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Verse of the day:
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Happy Birthday America! It’s a bummer but Covid-19 will have an affect on Holiday plans this year. The world has spent the previous 90 days in quarantine to try and stop the spread of the pandemic. Then we slowly try to regain our lives back. Only to have an increase in cases once again. Who ever said life was fair. We’ve got to play the hand we’ve been dealt and do the smart thing to protect ourselves and our families in hope that we can return to the quality of life we’re accustomed to.
Over the past week new cases of the virus have risen steadily. States that have been hit the hardest include South Carolina, Florida, Texas, & California. Many of the increases have come from people who participated in group gatherings. Young people are increasingly testing positive, with a 413% increase in cases among those ages 11 to 20 since early April.
The number of people hospitalized in South Carolina from the virus is now over 1,000 for the first time ever. It’s really sad my heart goes out to everyone affected. We are praying for you. Although some states have reopened, due to the spike in cases lots of business as well as public beaches, are unfortunately are closing down for the 4th of July Holiday to stop the spread.
Here in California beaches will be closed on the 4th. Miami Florida beaches will also be closed. State and Government officials are urging people to stay home for the 4th. Most towns and cities have canceled their fireworks displays due to the corona virus pandemic this year, but a few places will still have Fourth of July fireworks.
The states and cities that are having fireworks have authorized designated areas in which to watch the fireworks from their cars. All towns and cities will require people coming to watch their displays to follow CDC guidelines and to practice social distancing. At best fireworks display will be limited this year. My husband and I will wear masks and practice social distancing Saturday night as we go to watch the firework display in our neighborhood.
We have a nice spot up on a hill that isn’t heavily trafficked. It’s far enough away where we can still see without crowd gathering. If the fireworks display have been canceled where you are I suggest the Macy’s 4th of July fireworks in New York on television.
It’s really an awesome show! I watch it every year. Nothing replaces being there in person to see the fireworks but this way you’ll be safe and still get to see the fireworks and join in on the fun that millions of others will be watching also. Saturday night 8pm check your local listings. Having said all of that in the midst of all these things my heart is still grateful to God!
I choose to focus on the good things in my life! It’s a trap of the enemy to dwell on what you don’t have instead of thanking God for what you do have. Philippians 4:11 As Paul said “I’ve learned whatever state I’m in there with to be content.” While the world is up when their circumstances are up and down when they are down. As believers in Christ we can have peace in the middle of the storm! A calm and steady spirit no matter the circumstances amen!
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Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Dr. Martin Luther King
Never Give up Hope.Never let external circumstances stop you from the pursuit of your goals.
“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”
“Real change is difficult at the beginning. Without the familiar to rely upon, you may not in as much command as you had once been. When things are not going your way, you will start doubting yourself. Stay positive, keep the faith, and keep moving forward – your breakthrough may be just around the corner.”
What’s done is done. What’s gone is gone. One of life’s lessons is always moving on. It’s okay to look back to see how far you’ve come but keep moving forward.”
Never give up hope. All things are working for your good. One day, you’ll look back on everything you’ve been through and thank God for it.”
Failure is a bend in the road, not the end of the road. Learn from failure and keep moving forward.”
Accept yourself, love yourself, and keep moving forward. If you want to fly, you have to give up what weighs you down.”
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Happy Father’s Day to Fathers around the world! My husband and I were discussing yesterday of how Fathers are the unsung hero. As a lot of what he does is behind the scenes. In contrast to moms whose work and contributions to the family are out front. For instance the kids see Mom prepare dinner every night. Breakfast every morning. She dresses the boo boo’s. She wipes the tears. She clothes and dresses the children. Make sure clothes are clean and the family is presentable.
She makes sure all is well with the children and the husband. The Dad is usually seen by the kids as being gone a lot of the times, because he’s working he’s providing, protecting. Especially in one income households. He is keeping it all together!!! So Although he is a behind the scenes player, his contributions should never be taken lightly!
Because he is indeed the one keeping all together! I commented how the kids may be too young to understand a father’s job. However, that’s where good moms need to step in and acknowledge the father as the one who’s committed to the well being of the family through his actions!!!! Such as going to work everyday. Tell the kids he’s not here right now because he’s out providing for this family. Let the kids know that when father’s day comes we really want to honor him as best we can! So we want to thank you Fathers for your consistency, and for your Love and to God Be the Glory for Good Strong Fathers!
How will you honor your father, husband, or the men in your life who are good fathers? My husband is being honored today! In fact his dance card has been filled the entire Father’s day weekend. The kids had a dinner for him he received some lovely gifts. My gift was Father and son time at an indoor shooting range. Our son had been wanting his father to teach him how to shoot and I was able to make that happen for them. They wanted to go Friday night. Of course dinner at the house today. The kids and I are blessed to have him and he’s made a huge impact on all our lives. We are indeed lucky to have him!!
