Helping Others Just Because

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When you go through things that you don’t understand, it is not the end. Nothing is lost in the kingdom. God is going to appoint another seed, and that seed represents the future. It indicates what is coming. If you will let go of what didn’t work out, let go of the hurts and pains, then for everything you’ve lost, God will appoint another seed. You’ll give birth to more in the future than you lost in the past.

When you see someone who is struggling, a co-worker who is discouraged, a friend who is not up to par, how do you respond? Our words can be what keeps a person going; our compliments can put a spring back into their step. Now more than ever, we need to automatically let the encouragement flow. We need to tell others how much we love them, how we value them, and tell them that they are talented and creative. Always remember, with your words you carry life-giving water. You carry hope, healing, encouragement and new beginnings, and you can pour it out everywhere you go.

Today, choose to speak encouragement. Choose to speak victory and faith. Instead of telling people what they’re doing wrong, instead of pointing out all their faults, find what they are doing right. Only insecure people do that. Focus on the good. There are already enough critical, judgmental people in the world. Let’s be people who lift up others and restore them. Let’s be the light of Jesus in the world.

Jody K Young

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Are You Stressing?

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7 Great Bible Verses for Stress

In my distress I called upon the LORD, Yes, I cried to my God; And from His temple He heard my voice, And my cry for help came into His ears. (2 Samuel 22:7)

And He said, “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest. (Exodus 33:14)

Cast your burden upon the LORD, and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken. (Psalm 55:22)

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

When I am afraid, I will put my trust in Thee. In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can [mere] man do to me? (Psalm 56:3-4)

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Jody K Young-Newton

Charles Christopher

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Christopher Norman a.k.a Charles Christopher or to many as Mr. Truth, has one of the most inspiring stories I have heard in a long time. A songwriter, Author & Comedian are just a few of his many talents. Like many, if he would have never told me, I would have never known that he suffers from a disease called Chrones Disease. But that has not stopped him at all. He is a survivor, he is encouragement and true sign of what strength is. After initially meeting him, I could not help but to want to know more. I wanted to get to know this young man, who in spite of what hand life has dealt him, has continued to chase his dreams. Here is what he had to say:

1. Jody: Songwriter, Author & Comedian. Quite a list of talents. Who is the man behind the name Mister_Truth?
Charles: The man behind the truth is someone that is gone through the wild and back again I have fallen but gotten back up many times…I am a man of GOD that is still a man of many words LOL…I am not perfect and have never thought to be perfect….But I think the best way to answer that is the man behind him is the man That is STRONG, SURVIVOR, DETERMINED to be a somebody from a nobody…..

2. Jody: In one of your videos on youtube I heard you speak of an illness that you have. Can you tell me what that illness is and how does it effect your body?
Charles: I have chrones disease which is a stomach disorder that many have not heard about it which Crohn’s disease is a chronic bowel disease that causes severe inflammation of the digestive tract. It is associated with abdominal pain, diarrhea, and may affect your quality of life. It sometimes makes me very weak…and then sometimes make me be over hyper you know…Along with my 8 ulcers, a hernia, gastritis….but again I am a SURVIVOR not many people get that in-depth to know but that is just a little information behind it.

3. Jody: How has this condition effected your social life? Did you notice a change in friendships after revealing your diagnosis? And how do you work around any challenges in your social life, home, and workplace?
Charles: Yes I have noticed for one that it is hard for me to date…
holding my head because some people are unable to handle some days I maybe very, happy and bouncing off the wall then the next day my mood may change very quickly you know……I noticed many of my friends did change and my social life as well….IT Took me 2 years to pick up anther pen or paper to work on my stories, to work on my books, to work on my songs it took me forever to get the nerve up….But I work my way through it.

4. Jody: Is their treatment for your disease and if so, is the treatment working for you?
Charles: There is many things that we as people can take, and go to the doctor for it treatment is around please don’t misunderstand but its hard cause everyone with these different issues I named there body all reacts differently to some medicine something might work for me….That didn’t work for the rest and VICE VERSE….But I recently lost my father in Aug. and my insurance was taken from me….So my drive is just direct cause life happens so fast that sometimes it misses us or do we really miss it?

