Just say JESUS

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I’ve had some weird experiences in my life. Some bad, some good. Some just completely indescribable.

Dropping everything on Independence Day with my family of 7 and going on this completely unscripted journey, totally dependent upon the Holy Spirit’s guidance was by far the strangest.

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I mentioned in a previous blog of mine titled Searching for a Home that we met some new friends along the way.

One of them contacted me yesterday morning through Facebook Messenger. Out of the blue, for me. Divinely orchestrated by our Father in Heaven. The message was:

“Hello Lindsey, I am making some big changes in my life, through Christ all things are possible. I’m reaching out to my Fathers family for prayer. Thank you Jesus in your name I pray, Amen.”

I was so excited to get this message.

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She’s been in my thoughts and prayers. Although I wonder what the details are, the most important element is there. JESUS!

One evening in Benbow, CA we were talking about our experiences as of recently. Needing change, we all just sort of took off. With faith to guide us. Not completely engaged in the conversation, as I flitted around cleaning up the remnants of a delicious dinner, I remember her saying something about the “blue water”, to which I asked,

“Are you the blue water girl?”

She asked what I meant. I explained a dream I had where I was crawling under the pews in a church filled full of a musical circus, with circus performers tumbling down the aisles, and I was whispering a message about blue water. She asked what the message was. I replied,

“The message is always the same, no matter who I talk to. 

The message is JESUS.”

It’s all I could think of.

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That’s all that needed to be said. He IS the message. He is the way, the truth, and the light.

Whenever I feel overwhelmed and I don’t know what to do or say, I sing this song in my head, and remember that there is power in the name of Jesus!

(Lyrics below)

Just Say Jesus

by 7eventh Time Down

Life gets tough and times get hard
And it’s hard to find the truth in all the lies
If you’re tired of wondering why you’re heart isn’t healing
And nothing feels like home cause you’re lost and alone
Just screaming at the sky

When you don’t know what to say
Just say Jesus
There is power in the name
The name of Jesus
If the words won’t come cause you’re too afraid to pray
Just say Jesus

Whisper it now, or shout it out
However it comes out, He hears your cry
Out of nowhere He will come
You gotta believe it
He will rescue you
Just call out to the way, the truth, the life

When you don’t know what to say
Just say Jesus
There is power in the name
The name of Jesus
If the words won’t come cause you’re too afraid to pray
There is just one name, strong enough to save
There is just one name
There is just one name
Jesus

When you don’t know what to say
Just say Jesus
There’s still power in the name
The name of Jesus
If the words won’t come cause you’re too afraid to pray
If the words won’t come and you don’t know what to say
Just say Jesus 

Truly, I tell you from experience that this works. It seems too simple, I know….but just cry out “JESUS” the next time you don’t know what to do or say. Then trust that He knows best, and no matter what circumstances you are in, He will deliver you when the time is right.

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Jesus is our rock, he puts our feet on solid ground. So when you don’t know what to say,

JUST SAY JESUS!

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ME TOO

It’s a New Year and with it come billions of New Year resolutions all over the world.  People planning to lose weight, workout more, eat less, drink less, spend less money, save more money, etc.

My New Year’s resolutions are to listen more intently, read more (especially my BIBLE), and write more.  With the writing comes great responsibility, one I’m not sure I’m ready for. Although I love a good quote or two from Eleanor Roosevelt, who said:

“You must do the things you think you cannot do.”
  Along with,
Do one thing every day that scares you.”

It’s that whole “Boasting in our Weakness” thing I wrote about in a previous blog. Not by my strength but His alone.

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I really wish I would have paid more attention in school, but I had one thing on my mind during high school….. ♬ ♪ MUSIC!♫ Nothing else mattered.  I was going to be a famous singer someday.

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“What happened, Lindsey?”

Well, then I met my husband and all of a sudden a person meant more than any of my dreams of being a star. Over the years we grew together, from little babies only 18 & 19 years old when we first got married, to our current salt and pepper states at 41 & 43 (he had a birthday not too long ago, this is my window of gloating 2 years younger, instead of just 1 year.)

We have seen each other through a lot.

We made five humans together to share this earth with, and that changed everything also.  Now we have five kids occupying our thoughts. Five people we’re responsible for protecting, and we take our parental roles very seriously.

