My grandpa, Michael T. Whitney, served in the U.S. Navy during WWI. He was just a kid, like so many of that time. Enlisting at 16, he lied about his age, also a fairly common practice of young men in those days. Grandpa was the son of Irish immigrant parents, one of nine children. Maybe the Navy was his chance for adventure. I can only speculate since he died before I was born. I do know that he was on a troop ship, which brought troops to Europe. Grandpa worked in the engine room. That must have been grueling work. There was plenty of danger for him in the Navy during the Great War as German U-Boats sunk many U.S. ships.
All three of my grandpa’s sons, including my dad, served in the U.S. Military. Uncle Tom was in the Army during WWII. He was part of The Battle of…
Addiction is in my family. My father was an alcoholic, so were my grandfathers, and uncles. Two of my siblings have struggled with addiction. My oldest brother has been in the grip of drug addiction for decades. It has taken everything from him. He has been homeless most of his life. In and out of jail, rehab, and even prison. When I see one of his mugshots it takes my breath away. I have been praying for my brother for years, and I will continue to do so until he gets set free and fully surrenders his life to Jesus Christ.
I am no expert on addiction, but I do have a lot of compassion for the addict and their loved ones. There are wonderful people out there fighting the good fight for the addicted. Jeannie Delahunt is one of those special people. I am honored to have Jeannie on my blog.
Jeannie is an author who wrote out of love for her heroin addicted son. She is a Jesus loving woman with a strong faith, and hope for the addict. Please welcome Jeannie and read a little of her story. You will be blessed.
I wrote my two books, Tough Loving My Heroin Addict, A Lesson from the Parable of the Prodigal Son, and You’re Not Alone, the Prayer Journey of a Heroin Addict’s Mother, first for my own sanity, then, in the hopes of supporting other parents enduring the same or similar anguish.
Writing has always been a coping mechanism for me.
When I first found out how all-consuming my son’s addiction was, all I could do for two weeks was sit on my couch and stare out the window. I hardly ate or slept. I just couldn’t believe this happened to my son, to us, his brother, our family. I felt as though I had entered the land of never-ending tombs.
I remember saying in my mind, because I couldn’t really pray at the time, “If You don’t do something, this will kill me.”
Fortunately, a dear Christian sister checked on me every couple of days. She didn’t lecture, or preach, she just asked, “Can I do anything for you? I’m praying for you, your son, the situation.”
Somewhere, during those two weeks, it came to me to write. I do believe that came from God.
It didn’t take any form at first. I just wrote whatever came to me. In time it took form. Actually, it took form after another perspective from the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-24).
I focused on the dad in the story.
Then I knew with the help of the Holy Spirit, I needed to let my son go and place him in the care of the Lord. In no way, shape, or form, could I protect my son, enable him. He would need to suffer the consequences of his own actions. I suffered, too.
Everyone who loves an addict, alcoholic, suffers, too.
The second book I wrote to support those parents or loved ones praying daily, all through the day, and even into the night- time. Those sobbing into their pillows, some, perhaps, having to go to work in the morning, trying to muster all the internal strength they had just to get through the day.
I wanted them to know that someone else understood their sufferings and prayed for them. My greatest hope with that book, for the reader(s) to hold on, and trust. For each day could mean a knock on the door from the authorities. A knock signaling the death from overdose, or any other drug-related reason.
Unfortunately, there aren’t enough services out there. And our culture is a drug-oriented culture. Just look at the passing of recreational marijuana recently. Now, we not only have to cope with drunk-driving, but stoned, and drunk-driving.
Marijuana, for instance, might have its place – but under the strict supervision of the docs, not for legal sale on the street corners. Our culture holds many double-messages. We advertise the dangers of smoking cigarettes but endorse the smoking of pot. Go figure.
To date, my son struggles with sobriety. I praise God and believe some day; God will set every cell in his body free from this oppression. I pray for all who love an addict, alcoholic and for deliverance of their loved one.
I had the privilege to write a guest post for Jessie Mattis on the importance of listening to our kids. We sure tell our kids a lot, but what about taking the time to listen to them? Everyone just wants to be heard, and our kids are no exception. Please go to the link to read Listening to Our Kids Is Important – How to Listen Well.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. That’s right, it’s pumpkin time. If you are a pumpkin fan then you will enjoy these mini pumpkin cheesecakes. They are scrumptious. Not too much pumpkin for the non-pumpkin fans, yet just enough for the pumpkin lovers.
This pumpkin cheesecake is light and perfectly sweet with just the right amount of spice. Toasted pecans add fantastic flavor and texture to the graham cracker crust. Each bite of these tiny goodies has the perfect mix of creamy and crunchy.
