Sunday, June 30, 2013

Praise Him!




Praise the LORD. Praise the LORD from the heavens; praise him in the heights above.


Ps 148:1

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Learn to Unlearn In Your Life





I am spending the rest of my life "unlearning things"  

When we are born we are born with more than what we need to be all God calls us to be.  In school and in society, we learn things, but most of which principals are like weight we attached that are unneeded.   We are fearless by design; born fearless; made to fear only God alone; none beside Him!  Now we learn that there are rediscovering the truth and taking off the lies.  We were not made to carry on weights and the things that are not right in front of us.  We carry in our minds things I like to call "the armor of the mind."  We carry thoughts and worries that bring us temporary comfort and long-term stress ( the plans we make without God). That is why we must fix our eyes on what is most important: Jesus and what he did for us once and for all.  

There are many things to learn, but they will do us no good if we do not first unlearn what needs to be unlearned.  Take off our man made armor and put on the armor of God!   (Ephesians 6:10-18) I'm talking about in order to learn how to consistently live with peace, joy, kindness, gentleness, patience, long-suffering, and self-control, we must first take off all that doesn't apply to these. Good news: as we put on Christ, God's armor makes us fearless under Christ and mans' heavy armor instantly falls off! 

Let us put on Christ today.  We must constantly take off the old armor and put on the new!  As the day comes at you, artificial armor will try to attach itself to you; prayer is the "instant removal" of adhesive that takes off all extra weights so you can be fearless in Christ again and again.  Put on the supernaturally organic and original, all powerful armor of the Most High Today!  Time to go back to the basics!  Go back to what really counts! 

God bless you!  :)  


Monday, June 24, 2013

I Believe In Grace Today : )



I believe in grace in my life more than what I was trying to do to "make it".  I also acknowledge that I don't "deserve" anything, but God's grace has come to me, not because of anything I have done, but because of the promiscuousness of grace upon my family.  God is zealously and jealously giving me grace!  He's looking at other peoples lives and He has decided to forcibly give me grace even greater than I've ever seen!
How great is our God!  Who can stand at the sight of His amazing grace upon our lives? God is so great and good!   God is not happy when we give up our peace and our joy;  God is excitedly happy when we recieve His grace, because that means that we receive His only Son, Jesus into ours today.

You are so blessed today!  Have you ever been so blessed before in your life?
God bless you today and everyday of this week!   

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Take Advantage of Opportunities to Exercise Self-Control



We have many opportunities to exercise your self-control muscles.  You buy three cookies at the store; eat two and try to save one for the next day.  You're bored waiting in traffic; start thanking God for what He's done in your life and for other people who've been good to you in your life.  Why do we exercise self-control?  It is our worship!  Think about it:  self-control ushers us back to the position of God's character, we enter into praise, thanksgiving, love, and overwhelming peace and power no matter what.  Christ gives us the strength to practice self-control.  But as we practice it, we get stronger and better at it.  So every opportunity you get, practice self control:   When you want to retaliate or lean on your own understandings, or (even worse) act upon only your own understanding, take a pause and think of God; then understand that God wants to fill this moment with Himself.  In a conflict, it may mean being silent when you would rather talk back, in a negotiation, it may mean taking a day to pray instead of making a decision as soon as it feels right. Proverbs 22:4 says, "True humility and fear of the LORD leads to riches, honor, and long life."  Do you have many concerns about your life?  How long you will live?   Where the next pay check will come from?  People always talking about you behind your back?   God's word says as we humble ourselves and consider the LORD in our interactions and in even the small moments in our lives, God's word says that as we practice self-control, God will fill all of those needs to overflowing and on top of that He will bring an overflow of joy, peace, kindness, and goodness into your life as he promised.  What I just mentioned is an exemplary definition of a man or woman who is "more than a conqueror" in Christ Jesus.   Amen.  

Take advantage of EVERY opportunity to exercise your self-control.  It is a deposit in your spiritual account so to speak because every moment you exercise self-control God will give you back so much more than whatever you are being patient for, but you will become stronger.  Look at what Isaiah 40:31 says about those who practice self-control.  He calls it "waiting" here.  It says,  "Those who trust in the LORD will find new strength.  They will soar high on wings like the eagle.  They will run and not grow weary.  They will walk and not faint."

So every time you practice self control, you are actually exercising your spiritual muscles, and you are getting stronger!  You know how strong you are by how often you take advantage of each and every moment (and you CAN take full advantage of every moment as the Bible says or it would not say so).  So start today by looking for opportunities in your life to exercise your self-control.  When you think of that person who's doing you wrong, practice self-control by knowing that God is fighting for you and you have a Savior who loves you so much He forgave you all your sins so that you could forgive others.  Thank God for the power God gives us to forgive ourselves and others because of Jesus.   Forgive those around you today for that is what love is and God commands us to "love one another" constantly.  

I'll pray for your success today.  I'll pray for your workout today!





Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Swing Your Arms!

When running: swing your arms!



