Diary Of A Christian

Everyday comings and goings of a person who has been touched by the Grace of God.

Thursday, March 31, 2005

Terri Schiavo Posted by Hello

Why Michael Schiavo????

No I do not know the facts because I was not there.
But why Michael Schiavo would you not allow the parents to be in the room while their daughter took her last breath.
Not for one moment you could not think of someone else except of yourself.
These people gave birth to your wife.
Do you not realize that this was not for Terri but for the parents. To tell Terri in her last seconds that they did all that they could have done.
To speak to Terri and let her know that they were there.
To let Terri hear her mother and fathers voice one more time.
You took the stand that this was Terri's wanted.
But don't you also think that Terri would not have wanted of ALL of her family to be her at the end.
I know that some may think that this is not the behavior of a Christian but it is.
Because despite the fact that I am angry over this whole situation, I am angry over you not allowing her parents and siblings to be in the room when she died, I will repent my anger and pray for you.
I pray for your children and I will pray for the mother of your children.
God has the answer to the end.

Free Living Wills

I found this link on the internet. Simply fill out some questions and you are able to print your living will.
All states are listed because laws vary from state to state.
You can also go to this link
to store your living will.

Rest in Peace Terri Schiavo

When Jesus comes back, I hope to meet you when He does.

5 year old calls 911 to report that her parents have been shot

I thank God for sending His charge of angels to protect this child.
This story is so overwhelming.
I am convicted that God dispatched a charge of angels to surround this child and give her the wisdom to make the the 911 call.
Take a look at the 911 transcript at the end of this post.
Look at the details this precious little girl was able to give.
She has'nt even entered kindergarden yet.
May God continue to bless and protect this little girl.
5 year old calls 911, reports parents' shootings By MARK I. JOHNSON Staff Writer Last update: March 29, 2005
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- "I think they're dead."
With those words, 5-year-old Tia Hernlen described finding the bleeding bodies of her mother and father to a Sheriff's Office dispatcher early Monday morning.
Thirty-one year old Julie Hernlen was dead in the bedroom of the family's Ellison Avenue home. Her 29-year-old husband, Aeneas, was critically wounded. Both had been shot multiple times.
Volusia County sheriff's investigators believe the couple were the victims of David Edward Johnson, 33, whom they had accused of stalking them because he believed they had turned him in for drug activity.
Deputies believe he broke into the Hernlen home, which is just outside city limits, shortly before 3 a.m. and shot the couple as their daughter slept in the next room. Johnson then returned to his Swan Avenue residence and killed himself, deputies said.
The couple had filed complaints against Johnson, accusing him of stalking them because he believed they had turned him in to law enforcement for drug activity, public records show. Investigators said Monday the Hernlens had given them no information on Johnson.
But it was a little girl's taped 911 call at 2:58 a.m., after being awakened by the gunshots, that told the personal story of the tragedy. While her name is omitted from the recordings of the 911 tape released Monday afternoon, deputies at the scene confirmed her name.
"I think there is a bullet on the floor," the youngster told sheriff's 911 dispatcher Donna Choufani. "There is blood coming out of my dad's mouth and he fell off the bed."
"Where is your mommy?" Choufani asked in a soothing voice.
"I don't know. I think they're dead," Tia replied. "I said 'mommy and daddy' and they didn't even answer. I didn't see a gun, but I am scared."
The youngster told Choufani she never saw her parents' assailant.
Choufani used her voice to keep the youngster calm and on the line until a deputy arrived about four minutes later.
Sheriff Ben Johnson described the recorded conversation as "chilling" during a news conference at the scene Monday afternoon.
"The little girl did a magnificent job," he said. "And the dispatcher did a wonderful job."
Investigators believe Johnson forced his way into the back of the Hernlens' small, single-story yellow house in the 100 block of Ellison Avenue and walked into the couple's bedroom. There, he shot them with an undisclosed type of gun then fled back to his home.
Several hours after finding the couple, deputies went to Johnson's Swan Avenue home. Investigators have not disclosed what linked the double shooting to Johnson. When they entered his home, they found him dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson said.
Aeneas Hernlen was airlifted to Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, where he remained in critical condition Monday night.
David Johnson was no stranger to the Hernlen family, deputies said.
The unemployed New Smyrna Beach resident was accused in court documents of stalking the couple and threatening their family in December and January. Julie Hernlen told deputies Johnson had driven by the house several times and harassed them because he thought she and her husband had informed on him to law enforcement about drug activity at the Swan Avenue residence, Davidson said.
Johnson had been arrested in November on charges of cultivation of marijuana, possession of steroids and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was scheduled for trial May 9, according to court records. The trial on the stalking charge was set for May 2.
Neighbors along both quiet streets, which lie only a few miles apart, were taken aback by the triple shooting.
Agnus McKellar, who was staying with his daughter in the house across from Johnson's, said he didn't know what to think when officers with guns drawn descended on Swan Avenue shortly after 10 a.m.
