Is your family wounded or broken today?

I have a certain routine to my day, especially my morning routine. I wake up, spend time with my husband before he leaves for work, have my cup of coffee, read posts and post on FaceBook, then at 7:00 or 7:30 am I always watch Joyce Meyer on tv. She always inspires me and stirs me up. I take notes of her great messages then post them on FB. After that I read 2-3 chapters in the Old Testement and one chapter of the New Testement in my Bible. Next I open my prayer notebook and pray for my friends and my loved ones. Then I get dressed go for my outdoor walk with the dogs and feed my birds. And then continue with the rest of my day.

Well today I joined and I want to start blogging. The more I read, the more excited I got. I have so many painful and joyful and life changing experiences in my life that I would love to share with people. I love to write and I especially want to help people that are hurting. I think God could really us me. I was so engrossed in reading about blogging and readiing people’s blogs that I totally lost track of time.

Then a dear friend called who I have not spoken with in a long time and we chatted and she shared her prayer requests with me. By that time it was time to take my dogs out for a walk- I had not taken them out since 4:30 am and it was already 9:15.

And then it happened. This black cloud settled over me. I did NOT want to read my Bible. I could think of a lot of things I would rather do because I really really did not want to read my Bible. I called one of my best friends. We usually chat on the phone for a while. I explained all of this to her and she prayed a 2 sentence prayer that God would speak to my heart and I would open my Women of Faith Study Bible. I literally had to force myself.

As soon as I started reading the Word of God I was instantly glad I did. I love to read the old familiar stories in Genesis and I read the study notes and I always learn something, I am always comforted or encouraged or inspired or convicted of my sin or just be reminded of the woman God wants me to be.

This morning Genesis chapter 33 spoke especially personally to me. It concerned family relationships. Jacob and Esau were brothers- they never liked each other, they never got along and to make matters worse the mother favored one son and the father favored the other. While the father was on his deathbed his wife and her favorite son tricked the father into giving the birthright and a full blessing to the younger son. ( The custom was the oldest child had the birthright and got his father’s full blessing and the younger brothers would serve the older brother and the older brother would gain all the land and be blessed by God and be prosperous.) Esau, the older son hated Jacob and planned to kill him after his father died. The mother sent Joseph away. Jacob was gone for 14 years- he served seven years working for one wife and another 7 years working for the second wife.

Now we come to Genesis 33. My chapter for today. I understand now why the devil did NOT want me to read this chapter…Jacob is returning home. He fears that his brother, who is approaching with a great army of men will kill him, his family, his servants and all his livestock. Jacob sends his servants ahead to his brother with gifts of livestock. The brother refuses the gifts but instead Esau runs to his brother and embraces his brother and they wept. Their hard hearts were softened and they felt love and mercy and forgiveness for each other.

Does your family live in perfect harmony with each other or is there conflict and strife?My 4 children did not have a happy childhood- they each grew up in different homes- 3 of them were in numerous different foster homes. Each one says they have forgiven me 25 years later but our family is still wounded and broken. One of my adult children visited me on Christmas Eve and we had a great time before he drove back to D.C. Two of my other children drove together from New York and New England to surprise me with a visit. I got to see my granddaughter who I have not seen for 3 years. My child who lives in Michigan was there also with my other two grandchildren… I live in Michigan. We had the happiest 4 days that we have had in many many years. It was a joy to see my children and grandchildren bond with each other. I was filled with joy. Then Friday night words were said in anger- cruel unkind words that left all of us hurt, devastated and angry. My son and my daughter left two days later and two of my children are not speaking to me, I cannot see my grandchildren- they want nothing to do with me and one of my children wants nothing to do with anyone in our family. So, as you can imagine, I am deeply hurt and dissappointed. But I have chosen to focus on the happy times we did share together and now my focus is on God, my loving husband, the two children that do love me and want to be their mother, my dogs, my cat and my birds.

