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May 26, 2014

Miss Brenda and the Loveladies: A Heartwarming True Story of Grace, God, and Gumption



Spending a certain period of time in prison – no matter how long or how short that period may be – is often a traumatizing experience, especially for women. But nothing compares to being imprisoned for no reason and having to deal with the harsh reality of living in a cell. Although it may sound like the plot of a novel or a movie, this actually happened to Brenda Spahn. She tells her story in “Miss Brenda and the Loveladies: A Heartwarming True Story of Grace, God, and Gumption.”

Brenda Spahn was a successful entrepreneur and businesswoman, enjoying an abundant and secure lifestyle, until one day she was wrongly accused of something she had never done and the possibility of being sent to prison loomed over her. It is in the darkest of times that God shows himself to His people, and the same happened in Brenda’s case. Luckily, she was spared incarceration, and a renewed Brenda emerged from this unpleasant experience. She decided then that she would do her best to help women who were in prison, but particularly those imprisoned in one of the worst places in the U.S.A.: the Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka, Alabama.

Brenda Spahn was shocked to learn that, upon being freed from prison, women received only $10, a new set of clothes, and a ticket to return to their hometown. This determined her to create a transition center for women, called The Lovelady Center. With her courage, love, and determination, Brenda did everything she could to help women adapt to their new life unconfined by cell walls. Today, The Lovelady Center is the largest nonprofit transitional center for women.

“Miss Brenda and the Loveladies: A Heartwarming True Story of Grace, God, and Gumption” tells the story of Brenda’s incredible adventures, dark moments, achievements, and fears. This account of the author’s struggles and successes proves yet again the power of one’s faith and how God changes lives every day.

You may watch this video in order to learn more about Brenda Spahn and her work:

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May 8, 2014

‘The Beginnings: The Gospel of Mark’

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Many people read the Bible, but few can say that they truly understand it. While it is good for someone to start reading the Holy Book on their own, it is even better if they also turn to books written by Christian writers who can offer them a frame of reference so that they can better understand and assimilate the word of God. ‘The Beginnings: The Gospel of Mark’ written by Cary Holbert is such a book. It is the first in a series of sixteen books, ‘He is Out of His Mind Devotional Series’, whose aim is to show people how to read and interpret one of the most important Gospels of the Bible. Each of these sixteen books will focus on a single chapter of the Gospel, thus explaining it properly and in great detail.
The author starts by offering information on the historical, religious, and social aspects of the period when the Gospel was written. All these aspects are important, because they help shed light on why and how this amazing book came to be. The readers will find out that the Gospel of Mark was written around 60-70 AD, in a time of great oppression. The Church of Rome was going through great struggles as the apostles Peter and Paul were awaiting martyrdom at the hands of the Roman Emperor Nero. This means that Mark offered hope to all Christians by starting to write about the arrival of God’s offspring.
At that time, the Gospel came as great news. Jesus, the Christ, the Messiah, was there and he was about to make unthinkable changes. Mark was able to bring evidence that this man was real and unique, and that his teachings needed to be followed. He urged the people to act immediately, because only their faith in God and his Son could save them from the difficult times they were living in. Even nowadays, the Gospel of Mark brings the same hope and peace to those who take the time to read it, study it, and understand it.
‘The Beginnings: The Gospel of Mark’ is written in an easy-to-understand way. Readers of all ages will be able to finally understand the message of the first chapter of the Gospel, as the author explains everything in detail, and doesn't leave a single word out. This incredible book will be free on Amazon from May 15 to May 17, 2014, so make sure you grab your copy. Once you start reading it, you’ll want to continue with the other books in the series to fully understand the Gospel of Mark.
Source: http://www.examiner.com/article/a-book-that-will-help-you-understand-the-gospel-of-mark