Today, loving God we pray for fathers. For all that they do and the lives they’ve nurtured. Lord, we pray specifically for fathers and fatherhood across our land. We thank You for the men who are leading according to Your statutes and the ones that are laying their lives down for Your purposes. We pray that You will continue to use these men to lead their families and other men. We pray You will strengthen the fathers of our nation and that You will continue to empower churches, organizations, and individuals to invest in fathers and fatherhood for the sake of our children.
God, we pray for single fathers, whether they are raising their children alone or even if they are doing the best they can with the time they have. We pray for strength, protection, wisdom, and discernment to help them through whatever trials they may be facing. Thank You Lord for these men and please guard their hearts and minds in Christ Jesus, help meet all of their needs, that they may experience Your peace that
surpasses all understanding.
“Hold Fast to what is good” 1 Thessalonians 5:21. Let the blessings of God take center stage in your mind. In the midst of difficult times you can find something to grateful for. The so called little things like health of yourself and family, shelter, and love. If all hell is breaking loose in your life right now, hold on, a blessing is on the way. As mature Christians we know that God is with us in the battle! But the battle is not ours it belongs to the lord. As our world slowly returns to a new normal we are struggling to adjust and adapt to the times in which we find ourselves.
Personally having freedoms taken away has just made me want to embrace life more fully as soon as we are able. It has made me more grateful to God more thankful, and more prayerful. Everything in your life may not be as you’d like at this moment but you certainly find something to be grateful for. Another thing that helps to take our minds off of ourselves is to reach out to someone that you can help. You may think, “I can barley help myself right now”, while that may be true, there is someone worse off than you that your help would be a blessing to. I want to encourage you in this season that joy is coming in the morning. The joy will come back to your life!
Isaiah 41:13 For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:11 “be content” no matter what our circumstances are. Paul said, I have learned in whatsoever state I am in therewith to be content. The Amplified Bible describes being content as satisfied to the point where you are not disturbed or disquieted.
2 Corinthians 5:7 I will walk by faith even when I can not see
In the Wake of Cov-19 Many Americans have opted to forgo a vacation this summer. The biggest reason they simply can’t afford it. Sometimes you have to take a step back in order to move forward. Although the word vacation has taken on a different meaning this year. Most people just want to get out and enjoy the weather, it may mean taking a vacation from home. The home has become the office and retreat now. While it is a blessing for many to be able to structure their lives and work from home. The isolation can start to have negative effects on the mind and body as we are social creatures.
Most who want to respect social distancing laws while having a little fun has proven to be difficult at times. Beaches here in Southern California reopened Memorial day weekend to Californians delight. Some states are beginning to reopen businesses. There is talk of lifting the ban by 4th of July.
Of course everything at this point is kind of a wait and see situation with plans subject to change at anytime but I’m hopeful that we’ll be able to salvage some of the summer for the sake of our sanity. However on a lighter note most people are bursting at the seams to get out and enjoy life again! And who can blame them. Even if your unable to take the vacation you’d like to have you can do a mini staycation that will allow you to get out with as less expense to your budget as possible. In light of the circumstances of this year you may want to readjust your thinking for vacation. Instead of wall to wall crowding situations. Think less populated, safe, remote locations and getaways.
Family getaway to the mountains and hiking trails.
Camping under the stars
Remote lakes and waterfalls
To all our followers and viewers, we pray for you. May God Bless your households and families as we continue to move forward during this difficult time thank you for reading SCW.
In memory of George Floyd. Rest in Peace. To be absent in the body is to be present with the Lord. Prayers go out to the family of George Floyd may God grant you peace and Justice! Romans 12:17-19 the apostle Paul tells us, “I will repay,’ says the Lord.” (MEV) This passage comforts us with the truth that God will be the one exacting vengeance for all the wrongs we have received.
Happy Memorial Day to all veterans! May God bless you, and the family members of those in service and to family members who have lost a loved one in service. When our thoughts turn to summer we think of travel, fun, and getaways! However summer travel will be different this year amidst this worldwide pandemic.
With the entire country on mandatory lock down order for more than 60 days people are understandably anxious to get back to normal life as well as anxious to move the economy forward. My husband has been working from home and we’ve started taking short walks in the evenings, (while wearing our masks of course), for exercise as well as to stay sane, because we really have not been out much at all since the order except for essentials errands, like grocery store, doctor’s appointments etc…. So we’ve really been just as cooped up as everyone else.
