GiveForward Estrada Barrera Family Cancer Support

The Estrada women have always been strong and independent. But right now, they are in great need of our support. Please join me and support Mary and Beth Estrada and Miranda Barrera.

 

GiveForward Cancer Support Estrada Barrera Family

Please join me in supporting Miranda Barrera, and Mary and Beth Estrada.

Mary Estrada spent her life as a single mom raising her two daughters Elizabeth (Beth) and Miranda. The girls grew up and the family of three stayed close. All they had was each other. They live in the Fayetteville, NC area.

Life was going along and Miranda married a man named Ruben; they had two children. Beth remained single and worked at a childcare center as well as helping care for their mother, Mary.

In 2010, Miranda’s son, Keegan Barrera, was diagnosed with a rare form of kidney cancer at age 2 and a half. He started treatments and is now in remission. He continues with check-ups for five years until he can be declared cancer free.

In 2013, Elizabeth Estrada (Miranda’s sister) was diagnosed with Stage Four Ovarian Cancer at age 32. She immediately had surgeries to remove tumors and had a complete hysterectomy. She is currently in on-going chemo treatments.

In 2014, Mary Estrada (Miranda’s mother) was diagnosed with colon cancer at age 66. She has been moved to in-home hospice care.

Miranda has taken a leave of absence without pay in order to care for her mom and sister.

The Estrada women have always been strong. They’ve always cared for each other and for the people around them. But right now, they need our support. They need our strength. There’s only so much each person can take, and this family is at that place of need.

Join me in supporting them financially, emotionally and spiritually as this family fights for life and caregives in the face of cancer. Let’s raise enough to make a difference.

A Life Course of Miracles and Prayer

Prayer and Healing, Supernatural Events in Ordinary Lives

A Life Course of Miracles and PrayerThroughout the years, my aunt talked to me about little stories of prayer and healing that could only be explained as miracles from God. I was able to convince her to record her thoughts so that others could learn about the amazing things that have happened during her life. The fact that God allows ordinary people to see phenomenal miracles is something that should be shared, not only in our families, but also with everyone we encounter.

Join me as I share stories of miracles: split second interventions from near fatal car crashes, gallstone pain, migraines, a heart attack, and permanent paralysis. Read the words of hope spoken at just the right time, along with visions from heaven. These are the ways God chooses to work in ordinary lives.

Cathy Rodgers

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Cathy Rodgers lives on a tidal creek in Savannah, Georgia where she experiences the daily ebb and flow of life on the saltwater marsh. She enjoys writing, photography, gardening and creating websites and blogs in her company called Seven Waves Marketing.

She is passionate about her faith and helping others with their health and weight loss challenges through a blog called Cathy Chats. She refers to herself as, “Just a praying grandmother passing these miracles on to the next generation.” “One generation will praise your deeds to another…”  Psalm 145:4.

You can find Cathy at www.CathyChats.com

Morgan County Midnight – Connor Morgan Series, Book 2

It’s Midnight in Morgan County Ohio

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Mayhem in a children’s home, oil magnates, illegal aliens, a marriage on the rocks, criminal minds, and the unexpected impact of a spiritual ministry . . . It’s a rushing vortex of high drama with investigative reporter Connor Morgan caught at the center.

As the Sheriff said, “Three dead bodies, bank fraud, allegations of child abuse, child endangerment, murder, and attempted murder with a weapons specification, felonious assault, arson, perjury and suborning perjury, tampering, frivolous lawsuits, vandalism—not bad for a village the size of McConnelsville!”

Book 2 in the Connor Morgan Series. You don’t want to miss this creative fiction work set in Morgan County, Ohio. Click here for info on Book 1, Morgan County Morning.

J. Mark Jordan

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARaised in the Midwest, J. Mark Jordan now lives in Sylvania, Ohio with his wife, Sandy. They have three grown children and a granddaughter. Mark fell in love with southeastern Ohio many years ago and situated his first novel, Morgan County Morning, in the hills of Morgan County along the banks of the historic Muskingum River.

Mark earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Relations from the University of Toledo, and has spent his career as a pastor, organizational official and author. He stays busy writing books and articles, speaking at various engagements, and serving as the Ohio District Superintendent of the United Pentecostal Church International. Mark has over ten published books including Living and Leading and The View from the Back of the Pulpit. When he has time, he enjoys playing golf. You can read more of his work online at jonathanjordan.squarespace.com

Will I Survive? The Purpose and Process in Life

Survive Life. God has a purpose for everything you’re facing.

Will-I-Survive-cover-picWill I survive? If you’ve lived any time at all, the question is there, consciously or subconsciously. Why is so much bad happening to me? Where is God in all the chaos? The purpose of this book is to help you survive life’s storms. With clarity, comes peace and comfort, together with the courage and strength to continue becoming who you were meant to be. This is a practical book that will meet you where you live, in everyday life, and in everyday situations.

