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Sunday, December 4, 2016

If you are Happy Clap Your Hands

Hand clapping started long ago. Hand clapping may be common for some, but have you ever really thought about some of the reasons people clap their hands? What are some of the reasons that children clap their hands?



Applause, was a sign of acclamation in the Ancient world. By applauding a performer we are giving that performer a pat on the back. Did you know that clapping in the Western Culture was in the theater. Also, politicians gauged their standing with the people by the applauds they received when they entered the arena. Do politicians today gauge from the applauds they get when giving a speech? What about when you hear a good sermon, do you clap your hands to let the minister no that you appreciate it? Everyone likes to be appreciated. Hand clapping is one way to do this.

Hand Clapping in Church

Psalm 47:1, “Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph! The bible talks about clapping your hands and shouting to God. When I look back over my life, the first church I attended was a Methodist Church. There was no hand clapping in that church. Nor very little in the second church I attended which was a Baptist church. When I first started attending my present church, I was not used to clapping during the praise and worship. In fact, there was so much clapping and praising I asked my daughter are you sure this is a Baptist church and not sanctified? I have observed that more Baptist churches are clapping and praising and as of today it is just natural for me to clap during the praise and worship. I am clapping and praising God, not anyone else.

I have visited several churches including my daughter’s church in the south. I was so comfortable at her church, it was almost like being at my own. The clapping and praise was awesome. I noticed a few just sitting around and just looking, but that is their right to do so. What about you? Do you clap your hands during your morning worship at church?


You can also clap your hands to get someone's attention.

The Song “Clap Your Hands”

I have seen many children sing this song, “If your Happy and you know it, clap your hands.” When you think about the lyrics, it makes sense, you are clapping to signify that you are happy. I have observed that it is a real catchy tune that children really seem to like. I have also observed that adults like it as well.
Some hand clapping issues revolve around cultures. The Western world does hand clapping because of appreciation, whereas the non-western parts hand clapping is more of a cultural rhythm. I believe this does help the soloist and let the soloist know that the effort is appreciated.

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Stress Management

How do you manage stress? Or better yet, does stress manage you? There may be some days that you feel stressed. Regardless, there are a few things you can do to manage.

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1. Alarm System

According to the Mayo Clinic,your brain is hard-wired with an alarm system to protect you. They further state that it signals your body by sending out a burst of hormones to help your response, but sometimes that signal does not turn off. The body can then become stressed. That is not good.

2. Physical Activity

I find that physical activity helps me to relieve stress. I love walking. I love that walking is free. I can walk as long or as little as I like. I also find myself feeling so much better after a long walk.

3. Laughter

I cannot say enough about laughter. You might say or think you have nothing to laugh about, but have you noticed small children? They can laugh about almost anything. I find that when I watch a good comedy on television, I find myself laughing, sometimes hysterically. There are other times just being around funny family members will keep you laughing.  My big sister always keeps me laughing. She is the first lady of her church, but there is still that side of her that just naturally makes you laugh.  In my article  Eye Opening Ways to Manage Stress, I discuss even more ways to relieve stress.

4. Don't Worry; Be Happy

This is a popular song that makes a lot of since. You probably say, easier said than done. When you think about it, happiness is a choice. Although your circumstances may be tough, you make the choice as to whether you will be happy or not. If you are happy and doing other things, it will leave very little time or room to worry.

5. Management

Although God gives everyone 24 hours of time a day, it is up to you how you manage your time. Because time does not wait for anyone, if you do not manage time it will definitely manage you. Sometimes just think. Do you take time to rest? Do you look at and access what really needs to be done today and let some things wait until tomorrow? It takes wisdom and common sense to know the difference.  Was this article helpful? What other topics would you like to hear about?

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Monday, November 14, 2016

3 Tips About Blessings (omg). . . What are you thankful for?

Did you know there are benefits of blessings? Have you ever really thought about why people say, “God Bless You or gesundheit” after someone sneezes? Why not say it after someone coughs or hiccups aloud? I have been curious about that.

Be a Blessing

1. Sneezing

I recall someone sneezing. I did not say anything. That person immediately turned to me and said, "You did not say God Bless me." So I said it to appease them at the time. After I thought about it, I still wondered why people say it particularly after someone sneezes. I wanted to know what the significance was of is this, particularly at the time after a sneeze.

