Porn: 1 in 4 Kids (Startling Stats) – REBLOG

A quarter of children have seen online pornography by age 12!!!

As a parent, ​one continues to realize that a proactive stance is the only ideal and perhaps best approach in dealing with cultural issues especially pornography.

​One of the
implications of children being exposed to porn ​ makes it an alarming phenomenon, that being
X-rated imagery formed expectations in the majority of young watchers, with the most common response being that males expected women to act like porn stars ​
, according to the survey commissioned for the BBC Three documentary​.​

​Do note that – ​

  1. "Your child is going to ​stumble or ​
    look at porn at some point," Elizabeth Schroeder, executive director of the sex-education group Answer, told the New York Times in 2012. "It’s inevitable." ​
  2. Technological measures to solve the problem, such as filtering software, "may be as effective as building a bunker in the sand while the tide rolls in," the Times wrote. ​ ​
  3. The best way to broach the subject, one expert told, is, "Don’t start by asking their child if they’ve seen sexual images on line; assume that they have." ​


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Still Answers – Inspirational

Here’s a great story to start the week.

Be blessed!

"Stop telling God how big your storm is.
Instead, tell the storm how big your God is!"

A young man had been to Wednesday night Bible study. The pastor had shared about listening to God and obeying the Lord’s voice.

The young man couldn’t help but wonder,
"Does God still speak to people?"

After service, he went out with some friends for coffee and pie and they discussed the message. Several different ones talked about how God had led them in different ways.

It was about ten o’clock when the young man started driving home. Sitting in his car, he just began to pray, "God, if you still speak to people, speak to me. I will listen.
I will do my best to obey."

As he drove down the main street of his town, he had the strangest thought to stop and buy a gallon of milk. He shook his head and said out loud,

"God is that you?" He didn’t get a reply and started on toward home. But again, the thought, "buy a gallon of milk."

The young man thought about Samuel and how he didn’t recognize the voice of God, and how little Samuel ran to Eli. "Okay, God, in case that is you, I will buy the milk."

It didn’t seem like too hard a test of obedience. He could always use the milk.

He stopped and purchased the gallon of milk and started off toward home. As he passed Seventh Street, he again felt the urge, "Turn down that street."

"This is crazy," he thought and drove on past the intersection. Again, he felt that he should turn down Seventh Street. At the next intersection, he turned back and headed down Seventh. Half jokingly, he said out loud, "Okay, God I will."

He drove several blocks when suddenly, he felt like he should stop. He pulled over to the curb and looked around. He was in
a semi-commercial area of town. It wasn’t the best, but it wasn’t the worst of neighborhoods either.

The businesses were closed and most of the houses looked dark like the people were already in bed. Again, he sensed
something, "Go and give the milk to the people in the house across the street." The young man looked at the house. It was
dark and it looked like the people were either gone or they were already asleep.

He started to open the door and then sat back in the car seat. "Lord, this is insane. Those people are asleep and if I wake
them up, they are going to be mad and I will look stupid." Again, he felt like he should go and give them the milk.

Finally, he opened the door. "Okay God, if this is you, I will go to the door and I will give them the milk. If you want me to
look like a crazy person, okay. I want to be obedient. I guess that will count for something, but if they don’t answer right
away, I am out of here."

He walked across the street and rang the bell. He could hear a some noise inside. A man’s voice yelled out, "Who is it?
What do you want?"

Then the door opened before the young man could get away. The man was standing there in his jeans and a t-shirt. He looked like he just got out of bed. He had a strange look on
his face, and he didn’t seem too happy to have a stranger standing on his doorstep.

"What is it?" The young man thrust out the gallon of milk. "Here I brought this to you."

The man took the milk and rushed down the hallway, speaking loudly in Spanish. Then from down the hall came a woman
carrying the milk toward the kitchen. The man was following her holding a baby.

The baby was crying. The man had tears streaming down his face. The man began speaking and half-crying, "We were just praying. We had some big bills this month and we ran out of money. We didn’t have any milk for our baby. I was just praying and

asking God to show me how to get some milk."

