Summer Fun With Foot Prints In The Sand!

I wrote about doing this activity some years ago, and I like to republish the idea because it can be so much fun for families and children of all ages.

This is a fun activity that parents can do with younger children.  You older kids, tweens, and teens can do this without help.

1. Take a piece of paper and draw and outline of your feet on it.

2. Cut out each foot print, right and left.

3. Now, when you go somewhere on vacation, do something fun, spend time with your family, or friends…write about it on each foot print.  Be sure to put the date.  Younger kids can draw pictures about their adventures. Or take pictures with your camera or phone.

4. Put your footprints aside and keep adding to them until the end of summer. If you have somewhere you can put the footprints up as you do them, then don’t wait! Be sure it is ok with your parents first.

5. At the end of summer, pull them all out, and walk them across the room according to their dates.

It will be fun to remember the fun and see how far across the room you can go with your memories!

NEW YORK TIMES, ARE YOU WORKING FOR THE TERRORISTS OR WHAT?

When information was leaked this week concerning the bombing in Manchester, England, leave it to an American newspaper to be the first to make money from the deaths of children!  I am ashamed and disgusted with the New York Times and whoever made the decision to publish confidential information pertaining to the bombing.

And I sincerely apologize to Manchester and all of England for their unscrupulous decision.  Manchester and England, we support you here in America and we grieve with you! Please do not let one erroneous decision block out the fact that we are family.  And family stands with each other during good times and during the unthinkable one.  Please know there is no death with those who know Jesus Christ! Only an untimely separation between you and your loved ones. For your children and loved ones are royalty within the Kingdom of Heaven, waiting on the day when you will be together again!

But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.” Matthew 19:14

Americans; the war on terrorism is just as important as winning World War II was, and standing with our allies is even more necessary today.  How an American publication could publish the items of the bombing, almost seems like they are aiding the terrorists rather than protecting our own country of America and her allies.  Americans need to step up and stop this ridiculous “make money at all costs” mentality of American media outlets.  They are only hurting America and our allies.

Theses media outlets release themselves of all responsibilities, because sitting on a fat pile of money softens their conscious.  We know where their brains are located! And if another act of terrorism occurs harming more innocent, because they alerted them and the terrorists were able to relocate operations,  then the media outlets can stuff their ears with the money.  Thus, muffling the cries of the innocent’s dying.

Yes, money makes all decisions right.  Or do they?

Aren’t you sick of our media outlets yet, America! I am!  The truth and ethics are too far from their reach, so they grab what makes them big bucks instead.

How long will we allow American media outlets to make harmful decisions which affect our country, our allies, and even the future of our children?

Well, the decision to support these outlets by watching, buying, or advertising with them is up to you.

I made mine years ago.

God Bless You!

God Bless America, England, and Manchester!

HOW TO KEEP YOUR KID’S BRAINS FROM TURNING TO MUSH THIS SUMMER!

YES! During the summer it is easier to hand your child a mobile device or send them to summer camps.  But what if you can make summer fun while helping them to learn?  Not only will you be the coolest parent around, but the other parents might be envious of your new talent.  And the family budget will be happy too, because you are not paying for the expensive camps, gas to take them there, and the other little expenses which always seem to show up.

Want to know what I am talking about?

I am talking about Steve Spangler science! His science is so cool that I wish I had been able to have Steve as my science teacher in school.  As a matter of fact when I go to see my grandkids this summer, I am taking some of his experiments with me.

Coolest Grandma ever!

Steve Spangler Science is also a great gift to give, when your kids are attending those summer birthday parties.  You can even host your own summer camp with Steve Spangler Science. Get some of the moms and dads together for a neighborhood science camp which you can do in the morning or at night when everyone is home.  And then end the week with a neighborhood cookout! A great way for people to come together.

If you don’t believe me, check out Steve for yourself at the links below. And I have included a flash sale that you will know about ahead of time!

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These two items are special flash sales May 27 – May 28.  Now you know ahead of time!

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HOW TO SYNCHRONIZE YOUR LIFE.

As George charged forward in his effort to vanquish the enemy, his horse was shot out from under him.  Amid the chaos of bullets whizzing by, swords fiercely clanging, and arrows piercing the air, he found another horse! Quickly mounting this horse, George rushed back into the fray of battle.  Again, down went his horse and again another horse was found. By now General Braddock had been killed and the troops where in chaos, but the young Colonel was able to gain control of the British regiments and ensued an effective retreat!  His coat would later show he had survived four different bullets, with only a hole to display their departure.  George Washington was the only officer to come away unhurt during the battle on July 9, 1775 with the French and their Indian allies.

