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You are called to such a time as this ……

In the Name of Jesus, as a Christian I say, I am sorry for what we Christians have done …in the Name of Jesus.

Jesus called us to love one another and to love our enemies but who and what you think are enemies probably are not. No, your enemy is not that “gay person, political person, the Christian, Methodist, Catholic, Muslim, white person, black person, red person, terrorist, murderer, your past friend/sibling/parent you argued with and the list goes on” The enemy is hate. We humans fear those who are not like us, so speak against what we do not know and in this action show hate. More wars are created in the name of God than all else…..this is not showing God’s love. We are to LOVE.

In this season, I ask you to seek out someone you would never go near and never talk with and LOVE on them—get to know them. You will see they are not so different than yourself. Only by loving someone do you change “your hate perspective as well as theirs”.

A great example is the law Roe VS Wade ruling allowing abortion which has led to even greater hate, calling people baby killers and a whole lot more. The director of a pro-life group at the time when this mother wanted an abortion, decided NOT to go this route of hate and instead would meet Norma Roe in the parking lot and love on her while she smoked. In the process of caring for her, she eventually became a Christian—yes, that is what love does and she has gone onto love and change her world because of it.

Teaching for decades in the poorest and most drug ridden areas in the nation, I can tell you I totally understand the desperation that desperate woman are faced with despite the fact I would rather they choose another route. These women are left alone to …not be able to feed.. this new child if they have it, when she already has other mouths to feed and is homeless most of the time with people who walk by and spit on her and the kids—yes—I understand as I watched it go on while I taught these children. We are called to love even when we do not understand. Instead of hating her or my other moms in the same situations, food and clothing were dropped off at houses—yes, especially where my students lived because I was fortunate to love and teach them daily at school and when they did not show up, I drove by to see what was happening or find the new residence where they were hiding. More times than I can remember, I would walk into abandon houses and ask permission from a room filled with adults completely stoned and in a daze, room so smoky I could hardly see all the people and ask if I could take their children to my house where they would get clean, clean clothes, food and time to play games without fear of danger surrounding them –all year long but especially in the summer because it just all got worse in these neighborhoods (and yes, like wow did God protect my ignorance of the danger that constantly surrounded me as I entered).

Let me tell you EVERYONE knew me in the neighborhood. Kids would come up and beg to go with me "this time" but I always told them I had to talk with their parent(s) first and ask permission. Then we needed to track them down and as I entered another abandoned building and find the parents in huge circles with needles and other drugs around them and ask permission, someone would speak up and say “yes, we know who you are…take them and I would proceed to pack as many in my car as I could. Interestingly, the drug dealers, drugged parents and everyone else protected me in that neighborhood every time I entered. I was not an evil Christian preaching to them. I just walked around loving on them but more importantly, by loving on their children. That is Jesus' Love in action. I even got to the point where one of the adults from another of my students would come in with her van and we would pack as many kids in to take to my house to just love on these kids to take them out of danger—“for such a time as this.”

We –you –“are called to such a time as this” to take action—to fight against hate and that can only happen by loving those you hate (Esther 4:14). The action of love and to love and pray for all, but love is active so go out and show love now and forever.

Becoming a Christian means I have HIM with me all the time, someone to talk with constantly and to show me the path that will benefit me the most and that path IS love. Yes, that means giving up my will but I have discovered HIS is so much better. The love I give out comes back 100-fold and WOW has my life been blessed and changed for the better from loving others so different than myself or the same as myself and slowly but surely someone else comes into HIS kingdom to feel that “peace that passes all understanding” Philippians 4:7—not through hating others, but by loving them.

Go LOVE–

 

Blindfold Games wins Developer of the Year-

All can be found at blindfoldgames.org on the games page, or search for
blindfold games at the app store.

Blindfold Cat and Mouse – A two player card game similar to solitaire, but much easier.
Braille Spin and Solve – Practice your braille contractions. Inspired by Wheel of Fortune, spin to guess a letter or a contraction in the phrase and win.Blindfold Greeting Card – Create and send your own audio cards to friends and family.

Blindfold RS Games – 19 different multi-player games, played by thousands of people on Windows and Mac, are now available on the iPhone and iPad.

Blindfold Sound Search – Matching game using Common Animals, Asian Animals, National Anthems, Musical Instruments and Everyday Sounds.

Blindfold Basketball – Grab the ball and start shooting.  Great sound effects!

Blindfold Bird Songs – Find that Bird and Match that bird – two great games for learning bird songs.

Blindfold Checkers – Play checkers with easy, medium or expert opponents.