However we are extremely grateful to have our health and all our blessings at this time. We always are, but right even more so. So essentially we’re counting our blessings! As businesses slowly start to reopen with cautionary measures in place. There is hope that our collective lives will return to normal at some point soon.
However until that time comes we need to be smart and protect ourselves and families by continuing to take protective measures such as masks and being extra vigilant when in public using hand sanitizers, washing our hands, wiping down surfaces. The risks are too great to ignore safety! So please be safe out there!
Don’t make a fatal decision over a temporary circumstance! Because this too shall pass! With all the hardships that families are facing right now it may not seem like it, But we will get through this! I’m here to encourage you today. Circumstances don’t come to stay, they come to pass. The only thing final is death! There’s so much life left to live, if we do the smart thing today. SCW is praying for our viewers, followers, and all tragically affected by this.
Let’s take stock. Rather than dwell on the negative remind yourself of God’s blessings and mercies on you.
If you’re a couple or small family you may consider getting away by car to a remote location that isn’t heavily traveled.
Consider a road trip, just to get out, and feel a sense of normal with all the proper safety measures in check of course. Check out the city or state on the CDC for lodging precautions.
Campers are great for isolation, quarantine, and mobility for couples or small families.
For singles if you must, travel alone. Make sure friends and family know where you are going and check in by phone or internet so that they know you’re safe.
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Be encouraged! God has blessed your future! 2 Corinthians 4:17 “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” If you knew you only had a certain amount of time left to live, how would that change things for you? What would you do differently? Just think about it. It’s in times like these that we begin to evaluate how important and precious life is. For me with my freedoms being limited it has made more grateful and ready to fully embrace each day of normal life again when the tide turns because this too shall pass. God will restore you. Joel 2:25 “And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.”
Reevaluating what’s Important in life and Focusing on creating the future you want
We are praying for you. To all our viewers, followers, and everyone around the world who has been affected by this Pandemic by unemployment or illness. Our prayer for you is that you “Recover all” 1 Samuel 30:8 The Lord answered him, Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.
Happy Mother’s Day to all our viewers. Mother’s around the world, as well as in Heaven! We acknowledge you today as a gift from God. In the midst of this difficult time for our world, this mother’s day will be different as our outdoor social activities as well as our expectations have to be adjusted this year. However, safety and caution should be our number one goal at this time as we keep our mom’s safe so that she can continue to bring more joy to our lives.
So although you may not be able to go out and dine at a nice restaurant or socialize with girlfriends and family as you would like. Please take a moment to be grateful for God’s blessings as it could be a lot worse. Your good health is a blessing. Be good to yourself, and do what makes you feel good and by all means if you’re lucky enough to have help at home relax and let someone else take over you’ve earned it. Let the spouse and kids clean the house and cook dinner for you! It’s your day Mom. MOMS ROCK!!
I dedicate the day to you Mom!My Angel in Heaven!
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This is critical. If you have debt, you are not in control: debt means your creditors are in control. You must take immediate steps to reduce your debt.
If you have a big mortgage payment, car payment, or credit card payment each month, and you lose your job, you will quickly fall behind, and risk losing your house and car.
If you have no debt and lose your job, your only worry will be finding another job. You won’t have to worry about making payments and losing your home and car. With no debt, you can weather this financial crisis.
This is a hard one. If you are 40 years old or younger, you have most likely used credit cards your entire adult life. You have probably never paid cash for a car, and you may just assume that it’s normal to only have a 5% down payment on a new house.
Here’s a challenge for you: talk to your parents or grandparents and ask them if, when they were young, they had a credit card. They will probably tell you that no, they paid cash for everything, including cars and houses. That meant they didn’t buy a new car every three years, and they lived in a small house, but they also didn’t have any debt payments.
Living without credit means making a budget and planning what you want to buy, and then saving money to do it. It’s a drastic change for those of us who are used to buying now and paying later, but the savings in interest payments are worth it in the long run.
Living without credit means simplifying your life. If instead of a 5% down payment on a house you will now need 25%, you will probably buy a smaller house. That’s fewer rooms to furnish and fewer things to buy, which makes your life simpler.
Review every dollar you spend every month, and ask yourself: “Do I really need that?” For example:
I’m not suggesting we become hermits and give up our cars and houses. I’m not even saying credit is bad. What I am saying is that if we can learn to live with less, our lives will have less stress, and we will have less debt to worry about.
It’s possible that your world hasn’t changed yet, but the world around you has changed, and eventually your world will change too.
What will you do if you get downsized at work, or if your hours are reduced? Can you get another car lease when your current lease expires? What would you do if you couldn’t sell your house for more than the amount owing on the mortgage? What if the economy does collapse?
