I have to admit some of the stuff we discuss here is personal and I honor that by not sharing any comments outside of this blog. However when I write a post on say Mental Health, Addiction, or the like I always in the back of my mind wonder how the people on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter view my stories and trials. They aren’t going through it like most of us here have or are – right?
Man have I been tested in the last few years. I know I am not the only one and many of you have been through tough times as well. I guess this is a ” faith post ” and I make no apologies for it. I do however invite my agnostics, non-believers, atheists and Palm tree seekers to still read. We all have tough times so we have that in common.
For me it is my faith in God that I rely on after years of going it alone. The thing is, is its hard. The world we live in is broken. People are twisted. Hurt is everywhere. Tragedy is all over. So how does one get through these trials and come out the other side still able to live – or even want to?
Some of you have lost children, spouses, or had terrible health issues that have left you crippled in your mind and sometimes physically. How do we cope? What does that even look like? To me it was very much a shock to grab hold of my faith, trusting it would carry me over the storms, only to find out that it simply carried me through the storms.
There is a huge difference in that. For me the main difference is a maturity issue. I once was bottle fed as a believer and it seemed like God just babied me through my trials. However after a decade or so in the faith I realized something I did not really care to know. I started to understand that just as we are expected to grow up chronologically in this world and stand on our own two feet, we also are expected to mature in the faith.
Mature in the faith? What is that supposed to mean? Well, for me it has meant being forced to cling to the promises of God in scripture, and to Him. It has – for me anyway meant being stripped of my comforts and things or people who gave me security and lay alone, cold and afraid with nobody to look to except the Lord. Not easy. As a matter of fact it has been the hardest thing I have ever experienced.
I love my family, my kids and friends and all. There came a time several years ago when none of those were available to me. They all had their own agendas and life goals to attend to. I had no choice but to try to learn to rely on God for my strength, my companionship, my security and all the rest. I thought it would be a fairly easy transition. I thought wrong. It is a very hard thing to trust in and rely on God for it all.
Until you have been stripped of everything you relied on for security, you have not been in a position to have to rely on God. Maybe you are there. Maybe you are all cozy with the things this world has given you. Whatever the case, be prepared to be ” uncozy “. The thing about faith is that it’s the unseen, the unfelt, the untouchable. You cannot reach out for a warm fuzzy when you are dark and lonely.
Sounds like faith is not anything to be desired, right? Who wants to go through all that suffering? None of us. Yet the Bible talks about the ” abundant ” life. Huh? Abundant what? Well, it is an entirely different animal than what we assume. It means actually recognizing that ” the joy of the Lord is my strength. ” Not my car, job, money, kids, etc..
The truth is – people come and go, relationships come and go, kids come and go, money comes and goes, jobs too, health, and all of it. So at some point the roller coaster ride comes to a halt and when we look to our right and left, all of our security blankets may be gone. What now? This is where the rubber meets the road.
God is the same yesterday , today and forever.
There is a Country song out for years about the ” whiskey ain’t workin anymore “. After some of us are confronted with the inevitable, the loss of our security blankets on this earth, some turn to temporary fixes like alcohol or drugs and they sometimes work for a while. It is after they stop working that we are backed up against the wall. Nothing left to turn to – except God and that is only if one is even willing to acknowledge Him.
This post is just to promote thinking – as there is no way I could go into even the trials I have dealt with. The point here is this; It is possible to only need God. It is possible to have unexplainable Joy in the midst of trials. It is only possible for those willing to ask, seek and knock like never before. Call on the name of the Lord every day and study the promises in His Word. Renew our minds each day with the truth, not the lies of this world.
If you do not believe there is a spiritual battle going on for your soul on this earth than you will at some point understand that. Right now if you are struggling, I recommend God. I recommend faith. I recommend it before you need it if that is a possibility in your life. I know from years of messages from you all that some worship watermelons or mother earth. I know some of you have your trust in ” the universe” – which is becoming very popular. The thing about prayer, is it only helps if it is sent to the living God, not a sea turtle nest.
Keep on with it. When things dry up – turn to the creator not the creation.
It will be the best wager you ever made. Peace.
It always amazes me between the cocaine orgies at the Vatican and the thousands of pedopriests that the Pope pardons, that he claims to feel bad for the little play toys those freaks chase around the altar when nobody is looking.
