

As the former Mayor of Lithonia, Ms. Jackson talks about the qualities needed for women to be strong political leaders. We chat about women currently in politics at the state and national level, and talk about the changes they are making on the political scene.

Finally, she addresses voters who are leary about election process, and explains how their vote really can make a difference.

 

 

 

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Women Policy Makers for Tough Times

More About Deborah Jackson

Deborah Jackson is an experienced attorney and public servant.  She served as the Mayor of Lithonia for 8 years. As mayor, she worked to implement a community vision to improve the quality of life. She also established the city as a leader in the region.  She is currently a Democratic candidate for the US Senate in the upcoming special election in November. For more information about her candidacy, visit https://deborahforgeorgia.com/.

Christian Faith Essentials

Faith Essentials | Have you packed your Christian faith essentials away, or do you have them on hand when you fight the enemy? How do we explain the way our lives have changed over the course of the last few months...| #podcast #christianpodcast #podcastsforchristians #Christianity #Christianfaith #faith #essentialsforfaith #Acts2Christian Faith Essentials Episode 142

Have you packed your Christian faith essentials away, or do you have them on hand when you fight the enemy? How do we explain the way our lives have changed over the course of the last few months of shelter at home and fear of getting sick from a virus? In this episode, we look at Acts 2 and how the essentials of faith have been laid out in the Bible.

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If you have listened to A Few Minutes with God I end each session with a prayer, usually, I summarize what we’ve discussed and I ask the Lord for a blessing on the listeners as well as a time for prayer for our special intentions. But I had an aha moment while listening to a sermon on television. And it answered a nagging question I had about the disciples. Why couldn’t they understand the Lord’s teachings, why did they find his message too difficult and many turned away. And the answer was because they did not yet have an infilling of the Holy Spirit–the Lord was still with them and after he rose and left for heaven He would send down the Holy Spirit to dwell among them! And then another aha moment – we should begin each episode with prayer! So, here we go…

Dear Lord, I ask that you send your Holy Spirit so that you give me the words you want me to use as well as my listeners a heart to hear what you want them to hear — Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And you shall renew the face of the earth. Oh God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant us in the same Spirit to be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

We learn that after Jesus rose from the dead there were fifty days of celebration, and Jesus is the only person in recorded history who rose from the dead. He, in turn, brought other people back from the dead, Lazurus is the one that everyone who knows Scripture recalls, but no one has come back to life, with eyewitnesses except for Christ. The story of salvation is the greatest story ever told and we are the recipient of this gift. If we look at Acts 2 we will see that the Lord did not leave us without the most wonderful gift of all, the Holy Spirit.

The word “Trinity” does not appear in Scripture but Christians define this as one God, three persons. God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit. As I said earlier, Jesus gave these amazing teachings to the disciples and I always wondered why they didn’t get it but they did when they received His Holy Spirit! (Many times we do not understand the fullness of the Scriptures but I feel sometimes it is like an onion with layers being removed one by one as God touches our hearts and the teachings are applicable to us in our current state of understanding or need.) The Holy Spirit opens our hearts and our minds to a greater awareness and understanding.

He promises to send his disciples the Holy Spirit… in John 14:15-31 and I’ll read an expert for you but please, look this up in your Bibles and meditate on these words. What beautiful words! I am going away and I am coming back to you! Do we think about the Holy Spirit? I have two podcasts on the Topic the first is on The Holy Spirit and the other Gifts of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit seems to be misunderstood by some, but when we read Acts 2 we see a complete picture of the power of God. We have the entirety of the Bible and we are blessed. We see the power of God the Father in the creation of the world, and the Son was with the Father as was the Spirit during the beginning of time as we know it. We see the power of the justice of God in the expelling of our first parents in the Garden of Eden, sin must have a punishment and restitution. And we see it happen again and again through our salvation history. God promises us salvation. We see it in the sacrifice of Abraham tested in faith as he offers up his son Isaac but God intervenes. We see God’s intervention against the slavery of the Hebrew nation under the Egyptians. We read that God heard the cries of his people and sends Moses. We watch as Moses leads the people to freedom as they cross the Red Sea (a foreshadowing – and signifying Christian baptism). But, what happens? The people forget their God and are forced to wander around for 40 years!

God sent the Holy Spirit – we read in Acts 2

Coming of the Holy Spirit Acts 2:1-4

When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” 

So, what happened? Did they stay in the safety of the house? Were they still scared? No! They were given Divine grace to begin speaking in other languages, and the knowledge to understand the teachings and the foundation that the Lord gave them for the three years they walked with Him. We too need to study, to seek and to pray for the infilling of the Spirit so we can proclaim the good news.

The people who heard them were amazed and they realized something was miraculous – Acts 2:1:12.  “So they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “Whatever could this mean?”

But, Peter – who is considered the first Pope stood up with the eleven, and explained because He was filled with the Spirit and given wisdom and understanding – so much so that he was able to show that Jesus was a fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecy.

Peter went on to attest that Jesus of Nazareth performed miracles, wonders, and signs – and while he was crucified and put to death, God raised Him – he then went on to explain by the words of David, again in the Scriptures what was said, prophetically about Christ. He also explained that while David who was revered and acclaimed was still dead, and buried while Christ has risen and they were the eye-witnesses.

Read all of Acts 2 – pray and meditate on these words, they are truly essential to the Christian faith! And especially in times of stress or when we feel deserted or oppressed, we must remember that the Lord is with us until the end of times.

Let’s pray –

My God your works and splendor continue to astound me, and the infilling and power of the Holy Spirit is something I crave in my life. Help me oh, Lord to decrease so that you can increase in my life. Allow me to be an open book, to be used, and to be transformed. Let the old fall away and let the new reflect You, your light, and your goodness. Continue to enrich me Lord and bring me to a deeper understanding of your goodness and will in my life. Dear Lord, I come before you humbly with the following prayers and petitions… I praise you ahead of time for all that you have done in my life and I pray this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Seeking Peace: From Worry to Trust, a new Bible study

Allison Gingras and I talked about her new bible study, part of the Stay Connected Journals for Catholic Women published by Our Sunday Visitor. The newest title is Seeking Peace: From Worry to Trust.  It has all the great features of the other journals: prayers, plenty of space to write in you thoughts, images to color if you’d like and of course, scripture! How can we turn to God with our everyday concerns that often turn into worries and learn to trust instead?

As most of us know, suffering is a part of life and indeed the symbol of the Christian faith is a cross. But God does not want us to suffer from worry. Each chapter invites us to build trust through something different – Life Experience, the Divine Physician, Wisdom and Surrender, Providential Care, Devotions, the Gift of Hindsight and Hope.

The goal of this study is to learn that peace is possible. Allison provides real-life examples and great ideas on how to have peace. The study is grounded in God’s word so it will draw you closer to the one who gives us peace.

The book is available on Amazon and if you want a PDF sooner than the book can get to you, please contact Allison at reconciledtoyou(at)gmail(dot)com. (there is a slow down in getting books in May 2020 due to Covid-19)

You can also connect with her on FacebookHer Website.

the not lukewarm challenge

For our challenge this week, especially if you are listening in May 2020 or any time around the Covid-19 pandemic, this is the week to be easy on yourself, rest. turn to God and seek Him. Ask for His peace.

Authority When You Use the Name of Jesus

Lucia continues teaching you about the authority and power you have as God’s child so you can walk in victory.Lucia continues teaching you about the authority and power you have as God’s child so you can walk in victory.  She explains God gave you His Name as in a covenant marriage relationship – that’s why you’re called the Bride of Christ.  You gave your old name away when you got saved and took on the name of Jesus.  Now you’re called by the Name of Jesus and use His Name to come to a higher level of spiritual authority.

Jesus came to establish the Kingdom of God on earth, and now that Kingdom is in you.  God, in all His power took on a physical body in the Baby Jesus, and then became a man – a King – in this kingdom.

A Special “Thank You!” to our sponsors, ABC’s of Who I Am, at Lucia Claborn Ministries for sponsoring this podcast.  Learn and confess who God says you are from A to Z so you can walk in victory! .  Lucia Claborn Ministries is providing resources to build your faith and teach you who you are according to the Word of God!

He inherited all the things that God has and then transferred that authority of His Name to his children.  Hebrews 1:4 says “he having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.”

Now is the time to use your faith and begin walking in your God-given authority over Satan and enforce his defeat every day of your life!  The devil will listen when you pray in the name of Jesus.

The most effective way to pray is to demand your rights as Peter did at the Gate Beautiful when he demanded that the lame man be healed.  We’re not demanding of God when we demand our rights; we’re demanding the devil to give back what he’s stolen from us!

Lucia also shares 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.

Links mentioned in the podcast:

LuciaClaborn.com

Faith Builders for Victorious Living

Victory Thoughts

ABC’s of Who I Am

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Train Wreck Television: Crime Documentaries

This week on the Seriously Shauna Podcast we dive deep into the mysterious and disastrous world of crime documentaries. Shauna is a big fan: read, obsessed.This week on the Seriously Shauna Podcast we dive deep into the mysterious and disastrous world of crime documentaries. Shauna is a big fan: read, obsessed. She is going to walk you through a few of her favorite crime television shows and some of the top crime documentaries out in the network sphere today.

If you are spending your quarantine time solving crimes, then this is the episode for you. If you prefer other genres, then this episode is a must listen, because something is wrong with you. How could you not enjoy them? How can learning about serial killers and how to avoid them, not entertain you??

Stay tuned as Shauna tells you what shows to watch and what shows to avoid. She will tell you what crime drama is cool, and which one drools.

Let us know how you have been spending your quarantine time, shoot us an email at: shauna@seriouslyshaunapodcast.com

We know many churches are still limited, but soon they will resume! Please let us know if you would like Shauna to come and share her testimony and hopefully be an encouragement to you and your group. Reach us at: shauna@seriouslyshaunapodcast.com

 

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Teaching School Online

 

Episode 33–Teaching School Online

Teaching school online has become the new normal for teachers because of the COVID-19 crisis. Although it has its advantages, like with anything, it also comes with it challenges.

Allison Forte-Paul, a veteran teacher at Decatur High School in Decatur, Georgia, shares about the what a day of virtual school looks like with her students.

Allison talks about how converting to online instruction was not only a challenge for students and parents, but that it presented difficulties for teachers, as well. 

Ms. Forte-Paul candidly shares how she, and other teachers, miss the face-to-face human interaction with her students, and how some students are missing their classmates.

She discusses how her school provided computers for students who did not have them. She also shared how she has used her technical skills to help other teachers troubleshoot problems with technology. 

In conclusion, she offers some words of advice to parents and teachers for improving the online learning experience.

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More About Allison Forte-Paul

Allison Forte-Paul is in her 10th year teaching at Decatur High school.  She serves as the Health and Physical Education Department chair. She is also a part of the instructional technology team, and the school’s safety team.

Ms. Forte-Paul served as the head varsity softball coach for 9 years, coached various levels of basketball for 7 years, and has served on a wide variety of committees in her tenure. She played NCAA collegiate softball at Columbus State University and earned a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science and a Master’s of Education in Health and Physical Education during.  

Allison and wife, Jessica Forte-Paul, have an energetic three year old boy named Carson.

Faith Tested

Faith Tested | During this time of quarantine and stay-at-home orders, we've experienced faith tested under pressure. It seems that it was a time of growth for many | #podcast #christianpodcast #christian #stress #faithunderpressure #faithtested #helpforChristiansFaith Tested Under Pressure – Episode 140

During this time of quarantine and stay-at-home orders, we’ve experienced faith tested under pressure. It seems that it was a time of growth for many but panic for some who have not yet experienced the providence of God. In this episode we discuss how your faith tested can come out stronger than ever.

Thanks to our sponsor Media Angels, Inc. and the featured books, A Few Minutes with God and One More Child. 

Before I begin, let’s pray. Dear Lord, I ask that you send your Holy Spirit so that you give me the words you want me to use as well as my listeners a heart to hear what you want them to hear — Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And you shall renew the face of the earth. Amen.

When faith is tested it either brings out the worse or the best in people. Our true colors are showing and for some, it doesn’t look too good! In order for our faith to hold up it needs to have a firm foundation, right? And that foundation needs work, it needs time and it needs pouring into ourselves first before we can pour into others.

When things happen and we do not have control we typically cry, “Why me Lord? Why is this happening to me?” Instead, we should say, “Why me Lord, what have I done to deserve the beauty of heaven that you have reserved for me!” Can you imagine if we could turn every complaint into a praise report? I’ve taken Jesus for granted. I’ve taken the ability to enter my church for granted. I’ve taken my health for granted. I’ve taken my kids for granted. Just think, friends. God brought the children home – and not just here in the US but all over the world schools were closed. How did we use this time, did we embrace our children tell them we love them and thank God for this unexpected blessing?

Each and every day is a gift from God. Jesus died for our sins, he was raised from the dead, hundreds of people saw Jesus after His resurrection. Read Acts 2 which contain the basics essential to faith, and we will discuss this in the next podcast.

But our faith has been tested, just like the Hebrews who were rescued from the Egyptians by Moses under the direction of Almighty God the Father we have forgotten our deliver! We have been in quarantine many approaching 40 days or more! What have we learned? For me, it has been an eye-opening experience and I pray that the Lord never lets me forget the longing I had for Him during this time!

Just like you, my schedule has pretty much been shredded. My routine of attending church each morning turned into watching a pre-recorded or live church service on television. The sermons were astounding and I’ve taken pages of notes, and while I feel like I’ve been in a Bible boot camp, I still miss that connection with Jesus. I didn’t realize how much I would miss Holy Communion.  My brother who grew up Catholic (and I dearly love) who now attends a Protestant church, was trying to console me when I told him how much I missed receiving Communion at church. He was super sweet and told me not to worry, to spend time in Scripture to pray as a family! While this is wonderful advice, it is something I do each day in addition to attending church, so for me, a vital piece is missing. This distance from God in the Eucharist has forced me to grow in faith and to realize that I took so much for granted.

John 6:54-71  

Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed.

Many Disciples Turn Away – Friends – Have you come to believe and know that Christ is the Son of the living God? Do we worship Him each and every day even when our faith is tested? We can ask for an infilling of the Holy Spirit to come into our lives in a deeper way. If you want an infilling of the Holy Spirit pray and you will receive!

Let’s Pray:

Dear Father, Son and Holy Spirit we come before you with eyes opened that under this test that has fallen upon the entire world we see that we have taken You, our faith, our family, our friends for granted. We have taken our freedom for granted, the ability to leave our homes whenever we want. We have taken our finances for granted. But no more! Dear Lord, send us an infilling of your Holy Spirit to open our eyes, to discover our sins, and to repent. Lord, you make crooked lines straight and I ask you in to my life today to mend those places of hurt and to give me Your love and peace. Dear Lord, I pray for the following needs… thank-you and praise you Almighty God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit for the gift of faith and for answering our prayers. Amen.

Do Catholics Worship Mary?

Spoiler alert: the answer is “No!”

“When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman.” Gal 4:4 We venerate, honor, and have great respect for Mary. We ask for her intercession because she is so close to Jesus. But we do not worship her. Worship is for God.

Mary does not appear often in the Gospels. When the angel Gabriel comes to her and asks her to be the mother of Jesus her yes is an example of total obedience and humility. That she could say yes in that way was a grace given to her, out of love, by God. And the more she said yes to God the more grace she received. That is something we can all emulate. Saying yes to God, receiving the grace we need to move forward, leading to the next yes.

Mary shows us what we can aspire to in her yes.

 

This is one of my favorite images of Mary, painted by  Roberto Ferruzzi in Italy in 1897.

 

the not lukewarm challenge

For your Not Lukewarm challenge this week, find an image of Mary that you like. Maybe it comforts you or you draws you closer to her. Here is a list with information on different images.

 

Life Changing Peace

Are you looking for life changing peace?  It just might be closer than you think. What if it’s all in your own mind?Are you looking for life changing peace?  It just might be closer than you think. What if it’s all in your own mind? In this episode, I’m sharing how a simple change in perspective changes how I feel and how I respond to the situations and circumstances around me.  Give a listen and then consider, what one thing can you do to shift your perspective today?

The Life Metaphors I mentioned:

Life is like a river. With all its bends and rapid falls, one must follow the right path or else you’ll lose your way to the sea.

Life is like a box of chocolates. You’ll never know what you’re going to get.

Life is like a bagel. It’s delicious when it’s fresh and warm, but often it’s just hard. The hole is the middle is its great mystery, and yet it wouldn’t be a bagel without it.

Life is like eating grapefruit. First you have to break through the skin; then it takes a couple of bites to get used to the taste, and just as you begin to enjoy it, it squirts you in the eye.

Life is like a banana. You start out green and get soft and mushy with age. Some people want to be one of the bunch while others want to be top banana. You have to take care not to slip on externals. And, finally, you have to strip off the outer coating to get at the meat.

Life is like a jigsaw puzzle, but you don’t have the picture on the front of the box to know what it’s supposed to look like. Sometimes, you’re not even sure if you’ve got all the pieces.

Life is like a maze in which you try to avoid the exit.

Life is like riding an elevator. It has a lot of ups and downs and someone is always pushing your buttons. Sometimes you get the shaft, but what really bothers you are the jerks.

Life is like money. You can spend it any way you wish, but you only spend it once.

Life is like a whisper. If you only try and stop wailing you’ll suddenly realize that it is there.

Life is like a pencil. You can be sharpened, you can correct mistakes, and you can leave a mark.

Life is like the journey of the children of Israel through the desert. It might be difficult, hot, and include lots of whining and complaining, but there is an end goal that is so glorious it’s worth the effort to get there.

Life is like water-skiing! I have the responsibility to be ready, with my skis on, life jacket fastened, and holding the rope- waiting.  But Jesus is the boat driver and he is the one who does all the pulling up out of the water.  He determines the speed and it’s his responsibility to be aware of what my skill level is and take me over only what he thinks I can handle.  My only job is to hang on, have some confidence that I can do it, and enjoy the ride.   The waves can be scary, just like life’s surprises, but if I have courage and go into it without fear, it can be exhilarating- an adventure.  Watching the boat keeps me more balanced than watching my feet.  If I fall down, the driver instantly circles around and picks me back up right where I left off.  There is no rejection, no quitting on me, just “let’s go again”. Then, at the end of a day of water skiing I’m tired, sore, and ready to flop into bed, but if the boat captain says, “Wanna go out again tomorrow?” I jump at the chance to go again.

The two days:

DAY #1

This morning I woke up feeling groggy. Remembering that I was way backed up on laundry I padded downstairs to the laundry to get some clean clothes only to find that the washing machine was broken- really broken.  One load had just been put in by my son and I’m not sure but I wouldn’t be surprised if he had something to do with it.  Sigh…all those clothes and now the machine is broken.  I begged Brandon to look at it and after several hours of meetings and finally getting around to it, he announced that we’d have to order a part and wait.  When do we ever have time to wait for laundry in this house?

Breakfast was tough.  I spent the time hording down bites in between answering questions, solving problems and keeping people on track to do what they were supposed to do.  Sometimes I feel as though I haven’t eaten when I finish.

School was difficult.  The kids couldn’t sit still. I mean, one of them kept trying to sit in the chair on his knees, bent over, with his bottom up in the air, and his head all the way down on the floor in front of him.  Who listens like that? I ended up giving some long lectures to kids who, I’m sure, weren’t really listening.

To make matters worse, my head wasn’t really in it.  My mother-in-law was at the doctor having some serious procedure and I was wondering how she was handling it.  And my own mother was having difficulties with my grandmother who forgets things, is having back problems, and can’t seem to get her bowels straightened out.

But we struggled through. At lunch I discovered that some kids didn’t want to eat what I prepared.  After that was over I went down the hill to deliver a message.  Errands seem to be my only escape from the cave these days.

I returned to a pile of dirty dishes and the familiar sound to the neighbor children playing in our yard, AGAIN, without having asked.  During this time the kids managed to get in a fight and that led to a major altercation with my oldest son.  Really, one of the dumbest arguments I can remember having recently.  I tell you, he’s becoming more and more like me every day and it’s such a tragedy!

No sooner had I settled that and turned back to the dishes than I heard a wail and in comes my daughter screaming.  I was trying to visit with my brother on the phone, but no- that buzzer goes off that warns the children of a phone call, telling them to come get mom quick!  She came in hollering at the top of her lungs and I told her to go sit on the couch until she could get over it.  After she just wouldn’t quit and I couldn’t hear any more, I reluctantly hung up and went to check on her.  Of course, she had managed to actually hurt herself.  Her finger was all bent over to one side, clearly I was going to have to take her to the doctor.

I sighed, knowing that I had just interrupted Brandon 3 times that afternoon and I was going to have to do it again.  I’m always having to interrupt him it seems. He was disappointed, as usual, to hear that I had to go ANYWHERE, much less the hospital. And of course it coincided with Perspectives, as most of my “interruptions” do.

I took her to the Dr. and discovered that the finger was broken.  Great. Cast. She won’t be able to dress herself, climb on the stool, go to the bathroom alone, it’s gonna hurt. I’m going to be up late. AND, 6 weeks! Means she will have it on while we go to the beach!!! UGH!

Somewhere in there I discovered that my mother was on the way to the hospital with my other grandma thinking that her kidneys were shut down.  That wasn’t at all distracting.

Due to stress, I ate too much for dinner, the kids got in bed late cause someone didn’t finish his chores and complete making beds, so I had to put the sheets on two beds, Justin got up 3 times and managed to have a dirty diaper at 10pm.  I had to put away all afternoon projects I was hoping to work on today that I didn’t get to, Jeff won’t stop picking at his ear and then when I’m most exhausted, I couldn’t sleep. I have prayed so many times, but stuff just keeps happening!

Sigh.  It’s been a long day.

END OF DAY #1- Do you feel like I do at the end of this? Overwhelmed? Busy and discouraged? Tired? Slightly crazy and with the thought of “don’t make me have to do this again?”  Well read on…

DAY #2

Today I woke up a little earlier than I usually do.  Had a chance to pray for God’s best to be done today.  When I got up, Brandon was making breakfast and I was able to concentrate on fixing something healthy for me.  What a treat.  Jonathon is finally getting the hang of his chicken chores and James had most of his stuff done this morning before I ever got out of bed!