Apr 11, 2014

Face of a Miracle


Christine Hannah, 30 from New Jersey, vividly remembers her healing after receiving a word of knowledge from Pat Robertson. “My sophomore year in college, I noticed my skin was very itchy and it had spots that were rising – very small spots - and those began to connect with other spots and became huge patches.”
“I didn’t have anything to help with the symptoms which were severe itching.
“I thought I looked disgusting. The rash would itch and then weep, and dry up and be really scabby. And I just thought, ‘You look like a burn victim.’”
Christine’s mother Evelyn took note, “When I saw that it had been going on for a few months, I was very concerned. This is not only not looking good, but it’s going to cause her to not feel good about herself.”
Christine said, “I couldn’t go to the dermatologist at that time because I was a full-time college student. I was working but did not have insurance, and I was too old to be on my parents’ health insurance.” 
But Evelyn had strong faith, “I’m thinking, ‘Let’s see what God does!’ because I’ve seen Him do many miracles in my own life with my children and my husband. So I know that He can do it.”
Christine said, “I was a very regular viewer of The 700 Club.
Then she remembers Pat saying, “You may be African-American. And you’ve got this kind of dappled looking skin.”
“He prayed for a few things and when he said that, I looked up at the screen for a moment, and I said, ‘Oh, that can be anybody.’”
Pat continued, “God right now is just wiping His hand across your face and your body, and your skin is absolutely whole, in Jesus’ name.”
“After Pat prayed and gave that word of knowledge, the rashes that I already had occurring—those healed up and went away and there were no new rashes,” Christine recalls, “I had no symptoms at all for over a year. Now it’s been almost 6 or 7 years.”
Evelyn said, “Her dad and I are very thankful for what God has done in her life; even though it may be small to some people.”
Christine concludes, “I am very thankful for God healing me. There is nothing too hard for God, or too small to ask Him. No matter how small it is, He is concerned about everything that we’re concerned about and that bothers us - even our skin.”
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Apr 9, 2014

A True Miracle

I know God has been with me in many ways of my life even though I never learned anything about him. I was a drug addict for most of my life and finally decided I had had enough. After I stopped using drugs I had a miracle in my life. This is my miracle... Not sure if others would characterize this as a miracle but I do. In September of 2004 I found out I was pregnant, I was very excited and scared at the same time. I have had several miscarriages and was told I would have a difficult time carrying a child to full term. So that is why I was scared. Anyway on October 8th of 2004 I started bleeding and went to the hospital and they told me it was a miscarriage and it was not my fault these things happen. I was devastated. I felt like using drugs again but I knew that wasn't the answer. I prayed for GOD to help my understand why this happened to me. For several months after I still felt like I was still pregnant. Everyone told me this was normal because I am older now so it was taking longer for my body to go back to normal. I was also told that it could be because I wanted this child so badly. In February of 2005 I went back into the hospital one night because I thought I had really severe gas, my stomach was bubbling so badly, only to find out I was pregnant. They (the doctors and nurses at the hospital) of course thought I had gotten pregnant again even though I said my husband was in prison and had been there since Oct of 2004. They thought I had cheated on him and didn't believe me when I said I hadn't. When they did an ultra-sound it showed I was 28 weeks pregnant, it was 20 weeks before that when they told me I had miscarried. It was obviously the same pregnancy and they had no explanation for what happened because they had found tissue in my uterine wall which is what lead them to believe I was having a miscarriage 20 weeks before. So there was no explanation and on May 11th, 2005 I gave birth to a healthy 6pound 8ounce beautiful baby girl. She is now 14 months old and is very smart and well advanced with her vocabulary. She knows more words then a 14month old should. I am very proud of her and she is my miracle. I am still clean today and continue to go to NA meetings and out-patient substance abuse therapy. I have a wonderful support group and I am grateful today for many things! Does anyone else agree this was a miracle? I would love to hear some feedback.
God Bless Everyone!
Melissa

