Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Get it, Got it, Git It!!!

Dear brothers, is your life full of difficulties and temptations? Then be happy,for when the way is rough, your patience has a chance to grow.  So let it grow, and don’t try to squirm out of your problems. For when your patience is finally in full bloom, then you will be ready for anything, strong in character, full and complete.  James 1:2-4 TLB


Did you get that? The written word of God says "be happy" when you go through test and trials because really and truly you can not grow if you don't go straight through...Don't try to find your way around the problem, because there is no escape hatch or rear exit. That is where you ask for wisdom and guidance to make the wise choice to ride the waves

    Though. in spite of the storm, keep riding the waves not giving up but submitting to His plan for your life. The Lord Jesus is the Master and He will lead you through.  God's sovereign will doesn't involve a party, He has your going through that something for a purpose!!! Find contentment and be happy.



     Why do we moan groan and complain when we go through various tests of our faith...That is what is really being tested.   Are you going to believe that God will see you through when your going through the throes of some incident that happens in your journey called life?  In the midst of a tough battle can you find anyone joyous?   That is when you check your self!!

...."and don't worry you can take the test as many times as it takes... because God is not keeping record of your mistakes. He forgives as far and the east is from the west if you ask for HIS forgiveness. If you really want to grow up, you are going to show up day after day after day, allow His Holy Spirit.to teach you, He is a very patient teacher! He wants you to get it, got it, git it!! Get it??

I like that the Living Bible version uses the word temptation...I learned a long time ago that a temptation is not really committing the sin itself. as difficult as a temptation is, if you DON'T cave in and commit whatever God says is sin the devil can NOT condemn you. He will try to put condemnation all over you until you realize that you do not have to sin when you are tempted.

Father in Heaven, help us to know you more, and allow you to reign in the midst of our trials and temptations. Let our lights shine when trials and temptations abound, helping us to know that we will grow inspite of everything going wrong around us, We ask for your wisdom Father and we believe that you have answered this prayer, In Jesus name, Amen.





Monday, February 27, 2017

Drink it up!!!

     We will have to wrestle with the flesh daily. It is a difficult and a narrow walk to be sold totally out in the Spirit all the time, and easy to walk in our carnal nature.  I know the Word of God says that our fleshly nature died when Jesus died. Our old nature has been buried and we should be living the resurrected life with Christ Jesus.  At times, I do not feel so resurrected as the Word of God states. I would be the first to tell you that it is very easy to get in the flesh.   

     There is a spiritual battle going on for our soul. One part wants no other thing but to destroy our body and soul. On the other side are forces that delight to see take our victory in the Spirit.

     You really have to be soaked in the river of grace. In other words, surrendered to Jesus one hundred percent through power of the Holy Spirit. Not so easy eh?  Being a Christian is not a cakewalk.  But as we submit daily to his will and His Word, He will talk to us and walk with us and teach up how to be obedient to the higher call.

     It is a true calling to believe and have faith that Jesus Christ living in your heart, and walk in His steps. There is hope, it is possible to walk as Jesus walked...

John 7:37-39 states:

 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.  Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”  Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

Jesus has been glorified for a very long time now and he will cause His Spirit to flow from the fountains of heavens throne.

He doesn't want half-hearted carnal Christians roaming the earth. We are recipients of His grace and mercy. 

Obey the call, submit your life and surrender your heart to him. He will give us those fountains that will never run dry. The source of the river will never fade away or vanish. Jesus is there reaching out, all you need to do is make Him Lord of your life!!





Saturday, February 18, 2017

Open the Door!

     Its time for you to open the door....

     Maybe you have been hesitant. I see a door before you. It is your choice to open it or walk away.

     "I have given you the freewill because I want you to hear my voice and obey My Spirit...and DO my will."

"No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face.  

All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he'll never let you be pushed past your limit; 

He will always be there to help you come through it.

--1 Corinthians 10:30 (MSG)

I run for dear life to God,
    I’ll never live to regret it.
Do what you do so well:
    get me out of this mess and up on my feet.
Put your ear to the ground and listen,
    give me space for salvation.
Be a guest room where I can retreat;
    you said your door was always open!
You’re my salvation—my vast, granite fortress.

Psalm 71:1-3 (MSG)


Where is Your Safety Net?

