It is a blessing to be born in good health. Many of us take it for granted, because we have no experience living with a disability. In this video, you see a young boy's joy after hearing for the first time.
We should always be grateful for our bodies and health. Nothing is guaranteed. This boy, Ryan Aprea, was born prematurely at just 25 weeks. As a result, he suffers from severe hearing and vision problems. He spent the first seven months of his life in the intensive care unit. Thankfully, he was able to grow healthy enough to live at home with his mother. But unfortunately he was left almost completely unable to hear.
Every time this beautiful child of God hears something new he becomes overwhelmed with happiness! His mother, Jennifer, was able to share this amazing life-changing event on Facebook. Get ready to be overjoyed after seeing this boy's reaction to hearing. more >>
A recently released study has found that pornography has a negative influence on the sexual encounters of men.
"Results showed the more pornography a man watches, the more likely he was to use it during sex, request particular pornographic sex acts of his partner, deliberately conjure images of pornography during sex to maintain arousal, and have concerns over his own sexual performance and body image," read the study's abstract. The study was published in the December edition of the Archives of Sexual Behavior.
"Further, higher pornography use was negatively associated with enjoying sexually intimate behaviors with a partner. We conclude that pornography provides a powerful heuristic model which is implicated in men's expectations and behaviors during sexual encounters." more >>
As somebody who was raised in multiple divorce/remarriage situations, the phrase "blended family" has always reminded me of a blender. Yes, a literal blender, like this.
A blender is a machine that takes various soft tissues and liquefies, chops, cuts, etc., with the intent of creating a unique new, whole, thing. It isn't a pleasant process if you happen to be in the role of the blendee. I know that the intent behind "blended family" is to convey something far milder than being put through a blender. It's supposed to serve as a replacement for "step family," which some feel is more harsh or stark.
There is a certain presupposition to the phrase, isn't there? It goes like this: that the blending process will proceed rapidly and smoothly, and will yield a consistent, predictable result. To continue with the cooking analogy, if something can't be blended in a blender we don't even try. Similarly, we don't refer to a smoothie as "blended smoothie." It's the same with other food items. We don't say, "blended bean dip." Either the process works, and therefore "blended" is implied in description, or it doesn't work, and we don't even try it. Isn't "blended" only widely used as an adjective with the word "family?" Can you think of other widely used phrases that use the word "blended" as an adjective? I cannot. more >>
Texas pastor Matt Chandler and his wife, Lauren, advised Christian singles in their weekly video series to be honest as they date and trust God to help find the balance between covering up the past and revealing too much, too soon.
The Village Church leader told singles it is a "good, right desire" to "guard your heart" in dating relationships, noting that the phrase comes from scripture. However he warned there is a fine line between taking it slow and being deceptive in order to win a person.
Chandler explained, "There's a legitimacy to guarding our hearts but I think we can guard too much and we can guard to the place where then we almost become used car salesmen … what I'm trying to say is all we want to do is point to the best things and we don't want to go, 'now this has been an issue historically, or this.' So we can guard our heart to the point where we're not known and we're not known in a way that increases intimacy and increases (one's ability to tell) is this moving towards marriage or is it not." more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritans Purse, says the government's attacks against Christianity and bans on traditional Christmas themes while society glorifies sin is "like little children shaking their fist at Almighty God."
"What's happening is we're glorifying sin, we're lifting up sin. And it's like little children shaking their fist at Almighty God," Graham told Fox News host Megyn Kelly during a Wednesday segment of "The Kelly File."
Speaking about atheists and secularists' actions to ban celebrations of Christmas in schools and government buildings, Kelly commented on American Atheists' "skip church" billboard ad campaign, which The Christian Post has reported on. She also cited the city of Pittsburg's previous plan to rename the Christmas holidays "sparkle days" and the ban on poinsettias at a Minnesota court house, among others. more >>
It is safe to say that everyone has at least one fond memory of watching a Disney movie as a child. Some of us still watch and enjoy them as adults. If you were lucky as a child you even got the chance to go to Disneyland when you were young.
Aside from being fun and entertaining, these popular movies also offer advice that we can use in our everyday lives. It's advice that can help us in life by making things less stressful -- or so funny so we SMILE instead of getting mad when something bothers us. Most of us can think of quotes right off the top of our heads.
Below are 10 quotes from Disney movies that offer timeless wisdom: more >>