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Seasoning with a purpose
Volume 6, No. 9
ON THE COVER: Rollen & Lakondra Hines and Outreach Team; Clap-N-Praise Seasoning NEXT MONTH: TAKING FAITH OUTDOORS /// THE SOWING & HARVEST /// BREAST CANCER AWARENESS
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CSpotlight: Who is the focus of your outreach? C-N-P: Initially, we began as a family project to show our kids the meaning of being a service to others. That day we noticed a few adjectives that should not exist like HOMELESS-HUNGRYVETERANS. We saw homeless mothers with kids, and young people who had aged out of the foster system without any assistance or guidance. In 2018, we lost US Army Veteran Wilfred A. Polk Jr, my wife’s brother. After looking in his records, we notice some alerting things that should have been addressed. At that point our focus was clear. We decided to do our best to never leave another veteran brother or sister go uninformed on who, where, and how to get the necessary help. Through our feeding, hygienic care packages (purple “Blessing Bag” pictured), alternative shelter and information hub projects, we focused on assisting veterans. Assistance with the VA for medical, compassion benefits, as well as other organizations that can better assist their needs. My wife’s passion for foster kids and homeless mothers drove us to do our best to ensure they can get assistance from any organizations to satisfy their needs also. The simple answer to who is the focus on — “HUMANKIND.” This is our passion; to serve in whatever capacity we can. If we can save one person from committing suicide... If we can help one person receive medical treatment... If we can get one homeless veteran or displaced person off the street... If we can help one person or other organizations succeed... IF, IF, only IF! We are here to help with the IF. CSpotlight: How did seasonings become a means to do more? C-N-P: Since 2014, we serviced people in our region with our personal finances, and assistance from great friends. After a date night cooking competition between husband and wife, a neighbor made a donation and pitched the idea of us sending our first recipe to a local manufacturer to package it and use the profit to generate more funding for our projects. cspotlight.com
Days later after purchasing some popcorn and cookies from some other organizations, the idea made sense. If many organizations sold items to fund their efforts, then we could do the same. Everyone loves great seasonings and everyone has a desire to help others, therefore, the brand Clap-N-Praise Seasonings was born for the purpose of funding the 2 Navy Vets Foundation mission and vision. Sales from the seasonings at farmers markets, festival, and the online store gave us more funding to do more. We went from feeding and providing items for 10 or 20 people, to up to at least 200 people. CSpotlight: What do you pray is the future of your ministry? C-N-P: Our prayers for the future is for sales from Clap-N-Praise Seasonings to grow enough to provide a substantial amount of funding for the 2 Navy Vets Foundation to transition into a philanthropy organization. Presently, we are providing an immediate response that’s focused primarily on rescue and relief for veterans. Philanthropy is more long-term, more strategic, focused on rebuilding, and improves the wellbeing of humankind by preventing and solving social problems. Our prayer is to one day provide transitional housing, as well as employment, so individuals will have the resources to care for themselves. Our prayers are to provide opportunities to learn and apply skills such as good work ethics, basic financial budgeting, critical thinking, problem-solving, managing process and of course charity and love. Our prayers are to follow instruction from John 15:12: “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” We seek to do as the author Tecumseh, who said it gracefully, “Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people.”
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Pay down debt or save for retirement? by The Rock Financial Group Part 4 of 5
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hen deciding whether to pay down debt or to save for retirement, make sure you take into account the following factors: • Having retirement plan contributions automatically deducted from your paycheck eliminates the temptation to spend that money on things that might make your debt dilemma even worse. If you decide to prioritize paying down debt, make sure you put in place a mechanism that automatically directs money toward the debt. For example, having money deducted automatically from your checking account, so you won’t be tempted to skip or reduce payments. • Do you have an emergency fund or other resources that you can tap in case you lose your job or have a medical emergency? Remember, if your workplace savings plan allows loans, contributing to the plan not only means you’re helping to provide for a more secure retirement, but also building savings that cspotlight.com
could potentially be used as a last resort in an emergency. Some employer-sponsored retirement plans also allow hardship withdrawals in certain situations. For example, use for payments necessary to prevent an eviction from or foreclosure of your principal residence, if you have no other resources to tap. (However, remember that the amount of any hardship withdrawal becomes taxable income, and if you aren’t at least age 59½, you also may owe a 10% premature distribution tax on that money). Stay tuned for part five to continue in the next edition of Covenant Spotlight. Content provided by: Forefield Article Sponsored by: Asset Mark For appointment: David L. Mire, 102 Versailles Blvd., Suite 100, Lafayette, LA 70501 Phone: 337.593.3195; www.therockfinancialgroup.net Securities and investment advisory services offered through Royal Alliance Associates, Inc. (RAA), member FINRA/ SIPC. RAA is separately owned ad other entities and/or marketing names, products or services referenced here are independent of RAA.
