The Condition Of One’s Heart!

The Everything skit link below never gets old….I’ve seen so many youth groups perform it, including ours from Bethel Baptist of Jonestown, Pink Hill.
The Everything Skit and the song, “Not Far From Here” (below) are all the message one would need/should need for a full altar call in any church and/or youth/adult event.

There’s so many worldly things/thoughts pulling the young and the old today: lust, depression, drugs/pills, alcohol, peers, ideology of “thinness”/look a particular way, beauty/ugliness, money, misuse of knives/guns, hatred, anger, violence, manipulation, lies, theft, bullying, control, and the list goes on and on.
Anything or anyone who ANGERS YOU, CONTROLS YOU!

The world needs Jesus!
The world needs peace, unity, and love! Not lust, but LOVE! AGAPE LOVE, is the LOVE that comes from God! Agape Love is the LOVE that’s needed!

Until we as a community, state, nation, and a world unifies with LOVE, CHANGE will not come to its people. LOVE & MAKING A DIFFERENCE CAN BEGIN WITH JUST ONE PERSON, WITH ONESELF!

Our churches are half full, and prayer has become a bandaid, rather than a vital part of everyday life.

It’s hot outside, do you drink something cool once a day? Do you want only 5minutes of air conditioning?

We need to get back to the basics: God, Country, Family, Community…. If we have God, we can with the help of others who know God, pull through the valleys as well as cheer from the mountaintops.


There’s “good” and the “not so good” in everyone. WHICH PART ARE YOU GOING TO FEED?
“The one you feed is the one that prevails.”

ALL Believers sin! The bible says so! ALL Nonbelievers sin and they OFTEN use sins of believers to accept the ideology that believers are no different than them/it’s a hypocritical way of life, so no thanks; I don’t need your God! We need to assemble together with others and pray. PRAY we believers will make a difference and others will come to know Christ. Sinning is also sins of omission! Things we should do!

Don’t “forsake the Assembly of God” because of the short comings of believers-some believers never grow up-they stay as babes in Christ; some may not be where they need to be yet; or others don’t see their untactful behavior, being cliquish, or controlling selves. If we stay out of church, rather than in church praying for them and ourselves, to “tolerate” their shortcomings/personality traits as we ask for our own to be tolerated til we through HIM grow, love better, and be a better self than we were the day before -we don’t become part of the solution, we become part of the problem.

In society, (communities, nation, jobs/careers/workplace, homes, families, schools, etc) it’s the same struggles. We all struggle “to be better than we were” yesterday. There are so many good people who are believers/unbelievers playing with worldly things/people. We need to pray for them to see the light, not the darkness the world offers.

We need to pray for believers and unbelievers, that ALL see the light, not the darkness. “All of us fall short”! The bible says so. We are human and there’s not a perfect one anywhere.
All have and will have differences of opinions; our makeups and personality are different. There will always be different opinions, those doing good and those doing bad, but we must “bind together in prayer” that the godly and love prevails! We must pray people see there is a difference in love/hate, peace/violence, unity/division. We must pray for those people who may not do horrific things, but they don’t do good things such as those who prey on the weaker ones/vessels and/or manipulate others to follow them as they use their money, titles, status, things they own, etc to control/manipulate others to meet their own goals.

ALL People are people/part of humanity, who deserve to be treated with the same respect, love, compassion, and friendliness as you want to be treated.

Does that mean we stand up and support illegal things such as trafficking, violence, drugs and thievery? Bullying, manipulation, lies, controlling individuals,etc? No, but it means we don’t and should not join them with more violence & bullying!

We can agree that we will not always agree and we will have differences, but we do not have to use or feed the “tumors” of society such as violence, lies, half-truths which are lies, addictions, rumors, or minimize others publicly to make one feel superior to another.

We need to pray for peace, love, and unity-not just once a month, once a week, or once a day. We must “pray without ceasing” for a change/light bulb moment/aha moment and a wake up call for those playing with/in the mud puddle of the worldly lusts/darkness.
If you play in the mud puddles of the world or stand on the edge of such mud puddles, it splashes upon you. Playing with/joining peers just once or twice may be all it takes to be a part of a life that brings death-Death of a nation, community, church, family, and yes, DEATH Of AN INDIVIDUAL(S).

Note: (everyone needs to understand a life taken cannot be brought back to life.) Don’t be fooled by your peers and/or the devil! satan will work his way into a family, church, or community til he can get just one crack. One crack is all he needs to destroy any of the above. Remember, wolves can appear clothed in sheep clothing.

