EMPOWERING CHRISTIAN WOMEN: September 2007 Blogger Widgets

Have You Heard?

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Yes, she did!!!

Pamela Kramer of Happy Panda is hosting a Cyber Baby Shower for Janice and Susan at 5 Minutes for Moms! And YOU are invited!!!

The Cyber Baby Shower will be held on October 1st, 2007 at the site of 5 Minutes for Moms.

What a great opportunity for these moms and babies to be blessed; and what an awesome way to receive exposure for your own products.

By submitting a shower gift, online businesses and bloggers were able to get their product reviewed as well as more traffic to their site. It was a win-win situation all around!

On October 1st, Janice and Susan will be blogging about their gifts, giving their own product reviews, including a link to the business site.

There will be questions posted on the 5 Minutes for Mom site allowing readers to comment. Participants who comment on the post will be randomly selected for prizes and on October 6th the winners will be announced on the Happy Panda and 5 Minutes for Mom websites.

So...mark your calendar today! You don't want to miss this Cyber Baby Shower.

Oh...and in case you're wondering - I did particpate! Who can resist a baby shower???

A Gift for the Babies,

Jesus Loves Me Bear

Door Prize - Tales of Glory Nativity Set

Now, you really have to stop by, leave a comment & see if you can be the blessed recipient!

See YOU there!

P.S. - Don't forget to hold those new babies!

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A Place to Pray, A Place to Play

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

A Special Invitation...

I am writing to invite you to a Christian Yahoo Group called In His Hands. This is my absolute favorite group to hang out with! Consider this your own personal invitation to be a part of this amazing ministry! Be sure to let them know that I sent you...we could win a prize! (smile) Come and be blessed!

In His Hands Ministry

"A place for the entire family to gather, learn and enhance their faith.We are here to give you an opportunity to play, think, grow and love.Here is the chance to ponder your faith in His Hands, or simply explore inner faith and the faith of others. With all sorts of activities from games and recipes, to daily humor and inspiration - we offer something for everyone! A place to pray, a place to play."

We have worked very hard to create a group that has something for nearly everyone to enjoy.
Every Sunday we have a Special Sunday Service -- our own cyber church service. This will be an intensive look at a specific topic each week, hosted by our Sunday Services Team, Wends and Elizabeth. We also have a mini-service and Bible Study on Wednesday evenings.

In an effort to help cut down on the overwhelming amount of mail the group is capable of generating, we have created several sub-groups to IHH.

We like to think of our main group as like the Sanctuary of our cyber church. This is where we share Prayer Requests, Praise Reports, Devotionals and Inspirationals, and where we enjoy "meet and greet" type activities. We think of our sub groups as rooms we have added on to our church - rooms designated for specific activities. Those interested may join - and those not interested are not bothered with the extra mail.

One room is called IHH Homemaking -- where those who are interested may post recipes and crafts and tips and hints -- and earn special rewards for doing so.

Another is In His Hands Graphics Grab. This is where all the extras used in PSP and Letter Creator are posted -- things like alphas, fonts, graphics, blank tags, masks, etc. This way, those who want and use these things have them easily sorted from the other posts, and those who don't use them do not have their mailboxes filled with them.

We have a special sub group called In His Hands Games and Fun where the majority of games are posted. We will have lots of puzzles and games to play and many other activities -- where points will be awarded for participation.

We also have a special sub group called Chubby Angels. We are working on a special focus here -- for those with a desire to lose weight -- and for those who have special dietary needs, such as Diabetes.

There are other sub groups as well. If you join us, you will be given a full list.

Every two weeks we hold auctions. People use the participation points they have earned to bid on a variety of items - physical items such as giftware and books.

On the 2nd Saturday of each month we have a group party - to celebrate the birthdays and anniversaries of that month - and to just have some fun together.

I hope you will decide to join us. We have a lot of fun, and we have a lot of good fellowship.

We are currently holding a Membership Drive, so if you would be kind enough to mention the name of the person who sent you this invitation, then this person will receive credit.

You will be asked to introduce yourself, and if you do - and mention that person's name, each of you will receive tickets - chances to enter into our Special Raffle that will be held on October 13th.

Please Join Us:

http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/InHisHands /

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Just How Do You Protect Your Kids Online?

Vicki Courtney
Virtuous Reality Ministries

Just yesterday, I had the opportunity to listen to an interview with Vicki Courtney on the Mom-Daughter Connection Radio Show hosted by Alyssa Avant, owner of Beauty by Design Ministries.

As soon as I heard the interview, I just had to share...

Vicki Courtney is the founder of Virtuous Reality Ministries, as well as virtuousreality.com, an online magazine for middle and high school girls.

