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Date Tips Pt. 2

1) Date Night: When was the last time you danced together? If it makes you self-conscious, play music at home after your date and dance in private.

Head Up

If what a person does makes you or someone else afraid or fearful by following and making catcalls, it’s stalking!

I sat next to my mother in disbelief as the police officer in our living room looked down, scribbling on his pad of paper.

“Are you sure he didn’t just think you were cute?” he asked.
Maybe he thought I was cute. But does that justify him following me for blocks, shouting sexual advances out his car window as I was trying to walk home?
I was only in high school. I had called the police department in my hometown of Pitman, N.J., because I was scared.
Which brings us to the New York Post piece this week by Doree Lewak titled “Hey, ladies — catcalls are flattering! Deal with it,” in which Lewak says “enjoying male attention doesn’t make you a traitor to your gender.”
She says catcalls give her a sense of “self-worth and validation.” And she isn’t just sharing her own take — she says other women should feel the same way.
Well, not this woman. Catcalling is horrifying, dangerous and demeaning. Catcalling does not mean you are beautiful, smart, strong or interesting. Catcalling means a stranger values you so little he doesn’t care if he makes you feel uncomfortable or threatened.
No matter what is said — a catcall is never a compliment.
I am in training for my third marathon, and every single time I go running in a public place without my male running partner, I am the target of catcalls. Yes, every time. It doesn’t make me feel “over the moon” or like I am “looking good that day” — as Lewak says. It makes me scared.
Scared to be on the streets, in the daylight, in a city I love. It makes me afraid I am going to be attacked. It makes me want to quit a sport I love so I never have to wonder if someone who shouts, “Come over here and let me get a look at that ass,” is harmless or is dangerous. Because I never know.
I’ve run through a crowd in Washington, D.C., and been grabbed by a stranger while his friends laughed and shouted about my shorts. Now I don’t run through crowds of men.
I’ve run by a construction site in New Jersey to have multiple men yell down at me from above — one tried to dump his cup of water on me. Now I avoid construction sites.
I’ve run in my college town, Burlington, Vt., and been followed by a man on a bike for three blocks, calling after me to “smile” and “run towards me instead.”
A whistle might just be a whistle. But to a woman running or walking alone — we can never be sure. Will that whistle turn into a lewd comment? A grab? A rape? We can’t know — and we shouldn’t have to wonder.
Lewak’s article is dangerous. If even one person reads this piece and believes that street harassment is nothing but a compliment, women will have to face even more fear.
Don’t whistle. Don’t honk and shout. If you have something nice to say, come up and say it in person, kindly.
I am tired of being afraid to walk alone. There are enough real predators out there. Don’t create more fear with your catcalls.
DiBlasio is a breaking news reporter at USA TODAY

God’s NOT DEAD

Normally in the process of using my Kindle fire I can zap the battery while writing anything of great length. While doing this it went from 46% to 100% and holding! Act of God.
Notes from the DVD

God’s Not Dead

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Theos – God

You breath, you eat, you live which can only be done if God exists just as I do. Bertrand Russell ” book “Why I do not …” They all denied the existence of God. No wonder the class I took in college drove me to search out the truth. The subject: “Cults and Occults” I took the “F” for holding on to my faith in Jesus Christ.

Pray!

Fighting a war they cannot see! Spiritual warfare is not seen, but the pain delivered by the Lord when derogatory remarks about Him are made, is very real. For example: Tell God or Jesus to shut up and tell me the pain you feel in your heart, lungs and throat are unreal. I know first hand the truth, partly from stupidity and the remainder because I asked the Lord what would happen if I talked like Janice Phelps! Dull, but clear.

God is….Alive.

Easier to prove than disapprove.

Genesis 1:1-31 NASB

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day. Then God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” God made the expanse, and separated the waters which were below the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so. God called the expanse heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day. Then God said, “Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. God called the dry land earth, and the gathering of the waters He called seas; and God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them”; and it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good. There was evening and there was morning, a third day. Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also. God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good. There was evening and there was morning, a fourth day. Then God said, “Let the waters teem with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open expanse of the heavens.” God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind; and God saw that it was good. God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” There was evening and there was morning, a fifth day. Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after their kind”; and it was so. God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind; and God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food”; and it was so. God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

Where were you, she, he or I when all of creation was formed from nothing to something? Where do we get the idea of Adam and Eve in a Garden Where in the book of Genesis is the name “Steve”? Where?

I was born in 1959, the world existed before that for at least 1,159 years. My grandfather was born in 1894 and before that another man was born in 1860. Others have been born as well, a Nazarene, a Carpenter, a Chief Corner stone, the Son of God. The date, 33 a.d.

True or Not True:

The atheistic where once Christians? How?

The Sower and the Seed!

