Never Forget

Never Forget

20 years ago, September 11, 2001— an unimaginable event happened on US soil. At 8:20 a.m. the media reported that a tragic accident occurred, involving a passenger jet crashing into a New York skyscraper.

However, the world would soon learn that just minutes after the plane departed from the airport, Islamic, radical terrorists, had hijacked the airliner, filled with unsuspecting passengers. 

Discovering the events which took place prior to the crash, were disturbing— in order to take over the airplane, the hijackers mercilessly broke into the cockpit, brutally killing anyone who got in their way, including both pilots. 

Without regard for any human life, the terrorists, purposefully, and methodically flew the passenger jet into the North Tower of The World Trade Center, also known as the “Twin Towers.” (At the time, these towers were the world’s tallest buildings).

Around 9:00 a.m., the news media went live from the scene of the crash, to publicize this incomprehensible catastrophe. As the news traveled across the vast array of networks, suddenly, a new report came across, which was as disturbing as the first. Confirmation that a flight attendant, aboard a different flight, had alerted air traffic control that yet another hijacking was underway.

Within minutes, that passenger jet would also crash into the second tower. Two airplanes hitting the tallest buildings in Manhatten…this was no accident, it was clear, we were under attack. 

Fear and disbelief flooded New York and households across America.

The upper level of the towers exploded from the violent impact of the planes. Fuel consumed the massive buildings in a fiery inferno. People began frantically calling their loved ones from inside the burning buildings, to tell others about what was happening, and sadly most called to say their last words, “Goodbye, I love you.” 

As the towers burned, the metal began to give way. Shortly after impact, the building debris began to fall violently to the ground, hitting bystanders, wounding and killing several individuals, whose feet were firmly planted as they looked up in disbelief. Everyone was trying to make any reasonable assumption as to why this was happening.

To the shock of many, included among the debris, were bodies of people who fell or jumped out of the 110 story buildings. The additional casualties sustained unbelievable physical and emotional trauma, as jumping to their death was justified as an alternative to burning alive. 

Without hesitation, first responders swiftly ran into the burning buildings.  As heroic as the act of climbing a 110 story staircase ablaze was…most never made it to their injured or trapped victims — they also lost their lives in the process of doing their job, saving others.  

At 9:37 a.m, news circulated that a third jet had now crashed into the Pentagon. President, George W. Bush, and other top officials were taken immediately to a secure location. Secret Service personnel began evacuating the White House as it was thought to be the next possible target of the attacks. 

To counter further potential attacks, the Secretary of Defense ordered all pilots to divert to the closest available airport. Flights were immediately grounded. An executive command was declared; if an airliner was noncompliant with the order, the military had clearance to shoot down the plane. Fighter jets scrambled across America, and then the sky grew eerily silent, as all planes were now grounded.

At 10:28 a.m. The first World Trade Center collapsed from the immense fire. Within minutes, the second tower also fell, taking down additional buildings nearby, and killing hundreds more. It was as if we were all watching a fictional story on a movie screen, with detonations strategically placed for implosion. Yet, this was happening live, before a stunned world of helpless bystanders. 

Later a fourth plane was reported to have been hijacked, however, this plane never made it to its intended destination. Incredibly several brave passengers placed matters into their own hands and took on a valiant fight with the terrorists. Many of the passenger’s friends and family received a phone call describing their dilemma and what they intended to do to stop the terrorists, however, this also meant those very passengers would never return home, as they fought to their death and the plane crashed in a Pennsylvania field.

Thousands of lost lives ended tragically that day.  Hundreds of first responders, civilians, government workers, businessmen, women, and innocent children died due to multiple, evil, acts of terrorism.  

The tragedy did not end on September 11, 2021, thousands planned funerals to bury those who were taken by the evil of terrorism.

Due to the massive building collapse, fires, and crashes, numerous bodies were never recovered. Thus families could not say a traditional and much needed goodbye. 

Military groups were deployed by the thousands, who went to avenge and bring to justice those who orchestrated this horrific event. Although many were brought to justice, thousands of military servicemen and women also lost their lives in the line of duty.

Many still suffer today from the events that unfolded on 9-11. PTSD, grief, anxiety, depression, and other mental health maladies are burdens that carry a heavy weight on their victims.  

Additionally, the first responders who survived working at the scene of the towers collapsed, and people in the buildings or nearby, still suffer from ongoing respiratory problems and other major health effects caused by the smoke, debris, and dust that engulfed the city.  

This day forever changed the lives of every single person who watched the surreal events unfold, or lived through this tragic day.

The phrase “Never Forget” is forever tied to 9-11, and tied to these things;

“Never Forget” that 0n 9-11 the days that followed, when America stepped up in unity and rallied to help one another. We rejected hate and embraced selflessly loving each other. 

“Never Forget” We must each choose how we live out our lives. Each terrorist had free will to decide how they wanted to live their lives and carry out their beliefs, and they chose the path of evil. As Christians & Americans, we each have the freedom to choose how we will live and carry our faith, we must do so with integrity, choosing to do good over evil, as no one is free from the consequences of our choices and actions. 