Later, when it was time for George to become the commander of Continental Army and fight against the British; George Washington wrote this in a letter to Martha.

Dear Martha:

It has been determined in Congress, that the whole army raised for the defense of the American cause shall be put under my care…I shall rely, therefore, confidently on that Providence (God) which has heretofore preserved and been bountiful to me,  not doubting that I shall return safe to you in the fall.

Because of the old school wording, I substituted the word Providence for the word God.  You see, George Washington did not rely on good fortune or luck. George relied on God and in his relationship with God.  Everyday he prayed for an hour in the morning and an hour at night, no matter what was going on around him even the Revolutionary War.  And, George left  his men with strict instructions that he was not to be disturbed  during his time of prayer.

The men who served with George were amazed at the way he went into battle, boldly and confidently leading the charge and in full view of the enemy.  You see, during those days of war, the enemy tried to kill the commanding officers first, thus creating a possibility of retreat from the opposition.  So here is a man with the enemy’s target honed in on him yet, George Washington steps out boldly and confidently.  I bet some of the men thought he was a raving lunatic while others borrowed some of his courage to help them through.

 

I believe when you are in direct communication with God each day, your life changes dramatically.  You find yourself bowing to God’s will for your life and not to this world’s view of how you should live your life. And there is nothing in this world which can stop God’s will for you from being fulfilled when you are in sync with God.  And yes, I believe God meant for George Washington to lead America to victory over the British and then for him to become the first President of the USA.
What does your prayer life resemble?  Do you feel so overwhelmed by your day you believe you cannot find time to pray?  If you do, then you must find the time to pray! To learn to be totally dependent on Him for your every need.  All God wants from you is a relationship between Father and child.   Because the only way to get through the hard times is with God. And then when the good times come around, the feeling resembles flying through the air unencumbered…free!
My challenge to you for one month is to pray for an hour in the morning and an hour at night. First buy a daily devotional and bible (if you don’t have one.)  Find an area of your home where you can go, close the door and pray.  Tell your family this is your time and not to bother you.  Some of you may have to get up an hour earlier each morning.
This is how I pray in the mornings.
  1.  I read my devotion for the day.
  2. Then I read the selected bible verses with the devotional.
  3. Next I pull out the bible and read a section of it.  I suggests starting in John.
  4. I pray by starting with asking forgiveness, and then praise and thank God for everything He has done and continues to do for my family.
  5. The last part is my own petitions for my family, friends, and strangers.

In Jesus Name Amen.

This is how I pray at night.

  1. Read some more of my bible.
  2. Thanking and praising God for the day.
  3. Ask God to help me to be a better and kinder person.
  4. Bring any new revelations or frustrations from the day to Him.

In Jesus Name Amen.

Do you accept my challenge? I pray so.

DEUTERONOMY 6:5

“YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.”

 

God Bless You!

 

 

Breast Cancer, Giving Back (It Is What We All Should Do!)

My own mother passed away over fifteen years ago from breast cancer.  I watched as the mighty woman of 4’11 and 1/2 inches tall, whither away to a minuscule 40 lbs when she died.  The 1/2 inches I added onto to her height, is because she would always add it when asked how tall she was.

Dynamite does come in small packages! But, not even dynamite can beat man’s chemo.

Cancer does not discriminate between gender, race, or even age.  It can ravage the body of a child while the parents stand by watching helplessly.  My own prayer list for healing seems to get longer every day with the word cancer beside each name.  And I am always looking for ways to help or give back whenever I can.

One of my favorite ways to give back to various organizations is to buy from those companies who give a portion of their profits back to communities, and different disease/cure funds.  I recently bought a red  iPhone from Apple because part of my purchase price goes to help fight AIDS. Would I have bought the phone without the charity? No.  I would have waited until my other phone disintegrated first.

One word of warning…Do not give your money to just any organization that comes along.  Sadly a lot of them use the non-profit status and charity to pay themselves six figure salaries.  With only 10% of the money going to their named charity.  You can google the web and find out who gives what and how much before sending your money!

My affiliate WPEngine sent out a recent email concerning giving to Avon’s Walk for Breast Cancer.  Here is the email with the links should you care to give.


