Following sheep or wolves?

The Great Commission and The Greatest Commandment are what followers of Jesus Christ are called– to do-go/tell & show people about God’s LOVE, that they are loved by God-for us to love.
The church is not called to build the largest of facilities, come up with rules, programs and guidelines, but to go, teach, and love!
Too many are so concerned with order, rules, and mandates, they miss the main thing: God is LOVE!
LOVE isn’t about being so self or program absorbed, that you fail to love on everyone you see, pass, or those you don’t see because of self absorption or love on because they aren’t those you want on your team or choose not to join join team.
God doesn’t want sides; HE wants LOVE!

All the knowledge, money, numbers, and things of this world will not matter when Christ returns or the death angel comes.

Be encouragers, show love, and be God led.

If something looks so wonderful, ask yourself if God is really in it? Are the ones in it happy? Are they doing it because they really want to do it or are they just following the leader?

If you’re a follower of an individual(s), ask yourself do you see God (LOVE) in their way of achieving their goals? Is (LOVE) God’s presence felt? Is it about numbers? Is it about money??? Is it about property???? When you hear about the giving, is it to let others know about something awesome taking place or is this person seeking high self esteem or be seen superior to you?? Are they truly engaged or are they letting others do the work for them???
Is it about God being a difference in the lives of others or is it about being seen, heard, or being seen/held in high esteem placing high value upon themselves or having you placing high value on them??????

All the education and money in the world cannot replace a personal relationship with God.

If a person doesn’t have that love relationship with God, they’ll not have a love relationship with you, others, nor will their goals, disposition, or life reflect LOVE nor in the end of their projects or activities will it be about LOVE for others; it will be all about and for themselves. We were taught as children, we are judged by the company we keep; it’s true even as adults.
The light will always be revealed in time, even if it’s too late. In the fruition of what they bring to the future, will you be the one asking yourself, what was I thinking?
Have you wondered why some in the game are no longer players in the game? Once eyes are opened and God does open the eyes of those who have a relationship with Him, but it’s in HIS timing, when HE feels you’re ready to see, hear, listen, and act upon what He already knows. He often reveals puzzle pieces, one at a time.

Most of us are not wanting to believe we could be blinded, be jilted, or used as we are intelligent beings nor realizing schemers and chess players exist, go to such extreme means and given time to such details to bring personal goals to fruition. Who has time, energy, or money to even go to such length?? The one who never has anything to lose. The one who has had practice in doing what they are doing. Often the intelligent, well known, compassionate doers and helpers don’t know til they’re tossed to aside, sit back removing themselves so able to digest life as it’s happening, analyze the players in the game(s), analyze the puzzle pieces that pop up out of the blue, and why things are being allowed. Once the analysis is done, a scary scary outcome can be seen. Knowledge is tough! Do you sit back watching and waiting for the final ball to drop @ the buzzer that will change the life of so many? Or do you open the eyes of people caught within the playing arena? God reveal how you want the players still in the game to find out, how you want them to react, and if they’re to remain in the game teach them to be highly skilled in the game of chess. Unlike a chess game for fun, lives of the present and the future are at stake. The stakes are high!

Hindsight is 20/20.

Be in God’s game!!!!!!!
Be about godly love. LOVE!
Be about the Great Commission and the Great Commandment.
If you are about these two principles (commandments), the rest will fall into place.

We are none perfect and none are without sin. God knows our hearts and minds. He knows all. Sees all. Mistakes will be made. Be sure the mistakes you make are your own mistakes, and not the mistakes of a schemer or a great chess player.

Often in life, we get one chance to get it right. Other times, our God of grace and hope, gives us opportunities to get it right!

Whose team are you playing on?
If you’re playing on God’s teams, it doesn’t matter which team you’re on. It doesn’t matter who wins, get credit, as everyone is loving, sharing, compassionate, and helping others out of LOVE!

But woe, to be on a chosen team that’s excluding Him or who has a personally stacked team.

