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His grace is Sufficient

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Let Your Light Shine

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4th of July Independence Day Celebrating Freedom

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

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Contentment in Difficult Times

“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

Snorkeling

Remote lakes and waterfalls

Remote Beaches

 

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.

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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. 

All things will work together for your good

Coming up June 1st Summer Vacation and Contentment in Difficult Times

Casting your Cares

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Memorial Day & Summer Holiday Travel Ban

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.

  • Good Health
  • Family
  • Employment
  • Shelter, safety
  • Nutrition and water

 

What can we expect when traveling this Summer?

  • Health experts are still advising Americans against non essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak, and travel has plummeted. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has reported record low numbers of travelers passing through checkpoints: in April it has seen around 100,000 a day, compared to more than 2 million daily in the same period last year. Amtrak ridership is down 95 percent.
  •  The State Department is no longer processing passports, including renewals, excepting “customers with a qualified life-or-death emergency and who need a passport for immediate international travel within 72 hours.”
  • Most major airlines are now requiring both passengers and crew members to wear masks during flights. JetBlue and Delta require face coverings for staff and customers from check-in before security until they’ve exited the plane. United, Southwest, Alaska and American are requiring passengers to wear masks only during flights. (American makes an exception for “very young passengers and those with conditions that prevent them from wearing a face covering.”  While most American national parks are mostly or partly closed, the National Park Service is beginning to open some areas gradually, with special precautions and restrictions to protect visitors, staff and local residents.

3 Travel tips during Pandemic

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.

Author’s note: We’re glad you are here. We’ve noticed a surge in visitors to SCW. That’s Awesome. So If you’re new to SCW checkout some more viewers favorites for your Summer reading pleasure. If you’re a returning visitor or follower, You Rock!  With over 900 post to date I’m sure you’ll find a post you’ve yet to read.

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Called to be a light in a dark world

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The 80/20 Rule?

Encouragement for Difficult Times

Men over 40 not married? datable, debatable, or undateable?

Feeding Your spirit

Gracefully Single

Are you dating a Gentleman?

Married Couples guide to the health benefits of sex

The secret sex lives of conservative Christian Women

The Beauty of Submission

Submission and Straight Talk for Christian Couples and Single women

Summer Date Night at Home

 

 

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A Mother’s Day filled with Hope, It’s Your Season!

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

  • Determine what things you value the most about your life. Choose five of these as a starting point.
  • Decide what commitments are most important to you. Evaluate which commitments are in keeping with the five things you value the most about your life.
  • Assess the way you use your time. Most of us have a daily routine, with many fixed activities and chores. Evaluate which things are absolutely necessary and important for the five areas you identified as having the most value for your life.
  • Get rid of clutter in every area of your life. Do you really need everything you have? Give anything away you have not used in the last two years. Certainly, someone else can use what you no longer need
  • Live Life on purpose and intentionally. Make the days count.

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not even a world-wide pandemic will keep a girl away from her wedding day. Getting Married amidst Cov 19. While some couples are canceling their weddings due to COVID-19, others are live-streaming their ceremonies on Zoom. Couples are also saying I do over video chat. Welcome to the Digital age.

 

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Excercising your faith in times of trouble

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,

  • If you are able to work from home please do so
  • Practice social distancing
  • Limit outdoor activity to important errands
  • Wash hands regularly, especially when you come in from outside
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Try to stay as healthy and hydrated as possible, drink plenty of water

Stuck at home, combat cabin fever by staying connected

  • Connect with loved ones across the miles
  • Check in with elderly relatives
  •  Connect on chat websites with like-minded Christians or forums where you can post comments
  • Although text seems to have taken the place of conversation, try giving family and friends a call anyway, impress them with taking the the time to call.
  • It’s a bummer not being able to attend church in person, you can live stream services where available.
  • Find a new series you like, and binge watch

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I found this prayer and wanted to share from my “YouVersion” Bible app

A Prayer for
Connection

Dear God,

Being alone is hard. We were created for community, not confinement.

