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The Never-Forsaking God June 4, 2010

Filed under: Across My Heart — daniellebrower @ 8:41 am
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One of my sweet cousins who lives in Nashville posted this to her profile on Facebook today, from My Utmost For His Highest Daily Online Devotional.  She has been a blessing to my life & the fact that this came from her makes it even more meaningful. She has been an incredible help & strength to her neighbors during the flood that occurred in Nashville. She’s still spreading the love ~ even on Facebook – to know God is with us both in the extraordinary & ordinary days of life! Thanks Becky!

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The Never-Forsaking God

He Himself has said, ’I will never leave you nor forsake you’ —Hebrews 13:5

What line of thinking do my thoughts take? Do I turn to what God says or to my own fears? Am I simply repeating what God says, or am I learning to truly hear Him and then to respond after I have heard what He says? “For He Himself has said, ’I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we may boldly say: ’The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?’ ” ( Hebrews 13:5-6 ).

“I will never leave you . . .”— not for any reason; not my sin, selfishness, stubbornness, nor waywardness. Have I really let God say to me that He will never leave me? If I have not truly heard this assurance of God, then let me listen again.

“I will never . . . forsake you.” Sometimes it is not the difficulty of life but the drudgery of it that makes me think God will forsake me. When there is no major difficulty to overcome, no vision from God, nothing wonderful or beautiful— just the everyday activities of life— do I hear God’s assurance even in these?

We have the idea that God is going to do some exceptional thing— that He is preparing and equipping us for some extraordinary work in the future. But as we grow in His grace we find that God is glorifying Himself here and now, at this very moment. If we have God’s assurance behind us, the most amazing strength becomes ours, and we learn to sing, glorifying Him even in the ordinary days and ways of life.

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Shine On Sisters!

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Winner of Priceless Contest!!! June 3, 2010

Filed under: Across Our World,Contest,Russia — daniellebrower @ 2:37 pm
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A few weeks ago we had a contest, as you will read below, for Tom Davis’ new novel, Priceless.

And the winner is….

Shannon Brendel!!!

Congrats Shannon!

Thanks for everyone’s support of the blog by subscribing & commenting. Not to worry, Moms4Change will be doing more drawings & giveaways in the future. Shannon, please send me your mailing address & I’ll get the book out to tomorrow! Congratulations!

I still highly recommend Tom’s book.

You can buy your copy here on Amazon:

Priceless by Tom Davis

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Wanna win something?

Who doesn’t, right?

Tom Davis, founder of Childrens HopeChest, has written a new book that arrives June 1st, 2010. I’ve read the first chapter online. It drew me in right away. And that’s sayin’ a lot. For those of you who know me, you know it usually takes me at least 60-70 pages before I’m hooked.

Here’s a video clip that goes along with the book.

As a way to promote this incredible book and a way to broaden Moms4Change readership, I’m holding a drawing to WIN Priceless! My first ever contest!

Usually I end up winning these things, but I promise not to include my own name in the drawing.

Here’s how it works:

You will begin to receive automatic emails every time a new post gets published. FYI – this is usually on a daily basis. I will not spam you or sell your name or beg for your credit card. 🙂

So your name gets entered once for subscribing to Moms4Change.

  • Now for the juicy part:

For every comment that you leave between now & June 1st, your name will be entered again. So if you make a daily comment, your name will be entered everyday!

Sweet, huh?

I will draw the winner and let you know the results by June 4th.

Now, why not score TWICE today by subscribing & by telling me how cool you think this contest is?… 🙂

SOS (Shine On Sisters!)

p.s. if you make a new comment about an older post, that counts in the drawing too!

 

Berta Mae needs Great TESTimonies June 2, 2010

Filed under: Across My Heart,Mom Matters — daniellebrower @ 12:08 pm
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Berta Mae, Research Cow Extraordinaire, is TESTY!

Great testimonies are the outcome

of great TESTS!

Do any of  you have any TESTimonies you’d like to share to encourage the rest of us?

Recently or long ago, big or small, short or long… take a few minutes to recount a trial that you’ve been through.

The Word tells us to admonish one another for the building up of the saints. Don’t know about you ~ well, I do actually…. we all need encouragement. Maybe today you are riding the wave of life’s euphoric joy!

