Friday, March 30, 2012

The Mega Million Jackpot is $640 Million. Do you play Lotto?

I wrote this post in 2009 and with all the excitement for today's Mega Millions I had to re-post it...
Hey Y'all:

Growing up I remember my dads bulging wallet full of pink and white slips of paper. Not sure what they were I asked him about them. He told me they were Lotto tickets that he played in the past but didn't win any money from. My question was, so why are you keeping them? He didn't have a response. In the office today I saw one of my co-workers come in the door with her Lotto ticket for the Mega Millions here in NYC and that sparked a bit of discussion surrounding Lottery and gambling.

As a Christian I've always heard the pastor or speaker talk about playing the lotto or 'numbers' (back in the day my aunts and uncles would play the "numbers" my mom would always say "I can spend my dollar on a 16oz Pepsi, I'm not wasting my money on no numbers!") and say it was a sin. So I came back to my desk and found a really good article regarding gambling in answer to the question "Is gambling a sin? What does the Bible say about gambling?"

The Bible does not specifically condemn gambling, betting, or the lottery. The Bible does warn us, however, to stay away from the love of money (1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs; Hebrews 13:5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,  "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you ). Scripture also encourages us to stay away from attempts to “get rich quick” (Proverbs 13:11 Dishonest money dwindles away,  but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow.; Proverbs 23:5 Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings  and fly off to the sky like an eagle.; Ecclesiastes 5:10 Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless.). Gambling most definitely is focused on the love of money and undeniably tempts people with the promise of quick and easy riches.

What is wrong with gambling? Gambling is a difficult issue because if it is done in moderation and only on occasion, it is a waste of money, but it is not necessarily evil. People waste money on all sorts of activities. Gambling is no more or less of a waste of money than seeing a movie (in many cases), eating an unnecessarily expensive meal, or purchasing a worthless item. At the same time, the fact that money is wasted on other things does not justify gambling. Money should not be wasted. Excess money should be saved for future needs or given to the Lord's work, not gambled away.

Interesting right? Well I went on reading and found this even more compelling... 
Can lotto/lottery proceeds please God? Many people claim to be playing the lottery or gambling so that they can give the money to the church or to some other good cause. While this may be a good motive, reality is that few use gambling winnings for godly purposes. Studies show that the vast majority of lottery winners are in an even worse financial situation a few years after winning a jackpot than they were before. Few, if any, truly give the money to a good cause. Further, God does not need our money to fund His mission in the world. Proverbs 13:11 says, “Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow.” God is sovereign and will provide for the needs of the church through honest means. Would God be honored by receiving donated drug money or money stolen in a bank robbery? Of course not. Neither does God need or want money that was “stolen” from the poor in the temptation for riches.
First Timothy 6:10 tells us, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” Hebrews 13:5 declares, “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’” Matthew 6:24 proclaims, “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.”
So my lovely readers, what say you? Do you gamble or play the lotto? Do you feel like Mrs. Val and get sick when you don't play and your 'number' hits? Has the lotto become an essential part of your life?

Hit me back and let me know your thoughts.

Until next time...

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Getting My Pin On!

Hey Y'all,

Follow Me on PinterestI was invited to Pinterest a while but never went in and got my boards started. Well over the last three days I have been hitting the pin button HARD.

I am still trying to figure out exactly how it works but I think I might be addicted to Pinterest; have you noticed that I put a link to it on my homepage? Yup, I'm loving it and for those of you who don't know what Pinterest is - where in the world have you been? Here is the download.

Pinterest is a Virtual Pinboard.

Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.
Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests. To get started, request an invite.
So far I have 5 boards and 33 pins.
  1. I GetGlued - This features all of getglue stickers and anything/everything entertainment related from movies, to books I pin it all here
  2. Kids Room - Pretty self explanatory this board includes all my pins for the kids room inspiration
  3. Home Goods - Living room, dinning room, kitchen, bedroom and even basement inspiration
  4. Foodgasims - All the yummy foods that I lust after
  5. Kid Creative - Fun stuff I get into with the kiddies
If you have a page please follow me and I'll be sure to follow you. I'm really enjoying my experience.

Until next time...

The Kidney Challenge

Hey Y'all,

Yesterday in church I was educated not only spiritually but also naturally. One of my church members gave her testimony about suffering with kidney disease and her three times weekly dialysis treatment. She went on to challenge all of us to learn about our kidney's and kidney disease as March is Kidney Awareness Month. Now y'all know that whenever I learn something I have to share it with you! So here we go.

What do kidneys do? (Source: WebMD)
  • The kidneys are a pair of organs located in the back of the abdomen. Each kidney is about 4 or 5 inches long -- about the size of a fist.
  • The kidneys' function are to filter the blood. All the blood in our bodies passes through the kidneys several times a day. The kidneys remove wastes, control the body's fluid balance, and regulate the balance of electrolytes. As the kidneys filter blood, they create urine, which collects in the kidneys' pelvis -- funnel-shaped structures that drain down tubes called ureters to the bladder.
  • Each kidney contains around a million units called nephrons, each of which is a microscopic filter for blood. It's possible to lose as much as 90% of kidney function without experiencing any symptoms or problems.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Women's History Month 2012

Hey Y'all,

Today is the first day of Women's History Month. Here is President Obama's proclamation

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 2012 as Women’s History Month. I call upon all Americans to observe this month and to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, 2012, with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities that honor the history, accomplishments, and contributions of American women. I also invite all Americans to visit to learn more about the generations of women who have shaped our history.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.- BARACK OBAMA

In celebration I will profile 8 women that I know and love, who are an inspiration to me because of their brilliance and determination in a "mans world". These women are mothers, daughters, wives, sisters and business women; who are sharing their their God given talents with the world. Please be sure to stop by and celebrate them with me.

Until next time...

Lessons of a "Stay at Home Mom"

Hey Y'all:

The saying is so true. You have to be careful what you ask for because you might just get it and everything that comes with the package. So before you put it out in the atmosphere make sure you are ready for it... I share this because around this time last year I wrote a post about my desire to be a stay at home mom. Little did I know that my wish would come true. After 3 yrs of blood (from paper cuts), sweat (the office could get a little hot) and tears (my colleagues/friends and I would laugh at the antics of upper management until we cried) my position was eliminated. So here I sit a month unemployed and a bonafided stay at home mom; honestly I don't know how I was doing all that I was doing while working. I must have been dead tired and didn't know it. I mean I was out of the house from 7:15 AM until 7:30 PM still helped with homework and projects, cooked dinner, washed clothes, blogged, played with the kiddies and completed my wifely duties (if you know what I mean). I say this because my days now are just as full! I am truly enjoying being at home with my kiddies (now) at first I gotta admit it was a bit of a struggle. You get so accustomed to having a out of home schedule that this staying at home stuff can wear you out. I'm sure many of you can relate.