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Devotional: Bring Blessings

Devotional: Bring Blessings

October 26, 2020

Time: 8:56 am

I love this passage in Proverbs 11:25. It’s awesome to know it’s important to take blessings with us regardless of the situations we encounter. We are overwhelmed when blessings comes our way because when good things happened we typically share our joy with others. Blessings are like a contagion because it infects others.

Proverb 11: 25: Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.

Blessings elevate our joy when others see it and respond with words of encouragement. It’s the need of the human hearts to constantly be encouraged.

One who waters will himself be watered. Interesting choice of words. The bottom line water is needed to sustain life. No human being can live without water nor plants and trees.

We have a tremendous responsibility to water people’s hearts with the fruit of the Spirit.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,”

Galatians 5:22 ESV

Always remember when we bless and water others, we are benefactors of our actions too because we represent God Almighty.

Prayer: Lord! Help us to bring blessings and water others with Good water (fruit of the Spirit). In Jesus’ name, Amen. Bjs

I hope and pray each of you will experience blessings today and beyond.

Sunrays to bring joy to our lives because of God’s Creation

Jesus Amazing Arrival into Jerusalem

Matthew 21:1-11; Zechariah 9:9; Isaiah 62:11

Palm Sunday, May 5, 2020

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Points to Ponder

  1. When Jesus sends you on a mission you must follow His detailed instruction (Matthew 21:1-3).
  2. Jesus had to fulfill the ancient of days biblical prophies as written in the Old Testament to reconcile us to God (Mathew 21:4-5, Zechariah 9:9, Isaiah 62:11).
  3. It’s very important to follow the instructions of Jesus and to make personal sacrifices for our savior (Mathew 21:6-8).
  4. Jesus has many ways of impacting peoples’ lives to deliver them from their destructive ways (Matthew 21:9-11).

Something to consider

Today we celebrate Palm Sunday because Jesus chose to come from heaven to sacrifice himself for the atonement of our sins. Jesus chose two of the 12 disciples to get the donkey and her colt. The disciples trusted Jesus’ strange requests and took the journey of faith. They returned with the donkey and her colt as requested. 

They didn’t deviate from Jesus’s instruction. It was interesting Jesus didn’t want the donkey and her colt separated probably to keep the mother calm.  Jesus is always concerned about situations which might have negative and positive impact in our lives. Jesus’ loves us it’s guaranteed his love will never perish.

We must love, support, help and encourage others during these difficult times for the glory of God as we celebrate Palm Sunday and Easter. Let’s have an amazing entrance into the lives others who don’t know Jesus.

He loves us and has given us a free will to make choices.  Jesus constantly displays his love through us to others daily.  We must remain in the world and sacrifice our lives assisting others for the glory of God. 

The disciples and the peoples in Jerusalem saw his amazing love based on His past actions.  Jesus was on his final journey before his life would be given up for the sins of the world. His purpose was to reconcile us to God Almighty. 

We are on a journey everyday of our lives for the glory of God whether we believe it or not.  We must aggressively pray for God intervention to strengthen us and empower us to trust Him during these difficult times in the world.

Let’s triumphally enter the lives of those needing assistance regardless of their social status.  God wants us to work together for humanity and for the protection of our environment. Jesus wants to inter into your life today and every day. If you don’t know Christ. Please repent of your sin and accept Jesus as your personal savior and you shall be saved. He expects a tremendous change in your life.  I encourage you to read and meditate on God’s Word and fellowship

(c) 2020 Billy J. Strawter, Sr

We Must Not Fear but Pray and Unite to Survive.

By Billy J. Strawter, Sr
March 27, 2020

We must not fear but we must follow the guidelines as mentioned by the governor. Social distancing is critical to prevent the spread of the enemy, the coronavirus.

Michigan is now one of the fastest in the spread of the coronavirus. The Detroit areas have a major problem.

