Why Did God Create You?


By, Crystal S. Kauffman, Staff Writer

Jesus is there

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Many people wonder why God created them, but the Bible says we were all created for God’s pleasure. I couldn’t wrap my own head around the fact that God made me for his pleasure. I am a sinner who doesn’t deserve God’s mercy or grace. How could God get pleasure for my sinful ways? Everyone sins and fall short of God’s glory. However, through Jesus, we can be forgiven of those sins and be cover by his blood sacrifice.

Rev. 4:12 (KJV) “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for Thou has created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”

This verse means a lot to me, as someone who truly tries to remember every day to somehow bring God pleasure. I love writing, so I use my talent to try and make sense of my everyday stumbles. Sometimes, I feel like God is right there holding my hand but other times I feel he is distant. However, I truly believe that my sin blocks my relationship with God and I choose to repent. I know I am forgiven when I stumble and fall. He is there to lift me back up, because he loves me.

Psalms 72:13 (KJV) “He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy.”

So, now I try to take time to honor God every day. No matter the storm I am facing, I am trying to remember to pray and stay connected with God. I love reading and listening to my Bible, but I use a YOU VERSION app on my phone. I have been learning more and trying to always remember to thank God for each new day that I wake up. I am imperfect and I know that, but God wants me as I am. He can mold me into what he wants me to be with each new step.

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Personal Opinion- God doesn’t make junk!**

**I cannot go to church as regular as I want, but I spend a lot of time praying and seeking God’s guidance in my life. God gives me so much, so I can spend time with God at home and I can work on my failures. I hope this devotional can help you in your walk with God. Keeping a prayer journal can help you learn how to give your problems to God and learn how to pray to him.**

 Thank you for reading and come back to visit.

©2016,Crystal S. Kauffman

 

Frog: Fully Rest on God


By, Crystal S. Kauffman, Staff Writer

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Do you feel overwhelmed by life, as you know it? Are you a Christian, who is struggling to find peace and rest in your daily life? Did you know that God has promised to give you rest each week? But, only if you met his conditions and learn to believe in his promises with faith. Then, you must fulfill God’s conditions, in order to receive the rest that he has waiting for you. His conditions are very important, because your obedience shows him that you truly believe in his promises to you.
First memory verse is Hebrews 4: 9, “There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God!”(KJV)
Did you know that God is there waiting for you, to enter into his rest? But, you must remember the Sabbath and keep it holy. Don’t perform any work on this day, instead, use this special day to spend time with God. Start learning more about his promises to you, by setting aside a certain day of the week to rest and read his word. Many Christians believe that Sunday should be the only holy day. However, other religions believe that Saturday is the true Sabbath day.
In today’s culture, some people are forced to work on these days. So, they must choose a different day to keep holy and begin learning more about his promises. Starting today, choose a day, which you have off work each week, like Monday or Wednesday. Then, each week, honor him by believing and entering into his peaceful rest. Before long, you will find yourself fully resting on God’s promises and sharing in fellowship with God.
Second memory verse is Hebrews 4:10,”For he that has entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.”(KJV)
In the beginning, God labored for six days and he rested on the seventh day. He gave you an example, which you should follow throughout your journey. Even, if you stumble and fall, God will be there to help you back to your feet. He will be there waiting patiently, for you to meet his conditions and receive his promises. So, remember to keep the Sabbath holy and you will finally enter into his rest and find the peace that you have longed for.
Your father will give you a peace that passes all understanding, once you have faithfully entered his rest. Only God can ease your troubled mind and heal your broken heart, but you must come to him first. Go ahead and lay your head upon his chest, while his love will cover your soul and wisdom will fill your heart. Therefore, you will find the rest, which God have promised you and peace that will sustain your soul.
©2015, Crystal S. Kauffman

Previously Published

My Family’s Homemade Christmas


Homemade christmas
Papa and I were heading home from the auto parts store, as I stared out the window of the car. The radio spoke of a blizzard up north, which had crippled an entire community. This seemed unusual to me, since I lived in Florida where it never snowed. The houses we passed seemed to have something that we didn’t. However, my grandfather didn’t seem to notice. Instead, he thought of it as another day, where one must work to earn a dollar or two just to survive.