School started on time today for the first time in weeks.  I even got my cup of coffee and enjoyed it during devotions.  We had a great devotional time, not only memorizing the verse we are working on, but also a discussion and silly practice time about how to make appeals instead of argue.  Justin behaved pretty well during the whole thing too.

We got in some good solid English, something that I’ve wanted to do for a while and I was able to spend some time individually with each kid to work on some of their weak points.  It was a nice day outside, so the little kids played sweetly in the sandbox during school, providing me with some uninterrupted instructional time.  Brandon came in and did math and while he was doing that, I got to visit with my sister, Amy on the phone and clean up several piles of “stuff” that have been around the dining room for a while.  Rachel was anxious to finish her chores during break time and I was so encouraged by her desire to get done, I helped her vacuum the playroom, so it got a little more thorough job than normal.

When lunch came, I had the plates all ready for the kids.  We had some healthy snacks that most of them ate a good portion of.  I’ve been really thankful for the chance to have good food to eat recently. After lunch, I had a chance to finish up some cleaning in the kitchen.  Pat came over and folded tons of clothes and read with the kids.  Such a blessing.

That afternoon, I prepped some sweet potatoes for dinner on Tuesday, which is always a busy day and boiled a couple of chickens to add to salads for lunches.  Also enjoyed getting out for a little exercise with a quick run around the property.  Later I had to take one of the children to a doctor visit and the battery to the car was dead.  But Brandon was home and he showed me how to use a battery pack we keep in the back of the car to jump it off.  It took less than five minutes and I was on my way.

Diane spontaneously called up and said she wanted to bring pizza over for dinner along with our original plan to have a haircut.  I certainly didn’t turn her down.  When she came, she had pizza, chips, chocolate milk, and ice cream sundaes.  The kids were thrilled.  We had a nice dinner while Brandon was away at a meeting, and then she stayed while I put the kids to bed.  I forgot that I had committed to cutting someone else’s hair that evening as well and so she graciously said we could do hers another time.

After she left and I cut hair, I had a nice visit with the guy and then spent a good amount of time talking to my sister Ruth on skype- something I don’t get to do very often.  Later in the evening, when Brandon still wasn’t home I spent some alone time praying and connecting with Jesus- also a rare opportunity.  Actually, now that I think of it, I spent numerous moments reconnecting with Jesus all day long.  By the end of the day, I had the makings of a great women’s meeting and sat down to write it all out.  One of the kids was having trouble sleeping, so while I was listening out for them, it gave me a chance to write out a lot of things that had been on my mind.

All in all, I don’t think I could have asked for a better day.

END OF DAY #2- At the end of this, while it’s no less busy, I come away encouraged that God met needs, it was fun, I can look forward to something like this again.  I could envision doing this another day and enjoying it.

The real key here is that:

THEY ARE THE SAME DAY!  And how I respond to the next thing in life is directly impacted by my attitude about what just happened!  I’m encouraged by the idea that I have the power to CHOOSE to look for the blessings and not leave them out.  Yes, the hard things came and I don’t have to ignore them, but I often do ignore the blessings that came alongside that made the difficulties bearable.

What is your current perspective?  How can you shift it even just a little bit?

Believe You Have Authority

Lucia continues her series on the power and authority you have as a born-again child of God when you release your faith to use it.Lucia continues her series on the power and authority you have as a born-again child of God when you release your faith to use it.  Holy Spirit prayed through Paul that you would have wisdom, understanding, and authority over demonic powers and the problems they cause in your life.

John 14:12 says, “I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, if anyone steadfastly believes in Me, he will himself be able to do the things that I do; and he will do even greater things than these, because I go to the Father.”

A Special “Thank You!” to our sponsors, ABC’s of Who I Am, at Lucia Claborn Ministries for sponsoring this podcast.  Learn and confess who God says you are from A to Z so you can walk in victory! .  Lucia Claborn Ministries is providing resources to build your faith and teach you who you are according to the Word of God!

 Jesus didn’t say only a select few would do these works. He said those who believe on Him would do them. God wants people who are mighty in the Spirit; who are full of power. He has no such thing as small measures of men because He has great designs for you, and He’s determined by His power and His grace through His Son, Jesus, to bring you into His Glory.

He’s given you a hope and chosen you before the foundations of the World so that He can manifest Jesus in you, and get the Glory over the powers of darkness and the devil, and every evil thing, so that you may reign over the powers of the devil as the Bible tells us in Ephesians 6:12.

Lucia gives examples of how to use your God-given power and authority to enforce Satan’s defeat in every situation in your life so you can walk in victory every day of your life!

Links mentioned in the podcast:


LuciaClaborn.com

Faith Builders for Victorious Living

Victory Thoughts

ABC’s of Who I Am

Lucia_Claborn@yahoo.com

 

 

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Back to School

Finally, after all avenues have been exhausted, we learn it’s time to update those credentials and head back to school! In this episode, we are all falling on hard times and Shauna is no exception! The quarantine has caused hardship for us all – and Shauna has had to go FIND A JOB! We are going to navigate the up’s and downs of the rat race. Seventeen years of being a stay at home mom leaves Shauna with few qualifications, as sarcasm is not a special skill, apparently.

We will talk about some of the jobs Shauna has endeavored over the years, from a gas station attendant to almost working at Taco Mayo. We also talk about the jobs she didn’t get – because only felons are qualified for some jobs – it’s true!

We take a look back to when Shauna was actually qualified to hold gainful employment and reminisce about life as a Police Officer; Shauna shares a couple war stories too!

Finally, after all avenues have been exhausted, we learn it’s time to update those credentials and head back to school! Karen’s going back into the classroom and she’s sitting in the front row!

Join us this week, and let’s encourage one another as we enter the final stages of our self-isolation!

 

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Nurse Warriors

Nurse warriorsEpisode 32–Nurse Warriors: On the Frontlines of a Pandemic

 

The Working Woman Radio Show was honored to talk with Nicole Bayne, a registered nurse at Emory University Hospital. She shared about the challenges she and other nurse warriors are facing as they deal with the COVID-19 crisis.

Nicole candidly talks about the enormous physical and emotional strain hospital staffers deal with each day. She gives a bird’s eye view of what it is like to be on the frontlines of a pandemic. Nicole talks about the balancing act of serving the sick, but also protecting themselves. She also dispelled some of the myths about the virus, and shared ways that individuals can continue to protect themselves. 

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Nurse Warriors

More About Nicole Bayne

Nicole Bayne is a registered nurse and works in the endoscopy department at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta Georgia. She graduated from Berry College and  started her nursing career at DeKalb Medical Center which is now called Emory-Decatur Hospital in 2011. When she’s not working, she enjoys taking dance classes and traveling abroad.

 

Emory Healthcare

Emory is your one-stop shop for all of your health care needs, both in sickness and in health. Staffed exclusively by Emory University School of Medicine faculty who also are members of the Emory Clinic, Emory University Hospital is one of the nation’s leading hospitals in cardiology and heart surgery, cancer, neurology and more.

Glory and Praise Forever

Glory and Praise | Recently I was reminded that we don't talk enough about giving God all the glory and praise, and honor He deserves. | #podcast #christianpodcast #gloryandpraise #gloryandpraisetoourGod #christianworship #worshipGod #christianfaith #faith #ChristianityGlory and Praise Forever ~ Episode 140

Recently I was reminded that we don’t talk enough about giving God all the glory and praise, and honor He deserves. In this episode of A Few Minutes With God Podcast, Felice shares the importance of praise in worship in our lives.

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Recently I was reminded that we don’t talk enough about giving God all the glory and praise, and honor He deserves. In this episode of A Few Minutes With God Podcast, Felice shares the importance of praise in worship in our lives.

We are so busy with our own lives and our own problems that while we might consider God from time to time in the sense of asking for something. We more often than not throw up pleading prayers and say, “Please, Lord – can you do my will?” I am guilty of this, and I am sure that many of you would agree as well. Of course, we should believe, and we should pray and ask the Lord for help. But what about those times we feel like he is not answering us or we don’t feel he is even near?

The keyword here is “feel.” Please know that if you have confessed that Jesus Christ is the Lord of your life and you have attempted to live a life pleasing to the Lord – He. Is. With. You. And He is with me! How could we not want to give God the glory and praise He so rightly deserves?

As Christians, we should live our lives in a way that is pleasing to God because we know that what matters is the next life as nothing in this life is constant or stays the same. This life is fleeting. Nothing is meaningful without God – and He is our help and support in times of darkness and trouble. Jesus wants our hearts even when we have sinned and are ashamed; sin isolates us from God. It keeps us away from Him. Sin requires restitution – it requires some type of forgiveness. And, Jesus gives this freely if we ask.

I did some reading of spiritual books during the time of Lent and was so blessed to re-read a book by Sr. Briege McKenna, who I’ve talked about in a previous podcast, who is known as the healing nun. She did not want the gift of healing even though she was completely healed from a crippling disease of arthritis. She was wheelchair-bound at this point, and in a time of prayer, she felt God heal her – she said it was like a banana being peeled. While she was grateful and stood up and gave God all the glory and praise, she immediately started putting conditions on her healing and asked the Lord not to tell anyone.

Yes, she was a nun, but she was not in a cloistered order – meaning that she was around people, she was a teacher and lived in a community and had many chances to interact with people. Yet she still resisted this gift. At a certain point, she finally realized that it was indeed a gift of God, and she would try in her humility to allow God to work within her. She also spoke about the times she spent in prayer no less than three hours each day. She explained that in this time of prayer, she learned about healing and why some were healed, and others were not and also, how she could be an instrument of God’s love in all cases.

She also shared about her times of temptation when she went to “prophet,” who turned out to be a false prophet and an instrument of the devil – and how she encountered Satan that night, and her life was almost taken. When we open ourselves to evil, it allows the door to be opened, and this was a warning to us all.

Do you feel a block in your spiritual life that keeps you from praise and worship? Look at the scriptures and the warnings – 1 Corinthians 15:33 – Do not be deceived: Bad company corrupts good morals.

There is so much demonic influence in our world today with all of the occult movies. I’ve seen some of the commercials, and those are horrific. Why would anyone watch them? Even things such as ESP (extra sensory perception), haunted houses, astrology – which by the way is scientifically proven incorrect, vampires, zombies and on and on and on. Can a movie be considered evil? No, but leading one into sin can never be good – we have to be a willing participant in that sin, and guard our eyes from everything that is not going to be of benefit for us.

Matthew 6:22 – “The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light.

And Genesis 3:5 Genesis 3:5 (Read online)

For many, our eyes are closed, and praising God is the last thing we want to do – yet did you know in your praises God resides, and if you have ever wanted to be filled with the Holy Spirit of God, it is time to use your tongue for good! Miracles happen when we are praising God. Sister Briege spoke about what she does in her three hours of prayer, and she said she begins with a time of praise and worship because that helps her to forget the cares of the day.

Can we do that in our lives, begin the day with giving God the glory and praise and leave aside just for a short time the cares of the day, our schedules, what we are supposed to do next? When we pray, we are often distracted right? And, those other thoughts come into our minds – even when at church. We should pray the Lord’s prayer, Matthew 6:10 reminds us, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

Psalm 26:8 – “Oh Lord, I love the habitation of thy house, and the place where thy glory dwells.”

When we praise God, He shows up; He is in the midst of our praises. Some time back, I did a podcast on the praise and worship songs that lift me up, and after hearing them, I am ready to do anything the Lord wills! I am so excited to start my day in this way. Yet, life starts to creep in, and our habits change, and then we find ourselves in despair. You are not alone! I’m right there with you from time to time.

As I’m writing this, a funny story comes to mind. I was in labor with my third child, and I was super excited to be able to be in the deluxe birthing suite! Years ago, with my first two children, no such thing existed—I was in a sterile, surgical room where surgeries were performed. Well, the hospital was full, and there was no room in the proverbial inn – so instead, I was placed in an intensive care unit – while waiting for a room to open up. The nurses were super sweet and told me that I may have ugly accommodations but the best nurses and for any of you who have been in ICU, they are amazing. When the nurses left the pain became stronger. As the pain intensified, I started to praise and worship the Lord! I was really getting into my praises when my husband, who was sitting beside me holding my hand, squeezed it and asked me to lower my voice – apparently, as the pain levels were rising, so were my praises. Yet I did not feel the pain as much at that point and went on to deliver a healthy baby boy who will be twenty-five this year.

Our praises should be from the heart, and we can look at the Scriptures to give us reasons to praise God. 1 Chronicles 16:23-27

Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day-to-day. Tell of His glory among the nations, His wonderful deeds among all the peoples. For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; He also is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are [a]idols, But the Lord made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before Him, Strength and joy are in His place. Do we only praise God when we believe?

Take a look at how you praise the Lord. Make your own list, and truthfully you can begin to praise God anywhere, even in a line at the grocery store!

I tend to start with a litany of praises? Mine tends to be the same… “I praise you, and I thank you, Lord! You are the King of kings, the Lord of lords, the Bright Morning Star, you are the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end – you are the Name above all names… we can find litanies in prayer books, and I’m sure online if you search, but I feel the best ones are the ones that come from the heart inspired by the Holy Spirit if you have a prayer language use it!

Let’s Pray:

Lord, you inhabit our praises, and I ask that you, please inhabit mine – I know you are here with me now – help me to worship you more frequently and in all things. Thank you, my God, for the gift of faith for the gift of love and for the gift of trust that You are in control and love me greater than anyone else because I was specially chosen and created by you – my Dear Lord I ask you for blessings and for the following people and intentions I pray for now… and I ask this in Your Name, Jesus. Amen.

 

 

St. Catherine of Siena

I think of saints as my friends. Let me introduce you to my friends, Catherine of Siena. Born in Siena, Italy in 1347 she was one of 25 children, though only 13 lived. In fact, she was a twin but her sister died as an infant. As a child, Catherine was considered a sweet and lovable girl who enjoyed being with others and doing good things. When she was 6 years old she had a vision of Jesus blessing her from heaven.  After that, she became more patient and devoted to praying. She realized she wanted to devote her life to God and not marry. This created tension in the family and CathWoman Doctor of the Churcherine’s mother punished her by having her act as the servant in the home, hoping this would get Catherine to change her mind. It didn’t. In fact, she used this time to go into her “inner cell of self-knowledge” and learn the virtue of humility.

Her writings

Catherine was not literate, which was common at that time. Instead, she has secretaries who wrote as she dictated. We have over 350 of her letters, prayers and her great work, The Dialogue, which is a record of her conversation with God during her mystical experiences.

Her life

Catherine died in Rome in 1380; was canonized in 1461 by Pope Pius II and made a Doctor of the Chruch by Pope Paul VI in 1970. She is one of 4 women saints to hold that honor.

She has much wisdom for us now though she lived over 650 years ago. One point she makes is one I ponder often: she says that knowledge of God leads to love of God, the more we know Him, the more we love Him, and that loving and serving God is what will lead us to loving and serving others. As God said to her, “I take delight in few words and many works.”

 

the not lukewarm challenge

 

This is a mighty quote on prayer from God to Catherine, “Prayer is a weapon with which you can defend yourself against every enemy. If you hold it with love’s hand and the arm of free choice, this weapon, with the light of holy faith, will be your defense.”  This week, when life overwhelms you or you are not sure what to do next, run to prayer. It will help you no matter what is happening.

 

The Good Old Days

In today’s podcast, join Mary as she explores the idea that we all have a precious opportunity to see these current days and our current situations as the “Good Days.”Hey friend! I have a secret message for you, so pay attention!

These ARE the good old days!  Don’t miss them!

Joshua 4:21-22 “And he said to the people of Israel, “When your children ask their fathers in times to come, ‘What do these stones mean?’ then you shall let your children know, ‘Israel passed over this Jordan on dry ground.’ For the Lord your God dried up the waters of the Jordan for you until you passed over, as the Lord your God did to the Red Sea, which he dried up for us until we passed over, so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty, that you may fear the LORD your God forever.”

It’s easy to look back at amazing things God has done, to reminisce of miracles and provision, but do you ever consider what the people were actually going through at the time?  What emotions they were experiencing?  What fears or logistical concerns they were faced with? How does that compare to your current situation?

In today’s podcast, I’m exploring the idea that we all have a precious opportunity to see these current days and our current situations as the “Good Days.”

Give a listen to see how you can approach these days from a most positive perspective without even trying hard.

Then, jump over to Facebook and join, “Moms in Control” where I have plenty of practical ways to navigate difficult times.

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When You Both Work From Home

When You Both Work From HomeEpisode 31–When You Both From Home: Navigating the New Normal 

 

When you both work from home life can get a little crazy, but with the Coronavirus pandemic, couples working from home is the new normal.

For our family,  our daughter who is in college, is doing her coursework online from home, as well.

Although some of the states around the country, including Georgia where I live, are allowing businesses to open back up. However, the virus is still spreading, and people are still dying.  I don’t know about you, but our family plans to continue working from home for a while.  As I talk to people, I’m hearing that a lot of other people are planning on doing the same thing, so this is our new normal, at least for now.

With everyone working from home, there are bound to be, at least, a few problems, so I want to share some tips that can be used to make the experience less of a hardship on everybody.

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Authority to Enforce Satan’s Defeat

Join Lucia as she explains the power and authority you have as a born-again child of God. She will give you examples of how to use your faith to release your God-given power and authority to enforce Satan’s defeat in every situation in your life.

You have authority over circumstances and situations in your life, so when you speak God’s words, you can know heaven will back you up on what you refuse to allow to come into your life, or what you let come into your life.

Have you allowed negative things in your life because you’ve not exercised your authority to make them leave? Maybe you haven’t done anything about your situation because you didn’t know you have power over Satan and what he brings to you; or you may be waiting on God to do something.

A Special “Thank You!” to our sponsors, ABC’s of Who I Am, at Lucia Claborn Ministries for sponsoring this podcast.  Learn and confess who God says you are from A to Z so you can walk in victory! .  Lucia Claborn Ministries is providing resources to build your faith and teach you who you are according to the Word of God!

God has done everything He’s going to do for you, because He’s given you His power and authority, and now He’s waiting on you to exercise your authority by speaking His word to the situation. He can’t do anything until you release your authority by speaking faith-filled words.

The power that’s in you is greater than the power that’s in the world, because the power that backs your authority is greater than that which backs your enemy’s authority.  You can reign in this life because Jesus has already paid the price for you to have victory. Then, he ascended to Heaven and sat down at the right hand of Father God, which is the place of authority. As a child of God, you are now seated with Jesus in the place of authority.

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The Un-Influencer

Shauna is going to help you straighten out your online presence; making sure your profile pic isn’t nauseating and your online bio isn’t an MMA challenge. Do’s and Don’ts of social media is important too, so she is going to give all the inside info to make your un-inlfuencer status a success!In this episode of The Seriously Shauna podcast we are wallowing in our solitude and taking a deep dive into social media and all of its dumbness. Shauna will leave no stone unturned as she walks through everyone’s pet peeves from those in all in the kingdom of social media.

Do you enjoy cat people, even the ones that let people eat food off of their plates? How about people who over-word posts? Are those people you want to hang out with? No?

We are going to tackle celebrities – well, not actually tackle them, though some kinda deserve it. But we are going to talk about some of the dumb things they put us through while we’re trapped inside our homes.

Shauna is going to help you straighten out your online presence; making sure your profile pic isn’t nauseating and your online bio isn’t an MMA challenge. Do’s and Don’ts of social media is important too, so she is going to give all the inside info to make your un-inlfuencer status a success!

 

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Fireproof Faith

Fireproof Faith | How strong is your belief in Christianity? Are you a weekend Christian or do you have fireproof faith? In this episode of A Few Minutes With God Podcast, Felice shares how all of us need put on the armor of Christ, each and every day. | #podcast #Christianpodcast #fireprooffaith #faith #Christianfaith #faithwalkFireproof Faith ~ Episode 139

How strong is your belief in Christianity? Are you a weekend Christian or do you have fireproof faith? In this episode of A Few Minutes With God Podcast, Felice shares how all of us need put on the armor of Christ, each and every day.

Thanks to our sponsor – 40: The Temptation of Christ

As I think about the movie 40: The Temptation of Christ I remember specific scenes of Him wandering in the desert. This was a time for Him to go away and pray. He was filling himself with strength from the Father.

Often we are tempted to believe only what we can see, what is right in front of us and when we look at our lives objectively we may or may not like what we see. How can a righteous Lord, we ask, allow all the turmoil and problems in this world?

Recently I heard a talk where the pastor said that faith and hardships go hand in hand. That those who love the Lord and believe still have trials to go through. If you do not believe that think about the life of Christ. In the desert Jesus suffered, in His life, Jesus suffered, in His passion, the Garden, the scourging, the crowning of thorns, the nailing to the cross, He suffered. He suffered willingly and died for our sins…those past and those we have not even committed yet.

Our world teaches the opposite. Do what you want and be free to live your life in any way you want. And, this freedom does indeed come to us but from a righteous God who allows humankind to have free will.

The closer we grow in our walk with the Lord the clearer we see our own sinfulness. Believe me, this doesn’t happen overnight. I was in the righteous crowd not in the too far distant past. In fact, if truth be told, I probably was President of the Holier Than Thou Club. Of course, I was on the right path as a God-fearing, prayer saying, Mass attending Christian I was doing all the right things. But every time there was a problem, I’d crumble and say, “Why me? What now? What I am I to do?”

Fireproof Our Faith

We need to fireproof our faith it needs to be shored up in Christ so that we can weather the storms that are sure to come in this life. I think part of the issue stems from the fact that while we do not physically see Jesus, yet as a believer, we must know He is here. Right here. But it is a faith issue.

The Pharisees in John, Chapter 7 verses 30-36 kept trying to have Jesus prove He was the Messiah, but even if they saw Him perform miracles they still didn’t believe. Today so many people who say they believe in “a God” or “have faith” are still struggling with the faith they profess. That is not to point fingers but a fact we all deal with from time to time. It is easy to say, “praise you Jesus,” when everything is working out in our lives, but much harder to say, “praise you Jesus in all things,” when it is not. Praising God in everything is when we have real faith. The faith that surpasses all understanding.

We need that living water in our lives. Living water is a way to fireproof our faith.

John 7:37-38 (Read on air.)

