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Editor-in-Chief ...........................Crystal Wacker Writing Editor ........................ Christina Williams Lifestyle Spanish Translation .....................Jodi-Kay Ellis Back to School Tips .................................Page 4 Spanish Editor ........................ Mona Ré Shields Dating: Fruit Inspection .............................Page 5 Contributing Authors ........ April Otis McCallum Kid Dreams ..............................................Page 6 Elaine Mizuo Doreen Mytryshyn Homestyle Olga “Nena” Podbury Breakfast & Lunch Ideas ...........................Page 7 Crystal Wacker Graphic Artist .............................. Diana Faruqui Jonathan Hernandez


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God Plants a

Dream in Your

By April Otis McCallum


o you want a better life for yourself or for your children? Do you long to see your dreams come true: to know real love, security, or happiness? When God plants a dream in your heart, it has your name attached to it, and it is reserved just for you. It is up to us, however, to go for the desires and visions that God places in our hearts, and in turn to fulfill His purposes in our lives. A dream is something we hope or long for, oftentimes something that seems out of our reach—but it is not.

Why Are Dreams Important?

The Bible says, “Without a vision, the people perish.” Dreams give hope & purpose – something to reach for, to look forward to, & to satisfy the deepest longings of our hearts. It is in our nature as human beings to be self-focused, but God’s ways and purposes are so much greater than our own. When we fulfill our own God-given destinies, the threads of our lives always interweave with the lives of others, touching & impacting them.


to be queen. In faith, she obeyed God’s call on her life and the rest is history. God granted the desire of her heart when He provided a plan to save the Jews.

A Big Fat Dream Killer

Did you have a dream that was crushed when you were young? Maybe someone spoke negative words over you, words that took root in your heart. Because of them, you decided to bury your dream. We all have visions of a life filled The Bible tells us that Queen Esther with good things, but sadly, sometimes our visions fade, squashed had a dream, and it wasn’t a little by circumstances. We find ourdream either! A decree had been selves years later, still crippled with issued to destroy all of the Jews. unbelief, distrust, or even bitterHer dream was to play a leading ness because someone or somerole in sparing her people from slaughter. In her eyes and the eyes thing “stole” our dreams or trampled on our desires. of the world, she was not experienced, prepared, or qualified in any Whose voice are we listening to way. Plus she herself was a Jew, orphaned as a child – just a young – God’s, our own, or the world’s? slave girl before her life took an in- LUKE 1:45 speaks about Mary, the mother of Jesus: “Blessed is she credible turn & she was chosen

who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!” Notice it does not say she thought that the word was for someone else because she was too young, or that it was a case of mistaken identity because she wasn’t even married yet, or that she was poor. It simply says that she believed what He said to her. She experienced the great joy and blessing of living out the dream that was placed in her heart through pure faith. “Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” HEBREWS 11:1

What Happens When We Stop Dreaming?

Have you ever known someone who had a dream, but for one reason or another, stopped believing in the dream? They stuffed their desires deep inside, as if closing the vault forever. That is exactly what the devil wants – to squash our dreams, our hopes, and our vitality – to whisper lies that we are not good enough, smart enough, or talented enough. He tells us that we have no business dreaming big dreams because big dreams are only for a privileged few. If the enemy can plant a seed in our minds, Reach UP


we start to think that way. Then we start to believe that way, & pretty soon… we laugh at the possibility that it could be true for us. The mystery, wonder, & beauty of all that God planned for us is forgotten. But thankfully, because God is a Redeemer, that’s not the end of the story! He says: “Look at the new thing I am going to do. It is already happening. Don’t you see it? I will make a road in the desert & rivers in the dry land.” ISAIAH 43:19 NCT

G ive Your Dreams Wings

desire of my own mind, or is this something new that you are calling me into?” If it were just my own thoughts, I would stop & focus my attention elsewhere. But, if it were truly His Spirit prompting me, I would confidently set my course in the new direction. I will never forget how clearly He spoke to me that day. It was as if God told me that when your heart & mind are in tune with His, that the desires within your heart are His desires, placed there. To me a bit of heaven shined down that day.


