Sunday, October 12

Are You Sitting On Your Dreams?









"But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded."  2 Cronicles 15:7





Sisters in Christ, Come on in and grab a cup of tea. Let's talk about ... Are You Sitting On Your Dreams? You have taken the time to create a vision board like the Words says. You made the vision clear but now you are feeling like nothing is happening.

Well, that means you have to evaluate your board and make sure its not just filled with a bunch of things you wanted without consulting with the Lord. The Lord is not going to desire for you to go to Cancun, Mexico when your in debt. Let's be honest, did you talk to the Lord and pray before you created that board? Your dreams and the Lord's dreams should be in alignment.

The Lord will give you a dream when you are asleep about what he wants you to do. The Lord may give you a desire that you can't shake. He has given you certain talents in a certain area that complements the dream. You may even have education in that area of your dream.

If he gave you the vision then you have to TRUST that the Lord is going to make it happen. He doesn't expect you to sit around and wait for something to happen. You need to be doing something to prepare for what is to come. Did the Lord tell you to take a particular job or are you just wasting time on godless things to get money, to please parents and friends? Paul wrote, "All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful..." (1 Cor. 10:23) Sometimes you just do things in life that are a waste of time. Your dreams will go hand in hand with your God given talents.

How can I tell if my dream is a God's dream?

Well you will know if. . .
1. You can not let it go. If you keep having the same dream over and over again.
2. You are willing to focus on the dream and give everything to it.
3. Your dream meets a need that nothing else has seem to fulfill
4. It brings glory to God.
5. Your dream is bigger than yourself.

Gen 41:12-13 "We told him our dreams, and he interpreted them for us, giving each man the interpretation of his dream. And things turned out exactly as he interpreted them to us." 

Let us know how you are progressing with your VISION BOARD. Leave a comment.


Tuesday, September 16

Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas





Sisters in Christ, Come on in and grab a cup of tea. Let's talk about ...Saving Christmas. 
Its a new movie by Kirk Cameron. 

Every year at Christmas time it seems the baby in the manger takes more and more 
of a backseat to retail sales, Santa Claus, and political correctness.  With “Merry Christmas” being replaced by “Seasons Greetings” and court ordered removal of public nativity scenes, the fruit of Mary’s womb is falling on hard times.But this year, Kirk Cameron is taking back Christmas with his engaging new movie SAVING CHRISTMAS

Opening in select theaters November 14, the newest movie from the star of Fireproof 
and Unstoppable is filled with laughter, warmth, and God-honoring cheer!SAVING CHRISTMAS will change the way your family sees and celebrates this magical time of year. In SAVING CHRISTMAS, Kirk’s sister’s annual Christmas party is about to be ruined by Kirk’s brother-in-law Christian, who is chock full of no-fun Scroogery. Kirk realizes it’s his job to grab Christian by his seasonal sweater and show him Christ where Christ has always been: smack dab at the center of all the Christmas hoopla. KIRK CAMERON’S SAVING CHRISTMAS provides a biblical basis for our favorite time-honored traditions and celebrations, and the inspiration to stand strongly against a culture that wants to trivialize and eliminate the faith elements of this holy season.This Christmas, have your family join with Kirk Cameron’s family and dive headfirst into all the joy, dancing, celebration, feasting, imagination, and traditions that glorify the true “reason for the season.”

Take in the splendor; take in the majesty; take in the story. Take it all in … 
and let’s put Christ back in Christmas!

Friday, September 5

Kindness: Pay It Forward


Sisters in Christ, Come on in and grab a cup of tea. Let's talk about  . . . Kindness: Pay It Forward.

Jesus ministry taught us simple lessons like being kind. He didn't ask us to do things that were too hard or impossible to achieve. Imagine, It doesn't take much time to be kind. It doesn't take much money to be kind. All it takes is a little effort.

I want to remind you  today that kindness really goes a long way. It is not always easy or popular to be kind to others. But I always remind my kids that our reward as Christians is not here on earth. You make an effort to be kind to others because it is the right thing to do.