"I wondered what in the world was going on," he said. "I had no idea until a cop came out and told my daughter that he (Johnson) had died."
Coni McKellar said David Johnson was neighborly, and she never noticed any problems at the house.
"He seemed like a nice guy," she said.
Most of the Hernlens' neighbors, many of whom did not wish to be identified, were also shocked. "This is a very quiet neighborhood," Lake Drive resident Pete Hornby said. "Nothing happens here."
Sheriff Johnson said Tia Hernlen is with family members.
This is the transcript of the Monday morning 911 call 5-year-old Tia Hernlen made after she found her mother dead or dying and father badly hurt in the bedroom of their New Smyrna Beach home:
OPERATOR: 911, what is your emergency?
CHILD:Um, hello.
OPERATOR: Hello. Is everything OK?
CHILD: My mommy and daddy
CHILD: I think there is a bullet on the floor.
OPERATOR: And the what?
CHILD: And there is blood, coming out of my dad's mouth and he fell off the bed.
OPERATOR: He did? Where's mommy at?
CHILD: She is, I don't know, I think they're dead.
OPERATOR: What do you mean sweetheart?
CHILD: I don't know.
OPERATOR: OK, your daddy's on the floor. How old are you?
CHILD: I'm 5 years old and I have a dog in a house.
OPERATOR: OK baby, OK. Let me get someone right over to you. Did you, did you go in your mommy and daddy's room?
CHILD: Uh-huh, and there is blood.
OPERATOR: All over the place?
CHILD: Not all over. There's blood on the plant and blood on the floor.
OPERATOR: Oh my goodness and you have your little doggie with you?
CHILD: And three cats.
OPERATOR: And three cats too?
CHILD: Three cats and one dog.
OPERATOR: OK, are you the the only one there besides mommy and daddy?
CHILD: Well I said "Mommy" and "Daddy" and they didn't even answer.
OPERATOR: OK, OK, what I want you to do honey. I want you to stay on the phone with me. What is your name?
CHILD: (tells operator her name)
OPERATOR: Oh that is a very pretty name.
CHILD: (blocked out)
OPERATOR: Oh, I'm so sorry, that is a beautiful name. What is your doggie's name?
CHILD: Lizzah
OPERATOR: OK, and what made you wake up tonight?
CHILD: There was, I think I heard a gunshot.
OPERATOR: You heard a gun?
CHILD: Yes, and I see a bullet lying on the floor. I think it's a bullet.
CHILD: Mmm-hmm
OPERATOR: Who has a gun in the house?
CHILD: I don't see a gun but I'm scared.
OPERATOR: Oh sweetheart! . . . I will not let anything happen to you.
CHILD: Can you send a deputy down here?
OPERATOR: I promise I will . . . and you're only 5 years old?
CHILD: Mmm-hmm
OPERATOR: You are so smart for 5 years old. Wow! . . . are you off from school this week?
CHILD: Um, no, I go to school next year.
OPERATOR: You do? Oh my gosh, you're not even in kindergarten yet?
CHILD: Nope.
OPERATOR: Oh, what's your doggie's name?
CHILD: Lizzah
OPERATOR: Lizzah, what kind of doggie is she? CHILD: She's a lab.
OPERATOR: Oh my God, I love those. Those are so beautiful. Is she a black lab or is she a yellow lab?
CHILD: A black lab.
OPERATOR: Oh, you are so smart.
CHILD: With, um, brown eyes.
OPERATOR: Oh my goodness, how old is she?
CHILD: She is like 3 years old, or, 2 years old, I don't really know.
OPERATOR: Wow! . . . You can remember for a really long time.
OPERATOR: Oh my goodness. Was there anybody else in the house tonight besides you and mommy and daddy tonight? Like an uncle or anything?
CHILD: No, there's no robber in the house.
OPERATOR: OK, well I didn't think there would be a robber sweetheart. Did you have anybody staying over the night with you guys tonight?
CHILD: Nnn- nnn
OPERATOR: OK. So and the doors are all locked? And everything like that . . . Where are you in the house?
CHILD: Well, I was in my room sleeping till I heard a noise shot and it woke me up.
OPERATOR: Oh my goodness. Uh, what part of the house are you in at now?
CHILD: I'm in the one, it's yellow, all yellow house, of green, green with it, a little bit of green, and a pink door.
OPERATOR: Oh my goodness, that sounds really cool. Did you pick out the pink door?
CHILD: Um, no, my mom picked out the door.
OPERATOR: Look, I bet you that is beautiful. Does mommy and daddy have a car in the driveway?
CHILD: Mmm-hmm, two cars.
OPERATOR: Two cars? What kind of cars do they have?
CHILD: Umm, my mom has a Toyota
OPERATOR: What color is that Toyota?
OPERATOR: Is it dark, or grey, or silver?
CHILD: It's um red.
OPERATOR: Red? OK, what kind of car does daddy have?
CHILD: He has a Jeep. It's black and . . .
OPERATOR: OK, listen to me (name). Is your phone the type that you can take with you and walk around?
CHILD: Um, this . . .
OPERATOR: There should be an officer at your front door. I need for you to take your phone with you and walk over to the door and open it for me, OK? And I will stay on the phone with you, OK?
CHILD: But um . . .
OPERATOR: I will not hang up.
CHILD: I'm naked.
OPERATOR: Oh, well do you want to grab a towel or something? I don't think the officer's going to care baby. We just want to make sure that mommy and daddy are OK, all right?
CHILD: Mmm-hmm.
OPERATOR: Grab a blanket or something. Stay on the phone with me, stay on the phone, alright?
OPERATOR: My name is Donna, by the way. You are doing a wonderful job (blocked), wonderful job.
CHILD: And I know what to do for (incoherent)
OPERATOR: You did great!
CHILD: I knew
OPERATOR: You were wonderful, absolutely wonderful. You should be very proud of yourself.
CHILD: I'm to the door, I'm unlocking it.
OPERATOR: OK, you let me know when the officer talks to you. OK you go ahead (blocked), talk to the officer.
OFFICER: (background) You talking to the dispatcher? OK, tell her I'm here now and you can hang up.
OPERATOR: Bye sweetheart.
CHILD: Um, he's here.
OPERATOR: OK sweetheart, you be good, OK? Bye-bye.

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

I found my peeps

I was so happy yesterday when I found quite a bit of Christian blogs.
Keep blogging fellow brothers and sisters of Christ.

