On March 9th, I was not only present at Group Night; I was blessed with the opportunity to lead Group Night! As a black belt in karate and two-year taekwondo practitioner, I have a passion for martial arts and self-defense, so I was excited to work directly with the residents. The class I conducted had three basic components: Essential Techniques, Common Holds Used by Attackers, and Key Concepts. They are broken down below.
You’ve heard of most of these before, but that’s because they’re essential and effective.
Common Techniques Used by Attackers
Another key component of self-defense is knowing how to defend against attacks that aggressors are likely to use.
Now that you know what to do in order to defend yourself against an attacker, here’s an explanation of why it works.
Group Night is held at New Beginnings. Every Thursday, we meet as a group to discuss important life skills and educational topics. Discussions are led by community volunteers and can cover a broad range of topics.
Are We Needy In God?
Why would we feel improvised in God? He has unlimited resources, and tells us throughout the Bible to ask and receive.
There are many verses on receiving from God, here are a few:
Matthew 7:7 “Ask, and it will be given to you...”
Matthew 21:22 “If you believe, you will receive…”
Luke 11:9 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given you…”
John 16:24 “Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive…”
What do you want today? Is it to be more conformed to the likeness of Jesus Christ? Do we want our will brought into perfect conformity to the will of God? Do we want our desires to be on heavenly things? Our Heavenly Father will give freely – 2 Corinthians 9:9-11. Let’s ask these things of God. Let’s ask as Solomon did, he asked for wisdom.
Karen O'Leary is the the Program Manager at New Beginnings. She has her BA in Bible Theology and her Masters of Divinity. She has 8-years of experience as a Social Director at a non-profit organization helping those in crisis with financial assistance, brief supportive counseling, and being a spiritual presence in their time of need. In her free time Karen enjoys reading, cooking and traveling.
Are You Listening?
“Hi. How are you doing today?”
“I’m good. How about you?”
This dialogue, or something like it, is such a common fixture in our society that we hardly even think when we say the words, let alone listen to the response. If we’re on the receiving end of these words, we say “fine” or “good”, no matter what’s going on in our lives. In the rushed, overscheduled world we live in, it’s easy to think about the next task, even as we are struggling to complete the current one. As a result, we don’t often make time to really listen to other people.
Elizabeth Scheibl is the Promotional Writing and Editing Intern at New Beginnings. A student at Wisconsin Lutheran College, she is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in History. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, and practicing martial arts.
“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: . . . a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-4).
The past year has brought some of the greatest moments of my life so far:
Graduate from college? ✔
Spend time traveling in the US and abroad? ✔
Find a fulfilling job in my dream industry? ✔
But alas, with the highs come the lows:
Watch most of my friends move away? ✔
Struggle with “adulting”, bills, and multiple jobs? ✔
Not get to visit family and home as often? ✔
If you’re anything like me, it’s often easier to spend time focusing on those low points instead of the highs. It’s hard to celebrate accomplishments or be grateful for all the good, when there’s change, stress, or struggles on the ride with you too! Sometimes it takes a little reminder that we can’t control the track--that’s in someone else’s hands--but we can learn to “maximize the best moments” while “minimizing the bad ones.” Check out these five tips for doing so from Lead Life Well!
(Source for tips: http://leadlifewell.com/blog/5-tips-help-survive-ups-downs-life/)
From a Former Resident Supervisor.
God’s Unfathomable Love
My husband and I recently adopted a puppy from our local Humane Society and I couldn't have been more thrilled. She is so sweet and loves playtime and snuggles. Because she's a puppy, she also enjoys being naughty from time to time. She'll get into things she's not supposed to and she loves using our shoes as chew toys! We've been working on training her so that we can minimize these bad behaviors but training is an ongoing (and sometimes tiring) process. It requires consistency, time, and sometimes more patience than I currently possess. Sometimes it seems as though she's choosing to do things she knows she shouldn't. For example, she will grab a sock out of the dirty laundry bin and run away after making eye contact with us - frustrating!
Lord, thank you for the grace and mercy you continue to pour out on me despite my sins. Thank you for sending your Son, Jesus, to purify me of those sins and to suffer the punishment for them so that I do not have to. Lord, I am truly sorry for my sins and pray that you continue to forgive me for the sake of your Son, Jesus. Almighty God, guide me according to your path that my life might reflect your love and mercy. In Jesus’ name, Amen
Taleya Williamson is the Operations Manager at New Beginnings. She was born and raised in Puyallup, Washington and attended Evergreen Lutheran High School. Taleya recently graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran College with a Bachelors of Science in psychology with a minor in anthropology. In her free time, Taleya enjoys spending time with her husband, David.
When God Says "YES!!"
Have you ever had a morning when you woke up and everything was coming at you like a ball of fire….baby crying, phone ringing, stomach growling, people knocking at the door, or your neighbor's music is too loud. It’s always something. You don't want to get out of bed, take a shower, talk to ANYONE, or even clean. You’d rather live and lay where it’s just messy, thinking your mess is the comfort you need to get through the day. Do you have moments like this? You want to go crawl under a rock and never come out. You want to throw in the towel and say “NOPE” to any and every one that crosses your path. People this is what you call a depressive state of mind.
But the God I serve did not allow the devil to take over me. He allowed me to get out of that bed and get myself together, take my shower, do my hair, put on lashes (lol), play with my baby, do her hair, and make sure she’s clean and looking cute. This year (2017) I want to be better, happier, and more loving. I feel this is my year to get all this junk out of me that's been in me since I was 12 years of age. With God on my side and my New Beginnings family, anything is POSSIBLE!
Philippians 4:13 New International Version (NIV)
I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.
Shaneka has been a resident at New Beginnings since June of 2015. She is working towards pursuing a degree in nursing. She has always dreamed of working in the healthcare field and is excited that New Beginnings can help her fulfill her dream. She enjoys spending time with her beautiful baby girl, Kiarra.