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Easter and You

What is your idea of Easter?  I asked that question of some children.  7 to 10 year olds and they all said that it was Easter bunnies, and Easter eggs and fun.  Kind of sad, huh?  Sad on two counts.  One is that their parents are not teaching the kids better than that and two because it isn’t only children that think that way.  We have been in the ministry over 40 years now and I have heard several “so called Christians” state that Easter is for children and fun.

            Now when my kids were little, I loved buying them new pretty clothes to wear on Easter Sunday and I bought them Easter baskets and had egg hunts, but not once did I let a Easter go by without telling them all about the real meaning of Easter.  It seems so basic to me.  The Easter story is about everything of any meaning to us.  Because Christ died on the cross that Easter and arose again, we have families, and friends and churches and hope and a future.  It is all-encompassing.

            Every once in a while, I talked to someone who is convinced that a child cannot handle any negatives about God and pain and death.  They are convinced that children must be sheltered from such hardness.  And yet, those same parents allow their children to watch DVDs and movies about murder and rape and bad guys and violence.  I fail to understand such logic.  When in fact, it isn’t logic at all.  There is nothing logical about shielding children from anything in the Bible.  Children can handle it easily.  It is only parents brain-washed by liberal thinking that Christianity is harmful to children and therefore they cannot handle death and resurrection of Christ.  That does not come from God.  What God did for them is a comfort and a joy and a hope that children desperately need.   

            Children are, and probably always have been smarter than we give them credit for.  Even your 3 year olds need to hear about Jesus.  Maybe not his death, but His life.  Even 3 year olds can understand that there is comfort in believing in a good God.  Don’t be caught up in a philosophy that children need to be protected from God.  Think it out.  They would have you believe that God is all about fire and brimstone and death and violence.  They see the sacrifices in the Bible and on the cross and have no clue of the significant meaning behind it all.  Don’t be fooled Angels.  God can penetrate the heart of a child and be a comfort and source of security to that child.

            When we lapse into planned prayers like, “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep.  If I should die before I wake, I pray thee Lord my soul to take.”  Now that is man scaring the children and blaming it on God.  Don’t be fooled.  Teach the children to pray from their heart by you praying from yours.  Not so hard to do.  How about this, “ Thank you Lord for loving me, thank you for protecting me.  Thank you Lord for being here with me and keeping all bad things away.  I love you and I know you love me too.”  That will give them peace and security and hope.  Children can love God unless you make Him into a boogey man.

Happy Easter Everyone

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Verse For the Day

 Deuteronomy 11:19  KJV

And you shall teach them your children, speaking of them when you sittest in your house and when you walk bythe way, when you lie down and when you rise up.

Deut. 11:21

That your days may be multiplied and the days of your children, in the land which the Lord sore unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven up on the earth.

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ANGELS:  This article that follows was written by Angel Candy who is my daughter.  My most recent article follows hers and mine is simply entitled Christmas.  Please check them both out.  Thanks.  Angel Janet

It’s the

thought that Counts 

A dozen roses with the Quik Trip logo on the tag, a huge bottle  of really cheap perfume, a voucher for an hour long massage, when you know they’re only good for 5 minutes tops, a boxed gift that hasn’t seen the light of day in a good few years or a bad attempt at a homemade bar of soap are all wonderful examples of something I might deem acceptable if they were given to me by my ten year old son, but might not be so excited if they came from someone who ought to know better.  Yes, there is something to be said about saving money and giving gifts from the heart.  You know—it’s the thought that counts.  But exactly what thought counts?

Here’s a thought, I ran out of time today and I thought of you last!  Or, I really need to buy myself something nice and wouldn’t you know it, I ran out of money! Or my favorite, I forgot all about you!  These are thoughts, but are they the thoughts that should count?  Maybe saying that it is the thought that counts has just become an excuse.

From my own experience I know that this is true.  One unforgettable memory still surfaces for me every year at Christmas.  There was a balmy hot summer inNew Zealand, and the gifts wrapped so nicely a few days before were quickly fading in the intense sunlight streaming through the windows.  Suddenly I was called to a birthday party only two days before Christmas, and I was unprepared.  It was a new friend, and she’d been shy about informing all of us of her special day.  So in the tradition of re=gifting I hastily grabbed what I knew was a gift from a student, and was obviously a box of chocolates.  Imagine my embarrassment when she opened the box, and inside were melted little blobs of old Caramello delights, each one clinging to the packaging, unmovable without a spoon.  My thoughts before giving the gift were much different from my thoughts after.

This Christmas I find myself a little short on funds, like a lot of people.  But after the Caramello incident I think about people I care about for months in advance, and choose to think that others are like minded.  Maybe we all need to learn a lesson from each other.  There are ways to save moneyANDbe thoughtful.  Know what people enjuoy, and what inspires them.  Learn about the ones you love, and be conscious of what they say.

In the New Testament we read of the widow who gave the last of her resources in her offering to the temple.  Jesus commented to the disciples that she would always be remembered for this selfless act of faith.  She didn’t have much to give, but it was all she had.  And the little boy whose 5 loaves and 7 fishes fed a crowd of thousands became a profound gift for all time.

According to Luke6:38we should give and it will be given back to us.  Give cheerfully (everyone knows the difference) and give generously.  But most importantly, give thoughtfully this year.

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Angel News – always check here!!

I’ve been asked many times now how often I post.  Right now I try to post once a week.  Sometimes I go 10 days when I am really busy, but I wait on you to ask for more.  I would love to write once a day.  So it is in your court.  Let me know what you think.  Have a blessed Angel day.

