Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Helping Children Who Suffer Cyber-bullying

The definition of cyber-bullying, the trends of this activity, effects of it on children, and solutions and preventions.

We CAN make a difference in the lives of children who suffer cyber-bullying and other forms of abuse. Don't add to the abuse by ignoring what they are enduring. Every little thing that we do to raise awareness, provide resources and shelter children makes a difference. Children depend upon adults all around them. Don't turn your back on them. 

I've added a new resource link to my page Children's Rights. It is titled A Comprehensive Cyberbullying Guide for Parents

Julia is a volunteer who works to help protect children online via online courses and guides. She advised the company that wrote this guide on cyber-bullying. She says, We try to educate parents and teachers alike on how to keep our kids safe online.

You can study this online guide by clicking the link above. It is an easy to read webpage with a table of contents list at the top.  Scroll down as you read and you will find subjects such as the definition of cyber-bullying, the trends of this activity, effects of it on children, and solutions and preventions.

You will find more resources to help children at my page Children's Rights. A tab link is also in the navigation panel at the top.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Dear Lord Help Us

A prayer and reminder for when you are feeling anxiety, distress, depression, hopelessness or unhappiness.


Help us to keep our minds on you.
We thank you for the peace that passes all understanding and for joy unspeakable in the midst of struggle, fear and disappointment. We know that our joy in you is where our strength will always lie, and that YOU will keep us in perfect peace, because we choose to bring our minds back to you always.


Monday, July 9, 2018

Resting In Obedience

Jesus decides to wash his disciples' feet to illustrate a principle.
As Christians, when we finally get it we then try to do too much. In John 13:5-10, Jesus begins to wash the feet of his disciples. When he comes to Peter, the disciple in his ignorance rejects Jesus' humble service. When Jesus explains to him that in allowing his teacher to serve him he is acknowledging that they are one. He is showing that we can rest in obedience. Peter, however, goes overboard.
Jesus humbly begins to wash the feet of his disciples.
Peter enthusiastically says that if that's the case, he then wanted Jesus to wash his hands and his head! While it is commendable that Peter was so committed to his relationship with The Savior, all of that was not necessary. In the Christian walk, God shows us often that much of our activity is not necessary, and that we can rest in obedience. He explained to Peter that to be clean for the purposes and point that his Lord and Master was making meant that only his feet needed to be washed. 
Peter's ignorance causes him to reject Jesus' ministering.
There are deeper messages in this passage. For now, I will say that we as Christians try to do too much. The too much is what we perceive as pleasing God, or being a part of God's kingdom. We work hard to think of ways to please God. This is a form of orchestrated sacrifice. The best thing to do is to expend our energies towards learning how to better hear the still small voice of God's Spirit. When we hear what he is saying to us, we can then rest in obedience.
Peter goes overboard in his acceptance of Jesus's ministering.
When we are more experienced in discerning his guidance we can better obey his voice. The Word tells us that obedience is better than sacrifice. When Peter accepted the ministering to him in the way that Christ was determined that it should be done, that was the better way. He was suppressing his desire to sacrifice, through unnecessary activity. He obeyed his Master. We too can rest in obedience.

Then Samuel said,
"Is the LORD as delighted with burnt offerings and sacrifices as he would be with your obedience?
To follow instructions is better than to sacrifice.
To obey is better than sacrificing the fat of rams."
I Samuel 15:22 (GW)

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Friday, July 6, 2018

The World Has Gone After Jesus

The Pharisees were so disappointed that they could not stop Jesus' ascension to fame.
In John 12:19, the Pharisees were so disappointed that they could not stop Jesus' ascension to fame. They mumbled and complained among themselves about it, accusing each other of having no effect against the rising tide of his popularity. They said, "Behold, the world is gone after him." They must have cursed and stomped their feet at the significance of what was happening. They were losing control, and the very person whose effect they had tried to suppress was becoming more popular everyday.

Today, we worship God through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.

Never has any one in history been able to stop the tide of love for Jesus and what he did on the cross for us. Because of his obedience to his Father, we are free today. We will be resurrected to life and don't have to fear the 2nd death. Our eternal destination is secure. Today, we worship God through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. We honor and respect him for his sacrifice on our behalf. Without him we would have no hope. Yes, the world truly has gone after Jesus, and we are still going after him today, just as God desired.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Christian Poetry About God As A Deliverer

The Dear Deliverer Poem About God As Helper

The Dear Deliverer

Oh God, did you set up my deliverance
Decades ago?
Oh Father, did you set the stars to turn
In my favor?
You always come through,
No matter what the challenge
Or fear.
You help and deliver,
Free and clear.
To my heart and my soul,
You are dear.

©2018 SJHolland

Saturday, June 9, 2018

CHRISTIAN PRODUCTS: Cell Phone Cases With Scriptures

iPhone case with scripture

A Christian buyer is happy to be carrying around a phone that reminds him/her that Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. This was purchased at my Society6 Shop.  I used marker art to complete this design of a candlestick painting with hand-lettering of Psalm 119:105.

iPhone case/skin with Jesus Christ of Nazareth design

I painted the original artwork for this Jesus Christ of Nazareth: My Lord My Savior design with acrylic, mixed media and collage. It is a painting of inspiration and faith.

Scripture reference iPhone case or skin

I love watercolor, so this painting was done in that medium. I named it "Flying Lady" and added hand-lettering for Isaiah 40:31, 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. They shall walk and not faint. This is a beloved scripture for many Christians.

Society6 says about their cases: 

Our iPhone Slim Case combines premium protection with brilliant design. The slim profile keeps your tech looking sleek, while guarding against scuffs and scratches. Just snap it onto the case and you’re good to go.

The iPhone Adventure Case is built to protect you from...well, you. Featuring rugged, multi-layered protection for worst-case scenarios. With silicone exteriors, touchscreen covers and hard plastic liners, take your phone on serious adventures without worrying about the elements.

Added protection, just in case. Our iPhone Tough Cases keep a slim profile, but with increased shock dispersion thanks to a silicone liner. It’ll save your phone’s life over and over again.

About their skins, they have this to say:

Not looking for a case, but want to customize your phone with rad designs? All you need is an iPhone Skin - a vinyl decal which sticks perfectly to your model. Pick up a few and change them out - they’re super easy to stick on and take off.
Visit my
Society6 Artsy Craftery Design Studio shop
for more Christian products
with these spiritual designs 
and more to come.

~ Fill your life with reminders of Jesus Christ. ~

 ~ Spend your money on merchandise that glorifies God. ~

~ Surround yourself with products that invite in The Holy Spirit everyday. ~

We need all the help that we can get
in doing spiritual battle in this fallen world.


The Lord has blessed me with great creative skills. I am a self-taught designer, crafter, writer and artist.
Like Lydia in Acts 16, I am a seller of beautiful things
and I worship the Lord everyday, day in and day out. 

Proverbs 22:29 states:
Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men. (KJV)

Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before unknown men.  (NKJV)

I have learned that in order for God to bless us through our talents, skills and creativity,
we have to put our work out there. 


If you know of anyone who sells handmade products or designs that glorify God, let me know so that I can take a look. I may feature them here.


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