Verse 38 bears repeating: “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’”

Living water puts out the fire! Living water cleanses us from sin and gives us new life – this is reason to rejoice! We continue to doubt because we live lives that are so sad and filled with worry. But, God hears us. Even if we don’t feel it – with the virus that plagued our world so many people were sick with worry because supplies were not readily available, strict travel curfews were set for our protection, and truthfully the air of uncertainty was very scary. When will it end? When will we go back to unrestricted travel, open churches and more? During this season there have been so many people that are stressed, nervous and unsure about the future. Yet we learn from Scripture that God always wins.

God has not forsaken us – He has not abandoned us, we are in the palm of His hand. We can look at Daniel Chapter 3 for an example of a situation where believers had the choice of life or death and they chose death over denying God.

I once taught a high school class at church and asked the children about the strength of their Christian belief. We discussed faith in the broadest sense, and then I asked if you were asked to forsake God or be killed what would you do? That brought about a lively discussion each has a perspective of what they would do in that situation, however, the consensus was that lying (because of course, you would not mean it) would be preferable to dying. That shows the level of faith for some. In situations of faith we often say there is no right or wrong answer, but the truth is the correct answer for a person who knows Jesus laid down his life for their sins – the sinless lamb was slain for us – should be willing to acknowledge that they would die in return. That my friends is the goal, to believe in a way that is unyielding.

Many of you are familiar with the book of Daniel, especially Chapter 3. King Nebuchadnezzar was a proud man and had destroyed many cities including conquering and invading Judea where he destroyed the temple. He had persecuted Daniel, his friends, his people. This King was renowned and today is attributed to creating one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

Daniel opens with an account of King Nebuchadnezzar who had a massive gold statue built that he wanted everyone to worship. The King was informed that certain Jews who were administrators of Babylon would not bow before the graven image. This infuriated the King and he ordered these men burned in a furnace – giving orders to heat it up seven times more than usual.

When the King presented the men with an option they were firm in their faith and replied … Daniel 3:16-18 (Read on air.)
Does this describe our faith? God can deliver us from pain, suffering, difficulties in our lives and our struggles. But it is as the men prayed… if it be so, our God will deliver us – but if he does not… what then? What will we believe?

Maybe God says yes and delivers us – and if He says no, there is a greater plan a greater good. That is our hope as Christians. We praise God anyway. Faith is clinging to God in all circumstances. These men knew their lives would end in a horrible way, yet they chose death rather than forsake God.

The story goes on that even the men the King commanded who were in his army, that tied up Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego and threw them in the furnace died from the extreme heat of the blaze.

But we learn that as the King looked on he questioned the witnesses saying, Daniel 3:24-26 (Read on air.)

When they came out the witnesses saw the men were untouched by the flames, not a single hair on their heads was singed and they didn’t even smell like fire!

For this reason, the King responded…Daniel 28-29 (Read on air.)

These men had a relationship with God, and the Book of Daniel is in the Old Testament – they didn’t even know about Jesus yet! And, look at their faith.

Oh if we could only have this type of faith! But we can! If we praise God in all things we will also find that our praises will lift up our spirits. We are weak when we let the enemy infiltrate our thoughts and cause us to stumble in sin. God inhabits our praises.

1 Peter 5:8-10 (Read on air.)

In the same way that the men resisted bowing down to the idol – we can have new life in Christ. Do we only praise God when things go well in our lives? Or are we the Easter People that I talked about in the last podcast? A sign of our strength of faith is to praise God in all things even those things that don’t go as we would like or as we planned. In order to fireproof our faith, we must be obedient, to believe even in our unbelief. Mark 9:24 “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

Recently when something traumatic happened to a member of my family I held tight in my prayer and I was so uptight and upset. It was a situation that was totally out of my hands and I had no control, yet I believe in God and therefore believe in miracles. I had several sleepless nights as I thought about the possibility of dire outcomes. (I was in the future when God is here in the now.) Once I gave these negative thoughts over to the Lord and said, “Your will Lord not mine,” only then did I feel peace. Once we unite our will to that of the Lord’s we become obedient children and allow the Lord to work in our lives – He is a God of miracles, and I for one can’t wait to see what He will do with our yes!

Let’s Pray:

Oh my Jesus, you are the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. You are the living water, the great I AM – you are the Alpha and the Omega the beginning and the end. I believe and I ask you to come into my life and fireproof my faith. I realize in my trials I am weak, but I know that you are strong. Dear Lord, I ask you to bless me abundantly with the gift of faith and the good news that you are here now. Dear Heavenly Father, Son and, Holy Spirit please hear the prayers that I ask for today… in your infinite wisdom and mercy my God I ask for you to bless those I prayed for and if it is your will, answer these prayers. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doing a Good Job

Most Christians are trying to do a good job. I would say I am, and I would be willing to bet that you are trying to do a good job too!Romans 15:14 – I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another.

Most Christians are trying to do a good job.
I would say I am, and I would be willing to bet that you are trying to do a good job too!

We long to hear God say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Like the master declares to the servants in the parable in Matthew 25.

And yet, so often it is easy to wonder, to question, “Am I doing a good job?”

There are so many good options, how do I know which ones are the ones I’m supposed to be doing?

Today, let me give you three mile markers for doing a good job that you can use to evaluate your own actions as well as teach them to your kids and help them learn to evaluate their actions.

You Have Authority

Do you realize as a born-again believer that God has given you power and authority to enforce Satan’s defeat in your life?Do you realize as a born-again believer that God has given you power and authority to enforce Satan’s defeat in your life? Do you know what your God-given authority is? Why you have authority?  Why you need authority? Do you know how to use your authority?

Join Lucia as she answers these questions and explains the authority that belongs to you once you make Jesus Lord of your life. She will teach you that you have authority, or power, over Satan’s tactics against your life, and you can enforce his defeat in every area of your life so you can walk in victory!

A Special “Thank You!” to our sponsors, ABC’s of Who I Am, at Lucia Claborn Ministries for sponsoring this podcast.  Learn and confess who God says you are from A to Z so you can walk in victory! .  Lucia Claborn Ministries is providing resources to build your faith and teach you who you are according to the Word of God!

God created you to reflect His image, and as the reflection of God, you have His creative power on the inside of you. When you speak God’s Word in faith, those words release creative power into your circumstances and situations.

God spoke the universe into existence with His words, and Holy Spirit made it come to pass. God has given you that same power to speak words to influence the outcome of your life and create your future. All the creative power you possess is released with your words. Words that bring life or words that bring death.

This message will be good news to you if you’ve never been told God has given you power and authority over Satan and his plans for your life. It will change your perspective on how you live your life, and how you pray once you realize your God-given authority, which will enable you to live the victorious life God created you to live.

Links mentioned in the podcast:
LuciaClaborn.com

Faith Builders for Victorious Living

Victory Thoughts

ABC’s of Who I Am

 

 

The Graduate

In this week’s broadcast we are knee deep in quarantine and taking a look back at times past. What year did you graduate? In this week’s broadcast we are knee deep in quarantine and taking a look back at times past. What year did you graduate? How different was your graduation than graduations now? Will there be a graduation this year?? If you have a High School senior, we empathize with you – but we forbid you from sharing your senior pic in support, how is that helpful?!…

 

We will enjoy a stroll down memory lane when Shauna discusses how it was back in her day (insert grumpy old man voice here). We talk about what prom looked like then, and what it should look like now. Why is promposals even a thing? Are we setting ourselves up for a big fat disappointment in the future? Yes.

 

We will also get real about what aging looks like when seeing your old classmates again; and giving Shauna’s graduating class of 1990 a heads up to ready themselves for the coming reunion!

 

But some things never change, we will discuss the three types of teenagers that exist – and these types have not changed over time. Perhaps you have a combination, or are your teens pure breads? Discuss.

 

The quarantine may soon be over folks – keep your eyes on the prize and hope alive!

 

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Penance and Spirituality

Penance and Spirituality | Do penance and spirituality go hand-in-hand? In this episode, Father David talks about the necessity of understanding that all hardships in life are worth learning from and ways to increase your love of all things holy. | #podcast #christianpodcast #Christianity #Christian #Spirituality #Christianfaith #penancePenance and Spirituality – Episode 23

Do penance and spirituality go hand-in-hand? In this episode, Father David talks about the necessity of understanding that all hardships in life are worth learning from and ways to increase your love of all things holy.

Look for Father David’s book  Evangelizing Catholic Culture: A New Vision For A New Creation on Amazon here.

Merciful Penitential Spirituality

Introduction: As I begin preparation for this “show” or podcast presentation on the topic of “Penitential Spirituality”, my mind is full of the many things which the President of Franciscan University just presented to the University community regarding necessary action in relation to the coronavirus pandemic for a specific action. For example, the closing of all public Masses until a later date.

This worldwide pandemic and its subsequent consequences are a major crisis for humanity. The impact is affecting everything in our way of life. This afternoon I spent a bit of time reviewing some of the major and minor Prophets words to the people when they had violated the Covenant by rebellion and social injustice. At some point, God seemed to say that it is enough! And he usually allowed major devastation to occur in the Nation. In other words, the people came under judgment! These were generally very painful and destructive periods in the life of the Nation. This chaos would last until the people realized their sin and commenced to do significant social and individual repentance. Yahweh would then forgive them, and then pour out his abundant mercy upon them. However, formal communal and individual public repentance had to come first. I cannot help wondering if the whole of present humanity has not come under God’s judgment because of the horrendous sins of the Nation and Humankind.

What does scripture say about penance and spirituality?

“I urge you therefore, brothers and sister, by the mercies of God, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship. Do not conform yourselves to this age, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern or know (what is the will of God, what is good, and pleasing and perfect. (Rom. 12:1-2)

Turn back to the Lord and do penance (Lent). Doing penance is being renewed in mind, heart, and spirit. Penance is a wonderful and beautiful grace that brings the Father’s mercy and the transforming power of the Spirit of God into our minds and hearts.

The beautiful graces of God’s abundant mercy are the first part of the story. However, the second part of the story is the experience of Divine love in our hearts, which enables us to generously to the power of the Cross of Jesus by our corporation and participation in this dynamic grace of this transforming union. By living a penitential life, we make up by our love, responding generously to all that God has done for us. Our goal in being merciful penitents is to live in Christ the life of the New Creation. It is all about a way of life called love. These tremendous graces generate an experience of Spirit-filled love and life-giving repentance as merciful penitents. We make up for what is lacking in the Body of Christ.

The spirituality of being merciful penitents opens the door for us to treasure each suffering and trial in the present moment, thanking the Lord for what he places before us, and gives us the strength to enter into the sufferings of Jesus, because we are living in the Eternal perspective. Many times we see our sufferings vanishing, and only love remains in the soul.

To unite our suffering to his means to enter his own dynamic of suffering love—sharing in his light, and, strength, and peace. It means to discover within us a new and abundant presence of God. To unite every suffering with Christ on the Cross means to become one with him and in him, instruments and unique gifts of saving love, by leading others whom we serve with his mercy into the Kingdom. For those called to a penitential way of life, there is a special gift of grace one is given called Crucified Love and Mercy, an empowered penitent in the New Creation—it consists of a penitent’s power, life, and wisdom for loving and serving others. These gifts of grace flow from the Father’s heart through the pierced Heart of Christ. These rivers of grace-filled mercy make us fruitful merciful penitents living in a time of spiritual renewal and reform.

 

Children Are A Blessing

Children are a blessings | Are the children in your life a blessing? For many of us we do not realize the impact our children can have on society and in the lives of so many people. Felice Gerwitz and Denise Mira discuss the blessings and the hardships. | #podcast #christianpodcast #childrenareablessing #blessings #children #raisingchristiankids #christiankidsChildren Are A Blessing Episode 33 with Denise Mira

Are the children in your life a blessing? For many of us we do not realize the impact our children can have on society and in the lives of so many people. Felice Gerwitz and Denise Mira discuss the blessings and the hardships.

Visit Denise Mira on her website DeniseMira.com and her books and free products.

A handout from Denise Mira here: Children are a BLESSING!

Have we forgotten that our children are a blessing? Family life is supposed to be wonderful or that is what we perceive in the lives of our friends (or your fellow podcasters 🙂 But the truth is that we work really hard at avoiding the difficulties in our lives and turning to the sources that sell us lies. There are many books online that promise to have the truth to parenting and all fall short.

Women are encouraged to be feminists or they are guilted into thinking they’ve shunned the “cause” if they are not part of the culture. Our churches have become secularized and the truth is there if you read in between the lines. Where is the truth? Should you just have one child? Is anything more irresponsible for our planet? (That is the biggest lie I’ve heard repeated over and over again!

Points Covered in the Episode: Children Are a Blessing.

  1. My story: raised by Barbie
  2. The most powerful resource on the planet
  3. Gift or curse?
  4. Did feminism free women?
  5. The secularized church
  6. Abortion: a new face on an ancient story
  7. The inestimable value of just one child
  8. The truth about female empowerment

Other Podcasts with Denise – Blessed is She Who Believes

Longing for Significance with Denise Mira

The Work of a Birthing Doula

The Work of a Birthing Doula

Episode 30– The Work of a Birthing Doula

The Work of a Birthing Doula answers the basic questions about the work of doulas and dispels some of the myths. 

Special guest, LaToya Murray-Johnson, a certified birthing doula, explains why women  choose a birthing doula over a traditional doctor. She talks about the advantages, and how birthing doula work in conjunction with an OB/GYN.

Additionally, Murray-Johnson shares about when you should start the process of finding one, and what a client must look for when she sets out to find a birthing doula.

Finally, LaToya talks about the average cost of hiring a birthing doula, and payment options.

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The Work of a Birthing Doula

More About LaToya Murray-Johnson

LaToya Murray-Johnson is a certified birthing doula. She completed her certifications through Lamaze International (LCCE) and DONA International. She also trained in lactation counseling. 

LaToya has been passionate about pregnancy and childbirth for as long as she can remember –volunteering, studying, and sharing her knowledge with expecting parents, friends, and family.  She believes that her work as a birthing doula is a God given calling. Latoya says that empowering, encouraging, supporting women and their partners comes so naturally. 

She is the owner of Doula View LLC, and has been performing doula services for the past 10 years.

She  and her husband, Alton, are the parents of three beautiful children– Alauni who is 13, Jamari, who is 11 and Sanai, who is 8.  

 

 

Doula View LLC

Doula View LLC offers supportive, professional doula experiences, along with wellness advocacy, photography & much more! We proudly serve families in the metro-Atlanta area.

 

 

 

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Lamaze International (LCCE)

Lamaze is a non-profit organization with a mission to advance safe and healthy pregnancy.  They also offer birth and early parenting information through evidence-based education.

 

 

 

Doula Training and Doula Certification – DONA International

DONA International

If you’ve dreamed of attending births, providing incredibly important support to the birthing woman and her partner, then you are in the right place. We are here to support you on your journey toward supporting moms and babies! Become a part of the IDI family today.

 

Easter People

Easter People | We are Easter people, that is we have hope and faith. In this episode of A Few Minutes with God Podcast we will discuss the amazing impact of our Savior, Jesus Christ in our lives. He has indeed risen! | #podcast #christianpodcasat #easterpeople #JesusChrist #Christian #ChristianTeaching Easter People 138

We are Easter people, that is we have hope and faith. In this episode of A Few Minutes with God Podcast we will discuss the amazing impact of our Savior, Jesus Christ in our lives. He has indeed risen!

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This year our Easter service for the first time ever is going to be celebrated at home. Our churches are all closed because of the pandemic and it is a tragedy to all of us so accustomed to our joyous church celebrations, yet while sad, we have hope. And I know we will give God the glory and praise no matter what.

Easter is the holiest of holy days of the year for a Christian. It is the time we remember and recreate in our prayers and services the days leading up to the resurrection. We begin with Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane all the way to His crucifixion and then finally, the day we’ve been waiting to celebrate, the resurrection, Easter Sunday. It is time to rejoice, to celebrate. In Acts 4:2  we read…”They were greatly disturbed because the apostles…”

We need to rejoice and shout it from the rooftops, my Lord lives. Do we really think the Lord is alive today? Do we only remember one day only, Easter Sunday—or is it an ongoing celebration? Do others look at us and say, “What is different about you?” or “I want what you have.”

The power of faith transforms us from ordinary people to extraordinary heirs of the kingdom of God. We long for the resurrection and the celebration of the day because it shows us that Jesus by his sacrifice opened the doors of heaven for us. We have an advocate we have a Savior, a redeemer.

1 Corinthians 15 is the account of Christ’s resurrection from the dead written by Paul – who was once Saul and had persecuted the church and its people.

1 Corinthians 15: 3-11 (read on air)  Through the centuries unbelievers have questioned the authenticity of Jesus no so much as living on the earth, as there is a historical record of that. But, whether or not he is the Son of God. Did Jesus really raise-up from the dead? There were so many eye-witnesses and many of these died rather than deny Christ.

Acts 10:34 Peter (read on air)  The Holy Spirit is given to us – but are we open to receiving it? Do we recognize ourselves as Easter people? What about those all around us who have been given the gift of faith that –once again bears repeating – is always freely given by God, are inspired to share it with others. Easter people are those who give selflessly, are the ones who look at their own families and are satisfied without looking at others. Easter people are the ones who show the love of God by their example no matter what. They know that God has never forsaken them and he does not show partiality. Faith is a gift and salvation is not something we can earn but something God freely gives. Those who are so blessed by this gift of faith are the ones who can’t help but serve others, who share their resources, who have open hands and arms and say more of you Lord and less of me.

They are the ones that believe that the cross of Jesus Christ as horrific and painful is what transforms us because without the cross there would be no resurrection, the cross has transformed suffering into the blessings of eternal life yet to come. There is more, there is a life with God where there is no pain and suffering, not stress, no virus, no uncertainty, no strife or hurt—no depression. When we consider heaven, we picture Jesus with His arms open wide. He is waiting for us! Are we willing to deny ourselves temptations that ultimately lead us into sin? Do we want everlasting life? Christ by the power of his resurrection promised to restore all things!

Matthew 19:27-28 -(read on air)

Mark 10:28-31 (read on air)

How do we want to be received? I pray the Lord is there with open arms!

Dear Lord – we praise you and we thank you especially for the grace and blessings you have given to all of us. I ask you Lord, for your help to realize that every day is a day to celebrate, to rejoice and to be open to the Holy Spirit in our lives. Pour into us dear Lord the blessings to accomplish your will and the strength to rejoice in all things. Please bless our families and I lift up the following people that I am praying for…  and I pray this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

 

 

The Seventh Word of Jesus

The Seventh Word of Jesus On The Cross | What is the seventh word of Jesus on the cross? Why is this important? Have you considered the last words Jesus said and applied them to our lives and perhaps what we go through daily in our struggles? | #podcast #christianpodcast #wordsfromthecross #seventhword #Christ #JesusChrist #goodFridayThe Seventh Word of Jesus On The Cross ~ Episode 22

What is the seventh word of Jesus on the cross? Why is this important? Have you considered the last words Jesus said and applied them to our lives and perhaps what we go through daily in our struggles? Listen to this episode with Father David as he teaches us from his vast years of experience as a Catholic Priest.

Look for Father David’s book  Evangelizing Catholic Culture: A New Vision For A New Creation on Amazon here.

The Seventh Word of Jesus Crucified

“Father into your hands I commend my spirit” (Lk.23:46). In St. Luke’s account of the last word of Jesus, as he surrendered his life to the Father, Luke mentions that darkness covered the whole world (eclipse of the sun). And the veil in front of the Holy of Holies in the Temple was ripped in two. In the Church’s tradition, the word used to describe this last or seventh word of Jesus on the Cross is Reunion. Even though he felt completely abandoned by the Father he knew the truth. The surrender of Jesus was total; his gift of himself as sacrificial love was complete even though his human body was annihilated. In the Book of Revelation we read, “Behold, I make all things new!” “All things have been accomplished!” (Rev.21:5)  One of the last prayers at the end of the Last Supper lays out the goal for Jesus and for all of us, “Holy Father, keep them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, just as we are…And I have given them the glory that you gave me, so that they may be one as we are…” (Jn.17:11-26)

The Paschal Mystery, which we are about to celebrate, is in a sense the very beginning of making “all things new” on earth. (Jn.20: 19-23) The consecrated gift of the sacrificial love of the Paschal Mystery is the divine/human, threefold power of Grace, given to us as a gift of love which, enables and brings about all dimensions of transformation. It seems that on Easter Sunday morning Jesus meets Mary Magdalene at the opening of the tomb. He asks her not to touch him because he has not yet ascended to the Father. It is a different situation on Easter Sunday night. He appears to those gathered in the Upper Room fully glorified. He shows them his hands, feet and the wound in the side. When they had time to accept this magnanimous reality, he commissioned them by breathing on them and saying “receive the Holy Spirit…(Jn.20:19-23)

Easter Sunday night they receive the mystical power of the passion and crucifixion of Jesus, the power of the glorified Resurrection, and the power of the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit as the practical application of Jesus making all things new; the fullness of the Paschal Mystery. For example, some would say, the celebration of the Eucharist is the sacramental mystical participation in Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, the Paschal Mystery.

Application: I will mention a few possibilities, however, you may be inspired to discover your own:

  1. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic life is going to be very different; may we be weaned away from an excessive materialistic mind-set and lifestyle of living.
  2. May the leaders in the Church clarify in writing the accurate moral teaching about the troubling moral positions in relationship to technical, moral, and ethical positions emerging in this country. For example, euthanasia and related suicides.
  3. In my personal life what changes do I need to make for me to be more faithful to the Lord’s will?
  4. What are some of the ways that I can be kind, tender, and loving in my relationships to others?

Behold I make all things New!

 

 

 

 

A Meditation on Jesus’ Crucifixion

Good Friday is a difficult day as we remember Jesus’ passion, crucifixion, death and burial. It is a day of sadness even though we know He rises.

This meditation is offered from the Gospel of Mark, chapter 15 to invite you to pause and reflect today on all that Jesus has done for us.

The Good Life

Let’s dig in and discuss a perspective of the Fruit of the Holy Spirit, goodness, that is often misunderstood.  Are you living the good life right now?I’ve always wondered about this idea of being free in Christ.  Does the idea of having been a slave to sin and now alive to Christ seem confusing sometimes?  How is it that choosing to follow and obey Christ is freedom in spite of sometimes feeling like we just have a different set of rules we have to follow?