I can see now why not he devil did his very best to keep me from reading the story of Jacob and Esau. If there was hope for these two there is hope for my family- and for yours. Whatever your family situation is God can heal it if we turn to Jesus, ask him to forgive our sin, be our Lord and Savior and put all of our faith in his death on the cross, burial and resurrection. Once we do this we are born again, we become a child of God and we can pray to him and give him all of our worries and cares and burdens and ask him to help us to patiently wait until his timing is perfect. He does not always promise us we will get what we want and we need to ask him to help us accept the things we cannot change… but he hears our every prayer, he loves us, he loves our children and our family members and He knows what is best for us. All I know is that if he could soften the hearts of Jacob and Esau he can soften the hearts of anyone if we pray and trust him and patiently wait.

# Daily Inspirational

Daily Inspiration



Moses led the people through the Red Sea onto dry ground. When he went up to Mount Sanai he was gone a long time. The people made a giant golden calf and worshipped it. Moses in his fury smashed the Ten Commandments and had to get another set. He led them to the promised land. They conquered towns and cities and divided the land among them.


When David killed Goliath he (years later) became the King of Israel . He loved and served the Lord and God blessed Israel. When his son Solomon became King all he asked God was for wisdom. God blessed him- he was the richest man in the world and his kingdom was vast. But he turned from God to serve idols. The sins of Israel and Judah became extreme. Not only did they burn incense to these pagan gods they offered their own children as human sacrifices to these gods. [The end of my five minutes- you may choose to stop reading here.].


The result was the walls of Israel were broken down, the temple was destroyed and everything in it was taken, the people were taken captive, people died by the sword and they died by famine because of their extreme wickedness. Sodom and Gomorrah were filled with homosexuality and extreme immorality and God totally destroyed those cities with fire and brimstone. Noah was a just man but because of the extreme sinfulness of the people God destroyed the earth with a flood.


The United States of America was once a great nation. We were founded on Christian principales and for hundreds of years we were a Christian nation. People went to church on Sunday. People prayed before they ate a meal. Men were men and women were women. Marriages were between a man and a woman. And women did not have the right to murder innocent babies in their womb.


In Michigan Gretchen Whitmore had numerous television ads promoting human rights- her body her choice. Now in the Michigan State Constitution women can kill their babies right until childbirth. People will be coming here from other states to kill their babies. Millions of innocent babies will die. At six weeks old they have a heart, and soon after lungs, brains, bones, muscles, arms and legs, fingers and toes. They have nerves. They are real babies. What extreme wickedness! What an abomination before God! How could any Christian vote for a Democrat who clearly represented the right to kill their unborn babies?

I believe God’s judgement is coming on our nation. Right now food prices are extremely high. Gas prices are extremely high. Things are going to get much worse. Repent, Americans, get on your knees and pray for America. This country represents extreme wickedness before a holy and righteous God Almighty.

You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. James 4:4


Dear God,

Please have mercy on this extremely wicked nation. There are still people in this country who love you and worship you but we as Christians are not speaking up and speaking out against the wickedness of this nation. Help us Lord. Help us to be burdened for America. Help us to get on our knees and pray for America. Lord, whatever it takes, help this once great nation to turn back to you, and to turn back to our Christian principles. Help those Christians who no longer follow you to return to you, to your Word and to your churches. We need a revival in America. In Jesus name I pray, amen.

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I am writing for a group called Five Minute Friday. I have been given a one word prompt (“while”) and I have five minutes to write about it.

Our Time on Earth is Short

Our time on earth is short, like dust in the wind. Then we will spend eternity on one of two places- in heaven when Jesus or in the lake of fire. The Bible has more verses warning us about hell than it does telling us how wonderful heaven will be. While on earth we are to prepare for eternity. Friend, if you died tonight do you know where you would spend eternity? The Bible says that we can know for sure. John 3:16 promises. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”.

To the Christian

Okay, if we have been born again, and we know we are going to heaven when we die, what do we do while we are on earth? One thing that God says of great importance is to go to church, often. This is not a suggestion, not a request; this is a command from God.

Why We Should Go to Church

1.Christ Died for the Church. He left the kingdom and glory of heaven, came to earth, became human, and died on the cross for the church. He loved the church. Ephesians 5:25.

2. To imitate Christ and the apostles. Luke 4:16 Mark 1:21 Acts 11:26

3. To learn and better understand Scripture. Pastors and teachers are given to the church to help us to understand Scripture. Hebrews 13:17

[My five minutes is up. You may stop reading here or decide to continue to read in. I have 12 points total.]

