EMPOWERING CHRISTIAN WOMEN: August 2007 Blogger Widgets

Praise JESUS

Friday, August 31, 2007

J.E.S.U.S. C.H.R.I.S.T.

J esus, Son of God Eternal

E verlasting Lord is He,

S avior of a world of sinners,

U niversal King to be,

S ought us, brought us victory.

C hrist is due all adoration,

H umbly born to save our race,

R uler of the whole creation

I ntercedes and gives us grace,

S aves us from sin's condemnation,

T ruly worthy of all praise!

~ Author Unknown

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HIS Promises

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Nothing Is Impossible

"I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing." John 15:5 NASB

Apart from Him we can do nothing. Whilst we are abiding in Him nothing is impossible. The one purpose of our life should therefore be to remain in living and intense union with Christ, guarding against everything that would break it, employing every means of cementing and enlarging it. And just in proportion as we do so, we shall find His strength flowing into us for every possible emergency. We may not feel its presence, but we shall find it present whenever we begin to draw on it.

There is no temptation which we cannot master; no privation which we cannot patiently bear; no difficulty with which we cannot cope; no work which we cannot perform; no confession or testimony which we cannot make, if only our souls are living in healthy union with Jesus Christ; for as our day or hour, so shall our strength be.

Devotion written by : F. B. Meyer © 2005 by Integrity Publishers
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Spiritual Growth

Dear brothers and sisters, we can’t help but thank God for you, because your faith is flourishing and your love for one another is growing. We proudly tell God’s other churches about your endurance and faithfulness in all the persecutions and hardships you are suffering. (2 Thessalonians 1:3,4 NLT)

Kids are excited by their physical growth. They'll stand back to back and compare height. Most children keep track of how they match up to their parents. Adult believers may be finished with physical growth. But they are still maturing spiritually, and checking progress is still an exciting experience. There are three ways to evaluate growth.

First, we know our relationship with God is growing when we can see our true nature clearly. As the Spirit gains greater control of our life, we become increasingly aware of our own sinfulness and weakness. We realize we can't live the Christian life alone.

We know we're growing when our response to sin is quick. Conviction brings about immediate and genuine repentance. Ignoring our sin is rebellion against God. This type of disobedience halts spiritual growth.

We know intimacy with God is deepening when we guard our devotional time. Private moments of prayer and scriptural meditation must be a top priority for maturing believers. Listening to the Lord and talking with Him about our needs enables us to stay connected to His will. Then we're reminded of His love.

Spiritual growth should give us joy. Why? Because our spirit is looking more and more like that of Jesus Christ. As Philippians 2:15 states, we don't have to stand back to back with people of the world for them to see that we're "children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation."
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Christian Books for Kids

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

5 Minutes for Books, a regular column of 5 Minutes for Moms has done it again! If you have never stopped by and read these reviews, you are missing out! 5 Minutes for Books gives you an "inside peek" at some really great reads for you and your kids!

This week, Jennifer shares about a series of books written by Lori Z. Scott, the Meghan Rose Early Readers.

Stop by 5 Minutes for Moms today; grab your entry for a chance to win one of these great books for your kids!

The author has donated three copies of Meghan Rose On Stage! to be sent to winners in the U.S. or Canada; however if there are at least 30 people who comment on 5 Minutes for Books blog, she will send out five copies, and if there are over 100, she’ll give away seven copies! So, spread the word! You NEED to comment at 5 Minutes for Books to be eligible to win!

For more info, check out the really great website for the series which has jokes, links, and parent/teacher activities, as well as information about the next two books in the series, which are coming soon.

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A Lesson From an Ant

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

The Ant and the Feather
by Dick Innes

“Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!” – Proverbs 6:6

“One morning,” writes Ron Clarke, “I wasted nearly an hour watching a tiny ant carry a huge feather across my back terrace. Several times it was confronted by obstacles in its path and after a momentary pause it would make the necessary detour.

“At one point the ant had to negotiate a crack in the concrete about 10mm wide. After brief contemplation the ant laid the feather over the crack, walked across it and picked up the feather on the other side then continued on its way.

