Samples & After Press Information
Samples & After Press Information
Article Samples from our November 2017 Senior
Give Something Special This
(NAPSI)óThis holiday season, remember, the more
thought you put into the gifts and greetings cards you choose, the
happier the recipient may be.
First, take your time by planning ahead. Is the
purchase for a man or woman? Consider the recipientís personality
and interests. Does the person do jigsaw puzzles or love books? Make
the effort to ensure the gift you choose is presented as
attractively as possible. Give thought to the words you write on the
gift tag. Consider adding a photo to the card and a heartfelt,
Second, choose a gift or card thatís a bit
different, such as those created by the talented artists who belong
to Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA).
This year, the MFPA celebrates its 60th
anniversary since its formation by Erich Stegmann, who painted by
mouth from childhood, due to polio. His vision was to form a unique,
international self-help group of disabled artists (those without the
use of their hands), seeking financial independence and a fulfilling
life through art. Selling reproductions of their mouth- or
foot-painted images in the form of Christmas greetings cards,
calendars and a range of other products, the artistsí motto is
"Self-Help, Not Charity."
One of these talented painters is Chicagoan
Mariam Parť. She became a quadriplegic at age 20, when, already an
art student, she innocently took a stray bullet to the back in gang
cross fire. She then retaught herself to paint by holding a brush in
Today, her paintings reflect her love of art and
the freedom of expression it brings her. Many of her images have
been exhibited in galleries across the U.S. and in Europe. Parťís
greetings card images are popular around the world and her talent
has brought her a number of high-profile gigs, including appearing
on "The Today Show" with Hoda and Kathie Lee and a visit
to the Malibu home of actor and keen artist Pierce Brosnan.
How To Purchase
In early October, selected households across
America will receive, through the mail, a collection of greetings
cards and calendars for purchase. These items and other seasonal
products are also available online at www.mfpausa.com and at (877)
Light for the Journey
"DONíT MESS WITH GODíS
There is a "perfect." In spite of all
we know of God, we humans keep messing with His perfect plan. I have
manipulated, intervened, and meddled too many
times to number because Godís plan wasnít what I thought it
should be. Or might I add, what I wanted it to be.
Through the ages, beginning with Adam and Eve,
humankind has attempted to re-arrange the perfect
laid out by a wise and all-knowing God. The LORD God placed the man
in the Garden of Eden to tend and to watch over it. But the LORD God
warned him. "And
God said, "ĎSee, I have given you every herb that yields seed
which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit
yields seed; to you it shall be for foodí" (Genesis 1:29).
"And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, ĎOf every tree
of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge
of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of
it you shall surely dieí" (Genesis 2:7).
We will assume that Adam did
what every husband should and passed Godís instructions to his
wife and she should have known. However, satan convinced Eve that
God was withholding something good from her and if she ate the fruit
from the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil she would be like
God. So, she listened to the deceiver and took the bite of death.
With that one bite of rebellion, she brought, not only upon herself
but to all mankind: sin, death and every form of evil, sickness,
suffering and discord. "Then
God said, ĎLook! I have given you every seed-bearing plant
throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food...í"
(Gen 2:29). They could eat of ANY
fruit in the garden with seed in it but they were not to eat fruit
from this tree. The fruit from this tree was the fruit of rebellion.
rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as
iniquity and idolatry" (I Sam 15:23).
The rebellion continues. Dissatisfaction
is fueled by the rabid me first entitlement mentality which
permeates our culture. An expecting couple requests a daughter from
God and the ultrasound reveals God failed to comply with their
wishes. In fact, He really blew it. "He didnít get our order
right! What was He thinking!?" "We can fix this!" So
they manipulate Godís perfect plan. The babyís life is snuffed
out by abortion because God messed up.
Two men or women swallow satanís bait,
believing God was mistaken when He said marriage shall be between
one man and one woman. So they manipulate and mess with Godís
perfect plan. "We can fix this!" Really? "Then
the LORD God said, ĎIt is not good for the man to be alone. I will
make a helper who is just right for him. . .í So the LORD God
caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, the
LORD God took out one of the manís ribs and closed up the opening.
Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to
the man. . . Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that
it was very good!" (Gen 2:18; 21; 31).
Teenagers become confused because of lies of the
media, government and society and what they are taught at school.
Persuaded that God obviously made a mistake when he created them and
they are surely trapped in the wrong body. So, they manipulate and
mess with Godís perfect plan. "I can fix this. I will have a
sex change!" Really? "For you created my inmost being; you
knit me together in my motherís womb. I praise you because I am
fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know
that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in
the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the
earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me
were written in your book before one of them came to be" (Psalm
I am convinced that no matter what we do to mess
with the "perfect" body God created, no matter how much
effort or expense goes into manipulating His perfect plan, on the
inside is still the man or woman He created in the womb. Changing
the outside doesnít change who God created us to be.
Still, when I find myself dissatisfied, even in
small things, I must guard against messing with Godís perfect! He
always knows what He is doing and what is best for me. All things
still work together for the good of those who love God and are
called according to His purpose!!! (Romans 8:28). Itís in the
Bible. It is Godís Word and His Word is still in effect even in
todayís world with a self-centered and confused generation that
refuses to settle for Godís best! His perfect plan. Can I remind
you that in the end . . . every knee shall bow to His plan? ".
. . And so, in honor of the name of Jesus all beings in heaven, on
earth, and in the world below will fall on their knees, and all will
openly proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the
Father" (Phil. 2:10-11 Good News Translation).
©2017 Jan McLaughlin
All rights reserved. Jan McLaughlin is Director
of Prayer For Prisoners International and can be reached at
719-275-6434 or by e-mail, Jan@PrayerForPrisoners.org.