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Posted 7/13/18 at 1:23 PM | Yvonne Perkins

Church Hurt or People Hurt

CHURCH HURT OR PEOPLE HURT?

There is a lot of talk on social media lately about Church Hurt. Initially, I was not going to voice an opinion about this subject. However, I will share this message for those who have experienced hurt in the church. So let us get started.

I recognize that many have been hurt by the religious community. That is nothing new. What is this “church hurt or people hurt”? Let’s say it is when someone you trust or have confidence in betray that trust. Examples:
Pastors, leaders manipulated and/or exploited, members manipulated and/or exploited, children manipulated or exploited by a member of the church, divorce between Christians, ministries destroyed by lies, name is disgraced, work is sabotaged, information shared in confidence is shared, mislead by another and the list goes on and on. Many of us may experience these types of things. What makes it different is that it happen in the place where you thought safety existed. Psalm 41:9 Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.

Christians are not exempt from the trials and tests of life.
Peter 4: 12 think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. FULL POST

Posted 7/2/18 at 8:43 AM | Yvonne Perkins

Christians Depression and Shame

In my last blog, I dialogue about depression. This blog will be a continuation of that subject. http://blogs.christianpost.com/prayer/what-is-depression-30057/ First, a quick review of the highlights of that blog. What is depression? First of all, depression does not mean that you are crazy? Depression is real. It is not something you can "snap" out of. Depression is a medical condition, an imbalance in the biochemistry of the brain and it changes your thinking and feeling. IT IS TREATABLE. Successful treatment can be obtained through education, medication, psychotherapy, group counseling, and support

Symptoms of depression include unhappy mood or loss of general interest or contentment. A depressed mood, loss of interest or enjoyment in activities, loss of gain of weight without trying to diet. Sleeping more or less than usual, loss of energy, tiredness, loss of energy, extreme feelings of worthlessness, helpless. guilt, thoughts of suicide and death. A specific plan of suicide.

The question arises Can Christians be depressed? The answer is yes. You are not crazy. You are not demon possessed. Christians and even Pastors can experience depression and or bouts of depression. Some have committed suicide. They were ashamed of their depression and did not seek help. They did not understand the disease of Depression. Remember Depression is a medical condition, an imbalance in the biochemistry of the brain and it changes your thinking and feeling. IT IS A MEDICAL CONDITION. IT IS TREATABLE. FULL POST

Posted 6/22/18 at 8:41 AM | Yvonne Perkins

What Is Depression?

I developed this short therapy session on Depression while working as a Clinical Therapist with inpatient mentally ill clients. I'm saddened upon learning of yet another person committing suicide and I decided to share this writing with you. In the training, I used various powerpoints so I'm going to ask you to imagine that you are sitting in this therapy session.

Do you find yourself asking questions like this: Why do I think like this, why do I feel like this, what is wrong with me? We are going to talk about What is depression? We will discuss symptoms and treatment of depression. First of all, depression does not mean that you are crazy? Depression is real. It is not something you can "snap" out of. Depression is a medical condition, an imbalance in the biochemistry of the brain and it changes your thinking and feeling.

IT IS TREATABLE. Successful treatment can be obtained through education, medication, psychotherapy, group counseling, and support. You are the most important person in your treatment plan. You must educate yourself about depression, its cause, and treatment in order to find the treatment options that will work for you. People ask, can Christians be depressed? Absolutely, we are not immune to the stressors of life, however, our faith will sustain us. Don't deny the reality of your situation. If you are depressed, admit it, face it and learn how to fight it. Reality says I am depressed. Truth says Jesus died to set me free from depression, every sin,, every sickness and by his stripes I am healed. FULL POST

Posted 12/5/17 at 12:08 AM | Yvonne Perkins

Awakening Intercession, A conversation

AWAKENING INTERCESSION

I had the pleasure of being divinely connected with a young woman, Prophetess Nori Moore of Awakening Intercession Ministry. This young lady invited me to connect with her for 3 weeks on Facebook Live to dialogue on Intercession. Well, the enemy fought us technically in every way with one problem after the other. But we preserve. This is an excerpt of information that was shared during those sessions. Because of the length of those sessions, I will post several blogs to cover the subjects. Subject matters: 101 Defining Intercession 2)Characteristic of an intercessor 3)Role of an intercessor and 4)Levels of intercession

Awakening intercession: noun 1.an act or moment of becoming suddenly aware of something: 2)adjective 1.coming into existence or awareness: For example, you may fall asleep at a gathering and someone may play a trick on you while you are in that unconscious state, they may place a hat on your head, or paint your face etc. Because you of asleep, unconscious, you are unaware of what is happening. Upon awakening, you become conscious of what has been done. I am concerned that many intercessors seem to be sleep, unaware of what is going on around them. The goal of these dialogues will be to awaken the intercessor within you. FULL POST

Posted 11/20/17 at 11:40 AM | Karen Farris

The Veteran’s Bus Ride

Only one other passenger climbed aboard for the long bus ride that evening—a scruffily-dressed man, who was heading back to an alcohol addiction facility.

