Friday, November 9, 2018

How Many Ways Can You Honor our Veterans?


Military Veterans (THANK YOU)


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.

Veterans Day Appreciation


There are so many ways to honor veterans such as hanging the american flag in your yard, going to a veteran’s grave site, picking up a veteran’s tab, and much more.

Did you know that there are numerous Restaurants that are offering FREE meals and much more to Veterans? The Links are listed below in alphabetical order:






A. Honoring Veterans Today

There are those that are honoring veterans. 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.




Lifts are presently used in Veteran's Hospitals for lifting and moving patients. This is said to reduce employee and patient injuries, thus savings the hospital more money.


B. Lifts

The lift is used at Baptist Hospital, in Nashville, Tennessee by using a buddy approach while matching a new user with someone skilled at using the lift device according to usatoday.com. The American Nurses Association adds that only 10 states have laws or regulations requiring health-care institutions to have patient-handling requirements for protection of the nursing staffs. Unfortunately Michigan was not listed as one of those states.





C. Care Packages

Have you considered sending a care package to an active soldier? Possibly a care package to the surviving family of a Deceased Veteran. A link is listed below to send a care package.




 D. Donations

Donations are always welcome to Veterans.

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




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Friday, November 2, 2018

How Is Your Attitude?

A Few Things You Should Know. . . .


Good Attitude

Do You have a bad attitude? Did you know that your attitude is very important regarding your health? You will encounter problems and stressful situations throughout your life, but how will you respond to them?

Problems can be looked at as a learning experience or they can be looked at as stressful or possibly a conviction of doom with no relief in site. How do you view problems? Genesis 50:20. . .There may be those that do evil against you, but God can make it for your good.

1. Overload or Overflow

What best describes you? Are you overloaded with doing all that you can do or being all that you can be? Or are you overflowing with God's word? Are you renewing your mind daily with God's word so that you are fueled up so much so that you have to tell somebody, because you cannot keep it to yourself?


I was surprised when I attended a church service. This particular church merged with another church. Although I had fellowship with this church before, this day was different. As I approached the church there were signs along the way indicating where it was located. I was already encourage to come early, because of a prediction of crowding. When I arrived, the main section was already full. I was directed to park about a block away at another church's lot that was closed at the time. Security did drive me from there to my destination.

I really liked that. When I arrived at the church I was seated in another building attached to the church called the OVERFLOW room. I had never heard of this. I thought to myself, “Yeah right.” Even though the main section was full I discovered I still received the word and fellowship that was displayed on a big screen. The ushers had smiles on their faces. They showed an attitude of encouragement saying, “ “We are so glad you are here today.” Those that were in the OVERFLOW room with me were worshiping with each other and still receiving the word.

Afterward I was escorted to the security car and taken to my car about a block and a half away. That helped me to see that when I get full of God's word daily, I should be overflowing and give it to others. It was so refreshing to see the attitude’s of the ushers. That is an attitude I strive for.

2. Attitude is Important

How is your attitude? Is it always negative? Or possibly it is very positive even during the time of a storm? I recall when my daughter told me she was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. There were some that were crying. I did not cry, but told her, “With God we will make it through this.” As she went through the chemotherapy I observed her determination, even though she sometimes was very tired and did not feel well at all. I also observed her attitude of selflessness. Her main concern was always for the well-being of her husband and her children. She was always determined to continue on. She shared with me she was determined to make it because of her 3 children which were quite young at the time. I learned so much from her during that time about the importance of attitude. She had that attitude of perseverance.



3. Abusive Relationship

I also recall when I was in an abusive relationship my spirit was broken. How many of you know that a broken spirit is just as bad as a broken leg or arm, because the scars and pain are still there, but may not be visible to others with the naked eye? During this time my pastor and God's word were a great strength for me. In fact, I did write a letter to my pastor and 7 other people that were of great help to me even though they may have not been aware of how they impacted my life. My children's attitude was overwhelming for me. They were very supportive and they always had a “can do attitude” with me to direct me a healthier life. I did not realize at the time with my broken spirit I was physically sick often, because I was not happy and no peace or joy. I am so glad that I left that toxic relationship. I am so glad I chose to not have the attitude of a victim. I chose to become a survivor. I am happy now and my attitude does reflect that. I came to believe and know that only God can give true peace and joy. John 14:27. This peace is something that I experienced. It is an inner calm during the mist of the storms, regardless to what it may look like.