Jurors Punished/Murderer Rewarded

The end can't be to far off.
A murder has had his death sentence changed because the jury consulted the bible.
The last time I checked, I think that the Bible was a foundation that our forefathers used in creating the constitution.
We live in a world today where every effort is made to punish those who believe in the Bible.
The Bible is the human instruction book that we are all given.
The answers to ANY questions that we may have can be found in the Bible.
The problem is that many don't like the answer that they find.
Then the seperation of religion and state begans.
The end can't be to far off.
Death sentence by jury that discussed Bible thrown out
Robert Harlan after his 1995 death sentence for kidnapping, rape and murder in Adams County, Colorado.

DENVER, Colorado (AP) -- Ruling that juries cannot turn to the Bible for advice during deliberations, a divided Colorado Supreme Court threw out the death penalty for a convicted murderer because jurors discussed Bible verses.
In a 3-2 vote on Monday, justices ordered Robert Harlan to serve life without parole for kidnapping Rhonda Maloney and raping her at gunpoint for two hours before fatally shooting her.
Authorities said Maloney, a 25-year-old cocktail waitress, was on her way home from work at a casino. Harlan later admitted killing her, but said he was addled by cocaine, alcohol and rage.
Harlan was sentenced to death in 1995, but defense lawyers learned that five jurors had looked up such Bible verses as "eye for eye, tooth for tooth," copied them and discussed them while deliberating behind closed doors.
Defense attorney Kathleen Lord, arguing before the state Supreme Court last month, said the jurors had gone outside the law. "They went to the Bible to find out God's position on capital punishment," she said.
Prosecutors countered, saying jurors should be allowed to refer to the Bible or other religious texts during deliberations.
Monday's ruling said the Bible and other religious writings are considered "codes of law by many" in Colorado. But noting that it takes a unanimous jury to impose a death sentence here, the court said "at least one juror in this case could have been influenced by these authoritative passages ... when he or she may otherwise have voted for a life sentence."
In their dissent, Justices Nancy Rice and Rebecca Love Kourlis said the evidence did not show biblical passages influenced jurors. "It is important to note that the concept of extraneous information does not include the general knowledge a juror brings to court," Rice wrote.
Gov. Bill Owens said Monday's ruling was "demeaning to people of faith and prevents justice from being served."
Prosecutors were reviewing the decision and could ask the state Supreme Court to reconsider or could appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Jay Horowitz, a former assistant U.S. attorney and former University of Denver law professor, said the law bars jurors from considering evidence not presented at trial.
But he noted it was unreasonable to expect them to set aside moral standards when they step into a jury room, though there must be limits. "In fact, people do bring their background and thoughts and impressions, and you can't separate from that, and shouldn't try to," he said.
The conservative Christian group, Focus on the Family, had sharp criticism for the court.
"Today's ruling further confirms that the judicial branch of our government is nearly bereft of any moral foundation," said Tom Minnery, the group's vice president for government and public policy.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Help our troops

anysoldier Posted by Hello

Help our troops

I found this website some time ago and was very impressed with the heart of the people who support this cause.
Any Soldier.com is a site where you can help send some love and joy to our troops.
Our troops send request of items that they would like to have but most of all I think they enjoy the letters from back home.
I was just overwhelmed at the basis needs of some of our troops.
If you can please send a package and a couple of letters.
You can visit the site here

Information Regarding Petting Zoos

pettingzoo Posted by Hello

Some important information regarding petting zoos

Kids and Petting Zoos
Simple Steps Can Prevent Infections at Petting Zoos
By Michele BloomquistWebMD Feature
Reviewed By Michael Smith, MD

Five cases of life-threatening kidney failure highlight the needs for parents to take special precautions when their child visits a petting zoo.
According to published repots, five children in Florida have developed a condition that likely stems from contact with animals infected with a strain of E. coli bacteria called 0157:H7. Usually this infection comes from eating undercooked beef or contaminated food. These children may have been exposed to E. coli through animal feces, according to health officials.
The five children have developed a complication of E. coli infection called hemolytic uremic syndrome, or HUS. Four of the children had visited a local fair in Orlando, Fla. The fifth child developed the infection after visiting a petting zoo in Plant City, Fla. E. Coli Symptoms
Infection with this strain of E. coli can cause severe abdominal cramps and diarrhea, which may become bloody by the second or third day, according to the medical experts at MedicineNet.com, a WebMD company. Nausea and vomiting are present in approximately half of the patients. Most patients recover in seven to 10 days, but some (6%) go on to have HUS. This is most likely to happen in children and the elderly. Some patients develop brain problems, such as seizures. Many patients require dialysis and blood transfusions. About 3% to 5% of people with HUS die.
This is not the first time that an outbreak of E. coli has occurred from visiting a petting zoo. In 2001, 16 children who had visited a petting zoo at Merrymead Farm in Worcester, Pa., developed E. coli and another 45 people were suspected to have become ill from the bacteria.
Such outbreaks are rare, says Elichia A. Venso, PhD, director and associate professor of environmental health science at Salisbury State University in Maryland. But incidents like these put the spotlight on petting zoo safety.
But parents don't need to avoid such zoos altogether, says Venso. They just need to know how to keep E. coli and other animal-borne organisms from infecting their kids

Sunday, March 27, 2005

Where are my peeps??

My teenagers use the word peeps to mean people.
I am looking for my fellow Christians in the blogging community.
I know that blogging is a new concept for some. I don't know what I am really doing yet, but I
think there needs to be a lot more Christian blogs on the net than they are now.
Give it a try.
Ministers can post their messages through blogs.
Christians can post their daily lives through blogs.
There is so much of the negative stuff in blogs that there needs to be a representation of the positive.

photo by Jeanne Kortekamp Posted by Hello

Can't we all just get along???

