These days Facebook makes us feel like we can’t live up to what everybody else has or does. Facebook seems to cause us to become jealous of others lives. I know that I have felt that I don’t make enough money or look as good as someone because of my weight gain. It’s a never-ending cycle. I am here to tell you, please don’t feel that way anymore! God has shown me and continues to show me that He loves me! He reminds me of this in Psalm 139:13&14 (NIV) For you created my inmost being: you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. God made us in His image. That is what makes us special, not because of what we have or what we look like. Focus on the good qualities that you have. Make a list on an index card and place the card on your bathroom mirror. When you are getting ready in the bathroom, look at your lists and say them out loud to yourself. Include: I am worthy, beautiful, dependable, loving, caring, etc… God wants you to read the Bible to get encouraged. Try to not get on Facebook everyday. Instead read your Bible and see how much better you will feel about yourself. Remember that God wants you to love yourself as much as He loves you!
Have you ever wondered what you should do if you want to talk to the dead? Has there even been in incident in your life that haunted you?
I once knew a 9-year-old girl named April who was riding on the boat with her father on the river. Her dad told her to get out of the boat while he turned it around to load it on the trailer. April was very angry with her dad because she wanted to ride with him to dock it. She became frustrated with her dad and told her dad that she hoped he would flip the boat. Her dad proceeded to turn the boat around and the boat did just that, it flipped. April’s dad could not swim and his life jacket was only around one leg so he slipped out and drowned! April was horrified that her last words to him weren’t daddy I love you.
She has been haunted by that memory ever since.
One day April decided to go to his grave and do a séance so she could tell him she was sorry and that she loves him very much. It was her and 3 other women that participated. They had candles and kept chanting his name and nothing happened. One of the women remembered that he hated his middle name so they started chanting that name. April’s daughter felt something touch her shoulder and April felt something around her back that slid around her side. She felt like it was his arm around her. It scared one of the ladies so she left. It broke the circle so the séance stopped. They gave up and went home.
I asked her not to do it again because it scared me. I did some research in the Bible about this and this is what I came up with. The Bible Says:
“Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists,
for you will be defiled by them. I am the Lord.”
Leviticus 19:31 (NIV)
Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (NIV)
Those who are asleep in death can’t be woke up until Jesus comes back. This shows that the spirits that are here on earth, are not our dead loved ones spirits (They are Satan’s demons). Here is another verse about this:
“For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing;
they have no further reward, and even their name is forgotten.
Their love, their hate and their jealousy have long since vanished; never again will they have a part in anything that happens under the sun.”
Ecclesiastes 9:5-6 (NIV)
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead,
where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.
Ecclesiastes 9:10 (NIV)
If the dead doesn’t know anything nor have knowledge of what is going on, then this shows that they don’t know who is left here on this earth. All of the presence that people encounter are Satan’s angels (demons). I wouldn’t play around with trying to contact the deceased because you never know what you will encounter. NOTHING EVER is good when it comes from the devil! If you are struggling with the loss of your love one, know that you can turn to God for comfort. He understands and has been through it too! Pray to Him to help alleviate your pain. God will help feel that void and will always be with you. I welcome you to comment if you need someone to talk to. I am dealing with the loss of loved ones too!
1. Take your T.V. outside and watch a movie. We put the T.V. on a table, sit on big blankets and pillows on the ground and eat popcorn. The kids love it!
2. Bake desserts together.
3. Go to your local library. See if they have a local Zoo DVD to watch to receive free tickets to your local zoo. We can rent our DVD and go to the Atlanta Zoo for free! It includes 2 adults and 2 children tickets.
4. Go to church or city fall events. A lot of churches and cities have fall festivals. Also, if you live near a major college, the college students have trick or treating events.
5. See if your city has First Friday. A lot of times they will have events for kids there. Ours has Scare on the Square and Deck the Halls.
6. Have a Halloween Party at your house. Have it where parents stay and bring a snack. My friend Claudia used to have pumpkin carving competitions. Each child brought their own pumpkin and carving utensils. The parents and children worked together to carve out their pumpkins. Have small prizes for the scariest, funniest, happiest, silliest, most fat, most skinny, tallest, shortest, etc… Then we ate and the kids ran around and had fun! You could have Halloween games for the kids too! (Bob for apples)
7. A lot of farms have lots of fall activities for families. Ours has a corn maze, hay rides, playground, and a jump house.
