Friday, December 25, 2009
Christmas isn't about shopping.
Christmas isn't about the food.
Christmas isn't about the tree.
Christmas isn't about the flowers.
Christmas isn't about the lights.
Christmas isn't about the decorations.
Christmas isn't about Santa Claus or reindeer.
Christmas isn't about your friends or family.
Christmas is about the celebration of the true source of life.
Jesus Christ came so that we can live again in the presence of our Lord. To be born again and become like the spotless lamb. To be forgiven and to have a relationship with God on a personal level is the desire of God’s heart.
If you could step away from the secular view of "holidays" and see Christmas as Christ's birthday in every way, things could be different. Our lives would reflect and imitate Jesus' behavior and lifestyle.
So, this Christmas let Christ ring true into your lives and share the love of His birth to all mankind! Allow Jesus to set you free and complete you. I know that we as humans place this day as a marketing ploy and not as a celebration of eternal life. Remember that even if you didn’t get what you wanted or don’t have money, God is faithful to take care of you even in the hard times. I should know, I’ve been homeless and dealt with grieving my lost loved ones, and have been very poor as well. God took care of me when all seemed lost. And I believe with all my heart that Jesus will take care of you in your mountains and valleys called your life!
God Bless & Celebrate Christ’s Birth
Jeremy Michael Caverley
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Miranda Caverley December 23 at 6:24pm
Dear JMC Ministries Members,
It is not often that I write to ask for prayer for JMC Ministries. But we are in need especially me. Where's why...
Yesterday I woke up to what we thought was hives that had broken out on the entire right side of my body from my hip to my elbow. Today they had spread to the other side of my body and I was in pain everytime any of the welts or hives were touched.
So Jeremy took me to the doctor and we found out it is not hives but something worse. Staff infection or MRSA! Is what the doctor told me. She has put me on antibiotics and I am quarantined. Jeremy is not even allowed to sleep in the same bed with me until this clears up.
This is not the first time I have contracted MRSA/Staff when I was a nurses aid working in nursing homes 2 years ago. I got MRSA in my leg so bad, that I was hospitalized for 2 days, quarantined and hooked up to antibiotics intravenously. Then I was not allowed to come back to work for another 2 weeks after that. When you get MRSA/Staff you are more susceptible to getting it again. So this kinda is no surprise to me, but I am very confused where I may have gotten from, and haven't the fondest clue.
Of course this puts a damper on Christmas now. The only Christmas I can have is with my mom. I can't go to our families big gathering because there are young children and also I really don't want to chance giving this to anyone.
To keep the Staff infection from spreading to others I have to continually wash my hands and use hand sanitizer along with wiping everything down like door knobs, the computer keyboards that I may touch with Clorox disinfectant wipes. And of course no one can touch the bed sheets, blankets, towels, and wash cloths I may use unless they have been washed and disinfected.
So please pray for me and also Jeremy as we go through this round of sickness that has struck my body and that if it is God's will that I be healed quickly. God Bless my friends and thank you for being a part of JMC Ministries and supporting me and Jeremy.
JMC Ministries Co-founder
December 24 at 3:03pm by Miranda Caverley
Due to the over abundance of responses to my prayer request yesterday I am having to do a mass response. I received over 20 messages on facebook alone of those praying for me during this illness.
We posted it on Twitter and we had people calling us and retweeting our prayer request as fast as we posted it. To get more people to pray for me. Others were telling me to post my prayer request on their pages so that their friends would see, and also pray.
Today Christmas Eve I fixed my first Turkey a 15 pound one for 2 people yep we will be eating turkey for quite a while. Stuffing, biscuits, noodles and mashed potatoes. This is mine and jeremy's first Christmas in our own home and our first time cooking a Christmas dinner together.
I know through all of your prayers that the Lord blessed me with the energy to make this wonderful dinner. The infection hasn't spread to more parts of my body, but more spots have popped up where there are already spots. The antibiotics are working because I don't have the pain and burning as bad as it has been in the past 2 days. We also have some gel to put on me that has lidicain in it and it also helps with the pain and burning.
Jeremy did sleep on the couch last night but really didn't sleep because he kept checking on me to make sure I was ok through out the night. He also broke down and gave me one of my christmas presents he bought me. It was "Celtic Woman" Christmas concert on DVD I love that special and would have given Jeremy a big hug if I wasn't quarantined.
So Jeremy and I won't miss the presents mom got us my sister and brother in law are bringing our gifts over from mom and them so we will have presents to open up tomorrow morning.
Again thank you all for praying for me and supporting Jeremy and I. I'm about to tear up because it means so much to us, and it also shows us how we have made a difference for our Lord right here on Facebook "To God Be the Glory"
Merry Christmas and God Bless
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Volunteers Miranda Caverley, left, and Melissa Kepler, right, look for a Dora the Explorer doll for a client Monday during the annual Salvation Army Christmas Giveaway. (Sarah Wright, Gazette)
The slumping economy hasn't had a huge impact on Christmas toy donations at the Salvation Army this year.
Capt. Amber Boone of the Chillicothe Salvation Army said the need was strong this year, and although some normal donors weren't able to help, others stepped in to take their place.
"I think a lot of people realized it was going to be a tough year and maybe just took the time to donate one or two things, it all added up," she said. "We were able to help just as much as we have in the past."
Some bought gifts for those in need off trees throughout the community, and others donated through private food drives. The businesses at Central Center conducted a toy drive and donated the toys, to Boone's surprise.
"We didn't know they were having a drive, so when they showed up with toys, we were so grateful," she said.
Other organizations donated money from fundraisers, including the local VFW Post and the Rock for Tots.
"To get those checks and have money to get more gifts with was great," Boone said. "We get a lot of toy donations for younger kids, so with a check, we can go out and buy gifts for older kids and boys. That way we can suit all the needs."
It's a busy time of year for the Salvation Army. After helping families through the holiday season, the organization gears up to start its 2010 programs in January.
After-school programs for teens offering homework help and a daytime homeless shelter are just a few of the programs operated by the Salvation Army on East Fourth Street. Boone said the collections taken at red kettles during the holiday season allow them to operate throughout the year.
"A lot of people think those donations are for the holidays, but those donations help us throughout the year in community outreach," she said.
The kettles go out during the holiday season when people are in the giving spirit.
"This community has come forward and helped so much," Boone said. "Especially around the holidays. We got nervous when we saw how many needed help this year, but the Lord always provides, and thank goodness we were also able to provide."
JMC Ministries Response
written by Miranda Caverley
Yep that is me in that picture with one of the teens from the Salvation Army Church. I have worked with the Salvation Army Chillicothe Corp for nearly 6 years. Working with the different children programs they run, playing drums, and piano for church services, volunteering to help with the Christmas distribution, and the red kettle campaign.
Reaching out to the community in Chillicothe Ohio has been my passion for many years to help make a difference in peoples lives.
Jeremy and I didn't know the newspaper was showing up that day to take pictures and write this article. If we did I probably wouldn't have been wearing the reindeer antlers, but I am a goofy person and if you know me personally I love to make people laugh and have a good time. And we definately had a good time.
We at JMC Ministries pray you are inspired and blessed this Christmas season to reach out to those in need and share the love of Christ everyday.
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