     It is amazing to me when the Holy Spirit brings me a topic for a blog because sometimes I must admit I have to go to the dictionary to define what I "see" in my  heart.

A vision I am seeing in my spirit is a person someone walking a tightrope way up high in the air. From there I get the words "trapeze artist."   I google trapeze artist and I see all these acrobats twirling in the air and flying though the air. Then I wonder what a trapeze really is cause frankly I have no clue. Well, I get the images pulled up to see that a trapeze is a swing way up high in the air. People can actually develop this acrobats as a skill? Yes is the answer I get.



     In Christianity, our faith could be compared to being a trapeze artist or a tight rope walker.  We are not by far skilled as at anything at first. But God has called each one of us to be skillful in whatever gifts we have been given. We are babes at first and always will be children of God. In time He develops us into spiritual maturity. I must insert in God's time-frame of course, and not ours.  I believe some of us get caught up in spiritual growth and not keeping our eyes on Jesus. He is the one who helps us grow up spiritually!

      Anything we put our hands to has to be developed in time. The more you walk in faith, the more you walk fully into the ways of the King. 



     We cannot be perfect we are going to fall but the more we apply our life to the scriptures the more we develop until people see Jesus in our eyes and in our life.

    I think of the time in 1991 that I had a very bad fall at a electrical plant.  I always had a fear of heights. Working on a coal stacker you would think that I conquered fear. NOPE. I still am not very steady and unsure of ever climbing a ladder ever again!

     What I am trying to say is we cannot allow falling to stop us from getting up and moving into the things of God. 

     Its a good precaution to always have a "safety net!!"  It is a good thing I had Jesus and His angels that blustery day in 1991. But as Christians of any age we have to allow the church to be our safety net!  What is a safety net you might be asking. It is a net that catches you when you fall....



     The saints of God should make up that safety net. Even a trapeze artist can have a bad accident without a safety net and so can a Christian. We as the church will be held accountable to some degree, I believe...to cushion that fall and to help us back up as much as God leads us to.



     Father, I pray for the person or people who needed to read this now in this minute. Help us all to understand and hear with the ears of our heart. Open the eyes of my Heart Lord. to understand this message, in Jesus name I pray, Amen
















  

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Prevalence of Mental Illness

NAMI.ORG website

Prevalence of Mental Illness

Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.8 million, or 18.5%—experiences mental illness in a given year.1 

Approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S.—10 million, or 4.2%—experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.2

Approximately 1 in 5 youth aged 13–18 (21.4%) experiences a severe mental disorder at some point during their life. For children aged 8–15, the estimate is 13%.3

1.1% of adults in the U.S. live with schizophrenia.4

2.6% of adults in the U.S. live with bipolar disorder.5

6.9% of adults in the U.S.—16 million—had at least one major depressive episode in the past year.6

18.1% of adults in the U.S. experienced an anxiety disorder such as posttraumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and specific phobias.7

Among the 20.2 million adults in the U.S. who experienced a substance use disorder, 50.5%—10.2 million adults—had a co-occurring mental illness.8

Social Stats

An estimated 26% of homeless adults staying in shelters live with serious mental illness and an estimated 46% live with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders.9

Approximately 20% of state prisoners and 21% of local jail prisoners have “a recent history” of a mental health condition.10

70% of youth in juvenile justice systems have at least one mental health condition and at least 20% live with a serious mental illness.11

Only 41% of adults in the U.S. with a mental health condition received mental health services in the past year. Among adults with a serious mental illness, 62.9% received mental health services in the past year.8

Just over half (50.6%) of children aged 8-15 received mental health services in the previous year.12

African Americans and Hispanic Americans used mental health services at about one-half the rate of Caucasian Americans in the past year and Asian Americans at about one-third the rate.13

Half of all chronic mental illness begins by age 14; three-quarters by age 24. Despite effective treatment, there are long delays—sometimes decades—between the first appearance of symptoms and when people get help.14

Consequences of Lack of Treatment

Serious mental illness costs America $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year.15

Mood disorders, including major depression, dysthymic disorder and bipolar disorder, are the third most common cause of hospitalization in the U.S. for both youth and adults aged 18–44.16

Individuals living with serious mental illness face an increased risk of having chronic medical conditions.17 Adults in the U.S. living with serious mental illness die on average 25 years earlier than others, largely due to treatable medical conditions.18

