Thursday, December 29, 2011

Live Simply

"No one man can tell another man how to live. In the long run, a man has to do what he has to do. Some grow up to raise a family, become wood choppers..others grow up and go into politics or get rich in the Stock Market. In the end though, we all grow old and die. The important thing is to find someone to love and someone who can love you back...get work and pay your bills, work you can get some satisfaction from. 
Always pay your debts. 
Never take unfair advantage of any man and don't let any man take unfair advantage of you. 
Find yourself a good spouse and remember you're my son." 


-John Walton said this to his oldest son in 1937 during the depression as he walked away with his rifle in hand to bring home dinner to his family of eleven. 


I don't believe living should be complicated. Life should be lived as simply as expressed in the words of John Walton. Somehow, we manage to complicate our lives with all of our insecurities and ignorance's. I believe our Heavenly Father would agree with John Walton. I believe He has told us through all He has brought us through and all He has blessed us with that as simple as it sounds, we are to be bold enough to live simple. 


So, take a nap, eat PB&J, stroll through the woods, turn off the radio and whistle your favorite tune, drive through the country, feed the pigeons, brush your hair one-hundred times, sit on the ground....
but whatever you do, 


Live simply!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Covered In Prayer, Prayer That Heals

The lady on the Doctor Oz Show who shared her testimony of healing from stage 4 breast cancer was so on target! You have to surround yourself with people who will stand in belief with you and create that atmosphere of expectancy! In 2003, when I was told I had another stage 4 cancer, my church family, High Praises Church, stood on the Word of God with me and covered me in prayer. In 2004, the doctors handed me a report that stated "Healed" and I was cancer free. I don't understand what the season we spent away from High Praises Church was all about except that we did learn a very important lesson that perhaps we would not have learned if we had not actually walked it out. I don't believe it was simply misfortune that I would come to yet another battle with the breast cancer when I left High Praises Church. Once that covering.. that umbrella of hope and belief was no longer present, the enemy saw opportunity. Then while I was back in treatment and lost my hair, I bought into the lie from the enemy that if I returned to High Praises Church with a bald head and obviously back in treatment, people would lose faith because they had watched God work that miracle in my body and they looked on as I stood on the platform with my fellow choir members and Pastor Chris and testified that I was healed and would live and not die and proclaim the promises of God. I cannot express in words how thankful I am to be back at High Praises Church. This past Sunday, the church honored our music minister with beautifully spoken and truthful words about him and his amazing wife. Danny and Wanda Knight are the real deal. Both times I was admitted to the hospital this year, I knew sometime during the day to expect Danny. I'm not one who believes our pastors should be on a leash or holding our hands to cross the spiritual street and I don't need them to feed me... I study the word, spend time in my prayer closet, and pray..I nourish myself which is how I learned God's will concerning healing. God directed our path back to High Praises, the only church I had ever been a member of, a charter member at that... the church where I was saved and Baptized with the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. I know the prayers of the righteous heal the sick as I've lived it and I am a walking testimony that by His stripes, we were healed. Praise God for my church...a church open to the Holy Spirit, who would never intentionally grieve Him...where the anointing flows. I'm thankful for a church where there is freedom of worship and where the Spiritual Gifts are free to operate. I'm thankful for a pastor who brings me Chic-Fil-A to the hospital because the food is more of a threat than the illness and then sits bedside with an open transparent heart. Pastors today are more "rock star" than pastor...not intending to be rude but we all have a devil to fight and there's no time for games. People are 'ankle deep in belief' because pastors are ankle deep . Life is hard and the enemy is seeking who he may devour. My heart grows more and more with concern that pastors are so wrapped up in proclaiming man's imperfection that there's no teaching on seeking righteousness. I know I'm far from perfection but I also know the more I seek Him, the more I find Him and He is perfect. Jesus declared it was finished from the cross and that included sickness. He wants us to have everything He accomplished for us and I will not let that go in vain. I am healed!