God began His ministry in “home style churches”, not churches and buildings of man-made rules. Rules are of man. LOVE, RESPECT, & PEACE is of GOD.
God isn’t denominational.
It’s wonderful when community events take place when it’s for a God purpose, God driven, and yes, even non-denominational, God’s people and HIS CHURCH coming together to SERVE others including the UNCHURCHED & UNREACHED!

If God isn’t in it, watch out!

Hindsight will be a tough pill to swallow, not just for yourself, but for others following you. God doesn’t call for people to be led as a puppet on a string nor will He stop you from selfish personal goals or make you stop following the leader or following those with the purse strings or seemingly endless deep pockets .
These pockets often didn’t become deep through God driven means or actions.

God calls His children to study, listen for His voice, follow Him, and LOVE others. If an individual is rude, disrespectful, following only their game plan, welcoming and inviting only players they know people others will stop & listen, BEWARE. These chosen players are blinded to the ulterior motive of the leader, only knowing about the one cause they’re chosen to participate.

Whoa are they when they find out they’ve been duped for their prestige and followers as the trust and confidence others have could dwindle drastically causing a loss of wealth, friends, and all you’ve worked hard to obtain in your professional and private life.

If God’s in it, great things will come from the seeds planted and watered. We ALL need to think before we jump into the game plan or on the train(s) of others. If someone is offering you something of great value companies aren’t offering, there’s a reason! If someone is offering to have your back, scratch my back I’ll scratch yours, or offer to pay off a debt, oh you better really watch out!
Often the train or team is stacked for a reason, unknowingly of the reason(s) the players were chosen.

Remember, there is NO FREE LUNCH! Someone ALWAYS pays the price! Many times, it is paid by the taxpayers in the form of grants, taxation, and/or higher utilities. Every action or entity comes with a cost. Have you been convinced to participate in something and in just a few months you were left holding the cost?? Do you think it happened unintentionally? Or could it had been through the game of high rollers at your expense for a purpose you haven’t seen or as your eyes are now being opened???

Christ paid the ultimate cost for each of us having been nailed upon an old cross (a tree)!

Beware of the one who comes wearing sheep clothing into your life or in your presence in organizations, as they are planting themselves strategically, just waiting out their time to “devour” you and all established by you and your forefathers. What you have always known will be changed in front of your very eyes to the point the clothed sheep is the only one happy and pleased in the end. Think. Pray. Pray.
God is LOVE! LOVE!!!!!
I’ve been told by many, MONEY IS POWER & MONEY TALKS! Money may talk, but GOD holds eternity.

Which team will you feed? Which team will you support?
Which team or train do you need to jump while there’s still time? Who do you need to share the knowledge you have? Who are people you need to share the puzzle pieces you hold in your hand? Who do you need to share the possibilities of the puzzle pieces you know about or hold in the palm of your hands??

God will reveal the evil one(S) if we all fall upon our face, asking Him for discernment and guidance. Time is fleeting. Time is NOW. Hindsight on some things can’t be changed. The knowledge obtained through hindsight can halt evil if compassionate individuals join together standing firmly together in the battle.
Wolves come in sheep clothing. Snakes leave and return. They shed their skin multiple times.

MAY FAITH & DISCERNMENT BE GRANTED BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!

The parallels of church and non church entities are to help the thought process of everyday life. We are all in some way touched by the church, by the unchurched, by sheep, wolves, and snakes. Satan is alive and well in the hearts of many. God is a God of allowing choices-good and bad. They exist amongst us in every area of life.
The sad sad part, the ones who are affected the most by the choices of others have no earthly idea of what’s taking place around them and will be the most affected. See, some will lose money, their character, and can move away. It’s the ones with no voice or in the playing arenas, who have no where to go.

Having been caught in the snare of the evil ones is no shame. Remaining quiet about it and not using your knowledge of it, and not stepping up to the plate stronger to help is something to personally have to answer.

To help people you must use your life’s experiences to give them that knowledge from making similar mistakes with the same individual.

Sitting back, watching, and waiting for the final ball to drop is like walking through a field of dynamite. Life when the foot hits the dynamite will be forever changed.

Knowledge, not money is power! Time is of the essence. Don’t live with the regrets of something you could have helped stop.
It’s not all about the moment at hand, it’s the future.

