Pursuing God's Purpose and Promises For Women
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Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.

Deuteronomy 31:6
Greetings!

Happy Fall, Y'al! Is there anyone who doesn't love this time of year? A wonderful season of change is upon us, not only for the weather, but with the anticipation of what God will do next.

If at any time you need prayer, please contact us by clicking the "Prayer" button below or visiting our website, www.PromiseHelpers.org. We have mighty Prayer Warriors ready to stand in the gap on your behalf.

 Overview for our October newsletter:

  • Fall Retreat: Pursuit 10.18 Last Chance to Register
  • The Promise Center's News
  • Article, "Christoff the Courageous Cat"
  • Healthful Hint: New Splenda Studies Confirm Its Dangers
  • What's Happening in Your Area?
  • Our Contact Information
This is your absolute last opportunity to decide to join us at our fall retreat, Pursuit 10.18: The Next Level . Go ahead and do it; you'll be glad you did. We have eight phenomenal speakers this year, outstanding worship music, and the most amazing time of being in the presence of our Holy Spirit. Come be blessed and be a blessing to others as we all have the opportunity to hear from our Lord and Savior. Bring a friend!

October 5th (evening) through October 7th (noon)
Camp Butman, Merkel, TX
$135 (includes all food and lodging)

Click on the link below to register, or visit our website to register . If you would like to be a blessing to another lady by making a donation for a retreat scholarship, you can do so with our Promise Helpers' PayPal account link at the bottom of the newsletter. Notate on our PayPal page it is for a retreat scholarship.

We CANNOT wait to see you there!
The Promise Center's News

Hallelujah! The kitchen and bathroom are painted thanks to the help of a couple of ladies during the workday in September. Christy, Nancy, and I want to personally thank you for your help!

I was able to spend some extra time at the Center the following week, and because of their progress, I found myself encouraged and motivated. The back porches now have a coat of stain on them too. Hopefully the front porch will be completed in October.

The schedule for the Center has changed. Ann with Central Texas Opportunity is in on Thursdays and Fridays. She is an energetic soul and has such a heart for helping others.

The Food Bank is still open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 to Noon. The fact that Shannon has lived in Clyde most of her life is a real asset. She makes those coming in the door feel very welcome.

The first Thursday of the month, the Clyde MOPS Mentor Moms are meeting at 10:30 for fellowship and prayer. These ladies are the Mentors who are ministering to the young moms in Clyde and the surrounding areas who are attending the MOPS meetings twice a month. Clyde MOPS is new this year and usually meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays at 6:30 at the Clyde United Methodist Church. Feel free to call the Center for more details. Some of these moms are coming to retreat!

We will be “re-starting” our book study on “When Helping Hurts” on Thursday October 11th at 10:30am. We started the study this summer but due to scheduling difficulties we did not get very far into the book. So we will begin again and hopefully have some others join us. The study is followed by an extended prayer time from noon to 1:30 for those who can stay.

The Center is also participating in Adulting 101, which is a course for high school Seniors put in by people in the community that want to provide training in areas that are not generally taught in school. Topics such as personal finance, relationship skills, Internet safety, manners, resume writing and job interviews will be covered. It’s also a first this year, and I would greatly appreciate your prayers. The students will meet once a week on Monday nights for this training. It’s exciting to be able to reach these young lives with some of this important information.

I feel like God is putting his plan together for the Center. There’s still much to do in reaching our community, but it’s beginning to happen!

I am available for prayer/coaching as well as other ladies who are a part of the ministry at the Promise Center. Please call if we can assist you.


Below are pictures from inside The Promise Center of our kitchen and bath renovations.

Blessings from Clyde,

Linda Humiston

Christoff
The Courageous Cat
By Karla Maxwell

I saw him amongst the tall grass lying in wait for me to pass by, so he could pounce on me-- Christoff, our ginormous but timid Himalayan cat. He leapt over the jungle of grass like a lion, landed almost in my path, but then turned and ran away.  He saw his target, came up with a plan, and carried it out. It might not have turned out the way he planned, but the fact is he did it.

As Christoff has grown more mature, his boldness has increased. He used to run away from us if we even looked in his direction. He was a true Scaredy Cat. But here lately I have noticed he’s not running away anymore, and even plops down on the ground for us to pet him and rub his belly. He’s also showing more dominance towards the other thirteen cats we have, by standing up for himself. Don’t worry, I’m not the Crazy Cat Lady (that’s my daughter, but don’t tell her I said that); the cats are all outdoor wonderful creatures. Pardon my digress.

We as followers of Christ can be a lot like Christoff and even more so because we have the Living God living in us. The Lord asks us to do His tasks. We say, “Yes, Lord”, and we envision ourselves accomplishing the task with great success, but after it’s done, we step back and say, “Well, that didn’t go like I planned”, and we become discouraged and disappointed in ourselves. Does it really matter if it turned out the way we had planned? Maybe that was the way the Lord had it planned. The fact that we did the task He desired us to do should be enough, and the fact that we were willing to do His task is pleasing enough in our Father’s eyes. We grow and learn along the way. 
 

