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Yvonne Perkins

Mrs. Perkins is a wife,mother,soul winner & intercessor.

Posted 1/15/13 at 3:38 PM | Yvonne Perkins

How Can Churches Prevent Sexual Abuse in Their Church?

The Washington (AP) reported on 10-17-12 three female plaintiffs claim in a lawsuit that Sovereign Grace Ministries, covered up allegations of sexual abuse against children. The lawsuit involving Sovereign Grace alleges that: 1) The Church failed to take the necessary steps to ensure the safety of children under its care, such as requiring that pastors be licensed or ordained.2) The Church failed to alert law enforcement authorities, and failed to take any steps whatsoever to protect the children from sexual predation

You can read the lawsuit in its entirety at this link. http://www.brentdetwiler.com/brentdetwilercom/2012/10/18/copy-of-lawsuit-brought-against-sovereign-grace-ministries-e.html.

How can churches prevent sexual abuse in their churches? What is the common theme in churches where the abuse has taken place? We have heard many similar stories of cover up of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. Unfortunately, this situation occurs in churches of all sizes and all denominations. The common thread between churches where sexual abuse was reported to the church and cover up occurred is simple to see. They fail to protect the child, failed to warn parents of the threat thus allowing more children to be victimized and did not make a report to the police and state agency monitoring these situations. Clergy are mandated reporters which mean that the law requires them to report suspected child/sexual abuse. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandated_reporter FULL POST

Posted 1/8/13 at 8:29 AM | Yvonne Perkins

21 DAY JOURNEY

I have worked in the counseling field for over 12 years with individuals and families struggling with family problems, emotional problems, and relationship, separation, loss and grieving issues. One of the first things I do is ask each client to make a commitment of journaling for 21 days.

The journaling process has three requirements. The first is to write daily about what you are feeling. Many individuals have problems dealing with their emotions. We become accustomed to hiding our feelings, denying them, keeping them to ourselves. We fear being misunderstood or rejected by others. I will often give them a list of feeling words to help them along. Some examples: happy, hurt, sad, lost, lonely, afraid, unloved, loved, confused, frustrated, angry, comforted, blessed, safe. The journaling is about being truthful and facing whatever confronts you.

The second part is to examine and identify why you feel the way you feel. Often people have no idea of what they are feeling or why they feel the way they do. Their lives are in such turmoil until it feels like a seesaw of emotions, a ball of strings all tangled up. Journaling help you to find answers and identify the root of the problem. What is happening in your life to make you feel that way? When is your first remembrance of having that feeling? What triggers that feeling? How do you react in response to that feeling? FULL POST

Posted 12/25/12 at 5:56 AM | Yvonne Perkins

Fiscal Cliff Be Cast Into the Sea

For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Mark 11:23 KJV

I wrote a blog on 9-26-11 "Will the rich help the poor?" The answer to this question becomes clearer each day as we near the "Fiscal Cliff". Let us take a look at the players in this script called The Fiscal Cliff.

The current salary (2011-2012) for rank-and-file members of the House and Senate is $174,000 per year. One-Percenter of the Week: The Senate's median net worth is $2.63 million. The House's is $756, 00.per MSN money.

Nearly half of the members of Congress are millionaires, according to the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP), a Washington watchdog. The median net worth of a U.S. senator was $2.63 million in 2010, the most recent year for which financial data are available. That was up 11% from the year before, says CRP. The median estimated net worth for House members was $756,765.The median net worth of House members almost tripled from 1984 and 2009, while the net worth of Americans declined slightly during the same time, according to the Washington Post and the University of Michigan. FULL POST

Posted 12/16/12 at 8:42 PM | Yvonne Perkins

Praying for Conn. victims and others

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted, Matt 5:4. President Obama spoke the sentiments of the hearts of many as he stated "Our hearts are broken today. Each time I learn the news I react not as a president, but as anyone else would -- as a parent. And that was especially true today." As a mother and grandmother, I cannot begin to imagine the heartbreak these families are experiencing. Our hearts are broken for each victim, child and adult touched by this senseless violence.

On the same day of this tragedy there was another event in China: A knife-wielding man injured 22 children and one adult outside a primary school in central China as students were arriving for classes Friday, police said, the latest in a series of periodic rampage attacks at Chinese schools and kindergartens per Associated Press. Our families expecially our children are under attack.

It is unimaginable to think that something like this could happen did happen. We cannot begin to understand the pain that they are feeling, the bewildment of it all. We pray that each family will be surrounded with those professions who can assist them in walking through the stages of grief: Denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. We pray for the Lanza family as well who are also dealing with the death of the mother, the shame of having a member of your family do the unthinkable.