I hope everyone will pray for:

I. God’s mercy and grace.
2. An abundance of ventilators to be manufactured.
3. Sufficient masks for health care workers.
4. Assistance for those with less and for those loosing much, etc.
5. Manufacturers to step up and make an abundance of ventilators.
6. Unity between the States and the Federal Governments regarding equipment needs and financial needs.
7. Families and businesses struggling because of the businesses that are shutdown.
8. People to comply with social distancing.
9. Supernatural healing of those with the coronavirus.
10. An awesome vaccine for the coronavirus.
11. Leadership around the world to make wise decisions during these difficult times.
12. Peoples struggling to provide food for their family and money to pay their bills.
13. People who can’t see their love ones because of isolation.

Lastly, pray for our faith to increase and for others to come to know Christ.

Please stay educated about the evolving situation. I know it’s difficult to hear the bad news but we must stay informed to make right decisions. We must maintain hope. We need ventilators, doctors, services providers and other helpers to fight this battle.

God, please, please help us to fight this enemy trying to destroy your creation. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Forgiveness Can Heal A Broken Heart

Forgive

 (Genesis 50:15-20, 1 Kings 8:50, Matthew 6:14-15, Mark 11:25, Luke 17:3-2)

Devotional: by Billy J  Strawter, Sr.

 Points to Ponder

  1.  You must let go of the bitterness you have in your heart toward those who have hurt you (Genesis 50:15-17).
  2. Do not hold grudges against those that are jealous of you but forgive them and you will have joy in your life (Genesis 50:18-20)
  3. You must forgive people who sin against you just like you expect God to forgive you (1 King 8:50).
  4. If you don’t forgive people who violated your trust, God will not forgive you (Matthew 6:14-15, Mark 11:25).
  5. It is your responsibility as a Christian to forgive people regardless of the number of times they have hurt you (Luke 17:3-4).

Something to Consider

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Sun Rays of God’s Creation

Is there someone in your life that has hurt you to the core of your heart? Your answer is probably yes! You are so angry with them because you don’t understand why someone who claims to love you would hurt you so badly. You might blame yourself or wonder what you did to deserve a broken challenging. However, we all fall short of the glory of God because of our sinful nature.

It is sin that caused an individual to hurt you. Just like it was sin that caused Jesus to suffer and die on the cross for you. He also died for the person that broke your heart and violated your trust. God holds each of us accountable for our own sins. He gives you a simple process for healing your broken heart. He wants you to rely on Christ as the source of your strength.

Your healing process will began when you forgive the person or persons that hurt your heart. It want be easy but when you let go and let God you will find wonderful peace in your life. When you forgive, you are no longer in bondage but free. Enjoy your freedom, starting today, as you forgive those who have hurt you. Remember! You can’t rely on others to heal your broken heart only God can.

Hope in The Midst of the Storm

Devotional:  1 King 19:1-18

Have you every been in the midst of a storm and felt nothing but hopelessness. You are not alone and I hope and pray you will be encouraged by this devotional.  You must always trust God while you are in the midst of your storm.

Points to Ponder

  1. Sometimes an un-expected storm will come in our lives (1King 19:1-2).
  2. There may be a time when the storm (hopelessness, stress, depression, self-doubt) of life will get the best of us (1 King 19:3-4).
  3. God will provide spiritual nourishments during the storm in our lives (1King 19:5-9).
  4. You can be zealous for God but still face many dangerous storms but you are not alone (1 King 19:9-10).
  5. We must always remain hopeful and trust God to carry us through the storm (1 King 19:11-13).
  6. God will always give us strength to overcome any storm we face (1 Corinthians 10:13).
  7. God is willing to hear our perspective

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    Hope in the Midst of the Storm

    regarding the storm in our life (1 King 19:14).

  8. We can always expect God to send helpers our way when we are in the midst of the storm (1 King 19:15-17).
  9. God will always preserve a remnant of people who will not compromise their faith both young and old (1 King 19:18).

Something to Consider

As long as we live, we will face storms in our lives. They will suddenly appear just like a severe thunder storm during spring and summer months or anytime. The storms will cause tremendous lost to life and property. However, God always give believers and nonbelievers the ability to overcome the storm.  There will be times when the storm may overwhelm us but it will never overcome us if we put our hope and trust in God. He will strengthen us during the storm. The storms might be the results of natural disasters, and conflict within the family, friends, health issues, death, or disagreements with society because of our belief.