Choose to be in the game!

When to leave a church???

“When should I leave a church or ministry team? How bad does it have to get?”

“If God sent you, do not leave until GOD releases you. If the Lord is silent, HE is often saying, Don’t change a thing. Do not leave. Stay where I had placed you!”

“When God does instruct you to leave, you will go out with peace, no matter what the condition of the ministry.”

“For yes shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace.”~~Isaiah 55:12.

“Therefore, your departure will not be based on the actions or behaviors of others but rather on the Spirit’s leading. So leaving a ministry is not based on how bad things are.”

“Physical growth is a function of time.
Intellectual growth is a function of learning. Spiritual growth is neither a function of time or learning, but it is a function of obedience.”

“Jesus learned obedience by the things HE suffered, we learn obedience by the difficult circumstances we face. When we obey the Word of God that is spoken by the Holy Spirit, we will grow and mature in the times of conflict and suffering. Our knowledge of Scripture is not the key. Obedience is.”

” Now we understand one reason why we have people in the church who have been Christians for 29 years, who can quote verses and chapters of the Bible, have heard a thousand sermons, and read many books, but still wear spiritual diapers. Every time they meet with difficult situations, rather than responding by the spirit of God, they seek to protect themselves in their own way. They are always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
(2Timothy 3:7). They never come to the truth because they do not apply it.
Truth must be allowed to have its way in our lives if we are going to grow and nature. It is not enough to give mental assent to it without obeying it. Even though we continue to learn, we never mature because of disobedience.
~~~~~John Bevere

Not Too Far From Here

“Not Too Far From Here”
Not too far from here there are people facing giants and losses no one should have to bare such as losing/mourning the loss of their spouse, child, losing their home due to medical & burial expenses, saying “til we see you later” to a grandparent whose meeting Jesus tonight or met him recently, or a little girl going through major life changes such as “no mommy” to kiss her goodnight, read to her a favorite bedtime story or share what happened at school today because her mommy died and scared her now guardian may die, too.

Not too far from here there are those needing comfort, peace, and strength to face the continual GIANTS that keep occurring. There are those battling sicknesses, death, the loss of property, the empty nest syndrome, seniors who sit home every day hoping someone will stop in for a visit or a call with complete presence from their children, grandchildren, or neighbors, the loss of a job, fellow co-workers who out of jealousy make going to work so unbearable, students being left out of activities-last to be picked-picked on-laughed at/made fun of- yes all forms of bullying, adults who use or demean others in the workplace/church/community, teachers needing lots of prayers as they’re expected to not only teach curriculum but behavior/respect/good daily health/hygiene habits/right over wrong/how to deal with anger/everyday issues responsibly/etc, and for others, financial setbacks, looking for love and attention in all the wrong faces/places.

Not too far from here, there are teens afraid to smile because they need braces the family can’t afford because of finances, income, or heavy medical expenses of their other child. Not too far from here, there’s a child just wanting their Dad/Mom to be present in their life, if just once a month. Not too far from here, parents of blended families are trying so hard to bring unity among the children and other parent(s)-for the well being of all-especially the children. Not too far from here, there are a lot of teens/adults needing Jesus. Not too far from here there are young boys needing a father figure/a male mentor. Not too far from here, there are young girls needing a mother figure/a female mentor. Not too far from here, there are parents missing their adult child(ten) in their lives. Not too far from here, there are people facing all types of addiction(s)/strongholds, and families battling to help them. Not too far from here, there are law enforcement, emergency responders, firemen, and our military who are risking their lives to save others while their spouses/families are asking God to protect them. Not too far from here there are spouses and children dealing with the day to day issues of being a spouse/parent as their parent returns home from military service-all trying to deal with the mental/physical scars of war.

Not too far from here, there are relationships crumbling. Not too far from here there are homes, churches, communities, states, and nations crumbling.

Reach DEEP into your heart and Listen to your heartstrings. PRAY!