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I know first hand how a difficult childhood can hurt a person so deep that their entire life is effected. I know how quickly innocence can be stripped and pain can leave one crippled inside, and yet the surface hides the scars so well that you begin questioning those once so lucid memories you worked so hard to push down and forget. I never want my kids to feel unprotected or vulnerable to predators. In fact I don’t want my kids to ever associate in any way, shape or form with a predator.

Unfortunately I can’t protect them forever and from everything.  They will meet predators.  They will be put in uncomfortable situations, and there will be times they will have to stand up to others in defense. They’ll have to make tough decisions. They’ll be confused and feel lost or alone sometimes. There will be times my super mommy powers won’t be able to kiss the boo-boo and make it feel better. Times they’ll have to ignore the pain and push through proving themselves to themselves.

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What I can do is commend them for their good decisions, and correct them when necessary.  Teach them that we are all God’s children and He loves us all the same regardless of who we are. Always follow the teachings of Jesus, remembering what He says about the greatest commandments.

Matthew 22: 36-40

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

 Jesus replied: 

“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

 

 I can teach them LOVE!

It’s a little messy, but it’s still beautiful!

I can teach them how to care for themselves inside and out. I can ensure that their time is spent with people who are just as interested in protecting and preserving their innocence as I am.  I can teach them about truth, and how to spot the truth vs. lies. I can talk to them. Spend time with them. Ask them questions and answer any questions they have.

Some parents spend so much time caught up in lies of the world that the truths get buried and children don’t know what to believe. Lying to our kids for how long about Santa Claus, hoping they don’t find out, knowing eventually they will, it kind of feels like we’re setting ourselves up for failure there.  Our children trust us to be honest with them. Yet, we justify lying about a person who supposedly visits every home in the world on Christmas Eve with a list and toys for the good kids only.  How ridiculous is that?

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We should be honest with our kids.  Transparent. Truthful. Teach them what we wish someone would have taught us when we were their age.  Treat them the way we wish we’d been treated. Teach them how to stand up for themselves without putting other people down to do it. We should share love and compassion with them. Give them space to grow and support to be individuals with self esteem who can stand up for justice.

Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual,

you have an obligation to be one”.  

                                                        Eleanor Roosevelt 

 

Teach them to love themselves for all that they are. Remind them that we all fall, but it’s not about how many times we fall, it’s how many times we get back up that matters. No one’s going to win the race by sitting it out.

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So, I have my ME TOO stories that many other women, and some men have as well.  This year instead of focusing on the pain of my past, I’ll put my efforts into protecting the futures of my kids.  I’ll pray constantly and do everything in my power to keep my children from ever having to say, “Me too.”

I’ll forgive myself, as I forgive others, and I’ll run the race I’ve been given. Thankful to be right here, right now.

Cheers to 2018!

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Boasting in our weaknesses

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“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
2 Corinthians 12:9

Finally, I know I’m not “crazy”. There are plenty of people who would probably say I’m still crazy, and maybe they’re right. I don’t think so, but that’s just what a crazy person would say. Whatever. We’re all crazy in our own ways. However, this pain I’ve been suffering with since February of 2016, which continues to increase in intensity and frequency is not something I’ve conjured. It’s a true medical condition called Trigeminal Neuralgia.

I’ve had 5 kids. The first of which I endured an almost 30 hour labor. I was so exhausted I almost didn’t have the natural birth I’d planned. At 19 hours, I needed rest. I accepted the epidural, and my labor stopped dead in it’s tracks. They let me sleep for a few hours and then it was time to get that baby out of me. So, we turned the epidural off and they pumped me full of pitocin and the rush of pain that hit me was so intense I was swearing in German. I don’t even speak German. (I’ve seen Die Hard enough times to know some cuss words though. I also know how to say, “Shoot za glass!”  Probably won’t ever get to use that one though.)

