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Love Wins Every Time!

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No matter what we face.  No matter how we feel.  No matter how terrible the storm is.  Love wins every time!  There is just something about love that can break down every barrier, every lie, every storm and obstacle that comes to our lives .  When love comes on the scene, we can think clearly again.  I remember a man that would always talk about seeing others through rose-colored glasses and that has come to my mind so many times throughout the years.  When we look at people through a lens of love, we can't harbor any ill feelings toward them.  We can't hate them or despise them because love won't allow it. Our perception can be blurred when we lose sight of love ; when the cares of this life take over and distractions come to prevent us from seeing the truth.  Satan is the mastermind of distraction.  He is the most skilled weaver of all the webs that entangle us in his lies.  His number one objective is to stop us from looking through those love lenses - he wants to bl

Speaking Faith & Fighting to Keep It

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I remember back when we started to get all our medical bills and how I spoke defeat.  I spoke it to a friend, I spoke it to my parents and my own family.  A day or two later, I was very convicted and thought of the following verse came to my mind: Luke 18:8 "...when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth ? " I want God to find faith in me!  So, I called my parents and my friend back and apologized to them for my faithless talk.  I told my husband and daughter that I was sorry for the doom and gloom I forecasted and then I said that we are going to speak FAITH over these medical bills. And that is when God started moving.  In just a few weeks, the faith spoke down $8,000.  But it didn't stop there, I started speaking faith in other parts of my life and it wasn't long before Satan got upset!   See, Satan doesn't like it when Christians start claiming their promises.  He doesn't like it when we start speaking faith and believing and con

My Dad Did It All

My dad was a hard-working man, a pastor of a church for 26 years and full of compassion for people.   He would work long hours, getting up before the sun and working as a general foreman of an electrical company for 10 hours everyday of the week.  He would then come home and sometimes make dinner (because my mom worked too) and then continue to work through the evening.  He tended to a football field sized garden in the evenings, mowed and did whatever else needed to be done until dusk.  Then, he would retire to his chair and fall asleep.  He also pastored a church of 120 people for 26 years and raised 3 children, which included me. Some say that you can't pastor a church and have a family and work and grow a garden - but someone forgot to tell my dad that because he did it ALL!  I admire him for that.  I admire the fact that my dad was one of the hardest working men that I've ever known, who did what he had to do to put food on the table.  He could have came home and rested

Mountains Are Moving - God is Providing!

Remember how I told you how God worked miracles about our medical bills here ?  Well, He is still moving those mountains!  In the past 2 weeks, unbelievable things have happened with our medical bills.  I called to pay a bill and found out that it was billed wrong and we only owed $47!  I called to pay on another bill and the lady didn't even know how it happened but the balance was only $35.90!  I told her we owed more than that but she said someone came in there and wrote the rest off.  !!!!!!  Then, we found out on another bill, they will probably be removing $720 of it! Our bills went from $10K to $8K down to $5K.......after the past 2 weeks, we only owe.....a little over $2K!  Ok, well if you all don't shout, I will!! I know how God can take care of medical bills, He can do anything!! There is no mountain too big that God can't move - even medical bills.  You don't need the government to bail you out - God owns it all anyway!  Depend on Him and you can't g

I Didn't Get Obese By Overeating

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Now some of you may be saying that my title is not possible but actually it is - it is actual fact!  I've gained a lot weight four times in my life that put in the obese category and neither weight gain was caused by overeating or moving less.  It was caused by medications. Medications can cause weight gain that is extremely difficult to remove! In 2001 , I was a healthy and fit size 4 and in the Air Force.  I then went through an extremely stressful time in the workplace and I got shingles around my side and back for 3 months.  It was on of the most painful things I've ever had!  I had to be on prednisone for those 3 months just to be able to come to work.  I gained a whopping 50 pounds in 3 months on prednisone without overeating . I then worked very hard exercising and cutting my calories down to very low levels and the weight came off and I returned down to a small size again.  My infertility also disappeared and I was able to get pregnant. During my pregnancy in

What I've Learned in 6 Years of Homeschooling

I've been homeschooling my daughter from preschool through to 4th grade and as we finish up the grammar stage of classical education, I can tell that you I've learned a LOT and wanted to share.  Maybe you are just beginning homeschooling or have a year or so under your belt, here is what I would tell you: God should always be FIRST!   - your homeschool won't work to the glory of God if you get caught up in academics and exclude Him.  Reading the Bible daily for you and your children is far more important than anything else they will learn.  If you find yourself having trouble homeschooling, look and see the place that you put God in - if He isn't first, then you need to reorganize! Reading is the most important - Teach your child to read and read well EARLY on!  My daughter was reading fluently at a 4th grade level in 1st grade following The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading .  If you don't get them reading on their own, you will find you will be

Suffering Brings Change

We have an option - we can either change for the better or we can change for the worse .  We can even let others change us as we conform to their ideals or we can let God change us as we conform to His Holy Word.  Ask yourself the question, "How have I changed, is it for the better or worse?  Have my changes come about by following a person, a woman or a man to the point that I'm just a reproductive copy of their opinions OR have my changes rather come from God through allowing my trials to make me better?" Notice that Jesus Himself displays this change that should take place in our lives within - although He was without sin and entirely perfect, He still displays what our will should be as well: Hebrews 5:7-8 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he