Over one-third (37%) of students with a mental health condition age 14­–21 and older who are served by special education drop out—the highest dropout rate of any disability group.19

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.,20 the 3rd leading cause of death for people aged 10–2421 and the 2nd leading cause of death for people aged 15–24.22

More than 90% of children who die by suicide have a mental health condition.23

Each day an estimated 18-22 veterans die by suicide.24

Citations

Any Mental Illness (AMI) Among Adults. (n.d.). Retrieved October 23, 2015, from http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/prevalence/any-mental-illness-ami-among-adults.shtml

Serious Mental Illness (SMI) Among Adults. (n.d.). Retrieved October 23, 2015, from http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/prevalence/serious-mental-illness-smi-among-us-adults.shtml

Any Disorder Among Children. (n.d.) Retrieved January 16, 2015, from http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/prevalence/any-disorder-among-children.shtml

Schizophrenia. (n.d.). Retrieved January 16, 2015, from http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/prevalence/schizophrenia.shtml

Bipolar Disorder Among Adults. (n.d.). Retrieved January 16, 2015, from http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/prevalence/bipolar-disorder-among-adults.shtml

Major Depression Among Adults. (n.d.). Retrieved January 16, 2015, from http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/prevalence/major-depression-among-adults.shtml

Any Anxiety Disorder Among Adults. (n.d.). Retrieved January 16, 2015, from http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/prevalence/any-anxiety-disorder-among-adults.shtml

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Results from the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Mental Health Findings, NSDUH Series H-50, HHS Publication No. (SMA) 15-4927. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2015). Retrieved October 27, 2015 from http://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUH-FRR1-2014/NSDUH-FRR1-2014.pdf

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Community Planning and Development. (2011). The 2010 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress. Retrieved January 16, 2015, from https://www.hudexchange.info/resources/documents/2010HomelessAssessmentReport.pdf

Glaze, L.E. & James, D.J. (2006). Mental Health Problems of Prison and Jail Inmates. Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report. U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs Washington, D.C. Retrieved March 5, 2013, from http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/pub/pdf/mhppji.pdf

National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice. (2007). Blueprint for Change: A Comprehensive Model for the Identification and Treatment of Youth with Mental Health Needs in Contact with the Juvenile Justice System. Delmar, N.Y: Skowyra, K.R. & Cocozza, J.J. Retrieved January 16, 2015, from http://www.ncmhjj.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/2007_Blueprint-for-Change-Full-Report.pdf

Use of Mental Health Services and Treatment Among Children. (n.d.). Retrieved January 16, 2015, from http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/prevalence/use-of-mental-health-services-and-treatment-among-children.shtml

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. (2010). 2010 National Healthcare Disparities Report. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. Retrieved January 2013, from http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/nhqrdr/nhdr10/index.html.

Kessler, R.C., et al. (2005). Prevalence, Severity, and Comorbidity of 12-Month DSM-IV Disorders in the National Comorbitity Survey Replication. Archives of General Psychiatry, 62(6), 593–602. Retrieved January 16, 2015, from http://archpsyc.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=208671

Insel, T.R. (2008). Assessing the Economic Costs of Serious Mental Illness. The American Journal of Psychiatry. 165(6), 663-665

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, The Department of Health & Human Services. (2009). HCUP Facts and Figures: Statistics on Hospital-based Care in the United States, 2009. Retrieved January 16, 2015, from http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/factsandfigures/2009/pdfs/FF_report_2009.pdf

Colton, C.W. & Manderscheid, R.W. (2006). Congruencies in Increased Mortality Rates, Years of Potential Life Lost, and Causes of Death Among Public Mental Health Clients in Eight States. Preventing Chronic Disease: Public Health Research, Practice and Policy, 3(2), 1–14. Retrieved January 16, 2015, from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1563985/

National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors Council. (2006). Morbidity and Mortality in People with Serious Mental Illness. Alexandria, VA: Parks, J., et al. Retrieved January 16, 2015 from http://www.nasmhpd.org/docs/publications/MDCdocs/Mortality%20and%20Morbidity%20Final%20Report%208.18.08.pdf

U.S. Department of Education. (2014). 35th Annual Report to Congress on the Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 2013. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education. Retrieved January 16, 2015, from http://www2.ed.gov/about/reports/annual/osep/2013/parts-b-c/35th-idea-arc.pdf