I'm covered in prayer, prayer that heals.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Local News Article About The Son's Film: "Pre-Do: Foresight in 20/20"




 — Caleb Suttles has always had a lot to say.
These days, the 18-year-old Clemson University freshman works at the on-campus television station, CTV, and the university’s video production department. But before he was a college student, he was still working with a camera.
He’s liked photography since he was in elementary school.
“At my grandfather’s house, I’d always get him to pull out his VHS and we’d record stuff,” Suttles said. “I would sit there in front of his video camera, and I would talk about anything. That’s just something I never outgrew.”
It’s that passion, the desire to say something important, that pushed him to create the documentary film, “Pre-Do: Foresight in 20/20.”
It’s a two-hour film where he interviewed 50 local people — in nursing homes, law offices and at local charities — and asked them about what regrets they had in life.
Only some of those 50 interviews are captured on the film. But some of the people he’s featured on the film include former 10th Circuit Solicitor George Ducworth; Kelly Jo Barnwell, the director of the Jo Brown Senior Center in Anderson; and Anderson University Economics Professor Miren Ivankovic.
The purpose of the film, Suttles said, was to learn now, what others have learned later in life.
“This was an idea I had in the 10th grade,” he said. “I thought about it after I kept hearing a lot of adults say that they wish they knew then what they know now. I want to know now what I’ll need to know in the future.”
The film became a project that he took on his senior year at the Montessori School in Anderson.
He started interviewing people in August 2010 and finished in August 2011. He showed the film in a premier at the school. On Dec. 3, the film will be presented for its first public screening at the Mellow Mushroom in downtown Anderson.
Already, people have found the film through his website and on YouTube.
Andrew Hammett, a 28-year-old Anderson resident, is one of those who’ve already watched the film after hearing about it through a friend. After watching it, he contacted Suttles and told him he would like to help him promote the work so that more could see it in the community.
Hammett sent out press releases to the local media and helped Suttles schedule the public screening of the film.
“I was pretty impressed with the work, especially with the effort it took,” Hammett said. “I really enjoyed how it evolved. I thought it tied nicely with the theme that things aren’t looking great for people younger than 30. Maybe we need to think about that sort of stuff.”
It certainly has made Suttles think.
He interviewed people who’d given up on their dreams, the dreams they had as children, to fight in wars, to raise children or because their dreams weren’t accepted by others. Some had found happiness in new goals, but others were left with a sense of regret.
One man he interviewed wanted to be an interior designer, but was discouraged from that career because it wasn’t socially acceptable for a man to work in the field at the time.
“It was amazing to see how willing people were to tell their stories,” Suttles said. “What I learned is that most of us never outgrow what our interests were when we were young. You have to hold fast to that. I think a lot of people let go of it.”
So he intends to do just that.
He said he’s always pondered life’s big questions, something that might be a result of growing up in hospital rooms as his mother, Angie Suttles, battled cancer. He was then encouraged by his teachers at the Montessori School of Anderson to continue asking those questions.
And he is determined to ponder those questions in film as a documentary film maker. He’s already thinking about studying at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Ga., and he’s working a new, shorter film.
In his dorm room at Clemson University, he has a mini-studio set up. He has a desktop computer, with a video camera and a tripod. And at his parents’ house in Anderson, he has one wall painted as a green screen — a bright green background that those in film and television use as a backdrop.
“Life is short,” he said. “I enjoy seeking the truth in life and what life can be.”
Be sure to join us at Mellow Mushroom on December 3rd at 12:00pm upstairs for a free viewing of the documentary. 

Monday, November 7, 2011

Life In A Day

"Life in a Day" - An Impressionist Journey

My son and I participated by submitting our 'Life in a Day' clips - he with friends in Florida and me in Chattanooga, Tn for the National Dragon Boat Ladies Club Crew Division Race. Thousands of clips were submitted and though ours were not included in those among the final cut, we were excited to have taken part. It's a beautiful work of art with mankind as the subject and it is sure to open your heart to your fellow man. It is an incredible film and I hope you will take a little time out of your day to watch "Life in a Day." 

http://www.youtube.com/user/lifeinaday

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

NEED MO MO'S!


With a simple 'Mo,' men can raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men.