“I was fascinated by the ingenuity of this ant-one of God’s smallest creatures. Here was a minute insect, lacking in size yet equipped with a brain to reason, explore, discover and overcome.”

Can you imagine God telling us to learn from an ant? So what can we learn? Ants are determined, they are not afraid to work to achieve their goals, they work as a team, they think through and work to overcome the challenges thrown in their pathway, and they never give up. But most of all they teach us about the marvels of God’s creation.

Thanks be to God for the miracles of His creation. May He help us to learn the lessons we need to learn from the ants!

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The Invitation

Monday, August 27, 2007


I shook my head in disbelief. This couldn't be the right place. After all, I couldn't possibly be welcome here. I had been given an invitation several times, by several different people, and I had finally decided to see what this place was all about. But, this just couldn't be the right place. Quickly, I glanced down at the invitation that I clutched in my hand. I scanned past the words,

"Come as you are. No jacket required"

and found the location. Yes, I was at the right place. I peered through the window again and saw a room of people whose faces seemed to glow with joy. All were neatly dressed, adorned in fine garments and appeared strangely clean as they dined at this exquisite restaurant.

Ashamed, I looked down at my own tattered and torn clothing, covered in stains. I was dirty, in fact, filthy. A foul smell seemed to consume me and I couldn't shake the grime that clung to my body. As I turned around to leave, the words from the invitation seemed to leap out at me...

"Come as you are. No jacket required."
I decided to give it a shot. Mustering up every bit of courage I could find, I opened the door to this restaurant and walked up to a man standing behind a podium.

"Your name, sir?" he asked me with a smile. "Jimmy D. Brown," I mumbled without looking up. I thrust my hands deep into my pockets, hoping to conceal their stains. He didn't seem to notice the filth that I was covered in and he continued, "Very good, sir. A table is reserved in your name. Would you like to be seated?" I couldn't believe what I heard! A grin broke out on my face and I said, "Yes, of course!"

He led me to a table, and sure enough, there was a place-card with my name written on it in a deep, dark red. As I browsed over a menu, I saw many delightful items listed. There were things like, "peace," "joy," "blessings," "confidence," "assurance," "hope," "love," "faith," and "mercy." I realized that this was no ordinary restaurant! I flipped the menu back to the front in order to see where I was at... "God's Grace," was the name of this place.

The man returned and said, " recommend the 'Special of the Day'. With it you are entitled to heaping portions of everything on this menu. You've got to be kidding! I thought to myself. You mean, I can have ALL of this?!

"What is the 'Special of the Day'?" I asked with excitement ringing in my voice. "Salvation," was his reply. "I'll take it," I practically cried out. Then, as quickly as I made that statement, the joy left my body.

A sick painful ache jerked through my stomach and tears filled my eyes. Between my sobs I said... "Mister, look at me. I'm dirty and nasty. I am unclean and unworthy of such things. I'd love to have all of this, but, but, I just can't afford it."

Undaunted, the man smiled again. "Sir, your check has already been taken care of by that Gentleman over there," he said as he pointed to the front of the room. "His name is Jesus."

Turning, I saw a man whose very presence seemed to light the room. He was almost too much to look at. I found myself walking towards Him and in a shaking voice I whispered, "Sir, I'll wash the dishes or sweep the floors or take out the trash. I'll do anything I can do to repay You for all this."

He opened His arms and said with a smile, "Son, all of this is yours if you just come unto me. Ask me to clean you up and I will. Ask me to allow you to feast at my table and you will eat. Remember, the table is reserved in your name. All you must do is accept this gift that I offer you."

Astonished, I fell at his feet and said, "Please, Jesus. Please clean up my life. Please change me and sit me at your table and give me this new life." Immediately, I heard the words, "It is finished."

I looked down and white robes adorned my body. Something strange and wonderful had happened. I felt new, like a weight had been lifted and I found myself seated at His table. "The 'Special of the Day' has been served," The Lord said to me.

"Salvation is yours."

We sat and talked for a great while and I so enjoyed the time that I spent with Him. He told me, me of all people, that He would like for me to come back as often as I liked for another helping from God's Grace. He made it clear that He wanted me to spend as much time with Him as possible.

