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Sunday, January 29, 2012

January is National Mentoring Month

 Well it's the last day of January and I just discovered that the president declared this month National Mentoring Month! But it is timely that two new Face-to-Face Bible studies release on January 31, just in time to still be part of the national recognition month.

Face-to-Face with Lois and Eunice:Nurturing Faith in Your Family


Face-to-Face with Sarah, Rachel and Hannah: Pleading with God

 Both studies have questions for doing on you own, two women or M&M's to do together, and  leader's guide for group study. They are 5 sessions and each session is 5 days.

These are # 6 & 7 in the Face to Face Series. To order go to http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/easy_find?Ntt=janet+thompson&N=0&Ntk=keywords&action=Search&Ne=0&event=ESRCQ&nav_search=1&cms=1

Monday, January 23, 2012

Inspiration for Breast Cancer Survivors

As many of you know, I am a three time breast cancer survivor and praise God every morning for another day of life. I'm also always looking for ways to encourage and support other breast-cancer sisters. A friend of mine told me about Trudy, a two-time breast-cancer survivor who submitted an inspirational phrase to the American Breast Care Company who makes prothesis. If selected, Trudy's phrase would be imprinted on ABC's products for the upcoming year. What a blessing for the women and for Trudy! 
 
Here's a little information about Trudy and the contest, and if you feel led, go to the site and vote for her phrase, or one of the other phrases in the contest. I looked around the website also to learn a little more about ABC:
 
Trudy is one of 6 finalists in a Breast Care contest by American Breast Care Company.  Breast cancer survivors were encouraged to submit a phrase that helped them get through breast cancer and other tough times.  

Votes will be taken until May 31st.  The winner will go to Georgia where the company is located and her phrase will be printed on the breast form and be part of a marketing campaign for the product.

Trudy has had many many struggles in her life including breast cancer twice.  And, yet she remains apositive and joyful person.  After cancer she spent years as a volunteer and spokesperson for the American Cancer Society's "Reach for Recovery Program" for breast cancer patients.  

 Please vote for Trudy.       www.tfaforms.com/230838   
Trudy's quote is "Behind every door is a miracle.  Be brave enough to open it"


Monday, January 16, 2012

A New Way to R.E.A.D. Your Bible

I'm reading the Bible in a year, along with many of my friends and family. We're using www.YouVersion.com where you can choose different reading plans. I'm reading the Bible chronologically, something I've always wanted to do. Interesting that after reading about Noah and the Ark, you go straight to Job!

Pastor Brian Smith, Crouch Community Church, also suggested a way to respond as well as read the Bible, which I've found very helpful. First pray, then go to the day's reading and READ:

Record a Promise
Enjoy the Person (God, Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit)
Admit a Practice (that offends God)
Discover a Precept (a command we are to do.

Try this with Matthew 8:16-20:
R--God is with me always (v. 20)
E--Jesus has all authority (v. 18)
A--Sin (v. 17 doubt)
D--We are to go into the world and share the Good News! (vv. 19-20)

I'd love to hear from any of you reading the Bible in a year and trying READ, or share what's working for you!
Happy New Year,
Janet

Friday, January 6, 2012

November was National Military Family Month



Jocelyn's book
Author Jocelyn Green is a friend and fellow author whom I admire for her passion and versatile writing skills. I dearly identify with this topic since our son has a military family.

Please enjoy this interview and the first person to share with us a family who would benefit from this book will receive a free copy from Jocelyn.
 
Interview with Jocelyn C. Green, author of   Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives
and  
Faith Deployed....Again: More Daily Encouragement for Military Wives  
   
  
1. Could you share with us the inspiration behind "Faith Deployed...Again" and what readers can expect from it?

The inspiration for Faith Deployed . . . Again was the same as the inspiration for the first book I wrote for military wives, Faith Deployed. Put simply, military wives need encouragement, and the best source is God's Word.  

As a former Coast Guard wife, I was so desperate for biblical encouragement that spoke directly to me. To have an opportunity to collect this type of encouragement from twenty-eight other military wives from every branch of service and have it published by Moody is an incredible gift. I never once lacked motivation to work on this project.  

2. The title of your sequel is "Faith Deployed...Again." What is the significance behind the phrase "Faith Deployed," and can the phrase (and the book itself) have meaning for those who aren't military wives, as well?

I think of "faith deployed" as a faith called into action. Whether your military family experiences deployments or not, military life requires that we all deploy our faith in order to respond biblically to each trial we face. While this book was written by and for military wives, using illustrations from the military lifestyle, anyone who reads the book will come away with a deeper understanding of God's Word and how it applies to trials we face.  

Military wives will be likely to get the most out of it, since it speaks directly to their unique lifestyle, but I have heard from many civilians, and men, who have also benefitted from reading it.

3. But if the troops are coming home soon from Afghanistan, do we still really need this book?

Yes, we do. Faith Deployed...Again was created to encourage military wives during all the seasons of a career, regardless of where they stand in the deployment cycle.  

Military wives of all branches, all over the globe, are hungry for spiritual nourishment. That need isn't going to disappear when troops come home. In fact, only one of the book's eight sections is devoted to deployments. There are plenty of other challenges in the military lifestyle even without having a husband deployed to a combat zone.  

As a Coast Guard wife, my husband never fought in a war, but I still desperately needed the hope that comes only from God's Word. The biblical concepts illustrated in this book will strengthen and encourage military wives during times of both peace and war.

4. The rates of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury among soldiers and veterans are increasing at an alarming rate. How does this affect the spouses and children of these veterans?

The spouses and children make adjustments to how they interact with the veteran, and how they live in their own home. Emotional detachment is very common among vets with PTSD, so the wife and children often crave a connection that their husband/father simply isn't able to give at this stage. This means they feel lonely, and sometimes emotionally abandoned. They might be angry and resentful that he changed so much because of his combat experience, or they could genuinely grieve the loss of the way their family used to be.  

Several of our writers in Faith Deployed...Again are married to veterans with PTSD, and share their insights in the book. I also highly recommend the Combat Trauma Healing Manual for veterans, and for the wives, When War Comes Home: Christ-centered Healing for Wives of Combat Veterans.

5. What are some practical ways that individuals can support military wives?
  • Quite often, if you just say "what can I do for you?" or "I'm here to help you" the wife may be overwhelmed enough to not even know what to ask for. Give her some ideas, perhaps in the form of a coupon booklet for free babysitting, homemade cookies, a coffee date, running errands, an hour or two of housework, etc.
  • Find out what's broken and fix it. Computer problems are a big deal, especially since so many couples rely on email or Web cams to communicate. If the car is broken down, offer to give rides.
  • Mow the lawn, pull weeds, other yard work- cleaning out gutters-those seasonal tasks that the deployed spouse may have typically done.
  • Bring a meal over so that's one less thing a stressed out spouse would have to think about.
  • Visiting is a great mood lifter, but ask first. And if you get a couple negative responses, don't take it personally.
  • Drop off a basket of favorite foods and/or a movie rental you know she's been wanting to see. (Other ideas for a military wife care package can be found here:   
  • Pray for her!   
6. Why is it critical to pay special attention to supporting the military wife?

If the military wife is supported, she will have much more ability to support her husband and her children in a way only she can. If she is too stressed out, her entire family will feel it. Her kids will suffer, she may resent her husband's service, and if she tells him as much, he will be distracted from his duties. If he is thinking about the trials for his family back home, he will have a much harder time giving undivided attention to his mission. Also, if the wife isn't getting support from appropriate sources, she will be more prone to confide in a man other than her husband who makes her feel special - which is the start of an emotional affair. When we support a military spouse, we support the entire family.