Month: October 2007

The Golden Compass

My mom forwarded an email to me today about the movie, “The Golden Compass”, which is due out this December.  I think this is a serious matter and warrants passing the information along to as many people as possible, so I am putting it on my blog.  Take care and God bless.

Dear Friends & Family~

I don’t usually send e-mails out of alarm, but I just want you all to be aware of something I just discovered. 

See this link re: an upcoming children’s movie that will be released on Dec. 7 during the Christmas season.  The Golden Compass appears to be a great film — I saw the previews with my son and we both got excited about going to see it.  Not anymore!!!

I just found out that the author of this trilogy is an atheist and is trying to influence children against God .  He hates C.S. Lewis and the Narnia series, so he set out to write his own books in opposition.  His writing has been called “dangerous,” yet he has won the 2007 Carnegie of Carnegie’s to celebrate the best book in the past 70 years!  

According to this link, in the movie, his agenda is apparently handled carefully.  But once the children who love the movie get the books, that’s where the real damage may be done .  In the end, the girl who travels from place to place kills the senile God and everyone can do what they please. The movie stars Nicole Kidman, so this will get a lot of publicity.

I’m not ready to lead a charge of revolt and boycott, I just wanted you to be well informed to make the best choice for yourself.   Please, click the link below and read all the details before you buy the books or see the  movie!

A Testimony From One Of My Readers

Hi everyone.  Daniel posted this comment under my October Pay It Forward and it I knew it was too awesome to leave as just a comment so I’m posting it for everyone to read and share in his wonderful testimony.  May the peace that only Yeshua can bring be yours today.  Take care and God bless you. – Briggie




I would like to share this testimony with all to the glory of Yeshua!!!

Baptized In The Name Of Jesus

I myself can testify of the change that took place after I was recently water Baptized in the Name of Jesus.

Immediately as I came up out of the water I knew something that I never experienced before had happened.

From that moment, drinking, cursing, lying, etc was gone! I mean gone! My whole attitude was rearranged and changed where I now wanted to serve God and hungered after Him like never before!

Coming out of the water all I could do was lift up my arms towards the sky praising and thanking God!
This change has not left me but increased! Since then doors have opened up for me that were closed where I want and can serve God like never in the past.

No I did not speak in tongues, they will come, but first I needed cleaning up spiritually. The Lord Jesus Christ took all the stumbling blocks out of my way. I was going down the tubes and most likely headed for hell. Thank the Almighty God for His mercy, kindness forgiveness and rescue from my folly!

Years ago I was water baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost but not in the Name of Jesus!!!. No change like this took place. But now I walk with Jesus in newness of life, I walk now after the Spirit, not after the flesh, Praise God!!!

Daniel Pivano

Prayer Request For Kathy

Dear readers and prayer partners, I need your help.  I just learned that Kathy, a sister of a very dear friend of ours was just diagnosed with a very aggressive form of Lung Cancer at Lady of Lourdes Hospital.

Kathy was a heavy smoker until 2001 when she tried to quit smoking but was on again off again until 2004 when she kicked the habit once and for all.  Kathy wasn’t feeling well the other night so had her husband take her to the emergency room and it was then that they learned of her illness. 

While they do not have children of their own, they are very involved in the lives of their many nieces and nephews taking them on ski trips, attending their birthdays and functions as well as hosting sleep overs for 17 nieces.  Kathy has a very large family and she is very close to each of them and is a devout Catholic.

