Saturday, January 18, 2020

Daughter Donna's Dayton TEDx (Talk)

My Month of Silence | Donna Sanchez | TEDxDayton OCT 11, 2019


This is my oldest daughter Donna who went a month of silence in January 2019 and did a TEDx talk about her experience during that month.  Donna is also a Toast Masters President, and does other talks on growing in your confident to live yourself in this world, as a Child of God in Christ Jesus!!!

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Joan's Art and Miscellaneous Family Pictures

Here are a few creative embroidery squares my daughter Joan is working on....






I am so proud of how she uses her talents to bless others.  
This sunflower picture was given away at a church function.  The lady that got it loved it~
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Some more of Joan's art~




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My youngest Granddaughter Megan was made Queen for the Week at her school~
What a Cutie Pie

Some miscellaneous pictures of two other grands:


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These next pictures are from my oldest daughter Donna's Wright Patterson Airforce Base Marathan~
She worked really hard to do this marathan.


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What is the Secret to My Creativity


January 14, 2020 – Tuesday

What does creativity mean to you?  What type of materials do you use in being creative?  Is it paints, pencils, fabric, crochet or knitting, musical instruments, writing or something else?  Needle, threads and fabrics is what I used for years and did some writing for personal use.  My husband uses his voice and guitars, both acoustical and electric.  The point is there is different was to be creative.  My struggle comes in finding the passion within myself to continue being creative.  Love for our chosen creativity and a passion that drives us must be there.  This is what I’ve discovered when I lost complete interest in most things.

               Why did I lose interest in my chosen creativity in the first place?  I’m still not sure.  I am wanting to do some research to see why this happens.  Was it my age, and entering a new phase in life?  Was it something that can normally happen to someone at any stage in life?  Was it because I didn’t appreciate my creative gift and didn’t fan the flames of fire to keep it going?  The most important question is how do I get it back?  How do I find a real interest in something I can create again?  Have I lost it forever? 

               My husband and three adult children and their families are all creative people.  I am the one that lost interest in about anything.  Just recently I have decided to start fighting to figure out what I want to do for the rest of my life.  I want to know where my creative desires lay.  Making lists always helps.  So I’ll start there.

               I enjoy watching TV.  I read a small amount of devotional writings and am wanting to read my Bible more.  I have also been trying to write in my blog and copy them into a notebook as a journal.  I love to encourage others in their interests.  I also love to pray for those I read about or hear about in the news.  I am an introvert, but when I am with people I want to try to connect with a person one on one.

Christmas Church Pictures and Hummel Tree Ornaments

Some Christmas pictures from our church and Hummel Tree Ornaments from a friend's tree.








Saturday, January 4, 2020

LOST AND HOPEFULLY FOUND INSPIRATION

January 4, 2020 - Saturday

Over the past 4 years or so I have lost my creative inspiration except for a few months I was into Junk Journals.  They are almost any type of journal you buy or make.  My favorite was cheap notebooks like Composition Notebooks, or making my own with scrap paper and either machine sewing the binding seams or using used cards and also sewing t journals and sews them together.
     Today I watched a You Tuber who makes her own and are much more detailed than mine.  Her title caught my eye because also liked to buy 'found' materials at the thrift store.  Here is her YouTube channel Wandeka From Jamaica.  
     I was inspired enough that I smeared paint on a few pages, and glued in a few things.  Trust me, that is saying a lot for me this past couple of years.  I even looked at some hand sewing blogs.  Another area I gave up completely....but I'm looking at some ideas like sewing some small projects.  I can't say I will do it, but I'm looking~  
Here are a few of my older pictures of my art:  (I'm reminding myself I can create something.)







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The quote by TobyMac is so good.  First it reminds me of the study I have started on the book of JOB.  I can see the faith that Job had in whatever happened to him.  Job knew that God was ultimately in control.  For any of you that don’t know, last Fall TobyMac’s  oldest son Truett died unexpectedly. Toby is a Christian singer who sings about the Hope in Christ, and here was a very difficult experience he and his family have gone through, yet he has stood firm that God is a good God, and there is still hope in Christ alone.  
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Praying God Blesses each of you this year 2020!
Cathy

Friday, January 3, 2020

SPIRITUAL OPPRESSION

January 3, 2020

This blog post is full of Truth and encouragement for anyone experiencing a spiritual battle that seems to want to destroy you! The Bible tells us of these battles and the way out of them. It is well written and worth the read!  It is also written by my daughter, and I just wanted to share it with as many people as possible~!