He’d offered this bit of information to the driver and me as he dug in his pockets for the bus fare. He was quite cheerful, despite the weariness on his face and the ragged clothes he wore.

The man chose a seat near the driver and kept up a one-way conversation for much of the journey.

My eyes met the bus driver’s in the rearview mirror—I saw his eye roll, but the man, dressed in an old Army coat didn’t seem to mind that we didn’t respond to his chatter.

As the skies darkened, the man explained about his life on the Olympic Peninsula back in the 1950’s and 1960’s.

He told of his boyhood exploits along the Elwha and Dungeness Rivers. He could fish and hunt—often times skipping school to do so. His grades reflected those choices—and when his draft number was called he was sent to Viet Nam. FULL POST

Posted 11/7/17 at 10:46 AM | Karen Farris

A Child’s World

Tucked away in my cabin loft are the toy blocks that once built a perfect world.


Once upon a time, my grandson and I built the world out of wooden blocks, Legos, and green Monopoly houses.

We spread out across the floor with domino roads connecting cities and nations. Each place was populated with little people bearing identical smiles. Black, brown, and yellow plastic faces represented the world’s many races.

We made certain everyone had everything they needed—from playgrounds, to ice-cream stores, to Chuck E. Cheese in each locale.

Those plastic smiles were real in this make-believe land. I stood and surveyed our miniature world and decided something else was needed.

I brought over some tall books to give boundaries between the countries. My young grandson didn’t like that idea. He said it would be easier for everyone to get together if we didn’t have anything in the way. FULL POST

Posted 11/3/17 at 10:03 PM | Yvonne Perkins

A Rhema Word "Be Quiet"

As I sat down to write this blog the spirit of the living God rested on me and begin to speak. It is not often that I make a statement like this. I always seek the face of God and ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit as I write but this encounter was different. The words were coming quickly and so clearly as if the Holy Spirit was standing next to me dictating what to write. So the first part of this writing will be just as the Holy Spirit gave it to me. The second part that I will share will be my reflections upon reviewing and meditating on what I had written.

I need you to join me in the throne room. I’m giving you an invitation. Did I not say come boldly to the throne of grace, that you may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need? You have so many questions. I have the answers. You ask me to speak but you are not listening. Even as you are asking me to speak your mind is racing to the next question.

Be quiet. Be still. Come into my presence and sit. Let me embrace you. Let me hold you. I am all that you need. I have ordained peace for you. I have a place of rest for you.Remember Mary and her sister, Martha. Luke 10:39 And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.
 40 But Martha was cumbered about with much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.41And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things:42 But one thing is needful. FULL POST

Posted 10/24/17 at 1:20 PM | Karen Farris

Exodus

As an eight-year-old kid, I became enthralled with the musical theme from the movie Exodus. I didn’t have a clue about the movie or the story behind it, but Dad explained about the Bible's exodus by an ancient nation in slavery, the plagues that led a mighty king to finally let them go—and their exodus to a land that would be their own.

It was a journey where they had to learn to trust God for everything.

On my next piano lesson, I boldly asked my teacher if she had the music to Exodus. She looked at me over her eyeglasses, rose, and walked to her massive musical collection.

She extracted the sheet music and held it in front of me. “You’re not able to play this,” she declared. Compared to the few musical notes in my beginner’s books, I could see why.

So back home, I put the record on the phonograph, and began plunking out the melody on the piano. While I didn’t have the ability to read it from music, I could try and learn it by ear. As I played the single note melody, I imagined the exodus and how their uncertainty could easily become fear. FULL POST

Posted 10/12/17 at 11:41 AM | Karen Farris

Graffiti Gang

The nighttime graffiti artists tagged the brick building with a multi-colored message of hate.

Morning commuters hardly scanned the new addition as they walked to work.

Only the city workers faced the chore of removing another reminder of community discord.

But as they set out to scrub the blight, a young man approached with an offer. The city workers shrugged and set off to another graffiti-removal location.

The man sat back and stared at the words woven into graphic violence—adorning an otherwise bleak brick building.

He returned with paint cans, brushes, and a ladder. It took some time to single-handedly transform the vulgar into a vision of peace.

But the commuters took note. So did the city workers. A reporter snapped a picture and soon the city residents became aware of how some hateful graffiti became a place to express hope.

Artists now take turns drawing messages that bring a vision of good possibilities.