I felt confused by the lack of Christmas spirit in my home. Nevertheless, I knew that my family didn’t make a big fuss over the holidays, since I was a young girl. Yet, it began bothering me that no one spent time setting up a Christmas tree or adding decorations to it. So, as we pulled in the driveway, the house seemed cold and dreary. However, I noticed a nativity in the neighbor’s yard, which seemed comforting in a strange sort of way.

I smiled at grandma, as we passed through the kitchen and headed towards the backdoor. In the backyard, I found my two brothers playing on grandpa’s rusty old yellow lawn mower. It had been broken down for years, yet they were pretending to race. I always knew that my grandfather was a man of a few words, except when he was mad. However, he gave his heart to anyone that needed help and I liked that about him.

After, making it to the garage, we began working on the old red race car. I noticed that our neighbors were greeting their family members as they arrived. Suddenly, I began hoping my own family would start celebrating the holidays, since I was 13. Additionally, I wondered why my grandma didn’t invite the rest of the family to visit over Christmas. Finally, I decided to ask my granddad, but I was a little nervous to ask at first.

“Why don’t we Celebrate Christmas?” I asked nervously.

He answered, “It’s just another day Christy! You’ll figure that out when you get older. I couldn’t afford the decorations and presents.”

“Would you celebrate…if you could?”

“I am not sure, because I never have celebrated the holidays. My parents weren’t unable to afford decorations and presents. ”

I could see the sadness rising in his eyes, which made me feel bad for bringing up the subject. Nevertheless, I got quiet and began thinking of what other families had that we were lacking. Suddenly, I felt even worse that he had never experienced Christmas, not even as a young boy. For years, he was forced to watch others celebrate the holidays, as he worked hard to help his family survive.

On Christmas Eve, I began wondering what life would be like if my family did celebrate the holidays. My brothers watched, ”

Santa Clause is Coming to Town”, while I searched through my Bible for the story about baby Jesus. I knew it would be an inspiring story to read to my grandpa, because baby Jesus’ was poor too. However, I couldn’t find it and I fell asleep sitting in grandma’s recliner.

Early the next morning, I woke before anyone else and began making a small Christmas tree from an old one I found. After hanging the different ornaments on the tree, I taped a banner and notes on the wall behind the tree. In addition, I placed my dolls next to the tree and taped the different colored ornaments to the wall also. Suddenly, I saw grandma’s camera and I snapped a picture of my Christmas surprise.

I made my way to the kitchen, where I found some candy canes, chocolate bars, and mixed nuts to fill the decorated socks I borrowed to make a stockings. Immediately, I began feeling excited, so I ran to my room and began looking for presents that I could wrap for everyone. Soon, I heard my grandfather stirring in his bed, so I found items to wrap. I found many different things lying around my room and I wrapped them in old newspaper.

For my little brother I found a little a red and white kazoo. I also found a toy sword that I gave to my little brother. In addition, I wrapped a toy roller coaster and Kermit the Frog dressed in a Santa’s suit, for twin brother. I kept digging through my room, until I found more presents to wrap and give to the rest of my family. However, there was one thing that I forgot, so I tip-toed to the kitchen and called my uncle to join us for our first Christmas dinner together.

Thankfully, my uncle agreed to visit and bring his family, in order to help me surprise the family. I decided to finish decorating the house with my homemade decorations and written pages. However, I decided to stop and look for the story about baby Jesus one again.

In about an hour, I could hear everyone waking up with excitement and instantly I became nervous. As grandfather stood staring at what I had done to the living room. I saw a smile consumed his face, so I handed him two presents. He began opening the gifts I gave him with a sense of excitement and surprise. This made me feel, like I was able to give my grandpa something, which he had never experienced before.

“Merry Christmas, Papa!” I said with excitement.

“You shouldn’t have done this.”He replied.

“I wanted too!”

“Thank you!”

Later on that morning, my uncle surprised my family with a gingerbread house and some eggnog to share. After dinner, my grandmother told me where to find the story of baby Jesus in the bible. I read it aloud to my family, just before bed. As, I headed to bed, I noticed my grandparents were kissing under the mistletoe that my aunt brought with her. As I laid down that night, I realized that this homemade Christmas was more special to me, than any I could have ever dreamed of.

Oh No…My Mommy Has Cancer!


 

This story is in this book.  Avaliable as an e-book on Amazon.

This story is in this book. Available as an e-book on Amazon.

 

“Shh!” Molly whispered to her little brother Drake, who is four-years-old.