I found that the symbolism is very important:  to swing softly is communicating survival (I just want to make it) mentality.   Swing big!  This is communicating not a surviving but a thriving mentality that basically says: "I'm thriving and GET OUT MY WAY!"   It's also giving your body a better workout, and making your faster, stronger, and better.   When you swing your arms when running it also empowers your focus and determination that not only will you hit the goal, but you will hit the mark faster and better than you did yesterday.  So SWING YOUR ARMS!   When you are doing whatever you do "Swing your arms" so to speak.  Display determination and do what you do with power, after all, your body is the body of the Most High.   You are God's instrument, workman ship and Poet Tree (Is. 61:3).   Point to your obstacle and tell it "Get out of my way!"  Say it strong!  You are royalty, sons and daughters of the Living God Most High!
You WILL have a more than conquerors day today!




Monday, June 17, 2013

Tips on Becoming Very Productive



Great Blog by Robin Sharma on how to be more productive:  

I wanted to help you create explosive productivity so you get big things done (and make your life matter). Here are 21 tips to get you to your best productivity. 

#1. Check email in the afternoon so you protect the peak energy hours of your mornings for your best work. 

#2. Stop waiting for perfect conditions to launch a great project. Immediate action fuels a positive feedback loop that drives even more action. 

#3. Remember that big, brave goals release energy. So set them clearly and then revisit them every morning for 5 minutes. 

#4. Mess creates stress (I learned this from tennis icon Andre Agassi who said he wouldn’t let anyone touch his tennis bag because if it got disorganized, he’d get distracted). So clean out the clutter in your office to get more done. 

#5. Sell your TV. You’re just watching other people get successful versus doing the things that will get you to your dreams. 

#6. Say goodbye to the energy vampires in your life (the negative souls who steal your enthusiasm). 

#7. Run routines. When I studied the creative lives of massively productive people like Stephen King, John Grisham and Thomas Edison, I discovered they follow strict daily routines. (i.e., when they would get up, when they would start work, when they would exercise and when they would relax). Peak productivity’s not about luck. It’s about devotion. 

#8. Get up at 5 am. Win the battle of the bed. Put mind over mattress. This habit alone will strengthen your willpower so it serves you more dutifully in the key areas of your life. 

#9. Don’t do so many meetings. (I’ve trained the employees of our FORTUNE 500 clients on exactly how to do this – including having the few meetings they now do standing up – and it’s created breakthrough results for them). 

#10. Don’t say yes to every request. Most of us have a deep need to be liked. That translates into us saying yes to everything – which is the end of your elite productivity. 

#11. Outsource everything you can’t be BIW (Best in the World) at. Focus only on activities within what I call “Your Picasso Zone”. 

#12. Stop multi-tasking. New research confirms that all the distractions invading our lives are rewiring the way our brains work (and drop our IQ by 5 points!). Be one of the rare-air few who develops the mental and physical discipline to have a mono-maniacal focus on one thing for many hours. (It’s all about practice). 

#13. Get fit like Madonna. Getting to your absolute best physical condition will create explosive energy, renew your focus and multiply your creativity. 

#14. Workout 2X a day. This is just one of the little-known productivity tactics that I’ll walk you through in my new online training program YOUR PRODUCTIVITY UNLEASHED (details at the end of this post) but here’s the key: exercise is one of the greatest productivity tools in the world. So do 20 minutes first thing in the morning and then another workout around 6 or 7 pm to set you up for wow in the evening. 

#15. Drink more water. When you’re dehydrated, you’ll have far less energy. And get less done. 

#16. Work in 90 minute blocks with 10 minute intervals to recover and refuel (another game-changing move I personally use to do my best work). 

#17. Write a Stop Doing List. Every productive person obsessively sets To Do Lists. But those who play at world-class also record what they commit to stop doing. Steve Jobs said that what made Apple Apple was not so much what they chose to build but all the projects they chose to ignore. 

#18. Use your commute time. If you’re commuting 30 minutes each way every day – get this: at the end of a year, you’ve spent 6 weeks of 8 hour days in your car. I encourage you to use that time to listen to fantastic books on audio + excellent podcasts and valuable learning programs. Remember, the fastest way to double your income is to triple your rate of learning. 

#19. Be a contrarian. Why buy your groceries at the time the store is busiest? Why go to movies on the most popular nights? Why hit the gym when the gym’s completely full? Do things at off-peak hours and you’ll save so many of them. 

#20. Get things right the first time. Most people are wildly distracted these days. And so they make mistakes. To unleash your productivity, become one of the special performers who have the mindset of doing what it takes to get it flawless first. This saves you days of having to fix problems. 