We need more prayer!
Pray for yourself, your families, your neighbors, churches, your communities, leaders, co-workers, children, teens, young adults, emergency responders of all areas of careers, those working in the media, government officials, and our nation. Pray for those who serve you, your communities, etc. and pray for all the volunteers in your communities.

Media outlets would rather fill your minds with the negative and violence because that equals “high ratings” and high ratings equal job security, pay days, and their existence. People strive on the negative news. Let’s change to strive on positive news and good things of ALL PEOPLE/AREAS within our county.

A recent two posts in my community- one about a suspicious vehicle/person versus a community nonprofit entity needing help to help others. The first got an overwhelming “WOW” number of shares and reached more than a thousand people. The second had a couple shares and reached a sad sad few people. If our churches, able people, and communities don’t stand up and be an active part of the solution displaying love, putting others before themselves, and volunteering even when it takes you from what you rather be doing/out of your comfort zone, our society and our communities do not and will not get better. They will get worse.

Do you honestly think VOLUNTEERS have nothing else they could be doing at home, work, or with their families/friends? Think again! They, like those who don’t volunteer, have plenty they can do! Volunteers care about people. They are selfless. They are people responding to the Great Commission. As one young girl said years ago at age 8 and I’ll never ever forget-doesn’t just ONE COUNT? Another young girl about 11-12 said, no one wants to hear about our Jesus if we don’t feed them; if they’re hungry, they cannot/will not listen. That same precious child said when trying to collectively choose a ministry project, “can’t we just love people”? “People need love!”

For companies/business owners who offer money or employees to serve to meet community needs, thank you as that’s needed too!

For businesses or individuals who are local to a community who do not participate personally in the hands on serving, you’re not really part of the solution. By not leading by example, not realizing the perception you’re giving off as being better or above others or/as your time is more precious than the others you send. “PRESENCE” is needed by others.

Not one person is better than another. All people need respect, presence, and see ALL people working beside them, not above them. I believe this is exactly why there’s the stories/parables in the bible. The parables in the bible are to make it easier for we humans to understand. The real deal here is, we must pick up the bible to read it.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a person with plenty or a person with little, each has the same amount of time-24 hours a day(1,440 minutes). What and how you spend it, is what puts you as being part of the solution or the problem as well as where your treasures lie.

Look in your community to see how you can be a physical part of service/serving others.
Volunteering, serving out of a godly heart, and your bodily presence serving the lives of those needing the service can never ever come with a price tag! The love and kindness shown blesses the giver as much as the recipient. It’s PRICELESS! The smiling face, warm heart and hands, “the presence” is worth more to the recipient than the actual need being met. People NEED People!

“Peace not violence” and “selflessness not selfishness” starts with the condition of the heart!
Everyone needs a heart checkup, everyday! Not one individual is exempt from needing a heart checkup.!!! The bible continually tells us we will never be where we need to be: WE “all fall short”!
We need a checkup daily, and the man upstairs is always available! There’s no long lines, busy numbers, or voice mails. He’s waiting on us to contact HIM!


Treasure life,




(Heart Checkup)

“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:14

“Our Father, who art in Heaven,
hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done,
on Earth, as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever.Amen.”



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. , 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, 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!

Simple Things To Do With Your Children

There are so many simple things you can do with your children in this fast-paced world we live. In a “blink of the eye” your children will be all grown up and in a world of their own. If you have fed your children on the way to ball practice, cheer, or dance (multi-tasking) isn’t it time to slow down just a little during the summer to relax, enjoy them, have fun, and make memories that cannot be taken away?

Catch fireflies. (be sure to release them back at night before turning in so they don’t die). This was a FUN thing to do when we were young.

Play in the rain. (Seen several children doing this, this past week–but didn’t see the parents with them.)

Make freeze-pops. You can do this with kool-aid, fruit punch, etc in ice trays. It’s fun to do together, and it’s cool and refreshing later in the afternoon.

Lie in the grass, talking, and looking for shapes in the sky.

Find a safe place to watch a thunderstorm move in. Nature is awesome to watch. Talk about the mighty wonders only  God can make—the thunderstorms, rainbows, etc.

Take a blanket and make a tent on your trampoline, swing set, between close trees,outside chairs, on your deck or porch. Children enjoy making tents.