Elijah knew God but he felt lonely, hopeless, stress, depression, and doubt because Jezebel wanted his life because he had her false prophets killed. He felt alone because he was the only prophet left.  Elijah wanted to die but when God was ready He responded to Elijah and addressed him in love to encourage him, he was not alone and would receive help. God did give him the help necessary to perform the task.

Regardless of our faithfulness and strength, we must always be prepared when the storm arrives in our lives. God will help us by sending others in our lives to encourage us to remain faithful and trust in Him in the midst of the storm or God Almighty may do something supernaturally.

Are you trusting God in the midst of the storm?

(c) 2015 Devotional by Billy J. Strawter, Sr.

 

Steps to Deal with a Child’s Tantrum

I decided to update this post because of a conversation I had with someone regarding a rebellious child. Many times a child behavior is a reflection of issues parents are facing in their relationship.  Parents that are arguing significantly and fighting in the presence of the child will pass their negative behavior onto their children. It very important for parents to understand their contribution to the child or children negative behavior. Parents should immediately begin to address their personal problems which will help address the child’s negative behavior before it become too severe12-8-2004 (3)-15. Parents should attend a life skills class and counseling to help themselves deal with their issues and the issues with their child. I encourage you never be ashamed of admitting you need help. There are many parents in your same position.

This post focuses on two main areas where a child might display a tantrum. Parents will learn ways to deal with a child’s tantrum at home, and ways to deal with a child tantrum in a public place.

 Ways to deal with a child’s tantrum at home

Step #1 Do not get angry

Suggestion: It’s not about you but about understanding the reason the child is displaying the tantrum.  You must understand the child is either testing a boundary or someone did something to the child or the parents contributed to the situation. You must determine the issues that caused the child’s tantrum in order to deal with the negative behavior properly.

Step #2 Understand the reasons behind the child’s tantrum

Suggestion: Ask  the child with a kind and loving heart what’s wrong even if you know. This gives the child an opportunity to communicate their feelings to you. You will be better equipped to assist the child. If the child can’t talk, ask the child to show you by pointing fingers.

Step # 3 Communicate with affection

Suggestion: Give the child affirmation that you heard them.  You should address the issue with calmness and love regardless as to who is involved or contributed to the problem.

Step #4 Avoid babying the child

Suggestion: The child’s tantrum might be a way of controlling you as well.  You should try to  avoid the trap of being too sympathetic.  A child knows how to manipulate you. Always deal with the child’s tantrum when it first starts. This will minimize a reoccurrence of the tantrum.

Step #5 Do not yell or scream at the child

Suggestion: Yelling and screaming only creates a bigger problem. You must model a behavior you want the child to use as a tool to solve problems.

Step #6 Keep trying to understand the problem with patience

Suggestion: It will help you to solve the problem with a caring and understanding manner. Look into the child’s eyes and firmly talk with love about the tantrum.

Step #7 Don’t give up if the child is not responsive to your strategies

Allow the child to continue the tantrum as long as the child is not in danger. Place the child in a safe place where you can watch the child.  Affirm your love for the child.  Let the child know when the tantrum is over, you will return to talk to them about their behavior.  You must endure the waiting game.

Step #8 Avoid giving up if the child refuses to listen

Suggestion: Allow the child to remain in a safe area. You can discipline the child later such as taking away the child’s favorite toy for a short period of time. Stand your ground, don’t let those tears and eyes fool you.

Ways to deal with a tantrum in a public place

Issue #1 Tantrum is a result of you refusing to buy the child an item

Suggestion: Share with the child the reason you didn’t purchase the item.  Let the child know the  negative behavior will not change your decision.

Issue #2 The child’s negative behavior causes you embarrassment

Suggestion: When you feel embarrassed about your child’s tantrum in a public place, you are most likely to deal with the negative behavior in an incorrect manner.

Issue #3 Child will not stop crying

Suggestion: You must endure the crying and not worry about what other people are saying.  Stay in control of your actions regardless of the child’s behavior without yelling or screaming.  It won’t be easy, but as the parent you must stay in control with a loving heart.  Above all, don’t give into the behavior.  If you give in to the child’s behavior, the child could use it against you the next time you deny to purchase an item.