As I worked through my own personal crisis, the Lord continued to give me insight into how He uses hardship to make me into what He would have me to be. Journey with me from the wheat field to the oven as I share my insight by drawing a parallel between the bread-making process, and the development of the Body of Christ.

Keeping the process in mind will help you see the bigger and broader picture of life in the midst of crisis. As you read, you will find yourself somewhere in these pages, somewhere in the process. The light of revelation will come and pierce the dark clouds surrounding your understanding of the purpose and process of life.

Bruce J. Bartel

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Bruce J. Bartel has preached the Gospel of Jesus for 39 years and functions as an international teacher, a Christian counselor and therapist, mentor, pastor, missionary and evangelist. Bruce has traveled to 37 countries, and has lived in Canada, Europe and Asia. He attended Bible Colleges in Germany and England and two colleges in Canada.

Are You Healed Enough to Publish Your Story? Ready or not . . .

Are you ready to publish? Are you healed enough to be the public face of your story?

CalledToWrite-ChosenToPublish copyI often meet people who have a desire to write their story, but they are anxious about it. They know their story and their pain holds meaning. They want to bless the world and encourage others who may be in the same place they once were, to help shine a light on how to get out of difficult and dark places.

I believe we all have a story to share that is important. All of our pain is sacred. All of our experiences hold meaning. But do all of our stories need to be written and shared with the world? No. And even when we do share our stories with the world, we don’t share every detail.

There’s a couple of things I want to say to encourage you if you’re considering writing your story, but you’re unsure of the next step, or you feel uncertainty.

1. Writing is a process of healing for the author. Even if you’re not “healed” totally from your experience, write. It will help to sort things out, and is very safe and therapeutic.

2. Write your story, honestly. Then wait. Pray. Go back and rewrite.

3. Writing is safe. Publishing is a risk. Are you ready to take the risk? Publishing involves marketing, selling your story, and being the “face” of your book in a very public way.

4. You may not be ready to publish, but you ARE ready to write! Don’t bog yourself down with the stress of thinking of publishing. Just write. When it’s time to publish, you will know it.

Writing is a process of re-writing. It takes time and commitment, and a person really has to be ready to share their story before it is published. They have to be strong enough to view it not as an extension of themselves, but instead as a product they want to share and sell. To publish, you must be healed enough, and have strong enough boundaries to be ready to be vulnerable. It’s a huge deal, and not to be taken lightly. You need to be sure you are ready and strong enough to tell your story. If you aren’t ready to verbally testify in a group setting, you’re probably not ready to share your story in published print form. But that doesn’t mean you should not write. Write. Write now.

A lot of times our family members are the ones that have hurt us, intentionally or unintentionally. This is a very important fact to consider. You love your family member and you don’t want to do anything to hurt them further. What they did to you was probably because they were hurting. It doesn’t excuse the behavior, but we want to write from a place of healing, not pain. We don’t want our writing to cause pain, but to be helpful and healing. At the same time, your story is your story. A lot of the decisions you make about sharing your story will depend on your relationship with your family member, where both of you are at in the healing process, and what is important and valid to share.

I’m sure you’ve heard the quote, “Hurt people hurt people.” I recently heard it with a twist, “Healed people heal people.” I am reminded of some wisdom from a 12-step workbook… First, we write our story and share it with someone safe. We talk about how much we want to share in the group. We pray about it. If we feel any kind of anxiety associated with sharing certain parts of our story, then it isn’t the right time to share publicly. We share when we feel safe. And that is the number one most important thing.

I’ll be praying for you!

Lead and Link Conference in Savannah, GA

For the past year, I’ve been involved with a woman’s group in Savannah, Georgia called Lead’N’Link.This weekend was the Second Annual Lead and Link Women’s Conference hosted at at Calvary Baptist Temple. Each month we meet for about two hours. It’s a great time to learn about what other Christian women in the community are doing. The conference was a great time of hearing inspiring women speak truths from God’s Word.

I had a great time! Here’s a picture of my vendor table. I’m looking forward to working with the new authors I met this weekend! They have wonderful messages they are sharing with the world!

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And my new business cards that came in on Friday . . .

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CAPELLA UNIVERSITY “SHARE YOUR STORY” PROGRAM, 2012 Interview

CU3_465x150-Header-ImageA couple of years ago, a blogger contacted me. She was interviewing previous Capella University students, and I was one selected. I ran into a link for the article recently and thought I’d share.

I do have to say that the quotes used in this interview aren’t 100% correct. Some of the information is off, and not what I said. It’s obviously a marketing scheme by the university I attended, but hey, it was fun to be on the other side of the interview for once!

CAPELLA UNIVERSITY “SHARE YOUR STORY” PROGRAM

http://www.blogher.com/interview-rachael-hartman