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Monday, December 31, 2012

A RESOLUTION TO APPRECIATE

                                                       

Each year at this time we look back on all that we did since January and we make resolutions to improve our lives in the coming year. On Christmas Day, my brother Ed, asked me what my New Year's Resolution was. I didn't hesitate. "To appreciate life more," was my answer. 

It's always best to have a plan when you make such a resolution. Otherwise your good intentions will have no direction. Most people who make New Year's resolutions give up on them before the end of January. So I decided to write out how I plan to fulfill this new appreciation for the life God gave me. 
 

Take better care of myself
We could all appreciate our health more. The best way to start is to pray for the desire to eat healthy food, exercise and drink plenty of water. I've learned that the best way to accomplish anything is to get God on my side. Sometimes overeating and making poor food choices is a spiritual battle. The closer I am to God, the more willpower I have. The more I pray, the less I want to eat junk food.

Overeating is a sin (gluttony). And God promises in the Bible that He gives us strength to overcome any sin. So why not take advantage of that promise and ask for help from the one who created my body in the first place. Most people don't think of inviting God into their eating habits, but they should. God will give you the "want to" when it comes to eating healthy and maintaining a healthy weight. 

The best book about overcoming emotional eating from a biblical perspective is Made To Crave by Lisa Terkeurst.

Take better care of my home   
I've never been up for any housekeeping awards. But I wouldn't call myself sloppy. My house is probably cleaner than most. But I know I could do better. The environment we live in has the power to inspire us or depress us. Living in a sloppy unorganized house inspires a sloppy, unorganized life. Our laziness creeps into every part of life. And we feel like a mess. 

I really hate feeling like a mess. The effort it takes to keep a clean house is so worth the feeling it gives me. I've lived in some humble apartments, but there was always something charming about them. My apartment in Millersburg had a living room surrounded by windows that let in lots of light. I spent most of my time there. In the summer I spent a lot of time on the balcony that led out from the kitchen.
 
I made the most of these areas of refuge. I put my coziest chairs there and I kept those areas looking neat and organized. The entire place doesn't have to be spotless, but the rooms where we spend the most time should be clean and well organized, especially the kitchen. 
 
Make an effort to help people
We can't appreciate life without offering assistance to others. Our world would be a different place if everyone made helping others a priority. But how often do we take time for people in need?

I believe that every time I do something to help someone, God blesses me for it. The blessing might be a better job, an unexpected money gift, or the chance to go somewhere fun. I don't always make the connection between my own generosity and the blessing that follows, but God knows what blessings will mean the most to me and He moves other people to bring those blessings to me. If I'm not willing to be the one who blesses, I can't expect to be blessed.


Focus on the good in others and compliment them
We can't appreciate life without appreciating the people around us.
But this one can be tough. Let's face it, some people can make our lives miserable. To focus on the good in someone who is selfish, mean, and hateful is nearly impossible. But we are instructed to love others. And sometimes the demonstration of love toward hateful people can melt their cold hearts. 

When I find myself disliking someone, I pray for them and do what I can to fix any wrong doing on my part that might have contributed to the situation. After that, if I still feel that something isn't right, I consider that perhaps this person is someone I should avoid. 

God does give us Holy Spirit-led discernment about people when we are living right. And when other Christians feel the same uneasiness about that person, it's a good indication that our discernment has kicked in. God is telling us to watch out, beware, don't trust this person.

But it is possible to love people even when they are phony, mean, or untrustworthy. If we can't stand to be around them, we can still pray for them. And when we are forced to be in their prescence we can choose to be kind.

Be Thankful and say it to God and others
This year I want to make a greater effort to say, "Thank You."
I want to take a greater notice to the blessings in my life. We pass through life each day so busy that we can't even appreciate the beauty and wonder of God's creation. I want to look at the vivid colors of pink and orange in a sunset and thank God for painting the sky so beautifully

If I had painted something beautiful, I would want people to notice. Imagine how God feels when a glorious turquoise butterfly flutters past you and you don't think anything of it. Or when a hummingbird thinks the red in your shirt is a flower, so it hovers for a few seconds right above your head, wings whizzing so unbelievably fast that they make music on air.

Those moments are reminders from God that He created this world for us. They are proof of His existence. You'll never convince me that a butterfly just flew together by accident in some cosmic big bang explosion. How foolish to believe such a thing. 

We need to be more thankful to God and more thankful to the people he put in our lives. If you need inspiration, read One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp.   
 
   

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Adam Lanza's Rampage Was Fueled by Satan

Adam Lanza's Rampage Was Fueled by Satan

Fiscal Cliff Update and Middle East News Are the Two Big Stories This Week

Activist Post: 10 Predictions for 2013

Activist Post: 10 Predictions for 2013

Activist Post: The Price of Milk To Double Without a Farm Bill

Activist Post: The Price of Milk To Double Without a Farm Bill

Activist Post: FDA Approves Neurotoxic Flu Drug For Infants Less Than One

More proof that the the FDA is not protecting us. They seem to be doing the opposite.
 Activist Post: FDA Approves Neurotoxic Flu Drug For Infants Less Than One

OUR GOVERNMENT IS PATHETIC

http://www.businessinsider.com/debt-ceiling-and-fiscal-cliff-2012-12

25 Facts That The Mainstream Media Doesn’t Really Want To Talk About Right Now

25 Facts That The Mainstream Media Doesn’t Really Want To Talk About Right Now

WHAT IS THE RAPTURE?