Posted 10/5/17 at 10:50 AM | Audra Jennings

Find God’s power in the deepest places

Part 1 of an interview with Micah Maddox,
Author of Anchored In: Experience a Power-Full Life in a Problem-Filled World

Abingdon Press
Anchored In by Micah Maddox

The world is rife with global and personal crises. News outlets report one troubling development after another. Within the home, studies reveal half of Americans feel financially insecure, more than half are unhappy in their jobs and divorce rates escalate with each subsequent marriage. When problems abound, it can feel as if God is far away. However, as Micah Maddox explains in Anchored In: Experience a Power-Full Life in a Problem-Filled World (Abingdon Press), these same trials can bring us closer to God if we change our way of thinking and focus on Him.

There are a lot of people in the world who seek power in the human form, but Anchored In is about spiritual power and learning to live in tune to God’s voice, direction and desire for our lives. Maddox hopes readers will realize God’s power is available and accessible to each of them. She does not attempt to resolve the adverse circumstances of life; rather, Maddox offers a different approach to those circumstances, giving readers a new strength to manage them, rise above them and ultimately conquer them with a power that exceeds humanity’s grip.

Q: What does it mean to live Anchored In?

Every day, we all anchor our lives in something. Sometimes we anchor our lives in our work, mothering, goals, desires and sometimes even our problems. I’ve learned I often allow my problems to take the center stage of my thinking and my life. Anytime we allow anything other than God to take the focus of our hearts and minds, we are not living in the power God has provided for us to live in. God is teaching me that living anchored in His presence is the only way to experience His power. Living anchored in means we willingly set aside every circumstance and problem of our lives and fully focus our hearts, minds and souls on the Savior, the Anchor.

Q: What does it mean to live a power-full life in a problem-filled world?

There are a lot of people in the world who seek power in the human form. This book is about spiritual power. It’s about learning to live in tune to God’s voice, direction and desire for our lives. I believe God has a purpose for every single one of His children, and we can know that purpose and live confidently in the power He freely offers us.

The problem is many people struggle to experience God’s power when life is crazy or tragedy strikes, so they begin to believe God’s power is reserved for someone bigger and better than them or someone who has an easier life. However, I know God’s power is available and accessible to each of us. When we experience it for ourselves, we learn what it means to live a power-full life. It’s a life where we choose to be emptied of our selfish ambitions and desires, and we learn to be filled with God’s promises, protection, providence, peace and ultimately His power.

I want to encourage women that God’s power is not reserved for teachers, leaders or pastors. God’s power is reserved for every person who is willing to receive it. Be encouraged that God is waiting for you to experience His power! It’s available and accessible to every single person. My prayer is this book will help many people learn how to experience God’s power like they never have before.

Q: You write, “The power of God is not about avoiding the deep waters of life. It’s about diving into them.” How do we do that without feeling like we’re drowning in our circumstances?

When I say dive into the deep waters of life, I don’t mean we saturate ourselves in a sea of our problems. I mean we face the facts. It’s not so much about becoming absorbed with the problems; it’s more about having the courage to look eye-to-eye with the reality of life rather than turning a blind eye and pretending it away.

Q: Tell us about the “Praying God’s Power” prayers you include at the end of each chapter. What part does prayer play in experiencing God’s power?

Prayer is huge, and so often we don’t pray because sometimes it’s just too hard to verbalize what we are feeling or what we are really thinking—it’s too painful to say out loud. However, I’m learning to focus my prayer on Jesus rather than on myself. When I pray with Him as the center, the focus, I find Him so very near. Praying God’s power is praying with faith, trust, and assurance God is going to carry me to the other side of the storm.

Micah Maddox, author of Anchored In

Q: What wise words did your son tell you one night as you were tucking him in to sleep that resonated with you as you wrote the chapter on listening to God’s voice?

When I pulled his covers up and leaned in to give him a goodnight kiss, he acted like he was having a dialogue with God. As he and God had a conversation back and forth, I asked him what God was saying to him. His answer was, “God speaks quiet to us. He loves us.” That moment for me was an a-ha moment, one I hope I never forget. The still, small voice of God is powerful, and the simple truth that He loves us is something we can always cling to.

Q: How do we allow God to define our dreams?

This is a loaded question. There is so much I could say, but I’ll try to sum it up. We all have dreams. Some we go for and act on, and some we just imagine—some we never speak of because we are afraid of failure. However, I’m learning God has dreams for us we never can even imagine. Allowing God to define our dreams means we completely surrender every single thing in our lives to His control. What I mean is we strip away everything in our lives and pare it down to just us. We get rid of the fluff and the American dream of cars, kids and a nice home, and then we expose ourselves without all of our stuff. When we begin to strip away the sparkle and shine of life and get down to the reality of who we are and whose we are, we begin to find a new dream. We get it so mixed up and can never really experience God’s power when we are constantly seeking a picture-perfect family, home, job or success. God’s dreams don’t require success. They require surrender. We surrender everything.

Learn more at www.micahmaddox.com. She is also active on Facebook (@micahmaddoxencouragement), Twitter (@MrsMicahMaddox) and Instagram (@mrsmicah).

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