Recently the Pope has said how badly he feels for the children harmed by priests and there will be action…you better believe there will be action! More pedopriests having their way with the altar boys…because the truth came out long ago-click blue link below..
The Catholic church is the best kept organized pedophile racket in the world and it stinks from the head down- the Pope.
Recently he again vowed discipline- but take a look at the other link..
Sad state of affairs when we currently have almost 30k American priests alone under investigation for child abuse. Oh, and that is the figure the church puts out- so I figure double it.
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Read the body of this post before watching the clip.
Above is the link to the 8:56 minute video that is offensive. I feel the information in it is worth overlooking the time of total crude language. I hope you do too.
Wow. I never imagined I would air a clip of an atheist bi-sexual arguing with black people who are still playing the victim about things like slavery and other issues. This guy is straight up rude, arrogant, offensive and much more. He curses more in here then I have had on this blog in 5 years combined. Yet I cannot pass up the opportunity to let the whole world see and hear the truths that are laid out, albeit in an extremely offensive manner. However if an argument or debate that reveals truth so we can move on requires 8 minutes of offensive language I think its worth it.
I am warning you to have your young kids in another room, and if you are one of those people like a few in my old church who runs as fast as they can if anyone says “shit” because they are too ” Godly ‘ then don’t bother. You will have to do what I did, and overlook the offensive and see the amazing truths that are in the midst of them.
Watch at your own risk. One more warning, this is an 8 minute video of an arrogant atheist arguing with a few angry black people about sensitive issues. If you cannot handle that then skip it.
One Last Note- This video ends at around 8:56 or so. I advise you to have your hand on the control by 8 minutes. It only gets worse after this debate. I also will tell you that you may see ads and things that are as inappropriate as this guy. Ignore them and get your 8 minutes of truth. If it bothers you so much that he is rude, pray for him.
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A Christian who is a former atheist, Dr. Josh McDowell was approached about being a scientist and now a Christian.
“Surely science and the Bible cannot coexist”, they would say. Dr. McDowell began sharing that it was his search to disprove the scriptures that actually led him to get on his knees and ask for forgiveness for his unbelief.
As an atheist he had gotten so weary of hearing about Jesus that he decided to once and for all put an end to the ridiculous idea that all scripture was God inspired and that not one word could be proven false.
After several months of studying the Bible and lining it up against science and history, he could no longer deny what he had been fighting all along; that it is science which is finally catching up to the biblical account of things.
In one of his many books , called More Than A Carpenter, he gives several scientific and mathematical examples of what he discovered.
One that stands out to me even 20 years after first reading it, is a stat about the odds of one man ( Jesus) fulfilling over 250 prophecies that are outlined in the old testament which Jesus actually fulfilled hundreds of years later. In order to relate it to his colleagues who also had scientific minds, he documents the following:
The odds of one man randomly fulfilling all the prophecies that Jesus did are 1×10 to the 17th power.
Or, In an illustration, he explains that those odds would be equivalent to stacking the entire state of Texas with quarters, and three feet high. If we had only one chance to select the one correct quarter out of the entire state stacked with them, it would be be the same likelihood that Jesus was NOT who He said He was, the son of the living God, one with the Father and the only way of salvation.
On this Easter I pray that anyone who has yet to come to belief in the deity of Christ read some of Dr. McDowell’s writings. Study for yourself this evidence that demands a verdict, so you too can rejoice that Resurrection Sunday ( Easter) is a sweet reminder of the security in salvation that all who confess Him as Lord have.
“ If anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me -to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea“
Matthew 18:6 ( NIV)
One of the most amazing facts about child abuse to me, is that so very little effort is actually put into stopping it. Child trafficking, child predators rarely get justice served to them. Let me give you some eye-popping statistics I collected from the FBI site.
- Only 1-10% of all child molesting incidents are ever even reported.
- 89% of the offenders are somebody you and your child know, family or friends.
- There are 400k registered child molesters on the USA, and about 100k of them are missing.
- Between 1-5% of our population molest children
- 2/3 of all prisoners incarcerated for rape were for raping a child.
- 1/2 of all child predators go back to jail within 1 year of being released.
- 80% of offenders are at least of average intelligence.
These are some mind-blowing statistics. It would be overwhelming enough if those numbers were accurate, but if you read carefully through those facts, you will notice that it must represent a tiny fraction of what is really going on. If only 1-10% incidents of child molestation are ever reported, you do the math. Now we are looking at up to 4 million offenders in the USA. It is also scary to think that one organized group of molesters, priests of the Catholic church represent roughly 10% of all the offenders. How scary is that?