#21. Get lost. Don’t be so available to everyone. I often spend hours at a time in the cafeteria of a university close to our headquarters. I turn off my devices and think, create, plan and write. Zero interruptions. Pure focus. Massive results. I truly hope these 21 productivity tips have been valuable to you. And that I’ve been of service. Your productivity is your life made visible. Please protect it. Stay productive. - See more at: http://www.robinsharma.com/blog/09/become-the-most-productive-person-you-know/#sthash.MuhtmEKw.dpuf

again, you can visit this site at:  http://www.robinsharma.com/blog/09/become-the-most-productive-person-you-know/

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Grace Will Take Me Further :)



I was striving to lose weight so much, partly just to live a healthy life, but also because I wanted prove to God that I was spiritual by fasting from food thinking that if I did, I could manipulate God to give me more and more favor and blessings in my life, which is good, but how many of you know that fasting to get a promotion at work and just down right buckling down and developing the practical discipline to accomplish your tasks at work are two different things?  So then I'd see these very over weight black preachers preaching the kingdom of God and just tearing up the place with the abundant message from the Lord, I began to notice...Wow, the grace of God is sufficient!  I don't need to do this or that to have the abundant anointing of God over my life.  I just need to receive it!   I began to learn that it's not really about what we can do to "get God to"  bless our anointing or give us favor.  It's about accepting what God already gave to us:  Everything, through His one and only Son.  Jesus made the entire sacrifice for us all, anything else is an insult to God!  It's really not about us adding on ANYTHING to this;  it's really about us humbling ourselves and accepting all that God gave and taking in all the abundance that he has for us.  Let's pray together and make a promise to yourself that you will live a happy, and blessed, and full life today!  I still want to live healthy and stay in shape, but it gives me great peace to know that I don't have to in order to know that God is smiling down on me RIGHT NOW!  He just loves me so much!  Wow, how He so greatly loves us!   Every spiritual blessing is all in you now in Christ, just say thank you and show who you are in Christ.  Chose to be happy in who God made you to be! He's got you in the palm of His hand!  Nothing can snatch you from His hand! Smile and shout for joy because you are incredibly, stunningly, and brighter-than-the-sun BEAUTIFUL in God's sight!

Grace is bigger and better in you today!  Look for ways to display God's grace in your life today!  Grace is the cap on the jelly jar...in other words, it's the completion of all things!  It's what also gives power to your entire life.  Start thinking about where you would be if it wasn't for the grace of God in your life.  Throw off anything in your life that does not reflect the grace of God in your life.  I love my sister, Tiffanie, because she is the most graceful person I have ever met.  We were both opposites.  I was always so up tight and living like a had a big rock up my butt!  And she was always having friends around her and so fancy free, laughing, enjoying life!  I want to be more like her.  Love you sis!


#letgracetakeyoufurtherthanyoueverimaginedtoday

Friday, June 14, 2013

God is Shining Bright!!!



God is shining bright!!!

God's goodness shines bright on your face when you shine!!  Shine bright today and let God shine bright, very bright!!!  

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Your Children Will Go Ahead of You!!



Today (a couple weeks ago), as I was walking back from a jog, I saw two children run ahead of their mother to the entrance door of their home.  The mother was walking steadily, but the children were running.

At that point, I saw a vision of our children going ahead of us.  The children were made to run ahead of us and powerfully conquer whatever stood in the path of our forefathers because Jesus Christ reigns and he his children:  You will do EVEN GREATER THINGS than this!  How can we do even greater things??  Only if we let Jesus reign in us today.   We are the kids who go ahead of and conqueror in Christ the entire land!

Go out and conquer boldly today!


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

In God is Complete Contentment


We allow ourselves to be tempted or to struggle, but in God, there is complete contentment, ALL THE TIME.  

We often don't rest in God because of our pride, but it is better to rest (Heb 4:3).  

God promised to fight our battles.  You want God to fight your battles and so does He.   Let Him work and you find your contentment ALL in Him.

Often frustration can come to us because we aren't letting God teach us that He wants to do things HIS way.  

Monday, June 10, 2013

I Saw satan's kingdom Crumbling!



Today I saw saw satan's kingdom crumbling completely!  The door of opportunities is WIDE OPEN and the door of yesterday, God has shut COMPLETELY!   What does that mean?

That means this:  We will see those days of yesterday NO MORE!  That means there will be no days after today that you will see of the same or lower level of greatness, of prosperity, of richness, of influence, of God's honor:  Mark the word of the Lord:  Never Again!  That is what that means my beloved children of the Most High and family. We can boast now in the Lord!  For He has delivered us from the snare!  From worry, from doubt, from dread!  They are defeated in every corner of our lives and they are no more!  All has seen and are AMAZED!   You will see it with your own eyes!  

The Blessing of being Accountable :)



There is a great blessing in being accountable.  Some might say, "Well, I don't care what other people think; I'm going to just do whatever I want and people should be ok with that."  There are two things wrong with that comment.  1.  what you do does affect others whether you think so or not.  2.  Therefore, everything you do (and don't do)  is very important.  3.  Getting past this kind of thinking is apart of really growing up.  Growing up doesn't have anything to do with doing whatever you want to do, like what we believed when we were young.  No, growing up is understanding that you are a significant contributor and have accountability to the community that raised you in the first place; it's understanding that you are apart of a society that God has predetermined for you to be a blessing to whether you'd like to think so or not.