Register at www.movember.com, men start Movember 1st clean shaven. For the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men, known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts.

Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November. Through their actions and words they raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health. 

At the end of the month, Mo Bros and Mo Sistas celebrate their gallantry and valor by either throwing their own Movember party or attending one of the infamous Gala Partés held around the world by Movember, for Movember.  



www.movember.com


So, yo...wear a mo!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Pre-Do Film: "Foresight in 20/20" - film by Caleb Suttles

My son's first documentary - I'll let it speak for itself.
http://predofilm.com/

*Be sure to maximize your screen. 
The film is 150 minutes long so it's been divided up into clips for your convenience. As each clip ends you will have the option to continue to the next clip or return later to pick up where you left off. 

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Have A Great LiveSTRONG Day! Celebrate YOUR Life! Wear Yellow Today In Honor Of The 28 Million Living With cancer Today!

Have a great Livestrong Day - If you're fighting cancer, write it on the bottom of your shoes and WALK ON>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Reminder: The Pick and Paddle event celebrating Livestrong Day has been postponed until 10/30 same time....please plan to join us then.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Pre-Do Film Premier Clip

Wanted to share this Premiere Clip of my son's upcoming documentary with you all. This clip includes the "Before I die" boards that opened up some great discussion among strangers on the street. Watch for the release and be sure to catch the film, "Pre-Do Film" because Foresight is 20/20 on predofilm.com on 10/13.

http://predofilm.com/post/10689340989/pre-do-is-about-life-while-it-centers-on-the

Friday, September 23, 2011

predofilm.com Trailer

We have always been told that life is a journey but really life is just a series of choices and decisions. My son has inspired us to take those choices and decisions to heart and to understand that they're are consequences to the directions we choose. For those of us who have lived through poor choices and have regrets, we are inspired through this film as we walk away knowing that it's never too late for us to take the road less traveled.


Thank you, my son for stepping up and reminding us of the value of our lives and the importance of everyday. 


Check out the PreDo Trailer and be sure to catch the documentary on October 13th on predofilm.com


http://bit.ly/PreDoTrailer1

Sunday, September 18, 2011

A Prophetic Dream?

Rough night with tummy issues and night sweats as chemo is now flushing from my system. More trouble with the Lymph edema in the leg but I am calling on Him (my God) and confident that this too shall pass from me.

I felt a pressing to share this experience which I believe to have been prophetic. 

I dreamed I was frantically attempting to keep babies from falling from a cliff by sliding through the wide guard railing that lined the top of this cliff. I was pleading for help from people who were walking around me, only to be ignored. Suddenly, there were planes and helicopters circling above us (and now the son had appeared, as well as a man whose face I couldn't make out), when one of the helicopters crashes. I told the son to watch the babies (which had began to multiply) while I ran to the crash scene (now on fire) where all the passengers had perished. I began to weep uncontrollably when a drill sergeant began screaming at me to "dry it up, they got what they deserved." He said I shouldn't care what happens to others and I would be better off if I would just mind my own business. I looked around and all the people who had been walking around us refusing to help us with the babies, began to die 'one by one.'

This is when I woke up and found myself crying uncontrollably. The first thing I thought was that it was 3AM, so I grabbed my cell phone to see the time and it was 3AM. I began walking through my house praying as I felt that the dream was spiritual. I prayed for my personal relationship with Him and my family. I prayed for the repentance of this world. 

I know sometimes our dream is a result of stress or eating something that may have not agreed with us but I also know dreams were important to God. God used dreams on many occasions to speak to people and reveal a truth. I believe this was dreams concerning the hearts of man. 

We have to return to our knees!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

"It Is Finished!" - Jesus Christ

Jesus declares, "It Is Finished!" - John 19:30


But how had the redemptive plan been completed and our justification complete when He was not yet dead, He had not yet been buried nor had He risen from the grave yet?


"And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain ... And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins." —1 Corinthians 15:13-17


"Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification." —Romans 4:25


How when He had not yet been to the mercy seat where the blood of the Lamb was to be applied?