Dear Father, through Your Word, You have imparted Your life to Kathy.  That life restores her body with every breath she takes and every word she speaks.  This disease was not planted by God, so we declare that is must depart, wither and dissolve in the mighty name of Jesus.  Kathy’s body is the temple of the Holy Ghost and we command her body to release the proper chemicals to fight and ward off this cancer.  We declare that her body is in perfect balance and that her lungs, tissue and every organ work in the perfection that God created it to perform.  In the name of Jesus, we forbid her body to be deceived in any manner.  Body, you will not be deceived by this cancer.  Neither will you work against the life and health in her body in any way.  Every cell in Kathy’s body supports life and health.  Lord, Your Word says that whatsoever we bind on earth is bound in Heaven and whatsoever is loosed in Heaven is loosed on earth.  Lord we bind the enemy and his evil curse and cast them both into the abyss in the precious name of Jesus.  Father, we loose Your healing power into her body.  Jehovah Rappha, touch her and bring her body back to the perfection it was created in.  Lord, give Your angels charge over her and guard her against defeat in her mind, body and soul.  God, Pour out your strength upon her and her husband and family members and give them the peace that can only be given by You.  We ask this in the precious, matchless and wonderful name of Jesus, Amen.

Prayer for California Residents and Firefighters

Everyday for the past 4 days we’ve been watching the news and the top story has been the fires in California.  Just 4 years ago the news was full of the same reports.  Wild fires ran rampant through California and destroyed thousands of homes, acres of land and 22 lives.  This year, thousands of people have lost their homes, thousands of acres of land have been destroyed and while there are reports that some of the fires have been contained with several others rage out of control only 1 life has been lost to date.  Praise God!  Homes can be rebuilt, things can be re-bought, the land will heal itself, but you can’t replace a lost loved one.

As I watch the news my thoughts and prayers go out to those that have lost their homes or are in danger of losing theirs.  I pray that God gives them the strength to face what lies ahead and peace to move beyond what they’ve lost.  I cannot imagine how they feel or the magnitude of their loss, I only know that God and God alone can help them rebuild their homes and their lives.  As I watch the planes fly overhead, I get a lump in my throat and my heart skips a beat because I know how dangerous the work they do is.  I’m reminded of the movie, “Always”, with Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter and Audrey Hepburn.  If you haven’t seen it yet, make it a point to rent it – it’s a really good movie. 

Anywho, getting back to the fires…As dangerous as it is for those flying above the flames, it is equally life threatening for those on the ground.  The news tonight showed the “ground jumpers” trying to maneuver through the hilly terrain to get to small fires, that just pop up out of nowhere so they can put them out before they rage out of control.  At any moment, the smoke alone can put them at risk not to mention the heavy suits they wear, the risk of dehydration or falling limbs. 

So I ask you all to join me and pray for the residents of California, for those who lost their homes to the fires, for the friends and family that lost a loved one and for those who risk their lives to put out the fires.

He Delights In Your Prosperity

Did you ever hear a message and know that God was trying to speak to you through it?  I have been reading Charles Capps booklet “God’s Creative Power For Finances” and I have been praying for a financial breakthrough.  Back in 2004 I became ill and have not been able to return to work.  I have not had an income since August 2004 when my disability ran out.   We exhausted our savings and have been using our credit cards to supplement our income and now we have the proverbial “glass ceiling”.  I was hoping to collect SSDI, however since I had my Gastric Bypass in June of this year I have not been able to take any of my medication and as far as the Government is concerned if I don’t take medication, I must not be sick.  I know that God is in control and He supplies my needs according to His riches in heaven and that I must have faith in Him and His purpose.  I was watching Kenneth Copeland’s message this morning and it was on faith.  He was saying that we must stand in faith and say, “I don’t care what it looks like, I know God has taken care of this so I’m just going to stand in faith until it is completed!”  So, I don’t care what my health appears to be like right now, I know God has healed me, and I don’t care what my finances look like or how much money is in my bank account, or what bills I owe, I know that God has already taken care of them so I’m just going to stand in faith, accept His blessing and purpose and wait.  And if you don’t think that God talks to us, this was the message in my email today from Joel Osteen Ministries, so I would guess that it’s safe to say that God has heard my prayers and is trying to tell me something.  Please keep me in your prayers.  Take care and God bless you all, Briggie ^i^


A message from Joel Osteen

Today’s Scripture

“Let them say continually, Let the Lord be magnified Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His children” (Psalm 35:27).

