Posted: 10:01 pm on January 31, 2013 Be the first to comment on this post
"Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly. Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the Lord your God, and cry out to the Lord." (Joel 1:14)
In the July issue of Today's Dietitian, we published an article titled "Prayer and Fasting With Diabetes". If you're a person of faith who has diabetes or know someone of faith with the disease, this article is a must-read.
The American Diabetes Association reports that more than 23 million children and adults inRead full post
Posted: 10:52 am on May 31, 2012 Be the first to comment on this post
I have a former church member who remains a very close friend of mine even today.
This man is going through some very terrible trials right now. Before I was called into the ministry, this man was our worship music leader. He is such a strong Christian man who has been blessed with eight children and nine grandchildren. Even though we don’t attend the same church anymore, I still see him and I remain on my old church’s Prayer Chain.
Up until two years ago, this man and his family hadRead full post
Posted: 4:08 pm on May 24, 2012 Be the first to comment on this post
Suffering: what a nasty word! It is one I have become familiar with over the last two years.
When our younger daughter got cancer, it would be wrong to say we were glad for it. We were not even expecting it at all! But yet, we are not sorry it happened.
There are situations and people I’m glad to have encountered in the lion’s den, as well as I know God held the lion’s mouths shut; but I was never glad to be in their den. Perhaps the sands of time will wear down my resistance to the ideaRead full post
Posted: 8:47 pm on January 08, 2012 Be the first to comment on this post
Nursing homes are one of the fastest growing populations in the United States. There are literally thousands of people today living in nursing homes who have never had anyone visit them once. A great number of them never receive visitors. And many of these residents will die within the first two years of living there. Are these two facts related? Are people literally dying for company? I believe there is strong correlation that this is true.
Today, there are over 1.5 million
Posted: 9:08 pm on September 01, 2011 Be the first to comment on this post
I have so many friends that I keep in contact with. Brothers and sisters in the Lord and I continually put them on my daily prayer list. Many of them know who they are but I keep their names confidential. Recently we had one of our church members request an anointing for healing. Let me say that God does not ever guarantee healing in this day and age. I would say that any preachers that lay claim to miracle healing powers to let them go to the hospitals and empty them. Let these instantRead full post
Posted: 3:57 pm on July 27, 2011 Be the first to comment on this post
The perfect model of the ordinance of anointing with oil is found in the Bible. Let the Bible always be our guide when we anoint the sick and pray the prayer of faith over them.
Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him (James 5:14, 15).
“Let Him Call forRead full post
Posted: 9:54 pm on June 12, 2011 Be the first to comment on this post
“Sam, did you see that woman over there?” my husband asked.
I turned my head and tried to subtly glance over to the woman he was referring to. Her back was against me, but from behind she looked amazing. Slim, toned and curvy in all the right places. Then she turned her head and I gasped.
Her face looked like the crypt-keeper. Pale and taught ghostly white skin was interrupted by strangely exaggerated eyes turned up at the corners. Her lips were huge and plumped full and it wasRead full post
Posted: 9:44 pm on May 12, 2011 Be the first to comment on this post
What word describes you when life takes it’s toll on your heart? Where can you be found? One of these words….all of them?
I often hear people talk about how they need a “vacation.” I know what they mean. They mean life has gotten too huge – too fast – too busy. They can’t keep up and they feel like they are spinning their wheels. They feel overwhelmed, worn out, tired, exhausted, spent, broken,Read full post
Posted: 10:56 am on May 04, 2011 Be the first to comment on this post
Why does irrationality seem to peak in the morning? Rarely do I bite off more than I can chew in the twilight hours. Somehow as the light grows dim, one can easily recognize inherent limitations and waning energy allotments. But the morning on the other hand, oh the morning is a different animal. It is new and fresh and all things are possible.
All things- like running a few miles after a winter of relative lethargy, donning break-a leg high heels to compliment a gorgeous purpleRead full post
Posted: 8:35 am on May 03, 2011 Be the first to comment on this post
Psalm 3:3-- “But You, O Lord, are a shield about me, My glory, and the One who lifts my head.”
Recently I was talking with a friend about how we deal with the rough patches in our lives, and how pain, grief and anguish literally come down so hard that it physically takes its toll on our bodies. We even find ourselves walking with our heads down, looking at the ground. Our shoulders are rounded, breathing is shallow, and we physically encompass the phrase, “They’re carrying the weight ofRead full post
Posted: 6:24 am on April 15, 2011 Be the first to comment on this post
Do we really know what goes on inside the mind of someone with dementia? My husband does. He has been there, and has experienced it first hand. When God healed him through the use of coconut oil He also gave him a unique understanding of dementia that most of us can only guess at.
The other day I visited a friend who had worked in a nursing home. She told me about looking into eyes of Alzheimer's patients that were filled with frustration and torment. Their bodies had been sedated, but theRead full post
Posted: 6:05 am on March 08, 2011 Be the first to comment on this post
Phil 3:13-14 --I am bringing all my energies to bear on this one thing: forgetting the past... I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God is calling us up to Heaven.
1 Corinthians 9:24-25 --In a race, everyone runs but only one person gets first prize. So run your race to win. To win the contest you must deny yourselves many things that would keep you from doing your best. An athlete goes to all this trouble just to win a blue ribbon or a silver cup, but weRead full post
Posted: 5:51 am on March 03, 2011 Be the first to comment on this post
When our daughter's first case worker appeared at our door we were sceptic. What did he know about the battles of the mind? I was convinced that all she needed was prayer, and God would do the rest. I forgot that God often uses man to accomplish his purpose.
The case worker had more patience with us than I did with him. I'm sure he had dealt with families like ours before, but he was very polite in his dealings with us. Samantha didn't think she needed him and we agreed.
It wasn't untilRead full post
Posted: 8:45 am on February 15, 2011 Be the first to comment on this post
It happened weeks before our daughter had her first real break and we found out that she had bipolar disorder. We didn't know that something disparately wrong was happening in her brain. We didn't know there was anything sinister about her slightly unusual giddiness. I just happened to wake up in the middle of the night and couldn't go back to sleep.
I went downstairs and sat in my living room. I knew the only way to get tired again was to pray. I didn't even know what to pray, but myRead full post
Posted: 8:59 am on February 08, 2011 3 Comments
Shopping together with any one of my daughters had always been a source of pride for me. They were so beautiful and classy that people would stop and turn to take a second look. But my pride took a well deserved beating the year Samantha developed bipolar disorder.
It wasn't that Samantha had lost any of her physical beauty. Even after she had chopped off her beautiful curls and had strewn the hair around her room "to decorate it" the jaggedly cropped curls still framing her face onlyRead full post