Vicki's newest book , Logged On and Tuned Out, is a must read for every parent!

Vicki is a mom to three teenage girls and she is speaking out about the dangers posed to children online. She is encouraging parents to be aware of the online activities of their children. She has made a way for parents to be informed, even if they don't know the first thing about computers or the networking sites.

In this day and age, parents need to take an active role in order to protect their kids online.

Vicki's book will educate parents, helping them to set proper boundaries and safety guidelines for their kids online.

* Parenting tips for keeping kids safe online
* How to talk to your teen about the dangers of online chatting
* Why a blog diary is an invitation for strangers
* Dos and don'ts for kids using sites like MySpace.com
* Why parents should learn online lingo

Don't be tuned out! Your child's safety is at risk!

Order your copy today.

Vicki's even provided a free sample of her new book here. Go check it out; you will not be disappointed!

Please pass this information on to other parents, so they can keep their kids safe online as well.

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Just for YOU

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Two Moms In a Blog have invited YOU to win these great prizes at their birthday blog site.

* A fabulous make your own stuffed animal kit from FunOnTheArk.com valued at $20.00

*3 month gift subscription to Menu Planning Central ($60 value) Menu Planning Central is the premier, all inclusive online Menu Planning Website. Get YOUR complimentary Menu Planning Basics Report free at http://www.menuplanningcentral.com/

* A gorgeous leatherette photo book that you make from your digital birthday photos compliments of photomemoriesalive.com valued at $50.00

* 10 handmade thank you notes provided by FunEvents4Girls.com valued at $20.00

That’s over $150 worth of prizes!!!

But here’s the best part!

Everyone who officially enters the contest will receive a $5 coupon code towards a free animal from funontheark.com

Winner will be announced September 30th!

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Who Am I Casting Crowns

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

This video is powerful!

Enjoy the song "Who Am I?" by Casting Crowns.

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What's Awaiting You?

Saturday, September 15, 2007

by Max Lucado

And the king and his men… spoke to David, saying, “You shall not come in here; but the blind and the lame will repel you,” … Nevertheless David took the stronghold of Zion (that is, the City of David).- 2 Sam. 5:6–9

Did you see it? Most hurry past it. Let’s not.
Pull out a pen and underline this twelve-letter masterpiece.


Nevertheless David took the stronghold …”

Wouldn’t you love God to write a nevertheless in your biography? Born to alcoholics, nevertheless she led a sober life. Never went to college, nevertheless he mastered a trade. Didn’t read the Bible until retirement age, nevertheless he came to a deep and abiding faith.
We all need a nevertheless. And God has plenty to go around. Strongholds mean nothing to him. Remember Paul’s words? “We use God’s mighty weapons, not mere worldly weapons, to knock down the Devil’s strongholds” (2 Cor. 10:4 NLT).

You and I fight with toothpicks; God comes with battering rams and cannons. What he did for David, he can do for us. The question is, will we do what David did? The king models much here.
Two types of thoughts continually vie for your attention. One proclaims God’s strengths; the other lists your failures. One longs to build you up; the other seeks to tear you down. And here’s the great news: you select the voice you hear. Why listen to the mockers? Why heed their voices? Why give ear to pea-brains and scoffers when you can, with the same ear, listen to the voice of God?

Do what David did.Turn a deaf ear to the old voices.Open a wide eye to the new choices. Who knows, you may be a prayer away from a nevertheless. God loves to give them. Peter stuck his foot in his mouth.Joseph was imprisoned in Egypt. The Samaritan woman had been married five times.Jesus was dead in the grave …

Nevertheless, Peter preached, Joseph ruled, the woman shared, Jesus rose—and you?

You fill in the blank. Your nevertheless awaits you.

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God is ABLE

Thursday, September 13, 2007


You were created by God to do great things. But without confidence you will never fulfill your destiny. It is important, however, to remember you are to be confident not in yourself but in Christ who dwells in you.

Satan tries to steal your confidence, but you must resist him at all times. If he has tormented you with fears about your worth and abilities, boldly remind him God is with you and you are equal to anything.

It is encouraging to know God is able even when your not He has His eye on you and is waiting for you to show confidence in Him.

Faith opens the door for God's greatness to be seen through your life, so trust Him and enjoy the peace and power of a confident life.


You are welcome to join this group of ladies who love the joy of the Lord. The purpose of the group is to provide a place to come to pray for one another and others, to support each other, to share our heartaches and jubilations; a place to make new friends; a place where we can also come for good, clean Christian fun. But most of all, this is a place where we can grow in the Joy of the Lord!

See you there!

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Help a Friend Hold On....