Mark 4:1-29 NASB

He began to teach again by the sea. And such a very large crowd gathered to Him that He got into a boat in the sea and sat down; and the whole crowd was by the sea on the land. And He was teaching them many things in parables, and was saying to them in His teaching, “Listen to this! Behold, the sower went out to sow; as he was sowing, some seed fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate it up. Other seed fell on the rocky ground where it did not have much soil; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of soil. And after the sun had risen, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. Other seed fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked it, and it yielded no crop. Other seeds fell into the good soil, and as they grew up and increased, they yielded a crop and produced thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.” And He was saying, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear. As soon as He was alone, His followers, along with the twelve, began asking Him about the parables. And He was saying to them, “To you has been given the mystery of the kingdom of God, but those who are outside get everything in parables, so that while seeing , they may see and not perceive, and while hearing , they may hear and not understand , otherwise they might return and be forgiven .” And He said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How will you understand all the parables? The sower sows the word. These are the ones who are beside the road where the word is sown; and when they hear, immediately Satan comes and takes away the word which has been sown in them. In a similar way these are the ones on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy; and they have no firm root in themselves, but are only temporary; then, when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately they fall away. And others are the ones on whom seed was sown among the thorns; these are the ones who have heard the word, but the worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. And those are the ones on whom seed was sown on the good soil; and they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold. And He was saying to them, “A lamp is not brought to be put under a basket, is it, or under a bed? Is it not brought to be put on the lampstand? For nothing is hidden, except to be revealed; nor has anything been secret, but that it would come to light. If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” And He was saying to them, “Take care what you listen to. By your standard of measure it will be measured to you; and more will be given you besides. For whoever has, to him more shall be given; and whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him.” And He was saying, “The kingdom of God is like a man who casts seed upon the soil; and he goes to bed at night and gets up by day, and the seed sprouts and grows-how, he himself does not know. The soil produces crops by itself; first the blade, then the head, then the mature grain in the head. But when the crop permits, he immediately puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”

Because God took someone we loved, we hate him, why? “How can you hate someone you claim does not exists?” I believe.

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Being the parent of a 6 year-old and a 4 year-old, there’s a lot of finger pointing going on in my house. Last night, I caught the girls playing in Jalen’s room about an hour after we’d put them to bed. I opened the door to find the lights on, Jalen sitting up, playing with her stuffed animals and Emmy dancing around the room like it was

“Daddy…um, I think Emmy…sneaked in my room accidentally.”

“No, that’s not right, Daddy. She did come in my room, but I think she didn’t mean to.

“Yes you did, Jalen. I didn’t do anything. It’s not my fault.”

The truth, once revealed, was actually quite innocent. Jalen was scared in her bed alone and got up to find us. But Jennifer had run to the store and I was upstairs on the phone. She didn’t want to interrupt my call, so Jalen asked her sister to come sleep in her room and Emmy agreed. They were going to go to straight to sleep, but

I wasn’t mad. I didn’t even mind what they’d done. I would have just put them back to bed. But the lie…the blaming…not admitting their part. There was nothing good

They shed some tears and apologized to each other for the false accusations. I asked them to admit their part in what had happened and they did – with smiles on their faces this time, instead of fear. They hugged each other, gave me kisses, and

As I put them to bed and settled into my own, I replayed it all again in my head. And though it was a simple example with small consequences, I couldn’t help but see myself and the rest of us in their childish, but oh so human, example. So often, when we fail or falter, the last thing we want to do is accept responsibility .

How can I make this not my fault? Instinctually, we look for anyone around us that can shine the spotlight and cast the blame on.

But life will teach us this lesson well. We do ourselves no favors by pointing fingers at someone else – or even worse, sticking our heads in the sand, ignoring the power we have and the role we play in our own lives.

More and more, I’m learning the immense power of my choices, both good and bad, to shape my life and experience. Regardless of what anyone else did or does, I am responsible for me. You are responsible for you. And each of us will find our

Even typing that list made my stomach turn a little. But in truth, this is awesome news. Because if our choices were powerful enough to get us where we are, then they’re also strong enough to take us where we want to be.

If avoiding the hardest words will cause us pain, or keep us from where we’re meant to be, then embracing them will end it and move us forward…in an instant.

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Free Again!

I’m Free Again

Satan led my soul astray (Satan led my soul astray I drifted)
From the straight and narrow way (that leads to happiness and life eternal)
But to Jesus I did pray (to the Lord I humbly prayed)
He heard my prayer, rescued me that very day (that very day)
Chorus:
Praise God I’m free (free from every chain of sin)
I’ve been set free by the grace of God
I’m free (with a settled peace within)
No more the paths of sin I trod
I’m free (heaven’s gates I’ll enter in)
The blood has cleansed every sinful stain
I’m free (praise the living God)
I’m free again (I’m free again)

Soon the pearly gates I’ll see (soon the pearly gates I’ll see in heaven)
Soon I’ll live eternally (and then I’ll never die but live forever)
Friends and loved ones wait for me (friends and love ones wait for me)
I’ll sail up high through the sky because I’m free (because I’m free)

Repeat Chorus

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Still Haven’t!

SATURDAY, JULY 12, 2014

D E V O T I O N Didn’t Miss a Thing

Better to have little, with fear for the Lord, than to have great treasure and inner turmoil. —Proverbs 15:16

A little with God is better than much without Him. As believers, we will make sacrifices in our lives. There are times, if we were honest, that we will see some people doing certain things, and we think, That looks like fun. You might even be a little tempted. You look at people who live for selfishness, partying, or multiple sexual encounters. But then let the years pass. Look at the course their lives have taken and the course your life has taken.

I had friends from high school who didn’t accept Christ when I did. They went their way, and I went mine. I run into them every now and then, and I think, Thank God that I went the way that I went! Did I miss a few parties? Yes — a lot of them. Did I miss some good times? I missed a few. But I also missed a lot of hangovers and other problems that are associated with that kind of lifestyle. Did I miss out on a few things? Sure I did. But what God gave me in the place of those things has been infinitely better.

It has been said one must wait until sunset to see how splendid the day has been. I know that when you are young, many things look so tempting: Go out and party, or go to church? Go out and have fun, or go sing songs about God?

The point is that you will make some sacrifices. You will deny yourself at times. But then, when you look back on your life someday, you will come to realize that you didn’t really miss anything.

Today’sdevotional is an excerpt from EveryDay with Jesus by Greg Laurie,2013

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