Today’s Word from Joel and Victoria

God desires that you be blessed and prosperous. He desires that you be so blessed that you can turn around and be a blessing everywhere you go! He wants you to have so much peace, so much joy, so much victory that when other people get around you it spills over onto them! In the book of Psalms, David said, “My cup runs over.” He was overflowing with the anointing—the tangible, effective power of God. Don’t let yourself have a barely-get-by-mentality. Jesus came so that you can live an abundant life! That means an abundance of joy, an abundance of peace, an abundance of health, an abundance of finances. You may not see it right now, and maybe you haven’t experienced it in the past, but don’t get complacent and just settle for where you are. Get a vision for your future! Get a vision for increase! Get a vision for abundance!” God delights to see you prosperous and successful. When you choose to think God’s thoughts and choose God’s way, you’ll see that increase and victory in every area of your life!

A Prayer for Today

Father in Heaven, thank you for delighting in my prosperity. Thank You for the blessings You have in store for me. Help my thoughts to be agreeable to Your will. Help me develop a vision for the abundant life You have in store so that I can be a blessing to those around me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen

Prayer Request – Let God Be God

I subscribe to lots of blogs and came across this post from Chris Reeder over at Let God Be God.  Please keep him and his wife in prayer and ask God to bless them with favor in both the purchase of their new home and sale of their current one.  Ask God to pour out His blessings over their finances and their ministry in the might name of Jesus, Amen.

The Cost of Obedience: Priceless

As many of you may already know, Susanne and I surrendered to God’s call to ministry last HouseFrontMarch. We have been fervently praying for God’s will in our lives, and for His guidance in the next step(s) we should be taking in obedience to accomplish His will.

After much prayer, we have decided to sell our home.

We have had a burden on our hearts for over a year now concerning financial freedom (thanks Joe), and while we have made great strides in getting there, we feel that this will be a BIG STEP towards finally making it happen!

We know that God is in control, and we have already found a home that is going to be a step of faith. We are trusting that God will sell our house quickly and He can make it happen!

Buy purchasing this home, we will accomplish two things…we will be DEBT FREE except for a mortgage (which by the way will be a little more than half of what we are currently paying) and we will also be fulfilling a dream of being “out in the country” on a few acres of land. 

HouseBackPlease pray for favor with the owners of this property (a sister and two brothers selling their mother’s home) and for God’s perfect plan to be accomplished.  We have not listed our house with a realtor because financially that would be a bit of a set back, so we are trying to sell it on our own. 

We have constructed a website at for potential buyers to view, and we have made printable flyers to distribute. If you know of anyone that would be interested in buying our house, please let them know. Otherwise, please pray that the house will sell quickly and that we will be able to accomplish our financial goals.

Thank you all so much for praying, and for being wonderful brothers and sisters in Christ who we can turn to in our trials, laugh with in our joys, weep with in our sorrows, and celebrate with in our successes.  We cannot imagine doing this “thing” called life without you all!!!

Not To Be Confused With My 100 Things…

I saw this posted at The Diaper Diaries who saw this over at Blog in my Eye and and I decided to get in on the fun.  You are supposed to bold everything you have done. Comments in italics are from The Diaper Diaries, Comments underlined are from me!  Have fun!!