Not only did God breathe on you & call your life into existence, but He also made you to accomplish His purposes & placed eternity in your Two Women, Two Dreams heart! Even greater than the dreams He gives us for ourselves is the way As a 12-year-old Albanian girl, Mother Teresa had a dream to bewe’re going to help others in the come a missionary & to help underprocess. privileged people. At only 18, she left home to become a nun & work When we choose to bury our in India where she saw hopelessdreams or believe other voices & not God’s, we not only miss out on ness ruin lives. She eventually went plans and purposes He has for our on to establish houses to serve “the own lives, but we also cheat others unwanted, unloved, & uncared for.” out of good things. PROVERBS 11:25 She took care of the poorest includsays, “He who refreshes others will ing shut-ins, alcoholics, the homeless, & AIDS victims around the himself be refreshed.” Now that is world. It all started with a seed God something to think about! planted in her heart, that she chose to believe, & then followed. Her proWhen His Dreams Become Ours found statement speaks volumes: “To keep “Delight yourself in the Lord & He a lamp burning will give you the desires of your we have to keep heart.” PSALM 37:4 How do we putting oil in it.” know if our dreams & desires are from God? There was a time in my Rochelle was a divorced, single life when I was desperately seekmom who lived in the inner city. As ing the Lord for very clear direction. with all little girls, she had hoped for I had been experiencing a strong a good life, but through poor choicdesire to move in a new direction. es & difficult circumstances, she Although the idea was exciting, ended up with unfulfilled dreams & there was nothing practical about it. a broken heart. Her home was an old apartment building infested with As I was walking along my garden roaches. Her neighbors were prostipath that day, my question before tutes & pimps, & the back alley was the Lord was this: “Is this just the littered with needles from drug

addicts. It seemed she was only existing, but not really living. She wanted a better life for herself & her child, but felt trapped, alone, & powerless to make a difference. As she talked to God about her desires, step by step she saw her life change. She got a job & got off welfare. An older woman volunteered to baby-sit for her so she could take college courses at night. Eventually she moved out of that building. The journey was not always easy, but it was worth it. After her education, she changed her career path & ended up as a top producer in her company, which led to even better opportunities. Even the wall she’d built to protect her heart began to melt, & eventually God fulfilled the dreams of her heart to know true love with a husband. Today she loves to share her story with other women. What God did for her, He will also do for them.

The Butterfly Suit

The Bible says ask, seek, & knock & He will answer. It may not come in the timing or way we see it, but He is always true to His Word. If you’ve never had a dream, ask Him to give you a dream to call your own, & look for it with expectancy! PROVERBS 13:19 says: “A longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul.” Talk to Him about your desires, & listen to what He whispers back to you. Keep a journal. Write it down, ask boldly, & wait patiently. 1 CORINTHIANS 2:9: “No eye has een, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him.” It’s time to let go of the past, & by faiith take 1 step at a time toward the things God has waiting for you. Before you know it, you’ll be in a brand new butterfly suit and readying your wings for flight!

When we live the dreams God has for us, others are blessed!

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Back to School Doesn’t Have to be a Nightmare It Can be Like a Dream . . . By Elaine Mizuo When you see the ads for the backto-school sales on TV, you know that summer days are coming to a close. Here are some tips to help your child ease into the daily routine of school.

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n the last issue of Reach UP we talked about dating and how important it is to be wise in the selection process. We touched on the topic of choosing a man who had the fruit of the Spirit in his life.

tree, what kind of fruit would you bear?

If you spend time with God and His Holy Spirit through prayer and reading the Word of God, you will “grow” fruit of the Spirit, which the Bible But what is the fruit of the Spirit? describes in People who spend time getting closer to In order to understand what the God and getting to know God fruit of the Spirit is, let’s look at will bear this kind of spiritual one of Jesus’ illustrations, found fruit in their daily lives. in LUKE 6:43-44: “A good tree doesn’t bear bad fruit. And a But what about people who bad tree doesn’t bear good fruit. don’t believe in or follow You can tell each tree by the God? What kind of fruit do kind of fruit it bears.” they grow? The Bible says in Wow, what a difference beJesus teaches you can identify tween bearing fruit of the Spirit a tree by its fruit. A tree that has and bearing fruit from our sinapples is an apple tree. A tree ful nature! that has oranges is an orange tree. Why is Jesus talking about First you must ask yourself, trees and the fruit they bear? What type of fruit do I bear? It’s because Jesus is comparing Then when searching for a people to trees. partner, you need to ask yourself what type of fruit you are looking for. Let’s compare the I know it sounds crazy, but just follow me. Jesus is trying to get 2 types. Be wise. us to see what’s really in our hearts. So let me ask the question: If you were a “spiritual”

5: 22:23: “But the fruit the Holy Spirit produces is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness & self-control.” GALATIANS

5:19-21,“What the sinful nature does is clear. It enjoys sexual sins, impure acts & wild living. It worships statues of gods. It also worships evil powers. It is full of hatred & fighting. It is full of jealousy & fits of anger. It is interested only in getting ahead. It stirs up trouble. It separates people into their own little groups. It wants what others have. It gets drunk & takes part in wild parties.” GALATIANS