Angel Janet

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Because Angels Ask – BAA

QUESTION;

i had a dear lady write and express fear because she is pregnant and sees her life as very bleak.  She is very worried.  What to do?  Signed Worried

ANSWER:

The only answer possible is to turn to God and to trust Him.  He knows and understands her predicament.  No matter what her story is, or if there is a man to stand beside her.  God is there, standing beside her.  He is our protector, our lover, our Savior.  No problem is too big or too small for Him.   I don’t know your relationship with Him, but you need to know Him personally.  If you don’t know for sure if you are a Christian write me an e-mail at www.jlyoung@usapathway.com and I will write you a personal letter.  I know that I can help.  Please write. It is worth your time.

Angel Janet

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To Eat or Not to Eat

I want to introduce you to a 13 year old boy named Ken.  Ken was on the edge of an  abyss.  This is a true story and it really happened to Ken.   He was entering his teen years and he was confused, bewildered and

just plain scared.  Ken was a missionary kid.  He was leaving the U.S. to go back to the country of New Zealand without his two sisters, only his Mom and Dad.  He was going to a new city and new school and new church.  He had no friends or even anyone he knew.  He didn’t even have his dog any more.  It was a scary time for a kid. Although no one knew it at the time, he had started into anorexia.

Ken was a good looking kid, but he was husky, definitely not fat, but well built.  Some of his skinny friends in the U.S. had made fun of him.  So upon reaching this unknown state he was in, he did the only thing that he had any control over.  He decided that he would lose weight.  Being 13, he had had no practice in dieting..  So, he simply stopped eating.  His Mom noticed a few days into the fast that he wasn’t eating, but Ken learned to lie rather quickly.  He would say that he had already eaten at a friend’s house, or at school, or any place to throw Mom off his trail.  The days slipped into weeks and the weeks into  months.  Mom threatened and tried to get people to listen to her, but it truly seemed like she was imagining it all.  Ken continued to lie and exercise and lose weight.

I don’t know if you have ever been around anyone with anorexia, but they get to be skin and bones.  They lose weight everywhere, their feet, hands, face, legs, everywhere, but their nose.  Ken’s nose began to stick out between sunken cheeks.  He was changing his looks drastically.  By this time, everyone was noticing how skinny he was.  Dad began to be major upset.  He threatened the boy and tried to force him to eat.   Have you ever tried to make a child eat?  It can’t be done.  These were no ordinary parents, in that they were loving and affectionate and cared greatly for the boy, but it wasn’t enough.

After a few months they contacted an American doctor friend they knew.  She thought that it was anorexia and prescribed a modification in behavior.  That doesn’t work.  So they took him to a physician.  He took tests and talked to the boy and found that he was indeed anorexic He suggested treatment in a psychiatric hospital and forced feeding.  This seemed to throw up red flags to the parents.  If it wasn’t medical then it was spiritual.  The psychiatrist treatment would be a sorry substitute for spiritual treatment.  Ken was a boy in trouble and needed some answers.

The parents thought for awhile that it might be demonic.  Indeed, the boy thought that he was fat when clearly he wasn’t.  He would look in a mirror and see fat.  They tried praying for Satan to leave him, but that didn’t work.  Now desperation set in.  Mom cried and cried continually.  All either of them could think about was Ken and what might happen.  If he didn’t get treatment soon, his organs could start to shut down.  Many anorexics die from anorexia.  You can threaten, bribe, encourage,  discipline, appeal to his reasoning, but you cannot force a child to eat.  The only thing they knew to do was to take Ken to a counseling center in CO where a man of like faith had an office.  So soon Ken and his Mom were on a plane flying to CO for counseling.

Ken had been not eating for 9 months.  It was the worse time of our lives.  You see, Ken was my son and my DH and I and Ken went through this terrible time together.  I honestly didn’t know if Ken would live or not. I would wake up at night crying while dreaming of Ken.   I wouldn’t wish such a time on my worst enemy, but out of our worse time in our lives, came our greatest blessing.  It won’t be easy to describe to you what happened in such a short space, but I will try.  The psychiatrist would have tried to treat Ken with worldly wisdom.  We only look to God for answers and in His book that He has given to us.

In five short days of about 3 hours of counseling a day, Ken was over his anorexia.  I know that many say that a person is never over anorexia, but when God sets you free you are free indeed.  (John 8:36)  Ken’s problem was that he was in the center of his life.  He only cared about his own truth and how he saw himself.  God was not in the center, and Hello, God won’t take a second seat to anybody.  Don’t be too critical of the anorexic or of Ken, because most everyone is in the center of their own life.  They want to be in control and do not step down for God’s control.  John and I discovered that we were in the same boat as Ken.  We controlled our own lives too.  The smoker is there, the druggie is there and the alcoholic and the gambler and you name it.  Everyone wants to be in control, and God is saying “go on then, but don’t ask me to help.”   Most Christians go on for years being in the center of their own lives.  Look at the Israelite s  wandering in the wilderness for 40 years, it is exactly the same.  They said that they would be in control.  There is a saying to “let go and let God” .  It is too simplistic but it is true.  As along as you want to be in control, God will let you, but if you want Him to bless you, then you must step aside and allow God to do with you as He wants.  What ever that means is what is best for you.  And so it was with Ken and with us.  We wanted God’s best for our lives and we had to give Him permission to take over and we did it verbally in prayer and He took center stage.

Today our son is the pastor of the International Baptist Church in Howick, New Zealand.  He is restored completely to us and our relationship is wonderful.  There is no hint of anorexia in the man.  If you need this type of release you must read Romans 12:1-2 and present your body a living sacrifice.  If this has been a blessing to you, please let us know.

Angels are yielded,

Angel Janet

 

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Angel Words

DH         means      dear husband

Angel-up  means the same as man-up

Attitude check means to change your attitude from negative to positive

DD          means      dear daughter

DDS        means       dear daughters

DS            means       dear son

SS            means        Sunday School

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