“Don’t wake up Mommy! She just got home from the hospital.”Kevin reminded them.

Molly stated “Mommy is sick and seems to sleep a lot lately.”

“I know but your mother is very sick. Sleep helps her body to heal.” Kevin explained

Molly is seven-years-old with big beautiful brown eyes like her mom. However, her complexion was olive color like her father. As she grows, she has more of her mother’s personality coming out of her. Molly has shoulder length golden brown hair that matched her father’s eyes. She has her mother’s unruly hair, but Drake has his father’s oily hair type and he was blessed father’s eyes. Drake favored his father yet many people have told Chelsey that Drake looks just like her.  Nevertheless, he has chestnut brown hair, just like his mother and his sister.

Chesley has complained about a sharp throbbing pain in her lower abdomen, since she was twelve years old. However, most doctors diagnosed her with Gastritis and each doctor informed her to get gas pills. In September of 2002, she began working for a landscaping service and a small plant nursery. She cleaned up the weeds in the plant, while taking care of the plants and the office. All month long Chelsey had a horrible pain in her belly, but due to no health insurance, she couldn’t go to a doctor without paying upfront. Her monthly bills ate up her money like: rent, electricity, phone, gas, and car insurance

She had no choice but to visit local emergency room to get the help she needed. She ended up staying in the hospital for three days, while the doctors pumped antibiotics in to her system. Chelsey finally got better, but the pain never really went away and she was advised to see a specialist. Thankfully, her visit to the emergency room actually helped her to get approved for a state medical insurance plan. The OB/GYN doctor she was referred to by the hospital, needed to recheck her in order to see if the infection had responded to the antibiotics that were given to her at the hospital.

This specialist examined her and took a biopsy of her cervix, which is the removal of a tissue sample. He wanted to see if he could explain why Chelsey’s lower abdomen was still in severe pain. The doctor sent the biopsy to the hospital lab to be examined and tested. The specialist nurse called Chelsey on the phone and asked her to come to the doctor’s office that afternoon in Oct. 2002. Molly noticed that her mom was crying the next day when she got home from work.

           “Did something bad happen at work?” She asked as her mother hugged her tightly.

“Nothing for you to worry about sweetie, Mommy is having a bad day right now.” Chelsey replied trying to reassure Molly.

Molly began cleaning her mother’s office when she saw some information about cervical cancer on her desk. This made her worry, so Molly got very sad because she knew people that had died due to cancer.

“Do you have cancer Mommy? Are you going to die?” She asked her mother.

Molly’s eye began filling tears, as Drake crawled into her mother’s lap and began crying as well.

“Yes, I have cancer, but tomorrow my cancer doctor will decide the treatment I will need to take. Then, I’ll know more about what we can expect once I see the oncologist.”

“Will you die mommy?” Drake asked with tears streaming down his face.

“I don’t believe I will die, but I will get very sick due to chemotherapy and radiation. Plus, there will be some other changes around the house.” Chelsey answered cautiously.

“You both will have to help your mother more out around the house now, Molly.” Kevin stated.

Kevin works as the maintenance man of the small mobile home park, which they have lived in for about two years. Sometimes, if needed, he can come home and help Chelsey during the day.

“Do I have to help care for Drake too?” Molly attested.

“Yes, you will have to help me from time to time with your little brother, due to my illness and upcoming treatment.” Her mother answered.

Molly helped Drake get a bath and helped her mother dress him, whenever he finished his bath. Chelsey began gathering up information that Molly and Drake could read about my illness. Molly decided to take a shower, while her mother was using the computer. She finished her shower and dressed in her favorite pajama, which is pink thermal underwear set with tiny purple and green flowers on them.

“Listen Molly, here is some information I gathered for you to read. This way, you can ask me any questions that you may have once your done reading.” Her mom said while trying to help Molly understand her illness. The information she was able to read would ultimately help answer most of her questions she may have about the disease itself. Molly and her mother began reading the information together and she understood why her mother’s stomach hurt a lot.

Molly read that people with cancer most always lose their hair, so she asked her mom, “Are you going to lose your hair mom?”

“No, my doctor said the type of chemotherapy I need will not cause me to lose my hair.” Chelsey explained.