Love - loving unconditionally with self-sacrificing. Love that gives freely without asking anything in return Joy - having not a human-based hapiness that comes and goes, but a spirit-given expression of joy that keeps growing during hard times Peace - having calmness in his soul that is unaffected by the outward circumstances or pressures; opposite of chaos Patience - accepting difficult situations without losing his temper

By Olga “Nena” Podbury





Man with the Fruit of the Spirit: Kindness –acting for the good of people regardless of what they do

Goodness – being even-tempered, tranquil, balanced in spirit; doing good to those who hate him Faithfulness–dependable, loyal, & stable

Selfish love - only loving you and wanting to be with you because of the things you can give him Unhappy - never satisfied in life Stress - being anxious and nervous because of job, finances etc. Losing temper - getting angry very quickly Mean-hearted – not caring about anyone but himself

Man without the Fruit of the Spirit: 5 Reach UP Hurting others – Acting revengefully

Self-control– controlling his emotions and desires; restraining or disciplining his behavior Unfaithful – having a lack of commitment to partner and other responsibilities Does not control desires – expecting to have friends with benefits

Dreams K

ids’ dreams are usually simple, but

We asked some children to tell us their dreams . . .

they can tell you a lot about your children. Sometimes their dreams reveal what they think about their family situation. Many children dream of relationships that are meaningful and lasting. They dream that these relationships make them feel comfortable and provide them room to grow up. They dream of becoming selfsufficient someday & of being successful. Talk to your child about his or her dreams. Listen to what they say. Perhaps you may even write down what they share with you. Dream with your child. Parents have a great influence on the dreams of their children – either negatively or positively. Simple statements can encourage them to follow their dream or . . . make them lose hope. What about you? What are your dreams? If it seems like good timing, share your dreams with your child. Their dreams aren’t so different from ours. Hope and dreams and prayer go together . . . .

Veronica V. James Our Children Our Future, Inc. Hollywood/Miami, Florida

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Recipe Ideas for Budget-wise Women and Picky Eaters Ants on a Dog or Banana Dogs Ingredients/serving: 1 banana (ripe but firm) 1 hot dog bun 1 tbsp. peanut butter honey raisins sprinkles Preparation: 1. Open bun, drizzle each side with a little honey 2. Cut banana lengthwise and place in bun 3. Spread peanut butter down the middle of the banana 4. Place raisins in a row on top of the peanut butter 5. Garnish with sprinkles (chocolate sprinkles make the best ants)

Smart Smoothie Ingredients: 1 mango (peeled and cut into chunks) 1 banana (peeled and

cut into chunks) 1/2 cup pineapple (if canned, drain and reserve liquid) 2 6-oz. containers of yogurt, any flavor 1 can coconut milk ice cubes (optional) Note: the ice will thin the flavor and you may need to add honey Preparation: 1. Place all ingredients in a blender 2. Blend until smooth 3. If too thick, add pineapple liquid 4. If too thin, add 1/2 to 1 whole banana Serves 3-4

Perfect Snack Ingredients: 1 16-oz. can garbanzo beans (drained) olive oil balsamic or apple cider vinegar (or favorite vinegar) salt and pepper (to taste)

Preparation: 1. Place beans in a medium bowl or plastic storage container 2. Slowly add olive oil to lightly coat 3. Sprinkle a little of the vinegar, enough to break up the oil 4. Season with salt and pepper, or all seasoned salt such as adobo* 5. Serve chilled, or room temperature. Great for small containers in lunch boxes (the vinegar preserves the beans) Serves 4 *Note: Check the ingredients of the adobo because some contain MSG (monosodium glutamate), which is not healthy for children.

Fiesta Corn Ingredients: 1 10-16 oz. bag/can of corn (frozen or canned, if you use canned corn,

drain first) favorite mild salsa 1 tbsp. butter (to taste) Preparation: Microwave method: 1. Place corn in a medium-sized microwavesafe bowl 2. Add butter 3. Stir in 1 -2 tbsp. of salsa to taste 4. If using frozen corn, cook as directed (usually 3-4 min.). If using canned corn, heat for 1 minute and stir. If needed, heat for 30 sec. more. Stove top method: 1. Place corn in a medium pot 2. Add butter 3. Stir in 1-2 tbsp of salsa to taste 4. For the frozen corn, cook as directed (usually 3-4 min.) For the canned corn, heat for 1 min. on medium low heat; stir, and if needed, heat for 30 sec. more

Created & Tested by Doreen Mytryshyn Serves 4

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