But I thought about that blessing of accountability; recently, I started thinking more something like, "what would this church think if I posted this or that on FB or twitter?"  I could feel myself at first thinking, "don't let a church tell you what you are going to post or not post."  This thinking is understandable but here's my point.  Many of us would avoid (and perhaps you can think of times when you have avoided) troubles because of those whom God placed in your life to help keep you accountable.   It's good when we know that someone cares about our lives of faith and wants to see us flourishing.   I see the importance of each of us having a mentor, someone who helps keep us accountable to being the great person daily that God has called us to be.   Sure, we can always do the things that we want to do, but don't you know that each day you are living "free" by your definition, you may be moving back into chains that make you less productive for God's kingdom.   It's better to be careful than to be carefree; because there is always an enemy that wants to see you not living to your full potential, not living a prayerful, powerful, unique life of faith and mission that we are all meant for.

Realize that accountability is what's going to thrust you forward.   Accept it.



Friday, June 7, 2013

Many Things Can Get Done Together :)



When we come together so many things can get done.  The only obstacle is to get past your pride that tells us we can do it on our own.  Nothing was meant to do on our own..It's not good that man venture alone for a noble cause.  A noble cause becomes noble when it involves friends.   Believe in yourself, but also believe in the goodness of others and be involved in any way you can.  God bless you today :)  

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Give me the Voice of Me :)



Today, I was thinking about praying prayers like that of Elijah and Elisha.

Elisha prayed for a double portion of his spirit, and he got it!

Suddenly, a prayer came out saying, "Lord, give me the voice of...me!"   I thought about Billy Graham, asking for his voice to speak to people, but something in me spoke saying:  I put something greater in you, and so I will with your children!   I put in you something to reach the people Billy Graham won't be able to reach! That's why I made you the way I made you!   I made you perfectly and your voice will reach millions..why?  A city on a hill can not and will not be hidden!  

The "me" that God has for me to be!  That's what I pray for God to give me!  Loud and clear!  So that the whole world hears it!  It's what God made.  Think about it!  The voice that God made can not be hidden!  The talent that God gave you can not and will not be hidden!  The person that God made can not and will not be hidden!  As for me and my house we can serve the Lord!!  That means that countless people, Yes! In this life time, now, will hear it!  What you hear whispered to you, shout it from the rooftops!  You will be greatly increased in every way from every corner of your life!  Yes, EVERY corner of your life!   God did not make you to be hidden even in the slightest! On top of that, God is going to give you great abilities that will shock and amaze even YOU!
Get ready!!   YOUR COME BACK IS GREATER THAN YOU'VE EVER DREAMED!

God made you to shine in the way that He made you to shine!  You will be  A TREMENDOUS blessing!
Believe it today!  :)   

Support Groups for you in the near Area :)



I live in the Toledo area.  Keep in mind that there are support groups in your city.  I don't know about you, but I get tired of simply having to pretend that I got it all together!  It's nice when you can meet with other people that says, "Yes, we are all human; and No, we are not all perfect or trying to be; and yes, you are accepted."

Here is a list I discovered from the Toledo Blade.  I hope it inspires you in your city to find and be apart of such groups of great support; and I hope you have a well-meaningful and blessed Summer.

