June 4, 2023 DDF Breathes New Life Post/Podcast on Faith I went to church this week. I am on the prayer team, but I still struggle to ask for prayer for myself or anything for that matter. But, this week I felt I needed to request prayer for my nephew’s healing and also for him and his family to come to know Jesus. They request prayers, but not really having a relationship with Him. I shared and cried with my church family. I was thanked for sharing this struggle and I just felt a lifting of my spirit. I needed to be surrounded by worship. The message was practical advice on relying and resting in my faith. Also about how you feel when you take your burdens to God in prayer. I am reading Worldview by Greg Laurie that reflects the message by my pastor. “gather with other believers, worship the Lord, get into the Word, have fellowship with one another, and just take this time to get spiritually recharged.” “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). P

June 1, 2023 DDF Breathes New Life Post/Podcast no video week

  Very busy the past week, missed posting as Robert and I went to Austin for our grandson’s birthday. My student whose mom had brain surgery showed and she has made it so it was a great celebration. Then off onto a short vacation, but worth the time spent with a five-year-old. Would love to bottle all that energy. During our vacation, I was informed that my nephew has been in a head on collision and seeing the truck I am shocked he made it out alive. First few days seemed pretty bleak along with the surgeries to save his life. Today, he has movement in his limbs and opened his eyes. He has a long road ahead of him. I know how difficult it must be to sit beside the bed of your child overwhelmed by the worst helpless emotion.  When there is nothing you can do, the best plan of action is to pray. Speak the name of Jesus into the situation.  Here is the prayer I sent to our family: Prayers for healing. Prayers for recovery. Prayers, you hold our family together through this storm. May God’

June 1, 2023: No Middle Road: Woke or Unwoke?

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world" (John 16:33). If you haven't checked out  you should. A great educational tool and I love the Fireside Chats. Very unwoke, so I watched this short video and it really had a lot packed into it. Educate yourself on the evolution of being woke and how it has impacted generations to get to where we are today.  Unwoke Inc. What I learned: Woke is defined as: being alert to invisible injustices perpetrated against disempowered classes of people. Race, Gender, Sexual Orientation Borrows from the troupes of Marxism-oppressor oppressed narrative Woke-merging of Marxism and Identity Politics defined as you are nothing more and nothing less than the genetic stock that you inherit on the day you’re born Woke- moved from being a challenge to the system to becoming the system Origin of wokism-is to understand academia Counter wokism

June 1, 2023: Prayers for our Nation

-what “we the people” really means: authority over my person, family, church, and government   Prayers for our Nation: My Faith Votes asked us to pray not only on the national day of prayer but as much as possible . “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land” ( 2 Chronicles 7:14 ) Life: Please pray for all men who have suffered the loss of a child through abortion. This is yet another hidden consequence to our society. Extended families all suffer from these regretful choices that create bondage, not freedom. Economy:  Proverbs 22:7 says, “The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.” We are borrowing money to pay the interest on the money we have borrowed. This is fiscal and biblical irresponsibility. Pray that Americans demand an end to overspending.  Elections:  1 Timothy 2:1-2 says, “First of all, then,

May 19, 2023 DDF Breathes New Life Post/Podcast Gratitude So, a senior walks in to pick up his cap and gown. We are all smiles as we hand it to him but him not so much. He flatly says he may not make it to graduation. We inquire why not? He just says “my mom is having brain surgery today and we don’t know if she is going to make it.” The silence fills the room and I am so caught off guard that my brain, empty of all thought escapes me. I just say dumbly “I am so sorry to hear that.” Then “let us know if there is anything we can do?” He leaves and we both realize we were holding our breath. Then the tears come with the weight of this young man just about to enter the world of adulthood which should be a time of celebration. Ugggg! Then today at church prayers for a family who just lost their son who was set to graduate to a motorcycle accident. Brings back memories of my graduating year where a group of girls was in a car rollover coming back from Lake Mead. Our fr

May 12, 2023 DDF Breathes New Life Post/Podcast Mother's Day A little bit of history. You never know when one small act will grow into a national day to celebrate the blessings of being a mom and the expression of respect, honor, and love towards mothers. -during the Middle Ages, the custom allowed those who had moved away to visit their parishes and their mothers on Laetare Sunday, the fourth Sunday of Lent. -Laetare Sunday: In medieval England simnel cakes (special rich fruitcakes) were consumed on this day. In the Anglican churches it is sometimes called Mothering Sunday, with reference to a verse in Galatians (4:27) -this became Mothering Sunday in Britain, where it continued into modern day although it has largely been replaced by Mother’s day -what we celebrate today called Mother’s day originated in America -Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia whose mother organized women’s groups to promote friendship and health so when she passed Anna wanted to honor her mother. She

May 5, 2023 DDF Breathes New Life Post/Podcast Health Update & another crazy story A little overdue this past week. It just takes my body longer to get over a simple head cold. My head hurt so I didn’t write over the weekend and at times I make a goal for myself and when I miss a timeline then I think I am harder on myself than others would be. I am not short on stubbornness until some illness lays me flat out. Think I would learn a lesson from myself. I mean I don’t have the hardened heart stubbornness that has turned away from God by rejecting all He has done for me. But, the stubbornness that I want something done that I don’t listen to my body when I have pushed too hard. The kind of stubbornness that I will get it done even if God says it is time to slow down or just enjoy the journey and stop running ahead. Look at what you missed by rushing through life. Then the most powerful reminder came in the mail today. I have listened to Dr. Charles Stanley since I was in middle school. His “C