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Invisible Illness Week Features
Free Online Workshops
About Education and Career

Lisa Copen, Director

National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week

Rest Ministries, Inc. (parent company)

SAN DIEGO — AUGUST 2007 — Many people who live with a chronic illness may feel like their education or career is over upon a diagnosis. It doesn’t have to be. National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week, September 10-16, 2007, is featuring three of the twenty free online chat workshops at http://www.invisibleillness.com/ that specifically address one’s education and career. Nearly one in two people live with chronic illness, so it impacts both careers and education of millions of people.

“Going Back to School When You Have a Chronic Illness” is being presented by Lynn C. Royster, Ph.D., Director of the Chronic Illness Initiative at DePaul University’s School for New Learning. Royster is the founder of this unique program designed to help chronically ill students obtain a college education. Students even have the option to earn an undergraduate degree without ever visiting campus.

“Don’t Be Invisible: Workplace Success with Invisible Chronic Illness” is a workshop led by Rosalind Joffe, Founder of CIcoach.com and keepworkinggirlfriend.com. Joffe, a nationally recognized expert, has been heard on National ABC Radio, Boston Business Radio and Heathtalk.com. She also has over thirty years of personal experience living with auto immune chronic illnesses, including multiple sclerosis, bringing a distinctive service to those who wish to keep working.

“Building a Business Vision While Honoring and Accommodating Your Health” is the topic of Trish Robichaud, Maximum Life Coach and founder of changingpaces.com who also lives with multiple sclerosis. Trish shares, “As a coach, my passion in life is to motivate and empower people to unleash their full potential. My goal is to help them define and achieve their maximum life in spite of a chronic health condition that challenges them on a daily basis.”

Workshops are FREE chat sessions, Sept 10-14, 2007.
See dates and times at http://www.invisibleillness.com/.
Guests will present for about forty minutes and then accept questions from attendees.
Transcripts will be available in October.
Many guests are donating free items or services.

National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week was founded in 2002 by Lisa Copen, author of “Beyond Casseroles: 505 Ways to Encourage a Chronically Ill Friend.” It is held annually in September and is sponsored by HopeKeepers Magazine and Rest Ministries, Inc.

The 2007 theme is “Invisible Illness is a Roller Coaster. Help a Friend Hold On!”

T-shirts, silicone bracelets and more awareness items are available.

Chronique Couture, a company that has stylish items such as whimsical walker bags or sharps containers, is an additional sponsor for 2007.

Powerful video on living with chronic illness; watch HERE.

Jill Hart of Christian Work at Home Moms interviewed Lisa Copen, the founder of REST Ministries. Listen now.

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Where Were You? Alan Jackson

Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning?

~ Alan Jackson

Where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day?
Were you in the yard with your wife and children?
Or working on some stage in LA?
Did you stand there in shock at the sight of
That black smoke rising against that blue sky?
Did you shout out in anger
In fear for your neighbor?
Or did you just sit down and cry?

Did you weep for the children
Who lost their dear loved ones
And pray for the ones who don't know?
Did you rejoice for the people who walked from the rubble
And sob for the ones left below?

Did you burst out with pride
For the Red White and Blue
And the heroes who died just doing what they do?
Did you look up to heaven for some kind of answer
And look at yourself and what really matters

I'm just a singer of simple songs
I'm not a real political man
I watch CNN but I'm not sure I can tell you
The difference in Iraq and Iran
But I know Jesus and I talk to God
And I remember this from when I was young
Faith, Hope and Love are some good things He gave us
And the greatest is Love

Where were you when the world stopped turning that September day?
Teaching a class full of innocent children?
Or driving down some cold interstate?
Did you feel guilty cause you're a survivor?
In a crowded room did you feel alone?
Did you call up your mother and tell her you loved her?
Did you dust off that Bible at home?
Did you open your eyes, hope it never happened?
Close your eyes and not go to sleep?
Did you notice the sunset the first time in ages?
Speak with some stranger on the street?
Did you lay down at night and think of tomorrow?
Go out and buy you a gun?
Did you turn off that violent home movie you're watching
And turn on "I Love Lucy" reruns?
Did you go to a church and hold hands with some strangers?
Stand in line and give your own blood?
Did you just stay home and cling tight to your family?
Thank God you had somebody to love

I'm just a singer of simple songs
I'm not a real political man
I watch CNN but I'm not sure I can tell you
The difference in Iraq and Iran
But I know Jesus and I talk to God
And I remember this from when I was young
Faith, Hope and Love are some good things He gave us
And the greatest is Love

I'm just a singer of simple songs
I'm not a real political man
I watch CNN but I'm not sure I can tell you
The difference in our rock and our wren
But I know Jesus and I talk to God
And I remember this from when I was young
Faith, Hope and Love are some good things He gave us
And the greatest is Love

And the greatest is Love
And the greatest is Love

Where were you when the world stopped turning that September day?