Then today is your day to ENCOURAGE other Moms that God will see them through, just as He has you.  Would you take time to share how God brought you through a trial at a different time in your life?

Were you healed? Was a relationship repaired? Was financial freedom restored? Was a prayer answered?

Can’t wait to be encouraged & uplifted!

Shine On Sisters!

 

Heart MOMentum June 1, 2010

Filed under: Across My Heart,Mom Matters — daniellebrower @ 3:39 pm
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A Heart MOMentum for you!

A portion of this posting has been adapted from a Woman’s World magazine clipping that my husband’s grandma gave to me in 2005. It has spoken to me at just the right times over the years. May it encourage you today to freely live & love. Thanks Grandma Ruthie!

You’re terrific just the way you are – no makeup required!

So what if you don’t always have the perfect outfit to wear or the perfect thing to say? So what if your house is a little (okay, a lot!) messier than you’d like? Moms, you are so much more than clothes or small talk or décor.

You have your own unique

Vision.

Beauty.

Path.

Your caring reaches farther than you think, and so do your dreams.

Why wish you were more like someone else?

You’re already somebody. Somebody special.  God made you. He formed you in your Mother’s womb. You are the Apple of His eye & His favorite you. Choose to not be your worst enemy, but humbly be your biggest fan & accept YOU the way you ARE today.

Cease your striving to measure up. Cease competing against yourself. Cease the pressure you put on yourself that begs for perfection. Live & Love in the FACT that you are CAPTIVATING to the Creator of the Universe who adores you & longs to be with you…. just. the way. you. are. He does not expect perfection, so why should you?

Send this to a friend today that you know needs to hear she’s loved.

Shine On Sisters!

 

Our Flag Still Stands For Freedom May 31, 2010

Filed under: Across My Heart,Across Our World — daniellebrower @ 11:53 am
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I just attended a moving Memorial Day Service at our local school.

I was overcome with gratitude & a renewed respect for American Veterans who have given their service to protect our country & our people.

I remember being taught how to properly fold our flag when I was in Girl Scouts, but I don’t recall ever hearing the symbolism behind the flag-folding ceremony. It touched my heart & I pray it will yours as well. Today, the following was read as our American flag was folded.

United States Flag

Stars & Stripes Flag Folding Ceremony

Compliments of the Fort Custer National Cemetery

The flag folding ceremony represents the same religious principles in which our Country was originally founded.

The Flag: The portion of the flag denoting honor is the canton of blue containing the stars representing states our veterans served in uniform. The canton field of blue dresses from left to right, and only is inverted when draped as a pall on a casket of a veteran who has served our country honorably in uniform.

1st Fold ~ a symbol of life.

2nd Fold ~ a symbol of our belief in the eternal life.

3rd Fold ~ made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing our ranks who gave of a portion of life for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world not to have been in vain and shall never be forgotten.

4th Fold ~ represents our weaker nature: for as American citizens trusting in God, for it is Him we turn to in times of peace as well as in times of war for His Divine guidance.

5th Fold ~ a tribute to our country: for in the words of the immortal Stephen Decatur, “Our country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right, but it is still our Country, right or wrong.”

6th Fold ~ for this is where our hearts lie – and it is with our hearts that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one Nation under God indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

7th Fold ~ a tribute to our armed forces: for it is through these same armed forces that we protect our country and our flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic.

8th Fold ~ a tribute to the One who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day: and this fold is made to honor Mother, for whom it flies on Mother’s Day.

9th Fold ~ a tribute to our womanhood: for it has been through their faith, love, loyalty and devotion that the characters of the men that have made this country great have been molded.

10th Fold ~ a tribute to Father, for he too, has given of his sons for the defense of our country since she was first-born.

We fold the stripes towards the stars: for whereas the stripes represent the thirteen original colonies that founded our republic, and they are now embodied in the fifty sovereign states represented by the stars, so that the stars cover the stripes.

11th Fold ~ for in the eyes of the Hebrew citizen, this represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon, and glorifies in their eyes the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.

12th Fold ~ for in the eyes of a Christian citizen, this represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies in their eyes God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost.

When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, which reminds us of our national motto, “IN GOD WE TRUST”

After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the sailors and marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones: and they, followed by their comrades and shipmates in the armed forces of the United States, have preserved for us the rights, privileges, and freedom which we are enjoying today.