And how does this all fit into an idea that this IS the GOOD LIFE?

Why is this considered abundant?

And in today’s circumstances, how can any of this feel good considering the pain, suffering, and difficult situations so many people are facing today?

Well, let’s dig in and discuss a perspective of the Fruit of the Holy Spirit, goodness, that is often misunderstood.

Are you living the good life right now?
Do you see it as a good life?
If not, what part of your perspective needs to shift today?

By the way, during this difficult time, if you or someone you know could use some practical tips for how to deal with a variety of issues that come up as a result of quarantine, I recommend you check out “Moms in Control,” a free Facebook group designed specifically to help moms out during this season of huge transitions!  Please reach out to mary@maryaldrichcoaching.com if I can help you further!

The Paradox of the Holy Cross

The Paradox of the Holy CrossThe Paradox of the Holy Cross – what has been a source of pain, suffering, and death has become a source of healing, health, and restoration. What is the antidote for the venom of original sin?

During Lent, we are called to pause and reflect. Have we got our priorities straight? Are we keeping our eyes on Jesus? What does God want us to do or not do? How does He call us to change? We pray that you have experienced the presence of Jesus Christ this Lent. We trust that this reflection will help each of us come to better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness.

As we enter into Holy Week with humility and love, we are emulating Mary’s faith in God’s goodness and mercy. We are blessed in that we can ask both the Lord and His Blessed Mother for their assistance on our journey towards Eternal Life!

The Birthday

Birthdays – Everybody has them! Praise God! And this week, we celebrate with Shauna as she graciously endures another birthday. Birthdays – Everybody has them! Praise God! And this week, we celebrate with Shauna as she graciously endures another birthday.

We are talking all things birthday, from annoying birthday parties to annoying birthday people. Choose this day which one you will be!

Shauna gives us the inside scoop on what to get her for her birthday, where to get it, what size, shape, and style. We also gather around the water-cooler to discuss how annoying other people’s kid’s birthday parties are, amen?

Shauna shares her recent experience at a birthday party depot for kids, nearly ending the night in her usual fist-fight with an old lady.

We also learn fun facts about the world during the year of our Lord, 1972. From Dawn dish soaps debut to the Carnival Cruise line’s maiden voyage, all things groovy are discussed.

Do you know what the top song was on your birthday? How about the number one movie when you were born? Those and much more will be discussed!

Don’t miss a second – and be sure and wish Shauna a hearty Happy Birthday – just don’t awkwardly sing happy birthday to her…

 

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Healthcare Careers for Women

 

Healthcare Careers for Women

Episode 29–Healthcare Careers for Women in the 21st Century

Healthcare careers for women is in high demand in the 21st century.

As a former hospital administrator, Laura Durojaiye, intimately understands the needs of the healthcare community.

Laura discusses the current  shortage of workers in the healthcare industry. She talks about what needs to be done get qualified people into the pipeline to fill these vacancies. 

Mrs. Durojaiye also weights in on the current COVID-19 crisis. She’s talks about the very long hours that doctors and nurses and other support staff are working to meet the medical needs of their communities. As a former hospital administrator, she offers some practical suggestions  to ease the load for these healthcare workers.

Finally, Mrs. Durojaiye briefly discusses her groundbreaking role as creator and inventor of the TransCart, a state-of-the-art patient mobility vehicle.

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Healthcare Careers for WomenMore About Laura Durojaiye

Laura Durojaiye is the CEO of TransCart International. She is the inventor of the TransCart, a vehicle that provides a safe, efficient transportation experience for both nurses and patients. 

Laura has been in the healthcare business for nearly four decades. She started her healthcare career at the Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina. Shortly thereafter, she accepted a position as Administrative Coordinator at North Carolina Memorial Hospital. 

She then moved to Atlanta in 1979 to manage the Eye/Ear, Nose and Throat Outpatient Clinics at Grady Memorial Hospital. Additionally, she served as the Director of Transportation and Communications at Emory University Hospital for 13 years. She also is the founding member of the National Association of Hospital Transport Managers.  Additionally, Mrs. Durojaiye served as the Vice President of Administration for Essex Valley Healthcare in Orange, NJ. She also worked as the Interim Health Assessment and Promotions Manager for DeKalb County Board of Health.

 

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The TransCart

The TransCart is a vehicle that provides a safe and efficient transportation experience for both nurses and patients. A patented innovation, the TransCart is constructed of a high-density poly-plastic material. It glides on high performance wheels that move with the help of stainless steel ball bearings and it is designed to use minimum force for propulsion.  To continue reading, click here.

 

 

Nurse

The 20 Best Jobs in Healthcare

The healthcare industry is on the rise, adding positions at a much quicker clip than the average job market and compensating employees with competitive salaries, thanks in part to increased demand from an aging Baby Boomer community. To continue reading, click here.

 

 

 

 

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Lent – Not Exactly What I Expected

This Lent?  This Lent! Not what we expected or imagined it to be.  Isn’t that just like God to turn things upside down? To put us where we didn’t necessarily want to be. They say if you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans! The 40 days are almost over – are we, am I, ready for Easter? Are we, am I, ready for a different celebration of Easter? Are we still walking with Him, step by step, on the road to Calvary? Are we, am I, eagerly anticipating Easter Sunday morning?

A lot can happen in three days …

Eternal Life

Eternal Life | The things of this world are passing but for those who believe we know this is not the end but the beginning of eternal life. A life with God in heaven. | #podcast #christianpodcast #eternallife #theBible #Bible #prayers #Jesus #Christianity #Christians The things of this world are passing but for those who believe we know this is not the end but the beginning of eternal life. A life with God in heaven.

Eternal Life – Episode 137

Recently I noticed a friend of mine who has produced a Bible study about Heaven. Apparently she has been working on it for some time. But it is so perfect for today. She wrote a book called, “Heaven: How to Experience Heaven On Earth,” which is a part of a Trilogy. She goes on to explain that when we have those wonderful soul-lifting moments that it is an example of heaven on earth. In reverse when we crash and burn and have those heartwrenching issues that happen from time to time. That is hell on earth.

How much more I’d long for heaven! For that eternal life that God promises. The promises in the Bible are amazing and give us such hope. Yet, appearances deceive us. Often we make judgments based upon appearances based upon our own preconceived notions.

Obviously we do not see as God sees! Even the blind man in the gospel ends up seeing Jesus more clearly than even those who could already see. His ability to see becomes a process just as his ability to see Jesus for who He really is and in this way his faith grew. First, he knows the Name of Jesus, then he sees him as a prophet then he sees him as God then the “Son of Man.” Meanwhile, the learned at that time, the Pharisees’ sight became more and more shallow and they were the ones who were teaching people about eternal life!

We can choose to live in darkness or light. Christ is the light of the world. He assures us of eternal life because of His death (for our sins) and resurrection. He brings us life. Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead (John 11:) Read that chapter, your eyes will be open there are so many things that happen.

  1. Jesus is alerted by Martha and Mary that their brother was ill. “So the sisters sent word to him, saying, “Master, the one you love is ill.” When Jesus heard this he said, “This illness is not to end in death, but is for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” Wow! The one you love. Jesus loves us all and here we are given an example of his love. He also said, “For the glory of God, that the Son may be glorified through it.” So he was setting giving us a forewarning that there would be a miracle.
  2. Jesus then tells his disciples that he wants to go to Lazarus. The disciples warned him about going back, and then the Lord spoke about the light (Scripture read on air.) Again the symbolism – he sees the light of the world, but if one walks in the dark – there is no light in him. We must walk in the light and ask the Lord to show us that light.
  3. When Jesus arrived he found his friend had died. Martha complained to the Lord that if he had been there, her brother would not have died.  “Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live…  (Read on air.) Do we believe that? Do we believe in Jesus and have the hope of everlasting life? 
  4. Jesus wept. His friend died and he wept.  Some were empathetic with Christ and the others were critical. Just like us today we have an opinion – we know how we would do things and are critical of those that don’t agree with us. This is exactly what the Pharisees did – and Mary and Martha were familiar with Ezekiel’s prophecy “I will open our graves and have you rise from them – Ez: 37:12
  5.  The fact that Jesus did signs and wonders was terrifying because of what? Their job? Their land and their nation? In the Bible, we read: So the chief priests and the Pharisees convened the Sanhedrin and said, “What are we going to do? This man is performing many signs. (Read on air.) So from that day on they planned to kill him.— This is ridiculous to us, right? But to these supposed righteous men it made sense. They were fearful and fear makes people do things that are so horrible. 

Even though for those who believe that we have eternal life it still is difficult not to worry to be stressed and to think that we must do all of these things to be righteous. People will know we are Christians by our fruits but our good deeds alone will not get us to heaven. God knows our hearts, and just because you claim you know God does not earn you heaven. In fact, we can’t earn heaven it is a gift given by faith. And that, my friends, should cause us to rejoice.

Let’s pray!

Dear Lord, we know you have the gift of eternal life for each of us who believes that the Lord Jesus Christ is the savior and that he died for us to set us free. Dear Lord help us to believe give us the gift of faith, fill us with your Holy Spirit so that we can live lives that are pleasing that we can be filled with your love so that we can pour that love into others. I praise you and I thank you for every good thing. Please Lord hears the prayers of those I pray for now… and I pray this in Jesus, Name. Amen.

Mission Family with Heidi Indahl

Families are the foundation of society yet often overlooked and not supported. Heidi Indahl has written a book to support you and your family. It’s not a self-help guide, but rather, a journal that takes you through the steps of finding out what your mission is as a family. Just as each person has a mission, so does each family.

Heidi suggest that instead of apologizing for being a unique family, we embrace it. She reminds us that we are called to be the primary educators of our family. Working together to craft a family mission statement and rule of life empowers us and reminds us that we are called to holiness.

 

Heidi’s book, as a download or physical copy, can be found at Gracewatch. 

You can learn more about Heidi and her work here.

the not lukewarm challengeOur challenge this week? Write a family mission statement.

The Goodness of God

Do you have that favorite recipe you can always count on to be delicious?  Everytime you make it? Mary does! Join Mary as she talks about tasting God's goodness!Psalm 34:8 – Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!

Do you have that favorite recipe you can always count on to be delicious?  Everytime you make it? I have one. It’s Raspberry Cream Pie. Nilla wafer crust, perfectly cooked vanilla custard layer, and fresh homegrown raspberries cooked with sugar into a saucy, sugary goodness that gets spread on top.  Chilled in the fridge and then eaten cold.  It’s delicious – every time.

I think that’s one of the most lovely tastes in the whole world, and yet I think that God’s goodness tastes better than that.

However there are some differences to the taste of that pie and the goodness of God.

Today’s focus verses:

Psalm 145:9 – The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.

Psalm 23:6 – Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Romans 8:28 – And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

And BONUS:
Mary’s Raspberry Cream Pie
A homemade pie that requires patience and care, but it always pays off!

CRUST:

1 ⅓ cups vanilla wafer crumbs

2 Tablespoons sugar

5 Tablespoons butter, melted

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

FILLING:

⅓ cup sugar
4 ½ Tablespoons flour

Pinch of salt

1 ½ cups half n’ half

5 egg yolks, beaten

4 ½ Tablespoons butter

1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

1 ½ Tablespoon powdered sugar

TOPPING:

4 cups fresh raspberries

⅔ cups sugar

1 Tablespoon cornstarch

Directions:

CRUST:

Combine the first four ingredients; press into the bottom and sides of an ungreased 9 inch pie pan. Bake at 350’ for 8-10 minutes or until the crust just begins to brown. Cool.

FILLING:

In a saucepan, combine sugar, flour, and salt. Gradually whisk in cream; cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir 2 minutes more. Gradually whisk half into egg yolks; return all to pan. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in butter and vanilla until butter is melted. Cool 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour into crust; sprinkle with powdered sugar. Chill 30 minutes or until set.

TOPPING:
Meanwhile, crush 2 cups of raspberries in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Boil 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Press berries through sieve; set aside 1 cup juice (add water if necessary). Discard pulp. In a saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Gradually stir in raspberry juice; bring to a boil. Boil 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; cool 15 minutes. Gently stir in remaining raspberries; carefully spoon over filling. Chill 3 hours or until set. Store in the refrigerator.

Makes 1 9 inch pie, or 8 servings.
(If you buy the smaller premade Nilla Wafer crusts, get two and add 1 more cup of fresh berries to the topping at the end. Split the filling and topping between the two.)

What to Do … What to Do …

Social distancing… Hand washing… Stay at home… Pray… Repent… Wait! what? No one’s said anything about repenting. Today’s podcast brings us ever deeper into this desert of a Lent.  Social distancing… Hand washing… Stay at home… Pray… Repent… Wait! what? No one’s said anything about repenting. Today’s podcast brings us ever deeper into this desert of a Lent.  A call to prayer was sent to Magnificat on March 25, the feast of the Annunciation, by one of our Magnificat prayer warriors. This podcast gives us insight into our current world crisis. What can we – one person –  do to affect the outcome? Listen and prayerfully reflect on these words.


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

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

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

Magnificat is a private association of the Christian faithful under the vigilance and jurisdiction of the local ordinary. The ministry is consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

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

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

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

Church Clap

In this episode we are going to take a look at some of the activities surrounding the Easter holiday, more specifically in the children’s ministry – because who doesn’t like leaving church with an entire tree of palm branches #PalmSunday. Welcome the World of Seriously Shauna! What a time to be alive, amen?! In the midst of the uncertainty of the times, it is a blessing to know we have the solace of the church. That being said (you knew there was a THAT coming), we are going to take the time, during out interim from traditional church service to maybe take a step back and reevaluate, pragmatically, of course, the way we conduct things at our local churches – in the hopes of implementing changes that will likely only benefit Shauna, still…

In this episode we are going to take a look at some of the activities surrounding the Easter holiday, more specifically in the children’s ministry – because who doesn’t like leaving church with an entire tree of palm branches #PalmSunday. We’re also going to take a look at some of the church name choices that actually exist in the world today and nobody has bothered to tell them it’s a terrible idea.

During the actual service (Big Church to Southern Baptists) we are going to evaluate the necessity of the meet and greet portion – specifically addressing the one guy who leaves his row to touch everyone…

Being in the choir is a dream to some, but the bitterness of being rejected as a choir member may perhaps have skewed Shauna’s judgment on her choir assessment, nevertheless, she presses on. From front-line over singers, to kid music being sung by kids, no stone is left unturned.

If you had concerns about women’s ministry, AWANA, of youth pastors, save your questions until the end of the program, as they may be covered in the show content!

As always, everything is in good fun, nothing will change as a result of these musings, but aren’t you glad you’re not the only one who feels this way…

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Blessed Is She Who Believes

Blessed Is She Who Believes | Faith helps us tremendously in this very volatile world, and blessed is she who believes that God can help! We will discuss various aspects of faith and how we look at the our lives in light of what God can do for us! | #podcast #christianpodcast #blessedisshe #blessedisshewhobelieves #christianwomen #authenitcwomanhood #women #womenoffaithBlessed Is She Who Believes Episode 32 with Denise Mira

Faith helps us tremendously in this very volatile world, and blessed is she who believes that God can help! We will discuss various aspects of faith and how we look at our lives in light of what God can do for us!

Visit Denise Mira and check out her books and products at DeniseMira.com 

Handout from Denise Mira Blessed is She Who Believes OMC Ep 32

Are we women of the 21st Century who believe? We can become no ordinary woman, no matter how ordinary your circumstances. Even those circumstances that seem hopeless. As women, we often struggle with ways to find relevance in the every day. The world screams at us that we must be in the workforce to feel relevance or even if we are working a job outside of the home we are under-appreciated. How can we fill our lives to overflowing so that we can pour into those around us? Family? Friends? The people we meet in our everyday lives.

Luke 1:45 ~ Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”

  1. We must live by faith!
  2. What are we at home?
  3. Luke 1:45 on REPEAT
  4. Mary’s knew her God
  5. DARE to believe His Word
  6. Choose victory every single day
  7. Earmarks of God’s glory

Breastfeeding in the Workplace

Episode 28-Breastfeeding in the Workplace

Breastfeeding in the workplace is an important topic for women since many new moms work full-time.

Although many women want to continue to breastfeed when they return to work, it can be a daunting experience. Many choose to give it up because they feel discouraged and unsupported.

Mary Muse, a International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant, shares valuable information about the in’s and out’s of breastfeeding for new moms.

We discuss ways that employers can make the workplace a breastfeeding-friendly environment and the laws that have been enacted to allow women to nurse at work.

We also talk about how continuing to nurse has enormous health benefits for moms and babies, and how providing a breastfeeding-friendly workplace profits employers.

Finally, Mary gives advice to breastfeeding moms on what they can do to help make nursing in the workplace easier.

 

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Breastfeeding in the Workplace

More About Mary Muse

Mary Muse is the founder of Mary Muse Consulting, Every Family Breastfeeding. Since 2011, she has been practicing as an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).

In addition to her IBCLC certification, Mary holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. Mary provides virtual prenatal breastfeeding classes and in-home breastfeeding consultations. She breastfed while working full-time. 

 

 

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Breastfeeding in the Workplace
Mary Muse will teach you the basics of breastfeeding basics from the comfort of your home. In this 90 minute one-to-one session with Mary, you and your partner will receive evidence-based, non-judgemental advice, and breastfeeding information from Board Certified Lactation Consultant with over 15 years of experience helping families and teaching breastfeeding.

IBCLCs help with:

  • ✔ Prenatal counseling about the factors that may affect breastfeeding and lactation
  • ✔ Basic position and latch of the infant
  • ✔ Information about practices that promote successful breastfeeding and lactation
  • ✔ Preventing and managing common concerns such as poor latch, inadequate milk transfer or supply, nipple or breast pain, and calming a fussy baby
  • ✔ Milk expression and storage for parents who must be separated from their babies
  • ✔ Strategies for breastfeeding and lactation after returning to work
  • ✔ Breastfeeding and lactation in challenging situations, such as feeding twins or triplets, a premature or sick infant, or infants in special medical situations.

Not Abandoned

Not Abandoned | I select my podcast topics typically after prayer and this topic, not abandoned was selected months ago! It seems so timely for our current situation. We are not to fear, and we have an Almighty God that calms us in the midst of the storm. Let's focus on those two points as we listen to this podcast. | #podcast #christianpodcast #notabandoned #helpwhenlost #christians #christianity #Christ #Prayer #Prayers #BibleI select my podcast topics typically after prayer and this topic, not abandoned was selected months ago! It seems so timely for our current situation. We are not to fear, and we have an Almighty God that calms us in the midst of the storm. Let’s focus on those two points as we listen to this podcast.

Not Abandoned – Episode 136

Just the word abandon upsets me. Yet we feel abandoned so many times in our lives. We feel lonely or misunderstood. I often say, “No one listens to me,” typically many times a day when my kids are home. When we apply our feelings to that of Almighty God it gives us pause.

Exodus 17:7 asked the question, “Is the Lord in our midst or not?” Even the “chosen” people asked one another this question as they traveled out of bondage into the desert. This has so much symbolism for us, doesn’t it? They were bound as slaves to the Egyptians, but we learn as we continue to read in Exodus that their minds were also bound to sin. They were slaves to sin. The wandered and wandered making mistake after mistake and ultimately while they reached the promised land, only their descendants would actually set foot upon this place, “flowing with milk and honey.” Exodus 3:8

When I read the scriptures I often see myself. I see that I often don’t trust the Lord. Why would I believe that the Lord was with the Israelites in the desert but that He is not here with me now?

Friends, we must vigilant and not let the anxiety go unchecked, anxiety leads to fear and fear leads to panic and depression. It might seem like an endless road and every time we get through one obstacle another one comes up. That is why we must choose to fill our minds with good things, with the things that will be a blessing to us and not worry or cause us to become anxious.

God is here He is providing for me and He is holding me in the palm of His hands. Isaiah 49:10

When Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman at the well – the woman was known to be in a sinful situation, she became changed and she also told everyone about the Messiah, the Christ, the savior of the world. He was there in their midst and he is here now in ours. We gather in His Name at church, we pray in His name, we cry out to Him. Why do we get upset (or I do) when someone uses the Name of God in vain, or in a blaspheme– because I know that the Lord’s Name has significance and He is all-powerful and Almighty. If he did not abandon the woman at the well, I know my Lord and Savior will not abandon me!

What can we do so that we do not feel abandoned?

  1. Spend time with God. Just a few minutes with your eyes closed every day. Make it a habit.
  2. Read the Bible. Start out in the psalms, or read Isaiah Chapter 49
  3. Journal what you are thankful for each and every day.
  4. Journal your prayer requests. Journals help us to see prayers are being answered and we will know that we are not abandoned.
  5. Ask the Lord to use you. What can I do for you today?

In Isaiah, we read, “I will never forget you, see, upon the palms of my hands I have engraved you, your walls are ever before me.”

Let’s Pray:

Dear Lord I know I am not abandoned because you tell me over and over in the scriptures that you will never forget, and you have me in the plans of your hands, you hold me up each and every day, you help me through the life burdens that sometimes seem so difficult! I want to praise you and thank you for this and ask you, my Lord, to help me to help others, how can I bring joy in the lives of others? Please, my God, hear my prayers as I pray for the following… I praise you and thank you for hearing my prayers and pray this in Jesus’ Name Amen.

Encouraging Scripture

Many times we have challenges in our life that we don’t expect. And where can we turn? For me, turning to scripture offers me comfort and encouragement.

Old Testament Verses:

Joshua 1:9: I command you: be strong and steadfast! Do not fear nor be dismayed, for the LORD, your God, is with you wherever you go.

God is with us, always; wherever we go.

Sirach 2:10-11: Consider the generations long past and see: has anyone trusted in the Lord and been disappointed? Has anyone persevered in his fear and been forsaken? has anyone called upon him and been ignored? For the Lord is compassionate and merciful; forgives sins and saves in time of trouble.

God does not disappoint, forsake or ignore us. His compassion and mercy are endless; we can call on Him and He will answer!