While these are not pleasant things to think about, it’s important to start thinking about them and start making a “Plan B”. You need a plan for the following:
Every month there are many, many people who are going through a job loss, or a marriage break up, or even medical problems that have forced them to cut their living expenses to survive. Here’s my final tip:
Don’t wait until you have to: cut your expenses now. Use the extra cash to pay down debt, or to build up some savings.
Think about this: If you earn $2,000 per month and it costs you $2,000 per month to live, you have no margin for error. If you can reduce your expenses to $1,800 per month, you have some wiggle room; missing a day of work won’t destroy your monthly budget. Here are some easy strategies for cutting expenses:
Here’s the point: the world has changed, but you are still the boss of your own life. You can set your own destiny, so make a plan to reduce debt, use as little credit as possible, and plan for the future.
What do you do if you are already drowning in debt, and cutting expenses won’t help? Consult professional debt council.
Everyone faces financial struggles. But for single moms, it seems as if they hold a bigger financial burden and are more likely to undergo financial hardships – because in all honesty, they do.
According to figures from the U.S. Census Bureau, single moms earn a medium income of $26,000 while married couples earn a medium income of $84,000. That’s a big gap!
When you’re the sole income provider in your household and have other people depending on you to survive, it’s only natural that you may worry a little bit about your finances.
To all our viewers and followers, Be encouraged. Psalm 91:-10-12 “There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. 11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.”
In this time of Pandemic in the world,it’s the perfect time for Christians to exercise their faith in God. Though exercising your faith in God is actually a lifestyle. It’s especially important in difficult times. His word tells us in John 16:33, “In this world you will have tribulation. I’ve told you this so that my peace will be with you. In the world you will have trouble. But cheer up! I have overcome the world.”
So while outwardly our circumstances may not be ideal we can have inner peace knowing that God is in control. In the natural we need to take precautions to keep ourselves and families safe. We’re really all in this together and we have to ride it out.
I’m writing to you today to give you hope and you let you know we’re praying for you our viewers and followers. Our hearts go out to families affected by this epidemic. If you and your family and loved ones are doing well praise God for your blessings because it could be a lot worse. Our prayers are also with families whose work and livelihoods have been affected.
Unfortunately when we are experiencing difficulty in lean times it makes us appreciate how well we’ve been living and very aware of all our blessings. We’re all under lock down orders to stop the spread of the virus. It’s an adjustment to our lives that causes stress, one we all have to cope with. So instead of freaking out about things we can’t control, we want to take a deep breath, get control of ourselves be smart, and be safe, we all know the precautions to take are,
Stuck at home, combat cabin fever by staying connected
It is the need of the soul to find its purpose and fulfill it in the world, within the circumstances of the world. This is what reestablishes your divine nature. This is what fulfills your commitment to God. This is what ends conflict within you. This is where your true nature becomes integrated. This is where your body serves your mind and your mind serves your Spirit, as they were designed to do. This is where your life comes together. This is where you assume greater responsibilities. This is what satisfies the need of the soul.” – excerpted from The Age of Women. Living our lives on purpose simply means that. It means living a sacred life where every thought, every action, is a part of your purpose and calling in the world. Forgo the distractions and focus your attention and intentions on what you want to see manifest in your life.
Set priorities. People who live a life of purpose identify those activities that matter most to them and spend the majority of their time and effort in those areas. Otherwise, it’s too easy to drift away in the currents of life. As Annie Dillard, the author, once said, “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”
Follow your passion. People who live a life of purpose wake up each morning eager to face the new day. They pursue their dreams with fervor, put their heart into everything they do, and feel that they’re personally making a difference. As James Dean, the actor, once said, “Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.”
Feel content. People who live a life of purpose have an inner peace. They’re satisfied with what they have and who they are. To them, the grass is greener on their own side of the fence. As the saying goes, “The real measure of your wealth is how much you’d be worth if you lost all your money.”
Live in the moment. People who live a life of purpose cherish every moment and seek to live life without regret. They take joy in the experiences that life gives and don’t worry about keeping score. Dr. Seuss may have said it best, “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”
Make a difference. People who live a life of purpose make a meaningful difference in someone else’s life. They do things for others without expectation of personal gain, serve as exemplary role models, and gain as much satisfaction witnessing the success of others as witnessing their own. As the old proverb says, “A candle loses nothing by lighting another.”
Live by your faith, beliefs and values. People who live a life of purpose have core beliefs and values that influence their decisions, shape their day-to-day actions, and determine their short- and long-term priorities. They place significant value on being a person of high integrity and in earning the trust and respect of others. The result is that they live with a clear conscience and spend more time listening to their inner voice than being influenced by .