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By Brittney Williams
As a community-based agency, The Family Tree provides professional yet affordable or no-cost services to the Acadiana region. The organization’s programs support parents and individuals through various stages of their lives to result in better mental health, coping skills, stronger family systems and supports. It acquired Jacob Crouch Suicide Prevention Services (JCSPS) in January 2019. The Family Tree continues the legacy of JCSPS, offering suicide awareness classes, suicide prevention education programs, and support groups for adults grieving a loss to suicide. Suicide prevention education Jacob Crouch Suicide Prevention Services exists because a beloved son committed suicide and his family realized that suicide resources were limited. In November of 2006, JCSPS began taking educational programming into Acadiana area schools. The program provides students with the tools necessary to help someone who may be showing signs of potential at-risk behavior. In 2010, JCSPS expanded its programing to include suicide prevention education for teachers, counselors and school administrators. Thanks to funding from Acadiana Area Human Services District, The Family Tree is now able to expand JCSPS by providing suicide education to all community members in Region IV of Louisiana. By providing student presentations, teacher in-service trainings, the QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) training, and a survivor of suicide
support group, we can effectively talk about suicide with anyone at any time. This is so important because on average, one person dies by suicide every 11.1 minutes. This means that in the time it has taken you to browse through this magazine, at least one person has committed suicide, leaving behind stunned friends and family members. I’ve made it my personal mission to bring suicide to the forefront of community conversations. Talks here at home Suicide is a tough topic, but one we are not afraid to talk about. Louisiana has a 15.4% suicide rate, which is higher than the national average of 14.5%, and suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for ages 15-24 years old with rates that continue to climb for teenagers and young adults. Suicide does not take the pain away, it just transfers it to someone else. So how do you know the warning signs or which questions ask, if no one is talking about it? I want to help people recognize the warning signs, be comfortable enough to ask the hard questions, and then respond appropriately, hopefully saving someone’s life in the process. Restoration in healing There is restoration through change. When you lose a loved one or friend by suicide, life can quickly change. Finding the new normalcy of your life, after losing someone, is quite the tedious quest, but allowing yourself to feel the emotions that arise during your grief journey is an important piece. As people, we often mask our emotions, and feel as though our healing
is in the strength we possess. Grief and healing is not a straight and narrow path, and that’s the hard reality for a lot of individuals. When we honor our emotions, and allow ourselves to go through them, no matter how hard or hurting they may be, that is when restoration and change can occur. Although, this is the most devastating loss you can imagine, you can and will be restored. Connecting yourself to a good support system is one step toward restoration. Survivors must always remember, to be kind and gentle with themselves, and continue to take care of themselves. Seek help If suicide has touched your life in some way, please seek help. Even on the darkest of days, the sun still shines in the sky behind the clouds, bringing light to the world. So please remember that in your darkest hour, there are people behind you who care, even if you can’t see it or feel it.
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Brittney Williams is a native of Ethel, Louisiana, and has a diverse case management background, which has allowed her to interact with parents, educators, counselors and numerous other entities striving for the betterment of child welfare and family relations. She is a certified Darkness to Light “Stewards of Children” Facilitator and a certified QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Instructor.
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Ask for help National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month This month our articles focus BODY & SOUL
quite a bit on God’s presence and power in the unexpected trials, changes and struggles in our lives— sometimes leading to hopelessness, depression, and the idea we are walking this difficult path alone. But you are not ever alone. Not only does our cover organization, 2 Navy Vets Foundation, reach out to Veterans in need, but The Family Tree and the Jacob Crouch Foundation also help individuals and families in need before, during and after the struggle of anything suicide-related (featured on page 7). Whether you or someone close to you struggles with depression, post-partum depression, PTSD, anxiety, grief, hardship,
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or any other issue causing you to feel isolated and alone, there are local and national organizations who want to help you through it. Please reach out for help—to your pastor, your family and friends, or to one of these amazing organizations who exist for the purpose of seeing you healed and well! National resources • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) • Veterans Peer Support Line: 1-877-Vet-2-Vet (838-2838) • Veteran Combat Call Center: 1-877-WAR-VETS (1-877-927-8387) to talk to another combat Veteran • Spanish Suicide Support Line: 1-800-SUICIDA (800-784-2432) • Postpartum Depression Hotline: 1-800-PPD-MOMS (800-773-6667) • Crisis Text Line: 741-741, a confidential text message service for people in crisis • Hopeline 1-800-442 HOPE (4673) • Teen to teen peer counseling hot line
1-877-YOUTHLINE (968-8454) • Grad student hotline 1-800-GRADHLP (472-3457) Local resources • Sally Creed, LPC-S, RPT-S Christian Counselors at 117 Heymann Blvd. (337) 205-6400 (see ad in this issue) • Shantele LeDoux, LPC, NCC Christian Counselors at 117 Heymann Blvd. (337) 806-0304 (see ad in this issue) • David Baudoin, Life Counseling (337) 704-7550 (see ad on this page) • Clinic for Personal and Developmental Counseling: (337) 482-1018 • Family Tree: (337) 981-2180 • Resource Management Services: (337) 261-8781 • NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness): (337) 654-2138 • Tyler Mental Health: (337) 262-4100 • The Kitchen Table Counseling: (337) 889-0221
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end of this chapter. What do I want to take with me on the next leg of my journey: the pain from the past or the lessons that made me wiser? Today is a new day. You get to choose how it starts. Will it be as a better version of you or a bitter version? Is it time to leave the pain in the past? Is it time for a new chapter in life? Just turn to a clean page and start writing. You are the author of your life. Start a new chapter today on a clean page and only take along the lessons learned not the baggage from yesterday. Isaiah 43:18-19 says, “Forget
the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (NIV) Kelly is a Certified Life Coach specializing in overcoming your past to create a healthy future, and Director of One Minute Ministry, OneMinute Ministry.net, which provides daily devotionals and family friendly events. She is the loving wife of Chris, and mother to 3 amazing young men!
