Friday, January 20, 2017

Make Good Use Of Today

Make Good Use Of Today

You were never meant to brave this cruel world alone. Why do we hurry out each day without peace, protection or guidance when we don't have to? Why are we so stressed, hurried, scattered, fearful, and operating in our own power? 

This way of living is certainly a downward spiral. We start our day in our own strength truly believing it will go well only to quickly loose steam and hope as the day goes on. 

Plain and simple: I've been there. I've shamefully and fearfully lectured my children and nagged my husband....and complained, o boy have I complained!! I've put my trust in what I thought should happen instead of choosing His peace and JOY. 

"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil." Ephesians 6:10-11

"Abide in my love." John 15:9

"His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness." 2 Peter 1:3
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Friday, January 13, 2017

Lonely No More

Lonely No More

Have you been feeling disconnected, isolated and alone? 

Here are some important key factors in having good relationships that are all within your grasp.

Making time for those you care about really makes a huge difference. Fellowship creates relationship. Prioritize your calendar to be with those you wish to be close to.

This is something that I believe most people are lacking, communication skills. Tell people how much you love them and miss them. Celebrate their victories, and sympathize their losses, let them know you care with your words, emotions, and investment.

How can you encourage those you love? How do you show them you care? Do you really know them? Are you aware of what they have going on or what is in their hearts? 

Being real with others really brings your relationship to another level. Can they come to you when their world is crashing down or when they need someone? Will you make time to listen or want to hear the truth?
Will you go beneath the surface and allow them and yourself to be vulnerable? True intimacy is born out of being vulnerable together. How much you respond to others really shows the how much you care. 

Distance should not be the problem (or excuse) when technology is so wonderful these days. If you are wondering what your grown children are up to, or the grand kids... Face Time is an amazing thing!! 
Oh, how I wish I would have had Face Time to regularly see and hear my Mema who lived out of state. Even texting is a wonderful tool to check in on your loved one. Example to text your niece or grandchild: "Hi Honey, How did you do on your math exam? I prayed for you! I love and adore you, Princess!"

What you invest in grows.

"Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace." Ephesians 4:2-3

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Friday, January 6, 2017



Change your way of thinking, it is the opposite of what you think or always been taught. 

We tend to get down, way down and depressed because we are not _____... or like her, or what I had always dreamed... or the only thing I ever wanted.. 

What if you are wrong?

What if you are being duped. You have been so easy to distract. It's so simple to deceive you into walking out (or checking out) instead of investing, letting your guard down, and/or truly seeing all the beauty and enjoyment in your surroundings.

These are traps, lies, and false beliefs that the world and the enemy has fed us to keep us stuck. 

While you are stuck you are unable to enjoy life, the journey (even the bumps are blessings/lessons in hindsight)... and life passes you by while all your many blessings go unnoticed & unappreciated. 

"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence." ~Helen Keller

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. 
Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 
fixing our eyes on JESUS, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith." Hebrews 12:1-2

watch this clip for your encouragement

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Friday, December 30, 2016

Renew Your Mind, Change Your Life

Renew Your Mind, Change Your Life

It's not who you are or how you were raised, but how you think. 
Your thoughts and habits operate your life, thoughts dictate the path you take and stay on. Your thoughts also determine your habits, addictions, and patterns...healthy or unhealthy, your brain/thoughts control you.

It's bad thoughts and beliefs that keep you stuck.
However, if you could only see yourself as God sees you--you would know that you are worthy! Jesus paid your ransom, His robe of Righteousness is now your cover if you are His. Have you surrendered to him? 

Ready for change?? Surrender control and all your past hurts and disappointments to him today! 

"God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." 2 Corinthians 5:21

"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind." Romans 12:2

"You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by it's deceitful desires to be made new in the attitude of your minds.."Ephesians 4:22-23

"Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead." ~Philippians 3:13

Click the link below for a powerful testimony to watch!

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Sunday, December 25, 2016

Advent - Merry Christmas

 Advent Celebration - Happy Birthday Jesus

“To you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, 
who is the Messiah, the Lord.”
Isaiah 9:6

Candle to Light: All Candles

Prayer: Father God, thank You for the amazing gift of Your Son, Jesus Christ. We rejoice in accepting the free gift of salvation He provides for all people. Please help us to be ever aware of your mercy, grace and love. Guide us to understand Your will for our lives.