4. To worship and Praise God. John 4:24

5. To Receive Guidance from God. Proverbs11:14, Proverbs 24:6

6. To Have Fellowship with Jesus. 1 John 1:2-3 God uses the church to draw us closer to each other and closer to Himself.

7. To Share, Encourage, Love and Help Others. Romans 25:2 Hebrews 10:24-25

8. Christians Together Make Up the Body of Christ. We belong to each other. We are each given gifts from God to use in serving one another. I Corinthians 12:26,27

9. To be good examples in speech, behavior, love and purity. 1 Timothy 4:12

10. Going to Church is Vital to Our Spiritual Growth. Colossians 1:9,10

11. Church is How We Put God First. Matthew 6:33

12. It is Never Good to Isolate. In their times of need, you need to help others. In the our time of need, you need others to help you. Proverbs 18:1

Christian, while we are on this earth, let us meet together with other believers, worship God, praise God, learn the deeper meaning from the Scriptures, encourage each other, imitate Christ and the apostles, be a good example to others, grow spiritually, use our spiritual gifts in serving those in the family of God, and find encouragement in our own times of need.

And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and good works: not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as you see the day approaching. Hebrews 4:24,25

Dear God,

I ask that you would touch some heart today by these words. May we all be encouraged and inspired to attend our weekly worship services, small group Bible studies, prayer meetings, Christian recovery meetings and any other church gatherings that are available to us. In Jesus name I pray, amen.

This blog was taken from a Bible message from Pastor Andrew Willis of Maplelawn Baptist Church, Wyoming Mi and is part of a series in the study of the book of Hebrews, in the Holy Bible. Pastor Willis used for some of this material.



1a: a solemn declaration usually made orally by a witness under oath in response to interrogation by a lawyer or authorized public officialb: firsthand authentication of a fact.

2a: an open acknowledgmentb: a public profession of religious experience.


There were thousands of eyewitnesses before, during and after Jesus resurrection. People’s lives were dramatically changed. Those who knew Jesus loved Jesus. They shared their eyewitness accounts – their testimonies – with us in ancient scrolls passed down through the years, later to become our Bible. Jesus was real. He was fully man and fully God.


I have never seen Jesus face to face but I know Him. I talk to him every day. He talks to me every day through His Word and in hymns and songs of faith. He speaks to me, inspires, teaches, encourages, comforts and rebukes me every Sunday in church- both in the preaching and in the songs that we sing.


My testimony: I was fifteen years old. I was asked, “If Jesus came back tonight, do you know for sure that you would go to heaven? Jesus said He is coming again- He could come tonight.” That scared me. I thought of my life. I am a sinner. All my good works were not enough to please a holy, perfect and righteous God. I prayed and I repented of my sins, asked God to forgive me, believed in His death and resurrection, and asked Him the be the Lord of my Life. In return, He adopted me into His family and offers me eternal life.


My testimony of knowing Jesus is something I share with other family members, friends, family, neighbors and you, my readers. I often pass out gospel tracts. I often buy 100 tracts for $6.00. God commands us to go and preach the gospel to every person. That is not a suggestion; it is a God’s command. Christian, are you sharing Your testimony with others? Do you pass out gospel tracts? Do you sacrificially give to support your church’s missionaries who are preaching the gospel around the world?

Our Father,

Help us to be bold in sharing our testimony with others. People today need Jesus. We have the good news. Help us open our hearts and our purses to give toward our missionaries who are preaching the gospel around the world. In Jesus name I pray, amen.

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Matthew 28:19-20

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Who do you want to become like? Of course, for the Christian, we want to become like Jesus. But God has given us individuals in our lives that we respect and admire. We can learn from them. Who is your hero? Is it a Hollywood actor? A family member? A priest or a pastor? Someone in our nation’s history? A married couple? Someone in your church?


I have prayed and asked to God to help me become like Montiel McCauley. I grew up with this sweet woman as an older lady in my church. I loved her kindness and sweet smile. When I got older, I got to know her better. She had a prayer book filled with the names of people she prayed for. She read her Bible every morning. She told everyone she met about Jesus. I would like to become like Montiel.


