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Join host Vangie Rodenbeck and guest Lori Millwood as they discuss respite ministry. Learn about this special ministry event and the beautiful ways it connects special needs families to the church and the church to people with special needs. Listen to hear tips on how to start a ministry, staffing, registration and scheduling. Be ready to be impacted by stories of kingdom victory through respite ministry!
About the Author:
A.D. Burks is a native Texan and true Renaissance man. After earning a degree in Chemistry from Grinnell College, he pursued a music career while teaching in the Atlanta, Nashville and Houston public school systems. A.D. has a Master’s in Business Administration from Rice University, and works for Chevron oil as a corporate real estate developer. With Sex & Surrender, A.D. returns to his first love, and what he considers his calling— creativity and spiritual growth. In this book, he shares life lessons and experiences he has learned through his journey. A.D. has spoken locally and regionally on the connection between HIV and sex addiction.
Publication Date: April 3, 2013
SEX & SURRENDER follows the journey of A.D. Burks, a recovering sex addict. Raised predominantly in a single-parent religious-based home, A.D. was given every opportunity to succeed in life, and he did. He flourished in the education, entertainment and corporate arenas, and his life looked picture perfect from the outside. Yet deep down his personal life was tormenting him due to the conflict between his spiritual and sexual beliefs. Longing for the perfect/traditional family he never had with his female best-friend, he redirected his pain through countless forms of risky sexual behavior.
Sex & Surrender graphically recounts the addictive cycle which lasted nearly 12 years and almost ended his life—until he had a dream that helped him realize he had to find a way out. Therapy and spiritual counseling provided a temporary respite and helped him devise a four-step process to manage his addiction. Yet his true breakthrough didn't come until the root of his pain was uncovered.
Job hunting can be a little too automated these days. We often relegate our job search to browsing, posting, whisking out e-mails into the cyber ether, and praying for a response.. Does that sound like you? Passion makes the difference, do you have passion? Tune in this week to hear information that can show you how your success in job searching to improving your current business is a inside job!!
As we conclude our Non-Profit series, we will hace Renee Isakson, Zach’s Place Program Director as our last half hour co-host to bring incite and great information about their expansion and how this non-profit can change your life if you have special needs children or teens.
Zach’s Place program was the catalyst for starting Special Kids Special Families. It is a respite center, found near the downtown area of Colorado Springs. It was founded by two mothers who wanted to help other families who are raising children with disabilities. As with many non-profits, there is a story behind its beginnings.
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This week on The Networking Diva Hour, we will continue to discuss The Fear Of Networking and how to overcome it and be a Top networker!! How about you-
Do you hate to network, love to network, or something in between??
My co-host as we continue this month on Non-profits with your special needs children in mind will be PlayDate Behavioral Interventions.
Angela Parrish will be joining me. She is a Consultant at PlayDate which is a nonprofit organization providing a full spectrum of services to children with disabilities, including applied behavioral analysis (ABA) therapy and respite care .
PlayDate’s goal is to provide high quality services to all families, regardless of their ability to pay. To that end, they are applying for grants and developing funding mechanisms to offer scholarships for those families who have exhausted all other funding mechanisms.
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Celebrities like Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant, George Michael, Michael Douglas, Eric Benet, Charlie Sheen, Ted Haggard, David Duchovny, and Jesse James. What do they all allegedly have in common? They each had an addiction that almost ruined their lives and the lives of the people around them. While the media revealed these sexual indiscretions for the whole world to see, they stopped short of analyzing the root of this addiction. Too often we don't hear the documented progress these men have made in picking up the pieces of their broken lives. Although it might be beneficial to see the progress, recovery doesn't make great headlines. So observers are left to make assumptions without all the relevant pieces to this most complex sex addiction puzzle. For National Recovery Month, we will go deeper to reveal the naked truth.
In Sex and Surrender: An Addict's Journey, author A.D. Burks graphically recounts his addictive cycle, which lasted roughly twelve years, and almost ended his life. Through a dream Burks realized he had to find a way out. Therapy and spiritual counseling gave him temporary respite and inspired him to devise a four-step process to manage his addiction. Yet Burks' true breakthrough came when the root of his pain was uncovered and he realized that sex does not equal love. During this show highlighting recovery, Burks will provide us with tidbits from his book to give us a taste of his addiction and recovery process.