According to, In the hope of fighting off the Bubonic Plague, Pope Gregory 1 in AD 590 ordered unending prayer and parades of chanters through the streets. Sneezing was thought to be early symptoms of the plague; it was thought that saying "God Bless You" would stop the disease.

2. Numbers 6:24

"The Lord bless thee and keep thee," is a scripture that can be used to bless others and bless you. In fact this has been a scripture that my Pastor would have our congregation repeat at the closing of the Sunday Service. It is natural for me to say "the Lord Bless you or bless you" at any given time, but not necessarily after someone sneezes. So do you say, "God bless you" after someone sneezes?

3.  Drugs

Psalms 127:3 Children are blessings and a gift from God, yet there are children that are searching for something to help them feel good about themselves. Drugs is a temporary fix that can now be found early in the elementary schools. Blessing your children can give them that security blanket that they need. It can give them the stability so that they do not need to rely on drugs or a pimp. Blessings can also let your children know they are valued and loved by Jesus. Blessing can also give children the wisdom and knowledge to make wise choices in life. How awesome is that?

I am thankful for the many blessings and promises given to me in the bible and most importantly I am thankful for Jesus. What are you thankful for today?  Will you share with us? What other topics would you like to hear about at

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Welcome Home Military Veterans

Military Veterans (THANK YOU)

There are some survivors of the Vietnam War that have medals to show for it. There are those that have received Honorable Discharge. We want to always remember our veterans, because they gave their lives for our country.

Veterans Day Appreciation

Military veterans can be honored any time throughout the year. Saying thank you to a military veteran can mean so much to them. I am so proud to say that I am in a military family which include nieces, nephews, brother-in-laws, sister-in-law, my pastor, and most important of all my husband. My husband is a proud soldier. Although, my husband is a very private person, he perks right up when there is discussion about the military. He shared a few things that I am sharing with you.

Herbicidal Warfare

Unfortunately many of the Vietnam Veterans were exposed to Agent Orange while in Vietnam. It contained dioxin, an extremely toxic chemical.

Agent Orange

Agent Orange is the code name for one of the herbicides and defoliants used by the U.S. military as part of it's herbicidal warfare from 1961-1971. A defoliant is any chemical sprayed or dusted on plants to cause it's leaves to fall off. It was used to destroy Vietnam's forest cover and food supply. Unfortunately  many Veterans were exposed to this as the government sprayed.  There was no umbrella for the Vets to cover themselves.  Up to 200,000 Vietnam veterans could be eligible for disability compensation for disease now associated with Agent Orange.

According to studies have shown that veterans who served in the South during the Vietnam War have increased rates of cancer, nerve, digestion, skin and respiratory disorders, and many more illnesses and diseases, as a result of exposure to Agent Orange/dioxin. They are eligible for compensation and treatment.  

According the Departmentof Veterans Affair as of October 30, 2010, eligible Vietnam-era Veterans exposed to herbicides and disabled by chronic b-cell, leukemia's, Parkinson's disease, Diabetes Mellitus (Type2) or ischemic heart disease, may begin receiving disability and health care benefits on approved claims. These are just a few of the diseases resulting from being exposed to Agent Orange. Veterans may do so by applying at the Veterans Administration's Fast Track Claims Processing System. 

Agent Orange Exposure

Herbicides were sprayed in all 4 military zones of Vietnam.More than 19 million gallons of various herbicide combinations were used between 1961 and 1971. 

These Veterans do not need to show that they were exposed to Agent Orange to receive the disability compensation for diseases associated with Agent Orange exposure. Veterans Administration has already recognized certain cancers and other health problems that military personnel incurred while in Vietnam.

American and Vietnam plaintiff's have filed numerous lawsuits in the United States courts seeking compensation for exposure to Agent Orange. Some lawsuits have accused chemical companies of war crimes for selling Agent Orange to the military.

Women Veterans

Women veterans can also receive health care services. At each Veterans Administration Medical Center nationwide, a Women Veterans Program Manager is available to assist women Veterans. Health services may include mental health, sexual abuse counseling, military sexual trauma, and much more.

Honoring Veterans Today

There are those that are honoring veterans. On Veterans Day veterans have the opportunity to eat FREE at numerous restaurants. Veterans are also honored with parades, flag-folding ceremonies and much more. Iraq, Afghanistan, and World War veterans are honored also. It is just great to see the camaraderie not just in Michigan, but in numerous states. Although Veterans Day is highly recognized, there are homeless organizations that are ongoing to care for the homeless veterans. According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, 47% of Vietnam veterans are homeless. 

