Reason for limited postings…

I just wanted to let everyone know that my limited posting has been because life has gotten hectic here and I wanted to apologize for not doing as I did when I started out.

Over the last month I have had to take parents to multiple doctor’s visits and after a hospitalization, my father is home and I am needing to assist him with getting around and tasks he normally does until he gets back on his feet. I also came home from working at my sister’s store on Saturday to have my dog, who loves to run near my vehicle, get entangled some how in the under carriage of my car and I apparently dragged her a short distance, so I am now nursing her as well. Her name is Zoi and she is just sore, no broken bones or damage the vet tells me thankfully – I was just sick when it happened. She has some pain pills that I can give her and yesterday she started acting like more herself – although she is still limited on the things she used to do, but the vet assures me she will get back to her old self.

So needless to say there has been a lot of things going on here to keep me away from my computer, but it is my hope to get back to my posting soon and so my apologies for the lack of.

I hope and pray you all have a blessed Easter coming up this next weekend!

Lori (Lorlyn)

The Story of Bill Sackter…an Iowa City resident

I just watched a delightful and inspiring story on our local Iowa Public TV station about a man named Bill Sackter. He was born in Minnesota in 1913 to Russian parents of Jewish decent. His father died in 1920 from the Spanish flu. Bill had difficulty learning in school and after he took a required intelligence test, they labeled him subnormal. The State of Minnesota decided he was a “burden to society” and placed him in a state school for the feeble minded. He lived there for 44 years. He never saw his family again. Then with the changes in mental health treatment, he was released from the state institution and lived in a half-way house and worked odd jobs. He was never taught how to read, write, do math or use a telephone. He played the harmonica and loved to play wherever he went. He loved children, enjoyed playing Santa Claus, loved God and he loved people.

In 1964 he worked as a handy man at a country club and it was there that he met Bev and Barry Morrow. Bev worked there as a cocktail waitress and Barry was a filmmaker and would come to pick his wife up. They got acquainted and Barry eventually became Bill’s guardian. Barry took a job at the University of Iowa and his family picked up and moved to Iowa City. Bill stayed behind in Minnesota, but was not doing well without Barry and Bev. He was found unconscious on the side of the road one day with an ulcerated leg that was badly infected and it was thought that he would have to have it amputated. The state ended up calling Barry in Iowa City and Barry made the trip to see Bill and he decided to bring Bill back with him to Iowa to live near them and find him a job at the college. After a custodian job did not work out at the school, Bill became the owner of Wild Bill’s Coffee shop on campus.

Bill Sackter was named Handicapped Iowan of the Year in 1976 and in 1979 President Jimmy Carter gave him special recognition as well. A book about his life was written by Thomas Walz called, “The Unlikely Celebrity: Bill Sackter’s Triumph Over Disability.” A movie called “Bill” was created in 1981 and Mickey Rooney played Bill in this movie, Dennis Quaid played Barry Morrow and it won an Emmy Award and Golden Globe. A sequel was made and released in 1983 called “Bill: On His Own.” A feature length documentary was completed in 2008 created by film-maker Lane Wyrick called, “A Friend Indeed, The Bill Sackter Story.” This is the program on IPTV I just watched. It uses photos and film taken by Barry Morrow over the years as far back as 1972. All of these show how others helped Bill develop as an individual and how he became an important figure in many people’s lives in the city of Iowa City and across America. It also shed light and helped change the perception of those with disabilities.

Bill died in 1983 on June 16 in his sleep. The flags were flown at half staff and a large group of people turned out for his funeral. Bill’s funeral was held in the local Jewish synagogue, but Bill also went to the Baptist Church and the Catholic church and on his funeral day the local Baptist minister and 3 nuns were present at his funeral as well. The Morrow children considered him like a grandpa and the whole Morrow family lost a dear friend.

Here is a link to see the trailer to the documentary made by Lane Wyrick shown on IPTV: Trailer for A Friend Indeed documentary…

Here is a link to the coffee shop Bill owned and ran with pictures of Bill towards the bottom of the page:
Wild Bill’s Coffee Shop – University of Iowa

If you get a chance to watch this documentary – it was so inspiring, uplifting and encouraging! It is worth an hour of your time!

Is This Church a Cult…

I watched 20/20 last evening and part of their program was about a church that was started by 3 young men down in Texas called “The Church of Wells.” When they began speaking about their teachings or beliefs I knew instantly that this had to be a cult. There are three leaders who control their members and these people are cut off from all family and friends on the outside and made to believe that their family members are unbelievers/unsaved and are going to hell and could pull them down if they fellowship with them. No TV’s are allowed into their homes, and it is said that many do not feel they can leave. Women are to wear prairie dresses and speak to no one and the men also will not speak, if you ask them anything they will say “no comment” or many say nothing at all.