My young and handsome Marine husband sounded like my drill instructor while he yelled for me to “PUSH! PUSH!” As usual we were loud and frankly, we scared some people. Including my youngest step sister. She was around 14 at the time, and she said she never wanted to have a baby after seeing what I went through. It was an intense 2 hours of pushing while my son’s head was stuck on my pelvic bone.  I had to arch my back, and like everything else I gave it all I had and pulled my back muscles something fierce.  I was screaming, my face was swollen, everything was swollen. It was intense.
The point is, I know pain. I had this horribly difficult experience with my first child and chose to do it twice more. Then God allowed me to experience it yet twice more. None as difficult as the first, thankfully. So, pain and I are old aquaintainces.
Most recently we’ve taken it to the next level. We are constant companions. Pain never leaves my side. I pray this isn’t a forever deal. If it is, God knows what I can handle. So be it. What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.
Thank God for people who spread inspiration. In the midst of the fire they inspire us to stand tall with courage and fight for ourselves. My husband is this kind of person. He’s inspired me to push through the pain to find peace in the midst of the suffering.
September 26th, 2013 James was working as an armed security contractor and took a spill early in the morning and broke his skull. He was walking through Jump River at Caldwell Park in Redding, CA and tripped on a boulder and fell face first onto another boulder. Broke his anterior sinus, fractured his nose, broke some teeth, destroyed the cartiledge in his jaw, and created a myriad of issues. Post concussive disorder, PTSD, permanent teeth loss, cluster headaches, migraine headaches, and permanent jaw troubles. He has a couple of scars, too. Not bad considering his busted up face.
He spent more than 2 years basically in a hoody in bed. Leaving only when I drive him to his doctors appointments. This happened when my youngest (Serenity) who is now 3 1/2 years old, was 4 months from being born. I was 5 months pregnant, and the stress of the event was very difficult on this 37 year old pregnant body. Eventually I had to make the tough decision to go back to work after Serenity was born.
He eventually had to go through counseling to get himself back. Thankfully he was reminded that he had the tools to get healthy again all along, he just needed to relearn them. Retrain with them. He’s been a martial artist for over 37 years. So, it was a journey to relearn what he already knew.
Thankfully because of his accident he has been able to help me through my most painful time in life. He uses what he calls ‘slicing the pie’. Head pain is inescapable, so it’s like the old saying, “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.” This is an instance where I agree with that statement. If you can’t get rid of the pain in your head, then work your body to a point of pain that distracts you from that specific pain. It’s hard to focus on the head when the entire body is in pain. A good pain. Yes, there’s a good pain. Workout pain is a good pain. It’s still pain and at the beginning of a workout it’s very difficult to look over the pain, but if you keep working out eventually you hit a spot where your body becomes numb and it’s just you and your will to finish what you’ve started.
I’ve started slicing the pie. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it makes it worse. I’m working on finding my balance.
If I didn’t have this pain I would still be a normal person (okay normal is a stretch) working as a Banker and singing in a band. A part time mom, and full-time worker. Truly I say to you that I would rather have the pain and be able to spend this time with my family in the way we do constantly than to be where I was before all of this occurred.
His power has truly been shown through my weaknesses, so I will boast of my weaknesses proudly so that the power of Christ rests upon me. I’ll boast in my weaknesses because it’s not my strength, or my will, or my power that any of this is happening. God is in control.
Until next time my friends. God speed and God bless.
❤️ Lindsey

 

Spreading like Fire

 

My hometown is on fire right now. Redding, CA is quickly being unexpectedly burned to the ground. It’s absolutely unbelievable! Now that I’m in the state of WA I’m only able to watch the madness online and pray for my family and friends who are affected by this.

 

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So far that we know of, my husband’s home he spent most of his Shasta County life living in, which was in the Historical area of Old Shasta, we know has been destroyed. The home his father occupied still until two days ago when the power of this monster wiped it out. It also took the home he lived in before that.

 

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I have a few friends (too many to count) who have lost their homes already and many will need new housing, which was already an issue finding before the fire. A friend celebrating her Anniversary in the Bahamas returned to her “home”, with ash and remnants of things gone in a matter of minutes.

 

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My best friend, her parents, her son, all evacuated from their homes. They left early enough to find 3 days worth of a hotel stay in Corning. About an hour from their home that may or may not be there at this time. They say there is still ash coming down where they are now about 45 miles south of Redding.

 

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My parents, my brother, my step-brothers and their families, all affected.

 

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The home we have all of our memorabilia being stored at could be gone, and instantly we’ve lost all of our baby books, family photos, awards, medals, and videos…. along with everyone there, and we aren’t even there anymore.

 

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I don’t care about my stuff being destroyed. So be it if it is. It’s only stuff. I know that the people I love are safe, and that’s all I care about!

Here’s a before fire and during fire shot at the Nationally recognized Sundial Bridge over the Sacramento River facing west.