Isaiah 51:1: Listen to me, you who pursue justice, who seek the LORD; Look to the rock from which you were hewn, to the quarry from which you were taken;

Who do we come from? GOD! He is our rock, our Father. We are sons and daughters of the most high King. We are princes and princesses. Hold onto that, you come from strength.

 New Testament Verses:

Mark 11:22-24: Jesus said to them in reply, “Have faith in God. Amen, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it shall be done for him. Therefore I tell you, all that you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive it and it shall be yours.

Ask and He will answer. Maybe not right away, but you will get what you need in His perfect timing.

2 Corinthians 5:17: So whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come.

When the crisis, the difficulty has passed, look back and see how you have changed. How can you take what you learned in the hard times and apply them now?

1 Thessalonians 5:9-11: For God did not destine us for wrath, but to gain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live together with him. Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up, as indeed you do.

I think it is so important to encourage those around us. If you pray for someone, let them know. Send a card, note, text or call. Leave flowers on their doorstep. Reach out, offer support and encourage each other.

Which leads right into the the not lukewarm challenge this week. Encourage someone this week in whatever way is best for you and your family.

My gift to you, when you leave a comment or join my email list is a set of downloads with the above scriptures on them. Here’s a sample:

Calm In The Storm

Calm in the Storm |Can we really have calm in the storm of life as our world is thrown upside down? In this episode of A Few Minutes with God the idea of spending time with God has never been stronger.

Calm in the Storm Episode 135

Jesus calmed the sea and when the apostles thought for sure they would surely die. In the midst of the chaos, and the churning waters Jesus appeared to be undisturbed. That was then and this is now, you might say. You might also add — and Jesus was with them, in the flesh and He is not apparent now as he was at that time. Even though the apostles had Jesus there with them, in the same boat they doubted. So, what hope is there for us?

I know I’ve been thrown into upheaval by the events of the last few weeks as a new virus was discovered that was easily transmitted by human contact. All of a sudden the store shelves are emptied and everyone is scurrying to stock up on food because an order to stay at home will be issued soon. This is the first time ever in my life that I’ve been asked to stay at home because of the spreading of a disease. Anyone who hears this, no matter where you live in the world will remember this time in our history. While schools are closed and stores that are non-essential lock their doors we have more time to think.

This self-imposed isolation for many causes us to rethink our lives and all the running we do. I believe the Lord is giving each and every one of us new eyes. New eyes as we read the Bible, new eyes as we think about our lives and new eyes as we think about the frailty of human life.

But we should rejoice. Because our Lord brings us calm in the storm of our lives, in the storm of our indecision, in the storm of our medical issues or those of our loved ones. The Lord helps us and he is there for us. He is steadfast, He is our rock and our refuge. Where else would we go? We echo the words of Peter when he said, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” 

Where do we go in the midst of the storm? Where do we hide? Do we hide in the Word of God, in our prayers, in our journal, in our time with God? Our Lord is a Lord of justice, a Lord of order, a Lord of calm. In Deuteronomy 4:29 we read:  “Yet when you seek the Lord, your God, from there, you shall indeed find him if you search after him with all your heart and soul.”

In times of temptation or trouble, we cry out to the Lord and feel abandoned. Those who do not know Him I am sure are in a state of despair. If I didn’t believe in a righteous God I can’t imagine how I would feel! But we who believe say, “There is a God and I chose to believe.” He is here even in the midst of chaos and strife, even in the midst of all that is broken he is the calm in the midst of the storm.

We can choose to say things with bitterness or with faith. I chose faith – I chose time with God. The Psalms remind us over and over that God does hear us. He always hears us. The issue is with us, do we hear him? Are the windows of our life washed clean so that we can hear Him in the Scriptures in the time of prayer? He wants us to help Him to be cooperative with him to be His eyes, His ears, His heart to give people hope to reach those who do not have faith or feel lost.

If we seek the Lord He seeks us – the famous verse in Psalm 23 (read on air).

He shall comfort me – do you hear that? He shall comfort me and comfort you. We can become a new creation in Christ – there will be a new heaven and a new earth – where we will be always rejoicing. Friends I love my life but sometimes I wonder why are we so afraid to die? For those of us who believe in heaven how much rejoicing and happiness will we have when the Lord is ready for us?

We need to turn off the news and pray, contemplate and get filled up! God gave the woman at the well and a new chance at life–she was redeemed, the man born blind received new eyes and Lazarus was raised from the dead. These scriptures apply to our lives each and every day.

Let’s Pray:
Lord, we rejoice in your because you are a God who cares about us, about our every need. You know what is happening in our lives right now and we give you all our cares, we toss them upon the seas and the same way that you calmed the seas when the apostles were so worried and scared about drowning in the boat we ask you to calm our fears. Anoint us with the gift of your Holy Spirit so that we may be renewed once again, that our eyes are open to sin and we can turn away from it that our ears can listen to those things that are pleasing to you, that our minds are made new. I pray specifically for the following needs… and I pray this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Patience is the Key

How important is patience, really?  Well, today we are going to find out!How important is patience, really?

Well, today we are going to find out!

When we choose to let fear control our actions instead of allowing patience to rule in our hearts, we tend to allow our Survival responses to kick in.

We might choose fight, flight, or freeze.

In today’s episode, we are going to see three different examples in the Bible of how men chose those different responses and the consequences of their actions.

Then we’ll discuss what that looks like for us in today’s situations and what we can do to choose patience instead. Even waiting often takes conscious action.

Additionally, if you are interested in taking these concepts to a deeper level, I urge you to check out our Fruit Pursuit 9 week Intensive, beginning in April!

Simply go to maryaldrichcoaching.com/apply and when you fill out the information, comment “9 week intensive” in the comment box. We’ll do our best to reach out to you in the next 24 hours to let you know more about the program and whether it’s a good fit for you!

Quarantine Memoirs

In this bonus episode, Shauna will address all the pressing issue that one would find during a world-wide pandemic – from the comfort of her own hoity-toity home studio, that’s in her garage.There you are, nothing to do, not wanting to wallow in your own fears, but have nowhere to turn. Well, look no further, Seriously Shauna Podcast is here for you with an exciting episode that is sure to please, even you!

In this bonus episode, Shauna will address all the pressing issue that one would find during a world-wide pandemic – from the comfort of her own hoity-toity home studio, that’s in her garage.

Have you been shopping? Have you seen the ravaging that is taking place in our own hometowns? How are people not buying the important things? Soap?? Come on!

Let’s also not forget our beloved celebrities, who have not disappointed this pandemic, with their excess admonitions, from their poor pitiful mansions. Never mind that their assistants are doing all the shopping and footwork – THEY ARE SUFFERING WITH US…

Learn how terrible Shauna’s children are at social-distancing – which clearly displays their lack of home-training. We are going to leave no stone unturned in this in-depth bonus episode that you never asked for.

 

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Bathroom Break

In this episode, Shauna will go where apparently everyone has gone before, and left a terrible mess, apparently.  Bathrooms are a necessary evil, something I plan to ask God about when I’m taken to glory. In this episode, Shauna will go where apparently everyone has gone before, and left a terrible mess, apparently.

Bathrooms are a necessary evil, something I plan to ask God about when I’m taken to glory. But just because you’re used often doesn’t mean you have to be horrendous. Let’s talk about the things that bother us about the bathrooms in our lives.

I will tell you about some of my terrible experiences, both home and abroad. We will share the things we all believe about the dreaded public restroom. WHY ARE PEOPLE GROSS?!

Please note, if you do not heed the advice given in this podcast we will judge you, extensively.

The bright side of our quarantine is that people become obsessed with cleaning, so this will benefit the masses, you’re welcome everyone.

Please be sure and tell me your thoughts. Get that terrible bathroom experience off your chest! Let us know your peeves so we can share them with the rest of the world…

shauna@seriouslyshaunapodcast.com

 

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Homeschooling 101

With the Coronavirus crisis closing schools across the nation, The Working Woman Radio Show decided to do a special podcast episode called Homeschooling 101 to aid parents with helping their children learn at home. 

Business as usual has ceased, and millions of parents and children are home trying to figure out what to do for school.

Although schools are doing their best to keep learning going for students, most school systems were not set up to instruct students virtually.  Many of them are still trying to figure out how to do this.  In the meantime, many parents are in a panic and find themselves scrambling to engage and educate their kids.

Angela Paul, a math and science teacher, tutor, and former home educator, joins me in the studio for a special homeschooling session. As former homeschoolers, she and I discuss various activities, that parents can do for math, reading, writing, science for each of the grade levels.

More About Angela Paul

Angela Paul is the Chief Operating Officer of Math Plus Educational Services. Mrs. Paul has tutored and taught math and science for over 30 years. Mrs. Paul was educated at MIT and Georgia Institute of Technology  where she obtained a master’s degree in chemical engineering. She has taught at both the secondary and collegiate levels. Angela is also the founder and former director of the Northeast Independent Preparatory Academy. As the former NIPA director, she was instrumental in helping hundreds of home-schooled students get into college for almost 20 years.

Helpful Resources:

 

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Math Plus Educational Services

We recommend keeping the following items on hand for math games:

Dice (there are many different sided dice besides the typical six-sided ones), Dominoes (double nine dominoes are the best), Buttons, *Ruler (metric and English) *A metric ruler is great to use with Cuisenaire Rods. For more math games, curriculum suggestions, and other services, visit Math Plus Educational Services at https://mathpluseducation.com/math-games/.

The Cauthen Piano Studio

The Cauthen Piano Studio is now offering one-on-one virtual piano lessons over Skype and Google Hangouts so that you can take piano lessons in the comfort of your own home. Student-teacher, Adrianna Cauthen, is offering a package of 2 lessons for $25 from now through March 31st. If you are interested in signing up click  the following link https://forms.gle/S6kpEb6TRdZyKVG7A You can also visit cauthenpianostudio.com or text 404-217-9453 for more information.

 

Homeschooling 101Download books from the NYPL for free

There’s good news for all the New York City-based e-bookworms out there. The New York Public Library has an app that allows anyone with a library card (and an iOS or Android phone) to “borrow” any of the 300,000 e-books in the collection.

It’s called SimplyE and will allow you to read books on your phone, but beware, there might be a wait list for some popular titles, including the Game of Thrones series. (Check out the Harry Potter books, quick!)

 

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The Northeast Independent Preparatory Academy

The Northeast Independent Preparatory Academy is an association of homeschooling families who wish for our children to have diplomas recognized by the state of Georgia.  In the summer of 2000, nine families joined together to seek accreditation from the Accrediting Commission for Independent Study (ACIS).  We were granted acceptance on our initial application and screening. In July of 2005, we were granted accreditation through the Georgia Accreditation Commission (GAC), the premier statewide accrediting body.

 

 

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Stay in the Word

When you can’t get to Church

It’s tough when we are separated from our Church family no matter what the circumstances. In difficult times, it is even worse. We can feel lost or isolated. As Catholics, we mourn the loss of the Eucharist. It can help us to remember though, that Jesus is present in the Word. Indeed he is the Word.

The Catechism tells us:

103 For this reason, the Church has always venerated the Scriptures as she venerates the Lord’s Body. She never ceases to present to the faithful the bread of life, taken from the one table of God’s Word and Christ’s Body.

104 In Sacred Scripture, the Church constantly finds her nourishment and her strength, for she welcomes it not as a human word, “but as what it really is, the word of God”. “In the sacred books, the Father who is in heaven comes lovingly to meet his children, and talks with them.

Read the Word

On the United States Bishops website, you can find the daily Mass readings and the entire Bible online.

This week, if your Church is not open, read and pray with the Scriptures. Discuss them with your family; if you live alone, call a friend on the phone or Skype, reach out to someone else so that you make a connection.

Keep Holy the Sabbath

The command to keep the sabbath comes from God.  Deuteronomy 5:12-14 says, “Observe the sabbath day—keep it holy, as the LORD, your God, commanded you. Six days you may labor and do all your work,but the seventh day is a sabbath of the LORD your God. You shall not do any work, either you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your ox or donkey or any work animal, or the resident alien within your gates, so that your male and female slave may rest as you do.”

Your home, your family, no matter how many people, is the Domestic Church. Are you able to keep the sabbath as a day of rest? I am not good at it at all, but as it is our challenge this week, I’m going to do it!

the not lukewarm challengeOur Not Lukewarm challenge this week is to make Sunday, the sabbath, a day of rest. Do only what is absolutely necessary, no extra projects or cleaning. Spend time with your family, read, go outside, play a game.

 

And, as a bonus this week, since most of us are probably a bit isolated and need a pick me up, join me on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at 7:30 pm to Gather in Praise on a Facebook Live event. Like and follow me, An Every Day Catholic, on Facebook .

 

 

The Patience Game: Asking for Help

In our Mastermind this month, we are discussing creative ways to find support while we are waiting it out for various needs to be met. Remember that part of patience IS making requests.  Not only of God, but also of others.In our Mastermind this month, we are discussing creative ways to find support while we are waiting it out for various needs to be met.

Have you ever played a game that required waiting for a series of turns before you can actually make the moves you really want to make?  There is strategy involved in the waiting. Even a pattern to each turn we take so that all the bases are covered.  We use each turn as strategically as possible while we are waiting for that opportune moment.

Patience works the same way and in this episode we are going to discover the “pattern” to patience game that allows us to get through the waiting periods of our life successfully.

For a written list of the pattern, just check out Philippians 4:4-9, which says,

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worth of praise, think about the things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me- practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” (ESV)

Here’s the pattern:

Rejoice! (Celebrate!)

Be reasonable. (Calm, patient, persevere.)

Make requests.

With Thanksgiving.
Feel God’s Peace (Which IS promised!)

Think about good things.
Practice! (Repeat!)

Remember that part of patience IS making requests.  Not only of God, but also of others.

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Longing For Significance

Longing For Significance | Are you longing for significance while drowning in the daily struggles of the anonymous parenting world? In this episode, Felice Gerwitz and Denise Mira discuss how you are important and have value! Join us for the truth of motherhood, fatherhood, and parenthood. | #podcast #christianpodcast #womenlongingforsignificance #womenandmotherhood #motherhood #placeinworldLonging For Significance – Having an Impact as a Mom ~ Episode 31 with Denise Mira

Are you longing for significance while drowning in the daily struggles of the anonymous parenting world? In this episode, Felice Gerwitz and Denise Mira discuss how you are important and have value! Join us for the truth of motherhood, fatherhood, and parenthood.

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Handout from Denise: Longing for Significance OMC EP 31

Who am I in the world? Do I have an impact on my family? Or do I have an impact as a mom? How can I find significance when I am drowning in the to-do lists and all that entails daily life. Now add homeschooling to the list and I’m really on overload. Even if you do not homeschool your child, life can be overwhelming at times. A mom’s life is often overlooked or worse taken advantage of by the very people we love so much.

Denise Mira and Felice Gerwitz discuss and address these issues and more. We discuss that we are somebody – in fact someone very important. We discuss the roots of motherhood and how the enemy likes to lie to us in order to cause even more discontent.

  1. Somebody
  2. Perceived value
  3. Modern plumb lines
  4. The glory of man
  5. New Face on an Old Plan
  6. Every Lie Must Be Uprooted with the Truth
  7. The shepherd boy

Be Not Afraid

Be Not Afraid | In the face of this pandemic, we must "be not afraid," and realize that all of this is not a surprise to God. How are we acting? | #podcast #christianpodcast #christian #fear #worryBe Not Afraid ~ Episode 134

In the face of this pandemic, we must “be not afraid,” and realize that all of this is not a surprise to God. How are we acting? If we as Christians are not setting the example then who will? In this episode, Felice shares how God is showing her through the events of this current time that is still in control.

Wow, what the difference a week makes. I had planned for a work-friends retreat for over six months and was set to leave on Monday when I heard the news about an outbreak in the US of the Coronavirus (more information here). One person had died and there were other cases of people who were on cruise ships and in quarantine.

Within a few days, the news was filled with more and more cases, we heard of countries where the virus had taken over it seemed in Italy among other places. I quickly sent a message to cousins who live in Sicily to learn they were healthy yet staying at home to avoid others. By the time I was heading home on Saturday I worried at the wisdom of leaving home in the first place. You can imagine my surprise when I attended church to learn that the doors would remain open but social distancing was recommended and no handshaking. The ushers greeted us at the door wearing plastic gloves.

Watching the news increased my anxiety but then being uninformed is not helpful either. So, what are we to do? The first words that came to mind were “be not afraid.” I looked in the scriptures and found so many!

Scriptures that discuss why we as Christians should not fear!

Genesis 15:1
Deuteronomy 20:3
Isaiah 41:10 
1 Samuel 22:23
In this time of confusion, misinformation, and alarm we must keep our eyes on the Lord. We will never look at our world the same – but the bigger question is, will we ever look at ourselves the same way?
This time is a challenging time for everyone in the world. Not just in my home or yours but the entire world. Is this an accident, is this something that has been known since the beginning of time. I don’t have answers however what I do know is that it is a time for us, as Christian believers to set our sights on the Lord and what is important in our lives. The only precedent we have is a world war – and it has been so many years since that happened that I believe we became complacent as believers.
Today I spoke to a friend of mine who is a Catholic priest and he shared that I should read the scriptures beginning in Isaiah about how the Lord deals with the unfaithful. We need to use this as our guide to repent (we all sin) and to rejoice that we at least have our faith and the Lord. Fr. David shared that he believed this was a judgment of all humankind. Our world has become pagan and I believe now is a time for self-examination. It is a springtime of re-evaluation, not to point fingers out but to point fingers inward, to ourselves. I hope to do a podcast with him soon on the topic of Spiritual imperfection and how, to be honest with ourselves and to look at our weaknesses and repent. He explained it was similar to the 12-step program to get free from addiction and in this case, it is the addiction from sin. So many things we consider not that bad – now is the time to look at those things and wash the window of our souls so that instead of spottiness there is a clean surface that can only happen by the mercy of God.
Let’s pray:
Dear Lord, please send your mercy and provisions for us all – as you said in the scriptures over and over again, “Be not afraid,” or do not fear, do not lose heart. In this time of need, we do not want to despair but we want to take the time to examine ourselves, our souls and our outlook on life, the life we have known and the life we hope to lead in the future one that rejoices in the Lord. Dear Lord, we lift up the following intentions… and we pray this in Jesus, Name. Amen.
Scripture verses that discuss why God says we should not fear!
Genesis 21:17
Genesis 26:24
Genesis 26:24
Genesis 35:17
Genesis 43:23
Genesis 46:3
Genesis 50:19
Exodus 14:13
exodus 20:20
Numbers 12:18
Numbers 21:24
Deuteronomy 7:18
Deuteronomy 20:1
Joshua 10:25
Joshua 11:6
Ruth 3:11
1 Samuel 4:20

Pray, Pray, Pray, and waash your hands!

This is the “talk” everywhere…this is the latest and hottest topic…what can we do about the coronavirus? Pray, pray, pray, and wash your hands!

This podcast was taped at the Palm Desert, CA Magnificat Chapter’s Meal on March 14, 2020. Donna Ross shares her thoughts about this crisis – what we can do physically and spiritually. God did not give us spirit of fear but of power, love, and self-control – we need to remember that!

What can we do? Pray and don’t panic! Educate yourself.


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

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

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

Listen to more episode here!

Train Wreck Television

When the world around us shuts down, how do we cope? Most of us have been relegated to our homes under self-imposed quarantines, which leaves us with much time to fill.

So how are you powering through each day? What do you need to help decompress? What helps you relax? We are all doing the same thing – watch bad television!

To unwind, I personally like to watch two genres of television: Crime Documentaries and Reality television. Yes, watching a story about a mass murderer helps me unwind..don’t judge.

But let’s leave the Unabomber and his colleagues for another episode. Today on Seriously Shauna, we are going to discuss all things TLC. Yes, The Learning Channel is where I like to go to help me feel better about my life.

We will be discussing three of my most favorite train wrecks on television.

We will cover the basics of living and marrying as an American Gypsy, what it looks like to plan a wedding to a virtual stranger in ninety-days or less, and what in the world living with four Sister Wives looks like on a practical level

Buckle up, it’s going to be a bumpy ride…

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The Stay-at-Home Mom Resume

Episode 26–The Stay-at-Home Mom Resume

Are you a stay-at-home mommy? The ‘Stay-at-Home Mom Resume’ episode of ‘The Working Woman Radio Show’ is just the show for you!

Although many women work at a job outside the home–71 percent to be exact–statistics show that 29 percent of women are full-time, stay-at-home moms. Many of these women, who previously had careers, chose to suspend their them in order to be home full-time with their children.

As a stay-at-home mom, it’s easy to become so involved with caring for the needs of children, and forget about your own interests and development. 

With that in mind, ‘The Working Woman Radio Show’ wanted to dedicate a podcast specifically geared to stay-at-home moms. In this episode, I share how networking, doing continuing education, volunteering, and updating your resume can help stay-at-home moms remain marketable. These tips and others can help moms when they are ready to transition back into the workforce.

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Helpful Resources

Stay at Home Mom Resume Sample

Turning Mom Skills Into Job Skills

The Stay at Home Mom Resume

Faith Overcomes Fear

Faith is a gift from God that we can use to overcome our fears. It isn’t always easy, but we have many examples of faith around us and in scripture. Right in the beginning of Genesis, Abram is an example of faith in God, indeed it says in Gen 15:6, “Abram put his faith in the LORD, who attributed it to him as an act of righteousness.” We too can put our faith in God no matter what is happening around us.

When we have struggles and concerns, do we try to solve them, or do we worry instead? God gave us the mental capacity to think and find solutions to our problems. Sometimes though, we give in to our fear that we can’t solve the problem, or we think we are not capable. Call on God, turn to scripture, listen to praise music – give in to your faith. And when you do, God will see and give you more faith!

In Matthew 8, the apostles are at sea and a storm comes up while Jesus is sleeping. When they wake him up, he has stern words for them before he solves the problem, “He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?” Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm.” (Mt 8:26) Jesus is right beside us, even if it seems as if he is sleeping. By keeping our focus on him fear cannot take hold of us.

Like the sign in my friend’s house said, “Faith and Fear cannot live in the same house.” Let faith overcome fear, not the other way around. Hold onto the faith God has given to you, ask for more, rely on it and you will grow stronger in your faith, better able to withstand the storms of life.

 

the not lukewarm challenge  This week, spend some quiet time asking God what your fears are and to replace them with faith!