Addictions, compulsions support, 7 p.m. Thursdays Christ the King Church, parish hall, 4100 Harvest Lane. Christian based 12-step recovery group. Information: 419-474-2074.
Addictions, compulsions overcomers outreach, 8:30-10 p.m. Wednesdays, Fairgreen Presbyterian Church, 3220 West Laskey Rd. Christian 12-step program for compulsions and addictions. Information: 419-885-0764.
Addiction SAFE support for men who want to live a Christian life free from addiction. Call 419-693-6543.
Adoption, Rainbow Families of Toledo, 7 p.m., third Tuesday of each month, Assembly of Christians, 5926 Meteor Ave. Information 419-693-9259.
Al-Anon and Alateen offers daily meetings to relatives and friends of alcoholics. For locations and times: 419-249-0636.
Alliance for the Mentally III of Toledo, 6-7 p.m. first and third Tuesdays monthly, Flower Hospital, 8th floor conference center, 5200 Harroun Rd. Sylvania. Open to those with mental illness, their family members and friends. Information: 419-243-1119.
Alzheimer's caregiver support in Monroe, Mercy Memorial Hospital, 718 North Macomb St. Information: 734-242-3800. Information: 800-337-3827 or 734-677-3081.
Alzheimer's Association of Northwest Ohio. For information about support groups and other services for caregivers: 419-537-1999.
Alzheimer's caregiver support in Whitehouse, 2 p.m. first Wednesday of each month, Whitehouse Country Manor, 11239 Waterville St., Whitehouse. Information: 419-877-5338.
AMI-Minority Outreach family support, 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays, Senior Center, Inc., 2308 Jefferson Ave. For families of the mentally ill. Information: 419-243-1119.
AMI-Minority Outreach empowerment group, 7 p.m. first Wednesday of each month, Aurora Gonzalez Community Resource Center, 1 Aurora Gonzalez Ave. Information: 419 243-1119.
Anorexia nervosa and bulimia support, National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders of Toledo invites anyone struggling with an eating disorder. Families and friends also welcome. Information: 419-578-0376.
Anxiety support, 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 112 East Wayne St., Maumee. For sufferers of anxiety, panic, and agoraphobia. Information: 419-874-6592.
Auditory Verbal Association of Northwest Ohio, for the hearing impaired and their families. Information: 419-475-4784.
Autism Society of Northwest Ohio, 7-9 p.m. the second Monday of the month, The Ability Center, 5605 Monroe St., Sylvania. Also, 7-9 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month, call for location. Open to parents and family members of individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Information: 419-242-9587, ext. 224.
Bereaved parents support group for those who have lost children of all ages, 7:30 p.m. second Tuesday of each month. First Presbyterian Church, East Second Street, Perrysburg. Information: 419-872-2541.
Breastfeeding support group, Mom and Me, 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Collingwood Presbyterian Church, 2108 Collingwood Blvd. Snacks and play area for children. Information: 419-251-2437.
Cancer support, 7-8:30 p.m., first and third Mondays, St. Luke's Hospital, 5901 Monclova Rd., pastoral care office. Also 10-11 a.m., Thursdays, St. Charles Mercy Hospital Cancer Center, 2600 Navarre Ave., Oregon. Help for patients and their families and friends.
Cancer of prostate, Man-to-Man support group, 6:30-8 p.m. third Tuesday monthly, Flower Hospital, 8th floor, 5200 Harroun Rd., Sylvania. Call 419-824-1004 or 1-800-479-8885.
Cancer of prostate, Man-to-Man support group, 1-3 p.m. second Thursday of each month, St. Luke's Hospital, 5901 Monclova Rd., Maumee. Information: 419-893-5921.
Cancer of prostate support, 6-7:30 p.m. every third Wednesday of the month, Bay Park Community Hospital, 2801 Bay Park Dr., Oregon. Call to sign-up: 419-690-7675.
Cancer support group for women, 2-4 p.m. second Monday of every month, Bay Park Community Hospital, 2801 Bay Park, Dr., Oregon. Sign-up: 419-690-7675.
Cancer support for patients and their families, Victory Center, 1041 South Reynolds Rd. Information: 419-861-HOPE.
Cardiac illness, 7 p.m. fourth Thursday of each month, St. Luke's Hospital private dining room. Free for patients and family members. Information: 419 893-5924.
Children for the Enforcement of Child Support, second Tuesday each month, 7 p.m., St. Agnes Church rectory basement, 3854 Berkley Dr. Information: 419-478-4214.
Chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia support, 7 p.m. second Thursday each month, except December and January. Collier building, room 2411, Medical College of Ohio. Self-help strategies through education and support. Information: 419-885-5733.
Cocaine Anonymous, 24-hour help hotline, 419-385-9000. Collect calls accepted.
Co-Dependents Anonymous, 12-step support-recovery group, 7-8:30 p.m., Thursdays, Reformation Lutheran Church, 4543 Douglas Rd. Information: 419-241-9599.
Debtors anonymous, 7 p.m. Mondays, Our Saviour Lutheran Church. 2820 West Alexis Rd. Information: 419-474-1125.
Depressive and Manic Depressive Association of Toledo, 7-8:30 p.m. the second and fourth Monday each month, 3350 Collingwood Blvd., Suite 509. Lending library, resource education center for individuals, their families, and the community. Information, other meeting times: 419-255-1459.
Depression and bipolar support, various times and locations in Toledo area: 419-255-1459 or 419-243-1119.
Diabetics, 7:30 p.m. third Thursday of each month, Washington branch library, 5560 Harvest Lane.
Divorced or separated support, 7 p.m. Mondays, Olivet Lutheran Church, 5840 Monroe St., Sylvania. Information: 419-882-4095.
Divorced or separated support, 10-week group meets Tuesdays at St. Joseph Church, parish banquet hall, 5373 Main St., Sylvania. Coffee and greetings from 6:30-7 p.m. Information: 419-885-5791.
Divorced and separated interdenominational support group series, 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, St. Joseph Church parish banquet hall, 5373 Main St., Sylvania. Information: 419-885-5791.
Divorced, widowed, single, separated, lonely or depressed support group forming. Information: 419-862-0098.
Domestic violence and sexual assault, for adults and children ages 12-17 years, survivors, and parents of children who have been sexually assaulted. YWCA-affiliated. Information: 419-241-7273.
Ecumenical bereavement support, 7:30-9 p.m. Feb. 3, St. Joseph Parish, Notre Dame House, 115 West Broadway St., Maumee. Author of My Life Closed Twice: Surviving a Double Loss, Sandra Schocket describes the loss of her husband and son with 24 hours and her road to rebuilding a new life. Information: 419-893-7178.
Eating disorders, for those with anorexia, bulimia. Information: 419-848-2921.