 

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As this fire spreads, stories of heroism arise along with the stories of devastation. In this midst of the chaos it’s nice to see people who have a clear head about the reality of this situation. I especially liked this Facebook post in regards to the acceptance of this monumental change for so many of the people I love.

 

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To those of you affected…

I love you guys….it’s gonna be okay!

Fire destroys quickly, ferociously, and without discrimination. Protection comes from the LORD, turn your faces towards the Son.

 

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Take care of each other. Spreading love and compassion just as quick as fire. Band together Shasta County residents. May God bless and protect His people in this fight.

 

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.

Isaiah 43:2

 

 

 

 

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Turn your face towards the Son

 

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I love inspirational quotes. Especially when I feel broken. Like I feel right now. During the times in my life when the stress presses in on me. During these times when I feel weak and less than able, I think of this song. I know the original says to “turn your face towards the sun”, but I like to sing it, “turn your face towards the Son.”

 

“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Then I remember that I AM NOT ALONE. Even when I feel alone, I know I’m not because I remember the Bible verses and inspirational quotes that I’ve memorized. They help guide me.

 

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When I first started feeling sick, the first thing I did was stop drinking alcohol.

This was NOT an easy task. Even though drinking daily ultimately made me feel horrible, and I didn’t want to drink anymore, my body was so used to it that it sort of freaked out on me when I finally stopped. It definitely helped that my husband had quit drinking about two years prior to my quitting, and because he knew just what I was going through, he was able to be a huge support for me. As well as my kids encouraging me to get well again.

But the most important part of the process was turning away from the people and influences that would have otherwise kept me in the same deadly pattern.

 

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If that wasn’t enough, we went on this crazy journey and I was able to speak with some amazing people from around the world as a result of our financial hardships and moving out and moving on. I had no control of what was happening, of that I was fully aware. Reminded I am not in control, when our brakes stopped working on our way to Sugarloaf Ridge, CA.

Reminded of it this morning again by a Facebook prompt.

 

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No matter how scary life gets, God is still in control. No matter how much we want to feel like we have control, the truth is….we don’t.

We have control over our attitude and response.

We make decisions, we make choices, we have free will. I’m not suggesting we can’t make our own choices. Although, we are not free from the consequences of those choices. However we are also responsible for our reaction to another’s choices that affect us.

 

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Our lives here on earth set the scene for our future glorified bodies in heaven with Jesus.

Not everyone chooses to be saved by the blood of the Lamb. For believers, to live is Christ and to die is gain. We follow the Son. No matter the path’s difficulty, or clarity to which we can see it, we choose to walk into the unknown with hope in a God who loves us, and guides us, and directs our steps.

 

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He has good plans for us, plans for prosperity.

Turn your face towards the Son, let the shadows fall behind you.

Don’t look back, just carry on….

and the shadows will never find you.

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Fear and Your Future

 

 

How does one overcome fear?

Face it head on.

Are you afraid of heights? Go to the top of the tallest building you can find. Or climb a mountain.

 

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Are you afraid of violence? Then study how to protect yourself.

 

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Are you afraid of public speaking? Find a way to speak in front of people. Even leading prayer in a group can help with this one. Step out there. Do it. Share it. I dare you!

 

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When we push ourselves past our comfort zone, this is where we find our growth.

Train yourself to accept the unexpected. It’s a practiced technique.

If you practice boxing your whole life and then jump in the ring, but you’ve never felt a punch, then you’re going to be thrown off guard the first hit landed. Then the whole event has changed.

Did you watch the news today? If you have, then you’ve been exposed to one of the easiest brain washing systems ever created. Designed to create internal fear.

 

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The Devil’s agenda is not a mystery. Through and through, it’s designed to confuse you, anger you, and separate you from our Lord and Savior. So, when you hear that you must unlearn what you have learned, that’s because this world has been 100% deceived. The next part will be crippling to many.

 

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So many people rely on technology for their means of keeping time, appointments.  Future plans, our thoughts, our memories, and highlights of our lives are all stored in our devices. We’ve given it all over to the Beast.

 

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Some are smart and haven’t gotten involved in the progression of tech. Some can’t avoid it due to their professions. If I could give one piece of advice to the people who rely on tech currently, it would be to learn to do everything you’re doing or want to do in the future for yourself.

