Gave Testimony @ Speaking Engagement

Spoke at the North FL Women preachers meeting last evening. Many were moved to tears and touched by the message. See handouts below.

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HOW TO HELP A LOVED ONE: DO’S AND DON’TS

DO’S AND DON’TS FOR PROVIDING SUPPORT TO ABUSE VICTIMS

 

If you worry someone you care about is in an abusive relationship, there are steps you can take to help. Consider the following do’s and don’ts when approaching a friend, family member, co-worker, neighbor, or other loved one.

Do:

  • Approach the other person at a time and place that is safe and confidential.
  • Start by expressing concern (i.e., “I am concerned someone may be hurting you, and I am worried about your safety.”)
  • Take the time to listen, and believe what your loved one says.
  • Communicate that you care about your loved one’s safety, that they do not deserve to be hurt, and that the abuse is not their fault.
  • Tell your loved one they are not crazy. A person who has been abused often feels upset, depressed, confused and scared. Let them know that these are normal feelings.
  • Tell them good things about themselves. Let them know you think they are smart, strong and brave. Their abuser may be tearing down their self-esteem.
  • Respect the victim’s choices.
  • Encourage them to build a wide support system. Help find a support group or encourage them talk to friends and family.
  • Be patient. Self-empowerment may take longer than you want. Go at the victim’s pace, not yours.
  • Connect them to domestic violence resources. National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE.
  • Consider calling your local domestic violence Help Line yourself — not on behalf of your friend, but to learn more about the kinds of help available, to ask questions specific to your situation, and to learn how you can be an effective and supportive ally.

 

Do Not:

  • Do not accuse, diagnose, or judge your loved one’s choices; do not draw conclusions about what they may be experiencing or feeling; and do not judge or criticize their abuser.
  • Do not pressure your friend to leave the abusive relationship. There are many reasons they may be choosing to stay. It is possible their abuser has threatened to hurt them or their children if they try to leave. The abuser may control all of their finances and may have isolated the victim from friends and family, leaving the victim with very few resources of their own. The abuser may have promised to change, and the victim may still love him/her. It is never as simple as encouraging a victim to “just leave”—but by all means, communicate to your loved one that help does exist, and that people in their community care about them and their children and want them to be safe.
  • Do not feel the need to be an expert. Do not try to provide counseling or advice, but do connect your friend to trained people who can help. Call the Nat’l Domestic Violence Hotline for referrals to resources in your area. 1-800-799-7233  or Nat’l Sexual assault hotline: 1-800-656-4673

 

Florida has 42 certified domestic violence shelters. In our area they are:

Quigley House – Clay County – Hotline: 904-284-0061

Hubbard House – Duval County – Hotline:  904-254-3114

Betty Griffin House – St. Johns County – Hotline: 904-824-1555

                                                          Or

          FL Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-1119 (24 hrs)

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Kenneth Copeland Ministries – VIDEO: Prayer and Confession From Head to Toe

http://www.kcm.org/real-help/healing/pray/video-prayer-and- . . .

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50 Shades of Love is a collection of mini meditations to help you know the depth, breadth and heighth of God’s love for you. You are the apple of His eye!

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Linda Irene is the author of:

*Abused No More – A book of positive affirmations and Bible promises especially for the abused.   Also an Audiobook

*Has God Said Thou Shalt Stay Abused? A Memoir and Roadmap to Healing

*Love Letters from the Heart of God – A collection of letters as written from God to us.

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A memoir, journey through abuse; God’s provision and miracles along the way.

Has God Said Thou Shalt Stay Abused?

New five-star review October 9, 2015 By Peggy L. Collins

Not only is this a story of overcoming a very difficult situation where she feared for her life, but how God worked through her to tell her story to help others. Linda Irene has provided some intense research about abusive behavior, and offered some well-founded resources to assist those in need.

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What Color are You?

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Happy Labor Day

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Thought for Today

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself,

Humility is thinking of yourself less.”     –C.S. Lewis

Random Act of Kindness

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Random Act of Kindness Beyond the Call of Duty

Police Officer handcuffed himself to girl on ledge to keep her from jumping.

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An Evening with Lyle Lovett

lyle lovett Thursday, August 20, 2015, an evening to remember. Lyle and His Large Bandlyle and bandappeared at the Thrasher-Horne Theatre in Orange Park, FL.

He gave a non-stop, entertaining, enthralling performance. He connected with the audience not only with his musical talent, but also had the them laughing wiith his humorous stories.

The audience responded to him and his band by clapping to the beat, hooting and hollering and rounds of standing O’s.

Lovett, a Texas nthrasher horneative, was born November 1, 1957. He and his band perform a wide genre of music including, bluegrass, western swing, country and Americana, which includes an ecclectic arrary of rhythm and blues, folk, country, rock and roll and blues.

Insturments I counted in his large band ithat I could see, ncluded: two drum sets, bass, fiddle, piano, what appeared to be a zither, guitars, cello and electric guitar.

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click for Lyle’s website and list of recordings

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