Emotional, substance abuse recovery, 5:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; open discussion on Fridays. Alanon Step One Club, 2434 West Sylvania Ave. Court slips signed. Information: 419-269-1822.
Epilepsy support, for parents of children with epilepsy, 6:30-8 p.m. second Tuesday monthly, Redeemer Missionary Church, 5321 Springdale Ave. Group for adults with epilepsy meets at 2 p.m. third Tuesday monthly, Epilepsy Center, 5405 Southwyck Blvd. Free. Adults with developmental disabilities, times vary. Information: 419-867-5950 or 1-800-589-5958.
Faith, Friends, and Family Outreach, Weber Bldg., 100 Main St., 2nd floor each Thursday. Service and programs free. Learn about the “No More Stress Just Happiness” plan. Information: 419-243-8279.
Gamblers Anonymous, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Hampton Park Christian Church, 4234 Monroe St., or 7:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Providence Lutheran Church, 8131 Airport Hwy., Holland. 24-hour phone: 419-327-9514.
Gay and lesbian support, Dignity Toledo, Catholic/Christian support group, 8 p.m. Thursdays, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 2272 Collingwood Blvd.
Gay and Lesbian Parents, 4-6 p.m., third Saturday monthly. Call 419-242-5928.
Gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender people and their supporters who either have children or would like to have children. This is a informal group with no membership, dues, or restrictions. Meets at Central United Methodist Church, 701 West Central Ave. Children welcome. Information:419-475-8190.
Girls Only group, 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, One Stranahan Square, Suite 414. For grades 6 and up, share feelings about peer pressure, relationships, goals, body image, self-esteem. Call: 419-321-6455.
Grandparents' Rights Organization, 6 p.m., last Monday monthly, Riverside Mercy Hospital, 1600 North Superior St., Stickney conference room. Information: 419-727-8266.
Grief support for seniors, Pathways to New Beginnings, Monroe Senior Center, 15275 South Monroe St. On-going support open to any adult community member who is experiencing grief. Information: 734-242-8006 or 734-241-0404.
Grief and Recovery, 1:30-3:30 p.m. third Thursday each month, Perrysburg Commons, private dining room, 10542 Fremont Pike, Perrysburg. Free to adults who have experienced death of a loved one in the last year. Information: 419-867-4655.
Grief, Time to Heal, 11 a.m. - noon second Tuesday monthly, Olivet Lutheran Church., 5840 Monroe St., Sylvania. Information: 419-867-4655.
Grief, Widowhood and Friendship, 10-11:30 a.m. second and fourth Tuesday of each month, Olivet Lutheran Church, 5840 Monroe St., Sylvania. Information: 419-867-4655.
Hard of Hearing self-help group meetings: 419-539-9039.
Help for Hurting Hearts, Hospice Office at 725 North Monroe St. Group meets the second Monday of each month; free and open to the public. Information: Mercy Memorial Hospice of Monroe, 734-242-8006.
Hepatitis support group 7-8:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month, Toledo Hospital lower level continuing Education Center, 1920 Cove Blvd. Sponsor, American Liver Foundation. Information: 866-OHIO-ALF.
Hepatitis C, third Tuesday of each month, Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, 325 North Michigan Ave., first floor conference room. Open to patients, friends, and family members. Information: 419-243-5777.
HIV/AIDS support, women's group meets the fourth Wednesday and men's on the fourth Tuesday of each month at David's House of Compassion. Information: 419-244-6682.
HIV/AIDS support, 7-8:30 p.m. first Tuesday of each month. Open to individuals affected by AIDS, sponsored by AIDS Task force of Northwest Ohio. Information: 419-452-6756 or 1-800-782-4906.
Incest survivors - women, non-therapist facilitated, 3-4:30 p.m. Sundays except holidays, People Called Women, 3153 West Central Ave.
Infertility Resolve of Ohio, Inc., 7 p.m. second Monday monthly, Toledo Hospital Cafeteria Room 3, 3142 North Cove Blvd. Call 1-800-414-6446.
Ketogenic diet, 7:30 p.m. second Wednesday of each month, Outpatient Behavioral Service, 3140 West Central Ave. Open to parents of patients or those looking for information: 419-885-7648 or 419-251-4424.
Kinship Connection for people who are raising relatives' children, meets Jan. 28. Homework help and advocacy meeting at 5:30 p.m., spaghetti support at 6 p.m. Programs for adults, teens, and children. Adult program: “Strategies to Help Children Turn Emotions into Positive Actions.” Margaret L. Hunt Senior Center, 2121 Garden Lake Pkwy. No charge for relative caregivers and their children. Information or reservation: 419-382-7060, ext. 28.
Laryngectomy Club of Toledo support group for people who cannot speak due to cancer. The group meets 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month, Hampton Park Christian Church, 4234 Monroe St. Information: 419-691-2897.
Learning to Cope, second and fourth Wednesdays, 3-4 p.m., James “Wes” Hancock Senior Center, 5760 Bayshore Rd., Oregon. Information: 419-698-4301.
Lupus, 6-8 p.m., first Wednesday monthly, Cordelia Martin Health Center, 905 Nebraska Ave. Open to Lupus patients, their friends, and families. Information: 419-259-4518, ext. 235.
Macular degeneration support group, 2-3:30 p.m. second Monday monthly at Epworth United Methodist Church, room 101, 3077 Valleyview Dr. Information: 419-885-6305.
Manic Depressive and Depressive Association Detroit chapter meets Mondays in January from 7 to 9 p.m., Mercy Memorial Nursing Center Sieb Conference Room, 700 Stewart Rd. Monroe. Confidential support for those with depression or bipolar illness. Information: (734) 240-4565.
Mended Hearts, Inc., Glass City Chapter, third Thursday monthly, St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, 2213 Cherry St. Open to the public. Information: 419-882-3229.
Mental illness family support, 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Northwest Psychiatric Hospital, 930 South Detroit Ave. For relatives of those with serious mental illness. Information: 419-381-1881, ext. 4621.
Miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death, loss of child, caring and restoring for parents 7:30 p.m., third Tuesday monthly, Toledo Hospital cafeteria, room R, 2142 North Cove Blvd.
Mothers Against Drunken Driving (MADD), Greater Toledo Area, 7 p.m. third Monday monthly, 6465 Monroe St., Suite 211, Sylvania. Information: 419-885-6233 or 419-882-2001.
Mothers of Multiples, Monroe County to unite all parents of twins and higher order multiples in the Monroe County area of southeast Michigan. Information: 734-654-9263 or 734-242-1309.