 

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Separate yourself from the system that feeds you anything you want, whenever you want it. Step back and really look at your life. If technology was lost today, can you take care of yourself?

Where could you go, and what can you do?

What skills do you have that would help you move ahead?

Can you defend yourself?

Can you make your own food?

Here is a super easy bread loaf conveniently easy and best in a screeching hot cast iron dutch oven. Making your own bread is a start.

 

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This rustic loaf is made with 4 ingredients. This is the easiest, quickest bread recipe I know of. Get the recipe here.

 

Circumstances being what they’ve been for our family, we’ve had to disconnect from the easy life where people eat at restaurants and fast food places daily or weekly.   Some have professional hairstylists to do their hair. Some have maids, personal trainers, and personal chefs. The money pouring out as fast or sometimes faster than it’s pouring in to ensure they’re up on the latest trend.

 

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I’m not going to gloat and say that I’ve found “the way” or anything. I will say that I married a Marine and we improvise, adapt, and overcome. Our lives are not easy, but they have purpose.

 

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I’ve seen what “spare the rod, spoil the child” results in. Giving a child everything they want, because you want them to have more than you had when you were growing up actually ends up spoiling them.

 

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Family members whom I’ve loved and lost to this big bad world of evil with a simple start of covetousness. Watch the TV, see the newest toys and cereal.

Want. Want. Want.

Buy. Buy. Buy.

Live. Live. Live.

Or

Die. Die. Die.

Choosing the world over God and His ways will ultimately end in death.

While we’re here, we better learn to stand up for the word of God. Stand strong in the LORD and the strength of His might. This world is temporary, so for now….welcome to the dark side. Shine your light with all your might!

NO FEAR…ONLY LIGHT!

 

To Help or not to Help

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We all have those family members who continually make destructive decisions. The rebels who think that the rules don’t apply to them. They exist on their own terms. There is no rule book for life, but if there was they wouldn’t follow it anyway. I come from a family full of them.

A year ago my family made the decision to leave California and move to a not-so-messed-up State. Leaving behind painful memories, and ready to start a new life helping others in whatever capacity God brought our way.

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He brought my family to my Aunt’s house. Where we were called to action in the middle of the night two weeks after we arrived. My Aunt ended up on a respirator for 4 days in ICU, due to aspiration pneumonia. It was a scary ordeal. Read more about it here.

While she was in the hospital, my family kicked it into high gear and cleaned her house the best we could. (She’s a hoarder whose lived alone for 18 years). When she came home we catered to her every need. Checking on her frequently. Praying with her. Feeding her. Helping her lift her nearly 300 lb. frame up when she would fall. Driving her to her doctors appointments. When we got involved we realized that she had been skipping her much needed doctor visits for her end stage Cirrhosis and other medical issues. Until we showed up she’d simply been drinking herself to death.

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According to the judge who sentenced her for a couple of DUI’s, she wasn’t allowed to drink even at home. She’s even going to a recovery clinic for addicts. When we would pick her up from her meetings, she would say that the counselors would talk about quitting and she would tell them she doesn’t want to quit and she’s not going to. She would say that they can’t tell her what to do in her own house.

The last 7 months have been eye opening. When she came home from the hospital almost 7 months ago, I thought to myself, “Why hasn’t anyone come to help her?” She clearly needed help. Her fridge almost empty with the exception of her Four Loco’s, beer, some pickles, jalapeños, the normal condiments, and some food with a 2010 expiration date.

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My family of 7 is on assistance currently while I’m dealing with painful medical issues and we start our new business, we have to rely on aid at the moment. We explained our situation to our Social Worker that we were doubled up with my Aunt helping her through some medical issues also.

The Work First program was informed that we were working here to help her clean up her home and get her to and from doctor appointments because her car has a blow-n-go in it and she couldn’t get her car started because of her COPD (and because of her excessive drinking). My Aunt signed a paper weekly for the state saying that my husband was taking care of her. Working 40 hours/week unpaid.

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We knew that God brought us here to help her. That’s what we’ve put most of our time into. We’ve put so much effort into trying to help her that we’ve put our own lives on hold to help her. Now I know, the fact is that she doesn’t want to change her lifestyle, even if it means that she has to sleep in her own urine because she gets so drunk at night that she passes out and sleeps through it. She doesn’t care. She just wants to drink.

