WORKING WITH GOD by Joel & Victoria Osteen

             WORKING WITH GOD

by Joel & Victoria Osteen

Today and every day, God has set up a plan for your success. He says in His Word that His plans are for your good—to prosper you, not to harm you, to give you a hope and a future. A lot of times people are waiting and expecting God to do something, but at the same time, God is waiting and expecting us to do something, too! As we enter into this New Year, we can’t just ask, “God, what are You going to do for me?” Instead, we have to ask, “God, what are we going to do together?”

Scripture calls this process “working out” our salvation. God sets up the plan, but we have to walk it out and work it out. He gives us the tools, but we have to use them. The good news is that He isn’t going to just hand us the plan and equipment and then walk away to let us figure it all out on our own. No, His Holy Spirit is walking with us every step of the way and empowering us! Scripture says that His yoke is easy and His burden is light. In other words, His plan is easier than trying to figure things out on your own!

Remember, you don’t have to worry about how the whole year is going to unfold. You don’t even have to worry about how this week is going to unfold. You just have to obey His Word and keep moving forward with God one step at a time.

Maybe you’re facing some difficulties or obstacles today. Maybe this year doesn’t feel like a new beginning just yet. Instead of saying, “Lord, why am I in this situation?” say, “Lord, how can I bring You glory in this situation?” When we begin to change our focus and get our eyes off of ourselves and onto Him, that’s when we’ll begin to see solutions. That’s when we’ll begin to see breakthroughs. That’s how we work out what He is working in us!

Today, remember, God is a good God, and He is at work in your life. Trust Him because He is faithful. His plans are always for your good. His plans are always to prosper you. He delights in seeing you grow and succeed. Make the decision to cooperate with what God is doing. Set aside the wrong questions, set aside complaining, and pick up His peace and joy. Work with God this year and move forward in His victory and blessing!

“Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” (Philippians 2:12-13, NIV)

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Joe Muennich

Amen! Thank you for the words of encouragement and inspiration!

Salvador Ramirez

 I agree!”. Like My Mom used to tell me: “Ask God for HIS help; but YOU keep on working”. Good Blessings usually come all of the sudden but YOU need to be prepared to receive. Let´s start 2015 empowered and confident that our actions will ALWAYS be lead by GOD as He loves the “ACTION”.

Police Learning To Recognize, ‘Talk Down’ & Divert the Mentally Ill to Treatment instead of Jail

About 5:30PM last Friday evening (Dec 26) at the Stripes store on Bell St and Paint Rock Rd a VERY NICE policeman came up to me as I was reading the front page of the Dallas Morning News I didn’t intend to pay for, but just picked it up because of the headlines about the possible loss of certain funding for mental illness in Dallas. Having had mental illness myself, I have a particular interest in this topic. Also, I’m involved in helping people who have mental illness, drug/alcohol addictions, or both co-occurring as is often the case, get healed of those horrific controlling conditions, which are actually sicknesses. From my own experience and knowing many others, I know there can be full recovery and healing, especially with a Faith-based structured residential program such as ‘Haven For Hope’ in San Antonio, where many, many people’s lives go from HOPELESS to ‘HEALED and HAPPY’!!  Hallelujah!!

When I looked up and saw the Policeman I started thinking, “Uh oh, I’m reading the paper’s front page on the ice cream cabinet in the store here and haven’t paid for it. But then I thought, as the policeman started asking me if I was ok “No, I don’t think it’s the paper. But what did I do wrong?”

The officer went on to say someone called him because they saw me walking to the store and it seemed I was acting like I was having a problem. (Strange enough to call the police.) Right then I started fighting off the thoughts ‘someone noticed I’m acting like I have mental illness—again! An old self-consciousness (stigma) that I had for a long time, EXCEPT that is long over!! It’s over!! No more worry what people are thinking about me!!’ I refused those ridiculous thoughts.

God healed me of schizophrenia hallucinations, Tourettes Syndrome (‘out of control’ bodily motions, even hitting people, and also uncontrollable yelling, even foul language that had never been in my vocabulary!!) and depression!

I was healed about 12 years ago!! I had been healed but those old thoughts and fears of someone calling the Police ‘because of my disruptive behavior’ in an instant flashed across my mind!

Within seconds I dismissed those thoughts, and asked the Policeman what he meant. I don’t think he used the word ‘strange’ but whatever the officer said he gave me the idea someone thought I was acting strange and that I might need some attention, some help.