As it drew near time for me to go back outside into the "real world," He whispered to me softly, "And Lo, I am with you always." And then, He said something to me that I will never forget. He said... "My child, do you see these empty tables?"

"Yes, Lord. I see them. What do they mean?" I replied. "These are reserved tables... but the individuals whose names are on each place-card have not accepted their invitation yet. Would you be so kind as to hand out these invitations to those who have not joined us as yet?" Jesus asked. "Of course," I said with excitement as I picked up the invitations.

"Go ye therefore into all nations." He said as I turned to leave.

I walked into God's Grace dirty and hungry. Stained in sin. My righteousness as filthy rags. And Jesus cleaned me up. I walked out a brand new man...robed in white, His righteousness.

And so, I'll keep my promise to my Lord. I'll go. I'll spread the Word. I'll share the Gospel... I'll hand out the invitations. And I'll start with you. Have you been to God's Grace? There's a table reserved in your name, and here's your invitation...

"Come as you are. No jacket required."

"For by grace are you saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:" Ephesians 2: 8
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Everything We Say and Do...

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Communication Technology Doesn't Replace Communication Skill!
By JoJo Tabares
My generation has gone from ABC, NBC and CBS to Cable TV, CDroms and DVDs. We have lived through the biggest technological advancements in history. We can now communicate with people around the world through cell phones, email, voicemail, videomail ...and we can see political events unfolding as they happen! The internet wasn't fast enough for us so we now have DSL and Cable that are 50x faster than the modems of two years ago! Computers weren't portable enough so we now have laptops and PDAs. The technological world is obsessed with making communication technology faster, smaller and more powerful.

With so many ways to communicate, we are the most connected society that ever lived! So...what's the name of your neighbor who lives three houses down from you? When was the last time you sat around the dinner table and had a good, old-fashioned conversation? How often do you feel ill-prepared to discuss important issues with your children? Is there a family member or business associate you are avoiding because you don't know how to handle a delicate situation? How many times have you felt ineffective in getting your point across to others?

Did you know that 87% of what you do all day is communication related? Or that only 43% of people surveyed said they are effective communicators? Effective communication is a dying art. Know how I know? Call any company and see how fast you can reach a live body. When you get one, how often are you frustrated with the customer service you receive?

Here are a few statistics you might want to consider: Companies with the highest levels of effective communication experienced a 26% total return to shareholders from 1998-2002, compared to a (negative) -15% return experienced by firms that communcate least effectively according to a study done in 2004.

Harvard University studied the success charactoristics of a large group; of corporate leaders comprised of board chairman, presidents and chief executive officers of fortune 500 companies. The number one reason they listed for their own success was the ability to get along well with people. The number two reason was the ability to communicate effectively.

The American Medical Association now suggests that new doctors have training in communication skills.

According to the National Association of Colleges, 1000 Human Resource Managers ranked preferred skills for being hired as follows: 1. Oral communication skills, 2. Written communication skills and 3. Listening (which is also a communication skill).

Harvard Business Review readers rated "the ability to communicate" over ambition, education, and a willingness to work hard as the reason why an employee would be "promotable".

The National Communication Association commissioned a survey in 1998 in which the number one reason cited for a marriage to fail was lack of effective communication.

In a study conducted by the National Communication Association in 2001, "Students with ineffective listening skills fail to absorb much of the material to which they are exposed. Their problems are intensified when they respond inappropriately because of poor speaking skills." Students typically remember only 25% of what athey hear in class after 48 hours. Numerous studies indicate our listening memory range to be 20-30%. However, you need to remember at least 70% to pass the test! Students who ask questions and discuss ideas in class learn more because studies show that questions start the thinking process and questions asked orally can double your ability to remember the information. Further, if you interact in a small group as you discuss the learning points, your understanding of the concepts increases according to the National Research Council.

The NCA also found that "Youngsters with poor communication skills are sometimes viewed as less attractive by their peers and enjoy fewer friendships. Anti-social and violent behavior often accompany or occur with underdeveloped social and conflict management skills."

Communication skills are even more important today because the world is a much smaller place. Technology allows us to communicate with people of different faiths and who have different world views. We can no longer assume that those we communicate with see things the way we do and it takes a little more skill to discuss the issues that are important to us all.