 "Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but BY HIS OWN BLOOD he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us." —Hebrews 9:12


John 19:28 "After this, Jesus knowing all things were accomplished, that the 
scriptures might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst."


Why did Jesus tell Mary not to touch Him because He needed to ascend to His Father to sprinkle His blood upon the mercy seat to finish His work of redemption?


"Jesus entered into the Holy Place in Heaven by His own blood. The work of atonement was not complete until He had applied His own blood to the Mercy Seat in the Holy of Hollies. 
-Hebrews 9:12


Jesus was the precious 'Lamb' of God. He was the Lamb without spot and without blemish who cried out, "It is finished" as He hung between such a conflict that the earth shook and the sun refused to shine. 
A battle raged between evil and the angels of glory while Jesus, the divine divide, hung between the conflict and peace that shook the foundations of this world.
Jesus was fulfilling the Abrahamic covenant; creating for us a better promise. 
He was creating a beginning from an ending. 
It was what would be an ending of all conflict, conflict that had raged down through the ages of all man. Jesus, the strong tower now erected; the secret place created; the ever present help birthed out of the fold of all past and future pains of the sins of generations of men where we can so easily now take our place. 
Full access to our own creator.
Why then do we continue to hold ourselves prisoners of conflict, chaos, and confusion? We allow useless, fruitless battles to continue to rage in our lives and hold us captive. 


We have to know "It Is Finished" means the battle is over for us if we would only believe.
The King of all the Ages, Jesus, has fought all battles and all conflicts of all ages and because He has done so, we are free!
Jesus cried, "It is finished!"- meaning: All confusion, guilt, fear, condemnation, unrest, mental unrest, sickness, pain, hopelessness, loneliness, brokenness, .......it's all over!
He finished it and then completed your redemption by His death, burial and rising again - 
Why live in captivity? Why fight a battle that is over? 




During the first cancer, I was a prisoner of it all and thought the fight was mine but when the second cancer came along, He taught me that He had finished that fight. Now, I understand that the battle belongs to the Lord...and when I forget, He quickly reminds me. When I draw my sword, I hear Him call my name and He tells me to put it away. When I feel like the sea will soon swallow me up, I see His face and He reaches His hands down to me. He has never failed me and I know He never will. There's not a cancer that will ever cause me to walk in fear because I know that no weapon formed against me will ever be allowed to prosper itself over me.


My life begins daily because He, who is life, finished the fight through the cross.
He completed my redemption and justification by His death, burial and resurrection. 


It is finished and I am free indeed!




Monday, August 22, 2011

Upstate Livestrong's "Pick and Paddle" Event

Postponed to 3/3/2012 (same time)

$75: Logo/name on back of event tee. $100: Logo/name on back of event tee and logo/name on sponsor headliner banner.
$125: Logo/name on back of event tee, logo/name on sponsor headliner banner, and logo/name on stand-alone island signage.
$175: Logo/name on back of event tee, logo/name on sponsor headliner banner, stand- alone island signage and separate signage at prize tent.
$200 or more: Logo/name on back of event tee, logo/name on sponsor headliner banner, stand-alone island signage and separate signage located at registration table as an ʻOfficialʼ sponsor.
More than $400: All of the above including a banner on sight as the “Official” event sponsor.


For more information, contact me at ajsuttles@bellsouth.net




Event postponed for March 3, 2012 ..same time 10:30-2:30 with a 9:00AM Registration/Check In.


Sponsors so far include:
High Praises Church (Official)
Suttleaire HVAC (Official)
Cancer Center of the Carolinas (Official)
E Z On Tops 
Anderson Winnelson 
Wilson Creek Electric
Westside Storage
Palmetto Conservation
PalmerBrown Direct
Double D Farm
Budget Signs
Shade Tree Graphics
Friends

Ehibitors/Vendors so far:
Bruster's
GNC
Scentsy Warmers
Primary Care Esthetics
Cancer Center of the Carolinas
Upstate Livestrong
On On Tri

Thanks in advance to:
Friends - The Grill Man
Best Marine
Elliot & Company
Scentsy Warmers -Michelle Deaton
Summa Joe's
MedShore: Michelle Austin
DJ: 
Ron Hughes
Adam with Budget Signs
Ashley with PCE


Beneficiary: SoS = "Survivors outREACH to Survivors" A new young adult cancer survivor and supporter kayak/canoe club. (An active support group for young adult survivors. You must have been diagnosed somewhere between the age of 18-45).