As a therapist accustomed to assisting families and children develop coping skills to deal with grief, separation and loss I offer these observations. Each person will deal with grief differently and at different times. Parents, your first responsiblity is to take care of yourselves. Yes, your self. In order to meet the needs of the children and others in your family, you must take care of yourself. Set aside time for you to weep, read, write, listen to inspiration songs do what you need to do to be healthy. POUR OUT YOUR HEARTS TO GOD. TRUST HIM TO COMFORT YOU. HE IS THERE TO HELP YOU. Husbands and wives take care of each other. You need to grieve indiviudally but also as a family. It is ok for your children to see you cry because that is what we do when we experience grief but assure them things will get better. You must know that as difficult as this moment is THIS TOO SHALL PASS. IT WILL NOT ALWAYS BE LIKE THIS.

Children particulary have less capacity to express their feelings and symptoms of grief can include regression i.e. wetting the bed, thumb sucking. They may exhibit isolation, aggression, anger and increase irritability. They may want to talk or they may not want to. You must observe and know your child. Art is a great way to help children cope. Keep them supplied with paper, crayons etc and encourage them to draw how they feel. Use the teddy bear or their favorite toys to help them talk. Give hugs and reassurance of your love for them. PRAY WITH YOUR CHILDREN. YOU MAY NOT KNOW HOW TO ANSWER THEIR QUESTIONS BUT ASSURE THEM THAT GOD LOVES THEM AND WILL HELP THE FAMILY GET THROUGH THIS.

Therefore, for these families we send to them the word of hope, comfort and peace that is found in the word of God. We pray that they will not turn to alcohol, drugs, or violence. We pray that instead they will turn to the only one who is able to see them through this. We pray that they will not focus on tomorrow but ask God to give them strength to get through each day one hour at a time. Please know that people across the nations are praying for each of you.

Jo­seph M. Scriv­en, 1855.wrote this song "What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer! O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer."

I DEDICATE THIS SONG TO THE VICTIMS AND THEIR FAMILIES: http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=12024328 (COPY AND PASTE IN ADDRESS BAR)

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Posted 11/28/12 at 8:34 AM | Yvonne Perkins

GANGS - YOUR CHOICE LIFE OR DEATH

On Monday, November 27,2012 early afternoon shots rang out at the conclusion of the funeral service for a 32-year-old man who was reportedly a Chicago gang member. The two men were shot as women, men and children began leaving the service. Chaos erupted as parents and children started running for their lives. Sorrow quickly turned to panic and disbelief.

Mary Sistrunk, the mother of the 21-year-old Sherman Miller told reporters her son called her 8:15 that morning. "He said, 'Mama, they're gonna kill me.' I said, 'They're gonna kill you where you lay your head? You need to leave from there and get God in your life.'" He was killed several hours later. I can only pray that in between the time, he spoke with his mother and he attended that funeral that he repented of his sins and ask God to save him.

Ezekiel 18:4 KJV Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.Deuteronomy 30:19 KJV I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live. FULL POST

Posted 11/7/12 at 4:49 PM | Yvonne Perkins

President Obama Wins Re-election - Now What?

President Obama has won re-election and has been granted four more years in office. Some are overjoyed and others are in dismay. Whether he was your choice or not, guess what? You have an obligation to support him and pray for him as Commander in Chief. I say that not just, because he was my choice but even if Romney had won the same would be true.

It is time to put aside differences and come together as a nation. If you live in America, you are truly blessed and we must not take our blessings for granted. Every believer has a responsibility and duty to pray for our President and ask God to give him wisdom, skill, knowledge, understanding and that the fear of God would rest upon him.

Perhaps now, the Republicans party can focus on doing what is right for the good of the people rather than focusing on ensuring that President Obama would be a one-term president. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, CONGRESS, SENATORS AND ALL CABINET MEMBERS HAVE A MANDATE TO SUPPORT WHAT IS RIGHT FOR THE PEOPLE.

Billons were raised during this election campaign. Now if those that contributed thousands and millions of dollars would contribute money to help this nation come out of debt we would be able to make real progress. If the Donald Trumps of this world would use their money, power and influence to create jobs, open up training centers, support teachers, establish FREE medical clinics, food banks etc we would make progress as a nation. I encouraged Mr. Trump to release his anger and turn it into something positive to help others. The billionaires and millionaires should at least contribute their fair share. FULL POST

Posted 10/31/12 at 1:14 PM | Yvonne Perkins

Halloween - Don't Be Tricked

Did you know that October 31st is considered New Year's Day for witches and warlocks? Their New Year starts October 31st and ends October 30 of the next year. According to Witches and Warlock Annual Wiccan Holidays, "The wall between earth and the underworld is thin at this time of year. On Halloween night, the wall opens. Samhain, the Lord of Darkness, rises from the underworld. He roams the world looking for lost souls. It is an evil and wicked night, a perfect night for a witch to celebrate New Year’s."