Molly fell asleep reading the information about cervical cancer that her mom gave her. Chelsey knew that she need to call a family meeting the next day, once everyone was home. The next day Kevin, Molly, and Drake were sitting on the old brown and brandy wine colored couch. They waited for Chelsey in the living room that has been decorated in NASCAR memorabilia hanging on each of the walls. Molly and her family began discussing Chelsey’s illness and the changes that will soon become reality.

Chelsey asked Molly, “Do you know what cancer is?”

Molly answered,” Yes, I learned that cancer isn’t just one disease, but it is rather a group of blood cells that keep growing out of control.”

Molly asked, “How did you get cancer mommy?”

“I do not know how I got this cancer, but you cannot catch cancer by hugging or kissing me. Also, you cannot catch it by sharing the bathroom with me or using my hairbrush.”  Her mommy assured her.

Molly asked reluctantly, “Will you die from cancer like your friend Vicky did?”

Chelsey responded with a tear in her eye, “I don’t believe that I will die, but I don’t want to promise you anything.”

Molly hugged her mom really tight and declared, “I have been asking God to help you! He promised he would help if I ask.”

“That’s true God did say to ask and you shall receive, if you have faith of a tiny mustard seed you can move a mountain out of your way.” Chelsey assured Molly.

“Does anyone have any questions about my illness?” Her mom asked.

“Will you have to stay in the hospital?” asked Molly

“Yes, Sweetie, I will have to stay in the hospital for three weeks off and on to receive the chemotherapy by IV. I will require two minor surgeries to put sedum implants into my Uterus to deliver the radiation where it needs to go.” Chelsey explained, “I will be radioactive once I have the surgery and they place the implants. You won’t be able to visit me during that time. However, you can visit anytime you want. I will also require Radiotherapy, which is like a photon laser hitting the tumor everyday for about fifteen minutes a day.”

“Will you quit smoking cigarettes?” Molly questioned.

“Yes, I am going to try really hard to quit smoking cigarettes, because if I don’t the cancer will come back or will not respond to treatment.”  Chelsey responded with an uncertain tone of voice.

“We will help you!” Kevin and Molly promised.

Drake yelled, “I will help you too mommy!”

Chelsey explained, “You both will be staying with your dad, until I finish treatment. He will bring you both to visit me at the hospital or at home.”

Chelsey’s treatment started on a Monday, which was the sixth day of January 2003. Thankfully, both children visited her every weekend, whether she was in the hospital or not. They would stay over at home, if their mother felt strong enough to keep them. Molly and Drake enjoyed every moment they were able visit with their mother. Chelsey was very sad, but she stayed focused on getting better and beating the deadly disease. She finally called her family to tell them about her diagnosis and each member handled the news in their own way. Some offered assistance to Chelsey and her family, just in case they needed help. Chelsey’s doctor is called an Oncologist/OB, which is a doctor that is trained to treat the many kinds of cancers that may occur in women.

He explained that cancer is blood cells that began to divide abnormally. Soon, these cells can form a tumor, which begins to cause pain while getting larger. Although not all cancers form tumors, some are found in the patient’s blood stream or the bones. The doctor explained that Chelsey’s cervical cancer was already at Stage 2B. This means that the cancer had already begun spreading on the right side of her body. The doctor explained that Metastasis is the process of cancer spreading to other organs in the body through the lymph nodes. Chelsey’s doctor elected not to do surgery and referred her to a new doctor who will take over her care.

The new Oncologist prepared Chelsey for Radiotherapy or Radiation, while the Chemotherapy nurse discussed the type of chemotherapy she will be receiving. Chelsey became close with the chemotherapy nurse and she felt like this nurse cared about her future. According to her doctor and chemotherapy nurse, the chemotherapy nurse, believe that Brach therapy or cesium implants and radiation are supposed to help shrink the tumor. Chelsey had chemotherapy, which helped to send the cancer into remission.

So far, the treatment was helping Chelsey to become cancer free. However, Molly’s mom will need to be checked every three months, in order to make sure the cancer does not come back. The healthcare team that was taking care of Molly’s mom is just people doing their job, but Molly and her family swears that they saved her mom’s life. Molly’s mom is now a cancer survivor thanks to the efforts of her special healthcare team.

 

(This is my family’s story, but the names were changed for the publication of this story.)