A.D. Burks is a native Texan and renaissance man. He sang with the Grinnell Singers at Carnegie Hall, earned a Bachelors degree in Chemistry and an MBA from Rice University. Through Sex & Surrender, Burks returns to what he considers his calling -- to use his life lessons to inspire creativity and spiritual growth. To learn more, go to www.sexsurrender.com.
Join us for #SepsisChat, Thursday, July 31 at 1pm EST. Topic is Sepsis and Disability. Many Sepsis survivors are left with debilitating Post Sepsis symptoms. Others, multiple amputations, recurrent infections, post sepsis related illness; leading to additional surgeries. Cognitive decline, PTSD, generalized fatigue and pain are just a few symptoms. Yet, many survivors cannot qualify for Social Security, Public Assistance, Respite or Caregiver services. We will discuss this topic and tweet using the #SepsisChat hashtag. I'll briefly touch on my struggles in the aftermath of Sepsis
To listen to the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity; the bitch-sisters of rhetorical conservative propoganda based political punditry have managed to take the shooting of a unarmed African American teen and turn it into an indictment of the black community and the support of a militarized police state if not existing in every city in america, capable of the same atrocities heaped on the citizenery of Ferguson Missouri. To make matters worse, the African-American president Barrack Obama doesn't even visit the situation, show leadership byu bringing some "hope" and "change" to a brutallly oppressed minority he is a member of...and no the President of the United States doesn't get a vacation, some time off and respite from the tireless and endless hours the presidency entails; it's 24/7 and if you can't or won't do it, then don't run. All this while the Tea Party and their various illiterations are what your intrepid host has know all along; that they are money piots for those who start and manage them doing little of nothing that they are purported to do while enriching the principals. While the unsuspecting and certainly oblivious due to moral blindness and outright stupidity supporters of these Super-Pacs while watching their chosen candidates get slaughtered at the polls. Can you say "one-term wonders" and yes Sarah Palin, I think your 15 minutes may finally be up.
Shannon Celebi writes speculative fiction in all its weird and wonderful forms. Residing in Ashland, Oregon with her husband, her son, two neurotic cats, and a dilapidated laptop named Persephone, Shannon has two collections of short stories, Small Town Ghosts, and Small Town Demons, available on Amazon at http://amzn.to/19lodTU.
Shannon spends every waking hour at her computer, but if she gets a brief moment of respite you can usually find her curled up on the sofa with a kick-ass book and a steaming mug of Joe (Sumatra from Starbucks is her favorite). Shannon also enjoys windsurfing (not), hang-gliding (super not) and long walks on the beach (maybe).
Shannon has far too many favorite books to list in this little space, but if she had to pick three, she'd probably say, "This Body by Laurel Doud, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, and Heart Shaped Box' by Joe Hill." Of course, she couldn't pick just three, so she'd also name, The Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin, The Shining by Stephen King, and Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn.
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Alot of people live from pay check to pay check, but they also live from one crisis to another. There is no respite for the people of America, we seem to be rats caught in a maze. We need time to look at the big picture and decide what we are going to do to improve our lot in life instead of figuring out how we are going to get to work, get a raise, find a job, etc.
As long as we are on this continuous cycle we have no time to look at the bigger picture. What is happening to the family, who is raising our children, what affect all our technology is having on children? Where have ethics gone? Who is minding the store? Who is representing us and how good a job are they doing?
Wake up people and smell the roses!
Our ability to communicate with each other has diminished with the dependence on technology. Language skills have disapated. Listen to what is going on around you, take note of the world's changes and make sure to participate.
Again, this is my battle cry!
Being a single mother is never easy. Raising a family alone requires that you perform the roles of two people, the father and the mother. You will not have the luxury of sharing many of the jobs that two parents have, but nevertheless, you will need to address the concerns of these jobs: provider, disciplinarian, comforter, guidance counselor and so forth. It is important to realize, however, that being a single mother does not mean that you need to be alone. In order to be successful, you will need to learn how to make decisions and act on them (e.g. how to use community resources, parental and family support, get financial aid, get respite time etc.) so that the needs and interests of your children are met. You can be ready to meet the many challenges of a single mother by knowing how to handle such challenges in advance. Join in as Aixa and Deborah share their day-to-day challenges of parenting and meeting their needs as women.
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