Today I was telling one of my "Christian" buddies that I was in email contact with an individual who converted from Islam to Christianity.
There really was no point to the conversation except to sway the conversation from her complaining about something in her life to something else.
Well the conversation change alright.
She had to point out that she does not understand why I even talk to those people.
The those people who she is talking about are Muslims.
A few minutes after her statement, we ran into one of my Muslim friends. He greeted me with a Happy Easter Cassandra.
I have quite a few friends who are Muslims and that has always been the problem between she and I.
She could not understand why he would dare "Wish me a happy Easter".
Things really heated up after September 11th. She told me that I had to give up all of my Muslim friends because they hate Christians or we could not be friends. I think we did not speak for about 3 months after that statement.
I thought we had gotten over this because I explained to her that I did not think the lesson that Jesus had given us to love one another had any exceptions to it.
For just a moment I thought to try to sway the conversation back to what she was complaining about ...but this conversation train had already left the station.
I was reminded of the Christians that are under attack in the middle east. I was reminded of Christian organizations being asked to leave the Tsunami disaster areas, I was reminded of it all.
This from someone who just left Easter services in church. And who also made the statement--I can not believe the Jews killed Jesus.

Well I could have just left the conversation alone but I couldn't.
First of all, there is a level of respect between my Muslim friends and I. Do we get into argument about faith--YES. All of the time. And for as much as they are convicted about their faith, I am convicted about my faith. But we remain friends. We remain kind to each other. I was actually honored that he remembered that today was Easter for the Christian faith. It was a kind gesture for a Muslim to wish me a Happy Easter.
I had to explain to her that my Muslim friends are watching me. They watched me after September 11th. They watch me every time there is a death of one of our military troops. They watch me everytime something bad happens between Christians and Muslims. They watch me to see if I REALLY believe in the message our Savior gave us--To love one another.
I had to also remind her that for as many things that separate us by faith, we have a common ground.


Here is an article that I read from the St. Anthony Messenger (by Msgr. Joseph Chaplan) that I asked her to consider.

Holy Places
Once in a lifetime, if financially and physically able, every Muslim is expected to make a pilgrimage to Mecca and participate in the five-day celebration surrounding that event. Among other things, Muslims recall their belief that the Angel Gabriel in 610 A.D. spoke here to Muhammad, the prophet of Islam.
But they revere other sacred places, especially Jerusalem. They believe that the Prophet himself ascended into heaven from the rock over which the Dome of the Rock, the earliest Islamic monument, now stands.
The site is also sacred to Jews, who recall its connection with the Temple. Jewish persons, of course, consider themselves the Chosen People and that God has designated today's Palestine as their home. Jerusalem is also sacred to them, as are many other locations in the Holy Land. Their liturgy suggests three pilgrimage festivals: Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot.
Christians believe that Jesus came and dwelt on this earth, for the most part in that area termed the Holy Land. Over the years, millions of Christians have come to this sacred place and are eager to visit locations where Jesus was conceived, born, grew up, taught, ate his Last Supper, sweated blood in Gethsemane, died, was buried, rose and ascended into heaven.
Disputes over these places, especially in the Holy Land, have probably caused the sharpest divisions and hateful feelings—as well as the most violent actions—among Christians, Jews and Muslims. Perhaps an appreciation of each group's reverence for the same or neighboring sacred spots could eventually dissolve the hatred and lead to peace.

So my point is that there is a common denominator between all of us... and even if there isn't I still can not forget what my Savior has asked of me ..To love one another

It is finished Posted by Hello

He's not dead!!!

I am so thankful that after the dressing up for church and the special lunches and dinners today that Monday morning the message is the same as today. Our Lord Jesus Christ is not dead. He is alive and all-powerful. He is my protector and my savior. He did something that no one else ever did for me. He gave up His life for me. He bought and paid for me with His blood on the cross. After I have repented of my sins, He forgives and He forgets. He listens to me in the middle of the night and assures me that He is in control. He intercedes for me to our Father over and over again. He steps in and fights my battles for me so I won't get hurt. And most of all, He has not left me here to wonder what is going to happen. He is coming back for me and He is coming back with some new clothes for me. And He is coming back for you too.

Friday, March 25, 2005

The house that God built

The enemy really wants to try to get things started but I am not going there.
In August 2004 our home was one of the thousands that were damaged by the hurricane.
This was the first time that we have ever been through a hurricane.
Hurricane Charlie was the first hurricane that hit our Central Florida home. Hurricane Charlie came on Friday August 13, 2004 around 10pm or so.
It was pretty quick in the scheme of things. It seems as though just a few hours had passed and it was over.
I was so thankful to God that everyone was safe.
Everyone in the neighborhood came outside to see what damages there were.
A lot of the huge oak trees were laying down in the street and on top of houses.
The thing that I will never forget is the layers and layers of roof shingles everywhere you looked.
I still laugh because all I kept saying is "where did all of these shingles come from".
Later the next day, I knew that most of the shingles came from my home.
I contacted State Farm my insurance company and made the first claim since having the policy.
When the adjuster came out to the house he only gave me funds for a partial roof.
I could not understand why he had made this decision because the house was leaking all over.
Of course, there were no roofers doing partial roof because of all of the complete roofs that they had to do.
Well things just got worst.
Our home was hit by two other Hurricanes in less than 2 months.
At the end of hurricane season my home lost the central air conditioning, the dryer, the ceiling in my daughter's room, electrical shorts, and now mold was growing.
There were times I have to admit that I grew faint.
After battling with State Farm as long as I could, I finally had to get an attorney. The mold in the house was getting so bad that 2 of our dogs died.
Finally State Farm gave us the money to move to a rental home while the repairs are being done.
Sometimes I have to try very very hard to remember that I am a Christian when dealing with State Farm.
Everyone in the neighborhood seems to have their life back together because their homes are repaired.
My home sits waiting for the repairs.
I finally had to remember that this situation to is in Gods hands.
I can not get discourage because it seems as if my home is the only home in the neighborhood that is not repaired.
It's in God's hands
I am learning an important lesson in patience.
I am learning how to pray for my adjuster, even when she does not display Christian like behavior.
I am learning that the house that I thought belonged to me really does not belong to me.
It belongs to God and He is going to put it back together for the Glory of His name.

