Sunday, December 20, 2009
You walk in a room and all the girls talk
I guess you get used to most of them fallin'
Down at you feet.
Cause you got the charm and the debonair down
So tall and dark like you just came out of
Some kind of fairy tale dream.
Oooh baby you're something
Oooh but I'm ...
Not your Cinderella
You're not the one in a million fella
The slipper ain't gonna fit me
Give my regards to Mr Disney
I'm no Sleeping Beauty
One kiss alone won't do it to me
Hate to be the one to tell ya
But I'm not your Cinderella.
I don't know if I believe in love at first sight
I think it might need just a little more time
To grow and be real.
So keep up the laughter and the ramblin' on
At the stroke of midnight I'm gonna be gone
This ain't a heart you can steal.
Oooh baby you're something
Oooh but I'm ...
Not Your Cinderella sung by CMAA Artist of the Year Catherine Britt on You Tube!
Monday, September 14, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
I can't really say that I'm there yet, but this movie really helped me to see that really nothing happens by accident, and yet we must take initiative to sometimes fulfill the plans and purposes God has in store for us. We can't sit back idle and expect destiny to jump in our laps.
Take today and tomorrow Labor Day to reflect on Christ's labor of love and how special we are in His eyes. He has everything so marvelously worked out if we would only accept...it.
Monday, July 20, 2009
I thought about my daily life and how I try to climb to the top so many times with so much baggage. I get focused on the weight instead of the Lord and it's days like today when I'm waiting in a hospital with my 87 year old father who is faced with the threat of cancer, and he's making the nurse laugh and feel better after she's just rolled his vein. "It's ok," he said, "You didn't hurt me." He's told me so many times, that he just doesn't like making anyone "feel bad." It's times like this I see the man God created so beautifully nearly a hundred years ago.
Eac day and each place and person we meet is a mountain. We can address the climb weighted down, or cut the bundle of burdens we carry or think we need, and just simply enjoy the beauty of the mountain climb on our way to the destination and places God wants us to go to carry His love.
As we carry His love, He is faithful to carry us through any situation we find ourselves in.
Take a break and watch this very relaxing and powerful video. It's only a couple of minutes. You DO HAVE TIME!
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Kay Gallegos owner of Clutterbusters in Winter Park sent me this email today. It's worth taking the time to read. Get a cup of tea, coffee or something you love and make time to visit this site. It will help you to "center" and feed your spirit. God wants us to be free from stress, full of joy, and a vessel that is always abounding in the work of the Lord.
This "Free Ebook" will Free your spirit....This morning I received a link to a free ebook, "Thriving on Less - Simplifying in a Tough Economy". The first chapter talks about the benefits of simplifying your life. The subsequent chapters contain some practical information that can benefit everyone.
To read more, please visit the following link:
Table of Contents
1. A Simple Lifestyle
2. Focus on the Essentials
3. Thriving on Less, Not Struggling
4. Focusing on Enough, Not More
5. Make Small Financial Changes First
6. Look at Large Expenses for the Long Term
7. Changing Your Spending Habits
8. A Guide to Getting Out of Debt
9. Tools for a Frugal Life
Let Kay help you "Clutter Free Your Life"
Send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Today Cinderella Released met Tessa Treu and we became "forever friends." Today my life was changed and blessed because God introduced me to a woman who loves God and radiates His presence.
Tessa's life changed when she gave birth to her first child at age 16. She had to make some choices and changes. She learned what she needed to do to become a good mother and has learned to receive the wonderful gift of grace and love in her life. The Lord has given her big dreams and powerful vision. "Inside Out" is the name of the organization and she is empowering young women.
For more information about this wonderful mission and ministry please visit website http://www.yourinsideout.net. You will be blessed like I was. Please put Tessa, her wonderful husband Joe and their three children Jordan, Olivia and Victoria on your prayer list. I did. It is so "GOD" when you see, feel and hear about what the Lord is doing in our midst.
For support, referrals, and donations you may contact Tessa Treu at email@example.com. Inside Out is a not for profit organization and is supported by Eye of the Storm Ministries, Inc. and Cinderella Released.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Fact, Faith, and Feeling were walking on the fence together. Fact is God's Word, it says, nothing shall ever separate me from the love of God, my Faith accepts and receives this, and it makes me Feel good.
I am ok as long as I allow "Feeling" to follow "Faith and Fact".