I said, “Well, I was jogging, and I move my arms quite a bit” (not ‘as carrying a tray’, as I was once told to do while jogging).  But I knew it didn’t look much different than most  joggers. Then I thought and said “Oh, I’m a Christian and I like to pray when I jog.” Then I laughed, realizing what it must have been, and said, “I bet I know what it was! I probably got so excited about something I was thanking God for and I raised my arms, exultingly rejoicing and praising Him as I was jogging along. I don’t remember doing that, but that wouldn’t be unusual for me. But I’m okay. And thank you for checking on me. And I appreciate someone caring enough to call. Thanks!”

The policeman realized I was fine, said “okay” and left the store. Then I thought “This is something worthy of commendation. That man was so kind, and whoever called was concerned enough about me to call for help.” So I ran out to catch the officer before he left and asked him if there was a way I could publicly commend him and whomever called him, caring so much about me. I asked him if the Police had a Facebook site that I could write a note of appreciation on, commending him for his kindness. He said he thought San Angelo Police had a Facebook site where I could write something.

I said, “Great! You are very kind and I want to give a note of commendation.” He smiled and left.

God will often lead us into helping people with similar problems that He set us free from, using us to show them compassion, encouragement and patiently sticking with them and helping them during their time of working through something, however long it takes. That’s how God is!!   And God has been doing that with me, using me to help those with mental illness and/or substance abuse, sticking with them,however long it takes to overcome.

People with substance abuse, mental illness, or both together, need help to assure them GOD CAN and is gladly WILLING to bring them into full healing of those controlling diseases! Jesus (God) can bring them into having permanent restoration!!

Nothing is too difficult for the Lord!!” (Luke 1:37) who loves us all!!

But for a successful, joyful life, a person needs to know it takes more than sincerely giving your life to Jesus (God). As the Bible says, and more mature Christians know from experience, things such as being involved in a good church, having a time of daily Bible study and talking with your best Friend Jesus everyday, are essential. And in the case of full and permanent healing from substance abuse and/or mental illness, most often a structured residential Faith-based program is needed. It’s important to know it is a fun thing, getting your life turned around not only with the help of God but also with the help of caring people He provides, such as counselors, peer specialist (mentors), teachers of life skills, family relationship help, housing, job training, help with job placement, etc.

And being on the Board of Directors of the Concho Valley Homeless Planning Council this past year (A MIRACLE! Able to help others instead of still being on psychiatric meds, in and out of Big Spring State Hospital, and other mental hospitals, MHMR visits, as I was in the past!) I know God has some big things planned to help the Criminal Justice system in San Angelo, as well as get at the causes of Homelessness, and eventually eliminate them! Greatly reduce and eventually eliminate the cycling in and out of the justice system, mental health system, and eventually end homelessness!

Transformed lives!! Instead of substance abuse and/or mental illness, Purpose and Joy in friendship with Jesus!!   YEAH!!

Here is a very encouraging video of some things to come, (Coming Attractions!!)  that will help San Angelo in a big way, including big help for the Police Dept, all the Justice System, MHMR, people with substance abuse having permanent recovery, and more, including lowering costs!

Five people from ‘Haven For Hope’ in San Antonio came and put on a symposium for us this past November and are continuing to help us who on the Concho Valley Homeless Planning Council.

I originally meant this to be a letter of public commendation for the very kind police officer who responded to the call about a woman who may be in need of help, who even tracked me down, right into the Stripes Convenience store.  And a thank you for the person who called for help for me; it could have been I was really having a problem. And also, I want to thank our whole San Angelo Police Dept, knowing personally and greatly appreciating the few who are in my church; those I see when I visit inmates in the jail; and those who answer my phone calls to the jail, always kind and helpful. And also, I learned much more about our SAPD by hearing Police Chief Tim Vasquez speak and answer our questions about the Police Dept at one of our San Angelo TEA Party meetings, that I am a part of. I was very impressed by Chief Vasquez, including seeing his love for his team of police officers and others working with him, his love for the the people of San Angelo, and also his job, and his great desire to be able to do a good job for us here in San Angelo! I left Chief Vasquez talk very encouraged, but also praying, “God, they need more money. They need a new building. I know You are able!! Please provide them with even more than they need.”

 God answers our prayers!!   Hurray!!                                                                  I believe our San Angelo Police department is great!! I want all of San Angeloans to know—-it’s important!!

When you police, including the Police Chief Tim Vasquez, have a little time, do watch this video about how the recidivism rate has gone way down in San Antonio and also greatly lowered costs!!