Family Scripture Reading: Luke 2:15-20 / John 3:16

Friday, December 23, 2016



The Holidays are meant for family. Family gatherings are very wonderful, but tend to make some feel obligated, guilty, or pressured and such.... 

This is a great time to consider reconciliation. Who among you are you on rocky terms with or even estranged from?  

Jesus is our BEST example:

Jesus was sent into this world to reconcile the world to God. He came to serve and not be served. He is love, peace, protector, self-controlled, gives unconditional love, and keeps no record of wrongs. 

Predetermine before you walk into your family Christmas that you will walk in pure love with NO expectations or record or wrongs. 

~"For if, while we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!" Romans 5:10

~"Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you." Ephesians 4:32

~"Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord." Hebrews 12:14

~"And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity." Colossians 3:14

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Advent Week 4 - LOVE

Advent Celebration Week Four- LOVE
By Carri Pratt

“God so loved the world that He gave His only son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have ever lasting life.” John 3:16.

Welcome to Week Four. The theme for this week is "Love" because Jesus is the original ‘Love Child’ given for all of the earth.  The angels were thrilled to see Jesus being born into and for the world:

“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host 
praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, 
good will toward men!”
Luke 2:13-14

As you go through this week, focus on the fact that God made the ultimate sacrifice by giving you His son.  What can we give back to Jesus this year for his birthday present?
Celebrating Advent is a special way to keep Jesus Christ at the center of your Christmas Season. All you need is a Bible, a few candles and a willing heart to share the true meaning of Christmas with your family.

Instructions for Celebrating Advent Week 4:
Candles to Light: 3 Purple & 1 Pink (the center white candle is for Christmas Day)

Prayer:  Joining with the Heavenly Hosts we sing “Glory to God in the Highest and on earth peace, good will toward men!” Father, we pray that your love would shine through us on earth, to our fellow man. May we be thankful for Your sacrifice and may we reach out to others as your Son has done for us. Amen.

Family Scripture Reading: Luke 2:13-14

REMINDER:  All five candles will be lit on December 25th.  Check back Christmas Eve for final instructions.  Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 16, 2016

A Virtuous Women

A Virtuous Women 

She in under the influence of the Holy Spirit. She is wise. She is calm and self-controlled. She is gentle in deed and disposition. She believes God at his word and knows that he is trustworthy. She is the crown of her husband and her children rise and call her blessed. She will leave a legacy of faith, love and character. 
She knows well her purpose and keeps her mind set on the bigger picture. 

"You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God." 1 Peter 3:5

"For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints." Proverbs 2:6-8

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Advent Week Three - JOY

Advent Celebration Week Three - JOY
By Carri Pratt

“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, 
which shall be to all people.”
Luke 2:10

This week is a great and JOYFUL celebration of advent! The theme for this week is "Joy" because Jesus has come into our world to free us from the bondage of sin and darkness. We have much to be joyful for in our lives!

As you go through this week, focus on how Jesus has brought joy into your life.

Celebrating Advent is a special way to keep Jesus Christ at the center of your Christmas Season. All you need is a Bible, a few candles and a willing heart to share the true meaning of Christmas with your family.

Instructions for Celebrating Advent Week 3:

Candle to Light: The 1st 2nd & 3rd candles (traditional = 2 purple & 1 pink)

Family Scripture Reading: Luke 2:8-12          read at

Prayer:  Father God, may we experience the great joy proclaimed by the angel sent to earth by You. Help us to overcome anything in our lives that might stand in the way of our joy. Help us to focus on the greatest blessing we could receive, the gift of Your Son, Jesus Christ.

Digging Deeper…
Week Three is also known as “The Shepherd’s Candle” because the good news was proclaimed first to the Shepherds, by Heavenly Angels.

About Advent Wreaths - Candle Colors
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
The purple candles in particular symbolize the prayer, penance, and preparatory sacrifices and goods works undertaken at this time. The rose candle is lit on the third Sunday, Gaudete Sunday, when the priest also wears rose vestments at Mass; Gaudete Sunday is the Sunday of rejoicing, because the faithful have arrived at the midpoint of Advent, when their preparation is now half over and they are close to Christmas.

Friday, December 9, 2016

A Heart That Is Fully ALIVE

A Heart That Is Fully ALIVE

Being a human and living among fellow humanity is difficult to say the least. Our flesh can get easily hurt or offended. And people tend to hold on to those grievances because they believe it protects them somehow.

As I have grown in my faith I have learned how to let so much roll right off my back. 