Ephesians 6:12

I can’t believe I haven’t seen it before!
Tonight a friend was talking to me about a struggle involving her husband. She said “I don’t even recognize him Donna. This is not like my husband.” I asked her if she had ever heard of rebuking spirits in Jesus name. She had not. I told her to call if she wanted to talk about it.
As she shared what happened today, I listened, then I said “we are so distracted by our skin. We so are distracted by what we can see and hear and feel and taste that we completely forget that this world is so much more spiritual than it is physical. Ephesians says that our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against spiritual forces.”
I may step on some toes in this politically correct society, because it seems ok to say that God is love, but we can’t acknowledge that Satan exists. If God is the same yesterday, today and forever, then wouldn’t it make sense that Satan is too. We focus a lot on God’s love and grace, we focus a lot on man’s sin, but I believe that by not acknowledging Satan, we give him power.

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The Bible says that the “fruits of the Spirit” meaning, the proof that one has the Holy Spirit or God’s Spirit in them is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. If those are fruits or evidence of God’s spirit….what are anger, rage, jealousy, deceitfulness, lust, addiction, depression, and selfishness? Perhaps fruits of another spirit?

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Scripture clearly says that Satan or the Devil is not only a liar, but the father of lies….so wouldn’t it go to reason that lying is a spirit that comes from Him?

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I believe that each of these “acts of the flesh” are spirits that do not come from God. Sexual immorality, impurity, debauchery which is excessive indulgence in sensual pleasures, idolizing, being involved in witchcraft, hating, discord or disagreements between people, jealousy, rage, selfishness, factions or smaller organized groups within a larger group that don’t get along, envy, drunkenness….I think the list could go on for days!
If it is an act, action or attitude that is not of the spirit of God, I believe it is still spiritual. I believe everything is. We are just so distracted by what we can see that we are blind to what’s going on behind the scenes.
Here’s where it really gets scary. Let’s say someone struggles with an addiction. They get rid of that addiction, but do not replace it with God and His truth. According to Luke 11:24-26, that spirit that left them wanders around, then returns finding that the person has swept clean the house and put it in order. He brings back with him seven other spirits more evil then itself. Sound like relapse?

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Now, if God is the same, yesterday, today and forever….let’s see what that means.

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When Satan tried to tempt Jesus, Jesus Himself quoted scripture. Guess what Satan did? He quoted scripture back. Jesus used the truth in the Bible to stand up against Satan’s lies. If Jesus had to do this, why wouldn’t we?