01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink – okay so there were only 3 us in the bar at the time!
02. Swam with wild dolphins – uh no thank you…
03. Climbed a mountain – if you count climbing the mound of laundry in my basement to get to the washer
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula- no thank you! call me stupid, but why would i want to do this?
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone- a future challenge? – okay, 1st I would need a bigger tub, a much bigger tub!!
08. Said “I love you” and meant it – I know I meant it when I said it because I said it while I was sedated!
09. Hugged a tree what can I say, I had a lonely childhood
10. Bungee jumped – between this and the tarantula, i’ll take the tarantula..
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea – uhm, isn’t mixing lightning and water a bad thing???
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun riseseveral times courtesy of menopause!!!
14. Seen the Northern Lights
15. Gone to a huge sports game
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa – i can barely walk the stairs to the upstairs of my house are you kidding me???
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables mmmm, love me some Jersey ‘maters
18. Touched an iceberg – um, excuse me, didn’t you see Titanic??
19. Slept under the stars- does in a tent count? ditto
20. Changed a baby’s diaper more times than I care to remember thank you very much!
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon –no, but I’ve sucked in the helium from a balloon and talked like a munchkin…hehehe                                                                                                                     22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on champagne is it possible not to do this, the stuff goes straight to my head.
24. Given more than you can afford to charityI don’t think giving is ever affordable per se. It is being obedient to God. it all belongs to God anyway and He supplies all my needs according to His riches!!
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope – if you haven’t done this, put it on your “bucket list” (a bucket list is a list of things you want to do before you kick the bucket – get it??)
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment– I really should blog about this sometime. I laugh whenever I get really upset or nervous so the answer to this is YES, YES, YES
27. Had a food fightIf you have kids, then the answer to this one is YES!
28. Bet on a winning horse                                                                                                          29. Asked out a stranger- once, he said no (
30. Had a snowball fightevery time it snows and sometimes in the frozen food section of the grocery store)
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can– did I mention I have children?  you know it’s loud when the dogs from the neighborhood stop barking…                                                                   32. Held a lamb kids = visiting petting zoo’s
33. Seen a total eclipse we used those cool periscope thingy’s when I was a kid – so awesome!!
34. Ridden a roller coaster and now that I’ve lost a lot of weight I can fit on them again, yippe 35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking – every chance I get!
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day– while in London, just to drive the hubby nuts!
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment– many moments ) at the birth of each of my kids
39. Had two hard drives for your computerhooray for Iomega Zip Drives
40. Visited all 50 states                                                                                                              41. Taken care of someone who was drunk what if the someone was yourself??
42. Had/Have amazing friends don’t 41 and 42 go hand in hand wouldn’t have made it this far without them!
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign countrys                                                                          44. Watched whales – does watching The Discovery Channel count?
45. Stolen a sign – guilty…hehehehehehe
46. Backpacked in Europe                                                                                                           47. Taken a road-trip spent a whole summer in the backseat of my nana and grandad’s car while we went cross county.  I grew 2 sizes that summer – too much road and not enough trip…
48. Gone rock climbing
49. Midnight walk on the beach
50. Gone sky diving
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them
54. Visited Japan
55. Milked a cow
56. Alphabetized your cds– the only way to store them – did I mention I have OCD???
57. Pretended to be a superhero- probably when I was younger in my Wonder Woman underoos – no, but I did pretend to be Miss America when I was younger – I used TP for my sash – oh the memories.. 58. Sung karaoke- my specialty does singing in the shower count??
59. Lounged around in bed all dayuh, yeah, like it’s my specialty these days.
60. Played touch football
61. Gone scuba diving – Snorkeling, yes. Scuba, no.
62. Kissed in the rain yeah but it wasn’t anything like the rain kiss from The Notebook but I’m not giving up on that yet!!
63. Played in the mudI was Queen of the mudpie baby!  really ask my Mom…
64. Played in the rainuhm, mud and rain go hand in hand
65. Gone to a drive-in theater I miss drive-ins, they were the bomb!
66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business got one, visit
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken- thank God for the hubby!
