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How to Avoid Living in The Past

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There is a better future, with a greater purpose. We can find it, only when we search for it.

How to Avoid Living in The Past

To avoid living in the past, you must find a way to leave the past behind, and imagine a greater future of success and prosperity. If you feel guilty about something that you did in the past, or something you should have done, forgive yourself.  Accept God’s forgiveness for your wrongdoings. And strive for a better future, to become a better person.  Otherwise, you will become a prisoner locked behind the corridors of your past. There is a better future, with a greater purpose. One can find it, only if he or she searches for it.

__ Ellen J. Barrier


You Must Release the Past from Your Mind

“But this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth to those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”  Apostle Paul

Philippians 3:13-14 (K.J.V)

Large Peach Cobbler

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Large Peach CobblerRecipe by: Hazel M. Mason


3 pound bag of frozen or fresh peaches

2 and one-half cups of sugar

2 egg yolks

1/2 cup of sweet milk

2 table spoons of flour

1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

1 stick of butter



Mix egg yolks, flour and sweet milk together, making a thickening agent.

* Combine peaches, sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon and butter.

* Arrange peaches in the bottom of pan on top of crust.

Pour all of the mixed ingredients over the peaches.

Place strips of dough on top of the ingredients.

Pour melted butter over the strips of dough that is a top crust.

Sprinkle with sugar.

Bake at 350 degrees for one hour.


3 cups of flour

½ cups of butter Crisco

½ teaspoon of baking powder

1 pinch of salt

Add flour and butter Crisco. Mix well

Add baking powder, and salt. Knead dough into balls. Roll out and cut strips of dough.

Place dough on the bottom of pan and make the top crust.

Sleepless Nights Can be Hazardous to Your Health

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Sleepless Nights Can be Hazardous to Your Health

Occasionally, everyone will have a sleepless night; that is logical.

It is when sleepless nights become frequently, that they should be of concern for the individual’s health.

The person who has frequent nights of not being able to sleep will eventually, experience loss of appetite, restlessness, tiredness and unable to concentrate, and discomfort within his or her body, such as headaches and abdominal pain and indigestion and other symptoms.

Stress can be a factor in causing one to not be able to sleep.

Here are some helpful tips on removing the underlying cause of sleepless nights:

  1. Control as much stress in your life as possible.
  2. Schedule work ahead; plan as much of your work  to lighten your workload.
  3. Eat small meals that are nutritious if you are not hungry but have not eaten.
  4. Drink nutritious beverages and water to maintain fluid intake.
  5. Try to prevent stressful situations when it is possible.
  6. It is unhealthy to withhold things  within your mind if you are unhappy with someone.
  7. It is OK to have a personal conversation with respect to the other person who is making you unhappy.
  8. Try to find things to relax your mind.


Make sure you are not the problem in your relationship.

In a relationship, the other person should always be the center of your attention.

1. Listen      2 . Comfort    3. Encourage    4. Speak kind words

The other person should feel that when they are with you, the two of you become one force that nothing can resist. There is nothing the two of you cannot conquer. You need to feel the same about  the person you are in a relationship with.

This is the making of a strong relationship that is established on Respect and Trust.

__ Ellen J. Barrier

Supernatural Intervention in Times of Financial Needs

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Supernatural Intervention in Times of Financial Needs

There have been times in my life when I have fallen down on my knees and prayed for financial intervention or to get a job. There are  more people needing financial security nowadays than ever. However, there have always been the needs for Supernatural intervention, even in the days of
St. Peter who was in desperate need of having to pay a debt immediately and had no money.

__ Ellen J. Barrier

Story as told:

And when they (Jesus & Peter) were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said,

“Doth not your master pay tribute?”  He said, “Yes.”

Peter did the same thing as I have done and so many others

And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, “What thinkest thou, Simon?

Of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? Of their own children,  or of strangers?”

Peter said unto him, “Of strangers.”

Something Required to Do

Jesus said unto him, “Then are the children free. Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them,

Go thou to the sea, and cast a hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast
opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.”

Obedience and Work are Required Before Receiving a Request From God

We know that Jesus could have given Peter the money miraculously. However, had he done so, it wouldn’t have taught Peter obedient and trust in times of more challenges that would test his faith in God.