8. Roast marshmallows over a fire and make s’mores.
9. Go on a picnic.
10. Attend local plays at schools and performance art places.
I don’t live too far from Savannah, GA. Hurricane Matthew hit us pretty hard. It damaged our house and it was scary to wait it out. This storm reminded me of life. We don’t know exactly when a problem is coming or how hard it will affect us. The only thing I can count on is that God is my anchor. When I was 17 I became pregnant. My parents were so disappointed. Being a minister’s daughter put me under the microscope. My life was a whirlwind! I found out who my friends were and believe me it wasn’t many. Adults at my church let me know how disappointed they were of me. I had to find my strength (anchor) through God and my family. It was a lonely time, but looking back I can see where God took care of me. I learned that we as Christians need to be there for people in time of need with loving arms. Teach them what the Bible says about what they are doing in a loving way. The good thing is that the storm doesn’t last forever. It does end in calmness and gets better. Now I can proudly say, that my son loves our God just as much as I do. I am very proud of him and can’t imagine life without him. My son is my rainbow at the end of the storm!!!
My husband and I have been married for almost 20 years. It hasn’t always been an easy road to travel for either of us. After a year of marriage we were separated for 10 months. We had combined our families and being a step parent is no joke. My husband and I had a hard time adjusting and agreeing on how to parent. One day I was watching the 700 Club and it talked about marriage. They talked about how love is a choice and not a feeling. I chose to return to my husband and obeyed God. It took counseling and layers of anger to fade away. We are completely in love with each other again. It took time, but we gave it the time that we needed to heal. God has to be your focus. My prayer at night, is not for God to change specific things that my husband does that bothers me, but for my husband to desire what God wants. When your husband desires what God wants and you desire what God wants for you, then you will find common ground. I can’t stress enough that doing marriage with God is hard, but doing marriage without God is harder. God loves you and desires for you to believe in Him and accept Him to be your Lord and Savior. He gave His one and only Son for us and we never deserved it! What an awesome God we have!
My husband and I were foster parents for 6 years. We adopted a 3 year old. She is 8 now and keeps me young or maybe old! Lol. She is a blessing to us. There are also challenges that come along with it. Foster children that are older have already been molded within the first 3 years of their life. She loves us but also feels the void of her birth parents not being there. I know when she gets older she will realize that God is the only one who can feel that void! He is the only one!! My love is not enough for her but God’s love is. We are very close, but I’m also the one she feels comfortable enough with to let her anger go. Parents just don’t understand the ramifications they have on their children. Especially if drugs and abuse are involved. If you are thinking about fostering or adopting, I encourage you to do it. Both you and your child with be a blessing to each other.
If you are interested in fostering call 877-210-KIDS.
My husband and I were watching “God’s Not Dead” movie last night. It reminded me of my own losses. We logically know that God allows bad things to happen. He doesn’t cause them to happen. Sometimes it’s still hard not to feel mad at God because we don’t understand why. I have lost a set of twins before they were born. I still wonder about them. I know God allowed them to be taken for a reason that’s beyond my understanding. I gain comfort in knowing they are in heaven waiting for ME! God is using me now to help others who are going through the same thing. I named them and am excited to meet them one day. We will be reunited again forever! Being mad at God doesn’t do anything but hurt you. As long as sin is in this world and we have free will, we will suffer more loss and pain. Something else to think about is that one day God WILL destroy Satan and our pain will be NO more!!! Justice will be served!
I was reading my Bible the other day and came across where Jesus fed the five thousand in John 6. It’s a good children’s story, but it’s more than that. When I feel that a task is impossible, I turn to this story. We tend to limit what God does in us by assuming what is and is not possible. Is there some impossible task that you believe that God wants you to do? Don’t hesitate anymore. Go for it! God can do miraculous things, so trust Him to provide for you. This blog was my impossible! God reached out to me through others and cheered me on to start writing. I felt that I didn’t know (and still don’t know) enough about computers to start this. I am navigating my way with God’s help. I hope you join me through this journey!
I am so glad that you visited my blog and I have been praying for each one of you! I want to write to you to share experiences that I have had and how God has worked in my life. This is a new adventure and I am sooo excited!