June 2, 2020
“How to Heal Your Marriage”
I was born and raised in a Christian home in rural central Illinois. After graduating college at the University of Illinois, I married my best friend who had been introduced to me on a blind date my freshman year at college. We moved to New York where we resided in the same house for 52 years and raised three sons. Our third son was born with Down Syndrome and is a blessing in our lives and the lives of all who know him. Our two older boys are married each with one son who are our delight!
To those who knew us, our marriage looked like the perfect relationship on the outside but we knew that it was not what a marriage should be. After our 35th anniversary we were separated. God was very present with us throughout this great challenge. After 31/2 years God restored our relationship, we renewed our marriage vows, and soon after that God gave us the opportunity to facilitate Great Marriages God’s Way Sunday school class at our church. Today, even thong we have moved, that class remains vibrant, ministering to couples and singles building marriages God’s Way!
We continue to serve the Lord today in our new church in Florida where God gave us the opportunity to establish a marriage/relationship class. Our passion is to help relationships become Godly relationships and to help people love themselves, God, and others on a deeper mature level.
During our married life I was able to be a stay at home mom. Besides raising and nurturing three boys, I enjoyed participating in all sports, especially golf, and doing crafts, especially decorative painting. Shortly after my husband and I separated I built a harp, just for fun… I thought. God had different plans. He opened many doors for me to take lessons, study harp therapy, and soon become a Hospital Certified Master Harp Therapist. I worked for 8 years at The Valley Hospital and 4 other hospitals in NJ playing for patients at the bedside.
After retiring to Florida I remain active in our church and stay busy with crafts, visiting friends, participating in BSF, riding my bike and pursuing my passion for golf. In all my activities my goal is to share the love of Christ.
May 26, 2020
Making An Impact Where You Are
Serve God. Love People. Impact Community.
Marva Hanks lives by the statement above to the best of her capabilities. This is her heart beat, passion, and what she considers as her proudest accomplishments of life.
Marva learned about Christ at an early age. She is thankful for the grace of God and is happy to boldly to serve Him where He leads her. He constantly reminds her of how present He is in every area of her life.
Marva, along with her husband, Merton Hanks, loves people to full capacity. They are quick to share their past experiences to help people learn from their own life lessons.
Marva uses her platform to impact the community that is around her. She has worked with different organizations to give back to her community. Some of the current organizations Marva is involved in are C. Vivian Stringer Standing Tall Foundation, Bridgeway Preparatory Academy, and DRA Lending. Her portion of her proceeds will go towards these organizations to further their mission.
May 19th 2020
Leading Women To Christ
Mary Ball is a volunteer peer counselor at the Lighthouse Pregnancy Resource Center, serving young women struggling with an unexpected pregnancy, caring for their needs and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Mary also is a volunteer administrator for Bible Study Fellowship and serves in her local church. She is a working wife, mother and grandmother.
Mary’s walk with the Lord began almost 20 years ago after a friend’s persistent invitation to a home bible study. She faithfully seeks to serve the Kingdom of God by blessing others with compassion, love and encouragement. She sees the heart of a woman and nurtures their lives with the love of Christ.
She enjoys going to the beach, Christian concerts; especially Chris Tomlin, Big Daddy Weave and Mercy Me; loves to sing; enjoys Pilates and crafts.
Mary‘s favorite scripture is:
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”
May 12th 2020
Maureen Smith On Prayer
But God, is one of my most favorite statements I love to read in the Bible. It always indicates that God is going to do something absolutely spectacular, and I love spectacular move of God.
I count it all joy that the creator of you, me and the universe has called me into a redemptive, loving, and eternal relationship with Him.
In His sovereign love He has allowed me walk within several roles, and my most favorite is that of mother, grandmother, and teacher/mentor.
Each new season, He requires, yet allows me to know Him in a deeper more profound way, and as I experience each new level, I realize that all I really want people to see in me, is the love, compassion and goodness of God, and His Holy Spirit. As I walk with others in their search for a more meaningful relationship with God, may we both/all experience the words of the Apostle Matthew.
Matthew 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
God Bless You Always,