There are so many good people and blessed people in our day to day lives. There are also people who battle for control to be numero one, which could be from having been numero one in the lives of all they’ve ever known, needing to be in the limelight because they’ve had to fight disabilities others didn’t, or because they just don’t know Jesus, because without HIM/HIS PRESENCE, there’s no true JOY and you’ll use any or all means available to be liked, get praises, etc. Since they’re no substance to such, they still climb.
There are so many people facing their own Giants.

Let’s pray for all these in need! God knows the hearts and the needs.
Prayer is life’s Internet-prayer is bringing the spiritual world and the physical world together so they can overlap.
Pray without ceasing.
One could pray nonstop for the needs around them in they would “open their eyes” and “open their hearts”. There’s needs all around us.
God is love! It’s God’s mission as a missionary God to bring about the global purpose/COVENANT HE MADE WITH ABRAHAM!
It’s the common thread throughout the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Praying without ceasing isn’t to start praying and not stop. It’s to remain in a state of prayer. Be prepared to lift prayers throughout your day. If someone asks for prayer, stop and pray right then for them. It’s that moment in asking they are needing it more than ever. It’s also later you may get so busy in your life, you forget.
Don’t fall captive or be baited in Satan’s trap. Pray that God works through the Bait of Satan and the offenses you’re holding on to that aren’t yours, may not be the truth, as could all stem from one or two and/or who through disabilities, jealousy, personal goals, intentionally or unintentionally may just be Satan’s Bait to divide, destroy, and/or create enough of a crack that others are hurt and/or stops needs from being met, as Satan smiles and God weeps.
Praying! Won’t you join me?
Treasure life!
Treasure the physical, mental, and spiritual life-all three are needed to be healthy!

Help Fight Hunger!

Help Fight Hunger
1 in 5 children in America struggle with hunger, and when school lets out for the summer millions of children might not know where their next meal will come from. Many children depend on the breakfast/lunch received at school and others depend on weekend nourishments from the backpack buddy program offered to many schools for their students, provided by churches and other civic groups in their area coming together to meet nutritional/hunger needs.

In June, July and August help support those in need by purchasing the Classic Round-Up from the Heart® Trivets.
$2 from each $5 Trivet purchased will be contributed to Feeding America® to help provide meals to those in need. 4 of the $5 trivets = $8 to Feeding America = 72 meals being provided through the local food banks.

The trivets make beautiful wall art/decor for the kitchen, nice gifts for any occasion, and are the perfect protection for the countertop or table for your hot dishes. You can order from my website or inbox me.
http://new.pamperedchef.com/pws/getyvonne/guest-landing/8874183834779 , if local to me, this link the items can be shipped to the host/which the order will come to my house & I can get imageyour order to you.

If not local to me, you can use the same link but be sure to click the tab to have shipped to your address. If in doubt about shipping to your address through the online show, you can inbox me or type in the URL, www.pamperedchef.biz/getyvonne to place an individual order, not part of a show order, which will automatically ship to your home.

Remember, the food bank in your own backyard/county will be depleted during the summer months with all meals-breakfast, lunch, and dinner- dependent on the food banks because schools are not supplying the children their first two meals of the day. By placing the individual order if you’re outside Lenoir County, the money will go to the Feeding America Food Bank in your county! Order as many as you would like of any or all the trivets to help the children have sufficient food this summer!

2013 Bucket List still incomplete

My 2013 Bucket list still needing completion

 

1.) on the top of my 2013 bucket list…..dinner with all my children very soon–a mother wants to enjoy her whole family together and its been too long since we’ve all sit around the table together with my Mom and me.

 

2/) selfishly, I want a  2013 Traverse IN WHITE OR CHARCOAL GRAY)….my car has some mileage and a little larger car as I’m getting older would be nice and I have wanted this for two years….spacious for hauling my Mother, grandchildren, and GAs as well as my Pampered Chef and listed in reports as the  #2 for the vehicle to have.

http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/cars-trucks/Chevrolet_Traverse/

 

3.) a nice camper with a couple bedrooms with a deck located by the ocean at Emerald Isle, NC where I can slip away to enjoy some quiet toes in the sand time and also take my grandkids and others that may need to get away from time to time—

