Mercy…God’s Love Given without Expecting Anything in Return


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Listening to a preacher speak on Mercy on 106.9 helped me so much, yesterday.

My husband and I reach out to people and animals in our neighborhood and outlying areas, and there are times we get bit for it. The wounds are still fresh, and at times hurt so bad, they urge me to stop helping, stop giving of myself. And lately, I feel bitter.

The story this particular preacher shared went like this (to the best of my recollection): A very young nurse who helped bedridden patients took care of a lady who’d had an aneurysm that left her completely helpless. To protect her identity, we’ll call the patient Sarah. She never showed emotions, was unable to move her limbs, and was dependent on the care of the staff at the young nurse’s hospital.

The young nurse was distraught many days, due to the condition of the patients and how hopeless her job seemed to be, but she continued to care for the patients with love and tenderness.

A seasoned nurse on one of her shifts instructed her to distance herself and not become too emotionally involved. Especially with Sarah. Sarah’s life expectancy had already been exceeded, so investing anything in her would be an emotional pitfall for the young nurse, according to the seasoned nurse.

The young nurse just couldn’t find it in her heart to stop caring for her patients as she always had. It just seemed wrong to treat them as a number, so she spent hours with  Sarah, talking to her, singing to her, and treating her with exceeding kindness.

On Thanksgiving day that year, the young nurse entered Sarah’s room and said, “Sarah, do you know what a wonderful day it is? It’s Thanksgiving. I want you to know how Thankful I am for you.”

For the first time since she’d been admitted, Sarah’s whole body twitched. The young nurse was alarmed at first, but when she inspected Sarah’s face, tears streamed down Sarah’s cheeks, the first documented emotion any of the staff had ever witnessed from her.

Three days later, Sarah passed on to be with the Lord.

The young nurse learned that the time, devotion, love, and respect she treated her patients with was not a wasted investment. Sarah helped her to see that God’s love was and is greater than any thing. And the young nurse continues to share his love, to this day.

This particular sermon taught me that when I give, God’s love should be evident. A true spirit of a giving heart sacrifices. If I’m not sacrificing something of myself, then I’m not doing God’s will. I’ve learned over the last few years, that no good deeds are done without reward. The reward may come years later, and may never be seen by me in my lifetime. All I can hope for is that someone see’s God’s love in me and chooses to give his or her life to him fully.

Thank you, Jesus, for the situations that cause me pain, struggle, and sacrifice. Through these trials, I come closer to you. For the world hated you, but you won in the end. In you, I am strong, fulfilled, and joyous!

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#SaveShadowhunters: Fans and The 1st Amendment


save itThe First Amendment states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” So, that being said, isn’t it against the law for a site to stop fans from speaking their minds on a subject they feel so strongly about?

Not too many days ago, tweets from Shadowhunters Fandom concerning the cancellation of the show were taken down from one of the Freeform sites. Freeform’s original post was erased, along with the Shadowhunters’ Fan’s posts, and then reposted without the comments. This didn’t deter Shadowhunters fans. They commented again. As long as the comments weren’t bashing, there’s no reason why their voices shouldn’t be heard.

Hours after this incident, Twitter became quiet. It suddenly seemed the fan’s had quietened down.

Not so.

Tens of thousands of Tweeters had been shadowbanned (no pun intended. It’s a term Twitter has uses define accounts that have been muted for abusing Twitter for months before this incident). So, Tweeters have the freedom of speech until someone thinks they’ve talked too much? Is that how it goes, now?

Well, you know what: #SaveShadowhunters. You can’t stop us from saying it in other places. We’re going to spread the word.

Save Shadowhunters: The Biggest Social Media Event Ever


Shadowhunters is a Freeform television show based on Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments. It has garnered over 3 million tweets, a global fandom so big it can’t be counted, many big-named accounts joining in using the #SaveShadowhunters hashtag, and since it’s cancellation announcement, has created the biggest social media event related to a television show in history.

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Since Monday night, fans have cried out from outlets such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Snapchat, and many others. There is no distance they wouldn’t travel for one of their target networks such as Netflix, Disney, Hulu, or Amazon announce they’ve picked up the show and guarantee them a season 4. And rightly so.

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With a multiracial cast and material aimed at breaking down every social barrier known to man (or woman), Shadowhunters is a ground breaking show that has literally changed lives. As for advertising, the only time I personally viewed an advertisement was a fan posting praise on Twitter or another social media platform. With more advertising, this show could have and will be as big as the Twilight Phenomenon in the early 2000’s.

Due to the change of times, it’s not clear whether new fans are coming out of the wood work or if the fandom is growing, but that isn’t all they’re doing. This week, they’ve earned around $6000 for teens who are suicidal and for teen girls who are hard to reach but need help reaching their potential. They’ve also started a petition (If you’d like to sign, go here!) that has gained over 100,000 signatures, to date.

Shadowhunters is a lucrative business. It will bring many great returns, and with proper advertising, the fandom will grow exponentially. According to twitter fans, it has helped them love who they are, shown them what family is all about, and given them hope that society will accept their differences. With all the positive response from fans, old and new alike, it would be a travesty for Shadowhunters to be left lying, without someone to revive it.