Parents please take a few minutes!!

Parents I am begging you to take a few minutes to check the sexual predator database in your area.
Here in Florida, we can go to a website and put in either a city or zip code to find out if there are any sexual predators in our neighborhood.
Many of us are so convinced that sexual predators live in someone else's neighborhood, but the truth is that they live in all neighborhoods.

If you do not have access to the internet you can contact your local law enforcement agency.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Give up your seat in church on Sunday

The one thing that I love about God is that he quickly gets your attention when you have done something wrong.
I recently got a telephone call from one of my friends and I had to remind her that this Sunday was Easter Sunday. The next words out of my mouth was that I needed to make sure to get to church earlier because of the anticipated crowds.
You know the people who only come to church on the Easter and Christmas.
When I got off of to the phone, God quickly let me have it.
You see, I am one of those people who has that "special" seat in church. The seat that I sit in every Sunday.
So I wanted to get to church early so that I could have my seat.
God reminded me that the last time He checked, the Church belongs to Him. I have no right to "claim a seat"
God had to remind me that perhaps I am getting a little to comfortable in my seating arrangement.
God reminded me that perhaps I need to sit some place else because when the Christian walk become comfortable, He is going to have to stretch me some more.
The most important thing that God had to remind me and that was how dare I make a comment about when someone come to church.
I have no right to judge someone who comes to church and how often they come.
I have no idea what God is doing in someone else's life.
This Sunday might be someones season to turn their life over to Jesus.
So we will be leaving for church at my usual time on Sunday, and will allow God to usher me to my seat.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Follow-up to Terri Schiavo

I wondered if anyone has the answer to this question:
If Terri Schiavo expressed her desires to her husband not to be kept alive by any type of mechanical form...Why is it that her husband did not know of her possible eating disorder? It would seem that if she was willing to discuss something as important as what to do with her if she was not able to make a decision, I would think that a possible eating disorder should have been well known.
It is possible that she never told her husband about her eating disorder and kept it a secret, but I would think that her husband would have noticed her weight loss.
I wonder if putting this decision in the hands of the Florida is such a great idea.
This is the state that had some problems counting votes a couple of years ago.
This is the state that is trying to figure out how FEMA sent thousands of dollars to Miami during the 2004 hurricane and the storms never went through Miami.
This is the state that lost track of little Ryla Wilson ,who was in the foster care system ,for a year before she was eventually declared killed.
I believe that Terri is here to serve a purpose and she will be here until God says something else.

Generational Curses

Ok I am a bit fired up now.
Jeff Weise is the teenager who shot and killed 9 people and then himself in Minn.
According to the latest news reports his father had killed himself several months ago and his mother was in a nursing home.
Every one that knew this young person said he was weird and a loner.
What I am wondering is who in the community tried to help this young man?
Generational curses can be broken.
I would ask each Christian to take a good look at your community.
If you know of a child whose parents has taken their life.
Spend some time with that child. Let them know that the devil is a liar and just because your parents or grandparents did something wrong, they do not have to follow down the same path.
If you know of a child who is in poverty, take that child and speak wealth into their life. Let that child know that with Jesus, they can break the poverty spirit.
If you see a child whose parents might be in jail, take that child and remind them that Jesus forgives all and they do not need to follow in the same path of their parent.
If you see a child that does not fit in, take that child and remind them that Jesus did not fit in with the crowd either.
We have to break these generational curses off of people and especially children.

Never forget what you were delivered from.

Do you know what is the major reason why people do not go to church???
The answer might surprise you but it is:
Not all of us but a small few.
Christians are the number one reason why most people do not go to church.
I would just like to ask all Christians to remember what you were delivered from.
As I know it, the only pure and innocent person that has walked the face of the earth was Jesus. The rest of us are sinners.
Please do me a favor and never forget what you were delivered from.
Some of us have become so holy that we look at other people in a different manner.
We look at what they wear.
We look at how they talk.
We look at where they live.
We look at what they call themselves.
When you do this you began to pass judgement on God's children.
Remember what you were delivered from.
There was a time when you were not so holy
There was a time when you were not so annointed
There was a time.
Take time to smile at someone new in church.
Take time to welcome someone new in your church
Take time to make new people in church feel comfortable.
We will then find that more and more people are coming to church because of Christian and not staying home because of Christians.

Sunday, March 20, 2005

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Saturday, March 19, 2005

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To the family and friends of Jessica Lunsford