ok enough of my selfish bucket list…..

 

4.) a student center in Pink Hill for the education and mentoring of young children regardless of their economic status–for the rich, middle income,, and lower income to come together to say NO TO DRUGS—reaching all children

 

5/) for more VOLUNTEERS to help the children’s programs at schools, the new student center above, and for the senior center located in Pink Hill and other Lenoir County sites. It takes working together = success.

 

6) for Pink Hill Community Watch, Jackson Heights Community Watch and other Lenoir County Community Watch groups to have community leaders and citizens to do give just one hour to an hour and a half once a month to give of their time and support these meetings and speakers to make their communities better and to put away the notion that as a citizen I cannot participate because someone of authority or friend would get mad. Stand up for yourself, your community, and make our community safer for our children, our seniors,, and or all those residing in our communities. My prayer is that politics can be put aside and people would choose to do the right thing. It’s just once a month for some groups and after Pink Hill’s June meeting it’s just every other month. Topics vary and there’s something that can help everyone. Every meeting, most everyone, learns at least one new thing. Law Enforcement has learned from the speakers we have had. No one person knows everything and working together = success.

 

7) For Our Communities to be proactive and place permanent drug boxes in every police station/tpwn hall in Eastern NC.so unused, outdated meds can be safely locked away so no one dies from a medication not prescribed to them.

 

8) For Churches, Civic,Schools, etc, to contact the P.E.A.C.E. Foundation to book the “Bedroom Project” so parents, grandparents, officers, firemen, teachers, etc  will know where to find drugs hidden by your children, teens, or young adults, or where there friends can hide it in your place of residence.

 

Did you know that 49% of people polled, say outsiders can walk into their homes and have access to their medicines….unintentional prescription drug overdose deaths in NC–we’re # 5 in the nation. we must do something about this!

 

Children 8 & 9 years old use prescription medicines to get high..

Age 11 is the average age most children try a prescription pill to get  high for the very first time.

 

Where do you keep your medicines?

 

9) Wishing others would choose to Be a mentor this summer and help a child to read….the more you read, the more you know, the more you know, the further you go…..there are school and library reading programs FREE every summer–they just need adults to find the children to encourage them and help them read.

 

10) Adopt seniors in your church and community–there are those I take to get their hair done or to the grocery store—do you realize there are people who prey on these already disadvantaged people group, charging these without transportation $5-$20 TO TAKE THEM FOR BASIC NEEDS….SMH….I DON’T CHARGE THEM A THING. THEY NEED THEIR COMMUNITY’S HELP. Are you willing to help? What would you do if you were 70 or 80 and couldn’t drive or have a car? What if your only adult child was bedridden and couldn’t help you? What if you had no children?

Cold Weather, A Snowman, and Hot Chocolate

So many of my friends received some snow in the past couple days, while others just received the freezing rain or colder temperatures than normal. Please be careful as you’re out and about. Bundle up, stay warm and remember whether walking or riding, there could be patches of ice, especially in shaded areas.

For my friends with snow, while helping your children or the children in the neighborhood build a snowman, you might discuss the “meaning of the snowman”~copied (author not known, on a cute snowman given to me), sharing about God in a very fun and natural way.

The Meaning of  the Snowman

The white snow represents God’s forgiveness of our sins.

The  circular snowballs show the everlasting life God promises us.

The carrot nose shows us that God has given us the Earth and all living things.

The black coal mouth reminds us to give God praise.

The scarf keeps us warm, just as God’s love does.

The top hat reminds us to honor God above all things.

The twig arms are open to hold us the way God does when we need Him.

After building the snowman, join together for some hot chocolate that doesn’t take tending to every minute. Put it in before going out for your FUN in the snow and return to a crock pot filled with some delicious chocolate!

 

Snowflake Hot Chocolate
ingredients:
6 cups milk
2 cups heavy/whipping cream
1 bag of white chocolate chips
real whipped cream for topping
Directions:
Cook milk, cream, and chips in crock pot for 2 hours- serve hot with whipped cream on top.