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Paid in FULL...

Paid in FULL
Our Daily Bread
September 11, 2007

Lead Them To The Cross

God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Galatians 6:14

Many heart-touching stories were circulated after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. None seems more spiritually significant than that of ironworker Frank Silecchia. As he was helping to recover bodies, Frank noticed two steel beams in the shape of a cross standing upright in the middle of all the debris.

Appointing himself as the curator of that striking symbol of God’s love, he often took heartbroken visitors to see it. Many of them were comforted by the silent testimony to the divine Presence in the worst of tragedies. One day when journalist Barbara Walters came with tearful friends who had lost a son in the catastrophe, Frank simply led them to the cross.

The answer to the world’s terrible pain and evil is not a philosophical argument or a theological treatise. The all-sufficient answer is Calvary’s cross, where in fathomless grace Jesus, the incarnate God, took upon Himself the burden of our sins and bore them “in His own body on the tree, that we . . . might live for righteousness” (1 Peter 2:24).

If you have not been led to Calvary’s cross, let me take you there. He died for you and then rose again. Believe in Him and you will be saved (1 Cor. 1:21).

They are nailed to the cross, they are nailed to the cross! O how much He was willing to bear. With what anguish and loss, Jesus went to the cross,But He carried my sins with Him there. —Breck

The pathway to heaven begins at the foot of the cross.

Devotion written by : Vernon C. Grounds

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To Encourage Moms

Monday, September 10, 2007

What is a mother worth?
Watch this movie; it is made especially for you!

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Walking in Authority

Binding and Loosing is a Command
by Bishop Keith A. Butler

Luke 13:11-12

And, behold, there was a woman, which had a Spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.

Notice the authority Jesus uses in this statement, “Woman, thou art loosed from your infirmity.” Jesus didn’t go up to the woman and say, “Father, I am praying and asking you to release this woman from this infirmity.” No, Jesus didn’t pray because He knew the will of God; He knew His authority, and so He issued a command.

When you and I are exercising authority over the devil, we must already know what God’s will is on the matter. You see, binding and loosing is not for you to pray a nice prayer. No, it is a command from you to the devil.

That is why you must know that you know you have authority. You also must know what the will of God is in that area before you exercise your authority.

Now, Jesus knew God anointed Him. Acts 10:38 tells us, “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power…” So then, God was with Jesus by the anointing. And since God was with Jesus, He is with you today.

How is God with you? God is with you the same way He was with Jesus, by the anointing. Where is the anointing? The anointing is in you and on you. The Scripture says, “Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.” And you have the anointing upon you; that is the baptism of the Holy Ghost.

Yes, you are dressed in the anointing of the Holy Ghost. So Jesus didn’t pray; He knew the will of the Father, instead He said with authority, “Woman you are loosed from your infirmity.” And He laid His hands upon her and immediately she was made straight and glorified God.

When the ruler of the synagogue got upset because Jesus healed on the Sabbath day, Jesus said, “Ought not this woman who is a daughter of Abraham be free…” Now the key to the kingdom that Jesus operated here was authority over sickness and disease. It is a key that He gave to every believer.

Now in order for this to be our breakout year, we are going to have to walk in authority. Spiritual authority increases the more you operate it. So begin to exercise the key of the kingdom and command all sickness and disease to go in Jesus name, because it is the will of the Father.

Scripture References: Luke 13: 11-17; John 7:16-18
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God Said "No"

Sunday, September 09, 2007

'God Said No'

I asked God to take away my habit.
God said, 'No. It is not for me to take away, but for you to give it up.

'I asked God to make my handicapped child whole.
God said, 'No. His spirit is whole, his body is only temporary.

'I asked God to grant me patience.
God said, 'No. Patience is a byproduct of tribulations; it isn't granted, it is learned.

'I asked God to give me happiness.
God said, 'No. I give you blessings; happiness is up to you.

'I asked God to spare me pain.
God said, 'No. Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me.

'I asked God to make my spirit grow.
God said, 'No. You must grow on your own but I will prune you to make you fruitful.

'I asked God for all things that I might enjoy life.
God said, 'No. I will give you life, so that you may enjoy all things.

'I asked God to help me LOVE others, as much as He loves me.
God said, 'Ahhhh, finally you have the idea.

'God bless you all and grant you love to love others as much as he loves you.

~ Shared by Mirdza
Helping you experience health
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