Mothers of Twins club, 7 p.m. second Thursday monthly, Toledo Hospital auditorium, 2142 North Cove Blvd. Support group for all mothers, foster mothers, and guardians of multiple births. Information: 419-472-5032.
Mothers of Preschoolers, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Feb. 3 and 4, CrossRoads Community Church, 1500 West Temperance Rd., Temperance. Information: 734-847-4135.
Muscular Dystrophy Association sessions held at the Education Center of Toledo Hospital, 2142 North Cove Blvd. Information: 419-866-9289.
Narcotics Anonymous: for meeting days and times: 419-361-1190.
New Mothers, 1-3 p.m. second and fourth Tuesday, Toledo Hospital Center for Women's Health, 3142 North Cove Blvd. Parenting and baby care, stress and time management, healthy lifestyles and relationship issues. Location information: 419-291-5666.
Nicotine addiction support, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, St. Charles Mercy Hospital, 2660 Navarre Ave.
Non-offending parent support, Children's Advocacy Center, 3873 Monroe St., for parents whose child has been hurt by physical or sexual abuse. Professional staff. Call to confirm attendance: 419-292-2927.
One Step Program, 7 p.m., first and third Monday of the month, St. Luke's Hospital private dining room, 5901 Monclova Rd. For families experiencing the effects of life-threatening illnesses. Free. Information: 419-893-5924.
Ones Left Behind meets Tuesdays, afternoon or evening sessions. Talk with people who have been through loss of a loved one. Information: 419-327-9739.
Orphanage survivors seek people interested in forming support group. Call 419-874-6061.
Osteogenesis Imperfecta, brittle bone disease, support group, Information: 419-885-5733.
Parent and teen, 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Focus Healthcare of Ohio, 1725 Timber Lane, Maumee; 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays at Alternative Learning and Career Center, 3939 Wrenwood Rd., and 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, Shuer Center Alternative Learning and Career Center, 4955 Seaman St., Oregon. Action Helpline Pager, 24 hours, 419-534-0020. Information: 419-473-3442 or 419-891-9333.
Parents, Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), 7 p.m. second Tuesday each month at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 2272 Collingwood Blvd. Call 419-243-6783.
Parents of Murdered Children and Other Survivors of Homicide, 8-10 p.m. second Wednesday each month, Jaeger Hall, St. Clement Church, 3030 Tremainsville Rd. Information: 419-472-3561.
Parkinson's disease support, 1:30 p.m. every third Wednesday, Senior Center, Inc., 2308 Jefferson Ave. Lunch available before the meeting at $1.75 for ages 60 and older or $4 for others. Information: 419-242-9511.
Pathways to New Beginnings, Monroe Senior Center, 15275 South Monroe. This on-going senior grief support group is open to any adult community member who is experiencing grief. Information: (734) 240-8940.
Postpartum depression, 7-8 p.m. third Thursday monthly, PediatriCare, 3400 Meijer Dr. Free to women with depression after giving birth, weaning of breast-fed children, or miscarriage. Open to family and friends. Information: 419-251-1000 or 1-800-860-6652.
Rape Crisis Center hotline provides crisis intervention, support, information, and referrals to survivors of sexual assault, 24 hours, seven days. Information: 419-241-7273.
Raphah, lesbians with abuse issues, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at Eagle's Wing Christian Church, 1483 West Sylvania Ave. Information: 419-476-8197.
Reflex sympathetic dystrophy support: 419-478-1323.
Remember Me, for parents who have lost a baby through ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, stillbirth, or neonatal death up to age 3 months, meetings held 7:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday monthly in the surgery waiting room of St. Charles Mercy Hospital, 2600 Navarre Ave. Information: 419-698-7460.
Schizophrenia/bipolar disorder family support, 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare System, 930 South Detroit Ave. Open to relatives. Information: 419-381-1881.
Servicemen and women in Middle East support group for family members and friends, 7-8 p.m., second and fourth Thursday each month at VFW Post, 719 South Main St., Bowling Green. Information: 419-352-5387.
Sharing the Journey, 6-8 p.m. Saturdays, Common Space Center, 1700 North Reynolds Rd. Open to people diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses. Information: 419-535-1550.
SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) of Greater Toledo Network, 7:30 p.m. second Tuesday of each month, Center of Women's Health, family room, 3148 West Central Ave.
Smoke stoppers staying stopped, 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, St. Charles Mercy Hospital, 2600 Navarre Ave., Oregon.
Stepfamilies Association, 7:30-9:30 p.m., third Wednesday monthly, Rossford Public Library, 720 Dixie Hwy. Stepmothers' breakfast monthly. Information: 419-693-6330.
Stroke Club, 7:30 p.m., second Wednesday monthly, Riverside Mercy Hospital, Waite-Brand auditorium, 1600 North Superior St. Information: 419-691-0625.
Stuttering support groups. Information: 419-530-4339 or 419-893-6949.
Suicide Survivors, 7:30 p.m. third Monday monthly, All Saints Lutheran Church, 5445 Heatherdowns Blvd. For those experiencing loss from suicide. Information: 419-243-9178.
Teen epilepsy support, 6-7 p.m. fourth Wednesday monthly, Epilepsy Center conference room, 5405 Southwyck Blvd., Suite 100. Information: 419-867-5950 or 800-589-5958.
Transplant recipients international organization, 7-9 p.m. second Tuesday monthly, Medical College of Ohio Hospitals, 3000 Arlington Ave., Dana Center. Information: 419-882-0048.
Traumatic brain injury support, 7 p.m. first Thursday monthly, Flower Hospital Rehabilitation Center, 5150 Harroun Rd., Sylvania. Survivors and family members. Information: 419-824-1547.
Widowed, 7-9 p.m. third Thursday monthly, Hope Lutheran Church, 2201 Secor Rd. Information: 419-475-3645.
Women's issues, including depression and postpartum depression, 1-2 p.m. second and fourth Tuesday monthly, 3350 Collingwood Blvd. Suite 509. Information: 419-255-1459.
Women victims support group covers topics of concern to rape survivors such as: managing fear, anger, developing coping skills and personal safety. Free. Transportation aid available. For times, dates, and locations: 419-241-7006.
YW Child Care Connections, the non-profit resource and referral agency provides assistance in locating affordable child care. Information: Toledo, 419-255-5519 or 800-632-3052, Wood County, 419-353-7801, and in Ottawa County,419-732-7807 or 800-228-1700.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