The Bible describes a remarkable event that will take place during the last days. This biblical event is the sudden “catching away” of the followers of Jesus Christ, something Bible scholars call the Rapture. It is this amazing event that captured the imagination of millions around the world when Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins wrote their biblically based Left Behind series of novels, selling more than 65 million copies in the process. 

The novels tried to depict what it would feel like if those in the world who follow Jesus suddenly disappeared “in the twinkling of an eye.” But Christians’ understanding of the Rapture predates the writings of LaHaye and Jenkins by nearly two thousand years. This is, therefore, a scenario worthy of closer consideration.
http://flashtrafficblog.wordpress.com/2012/12/21/many-people-have-asked-me-this-year-what-is-the-rapture-heres-what-i-tell-them/ 

Thursday, December 27, 2012

SLOW COOKER LASAGNA

Click on the Slow Cooker Lasagna box at the bottom of this skillet lasagna recipe for an easy way to make lasagna. 
 http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/725XFH/:q2zA4y0-:SIf.!Wf9/bakedbree.com/skillet-lasagna/

10 Frugal Tips You Can Use Right Now

10 Frugal Tips You Can Use Right Now

Top 10 Packaged Foods You Shouldn't Buy

I have many of these items in my pantry and refrigerator. I believe this article is 100% true. We buy many foods for convenience, but we pay a big price for it. MSG is a brain toxin, but most people don't seem too concerned about it Also most people don't care if their food is genetically modified and they don't know the dangers of GMO food. We also don't seem concerned about the chemicals that leach out of the linings of canned food.

We would have to completely change the way we eat to avoid the toxins that are hiding in our food and drinks. That's not easy to do. But I also think it's foolish to just eat anything we want without concern for what's actually in the food. If we care about avoiding sickness and disease, we should care about what we eat. At the very least, we should take time to educate ourselves on the subject.

Top 10 Packaged Foods You Shouldn't Buy

Why I Do Not Recommend Eating Pork

Why I Do Not Recommend Eating Pork

Does the Affordable Health Care Act Benefit You?

Does the Affordable Health Care Act Benefit You?

How Dust Bunnies Can Make You Sick

Agenda 21 Is Being Rammed Down The Throats Of Local Communities All Over America

Agenda 21 Is Being Rammed Down The Throats Of Local Communities All Over America

Say Goodbye To The Good Life

Say Goodbye To The Good Life

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Big Brother Surveillance Technology On The Increase

5 creepiest surveillance tactics

5 creepiest surveillance tactics

MORAL DECLINE BRINGS BLAME TO GUNS

Dec 24, 2012
from Rapture Ready blog 
Someday They Will Have All Your Guns
It has long been my policy never to rush into stating my reaction to a news event. I find it's important to allow the dust to settle before making any prophetic commentary. This is the case concerning the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
I can't recall a time when the facts on a news story have changed so frequently. The day of the attack, the liberal media went absolutely bonkers. The gunman's name was Ryan, then it was changed to Adam. The mother was shot at home, then at school, and then back at home. First, there were two shooters and then there was one.
The reason the liberal media was spitting out constantly-changing data was because they were manifesting their excitement at the opportunity to use another mass murder event to advance their agenda. You certainly didn't see the same level of caution in reporting that was used with the September 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya. In that attack, the mainstream media was steadfast in waiting to make sure all the facts were straight.
The press has been doing its best to set the tone on the debate. They have been very aggressive in portraying gun rights activists as villains. CNN's Piers Morgan tore into guest Larry Pratt, the executive director of Gun Owners of America, calling him "an unbelievably stupid man" who's "dangerous," concluding the interview by saying, "You shame your country." ABC News saw a few protests outside the NRA's Fairfax, Virginia, headquarters as a growing, "angry crowd."
I seriously doubt the Sandy Hook shooting will provide enough momentum for any immediate ban on major categories of weapons. The NRA and other supporters of the second amendment are a very powerful force in American politics. President Obama gave the best indication that little will happen in the short run when he appointed VP Joe Biden to head a committee that would study the issue.
The gun rights lobby needs to be more worried about a progressive effort to make it harder to own and access a gun. This has already been the preferred method of attacking all our other civil liberties.
I think the greatest factor that puts gun ownership at risk is the decline in morality. If we don't have a moral foundation in this nation, I don't see how we can expect to maintain our Second-Amendment rights. If we become a land of lawless, the feds will be forced to clamp down. We still do quite well for a nation that has more outlets that sell firearms than franchises of the McDonald's Corp.
You don't see gun stores in the Middle East because Arab society would disintegrate if the average person could buy an assault rifle at the local market. When Iraq was liberated from the iron rule of Saddam Hussein, the Sunni and Shiite population instantly began killing each other with weapons they smuggled into the country.
We are steadily becoming a society that needs Big Brother to protect us from ourselves. One of the best indications of creeping oversight is the reduced access to explosives. There was once a time when you could go to local hardware store and buy a case of dynamite. Today, you can't even buy a large stock of fertilizer, the key ingredient in a homemade explosive, without getting the attention of Homeland Security.
The liberal media brought up all kinds of options for dealing with the problem of gun violence. I don't recall reading any article that addresses the declining moral values of our nation. When you find yourself walking into a swamp, with every step forward causing you to sink deeper into the muck, the best thing to do is to turn around and retrace your steps. Liberals don't want to go back to the old morality because they still have faith in the one they helped author.
Mike Huckabee, an ordained Southern Baptist minister, in an appearance Fox News' Neil Cavuto show, suggested we try God's way: "It's an interesting thing. We ask why there's violence in our schools, but we have systematically removed God from our schools. Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage? Because we've made it a place where we don't want to talk about eternity, life, what responsibility means, accountability — that we're not just going to have be accountable to the police if they catch us, but one day we stand before a holy God in judgment."
In the past week, I've had several conversations with friends over the possibility of new restrictions on gun ownership, and several times the "from my cold, dead hands" slogan popularized by Charlton Heston was invoked. One way or another, I'm afraid the government is going to take away everyone's guns. If they need to pry them away from your dead hand, then "so be it" would be the reaction of the coming authoritarian world government. We Christians have a much better option: the government will be able to take our guns because someday soon we will no longer need them.
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time" (1 Peter 1:3-5).
 --Todd