Friday, August 5, 2011

A Sweet Aroma That Left Me Speechless

http://www.jasonupton.net/​site/
(A Facebook friend sent this beautiful worship music to me that left me speechless and I wanted to share the music and the message.)

Mark Kargol Angie, not sure if you are familiar with this guy but I think you will enjoy his musichttp://www.jasonupton.net/​site/


Speechless! Thank you for sharing! How beautiful. Immediate breaking in a glorious way....how amazing is the anointing on this music..."take our place at the table" - wow! I don't understand why satan would give up the best job in heaven, do you? - Worship Leader? How incredible it must of been to lead worship before our Holy God. Thank you, my friend. Since I was a small child, music is all I've ever known but satan robbed me of those talents when I turned to the rock scene at a young age. My testimony doesn't start at cancers at 31 but at 14 with abuse. But God has always used music to move my heart towards Him and has more than many occasion used lyrics and notes to put me on my face before Him...to call me to His Glory. I want to sing to my Lord again in an honest and pure way in which He created me to do...in truth. It took me so many years to understand that the roots of my testimony grow much deeper and much further than I've even allowed myself to speak. God has spent the past couple of years asking me to release these chains..to finely be free of the hurts that has held me back from stepping into His Favor and Purpose. I know that one click, one blog, one post and the story is out but this season will not be like the last as my will, my intention is to honor my Father and what it is He has brought me out of..."One Step Away" - my chest is caving in and I can no longer breathe as this aroma has filled the atmosphere of my home with His Glory. 
Thank You, my friend, my brother in Christ,


Angie Suttles

A Gift From LiveSTRONG, The Mother Ship




Thank You, Lance Armstrong Foundation. I appreciate the gift and the sentiment and I just wanted to share a note back with my "Mother Ship."

I'll never forget standing in the park with 199 of my courageous friends on the Hill that incredibly steamy hot day in DC in 2007 with my fist up in the air wrapped in a yellow wristband shouting at the top of my voice - Livestrong, Livestrong, Livestrong, LIVESTRONG, LIVESTRONG, LIVESTRONG.......
What a day of declaration that would not be forgotten.....
I never knew it would be the beginning of my challenging cancer up close and very personal.

We know we can trust you. We know you will not give up or give in. We believe in you and this foundation. We know you are solid. We know you will always make our voice be heard.

I appreciate Lance but he said it himself - it's not about him. I believe change will come streaming through yellow.

I believe in this unity and the determination to fight back.
I believe the dedication for knowledge will save lives.
And I know that the attitudes of this courageous people will bring the end to what we all long to see - the end of cancer.

Love you, my friends

Angie Suttles
Upstate SC for LiveSTRONG

Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Eye Of The Storm

A friend who shared 'similar waters' sent me this poem and I was pressed to share it with you. 
The song, an added bonus. 





THE EYE OF THE STORM

Fear not that whirlwind will carry you hence,
Nor wait for its onslaught in breathless suspense,
Nor shrink from the blight of the terrible hail,
But pass through the edge to the heart of the tale,
For there is a shelter, sun lighted and warm,
And Faith sees her God through the eye of the storm.
The passionate tempest with rush and wild roar
And threatenings of evil may beat on the shore,
The waves may be mountains, the fields battle plains,
And the earth be immersed in a deluge of rains,
yet, the soul, stayed on God, may sing bravely it psalm,
for the heart of the storm is the center of calm.
Let hope be not quenched in the blackness of night,
Though the cyclone awhile may have blotted the light,
For behind the great darkness the stars ever shine,
And the light of God's heavens, His love will make thine,
Let no gloom dim your eyes, but uplift them on high
To the face of your God and the blue of his sky.
The storm is your shelter from danger and sin,
And God Himself takes you for safety within:
The tempest with Him passes into deep calm,
And the roar of the winds is the sound of a psalm.
Be glad and serene when the tempest clouds form:
God smiles on His child in the eye of the storm. -





 


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Hope, Faith and Love

"What we really need is a HOPE ELEVATION, a FAITH REVELATION and a LOVE REVOLUTION!"


more to come............