Many families have lost loved ones to this church and have tried to have contact with their family member, but they rarely have been allowed to see them or have any contact with them.

One family they spoke to, their daughter joined the group and she got married to one of the other members after joining. She had 3 children from a previous marriage outside of the group, but she gave birth to a baby girl, of which she actually contacted her parents and shared a photo of her child with them, which is not really allowed. But within a couple of days the baby took a turn for the worse when they noticed her hands were blue looking and she looked rather pale a few hours before she died. The father called the police department reporting that their baby had died – 14 hours after the death. When asked why he waited so long he stated they were praying over the baby because the church had believed the baby would be resurrected.

In this report from 20/20 some who have wanted to become a part of the church were not allowed in and many believe it was because the elders had problems with what these wannabe’s teachings and beliefs were.

They state that one is to be cut off from any ties to people or things that will not allow them to fully worship God – so family, jobs, friends, cars, things, etc. The elders state they are not cutting people off from their families, but if this is the case, why do these people refuse to allow their members to speak to their families, it is difficult to see family members because they have a “No Trespassing” ordinance in the area where these people and families live, they state they do not tell them they cannot see their families, but everything about their teachings say otherwise. And if you come onto the property they will call the police for trespassing.

This article I am attaching for your reading is close to what 20/20 aired last evening and what was said.

Is the Church of Wells A Cult?

These are two videos on YouTube that are of the parents of Catherine Groves. You can decide for yourself if this church is a cult, but I truly believe it is. I do not believe that to be a born-again Christian that one is to totally cut ties to their family and should not be allowed to speak with them freely and when they wish without someone sitting in to listen in on the conversation. I would consider that “control” and that is not from Christ.

The second part to the first video above…

I wanted to write about this church to warn people so they can be informed about what some of these families have been experiencing. There are many false teachers and prophets out there today in full force. I read an article today that shocked me about who in ministry are considered false teachers and yet it saddens me as well because they are leading many astray. In 2 John 4:2 it tells us: “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” And in 2 Peter 2:1: “But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.”

And the Bible states in 1 John 2:18 that: “Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard the antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour.” I truly believe we are living in the last hours and we are called by God to guard our hearts from false prophets, false teachings, and churches that portray themselves as true followers of Christ, but speak with a forked tongue. In Romans 12:2 it states: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Let God guide you when you encounter teachings…many false teachings can be subtle, just like Satan works in this world – he sugar coats and twists the truth to sound good, but is it sound biblical teachings or is it someone’s version of one verse or belief from their point of view only – that is a question to ask yourself always?

Guard your hearts and be watchful for false teachings and false prophets – their intent is to lead you astray and alienate you. We are encouraged to share the Word of God and to fellowship with others – to reach out to others. God is not about alienating, manipulating, or control.

Serving those in need…

I ran across these 2 videos and found it to be inspiring and heart warming.

Dinner for the Homeless…

Five Star waiter serving the homeless…

We have no idea how we can affect another’s life until we reach out and help others and touch their lives. The sad thing is that many homeless people were like us with jobs, a home, families, and were a success and something happened that placed them in the situation they are in today.

In our world today with the changing economy, the loss of jobs, the high cost of buying groceries, utilities going up, and many more things that have an affect on our finances, I believe that if the circumstances were just right it could happen to any one of us. We never know what tomorrow holds and how close we may be to losing everything we have known and been secure in. Our government is bent on destroying this country and sending us all into the poor house – this is becoming more of a reality than ever before.

God requires that we serve others. In His Word we find in John 13:12-14: “When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.”

Luke 6:38: “Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

Proverbs 19:17: “Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.”

Matthew 25:35-40 “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?”

Galatians 6:9 “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

John 13:4-5 “Rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him.”

1 John 3:17-18 “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.”

Romans 15:1 “We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves.”

Galatians 6:2 “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”

God wants us to serve others with a glad heart and without the mind set of getting something in return. To some it may seem like a drudgery or makes you uncomfortable, but I believe if you actually step outside of your comfort zone you will find it can be highly rewarding! Think of ways you can help those in need in your own neighborhood, community, or local soup kitchen and allow God to work through you to serve and be a blessing to someone else!

Winter drags on…

I helped my sister out at her store today and when I left the house it was a balmy 65 degrees and some of the customers who were shopping stated it had gotten up near 70 degrees. But about late afternoon it started to become overcast and started to cool down quickly. The biggest complaint from everyone today was the wind though – we had gusts up near 50 MPH and it was unrelenting. Driving to town this morning was not too bad, but it had become stronger when I drive home making it difficult to keep the vehicle on the road. One gal said she got home from work and their flag pole was broken in half from the strong winds. She was thankful she had not put out her bird feeders, as she figured they might be into the next county by now.