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In Mark 16:17, Jesus tells us that He has given believers the authority to cast out evil spirits in His name. I used to roll my eyes, just a little, when my mom and grandma would talk about casting out spirits. When my marriage was really struggling, my mom and I stood in every room of my house and prayed against all sorts of spirits which I won’t name because it doesn’t matter…the fact is, there were things going on in my home that didn’t belong there and we knew that only Jesus had the power to break the spiritual strongholds that were present.
Here’s where the “I can’t believe I haven’t seen it before comment came from:”
I believe that I have been living under spiritual oppression since I was 11 years old. I know the day it happened. I can tell you the exact day that self-hatred fell over me like a suffocating blanket. I have had moments of freedom from it, glimpses of internal peace, but never for long. I believe that there has been a spirit of self-hatred holding me hostage for almost thirty years.
That self-hatred was at times so deep, and so intense that I literally believed that if I was to kill myself, my family would be better off without me. One of those times, I had a 5 and a 2 year old daughters. I can tell you intellectually that at the time I was doing some pretty incredible things. I was renovating my house, training for a marathon, and helping people left and right. My life held incredible value….but I couldn’t see it. All that I could think was dark thoughts of ending it all and that being to make the world a better place for my husband and kids who I was pretty sure would fare better without me. Do you see how powerful the enemy’s lies are?
I have been mystified by the intensity of the hate I felt for myself, because I have always known that I was loved by God. I have always known that my family unconditionally loved and supported me, and I have had more people try to tell me the good they see in me over the years than I could even begin to tell you.
A good friend who I have spent two day a week with for almost ten years now told me recently that in those almost ten years, I have never accepted a compliment she has given me. She said “I just keep trying to tell you the good I see in you. I recently thought ‘I know she hears me,’ but you never acknowledge what I say.” I asked her what I do instead. She said “sometimes you change the subject. Sometimes it’s like you didn’t hear me and just ignore me, sometimes you argue with me about how my compliment is not true, and sometimes you deflect my compliment by putting yourself down, but you never just say thank you.”
I wondered how many other people I have done that to over the years. I know for sure that my mom, sister and best friends have tried to tell me the good they see in me over the years, but I always chalked that up to them just trying to make me feel better about myself.
On September 4th at Celebrate Recovery, I took a blue 24 hour surrender chip and told God “I’ve tried and others have tried to help me see my value and worth in this world, but I can’t see it. No one can help me and I can’t do it myself. If I am ever going to stop hating myself and start to value myself, it’s gotta come from you. I surrender my low self-worth to you.”
I thought I was making strides. I wrote out about 15 scriptures and read them day after day affirming my value with the truth of God’s word, then like clockwork, a couple weeks before Christmas, that self-loathing foamed back up in me until I was blinded again. I wanted to run away and live in a cave so people didn’t have to live in my presence. I wanted to glue my mouth shut so I could never offend. I wanted to quietly serve and love people from a distance because I felt that to get close to me wasn’t safe. No matter how much I wanted to love people, I was destined to hurt them.
As I was talking to this friend tonight, I was overwhelmed by the realization that this self-hatred was a spiritual oppression and that in Jesus name, I had the power to rebuke the spirit of self-hatred and self-condemnation.

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Praise the Lord that He is able to set us FREE from the law of sin and death! God gave me a word to focus on in 2020….Freedom. I wanted to experience freedom from excess stuff, and freedom from all of my self-limiting, self-hating thoughts. A friend asked me what that would look like? How would I know that I had achieved it? I said “I’ll know when I find myself being as loving, kind, gracious and patient with myself as I am with others.” I was always able to give it to everyone in the world but myself.
In the name of Jesus and by the blood He shed on the cross, I rebuke any spirits in my life that are not from Him. I rebuke the spirit of self-doubt, self-condemnation, and self-hate. I rebuke the lies of the enemy and all his tricks intended to take my focus off of God’s plan for my life.
Heavenly Father, I pray in the name of Jesus that any places in my life which are left empty that were once filled with those lying spirits are filled with you and your truth so that there will be no place for them to return. I praise you for your goodness and faithfulness. I thank you for placing your Holy Spirit in me to reveal your truth. Thank you for patiently waiting for me to apply the truth of your word to my life, and I thank you in advance for the freedom you’re giving me in this very moment.
I pray that you would keep my eyes open to the deceitful ways of the enemy and give me the boldness to call him out and rebuke him when I notice him at work. Thank you, thank you. In Jesus name I pray….Amen.

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If you notice any spirit in your life, in your heart or mind, in your spouse or your kids that is not from God, use the power that Jesus gave you through the Holy Spirit to cast those spirits out in Jesus name. If you have questions or want to talk more about it, feel free to reach out. I myself feel like I’m going to bed a little lighter tonight.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Broken Recliner and Joan's Birthday

December 29, 2019

My husband Don fixed his broken recliner tonight.  I am very impressed!  Yesterday without moving anything on the recliner, the foot rest just broke.  When it just broke it made this loud popping noise.  Today when he finally turned the chair on its side, he saw that not only had one bolt been broken in two, but one bolt on each side of the foot rest had broken off.  Plus one of the side springs had separated by about 3 inches.  For me, this chair would have been shot completely!  But Don fixed it and it works great now!  I am so impressed and amazed!  Where there is a will there is a way!  And besides, Don has some talent!


Happy Birthday to my youngest daughter Joan!!!  She was 38 years young yesterday!!!! I love you Joan Marie!!! 