Signs and wonders follow those that believe(have faith in) the fact (truth of God's words). If we are walking on the fence in this manner, we will be steadfast and feel good about our walk.
Picture this scenerio; The three (Fact - Faith - Feeling)turn around and began to follow Feeling . They all three fell off the fence! WHY? We can't follow feeling.
We must follow Fact based on Faith which will eventually produce the right Feeling...
Romans 8:35-39 (The Message)
31-39 So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn't hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn't gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God's chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ's love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture:
They kill us in cold blood because they hate you.
We're sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one.
None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I'm absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God's love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.
Monday, May 18, 2009
You asked about my dad. This morning I'm home with him. His heart is getting weaker and weaker but he is still able to crack a joke.
I always make coffee when he stays home and this morning I took him another cup. Usually I take him a small delicate cup, but this one was heavier. He needs the exercise! Of course he lays down and drinks his coffee because he is weak. I poured him a refill and he said, "This is the height of laziness." He meant, laying in bed drinking coffee.
He keeps asking me if his brain is ok? He's worried about becoming demented. I assure him he's still all there. This has been a serious learning experience being at home with my dad who is 87. I've learned a lot.
He is always thankful for every little thing and rarely complains. One thing I've noticed is that he is able to discern whenever he is anxious about something. He knows and understands whether or not something is a matter that you should get upset about. He says, "my nerves are bad, I get upset over something I shouldn't get upset over."
This reminded me of Phil 4:6 "Be careful (anxious)for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God."
For those of you out there with older parents...appreciate their wisdom....and love their life....that all may go well with you and you will live a long life. Cinderella Released...from ashes to beauty. firstname.lastname@example.org
I, like you, want to do for God. Do this, do that, do something. But, here I am at home with Jordan... Reading this, my heart burst with joy.... what better place to be... here... able to minister to my little boy, focus on the Creator of the universe, in His Word, pray, sing songs of praise... concentrating on Him only to grow spiritually as the lillies. I am going to buy and plant some flowers at my back door steps... this is one thing I can do and concentrate on my creator at the same time. When I come in and go out, I will be reminded of how the God of all creation cares and loves me (and you). The second italicized portion below reminds me of you - you have always been a faithful woman of God, like the stars at night there each night shining out, consistent as a friend, a mother, a daughter. Shine on. Take care my friend. See you soon. Love, deb
"Behold the fowls of the air." . . . "Consider the lilies of the field." Matthew 6:26, 28
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow, they simply are! Think of the sea, the air, the sun, the stars and the moon - all these are, and what a ministration they exert. So often we mar God's designed influence through us by our self-conscious effort to be consistent and useful. Jesus says that there is only one way to develop spiritually, and that is by concentration on God. "Do not bother about being of use to others; believe on Me" - pay attention to the Source, and out of you will flow rivers of living water. We cannot get at the springs of our natural life by common sense, and Jesus is teaching that growth in spiritual life does not depend on our watching it, but on concentration on our Father in heaven. Our heavenly Father knows the circumstances we are in, and if we keep concentrated on Him we will grow spiritually as the lilies.
The people who influence us most are not those who buttonhole us and talk to us, but those who live their lives like the stars in heaven and the lilies in the field, perfectly simply and unaffectedly. Those are the lives that mold us.
If you want to be of use to God, get rightly related to Jesus Christ and He will make you of use unconsciously every minute you live.
From Debby, living by the Grace of God. How can a seed grow unless it is first planted? visit Seed Sower site: http://seedsowersseries.blogspot.com
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
I WILL PROTECT YOU
I am your shield of protection. Many times you wonder where I am in the midst of the battle that rages around you. You feel abandoned on the battlefield. Don’t be afraid and don’t lose faith. I am here, and I am always victorious. I will protect you, but you must trust Me. Sometimes I will lead you to shelter for safety and restoration. Other times I will ask you to join Me on the front line in the heat of the battle.
The truth is, I can kill any giant that threatens your life, but, just like David the shepherd boy, it’s up to you to march forward, pick up the stones, and face your giant. I love to prove My strength when the odds are the greatest and hope is the smallest. I am truly your shelter and your deliverer – I will protect you no matter where you are.
Your King and your Protector
“You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.” ~ Psa. 32:7
Saturday, March 28, 2009
How Christians worldwide are sabotaging the modern slave trade.