cripture says nothing happens without God’s permission, and all things work for the good of those that love Him. Although God doesn’t enjoy seeing His children struggle, He knows it’s necessary for us to grow. To achieve growth, we should first begin with selfexamination, looking at our issue through spiritual lenses. The Word of God says, “we
battle not against flesh and blood but spirits and rulers of darkness…” We must ask, “Is this an issue with me or someone projecting this on me?” Next we evaluate what the root of the issue is. This exposes greater levels other than our external realities. These root spirits could be fear, control, anger, insecurity, depression, anxiety, shame, guilt, self-hate, sexual perversion, lies, etc. Once we are aware of what we’re dealing with, we must go to the Lord in prayer. (ie.”I break the spirit of anger off of my life and my children’s lives in the Name of Jesus. Amen.”) Through Christ, we have the authority to break the power this has over our lives and the repercussions it carries with it. As we put this into practice, it will not only free us and transform our lives, but our children’s lives, down to many generations! Just as we want strong, successful children, so does Christ. And just as with our kids, God can’t do all the work for us, we have to do our part, with His guidance. I encourage you to take some time today and
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life, we can learn something from it. Sometimes it is a hard lesson to swallow and other times we sail through struggles without a scratch. In each moment, we either become better versions of ourselves or we become bitter versions. I have a friend who is working through the difficulties that come with divorce. As she prepared to pack up the home they bought together, where their children were born, gatherings were held and memories were created, it was a pivotal point in the transition. She could carry that burden on and let that be the start of her new life or she could let it be the end of a chapter. She chose to let it be the end. She took time to grieve what was gone: her marriage, her future plans as husband and wife, and a family of 4. It would never be the same after that moment. It was a choice she was making and one she didn’t make lightly. We all have chapters in our lives that we loved and those that we despised. Some moments created much joy and others ripped our hearts from our chests. At each place we find ourselves we have to ask, is this the beginning or the
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No matter what happens in
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examine any struggles you’re having and their spiritual root, go to God in prayer and begin walking in the freedom that is rightfully yours in Christ.
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2.5lbs Bay Scallops 1c Classico Alfredo Sauce 5c Portobello Mushrooms 2c Zucchini Noodles 3tsp Purely Cajun 1tsp Butter In nonstick skillet, sauté zucchini noodles until desired texture. Remove from pan and set aside. In the same skillet, add butter and mushrooms. Cook for about 10 minutes, add water as necessary. Add scallops and Purely Cajun. Cook for about 5-7 minutes, add Alfredo and sauté on low for 10 minutes. Serve over zucchini noodles. Enjoy! Julie Esta' is a Certified Health Coach and owner of Purely Cajun Seasoning. She has witnessed many believers grow in their spiritual walk as they implement lifestyle changes to improve their eating habits and physical health. Covenant Spotlight, LLC
Change will do you good!