With the wind today a lot of people were crabby. I know the weather has a lot to do with it. It seems winter will be going right into summer with no spring to enjoy. Yesterday was a beautiful day near 70 degrees, but once again the wind was very strong and it was difficult to stay out for long to enjoy the lovely temps.

We are going to get some much needed rain this week it sounds like, but it is to be breezy all week long with no end to that for now. This winter I could count on my fingers the days we had no wind, so is it any wonder why people are crabby when the wind blows this hard. Most of our winter has been raw, strong windy days. It was first thought that we would have milder temps this week with just rain showers, but tonight they are predicting the temps are to drop further, there is a wind chill now of the teens, we are to have snow by Friday and it could be the accumulating kind.

I am headed back into town to attend my nieces music concert tonight and I certainly hope I make it home with no mishaps or wind issues. I always worry about passing semi’s when the wind is this bad – if they have an empty load, I have seen where the winds can topple them on their side and the wind today could do that.

Spring might officially be here on the calendar, but Mother Nature is not done with the snowy, cold, blustery weather yet, despite my attempts at pleading with God for some spring-like days. I keep telling myself…this too shall pass.

I’d Be Moving…

I just posted on my Facebook page about a rat that was caught in a Swedish families home – please go there to check it out – truly amazing how big this thing got. They wondered why the cat was not wanting to go into the kitchen – cannot blame the cat! I would not be able to stay in the house after catching this! They state they can eat through concrete and layers of wood.

Here is the link to my Facebook page. In inches it measured 15.55 inches long, not including the tail. I never knew they could get that big!

Sorry if it gives people the creepy crawlies – do not mean to disgust anyone – just thought it was an interesting story. A monster catch in a Swedish home…

The Future Belongs to God….holding onto that!

As each day passes and I am still finding myself searching for work that is not to be had – I am struggling with what my future holds.

I have always been able to find work in my field, but this time it is proving to be next to impossible locating any work around my home town. I was laid off the beginning of December, basically a surprise to me with no real warning it was coming…just very, very subtle hints, but I was so busy to really be able to read them and such things had happened before, so did not really think this time was different. I have been on unemployment with my benefits running out in 3 months and no closer to locating work than the day I started looking.

I question at my age of 50 if I need to reinvent myself and go back to school, take a job I have never done before and gain new experience (can an old dog be taught something new?) or continue to look in the field I have always worked in (medical)?

I pray daily for God to give me a sign or show me the path to take – I am still waiting for that sign. I know He wants the best for me, but the silence is difficult to accept when time is ticking away. I am trying to be still and prayerful through this because I know God can and will open a door. I know He has plans for me just as he tells me in Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you, “says the Lord.” “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” So I am trusting Him for this promise in my life right now that where I am to be is where I will find myself before the next 3 months has run out.

I love the quote by Oswald Chambers “We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties” and sometimes I do pray more for God to help me keep my eyes on Him then I do for the difficulties I am facing.

Part of the difficulty in locating work is that I need to be close here to help my parents. As they have gotten older they are needing more and more assistance with things and as the oldest child and single, I feel it is my duty to be there for them when they need help and sometimes that means literally picking them up off the floor on occasion because they have fallen. My sister helps when she can, but she is a busy gal with a family and my brother lives too far away to be of any help. Some days it is overwhelming, but I remind myself all they sacrificed for me over the years and that it is my turn to give back to them.

In some ways I am trying to look at the loss of my job as a blessing. Strange maybe, but let me explain. I was under extreme stress and had little free time for myself, as I was working long hours. I was the only person who held my position. They got someone to help me, but it was not the kind of help I needed to be able to leave this person for a week in my position while I would take time off. When I took a day off to take one of my parent’s to a doctor’s appointment, the gal they had hired did not get much done. I worked for this place a little over 7 years and in those 7 years I only had a vacation in the first 2 years, after that they had let all the other staff go who did my job and it was just me. Needless to say, I was experiencing burnout fast and in some ways being laid off was a bittersweet blessing, which allowed be to finally get some time off.

So while I wait on God for answers and direction, I started this blog, I help a couple days a week at my sister’s secondhand store, I started selling Avon again, I’ve been taking my parents to appointments, enjoying the pleasure of reading books once again, working on some projects I did not have time to do while working full-time/overtime, and praying for guidance and direction. I feel keeping busy keeps my eyes off my problems and able to think more clearly. As far as stress goes, things have gotten much better.

I know God is faithful to answer my prayers, He has never failed to do so and if I have received no answer, I remind myself often that I do not see the under workings in my life/circumstances, but He does and He always works things out for my best interest and so even a no answer is an answer. I certainly do not want anything that is outside of His will for me. It is my hope that I will have an answer before the 3 months is up and I am trusting Him for that!