We had a family birthday party yesterday and everyone was able to come!  It was lots of fun, and the food turned out well.  Joan had asked for a salad with bacon and artichokes, and I added more salad fixings.  I also made 2 shepherd pies, one keto with cauliflower mash and one with mashed potatoes.  There were also chips and salsa. 

Katiegrace, Gwynnie, Claire and Annie made two chocolate cakes with white icing and the other with chocolate icing.  I think that is so awesome that the girls wanted to make their mom and aunt Joan her birthday cake!
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Prayer and Starting my JOB study - Job 1 and 2


January 2, 2020 – Thursday

Good Morning LORD!  What a great way to start the day off with in prayer and meditation to my dear LORD and Savior!  LORD, thank you for a good night’s sleep and for life today.  I prayed LORD for the US Embassy in Iraq,, Sonja and Patti’s trip to SC today, the massive fires in Australia, for Prisoners around the world that trust in Your Name as their Savior, for the spirit of murder over this country and over the world and for Your Will to be done in my life~ 

Heavenly Father, I pray for health over Joan’s family and for Cherish’s stomach ulcers to be healed.  LORD, this is Your Day, the Day you have made, and I will rejoice in it and share your Name whenever I have an opportunity.  LORD Jesus, I thank you for all things that you allow in my life, and ask that you receive all honor and glory in each situation!

Thank you for a new year, 2020!  You are the author of time, and you give each one of us our allotted life time in which we can come to you with our hearts, minds, soul and spirit and worship you and lay everything at your feet!  Hallelujah!  Amen!


Today I will be reading in Job.  I am finishing up some Bible notes on Job and then starting to read and asking the LORD to give me insight by His Holy Spirit into what He wants me to know and see in the story of Job.  I want to know more about “Do Not Look Back” regarding Job.  Thank you Jesus for this Word you gave me.

JOB 1 – Job was a righteous man who was over his household spiritually.  He wanted to protect them against sinning against God.  One day when the sons of God were presenting themselves before the LORD, Satan was among them.  He had been going through the earth.  The LORD wanted to know if Satan had noticed Job, an upright man.  God gave Satan permission to touch all that Job had except his very life.  Satan did all he could to destroy Job, but did not touch his life.   Job faced great loss of his family, his servants and all his property and livestock.  Yet in all this Job did not sin against the LORD or charge the LORD foolishly, but said, “The LORD gives and the LORD takes away.  Blessed be the name of the LORD.”

My thoughts:  All I have does not belong to me belongs to the LORD.  Satan cannot do anything against anything I am loaned by God, without God’s permission.  I am to simply continue to worship the LORD no matter what happens in my life.  My life is not my own, but belongs to God, who gives and takes and will receive all honor and glory for it.  I am not to fear what Satan can take from me, but to simply keep trusting the LORD with all He has given me.  My life alone is His to protect.  My responsibility is to do the best I can with all that He has given me, including my family, wealth and property.

JOB 2 – After all that had happened to Job and all the loss he suffered, there was another gathering of the sons of God who presented themselves before Him, and Satan came among them to present himself before God.  Yet again, it was the LORD that asked Satan where he had been, and asked him if he had considered His servant Job who was a man of integrity and shunned evil.  Satan reminded the LORD he couldn’t hurt Job, but that a man will protect his own skin.  So Satan asked for Job’s skin and bones and the LORD said yes, but not his life.  Wow!  Satan when straight from the presence of the LORD to smite Job with boils from his head to his toes.  Unimaginable suffering he had planned for Job, just to prove Job would not keep his integrity toward the LORD.

               Job scraped his sores and sat in an ash pile, and rebuked his wife by saying, “Shall be receive good from the hand of the LORD and not evil?”  Job’s friends from three different countries communicated with each other upon hearing about Job’s great sufferings they rent their own garments and lifted their voices and wept for him. They came to Job and sat with him for 7 days and nights without saying a word.  What amazing friends to have. 

My Thoughts:  How much of our struggles and trials are actually the LORD allowing us to be tested to show our faith and bring the LORD glory?  The LORD God offered Job as an example of a righteous man that held his integrity and did not speak evil against God.  So when I suffer physically than I must turn that over to the LORD and trust that He knows all about my suffering and He is watching my response toward Him.  Will I walk by faith and not speak evil? 