Bon Appetit!

Positive Energy

Colossians 2:6-7 –‘Tis the season year round, to be His servants, serve and love one another……

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him,  rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6-7

Let’s put positive energy into things we can do to impact our world and those within our world.

“Pray and Do for others.”

We should pray for all the families & the community of the tragedy that took place at the school. The media should give the families and community time to grieve and bury their child(ren) without cameras and reporters. Pray for these families-pray for peace, comfort, and strength that’s what they need now, in the days, weeks, and years ahead.Pray for the school staff, students, and for the community. Their lives will never ever be the same.

Positive energy/actions for others by you and your children, teaching them to do unto others, would be a gift in memory of these children who are now angels, playing in heaven.

I read Misty Hardison’s post “thanking” people who came forward helping she and her daughter in the cleanup of the vandalism, theft, and invasion of personal property/space that took place in their home. Doers using positive energy to help, What the WORLD NEEDS MORE OF.

There are so many mission opportunities available that we as individuals can do and as families can do.

The Neuse Baptist Association (part of Lenoir, Wayne, Greene, & Duplin counties) is asking for oven baked cookies and brownies (in boxes or tins you do not need back) by Wednesday morning at 9am. These are being given to inmates of a local prison, along with a gift bag of toiletry items already collected and packaged by area churches. The cookies and brownies will be packaged in LaGrange @9am. If you can bake and would like to help, please inbox me privately on facebook or email me [email protected]

The GAs of Bethel Baptist Church of Jonestown, Pink Hill are collecting new and used coats for adults-men & women, children and teens through January 6th. New if you’re able to purchase a coat on sale but “good used coats” you or your family would still wear while out and about. Check your closets. Some of you may have lost weight and can’t wear the coat hanging there, or gained weight or the children have outgrown the coat from the previous year or you or your family members may just want a “new look” for the winter. There are people who need a coat to stay warm. Would you be willing to help? If so, contact me.

Would you like to start a Praying Parents Group for a school in your area? Parents, Grandparents, & Community members, who meet together once a week to covet the school in prayer. Not a bashing group–a “praying” group.

Would you be willing to start one?

It takes two people agreeing to meet together, to pray for the needs, safety, learning, etc–praying for the students and the staff. Announce it publicly and you will be surprised at who else may can join you. This can be held at a church near the school or other public building that would be opened for that purpose. Our children are a gift from God–each school in Lenoir County and in every county in the United States, needs a prayer group, praying daily for them.

I believe grades would improve, bullying would decrease, staff would find a happier/better environment to teach, supplies would be more available, and parents/students/staff would feel safer.

What begins as two can become many. You announce at the beginning prayer concerns for the school, and you pray. School staff members, teachers, and students confidentially will begin to get you specific needs to pray about. It can be 30 minutes to an hour.   Who plans to begin one?

Community Watch—neighbors watching out for neighbors. If you see a suspicious car, person, or activity in your neighborhood, call 911 and report it. People watch homes and neighborhoods before they break in. It’s not oh, look like that’s a good house this minute….They normally look for a routine–what time during an entire week or two weeks do people leave? A vehicle on the corner or side of the road(even with someone in it), could be the getaway vehicle for a break in happening a few blocks or a mile away. If it doesn’t look right, make the call.

Attend community watch meetings–in Lenoir County, there are about 6 meetings taking place monthly or every other month–Chris Cahoon can tell you the closest to you if you live in Lenoir County. Community doesn’t mean you have to live within the town or section of the county you live. Go, Listen, Learn how you can better protect your family and your home or business.

January 1st @7pm @ Pink Hill Presbyterian Church, Pink Hill Community Watch has Terry Light as the speaker. She is our Assistant District Attorney. She will be speaking on internet safety for the family. She will also touch on social media–the check in option on cellular phones–banking, etc. Come listen and see how you may be alerting others of your activities without meaning to do—or how to be sure your banking is secure. Find our ways to be sure your children or teens are safe when on the computer.