There are times when answers don’t come easy. We have to remain steadfast and focused on our goal. Sometimes the road to success is paved with many obstacles.

And it seems that the harder you work the more challenges you will face. But, from my own personal experience I can say, God has never failed me.

I am stronger and wiser because of the challenges I have overcome with my trust in God and his interventions in my life, I have been successful in accomplishing the goals I set before me. Presently, I am looking forward to completing several new goals.

 What this Lesson Teaches

From this lesson we learned; God understand the need for us to have financial means to get the things we need and pay for the services we use. God is our provider of the things we need for security. We also, understand that we have to work. We each have been given special talents and skills. Its up to us to have the desire to use them. In order for us to succeed in society, we must be willing to work hard and follow instructions. Peter was given specific instructions to follow in order to get the money he needed, by using his skill.

Source of Information:

Matthew 17:24-27

Author: Ellen J. Barrier


God Answers Prayer by Ellen J. Barrier

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Copyright © 2005 My performing arts career began in churches in my preteen years. At about the age of 3, I used any object I could find to make music. My parents bought my first piano at the age 14 and provided me with music lessons. I grew up singing and performing in activities in churches and school. My company sponsors musical and talent shows frequently. I am also, a spiritual counselor. My teachings are based on life issues. My preference for music:  inspiration, romance, classic, jazz and Latin. __ Ellen J. Barrier

I need a miracle today

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I Need A Miracle Today

At 5:00 a.m., I was awakened by a horrible storm.  Tornadoes were said to be wrapped in rain and air traffic was halted. People were reportedly stranded in airports.  The streets and highways were not suitable for traffic, according to a weather report.

My plans for my trip would take a miracle for me to get to my destination.

This trip is one of importance; it is our annual extravaganza. I am the sponsor and speaker. This is a 4 day event of fun and excitement: Fashion  & Talent show, Musical, Items for sale, door prizes, Games, and lots of food and drinks.

Today is Thursday. My plans were to leave at 5:00 a. m. I have several vans packed with equipment and other things needed for this event that is scheduled in the great state of Texas! My family is asking, “Shall we start unpacking?”  They believe it is hopeless.  “The storms are not going to allow us to travel.”

I am not ready to give up. So, my decision was to wait until 8:00 a. m., and see if it is possible for us to leave.  While we are waiting I am praying for a miracle. The rain stopped completely at 9:00 a.m., the weather report informed of scattered thundershowers ahead.

We left Kansas at 10:00 a.m. There were some lightning and thunderstorms along our journey. We arrived in Texas in the very late evening; thankful to God for a safe trip, a nice hotel and good Texas food to eat before retiring for the night, and looking forward  to a great event with family and friends, and meeting lots of new people and old friends.

 My Speech:   The Storms of Life

On the first night of this event, I opened with a prayer and testimony. Everyone has a story to tell. I want to hear their stories. Many of their stories were very sad ones. My purpose is to listen, and to determine how best I can help each person. After listening to their stories, I chose to speak about The Storms of Life.

Storms will come and there is nothing we can do to prevent them. However, we can pray and patiently wait for God to get us safely through the storms. Just as the weather related storms cause disasters and harm and will halt our plans. So does the things that occur in our lives; such things as sickness, accidents, loss of financial income, divorce, problems in relationships, family problems and other reasons for unhappiness. We have a choice; give up or endure.

Hope comes from prayer. It gives us strength to endure and to persevere.

“He gives power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increase strength.

Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up

With wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

Isaiah 40: 29-31 (King James Bible)

__ Ellen J. Barrier

Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie

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Chocolate Chip Pecan PieRecipe by: Lynda Ruben

1 cup KARO syrup (light corn)
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla flavor
2 cups pecan halves
2 tsp. butter (melted)
1 cup chocolate chip morsels
1 tsp. homogenized milk
1 tsp. flour
1-9 inch unbaked pie crust

Combine syrup, sugar, vanilla flavor and butter. Mix well in a bowl. Add milk, and flour, mixing well. Pour into unbaked pie crust. Arrange pecan halves in circular motion to form a design. Place chocolate chip morsels over pecans and bake at 350 degrees for one hour.