We also have Human Trafficking as a huge problem, which is child molestation wrapped in a different package.
- 800,000 kids are trafficked across international borders annually.
- The average cost of a ” sex slave” is 90$.
- The busiest day of the year for trafficking is Superbowl Sunday.
- 80% of those trafficked are for sexual purposes and 20% for labor.
- There are about 30 million slaves in the world today.
Of course after those two categories of abuse we have child abuse of a different nature. Hitting your child, endangering them in some way. Every state as some form of agency to monitor this, and as we have all heard, they can literally yank your kid from your house if they feel you are abusing them. There is much awareness about this and I believe people at least think twice before punching their child in the face or pouring scalding hot liquid on them as a form of punishment. At least there is some accountability.
For the purpose of this post, it is the sex offenders I want to address. I just posted two days ago how frustrated I am, that even as a social worker, I cannot get anyone to even take a report or look into a case involving a catholic priest who has been molesting the same 7 boys for two years.
I landed in the middle of it and ended up collecting all the evidence, statements, witnesses and even a victim and his statement naming all names times and dates. You would not have to hire Colombo for this case. Even the church found him guilty, but they have different rules for punishment. In this case it was an early paid retirement and a promise to pray and do penance. No law involved. I got this information from the head of the diocese, so it’s not me guessing. I have an email stating this. Yet when I went to the local police department to hand over the evidence they were not interested. I then went to the state police who said I need Children and Families, who also refused to take a report. I called the local states attorney and they also declined. Lastly I called the FBI sex crimes division, and they too did not take a report. Is there any wonder why the catholic church condones, supports and in some cases encourages priests molesting little kids?
I posted a few months ago an article about a bishop in New York who publicly stated that he was pushing for a change in the law, so the age of consensual sex between a priest and a child would be seven years old. Yes you read it right, seven. Now you can have a borderline IQ and figure out that the church is not heading the direction of making laws tough on pedopriests, but actually trying to make it legal to do so. If that is not supporting pedophilia in the church I do not know what it is.
Lets imagine what would happen if you or I got caught molesting our neighbors child. Busted. Do you think we would also get the free pass? I think not. The average sentence in the USA for a sex crime on a child is 11 years. But why the difference? Should it not be that the ” role models ” like men in cloth should be held to an even higher standard than the average citizen? Heck, even held to the same standard would be nice. But in the Catholic church the law is a moot point. The question is – why?
All the way from decades ago the Catholic church has been quietly getting laws passed that protect them from prosecution for pedophilia. They have more loopholes to void any prosecution than any other criminal enterprise. So we obviously can see that despite what the church spokespersons say in the media, about their being ” a few bad apples “, the truth is the church is one of the biggest child molesting rackets in the world. Instead of a few bad apples, its likely that the amount of Catholic priests that have been involved in child grooming and molestation is on the wrong side of 70%. There are a few priests out there who are in it for the right reasons. Not many though.
Why are the rules different for the clergy? Why are all the agencies in law enforcement turning a deaf ear to these crimes? Are they all on the payroll? Are some of them pedophiles themselves? Are they intimidated by the bully lawyers the church will sic on them if they open their mouth? I don’t know the answer to that question, but I sure do want one. Something has to change. I think it is time that the public formally gets involved and starts demanding answers. I think its time Catholic parishioners pull the plug on their million dollar donations and weekly offerings until we are sure that money is not being used to defend priests on court or pay off victims.
Speaking of payoffs,I have mentioned this before, but in case you missed, the amount of cash to date the Catholic church has paid to victims to shut their mouths and drop charges against priests, is about 6 Billion dollars. Yes that is a B not an M. Billion. That is a lot of molesting. If 1-10% of molestation get reported, then let’s do a little math using the Catholic churches own numbers. Their site called Bishops Accountablity ( google it) has a list of all priests either past or presently under investigation for sexual abusing a child. Now keep in mind the 1-10% figure-they report about 30k priests under investigation. Now imagine if that number should be 10x bigger!! That is reality.