Everything we say and do communicates something to those around us. It is not enough to have the technology to communicate to people across the world from us. It is imperative that we learn to communicate effectively! Those who do, enjoy higher grades, deeper friendships, longer marriages, more successful careers and higher incomes as well as general happiness.

JoJo Tabares is an expert in the communication field. She has a degree in Speech Communication and over 20 years of business communication experience in large fortune 500 companies, network marketing and sole proprietorships. JoJo has written a series of books on the subject including Say What You Mean When You're in Business. Her company http://www.artofeloquence.com/ hosts the annual "Say What You Mean Online Communication Convention" celebrating the birth of The Great Communicator with free workshops, contests and prizes! For more information please visit http://www.saywhatyoumeanconvention.com/ ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~
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The Door Is Opening

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Many of God's people who have a hold of their purpose and vision inside, are sensing a time of release. They have been behind closed doors, crying, laughing and trembling with their Lord and Savior. They have known what it means to reach the depths of anguish in their souls and minds and have felt at times that they could not go on any longer. They have tried to reach out through conversation to share their pain, but others who listened, could not relate. They've experienced a loneliness that has been physically felt and mentally challenging where all one could say is, "I don't know what is going on exactly, but God is good!" All the confessions, professions and proclamations seem to go out, but silence is all that is heard. The journey has been a prophetic process for the prophets and also for those who have been in the "building" process of the Lord, just waiting for their release and assignment on the earth.

The season of preparation is often misunderstood by many who go through it. All we want to do sometimes is to get out of the fire, while God Himself is keeping us from leaving. Only He knows the full process of keeping us in the fire--until we walk out looking better, acting better and loving better. Many have tried to run out only to find themselves walking back into the furnace of refinement once again. God has always been in it with us, but somehow we think He has left us there to roast.

The Door is Opening

We are now entering into a time of release for many who have been going through the fire and have grown up in character. Standing on their feet, they hear the Master opening up the furnace door and saying, "It is now time." They are not running like before--they are walking with a maturity and confidence in their Lord, as they come through the door to enter their assignments.

This does not mean that all of a sudden everything will just happen and money will fall out of the trees for people, but what it does mean is that favor will be there when it is needed, with the work of their hands. It means that the weight of the gifting matches the weight of the character and the "appointed time" is now upon them. It means that they will not quickly fall like they used to when temptations come near them.

James understood this process and the importance of "The Wait" for maturity, "James, a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad: Greetings. My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing" (James 1:1-4).

Many times when we read this Scripture, we automatically think of some major family or financial trial we go through and yes, these are trials. But for those who have been in the process of development, they have also been sorely tested in the battlefield of the mind regarding their calling. Some ponder if they have blown it with sin and wonder if it will happen, or they begin to think that God had never spoken to them in the first place. It is the plan of the enemy and the flesh to get us thinking this way, but patience has a divine and perfect plan.

The patience that has come through the trial, has now been developed to the point of release. It is the patience that is mature and complete--able to withstand testing and truly help others in need.

Mature Enough to Understand Temptation

James 1:12-17, "Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. Let no one say when he is tempted, 'I am tempted by God'; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning."

The struggle to sort out what is happening and "who" is doing what to those in process, is often misunderstood and many people have even blamed God for their temptations during development. But, God has brought them to the point of maturity in the fire, where they no longer believe that lie and have now understood that the "Refining Fire" has been burning away their unclean thoughts and desires of wanting the release too soon and doing works in the flesh.

For some, the discipline of the Lord has been grueling and has been an unpleasant experience, and it is totally human to feel that way. Yet as maturity is developed, there is a knowledge and confidence inside, knowing the process produces a harvest of Godly character and peace.

Hebrews 12:11, "No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it."

The Time is Now Upon Many

The time is quickly approaching and others will see someone coming out of the Furnace, looking and smelling like God, who they thought would be completely burned up. These are the "unknowns" in society who will enter their callings, full of God's power and wisdom. They will know how to handle difficulties without breaking down emotionally. They will release practical, yet powerful insight from God's Word that will shatter strongholds and liberate the afflicted and oppressed.