We Are World Pastors



Yesterday, a man asked me what my "ministry" was.  I was perplexed at this question (as I usually am).  I spent my life trying to define my "job" "occupation" or "ministry" and now I'm spending the rest of my life getting away from it.  I am whatever fruit comes out of me, and my prayer is that they all reflect Christ and Christ alone!  Local pastor is too small, artist is too limited.   I am whatever I need to be to win souls.  Right now, I need to be right with God in my attitude, mission, and purpose, which is basically learning Christ and sharing him with others. 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

New Song: You're Jesus!




Thank you, Lord!

For all you've done in my life!

Thank you, Lord!

For all you've given to me!

Your grace has set me free!

Thank you, Lord!

You're the anchor of my soul!

You're the joy within my heart!

You're the peace that takes control!

You're Jesus!

The Lord is my Teacher

The Lord is my teacher.



The Lord is my shepherd.  The Lord, He is my teacher.  He teaches me how I should live.  Look, the sheep are out in the field; who can tell them what to do or where to go?  The Lord, He teaches, and He doesn't need walls or chalkboards or even masses of people to teach His servants.  The Lord, He alone is my teacher.  He teaches well through the word of God and speaks to us through prayer.  The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in need of nothing else.   And He alone will cause me to have success.  

Monday, June 3, 2013

Hone in On Your Talents and Gifts



Skills God has given us can be well honed in to bless others.  The greatest skills to hone in on is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, and faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  Pray for God to bless you gracefully in these areas.

Teach yourself some certain skills that will be very helpful.  Pray first!  Pray for God to lead you to hone in on the skills God's given you.  God will send you people that know more than you that will teach you how to be a better you than you've ever been.  Then pray for God to help you humble yourself and open your heart wide open to quickly take in the new things that you have been learning.




 fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Take Up Your Mat and Walk! What is Our Mat?



The Lord, Jesus said to many "take up your mat and walk!"  
The people took up their mat and walked their mat back home.  Many of us are sitting on our mat. We are comfortable with it; it is the symbol of our position of sitting; it's a reminder of what we believe.  Jesus says, "I tell you, pick up your mat and walk!"  OUR MAT ARE OUR EXCUSES.   We are comfortable because of our excuses. We are sitting on them and they make us comfortable.  If anyone asks us why we are not doing marvelous things for Christ we just tell them to look at our mat...But Jesus said, "Do you want to live an extraordinary life!?"  He says,  "I TELL YOU, PICK UP YOUR MAT, AND WALK!"    Whether it is the right time are not!  You don't have a "right" to sit!   As you go you will see marvelous things and the things that you fretted will flee in seven directions as you go!  So go walk and be and see healing!