Friday, July 8, 2011

I Love The Way You Hold Me, My Friends!

  


I recently signed off Facebook, suspending my page for an extended time. As much as I love my awesome cancer survivor and prayer warrior friends it's simply a timing issue. What I mean is - God is taken me into a new season and for the first time, I am beginning to see (visually see) the place He is calling me to take in Him and I desire to pay my vows. In order to accomplish this, I have to clean up my work zone. I will be pouring all of myself into the book He has placed in my spirit, the ministry He has gifted me, and sharing my life's journey here on this blog - this place where I have the great opportunity to live and proclaim His goodness.
I will always stand with my breast cancer and below the belt brother and sister survivors from all over the world (survivors/friends of all cancers and life's cancers as everyone has their "cancers") as we are friends for LIFE! I appreciate the unending support and great conversations within these true friendships and I know without doubt that God has brought this worldwide community together. I hope to see all of them/you meeting me here on Angie's Blog and on my Blog, secretplaceblog.blogspot.com as we continue to move forward in healing. I hope to also see you on Twitter: @angiesuttles - as well as, various conferences in which we celebrate, rejoice and minister to one another.
Let's walk this journey together. Let's walk upright. Let's walk in the Glory of His Spirit and not under the oppression of disease. Let's walk honoring one another because we all have a devil to fight and after all, he is under our feet!!
God bless you all and this song is dedicated to you, all of my friends.. everywhere - 
I love the way you hold me!

Lead Us On, Dear Lord

                                                          Hold our hands, lest we fall.......

Monday, July 4, 2011



                                                                        Happy Birthday, America!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Life in a Day

 Coming July 29th to theaters.

Not a documentary but an impressionist journey.

Vote to bring the film to a theater near you: http://lifeinaday.cinedigm.com/Thankyou.html

Sunday, June 19, 2011

UNDER GOD, UNDER GOD, UNDER GOD!

Is this where our country is headed or maybe we've arrived? 


I'll charge that mountain even if I have to crawl and will shout it out loud until my final breath - UNDER GOD, UNDER GOD, UNDER GOD! 


To "The Church" - STOP ENTERTAINING THE MASSES AND START RAISING UP WARRIORS! The Church today is "FLUFF & STUFF" with NO POWER and NO AUTHORITY! 


I'm sick to death of the enemy playing us like puppets - he is under our feet and we are a nation UNDER GOD!


http://mashable.com/2011/06/19/nbc-pledge-of-allegiance/


There was a story I heard some time ago about a woman who was "devout atheist." She was in a very serious car accident where she was trapped and alone believing she was going to die. She began crying out, "GOD GOD GOD, oh my GOD," when she suddenly heard an audible voice respond: "Why are you calling on me now? I've never heard from you, my daughter." She explained upon rescue what she had experienced and how this was not an invention of her mind. She had been an unbeliever all her life as the generations before her. She gave Him nothing and in return, He offered her grace. 


Why we would want to disregard the only real truth for our lives is beyond understanding or comprehension. I've battled two different stage 4 cancers over a period of twelve years and even before the cancers I was a greater danger to myself than cancer ever was. I've been through more than anyone would even dare to believe. I could have died so easily in those places I had chosen to live my life and would be separated from God for an eternity. But one day after hitting rock bottom which was my crash, I cried out "Oh my God" with nothing to offer Him and He offered me Grace. If it had not been for God, I would have perished and if I have to proclaim it with the final draw of my final breath while crawling on my belly, then I will. 


We have a covenant offered freely that we don't deserve. We draw every breath from the reserves of His Mercy and His Grace that endures and is sufficient. How arrogant to think it possible to toss Him out like yesterday's History book...as if anyone really could. Jesus said, "No one takes my life but I lay it down."