The one thing I do know is that there is alot more pedophiles out there than people think. It bothers me very much that when I write about any other topic the amount of interest,likes and feedback is always higher than about this topic. It scares the you know what out of me. You figure it out. Is child pornography and pedophilia so prevalent that many people reading this will just pass it by or not even want to discuss it because they themselves are either involved in it or condone it? I am trying hard not to believe that but the numbers speak for themselves.
I am open and interested in any feedback or ideas or help in brain storming ideas on how to start an initiative to address this huge issue. I cannot tackle this by myself and I am hoping some people will want to do something about it. The outlet that has the power to make all this public is the media, but it takes numbers to get the media’s attention. They will stick with the local car thefts until they are pressured into looking into this pedopriest issue. I don’t want hear about how great the FBI is for catching one of their most wanted fugitives who stole a car and robbed 6 banks and fled to Mexico.
How about the screams of the little boys being raped by priests every single hour of every single day. When will you all start hearing those cries? Who cares about a bank robber when kids by the thousands are being tormented and will likely live a terrible life of depression or suicide as a result? Where does that rate?
I welcome your comments and ideas. God knows somebody has to do something. Priests are not supposed to be chasing alter boys around the altar.
Recently I wrote about the life of Billy Graham. I wrote about why I thought the whole world loved him. There was so much to say it was hard to make the post as short as I did. Before he died someone asked him what He would say to the Lord when He first saw Him. He said ” I would ask why me? Why did you choose an uneducated farm boy from North Carolina to minister the Gospel around the world?”
As I think now of the life of Stephen Hawking, I see just the opposite type of man who Graham was. I believe I know why God chose Billy Graham for the job. He was humble, and obedient. He was not rebellious against God, just curious. Hawking spewed so much vitriol about God and why ” we don’t need to invoke a god because science explains everything.” With all of his worldly wisdom and his IQ, he could not scrape together any common sense. He discovered but a tiny, tiny little part of how God created this universe and then attributed it to nothing. A big bang in the sky. To me, its was if was saying that my truck got here by just oozing out of the ground over millions of years. His ranting sounded that stupid.
It’s hard for me to believe how much faith that man must have had. He had more faith than I do. His faith was in ideas that something came from nothing. The fact that the earth is positioned so if we moved a centimeter to either side, earth would burn up or freeze up, to Hawing did not require intelligent design. But had enough faith in a ” big explosion” that put all of us in place. For Real??
The interesting thing about him as that in the last few decades, some of the discoveries made by scientists have made the Bible so 100% accurate that it is science trying to catch up with the bible these days. Many atheist scientists like Josh McDowell and others got so sick of hearing the name of Jesus, that went on a mission to disprove the bible. Like McDowell, when they saw that they were failing to be able to do it, gave up and surrendered to God, and now he has been used in mighty ways by God.
To think that we can answer more than God is pure pride. The bible says that pride comes before a fall. The Bible also says ” The fool hath said in his heart there is no God”.(Psalm 14:1 ) It also talks about how God will harden the hearts of those who continue to reject Him. Scary thought.
When I heard of Graham passing the first thing I thought is how pleased God must be with the obedience he showed throughout his many decades of ministry. When Stephen Hawking died, I had a very sick feeling in my gut and I cannot explain it fully but it was not joy. It is even more sad that he raised his own children to reject God. If you are a parent, can you imagine purposely leading your kids down a path to complete separation from God for eternity? I cannot imagine.
So that’s about all I have to say on Stephen hawking. I wish I could add that he had a death-bed conversation, but I don’t believe that occurred.
I have reached a point in the last year that I am going to act on some things that have been just eating me up for some time. There are several things I could go into, but I am sticking with the one that is bothering me and doing the most damage to society in general to write about today. The issue is concerning your personal beliefs and my right not to have them shoved down my throat everywhere I go. Many of you already know where I am going with this but I encourage to read through this anyhow.
Each day I leave my house I see my neighbors taking their kids to school and it never fails they have a kid with a tee-shirt on preaching it. I send my kids to school and sure enough even on the walls of the hallways I see posters and other signs of it. I go to the store and I see this brain washing going on in the clothing section, the toy section and even the checkout girl will sometimes have a shirt on or a button on with this propaganda on it. I cannot take my family to a movie anymore because it seems these days there is almost always a movie on the marquis about this guy.
If you choose to idolize and worship this imaginary dude, do so on your own time, because I should not have my family be forced to see it, read about it and be given tickets to your ” conventions” and events to celebrate your pretend friend which in my opinion is for the weak-minded. We do just fine in life without your crutch.