Then I found her illegally bought pain medication on accident in a pocket of her hoodie. I reached out to her son (her best friend in life). I told him that I was worried, because of what I found, but he wouldn’t respond. Then her drug dealer started stopping by the house every Friday to sell stolen Suboxone from a disabled client she is “taking care of”. I hear her drug dealer say all of this, and I’m done! The straw that broke the camels’ back.

I talked to my Aunt one final time about this situation. I tell her I love her, I’m worried about her and that she needs help. I tell her that we’ll be moving on soon, and I want to make sure she’s okay before we leave. I contacted her Probation Officer and let him know what I know. I’ve reached out to her counselors, attended every doctor appointment, and helped her in her most desperate hours. Despite my own health issues.

I’ve given all I can give. I’ve fed her full of delicious and healthy food, prayer, scripture, love, and affection. Rubbing her feet and legs to improve her circulation. I thought if we shared love with her, that it would help her love herself. Then maybe she’d learn to love others. Although, there is a very old and very true saying, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.”

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You can’t help anyone past their own willingness to accept the help. Plus, some people just love to talk! They say things they think people want to hear.  But when it’s time to put their time where their mouth is, they’re done. Lies upon lies consume them so much, they don’t even know that they are lies anymore.

I think knowing you’re being lied to is worse than hearing the truth. Because some truths make you angry but lies destroy trust. You can only lie for so long without going crazy. It steals your peace. Always worried about whether or not your stories line up. Knowing the true details, yet making more space in your mind for lies it has to be extremely stressful, and confusing.

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Unfortunately, you can only lie to me so many times before I assume that everything you say is a lie. I’m not the person to sit there and take it either. I speak up. I’ll call you out. The truth always wins. Even if it takes a while before it surfaces.

I’m still living in this awkward situation. I’m still here taking care of her. Only I have a different mind set about it. I know that I can’t make the decisions for anyone else. I can’t make her do what she should do. I can only try to convince her and I can only change myself to meet her wherever she’s capable of being met.

Maybe you’ve dealt with your own substance abuse issues, and you know the freedom of self minus addiction. Maybe you have an understanding of the tangled web they weave and you want to save them from it. Maybe they’ll choose to become healthy. Or maybe you need to wash your hands, and dust off the sand from your feet. Keep moving on to a place of healing, leaving the sick to make their own decisions regardless of the pain you feel from their choices.

The beauty of freedom is that we all get to make our own choices. The ugly side of freedom is that the mentally ill who care only about themselves are also free to make their own decisions. They may include drinking and driving, or taking advantage of others, or stealing from others, and usually that’s made possible by their substance abuse issues.

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I’m going to set the story down right here. To be continued when the next part of this adventure takes place. I just wanted to remind everyone that you can’t make anyone do what you want them to do. You can only present something and allow them the space to decide whether they’ll take it or not. When all is said and done, you can only change yourself. Don’t forget that. You won’t be held responsible for anyone’s decisions but your own.

So, go make good choices. Choices of love, acceptance and grace. Choices our Father in heaven would make.

WWJD? Then do it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No Turning Back

⇑ Play me ⇑

Ever since I called Your name

I’ve felt Your love destroy my shame

Forever I’ll be only Yours

Walking through Your open doors

I’m covered and washed in Your glorious light

Taken from red to beautiful white

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Jesus I thank You for what You are doing

While the enemy’s hatred is bubbling, brewing

Just being who I am is enough to stir it

Walking in the light, because I prefer it

Letting the light stand bright and strong

Illuminating all around that is wrong

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Some want to hear my voice get stirred

Other’s want to see my life get blurred

Hoping I’ll rest in the darkest of nights

Give up my abilities, and lose all my rights

No matter how broken my body can be

My mind is my own, and it’s always free

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No one can take my thoughts or my feelings

Not with their words, their actions, or stealings

Plenty of arrows are headed my way

Dowsed in fire, with the strength of hard clay

Truth will out, and all will see

The horrible way you all treated me

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I’m clear headed now, since I’ve left the pack

Walked away from evil and I’m never going back

I stand up for what’s right, no matter the case

The Holy Spirit guides us and pours out His grace

In the darkness there’s nothing to fear

Shine God’s light and it all becomes clear

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You are here to help others, not yourself

