Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Today we will join with family and friends to laugh, drink, eat and let our hair down! Family is important not just on Holidays BUT every day.

This Thanksgiving I made memories with my children. We made our first Thanksgiving meal as a family. My oldest caught cut more onions than does at work. My youngest daughter made a mess while we made gravy from scratch. I wasn’t made at all you gotta clean up after yourself anyway!

What memories will you create this Holiday Season? Do something different and out of the box! Explore all God has given us to enjoy.

Team No More Blows wants to wish you and your Family a blessed and safe day! If you’re having adult beverages please be responsible!

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Happy Hanukkah to All

What is Hanukkah and how is it celebrated?

Hanukkah. Celebrate the miraculous Judean triumph led by the Maccabee brothers over Assyrian-Greek religious persecution, ca., 164 BCE. Light the menorah, a candleholder for nine candles (one added each night, plus one to light the rest). Play dreidel (spinning top game) and eat latkes (potatoes pancakes).

HanukkahThe story of Hanukkah is a story of a struggle from Assyrian-Greek religious persecution. Over two thousand years ago, the foreign rulers of the Israelites decreed that the Jews must bow down to the image of their leader, Antiochus, whose statue had been erected in the Jewish Temple. Jews, however, are forbidden by the law to bow to statues or idols. A young man named Judah Maccabee and his brothers assembled a small group of Jews to rebel against their oppressors. The Maccabees and their followers risked their lives to prevent the desecration of their sacred Temple and to live in accordance with Jewish law. Although the Maccabees won, the Temple in Jerusalem, the Jews’ holy place, was destroyed in the battle. The Jews had to clean and repair the Temple, and when they were finished they rededicated it to God by rekindling the menorah, the candelabrum that symbolizes not only the eternal covenant between God and the Jewish people, but the continuity of tradition through the generations as well. There was only enough olive oil to fuel the menorah for one night, and it was going to take eight days to make more oil. Miraculously, the one-day supply of oil burned for eight days and nights until more oil could be made. There are eight days of Hanukkah corresponding to the legend of the miracle of the oil in the Temple.

Menorah and DreidelsFoods cooked in oil, particularly potato pancakes called latkes, are traditional Hanukkah fare. Today, candles are used instead of oil to light menorahs. On each successive night, while singing the traditional prayers, the number of candles lit increases by one. Hanukkah is celebrated in the home beginning on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev. Even though it is not mentioned in the Hebrew Scriptures, Hanukkah is widely celebrated as a major holy day of the Jewish liturgical calendar. Given its proximity to Christmas, Hanukkah has taken on importance in the United States and many other countries where Christmas has been commercialized. It is traditional to exchange gifts with friends and relatives on each night of Hanukkah. The party atmosphere is enhanced with songs, games and toys such as a dreidel – a spinning top. Hanukkah is a time of joyous celebrations, of family and friends, and of freedom.

Also See: JOI’s Hanukkah Holiday Page
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A Christmas Miracle!!!

As a child my mother was there every Christmas. The rise of deaths because of Domestic Violence, leaves a lot of kids without one or both parents.

This will be our first year working on this project Hannah’s Treasure. Which is giving back portion of No More Blows. We will do our part to make sure kids have a brighter smile this Christmas. I was 30 when my mother passed and Holidays have not been the same.

Imagine being a child who actually witnessed the death of your mother or father. The horrific scream as you hear the gun go off. I can’t even imagine the pain these kids feel.

Most of these children are currently being raised by a family member, for some a grandparent who is already on a fixed income.

This years help Hannah’s Treasure by sowing a small seed. We are asking for $5.00 if you can sow a little more that’s fine. The goal is to get 3 young boys a gift certificate to Toys R’ Us. If you live locally you can buy a gift and wrap it from your family. The ages of all 3 are 9, 10 and 11.

You can mail your check or money order to:

Main Source Bank
8266 N Main St.
Dayton, OH

All checks should be made payable to No More Blows. I can’t wait to see what we as adults will do for these children. If you have any questions please email us at nomoreblows@yahoo.com. I’m excited just thinking about how these kids will be blessed in spite of.