I am formally announcing the formation of a group to ban together and pool our resources to fight for these symbols . If it takes every penny we have we need to live in a free world where our kids are not brainwashed by these cult groups who feel a need to create some pretend friend in the sky who can fly around in the air and watch over cities and people who follow him. As a matter of fact do you people have any idea how many billions of dollars are spent each year to buy all these trinkets and shirts and look a like figures? Its amazing.
The other day I was in the grocery and the two teenagers behind my family and I in line were blabbing about him right in public! Blah Blah Blah I had to remind my kid’s after words that those guys were really out there and had mental health issues.
Anyways I am appealing to all of you to join my group to advocate for the separation of Superman and state.
That is what this country needs. Some formal opposition to the belief of this ” superman”. Why should we have to see posters of him in our schools and on our backpacks. Why should I have to be subject to that ridiculous image of their ” superman” at almost every place I go?
So what do you all think? What do you mean it s a dumb idea because Superman does not exist? Does this mean it would be valid only if Superman was truly real? If it was truly irritating to some people because they would rather not hear his name, much less see his face?
If you think it is a dumb idea to propose a ban on Superman propaganda and get the name out of schools and public places, then you surely know Superman does not exist. Therefore it would be silly to spend millions of dollars to avoid hearing or seeing his image anywhere, right?
And so the same applies to Jesus Christ correct? If you really think about it, the only reason anyone would want to pay millions to avoid the name of Jesus, would be to ease the conscience – correct?
The truth of all this is that as the Bible states, we all have knowledge of God. The only reason anyone would make any effort to squash the name of Jesus or prevent yourself from being exposed to Him or His word, would be to temporarily avoid Him at any cost. But what about when this life ends for you? How will you sidestep judgement? You cannot.
I challenge all of my atheist and agnostic friends to revisit their motives and consider asking the one you are running from to catch you before your permanent fall…
After all according to the bible, those who run from and ignore God will pay a hell of a price..what have you to lose by taking Jesus up on His offer to be forgiven anyway?
Are you afraid you might end up in heaven ?
We have all heard the term ” displaced anger” before at some point. The question is, what is it, really? Some people might answer that it’s like stubbing your toe on the way into your house after work, and when your kid runs up and tries to hug you, you raise your voice and tell them get away for a minute because you are in too much pain to be rational. I suppose on the surface that could pass for an example.
What I am talking about is a deep-rooted bitter angry feeling that is brought on by certain triggers, and the people around you must suffer the consequences. When I was about 10-14 years old, I was a very angry kid. I was not the type to take other kid’s lunch money or start fights everyday. I did however feel that under the right circumstances, I was capable of really doing some damage to others. I already was with my words and cut downs and all that. At the time I had no idea that my sense of anger had to do with my life, my family, my absentee father and all the terrible abuse and violence I witnessed along with suicide and other things all before 12.
Years ago in college we were studying the topic and it all started to make sense to me. I had hurt so many people in my younger years because I myself was very wounded. Even in my late teens or early twenties I can remember going bowling or golfing with family or friends. If I hit just one or two bad shots in a row, that would prevent me from breaking my own record, I would throw a tantrum the size of a 19-year-old. I would not speak to anyone for hours while they enjoyed the game, i would just mope. It really bothered me but I had no clue how to get rid of it. Truly it was not any college degrees that got me out of it. What finally made me realize just how idiotic I looked was when I became a foster parent to 6 teenagers for 5 years.
You want to talk about displaced anger?? Wow these kids rocked my world the first year as I was totally unprepared for what their awful lives had turned them into. It was when I had to point out all the time to them that their behavior to another was uncalled for and unfair, and ruthless sometimes even bringing others to tears for something they had no involvement in. Ouch. It really started hitting home that I was them and they were me. However this time I could track the reasons. I could read their files and see who beat them or raped them in their life. It answered many questions for me about me.
I can honestly say that today it is very rare for me to take my anger out on anyone that had nothing to do with my problem in the first place. It took a mirror image of myself over and over each day to catch on to what I had been doing.
I was truly hurt and angry now, be sure of that. However when I sat down over time with a trusted friend of mine several times and went over my life and issues, I was able to take the feedback I needed. I needed to both subconsciously and consciously wipe away the anger directed to people who had nothing to do with it. Next I needed to choose how to deal with the person who really did hurt me or in my case people who had hurt me at a young age.