Issue #4 Child sits on the floor and you have other children with you

Suggestion:  In this case, you have several options.  You could pick the child up calmly and carry the child to the car or the entire family could sit on the floor with the child.  Yes, right on the floor in a public place away from traffic.  Get the other children to understand what you are doing and that you need their assistance.

Issue #5  Arrival at home after the child’s tantrum

Suggestion: Let the child know the negative behavior was unacceptable and explain the consequences associated with the negative behavior.  Discipline the child.  You must choose the appropriate disciplinary action for the child.  Make sure you discipline with a loving heart and not out of anger.

Parents, never attack your children with demeaning words. Stand your ground with love and respect.  Raise your children to become nice, strong, respectful and successful citizens.  They are learning life long skills they can use the rest of their lives.  It is important to be great parents now while they are still soaking up knowledge.

Written by Mr. Wisdom

 

(c) 2010 EnviCare Consulting, Inc. Alrights Reserved Worldwide

Parents’ Propectives on What They Learned and Will do Differently After Their Expereince in A Life Skills Workshop

This article describes how parents felt after attending a life skills workshop. They shared their perspectives on changes they needed to make in regard to their relationship with their children. or especially the teenager.  Hopefully, this information will be absolutely beneficial as you work to bring stability to your household.  Every family is unique but faces similar issues. How you respond to those issues can lead to a fantastic outcome or a night mare. It’s up to you to make the right choice regardless of your situation. The parents that attended the life skills workshop recognized the changes they needed to implement in their household.  If you can identify with their comments, please consider making the appropriate changes in your life and feel good about the decisions you are doing to motivate and encourage your children to be successful.

What did you learn from Importance of Family: How to Connect Workshop?

 

  • I learned to listen; communicate with my child whether than yell at them!
  • To listen to my child more.
  • I learned a lot about myself on how I need to become firmer as a parent, need to become consistent with my discipline and follow through.
  • I learned how to handle situations that I will come across with my kids in a more appropriate way instead of yelling and being negative.
  • To trust in myself and be confident and strong after being disabled. I had lost a lot of confidence but I have the same brain just not the same body.
  • To stop and think before I react to the child and that all opinions are important.
  • I feel I learned how to not only be a better parent but to be a better person.
  • To take time and listen to my children, and to be consistent with punishment. Try not to yell when they have done wrong.
  • I learned that to argue with a child isn’t going to solve a problem. It taught me that being open-minded goes a long way and helps to understand a child more.
  • How to communicate without negativity.
  • I learned how to speak better with my children and the need to spend more time with them and the listen more.
  • To listen, not overreact and to think positive and instill positive thoughts.
  • To be a better parent, how to communicate with my child without yelling. Let my child communicate their feelings, and emotions. I need to better my relationship with my child.

 What will you do differently as a result of the Importance of Family: How to Connect Workshop?

 

  • Stop yelling at them!
  • Have more family time.
  • I will be a better listener
  • I will be more positive towards the way I communicate with my kids and not yell as much.
  • We will communicate better, take the yelling out, talk and earn his trust back.
  • To calm down listen more and give more praise.
  • How I handle disciplining situations.
  • Listen more to what they say and have more family time.
  • I will change the way I handle bad situations by taking a breather then discuss the problem.
  • Stop my yelling, swearing and try to communicate more with my son.
  • I will try to be a better parent, person and so as much as possible to help my child.
  • I hope to make more time for family and respect my daughter’s decisions and opinions.

 

 Article by: Billy J. Strawter, Sr.

 

© 2012 EnviCare Consulting, Inc.               All Rights Reserved Worldwide

 

Parents Are Valuing Life Skills Strategies To Help Raise Their Children

Parents Are Valuing Life Skills Strategies To Help Raise Their Children

Listed below are comments from parents that attended a life skills workshop. We will continue to share with you parents perspectives on the values of attending a life skills workshop. We believe that our articles should contain information that reflects the challenges parents are facing with their children, especially parents with teenagers. 

Shawn’s Testimonial

“As a parent, I will work on listening to my children. I will work on yelling less to not at all. It was encouraging hearing suggestions in the life skills workshop and especially the things we are already doing now with our children. There were several times I questioned if I am parenting correctly. The life skills workshop helped to reiterating what I am doing at home is the correct path as well as room for improvement.