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By Julie Hasling
eptember marks the beginning of a brand-new season! Understandably the autumn season makes me think of change. As cooler weather sets in, the foliage turns from green to brilliant colors of orange, red and yellow! The transition we see outwardly in the landscape is a direct result of what’s occurring deep inside of the plants. It is much like the transformation that occurs within Born-Again believers. Our transformation in godliness is a lifelong process that requires our participation and cooperation with the Holy Spirit in two things: first, in turning away from the old lifestyle, and second, in building upon the new life in Christ by renewing our minds in the knowledge of God, and practicing the truths presented in Scripture. (Colossians 3:8-10) Out with the Old
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…” (Romans 12:2 KJV) The word “renewing” here means renovation, complete change for the better, or to be changed into a new kind of life as opposed to the former corrupt state. When I think of the word “renovation” I obviously think of the work of a contractor. In order to renovate a person’s home, the contractor must first remove the old in order to build 10
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the new! James 1:21 (GNT) says, “So get rid of every
filthy habit and all wicked conduct. Submit to God and accept the word that he plants in your hearts, which is able to save you.” Again, we must walk away from the old! Why? Because the old and new cannot cohabitate! In other words, we cannot simply add Jesus to our lives—there must be a miraculous and supernatural change from within just as Ephesians 4:23 describes, “Your
hearts and minds must be made completely new…” (GNT) In with the New Scripture doesn’t just tell us what to get rid of (moral filth and evil), but to replace it by accepting the Word of Truth! You might be thinking, “Yes, but that’s easier said than done—old habits die hard!” Well, let me help you put this into perspective. We cannot merely stop the old habits—that would only leave a gaping hole in the soul. We must fill that emptiness with new Christ-like practices! In his book, The Way of the Peaceful Warrior, Dan Millman writes “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” Wow! Think about that statement for a minute! This same principle applies to every Born-Again believer. Although the struggle between the flesh and the Spirit is real, the emphasis on our holy transformation should
be more about surrendering to the Holy Spirit and building up our newfound faith. Like anything in this world that is alive and growing, this new nature must be cultivated and nurtured; it must be fed and nourished with exposure to God’s Word (the Bible) and supported by the Church. I’m not suggesting that it’s an easy transition but the Holy Spirit as well as the Church are given to strengthen and encourage us! In fact, Jesus promised that at no time during this holy refining process would we ever be left without help or hope! “And I will ask the Father, and he
will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth…you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you. No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you.” (John 14:16-18 NLT) The believer’s transformation is no quick-change magic trick. It takes a lifelong conscious effort to turn away from sin while allowing the Lord to build upon and complete the work He began in us. (Philippians 1:6) Julie is founder and president of Life With Father Ministries, a 501(c)3 charitable organization (lifewithfather.org and email@example.com) that ministers the gospel through social media, books and in prisons.
Restoration By Derrick Johnson
In life we sometimes make
“…I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten…” (NKJV) Have you ever thought about how much a locust can actually eat? A single locust can eat its weight in plants each day, so a swarm of such size would eat 425 million pounds of plants every day. At that rate a swarm of locusts has the capacity of destroying miles of vegetation in a short period of time, leaving nothing behind. Let’s look at an example of this. In Exodus 10:12 (NKJV), the Lord said to Moses, “…Stretch
out your hand over the land of Egypt for the locusts, that they may come upon the land of Egypt, and eat every herb of the land, all that the hail has left.” “For they covered the face of the whole earth, so that the land was darkened; and they ate every herb of the land and all the fruit of the trees which the hail had left. So there remained nothing cspotlight.com
Now let’s look back at Joel 2:25. You notice in this verse God’s specifically says, “I will restore the
years that the locust has eaten.” God’s uses locusts
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bad decisions that can cause us to lose out on the things we value. Things such as jobs, relationships, finances, and even personal property. When we lose such things, they affect us in various ways, which can lead to hopelessness. However we are not without hope, because our God is a God of restoration. In Joel 2:25 The Lord says,
green on the trees or on the plants of the field throughout all the land of Egypt.” (v15)
in this example to show us how great He is. The locust is a symbol of utter destruction. Which means no matter how bad you’ve destroyed something, God has the power to restore it. Man can only restore by taking what’s left of something and mixing it with other materials. God can take something that was utterly destroyed and recreate a masterpiece. We too were destroyed due to sin, but God was able to redeem and restore us through His son Jesus Christ. If we keep our faith and trust in Jesus, God is able to restore all things for His namesake. Derrick and Sarah are married with three beautiful daughters. They serve as leaders at Lighthouse Family Church, and have a desire to see broken people liberated by the truth of God’s Word. Covenant Spotlight, LLC
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By Paul Slough
“For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed, says the Lord who has compassion on you.” ~Isaiah 54:10