5. Jody: What are some of the challenges you face in your day to day routine? Are you concerned others are judging you or providing you special treatment and if so, how does that make you feel?
Charles: It hard for me to eat sometimes, because I do need to eat but sometimes food is my friend and my enemy it can make me feel better, and it can make me feel worse kind of thing….Some judge me because they say I “COMPLAIN” which I don’t I just let you know and be aware of what is going on in my life….so you know if I am not feeling good I am not avoiding you I just don’t feel good….It makes me feel like I ruin everyone’s fun so sometimes I am just to myself so I want be the “PARTY POOPER” did I spell that right? LOL

6. Jody: What hidden blessings came with their disease? I know that sounds strange, but a door never closes without another one opening. Like, have you met certain people and developed certain connections that you did not have before being diagnosed?
Charles: Well yes, I have met a person we are no longer seeing each other in that way but they were with me for about four months and no matter what they held me down and told me to think a head of what this could be….I see no blessing when I am up all night SICK and CRYING but you know they let me know that hey you are going to make it your going to be somebody and that you are someone who is going to have a story to tell….I would like to let people know this DISEASE effects quite alot of people and its PAINFUL…I have been in the HOSPITAL A numerous of times….But I have meant many people who have some things and understand the pain …

7. Jody: Where does your inspiration come from. What really drives you to continue to do what you do?
Charles: God and Jesus….That is really all I can tell you that inspires me so much…Tyler Perry, Spike Lee, Jill Scott, Toni Braxton, Tisha Campbell, Magic Johnson, all these people have a Drive, all those people have done things and became something I continue to do what I do because I am good at what I do…and if nobody but one or two people ever see me or hear me MY DRIVE and my PASSION was committed and I worked…..I am not a GIMICK I am a MAN and Stand behind everything I do and say

8. Jody: If there was one message you would want to get across to someone that is out there struggling right now with an illness and they think they can not continue on, what message would you want to pass on to them?
Charles: I would pass on to them and say your illness is not your life….Your life is your illness….What I mean LIVE your life and become what you want to become tell that ILLNESS to only have your body every now and then you need it the rest of the way LOL humor guys…but I tell them to fight you know when you can’t handle no more and you know you got more to live for KEEP PUSHING

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9. Jody: Lets switch gears for a second. Tell me about your writings? What are your books about?
Charles: I have about 15 stories that I have worked on or working on they are so much a VAST difference I don’t know you might see one of my stories being about someone that is famous superstar with a dark past or present or you might have the down home family drama comedy book, my story I have one is a ODE to “THE BODYGUARD” and I think if the right people just read it and got a hold to it….They would love it and see the reason why its a ODE but so different…I like people to feel like my books you can read and RELATE to the character no matter if its 1901 or 8000 LOL you know I want you to enjoy and be happy to be reading.

10. Jody: I’m always curious about the gay lifestyle and the stigma often associated with it. What are you doing or have done to help bring a positive outlook on what others think about the lifestyle?
Charles: I have no lifestyle LOL my lifestyle is my work you know what I mean but I for one love everyone for who they are I am a supporter for GAY rights I am a supporter I don’t think because of what or who someone loves should become a issue I think that when we all die, and are gone when you dig up BONES there is nothing to say a DIFFERENCE I think people should love who they want to love and be who they want to be….I think the one thing that a lifestyle stops is LOVE and when people LEARN to love that when things will get better……..

11: Jody: Lastly, are there any current projects you are working on that you would like to talk about? If so when can we expect it and how can we support you?
Charles: I am working on so, so much man I really am I wish I could tell you all just one….But I know right now I am trying to reach out to Tyler Perry, a few singers I wrote songs for…I know the music industry the entertainment industry is hard to get into no matter what…

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It has certainly been a pleasure getting to know this young man. I walk away with an understanding and a different view of him. We are all raging a war inside. You never know whats behind a photo or a smile. What pain, trials or hurdles one have had to endure. You may support him in his endeavors by following him:
twitter: @Mister_Truth.
IG: CharlesDucati
Email me at Normanc15@yahoo.com

Be sure to visit His YouTube Channels as well!~
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNCQFsnfyWiikJ1D-881K1A?feature=guide
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-GKWK4j-WbYN9O-9HOzdcg?feature=watch

“Thank you so much for your time and thanks to all that read this GOD BLESS” (Charles)

Ghostwryter

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If you’re like most aspiring artists, then you’ve probably experienced that make-or-break moment when meeting someone new… I call it the “what do you do?” moment. It’s the moment when someone asks you what you do and you either tell them that you’re an artist of some form or you tell them about your day job.

And if you’re like most aspiring artists, you feel too guilty introducing yourself as the artist you truly are because you feel like you don’t really deserve to be called an artist. Whether you feel that way because you haven’t reached a professional level yet, because you aren’t spending a lot of time practicing your art, or because you’re not confident talking about your work yet is irrelevant … the point is you’re telling people about your day job.