Friday, December 21, 2012

PHOTO GALLERY OF HOMEMADE GIFTS

For the past year, I've been searching for winning skin and home care recipes. All my Christmas gifts this year are homemade including beeswax lotion that rivals Burt's Bees, natural household cleaners, body wash, shave gel, chocolate soap,  spoon oil, peach jam, applesauce, and homemade vanilla. The spoon oil is used to preserve wooden spoons, cutting boards, and wooden rolling pins. I also use it as a non toxic alternative to furniture polish. 

Some of my attempts didn't turn out, but overall it's been fun experimenting and creating products at home at a fraction of the cost and with none of the toxic ingredients. My husband says my "Triple Threat" cleaner, degreaser and spot remover works better than Resolve carpet cleaner. Maybe there could be some money in this venture. Hmmm. 

Click on the link below for some easy ideas and recipes to make your own homemade gifts. It's not too late to add a homemade touch to Christmas.
 http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/52dHJw/:1_zJLTglM:c+5vNoQ9/ybty.co/TSPW97/

FAVORITE BREAD RECIPE

This is a good site to explore. Great craft ideas and wonderful recipes.
 http://www.momscraftyspace.com/2012/06/our-favorite-homemade-bread-recipe.html

NATURAL CURES PROVEN TO WORK

http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/5Pm7d9/:cXIG4T!p:bhT6nScH/www.good.is/posts/which-naturals-are-backed-by-serious-science/

HONEST TALK ABOUT THE SHALLOWNESS OF IMAGE (watch video)

Cameron Russell, the catwalk superstar and lingerie model for Victoria's Secret has taken to the stage at a TED event in Washington DC. The 25-year-old model advised young girls against following her path.

Coolest place to stay and see the Northern Lights

Coolest place to stay and see the Northern Lights

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Controlling Our Tongues

  • What comes out of your mouth is merely the evidence of what is in your heart (Matthew 12:34). 
One thing a true Christian should have is a bad feeling after using profane language. That bad feeling is evidence that the Holy Spirit lives inside of you. It's proof that you are saved and on your way to Heaven. If you can talk trashy without any remorse or regret then your heart isn't right with God. 

People think that all they have to do to be sure of a place in Heaven is to say a little prayer and confess sin, then ask Jesus to save them. But if there is no change in behavior, can they really be sure of their salvation?

 A true conversion will be visible. We'll be able to see and hear a change in behavior. A true conversion happens when God is invited to live inside you. If God is truly there, he will be very uncomfortable when your mouth goes to the potty. And that will make you feel uncomfortable.

I'm not perfect. My mouth gets me in trouble at times too. But every time I use unclean language, I instantly feel like a phony. I just feel bad and my heart becomes heavy with regret. 

So for everyone who claims to be a Christian, ask yourself if you can talk trashy with no remorse or regret. Do you think nothing of swearing on Facebook? If so, then I don't want to read your posts that glorify God. Your God is not my God.
 Controlling Our Tongues

The Gift of Life

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

A Charlie Brown Christmas - Christmas Time is Here Song

Tonight at 8:00. One of the greatest things about being a kid in the sixties and seventies was Charlie Brown at Christmas Time. This song takes me back.