The life skills workshop should be offered to new parents. I thought the workshop was very powerful and helped me look at myself and what I need to work on at home. I believe more in myself.”

Matthew’s Testimonial

“I learned I needed more sensible discussion with my troubled son without some of the anger of past disciplining. I have tried yelling in the past to discipline my children. I have discipline while angry immediately after the incident. The instructor showed me ways to get things out of my child without yelling and being angry but to discipline the correct way. I believe my son will be a much better person after this workshop because my wife and I attend it together. I needed this workshop to take a step back and refocus my energy in a proper and beneficial way towards assisting my family and son.

Christiana’s Testimonial

“I now value the importance of building a relationship with my children including caring and making supper. It’s important that their physical, spiritual, educational and emotional needs are met as well.  I will stop pouring into my child yelling and begin to invest motivating, encouraging, and listening to my children. Instead of trying to rule over them, I will listen and try to get to the root cause of the problem. Sometimes, I walk away and never know what my son is feeling. When I do walk away, it hinders my son from wanting to do better and it makes things worse because now he is angry and won’t talk to me. I do still need to be firm and stand up for what I believe even if it’s not popular. I will share more encouragement, praise, love, time and proper discipline with my son.”

Jim’s Testimonial

“As learned in the parenting class today, it is important to be directly involved with your children in everything they do. By this I mean, you have to influence them from the time they are young and be a positive person in their life. Most of the things we covered are plainly obvious but it is so easy to forget of stray from these positive aspects. I believe that the life skills’ strategies will help me to refocus on these little things that make a difference. It will help me become more of a positive influence moving forward with my children. Instead of invoking negative thoughts, I will forcus on being understanding and caring towards my children.  Negative things can and do happen in life and as a parent, I have position of authority to help guide my children through their issues. I am very glad that I attended the life skills workshop and also that my teenager is involved in the anger management and critical thinking classes.

Article by: Billy J. Strawter, Sr.

© 2012 EnviCare Consulting, Inc.               All Rights Reserved Worldwide

Teenagers Share What They Learned To Do Differently After Attending An Anger Management Class

Here are comments from teenagers that attended the Keys to Success Anger Management Class. It’s always amazing to me how teenagers know what they need to do but often times ignore making the right choices. I haven’t met many teenagers who don’t sincerely regret the wrong choices they have made.  It’s our responsibility to forgive them and help to do better in the future.


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What did you learn from the Anger Management Class?

 

  • I learned easier ways to handle situations, how to control your attitude and actions and to have a positive attitude.
  • When you look at a problem different instead of letting your attitude take over the problem.
  • I learned to stay positive and not to get down on myself. Also, I learned that if you control your attitude and temper you can live a lot more stress free and open.
  • I learned that attitude and temper can be controlled that a person has to control it for the betterment in their environment.
  • Control my attitude and temper on a positive way.
  • I learned how to control my attitude and temper that only I can control.
  • Say sorry when wrong, think positively and respect adults.
  • I learned how to control my attitude and temper and to accept what others see of me and how they think of me.
  • Learned how to control my attitude and temper.
  • I learned that there are many people out there that have anger too and I’m not the worst at all or the only one.
  • I learned that controlling your attitude and temper can get you way further in life.
  • I learn that attitude and temper can hurt your future even your peers.
  • That there are many ways to stay calm.
  • That it taught me to work well with others and help change my life to make things easier.

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What will you do differently as a result of this Anger Management Class?

 

  • Look at the problem and make if funny so I won’t get the police called on me.
  • I will take advice from this class and from this book.
  • Take situations carefully and respect others more and myself as well.
  • React to situations differently and control my actions.
  • Respect myself and others and communicate respectfully in a kind way.
  • I will work hard on my attitude; try to be respectful, helping and considerate to others.
  • Control myself and try as hard as I can.
  • To be control means I can better control myself.
  • I will see myself trying hardest to make a lot more friends at school and get good grades and be kind to parents.
  • I will think about my actions first.
  • Think about Mr. and Mrs. Attitude and Temper.
  • By thinking before speaking and watching what I say.

Article by Billy J. Strawter, Sr.

© 2012 EnviCare Consulting, Inc.               All Rights Reserved Worldwide