 

 

 

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The Workout

As our resident non-expert on all thing’s gym related, Shauna tells you just what in the world she thinks about the modern-day workout! Did you make New Year’s resolutions? Did any of them involve heading to the gym to workout? How’s that working out for you? (pun intended). In the fourth installment of the Seriously Shauna Podcast, Shauna is in rare form!

As our resident non-expert on all thing’s gym related, Shauna tells you just what in the world she thinks about the modern-day workout!

Her leggings are working overtime and It’s about time she did something about it. We will take a deep dive into her first time back at the gym after a five-month hiatus. But things aren’t always as they seem, and the gym isn’t what it used to be! Muscles were pulled, feelings were hurt, and egos were damaged beyond repair.

Shauna also takes a look at the male equivalent to the woman’s leggin – the Untuckit shirt. It’s a smoke in mirrors look for men that isn’t fooling anyone.

Want to know what new diet trends are available to you? She will discuss how not to diet. And how to navigate your way through the endless options in fad diets that you may not know existed! Don’t be fooled, her opinions are your best guide to a new you.

 

BEGINNING THIS WEEK – each episode will also be broadcast on Shauna’s just launched YouTube channel! So, if you need a face to face encounter join her here:

 

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ALSO on the YouTube channel, there will be a brand-new vlog series on The Armor of God! Visit the above YouTube link for more details.

 

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Lenten Reflection

Periodically during Lent, we pause and reflect. How is our Lent going? Have we got our priorities straight? Are we keeping our eyes on Jesus? What does God want us to do or not do? How does He call us to change? We pray that you experience the presence of Jesus Christ this Lent. We trust that this reflection will help each of us come to better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness.

When we enter this Lent with humility and love, we are emulating Mary’s faith in God’s goodness and mercy. We are blessed in that we can ask both the Lord and His Blessed Mother for their assistance on our journey towards Eternal Life!


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Patience is A Virtue

In this podcast episode, I’ll give you some examples of the kinds of ways I attempt to escape the need for patience.Then, we’ll talk about how we can patiently wait with three different encouraging focuses, to help us hold steady.The practice of waiting often makes me want to strangle a person!  Do you ever feel that way?  I’ll be honest, this is not my best fruit of the Holy Spirit. In fact, it’s one that I prefer to squirm out of at every possible opportunity. There are plenty of ways I avoid having to wait. In this podcast episode, I’ll give you some examples of the kinds of ways I attempt to escape the need for patience. You can pick your favorite one from the list.

Then, we’ll talk about how we can patiently wait with three different encouraging focuses, to help us hold steady.

Verses I reference in this podcast include several verses from these chapters:
Romans 2

Psalm 50

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Black Hair in the Workplace-Pt.2

Black Hair in the WorkPlace-Pt.2Episode 25–Black Hair in the Workplace-Pt.2

Black Hair in the Workplace-Pt.2 features a discussion with Georgia legislator, Senator Anderson. She shares why she decided to file SB 286, also known as the ‘Crown Act’, to combat hair-based discrimination. 

We discuss and recount several stories in the news about black women and men who have suffered discrimination because of wearing their hair naturally. We talk about how to effectively get the message about hair-based discrimination into the public forum.  Finally, Senator Anderson shares ways that we, as a community, can get involved and make a difference.

 

 

Black Hair in the Workplace-Pt.2

Senator Anderson is a Georgia legislator who lives in Lithonia and represents Senate District 43. She has also proudly served as the Mayor of the City of Lithonia.

Senator Anderson also served for over two decades in the United States Air Force Reserve. While there, she earned distinction as a Technical Sergeant. During that time, she rose through the ranks to be named candidate for Reserve Chaplain.

She is a graduate of Alabama State University and she also earned a Master of Divinity from Luther Rice College and Seminary. 

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Tips For Lent

Five Tips For Lent | Do you take the journey to Easter with seriousness? If so, this episode contains tips for Lent to develop a deeper prayer life and contemplate the meaning of the days leading up to this day of celebration when our Lord and Savior paid the ultimate price for our sins. #podcast #christianpodcast #lent #lentjourney #fivetipsforLent @simplelifelessonsTips For Lent Episode 133

Do you take the journey to Easter with seriousness? If so, this episode contains tips for Lent to develop a deeper prayer life and contemplate the meaning of the days leading up to this day of celebration when our Lord and Savior paid the ultimate price for our sins.

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Show Notes Tips For Lent

Scriptures to Study 

  • Matthew 16: 24-26
  • Matthew 9:35-38

Top Five Tips for Lent

In Matthew 16:26 we read for what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? I’m going to share my top five tips to really think about these 40 days leading up to the time that we celebrate the Resurrection, on Easter!  Do you look at this time with great introspection?

I mean, what else do we ever have the time or luxury to really think about our lives and where we are going? I used to hate plans. I used to hate to have goals. And the reason for this was that I am a pretty competitive person. Mostly against myself. And so I always felt if I can’t win, I’m not even going to participate. And it was a horrible attitude to have, right? That’s why I didn’t like to play games.

I didn’t make goals because I could possibly fail. What a horrible way to live and think. And it wasn’t until I got older and really took a look at why don’t I like doing these certain things or why was I not setting goals, I realized it was a self-defeatist attitude. Lent is one of those times for me, and it is a time to really delve into the scriptures. It is a time to really go into prayer. It is time to really give my life to the Lord in a renewed way. And so I hope it becomes that time for you as well.

Five Tips for Lent:

  1. Prayer and contemplation. You know, it’s taking that few minutes with God. Be quiet before the Lord. Even if you don’t hear anything, open up the Bible and you read the Scriptures, that’s the Word (God) talking to you.
  2. Forgiveness. Making atonement or amending relationships. Unforgiveness can cause us to be held in bondage. A tool the enemy uses is this unjustice. You know, that’s not fair. I can’t believe that person did this to me. Or you know, whatever that is, let go of that guilt. Let go of that unforgiveness. Let go of whatever that is and just pray blessings upon the person that irritates you. P
  3. Say no to whatever “that” is in your life. What is that thing in your life that is again holding you down? You know, it can be a giving up something like a piece of chocolate or dessert or foul language.
  4. Giving, your time, talent and treasures. What are those things, those gifts that you have? For me, time is very, very precious. My time is one of those things that I just hoard. And so during this Lenten journey, during this time of lent, I am going to give my time, talent and treasures. And for me it’s actually going to be teaching a class online. And while it’s a topic I love, just the time it took to put it together was a labor of love to help other people. And so whatever that is, whether it’s visiting family in the nursing home, or just visiting with a neighbor.
  5. Spiritual growth. It is that time to, you know, get into the Word, to read a book that may be sat on yourself shelf for a year.

Let’s Pray.

Dear Lord, help me, help me in my unbelief. We all struggle at times my God really focusing on You and really seeing clearly the path that you have opened for us. And I just ask you my God to shine a light upon our path, to help us with our focus, to give us clarity, to give us a vision, to give us that joy of life that you want for us, that you so abundantly want to give us. And I pray, Lord, that you help me during this journey to focus on the things that you want me to see. I just praise you and I thank you for all things. My God, I asked you to help me to focus and be thankful, and I would like to lift up the following needs and prayers… And, I pray this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

 

Praying Moms

Praying Moms | Are you ready to pray effectively? Well, praying Moms are those of us who don't stop even in the face of great odds. Today my special guest Lucia Claborn will share how the Lord totally changed her life from a non-believer to one who loves the Lord and has prayed her way to victory in Christ. | #podcast #christianpodcast #prayingmoms #momswhopray #prayingforourfamilies #prayingthescriptures #JesusanswersprayerPraying Moms ~ Episode 30 with Lucia Claborn

Are you ready to pray effectively? Well, praying Moms are those of us who don’t stop even in the face of great odds. Today my special guest Lucia Claborn will share how the Lord totally changed her life from a non-believer to one who loves the Lord and has prayed her way to victory in Christ.

Lucia Claborn is the host of Secrets To Victorious Living right here on this podcast network!

Visit Lucia’s website for all of her wonderful books on praying the Scriptures, here.

Catch another interview with our sweet friend, Lucia on my Vintage Homeschool Moms show, Secrets to VictoriousFaith in Families

Lucia served in the military for 21 years and she was single and then got married after 11 years of service and had three children in three years, each eighteen months apart, and she thought she was done and didn’t think she could handle any more. She had returned from Virginia to Alabama and was doing the dishes, looking out of her window, having a conversation with God, She was asking God for specific things to change in her life and His answer was that would happen with another child to which Lucia was not open.

In her mind, she had all kinds of reasons why she couldn’t take care of another child.  Then she heard the Holy Ghost say, “Well, you know, you can do it your way or you can do it my way.” And she knew then that she was going to have another child. She agreed that her way had not worked for more than thirty years.

Her daughter Katie was born nine months later and is such a blessing to their family. Life wouldn’t be the same without this addition to their family and Lucia realized was truly a miracle in her life. She learned a better way to pray which she will share on this episode.

  1. Many times we start confessing the problem that we have, it may be, I don’t have enough money to make it through the week. My child is sick, Lord, you know, you’ve got to him heal him, etc. These prayers do not show faith.
  2. Many times we say, Father if it will be your will, you could do this. We know God’s will is and pray God’s will.
  3. Is your focus on healing? Lucia began to focus on prayers for healing: 1 Peter: 24
  4. We thank God ahead of time for the healing.
  5. Lucia and her family began to quote all the blessings daily. She prays these blessings for health for wholeness, for the Lord to take care of every one of their needs.

Lucia shared how the Lord provided even without insurance, how the Lord provided for food when they needed this, how the Lord provided for their home and more. When she began homeschooling the Lord provided the needed money for curriculum. She wants to encourage all of you to thank God for all things. Visit Lucia at LuciaClaborn.com

 

Chaste Love Ministry

I had the opportunity to interview Tim Lucchesi, the founder of Chaste Love, a ministry for those who are trying to live as God calls us, chastely, rather than how the culture calls us.

A former youth minister, Tim saw so many people wounded from bad relationships, leaving them with a distorted view of what loving another person looks like. As Tim studied St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and St. Paul VI’s Humane Vitae he realized that those documents were what was missing for so many people, especially young adults.

Tim and his wife are pro-life. They give talks about Natural Family Planning at marriage retreats and have prayed outside of abortion clinics. In fact, prayer is the cornerstone of all they do.

Who is Chaste Love for?

Young adults who are dating and discerning their vocation.

Parents who want information and resources to assist in preventing their children from exposure to pornography and healing from previous exposure.

Anyone who is looking for prayer to help them with chastity.

Where can you find Tim?

At the  Chaste Love website.

On Instagram and Facebook.

He also has a new podcast, “Home but not Alone” with Sara Estabrooks where they talk about real-life as stay at home parents.

the not lukewarm challenge

This week our challenge is to die to yourself a bit by doing something for someone that won’t try to pay you back or even necessarily know it was you who helped them.

Patience: Good Questions to Ask

In this podcast episode we’ll discuss three different ways we can employ the concept of good questions to help us display patience in our relationships.Ever find yourself most annoyed at the people you are supposed to love the most?  Those closest to us often have the highest capability to drive us crazy the fastest.

Relationships are like a long line of music, or a giant pyramid.  They aren’t easily built in a day and they don’t come apart or change quickly either.  They take time to build and time to adjust.  Asking good questions can help us adjust those relationships over a long period of time while still feeling like we are working towards positive results.

In this podcast episode we’ll discuss three different ways we can employ the concept of good questions to help us display patience in our relationships.

By the way, these concepts are just the tip of the iceberg for how you can change various aspects of your relationships- even when the other person is not on board or has no clue what to do differently.  In our Fruit Pursuit Mastermind, we do a deep dive into so many other ways we can take action to love God, love others, and enjoy it.  Please reach out if you think you’d like to take more intentional action to see your relationships grow in healthy ways, and enjoy loving others in your life. Simply apply to maryaldrichcoaching.com/apply
Remember, it only takes one person to change the communication dance.
What one next thing will you take action on today?

The Surgery

 Listen, surgery isn’t so much about the procedure, but about all the funny things you see and hear while waiting on someone who’s IN surgery. Major surgery is no laughing matter – unless it’s on Seriously Shauna! Listen, surgery isn’t so much about the procedure, but about all the funny things you see and hear while waiting on someone who’s IN surgery. From the lady who forgot who her husband was to the hysterical elderly man with no filter in the next stall over, Shauna tells the hilarious stories of them all. Not only will we hear all about the joys of driving your spouse to the hospital in the early hours of the morning, we get to experience that time Shauna was a giant moron – who hasn’t had one of those?? You won’t want to miss this twist at the end! Finding the funny in a surgery isn’t as hard as it sounds. Keep tuning in to hear more of what you love about the truth of real things!

 

Do you have a story of your being a giant moron – ahem, GeM for short? Please be sure and send Shauna your stories of ridiculousness!

shauna@seriouslyshaunapodcast.com

 

Any of you driven a spouse to the hospital before the sun has risen? Any bizarre experiences with your hospital stay? Let us know! Some will even be shared for the rest of us to marvel… shauna@seriouslyshaunapodcast.com

 

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Black Hair in the Workplace-Part I

Episode 24–Black Hair in the Workplace–Pt.1

Black hair in the workplace has taken center stage in recent years.

Because of the toxic chemicals in hair products that are marketed to African-American women, more women are choosing to wear naturally. Some employers, however, feel that these natural hair styles are “unprofessional” and as result, many women still feel pressured to use harmful chemicals to straighten and color their hair.

Special guest, Dr. Andrea Christian Parks, talks about the health problems caused by these chemicals. She shares ways to help the next generation practice better hair health. Finally, Dr. Christian Parks shares some recommendations for hair and skin care products that African-American women can use as safer alternatives. 

If you haven’t already done so, I want to encourage you to subscribe and download episodes of the show by going to www.theworkingwomanradiopodcast.comYou can also find us by visiting The Ultimate Christian Podcast Network and clicking on the ‘The Working Woman Radio Show’ page.  

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More About Dr. Christian Parks

Black Hair in the Workplace

Dr. Andrea Christian Parks is a board certified obstetrician gynecologist and lifestyle medicine physician.  Additionally, she is certified as an integrative nutrition health coach. She has been caring for women in clinical practice for more than a decade. She places an emphasis on natural and holistic living. 

Dr. Christian Parks is the creator of A Journey To Wholeness, a blog where she shares her personal growth and holistic living lessons. She is also wife to the love of her life and mother of four incredible homeschooled children, ages 7 to 13.

Lent Begins

Lent Begins | Lent begins and it is a journey, the forty days before Easter. It is a time of prayer and reflection and it can be life-changing if we take the time to spend some time in quiet with God. Are you ready for the best Lent ever?  | #podcast #christianpodcast #lent #40days #lentenjourney #christianfaith #catholicfaith Lent Begins – A Prayer Journey – Episode 132

Lent begins and it is a journey, the forty days before Easter. It is a time of prayer and reflection and it can be life-changing if we take the time to spend some time in quiet with God. Are you ready for the best Lent ever?

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Mark 8:36 What profit is there for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?

Do we consider this as we live our daily lives? What is in it for me is how most people think about their journey and they are surprised when their relationships fall apart especially their relationship with Almighty God. I believe that Lent – whenever that is for you – is a time that God gives us these forty-days to do some serious soul searching and introspection. What are we about – what is this thing called life – do we want eternal happiness with God in heaven or do we want death and damnation Those are real choices and we have the free will to make them.

Have you heard the saying – to live in joy is to die to self. This is a truth – when we chose -whatever that choice is we live our lives freely and that choice becomes the way we live our life. Let me ask you what you would think about someone who is very wealthy but got that way because he cheated poor people out of their money? You probably would not think very highly of that person. Right?

Some things – some truths are black and white – very clear but others are not.

Our pastor shared this quote, “He is no fool who gives up what He cannot keep gaining what He cannot lose.” Think about that.

Our lives are temporary but how we live our lives is what the journey is all about. The Lenten journey is a forty-day journey of victory that started with our Lord Jesus Christ in the desert. He was tempted by Satan who used the Scriptures against Him and Jesus answered back with the Scriptures. Jesus lived, died and rose again in a victory that has saved those who believe.

In the history of the Bible, we see Moses and the people of Israel wandering in the desert and never seeing the promised Land because they continued to give in to the temptation and sin.

Adam and Eve when tempted fell into the lies of the evil one and sinned.

You think that was then but this is now? Friends – the sins of the past are universal.

Sins such as pleasure, power, and prestige are ones that can be used to destroy those around them. How about futility – disparity – hopelessness – why bother because of nothing matters?

What about pessimism or shortcuts – attaining things fast while cheating others ?? Procrastination, unforgiveness, putting things off –

We all sin. It is a human fact but the wonderful thing about this time of prayer is that we can turn things around for the better and while we can try to do it alone we have our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who comes alongside us and says, I am here always until the end of time!

The true translation of the Lord’s prayer – where it says, Lead us not into temptation

In Greek the translation is: Lead us so we do not fall. Lead us, Lord, away from sin – lead us Lord far from temptation.

The temptation is a suggestion that someone disobeys and commits sin – why does God allow it – because we have free will we are not puppets of the Almighty – he gave us the ability to chose.  It is to the temptation that is the sin it is what we do with this temptation and how we act upon it. God gives us the grace to overcome and Jesus gave us this example in the Scriptures – he experienced temptation and remained obedient to the Father.

Praise you and thank you God the Father in heaven that you have set us free – that you lived, died and rose again so that we could have eternal life. I thank. You for this time of Lent this time to pray and discern what we should give up in our lives – to be aware of the temptations in our lives – the sin of unforgiveness, the sin of hopelessness, the sin of pessimism or despair. Dear Jesus forgive me of my sins especially these I now pray about… dear Jesus I lift up and pray for the following… And I pray this in Jesus Name, Amen!

 

How to Be Led by the Holy Spirit; Who’s Speaking to You?

Join Lucia as she finishes the series on How to Be Led by Holy Spirit.  She will help you identify if it’s your spirit, your flesh or Holy Spirit speaking to you. Join Lucia as she finishes the series on How to Be Led by Holy Spirit.  She will help you identify if it’s your spirit, your flesh or Holy Spirit speaking to you.  Then, she will share how to listen to your heart and train your spirit to hear Holy Spirit’s leading so you can walk in victory.

Proverbs 20:27, New Living Translation says, “The Lord’s light penetrates the human spirit, exposing every hidden motive.”  If you’re a born-again, child of God, the Bible says, “you’re a new creation in Christ Jesus, old things have passed away, and all things have become new.”  Your spirit man has the life and nature of God in it and Holy Spirit lives in you.

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First John 3:9, New Living Translation says, “Those who have been born into God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, because God’s life is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they are children of God.”  It’s not your spirit-man that wants to do wrong; it’s your flesh-man!

Until you renew your mind with the Word of God, your flesh and your unrenewed mind will dominate your spirit man, and you’ll stay a baby, or carnal Christian.  When you renew your mind with God’s Word, then your mind will take sides with your spirit-man instead of your flesh-man.  Whichever man you feed the most will be the man that dominates your life.

Your born-again spirit man has the nature, life, and love of God in it.  Holy Spirit dwells within your spirit man and 1 John 4:4 says,  But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.”  As you follow four simple exercises, your faith will grow and you’ll receive guidance from Holy Spirit so you’ll always live a  victorious life!

 

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Inspired for Freedom

To live in the abundance of the gifts God has given us is not always easy. We may know it in our heads, but it is not in our heart or soul yet. It requires deliberate thought and action on our part. Why? Because it is countercultural; we are human and inclined to sin; we believe the lies that we are undeserving or not good enough; or God is not interested. I believe we can move to abundance with a change of focus.

 Remembering who He is

  1. Do you have a firm belief in God being reliable? Deuteronomy 32:4
  2. Do you know his strength? Psalm 73:26
  3. Do you know that he has great ability? Luke 8:24-25
  4. Do you know that he is truth? John 14:6-7

How can we change our focus?

    1. Prayer
      1. Sacraments
        1. Confession
        2. Eucharist
      2. Daily examination of conscience
  • Scripture
    1. Daily Mass readings
    2. Lectio Divina
    3. Read the Bible in a year
    4. Choose a book of the Bible to read/study

Quiet

Intention

How can we change our disposition?

Surrender:  Surrender Novena (https://www.catholicdoors.com/prayers/novenas/p03530.htm)

Humility: Litany of Humility (https://www.ewtn.com/catholicism/devotions/litany-of-humility-245)

Trust: Litany of Trust (https://sistersoflife.org/litany-of-trust/)

 How to Pray

Lectio Divina:

  1. Lectio (reading/listening): what word does God have for you?
  2. Meditatio (meditation): take the word and ponder it, making it your own.
  3. Oratio (prayer): allow the word to touch and change you.
  4. Contemplatio (contemplation): rest in God’s embrace.

Pray A Daily Examen:

  1.  Ask God for light: looking at my day with God’s eyes, not only mine.
  2. Give thanks: what are you grateful for?
  3. Review the day: with the help of the Holy Spirit look back on your day.
  4. Face your shortcomings: what is wrong in me and in my life, ask for forgiveness.
  5. Look to the day to come: Ask for God’s help and presence in the day to come.

the not lukewarm challenge This week pick one prayer or practice to do. Take your time, you don’t need to be perfect, try your best.

Perfect Love Casts out Fear

In this podcast we will explore several different aspects of how to recognize perfect love in action versus when fear is in action.1 John 4:18a – “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.”

This is a familiar verse to most of us, I’m sure, but what does it actually mean when it comes right down to it?  How do we actually apply perfect love to a fearful situation?

In this podcast we will explore several different aspects of how to recognize perfect love in action versus when fear is in action.

First of all, love gets curious. WHen we are operating from a place of love, we have space to ask questions about what’s going on, and why someone perhaps sees something differently.

Fear on the other hand makes declarations.  It’s decisive from a place of survival- which might keep you from dying, but isn’t always laced with wisdom.

Secondly, love is patient.  We are about to talk a whole lot about patience during the month of March, but for now, let’s settle with the fact that when we come from a place of love, we can slow down, consider the entire scope, be consistent and thoughtful and make a choice that supports everyone more successfully.