Overwhelming For some, the idea of mountains departing and hills being removed can become so overwhelmingly desired, that there is a temptation to worship the expected relief and joy expected when looking at a fresh-made plain of freedom. The mountains can be overwhelming...a terrifying diagnosis, another surgery, continued physical pain or mental anguish, an addiction, prison, physical or mental abuse, a war that rages within after returning home, and countless other feelings of tired pain and seeming hopelessness. The hills that adorn these mountains are just as oppressive and often frame the range with depression, resentment, fear, anger, anxiety and distrust. Often the weight can be crushing, and the warm light of fellowship is occluded. Terrifying For others, the idea of mountains or hills vanishing is terrifying and produces an anxiety that is heart stopping. These mountains come in the form of the loss of a loved one or child, financial hardship or ruin, betrayal, failure in marriage or parenthood, failure in the ministry, loss of
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national identity, rejection from a political affiliation, failure of movements and causes, the destruction of an institution or simply hearing “no” for the millionth time. Out of all the mountains in the Word that come to mind, the Mount of Transfiguration is my favorite. Here Peter, James and John are with Jesus and see Him in His glorified body. Suddenly they are on their faces, terrified and worshipping our Lord after hearing God’s voice of comfort and surety. Jesus makes the statement to them that He makes to us: “Rise and have no fear.” The text goes on to say, they “...lifted up their eyes, and
saw no one but Jesus only.” (Matt. 17:1-8) True love & joy Is it any wonder then that our King often went to the mountains alone to pray (Matt. 14.23), or that He was later slain on a hill named Golgotha (John 19.17)? It is for His love and our peace. So often we think of Jesus positionally seated at the right hand of our Father making intercession for us, that we forget He is actually with us in all of our shame, fear, pain, ridicule, doubt, worry, tattered faith, and sickness. He never leaves us, nor forsakes us; just as He promised! Remember, it is our neediness of Him and our dependence on Him that glorifies Him most and fills our hearts with joy. It is in God’s steadfast love and His covenant of peace that we find the pursuit of earthly
pleasures always disappointing, because of the limits of their excellence and glory. Christ is the only true substance of the soul’s longing desire, appetite and passion. He is the cosmos of joy when we found happiness in a sparkler. Cleave to Jesus Whether you are in the camp of fearing the mountains departing, or overwhelmed with the desire to see them and their wretched hills vanquished, cleave to Jesus who Himself is our true plain of peace and Everest of hope. I, for one, can’t promise you that your mountain of security will always stand, nor that your mountain of pain will soon be removed, but in the end know that our mountains and hills do not define who we are in His Kingdom. It is when we give consent with our hearts and respond to His beauty that we truly can be guarded by His love and guided by His peace. It is the posture of worship in the valley of decision that allows us to lift up our eyes and see Jesus. “Let your light so shine...” Paul Slough is currently serving an unjust prison sentence along with three other men and their families. But what was meant for destruction, God is using for their good. He is a student of Scripture who desires to be back in his family’s arms, and to begin the next chapter of their lives. You can read their story and pray for their pardons at freeraven23.com.
The problem of pain
By Nick Sigur
It’s been a rough few weeks. I lost my
loss, we recognize our own dependence and insufficiency and are drawn to the only One on whom we can completely and eternally rely. The helplessness I feel when seeing a loved one in pain is a visceral explanation of my need for Jesus, and a call to rely on Him and Him alone. He alone can understand that even pain is nothing in exchange for eternity in His arms. I take solace in the song that reminds me, “If that’s what it takes, Jesus bring the rain.”
Nick Sigur has practiced law and ministered with his wife out of their Broussard home for 34 years. Nick writes an almost daily blog at NickSigur.com. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or text 337-2052353 with your questions.
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sister-in-law to cancer. Her death wasn’t the problem. The pain she suffered getting to it was. She was a sweet person and a follower of Jesus. For Christians, death ceased to be a problem 2,000 years ago. We recognize it as conquered, and death is now but a transition from our temporary lives to the permanent existence with God, for which we were created. Pain is a different thing. The question of why a good God would allow pain, and especially pain to His children, still haunts us. The cancer issue became more personal when my beloved wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. They “got it all” and it was found “early” both minimize the chance that cancer will take her life. However, genetic mutations and positive markers make her a high risk for reoccurrence, and thus a candidate for chemo and radiation on top of the already
successful surgery. Everything horrible you have heard about cancer treatment is true: the bone pain, nausea, loss of taste and hair, and the debilitating exhaustion are all real. Although I am forever grateful that this disease is not likely to separate me from the love of my life, I am ill equipped to watch her suffer. The theological explanations for suffering don’t satisfy. I don’t believe we are redeemed or even assisted by “sharing” in the sufferings of Christ. I believe such suffering and death was completely adequate on their own to save all who would follow Him. We can add nothing to that. I have listened to apologists and theologians and become lost in their explanations for pain’s existence. After much prayer I have come to this simpler answer. I believe pain is just another way for God to draw us to Himself. In pain as in aging and
