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Pre-Born Infants in Heaven

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Pre-Born Infants in Heaven

Written by Perry Stone- Voice of Evangalism, Cleveland, Tn.

Monday, 16 May 2016 

 FOR CENTURIES THERE has been theological debate about infants in paradise. Most acknowledge, once an infant enters the world through the birth process and breathes on its own, that if the child were to pass away, its soul and spirit would be taken into the heavenly paradise. This is borne out when Bathsheba was pregnant with David’s son. The child was born with a terrible affliction, which led David to engage in a seven-day vigil of prayer and fasting. On the seventh day the infant died. Under Divine inspiration, David said, “But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me” (2 Samuel 12:23).

What did David mean, “I will go to him?” The…

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Mustard Seed

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ANNA WALDHERR A Voice Reclaimed, Surviving Child Abuse

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Abuse is among the most depraved and destructive behaviors of which human beings are capable.   Abuse actually warps victims’ reality, altering even the all too human tendency toward pride.

Pride

Known as one of the seven deadly sins [1], pride is a smug feeling of satisfaction at our own achievements – achievements made possible only by the blessings (talents, opportunities, etc.) bestowed on us by God.

Pride has special bearing, in a spiritual sense:

  • Secular humanists emphasize the value of human beings, apart from a deity.  According to this worldview, mankind is gradually advancing, through its own efforts.
  • Christians have a different viewpoint.  Believers see themselves as unworthy, but infinitely valued.  This derives not from their accomplishments, but their relationship to God.  Incapable of changing mankind’s sinful nature, believers are saved from sin by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross.

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Unjust Fear?

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My grass has been cut, the weed eating done, and a few weeds are sprayed with weed killer. My landscapers have left and joyfully I stand gazing at the chopped off root of a large shrub that would fill with bees and cause problems every time I went to the mailbox. The shrub is gone! Happily I think, now how can I make a little flower garden around that post? Anyone who knows me well knows I love to play in the dirt. My yard is a testimony of much labor, an injured back, and a depleted wallet but oh well, off to Home Depot I go.

I grab the cart and joyfully push it up and down the Garden Center isles of blooming plants, shrubs, and bags of dirt. I’m trying to decide exactly what will look nice in the small space and end up hefting curved cement landscape edger’s into the…

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Grace Defined – Book Review

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Editor and Publisher – The Olive Branch Report

“Grace Defined” is a great and deeply moving story about the redeeming power of Christ. It is also the story of how those who love and are loved by Jesus share that love with others – and the tremendous and powerful effect that love has on them.

Sue Cass’s Grace Defined draws the reader in. It’s almost as if you were right there, a part of the story – not just reading it. The family and the story that surrounds them could literally jump off the pages of this book and into real life. The reader will get to know this family, from their intense heartache to emotional problems with the children; and the shared love, and support for one another. You will share in the family’s joy, love, and care for another – as well as their pain, tears, and abuse.

Grace Defined is a true to life intense and captivating story that I found hard to put down. A controlling and abusive husband; a dedicated and loving wife with some not so well-adjusted children – and the power of Christ to overcome and heal those willing to trust Him.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a real story, the good with the bad, success and failure. This is a great read.

 

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Pediatricians Call It What It Is – Child Abuse

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The American College of Pediatricians has released an in-depth report stating that the move to indoctrinate children with the idea that they can pick their gender amounts to child abuse.  They are urging legislators and educators to reject all policies that would condition children to accept chemical and surgical distortions allowing people to impersonate the …

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Rape Survivors Keep Quiet

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There should never be fear of reporting rape and yet schools, individuals, and even families hinder disclosure out of fear of what others may think or how they will reject us or blame us. This is just an example of how school policies can give a rapist criminal more power to rape and brutilize many others.

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Negotiation – Bargaining with the Devil

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ANNA WALDHERR A Voice Reclaimed, Surviving Child Abuse

Maryland Car Dealership (courtesy of Chrysler/Jeep), Author Christopher Ziemnowciz a/k/a CZmarlin (PD)

Few people enjoy negotiation.  Most find it unpleasant, if necessary.  But, for abuse victims, negotiation can be immensely painful.

Why is this?  After all, most adults have been “bargaining” since they were children.  Just one more game.  Just one more story, Daddy.  Pleeze, Mommy, ple-e-e-eze.

Past Experience

Most people bargain with at least some expectation of obtaining what it is they are after.  That expectation is based on past experience, and a degree of prior success.  It pre-supposes an opponent can be persuaded to modify his/her position, perhaps even relent.

The experience of abuse victims is entirely different.  We were forced to bargain with the devil.

However else the abuser may have appeared to the world, however pleasant or sincere s/he may have seemed, however refined, relative to us s/he was evil incarnate:

  • unscrupulous;
  • manipulative;
  • single-minded;
  • more mature, intellectually;
  • erratic and confusing, with…

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An abused wife’s Bill of Rights

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Wishing I was the Wind – Testimony

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Remember back in 1956 the song “The Wayward Wind?” I loved that song! Okay, so some of you weren’t even born at that time and I’m aging myself. But that’s okay.

