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Sandy Hook and Adam Lanza

Adam Lanza was obsessed with his weight!

 Sally Ettari a/k/a Sally Atari, Singer and Song Writer, Blog, Music, Guitar Twelve Step Recovery, Speaker, Concert Artist, sally.atari@yahoo.com, sallyatari.comViolence in the Media! 

Can you imagine? Someone has been sitting through violent movies and counting how many deaths happen in each movie and developing a study to see if violence in movies has been on the rise? And while it’s a no brainer that the answer is yes, they did the work to prove it! As many of us have seen, people are desensitized by the violence they see in movies, video games and exposure to guns.

On December 14, 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School, including 20 children, before committing suicide.

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Step Three Prayer From My Heart!

Sure, I memorized the Third Step Prayer. . . Thy Will Be Done,  Sally Ettari a/k/a Sally Atari, Singer and Song Writer, Blog, Music, Guitar Twelve Step Recovery, Speaker, Concert Artist, sally.atari@yahoo.com, sallyatari.com

a long time ago. But I didn’t make it my own (A.A. Big Book, Pg. 63). The ‘Step Three Prayer’ from my heart looks like this:

God,

I offer myself to you: I give up on running the show… I give up on playing God in my life…. I’m done running the show! Please, You be the director… the boss, the father I long for….

-Build with me

-Do with me…what ever you think is best! Because You know what’s best for me! You know me better than I know me!

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What I Love About Exodus!

The Story of Moses Sally Ettari a/k/a Sally Atari, Singer and Song Writer, Blog, Music, Guitar Twelve Step Recovery, Speaker, Concert Artist, sally.atari@yahoo.com, sallyatari.com

While Genesis saw the children of Israel ‘tucked’ safely away in the land of Egypt with God through Joseph watching over their needs in a time of famine, Exodus opens with the descendants of Joseph and his brothers now enslaved and in bondage to the Egyptians. God knew this would happen and His provision was met in the life of Moses. The story of Moses is rich and his life and its many twists and turns unfolds throughout the book of Exodus.

As a baby, when Pharoah (the king of Egypt) saw that, “the people of the children of Israel [were] more and mightier than . . . ” the Egyptians, he commanded the midwives to kill the male infants as they were born. “But the midwives feared God. . . ” (Ex. 1:17) Eventually, Moses had to be hid in an ark of bulrushes (a basket in the form of a cradle). His sister, Miriam, watched over him from a distance and God did a miracle; Little sister, Miriam, when she saw the daughter of the Pharoah rescue the baby from the floating ‘ark’, she ran and asked if she should get the baby a wet-nurse. So Moses mother was able to nurse her baby and even watch him grow. As a mother, I imagine this was such a relief! (Side bar: Noah’s Ark saved eight people at the time of the flood, Moses was saved in an Ark made of the bulrushes; the Ark of the Covenant held the ten commandments, Aaron’s rod and Manna from the desert. (Ex. 25:10)

Moses lived forty years as a prince among the Egyptians, then for forty years, he was a shepherd in the desert learning how to lead a very large group of people (603,550 Men, over the age of twenty (Ex. 38:26)). Then he spent forty years wandering and leading his brethren, all the time circling the promised land (Acts 7: 23, 30, 36). There are so many great texts and lessons found in Exodus. Here are a few highlights of this book:

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What I Love About Genesis!

Beginning is half-finished!

Got a partner to do this with? Check! Got a bible? Check! Got a plan? Check! (The internet has so many options!) And of course, beginning is half-finished! When ever I start what feels like a monumental project,  (and this one do Sally Ettari a/k/a Sally Atari, Singer and Song Writer, Blog, Music, Guitar Twelve Step Recovery, Speaker, Concert Artist, sally.atari@yahoo.com, sallyatari.comes feel daunting as I have purposed in my heart and made it my ‘New Years Resolution’ so many times and not followed through! In fact, I have come to embrace the idea that I have a broken ‘follow through button’.) I hold onto this thought.  This is why, I prayed, please send me a study buddy! I asked at three churches that I frequent, “Does anybody have an interest in doing this with me?” Not one person expressed an interest. Then, one day, I mentioned my hearts desire to a twelve step recovery friend. She said, “I’ve never read the bible before.” I tenderly asked, “Do you think you might be interested in reading it with me? We could read on our own and then every morning I will act as a guide as I’ve read it many times?” She said, “Yes!” And we got started that day; it was the end of January so we had some catching up to do as It’s my hearts desire to finish on or the day after Christmas. She agreed. We started that same day. How great is God? She’s someone I have never met but love dearly by virtue of many phone conversations. She lives far away. But we have all we need to make this happen and the journey of a life time has begun.

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The Herd Instinct!

 

Videos like this give great pause on a number of levels; It’s not just eating fish and how they are treated behind the scenes; it’s the aquarium industry! People buying beautiful fish to put in their homes and businesses. How it affects the coral reefs is astounding!  I watched a movie this past Sabbath (I often watch documentaries and nature videos rented from the library on my day of rest. It’s an absolute treat I highly recommend.) This is one small video clip from such a video. Here are a few statements the video made about the unique and special place called, ‘The Coral Reef”.

Diversity! These are a few of the statements made about life on the Coral Reef. ‘ There is more diversity here than anywhere else on the planet.’ Did you know, that ‘the community remains in balance because it functions together? The community stays healthy and whole because of diversity!. . . Neither plant nor coral can survive without the other. . . and that’s the key the whole coral reef community is built on: relationship!.”

Symbiosis: a relationship between two people or groups that work with and depend on each other; a cooperative relationship! Close Union of dissimilar organisms!! “The relationship between 2 different kinds of living things that live together and depend on each other! This is so amazing: the glassy minnows, in groups of hundr Sally Ettari a/k/a Sally Atari, Singer and Song Writer, Blog, Music, Guitar Twelve Step Recovery, Speaker, Concert Artist, sally.atari@yahoo.com, sallyatari.comeds,  move as a unit (these tiny little fish) and they dance as a group. The Gruber comes along and plows into the center of them in an effort to eat just one and can not isolate even a single minnow because of their ‘herd instinct!’ They press into each other and dance through the whole event! Oh, how beautiful!

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