This particular video is from what is now being used as a nat’l model to help restore towns and cities throughout America, ‘Haven For Hope’ in San Antonio; but it doesn’t go into telling about the residential rehab/restoration center whose holistic program is used to wonderfully turn people’s lives around. Instead it has a focus of the Police’s role, emphasizing the great value of training police officers as to how to handle the mentally ill in a crisis or even when they commit misdemeanors and diverting them into mental health court, usually leading to court ordered holistic treatment that works, instead of cycling in and out of the criminal justice system, and in and out of mental hospitals. It talks about training for Police officers in diverting drug/alcohol abuse problemed people into detox centers and into specialty courts which then leads them into treatment that works! ‘Evidence-based practices!’  Through good Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) the police learn to divert both those with substance abuse problems and also those with mental illness away from the criminal justice system altogether, if possible.  It also goes into how the Police are saved time through the collaboration of various related services, for instance their ER time with a mentally ill offender, or someone who needs detoxed, often goes down to 15 min instead of 45min to an hour, or more. And money is saved to put toward other things!

I know you will enjoy this video!

(All of this would be with the Police Dept agreement; just in case Chief Tim Vasquez doesn’t know about this yet)

Thank you!!

With Jesus’ Compassion 4 America! (& the world!!)

Love, Soteria Allen (& Jesus!!)

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Falling Off the Mountain At 6,500 ft. Pt. 3 from Lessons Learned As A Novice Hiker

Falling Off the Mountain At 6,500 ft. Pt. 3 from Lessons Learned As A Novice Hiker.


WOW!! I’m sure that will stick with me, the Holy Spirit reminding me of this incident (& others), as I often experience truly HOPELESS situations–often! But as the Word says, and as your experience painted a clear picture of: 1. GOD LOVES US!!  2. “What is impossible for man is not impossible for God!”  Thank you for sharing this! With Jesus’ Compassion 4 America! (& the world!) Love, Soteria (& Jesus!!)

Sarah Palin to Students: Has America Forgotten God?

Sarah Palin to Students: Has America Forgotten God?

  • (Photo: Reuters / Brendan McDermid)
    Sarah Palin (C), former governor of Alaska, greets supporters as she exits the Fox News headquarters in New York, June 1, 2011.
March 11, 2013|3:34 pm

Former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin encouraged Christian students to influence American culture during Southeastern University’s 2013 National Leadership Forum on Friday.

“Today, look around, and don’t you wonder sometimes if, as a nation, we have forgotten God altogether? This is a crucial question,” said Palin during the seventh annual The Forum event, according to The Ledger.

The 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate told students they should “infiltrate” the nation and influence its culture by becoming involved in the worlds of sports, journalism and film. She also spokes about the problems she sees with Washington.

“The federal government is bloated, corrupt and out-of-control,” she said of federal spending. She also called the nation’s capital a “hotbed of cronyism,” according to The Ledger.

Palin, who was asked by event organizers to discuss the topic of hope and resilience, said it is important to uphold the values on which the United States was founded.

“We can’t allow the principles upon which this nation was found to be ignored or compromised,” she said, according to SEU’s website. She also commended the university for providing a Christ-centered eduction to the next generation of leaders. Christian principles and morals, she said, will help the U.S. to remain the world’s greatest nation.

Net proceeds from The Forum go to the Southeastern University Scholarship fund. In the 2012-13 school year, the university will award more than $9.7 million in financial aid to students, according to the event’s website.

Palin’s faith was recently the target of a billboard campaign in Texas byAmerican Atheists, a national organization for nonbelievers. One of the billboards featured Palin’s photograph and misquoted her, saying, “We should create law based on the God of the Bible.”

The former Alaskan governor actually said, in reference to America’s founding fathers, “We would create law based on the God of the Bible” (emphasis not Palin’s) in an interview with Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly.

David Silverman, president of American Atheists, later apologized on behalf of his organization for the miquote.  Dave Muscato, the organization’s public relations director, told the network that American Atheists would move the quotation marks on the sign to exclude the word “should,” though Silverman maintains that “the meaning was correct” all along.

Citizen Link News of March 6, 2013

Freedom of Religion battles, especially right now in regard to Christians’ and others’ freedom of conscience. It is not seen as something to respect as it had been in the past; it should still be. The Obamacare HHS mandate to provide health insurance that includes free condoms, abortion, & sterilization is an example of this. Court cases demanding relief from this included mandate are still pending.