John 14:18
English Standard Version (ESV)
18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

For a little while these kids went without. Each year we will add more kids. This year we started off small. Be on the lookout as we continue to have kids with needs to be met. Prom time and graduation are just around the corner.

Happy Holidays,

Lady K-:)

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Depression From the Pulpit to the Pews….

Pray for Pastors

Please remember to pray for your Pastors and other leaders in the church.

The Macon, Ga. Pastor who committed suicide in the driveway of his home Nov. 10 suffered from depression and though he had shared his diagnosis with some of his loved ones, many of the people close to him and most of his congregation did not know, according to statements made at his Nov. 16 funeral.

Services for The Rev. Teddy Parker, Jr., pastor of the Bibb Mount Zion Baptist Church, were held at Fellowship Bible Baptist Church in Warner Robins, Ga., where Parked was ordained at age 22.

Speaker after speaker told stories of Parker’s generosity and selfless service to God and his church.

In a service full of poignant moments, the most heart-wrenching may have been a tribute from his oldest daughter, Kamry, who honored her father by singing a song, “My Liberty,” with the church’s Legacy Choir backing her up.

Bibb Mount Zion’s Deacon Shawn Stafford discussed Parker’s love for his members.

“He was loving. You could feel his love,” Stafford said. “It wasn’t just an ‘I love you.’ He was a loving man. He didn’t have a selfish bone in his body…He would give you anything and everything…He would do without.”

A long-time friend, the Rev. DeRienzia Johnson, pastor of Bethesda Baptist Church in Americus, Ga., told the congregation that he knew that Parker was in pain.

“All of you can say what you want, but I knew the man. I knew his hurt. I knew his struggles. I knew his pain,” he said. “And there were times I couldn’t say anything to reach him.”

God, the speaker said, told him that there were times that “people need to be quiet and allow heaven to speak.”

In eulogizing Parker, the Rev. Dr. E. Dewey Smith, senior pastor of the House of Hope Atlanta, said Parker’s death has been a call to other pastors that they need to add themselves to the long list of people for whom they care.

He cited statistics from a 2010 New York Times article which held that 25 percent of clergy reported not knowing where to turn for help with a personal conflict; 33 percent feel burned out within the first five years; 45 percent of pastors say that they’ve experienced depression or burnout severe enough to make them need time away from the job; and 57 percent would do another job if they were qualified.

“That’s why you better be sure to encourage” your pastors, Smith told the audience. There are two types of church members, he said, “armor bearers who are helping their pastors to fulfill their destinies” and “pall bearers,” whose actions are slowly contributing to their deaths.

Smith, a close and longtime friend of Parker’s, said he has received dozens of calls, emails and texts from pastors since Parker committed suicide saying that they had notified their churches that they need to take sabbaticals because of stress.

While church people sometimes do not understand how men and women of faith can suffer from stress-related maladies like depression, the Bible contains several stories. For example, he said, Moses was so depressed that he struck a rock instead of speaking to it. David pleaded with God to give him “wings of a dove” so that he could fly away. Elijah hid under a juniper tree and asked the Lord to take his life. Jeremiah said he cursed the day he was born and wanted the man slapped who told his father he had a son, Smith said.

“If we are going to move from tragedy to triumph we must be transparent,” Smith said.

Among those sending condolences to the Parker family was the Rev. Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church of Lake Forest, Ca.

Warren’s son, Matthew, committed suicide in April. A letter from Warren to Parker’s family was read during the funeral service, in which he told the mourners he understood the grief they were feeling from losing a loved one to suicide.

Warren said “there is no shame in mental sickness,” taking medications for it or seeking professional counseling.

Stafford told the congregation that the church will be fine, despite the loss of Parker, because he had prepared them to go on.

“We may not have a shepherd but we have a vision,” Stafford said. “He gave it to us. He left us with a vision…He always led us to follow the Holy Spirit. People are asking ‘What are you all going to do?’ We don’t have to think about it. It was already established. We are going to follow his vision and follow the Holy Spirit.”