Simply Scratch » Dark Chocolate Dunked Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites

This looks too good not to share. I am so making these for Christmas!
 Simply Scratch » Dark Chocolate Dunked Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites

Sunday, December 16, 2012

BRING HIM BACK AND CHANGE THE WORLD

" The wicked shall be turned into Hell and all the nations that forget God." - Psalm 9:17

When abortion became legal in America the courts declared that human life has no value. Then we wonder why people don't value human life. 

In 1963, when Bible reading and prayer were removed from our schools, we told God that He's not welcome there. And then we wonder why God doesn't protect our children in school. 

When we vote for a president that is pro abortion, we are guilty of promoting murder. Let's stop blaming God and look at our own lives, our own decisions, our own lack of morals.

Our nation has forgotten God and that is why it is turning into Hell.
 http://video.foxnews.com/v/2038135300001/huckabee-where-was-god/

A BLESSING OR AN ANNOYANCE?

 With the recent shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, we are appreciating our children a little more, but will that appreciation last much longer than next week? Our culture views children more as an annoyance than a blessing. Women don't want to give up their dreams to raise children. They aren't willing to sacrifice for the sake of another precious life. We are selfish. Too into ourselves and our own needs to even consider what someone else needs. 

When I think of what Jesus did for me on the cross, I ask myself how much I'm willing to sacrifice. How often do I shove aside my aches and pains, my tiredness, my convenience, and my wants for the sake of another? How willing am I to go to the cross? Even for my own children?
http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/motherhood-is-a-calling-and-where-your-children-rank

Friday, December 14, 2012

This is why there are no shootings in Israeli schools.  Think about it.
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Friday, November 30, 2012

WHY HUG UGLY?

"Whatever you hold on to will hold on to you" I read that quote today on one of my favorite blogs. I know this to be true because I have made the mistake of holding on to ugly things for far too long. And I don't mean my clogs from the eighties. I mean negative energy that brings sickness on the body. Unforgiveness, anger, ongoing frustration, and hurt feelings actually cause our bodies to become acidic, which is the perfect environment for diseases to thrive. This year has been one of the worst of my life. Perhaps the worst year ever. I will be so happy to see it go and to have a fresh start in January.

I guess I think that because I try so hard to glorify God that maybe I should have some special favor upon me. My children shouldn't get so sick that we consider a midnight visit to the emergency room. I shouldn't wake up to a swollen infected eye that looks so hideous I wonder if my eye and skin will be permanently damaged. I shouldn't have to deal with arthritis and all its unpleasant symptoms. I shouldn't have insomnia. I shouldn't have back pain. I shouldn't have dental problems since I take excellent care of my teeth.  And I shouldn't have to deal with thoughtless people. That's an incomplete list of the ugly things that came my way this year.

But life doesn't hold back pain for people who are good. And sometimes the ugly things are a result of our own doing. For example, several years ago I fell while skating backwards. That decision to go roller skating in my late forties led to my back problems. That was my doing. Also, I believe my insomnia is the result of my taking a prescription drug that should not be on the market. Drugs can cause permanent neurological damage and sometimes death. But I trusted my doctor and paid the price. That was my own doing. I should have researched the side effects.

I could blame God for letting these things happen, but what would that get me?  If I hold on to resentment, then I can add one more thing to my list of ailments. Because anger and resentment have been proven to make people physically sick. Whatever I hold on to will hold on to me. So I have to let it go. I have to make amends with those who hurt me. I have to forgive. I can't go on rehearsing things I should have said that really would have stuck it to them. I have to lay it all down and walk away from it. Only God is big enough to deal with hurt that big. If I hang on to it, it will destroy me.

I can tell when someone is holding on to resentment. Their body language gives them away. They are impatient and often sarcastic. Their words come out like bullets, with the intention of harming others. When they speak, you can see the annoyance on their faces. They are hanging on to past hurts and that hurt is hanging on to them. That hurt has changed the way they relate to others and it's changed the way they view life. They are angry people walking around spreading their anger everywhere they go. And because of this, they can't attract anything good into their lives. That wall of resentment keeps the good things out and they remain imprisoned in a mud hole of their own making.

I've learned that the quickest way to get rid of resentment is to start praying for those who hurt you. Do anything you can to restore the relationship. Make a phone call, write a letter, go see the person and let him or her know that you want to let it go. For your own peace of mind, speak your mind and put it to rest. I did this recently and after talking to the person, I realized that the relationship can't be restored because I simply can't trust her. When I can't trust people, I don't want to be around them. It's okay to distance yourself from people who don't bring anything good into your life. That's not resentment that's self-preservation.