4. Triggers

What are the triggers that cause you to get upset or angry? Learn what or who those triggers are. Know that sometimes those triggers may be those that are closes to you. How will you handle it? What will be your attitude? I like adventure movies and comedies. I discovered even when watching the adventure movies I can become absorbed in it, so I need to be careful of how it can affect me. When You encounter negative people, what is your attitude towards them? Are there those that are so negative you hate to see them coming?

5. Bombarded With Problems

As long as you live you will have problems, but how will you deal with them? Sometimes we may get several problems at once which we may feel is too much to deal with at time. How do you deal this all of those situations at one time? Possibly you may need to sit back and assess your situation. Possibly you need to get some sleep and then tackle your problems.

6. Your Health

Steve Harvey has said, “ A setback is a set up for a great comeback.” My favorite is Proverbs 18:21 Life and Death are in the Power of the tongue and those who love it will eat the fruit thereof. I choose life. What do you choose?

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Saturday, October 27, 2018

Have You or Someone You Know Seen These 6 Red Flags?

What You Need to Know. . . . .

Have you ever met someone and even though they seemed likable, there was something that just did not quite seem right? Possibly there were events that just did not make sense to you.

 
Domestic Abuse Signs

Sometimes there may be emotional abuse signs when you are dating or in a relationship. Possibly you are blind to some things that you really should look at more closely. Also note that there are women that abuse men also. I recall getting numerous calls to a previous phone number that I had. It was usually men calling to get a restraining order against a woman. Apparently, my number was similar to the number that they were attempting to reach.

PAY ATTENTION:

1.False Promises

One red flag that some may tend to ignore is when your boyfriend or spouse does hurtful things and then later tells you it will never happen again. If he or she has hit you once that is one too many times. If the hurtful things he or she says repeatedly continues, that is a pattern and is definitely too many times.


According to Mayo Clinic staff if he or she acts jealous or possessive of you, you may be in an abusive relationship. In the beginning you may think it is cute that he is jealous of you, but in time that jealously can smother you. I know from previous relationships. I recall in a previous relationship my spouse stated, “ I wish I could just put you in a cage and keep you on an island just for me.” Now how sick is that? You need to pay attention to the signs. Jealously and possessiveness is not healthy. No one should be put in an emotional prison. Do not allow this. They further add that if he or she blames you for their violent behavior that is not healthy. Possibly he or she may say, “You made me hit you, because you just will not do right.” Seemingly it is always “your fault” for the violent person's behavior.

2.Control

When someone wants to control when and where you go, this is a sign to pay attention. When someone times you and starts calling you, because you did not make it back from the grocery store in 15 or 20 minutes pay attention. When someone is calling you throughout the day wanting to know where you are and what you are doing pay attention. It feels like your being monitored and you are as well as being controlled. When someone wants to tell you that you cannot be friends with a certain person, because they are a bad influence on you, even though you are an adult not a child pay attention.


3.Name Calling

When you are in a relationship, you have a name. That name does not include derogatory remarks or name calling such as “you are so lazy, you are so fat, you are stupid, or you can't do anything right.” This is mentally and emotionally abusive. After awhile it will tear your spirit down. Pay attention. That is not something that you need in your life. Rather look for people that will build you up and that are positive.


4.Worthless

Anyone that makes you feel that you are worthless is not good for you. Do any of the following sound familiar? “ You are so stupid, you are no earthly good, you can't make it without me, or no one will ever want you but me.” That is the lie that they want you to believe. I recall watching “Why Did I get Married” by Tyler Perry. The one woman's husband talked about her so bad and did it jokingly in front of others. He constantly put her down and talked about how big she was. She did feel worthless because of that. But when he divorced her, she found a new husband or rather should I say he found her and he treasured her. He built her up and showed that he loved her and was proud of her. He was positive and she finally had a healthy marriage.

5. Your Fault

When someone is trying to control you, the controller whether a woman or man will always want to make a situation your fault. I recall in a previous abusive marriage I was always trying to fix it, thinking everything was my fault. My co-worker once told me “Betty you could be an angel and nothing you do will ever be good enough.” A phrase that I used to hear most of the time was, “See what you made me do,” or “you need to do this or the relationship will fail.”  Guess What?  The relationship failed anyway. 