#SaveShadowhunters

#ShadowhuntersChat

#SaveTheShadowWorld

#NotOurLastHunt

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Save Shadowhunters: The Biggest Social Media Event Ever


Shadowhunters is a Freeform television show based on Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments. It has garnered over 3 million tweets, a global fandom so big it can’t be counted, many big-named accounts joining in using the #SaveShadowhunters hashtag, and since it’s cancellation announcement, has created the biggest social media event related to a television show in history.

save it

Since Monday night, fans have cried out from outlets such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Snapchat, and many others. There is no distance they wouldn’t travel for one of their target networks such as Netflix, Disney, Hulu, or Amazon announce they’ve picked up the show and guarantee them a season 4. And rightly so.

Save Shadowhunters reaction

With a multiracial cast and material aimed at breaking down every social barrier known to man (or woman), Shadowhunters is a ground breaking show that has literally changed lives. As for advertising, the only time I personally viewed an advertisement was a fan posting praise on Twitter or another social media platform. With more advertising, this show could have and will be as big as the Twilight Phenomenon in the early 2000’s.

Due to the change of times, it’s not clear whether new fans are coming out of the wood work or if the fandom is growing, but that isn’t all they’re doing. This week, they’ve earned around $6000 for teens who are suicidal and for teen girls who are hard to reach but need help reaching their potential. They’ve also started a petition (If you’d like to sign, go here!) that has gained over 100,000 signatures, to date.

Shadowhunters is a lucrative business. It will bring many great returns, and with proper advertising, the fandom will grow exponentially. According to twitter fans, it has helped them love who they are, shown them what family is all about, and given them hope that society will accept their differences. With all the positive response from fans, old and new alike, it would be a travesty for Shadowhunters to be left lying, without someone to revive it.

#SaveShadowhunters

#ShadowhuntersChat

#SaveTheShadowWorld

#NotOurLastHunt

Odessa Short Hair Cut

Laundry Life Hack #1 Hanging Shirts Quickly


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Piles of laundry you hate folding or hanging?

Well, today, I’m going to give you my secret to hanging a pile of shirts quickly.

As you fold clothes out of the dryer, do you ever think to yourself, “There’s got to be a faster way?”

I found the fastest way ever.

As you’re pulling those hot clothes out of the dryer and you don’t have a lot of time to get them put away, why toss them in a basket when you could do this:

  1. Pull a chair from the kitchen table.
  2. Put it beside your dryer.
  3. Lay shirts flat across the back of the chair.
  4. Continue to fold the pants and other items in the dryer.
  5. As you go, keep placing the shirts on top of each other.
  6. When you’re finished, you’ll have a stack of shirts that haven’t grown wrinkly yet.
  7. Get hangers.
  8. Place hanger inside the first shirt and fold it back.
  9. Place next hanger inside the next shirt and fold it back.
  10. Continue this process until you have a stack of shirts on hangers.
  11. Place the shirts in the rooms they go in, along with the clothing you’ve folded.
  12. Now you haven’t spent 20 minutes folding and hanging a load of clothes.

This process also works well when you place the shirts in a stack on the dryer top. If you’d like, you can get a few chairs, place shirts for different members of the family on different chairs for further organizing.

Happy laundering!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black Soul (The Forbidden Series #1)


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I know there are a million books out there, but it would be wonderful if you’d take a chance on this one. I was upset about the state of the world, the way criminals kept hurting women, children, and just whoever. Our justice system seems to be failing us, so I created a half-angel, half-human assassin called a Souleater. His sole duty was to rid the planet of its filth. After the idea blossomed, I thought it would be cool for my assassin to be forbidden to love human females. Of course, not even angels are perfect. When he crosses paths with a woman who tempts him in every way, he can’t help but fall for her.

Black Soul is a paranormal romance with steamy scenes but off the screen sex scenes. I hope you enjoy it. 🙂

 

Dante’s Embrace Release


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DANTE’S EMBRACE releases on Feb. 12th, just in time for Valentine’s Day. This edgy YA Paranormal Romance will keep you flipping those pages, biting your nails, and begging for more!

Please take the time to PREORDER Dante’s Embrace to help me reach my goal of being in the top 100 on Amazon. it will be on sale for $2.99 until release day, then the price increases to the market average of $3.99 for books in its genre.

Thank you all for your help. I’ll return any favors I can. Just let me know.

Also, the payment will not be due until the day of release. 🙂

My Interview With FLAVIU POP


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Well, everyone I interview has a special tug or pull on my heart and Flaviu Pop is no exception.  Flav and I met in the ministry together and I started pulling his Romanian leg until he became and American.  I crack me up sometimes.  He got his American citizenship a couple of years ago and is a bona fide Romanian American now.  In other words, he belongs whether he is in Romania or the USA.  And, he gets to vote in November.  Cool. 

Flav is the new Pastor of Middle School Ministries at Hebron Church in Dacula, Georgia.  Another thing to note is that I owe him for probably half the comments on this blog.  He’s a faithful bro who loves Jesus.  Now, let’s ask him some questions:

1.  Why is your name Flaviu Pop?  Does that name originate from south Georgia or are you a yankee or what?

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