Friday, May 1, 2009

“Put On Your “No-Fear” Gear”

“A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.” Psalm 91:7, 10-11

Syphilis, Cholera, Smallpox, Influenza, Poliomyelitis, Measles, Mumps, Rubellla, Diphtheria, Pertussis, Anthrax, Botulism, Hepatitis, Typhoid Fever, Tuberculosis, whooping Cough, German Measles, Trichomoniasis, Malaria, Plague, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Hepatitis A, B & C, Tetanus, Meningococcal Meningitis, Ebola, Dysentery, Bird Flu and yes ever Legionnaires Disease which occurred in Philadelphia, Penna. around July 1976 (I was actually living there at the time). These are some of the infectious diseases that have plagued some people in the United States and abroad recently since 1950. Some have been eradicated while others still creep up every now and then; yet, we overcome by the “blood of the Lamb” and there was no need for panic.

Then there are some diseases that are not contagious, yet can be deadly to those who succumb to any of the following ailments: Cancer, Asthma, Tobacco, Alcohol, Narcotics, Heart or Mental Health issues, Diabetes, Lyme disease, Chohn’s disease, Parkinsons and Lew Garrett diseases – just to mention a few.

While scientists are looking for a cure to the latest disease (Swine Flu), Christians continue to have the reassurance that Jesus Christ has promised His beloved followers the safety from any or all of the conditions listed in this piece. Who knew that the Blog that I wrote on “Germs” (see Blog July 31, 2008 @ would be so significant today.

During this time caution is necessary. Be wise and continue to wash your hands, use hand sanitizer or wet wipes on you and your family (I’ve seen too many women leave a public restroom without washing their hands – That’s just Nasty!) And, as heard on the “Today Show”, cough into the fold of your arm instead of your hand. Handkerchiefs are just not sanitary. Don’t sneeze on others. And above all - don’t be led into fear.

As believers we still should Trust in His Word, Believe that what He has said, He is able to perform, and Receive the healing touch from His hands and continue to use wisdom. If you don’t have the faith of God, and believe in His loving protection, then please use the suggested safety alternatives that you should be able to ‘lean on’ for awhile ;)

Ms. “V”

What Recession Are YOU Talking About?

“And He said unto them, “Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith?”

Let’s take a look at some of the examples why the United States (and some people in foreign countries) isn’t doing too shabby economically. There’s money out there in ‘them there hills’. “For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.” Psalm 50:10

Check with your local Chamber o f Commerce and take note that even though some businesses may be closing, other people with a dream are attempting to make their dreams come true. And did you recently read about “Mysterious Woman, Leaves ₤9,000 in Church Collection” or “Mystery Donors Give Over $45M to 9 Universities”?

Plastic surgeons are still injecting ‘Botox’ and they’re in business for a ‘nip/tuck’ here and there. Nail & hair salons may not have as many customers as times past, but have you noticed any “Going Out of Business” signs on their doors?

Just look at Television. Shows still have commercials that pay out thousands of dollars for a one minute shot at millions of viewers. Game shows continue to give out cash and prizes to the ‘next’ contestant. The rest of the entertainment industry (movies and DVD’s) are being released every weekend. Recording artists are still selling their wares to people like you and me.

How about a ‘Show’ with your dinner? They’re still available for your viewing pleasure. Restaurants aren’t all ‘going–out-of-business’. McDonalds, Wendy’s, KFC and Burger King are still some of the fast food giants here and abroad. Don’t forget that Mickey, Goofy & Cinderella continue to sell tickets to their worlds and Shamu is waiting to see you.

NASCAR, baseball, golf, ice skating and all sorts of sports still have sponsors that give them money to continue their recreations and people are still filling the seats through ticket sales. Have you noticed that Casinos still in business along with your local “lotto” distribution center? Cruise ships may not be sailing as often as they use too, but the ships are still moving across the seas. Bars are continually serving beer, wine & liquors while Cigarette smokers are still puffing away and paying an extra tax while smoke gets in their eyes, hair, clothes lungs (thank God that second-hand smoke is being eradicated). If you think “American Idol” is out of reach then your local “Karaoke” will audition you. These businesses are still in operation.

“Fortune” magazine is still publishing insightful material because they have people (who are still making money) to write about. When you open a magazine or newspaper; you may be amazed to still see advertisements. And yes, even books are still making their way off the shelves and into reader’s hands (see “Where Did That Come From? – Revised” and “Bent But Not Broken” [a little commercial break, thank you]).

My question to you is: If other people are prosperous, and you and I are the children of the Most High God who has given us talents to get wealth (Deut. 8:18 But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day); then why should we be concerned about a RECESSION? Do as I have chosen to do - opt out. It doesn’t concern you.

Ms. “V”