Stay Safe and Trust Him

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This Coronavirus situation is getting more concerning with each news broadcast. As a Christian, I realize that my life and times are in God’s hands : “To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under Heaven: a time to be born and a time to die . . .
Ecclesiastes 3:1-2
That doesn’t excuse us from risky behavior however. Please follow safe guidelines of avoiding crowds, handwashing, and staying home when you’re ill.
We will get through this virus season just like we have survived others if it’s God’s will. Those of us who know Him never have to worry about tomorrow for He is already there. Be comforted, and stay safe, everyone.

Sue

Are You Ready?

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How can it be that the first month of 2020 is almost over? Time seems to pass so quickly as our busy schedules melt away days, weeks, even years.
2020 hasn’t been kind thus far as the Coronavirus is threatening to spread from China, earthquakes and even volcanoes are occurring, and Australia’s historic fires torched so much of that country and its wildlife.
Then this past weekend a tragic helicopter crash occurred in California, taking nine lives and affecting five families in heartbreaking finality. We know about it because of the one name that made the news – Kobe Bryant.
The title above says it all – are you ready? None of us knows when our last day will be. God knew the moment we were born and also knows when our last breath will occur. He loves you, sent His Son to die for you, and has prepared a place for you in Heaven. However, you have to make the choice to accept His gift of salvation by accepting that Son – Jesus – as your Savior. He is the only way to God because He paid for our forgiveness of sins.
Don’t waste the time that has been given to you. The devil likes to misguide people by whispering, “You have plenty of time – don’t rush that decision; that choice.” Why would you listen to who Jesus called the Father of lies?
Be ready!

Sue

In the Hard Times

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First of all, I guess I should wish everyone a Happy New Year, but the topic of this post is rooted in reality, not a dropping ball or confetti.
We all wish for a better year than the last one. It doesn’t always happen.
So what do you do when something bad happens? It could be a car accident, health problems, job loss, death in the family … something bad.
Through social media, devotional and church websites, I learn of lots of peoples’ problems daily and their requests for prayer. It’s in the crucible of hard times that those of us who believe in the power of prayer reach out – first to our Heavenly Father, and then to others who care for us. We believe that God hears us and will send what we need to withstand the trials we are experiencing.
In this new year/new decade, will you remember that the first thing you should do is pray and trust that your Heavenly Father, your Abba, will listen and sustain you? He is able, even when you aren’t.
So move forward in 2020 knowing that nothing will take God by surprise, because as a wise person once told me, He knows the end from the beginning.
I wish blessings to you all this year.

Sue

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This entry was posted on January 2, 2020. 1 Comment

Mary, Did You Know?

What do you see when you look at these two pictures compiled by Michellle Witt-Garcia?
How would you describe these two very different moments in Mary’s life?
What emotions do these images evoke?

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For me, the first picture illustrates the popular Mark Lowery song and title of this post, “Mary, did you know?” The joy, the awe, the wonder at the birth of God’s son is evident on Mary’s face. She has yet to hear Simeon’s prophetic words when she and Joseph took Jesus to the temple to dedicate him: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel … And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”
These words are evident in the second picture as an anguished Mary cradles the body of her son after He sacrificed His life for us on the cross.
We celebrate Christmas as the birth of the Christ Child – the only One who was born to die for you and me. Praise His holy name!
Merry Christmas from the “Voices.”

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Sue

Thankfulness Is A Choice

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Are you a “glass half full or a glass half empty” person?
In the upcoming days, families will travel, turkey, ham, and the fixings will be prepared, and in the midst of all the food (and football!), some will remember to count their blessings.
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Wouldn’t counting our blessings make our challenges less intimidating?
A wise person once told me, “There is always something to be thankful for.” This wisdom follows scripture: “In everything give thanks, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. ” I Thes. 5:18
The Voices are sending you heartfelt good wishes for a blessed Thanksgiving. Whatever you are going through during this season of your life, I challenge you to find something for which to be grateful, because thankfulness is indeed a choice. God bless.

Sue – Voice II

Christians, Pray For Kanye

Lately the news has been covering the conversion of Kanye West to Christianity. He has gone (in his own words)”from I am a god to Jesus Is King” and “I’m not a slave; I’m a child of God.” Contrast that with previous words and actions. Look at his face!

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This situation reminds me of Acts 9 when the disciples were afraid to accept the newly saved Saul into their midst, remembering his past and not acknowledging what Christ could do in his life. This man was transformed into Paul, the writer of most of the New Testament and minister of the gospel to many.