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God the Protector

In you, Lord my God, I put my trust. I trust in you; do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me. No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause. Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old. Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you, Lord, are good. Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways. He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful toward those who keep the demands of his covenant. For the sake of your name, Lord, forgive my iniquity, though it is great. Who, then, are those who fear the Lord ? He will instruct them in the ways they should choose. They will spend their days in prosperity, and their descendants will inherit the land. The Lord confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them. My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only he will release my feet from the snare. Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. Relieve the troubles of my heart and free me from my anguish. Look on my affliction and my distress and take away all my sins. See how numerous are my enemies and how fiercely they hate me! Guard my life and rescue me; do not let me be put to shame, for I take refuge in you. May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope, Lord, is in you. Deliver Israel, O God, from all their troubles! (Psalm 25:1-22 NIV)

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This Can’t be Real…..

I wish this was a nightmare BUT he is still free…. What will it take for Florida to protect the people who pay tax dollars????

By MIKE SCHNEIDER

The Associated Press

SANFORD, Fla. —

George Zimmerman’s girlfriend said he tried to choke her about a week ago during an altercation that wasn’t initially reported to police, a prosecutor told a judge Tuesday during his first court appearance on domestic violence-related charges.

The prosecutor said Zimmerman’s girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, was in fear for her life because Zimmerman mentioned suicide and said he “had nothing to lose.” Zimmerman’s public defenders said after the hearing that he didn’t appear to be suicidal.

Judge Frederic Schott set Zimmerman’s bond at $9,000 and ordered that Zimmerman stay away from Scheibe’s house, wear a monitoring device and refrain from contact with her. The judge says he can’t possess guns or ammunition or travel outside of Florida.

Zimmerman has been charged with aggravated assault, a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison if convicted. He also has been charged with battery and criminal mischief, both misdemeanors.

Schott said that Zimmerman’s previous brushes with the law weren’t a factor in the conditions he was imposing. Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges earlier this year in the fatal shooting of teenager Trayvon Martin in a case that drew worldwide attention.

Defense attorneys said after the hearing that they expect him to be out of jail on Wednesday, and they’re confident he’ll eventually be acquitted.

Public defender Jeff Dowdy said Zimmerman’s family has been supporting him.

“I would think it would be difficult for George Zimmerman to get a job in central Florida,” Dowdy said.

Dowdy and another public defender, Daniel Megaro, said Zimmerman wasn’t suicidal despite what the prosecutor said.

“He doesn’t appear to be a danger to himself or a danger to anybody else,” Megaro said.

In this latest scuffle on Monday, both Zimmerman and the woman he was arguing with called 911 and provided dueling descriptions to police dispatchers about the argument.

Scheibe accused him in the emergency call of pointing a gun at her, smashing a coffee table and then pushing her outside. Zimmerman also called dispatchers, flatly denying pointing a gun at her and blaming her for the broken table.

Scheibe told deputies the ordeal started with a verbal argument and that she asked Zimmerman to leave the house. Her account in the arrest report says he began packing his belongings, including a shotgun and an assault rifle. She says she began putting his things in the living room and outside the house, and he became upset. At that point, the report says, he took the shotgun out of its case.

Zimmerman told his girlfriend to leave and smashed a pair of her sunglasses as she walked toward the front door, the report says. Scheibe told deputies he pushed her out of the house when she got close to the door.

“You point your gun at my fricking face,” Scheibe is heard telling Zimmerman on a 911 call. “Get out of my house. Do not push me out of my house. Please get out of my house.”

Seconds later, she told the dispatcher, “You kidding me? He pushed me out of my house and locked me out. … He knows how to do this. He knows how to play this game.”

Moments later, Zimmerman called 911 from inside the barricaded house to tell his side of the story.

“I have a girlfriend, who for lack of a better word, has gone crazy on me,” Zimmerman said.

Zimmerman then said he never pulled a gun on his girlfriend and that it was she who smashed a table at the home they shared. He also told the dispatcher that Scheibe was pregnant with their child and that she had decided she would raise the child on her own. When Zimmerman started to leave, “she got mad,” he said.

Seminole County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Dennis Lemma said at a news conference that Scheibe wasn’t pregnant. He also said Zimmerman was compliant and unarmed when deputies came to the house.

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