20 Nov 2014 2 Comments
03 Nov 2014 Leave a comment
Helpful information for survivors, or somebody who knows a survivor, to consider. Especially, when OUR society continues to do what it’s always done, ignore it. It’s time to find your VOICE and defend the next generation!
Originally posted on survivorsjustice:
Did you know there are presently about 50 million Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse in our society today? Did you know (1 in 3) children are being harmed in some form, and 1593 deaths related to child abuse were reported in 2012? The proof can be found on the Child Maltreatment Report published by Butterfly Dreams, Patricia A. McKnight April 2013
Please click on the ‘Child Abuse’ page of our website to learn a lot more about the reality of child molestation. Do you know it rarely leaves any physical signs that you will ever see or notice? Do you know that early intervention relies on watching the child’s behavior and how they interact with other persons, other children, their toys, and a lot of what they say in playtime when they think you are NOT listening. Keep your ears & eyes open!!
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13 Oct 2014 2 Comments
I adore Oswald Chamber’s classic book, My Utmost For His Highest.
Last night, hubby read the following words, and I knew the Holy Spirit spoke to my stubborn heat.
“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)
Isn’t it humiliating to be told that we must come to Jesus? Think of the things about which we will not come to Jesus Christ. If you want to know how real you are, test yourself by these words-”Come to Me…”
In every dimension in which you are not real, you will argue or evade the issue altogether rather than come; ou will go through sorrow rather than come; and you will do anything rather than come the last lap of the race of seemingly unspeakable foolishness and say, “Just as I am, I come.” As long as you have even the least bit of spiritual disrespect, it will always reveal itself in the fact that you are expecting God to tell you to do something very big, and yet all He is telling you to do is to “Come….”
“Come to Me….” When you hear those words, you will know that something must happen in you before you can come. The Holy Spirit will show you what you have to do, and it will involve anything that will uproot whatever is preventing you from getting through to Jesus. And you will never get any further until you are willing to do that very thing. The Holy Spirit will search out that one immovable stronghold within you, but He cannot budge it unless you are willing to let Him do so.
How often have you come to God with your requests and gone away thinking, “I’ve really received what I wanted this time!” And yet you go away with nothing, while all the time God has stood with His hands outstretched not only to take you but also for you to take Him. Just think of the invincible, unconquerable, and untiring patience of Jesus, who lovingly says, “Come to Me….”
Now, I must make a decision…what about you?
07 Oct 2014 Leave a comment
So, we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 1 John 4:16 (ESV)
I don’t know about you, but I spend too much time thinking that I’m unlovable. I stop and ask myself, why do I feel this way?
Then, I realize that this is a lie the enemy wants me to believe about myself and he uses it against me when I let my guard down.
Back when I was a teenager, living in California, us hippies held up Peace, Make Love, Not War, or Let’s Boogie signs. But, one sign my heart had a hard time believing was that God is Love. My view of God’s love didn’t exist.
Many years later, I’ve realized that it’s the truth of God’s Love for me that’s brought me through the darkest paths imaginable.
Taped to my desk wall is a good reminder of what God wants for my life and what Satan uses to destroy me.
God wants to still me, lead me, enlighten me, forgive me, calm me, encourage me, and comfort me.
Satan’s schemes rush me, frighten me, pushes me, confuses me, condemns me, stresses me out, discourages me, and worries me.
Don’t let Satan’s lies win or wipe out what God has planned for you.
Jesus died for me and His Love lives through me.
What about you? Where are you in your spiritual journey? Are you living in God’s love?
03 Oct 2014 Leave a comment
Wow! Thank you so much for this post Christine. I can really relate to your story.
Originally posted on WordPress.com News:
Before that, she was using a pseudonym on WordPress.com to blog about her experiences, share details about her life, and practice her writing. In 2007, shortly after New Year’s Day, Lee wrote the following in a blog post:
something in my brain burped. most of what i want to do is just out of my grasp. i feel like i know how to do them, but then when i go to do them, i just…CAN’T. day by day, i’m regaining my abilities, so i hope this is just temporary.
Lee’s commenters urged her to see a doctor, and the next day, she responded to them from a hospital bed: “I had a stroke! Will be better.”
I spoke with Lee about her experience, and…
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30 Sep 2014 6 Comments
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Ephesians 1:3-9 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance to his pleasure and will-to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ. More
16 Sep 2014 1 Comment
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Re-posted from InTouch, by Dr. Charles Stanley, September 16, 2014
My pastor is currently preaching from the book of James and Dr. Stanley’s message today is a perfect reminder that through out our lives we all suffer under a variety of difficult trials and hardships. But, if we consider that those times of suffering can be used as a catalyst to help us be mindful that the Lord uses them to mold us into what His desire is for our lives, they’re so much easier to bear.
Trials and Joy
“Consider it all joy . . . when you encounter various trials” (James 1:2)—what a preposterous statement! How can that make sense when joy and trials don’t fit together? But James is presenting a divine vantage point, not a human one. There are some surprising benefits in suffering, which aren’t easy to discern.
First of all, we need to understand that these verses are not telling us to be happy in our pain, but rather to rejoice in the blessings that accompany suffering. The word consider is an accounting term that means “to evaluate.” When we look at hardships from God’s perspective and place the proper value on them, we can rejoice in the beneficial outcome, even while experiencing pain. Humanly speaking, trials hurt; but from the Lord’s point of view, they help.
The only way to rejoice during trials is to understand what God wants them to accomplish. Regardless of the difficulty’s source, we can know that the Lord wants to use it to test our faith and thereby produce endurance and spiritual maturity. In every trial, He has hidden a precious character gem, but whether we receive it depends upon our response. Those who want to be transformed into the image of Christ can rejoice in the many benefits that accompany suffering.
How about you? Does your hunger to know the Lord and be transformed by Him exceed your dread of suffering? None of us want to experience pain, but since it’s an unavoidable reality in this fallen world, why not respond in a way that produces eternal benefit? Let’s not waste our suffering.