After reading the symbolism of our American Flag, may the words, “Happy Memorial Day” bring greater meaning to you & your family as you go about your holiday.

Do you have any close family or friends that have served or are currently serving our country?

 

Finally! UN Outlaws Child Abuse May 28, 2010

Filed under: Across Our World,Europe,Russia,Swaziland — daniellebrower @ 1:11 pm
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Please take time to read this brief, but informative article via Tom Davis’ Blog & Childrens HopeChest.

Too Many Children in our World Suffer Appalling Abuse

Today, the UN outlawed abuses inflicted on children including prostitution, pornography, and the sale of children. I don’t know why this took so long, but good for them. It’s good to see world leadership stepping up and doing their part to protect kids from abusers.

What if the church stepped up to do something radical? What if the church said, “If there are any children in the world in danger of being exploited sexually or trafficked, we will take them in. We’ll find families. No questions asked.”

That’s the kind of Acts 2 love and sacrifice that would change the world.

New York — The United Nations on Tuesday launched a major campaign for universal adoption of treaty protocols that outlaw the sale of children, child prostitution and pornography, and protect youngsters in armed conflict, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calling for full ratification by 2012.

“The sad truth is that too many children in today’s world suffer appalling abuse,” he told a ceremony at the headquarters of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in New York, marking the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the two optional protocols strengthening the Convention on the Rights of the Child by providing a moral and legal shield for youngsters vulnerable to prostitution and pornography or caught up in armed conflict.

“Two-thirds of all member states have endorsed these instruments. On this tenth anniversary of their adoption, I urge all countries to ratify them within the next two years.”

Mr. Ban cited recent advances: the release three months ago by the Maoist army in Nepal, under UN supervision, of more than 2,000 soldiers who had been recruited as children; the UN-assisted freeing of children from the ranks of armed groups In Côte d’Ivoire; the prosecution by the International Criminal Court (ICC) of former Congolese militia leader, Thomas Lubanga for war crimes against children.

He noted, too, that fewer and fewer states now permit children to join the armed forces and reiterated his previous calls to the Security Council to consider tough measures on those states and insurgent groups that still recruit children. From AllAfrica.com.

 

3 Life Lessons Simon Cowell Taught Me May 27, 2010

Filed under: Across My Heart,Mom Matters,PopCulture — daniellebrower @ 10:28 pm
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I wonder what Simon’s Momma used to say to him as a little boy… I bet she never uttered the words, “Now be nice, Simon.”

Here are 3 Life Lessons Simon has managed to teach me. He’s that good.

    1. Nice is for Phonies – People want to hear the truth (not always about ourselves, but for sure about others!) I’d rather know what someone thinks about me any day, as have them lie to my face. **It takes guts to be honest & wisdom to say it with tact.** While Simon could work on his tact, he is completely honest and usually for the benefit of the contestant. {Side Thought: Have you noticed that people with a strong English accent can get away with saying pretty much anything? And darn it if I don’t suddenly have the urge to buy some magic household tool I don’t need!}
    2. Fashion doesn’t matter. The dude wears black, white & grey exclusively and people still like him. Goes to show you actions speak louder than fashion. If the people you’re around judge you by your clothes, you need to find new people.
    3. Be original. Originality will get you through to the next round, even when you forget the words! How many times have we heard ‘be yourself’? My immediate thought is how can I be myself when I don’t know who I am? Well, I think it starts with doing something you love without worrying what other people’s responses are gonna be. We must think outside the proverbial box. I had to do this when I started blogging. I literally had to stop caring that I might offend someone because I have an opinion. It’s not that I want to offend people (okay, sometimes). But at my core, I need to be true to whom God made me & what purpose He made me for. There is freedom in living out your originality!

We will miss you & your monochromatic wardrobe, Simon. Thanks for being your rude self all these years.

So go into your summer with a renewed commitment to be honest & original. And while you’re at it, teach your kids the same. Show them that honesty & originality matter more than playing nice. By the way, 90% of the time NICE is code for “Be average & don’t make any waves. Lie if you have to. Water your opinion down so much that you don’t have one anymore.” And then we wonder why we don’t know how to be our original selves.

I think we can all benefit from hearing other perspectives. What’s one subject you’ve decided you don’t have to be nice about?

Shine On Sisters!

ps. Give extra love to the people you hold dear this Memorial Weekend.