DON'T BE TRICKED BY HALLOWEEN.

Unfortunately, many have unknowingly celebrated Halloween or known to them as Samhain as a day of innocent fun, games, tricks or treats. The wiccans/pagans aka witches, sorcerers, warlocks practice their craft daily during the month of October as they celebrate this season. The TV, radio and print help promote this celebration through advertisement for costumes, candy, parties etc. DON'T BE TRICKED BY HALLOWEEN.

INTERCESSORS MUST BE ON HIGH ALERT DURING THIS SEASON AND COUNTERACT THE WORKS OF SATAN THROUGH OUR PRAYERS AND PRAISE. Satan is releasing evil over regions sparking incidents of murder, kidnapping, human sacrifices, dismemberment, unthinkable crimes against persons and churches, hatred and violence. Many are waiting for this day to work evil because they can hide under costumes as they go out to rob, kill, and rape. We must bind up the strongman and ask God to send his warring angels to assist us in this battle. We must release the Word of God, Plead the BLOOD OF JESUS, SING PRAISES UNTO GOD, SEEK HIS PROTECTION, PEACE AND RELEASE LOVE. DON'T BE TRICKED BY HALLOWEEN. FULL POST

Posted 10/17/12 at 3:36 PM | Yvonne Perkins

Terrorist Threat Elevated October (Part 2)

In part one of Terrorist Threat Elevated October we talk about how Sept 11, 2001 changed the lives of America and people everywhere. We talk about how and why a new system was introduced in April 2011 consisting of two levels. Elevated: Warns of a credible terrorist threat against the United States. Imminent: Warns of a credible, specific, and impending terrorist threat against the United States. As stated in part one, the moment Eve and Adam ate of the forbidden fruit war was declared on humanity.

Even as the nations began to tell the people how to prepare for terrorist attacks, God has told us how to prepare. He has identified the enemy: Genesis 3:15 KJV And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. Ephesians 6:12 KJV For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

He has given instructions on how to prepare for war. Luke 18:1 KJV And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint. Luke 21:36 KJV Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. FULL POST

Posted 10/3/12 at 8:36 AM | Yvonne Perkins

TERRORIST THREAT ELEVATED OCTOBER

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September 11, 2001 is a day that changed America and the world. As Americans we became acquainted with new words: terrorist threat, color coded level of threats, imminent and elevated level, see it and report it. We received instructions on how to prepare in event of a threat. We were advised to prepare a plan and be sure that each member of the family especially our children knew what that plan was and knew what actions to take. We learned about possible ways that the enemy could strike.

The color coded system was put in place in response to 911 and was meant to be a method of warning the people about the possibility of a terrorist attack. Colors: (Red) High (Orange) Elevated (Yellow) Low (Green) and Guarded (Blue) The color-coded threat levels were doomed to fail because “they don’t tell people what they can do — they just make people afraid,” said Bruce Schneier, an author on security issues

In April 2011 a new two level system was introduced. Elevated: Warns of a credible terrorist threat against the United States. Imminent: Warns of a credible, specific, and impending terrorist threat against the United States.

When Adam and Eve ate the apple in the Garden of Eden mankind life was changed. Genesis 3:15 KJV And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. THE WAR IS ON. FULL POST

Posted 8/21/12 at 8:31 AM | Yvonne Perkins

COVER OUR CHILDREN

COVER THE CHILDREN

Jesus loves the little children. All the children of the world Black and yellow, red and white They're all precious in His sight Jesus loves the little children of the world (written by Clare Herbert Woolston). Our children need to know that Jesus loves them. Sometimes, as parents we are quick to point out the negative things our children do, talk about their inabilities and their failures. Some parents make a point of telling their children what they are not and will never be i.e. never amount to anything, just like your dad or mom, dummies etc. We need to affirm and validate our children more.

I remember eating meals at the table with my family. Everyone came and set down together. No one grabbed a plate to take to his or her bedroom or the living room or anywhere else. On Saturday nights I remember my family and relatives would come together to pray. Yes, parents and kids kneeling together in the living room. I remember my mother anointing us with oil and praying for us everyday before we went to school. Unfortunately, many children do not have anyone to cover him or her in prayer.

There can be several reasons for this. Some examples are death of biological parent, parent’ incarceration, drug use, or being removed from parents due to neglect, sexual or physical abuse. FULL POST

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