Suicide Facts at a Glance 2015 (n.d.). Retrieved October 23, 2015, from http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/suicide-datasheet-a.pdf

Suicide Prevention. (2014, January 9). Retrieved March 24, 2015, from http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pub/youth_suicide.html

U.S.A. Suicide: 2013 Official Final Data. (2015, January 22). Retrieved March 24, 2015, from http://www.suicidology.org/Portals/14/docs/Resources/FactSheets/2013datapgsv2alt.pdf

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (1999). Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services, National Institute of Mental Health. Retrieved January 16, 2015, from http://profiles.nlm.nih.gov/ps/access/NNBBJC.pdf

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Mental Health Services Suicide Prevention Program. (2012). Suicide Data Report, 2012. Kemp, J. & Bossarte, R. Retrieved January 16, 2015, from http://www.va.gov/opa/docs/Suicide-Data-Report-2012-final.pdf

- See more at: https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-By-the-Numbers#sthash.qZkRnEmb.dpuf

Thursday, February 2, 2017

God's Inner Healing

     


     If you take the opportunity to look at the above description on my blog site I have taken the time to address the theme to something that is heavy on my heart this season of my life and that is God's inner healing. 

I believe that we can have inner childhood wounds so deep that we live in so much turmoil inwardly. At least I know that I do, and God has given me the courage to admit that. We run, we hide, we dodge God to be best of our ability. That inner child within us desires to come forth.

This goes for men too as well as woman. That childlike part of us is hidden under many layers and masks in our adult life. You, yes you know exactly what I am talking about. Those wounds go very deep and the hurt so real in life that we think that part of us has died.

I say its time to revive that child hood innocence, and that is only going to happen by have real quality time with God.

     God's love runs deep and strong for you and you alone? Do you know just how much He wants to embrace you and take all your hurting away. 


     I believe inner healing can only take place in Holy Spirit's ultimate time frame. Seeking to walk in His footsteps. None of our footprints are the same. They are all different but they never should be walking away from God but walking toward the open door to that healing.



 Seeking out intimate Godly relationships with the people around us. So many people are hiding from real relationships. Superficiality is not going to make the cut in the book of your life on Judgement day....Did you do what counted the most by allowing that inner child to be whole and healed.  Not only in us... but in those around us.

     We have got to give our hearts back to our maker. Jesus Christ.  He paid a great price for our healing, and did it all for us by dying on the cross of Calvary, then being resurrected the right hand of the Father in Heaven. He wants to live in your heart in child-like faith.

Living the Children life does not mean that we stop living! I hate to say this but I would hate to think I was one of the walking dead.  Yes, we see them zombies taking over the earth on television. Do we really think the Christian life is all about??

     Our hearts can be damaged at any age, and sometimes it may take years to find true consolation. I believe that can happen in your life.

     No, it is never easy to go through hell. You may have gone through a traumatic time as a child or young adult.  You may have had a abusive mate or parent or both.

     I believe in God's grace. Not only in singing the famous hymn but God's grace goes much deeper than any soul wound we can ever experience. I believe His healing grace will come forth and show you a glimpse, a vision of you as a whole person.

     "We are not given the spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind" 2 Timothy 1:7  This scripture from the Word of God rings more true in my life than it has in the very beginning.  

Paranoia is a destructive plague that had me bound in so many areas that I must battle with every second of every minute.  For many years my life was on hold. I pushed it all aside and pretended to be someone that I was not.

    Now Jesus is my only hope, my only peace.  Such tranquility holds my heart in place. Without that grace, I would be in a mental asylum today.

I have the scars to prove it can only be the Lord. If you could only see my heart and what I have been through. But you can not see it unless you look deep enough...

Am I there? Have I arrived at my final destination?  I do not want to say that the journey is easy...its not!!  But the very breath of God can ignite a passion for Jesus deeply within your soul. You will not be afraid to sing, It is because of Him, because He lives I can face tomorrow...

I am a survivor alright and I give all the glory to God. Am I perfect. NO MA'AM AND NO SIR. But I know what higher power I serve.


Nothing can Separate Us...

 No matter what you have gone through on this earth since the day you have been born - can rip you apart from the Father's heart. He has...