Everything changes By Sally S. Creed, LPC-S, RPT-S
hen I think of the word “changes,” I start singing the song in my head “chch-ch-ch-changes” by David Bowie. But Kathy Troccoli sang another song called “Everything Changes.” It’s about how we are changed when God’s love comes into our hearts. God takes us and changes us as we learn to trust and rely on Him throughout all of life’s changes. As humans, we all experience change, both good and bad. As Christians, we learn that God always gets us through these changes. Sometimes the path He takes us down isn’t what we expected, but in the end, we realize that God knew what He was doing and had our best interests at heart. Also, because of these changes, we have somehow become stronger and more mature. When our kids go through changes, how should we respond in such a way that helps them learn to trust God? We’d like to shelter our kids from anything upsetting or shocking, but sometimes we can’t always do this. If their beloved pet dies, we can’t hide this from them. We have to help them through these rough times, but how? The first thing to do is try sharing with them some of your own experiences in life where God saw you through a tough time. Kids love to hear about struggles we faced when we were younger. When you talk with your kids, be sure to help them understand that: 14
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• Change is part of life. Talk to them about things that change in nature: caterpillars turn into beautiful butterflies; seasons change every year; they are also growing up and no longer want to play with their old baby toys. • What may seem terrible at first usually ends up being positive. This can be where your own experiences come into play. Talk about bad things that happened, and the good that came out of it. My late husband developed cancer when my son was 15 and my daughter was 18. The worst news you can ever give your child is that their parent is dying. I turned to ALL my friends for prayer during that time. We lost their dad after only a 3-week battle, but God showed up in every circumstance and situation that followed. My own faith exploded during that time of watching God take care of all of us. And my children, who still miss their dad, can look back and remember the good times with him, and see how God got us through that sad time. • Learn to be flexible. I remember a saying my mother had: “learn to be a willow not an oak.” This means that we do better when we learn to bend and not be so rigid about things. Changes will come and if we can relax and learn to adjust to the changes, no matter how
difficult, we will grow stronger and more resilient. • Trust God in every circumstance. You can continue to struggle and fret about changes on your own, but you can’t do anything about them. God can. If we rely on Him and cry out to Him for help, He will help us. His promises are true. When we share our own personal growth lessons with our children, they begin to understand that if God answered our prayers, He’ll answer theirs, too. Pray with your child whenever life hits them with difficult changes. In the Bible, the book of Joshua is one of my favorites. Joshua was taking over as leader after Moses died. He was nervous and scared. God’s promises to him stand true for every one of us who follow God’s leading. Here’s what He told Joshua: “No one will be
able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Joshua 1:5 (NIV) Sally Scott Creed is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play TherapistSupervisor who has been working with children and families for over 26 years. She has two adult children and resides in Lafayette with her husband.
The closing of our farm
The next chapter By Dawn Gotreaux
It seems we all look forward to flipping the page in a book to the next chapter, or wondering what will happen in the next season on a TV series. However, when it involves our personal life, we can be reluctant in letting the next chapter take place. Our daily, weekly, and monthly routine was in place. We woke each morning almost on autopilot on how to accomplish our day. We could almost predict the ups and downs each week or month would bring. We had a plan on how to bring our farm to the next level. We dreamed about it, planned it, and were moving along to bring it to reality. Then through circumstances beyond our control, it was obvious that it was not to take place. We were somewhat surprised, yet there was a small ember burning inside for a new chapter. Through much thought and
prayer, we knew it was time to turn the page. Deliberately ending the chapter of our farm was painful. My breaking point was when the last of our animals left in a cattle trailer for their new pasture. I wept like a child that lost her favorite pet. Memories of good times, hard times, and our family pulling together flooded my mind. Farming was our passion, almost like it was ingrained, and we were good at it. Through the sobbing, I heard God ask me if I trusted Him. Oh yes, how did I forget that He was and is in control? It was clear, our work was done here and it was time to move forward to the next chapter, one that we were not familiar with. We have pushed forward to live in it with just as much passion and excitement as we did farming. I often wonder if some degree
of the farm will be in our future or was it only for that season? We arenâ€™t sure. What we do know is that right now, God has us moving forward in a new area, the next chapter. Knowing that it is His plan, our mind is open to and looking forward to what He has for us. Is God is finishing up with a chapter in which you are familiar? Do you feel His nudging you on to the next? Go with Him! Turn the page, open yourself up to new and wonderful things He has planned for you. Donâ€™t regret moving out of that comfort zone to your next chapter! Brian & Dawn have been married for 30 years and are parents to 10 amazing children, by adoption. Both are also a full-time, realtor team with Keller Williams.