This Young Man that I am spotlighting today, goes by the name of “Ghostwryter”. I set out to capture the man behind this name and to help support those who are grinding consistently trying to make a name for themselves. Read what he had to say below.

He has a new single out on Itunes titled, Indecisive. Be sure to support his work by purchasing this new hit.

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For Booking Features please contact 225-274-6932 or email daghostwryter@gmail.com
Follow him on twitter @Ghost_Wryter

Jody K Young

911 Save Me

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Sad? “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” (John 14 1-4)

Don’t feel loved? For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)

Does God feel far from you? You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.You discern my going out and my lying down;you are familiar with all my ways. (Psalm 139:1-3)

Your faith needs encouragement? Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.
(Hebrews 11:1-2)

Worried? Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:34)

Hurt? And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. (Colossians 3:14-15)

Seeking Peace? Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27)

Losing hope? May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word. ( 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17)

Don’t understand? Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. (Isaiah 58:8-9)

Scared? Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)

Jody K Young

Ways to Reduce Anxiety

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There is no question about it: We are living in very intense times. Though a certain amount of anxiety can help keep us on our toes, how can we manage and reduce our stress so that it doesn’t become overwhelming? Here are 10 stress-busters to help you cope with anxiety:

1. Eat a healthy diet. Feeding your body the right foods is essential for managing stress. Be sure to follow a healthy eating plan. During stressful situations, people have a tendency to skip meals. Try to avoid this if possible.

When you are already feeling nervous energy coursing through those veins, you want to keep an eye on your caffeine intake. If you keep drinking coffee all day long, it is bound to put you on edge. Green tea has less caffeine than coffee, so it might be a better alternative. Also, instead of resorting to sugary sodas, have a glass of water. Your nerves will thank you.

Another way to keep calm is to pack plenty of healthy snacks. Processed foods and sugary candy bars will make you feel strung out. Fresh fruits and vegetables will make you feel much better.

2. Get plenty of exercise. Try to fit exercise into your schedule at least three to four times a week for at least 30 to 45 minutes each session. Not only will it keep you in shape, but working out is a great way to blow off steam.

3. Get plenty of rest. Listen to your mother and “get a good night’s sleep.” A proper amount of rest will make it easier to cope with whatever challenges life throws your way tomorrow. Most people need at least seven to eight hours of sleep every night to function at their best.

Unfortunately, anxiety is one of the leading causes of insomnia. If you find yourself tossing and turning at night, try using relaxing music to reclaim your precious sleep. Get yourself into a regular sleep pattern by going to bed at the same time every night. Schedule your bedtime as you would an important appointment, and try to stick to it.

4. Organize your time. Are you always trying to get “organized?” Do you frequently find yourself staying up all night on April 14 to finish your tax return? Well, that situation is very stressful, but it is also avoidable. Planning, scheduling and organizing your time may seem more stressful at first, but it will make your life much easier to manage in the long run.

5. Take a deep breath. Breath in, breathe out. As simple as it sounds, using deep breathing can be one of your greatest weapons against stress. Step away from the stressful situation. Close your eyes and breathe deeply and quietly for a few minutes. Just a few minutes of deep breathing is a great way to decompress. As little as three to five minutes of this exercise can make a tremendous difference.

6. Meditate. Though it is foreign to many of us in the West, meditation has been scientifically proven as an effective way to reduce anxiety. If you are new to meditation, you may want to work with a group. Many gyms, churches and civic centers offer meditation classes. If you can’t find a meditation course in your area, there are plenty of guided meditations on DVD and CD.

7. Develop a support network. As the popular song says, “We all need somebody to lean on.” Don’t try to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders. Ask for help from your friends and relatives — that’s what they are there for. And, if you are looking to build your support network, why not join a support group? It is a great way to make new friends and meet people facing the same difficulties.

8. Take time for yourself. Be sure to schedule time for fun. It is always easier to cope with stress when you have something to look forward to.

9. Keep your sense of humor. As Oscar Wilde once said, “Life is too important to be taken seriously.” Keeping a sense of humor about things and not taking yourself too seriously is one of the most effective coping strategies available. Remember that wherever there is laughter, there is hope.

10. Seek professional help. Sometimes all of these strategies may not be enough. If you have been suffering from panic attacks or experiencing high levels of anxiety that just won’t go away, seeking professional help may be the best option. Remember, there is nothing to be ashamed about. It takes a strong person to admit that they need help. A professional will help you explore your options for making your life manageable again.

Jody K Young