But we’re grateful that no matter how alone we may feel, You never leave or forsake us. And, we’re grateful for technology that helps us stay in touch with each other.

Today, please remind us that this time of social distancing and isolation will not last forever.

Give us the strength to endure this difficult season, and deepen our connection with You and Your people.

Empower us with an extra dose of Your love, peace, hope and joy, because we need it. Remind us of Your promises, and please heal our land.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Living life on Purpose

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 WomenLiving 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 .

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Souless Relationships

In order for there to be real love between two people, there has to be a spiritual connection. A physical relationship without the spiritual connection is like a body with no soul and as a result women are left feeling empty. A woman must first have a healthy respect for herself. Self respect is number one and valuing yourself enough to require that you you be treated with respect by a man. So how does a woman go about doing this?

4 Ways to communicate the self-respect you have for yourself
and that you require from a man

1. Self control Let the man pursue you. The woman that’s consistently calling, texting, all the time is his groupie and thus not interesting.

2. Be OK with being alone –  That doesn’t mean you give up on finding love. Make up your mind that I’d rather be alone than to be treated poorly or less than I deserve.  It takes the pressure off finding someone, you relax and let it happen naturally in God’s timing.  In the meantime work on being the best you can be and knowing that the right man will be lucky to have you.

3. Don’t appear desperate – Be willing to walk away if it’s not working for you, as opposed to holding on to a relationship that’s going nowhere or no where good or both.

4. Show him you value yourself by requiring he treat you with respect.  You show him that by not allowing yourself to be used like the others. As long as you’re leading with the physical you’ll not get beyond that place. Let Love In!

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Celebrating the Gift of Love on Valentine’s Day

God is Love!  We love because he first loved us. Celebrating the gift of love this Valentine’s Day.  If you are not in a relationship or married at this time, or even have a date for the big day, you can still be thankful for God’s love and that of family and friends.  How will you spend your Valentine’s Day this year?  Actually on big restaurant occasions like V- day I prefer a special evening at home. My husband’s a gentlemen who knows how to treat a lady, so that’s always a pleasure.  Actually we’re both romantics so I’m lucky in that respect.  Busy married couples use this time to reconnect, don’t forget to keep the main thing the main thing.  You don’t always have to be doing some big exciting thing all the time, many times keeping it simple can be more satisfying.  Such as time alone, a nice dinner, and the connection you feel spending time with someone special.  Having the right partner is half the battle.  Finding the right partner?  You know what they say, location is everything.  Love marriage and home ownership go hand in hand.  Find out the best U. S. cities for singles and married couples below.

The Language of Love

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Knowing your value as a Woman

A woman of High value knows who she is, and who’s she is.  Her confidence and contentment flows from the fact that she is loved by God and held in the highest esteem.  Proverbs 31:10 Her price is far above rubies.” Pray that God will strengthen you with his word. Did you know that reading scripture actually strengthens you. When we are strengthened on the inside circumstances on the outside don’t bother you as much. Strengthen yourself and see yourself the way God sees you. As a precious treasure and giver of life and nothing that the man can acquire can compare to you. Proverbs 3:15 “Nothing you desire can compare to her.” The man can have everything! But if he doesn’t have you he has nothing!

Rule #1 – All men are not worthy of receiving you!  Those that are must prove it!  Keep God first.

Rule #2 –  A woman of high value never chases. The thrill of the chase belongs to the hunter.  Let him work for it.  Hard to get is actually exciting to men, because now he has something to work on. He has to put his creativity to work. How can I impress this woman and show her I’m interested.  Let the courting begin

Rule #3 –  She does not need a man to complete her. She is happy on her own. She comes equipped with intelligence, gifts, talents, and a good heart. She’d like to share her life with the right man but knows he must be deserving of her.

Rule #4 –  Your worth as a woman is not tied to sex! She values her temple, and shows a man that what is different about her, is the fact that you will respect me.

Rule #5 –  No matter how much you desire a man, if his values do not align with yours, do not become unequally yoked. Never abandon your standards. You never stoop to his level, no, a high value woman challenges a man to come up to higher ground.

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