Deann Alford | posted 2/21/2007 08:51AM
Seven years ago, Sandy Shepherd got an unexpected phone call as she headed to her daughter's high school musical rehearsal. A mother of three, living in affluent Colleyville near Fort Worth, she was already beginning to imagine life as an empty nester. She wasn't thinking about changing the world.
On the line was Deacon Neel Choate from her church, First Baptist. He told her that the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) had just picked up seven Zambian boys—all part of a touring choir they both knew. First Baptist had hosted the choir previously. Choate said the boys needed a place to stay or they would spend the night in jail.
Could she house all seven overnight?
Shepherd took a deep breath. For two years, Shepherd had passionately supported this choir, utterly unaware that she and her church were being duped.
A Baptist missionary, Keith Grimes, had recruited the boys to tour America with his ministry, TTT: Partners in Education. Grimes had made big promises to the boys and their families. He had inspired them with talk of salaries, an American education, and stipends for families back in Zambia. Grimes had also claimed the tour would raise money for Kalingalinga, the grindingly poor shantytown that provided its fresh-faced sons for these tours 6,000 miles from their homes.
For the rest of this article
Visit: Free The Slaves Organization
We had many respond to the Free The Slaves International Awareness Day, March 27th.
One blog created by Marj McCabe Visit her blog: http://survivorscanthrive.blogspot.com/2009/03/free-slaves.html
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Abuse Leaves Its Mark on the Brain
By Constance Holden
ScienceNOW Daily News
23 February 2009
Child abuse doesn't just cause emotional problems; it also causes long-lasting changes the brain. A new study shows that in men who were abused as children, a gene involved in stress control is affected even decades later, following a pattern also seen in stressed baby rats.
Rat studies have revealed that maternal neglect alters the workings of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, a system that secretes particular hormones in response to stress (ScienceNOW, 2 August 2004). In the abused animals, the regulatory region of a gene for the glucocorticoid receptor, responsible for damping down the HPA response, doesn't do its job properly. As a result, the animals experience chronically higher stress levels.
Now, researchers have identified the same phenomenon in human brains. Neuroscientist Michael Meaney and colleagues at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, compared postmortem brains of 12 men who had been abused as children and had committed suicide with those of two age-matched groups: nonabused men who had also killed themselves, and nonabused men who had died suddenly from other causes.
The researchers extracted DNA from the hippocampus, a brain area where the gene is active. They found that the abused men showed the same changes as the abused rats: increases in methylation at a site in the promoter of the gene, which made it less capable of modifying the stress response. The change was not seen in the two other groups.
"This is a beautiful study," says neuroscientist Eric Nestler of Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. It supports the idea that epigenetic changes--that is, events that affect gene expression but not the DNA sequences of the genes themselves--in specific nervous system genes "may be an important mechanism by which environmental exposures cause long-lasting behavior change."
Over the past decade, evidence has been accumulating that "abused individuals are less healthy in adulthood," Meaney says. They suffer not just from mental illness but also from obesity, heart disease, and autoimmune disorders. This research, he says, may be a first step in finding out why.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
The February issue from David Wilkerson this month talks about what it means to live by faith. Hard times are upon many here in America. Some of you are there, I know I am. He also talks about the prophet Habakkuk and how it (Habakkuk 2:4) is the first mention of the concept of living by faith. Later, in the New Testament, the apostle Paul invokes the phrase three times. And today Habakkuk 2:4 remains one of the most preached texts in all of Scripture. It has formed the basis of many church doctrines.
The article goes on to talk about the historical context of the passage, and how it was a word to Israel how they were to live in the days of coming crisis.
If you haven't read the newspapers, watched TV lately, you might not be concerned, however after much discussion with my 86 year old father, who has lived through a lot, I am convinced we are living in the last days talked about in God's Word.
I am and have been grieved in my spirit for a while, just as Habakkuk was grieved deeply by everything God showed him. Several years ago, I gave up listenting to TV, reading financial articles, participating in political discussions because it grieved me more, and so I eventually I think I took a very passive attitude. Over the past two years, I have been fighting a mental, physical, financial and spiritual battle, and the Lord has in my quiet time been speaking to me to arise and become active again. His Spirit is calling me to arise to attention and to the hour in which we are living.
In days past I would be on the streets, proclaiming repentance, and I believe there was a time for that for me, and I would gladly do it again, if the Lord tells me to. I have also been through seasons of deep travail, intercession, weeping and wailing for my family members, our country, it's leaders, the sins that were overtaking the world. I am thankful there are many people praying for our loved ones, our nation and our world. There is hope for the lost.