In the name of Jesus, I lift up the father, grandmother, mother, family, and friends of Jessica Lunsford (the little 9 year old girl killed in HOMOSASSA, Fl) to you Father God.Pain and sorrow have entered their lives because of her death and we ask that right now you shorten the time that they will have to grieve. I come against the spirit of depression, hate, doubt, self-harm, confusion,addiction,that may creep into their lives In the name of Jesus.In their place we ask Father God that you fill them with peace, love, and God's perfect Will.
Your word says in I Thessolonians 4:14 "We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him". We know that Jessica will be called with Jesus because of Your Word. We thank you in the name of Jesus that when Jessica went to bed, she said her prayers and that her voice was a voice that you heard.
In the name of Jesus, we ask that you speak right now to Mark Lunsford (Jessica's father) and remind him of Your love, Your grace, and Your strength. Birth in him to be a mighty man of God and a warrior for good on this earth.
In the name of Jesus, we ask that you speak right now to Jessica's grandmother. Remind her that you are so very proud of her for laying the foundation of faith in Jessica's life. Remind her that Your word states in Matthew 18:19.."Again I tell you that if two of you on earth, agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven". So the final night when Jessica called her grandmother to say her prayers our Father has honored Jessica's prayers.
In the name of Jesus, we ask that You speak right now Father God to Jessica's mother.Speak blessings over her life. Speak strength, love and understanding into her life.
In the name of Jesus, we ask that right now Father God you speak to Jessica's little friends and children everywhere. Remove fear from them because of this situation and replace the fear with a strong sense of disernment. We say right now SATAN TAKE YOUR HANDS OFF OF THESE CHILDREN!!! THEY ARE COVERED BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS AND THEIR LIVES ARE TO GLORIFY GOD
In the name of Jesus, we have to because we are children of Christ, lift up the name of John Evander Couey (the person who has confesses to killing Jessica). Father God what can we say? What can we pray for? In the matter of this person? We ask that he is removed from the grip of Satan and that he repents and turns back to the light. We ask Father God that you deal with this man in the way that only your Perfect Will can manifest itself in this situation. We ask Father God that you lay in the heart of Your children the manner in which we should pray for him.
We thank You, Father God, in advance for what you have done and what you continue to do in the Lunsford family life.
In Jesus name

Friday, March 18, 2005

Trying to understand the Terri Schiavo situation

What world do we live in when parents have to fight to save their daughter life?
I am trying very hard to understand all sides of this case and I must be missing something.
Terri Schiavo is not a throw-away.
At least to her parents.
From what I have understood, the parents just want the right to take care of their daughter.
Terri Schiavo was their daughter before she was someone's wife.
What world do we live in when we have to justify the reason for someone living.
Will there be a time if you are x amount of pounds overweight then someone needs to decide if you are worth living?
Will there come a time that if you do not fit into the norm then there is reason for you to die.
Not to worry...It's not over until God says its over

The Bible

Greetings all.
Today is one of those days when I often wondered why I didn't embrace Christianity when I was younger.
Now don't get me wrong, I have always believed in God but living the life that God wanted me to live was another thing.
I take comfort in knowing that many of the people in the Bible received their calling later in life but let me just say..Grasp being a Christian early in life.
I say that because I am doing the reading the Bible in one year.
In one way, I think that perhaps this is suppose to be my season to read the Bible completely.
For years, the Old Testament of my Bible was in pretty good shape. Pages still crisp and new looking.
There were a few pages in Genesis that had some pages looked at but not much more than that.
I did highlight the passages of the Old Testament that we went over in church but that was about it.
And there are the Psalms and Proverbs.
For some reason only known to God, I actually thought the Psalms and Proverbs were a part of the New Testament.
I mean I knew they were in the Old Testament, but my mind moved them over to the New Testament because they had that "easy reading" quality that we find in the New Testament. :-)
Well things are back to normal now and I have put Psalms and Proverbs back where they belong. :-)
Well now I can say that I have made it through the Old Testament to the book of Joshua and have I been missing a lot.
If you are like me, the book of Genesis is pretty easy reading until chapter 5. In chapters 1-4 we understand the creation of the world, the creation of man, the first sin and fall of man, and the famous quote "Am I my brother's keeper".
Then chapter 5. My friends call it the begotting chapter.
Let me tell you that one word of wisdom that I learned from this chapter.
You will never know what generation is going to produce the great man or women of God.
Think about it.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

These are the days to test your Christianity

Ever had one of those days that you know that your Christianity is being tested?
It is going to be one of those days for me.
I had to tell my son again for the 50,000.00 time to pull his pants up.
The same responce is that all of the other kids are wearing their pants that way.
Then I heard my parents come out in my voice when I said--If your friends jump off of a bridge will you do the same?
Next, after 10 wardrobe changes and 3 hair restyling, my daughter is finally ready to leave for school.
This would not be a problem if she was using her bathroom but she is in my bathroom.
If you are a parent and you have not already purchased Stormie Omartian's Power of a Prayer Parent, I suggest that you get it as soon as possible.
After dropping them off for school, I came back home to finish getting ready for work.
As soon as I walked in the house, I discovered that the dogs had gotten into the trash cans.
Ok now I know to put on another layer of prayer before I leave for work.
I am not going to leave out of this house in a bad mood to take it out with my co-workers and anyone else I run into.

Lord create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me (Psalm 51:10)

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Why should we be surprised???

Ok! Why is the news media so surprised that a Christian named Ashley Smith was the one to put an end to the actions of Brian Nichols?
I know that Christians and members of all faiths understand the power of prayer and the move of God in ones life.
I know that along with myself, there were millions of people of faith praying during this situation.
There came a moment in Brian Nichols life that he Let go and Let God.
God is good and he is good all of the time.
Working through Ashley Smith, God had His Perfect Will in this situation.
We continue to pray for the families and friends of the victims.
We pray that there is a total re-vamping of the security issues in the courthouses and all public buildings all over the world.
We pray for Ashley Smith and her family that she remains Blessed and highly favored of God.
We pray for Brian Nichols that he repents of his sins and continue to build on the foundation of faith that has been offered to him.
We pray for Brian Nichols family that they may have the strength to deal with the upcoming days.