Make S’mores or roast marshmallows over an open pit. Teach safety as you do it. Keep coat hangers or long skewers away from the face, always pointed down, til you’re ready to use . Have a water hose near by, and always have a fire supervised by an adult. Never leave a child or teen alone by the fire because one never knows what ideas could pop in their heads, especially if friends are with them. They will do things or try things they’d never do alone.

Take a day trip to somewhere you’ve never been or to a place you’ve been and enjoyed. The aquarium, the beach, The Marbles Museum (Raleigh, NC-just $5), the park, Cliffs of the Neuse (Goldsboro, NC), The Battleship (Wilmington,NC), simply splashing around with them in the family pool, or even more fun–a kiddie pool that is rather inexpensive to purchase, water fights with water guns or balloons filled with water,  etc.

Together attend a VBS–VBS at many churches are for both the parents and the children. There are still some VBS that hasn’t taken place.

Play board games together after a nice family meal around the table. Around the dinner table is where the real conversations take place, what happened in the day, and normally through a meal when everyone shares about the day, you can tell if something is bothering your child.

These are 10 simple things to do with your children. The simplest and least expensive things can often bring about the best memories a child will carry with them to adulthood.

My Earthly Dad IS With My Heavenly DAD,this year!

Poems for YOU, on Father’s Day, DAD

         Wonderful Legacy

by Teresa Shelton Bright

There Is A Wonderful Legacy
Of Which I Wish To Tell
About A Wonderful Man
That We Loved So Well
His Strength Lives Within Us
And Grows Stronger Each Day
His Honor Still Lingers
Though His Life Has Slipped Away
I Miss The Sound Of His Laughter
And His Stern Lectures Too!
I Miss Hearing Him Say, “I Love You”
He Fought A Good Battle
Then Gave Up The Fight
To Rest In The Arms Of Jesus
What A Beautiful Sight
In Our Hearts His Memory
Will Always Stay
Nothing Could Ever Take
His Remembrance Away


Forever In My Heart!!
I remember your face
I remember your smile
I remember your laugh
I remember your tenderness
I remember how you protected me
and I know you still do..
You’ve been with God for
quite some time.
But the years will never
let me forget.
I will always remember you
Forever In My Heart!!!
~~~Author Unknown~~~


God looked around his garden.
And found an empty place.
He then looked down upon the Earth,
And saw your tired face.
He put His arms around you,
And lifted you to rest.
God’s Garden must be beautiful,
He always takes the best.
He knew you were suffering,
He knew that you were in pain.
He knew that you would never
get well on Earth again.
He saw the road was getting rough.
And the hills were hard to climb,
So he closed your weary eyelids,
And whispered “Peace be thine.”
It broke our hearts to lose you,
But you didn’t go alone,
For part of us went with you.
The day God called you home…
~~~~~Author Unknown~~~~~


We Thought Of You Today

We thought of you today,
But that is nothing new.
We thought of you yesterday
And will tomorrow, too.

We think of you in silence
And make no outward show.
For what it meant to lose you
Only those who love you know.

Remembering you is easy,
We do it everyday.
It’s the heartache of losing you
That will never go away

In Loving Memory of Harold Edwin Stroud,Sr

From Daddy’s Little Girl,

I will always be that “little girl”.


Hugs & Kisses to you in heaven this Father’s Day Weekend!


Father’s Day—Dad, a Noble Warrior?

“Father’s Day comes once a year on a day in June. For those of you wondering just why it is that our nation sets aside a special day for fathers, let’s put this in perspective. To begin with, if it weren’t for some random guy named Dad, you wouldn’t be here! When you really stop and think about it, it’s no laughing matter. After all, some guy named Dad cared enough about your future existence to marry your Mom and then hang around for 18 years while you grew from an embryo to an infant to a bratty teenager to a full grown adult. That’s quite some commitment, and a lot of time, money, and effort. Parenting is a two partner project, and it’s only natural to celebrate both partners alike.

So, the Fathers get their own day, each and every year, on the third Sunday in June. Father’s Day means a great many things to a great many people. But most of us will agree that Father’s Day means the day in which you celebrate your Dad’s existence. Father’s Day is the day you bring your Dad a little gift. It’s the day we all say “Thank you for being there, Dad! Thanks for everything you did, and for just being you!” In this day and age of rampant divorce and parental abandonment, it’s more important than ever to pay our due tribute to the fathers who took the time and made the major commitment simply to Be There. There aren’t as many of such noble warriors as you might imagine.