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Pentecost Sunday



"..suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a mighty wind coming, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting and there appeared to them parted tongues as it were of fire, and it sat upon every one of them and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they began to speak with divers tongues, according as the Holy Ghost gave them to speak." -Acts 2:2-4


The Baptism of the Holy Spirit/Holy Ghost....this is why though my body has suffered side effects from chemo the past couple of days, I can pray in tongues, my heavenly language, and my spirit finds true comfort and suddenly, I'm filled with thanksgiving! My spirit grows full with rest, my mind filled with peace and my soul full of joy! Jesus promised us the 'comforter' would come and He would fill us with the Spirit of God. We can be filled with power from on high with rivers of living water flowing from our lives that triumph over every adversity! Pray for God to fill you with His Holy Spirit....Acts 2 - It is a gift available for you...the Baptism of the Holy Ghost will change your walk with Him. There is a language, 'unknown tongues' - an unknown language that will flow from your mouth as the Holy Spirit gives you the utterance. This language is a prayer language, the language of angels, that your enemy cannot understand. We are spiritual beings and through the infilling of the Holy Spirit, we pray answers into our lives.. when we don't know what to pray, our spirits pray for us. We don't have to understand it to receive it. We don't understand how electricity works but we don't sit in the dark because we don't understand it - we turn the light switch on. When you receive Christ, you receive a measure of the Holy Spirit - but there is more! There is an infilling that will fill you to overflowing - just ask, seek and knock and you will find! People ask me how I have been able to endure what I have through all the trails I have faced in my life including the cancers and over 100 rounds of chemo. My answer: The Baptism, the infilling of the Holy Spirit - my prayer language. When I didn't know what to pray or how to pray for the situation I found myself in or maybe I was too sick to put words together..because I had received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, I would find myself praying in a language that I had never been taught. I didn't understand what I was praying but God did. *The entire new testament was written by men, men who experienced trials and tribulations like none of us have ever known, who were filled with the Holy Spirit. Yes, The Holy Spirit has been abused in "The Church" today - there's many ways to grieve the Holy Spirit - there's those who ignore the existence of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and the spirit language of tongues and there are those who think if they haven't shouted in tongues for everyone to hear or ran around the church pews that they really haven't had church. The Holy Spirit is a gentle giant... The Holy Spirit strengthens our walk with God. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit has been laughed at, poked fun of and rejected in many churches but I will testify that I would never have made it in my life without the infilling of the Holy Spirit and my Heavenly Prayer Language. I thank God that when this body grows weary, I can pray in the spirit, an unknown tongue, a heavenly language, and rivers of living water flood my soul and my life.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

And The Winner Is......

Winners of the LiveSTRONG Community Impact Project Grants are as follows:


SC, VA, NC, DC, GA (Region 7)

Camp Kesem

  1. Students of University of Georgia, Marietta, GA

Promotores Program

  1. Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center, Richmond, VA
  2. Anderson University, Anderson, SC
  3. Hispanic Health Coalition of GA, Roswell, GA
  4. Tri-County Community Action Teams (TCAT), Clemson, SC

Cancer Transitions

  1. Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center, Greenville, NC
  2. Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC
  3. Nancy N. & J. C. Lewis Cancer and Research Pavilion at St. Joseph's/Candler Health System, Savannah, GA
  4. Spartanburg Gibbs Cancer Center, Spartanburg, SC


Thank you for voting.
We are so excited for Anderson University, Clemson's TCAT and Gibbs Cancer Center.
Way to go!
We'll bring even more opportunities to Anderson University and Clemson - the Upstate, in general ..next round of grants.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Proud Parents, WE ARE!

Graduation Day: Montessori's Inaugural Graduating Class

Caleb delivering his speech on Global Perspective - one of Montessori's Pillars.
Gloria Harmon and Karen Holt, Founders of Montessori, joined the Inaugural Graduates for a photo opt before the ceremony.
                                                                 Montessori's Inaugural Graduating Class:
 Caleb Suttles, Ashley Shuler, Blake Nickles, Sydney Battersby

                                                         Graduation Day - June 4, 2011

Montessori's Four Pillars: Universal Values; Global Perspective; Passion for Excellence; Service of Humanity




*my thoughts to come................
    