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Do Not Look Back


I would like to maybe write in my blog and then copy it in my Daily Journal.  That way I can share it with a few blog readers, and also keep a copy for my family.  Writing is such a good way to find out what is inside a person, myself, at the moment.  The reason I say this is because we can only write about one thing at a time, and we have to narrow our thoughts in order to put them into words and sentences.  My brain actually is like lots of people that have thoughts going into 5 different directions at the same time, and feel loads of emotions but writing is a good way to figure out which thought is either the most important or at the top of the list. 

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December 27th, I got a Word from the LORD.  He said, “Do not look back”.  I am wondering exactly what He meant by that.  I did not get anything further, but I am praying about it.  My first thought was Lot’s wife in the Bible that looked back and was turned into a pillar of salt.  In that case, they had been told not to look back because God was bringing judgement down on Sodom and Gomorrah.  Tells me we are not to watch as God brings judgment on others.  Is that why we are not to look back?  The past cannot be changed of course, but we can learn from it.  I had been asked to write about some of my childhood memories by my daughter.  Is that what God doesn’t want me looking back on? 

Last Sunday Don and I went for a drive through our local cemetery called Woodland and it is very large and has many historic people buried there, along with some of our family members and friends.  There is an ugliness about cemeteries this time of year with the winter trees and so much black mold or black marks all over so many of the monuments or grave markers…tombstones as Don likes to call them.  It all has the feeling of death.  No life found in the cemetery in the winter time.  No birds chirping or squirrels running around.  Maybe looking back is a little like looking back into time where death reigns.  I’m not sure. 

I’m praying about what the LORD means by “Do not look back”.  Now I’m not sure whether I should tell my stories, or how to tell the stories.  Maybe I am only to live in the here and now.  We also need to look forward, even if it is thinking about God and hoping in the best outcomes for people and situations and even ourselves.  To look back is to still give our own interpretation of what happened, and why things happened, and how we understood what happened.  Isn’t the Bible full of looking back so we can learn from their lives and what God did? 

Wow, I just looked at Facebook, and TobyMac had posted this in the last 4 minutes:

Forget about what’s happened;  don’t keep going over old history.  Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new.  It’s bursting out!  Don’t you see it?  There it is!  I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands.      Isaiah 43:18-19



Thank you LORD for these verses!  How wonderful to have TobyMac or his team post this just when I was writing about “Do not look back”!  “Forget about what’s happened;  don’t keep going over old history.  Be alert, be present.”

  I’ll be getting back to this subject again soon.


Oswald Chambers Devotion

My friends, fill your minds with those things that are good and that deserve praise: things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honorable.—Philippians 4:8



When God gives a vision by His Spirit through His word of what He wants, and your mind and soul thrill to it, if you do not walk in the light of that vision, you will sink into servitude to a point of view which Our Lord never had. Disobedience in mind to the heavenly vision will make you a slave to points of view that are alien to Jesus Christ. Do not look at someone else and say — “Well, if he can have those views and prosper, why cannot I?” You have to walk in the light of the vision that has been given to you and not compare yourself with others or judge them, that is between them and God. When you find that a point of view in which you have been delighting clashes with the heavenly vision and you debate, certain things will begin to develop in you — a sense of property and a sense of personal right, things of which Jesus Christ made nothing. He was always against these things as being the root of everything alien to Himself. “A man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things that he possesseth.” If we do not recognize this, it is because we are ignoring the undercurrent of Our Lord’s teaching.
We are apt to lie back and bask in the memory of the wonderful experience we have had. If there is one standard in the New Testament revealed by the light of God and you do not come up to it, and do not feel inclined to come up to it, that is the beginning of backsliding, because it means your conscience does not answer to the truth. You can never be the same after the unveiling of a truth. That moment marks you for going on as a more true disciple of Jesus Christ, or for going back as a deserter.

Wisdom From Oswald Chambers
To those who have had no agony Jesus says, “I have nothing for you; stand on your own feet, square your own shoulders. I have come for the man who knows he has a bigger handful than he can cope with, who knows there are forces he cannot touch; I will do everything for him if he will let Me. Only let a man grant he needs it, and I will do it for him.” The Shadow of an Agony, 1166 R