Hi Joni,

One of WP Engine’s core values is “Aspiring to Lead, Committed to Give Back.” Today we are taking a step back from our normal promotional email and give back to a charity within our community. Our friends at Affiliate Summit are leading a team in the Avon39, raising money to power breast cancer research and fund programs that support those with breast cancer.

The WP Engine team is donating to the cause and we are hoping you will join in as well. To donate, go to affiliatemarketersgiveback.com and help Missy Ward & Shawn Collins reach their team donation goals. You can also help out by spreading the good word through your social media channels.

Suggested tweet:
Help @affiliatesummit raise money for @avon39walk. Donations power breast cancer research & treatment goo.gl/bNqHsy Please donate!

Thanks for your support!
The WP Engine Affiliate Team


I pray you will find time to check out their links and give to a worthy cause.

God Bless You!

Las Vegas Giveaway!(And It Is Healthy.)

Who would not love a free trip to Las Vegas?  My affiliate partner Love With Food is giving away a trip for four plus $8,000.00 in prizes and you have to enter by May 15.  They are calling it, Besties’ Las Vegas Giveaway.  If you want to enter with out reading the rest of the story, here is the link.

Copy and paste link in your browser.

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Love With Food is an amazing company, who donates a portion of their proceeds to fight hunger in America and the world.  Two organizations they support are Feeding America and Global Food Banking Network.  And a company who gives back is my kind of company!

The company is a monthly box subscription business, but they have subscriptions as low as $7.99 a month.  And their products are snacks! Healthy, all natural, organic, and gluten free varieties of snacks! To me this is a dream come true.

When you are grocery shopping and you come to the part of snacks for your family, what aisle do you head to first.  Chips, cookies, or maybe even the frozen ice cream section?  We want to feed our family good healthy snacks for fuel, but if we have never tried them, we are unsure what to pick out.  With Love With Food, we get to find out what they like without having to venture into the grocery store!  I like the idea!

So after you enter the Las Vegas Giveaway, check out their products for your family’s healthier lifestyle.

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God Bless You!

 

I WISH I WAS THE ANGEL SITTING ON THE BOULDER!

Easter Sunday one of the bible passages which our Pastor read was Matthew 28: 1-10.

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

Both Marys were going to finish the anointing of Jesus which they could not do when he died.  In our language, give him a proper burial.  They knew when they got there, they would need some help removing the boulder the guards had rolled in front of the grave.  Putting a body in a tomb is difficult because he might get up and walk away. No, I am joking.  The leaders were afraid Jesus’ disciples would sneak in and steal the body to make it look like He had risen.  Thus fulfilling the prophecy.

Can you imagine being the angel picked to leave heaven, roll the boulder away, and then wait on the Marys?  There you are on top of this huge boulder, wearing your bright white garment, swinging your legs back and forth, looking like lighting and grinning from ear to ear! You get to scare the guards to death, and then be the first to announce to the women that Jesus has risen!

If it were me, I would be dancing around and singing…

Oh you thought this pebble would hold our Savior in!

Wrong! Wrong!

Now He is risen and defeated man’s sin!

Hallelujah! Halleluhjah!

I can accurately say, I doubt I will ever be an angel.  Probably something in the handbook about enjoying scaring the bad guys to death and then gloating about it.  Yet, I do wonder how angels get picked for certain jobs.  Don’t you?

When I think about the boulder in front of Jesus’ tomb, I think about man’s problems and how many of those problems look like boulders to our human eyes.  I know I have had a boulder or two, or three in my life. My boulders are always the ones you can’t go around or climb over.  Rolling it away was out of the question, unless I could have rented a large tractor.

Reality is that God is better than a John Deere.

The sad part about my boulders was how long it took me to learn that all I had to do was ask God.  To give me revelation and discernment concerning this boulder; and then stop and believe and do what He tells me to do. Now, this does not mean God waves a magic wand and poof, my problem disappears or the boulder shatters into thousands of pebble pieces. Sometimes it is quite the opposite with a lesson to learn and/or a rocky road to walk. Usually a much-needed experience on my part.

What about the boulders in front of your tomb?  Have you been trying too long to roll it away all by yourself? Give it over to God! He created them and He can disintegrate all the boulders blocking your way to the life you were meant to live!

As always, pray about it with God.  He loves you and wants to talk to you!  How blessed are you? Because you have a direct hook up to the one who saved you and will always be with you! Remember you do not have to believe in Him for Him to believe in you.

 

God Bless You!

God Bless America!