Disability compensation benefits

Veterans exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam may be eligible for a monthly payment, a cost-free examination with no requirement for a co-payment. Veterans can expect a face-to-face consultation to discus the results and a follow-up letter.

To Contact Veterans Administration about benefits you can call the following listed below:

Toll-free Helpline: 1-800-749-8387, Press 3

Agent Orange Registry Health Exam: 1-877-222-8387 (Ask to speak to the Environmental Health Coordinator or Patient Care Advocate)

Compensation and Other Benefits: 1-800-827-1000

To Go In person for compensation and other benefits, go to the site listed below to find an office near you.


I had never heard the term Points-man until now. A points-man in the army goes out ahead of his men to scout out any danger such as booby traps set by the enemy. My husband recalls leading a four-company battalion of about 500 soldiers. He noted that his company was the first of the battalion to go into battle that particular day. I can only imagine what it was like.

Tunnel Rat

This is pretty much like it sounds. Just like rats may have tunnels, there are human tunnels that the soldiers will crawl into and check for hidden weapons or hidden enemies. The tunnel rat will carry a 45 pistol and a flashlight while doing this.

DD-214 Form

The DD-214 Form is a form that contains all of your military history including all of the awards that you have received.

I applaud those women veterans that have left their families to join the military. I was amazed that during my previous employment, I was working with previous military employers from the military both men and women. It was an awesome experience. I could note the discipline, organization, and other great qualities that they possessed.

You will always see the American Flag raised at our home outdoors. They are always replaced when they become worn. In addition, I am proud to say that my husband has received all of the following medals:

Bronze Star Medal

This is one of the Honorable awards that any army soldier can receive. This award is for Meritorious Achievement in Grand Operations Against Hostile Forces.

National Defense Service Medal

This medal is for honorable active duty for soldiers during 1950-54, 1961-74, 1990-95,2001-TB.

US. Vietnam Service Medal

Soldiers that served in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia or Thailand between 1965-73 received this award.

Vietnam Campaign Medal

A soldier that served 6 months in the Republic of Vietnam between 1965-73, or was wounded, captured or killed in action during that time period receives that award.

Combat Infantry Badge

Soldiers that are expert riflemen in the army receive this award.

I recall one day going into a store. My husband wore his military cap with all of his badges. As he opened the door for myself and the lady behind me to walk through, this lady opened the opposite door and told him to go in first and she thanked him for the service to our country. These types of attitudes are really appreciated by war veterans. It definitely was a welcome surprise for me. In addition, I have observed those that will tell veterans "Welcome Home." I have even seen others say to veterans, "Thank you for all you have done for our country." In fact, a lady just recently did that. The most memorable time was when my husband and I were at an event. This man thanked my husband for his military service and gave him $100.00, then added, “You and your wife go out to dinner.” That was a time that we both were smiling. Our veterans need to be recognized and not forgotten. So just remember that the next time you see a military veteran.

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Sunday, November 6, 2016

4 Good Parenting Habits

Although you may feel you do not have good parenting skills, you can develop them. There are numerous parenting tips available for you. No you may not be perfect, because there is only one perfect one and that is God. Parenting did not come with a manual, but you can do the best that you can by being aware of your family and never stop learning about them. We all have made mistakes.

Parenting Advice

1. Your Mouth

Proverbs 18:21, Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit thereof. I have heard those that have remembrance of parents saying they would never amount to anything. Instead of encouragement, they received doom and predictions of failure. I recall Steve Harvey saying that he liked to make people laugh in school. He further stated his teacher told him he would not make any money making people laugh, but look at him now. You never know the future of your children. Children are creative and resilient. There are so many ways that you can encourage children with your words. In my article

"Do You Know There IsAwesome Power in the Word?"

I talk about the power of thank you, I will, I can, and much more. Children need to know that they can.

2. Room to Grow

Children need room to grow. You need to allow them a chance to make some decisions for themselves, because when they leave for college or even go to camp for the summer there will be decisions that they make everyday. Prayerfully you have trained them and given them values to make good sound decisions even though that may not always be the case.

3. Your Presence

Your presence is so important to your children. I have observed often parents are just as guilty of staying on their cellphones or lab tops just as children do. I observed during a child's gymnastic rehearsal, a mother on her labtop seemingly doing her work from home. She was really intent on her laptop. Her body was there, but not her presence. He focus was on her laptop and getting the work done. I am sure we all may have been guilty at some time or another not showing up for our children with our presence. I even recall forgetting to pick my children up from school. Now this only happened once, but how do you forget that, especially when you have several children as I did? These things happen, but it does not mean that your parenting habits are bad, you just possibly could improve. We all need improvement. 