The portions are the ideal size for a sweet treat. No fork required. These would look so beautiful on a cake stand for Thanksgiving. But you don’t need a special occasion to make these mini cheesecakes. Every day is a reason to be thankful so why not celebrate with pumpkin cheesecake.
Make this simple yet impressive dessert for the holiday season or any time of the year. Experience the delight of cheesecake without all of the fuss. Enjoy this delectable small dessert.
Seek the LORD and His strength; Seek His face continually. Psalm 105:4
Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake
Yield: 24 cheesecakes
1 and a half sleeves of graham crackers (approximately 12 graham crackers)
½ cup butter – melted
6 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ cup toasted pecans
16 oz. cream cheese – room temp
15 oz. can pumpkin puree
2 tablespoons sour cream
2 eggs – room temp
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon ginger
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Make the crust
Preheat oven to 350°
Line muffin pan with paper cups. This recipe makes 24.
Toast pecans in the oven on a baking sheet for 7 to 8 minutes.
Place toasted pecans and graham crackers in a food processor and make fine crumbs. (If you don’t have a food processor you can place the graham crackers and pecans in a large plastic bag. Pound them with a rolling pin until crumbs form.)
Place the graham cracker crumbs and pecans in a mixing bowl. Add melted butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Mix with a spoon or fork until combined.
Put two tablespoons of the crust into each paper baking cup.
Take a small glass or measuring cup and firmly press the crust in place.
Make the cheesecake
Blend the cream cheese in a stand mixer with whisk attachment, or hand mixer, until smooth.
Add the pumpkin and sour cream. Mix until well blended.
Using a large baking scoop or ice cream scoop, fill the crust lined cups with one full scoop each of cheesecake batter. About ¾ full.
Bake cheesecakes for 18 to 20 minutes. Turn the oven off, then leave the cheesecakes in the oven for an additional 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let the cheesecakes cool completely. Store in the refrigerator. Top with fresh whipped cream and cinnamon or nutmeg.
The mini cheesecakes will last for 3 days in the fridge or 2 months in the freezer.
If you don’t want pecans in the crust, just use 2 full sleeves of graham crackers.
You will have a little extra batter and crust to make an additional 4 to 6 cheesecakes.
The cheesecakes will puff up in the oven and get some cracks. These will go away once they cool completely.
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Have you stopped praying? Maybe you didn’t get what you wanted, or you don’t see the point in prayer. It’s time to start praying again.
God loves His children. So much so, that He delights in answering our prayers. We are to ask, seek, and knock. This is one of my favorite passages of scripture in the New Testament. I have worn out this page in my Bible since I have read this time, and time again. The message is powerful, and true.
7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone?10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
Matthew 7:7-12, NIV
Jesus spoke these words as part of The Sermon on the Mount. He said a lot in this awe inspiring sermon, and these few verses are just one part of it.
Prayer is important. Jesus tells us to pray. These three steps of asking, seeking, and knocking are different aspects of praying to God.
Ask humbly and confidently.
Seek with a hunger and a desire for God’s will.
Knock with expectancy and fervency,
We are not knocking on a wall. We are knocking on a door, God’s door. That door is meant to open for His children.
Do you ever feel like you are pounding on a brick wall when you are praying? You are knocking on a door. “To the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
“His doors are meant to open: they were made on purpose for entrance; and so the blessed gospel of God is made on purpose for you to enter into life and peace. It would be of no use to knock at a wall, but you may wisely knock at a door, for it is arranged for opening.” -Charles Spurgeon
How much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
God loves to give good gifts to us. Even more than that, He loves to give beyond what we have asked of Him. God loves to bless His children. How amazing is God! More amazing than anyone or anything. He is perfect, Holy God.
When my children are hungry, and ask me for something to eat, of course I am going to give it to them. I am an imperfect, sinful person and I like to give good things to my children. Yet God, who is perfect, will give us more than just a piece of bread. Sometimes it is just the bread, the basic necessities, and sometimes it’s a whole lot more.
Needs and desires are an opportunity for us to come to the Father. To lay all our requests at His feet with expectation of an answer. The answer may not be immediate, or may not be what we want. When we release our desires to the Father we are giving Him full control over the outcome. God only does what is good for us, so we can trust our prayers in His mighty, sovereign hands. God is God, and I am not.
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
I love how this passage ends with Jesus reminding us to treat others the way we want to be treated. It takes the focus off of us and our needs. We are to put others above ourselves. We do not treat others the way they treat us, we treat others the way we want to be treated. The only way we can live out “The Golden Rule” is by asking, seeking, and knocking. We can’t be seeking God, and asking Him for help, and then treat others terribly.
God is available to His children 24/7. His door is ready to be opened for those who knock.
There are blessings with your name on them from God. Keep asking, seeking, and knocking!
Love you all,
Please leave me your prayer requests. I’d love to pray for you!