The local rest home is an awesome place to share joy and love. Singing Christmas Carols, taking a DVD of your play for them to watch, taking small nursing home gifts to the local facilities–Pink Hill Pharmacy in my area have gift bags for men and women made up already, easy for you to purchase and take–get just a few and give it to the ones you see sitting around the lobby or in the tv room. Just sit and talk with them, you don’t need an appointment to do that. Many of those at the rest home seldom have visitors on a regular basis. My experience there–before I leave, they want to know, when will we be back. They love to play bingo (take lots of quarters & gifts as prizes), sing (they love old hymns and children songs) and they all love a party—what better time to throw a party than Jesus’ Birthday?

These are just a few ways you can begin mission opportunities with your children. Discuss the project and take action. From simply cleaning out a closet to visiting a nursing home. Bake brownies and cookies tonight and make arrangements to get them to the prison ministry taking place in LaGrange.

8 More Days til Christmas—how will you spread the joy and love of Christmas in the 8 days ahead?

Another Veterans Day

Today’s Message! An awesome message by LTC Chaplain Randy Griffin:

Christians wear the uniform but refuse to work in God’s army.  Our nation needs God’s people to be in the fight.

 Life will be much different very soon.

Are you in the fight? Are you ready for another Veteran’s Day yet to come?

Just as a soldier’s mandate is a broad encompassing order, from the highest ranking officer to the lowest ranking soldier—“Fight and win the nations wars”.

A Christian’s mandate is Acts1:8- “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Jerusalem–community you live; Judea-the county you live; Samaria-the state you live;unto the ends of the earth-the U.S., and across the globe, everywhere.

A soldier’s mission is narrower and more concise. Follow the order of your unit deployed to seek out, kill terrorists and others whose cause is to destroy our nation.

A Christian’s Mission is outlines in Matthew 28: 18-20; MAKE DISCIPLES. This hasn’t and will not change til the Lord comes. So why is it,that God’s people who wear His uniform, are ineffective?

Christian soldiers just as the American soldier, must have effective methods–a christian soldier must be courageous as he or she moves into action. A christian soldier must be tenacious–NO RETREAT! Hold fast, stand firm, and not yield–God will equip you for the battle. And third the christian soldier must understand he is victorious. The battlefield is between God & Satan and the battle line is clearly drawn. The enemy is roaming more than ever before; therefore, our nation needs to  be on their knees. God is still on the throne. As Paul told Timothy, not to be worried over civilian world but to stay focused on God’s World. Pray. Pray. Pray fervently.

If things don’t get better, Praise The Lord because that means He’s closer to carrying out His plans. The greatest defense we have is Prayer! So don’t get so entangled or embedded in the world’s affairs that we lose the effectiveness in what the Lord wants and/or has called us to do.

2 Timothy 2: 3  ~~ “YOU THEREFORE MUST ENDURE HARDSHIP AS A GOOD SOLDIER OF JESUS CHRIST.”

2 Timothy 1:7 ~~”For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but out of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

GOD IS IN CONTROL.  GOD CAN FIX IT IF HE CHOOSES TO FIX IT.

What we do in this life will “echo” in eternity!  How will you be remembered?

Set your “standards of discipline”. Prepare to make your  statement for eternity. 

Christmas Greetings!

Christmas Greetings!

Being BUSY, as we celebrate Christ, has become the status quo since Thanksgiving. Hoping you soon have the opportunity to stop, relax, prop up your feet, grab your favorite beverage and re?ect on the memories of the past four weeks, the past year, and time to ponder 2012. 2011 has been an incredible year, in spite of my Dad’s death, all the changes, circumstances, trials and adventures. My palate has been  filled with forgiveness, humility, patience, and above all, truth. My cup runneth over with love, grace, thankfulness, and an abundance of faith. “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed.” (Psalm 27:13)

Christmas Day, “The Holy Day”, was the day God gave the World the greatest gift, His Son. Jesus’ birth was for everyone, regardless of wealth or status in society. I no longer focus on gifts and gift giving. My focus is on the Christmas Spirit, the love