To use your talents, not to set them on a shelf

Although you can take good care of others

Like helping our sisters, brothers, and mothers

I know it’s so hard to see them hurting so

So help them choose a converting soul

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Sometimes they don’t want the gift that you bring

Lay it down anyway and pray while you sing

That God is in control and He’s planned

Everything that’s happening, accepted or banned

He’s sending His Son Jesus to come back

Before the sun turns to black

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There’s no turning back to the way I once was

No singing the songs I don’t believe in because

I’m ready to be me and sing about my Jesus

To sing about the truth about how our Savior freed us

I’m moving forward, straight ahead

Giving my all until I’m dead

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When I pass on, don’t be sad

I’ll be with Jesus, and I’ll finally have a dad

He loves me with an unconditional love

A holy love sent wholly from above

Thank You Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

For healing and lifting up this lowly spirit

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Continue to guide me throughout my day

I’ll do my part, and I’ll heavily pray

Letting Your Spirit guide and lead me

Taking in Your Word daily to feed me

I’ll keep standing strong day after day

With You on my side, come what may

∼Lindsey Thomas

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So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” ∼Hebrews 13:6

“The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? The Lord is on my side as my helper; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.” ∼Psalm 118:6-9

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? ∼Romans 8:31

“In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?” ∼Psalm 56:4

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What is Your WHY?

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What is Your WHY?

 

We all have our own stories. Our experiences vary from the moment of each conception. From the moment an embryo is created we’ve got a life with experiences beginning to build a story. I suppose it’s a good thing that we don’t remember when we were in our mother’s womb. That would be traumatizing. We remember tid bits of our youth. Some remember more than others.

 

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Some pay more attention to the details and have a visual memory to refer to. Some pay more attention to the feelings they experience during certain events. Some focus on the words said, remembering verbatim.

 

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A lot of times we learn slowly. You know, the “whatevereth” time we’ve learned the same lesson, yet again…..and we’re like, “Come on! What is wrong with me? Figure it out already!” Needing to repeat the same mistakes to show us how to avoid the mistakes in the future.  The longer we live the more mistakes we’ll make. That’s life. Learning from your mistakes in the past, preparing for the future, and living in the now.

 

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Some have stories of lost love. Some are full of love found and accepted. There are those who have suffered abuse of varying degrees. Some have chosen the path of helping others, and some of hurting others.

My story involves my sin and God’s grace. Jesus has saved me more times than I can count. Times I didn’t think I’d make it through. Deep, dark valleys filled with pain, loss, regret, and embarrassment. They all add up to this person typing this now.

 

My experiences are so unique, as you can see from what I’ve shared already.

A new life

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I’ve endured health issues for what seems like forever. Always sick as a kid. Still, not a lot of brake in me, so I got hurt a lot. Like fracturing a hip and disconnecting the hamstring from the bone in my left leg in 8th grade when I was performing on stage at the Old Redding Mall in CA. I finished the song with the splits, felt a ‘POP’ and lots of pain. I remember the moment. I remember the feeling. It’s amazing how a memory can zip you right back to the moment you remember.

 

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I have memories I’d rather forget. Don’t we all? Nobody is immune to difficulties.

 

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In everything I do I feel God’s hand. He protects me with His huge armies of angels. His Spirit lives in me and sustains me, and I hope to share Him with people who haven’t met Him yet. With all of the technological advances, and worldly things to hold people’s attention, some haven’t ever been given a chance to meet their Maker and Savior.

If you know about Jesus and how He died for our sins, then you hold knowledge that someone in the world has not yet been given.

Micheal Jr. is one of my favorite comedians. He’s been a church goer his whole life, and it wasn’t until he was 27 years old that he understood Who Jesus is and he immediately accepted His gift of salvation. Now he travels the world working with such celebrities as Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno.

He understands that it’s the WHY you do what you do that counts. Change your “why”, change your course.

 

So, what is your “Why?” Why do you do what you do?

Leave your answer in the comments below.

Don’t Quit!

Don’t Quit!

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“Even the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you know Him, for He lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans. I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see Me anymore, but you will see Me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in My Father, and you are in Me, and I am in you.” 

John 14:17-20

 

 

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“Indeed, true companion, I ask you also to help these women who have shared my struggle in the cause of the gospel, together with Clement also and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.”

 Philippians 4:3

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“He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.”