Did you know that children love to laugh? Try using humor and laughter in your conversations. Something funny that my grandchildren and I do is when something occurs that we find amusing my grandchildren will say something like, “ That's your daughter, discipline her.” I will respond, “That's your mother, she is an adult.”  What are some of the good parenting habits that you have developed? I would love to hear about them.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Technology Then and Now. . . . We Have Come Along Way Baby

Do you realize how fact technology is growing? Even technology items you purchase today, may become obsolete within several months, because something newer and better has been created. In fact, it might be difficult for some to keep up with the new technology.

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Often I have heard people say, “I don't like computers or I do not have a cellphone.” Like it or not computers are here and they are used for just about everything. Ministers are preaching their sermons from Ipads. I have even seen Ipads in the retail store advertising jeans and different items in various departments. I want to talk about just a few of the new technologies.

1. GPS (Global Positions System)

I am so happy we have GPS, but where was it years ago when I needed it? I recall when I first married, my husband and I were traveling South trying to read a map. We had trouble with that, because we were suppose to travel South, but were traveling North in error. Yes I eventually learned how to read a map, but the GPS is so much nicer. 200 years ago, who would have imagined that we would have real live time when driving. What I like about the GPS is that it will let you know when there are delays, possible accidents, and even reroute you.

2. Cars then and Now

Karl Benz drove the first automobile in Mannheim, Germany at a top speed of 10 mph. Today there are several cars that reach top speeds ranging from 223 mph to 288 mph. While the normal speed limit on the highway is 65-70 miles per hour, this would not have been thought of many years ago.

Listed below are some of the fastest cars in the world. 

Why am I not surprised when states a flying Car may go on sale in 2017. Co-Founder and CEO of Juraj Vaculik at Southwest in Austin, Texas, talks about moving flying cars to market sooner than later.

4. Google Engine Searches

Do you take for granted the online Google searches that are available for just about anything that you might want to know about? Pick any subject and do a Google search to find the information you want.  You can do Google searches to find a house, find a person, or to learn a new craft. Have you ever Google searched your name? Try it you may be surprised at what you find. Do you want to know what someone's house looks like? Google search their address. This is so much faster and so much easier.

5. Computers Controlled by Your Brain

Are We There Yet? Not quite, but there is a prediction of the possibility of the brain controlling the computer. This may be particularly important to individuals that have been paralyzed. A brain chip can be placed in the brain to control electrical impulses which are determined by the brain's thoughts. Testing is already in progress.

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Look in the Mirror; What do You See?

Have you taken a serious look in the mirror? Are you busy looking at what everyone else does wrong? STOP. Look at how you are might be contributing to the problem.

What makes a beautiful person?

There are times you may look at things through rose-colored eyes only seeing what you want to see. Although you may not be the most beautiful person in the world, do you at least see yourself beautiful?

1. Beautiful

Do you see yourself as beautiful when you look in the mirror? In my article
 Should YouTell Your Children They are Beautiful, I talk about the importance of telling your children they are beautiful. It is equally important to tell yourself you are beautiful. Your words are very important, because they become a reality. Proverbs 18:21 Death and Life are in the Power of the Tongue. God's words can give you life.

2. Comparison

How often do you compare yourself to someone else. Do you tell yourself, “I can't do that as well as Janice.” So What? Maybe you don't do that as well as Janice, but you can do your best, because God gives us creativeness in our spirit, there are so many things in our being that we have not created yet. There have been numerous times that I could see so well what others were doing wrong, but then I needed to think and take a look at what I might be doing wrong God has given us a solution to all of our problems, but I realized I needed to take time to see the solutions, because often they were right in front of me.

3. Getting

Do you know of those that are looking for what they can get. Their main questions is, “What do I get out of it. In reality when you think about it, you have so much to give. Giving has a “boomerang effect.” It comes back to you. Try giving a “pleasing smile,” a kind word, or help a struggling family. Have you considered asking someone in distress, “How can I help or what can I do?” You might be surprised at the response.

4. Sowing

Galations 6:7 . Be not deceived. God is not mocked for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. I have often heard that said and I believe it to be true. It is essential to sow good things, because if you sow evil and discord, it will definitely come back to you

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