Does Dad really want a gift for Father’s Day, or can you safely ignore it? Naturally, we don’t know the secret wishes and inclinations of every Dad in America. Some do, some don’t. But we’re pretty well sure that, even if your Dad doesn’t make a big deal out of the holiday (or any holiday for that matter, especially his birthday!), your Dad will certainly appreciate receiving some small trinket and token of your affection. Just don’t get all soppy and mushy about it! Ger Dad something useful, like a tool, or a sports memento, or something of the sort. In the end, it’s the gesture that really counts. Your Dad is sure to be very glad that you care enough about him to get him anything at all!

You’ve really got to know your father’s character well before you make a decision as to whether or not to purchase a Father’s Day gift for them. And, in the end, isn’t it better to simply err on the side of tradition? Let’s face it, no one turns down a free gift! And your Dad will always appreciate the gesture you extend to him.” ~~Copied

A gift from the heart is always the perfect gift! A gift of being present, a hug, a kiss, a song, a homemade card or purchased one, etc. are always appropriate, appreciated, and show love, concern, and thankfulness. If you’re quite a distance, a call would be nice or if you and your dad are both in the technological age, skype together!

Whatever way you choose to show your Dad love and appreciation on this Father’s Day and Father’s Day Weekend, know that the time you share could be your last–the time spent together is “priceless”! No amount of money can replace the memories made by being together. There are those without their Dads this year because of death, be it sickness or tragedy or simply he grew old and the body gave out. I know that those without their Dads would give you this advice: Don’t miss spending time with your Dad, make amends if there has been a “falling out”. The opportunity you have today or Sunday, may never come again.

Happy Father’s Day to all the DADs reading this article. IF at all possible, spend some quality time with your children/children with your Dad and make a commitment to be present as often as possible. To those who have raised children as your own, although not a biological Dad, Happy Father’s Day to YOU! Any male can help a Mom birth a child, but it takes a “special man” to be a “DAD”!


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.


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 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?

My Christmas Letter

Christmas Greetings in 2012!  It seems like just last month, I was penning last year’s Christmas letter. As I sat down to write this year, I was really at a loss of what to say. Another year older. Another year wiser. Another year realizing how smart my Dad was, and how much life has changed.

Christmas celebrations are pretty much the same year after year. I always think of Christmas beginning with The Hanging of the Green as we recall why we decorate with the evergreen, why we place the beautiful poinsettias in our homes and the churches, and the advent candles of Promise, Hope, Light, and Love. An added touch the past two years in my church, the Poinsettia Tree and the Colors of Christmas, made the service even more elegant.  The parades, the plays, and the cantatas are fun exciting ways of sharing the joy and love of Christ with others. Although all these events can seem frustrating because so many are trying to see how they can “work” these events into the worldly activities of parties, cookie exchanges, ornament exchanges, tree trimmings, school plays, dinners,and Santa.

Shouldn’t we try to fit the worldly activities into the activities of the “reason for the season”?

I really enjoyed the play I directed, “Christmas in Cricket County” because amidst the humor of the clash of the cousins lifestyles and the humbleness of the nativity, there was time to reflect on which character’s personality we sometimes fall guilty of ourselves.. If we’re all honest with ourselves (God is still working on each of us), at different times in our daily life we can find ourselves like all the characters to some degree. As the city cousins realized, Uncle Zeke really had them pegged (God knows each of us) and as the country cousins stated, they truly didn’t deserve all the blessings they were given.

A Christmas letter would not be complete without mentioning Missions. A “thank you” to everyone who took part in missions wherever you served the Lord in 2012. 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.

As some families are celebrating the “birth” of a beautiful child, others are experiencing the “loss” of a loved one. Sometimes we question, why? Especially, “why” during the holidays? God doesn’t mind us asking “why”, He sorta expects it I believe because we are ‘human”.  The heart aches because of  an empty chair or two empty chairs at the table this year. Christmas is shadowed by grief & sadness.  Although the Christmas Season and the Day of Our Lord’s Birth will come regardless of the sadness, we can still find ways to keep it meaningful, joyful, and “holy”  if we make the effort. We have to remember, He will carry us when we cannot walk. True joy comes from within, and although we are not happy “with” the circumstances or events in our lives, we can be happy “in” our circumstances because we know He is “with” us and our faith, joy, & the source of ALL love comes from Him, the Father of Lights.