of Christ being shared with those I come in contact with daily, family, friends, and seniors without family and/or an advocate. I have learned over the years, it’s not about me. It’s about God and asking, “What would Jesus do?” It’s easy to say “yes” to things without your calendar. Consider taking control of your life with an organized calendar–writing down all personal/family obligations, work schedule, school obligations, and the activities of the church for 2012. Once you have written down these things, “don’t change these for worldly opportunities”.  When asked to do something, always say, “let me check my calendar”, and if available, say,  “Yes, Lord Willing” (James 4:15). There’s someone at every turn who needs a smile, a handwritten note, a hug, a word of encouragement, assistance or our time. It’s up to us, to “open our hearts” as Mary and Joseph did so long ago, and to give “freely” of our “limited time” and “endless love” as Jesus did. “That’s being sacri?cial!”

As I’ve enjoyed the quietness of the evening listening to Kenny G’s (instrumental) “Miracles, The Holiday Collection” while writing this letter, I ?nd myself thinking about the words that are missing in the songs.  I think of all the possible gifts I can give Him.  All we do should be about Him, not about ourselves.

“TGIF: Today God Is First. Let Go. Let God!”  God is in control. Since God is in control, why do we ?ght, hurt or ignore others in our relationships? Our Siblings,Parents,Church Family, Spouse,Signi?cant Other or Friends? We should love as Christ loves, even in the midst of life’s trials & dif?culties. God could be pruning you, as He is pruning me, through our daily activities & the trials we may be facing; pruning us for something larger than we can imagine for His Kingdom.  “God is in control”! Whether we join Him or we resist Him, His will shall be done on earth, as it is in heaven. As 2012 unfolds and the mysteries are revealed, I have chosen to believe, stand ?rm in my faith, and continue to give Him my heart, my time, love, and my service. How about you?

Christmas is about rediscovering “the thrill of hope”, the words we hear in  “O Holy Night”.  Focus brie?y on the words of this song, on God and His gift that set us “free”, the perfect gift:  Jesus Christ, His SON, “from the Cradle to the Cross to the Resurrection”. “WOW!” “A thrill of Hope, the weary world rejoices, for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn”. The weary world does rejoice my friends,  just as the song says, because “Hope in Christ”  provides us with joy and purpose.  The Hope of the Prophecy having been ful?lled, brought us our Eternal Father and Prince of Peace. There’s never been & never will be, a more perfect gift here on earth; therefore, we should LOVE and LIVE today, as if there is “No Tomorrow”!

A Christmas letter would not be complete without mentioning Missions. A “thank you” to everyone who took part in the missions programs of your church, community, school, wherever you served the Lord in 2011.

Missions is not only about doing ministry projects for others; it’s about providing the gospel & the love of Jesus Christ through song, word, prayer, and action through the daily activities of our life.

Jesus  instructed us in “The Great Commission” to “do missions outside our comfort zones”. “Thank You for having served HIM through the ministry opportunities  & especially those done anonymously.

“Thank You” to each of you who have helped me and my family this year as We Celebrated Dad’s life and told Dad “until we see you in heaven (not goodbye), for those who have been praying and helped Chloe with speech, for those who helped Mom following Hurricane Irene, and for those who helped openly & anonymously with gifts of  cards, visits, food & love this year. “Thank you” sounds so weak but it’s truly from the heart and your gifts were all  answered prayers from God. I know you will receive rewards in heaven because the scriptures tell me so. (Matt. 25:35-40).

2012 & All its “Mysteries” will soon be knocking on our doors; but for now, I am  living  by faith and “savoring the miracles of this Christmas season”.

“May the God of Hope, ?ll you with all the Joy and Peace in believing, that you may abound in HOPE by the Power of the Holy Spirit.”   My wish for you and your family in 2012:  “A New Year of Hope, Peace & Love!”

Treasure life,

Yvonne 12/2011

Let’s WHIP Cancer, together!

October is breast cancer awareness month. Celebrating 25 years of  Awareness, Education, and Empowerment!

A “Virtual Whip Cancer Fundraiser” has been set up @ www.pamperedchef.biz/yvonnescookingshow –virtual–means you go to the website, order, pay, and have the merchandise shipped directly to your home –up to 25% of your purchase will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

It’s a great time to be shopping early for Christmas.

At the website, click ordering with a show, option 1; then type in Help in first block, Whip Cancer in second block and it should take you there. All orders and all credit/debit cards will be processed on the last day of the month @ 2pm. All orders are to be shipped directly to your home.

Whipping Cancer, one product at a time!

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