With a new year right around the corner, it might be a good idea to ask yourself if you're hanging on to any past hurts. If you are, don't take them with you into the next year. Set yourself free from the ugliness you've wrapped yourself in and see the difference it will make in your life. I can tell you from experience, it's like walking out of a dark cave into the bright abundant life God intended for you. You will begin to attract blessings again. People will notice that you talk differently and you are pleasant to be around. The energy you give to the world will always reflect back on you, positive or negative. So the one who benefits most from letting go of past hurts is you.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Nov 12, 2012
All Aboard the Tribulation Express
from Rapture Ready 
The 2012 general election has been an absolute disaster. Barack Hussein Obama managed to convince the American people to allow him stay around for another four years, Tammy Baldwin is elected the first openly gay senator, Maine and Maryland became the first states to approve same-sex marriage, and voters in Colorado and Washington legalized recreational use of marijuana.
The prize for most idiotic voters would have to go to the people living in Michigan's 1st District. They elected Brian Banks, who has been convicted eight times for felonies involving bad checks and credit card fraud. Banks, a Democrat, won his seat in a landslide victory, grabbing 68 percent of the vote. His slogan was “you can bank on Banks.”
Romney lost the election because of two key reasons:
First, as he correctly noted in a secretly recorded talk with donors, 47 percent of the American population are dependent on government handouts, and they voted for whoever offers the best goodies.
"There are 47 percent who are with [Obama], who are dependent upon government, who believe they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it." – Mitt Romney
Ohio was a Key state in the election, and over a million people in that state have free government phones. One woman in Baltimore has 30 of them. Since they are commonly called Obama phones, it is a given that their vote would go to their benefactor.
Second, as our nation has drifted away from biblical values, it has become easier for the forces of darkness to influence the minds of people. God warned that those who did not follow his guidance would be given a "reprobate mind" in Romans 1:28.
The failure to understand the workings of the spiritual dimension is the reason why pundits like Rush Limbaugh, Dick Morse, Glenn Beck, and Karl Rove were totally blindsided by the election loss. Many of the people who voted for Obama have no idea why they find him so appealing. When you have a mind of Satan, a $1 trillion-a-year deficit, high unemployment, and a disastrous foreign policy don't matter.
The politicians we have chosen reflect who we are as a nation. TrimTabs' Charles Biderman gave one of the best summations of the election: "My guess is that Mr. Obama and his close buddies have no idea what they are doing, or else they would not be doing what they have been doing. The most dangerous are those people who think they are smarter than they are."
What has me the most concerned about a second term for Obama is what will happen when our nation's reckless spending catches up with us. If Romney was elected as president, I would have only given us a 10 percent chance of avoiding a crash. With Obama continuing on, we have nearly a 100 percent chance of collapsing into bankruptcy. Even the most conservative projections have Obama adding $6-8 trillion to the national debt.
I received numerous emails from people who were furious over Obama's reelection. Many of them were angry at God for allowing this to happen. I would caution anyone who is mad at the Creator. Obama may sit in the Oval Office because of evils such as greed, slothfulness, and idolatry, but God is the one who placed him there. Wicked nations are given equally corrupt rulers that cause their downfall. Since Obama was doing such a fine job, I see no reason the task would be given to a lesser skilled person.
There is already talk about who will be running for the 2016 race. I think it is premature to be planning for the next presidential election. We might not have a democratic system by the time we reach the next race. If there isn't mob rule, the job will likely be far less appealing.
The night of the election results, Terry and I agreed that we had shifted into a more rapid pace for end-time prophecy progression. We've passed a point where every Christian should take extra measures to separate themselves from the things this world. Because Bible prophecy warns that it is all downhill from here, we should expect the downward spiral to increase with each passing month.
To all my friends who are wondering if they can survive four more years of Obama. I would question whether we as Christians have that much time left on earth.
"For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words" (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18).
-- Todd

Just 50 Minutes of Cell Phone Use Alters Your Brain!

Just 50 Minutes of Cell Phone Use Alters Your Brain!

7 Steps for a Safe and Cancer-Free Home

7 Steps for a Safe and Cancer-Free Home

Do We Need a Third Vaccination to be "Really" Safe?

Do We Need a Third Vaccination to be "Really" Safe?

HPV Vaccine May Trigger Cerebral Vasculitis-Like Symptoms

HPV Vaccine May Trigger Cerebral Vasculitis-Like Symptoms

Monday, November 5, 2012

I Leave You With This Thought: Are You Ready?

Nov 5, 2012
Hurricane Sandy: Yet Another "100-Year-Event"
from Rapture Ready 
Once again, the U.S. has been hit by a disaster being described as a record or 100-year event. Hurricane Sandy caused wide-scale destruction as it slammed into the East Coast of the U.S. It will take weeks to add up the cost of all the damage, but we already have enough raw data to make the storm one for the history books. Here is a rundown of seven historic milestones:
  • The NYC Subway System has suffered the worst disruption in its 108 years of operation.
  • New York City experienced the highest surge ever. A record high water level of 13.88 feet was set at the Battery Park point, breaking the oldest official record of 10.02 feet.
  • Sandy’s central pressure bottomed out at 940 millibars, setting a record for the lowest pressure of an Atlantic storm north of Cape Hatteras, NC.
  • According to the National Hurricane Center, Sandy is the largest land-falling Atlantic tropical cyclone, which had tropical storm force winds extending out to 600 miles.
  • The New York Stock Exchange closed for two days — the first time it's been closed for two consecutive days due to weather since 1888, when a blizzard struck the city.
  • The storm cut power to over 8 million customers. This is the largest storm-related outage in the history of Con Edison.
  • New York Harbor's surf also reached a record level when a buoy measured a 32.5-foot wave Monday. That wave was 6.5 feet taller than a 25-foot wave churned up by Hurricane Irene in 2011.
The current cost of damages from Sandy stands at $50 billion, which would rank behind Katrina ($108 billion in present-day dollars). Because most insurance policies don't cover flood damage, a large portion of the damage will not be covered.