Source: ainglkiss.com 

Apr 8, 2014

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The aunt of a 1-year-old girl rescued at sea by the U.S. Navy says the baby's fever is gone, and she is responding well to medication after showing salmonella-like symptoms before her family's sailboat broke down.
Sariah English told The Associated Press on Monday that her niece, Lyra Kaufman, was checked by military medical personnel after being boarded onto the USS Vandegrift on Sunday morning but her illness has not been diagnosed by a physician, yet.
English said her sister, Charlotte Kaufman, called her from the warship and told her that Lyra was bouncing back with new medication. The girl had salmonella before they left on their trip but was thought to have recovered.
The Kaufmans and their two children were rescued 900 miles southwest of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
The Navy warship carrying Lyra is expected to arrive midweek in San Diego.
The USS Vandegrift was moving at 20 knots or about 23 mph, though the speeds will vary, and officials do not have an exact day yet of when the Kaufmans will arrive, where their baby is expected to get further treatment, Navy spokeswoman Lt. Lenaya Rotklein said. About 200 sailors were also on board the ship.
A statement from the parents, Charlotte and Eric Kaufman, a Coast Guard-licensed captain, said their daughter, Lyra, was doing better on the Vandergrift.
Authorities have declined to identify the girl's illness, citing privacy laws. Before the family left for the trip, Lyra had salmonella poisoning, but doctors cleared her to travel after she was healthy again, Charlotte Kaufman's sister, Sariah Kay English, said.
Four California Air National Guard members parachuted into the water and reached the boat Thursday night. The crew stabilized the girl, stayed by her side and then hopped on an inflatable boat with the family to board the USS Vandegrift on Sunday morning. Authorities decided to sink the Rebel Heart because it was taking on water.
The family took only what they could carry from the broken boat - three bags - and they were disappointed to lose the sailboat they called home.
"We understand there are those who question our decision to sail with our family, but please know that this is how our family has lived for seven years, and when we departed on this journey more than a year ago, we were then and remain today confident that we prepared as well as any sailing crew could," the San Diego couple said in a statement from the USS Vandegrift.
"The ocean is one of the greatest forces of nature, and it always has the potential to overcome those who live on or near it. We are proud of our choices and our preparation," the statement said.
Source: CBS News

Apr 4, 2014

An Angel Named Johnny

Old woodsmans with his rifle in the outdoors.

A mother of seven lived far from the town. Their groceries were gone, the car broken down. She knelt by her bed at the break of the day. "Oh God, be with 'Hubby' while he is away. She prayed, "God in heaven, You've promised to give to us, Your own children, provisions to live."

She rose from her knees and started her chores, lighting the stove and sweeping the floors. She tried hard to trust that the Lord would provide, but still the fear lingered--way deep down inside.

Ten miles down the road lived a woodsman named John. He walked with a limp, and one eye was gone. His hair was all matted; his clothes were a mess; and what his shack looked like, one only could guess. He trapped, fished and hunted, and he panned for some gold. His pal was a wolf dog, eleven years old.

One day he went looking for a duck or a goose, but there by the lake he saw a bull moose. He readied his rifle, took aim; then he fired. The moose gave no struggle; he fell, then expired.

The mother, meanwhile, watched her children at play. Oh, what could she give them for supper that day? She crawled down the root cellar, digging around. A few spuds and some carrots were all that she found.

As she walked to the woodshed, her heart leaped with fear. Down the road a man staggered, like he'd had too much beer. His clothes were all tattered; his face was unshaved. He must be a madman, the way he behaved.

With a loud voice he cried, "Please don't be alarmed. I'm here on a mission. I mean you no harm. "My name is Johnny, and this here's my hound."

He then swung a sack from his back to the ground. With a tooth-missing grin he said, "Brought you some meat. For me and old Lobo, it was too much to eat."

With a song in her heart and a tear in her eye, the mother said, "Thank you!" 'Twas a small whispered sigh. The children all clambered around the man then. By the time he had left, it was going on ten. As she knelt by her bed much later that day, she thanked God for sending the "wild man" their way. His appearance denied it, but she knew for sure that God sent an angel named "Johnny" to her.

A true incident from our life in the late 50’s.


Source:  skywriting.net

Apr 2, 2014

Puppy rescued after falling 200 feet from cliff in Northern California



Firefighters rescued a puppy that fell 200 feet off a cliff in Marin County, CBS Francisco reported.
The 7-month old pit bull named Mia landed on Rodeo Beach after Sunday's fall, getting wedged between two rocks.
Rescuers used a helicopter and rope system to reach the puppy as a crowd watched above.
At first, Mia didn't appear to be moving, and rescuers were afraid she was dead.
"The dog was kind of wedged between two rocks, and not moving at first, but then the dog moved its head, let them know she was alive," Southern Marin Fire Capt. Kai Pasquale said.
The dog was taken to a veterinarian to be checked out. It turned out she was not seriously hurt and will be home soon.
Source: CBS News