Parents Stop Breaking Your Teenager’s Spirit


teen dep. quoteParents stop berating and yelling at your teenager, because you are destroying your child’s self-esteem more harm. Don’t curse at your teenager, instead give the teenager respect and you will find that they will begin to respect you as well. Be clear in your communication when saying yes and no, this way you are not sending mixed signals to your teen. Sometimes, you have to step back as parent, while encouraging your teenager to practice working on their talents and gifts that God gave them.

Let them know that you love them just the way they are and that they do not have change anything. Stop having power struggles with your teenager and you will see a difference in the way that they will respond to you. Don’t call them degrading names or compare them to their father or their mother in a negative way, since this can make the teenager feel worthless. Never say negative things about their mother or father, whether absent or not.

This behavior by parents can cause the teenager to turn to drugs or alcohol abuse. Teenagers with low self-esteem will act out and self-medicate to escape the mental pain that they feel.  Unfortunately, one mistake can cause a landslide of issues like: teen pregnancy, drug use, trouble with the law, and other bad behavior. Don’t expect to see a change in your teenager’s behavior, until you begin to change the way that you respond to them.

Pray for your children and with your teenagers, while speaking blessings and positive things over them. Be sure to take them to a Bible believing church, which will help build the teenager’s character as they grow into an adult. However, to see a change in your teenager, you must first change yourself and realize that you were once a teenager yourself. Was life hard for you as a teenager and did you have power struggles with your parents as well?

Teenagers can become anyone that they want to become, yet they must work hard to achieve the goals that they have set for themselves. As a parent, you should be a cheerleader and the disciplinarian at the same time. Teenagers need boundaries that they can follow and they need immediate consequences whenever they step out of line. Therefore, take this time to change the way that you respond to your teenager’s achievements and misbehaviors.

 

 

Park City Baptist Church


Park City Baptist Church  7410 Park City Dr.  Jacksonville, FL, 32244

Park City Baptist Church
7410 Park City Dr.
Jacksonville, FL, 32244

 

I would like to introduce you to my church Park City Baptist Church. I started going to this church when I was young until I became an adult. I began attending another church near where I live, but it never really felt like home to me.

Once in awhile, I would visit and I would feel like I was at home again. I moved down the road from the Church and now I go whenever I can. I deal with being sick a lot, but I so thankful for the fellowship I have with the members of the Church.

So, feel free to stop by and say hi!  Additionally, meet some wonderful people who also attend our church. We are located at 7410 Park City Dr. On the Westside of Jacksonville, Florida.

We are a small yet loving church that welcomes everyone with open arms and hearts. We have sermons during Sunday morning services and bible studies (open discussion) Sunday night, as well as Wednesday night. We are Bible based church, who helps the community around us with our events and fellowship. Check out our website for more information and a map.

We also have a Spanish ministry called Park City Ministries. Take a moment to look on the website for their location and a map.

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Time Changes Yet Things Remain The Same


My son and I spending the day together.

Randa and Zack My son and I spending the day together.

Recently, my life has been changing in many ways that have made me assess my own life. A few of my best friends have moved to other states, which made me a little sad at first. However, we have technology like Facebook and cell-phones to keep in touch. Then, my daughter graduated from high school and has an apartment in a nearby city. She lives with one of her best friends, whom I love like my own daughter.

She has landed her first job and is now looking into getting her own transportation, which makes me so proud of her. She has been dating her boyfriend for over a year now. He is a Christian and I love him, as his is my own son. They have both made a vow to wait until they are married before having sex. I am so proud of them both!

Next, another change came knocking, my son moved to North Dakota with his father and his step-mother to start a whole new adventure in his life at almost 15 years-old. Well, at first, I took these changes pretty hard!

Now, I am embracing them in a positive way, instead of being negative. I am spending time every week with my daughter and her roommate. Additionally, I am dog-sitting their sweet puppies, until they can come up with their pet deposit they need and falling in love at the same time.

I talk to my son multiple times a day, texting, and picture messaging each other. So, I have learned that even though we live in different states or cities, we can still keep our relationships alive and growing stronger.

Changes are a part of life as a friend or a parent, but thanks to technology we can stay close to those we love and share our lives. Honestly, I am excited to see what this new chapter of my life will hold! Maybe now, I can finish my book and get published or land a job in the business communications field.

Only God knows what doors will open for me and what friends will walk beside me next. He also knows my relationships will grow in the future and how my life will change further. Currently, I am happy that my husband and I have more quality time together, since things have changed..