The press has been trying to find a silver lining in the storm by promoting the idea that the economy will receive a shot in the arm by all the government spending and rebuilding that will take place in the coming months. There is nothing financially positive about a disaster that destroys property. Once we rebuild, we are only back to where we were before the hurricane. Thousands of small businesses will probably fail because of the economic stress that Sandy will place on them. The relief effort and lost taxes will eventually add another $100 billion to our ballooning nation debt.

Terry and I were recently talking about the possibility of a storm like Sandy occurring. We had noticed that the cycle for natural disasters was speeding up, and it looked about time for another birth pang. Jesus gave us the pattern for the last days when He told His disciples that warning signs would come like birth pains.

"As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. 'Tell us,' they said, 'when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?' Jesus answered: 'Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, "I am the Messiah," and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains'" (Matthew 24:3-8 NIV).

I firmly believe the birth pains factor is the reason we are seeing so many events with 100-year label. This year was already pegged as an historic year for drought and massive heat. Now we can add Hurricane Sandy to the mix.

Last year was marked by record tornadoes and flooding. There were so many tornadoes, we set a record for setting records in the variety of this type of disaster.

The year 2010 was a grab bag of natural disasters. That year was the deadliest in more than a generation. Earthquakes, heat waves, floods, volcanoes, super typhoons, blizzards, landslides, and droughts killed more than 260,000 people.

It is amazing how quickly we become accustomed to the increased frequency of disasters. Do you remember way, way back in March of 2011 when Japan suffered its worst recorded earthquake in its history? And do you remember way, way, way, way back in January of 2010 when 250,000 people were killed by another quake that struck Haiti? In many times in the past century, you could go a decade without seeing an earthquake of any great significance.

We are now at a point where disasters have become so frequent and massive is scale, the news life cycle of an single event is very brief. Tropical Storm Irene was a bad storm, but it has been wiped from everyone's memory by Hurricane Sandy.

God is clearly trying to get man's attention with all these calamities. The Lord is very patient, but He is no fool. Eventually, the warnings will end and the final judgment will begin. "Am I truly ready?" is the question everyone needs to ask themselves.

"And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh" (Luke 21: 8-11, 25-28). --Todd

Saturday, November 3, 2012

PRIORITY SHIFT

I spent the past four days caring for a sick child. Caretaking  is probably the most exhausting job there is, especially when caring for someone you really love. Emotions get involved with the constant demand for bed sheet changes, food, water, tissues, help getting out of bed, pain meds, antibiotics, throat spray, cool washcloths, back rubs, changing the vaporizer water, taking covers off, putting them back on, nasal spray, vapor rub, checking the fever temp, praying, crying and running to the pharmacy for the next thing that might help her feel better.

This is what I've been doing since Wednesday. Between the work and the emotional drain, a person can become exhausted. The absolute worst thing about being a mom is watching your children suffer. Today I feel that my priorities have shifted drastically. My heart just isn't into blogging. So I'm taking a break. If it's possible for you to slow down and spend more time loving someone today, don't miss the chance.

Danelle


Friday, November 2, 2012

Urgent Message From Billy Graham

Urgent Message From Billy Graham

IS FLIRTING FUN OR FOOLISH?

Do you know that the Bible tells us how God feels about flirting? Yet many Christian girls take part in this believed-to-be harmless habit. They attend church on Sundays and claim to love the Lord, but in the company of boys, you see them tossing their hair around and being seductive with their bodies and their facial expressions. 

This behavior has become more and more accepted as overall morals decline. We talk about modesty in the way we dress, but are we being modest in our body language?
http://www.girlsgonewise.com/to-flirt-or-not-to-flirt/

Thursday, November 1, 2012

ALWAYS GOOD ENOUGH TO GOD

Many women who seem to have perfect lives really don't. From the outside looking in, we think that they have everything a woman could ask for, but if we catch these women being very honest, they confess to moments of insecurity, doubts, fears, and wondering if they are really any good at anything. They feel like everything they do is only half good enough. They doubt the direction that their lives have taken and they wonder if perhaps they should give up and start over.

All my life I have felt that my efforts were never as good as they could be. If I write one story in a week, I think that I should have written two. If I create a piece of artwork, I question why I haven't created more. If I accept a job or start a business, I wonder if I'm doing enough. Each day I question if I've accomplished what I'm capable of doing. And should I be doing more?

Where do these feelings come from? What causes us to doubt ourselves and feel like we should be more than we are? Is it the culture we live in that tells us we're not good enough? Do we forget that our identity is in Christ and fall into the cultural trap of comparing and competing? We see someone who is doing so much more and we put pressure on ourselves to step up our game.