I don't know what your going through today but I would like to encourage you to NOT always think about yourself. There is someone going through something worse.

Today try to extend your hands to a fellow human. Christianity is NOT always your words. You can spread the word of the Lord with your action.

If you haven't seen this, it will make you rethink every situation you may face today.


Tuesday, August 5

Newbie Journey: Preparing to Homeschool





Sisters in Christ, Come on in and grab a cup of tea. Let's talk about ... Preparing to Homeschool.

My family just decide we would homeschool earlier this summer. I never thought I would homeschool even though I thought about it when my kids were infants. I guess one can say the Lord led me to homeschool because of a few reasons, the number one being that my kids private school which I was paying high tuition for them to attend didn't live up to their mission. As an advance degree holder I didn't feel my sons were being prepared for college. I'm preparing them at home and the school is contradicting our desire for our children.

As a Christian, classroom teacher and product of religious education, I was shock and angry with how education is being watered down, even in private schools. Many private schools are now so hungry for tuition that they are quietly lowering their standards. Some seasoned teachers lack appropriate degrees and were not even Christian School certified. I personally feel that in this day and age no one teaching elementary students in a classroom environment should not be educationally prepared. There are too many issues in the classroom without Christians being prepared for their profession. Would you go to a doctor who wanted to operate on your heart and you found out he failed the his medical exam?

I am pro education, I don't have a problem with traditional education in theory. However, when it doesn't work as a parent I need options so here I am homeschooling. I feel I can just do it my self. Some of the P.T.A. members of my kids former school were angry that I didn't stick around but change takes a long time.
I just wasn't willing to use my child's education while they try to get themselves together. Now I am rushing and planning because I need to have all these things ready for my kids first day of homeschool. I am feeling a little overwhelmed. I am also sick of some of my Christian associates telling a hundred reason why home schooling is wrong and how my children will not thrive. How they won't be able to socialize. Really people! Maybe 30 years ago homeschooling was more isolated. In my few months of researching I have found out that over 4,000 kids in my area are homeschooled. There are over 50 co ops on every religion, interest or teaching style. You rather me pay money for them to learn nothing? Sometimes you just have to just ignore foolishness.

My teaching style is similar to Marva Collins (famous classical educator from Chicago) and Charlotte Mason. It basically means I am a traditional educator who believes students should read and explain their understanding of the material. My children are college bound so I want them prepared with mastery of the basics.

I am using a mixture of co op classes, tutorial center classes and internet courses. I will also teach a class at two different co ops so my kids can go there free. My personality is I can't stay in the house. If you have used any of the material below, please share how it worked for your family. Here is the curriculum I am planning to use:

Elementary:
Bible: Case for Christ, Bible Memory Verse  (Dad does devotionals)
Reading: Living books that includes mulitcultural biographies
Grammar: Shurley English
Latin: Latin for Children
History: Story of the World
Science: Apologia Physics & Chemistry for Kids
Math:  Internet based and reinforced with Teaching Textbooks
Foreign Language: ASL Sign Language
Physical Education: Tennis, Basketball, Karate & Fencing

High School:
Bible/Apologetics
Latin Alive
World Literature/Reading: Classical Fiction
Grammar: IEW Easy Grammar, Writing Text
World History: Story of the World
Math: Algebra ll  Internet Program & Teaching textbooks
Science: Apologia Physics
Elective: Economics .5, Guitar .5 - Co op
Foreign Language: Spanish ll Co -op
Physical Education: Tennis-Co op
SAT PREP/Career Development - Co op
Logic


I am still playing around with some subjects so its not yet set in stone. I have to also get my teaching area together without spending too much money.

I am a newbie to homeschool. If your
a newbie too, please email me or lets chat, I would like to know about your journey.

Wednesday, July 16

How to Deal With Difficulties


Sisters in Christ, Come on in and grab a cup of tea.  Let's talk about ... How to Deal With Difficulties.