Should I get in their face and let them have it? Blame them for my issues and leave mad?
After discussing the options with my buddy ( also a therapist ) we decided that in the case of my dad it would do me more harm than good to talk with him, It had been decades since we spoke. However I was not off the hook. We decided a straight forward letter to him would be in order mentioning the hurtful things that caused me so much pain and shame.
However to my dismay, my buddy said that in order for me to be released from the bondage of bitterness ( unforgiveness breeds bitterness) I would have to tell him in the letter that I was hereby forgiving him for any time he accused me, abused me, beat me, or hurt me.
What??? Forgive him? Surely you jest I thought.
Nope. It was real.
I did the letter and then over time went on and thought about anyone who had ever hurt me and decided to forgive them as well. I did not have to go in person I could make it a prayer even, but my heart must be genuine as we cannot trick God. He knows whether we really are forgiving or not. By the way I never said we must forget. Just forgive.
These days I walk around without this 300lb bag of bitterness wrapped around my heart with a wick on it ready to explode at any time. I was set free of the hurt as I set others free in my own heart and to God.
I could write pages on this, but I really think the main message has already been addressed. Its action time. Or its time to stay bitter and enjoy that more.
Maybe this is for just one person who is struggling today with an issue like this. If that is the case it well worth posting. I can tell you that God’s ability to heal memories is much greater than man’s ability to inflict pain.
Why not set yourself free today? I bet you never go back.
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If I had the chance, I would sit down with you, make you a cup of tea and spill my mistakes in marriage. In essence, I would share my story with you. I wouldn’t stop there though. I know that it’s only because of God’s mercy that I have a thriving marriage and family today.
Bill and I have been married for twenty-four years and we honestly look forward to loving each other for as long as God gives us. It wasn’t always this way though. Four years into our marriage Bill told me in a phone call that he wanted a divorce. I had received salvation just a few months before this and he felt I was changing too much for his liking. He didn’t enjoy me any more and was no longer happy in our relationship. I hung up the phone and went straight to God with it. In that pivotal moment of my life, God asked me a powerful question,
“Will you run or will you stay and fight?”
Run is what I always did when things got to hard emotionally for me. I ran to music and hid in it for hours. Or I would run away literally ending the relationship that was being impacted. But this time was different. This time God was asking me if I would stay. I wanted to stay. I wanted to fight, but I didn’t know how. I had failed so many times before. My past includes a divorce and 3 children that were hurt by my failures. God promised me that He would teach me how to fight but it would have to be His way and not my own. I said yes and He started me on the journey that I have called Boot Camp for so long.
That day started a fight I had never walked through before. During my own personal boot camp my heart was shattered. My faith was tested. My identity was ripped to pieces. It seemed that nothing was safe. Even then, I still chose to stay in the fight because God had given me a vision of what my marriage could look like at the end of my journey. Bill fought against me with everything he had within him. He yelled at me more than he talked to me. He made me feel like I was worth nothing and my life had no value with him. He attacked every area of me including how I was raising our children and the type of wife I was becoming. One day in a fit of anger he threw his wedding ring out the door and told me, “My life ended the day I married you!”
These were days I just wanted to stop fighting and run away. My heart could not take any more. Giving him what he wanted had to be easier than what I was enduring. It was on one of these days that God said the following words to me,
“Be still and know that I am God.”
Those words turned into thousands instantly as the Holy Spirit began to teach me what they meant. This happened many times over the course of my fight for my marriage. What I learned is so valuable that my marriage was saved!!
Can you relate to me on some level? Have you been through something like this in your own marriage? Have you thought about giving up and giving in? I want to encourage you to stay in just a little longer. The ending of your marriage doesn’t have to happen. If you are willing to give God a season of your life, I am willing to counsel you on how to stand strong and fight the way God has designed us to. Today, Bill and I are strong and our life is full as God has used my season of Boot Camp to teach me many more lessons since then.
My background ~
I knows what it’s like to be an imperfect wife and I’m well aware that my past would have been my future if it had not been for God’s intervention in my life and my obedience to follow His voice. I wasn’t always obedient. I resisted God in the beginning because He was asking me to change first. I felt enough change was happening in me and Bill was the one God needed to concentrate on. What I didn’t know then is God wasn’t just teaching me how to fight for my marriage He was getting me ready to fight for marriages all over the world. My mission is to challenge you to take a stand for your marriage and then teach you how God has designed us to love our husbands during the challenges we all face in marriage. My marriage is a living testimony of God’s “Grace Grace” (Zechariah 4). Your marriage can be turned around and restored as well. But you have to be willing to listen to voice of the Holy Spirit and change as He directs you to. He will ask you to do some hard things (I have a long list myself). Change is good, especially when God uses it to draw us closer to Him.