A c ad i a n a A DO P T I O N Antwon is a high energy seven-year-old boy. He and his
twin brother love sports and superheros. Antwon enjoys playing basketball and riding skateboards. He is energetic and engaging. He is affectionate and craves the affection and attention of the adults in his life. He has a passionate personality. Antwon is in the second grade. He struggles academically and requires parents who are committed to working with him and advocating for him. Antonyo is the twin brother of Antwon and like most brothers, they share similar interest. Antonyo likes playing basketball and playing with toy race cars. He is affectionate and talkative. He craves the affection and attention of the adults in his life. Antonyo is energetic, engaging and is excelling academically. Both brothers are looking for a forever family where they both can thrive and reach their full potential. If you are a certified foster family and want more information on this sibling group, please contact the Lafayette region DCFS at (337) 262-5970. If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, or fostering to adopt, please contact your local DCFS to attend a new foster parent orientation.
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Teach the children By Keith Boutte
Living almost sixty years I have seen how important it is to show
God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved.” How could we not understand that children would be confused and unsure of what’s right or wrong? We teach children they have rights to choose what they want to be sexually, that their voice as a child
children how to live. I have observed that more is caught than taught by children, and more than anything I have noticed what happens when we teach children lies about evolution, instead of using archeological proof of Creation. I believe God weeps at the sight of a diluted, separated, spiritually weak Church. We sit divorced physically and spiritually from God’s Word, shunning Holy Spirit leading. I’m talking about the American church as a whole. How can we ignore Romans 1:26-27 NLT, which says “That is why
is more important than adults who should teach them right from wrong, that their feelings are more important than facts, and to question why everything they want shouldn’t be free to them. Should such a nation be surprised? Could the falling away of the traditional Church have any effect on the next generation? The proof is seen publicly, televised over the air waves and easily pulled up on a computer screen. Information on any subject, topic or fantasy is just a search away, to more information than any generation before could obtain in a lifetime. Does the following sound like our Nation today—“And even as
they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.” (Romans 1:28-32 NKJV). Church, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man
sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.” (Galatians 6:7-10 NKJV). Today, right now we can engage the enemy, we can step down from our throne and kneel before our Creator. We can petition, intercede, travail and enter into the very thrown room of God making our requests (not demands) known to God. Proverbs 22:6 KJV says,
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” If you are a child of God, know that the training never ends here. No matter how old are, we must train ourselves to submit to the Word of God daily. One more thing—you can’t teach what you don’t know, and you can’t preach where you won’t go. Godspeed, Church.
Keith resides in Lafayette with his lovely wife Christy, and have four children and three grandchildren. He has a passion for people, our city, and seeing the Lord lifted up as a light and hope to others. cspotlight.com
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Searching for a church home? Adonai's House of Prayer 601 E. Jane St., Abbeville Sundays, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Amana Christian Fellowship Church
310 Milton Road, Maurice (337) 893-5728 Sundays, 10 a.m.
Assembly Christian Center
4201 E. Admiral Doyle Dr., New Iberia (337) 369-8000 Sundays, 10:35 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
The Bayou Church
2234 Kaliste Saloom Road (337) 984-8291 Sundays, 8, 9:30 & 11 a.m.
Bethel Church 15147 LA. 102, Jennings Sundays, 9 & 10:30 a.m.
Calvary Baptist Church
4015 Moss St. (337) 269-0976 Sundays, 9:30, 10:30 a.m. & 5 p.m. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
111 Camellia Blvd. (337) 962-3616 Sundays, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
Christ Church • Abbeville
Cornerstone Cowboy Church 400 N. Lewis St., New Iberia (337) 365-9013 Sundays, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
150 Verona Dr. (337) 234-4308 Sundays, 9, 10:45 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. 1st Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
Destiny of Faith Christian Church 409 Patterson Street (337) 231-5119 Sundays, 9 & 11 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Drumbeat House of Bread 1300 Bertrand Drive Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
The Family Church
223 Stone Ave. (337) 234-0214 Sundays, 9 & 11 a.m.
Family Life Church
2223 Dulles Dr. (337) 988-0030 Sundays, 9 & 11 a.m. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
Faith Family Fellowship 230 Robertson St., New Iberia (337) 365-0051 Sundays, 10 a.m.
Fellowship Biker Church
835 W. Napoleon St., Sulphur (337) 842-3029 Sundays, 10 a.m.
• Opelousas Campus
First Assembly of God
210 S. Saint Valerie St. Sundays, 10 a.m. 800 Jefferson Blvd. Sundays, 10:30 a.m. Sundays, 10 a.m.
Christian Center Church 315 Lagneaux Rd. (337) 984-3367 Sundays, 9 a.m., Spanish 10 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
4620 Hwy. 90 E., Broussard (In Celebrity Theatres) (337)856-9902 Sundays, 10 a.m.
Church on the Rock 1411 E. Admiral Doyle Dr. (337) 369-1968 Sundays, 10:30 a.m.