Below is an account from Ashley Smith as reported from CNN

ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- Authorities say courthouse shooting suspect Brian Nichols held Ashley Smith hostage for hours in her suburban apartment northeast of Atlanta before she was able to get away and call 911.
On Sunday, Smith, 26, recounted her ordeal to reporters in her attorney's office.
SMITH: It was about 2 o'clock in the morning. I was at -- I was leaving my apartment to go to the store. I noticed a blue truck in the parking lot with a man in it pulling up. And he parked in the parking space. And I really didn't think too much about it because I just moved into that apartment, you know, two days prior. So I thought maybe he was a neighbor coming home or something.
So I left and went to the store. And I came back to my apartment about five minutes later. And the truck was still there. And he was still in it. And it was in a different parking space. It was actually behind one where I had left. So I pulled back in there.
And I kind of got a little worried then. I thought there's somebody still in that truck. So I got my key to my house ready. And I opened up my car door, and I got out and shut it. And I heard his shut right behind me.
I started walking to my door, and I felt really you know scared. And he was right there. I started to scream, and he put a gun to my side and he said, "Don't scream. If you don't scream I won't hurt you. ... He told me to go into the bathroom, so I went to the bathroom. And he followed into the bathroom and he said, "Do you know who I am?" and I said no because he had a hat on.
And then he he took his hat off, and he said, "Now do you know who I am?" And I said, "Yeah, I know who you are. Please don't hurt, just please don't hurt me. I have a 5-year-old little girl. Please don't hurt me."
He said, "I'm not going hurt you if you just do what I say." I said, "All right." So I got -- he told me to get into the bathtub, so I got in the bathtub. And he said, "I really don't feel comfortable around here. I'm going to walk around your house for a few minutes just so I get the feel of it."
I said, "OK."
He said, "I don't want to hurt you. I don't want to hurt anybody else, so please don't do anything that's going to hurt you." He said, "You know, somebody could have heard your scream already. And if they did, the police are on the way. And I'm going to have to hold you hostage. And I'm going to have to kill you and probably myself and lots of other people. And I don't want that."
And I said, "OK. I will do what you say."
He looked around my house for a few minutes. I heard him opening up drawers and just going through my stuff. And he came back in. And he said, "I want to relax. And I don't feel comfortable with you right now. So I'm going to have to tie you up."
He brought some masking tape and an extension cord and a curtain in there. And I kind of thought he was going to strangle me. I was -- I was really kind of scared.
But he told me to turn around and put my hands behind my back. And he wrapped my hands in a prayer -- in a praying position, so I did that. And he wrapped masking tape around my hands.
And then he told me to go into my bedroom. And I sat down on the bed like he asked. And he wrapped my legs with masking tape and an extension cord. He also took a curtain and put it around my stomach. And he asked me if I could get up. And I got up.
He said, "Can you walk?"
And I said, "No."
And so he picked me up and took me to the bathroom. And he put me on a stool that I have in my bathroom. He said he wanted to take a shower.
So I said, "OK. You take a shower."
He said, "Well, I'm going to put a towel over your head so you don't have to watch me take a shower."
So I said, "OK. All right."
He got in the shower. Took a shower. And then he got out of the shower. And he had the guns laying on the counter. But -- I guess he really wasn't worried about me grabbing them because I was tied up.
He asked me if I had a T-shirt. I told him where to find one.
So he got dressed. He put on some clothes that I had in my house that were men's clothes. And then he came back in the bathroom.
He said, "Can you get up?"
So I got up.
He said, "Can you walk now?"
I said, "No, but I can hop."
So I hopped to my bedroom and sat on the bed. And he cut the tape off of me, unwrapped the extension cord and curtain.
I guess, at that point, he kind of made me feel like he was comfortable enough with me that he untied me.
So -- we went back in the bathroom. That's where he felt more comfortable -- in the bathroom away from the front of the house, I guess. And we just talked.
I asked him if -- I told him that I was supposed to go see my little girl the next morning. And I asked him if I could go see her. And he told me no.
My husband died four years ago. And I told him that if he hurt me, my little girl wouldn't have a mommy or a daddy. And she was expecting to see me the next morning. That if he didn't let me go, she would be really upset.
He still told me no.
But I could kind of feel that he started to -- to know who I was. He said maybe. Maybe I'll let you go -- just maybe. We'll see how things go.
We went to my room. And I asked him if I could read.
He said, "What do you want to read?"
"Well, I have a book in my room." So I went and got it. I got my Bible. And I got a book called "The Purpose-Driven Life."
I turned it to the chapter that I was on that day. It was Chapter 33. And I started to read the first paragraph of it. After I read it, he said, "Stop, will you read it again?"
I said, "Yeah. I'll read it again."
So I read it again to him.
It mentioned something about what you thought your purpose in life was. What were you -- what talents were you given? What gifts were you given to use?
And I asked him what he thought. And he said, "I think it was to talk to people and tell them about you."
I basically just talked to him and tried to gain his trust. I wanted to leave to go see my daughter. That was really important. I didn't want him to hurt anybody else.
He came into my apartment telling me that he was a soldier. And that people -- that his people needed him for a job to do. And he was doing it.
And -- I didn't want him to hurt anybody else. He didn't want to hurt anybody else. He just told me that he wanted a place to stay to relax, to sit down and watch TV, to eat some real food.
I talked to him about my family. I told him about things that had happened in my life. I asked him about his family. I asked him why he did what he did.
And his reason was because he was a soldier.
I asked him why he chose me and why he chose Bridgewater Apartments. And he said he didn't know, just randomly.
But after we began to talk, he said he thought that I was an angel sent from God. And that I was his sister and he was my brother in Christ. And that he was lost and God led him right to me to tell him that he had hurt a lot of people. And the families -- the people -- to let him know how they felt, because I had gone through it myself.
He told me that he didn't -- he didn't want to hurt the agent that he hurt. He begged and pleaded with him to do things his way, and he didn't. So he had to kill him.
