So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed. Luke 5:16
We are now in the summer season and vacations or staycations are being planned. If you are thinking about a new place to travel too or even want to plan for a future vacation, I want to share a few vacation spots that you may never have thought about it.
Whatever you do take time for yourself and loved ones. You will appreciate it in the long run.
Okay, you may not have a desire to go anywhere doing the summer months and that is okay.
As a matter of fact, staying at home should cost you little to nothing. Have time to just sleep late, go for a walk with friends or just spend some time at the park or beach.
If you are a homebody and prefer just to be at home alone that’s fine too. Consider spending your time catching up on some needed home repairs or gardening. And if that isn’t of interest to you, how about kicking back with reading a few good books or watch a few documentaries and movies.
And speaking of movies, I have a number of websites that you might want to checkout.
There are several sites that are absolutely free and others that require you to endure a few commercials to cover their costs.
How beautiful upon the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who proclaims peace, Who brings glad tidings of good things, Who proclaims salvation, Who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!” Isaiah 52:7
If you have been like me, fixated on the current national news and the trump administration, then, I can honestly say, that we have been missing out on some very important news taking place around the world.
So today, I decided to post links to what I believe will be worthwhile websites to your reading pleasure.
News for the Body, Mind and Soul.
Enjoy the rest of your week and take the time to pray and give thanks to the Lord.
Vice News – Variety of latest news stories from around the world
Racked Daily shopping resource for the real shopper and also fashion and trending news for millenniums
Heard about fake news of late? Well, if not you must have had your head under the cover. Fake news are constantly being bombarded on social media in the attempt to mislead and cause confusion, even among the most rational of people.
So, to help us be a little more aware of fake news and who is producing it, here are a few links to blogs and sites that will give you a list of fake news websites to be aware of and provide ways to avoid being duped. My suggestion is to bookmark for future reference.
Luke 14:28 – For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have [sufficient] to finish [it]?
Happy Thanksgiving!! Countdown to Christmas shopping has begun.
Last Thanksgiving I was visiting my middle daughter’s home. And as I can recall, my daughter had decided to be one of the “line sitters.”
You can define a line sitter as one who will spend days or hours waiting in line in front of a retailer’s doors to purchase a much in demand product. (For more about professional line sitters click here).
My daughter had everything planned out. Even including me in her “line plans” without my knowledge. Well, much to her disappointment, when she pulled in the parking lot of a well-known big-box store, I refused to get out of the car.
“Why are we stopping here?” I asked my daughter.
“I thought I told you,” she said turning off the car ignition.
“Told me what?” I shot back.
“Mom, I told you that they had flat screen TV’s on sale for only $299.”
“And I need you to stand in line for an hour while I go over to another store to pick up some other things.”
As my daughter pulled out of the parking lot, there was dead silence in the car. We rode several miles back to her house. When we walked in the door, she looked at me and pouted.
“Mom, you are unbelievable!”
I could have disagreed with her. But I didn’t. And I sure wasn’t going to be a line sitter. True, there are professionals who get paid waiting in line. But, my purpose in life is to keep moving and not stand in any line, in the cold, and especially for another television set to add to her sports cave.
Now, this year, during Thanksgiving, I didn’t have to concern myself about waiting in line for anyone or anything.
This year was just an enjoyable and peaceful time with family and thanking God for another day.
For you shopaholics, wishing you the best as today kicks off the alphabet of Christmas shopping:
Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday
For your consideration here is a list of online shops that I would like to recommend to you.
Christian Gifts (Beautiful gifts for the entire family and reasonably priced)
Faithbox (Every month receive a devotional and products from companies that do good.
Ajudaica (Everything Jewish for less-you will find some great variety-clothing, art, jewelry, anointing oil-just right prices!)
Christianbook (One of the go to places for everything Christian-checkout their “bargain” category
Answering In Genesis (is an apologetics ministry, dedicated to helping Christians defend their faith and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. Highly recommended for those seeking answers about the creation and science-children to adults)
Drinking With Jesus (These mugs are quite unique. Faith mugs that are affordable and wonderful gift to give anytime of the year)
Family Christian (Gifts for the entire family. Checkout Hannah Prayer doll on sale
Bible Toys (To nourish your child’s spiritual growth in God-offering playsets, books and toys a child will enjoy)
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. – Galatians 6:9
This has been a hectic week for me thus far.
The Democratic National Convention is in Philly and I am a volunteer, also, working on a new writing project and having not so much time to relax.
Of course, I do have some interesting convention stories stored up and will be sharing one or two with you all.
Anyway, it has been a very hot and humid, spirited-filled few days in Philly and experiencing the not so nice working of what makes America a democracy. Although I am not a Republican or Democrat, I do enjoy engaging in learning about the process of the political system and especially what is taking place this election season.
In the meanwhile, since I had a few hours of free time, thought that you would perhaps benefit from some of these websites that offer legitimate employment opportunities for those who are looking for employment or want to work at home. I even have a few websites for newly retirees.
Also check out some of the giveaways and deals I came across.
Just a reminder to do due-diligent in verifying each company to make sure they are legitimate by researching prior to signing up.
Any company that requires you to purchase employment, steer clear. There are companies however that will require that you have the specific home office equipment to meet their needs.
Keep cool and enjoy life!
In Him Alone
The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord
Employment Opportunities (Work at Home, Retirees and Temp)
And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made. Genesis 2;3
By the weekend, I find myself downloading stress and uploading on plans and dreams that I hope to accomplish in the next five years.
What I find relaxing is often taking a short trip to the beach and having a room facing the ocean.
The tranquility of the beach during the off-season and the expansive ocean and the sunrise and sunset is a remarkable feat of God’s hands carving out the perfect place for me to relax and appreciate the beauty of how nature overwhelms the loudness of disappointments, troubles and problems.