A teacher once said to me "what doesn't kill you, will make you stronger." Of course that is not a biblical statement. I think that may even be a song she was quoting. T

he truth is that everyone at one time or the other will find themselves faced with some hardship. It can
 me a relationship, financial or work related. The point is really, how will you handle it? The word
reminds us difficulties isn't a new thing:

Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward -2John1:8 ESV


But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.-Romans 5-8 ESV







Do two walk together, unless they have agreed to meet? -Amos 3:3


 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.-John 17:17

I don't know what your facing today. But I know who to go to who can solve any problem under the sun.
Why waste your time worrying, Just stop! and pray about it. Give the Lord a chance to solve your problems.

Let it go.

Trust the Lord to make things better. Do I need to remind you that He has the power in hands to solve your issues. Once you truly release your issues to him, then you too can sing "Its a Beautiful Day," by Jamie Grace.



Its so very important that we not dwell on things we can not change. We have to realize that we do not control our life. We have to understand that some things are all in the WILL of the Lord. You can choose how you will deal with things when difficulties arise.

Every time I play the song in my car, my kids scream "Not again!" This is my little reminder that things will and can get better.Take a moment and listen to the video above. I know it will put a smile on your face.
Like does for me.


I think about the following when I listen to parts of the song:

Wake Up And Smile -  Sisters, its easy to be mad about nothing. Its harder to wake up and look in the mirror and smile at yourself.

Strong in the Face - I don't want to be strong in the face, I want my heart to be strong.

Your My Refuge I Can't Wait To Get To-  The Lord is my place of rest.

Your Sunshine Shines on My Face- I feel a peace when I release my issues to the Lord;

I'm About to Get My Worship On- I give the Lord all the praise and honor.

When Trouble Seems to Rain on My dreams- I don't worry, I trust the journey the Lord has for me.

In You I am Free- Amen! We have to all learn to LET IT GO!

Won't Let A Day Go By- I make time to thank the Lord, even ahead of the blessings.

Its A Beautiful Day- It reminds me of the promises of the Lord.

I Don't Got Room for Doubts- Trust and doubt don't go together.

Your Amazing Grace- I don't deserve anything but He give me grace.

I Am About to Sing a Brand New Song- I can't continue to operate like I don't the Lord.


I love the song because the words speak to my heart. I hope it will speak to yours too. How do you deal
with Difficulties in your life? Please post a comment.

Monday, July 14

Top 5 Books Christian Divas Are Reading

Sisters in Christ, Come on in and grab a cup of tea. Let's talk about ... Top 5 Books Christian Divas Are Reading. What are you reading this summer? Are you reading any good Christian Fiction?

I don't know about you but I love to read in the summer especially on the beach.
I will spend 8 hours and just read. I get very angry when the book I chose is terrible because 
the environment is right, the sun is right and all I need is for the book to be good. I love to read fictions on the beach but that is my thing. I especially love Historical Christian Fiction which are few and far between. Let me be honest finding a good Christian book is hard to find period. Some writers are just awful and their characters stereotypical Christians. You know I hated scary Christians and I hate books where the main characters are these weird scary people.


I tend to go by recommendations as to what book to check out first. Sometimes I buy books and put them on my shelf and then I discover them years later, lol. Here are a few books my social media pals told me were great or they are reading. I took an inform poll and tried to narrow down my list.
TOP 5 CHRISTIAN FICTION:



1. Then Came Hope

The Civil War is over. She wants to get far away from her cruel former mistress, but the world beyond the plantation is a frightening, unknown wilderness. He has fought the good fight in Union blue; now he must fight his way home through a hostile, defeated South. Delia was born a slave and then physically and emotionally battered all of her seventeen years. Finally free, she strikes out on her own, making friends with a little band of former slaves and a handsome black soldier, Ezra Johns.

Reign: The Chronicles of Queen Jezebel


















2. REIGN: THE CHRONICLES OF JEZEBEL 

This book the choice Jezebel had to make between the gods of her homeland or the God of the land she ruled.  The love of her husband or the revenge she craved. Her decision could bring her all she desired...or destroy it for eternity.



Sins of the Mother

3. Forever an Ex

Three Los Angeles women who've helped each other overcome heartbreak 
are reunited eight years later when their troublesome exes come back into 
the picture in this follow up to Victoria Christopher Murray's bestselling novel 
The Ex Files.