He said that he didn't shoot the deputy, that he hit her. And that he hoped she lived.
He showed me a picture of the -- the agent that he did kill. And I tried to explain to him that he killed a 40-year-old man that was probably a father, a husband, a friend.
And he really began to trust me, to feel my feelings. He looked at pictures of my family. He asked me to -- if he could look at them and hold them ...
I really didn't keep track of time too much because I was really worried about just living. I didn't want to die. I didn't want him to hurt anybody else. And I really didn't want him to hurt himself or anyone else to hurt him. He's done enough -- he had done enough. And he really, honestly when I looked at him, he looked like he didn't want to do it anymore.
He asked me what I thought he should do.
And I said, "I think you should turn yourself in. If you don't turn yourself in," this is what I said, "If you don't turn yourself in, lots more people are going to get hurt. And you're probably going to die."
And he said, "I don't want that to happen."
He said, "Can I stay here for a few days? I just want to eat some real food and watch some TV and sleep and just do normal things that normal people do."
So, of course, I said, "Sure. You can stay here." I didn't want -- I wanted to gain his trust.
Most of my time was spent talking to this man about my life and experiences in my life, things that had happened to me.
He needed hope for his life. He told me that he was already dead. He said, "Look at me, look at my eyes. I am already dead."
And I said, "You are not dead. You are standing right in front of me. If you want to die, you can. It's your choice."
But after I started to read to him, he saw -- I guess he saw my faith and what I really believed in. And I told him I was a child of God and that I wanted to do God's will. I guess he began to want to. That's what I think.
He got to know me. I got to know him. He talked about his family. How -- he was wondering what they were thinking. He said, "They're probably -- don't know what to think."
We watched the news. He looked at the TV and he just said, "I cannot believe that's me on there."
About 5:36 -- well, 6, 6:30, he said, "I need to make a move." And I said, "A move?" He said, "I need to get rid of this car before daylight, this truck [the agent's]." I said, "OK."
I knew that if I didn't agree to go with him, follow him to get the truck -- he'd just take the truck, then one thing -- or two -- one of two things. He would kill me right then, and say, "All right, well, if you're not going to help me, then I won't need you anymore." Or the police would never find him, or it would take longer. And someone else would get hurt, and I was trying to avoid that.
So I went. ... "I said, can I take my cell phone?" He said, "Do you want to?" I said, "Yeah." I'm thinking, well, I might call the police then, and I might not. So I took it anyway. He didn't take any guns with him. The guns were laying around the house. Pretty much after he untied [me], they were just laying around the house.
And at one point, he said, "You know, I'd rather you shoot -- the guns are laying in there -- I'd rather you shoot me than them." I said, "I don't want anyone else to die, not even you."
So we went to take the truck, and I was behind him, following him. And I thought about calling the police, you know, I thought, he's about to be in the car with me right now. So I can call the police, and when he gets in the car, then they can surround me and him together, and I could possibly get hurt, or we can go back to my house.
And I really felt deep down inside that he was going to let me see my little girl. And I said -- or then when I leave, he can be there by himself, or he -- he finally agreed to let me go see my daughter. I had to leave at 9, 9:30. And I really believed that he was going to.
From the time he walked into my house until we were taking that truck, he was a totally different person to me. I felt very threatened, scared. I felt he was going to kill me when -- when I first -- when he first put the gun to my side, but when I followed him to pick -- to take the truck, I felt he was going to -- he was really going to turn himself in. So he took the truck.
He got in the car, and I said, "Are you ready now?" And he said, "Give me a few days, please." I said, "Come on, you've got to turn yourself in now." I didn't feel like he might -- I felt like he might change his mind, that he might not want to turn himself in the next day, or a few days after that, and that if he did feel that way, then he would need money, and the only way he could get money was if he hurt somebody and took it from them.
So we went back to my house and got in the house. And he was hungry, so I cooked him breakfast. He was overwhelmed with -- "Wow," he said, "real butter, pancakes?"
And I just talked with him a little more, just about -- about -- we pretty much talked about God ... what his reason was, why he made it out of there.
I said, "Do you believe in miracles? Because if you don't believe in miracles -- you are here for a reason. You're here in my apartment for some reason. You got out of that courthouse with police everywhere, and you don't think that's a miracle? You don't think you're supposed to be sitting here right in front of me listening to me tell you, you know, your reason here?"
I said, "You know, your miracle could be that you need to -- you need to be caught for this. You need to go to prison and you need to share the word of God with them, with all the prisoners there."
Then 9 came. He said, "What time do you have to leave?" I said, "I need to be there at 10, so I need to leave about 9:30." And I sat down and talked to him a little bit more. And he put the guns under the bed, like ... I'm not going to mess around with them anymore.
He gave me some money when I was about to leave. Just kind of like he knew. I said, "You might need this money." And he said, "No, I don't need it. I'm going to be here for the next few days."
I basically said, keep the money. And he said, "No, I don't need it." He asked me if there was anything I could do -- or he could do for me before I left, or while I was going. He says, "Is there anything I can do while you're gone?"
I know he was probably hoping deep down that I was going to come back, but I think he knew that I was going to -- what I had to do, and I had to turn him in, and I gave him -- I asked him several times, you know, "Come on, just go with me." He said, "I'll go with you in a few days."
But when he asked me, "Is there anything I can do while you're gone, like hang your curtains or something?" And I said, "Yeah, if you want to."
He just wanted some normalness to his life right then. He -- I think he realized all this -- all this that I've been through, this is not me. I don't know, that's my opinion of what he ...
Then I left my house at 9:30. And I got in the car. And I immediately called 911. I told them that he was there, and she asked me where I was. I said, "Oh, I'm on my way to see my daughter." I felt glad to just really be on my way to see my daughter. She said, "You've got to turn around and go to the leasing office." So that's what I did.