His wife in the kitchen yelled out, "I asked him to send an Angel with some milk. Are you an Angel?"

The young man reached into his wallet and pulled out all the money he had on him and put it in the man’s hand. He turned and
walked back toward his car and the tears were streaming down his face.

He knew that God still answers prayers.

"Stop telling God how big your storm is.
Instead, tell the storm how big your God is!" – Author Unknown

Originally posted: MountainWings.

REBLOG: Daughter of Bishop T.D. Jakes discusses being pregnant at 14, overcoming trials in new book ‘Lost & Fo und’

For Sarah Jakes, the daughter of Bishop T.D. Jakes, one of the nation’s most powerful and prominent pastors, childhood presented some unique challenges.

Her upbringing was heavily influenced by her family’s deep involvement with the church – so when she became pregnant at 14, Jakes faced the most difficult moment in her life.

​ ​
“I was terrified,” Jakes told theGrio, thinking back to the events leading up to her parent’s discovery of her pregnancy. “You have this idea of ‘I’m going to get in trouble,’ like ‘I’m going to be grounded forever’ because you have nothing else really at that point to compare it to.”

Jakes recounted the memories she still holds from that day, sharing that it was her sister who broke the news to her parents after she wrote a letter and left it in the family’s mailbox.

​ ​
“My parents were speechless. I mean, my father was a preacher, who speaks for a living, and he was speechless,” Jakes said. “And that’s when it dawned on me that this was so much bigger than being grounded. [I was] bringing a life into the world and while I certainly had other options, whether abortions or adoptions, there was something inside of me that said I could do it.”

It was this tough experience – along with several other similarly trying moments — that motivated Jakes to write a book detailing some of the burdens she’s carried and the strength she found to overcome them.

Finding the courage to share her story

Lost & Found: Finding HOPE in the Detours of Life marks Jakes’ debut as an author. Her open and honest words carry a story filled with trials and triumph – all the while sending a message that will hopefully prove uplifting to readers.

​ ​
While this may be her first published book, it is not the first time Jakes has discussed some of her biggest struggles in a public

​c space.
“I started blogging about three years ago and at the time, I was married and my husband was expecting a child from another woman. I really wasn’t sure that I wanted to make the decision to divorce or to even put that part of my life out on a blog but I knew I had this pain and these emotions,” she said. “I was angry with God, I was bitter, and I just wanted to write about it.”

The transparency and honesty she showed won her the admiration of numerous fans. Her blog dealt with private matters — such as her pregnancy, a rocky marriage to NFL linebacker Robert Henson and later, her divorce. Within three months, the site had garnered over a million views.

“I believe the blog was very much an opportunity and permission to say we don’t have it all together and it hurts and life sucks right now but you know we are still trying,” Jakes said. “So when I got approached by my publisher as a result of the blog, I decided to be as transparent as my blog followers felt that I was on the website and that came through me sharing my own story.”​

​Read the rest of the story here:​

Photo courtesy of Rubenstein PR and Sarah Jakes

10 Men Christian Women Should Never Marry – J. Lee Grady

The pressure to settle increases at some point, for many it starts when their circle of friends begin to get married. It’s natural to feel the pressure, after all everything we’ve been taught from Kindergarten is to keep pace or rather to lead the pack.

Yet I concur with the general advice that it is better to be single than married to the wrong individual.

Go on, read this article for more:

Here’s Lee Gardy’s advice: "Don’t settle for less than God’s best. Too many Christian women today have ended up with an Ishmael because impatience pushed them into an unhappy marriage. Please take my fatherly advice: You are much better off single than with the wrong guy!"

Relationship Matters: Love After Love

There is hope after all…beautiful poem.

Love After Love

The time will come when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other’s welcome, and say, sit here. Eat.

You will love again the stranger who was your self. Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart to itself, to the stranger who has loved you all your life, whom you ignored for another, who knows you by heart.

Take down the love letters from the bookshelf, the photographs, the desperate notes, peel your own image from the mirror. Sit. Feast on your life.

- Derek Walcott

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