It will truly be the demonstration of the Spirit without the "eloquence" of fleshly words being released as Paul describes in 1 Corinthians 2. It is a Supernatural release that will bring young and old to real repentance, because they have seen and have experienced the goodness of God in a tangible way.

For those who have understood the process of "The Wait," be encouraged! Your release is close at hand. Rejoice! For the Lord your God is opening the door of the furnace.

~ John and Amy Meyer
Voice of One Crying Ministries
Email: kptc@voiceofonecrying.org
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As for Me and My House...

~ By Dionna Sanchez

Every home has an atmosphere within it. When you go to visit family and friends, it is so evident when you walk in the door that each home has its own flair, personality, and character. It has its own “vibe” as you would say.

As we raise a family, it’s important for us to take a good look at what atmosphere we create within our home. What impressions are we leaving on our kids? And a good place to start is by looking at what is on our walls and what is on our children’s walls. The things we surround ourselves with in our home are images that constantly integrate themselves into who we are and who we are shaping our children to be.

When I was growing up, my home – just as any other home – had lots of d├ęcor on the walls. Some in particular that I remember are a cross in my parents room with two wedding rings in the middle of it, a picture of the last supper, and a picture of an old man praying over bread and water. My mom gave me this picture a few years ago and I hung it in my kitchen. Do you know why I love it so? Because it is a reminder to me to be thankful for everything – even the small things. It reminds me to be humble and that God gives me all that I have. Now what kind of an image do you think this will have on my children? I’m hoping it will be just as positive and warm as it was on my heart as I grew up.

We need constant reminders around us that show us who we belong to and what we want our lives to be about. If we fill our home with images that contradict what we say we believe in, those will make a stronger impact on our family than what we say.

There is a verse in the Bible in Deuteronomy that says, “Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

To me, that verse means that not only can I say I believe in the Lord, but I need to talk about Him, live a life for Him, and let Him be reflected in me in my home. If I say I love the Lord but then let my child decorate her walls with dark images, I think that is contradictory – don’t you?
What are you reminded of when you look at your walls? It’s something to think about because those images are nurturing the family you love.

~ Dionna Sanchez is the Founder of the Emphasis On Moms Ministry at http://www.emphasisonmoms.com/
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Who Am I?

Thursday, August 23, 2007

You may not know Me, but I know everything about you…
Psalm 139:1

I know when you sit down and when you rise up…
Psalm 139:2

I am familiar with all your ways…
Psalm 139:3

Even the very hairs on your head are numbered…
Matthew 10:29-31

For you were made in My image…
Genesis 1:27

In Me you live and move and have your being…
Acts 17:28

For you are My offspring…
Acts 17:28

I knew you even before you were conceived...
Jeremiah 1:4-5

I chose you when I planned creation…
Ephesians 1:11-12

You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in My book…
Psalm 139:15-16

I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live…
Acts 17:26

You are fearfully and wonderfully made…
Psalm 139:15-16

I knit you together in your mother’s womb
Psalm 139:13

And brought you forth on the day you were born…
Psalm 71:6

I have been misrepresented by those who don't know Me…
John 8:41-44

I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love…
1 John 4:16

And it is My desire to lavish My love on you simply
because you are My child and I am your Father…
1 John 3:1

I offer you more than your earthly father ever could…
Matthew 7:11

For I am the perfect father…
Matthew 5:48

Every good gift that you receive comes from My hand…
James 1:17

For I am your Provider and I meet all your needs…
Matthew 6:31-33

My plan for your future has always been filled with hope…
Jeremiah 29:11

Because I love you with an everlasting love…
Jeremiah 31:3

My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore…
Psalm 193:17-18
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So Far So Good