Or maybe these feelings are just normal for every woman. Just like the days we live in, which are sometimes sunny and sometimes gloomy, we ourselves have ups and downs. Perhaps God made us that way so that when we feel depressed, inadequate, or fearful, we will draw closer to Him. 

Our culture tells us that if we're feeling down we should pop a pill, get a new job, have a lifestyle lift or maybe lose a little weight and everything will be fine. No one ever tells us that we need to go to God in prayer, praise and worship. No one ever suggests that it's a spiritual issue. 

The answer to life's problems can always be found when we fall on our knees. I've learned to use those gloomy feelings as an indication that it's time to check in with my Lord. Maybe I've been too busy to pray. The further I get from God, the darker my days become. Because God is my source of strength. He's my source of light, my source of joy, and my source of peace. 

Without Him, my mind will not rest and my fears will take over. 
Without Him I'm never good enough. But with Him I'm everything I need to be. Read the blog entry below written by someone who seems to have it all together but who doesn't always feel that way.
http://lysaterkeurst.com/2012/11/from-overpowered-to-empowered/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzEmail&utm_campaign=0&utm_content=303165

Monday, October 29, 2012

SaltTree: The Perfect Sandwich Loaf

I made bread a few days ago and although it was good, it wasn't the ultimate recipe that I would use again and again. This recipe might be the one. There's something very satisfying about bread making. The way the kitchen smells. The way the butter melts over a warm slice. And the memories of my mom baking braided loaves of  crusty bread. It's the one thing that comes out of the oven that feels most like home. When the weather turns cold or rainy, I want to bake bread. 
 SaltTree: The Perfect Sandwich Loaf: Since I got that wicked birthday present known as 'present of awesomeness' aka, Kitchen Aid stand mixer, I've been using it for everyth...

The Top 75 'Pictures of the Day' for 2012

The Top 75 'Pictures of the Day' for 2012

GOING HOME TO ROOST

http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2rvH72/:1oMqGWgTd:Y@v-TVdd/www.goinghometoroost.com/2011/diy-craft-projects/diy-scratch-off-cards/

BEST BROWNIES

http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2010/01/best-cocoa-brownies/

MAKE A DOILY LAMP

http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1ZXmCP/:cX5dc1Uq:XjCBt9pl/www.moredesignplease.com/moredesignplease/2011/3/4/diy-doily-lamp.html/

DIGGING OUR OWN GRAVE


http://www.wnd.com/2012/10/america-digging-her-own-grave/

The Safety and Effectiveness of the HPV Vaccine is Unproven!

Were it to be discovered that the HPV vaccine, in fact, does not effectively prevent cancer, then young women (and now boys) are being exposed to clearly unacceptable health risks. And that's precisely what a recent study has concluded...
 The Safety and Effectiveness of the HPV Vaccine is Unproven!

The Modern Food System and the Roots of Obesity

The Modern Food System and the Roots of Obesity

The Link Between Alzheimer's Disease and Popcorn Flavoring

The Link Between Alzheimer's Disease and Popcorn Flavoring

EAT MORE TURMERIC

http://www.activistpost.com/2012/10/turmeric-repairs-damaged-liver-tissues.html#more

Why Governments are Mandating Vaccinations

WILL AMERICA LISTEN?

I believe God is reminding us that America’s fate lies not in the hands of the politicians, but in His hands. Will America listen? Will we realize how fragile our existence is, how desperately we need the Lord’s divine love and protection?Please pray for the Lord God Almighty to dissipate the intensity of the storm and to protect the lives of people and property. Pray, too, that the Lord uses this moment to motivate Americans to repent of our sins and turn to faith in Jesus Christ as our only hope of personal and national salvation and rescue. “If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)
http://flashtrafficblog.wordpress.com/2012/10/29/gods-october-surprise-hurricane-sandy-poses-worst-case-scenario-says-experts/ 

PHOTOS OF SANDY

http://www.businessinsider.com/hurricane-sandy-pictures-2012-10

The Rapture of the Church with Frank DiMora and Bill Salus

How To Prepare For A Hurricane? Some Lessons That Preppers Can Learn From Hurricane Sandy

How To Prepare For A Hurricane? Some Lessons That Preppers Can Learn From Hurricane Sandy

PRAY

http://www.infowars.com/hurricane-sandy-may-score-a-direct-hit-on-spent-fuel-pools-at-nuclear-plant/

http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/the-100-billion-storm-17-things-you-should-know-about-hurricane-sandy

http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/the-100-billion-storm-17-things-you-should-know-about-hurricane-sandy

Why would God Judge America? | Informed Christians

Do you think a people can ignore murder in their country, condone by silence its practice, permit its teachings in its schools, and fund the butchering with public money and yet remain unpunished?
Why would God Judge America? | Informed Christians

AMERICA UNDER JUDGMENT

"If you add the area of the drought and now the hurricane together, it would be about 80 percent of the country! As I said, the Holy God of Israel is systematically destroying America right before our eyes." - John McTernan
 http://defendproclaimthefaith.org/blog/?p=2984

Sunday, October 28, 2012

TRUTH IS NOT RACISM, BIGOTRY OR INTOLERANCE

Oct 22, 2012 
FROM RAPTURE READY

What's in A Name Like Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan, Ziyad Yaghi? Last week, a 21-year-old student was arrested for plotting to blow up the New York Federal Reserve. He was taken into custody after he allegedly tried to remotely detonate a fake, 1,000-pound car bomb outside the building in lower Manhattan, only a few blocks from the World Trade Center. The terrorists also planned to target a high-ranking U.S. official, believed to be President Obama. I've purposely withheld the student's name to prove a point. 