Who would you like to become like? Who is the first person that comes to mind? Is it Jesus? Is it a person in your family, your church, your friends, a Hollywood actor, a married couple?

Be Imitators of God

Therefore, be imitators of God, as beloved children and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma. Ephesians 5:1-2

Dear Father,

Help me to be like Jesus first, and Montiel second. Help me to love people the way she loved people. Help me to pray for people. Help me to share my faith with those who need Jesus. In Jesus name I pray, amen

I belong to a group of writers called Five Minute Friday. Every Friday we are given a one word prompt and five minutes to write about that topic. I love to read other people’s blogs- there is so much God given talent. Terri day’s word was the word become.

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Lord please bless my writing today and give me the words for this five minute blog.

Christians, who do you represent?

Who do you represent? As Christians, each one of us is called to be an ambassador of Christ. Our friends, families, neighbors and coworkers are watching us. Are we separate from the world? Are we different from those who are not children of Christ?

Who else do you represent?

In addition to Christ, we each have roles of people that we represent? African Americans? Asians? Hispanics? Husbands? Wives? Mothers? Fathers? Teens? Seniors? People with physical disabilities? People with mental disabilities? Our career titles? Who are we representing? And are we doing it well?

Who do I represent?

I represent white women, wives, over age 60. I have bipolar depression and borderline personality disorder so I represent people with mental disabilities. But my greatest role is that of a child of the one true King, Jesus Christ.

Let us remember

Let us each remember we are representing ourselves to others and act accordingly. Our reputation is valuable and can be destroyed within minutes. Remember, if we have repented of our sins and trusted in Jesus we belong to Him and we represent Him to others every day. We were bought with a price. That price was the blood of Jesus when He died on the cross in our place.

You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. 1 Corinthians 6:20

Dear Father,

Help us to remember each one of us, as Christians, represent Jesus every day. We are called to be a light in a dark world. In addition to being ambassadors for Christ we each have unique roles and people that we represent. May all that we say and do bring honor and glory to Jesus. In His name I pray. Amen.



“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? “ And I said, “ Here am I, send me!” Isaiah 6:8

I Have Gone

I have literally knocked on the door of every neighbor on my street. I have written out invitations for a ladies brunch at my home and invited all of my neighbors. I have done this several times but only one lady showed up. This lady is a Christian and we had a very nice visit. My hope was that I could build a friendship with many of my neighbors and then invite them to church where they could hear the gospel preached.

Passing Out Gospel Tracts

If you know me at all, you know I love to share the gospel with others. I have prayed and asked God to help me to be like Montiel, an old lady who shared the gospel with anyone and everyone she met. I am not as bold as she was. Rather than taking the bold approach I pass out gospel tracts. I give them to cashiers at Dollar Tree, Dollar General, the grocery store, the restaurants (regular and and fast food) and I am considering knocking on the door of my neighbors once again to give them each a tract.

So Cheap Yet So Valuable

For $12.00 I just purchased 100 Halloween tracts. I wish I had trick or treaters come to our door- I would put a tract in each bag. There are a big bunch of pumpkins on a card and you have to find which pumpkin is different. On the back is the gospel. It was $6.00 for 100 plus $6.00 shipping. You can buy 20, 40, 60, 80 or 100. There are many different styles of tracts to choose from; you don’t need to buy Halloween tracts. The company I order from is called Moments With The Book. One tract could mean the difference between your friend, family member, cashier, waitress, neighbor or coworker going to hell or going to heaven.

Jesus is Calling

The Lord is saying to you right now, right here today, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” Will you answer God’s call and pass out gospel tracts to your friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, waitresses, and cashiers? Let’s each one win one for Jesus.

Dear Father,

Please help us to have a burden for lost souls. Help us to remember people today need Jesus. You call us, each one of us, to be the light of the work. Please give us courage and boldness to share our faith with those around us. And Holy Spirit, if there is a reader reading this who has never repented of their sin and trusted in Jesus Christ, may they do so today. In Jesus name I pray, amen.