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

"Before I formed you...I...approved of you."Jeremiah 1:5 AMP

Spiritually speaking, you're probably not as far up the road as you'd like to be - but thank God you're still on the road! At one time you were a stranger to God's grace, now you belong to the 'household of faith.' Paul writes: "You received the Word...not as the word of men, but...the Word of God, which... effectively works in you who believe" (1 Th 2:13 NKJV). Did you get that? As long as you keep believing it, God's Word will keep working in you. Plus, you'll mature faster when you stop being so hard on yourself, learn to relax and start living by what God's Word says about you - not how you feel! How you see yourself affects your Spiritual progress. Until your self-concept lines up with God's concept of you as revealed in His Word, you'll keep seeing yourself as inferior and unworthy - and that will retard your Spiritual growth. Nobody knows you like God does. And in spite of your struggles and stumblings, He loves and accepts you just as you are. God told Jeremiah, "Before I formed you...I knew...and approved of you." Stop worrying about being rejected when you don't 'perform' perfectly. The world operates like that, but not God. Plus, if you were as perfect as you'd like to be you wouldn't need His grace, right? Like Jacob's limp, sometimes God leaves flaws in us to remind us how much we need Him each day. So enjoy where you are now, and don't compare yourself with other people. Don't worry if they're further along than you. They went through the same places to get to where they are today.

Soulfood Bible Readings Judges 12-15, Mark 7:24-37, Ps 119:121-128, Pr 18:13-20

Please visit The Word For Today Website at http://www.thewordfortoday.com.au/
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I'll Do It Myself

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Meet Glenda Watson Hyatt, a woman who is clearly NOT defined by cerebral palsy - even though the experts advised her parents to institutionalize her as "she would not amount to anything."

Her parents deserve a standing ovation for raising their daughter to be an overcomer. The word "can't" was not allowed, only "try".

Today, I have the honor of interviewing Glenda while she completes her two week Summer Sojourn Virtual Tour. Glenda is crusing around, promoting her first book, "I'll Do It Myself ." Glenda uses her honesty and humor to share her life experience of living with cerebral palsy, motivating and inspiring others to use their life to impact the world around them!

Enjoy the interview...

Are you a believer in Christ? What is your favourite scripture?

Glenda: "The verse "With God all things are possible" (Matthew 19:26) sums up my belief in God.

I love the title of your book “I’ll Do It Myself”. Can you share how the title was birthed for your first book?

Glenda: Growing up, and even today, I was often heard uttering "I'll do it myself" when someone tried helping me. I became known as the "I'll-do-it-myself Girl". It was the obvious title for my autobiography.

On your blog, you state: “I want to share my experiences as a person living with a disability to show that I am more than my cerebral palsy; to show that I am capable of having a career, running a business, being married and owning a home, that I am interested in politics, global warming, and, heaven forbid, even sex, and that I have “normal” every day problems too.”

Living with a disability demands a “new kind of normal”; it requires a different way of living. What types of things do people without disabilities take for granted, each & every day?

Glenda: From my perspective, people without disabilities (or Abs – able bodies) take the little things for granted, like being understood by anyone you speak with, being able to go any where without needing to first check whether it is accessible and without a major effort getting there, or being able to cut fresh fruit. For others, taking a breath requires mechanics to be functioning smoothly and continuously. For the most part, people don't consider the wonderment of how their body works and all it takes to keep it functioning properly until something goes wrong – and that can happen so quickly, without warning.

However, I believe a "normal" life is a rather elusive concept. What is normal and for whom? Everyone has their own image of "normal", and rather than struggling to reach that elusive image, individuals need to find happiness and contentment in their own "normal".

What kind of positive impact can people with disabilities have on our society?

Glenda: Wow, that is an essay question! It can be answer in so many ways, on so many ways. By simply being part of society, "we" add to the richness and diversity of our community and world around us. More specifically, in terms of the labour force, people with disabilities are an underutilized talent pool. I came across this statistic yesterday: 51.3% of working age persons with disabilities are not in the labour force at all versus only 20.6% of those without disabilities (from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada). If employers are open and receptive to hiring people with disabilities, we (I loosely use "we" because people with disabilities aren't a homogeneous group) can be the solution to the current labour shortage in many fields.

How have your parents impacted your life?

Glenda: In my autobiography's epilogue, I wrote, in part: " Two people I am especially grateful for are my parents. They believed in me since Day One, when some doctors – the “experts” – said that I should be institutionalized and forgotten, that I would not amount to anything.

My parents encouraged me, telling me that I could do anything that I put my mind to. They told me there was no such word as can’t; only try, and to always try my best. They taught me to always say “Thank you,” and that if the words wouldn’t clearly come in that moment, then to smile – a smile CAN open doors.