69. Toured ancient sites
70. Taken a martial arts class
71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie
74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced sadly yes, I was way to young
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch it can get messy, but so much fun to do
78. Won first prize in a costume contest when I was in 4th grade my mom dressed me up like Gina Lolabridgida – i was very well endowed and the judges were all men…
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Gotten a tattoo
81. Rafted the snake river
82. Been on television news programs as an “expert”
83. Gotten flowers for no reason – do dandelions from your babies count??
84. Performed on stage oh the memories this question brings back…
85. Been to Las Vegas wish I was older so I could have enjoyed it more
86. Recorded music – if you count taping music off the radio…hehehehe
87. Eaten shark
88. Kissed on the first date
89. Gone to Thailand
90. Bought a house now this is an experience that makes childbirth seem like a walk in the park
91. Been in a combat zone – i’ve got 4 kids, every time I walk into their rooms i wear a helmet and a flack jacket
92. Buried one/both of your parents this is a sad question, my dad passed away the week before Thanksgiving last year
93. Been on a cruise ship
94. Spoken more than one language fluently – again, I’ve got kids, ’nuff said…
95. Performed in a Rocky Horror Picture Show – no but I lived around the corner from a movie theater that would have a Rocky Horror Picture Show airing every Saturday night at midnight
96. Raised children – in progress  – 3 down and one to go, but now that I think about it, do we ever stop???
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
98. Passed out cold – sadly, getting blood drawn – ditto, that’s when I learned I was both anemic and diabetic
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was lookingevery time I get the chance…
103. Had plastic surgery not yet, but next year I’m giving “the girls” a lift
104. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived Praise God for His angels
105. Wrote articles for a large publication
106. Lost over 100 pounds – almost, I’m at 74 and still going
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Touched a stingray
110. Broken someone’s heart
111. Helped an animal give birth                                                                                               112. Won money on a TV game show – yeah on Jeopardy and Wheel Of Fortune, but I was playing from my living room so I don’t think it counts…
113. Broken a bone
114. Gone on an African photo safari – does the drive through safari at Great Adventure count?
115. Had a facial part pierced other than your ears- see here
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
118. Ridden a horse – if you can call being in the saddle of a runaway horse and the reigns dragging on the ground, then having to jump off to avoid being decapitated riding a horse, then yes…
119. Had major surgery yes, twice and prayerfully never again.
120. Had a snake as a pet
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept 30 hours in a 48 hour time frame more times than I care to remember
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
124. Visited all 7 continents
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
126. Eaten kangaroo meat
127. Eaten sushi YUMMY!!
128. Had your picture in the newspaper
129. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about
130. Gone back to school
I got my Paralegal Certification back in 1982 through Rowan University and now i’m trying to get my MBA online but I think I’m the kind that needs the classroom environment
131. Parasailed
132. Touched a cockroach – no, but I killed many a cockroach in my first apartment.  thank God my cousin is an exterminator, the stuff he used was so good everyone’s apartment in my vicinity was cockroach free!!
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes I’m from Maryland, do bears poo in the woods…
134. Read “The Iliad” if you haven’t read it, put it on your “bucket list” – The Oddessy was good too!
135. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
137. Skipped all your school reunionsthis year is my 30th year reunion and the first time I ever got an invite.  mind you I’ve lived in this house since 1985!!! – am I going to this one???…NO!!
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
139. Been elected to public office – does PTO president count???, how ’bout girlscout leader or den mother???
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream- somehow in the midst of my crazy days, I often think this
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you
145. Had a booth at a street fair this is really a lot of fun as long as you have a comfy chair and a place to go potty closeby..
146. Dyed your hair – yeah, looking at a head full of silver and grey hair just depresses me, unless of course it’s Sean Connery’s head then I’m all for it…
147. Been a DJ – Gotta love college radio
148. Shaved your head
149. Caused a car accident well, I didn’t cause it, the spider that dropped down from my visor and into my face did it… stupid spider…
150. Saved someone’s life – did I mention I have 4 kids…trust me, at some point in their lives you’ll remind them that while you may have given them life, you also have the ability to take it as well.

How interesting are some of these???.  Some of the things on the list I would never want to do, but some got me thinking.  Wanna play?  Let me know if you do so I can come check it out.