Community Baptist Church 800 Rue De Belier Sun., 9:30, 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
3555 Verot School Road (337) 857-0018 Sundays, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
First Baptist Church of Broussard
210 S. Morgan Ave. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. Sundays, 9:15, 10:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.
First Baptist Church of
242 St Pierre Blvd. (337) 896-8296 Sundays 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesdays 6 p.m.
First Baptist Lafayette 1100 Lee Ave. (337) 233-1412 Sundays, 8:15, 10:45 a.m. & 6 p.m.
First Baptist Milton 2535 E. Broussard Road (337) 856-5402 Sundays, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, 6 p.m.
First Baptist Youngsville 623 Lafayette St. (337) 856-5806 Sundays, 10 a.m.
Freedom Baptist Church
1132 N. Martin L. King Dr., Eunice (337) 523-8192 Sundays, 10:30 a.m.
Foundations Church 209 Southpark Road Sundays, 10 a.m.
The Harvest Vineyard Church 903 E. Simcoe St. (337) 280-1040 Sundays, 11 a.m. Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
Harvesttime Church • Abbeville
901 Wildcat Dr. (337) 893-6279 Sundays, 8:30 & 10:30 a.m.
1797 Declouet Hwy., Breaux Bridge Sundays, 9:30 a.m. Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.
Jubilee Nation Christian Ministries
4400 Moss St. (337) 205-4934 Sundays, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
Lafayette Vineyard 705 Bonin Road (337) 837-7060 Sundays, 10 a.m.
Miracle Place Church of Acadiana
1110 N. Main St., Opelousas Saturdays, 6 p.m. Sundays, 11 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
New Beginning Fellowship Church 519 Parkway Dr., Breaux Bridge (337) 442-6209 Sundays, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
New Beginning Ministries 510 W. Pinhook Road Sundays, 11 a.m. Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6 p.m.
105 Merchants Blvd. (337) 232-9279 Sundays, 10 a.m.
One Church Acadiana 211 JB Road Sundays, 10 a.m.
1709 Dulles Dr. (337) 981-6438 Sundays, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, 6:15 p.m.
Our Savior’s Church (337) 839-8889
• Broussard Campus
Sundays, 9:30 & 11:30 a.m.
6408 Johnston St. (337) 984-4567 Sundays, 10:30 a.m. & 5 p.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Lighthouse Church 1300 Bertrand Dr. (337) 261-8801 Sundays, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
200 E. Butcher Switch Road Saturdays, 6 p.m. Sundays, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Living Life Church
2768 N.E. Evangeline Thruway (337) 234-6868 Sundays, 9 & 11 a.m. Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
600 General Mouton Ave. Sundays, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Riverside Church of Christ
200 South City (337) 984-2035 Sundays, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Royal Lineage Ministries
605 South College Road (337) 552-8338 Sundays, 11 a.m.
Spirit & Truth Church 1128 W. Simcoe (337) 234-0678 Sundays, 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays, 6 p.m.
Spirit of Faith Church 205 Touchet Road (337) 456-5315 Sundays, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
St. Peter Baptist Church
503 N. Washington St. (337) 412-1020 Sundays, 8 a.m. Wednesdays, Bible study 6 p.m.
Trinity Bible Church
130 E. Broussard (337) 406-2801 Sundays, 9 & 10:45 a.m.
• Lafayette Campus
• Midtown Campus
604 Lee Ave. (337) 234-3005 Sundays, 9:45 a.m.
Sundays, 8, 9:30, & 11:30 a.m. & 5 p.m. Sundays, 8:15, 9:45, 11:30 a.m. & 5 p.m.
• Opelousas Campus
Sundays, 8. 9:30 & 11 a.m.
• New Iberia Campus
Sundays, 9:30 & 11:30 a.m.
Our Savior’s Church (337) 616-1777
• Crowley Campus Sundays, 9 & 10:30 a.m.
• Eunice Campus
Sundays, 9 & 10:45 a.m.
Rivers of New Life
• Jennings Campus
Sundays, 8, 9:30 & 11:15 a.m.
1400 W. University Ave. (601) 606-0140 Sundays, 10 a.m.
3210 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy (337) 501-6612 Sundays, 10 a.m.
Progressive Baptist Church
Victory Family Worship Center
204 Apollo, Scott (337) 593-8994 Sundays, 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
1320 Fortune Rd. Youngsville 70592 Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. Sundays, 10 a.m.
Youngsville Community Church
4129 Verot School Road Sundays, 9 & 10:30 a.m.
Zion Travelers Baptist Church 5009 E. Admiral Doyle Dr., New Iberia (337) 465-1579 Sundays, 9:30 a.m.
2001 E. Simcoe St. Sundays, 11 a.m. Wednesdays, 6 p.m.
Redeemer City Church 1700 East Willow St. Sundays, 10:15 a.m.
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