Phrase Madness – Famous as a windows game, now on the iPhone and iPad.  Match the phrases and laugh your socks off.

Blindfold Pinball – Play pinball on diffferent pinball machines.

Blindfold Pool – Play pool by hitting your cue ball into the other balls, and landing them in the pockets.  Hours and hours of fun.

Blindfold Spin and Solve – Inspired by Wheel of Fortune, spin to guess a letter in the phrase and win.

Blindfold Shuffleboard  – Slide your discs into the scoring area, and push your opponents discs out of the way.

Blindfold Road Trip– Be the first player to drive 1000 miles in this card game similar to 1000 miles or Miles Bornes.

Blindfold Bingo – Play bingo with lots of patterns. Win coins. Record yourself saying Bingo and share it.

Blindfold Crazy Eights with Friends – Crazy Eights card game with with other people, via Game Center or in the same room.

Blindfold Barnyard– Move your animals from the barnyard to the fence to the barn. It’s addicting!

Blindfold Word Games– Hangman, Word Ladder, Scramble and Word Flick.

Blindfold Horse Race– Race against other horses by walking your fingers on the screen.

Blindfold Juggle– Juggle animals on earth and other planets.

Blindfold Color Crush – A cross between Bejeweled and Candy Crush.

Blindfold Rummy – Gin Rummy card game – collect sets and runs of cards.

Blindfold Tile Puzzle – Tile games including 2048 and Threes, with several variations.

Blindfold Vee Ball – Just like Skee ball: Roll a ball up a ramp to land in the highest point hole.

Blindfold Craps – Dice game where you bet on the outcome of a dice roll, just like in Las Vegas.

Blindfold Air Hockey – Air Hockey – use your mallet to shoot the puck into your opponent’s goal.

Blindfold Breakout – Breakout game where you smash bricks with a ball, similar to the arcade game.

Blindfold Bowling – Ten pin bowling just like at the bowling alley.

Blindfold Roulette – Play roulette just like in Las Vegas.

Blindfold Hopper – Inspired by the old video game frogger.

Blindfold Pong – Pong game similar to the classic arcade game.

Blindfold Dominoes -Dominoes game where you play until you are out of tiles or blocked.

Blindfold Hearts – Hearts card game where you avoid collecting hearts or you can shoot the moon.

Blindfold Simon – My Simon type game where you follow patterns based on gestures and sounds.

Blindfold Spades – Spades card game where you bid and collect tricks as you win each hand.

Blindfold War – The classic war card game where you try to collect all the cards.

Blindfold Solitaire – Solitaire card games including Klondike, Spider, Free Cell, Golf and many others.

Blindfold Wildcard – An Uno type card game.

Blindfold Crazy Eights – Crazy Eights card game with several variants of play.

Blindfold Video Poker – Video Poker just like the machines in Las Vegas.

Blindfold Blackjack – Play Blackjack against the dealer.

Blindfold Sudoku – Audio Sudoku in a 9 by 9 grid, with easy, medium and hard levels.

Blindfold Sudoku Mini – Audio Sudoku in a 4 by 4 grid, lots of fun and great for people who never played Sudoku before.

Blindfold Cryptogram – Decode famous quotes and phrases in a letter substitution game

Blindfold Racer – Drive your car using your ears, not your eyes.  The original game that started all of this.

 

 

Go to this link to see all the great games available: https://stemmiami.wordpress.com/

I use these images as examples in my presentations.

Open this link: getting close to legally blind
20/20
20/40
20/70
20/100 definition
There is only 1 letter of difference on the vision chart between 20/100 and 20/200…they are that close in visual acuity

Open this link: legally blind
and you will see
20/20
20/200, which is legally blind
20/400

Now, you can get an idea of what a visual impairment actually looks like

Low Vision lessons to help see better

Low Vision Skills-Windows 7 Office 2010  
 Low Vision-XP-Office 2003

Blind lessons to help you operate a computer fast

Learn Word

Learn Talking software

If Braille Were Print–taken from the Braille Monitor 2016–an incredibly right on article about braille vs print

by Erin Jepsen

Abi Jepsen uses a BrailleNote Apex.From the Editor: This article first appeared in Future Reflections, Winter 2016. Following is the way it was introduced by Editor Deborah Kent Stein:

Erin Jepsen is a low-vision homeschooling mother of four elementary-age children, one blind, one low vision, and two sighted. She is passionate about education for all kids and about teaching Braille. She and her family live in Idaho.

Read full story here: If Braille were Print

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