 But old wounds are reopened when her ex-husband appears with his fiancĂ©e--
a woman! And all of Sheridan's insecurities and doubts come rushing back.
 Kendall's former husband is now married to Kendall's sister, Sabrina. 
And though Kendall has refused to interact with either one in the last seven years, 
she's forced to reunite with Sabrina when their father is diagnosed with cancer. 
Asia has done her best to move away from her married boyfriend, a former star 
with the LA Lakers. But when they share a kiss, old desires are rekindled and 
Asia decides that it's time for her and Bobby Johnson to get back together again.

Stand By Me, SouledOut Sisters Series #1   -     By: Neta Jackson
4. Stand By Me 
Avis Douglas and her husband, Peter, have dreamed of selling his software business 
to finance a two year mission effort in South Africa. But when the economy crashes, 
they're suddenly faced with the real possibility of bankruptcy.
When one of the co-pastors of SouledOut Community Church passes away suddenly,
 Avis and Peter are asked to step in and assist with the leadership of the church in the 
interim, but that creates an all-black leadership, fanning some subtle racial issues in their
 multi-cultural church. As tensions mount, they wrestle with returning to a traditional church 
where things would be easier.


5. In the Field if Grace

Destitute, grief-stricken, and unwanted by the people of God, Ruth arrives in Israel
 with nothing to recommend her but Naomi's, love. Her loftiest hope is to provide 
enough food to save Naomi and herself from starvation.

But God has other plans for her life. While everyone considers Ruth an outcast, 

she is astounded to find one of the most honored men of Judah showing her favor. 
Long since a widower and determined to stay that way, Boaz is irresistibly drawn to 
the foreign woman with the haunted eyes.

Tuesday, July 8

Kim Fields & Lisa Whelcher Are Back, For Better or For Worse




Sisters in Christ, Come on in and grab a cup of tea. Let's talk about For Better or For Worse. 

For Better or For Worse, is a new

Hallmark Original Movies starring television childhood darlings Kim Fields and Lisa Whelchel. You should remember or have hear of the show The Facts of Life. The show is based on the novel of the same name by best-selling author Diann Hunt.

Surprisely, both actress are Christians and have managed to stay working in the fickle world of Hollywood. Kim Fields moved on to several television shows over the years and now she is a well respected Director and Producer. Lisa Whelchel went on to become an author, homeschool advocate and Moms Conference creator.

I hope everyone will make time to watch the show because this is the first time in many years that the two actress will work together. Enjoy the preview and tell me what you think.
.http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/forbetterorforworse/video/Preview/ForBetterorForWorse


According to Hallmark, the Movie - For Better or For Worse

Opposites attract when Wendy (Lisa Whelchel), a wedding coordinator, and Marco (Antonio Cupo), a divorce attorney, find their lives suddenly intertwined. Wendy is finally settling into the single life after struggling with the death of her husband. After a difficult season of grief, she's taken over the family business of coordinating the town's most beautiful and memorable weddings with the help of her friend and co-worker Roseanne (Kim Fields). Wendy's business and values are challenged, however, when the charming and incredibly irritating Marco opens shop as a divorce attorney right next to her wedding chapel. Although Wendy will stop at nothing to promote her marriage business over Marco's divorce business, she must form an alliance with Marco after her son Collin (Edward Ruttle) announces his unexpected engagement to Marco's daughter Sophia (Alicia Josipovic). As Wendy grows closer to Marco, she begins to realize that if she shields herself from the pain of love lost, she may prevent herself from experiencing true love in the future. Will Wendy open up to a second chance at love?
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Monday, July 7

I Am Second: Kay Robertson

Sisters in Christ, Come on in and grab a cup of tea. Let's talk about ...I am second: Kay Robertson.
It is so amazing how The Lord gives us just what we need when we are faced with different challenges.

When you are going through difficulty it's often hard to positive and trust The Lord that he still has your back despite the current situation.

 I hope you will be inspired by Kay Robertson's testimony. She learned so much being a poor, young mom with three kids and an alcoholic husband. She learned to be steadfast in her prayers.