They spent hours beside my hospital bed; Mom knitting as I tried to sleep despite the pain and Dad using a straw to drop juice into my mouth so that I didn’t have to move, and thus, avoiding more pain. No doubt it was as heartbreaking for them when they had to leave as it was for me when they left at the end of visiting hours. There were tears on both sides of the door.

They were always supportive no matter what I wanted to try, whether it was going to Brownies, starting horseback riding, leaving for university, getting married or buying a condo. Putting their own personal pain aside, they were both there for my convocation, my wedding and my fortieth birthday, which meant a lot to me. And now, despite them having been divorced for several years, they still offer the exact same words of advice and encouragement."

My parents have helped me to reach my dreams and to become the woman who I am today.

Thank you Glenda for sharing your life story with my readers. I appreciate you taking the time to stop by. I am so thankful that our paths have crossed; I hope we can actually meet in person some day!

There are a few ways that you can support Glenda:

Follow Glenda for 2 weeks on her Summer Sojourn Virtual Tour; you will enjoy getting to know her better!

Pick up at least one copy of her book, "I'll Do It Myself"; you can get your own copy here.

You can also support Glenda by hosting a virtual book review on your website or blog. Contact Glenda to see what dates are still available. I know she would appreciate your help.

And if you enjoy reading Glenda's blog, you can vote for her every day. Glenda is in the running to get paid to blog for a year! Glenda believes it is her life's purpose to share her story with others, so that she can help to alleviate people’s fears of those with disabilities in a non-confrontional and humorous way.

Glenda is married to a wonderful man Darrell who also has cerebral palsy, making life that much more interesting. Together they struggle to find employers and business clients who see beyond their disabilities to see their skills, talents and God-given gifts. Their ambitions are as normal as any couple’s: pay off the mortgage, travel and save for retirement.

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One Bad Storm

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Life’s Storms

During World War II, hundreds of American soldiers were transported to North Africa on battleships. These ships were heavily armed and represented great military strength. However, one ship encountered a storm so fierce that the wind and waves ripped the heavy cannons right out of the steel decks, leaving gaping holes that seemed to suck in the water. Fortunately, the ship, its crew, and military passengers survived. But the ship was virtually defenseless until it could return home all the way across the Atlantic for repairs.

We Christians often make the mistake of thinking we are safe in our own strength, but all it takes is one bad storm to show us how weak we really are.

Isn’t it possible that God allows storms to come our way so we might recognize just how small and weak we really are and how much we need to depend on Him?

Thank you to Rev. Timothy Satryan, WILMINGTON first assembly of God

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Don't Give Up!

Friday, August 03, 2007

Don't Give Up!

"Elisha passed to Shunem, where there was a notable woman."2 Kings 4:8 The Bible speaks of a "notable woman" who lived in Shunem. God gave her a son when she couldn't have one. Then suddenly in his twenties he dies. So she picks him up, puts him on a horse and carries him back to Elisha, whom God had used to announce his birth in the first place. Imagine what her neighbours must have thought as she passed by. "It's over, bury him!" But not her. She refused to stop and get the opinions of faithless people, or discuss her situation with those who were unqualified to help. Be careful who you open up to in a crisis! Make sure they know God and that their words line up with His. The warranty hasn't expired on the promises God gave you. This woman believed that if God started it, He could finish it. If He made it, He could fix it.

And how does her story end? Elisha stretches his body out on top of the dead boy's body and his corpse gets warm. Now that's good, but this lad needs more than just warmth - he needs new life. So Elisha stretches out on top of him again. This time the boy sneezes seven times and comes to life. What's the lesson here for you? No matter how bad things look - stay on top of the situation! Keep believing God. Walk the floor and pray all night if you have to, but don't give up. Keep standing on the Word. Your dream may not be fully alive yet, but it's getting warm. Things are improving. God is moving. Your answer is on the way - don't give up until it arrives!

Soulfood Bible Readings Deut 3-4, Mark 1:35-45, Ps 78:32-39, Pr 16:31 To view any more information please visit The Word For Today WebSite at http://www.thewordfortoday.com.au/
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