6. Pushing or Shoving

When the controller gets mad at whatever, he or she might resort to domestic violence and decide to use you as a punching bag. It might start out with a shove or just pushing you against the wall in his or her fit of anger. Then it gradually may increase to punching you. It is still abuse. Now the abuser may function well at work and in some social settings, but when it comes to you, the abuser feels you are the cause of the problems. The flip of the coin is after he has shoved you or punched you, he wants to make up for it . He may want to bring you flowers. Or the famous words of an abuser is “It will never happen again.” “I have just been under so much pressure at work.” I cannot recall the number of times that I heard that. The abuser has a Dr. Jekyll/Dr. Hyde personality. You just never know which one is coming out sometimes. The reality of all this is, if the abuser has hit you once, he or she will hit you again. Get help before it is too late.


An abusive relationship affects the entire family. Remember your children are watching and learning from you.   

 Note: Invisible Prison

Once you have left the controlling or abusive relationship, fear may possibly keep you in an invisible prison. You may be fearful if you see him sitting in his car on a corner even though you know you have a restraining order. Fear may make you question will he or she abide by these court orders. Stop living in this invisible prison. Those thoughts will imprison you emotionally and mentally. Remember even though you have done everything that you can to be safe, God can give you that perfect inner peace that will calm you when that storm and your circumstances are chaotic. I am a witness to that.

Help

Should you come to the conclusion that you are in a controlling and abusive relationship and you want help to get out. Prepare to remove yourself from that situation and find safety. That is what I did in my previous marriage. I decided enough was enough. I had already felt like I was in prison emotionally. I was tired of that. I left. No, it is not as easy as it sounds but your motivation will be a first step. Do not be afraid of what others will say or think of you. I was surprised that my true friends and family came to my aide and family as well. You may need a restraining order to protect yourself. Because he or she has brained wash you to thinking you cannot do anything, be sure to have a plan B in the event plan A does not succeed. Seek the support of your friends, family, and even pastor for support. Educate yourself about domestic violence.

It may be difficult to admit or even talk about the fact that you were abused, but it does get easier in time. Make your mind up that you will not be part of that statistics that ends in a homicide. Seek the support of your friends, family, and even pastor for support. Educate yourself. There is the 24-hour hotlines such as Crisis Connection 1-800-245-4580 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Bloggers Meet and Greet November 2018

Hi everyone. Did you know that there was a time in history when some could not vote even if they wanted to? Are you taking advantage of your voting rights?


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A. Women

There was a time in history when women were not allowed to vote. According to History.com there was a time a married woman could not vote, but also could not own property and had no legal claim to any money she might earn. Can you imagine? They further add that the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which was ratified on August 18, 1920 granted women the right to vote. Now today women are CEO’s and owner’s of their own companies. So women definitely should exercise their right to vote.


B. Blacks


Did you know that there was a time blacks were not allowed to vote? According to history.com even though the 15th Amendment was ratified in 1870, discriminatory practices still prevailed to prevent African Americans from voting. Blacks were told they had the wrong date to vote, applications were filled out incorrectly, and some were even given a literacy test. In 1965 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the voting rights bill banning the use of literacy tests. The right to vote should be exercised by all that are of voting age. Also, note that according to the Amendment that gives Blacks the right to vote, it would be revisited in 25 years. In other words, Congress would need to vote at that time again to determine if Blacks are allowed to vote, such a heavy weight for Blacks to endure.


Note:

I sincerely feel for the dreamers, since President Trump announced he could use executive order to change the birthrights of immigrant children that were born in America.  




C. Absentee Ballots

Now there is not excuse for not voting. Absentee Ballots are allow for those that are not able to make it to the polls to vote. Note that there are many taking advantage of the absentee ballots.  If you are going to be out of town at that time, an absentee ballot would be perfect for you.


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Friday, October 19, 2018

Do You Suffer With Migraines?

Are you a migraine sufferer? Did you know there is relief for migraine suffers? Never give up. Keep searching for the right relief for you.


How to Cure Migraines




Did you know some of the triggers of Migraines include stress, certain odors, perfume, menstrual cycle fluctuation, and birth control pills? These are just a few of the triggers. Triggers are the key for determining the cause of some Migraines. Are you aware that certain foods such as red wine, hot dogs, salami, chocolate, peanut butter, dairy products and pickled foods can trigger Migraines? So not only does your environment play a crucial part with your Migraines, but your diet also plays an equal part. This is according to medicalnewstoday.com



Alternative Treatments

1. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

According to medicinehunter.com breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized room can increase stem cell production; This promotes healing throughout the entire body.