I am Second® - Kay Robertson - YouTube

www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwLC76lHuHQ


Wednesday, July 2

Whose Running Your Life?

Sisters in Christ, Come on in and grab a cup of tea. Let's talk about ...Whose Running Your Life?

Do you have people in your life who are trying to control your life? If you get angry because you are not getting your way, you need to stop and check yourself. How would those close to you describe you? Would those close to you say you are angry, spoiled, big brat, always cussing or something just s mad?

Well, have you ever thought that you may be a controller or manipulator. You act out because you are not in control of the person or situation. Deep down you are a fearful person who may be a little insecure.I am not saying your a bad person but if you are doing this you just have to change and start pleasing the Lord.

Can you tell if someone is trying to control or manipulate you or your life? Yes you can tell. Look for some of these signs:

1. THE PERSON IS CLOSE TO YOU IN PROXIMITY (spouse, family member, friend, coworker or boss) Those close to use seem to be the main people who try to control our lives. Remember Adam & Eve, Sarah & Hagar, or Peter & Jesus but that doesn't make it right.

2. THEY EXHIBIT CERTAIN CHARACTER TRAITS
Many controllers and manipulators will try to make threats towards you are try to guilt you out. If the person makes a treat they make you feel that they will punish you. If you do not do what they want. These people will also use guilt often. Delilah told Samson, "IF you LOVED me, you would..." that is the oldest statement used to make a person feel they are not being loyal. Let us not forget, many controllers and manipulators will give you the silent treatment and wait for you to worry and fret about what is wrong with them. If you deal with this type of person you have to realize they are dealing with a lot of mess in their head.

3. REALIZE YOU ARE BEING TAKEN FOR GRANTED
Jesus recognized when Peter was trying to manipulate him. Awh! You need to stop and think about those in your life who have been using you as a "doormat" for years. If you continue to allow someone to take over and control your life, guess what!?! The Lord did tell you to allow others to walk over you. However if you continue this road, I want to remind you--this is a sin. It is more likely called IDOLATRY.

The Lord wants us to please HIM. Letting people control YOUR life is not pleasing to the Lord. The Lord despite all his power never tries to control our life, he give us FREE will. Why do you think that you have to be in control or let others control you?

 Does it have to do with your lack of trust?

Are you really trusting the Lord? It is not about you and your talents or ability. You have to TRUST that the Lords is in control and things will end up according to HIS will.

Let's cut to the chase, if you are trying to be controlling or manipulating, let me let you know that you are practicing WITCHCRAFT!

If you are struggling with being a controlling sister, guess what? The Lord can help you deal with your little issue. Before you go blog hoppin.

STOP! Let's pray about your controlling issue.

Sunday, June 29

Stop Putting it Off

Sisters in Christ, Come on in and grab a cup of tea. Let's talk about ...Stop Putting it Off.

“I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate.” Romans 7:15 NLT

Now you know that this verse is talking about Procrastination. Well my question to you today is having you been procrastinating in any area of your life? Why don't you understand yourself. You know your dreams and desires. You know what you need to do to achieve your goals but you don't.

STOP! And Pray. Ask the Lord to reveal to you what is really going on. Is it fear, self-doubt, lack of education, lack of money, etc.? You know all that doesn't really matter because if you TRUST the LORD. He will work all that stuff out.

Aren't you tired of DREAMING?  Aren't you tired of all the excuses? Aren't you tired off looking at your beautiful vision board with nothing accomplished? Aren't you tired of being tired?

When are you going to STOP saying: "I will get to it tomorrow!

Have you ever thought that maybe you are deceiving yourself about achieving your goals? The reality is your putting things off making excuses for your sin. Yes, Procrastination is truly a sin. If the Lord gives you the idea, vision, and ability then you can be obedient and just do it.

Start trusting the Lord and make some efforts. Yes, It will look impossible but you already know that everything is possible for the Lord. He is our great I AM. Stop putting off your destiny and start walking in FAITH.

Do you want to share about what needs to change in your life?