When we do the tasks the Lord gives us, it makes us more confident, more courageous. Often, the first emotion we feel for many things is fear. We have a choice—let fear stop us or dominate the fear just as Christoff has learned to face his fears.  The tasks the Heavenly Father has us do is our chance to prove to ourselves and Him our spiritual growth. Growing is good! The Lord needs children that want to grow in Him. 
 

Promise Helpers’ fall retreat, Pursuit 10.18: The Next Level is just days away. If you are reading this before October 5 th , 2018 and haven’t decided whether to join us or not, take the leap like Christoff, the ginormous but timid Himalayan cat. Come grow with us as we pursue the Lord Almighty.

New Splenda Studies Confirm Its Dangers
Article published by Dr. Joseph Mercola
Note: Promise Helpers is not affiliated with
Dr. Mercola or Mercola.com

Sucralose (sold under the brand name Splenda) was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1998 as a tabletop sweetener and for use in products such as baked goods, nonalcoholic beverages, chewing gum, frozen dairy desserts, fruit juices and gelatins.

It's also permitted as a general-purpose sweetener for processed foods. (In the European Union, sucralose is known under the additive code E955.) The approval was given after the FDA supposedly reviewed more than 110 animal and human safety studies, but of these 110 studies, only two were done on humans, and the longest one lasted just four days.

I knew the approval of sucralose was a nearly identical mistake that the FDA made with aspartame, which is why I wrote my book, " Sweet Deception ," in 2006, despite the fact Johnson & Johnson threatened to sue me if I published it. It is certainly vindicating to see the studies confirm what I wrote about in my book over 12 years ago. And the video I made above was shot over seven years ago.

Artificial sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose may have zero calories, but your body isn't fooled. When hit with a "sweet" taste, your body expects calories to follow, and when this doesn't happen, it causes biochemical distortions that can result in weight gain, metabolic dysfunction and other health problems.

Sucralose Decimates Your Gut Microbiome
Different artificial sweeteners have been found to wreak havoc in a number of different ways. Aspartame, for example, has a long list of studies detailing harmful effects ranging from brain damage to preterm delivery. Sucralose, meanwhile, has been found to be particularly damaging to your gut. Research 1 published in 2008 found sucralose:

  • Reduces gut bacteria by 50 percent, preferentially targeting bacteria known to have important human health benefits (consuming as few as seven little Splenda packages is enough to have a detrimental effect on your microbiome)
  • Increases the pH level in your intestines
  • Is absorbed into and accumulates in fat tissue

In response to this study, James Turner, chairman of the national consumer education group Citizens for Health issued the following statement: 2

"The report makes it clear that the artificial sweetener Splenda and its key component sucralose pose a threat to the people who consume the product. Hundreds of consumers have complained to us about side effects from using Splenda and this study ... confirms that the chemicals in the little yellow package should carry a big red warning label."
Warning: Dr. Mercola's articles are long ;-)
What's Happening In Your Area
Albany
No events at this time
Contact Becky Presley
bapresley@hotmail.com


Clyde  
The Promise Center
  • Book Study "When Helping Hurts" Thursday mornings 10:30
  • Thursdays Prayer Time 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Food Bank open Tues. and Thur. 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • MOPS Mentor Moms Prayer Time, 1st Thursday of month 10:30 a.m.
  • MOPS 2nd & 4th Tues. Evenings 6:30 p.m., Clyde United Methodist

Contact Linda Humiston or Christy Thompson at The Promise Center
The Promise Center phone number (325) 893-3777

      
Cross Plains
Bible Study 
The home of Connie Kirkham 
Tuesday mornings 9:00-10:30
Tuesday evenings 6:30-8:00
Contact Connie Kirkham
cliffandconnie6@yahoo.com
              

Hamilton 
Prayer Time, Topic Discussions, Fellowship
Monday evenings 7:00  
Contact Alicia Cortez 
a3cortez@yahoo.com


Parker/ Wise /Tarrant Counties 
Prayer Time and Fellowship
The home of Debbie Barber
Tuesday evenings 6:30-8:30ish
Contact Debbie Barber
jubileedeb@centurylink.net
--also--

Defeating Strongholds Bible Study
Saturdays mornings 10:00-12:00
Fort Worth
Contact Debbie Barber
jubileedeb@centurylink.net
Contact Us
Call us 325-893-3777
Our mailing and physical addresses
PO Box 1104
222 Archer St.
Clyde, TX 79510
Promise Helpers is a non-profit Christian ministry for women that seeks to help women experience the fullness of God’s purpose and promises for them. Our desire is to bring women to a place of personal wholeness so they can bring wholeness to their marriages, homes, families and communities. Promise Helpers is women ministering to women, reminding one another of the promises of God and encouraging one another to implement those promises into their daily lives. The foundation of Promise Helpers is prayer, for apart from Jesus Christ we can do nothing.