We can fill the empty chair(s) with someone who will sit home alone this Christmas. If the big dinner isn’t possible financially or isn’t practical, prepare a nice simple meal. Perhaps each person coming can bring their favorite two dishes, not an assigned dish. I’ve never attended a “potluck” meal, to find all the dishes were the same.  You could also lavish attention on someone else’s child, individual and/or adopt a family for Christmas.

There is always a way to celebrate. So much of it is “attitude”. Our attitude reflects our altitude.  If we seek to be a blessing, we will find ourselves blessed. 

If we look around, we can see so many around us who need our help or simply, “our presence” Christmas is not about traditions, & the wrapped gifts; it’s about “love.  Christmas Caroling and visiting the nursing homes or shut-ins with songs, the reading of the Christmas story, the viewing of the recorded Christmas play on DVD, giving manicures, or simple gifts are inexpensive ways of Celebrating Christ’s Birth!  Giving to Lottie Moon, the Christmas Offering allowing missionaries to serve and share the “good news” in other parts of the world or adopting families in need, or surprising someone with a token of love expressing your gratitude, a simple note of encouragement or “paying it forward” in a fast food drive thru or restaurant and/or attending the local Christmas Eve Candle Lighting Service.

As we continue to move into the New Year, let’s not forget why we are celebrating. Remember WHO the birthday person really is! Bake HIM a cake & sing “Happy Birthday, Jesus”.  As you blow out the candles or as you travel through your community looking at lights or viewing the many luminaries, remember Christ’s Light never goes out–like the “evergreen”, His light is forever!  He is the Light of the World!  Let His love shine through you not only during the season we celebrate His birth, but throughout the coming year in your daily activities. The “True love” in the season is “the love that God gave to us, His only Son“, to bear our sins so we could have eternal life. The peace of Christ will last a life time, not for a short time as worldly things that disappear with empty results.   He lives within each of us as the Holy Spirit, as He has promised. 

2013 & 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, fill 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 2013:  “A New Year of Hope, Peace & Love!”


Treasure life,

Yvonne Deatherage, 12/2012


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?

Not A Convenience Store

Creep or Soar?   “One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.”~~Helen Keller.  When life gets you down, remember to spread your wings even more, and an updraft will take you to places you never thought you could get.

Remember, there is always someone with a worse story, a worse problem. Be happy with the little things and shake off whatever is bothering you. Seek advice of someone more knowledgeable in the area you’re struggling. It’s easier to seek help from someone wiser than to allow yourself to fall deeper into distress, melancholy, or something worse. Don’t forget to pray for your situation (1 Chronicles 16:11) and to ask others to be praying for a situation.

I miss life as I use to know it, and as I began to get a handle on the “new norm” for life, it changed drastically. As I began to adjust to life as it was, it changed once again.

After reading so many FB posts of sicknesses, loss of limbs, deaths, tragedies, murders, robberies, and missing individuals, I am thankful and happy to be alive.

I’ve heard people say “It’s God’s will” or “I’ll just leave it up to God” when faced with a serious illness, tragedy,financial crisis, and/or economic & political crises. Don’t listen to that mindset; it is not true. God wants us to pray to him for help, whenever we are in need of anything. HE wants us to pray for ourselves(1 Chronicles 16:11), our families, for others(1 Timothy 2:1), and for our Nation(2 Chronicles 7:14-15).

The problem is, many wait to pray when we are in trouble and not when all is well and we’re happy. Understand that if we pray regularly(e.g. 15 minutes, several times a day),we stay in a constant state of prayer. “Pray without ceasing.” Thank HIM for HIS blessings(our loved ones, clothes, your home, a bed to sleep in, water to bathe in & purified water to drink, food,the electronics you use each day (tv, phone, computers) , eyes to read and to enjoy beauty, ears to enjoy music, and so on).

God wants a relationship; He’s not a convenience store.

He wants to be YOUR Closest COMPANION. If HE lives within you, HE’s closer to you than your spouse, parent, or child. Why ignore HIM?

HE wants to see you in HIS house of worship, worshipping and praising HIM. He wants you to speak to him, to see you begin your day in prayer and end it in prayer and talk to HIM on your way to work or while out and about. HE wants you to talk to your children about HIM.

What happens when you don’t talk to a spouse? a child? a parent? a friend? The relationship ends, splits apart, or at best, isn’t too good if it still exists.

T.G.I.F: Today God Is First.   James 4:8 tells us to “draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.

P.U.S.H: Pray Until Something Happens (LUKE 18:1)

quote for today

Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans” . ~~~John Lennon

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