No matter where your marriage stands, I want to encourage you that God is big enough to not just help you stay married but to also teach you how to enjoy a blessed marriage for a lifetime. I know that I have to be very candid in sharing everything I have learned through trial, error, and prayer to turn my strained and struggling marriage around. I can help you through it. You just have to willing to try. I have been counseling wives for more than 10 years now and have witness God redeem and restore many marriages. Their fight wasn’t easy but they stood firm in their faith and God and
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So, what is your story? Would you like to learn how to fight for your marriage? Or grow deeper in your walk with the Lord? Maybe break free from your past and strongholds? I would be honored to work with you. I am certified biblical counselor and certified Biblical Life Coach. I’ve been counseling and training women for more than 10 years and have witnessed God redeem and restore many marriages. I would be honored to work with you. Click HERE to check out my session rates and more.
Here is the link through TubiTv to the movie that should disgust everyone, and make those who ever leave their kids alone with a priest stop it. Remember as you watch, there are 28k priests under investigation by the Catholic priests under investigation as we speak…
And those are numbers coming from the Catholic church itself, so you have to figure double that in reality..Watch Deliver Us From Evil below…
I really don’t like politics. However as of late, when I realized we had a muslim brotherhood member in office, I vowed to start listening and learning more. Last night was Trump’s first State of the Union address, and I tuned in to try to understand more of what both sides are fighting about, both conservatives and liberals. I wanted to come in with an open mind and a willingness to hear commentaries from both sides.
I never got the chance. You see the members of the network I tuned in to gave such a pre speech cut down of what was to come, trying to washout any value in the speech before it was even given, that they lost my ear. I had to avoid listening to too much pre speech moaning and whining about the president . I felt like I was back in 3rd grade on the playground and the class bully was threatening to take their ball and go home unless they got to play the position they wanted, and cheat along the way just because they had the ball. Before we even started.
After the speech was over I was expecting some ” shoe in mouth” reaction by the liberals to save face because the speech turned out so well. However, my hopes were popped like a balloon as I listened to them complain about such moronic issues that once again I was amazed anyone actually paid them to be there and talk. Childish behavior.
1- It was too long . Whaaaaaa
2-The first lady came in by herself without the President. ( Duh, that’s just the order of the program), and despite what the NBC critics said in yet another desperate attempt to find a flaw with the president – it does not mean there is ” trouble in paradise” for the couple.
3- The president ” took advantage” of some sensitive stories like the guy with no legs, the families who lost a daughter to street violence and a few others. ( Hey guys, it’s better than pimping rapper Jay-z and Beyonce at the white house gigs like Obama did.) What are you thinking ” taking advantage of this”? Because he gave props and prayers to the families that have suffered?
You can’t fix stupid I guess.
4-The President clapped when everyone else did, so this must mean he thinks he is better than us all. ( Hey people, should he have brought a pocket game boy to play during the cheering? What leader does not join in celebrating success with his/ her people?)
5-His huge tax break is up in 2027. (Duh, so will his terms).
6-He was selling himself, Donald Trump.
(I am sorry to inform you that just because he happens to be the record-breaking president in taking action when he said he would and fulfilling promises he made does not mean he was ” selling himself” . He was cheering for our progress as a country.
I could keep going and going but I won’t. You get the idea. The bottom line is I never got to evaluate policy and learn how he is doing on the issues too much because the liberal media was so busy throwing stones that I could not get to it. My evaluation is that it was one of the most hopeful and encouraging fact filled speeches that I have heard in a long time and for sure better than anything that EVER came out of the muslim brotherhood representative we had in there for 8 years.
Donald Trump is not Jesus. None of us are. So he that hath no sin, cast the first stone. Everyone else,
Shut your pie hole.
I still love all my democrat and liberal friends. As a matter of fact I even pray for you all! However the 3rd grade name calling and behavior has got to stop if you truly love the USA. It isn’t about you. it is about all of us. The election is over and you should be too.