“Never Forget” that evil is real, but so is the power of God. He will have the final say at the end of each life. He will be the ultimate Judge, Jury, and Prosecution to those who carry out such wickedness. 

“Never Forget” We must each decide if we want to be part of the problems in this world or the solution to the problems.

“Never Forget” Today you have the choice to be a force for the good, and turn away from evil, embracing the grace and forgiveness of Jesus. You exist to make a difference in the lives of your family and those in your community. 

Never forget

“There’s No Shame in Finding Freedom”- Sermon Series 1 of 8, with Christina (view the follow-up video sessions on course catalog tab)

On Thursday, August 26, join Christina as she brings part 2 of the series, “There’s No Shame in Finding Freedom.”

I am excited to announce that an e-course will be offered, on August 26th. With your paid subscription to the e-course series, you and your family will have an opportunity to gather, in the privacy of your own home, to watch this impactful series together. Get ready to gain a deeper level of teaching and healing. ~Christina Calk~

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There’s No Shame In Finding Freedom

A 4 Part Counseling Series, led by Christina Calk, Is Coming This Week. You won’t want to miss this life-changing message. (the videos can be found in the course catalog)

Technology allows access to readily available information, which is often only one click away. However, the enemy has used the same technology to provide a gateway to harmful information. These sites are developed by people, whose only agenda is to promote sexual immorality and pornography. These disturbing images are easily visible on the screens of devices meant for communication, work, or learning.

Christina Calk, founder of Open Door Counseling, is committed to assisting individuals and families in combating the devastation caused by exposure to pornography. In this 4 part series, Christina provides vital information on how to establish healthy boundaries when faced with temptation. Each section provides practical applications needed to prevent and overcome sexual addiction. You can walk in the power of God’s word and experience victory in the very area the enemy aspires to use against you. There is no shame in finding freedom.

Christina Calk is a Certified Brain Health Professional through the Amen Clinics, founded by Dr. Daniel Amen.

Amen Clinics National Referral Network

Why is brain health so vital to mental, physical, and spiritual health? Simply put, when your brain works right, you work right. However, when your brain is unhealthy it responds negatively. This is where we commonly see numerous life-altering conditions ranging from ADD/ADHD, anxiety, anger, depression, memory issues, mood disorders, brain trauma, sleep disorders, weight issues, and other brain/body health-related conditions.

When your brain is unhealthy, for whatever reason (brain injuries, substance abuse, obesity, sleep apnea, mold toxicity, etc.), you are sadder, sicker, distressed, and frustrated when you fail to thrive. The good news is, you can change your brain and change your life.

With a healthy brain, you become happier, physically healthier, and spiritually sound. A healthy brain means you make better decisions, are likely to become prosperous (due to better decision-making), retain and gain better relationships, can focus on the goodness of Gods word without the constant interference of intrusive or negative thoughts, which in turn allows you to become successful in what you attempt to do.

When Faith and Mental Health Collide

How are you taking care of your mental health? God wants us to take care of our mind, just as much as He wants us to takes care of our body. After all the brain is the control center of the body. This means we must purposely set healthy things in place to ensure our minds are functioning well, so the body follows.

Here are a few steps, when implemented daily, can improve the health of your mind and body.

Our thought life is where our emotions originate. In other words, your thoughts drive your emotions. Then your emotions drive your actions, both positive and negative. Taking thoughts captive, means you are purposely being a willing participant in God’s design for prayer; here’s where we have the freedom to lift up worry to Him, which is collectively a refreshing step in choosing to let the worry go. Through our conversation with the Lord, we are replacing negativity with positive thoughts of hope, found through Jesus. As you trust the Lord has your best interest in mind, and can handle every challenge, you are released to move forward in peace knowing provision is in His hands. The hardest part of this step is waiting on His provision. God answers our prayers with a “Yes,” “No,” or “Wait.” Though the answer is not in our control, our thoughts, emotions, and actions are.

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. -2 Corinthians 10:5

Forgiveness is an intricate part of a healthy mindset. Forgiveness is God’s mercy on us, in us, and is activated through us. The moment we accept Jesus, we receive unconditional forgiveness through Him. We are released from the punishment of our sin. We must choose to forgive ourselves and not let guilt further condem us. Subsequently, forgiving those who have wounded us is an important choice in healing. To release others from our punishment and entrust the offense to God is an important step in developing a healthy mindset.

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. -Ephesians 4:32

Gratitude blocks emotional toxins such as envy, resentment, regret, and depression, which can destroy our internal wellbeing. It’s impossible to feel chaos and peace at the same time. When we lack the implementation of gratitude, we are actually robbing ourselves of joy. Even if you do not like your current circumstance, you can find a glimpse of hope through recognizing one thing you intentionally are thankful for during a difficult season. When may face the worst day of our life, that day is still laced with the promise that God does not abandon us, as we are His valued and cherished creation.

Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. -1 Thessalonians 5:18

Lastly, acknowledge that Jesus is the restorer of our souls. When the health of our mindset is in jeopardy, fear, insecurities, and doubt can overshadow stability. If ever there was a “let go and let God” moment, this is it. The character of Jesus beckons us to see what is fully assured through goodness, which is marked by love, healing, and affirmation of care. We can choose to submit our strained souls (thoughts & emotions) to The One who invites us to Him:

“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke (become linked) upon you. Let me teach you because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls – Matthew‬ ‭11:28, 29‬ ‭

As you feel the release of emotional stress, your body actually responds in a positive manner. Heart rates normalize, blood pressure stabilizes and the immune system becomes stronger. The connection between body and mind is an amazing and divine connection. God tells us that out of the heart springs forth life. When Faith and Mental Health Collide, great things began to happen.

Guard your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. Proverbs 4:23

Inward Beauty

Walk into every room and every environment being the most beautiful person in the room.

Do not let comparison steal your joy. Challenge yourself to stand in a room full of people, who you think “have” something you wish you had and thank God for how God made them!

Remember you are the only you God has ever created. What you see about yourself that’s “different,” is what sets you apart.

Celebrate those qualities and place the filter of gratitude on the areas where you see a flaw.

Do not let jealousy of how people appear, or what things, or gifts seem to divide you from others.

Celebrate your differences and see they are a beautiful collective of Gods creation.

Today is the day to glimpse into your heart, instead of the mirror, and truly see a creation beautifully and wonderfully made.

Joy is not found in your outward appearance, it’s found in your inward thoughts and how you carry the presence of the Lord with you everywhere you go.

Outward beauty is attractive to the world. Inward beauty is attractive to those who need to see the Lord in you.

How beautiful it is to The Lord that we each have the opportunity to carry our beauty and inward gifts with our head held high, then turn those wonderful gifts into actions and speech towards others.

There is so much freedom in truly loving what we see as God given beauty within in ourselves, but also in each other.

~Christina Calk~

God Revealed In Waves

Driving home one afternoon, I looked up at these amazing clouds and captured this pic. The sky resembled waves flowing through the sky. It reminded me that God often moves in waves and that He calms the waves around us and within us.

Some waves are exhilarating and full of adventure. Some are terrifying and full of pain. There is no way to avoid every wave in life such as trials; life can trails actually cause us to look to Jesus for strength. We can choose to trust that God will see us through them, and we can emerge from them with a new perspective as we learn to trust Him.

So the next time you look up at the sky, or into the waves of the ocean, don’t fear waves of change, surges of waves, or storms coming near, rather, look for the reminder that Jesus works through the waves.

“You rule the raging sea;
when its waves surge, You still them.” Psalms 89:9

“But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.” James 1:6

In one of my favorite songs, the refrain of “Oceans” highlights this point:

“And I will call upon Your name and keep my eyes above the waves, When oceans rise my soul will rest in Your embrace, For I am yours and You are mine.”

I’ve Had Enough

Lord, I’ve had enough!

 I’ve had enough of the enemies tactics, and schemes. 

I’ve had enough of illness showing up at the door step of households and businesses. 

I’ve had enough of the lies introduced, promoted, accepted and multiplied in the name of politics and the good of humanity. 

I’ve had enough of families allowing disunity to run their family train off the tracks and directly into harm’s way.

I’ve had enough of knowing that humans are being traded as a commodity, bought and sold for the pleasure of those ensnared by evil ways.  

I’ve had enough of young lives ending before you called them home, as the spirit of death, crept in and your voice seemed to be drowned out in their distress. 

I’ve had enough of weak minded Christ-Followers who let the negative committee, inside their mind, take complete control of their character, and allow the voice of defeat to squash their hope and faith.  

I’ve had enough of feeling discouraged and distraught.

I’ve had enough with despair, as I am surrounded by lives in distress. 

I’ve had enough of evil being called good, and good being called evil. 

I’VE HAD ENOUGH!!!

Oh Lord as I cry out to you, I feel your presence in my prayers. 

I know you hear my hearts unique prayer language. 

You feel the deepest sorrows, and aches within me, as my soul groans and longs for your return. Until then, I’ve had enough. 

I know you’ve been there for me throughout my lifetime. Your word encourages us and tells us that you will never leave or forsake us, therefore, help me to have endurance, peace, and strong faith, trusting that you’ll give us enough. 

As my spirit reaches out for you, I feel your gentle internal reminder, that all along I’ve had enough. 

Because I have you, I’ve had enough grace. 

Through you, I’ve had enough, as you are the provider of peace. 

I’ve had enough perseverance, because of you.

I’ve had enough instruction that I know you are both judge and redeemer.

Lord Through You, and only You, is found the remedy, the cure, and the protection we ALL need, you are THE enough. 

Your word reveals to me that you are MY rock, in which I claim as my strong tower, where I go when I’ve had enough.

Hear my cry, O God;
Attend to my prayer.
 From the end of the earth, I will cry to You,
When my heart is overwhelmed;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

 For You have been a shelter for me,
A strong tower from the enemy.
I will abide in Your  house forever;
I will trust in the shelter of Your wings.  Psalm 61 1-4

Remind me often Lord of your boundless power, as I am never without it, through you, I’ve had enough!

Peace be with us,

~Christina~

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