So seeing older men & women who are grumpy, rude, and unwilling to give their hearts to anyone seems like such a waste of the lifetime they were given. 

Without change they could die unhappy, guarded, and will have missed the joys of life that come with peace and contentment. 

"I (Jesus) have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness." John 12:46

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Advent Week Two

Advent Celebration Week Two- PEACE
By Carri Pratt

“For a child will be born for us, 
a son will be given to us, 
and the government 
will be on His shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, 
Mighty God, Eternal Father, 
Prince of Peace.”
Isaiah 9:6

Welcome to Week Two. The theme for this week is "Peace" because Jesus is known as The Prince of Peace. As you go through this week, focus on the peace that can be yours by simply calling on the precious name of Jesus. He was sent here for you.

Celebrating Advent is a special way to keep Jesus Christ at the center of your Christmas Season. All you need is a Bible, a few candles and a willing heart to share the true meaning of Christmas with your family.

Instructions for Celebrating Advent Week 2:

Candle to Light: The first & second candles (traditional = both purple)

Family Scripture Reading: Luke 2:1-7

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, Thank you for sending us your Son, Jesus Christ, to bring peace to our world. Please help us to have peace in our family and to enjoy Your peace this Christmas season. In Jesus name, Amen.

Read Luke 2:1-7 at

Friday, December 2, 2016

Jesus Take The Wheel

Jesus Take The Wheel

Navigating life through faith means you not being in control. Surrendering to His will is not allowing your fears, or what others do and what is expected to dictate what you and your family does. 

There is much freedom in letting go by simply trusting instead. God has got your back, I promise! 

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways." Isaiah 55:8

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." John 14:27 

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Christmas Favorites - Decorating Our Homes

Relating Christmas Favorites to Christ - Decorating Our Homes
Carri Pratt
Decorations from the homes of Amy Gentry & Kim Hawkins - Thanks Ladies!

It takes a lot of work to transform our homes into the perfectly decorated Christmas retreats we cherish during the month of December (and into January!).  It also takes a lot of work to transform our hearts and minds to resemble Christ. And although it is exciting and fun to pick and choose how our homes will look, it is often not so fun to go through the "fire" and trials of life to be transformed into the image of Christ.

Transforming our homes and hearts during the Christmas season is only a shadow of the awesome transformation that is taking place in our  lives each day as we accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of our lives and homes and allow the Holy Spirit to do a magnificent work in us.  We are becoming a work of art that will ultimately shine for eternity!

Tip: Ask your children if they enjoy the transformation your home takes over the holidays. Explain to them that they also can be transformed into a child of God through accepting Jesus Christ as Lord of their lives.

"And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, 
are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, 
which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit."  2 Corinthians 3:18

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Christmas Favorites - The Christmas Tree

Relating Christmas Favorites to Christ - The Christmas Tree
Carri Pratt

"For great is His love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord." Psalm 117:2

There are many stories that attempt to explain why Christians put up Christmas trees in their homes. However, my favorite is that  during the bleakest time of the year, when all is cold and barren, the pine tree shines as a faithful witness to life just as Jesus did when he blessed our world with His presence.

Tip: Discuss with your children why they think Christians put up Christmas trees. Try Googling to see what you can find. Below is a beautiful poem you may consider reading to them:

Christmas Tree by Virginia Blanck Moore
A tree, the verdant evergreen,
Is mute testimony that some things on earth
Do not change as the seasons,
And the centuries come and go;
That in this world of change
Something abiding, enduring, unvariable
Has been provided.

For this reason it is fitting
That the evergreen be used as the symbol of Christmas,
The season when we celebrate the birth
Of the One whose love is
Unchanging, unflagging, and steadfast;
A love which, like the evergreen,
Whatever the season,
Remains ever verdant.

So each evergreen tree,
Gay in its holiday dress,
Proclaims to us the unfailing nature
Of the love of Him who was born
In the manger at Bethlehem.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Christmas Favorites - The Nativity

Relating Christmas Favorites to Christ - The Nativity
Carri Pratt



The first Christmas decoration my family puts up is the Nativity. We do this to symbolize the importance that Christ should be the center of all Christmas activities.



Tip: Allow your children to put up your nativity and take this wonderful opportunity to have them tell you the story of Christmas.

"This will be a sign to you
 You will find a baby wrapped in cloths 
and lying in a manger.”
Luke 2:12