Revelation 3:5

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Still….

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“The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to come up out of the abyss and go to destruction And those who dwell on the earth, whose name has not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, will wonder when they see the beast, that he was and is not and will come.”

Revelation 17:8

 

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For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD,”plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 

Jeremiah 29:11

 

 

 

I’ve learned that it’s not what I have in my life, but who I have in my life that matters. 

 

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How a person treats their family shows a lot about a person. 

 

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Mother Teresa’s Anyway Poem

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered;
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God;
It was never between you and them anyway.

 

Go practice this poem and remember to…..

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Faith

What Faith Can Do

Everybody falls sometimes
Gotta find the strength to rise
From the ashes and make a new beginning
Anyone can feel the ache
You think it’s more than you can take
But you are stronger, stronger than you know
Don’t you give up now
The sun will soon be shining
You gotta face the clouds
To find the silver lining
I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do
It doesn’t matter what you’ve heard
Impossible is not a word
It’s just a reason for someone not to try
Everybody’s scared to death
When they decide to take that step
Out on the water
It’ll be alright
Life is so much more
Than what your eyes are seeing
You will find your way
If you keep believing
I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do
Overcome the odds
You don’t have a chance
(That’s what faith can do)
When the world says you can’t
It’ll tell you that you can!
I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do
That’s what faith can do
Even if you fall sometimes
You will have the strength to rise

 

Lord, this water is so deep.

 

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Take my hand Jesus.

Let’s go walk on water.

Psalm 91:4

“He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.”

 

 

Lord, You are my shield and protector.

In You and You alone I find refuge.

 

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I will trust in You Lord.

 

Psalm 62:1-2

“My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation.”

 Let me be and do what gives You joy Dear Lord.

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Greater is He that is in me than He that is in the world.

Philippians 4:13

“I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.”

 

I will always trust You Lord. You make me strong, you give me patience, and You take away all of my fears. I will always trust in You!

 

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Alone I am weak, but with You Lord I conquer the world.

 

Jeremiah 29:11

“For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

 

You know why everything is the way that it is. You know why the stars twinkle as they do. There is nothing above You. I trust in Your timing Lord.

 

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When I’m hurting Lord, I trust in Your plans.

 

Isaiah 66:9

“I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord.”

 

With the Jesus on my side, I will fear nothing. There is nothing to fear when You are near, Lord.

 

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

 

 

There are moments of stress
When the house is a mess
Kids are screaming
Anger streaming
Frustrated by chaos
Whether you’re normal or famous

The cuteness of their smiles
Carries us through the trials
Because there’s no bigger joys
Than laughter of girls and boys
Knowing they’re safe
Away from the strafe

Family’s are often taken for granted
Not tending the seeds once they’re planted
They grow apart
It hurts the heart
So listen up ladies
Cherish your babies

Soon they won’t be babies anymore
They’ll be grown, walking out the door
Squeeze your children nice and tight
Kiss them before they sleep each night

Sing and dance and enjoy family fun
Before their childhood is gone and done
You only have a limited time
It’s Mother’s Day now the moment’s prime
Give your kids all the love
Given from our Father above

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COME LORD JESUS COME

Overwhelmed

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I see the work of Your Hands
Galaxies spin in a Heavenly dance oh God
All that You are is so overwhelming
I hear the sound of Your Voice
All at once it’s a gentle and thundering noise oh God
All that You are is so overwhelming
I delight myself in You
Captivated by Your beauty
I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by You
God, I run into Your arms
Unashamed because of mercy
I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by You
I know the power of Your Cross
Forgiven and free forever You’ll be my God
And all that You’ve done is so overwhelming
I delight myself in You
In the Glory of Your Presence
I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by You
And God I run into Your arms
Unashamed because of mercy
I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by You
You are Beautiful, You are Beautiful
Oh God, there is no one more Beautiful
You are Beautiful, God you are the most Beautiful
You are Wonderful, You are Wonderful
Oh God, there is no one more Wonderful
You are Wonderful, God You are the most Wonderful
You are Glorious, You are Glorious
Oh God, there is no one more Glorious
You are Glorious, God you are the most Glorious
I delight myself in You
In the Glory of Your Presence
I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by You
And God I run into Your arms
Unashamed because of mercy
I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by You
I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by You
There is no one more Beautiful
You are the most Beautiful
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