Rushing through something is a product of fear, however and leads to mistakes, more pain, injury and poor results.  You can easily identify when fear is at play if you feel chaotic in you mind, in a haphazard hurry, or you are confused and therefore just quickly trying to make something work.

Love is able to surrender, relax, and trust that God is still on his throne and in control.  He loves our people far more than we do.

Fear grasps, holds on tightly, protects at all cost, and defends- even when defending isn’t really necessary.

The kicker is, BOTH ARE CONTAGIOUS!  So, what are you spreading?  What are you choosing to demonstrate to your family today?  Which do you want them to emulate?

I hope you’ll enjoy this episode of the podcast and get at least 1 thing you can try this week to practice coming from a place of perfect love instead of fear.

Blessings!

Lent: 40 days of what????

At the start of Lent, we pause and reflect. What does God want us to do, not do? How does He call us to change? 40 days… 40 days of Lent… 40 days to change…

At the start of Lent, we pause and reflect. What does God want us to do, not do? How does He call us to change? We pray that today maybe the beginning of a holy and blessed Lent as you experience the presence of Jesus Christ. We trust that this reflection will help us to come to better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness.

When we enter this Lent with humility and love, we are emulating Mary’s faith in God’s goodness and mercy. We are blessed in that we can ask both God and His Blessed Mother for their assistance on our journey towards Eternal Life!


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Vegan Diaries – A Heroic Tale of Courage

Join Shauna as she tackles a topic many dare not. Veganism. Yes, some have tried, few have succeeded. Shauna pours out her heart and reveals the truth about her condition. She will give you the inside scoop on what it means to be a vegan in 2020. Shauna will give you semi-real advice as she navigates through the negativity of those who choose the carnivores lifestyle. Listen as Shauna recounts her heroing ordeal of eating at a vegan restaurant. You will not leave this podcast disappointed! From the wait-staff to the ill-named food, Shauna gives you the information you’ll likely never need to make informed choices at the vegetable level. Next, Shauna tackles the awkwardness of juicing – riveting!

Finally, Shauna shares the story of the time she went from a boring mom-bob to a full-on vegan faux hawk. She’ll give you the step by step guide on how to be middle-aged and still be cool – not cool to anyone else, but still. So do not miss a minute of the hilarity that will ensue…

 

Have a bad restaurant experience that the world needs to hear? Please send us the deets at: shauna@seriouslyshaunapodcast.com

 

What about a bad hair cut? We’ve all had those, can your story top Shauna’s? Let us know, in all it’s heinous details at: shauna@seriouslyshaunapodcast.com

 

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Going Back to Work After Baby

Going Back to Work After BabyEpisode 23–Going Back to Work After Baby

Special guest, Ambrielle Smith, offers practical advice for mothers going back to work after a baby.

As an educator and mother of two babies, she knows the struggle of juggling work and family.

She shares some things that a mom of a new baby might want to stock up on before returning to work. 

She also gives clothing suggestions to postpartum moms for dressing comfortably, but fashionably.

After returning from maternity leave, Ambriell shared that it’s easy to return to work thinking you can do all of the things you used to do before the baby was born. But with the responsibilities of a new baby, she emphasizes the importance of setting additional boundaries.

Finally, we end our discussion talking about the challenges of breastfeeding as a working mom. She gives advice on things to do to make that process a little easier.

Helpful Resources:

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More About Ambriell SmithGoing Back to Work After Baby

Ambriell Smith is an educator who works with the Houston ISD.  In addition to being an educator, Ambriell is a budding entreprenuer.  She owns and operates Onyx Pearl Designs, an arts and crafts, clothing store. She and her husband, Sean, live in Houston with their two children.

 

 

 

Depend on God

Depend on God | They will know us by our love and by our fruit, but if we do not depend on God how will we show others the love of Christ? Are you ready to step out of your comfort zone and depend on the Almighty? | #podcast #christianpodcast #dependingonGod #dependonGodDepend On God ~ Episode 131

They will know us by our love and by our fruit, but if we do not depend on God how will we show others the love of Christ? Are you ready to step out of your comfort zone and depend on the Almighty?

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The last podcast was on trust in God and how we often say we trust Him but then we take it back and we stress and deal with things in a way that is harmful to us. We let go and let God and then let the world crash down upon us with a to-do list that is longer than the longest highway. Those lists and those thoughts can keep us up at night and keep us in bondage. Today I want to share some ways to overcome this and truly depend on God.

When I think of those with great faith I think of the martyrs of the past or those who died or were persecuted for their belief in God. They cared so much that they would rather die than deny God. This is the opposite of what we see today and in our world, so many times all we want to do is focus on the negative or overreact to every little thing so that it gets blown out of proportion. how did we get in this state of anger or division?

I believe much of it has to do with taking our eyes off of God. If we are Jesus to our brothers and sisters, as you can imagine the world we live in would look so much different and obviously so much better. We could be joyful and help as the Lord would have us help. Instead, we put our heads down, try to avoid conflict and live our lives in isolation with walls and yards dividing us from our fellow man. Is that what God wants of us? I doubt that very much.

If we are honest our dependency is on ourselves and our abilities. Why ask God when we are capable? We discussed this in the last episode. When I talk bout depending on God I’m focusing on the outcome and the joy that belief and faith bring into the soul. How can you be in a state of joy when you are worried about all of the gloom and doom that people are shouting about on national television. Even the local news is enough to cause us to retreat. That is why a focus and dependency on God is important.

Do you depend on God to:

  1. Provide for your needs?
    1. Mathew 6:21
    2. Romans 8:28
  2. Answer our prayers?
    1. Our way or God’s way?
    2. Isaiah 55:8-9
  3. Take away your worry?
    1. Proverbs 20
    2. Proverbs 20:24-26
  4. Provide for the hope of everlasting life
    1. John 6:38-40
    2. Romans 8: 1-2:

Hope everlasting life:

What is the hope? The hope is ultimately everlasting life but the dream is a life well lead, one without regrets because in Christ there is no condemnation when you repent and ask for forgiveness!

 

Let’s Pray!

Dear Jesus, we love you and we know that when we depend on You my God you make crooked lines straight, you take our hand and are truly our Father. You lead us as any good father would do and protect us from what really could happen. You help us out of confusion and we praise you and thank you ahead of time for clarity of mind and the joy in our souls. I pray in the Name of Jesus for the following people and needs including my own… Thank you for hearing me and offering me the truth, the hope and the joy that is in You, Jesus. Amen.

Holy Spirit Leads You To Victory

Lucia continues her series on Being Led by Holy Spirit in this episode as she focuses on the Holy Spirit leading you into victory.Lucia continues her series on Being Led by Holy Spirit in this episode as she focuses on the Holy Spirit leading you into victory.

There are three ways Holy Spirit leads you: by an inward witness; an inward voice; or He may speak to you audibly.  The key is to learn how He’s leading you so you can walk it out by faith.

Being led by the inward witness is the primary way God leads his children.  Romans 8:16 says, “For the Holy Spirit makes God’s fatherhood real to us as he whispers into our innermost being, “You are God’s beloved child!” 

The second way Holy Spirit leads you is by an inward voice. Romans 9:1 says, With Christ as my witness, I speak with utter truthfulness. My conscience and the Holy Spirit confirm it.”

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 The third way Holy Spirit leads you is with an audible voice.  Your spirit man has a voice just like your physical man has a voice.  We call this voice your conscience.  You’ll learn the difference between your spirit’s voice and Holy Spirit’s voice, because His voice is more authoritative than your conscience.

John 16:13 says, “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future.”   Holy Spirit will lead and guide you from within your spirit-man instead of being led from the outside realm so you can walk in total victory!

 

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Grace, a gift from God

Grace is one of my favorites gifts from God. I know I need it and use it and ask for it very regularly. Without grace, I would not be the person I am.

What is Grace?

Grace is any “underserved gift or help freely and lovingly provided by God, but above all the utterly basic gift of being saved in Christ through faith, a grace that God wishes to give all human beings” (A Concise Dictionary of Theology, O’Collins and Farrugia, S.J.).

We receive sacramental graces when we, well, receive the sacraments. Those help us live out our Christian vocation to love God and others. When we accept the grace God offers us it is efficacious, meaning it takes effects or works in us. Habitual or sanctifying grace makes us holy; it makes us more open and willing to live as God calls us to rather than the world. And then, there is actual grace, which we receive for a specific purpose.

Thoughts on Grace

How do these thoughts on grace from Thomas Merton and St. Ignatius resonate with you?

Grace is not a strange, magic substance which is subtly filtered into our souls to act as a kind of spiritual penicillin. Grace is unity, oneness within ourselves, oneness with God. — Thomas Merton

God gives each one of us sufficient grace ever to know His holy will, and to do it fully. – St. Ignatius of Loyola

Scripture

There are many, many verses about grace. These seemed particularly suited to our conversation.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift of God.”  Ephesians 2:8

“But when [God], who from my mother’s womb had set me apart and called me through his grace, was pleased” Galatians 1:15

Grounded in Grace Workshop

I’m offering a series of webinars to learn how to stand in the grace God has for us. Come to one or all, more information is on this page.

the not lukewarm challengeOur Challenge this week, each evening, look for the grace you received that day. Where did you see God with you?

 

 

 

 

 

Special Replay: Love: The Unconditional Kind

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

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

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

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

Unfortunately, I felt very unsuccessful doing that.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What does truly loving God look like?

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

It bears all things.

It believes all things.

It hopes all things.

It endures all things.

Love never fails.

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

Meet the Host of Seriously Shauna

Meet the Host of Seriously Shauna PodcastWelcome to the world of Seriously Shauna! In this inaugural episode we meet the host of the show, Shauna Lopez (the shows name and hers are no coincidence!).

During our time together this week, we get to know Shauna and her family and learn the importance of a good education. More importantly, we learn how she navigates the rigors of Kindergarten, while prematurely celebrating her eldest teenagers High School graduation.

Think you know the importance of such things? You won’t want to miss the nuggets of mediocre wisdom given within this episode…

We also see a glimpse into the blessings of being married to an electronic man for more than twenty years.  From surviving a wedding in Mexico, to keeping a running tab on her husbands television purchases.

This episode contains pivotal information that lays the groundwork for all shenanigans to come, so don’t miss a minute!

 

Do you have a Kindergarten story that is a must share with Shauna? Have you been invited to a Kindergarten graduation? We want to hear from you! Email her at shauna@seriouslyshaunapodcast.com

 

Is your husband addicted to buying televisions? Or does he have a different prized possession? Are YOU a husband how buys an inordinate amount of electronic devices? Tell Shauna your story! Email us at: shauna@seriouslyshauna.com

 

Please visit us on www.seriouslyshauna.com

 

Also catch Shauna on all the usual social media hubs:

 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/seriouslyshauna/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shauna.lopez

Twitter: https://twitter.com/srslyshauna

Penance

Why should we do sacrifice and penance? In this episode, we look at the ways we can sacrifice and how the Lord uses this in our lives to bring us closer to Him in our faith and spiritual growth. | #podcast #christianpodcast #penance #sacrifice Why Do Penance? with Father David Tickerhoof ~ Episode 21

Why should we do sacrifice and penance? In this episode, we look at the ways we can sacrifice and how the Lord uses this in our lives to bring us closer to Him in our faith and spiritual growth.

Micky Cohen was a mob leader on the west coast. Several of his henchmen went to a Billy Graham revival, and they made a major conversion and accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Micky was very interested in being a Christian and had several meetings with Billy. However, in the end, he did not convert. When his henchman questioned him about this resistance, he responded “ What is wrong with being a Christian gangster? He was not able to see that unrepented sin was a major obstacle to being a Christian.

Father David is the author – Evangelizing Catholic Culture: New Vision for The New Creation available here.

On Pentecost when many people heard all the noise and commotion down at the Upper Room, they came and saw all the signs and wonders, and they wanted to receive these gifts? They asked the disciples what should we do? Peter answered: “repent and be baptized, every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts: 2:38).

The gift of forgiveness is a powerful grace freely given, and it consists of a wonderful experience of grace, which brings the goodness of the Father’s mercy and the transforming life of God into our minds and hearts. When we put faith in the Cross of Jesus Christ we receive the gift of salvation. However, this is not the end of the story of the goodness of Divine love and mercy. We are also expected to respond to this gift, by our cooperation and participation in the sacrificial love of Jesus to the Father. We do this by doing penance for our sins and expressing gratitude in a love offering for all that God has done for us. Jesus did indeed die for all; therefore all have died. “He indeed died for all, so that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised” (2 Cor. 15). “So whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away. Behold, new things have come…be reconciled to God.” (2Cor. 17-20)

Generally speaking, all are called to do penance in their individual Christian life, but some people are called by Jesus to do more. Therefore, some are called to live a complete life-style as a penitent. The call and life of servants of mercy,  missionary disciples of mercy, who receive the grace and its transforming power from the blood and water flowing from the pierced heart of Christ; the pierced heart of the Crucified One. The Father’s gift of mercy reveal’s his love and riches in the glory of his Son. This transforming gift of Crucified Mercy enables one to surrender himself in a process and journey of evangelical (Gospel) conversion for reconciliation and sanctification. These graces generate an experience of Spirit-filled and life-giving repentance, which enables one to enjoy a deep sense of gratitude, glory, and praise while embracing the Gospel mission of the Church, and leading others into the glorious life of the Kingdom as mercy-filled penitents.

When Both Spouses Work

Episode 22- When Both Spouses Work: Balancing the Duties of Managing a Household

When both spouses work in a household, keeping the home running well can be tricky business. Andrew and Deanna Cauthen, owners of ReVamped Furnishings, a furniture restoration company, know this first hand.

Although women have been working full-time jobs for decades, many of them feel like they don’t get the support they need. Deanna, the host of The Working Woman Radio Show, and her husband, Andrew, discuss the role communication plays in a deciding how to share the household chores.  Andrew also talks about how a woman can encourage her husband to help out more around the house or with the children, if they have any.

Finally, they discuss specific things that a couple can do to develop a plan of action for managing the household chores.

 

ReVamped Furnishing–We Make Furniture Beautiful, Again

In a word, Andrew and Deanna Cauthen, the owners and operators of ReVamped Furnishings, are Renaissance people. Although they are both skilled communications and public relations professionals, they also have a passion for bringing new life back to old pieces of furniture and for re-imagining and creating new pieces.

For more information about their services, visit www.revampedfurnishings.com.

 

Grace Church–NE Atlanta Campus

Andrew and Deanna Cauthen are the Decatur Life Group leaders at the Grace Church-NE Atlanta Campus.

Life Groups were designed with you in mind! These small, casual groups offer the best way for you to get connected. We focus on bringing the Bible and everyday issues together all the while building meaningful relationships.

Life Groups meet weekly on Sunday mornings at 10:00 AM.

 

Helpful Resources

 

9 Ways to Split Household Chores With Your Spouse

Mike LaFave lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his wife. The best method that’s worked for him has been to alternate who’s responsible for dinner each week. That person does all the meal planning, shops on Sunday, and cooks each night. Their kids – ages 16, 13 and 10 – do the dishes. There are a few benefits, he says. The daily chore isn’t anyone’s sole responsibility. It brings in more variety since meals don’t get repeated as quickly.

To read more, click here.

 

The Difference Between a Happy Marriage and Miserable One: Chores

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According to a 2007 Pew Research Poll, sharing household chores was in the top three highest-ranking issues associated with a successful marriage.

To read more, click here.

Trust In God

Trust In God | Of course, you trust in God, right? But do you really? In this episode, we will take a hard look at our lives and shine a light on all the times we thought we were trusting when we really holding back! \ #podcast #christianpodcasat #trustinGod #christian #trustinginGodTrust In God ~ Episode 130

Of course, you trust in God, right? But do you really? In this episode, we will take a hard look at our lives and shine a light on all the times we thought we were trusting when we really holding back!

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Our lives are like a tapestry that begins with a simple thread but is woven into something beautiful, if we allow the Lord entry and to work in our lives. I don’t think that any Christian would argue that the Lord is all-powerful, all-knowing and always just. But even so, even if we know the Lord of the Universe the Creator God has our best interests in mind – we fail to trust.

This podcast is mostly for me, and maybe this applies to your life as well – so here is the challenge. When it comes to our most personal thoughts, prayers, wishes and desires do we really trust the Lord? This year as I prayed (at the beginning of the year) I asked the Lord for a word – one word that I could think about and pray about and for me that word was trust. I write the word in my journal I even purchased a coffee mug with the word “TRUST” on the side that I use to drink coffee out of daily. But still, I find myself slipping into old behaviors and thoughts and yes – unfailingly forgetting to trust!

I get worried, I’m impatient when I pray and don’t feel that God has answered me. I worry about my children, our finances and things that are upcoming in my business. I worry about the weather, the time it will take to get to the store or if I have time to do the things I want to accomplish each day. Worry is a form of taking trust out of His hands and putting them back in our own. We trust that we are capable but we also stress that capability. Am I making sense? We trust in ourselves more than we trust in God.

You may ask, “Why should I trust in the Lord? Didn’t God give us the ability to make decisions, what about free will? Shouldn’t we stand on our own two feet and stop bothering the Almighty?”

Is this what you think?

Let me ask, does it bother you when someone you love asks you for a favor or wants to hear your opinion about an important matter? Or how about this, when a loved one fails to ask you for help and then disaster happens! Do you feel annoyed when you have a wonderful solution to a problem but no one bothered to ask you?

Think about the Lord. He created us. He knew us before we were born. Do you think he cares about us and wants us to ask Him and ultimately trust that His providence, His will, and His wisdom is for our good? He does care about us and our eternal souls! So why don’t we trust?

Jeremiah 17:7-8

Blessed are those who trust in the Lord; the Lord will be their trust. They are like a tree planted beside the waters that stretches out its roots to the stream: It does not fear heat when it comes, its leaves stay green; In the year of drought it shows no distress, but still produces fruit.

What is the fruit of you life? Are we upset and tired and do we feel defeated? Or are we excited to spring out of bed each day because we can’t wait to see what joys and excitement is going to happen! That’s the dream, right? Well, it can be a reality in our lives.

Friends, I know that things are going to happen and not go the way we hoped or dreamed. But you know what is probably for the better. Trust. I recently made plane reservations and when I looked at them I realized instead of arriving at 10 am the flight was arriving at 10 pm. Well, I had to buy a new plane ticket and I was upset, but I just trusted that God had a plan. Can you imagine how I felt when that 10 pm flight was canceled? Was I happy I had spent the extra money on rearranging that flight? Yes! Trust.

Philippians 4:7 talks about the peace we should have when we trust, “Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”

 

Can I love as God does?

February – if you live in a cold, wintery climate it can seem like the longest month. Maybe that’s why we celebrate love this month, something to warm us up and thaw us out. Who knows? This episode is not about romantic love, but about God’s, which is more fulfilling and constant and true than any other love.

Scripture

First, what kind of love does God ask of us?  Deuteronomy 6:5, says “Therefore, you shall love the LORD, your God, with your whole heart, and with your whole being, and with your whole strength.” That’s a big ask, isn’t it? How can we love God that much? If we know him and believe his words are true we can do it.

Look at Isaiah 43:1-7. Here we are told that God created, formed, redeemed and called us. He tells us we are his, precious, protected and honored; created for glory. And that we do not need to be afraid because he is with us through all the trials and difficulties of life.

I often forget to ask him to be with me. True, he is there no matter what, but by asking it reminds me I am not alone and that he wants to be present at all times.

When we can hold these truths in ourselves, they lead us to better be able to love God with all our mind, heart and strength. And then we can love others. I like to use Romans 12:9-13 as a guide as to how to love others; sincere, honor, mutual affection, fervent. I want to love people as if I am serving the Lord. If there are people or situations that often make you angry or frustrated, ask God to reveal to you why and then ask him to get rid of the cause of your anger or frustration.

These are just the highlights of what I talked about, I hope you can listen to the episode and hear the rest.

the not lukewarm challenge

 

Our Not Lukewarm Challenge this week is to love others as God does. Remembering that he created us for glory and we can share that with others will help us.

I Love My Husband

I love my husband and I know he loves me!  Today on the podcast, we’re talking about ways we sabotage meaningful relationships we say we want.I love my husband and I know he loves me, but sometimes in order for that whole lovey dovey deal to work out, sometimes I’ve got to get out of my own way.

Today on the podcast, we’re talking about ways we sabotage meaningful relationships we say we want.

To best help you understand this sabotage, I’ll illustrate this with a silly thing I used to do when my husband helped with things around the house.

How can you get mad about your husband volunteering to scrub out 20 dirty diapers?
How can you be angry when he folds piles of laundry?
What would cause someone to be furious over him washing the dishes?

Well, I managed to do all of those and I’ll tell you how.
It was my own thoughts that continually misinterpreted his intentions and drove a wedge between us.

That little old judgmental lady lives in my head…I don’t know who she is, but she’s bossy.

When shame and feelings of inadequacy would wash over me I assumed he was attacking me and my value.

Of course he thought I was nuts.

It’s so obvious on this side of things how much I let my own feelings of inadequacy get in the way of being grateful for his help.  It’s downright ridiculous, laughable even!  But at the time, it was not funny, and I could not see it for a long time.

How often do we get in the way and sabotage our help in this way?  Maybe it’s our own feelings of inadequacy, like I did, that drive a wedge.  Or perhaps it’s nitpicking the details they don’t get right.  Perhaps it’s expectations we have of what they should be doing to help and aren’t, that prevents us from seeing the contribution our loved ones make.  But I encourage you to consider are you sabotaging the very thing you long to have?

I desperately wanted help, needed team players, but I couldn’t get out of my own way to let them help me.  Can you? Loving other people well can involve letting them love us and then saying THANK YOU!

So here’s your one next step this week: Are there any areas of your relationship that you are sabotaging?  Is it possible that you are making up reasons for why someone is doing something, or not doing something that isn’t true?  I encourage you to just consider the possibility and begin to notice.

Of course we have all sorts of tools to help with this process and how to move past it in our mastermind, which you can apply for at https://maryaldrichcoaching.com/apply

But while you are signing up consider what one way could you be tying your own hands.  How might you be interpreting someone’s generosity and love as an attack? What one next step will you take today to love that person well?