I remember sitting on the school bus, alone on the leather seat, looking out the window, and feeling totally alone. The words of the song would play through my mind and oh how I wished I could be that wind. How I wished I could just blow across the land and not have to encounter the abuse at home. As the wind, I could go wherever I wanted. I could be strong, so strong I could blow over houses or gently tilt a flower low to the ground. As the wind I would have the power to move mountains or ripple a stream.

I wasn’t living next to railroad tracts, as depicted in the song. I wasn’t grieving the loss of a lost lover. I was grieving a lost childhood. I was grieving the lack of love from a dysfunctional family. “Raise a child in the ways it is to go” wasn’t even thought about. I was being taught all the wrong things about who I was and who I would be. I was taught guilt, shame, anger, frustration, and filled with emptiness. I was taught what I was worth – nothing!

Sadly many people’s perception of their self worth derives from many different circumstances, people, society, families, jobs, how many friends we have/don’t have, etc. For me, actions speak louder than words. Don’t tell me you love me while choking me or punching me. Someone’s actions can relay a message of worth. We all know “that look” from Mom, Dad, husband, or wife.

If we claim our worth by how much money we have/ don’t have, our position at work/ executive or janitor, our weight/ to fat or to skinny, race, beautiful or ugly, harsh words or negative actions, or status in life we are being deceived. Magazines and T.V. commercials all have a message that we’re not good enough.

I remember when I confronted my Dad about the years of abuse, I’ll never forget his words. “You were my tool.” I don’t think anything he could have ever said that could have hurt more. You see he was a diesel mechanic. He had hundreds of tools. All shapes, all sizes. All had a specific purpose. They were placed in a big bright red tool box, inanimate objects that he used and put aside until needed the next time. Their only value was deemed in what they could be used for. images[2]

“You were my tool.” Little did I know that perceived self worth was established way back in the early years of my childhood. In my case it was, “Your good for only one thing.”

It was when I became a child of God that I learned God saw me worth more than a ten dollar screw driver or a fifteen dollar pair of pliers. He saw me as more than a vessel for sex or a punching bag. I was so valuable, “more than silver or gold,” that He adopted me as His daughter! His Son died on the cross that I might have life more abundant, forgiveness of my sins, and that I could spend eternity with Him.

My Dad saw me as a tool, to be used and thrown to the side until needed at another time. God saw me as a precious child who needed a Father. imagesCA7OM3L4

I was received and valued by Christ “…with the precious blood of Christ as a lamb without blemish and without spot.” 1Peter 1:19

Our worth does not come from others, positions, status, or world worth. Our worth is based upon what God created. If He didn’t think we were worth creating He would not have created us! He would not have come to earth as a man, Jesus, to save us from an eternity in hell. He would not seek us out as a lost sheep and carry us back into the fold to love and protect us.

If you had been the only human being on the face of the earth He still would have gone to the cross for you. That’s how valuable you are to Him!

Don’t sell yourself short of how valuable you are. Your alcoholic mother, drug buddies, abusive father, parent that abandoned you did not determine your worth! God and God alone is the only one who determines our value. God see’s you valuable enough to die for you and adopt you as His child. “For you are all sons (daughters) of God through faith in Christ Jesus.” Gal. 3:26

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“And because you are sons, (daughters) God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.” Gal. 4:6-7

* note: I added (daughters) so no-one feels left out.

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Grace Defined – Newly Released

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This fictional story takes place after World War 2. Many people were left struggling, some destitute and not knowing where to turn. The Carmichael family made it through the war but when the plants close they find themselves having to make difficult decisions. Bill Carmichael, his wife Joan, and three children decided to move to California but find themselves stranded during a heavy snowstorm in Colorado. Instead of turning to the Lord, Bill turns to his own means of coping. His atheist views clash with his Christian wife and are a harsh reality influencing his children and leaving the door open for the enemy of God.

Reviews:

“This book brings help, hope, and a place to call home to every family who finds affinity and empathy with the Carmichael’s as they endure life’s up’s and downs but discover a grace that is bigger.” Steve Wood, Lead Pastor – Mount Pisgah UMC – John’s Creek, Ga.

“Excellent, realistic, and encouraging. Unabashed telling of the struggles of life.” Christopher Grizzle, Senior Pastor – Buford Church of God – Buford, Ga.

“Once again Sue Cass, with her fingers upon the keys and inspiration from above, shows us a picture in her book, GRACE DEFINED, of numerous choices and the driving force behind those choices. May you write another, dear friend.” Martha McKinnon, CSM – Gainesville, Ga.

“Sue Cass’s GRACE DEFINED draws the reader in, it’s almost as if you were right there, a part of the story – not just reading it. Grace Defined is a true to life intense and captivating story that I found hard to put down. This is a great read.” Greg Holt, Editor and Publisher – The Olive Branch Report

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