God has been restoring my physical health, restoring my mental courage, restoring my spiritual faith, and restoring the joy of the Lord to my soul. We will need to be "JOYFUL" givers in the days ahead and living in a place of faith and courage in order to help others stay strong in the Lord.
I'm not quite certain where God is calling me to be "stationed" but wherever and with whomever, I know the hour is drawing closer.
This past week there were 4 home invasions, near me and my family, one girl was raped, while their houses were plundered. A bank was robbed across the street from one of the police stations, another child was abducted from the area near us and the police have no leads. There were 44 sex offenders in a very small radius.
This type of violence and lack of protection had fallen on Israel. Instead of telling Habakkuk He was going to stop the evil doer, God warned Habakkuk, that more war, famine and desolation was coming. Habakkuk says, When I heard, my belly trembled; my lips quivered at the voice of rotteness entered into my bones, and I trembled in myself, that I might rest in the day of trouble (he wanted to die): when he cometh up unto the people, he will invade them with his troops.(3:16)
I belive the only answer to the days ahead is to keep our eyes firmly planted on the Lord, the author and finisher of our faiht. We must set our hearts to wait on God, for a word. I will stand on my guard post, and station myself on the rampart: I will keep watch to see what he will speak to me, how I may reply when I am reproved (2:1, my italics)
Wilkerson goes on to explain in his newsletter, "Then the incredible word received by Habukkuk was meant not only for his day but this generation." "At the end it shall speak" "By faith" is the only way God's people are ever able to face a calamity or affliction." Wilkerson makes a very bold statement, backed by scripture "To live by one's faith is to see God's hand and his holiness in all calamities and shaking: The Lord is known by the jugment which he executeth" (Psalm 9:16) "When thy hand is lifted up, (the wicked) will not see" (Isaiah 26:11)
The world is not seeing God's chastening coming, but it is already happening. If we are to live by faith, we must have a reverential fear of God's power.
These are two sides of God's nature - righteous judgment and merciful love - require we live by faith, says Wilkerson.
We must however, not fear for the future of God's church in calmaitous times. The Bible tells us "In the latter times some shall depart from the faith" (I Timothy 4:1) In perilous times such as ours, leaders will arise "having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof" (2 Timothy 3:5).
Wilkerson and I go on to say, there is no promise that we won't suffer, lose our property, our loved ones, even our lives in the days ahead. Multitudes are on the edge of making choices to break the law in order to feed their families.
I had a very scary dream the other night, and the choice was before me, but God showed me that if I would stand by Him, He would stand by me.I Peter 1:3-9 promises us
"According to his abundant mercy (he) hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: that the trial of your faith being much more precious than of god that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory; receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls."
Cinderella Released, from ashes to beauty
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
The book being reviewed by the school's international book club is titled Ending Slavery, Author, Kevin Bales
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
I am His Queen - The King of Creation kisses me full on my mouth with His passionate love.
It's better than wine, and is worth more than oil.
When He says my name - Creation stops to see....
if I will run into His arms.
Though others scoff me loving the King of Creation, I adore Him.
He ordained me to plant His fields,
to be darkened by the rays of His SON,
to watch over the flocks of the earth.
They are in my tender loving care.
Though I seek Him and sometimes grow weary awaiting His coming,
He desires me to make myself ready for His appearing.
Though He tarry, I must not wane,
in preparing myself to meet Him.
He will come -- "Suddenly" to get me.
He loves me, he'll never leave me alone or forsake me.
I'm His beloved and He is mine.
He is the King of Creation and I am His Queen.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
"So What About Tomorrow" was co-written by Seedsower Deb and Marlene Hoenig.
Today, I shall not worry about tomorrow,
As it is not promised to me.
God's Grace is sufficient for today,
And no Grace is set aside,
from which I can borrow.
He asks that, with thanksgiving, I be anxious for nothing.
But I watch and I pray.
"No, we aren't promised tomorrow,
But know that we are loved TODAY and forever,
in spite of what this world throws our way."1
His peace, all understanding passes,
Keeps my mind on Him,
And my heart in certain array.
For as today is,
So shall my strength be.
And I know for sure,
He will supply my need.
1. quote pulled from writings of Marlene Hoenig, Director of Eye of the Storm Ministries