2. Magnesium

Have you tried adding magnesium to your diet? According to healthline.com adding magnesium to your diet can aide in prevention of migraines; You can get magnesium naturally from Brazil nuts, cashews, peanut butter, oatmeal, eggs, and milk. Now I love peanut butter.


3. Lifestyle

According to WebMD, It is important to keep a diary to see what triggers your migraines. They further add that anti-glare screens on your computer can help migraines as well as dressing in layers when weather temperature changes.  How is your lifestyle?  Could it stand for some improvement?





4. Vitamins and Minerals

Did you know that according to Dr. J. Ivan Lopez  magnesium and vitamin b2 can be used as a preventative for migraine treatments. He also adds that patient should try therapies like exercise, getting enough sleep and eating regularly.

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I have been blessed not to have migraines, but for those of you that do, what have you found to be effective in helping with your migraines?

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Do You or Your Child Doubt God?

There may have been a time in your life that you or your child doubted the supreme being; God? Some of us have been there and done that. Always remember that even though you may change, God never changes.


Belief




Did you know that God is omnipresent? Have you heard the expression why do bad things happen to good people? Life has it’s ups and down. You may have good days and some bad days, but remember Hebrew 13:5; “Let your manner of living be without covetousness, and be content with such things as ye have. For He hath said, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”


1. Why?

As a child, I remember asking God, “Why?” “Why Me?” “Why do you allow this to happen to children?” Maybe there are those of you that have asked the same thing at some point in your life. I wonder have you ever asked yourself, “Why did God allow me to survive that ordeal?” Even as an adult, have you sometimes asked God Why? Do you remember as a child feeling there were so many things out of your control? You can tell your child to deal with the things that he/she can control. Things that you have no control over can be turned over to God. You can pray. Although we may not know God’s plan in every situation you can trust that he will take care of you.



2. Doubt

Doubt and unbelief is not of God. John 10:10. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. If your child were to make a statement such as, “I don’t believe in God, since He allowed my friend to be killed in that car accident.” This would be the time you need to speak God’s word. God’s word is real. Speak the promises of God. Jeremiah 29:11- “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. How many times have you spoken out of hurt and anger, saying hurtful and spiteful things? Well your child may be angry at God just as he/she gets angry with you. I can honestly say there have been times in my life, when I did not know what to say or what to pray regarding my children, but I did know to speak God’s word, regardless to what it felt or looked like. Believe me many times it may have looked very gloom.


3. Reason

As I grew older, I still realized the power of prayer. Although, when I asked, “Why?” as a child, I did not understand then that God possibly allowed some things to happen to make me stronger and to lead my children and their unborn children closer to God, because sins follow a family through 4 generations. Yes, sins of the fathers can travel through 4 generations. I realized he allowed me to survive to be a witness of what God can do. Also, to show me that I do not have to remain a victim. Even as an adult, I have questioned God, because I did not understand His divine plan, but I know that He knows. I once told a former prospective employer, “I do not know what my future holds, but I do know who holds my future.”

4. Trusting God

God’s word is real and alive. Heb. 4:12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edge sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Scientist are now discovering what God’s word has said from the beginning of time. Spoken words can and do become a reality. The Bible is an instructional manual to the believers that are saved. What ever we need God’s got it. Just ask and you shall receive it. Feelings can be tricky. I cannot count the number of times that I have felt one way and still spoke what God says, not necessarily how I am feeling at the time. Feelings can be up and down. You may feel good today and bad tomorrow, but God’s word never changes. We may change, but not God.



Tips:

A.
Praise God during bad times and good times. This may be difficult to do during bad times, but it is possible.


B.
Pray for the wisdom of God to know when to speak and when to
listen. James 1:19; My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. Do not have diarrhea of the mouth. Don’t just speak your truth because you can.


C.
Not knowing can be trying, but trusting in God can strengthen your faith.

D.
Remember not necessarily in our time, but God’s time. How often do you want something to happen right now? Do you believe that you have a microwave God? If God does not give you an answer right then and there when you want it, do you become impatient and decide to try and fix the problem without God? I am guilty as charged.

E.
Has there been a time that you doubted God and he brought you out? I can recall numerous times that he has brought me out. I am so thankful too. I welcome your comments.

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