TheBible says that we can know for sure that we will have eternal life and go to heaven after we die. Is it by keeping God’s commandments? Doing the sacraments? Going to church? Being baptized? Giving to the poor? No. None of these are good enough to get to heaven.

The Bible says that we are all full of sin- none of us are holy enough or righteous enough to go to heaven. We need to repent of our sins and put our faith in Jesus. “If we confess our sins He is faithful enough to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness”. I John 1:9. “ For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not come into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:16, 17

Jews, Gentiles, Muslims, Atheists, Buddhists, Agnostics, Hindus there is one God in three persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. We all must come to Jesus and put our faith in Him. He died on the cross. He paid for our sins. He offers us the free gift of eternal life. We just need to repent and believe in Jesus. If we do that, He promises to give us eternal life with Him in heaven. We will live in mansions. We will walk on streets of gold. We will see more beautiful sights than we can possibly imagine.

Christians, have you done this? Have you believed and received Jesus? Have you had your sins forgiven? Have you been adopted into the family of God? Do you know for sure that you will receive eternal life? If the answer to these questions is yes why aren’t you sharing this good news with others? Why don’t you share this blog with your friends, family, coworkers and neighbors? Or forget this blog and share the gospel with them yourself. Why don’t you share what God has done for you?

Dear Jesus,

I ask if there is any person reading this blog who has never trusted in Jesus, please help them to repent of their sins and trust in you. For Christians reading this blog may they be inspired to share the gospel with friends, family, coworkers and neighbors. Life is so short. None of us are guaranteed that we will be alive tomorrow. Today is the day to choose Jesus and to share Jesus with others. In your name I pray, amen.




I write for a group called Five Minute Friday. They give me a one word writing prompt. Today’s word is generous. I have five minutes to write about generosity..

Oh, this is going to be easy, I thought. I am very generous. I thought of examples of my own generosity to the poor and the hurting. Then I read a couple of other people’s blogs. They wrote about the generosity of others and the generosity of God. I felt ashamed of myself for my pride.

God gave His only Son. He let him be whipped, humiliated and nailed to a cross. Jesus gave His life and willingly died on a cross for us. He paid for all of our sins. The Bible says if we confess our sins, ask God to forgive us, turn from our sins and trust in Jesus He will give us eternal life. We will live in beautiful mansions and walk on streets of gold. There will be no more tears, sickness, suffering or death in heaven. What could possibly be more generous than that? I could never sacrifice one of my own children the way God did for us.

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that whoever believes on Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16

If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. I John 1:9

For whoever shall call on the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13

Thank you Father for the generous gift of your Son. Thank you Jesus for dying on the cross and giving me eternal life after I repented of my sins and trusted in you. Remind us often of your generous gift to us. If there is a reader who has never repented and believed in your Son may do so right now, right here today.

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I am writing a five minute blog for a group called Five Minute Friday. [I always go a little over the 5 minute blog because I always add a Bible passage and a prayer.]

Jesus tells us to forget the past and move onward. If we have confessed our sins to Jesus, asked for forgiveness and trusted in His shed blood on the cross we have been reconciled to God. It is not easy to forget the past. We need help: from God, friends, family and even from a good therapist.

If we have done wrong we need to accept responsibility for what we have done, apologize, make amends and ask for forgiveness. We do not need to live in the past filled with shame and guilt, and apologize over and over again. God loves us. He has forgiven us. We need to have some self compassion, forgive ourselves and forget our past. We need to focus on Jesus and His great love for us. We do this by going to a Bible preaching church, meditating on Scripture, building up good Christian friendships and listening to Christian music. I recently did this by Googling Bible verses about God’s love for me.

For God loved you so much that He gave His only Son so that if you believe in Him, you will not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn you, but but He sent His Son so you would be saved.

Dear Father,

Help us to forget the sins of our past. We are all sinful. If there is a reader who has never repented of their sin and trusted in Jesus, may they do so today. If there is one who is struggling with their past help them to forget the past and move forward. May you lead them to a therapist who will help them. Lead them to a Bible preaching church. Help them to read the Bible every day, for in it they will find the truth. The truth will set them free. Help them to Google Bible verses about your love for them. To You be all of the glory, honor and praise, now and forever. Amen.