Hey, next week, we’ll discuss another aspect of loving well.  We’ll talk about two different aspects of curiosity and how they can light a fire in your relationship that helps it grow exponentially and how you can change the whole dynamic of everything between you and another person in just one sentence.

Until next time, take care and love God, love others, and enjoy it!

 

Pray the Angelus with the Magnificat Central Service Team

Pray the Angelus with the Magnificat Central Service TeamWe invite you to pray the Angelus with the Central Service Team of Magnificat. We echo Our Lady’s surrender to God’s perfect will to be the Mother of the Redeemer. Please join us daily, using this podcast as part of your prayer time.

Traditionally, the Angelus is prayed three times daily: at 6 am, noon and 6 pm although you can pray it at any time! It is sometimes accompanied by the ringing of the “Angelus bell” in places such as Vatican City and parts of Germany and Ireland. The Regina Coeli prayer replaces the Angelus during the Easter season.

The Angelus reminds us of the Annunciation when the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary with great news! As we read in Luke 1: 26-38, God wished Mary to be the mother of His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ!

The Angelus pays tribute to a crucial aspect of Mary’s role in the Incarnation as it quotes Luke 1: 38 “be it done to me according to thy word”. This wonderful event could not have happened without her consent. Her “fiat” shows the ultimate example of trust in our Creator!

The Angelus completes its short summary of the Incarnation with the moving reference to our Lord from John’s Gospel: “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us” (John 1:14).

When we pray the Angelus with humility and love, we are emulating Mary’s faith in God’s goodness and mercy. We are blessed in that we can ask both God and His Blessed Mother for their assistance on our journey towards Eternal Life!

The New Working Woman

Episode 21–The New Working Woman: Landing Your First Job After College

Special guest, Jessica Harden, shares about being a new working woman. In our interview, she gives tips on how to land your first job after college.

Additionally, we discuss the benefits of internships, how to write a strong resume, and what to do to prepare for an interview.

Finally, Jessica shares about the roles that mentors play in helping the college students and how networking and social media play in securing your first position.

 

 

 

Helpful Resources

How To Land Your First Job After College

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Securing that first job after college can be a daunting prospect for many seniors and recent graduates. However, you can take charge of the process by following a few simple tips and strategies to land a job that will help get your career off to a positive start.

To read the rest of the article, click here.

 

More About Jessica Harden

The New Working Woman Jessica Harden

Jessica Harden is a graduate of Georgia State University’s early childhood education program. Since graduation, she has been a 4th grade teacher for 3 years now in Tucker, GA. Her career passion revolves around serving the English Language learner community through equitable and just educational services.

Jessica is a former homeschool student who loves to spend her free time traveling to places around the globe.

 

 

Please subscribe and download episodes of the show by going to www.theworkingwomanradiopodcast.comYou can also find us by visiting The Ultimate Christian Podcast Network and clicking on the ‘The Working Woman Radio Show’ page.  

Seriously Shauna

Welcome to the world of Seriously Shauna!

We are glad you are here.

It has been said, laughter is the best medicine for whatever ails you. Who among us hasn’t found this to be true? The world clutters our minds with heavy things, that require a major brain cleanse to reset! I am happy to say you have found the balm for your soul! While it’s true, time with me will likely not make your problems go away, it will help you to remember laughter is a necessary part of life.

I’m Shauna Lopez, host of Seriously Shauna podcast and a homeschool mom of five boys. I am a Christian speaker and entertainer.  I have lived through many trials and triumphs and have learned to find the funny in the ordinary. There is nothing better than enjoying a laugh amongst friends, especially when you’re having trouble finding anything to laugh about. Join me as we venture through the stuff of life, family, and things that make us all face palm.

Each week we will discuss the ridiculous things that happens to each of us and unite under the same banner – Funny is everywhere if you’re paying attention.

Please listen and subscribe! We will post a new episode every Wednesday for your mid-week listening pleasure…


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https://www.seriouslyshauna.com

And our Families website:

https://www.adoptionishard.com

You can also find me at the usual social media hubs:

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https://www.instagram.com/seriouslyshauna/

Renew Your Mind

Renew Your Mind ~ Episode 129

It’s time to renew your mind with a mini-retreat! Every once in a while we need to be filled up to overflowing so we can be a joyful Christian and others can look at us and say, “I want what they have!” Are you joyful? No? Well, in this episode I’ll share some ways to change for the better!

Thanks to our sponsor Media Angels, and the books A Few Minutes with God and One More Child

I was listening to an inspirational speaker who grew her business way beyond her imagination. She was able to help to provide for her family after her husband was ill and then became disabled. One of the things that resonated was when she shared that she would time everything in her life even her prayer time, and when she gave God her time she would constantly look at her watch. She realized this was not what she should be doing and when she gave her time to God her prayer life grew.

Stress is a huge factor in our lives. Those who get to a breaking point or are overwhelmed are often the same ones who do not take the time with the Lord. This is a reminder for myself as well as for you! IF we take the time with God another blessing comes. The Lord is asking us to slow down and spend more time with him! We will recover and receive Divine Strength and who doesn’t want that!

Renewing your mind is so important and if you listened to my last episode on the Ten Lies of Satan you will find that we get worn down by the lies of the enemy when we do not know what our Christian faith means. I can’t tell you how God works because our Almighty Father, the creator of heaven and earth is a mystery the more I learn the more I want to learn. But I can tell you this. God does not create junk and the enemy would like you to think that you are not worthy, or too sinful, or not good enough, or you need to be perfect, or you can’t trust or forgive, and on an on. But no, God loves you, baggage and all and He wants to fill you up with his love, peace, joy and grace!

Renew Your Mind

  1. Find a place that is quiet and you can relax and pray.
  2. Be ready. Don’t try this when you have laundry to do or something else pressing.
  3. Brew your favorite drink or grab a glass of water. You don’t want to give yourself excuses to get up!
  4. Play background music quietly if helps. No words just instrumentals. You can also use sounds of nature if those help you to relax.
  5. Set aside at least fifteen minutes or more. Don’t wear a watch!

Mini-Mind Renewal Retreat:

  1. Start with a prayer welcoming God. Thank you, Lord for every good thing. I want to give you this time my God to worship you, and to thank you. Please fill me with the joy that surpasses all understanding and fill me to overflowing. Again – in your own words.
  2. Praise and worship. Either use music or pray a litany such as I praise you, Lord, you are the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning, and the end, You are the Almighty King of Kings the Lord of Lords. Just praise God. If you have difficulty you can find something online or in a prayer book or your favorite song. This is important to come into God’s presence.
  3. Read the Holy Bible. Slowly and savor each word. It can be a short passage to begin with.
  4. Write in a journal or just let the words wash over you. Does anything resonate?
  5. Meditate on these thoughts and add some of your own:
    1. What I am is God’s gift to me and what I become is my gift to God!
    2. God’s Word is an everlasting rock.
    3. God’s will is always accomplished.
    4. Salvation is dependent on knowing the truth and acting on this knowledge.
    5. Make a friend of Jesus, be a friend of Jesus, make a friend yourself and introduce your new friend to Jesus!
    6. Picture Jesus calming the sea and you are in the boat with Him. What does he say? What do you learn?
    7. The invisible God becomes visible when we spend time with Him.
    8. What I am is God’s gift to me and what I become is my gift back to God.
    9. Everything good thing comes from God.
    10. God is good all the time. More of God and less of me!

Let’s pray:

Dear Lord first give me the time to spend time with you. I want to do this every day but I especially want to do this in a retreat with you. I thank you Lord for every good thing that you have given me! I ask you Lord for the grace to be aware of the sin in my life and to avoid it. I pray my God that I put you first above everything else and I choose you! Dear Lord, I ask for the following prayer intentions:

I praise you and I thank you ahead of time for all answered prayer. And I pray this in the Name of Jesus, Amen!

Legos – a way to give glory to God

When I think of Legos I recall, not very fondly, all those little pieces that needed to be picked up off the floor. Secretly, I was glad my children played with them occasionally rather than having them out all the time with works in progress. John Kraemer though, has them out all the time, pretty much taking most of the space in his living room as he works on constructing Lego people-sized parishes and churches. John is the founder and sole builder of the Lego Church Project, with 20 seasons of construction behind him, he is just now starting on season 21. This season, he was prompted to dedicate his new piece to the Blessed Mother.

John’s Inspiration

When John was younger, he recalls seeing replicas of famous sites, like the Statue of Liberty, done with Legos by adults. As he grew and his faith became more important to him, he thought, “Why not churches?” And so, he began to construct churches out of Legos, complete with people in pews, doors and windows, an altar, tabernacle and pretty much everything else you see in a Catholic Church.

Building Logistics

These projects are a labor of love, taking up to two months to create and over 20,000 pieces. Last year John used 25,000 pieces and that included doors and windows that open. He then works with various parishes local to the Saginaw, MI area where he lives to bring the project to them. John does not drive due to his cerebral palsy, so he relies on help to get his work where it needs to go. One parish that always hosts, from Advent to Christmas, is his home parish of Christ the Good Shepherd in Saginaw.

Why do this?

As John builds, he prays for the Church, for those with disabilities and everyone struggling to find a place in the Church. He believes that we are all called to evangelization in our own creative ways and that there is hope in the face of darkness.

His creations bring joy to both children and adults. For the children, he puts in little surprises, like a superhero at Mass or a Star Wars saber in a corner. Often people come to see the display and then stay for Mass. It is certainly a very non-threatening way to draw people into a parish!

To learn more, follow John’s Facebook page.

the not lukewarm challengeAnd our Not Lukewarm Challenge this week is from John!

How can you use your talents for God?

How to Love

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” - John 15:12  This seems like it is a pretty clear commandment from Jesus, however our current society seems to have a very different definition of what is required to love others well.“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” – John 15:12

This seems like it is a pretty clear commandment from Jesus, however our current society seems to have a very different definition of what is required to love others well.

Here’s some statements that perhaps you’ve heard,even in some Christian circles:

“If someone is draining your energy, walk away.”
“Avoid people who repeatedly do and say things that they know upset you.”
“Sometimes you just have to remove people without warning.”
“You don’t owe anyone anything except the same amount of respect they show you.”
“It’s so nice when toxic people stop talking to you, it’s like the trash took itself out.”
“There is nothing wrong with avoiding people who hurt you.”
“The best way to deal with a toxic person is not to deal with them at all.”

Wow.  Pretty clear message.  Anyone who is a wreck, isn’t worth your time and energy.

 

But does this line up with the command of Jesus to love others as he loved us?

I’m going to suggest no.

What is Love?

Love is: the commitment of my will and resources to another person’s best interest regardless of the cost to me.

Does this line up with how Jesus loves you?

If we agree that this definition is an accurate description of Jesus love for us, then we can use basic logic to determine that this is also the instruction and challenge he gives us when he says to love others the same way.

I’m not gonna lie, it’s a pretty tall order.

When people take advantage of me and I feel cheated- I want to say, “NO!” It’s my turn to have my best interests come first!

Listen, if loving others doesn’t feel painful sometimes, you probably aren’t doing it right.
It’s probably more about loving yourself than it is about loving them.

Loving people in such a way that it never stings, feels hard, or causes us any kind of suffering isn’t sacrificial.  Sure, there are many times love is mutual, we equally equally benefit, we both enjoy each other’s company, we each get something out of it.  That’s ok.

But we have only to look at the example of Jesus to know that sometimes love costs everything.  He was tired and went away from the crowds to be alone and rest.  They followed him and he had compassion on them and allowed it.

And of course, he loved us so much that even though he knew he was about to die one of the most brutal deaths on the cross- and it was stressful- we know it was because he was sweating blood! He decided that love was worth the cost, worth the cost of stress, of death, of being misunderstood, the cost of torture, the cost of agony, the cost of being completely alone. It cost him everything to love us.

Are we willing to let love cost everything?  It’s a little different perspective than “there’s nothing wrong with avoiding people who hurt you,” isn’t it?

Now, let’s also address the elephant in the room.

How do we know when to stop?  Is there a time it’s ok to say enough?  How do we determine when that time is?

First, when Jesus was under two year old and people were trying to kill him, he ran away to Egypt.

Second, when he was instructing his disciples to go preach in villages, he indicated that if the people there did not accept him, to leave, shake the dust from their sandals- Matthew 10:13-14; Mark 6:11; Luke 10:11; Acts 13:51

It can’t just be because they were getting insulted, or despised, or unwelcomed because there’s plenty of times when he instructs us to press on in those situations.

If it isn’t about the cost to me, what else can it be about?

Well, what if it’s about the other person’s best interest?

When Jesus fled to Egypt with his parents, it was in the whole world’s best interest for him to stay alive at that time.  When it was time for him to die on the cross, it was in the whole world’s best interest for him to surrender to that calling.

When he pulled away from a crowd, he knew it was in their best interest that  he get some rest.  Have you ever needed rest and knew that it would be good for everyone if that was the priority- even if they weren’t happy about it?

When we attempt to share Jesus with others and they resist, often it IS in their best interest for us to walk away and allow the Holy Spirit to work on them how he will.

And I dare say that to allow others to continue in sin, whether that’s enabling them to remain an alcoholic or a hoarder, or continuing to allow them the opportunity to abuse another person- even if that person is YOU- is not in THEIR best interest.

Listen, you don’t have to take my word for it, but I encourage you to test this definition out.

Their best interest- it’s why I continue to sit in the passenger seat in spite of the certainty of death that I feel when my teenage boys are practicing their driving skills.

Now, you may make a decision and be wrong about it.  You may do the best you can and then discover that perhaps a different choice was in their best interest.  We aren’t God, so we don’t have the added advantage of being 100% right all the time.  But I can say this, that if we are called to love as Jesus loves, then this is a healthy stand to make decisions from on how to love others as Jesus loves us.

Don’t buy into the lie that you will be happier by cutting out everyone who offends you, takes more than they give sometimes, causes you to experience physical stress, or drains your energy.  That kind of life is not going to satisfy, because it’s not who God made us to be.

I hope you’ve found this podcast as thought provoking as I did when I put it together.  I encourage you to take one relationship and consider how you might apply this definition of love to it.  Test it out.

And I hope you are excited about this month focused all on the Fruit of the Holy Spirit: LOVE.
Next week I’m looking forward to sharing some fun stories about how I LOVE my husband, and how he loves me. If you are married, or planning to be- that’ll be an episode you don’t want to miss.  If you are neither, don’t worry- there are ways to apply what we’ll be discussing to even friendships in your life.

If you want more bite size strategies for how to love your people well, I encourage you to apply for our Fruit Pursuit Mastermind where we get specific. You can apply at:  maryaldrichcoaching.com/apply

Until next time, take care and love those people well!

Lies We Believe

10 Lies We Believe | We all do it we believe lies. There are ten lies we believe! The worse thing? The lies we believe are by definition not true! | #lies #podcast #ChristianPodcastTen Lies We Believe ~ Episode 128

We all do it we believe lies. There are ten lies we believe! The worse thing? The lies we believe are by definition not true! We give the enemy credit when all the credit should go to Almighty God! In this episode, we explore the most common lies and ways to combat them.

Thanks to our sponsor Media Angels, and the books A Few Minutes with God and One More Child

Why do we believe lies? Because many of us are wounded in some way or like to think of ourselves as broken. We are shaped by so many of life’s events. Sometimes it is our own sins, the sins of others, the death of a loved one, or a tragedy within a family. These things shape us and how we consider the future choices we make. God predestines no one to hell! God is the creator, he is love, truth, goodness, beauty. When we see those things in our world they originate from God. Sin is the refusal to live in the beauty that is God. God’s mercy allows us to choose. God never forces His love upon us, he respects human dignity and our free will.

Think about this. Hell is a testimony to God’s respect to our freedom. Love redeemed us and won heaven for us. God will not violate our capacity for choice. So if we want to believe the lies of the enemy we have freedom to do this. The only thing we can give ourselves credit for is sin – every good thing comes from God!

Remember the song, “…and they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love. Yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our love…” I use to think that it was an injustice that I was not showing others God’s love because I did not feel His love myself. I was under a false impression. I believed the lies of the enemy. In my steps as a Christian, I had learned about God’s unconditional love – meaning we don’t need to work at it or earn it, yet I believed that God’s punishments were very real and the thought was depressing. Lies these are all lies. It took me years to undo and become free from these lies! And, friends, this freedom is amazing and I pray this for all of you listening today as well.

Jesus spoke about Satan in the Holy Bible, he said the enemy is the “Father of lies.”

John 8:44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

John 8:45-47 Jesus continues… “Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me! Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? 47 Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.”

If we can not hear what God says in the Word, from our pastors and from our prayers, the bigger question is, “Who DO you belong to?”  The first step in combatting the lies of the enemy is to recognize them. Evil is frightening and how do we respond to evil? First by recognizing it! We often credit the evil one with the things that belong to God. At the root of evil is pride – the root of all sin.

Top Ten Lies of Satan

  1. Satan is a myth. Does Satan really exist? The enemy likes people to believe he does not exist – God is a myth and all of this “penance” or “fasting” or “being good” or “faith” is a tall tale. My question is to people who do not believe in God, “If you believe in God and there is no heaven, you are assured a life where good is called good and evil is called evil. There is no confusion. But if you do not believe in God, and you follow the ways of the enemy (because of course, you are following Him – he has already duped you in believing he does not exist) and then you die and learn there is God. What is the alternative? A life in eternal damnation because a person who denies God and lives a life without God in it will turn their back on God eternally. Our pastor calls it the fundamental option.) I feel sorry for those who do not believe because they are missing an amazing joy! The joy of the love of a benefactor, a Father who loves us not matter what! We have the choice of obedient love or self-seeking which often leads to destruction. What I am is God’s gift to me and what I become is my gift to God!
  2. Not good enough – false pride- You are sinful and therefore not good enough to follow God. God made us on the sixth day of creation and He said it was “very good” therefore, God made us good. I know there are plenty of people out there that will argue with this statement. So, let’s look at Genesis 1:26-31

    26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so. 31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.                                                                 So the question I have for you to think and pray about is this, if God made us good why do we think we are destined for evil, yes we adopted a “sin nature” as the term goes from Adam and Eve but that is why Jesus came! To take on our sins. Think about it.

  3. You must be perfect to be a Christian, and if you are not you fall short. First, there is no perfection outside of heaven but that does not mean we do not try. Secondly, we can not be perfect again this doesn’t mean we are lazy Christians but we don’t become holy by the way we dress or act toward others. Instead, the way we dress or act is an extension of our love of God and His goodness within us. It is a flow-through not a doing it on our own strength.
  4. Doubt — don’t believe what God says. Satan wants us not to believe what God says. Read Genesis 3:1-4

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”

“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

We must believe that when God says it, He means it. And do not believe or doubt God!

5. God Punishes You –– If you are a Christian nothing bad can happen to you. (So when bad things happen to good people, obviously God let you down or there is no God. God punishes you for your sin. Sin does have a consequence and a recourse but we must believe that God is good all the time and all the time, God is good!

6. Guilt, Envy, Infidelity – The evil one will tell you that these things are not bad but they are serious. Guilt can eat us up and make us focus on the problem or the issue rather than the solution. Envy is another one of those sins that takes our eyes off of God. Infidelity – well, enough said. Sins may start small but then it snowballs, and as you’ve heard there is no small sin.

7. You can’t trust God you have to do things yourself.  This is such a lie, we can trust God and we can ask God for help. You know you are believing this lie if you do not ask the Lord for help throughout the day!  Do you say, “I need your help Lord. How do I do this? or How can I carry on?” Or is it that I must take charge and take care of the issue without God’s help? God gives us the ability to handle things but a little prayer can go a long way to finding a solution.

8. Small Sins are not bad. Everyone sins – and your sins are just not that bad compared to everyone else. This is a truth I have heard people say! We are living a life after the fall is a battle. It is good against evil. Good is the promise of everlasting life and evil is the promise of a wonderful life on this earth without any thought of an afterlife.

9. God can never forgive you for your past sins, so why try. Your past does not define you. We are stuck in the past or worried about the future but miss that God is here now. And today? He gives us grace for today! Not for yesterday, or for tomorrow. This can cripple you and make you depressed. You may feel that God has punished you in some way due to past sins. You are a child of God! God lived, died and rose again to give us eternal life. He shouldered that pain and burden when He carried the cross. By His stripes, we are healed. Christ died for you and for me and now lives to give us abundant life! Ask for forgiveness, if you can go to your pastor – if you are Catholic go to confession and let it go!

10. Judgmental – We see the sins and failings of others and use that as an excuse to say that all Christians are hypocrites. Of course, some are and ruin it for the rest of us, but the majority of Christians that want to love and serve the Lord are too busy with their own lives to worry about the lives of others. This goes for our adult children. We can pray for them but must allow them to make their own mistakes. Intervention time is when they live under your roof! Christians do not put each other down or point out each others sins – not unless someone asks you! Committed Christians also give don’t flaunt their “holiness” in fact you will know someone is a good Christian if they don’t believe they can ever outgive God and they give God all the glory!

So how do you combat the lies?

  1. Pray. Keep your eyes focused on God. The #1 Satan buster is prayer. Even if it is just, “Jesus.” or “Jesus help me!” God hears us.
  2. Arm yourself with the power of Scripture – pray this verse daily! Ephesians 6:10-12 – I love Ephesians 6:10-12 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
  3. Surround yourself with like-minded Christians. This is so important!
  4. Go to church. I go to Mass each day as much as I can. By the time I get home, and I feel joyful!
  5. Listen to praise and worship music. It is difficult to believe the lies of the enemy when we are infused in a joyful atmosphere.

Friends, every day we have a choice. We can be obedient and love the Lord with our whole hearts and ignore those lies or be self seeking which leads to death! Often we chose the world over God! God wishes that we do not rest upon anything other than the infinite goodness of God!

Let’s pray:

Dear Heavenly Father, our Lord Jesus, and the Holy Spirit please hear our plea to help us to combat the lies of the enemy who is fighting for our soul. We know you have won the battle by your life, death, and resurrection. You are so much greater than the forces of darkness. You are the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, the Name above all Names and we claim the healing power of You God in our lives. We ask that you help us to combat those lies that we hear in our minds and instead give us words to praise and worship you. I pray for those that are in need of your healing and I lift up the following prayer intentions … and I pray this in Jesus’ Name, Amen.