Friday, May 20, 2011

We, One Voice Against Cancer, called on Congress for the following "Asks." 5/23-/5/24 Lobby Day

OVAC FY 2012 Budget Priorities
OVAC recognizes the importance of federal funding for cancer research, early detection and prevention programs. OVAC also supports federal funding for programs that help cancer patients navigate the health care system and ensure a well-trained and adequately staffed nursing workforce.

OVAC is calling on Congress to:

1. Support funding for the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, and National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. Ongoing cancer research is on the verge of making great progress in the prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer. This progress is in jeopardy absent sustained funding.

2. Support funding for the Centers for Disease Control cancer programs and keep these programs intact while other chronic diseases programs are potentially reorganized. These CDC state-based cancer programs provide vital resources for cancer surveillance, breast and cervical, and colorectal cancer screening, and awareness initiatives targeting skin, prostate, ovarian and blood cancers. Cuts in funding would reduce the number people being served by life-saving screening programs and outreach programs.

3. Support funding for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Patient Navigator Program to help cancer patients navigate the health care system and overcome barriers to access cancer care. Support funding for the HRSA Title VIII Nursing Programs.

4. Support funding for the Food and Drug Administration to further integrate cutting-edge science that will streamline the translation of cancer research from early stage discovery to clinical application.

5. Support funding for the Caroline Pryce Walker Conquer Childhood Cancer Act. This funding would support the pediatric cancer programs at NCI, CDC, and the Department of Health and Human Services.






*My meetings were held with the offices of Lindsey Graham (S), Jim DeMint (S) and Jeff Duncan (H).

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

ONE VOICE AGAINST CANCER LOBBY DAY DC 2011

I became a cancer advocate with The Lance Armstrong Foundation in 2007 when I was chosen by the foundation to travel with Lance Armstrong and 199 of my constituents, from around the country, to Washington, DC to ask Congress to make cancer a national priority. In 2008, the foundation asked me to lead a local LIVESTRONG grassroots advocacy effort and as a result, ‘Upstate SC for LIVESTRONG was formed. I served as a Track Leader for the foundation at the LIVESTRONG Summit in Columbus, Ohio in 2008 where I was able to present our local group’s advocacy and fundraising efforts with groups from around the country.
‘Upstate SC for LIVESTRONG’ has held LIVESTRONG Day events annually throughout the Upstate for “LIVESTRONG Day” and served various cancer organizations with fundraising and community events. ‘Upstate SC for LIVESTRONG’ joined efforts with the local cancer association to birth the Upstate’s first cancer survivor/supporter dragon boat support group.

And now our efforts continue as we ask the community to vote to bring cancer support to our local organizations, universities and YMCA’s through the LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project Grants. You can cast your vote by visiting: http://vote.livestrong.org/


May 23-24th, LIVESTRONG will join with fellow members of ‘One Voice Against Cancer’, a coalition of 38 cancer organizations, for a lobby day on Capitol Hill. This lobby day is unique, because we all go to Washington, D.C. not to ask for money for our own organizations, but to champion the funding of cancer research, navigation services, and cancer screening programs.

I will be representing LIVESTRONG as a delegate from South Carolina where I will share my journey of surviving two different stage 4 cancers, vulva and breast, while in my 30’s as a young wife and mother.

This year, we will demonstrate the tremendous advances made in the fight against cancer thanks to recent increases in federal funding and urge Congress to build on this progress. Federal funding for research and proven screening programs should be sustained so that past progress isn’t squandered against a disease that kills an estimated 1,500 people in America each day.
Our representatives have some tough choices to make as they outline the budget for 2012, but I am certain that no one could ignore the stories of our group of survivors, caregivers, and warriors in the fight against cancer. We will convey the necessity and urgency of these requests in a way that no one else could do.

Find out more about One Voice Against Cancer at www.ovaconline.org.