The weekend, however brief it might be, can be appealing and fulfilling.
Weekend dreamers know exactly what it is to just throw everything to the side, housework, gardening, shopping and the like, and just kickback and enjoy the two days just doing you.
For all the travel dreamers…keep dreaming but take action to do it!
House sitting Opportunities
For the adventurous, empty nester, retiree, traveller or recent graduate, this is the opportunity to travel the world, meet new people (and their pets) and get paid.
Hilton Hotels and Resorts have a campaign is inviting you to create your own digital visual board. Imagine having the opportunity to have that dream vacation you always dreamt about come a little bit closer.
And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Hebrews 13:16
There always is something new on the World Wide Web and oftentimes you will discover information of interest when you are least likely looking for it.
With this being Spring Break and some people are taking trips or just relaxing at home, this is the perfect time to showcase a variety of websites that may be useful and beneficial for your personal and business use.
Here it is…a small but I believe an interesting list I put together for you to enjoy and use during your leisure time.
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8
Last year I posted a list of unfamiliar words that children and teens are using when they are communicating on social media.
The language for social media exchanges is usually short and to the point. With tweets you get 140 characters to share and express your opinion. Needless to say, society isn’t too keen anymore for having run-on sentences because our time, supposedly, is too important, to sit back and enjoy one another’s company.
If you are older and not up to snuff with what this younger generation is talking about through text (phone) or email, I might suggest you take a weekly current events tour around the net. You will be amazed and at times, disappointed to find that just as technology has made our life somewhat convenient, it has also created cyber bullies, closet commentary bigots and racists, online sexual predators, international criminals and non-talented reality and social media celebrities.
Here is a list of websites you may find of use. You might want to consider bookmarking for future use.
Wordlink-This is the world’s biggest online English dictionary, by number of words. Wordlink shows definitions from multiple sources, so you can see as many different take on a word’s meaning as possible
Urban Dictionary -All the definitions on Urban Dictionary were written by people just like you. You submit a word, define its meaning and the forum votes on it.
Net Lingo – Net Lingo up-to-date chat and text acronyms and top internet terms (ie,,!!!! means talk to the hand)
Spot Crime-Is a crime data aggregator. They map the crime incidents, plot them on Google Maps, and deliver alerts via email, Facebook, Twitter, SMS, RSS and a multitude of other platforms. The data comes from police departments, news reports and user-generated content. You can also report a crime.
Online Safety for Grades K-8 –Topics include bullying and Cyber bullying and a variety of interesting subjects, videos and games
U.S. Department of Justice-Reporting Computer, Internet-related or Intellectual Property Crime. CCIPS prevents, investigates, and prosecutes computer crimes by working with other government agencies, the private sector, academic institutions, and foreign counterparts.
Interpol-Social Engineering Fraud-‘Social engineering fraud’ is a broad term that refers to the scams used by criminals to trick, deceive and manipulate their victims into giving out confidential information and funds. Criminals exploit a person’s trust in order to find out their banking details, passwords or other personal data.
In Him Alone
The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord
“In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good. ” Ecclesiastes 11:6
Most people will attest that the image of Christmas has lost its true meaning and significance.
Over the past two decades, Christmas has become pure commercialism.
Yet, those of us who understand and can appreciate that Christmas has never been about us, but the birth of Christ, we won’t fall under the spell of retail fanfare and credit card debt.
Every year, beginning in November, my mail is full of solicitations from various organizations I have donated to in the past.
What I attempt to do every year is select a few of these charitable organizations to sow a gift that will have significant value and impact to help those in need.
If you want to feel the true meaning of Christmas, you can first start searching Guide Star Navigator, an objective website that will provide credible information about the charitable and non-profit organization you want to donate, too.
For your consideration I have put a list of some charitable organizations that are worth considering and supporting and also that you might want to use or share with others.
If you don’t have money to support an organization, why not consider volunteering your time and expertise. Children hospitals are always looking for a few dedicated and compassionate volunteers.
Playing For Change is a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music. The idea for this project came from a common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people.
Dental Lifeline Network -The Donated Dental Services (DDS) program provides free, comprehensive dental treatment to our country’s most vulnerable people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile
Sense International India -Our purpose is to work in partnership with – deafblind people, their families, care givers and professionals to ensure that everyone facing challenges because of deafblindness have access to advice, opportunities and support
CancerCare-Founded in 1944, CancerCare® is the leading national organization providing free, professional support services and information to help people manage the emotional, practical and financial challenges of cancer.
St. Jude-St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
Saint Joseph’s Indian School-St. Joseph’s Indian School has served Lakota (Sioux) children and families since 1927. Our mission — to educate Native American youth mind, body, heart and spirit
Care-CARE works in 90 countries around the world to support more than 900 poverty-fighting development and humanitarian-aid projects
International Agency for Research on Cancer-The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is the specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization. The objective of the IARC is to promote international collaboration in cancer research.
The Carter Center-The Carter Center, in partnership with Emory University, is guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering. It seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health.
I decided to title this posting, In Case You Didn’t Know, to share some interesting and perhaps profitable websites (no pyramid schemes or multi-marketing) that would be of interest to you,
Just recently I was informed that there are several consumer class-action lawsuits that are open for claims. For instance, if you as a consumer bought 5 oz. canned tuna products from Starkist between February 19, 2009 and October 31, 2014, you may be eligible for $25 cash or a $50 voucher for Starkist tuna products. Deadline to submit your claim is Friday, November 20, 2015.
Another website that provides current consumer action lawsuits and settlements is Top Class Actions. They have an up-to-date listing of companies that have settled for a case and the specific claim description (cash, voucher or credit).
One thing I would advise is not to submit fraudulent claims.
I encourage you to review the three data bases and bookmark for future use.