 Please select from the four names below which one is the terror plotter's name: A. Bill Johnson B. Thomas Parker C. Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis D. Sally Stewart If you guessed C, you would be correct. In fact, if you had picked the Muslim-sounding name in nearly every terrorist plot since 9/11, you would have successfully identified the perpetrators. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is a Nigerian Islamist popularly referred to as the "Underwear Bomber." Faisal Shahzad, a 30-year-old Pakistan-born resident of Bridgeport, Connecticut, was hoping to set off bombs in Washington DC. Mohammed Sajid Khan was found guilty this summer of planning an attack on the Jewish community in Manchester, England. Of course, there is my favorite: Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan, Ziyad Yaghi, who was part of terror ring that aspired to kill U.S. military personnel in the North Carolina area. 

What makes it so easy to nab Islamic terrorist plotters is that they refuse to blend in with Western culture. They come to America, hang out in Islamic centers, and frequent the websites run by organizations that sponsor terrorism. They also seek to befriend others who share their anti-Western views, which is how the FBI uncovered Ahsan Nafis' plans. I was reading about what one of the terrorists said in court, and I came up with a great way to speed up the screening lines at the airport. Amine El-Khalifi, at his sentencing hearing, said, "I just want to say that I love Allah. That's it." If we formed two lines based on the question: "Do you love Jesus or Allah?" we could save passengers a huge amount of time. 

Israel has used profiling for decades to weed out terrorists. If a retired school teacher from Nebraska, a nun from Boston, and a guy named Mohammad from Pakistan tries to board an EL AL flight to Tel Aviv, Israel, you know which one will be scrutinized. Despite the overwhelming success of the Israeli system and the functioning means by which U.S. agents have been able to uncover terrorist plots, it is considered discriminatory to single out Islamic people from the general population. We don't consider it unfair to only check woman for breast cancer. For males, the lifetime risk of getting breast cancer is about one-tenth of 1 percent. The risk is so low for men, doctors check them for more important risks. The same common sense should apply to national security.

 It is bad enough that we treat everyone the same, but we actually go the opposite way, with the government and media doing everything they can to disassociate Muslims from terrorism. Every major terrorist exercise that I've read about uses domestic organizations as the plotters. The liberal media rarely identifies the faith of terrorists. On the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, none of the major media networks mentioned the people who carried out the attack. The original methods used to combat Muslim terrorists have morphed into a legalistic monster that is now after law-abiding citizens. Mississippi resident Wade Hicks is one of the latest victims. He was on a flight to visit his wife, a Navy lieutenant stationed in Okinawa, Japan. When the plane stopped off in Hawaii to refuel, upon reboarding the plane, Hicks was quickly escorted back off again by armed guards. He was then taken to a secure interrogation room, where Hicks was informed he would not be flying anywhere because he turned up on the no-fly list. Hicks believes he was detained because he's an outspoken critic of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). 

I believe the reason there is this huge effort to relieve Muslims from any lasting blame for terrorism is because Satan is seeking to bring all religions together under one banner. It would be impossible for the Antichrist to achieve this goal if one of the biggest players in his global interfaith scheme was commonly viewed as a pariah in the eyes of the other religions. The fact that we're seeing this planning now tells us that the Tribulation hour must be very near.

 "And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things. Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain" (Daniel 11:36-39). --Todd

Emergency preparedness checklist for perfect storm Hurricane Sandy - Here's what you need to get NOW

Emergency preparedness checklist for perfect storm Hurricane Sandy - Here's what you need to get NOW

HURRICANE SANDY COULD BE THE WORST

http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/blog/?p=11847

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Marketing of Madness (playlist)

Depression is not a Chemical Imbalance in Your Brain - Here's Proof

Depression is not a Chemical Imbalance in Your Brain - Here's Proof

New Studies Say Antidepressants Cause Heart Disease

New Studies Say Antidepressants Cause Heart Disease

Activist Post: The Serious Side Effects of Aspirin: Beyond Itching, Irritation, and Nausea

Activist Post: The Serious Side Effects of Aspirin: Beyond Itching, Irritation, and Nausea

Activist Post: Research: Curcumin Is A Triple Negative Breast Cancer Killer

Activist Post: Research: Curcumin Is A Triple Negative Breast Cancer Killer

Activist Post: Top 10 Healthy Yet Cheap Organic Foods

Activist Post: Top 10 Healthy Yet Cheap Organic Foods