We can’t limit God! Please pray for Kanye, that he continues to grow in the Lord. He could have a tremendous influence on many for our Saviour.

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Sue – Voice II

This entry was posted on November 4, 2019. 1 Comment

Everyone gets a trophy…Why?

This post was written and saved several years ago. I feel that it’s time to share it as nothing seems to have changed, with even adults now talking about this mindset.

*Please check out Deidre’s short teacher encouragement video at the end of this post.*

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The “Voices” are out there – taking our message to those who will listen. It is a¬†message about returning to doing things God’s way so He will bless our nation again and we can leave a decent legacy for our children. Whether I am attending festivals, vendor shows, church-sponsored events, or Deidre is traveling to visit relatives, friends, and former colleagues, our book is moving into the hands of many and we are thankful.

Our title sums up what seems to be a growing trend – whether you win, lose, or just participate – everyone gets a trophy. There seems to no longer be an incentive to strive for more, work harder, or “keep your eyes on the prize.” As one six-year-old recently told me, It doesn’t matter if we win, I’ll still get a trophy.” That’s just SAD! At the ripe old age of six, she already knows that it doesn’t matter how much effort she puts into the game, the cheer, or the race, because everyone is rewarded for just showing up!

Contrast that with what Steelers linebacker, James Harrison, said about a similar situation: “I came home to find out that my sons got two trophies for nothing, participation trophies! While I am very proud of my boys for everything they do, and will encourage them until the day I die, these trophies will be given back until they EARN a real trophy. I’m not sorry for believing that everything in life should be earned and I’m not about to raise two boys to be men by making them believe they are entitled to something just because they tried their best . . . cause sometimes your best is not enough … and that should drive you to want to do better . . . not cry and whine until somebody gives you something to shut you up and keep you happy.”

Let me take that participation mindset further. If you have grown up receiving government assistance, as did your mother and her mother before her, don’t you accommodate to that lifestyle? Why work when any effort to do so might jeopardize that income? As a result, we now have several generations of citizens in our country who expect their lifestyle to be supported by others¬†while¬†all they have to do is “show up.” This situation is just as puzzling to me as the trophy one. How do we change this mindset and teach our young people that it takes work, sometimes hard work, to succeed in life?

I fought a difficult battle in the middle school classroom at times trying to convince sixth and eighth graders that hard work will pay off in the end. Instant gratification was so much more rewarding, but that is not reality. Sometimes in life, it takes effort, learning from mistakes, and time to accomplish what we want. As I mentioned in one of the chapters of our book:

“Nothing pleases me more as a teacher than seeing a student slowly but surely improve in my class. Moving from a “D” the first nine weeks to a “B” by the end of the year is a dramatic change and a true lesson in life. Hard work does pay off regardless of the area of involvement.” (Ch. X, pg.146)

How is that lesson learned if everyone gets a trophy? Participation is just a step in that direction – let’s get back to teaching our children that not winning is OK if they have tried their best. However, the trophies belong to those who accomplished the most. Maybe next year . . .

Sue – Voice II

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Everyone gets a trophy, in my opinion, can easily be paired with everyone will get a trial. Even if children are rewarded with a trophy for just being on a team, and people receive government assistance when they can possibly work for it, they still must face the reality that everything in life does change. The government now requires individuals who receive help for food, housing and utilities to go out and volunteer at select companies or go back to school for on-job training, and those of us who are still employed or retired from long years of hard work can rejoice as we shout, “AMEN!” Likewise all those Pop Warner and little leaguers who were rewarded the same-regardless, will eventually grow up and obtain jobs or go on to schools of higher learning and education. In the “real” world, they will find out how you only get a paycheck when you work for it, or you will only receive the grade which you have earned. Unfortunately, it will be a hard truth that many will have to face a little too late.

The Bible says in this life we will have trials and tribulations. Contradictory situations in life occur as we experience happy and¬†sad, the good and the bad, sunshine and rain, life and death all interacting and all being intertwined into our daily lives. We definitely don’t always get to choose how or when these things will occur, but we do get to choose the attitude with which we handle them. Yet, we all will experience the highs and lows of life whether we think we deserve to or not.

Everyone getting a trophy is certainly not the best lesson life has to offer anyone, and everyone going through a trial may not be the worst of it. However, the greatest trophy to seize is not a tangible one; it can be found in the message that the Apostle Paul taught when he declared, “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Jesus Christ.” (Phil 3:14) To lose out on obtaining the most undeserved and unmerited rewarded crown of all time known as Salvation, would indeed be the greatest travesty one could ever endure or witness.

Deidre – Voice I

 

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