Only a Reflection of the Son


The color and illumination of a harvest moon is breathtaking. People will look at the moon and stand in awe of its beauty. The remarkable reality is that the brilliant light and color do not come from the moon; they are merely the reflection from a greater light, the sun. Often, we are so captured by the splendor of the moon that we forget where its source of beauty and light come from. Without the light of the sun, the moon is dark and barely able to be seen. When the earth, the moon, and the sun are in the proper alignment, the total reflection of the sun is visible and the results are spectacular.

This truth reminds me of being a Christian. When the Christian, the world, and the Son are in proper alignment, people are able to see the whole reflection of the Son shining from us. That light does not come from us, but from Christ. Without Christ, our lives are unable to shine with such brilliance. It sure would be nice to take the credit, but we cannot. As Christians, we want our lives to bring glory and honor to our Savior, not us. Matthew 5:16 “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” The next time a Christian blesses your life or you see their life shine with peace, joy, and happiness, remember none of that comes from them, but is a reflection of their Savior. Their life is simply aligned with Christ in such a way that you are able to see the total reflection of Christ. Enjoy the fruits from a Christian, but remember the source and acknowledge Him.

Christian, let your life shine with such intensity that the world will see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven!

By: Linda Svacha, BCBC


Lesson Learned: Loving Those Who Act Unlovable

This morning I read an article that Rhonda Hines had posted about loving the people who are acting unlovable. Well, God gave me a chance to do just that. I went to give blood and the nurse checking me in seemed a little blunt and snippy. When she took my blood pressure, it was a little high. I thought, “Yeah, you’re probably the reason.”  After I finished answering some more questions, a real nice nurse throwing out compliments completed the check in. When I got to the table, what nurse did I end up with? You guessed it, the snippy one. I thought, “I wish I would have gotten the other one.” God had different plans. He wanted me to love the one who was acting unlovable. I wasn’t lying there more than two minutes when my nurse said something to another nurse about dealing with the stress of caring for her elderly mother. That nurse told my nurse that she’s learned to give things to God. My nurse began to cry.

I began to share a couple of situations that I was faced with as my mother aged. My nurse then began to unload some of what she was going through. We were able to talk the whole time I gave blood. When it was time for me to leave, my nurse said, “Thank you so much for listening. I didn’t mean to be so snippy earlier. I’ve just been under so much stress. Thanks again for listening.”  I gave her a hug and told her, “This world needs more children like you. You’re doing great toward your mother.”

Now, I pray that the Lord will give me the people acting unlovable because they are the ones who need a touch from God. I want to be God’s vessel to bring hope to the hopeless, strength to the weak, encouragement to the stressed, and a smile to the unlovable.

I’m thankful that God continues to teach and use me.

By: Linda Svacha 🙂

Bridging the Gap Between Generations

 Women, we are not taking seriously what God has called us to do. God has called Christian women to teach the younger, less mature women how to be what God has created women to be, which brings joy and freedom. Because we are not stepping up to the plate, the world is teaching girls and women to become everything that God did not create them to be, which is harming them and putting them into bondage.

Titus 2:1-5 But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine: that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience; the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things – that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.

We are losing our godly women!! It is God’s desire for women to be protected and valued, not exploited and used!!! It IS TIME for women to wake up and open their eyes to what is happening and demand the respect due all women. Below is some reality of what is happening:

  • Sex trafficking was unheard of, now we are selling our girls for profit!!  Sad to say, sex trafficking is becoming one of the biggest money makers in the U.S. Females are not sex object; we are valuable and precious.
  • Back when I was a kid, Ricky and Lucy were not allowed to be in the same bed on TV and they were married. Today, people will see over 14,000 sexual references. Nine out of ten children will have seen porn online before they reach the age of 18. Sex is a valuable, precious gift between a husband and wife. Outside of the marriage bed, sex is cheapened; it is a temporary pleasure that damages deep into the soul. If a man says he loves you and wants to spend forever with you, why won’t he make the commitment? Why? Because he wants to use you and not treasure you.
  • Twelve thousand new STDs are contracted every single day in the United States. Back when I was a teen, there were 5 STDs. All were curable. Your chance of contracting one was 1 in 56 and that was if you had multiple partners. Now, there are approximately 30 and 5 are NOT curable. Today, if you are sexually active, your chance of getting a STD is about 1 in 2 and that is with NOT having multiple partners. More women are dying of cervical cancer than HIV. Condoms do not protect against all STDs. Sex with warts and sores does not sound like the sex I want to have.
  • In 1977, there were 3 million single moms; today, there are over 10 million. Sounds to me like more and more males are using females and disposing them like menstrual rags (something to be used and tossed), instead of loving and treasuring them like fine linen (something worth keeping for life).
  • Women are getting more involved in illegal activity. In 1977, 12,279 women were jailed; in 2001, 85,031 women were jailed. That is a 592% increase. Women wanted freedom. Does that sound like freedom to you? I think we need to go back to true freedom which is found only in Christ.

What happened?

  • We have believed a lie. We have believed the world! God’s way is the way to true love and freedom.
  • We quit talking and communicating.  One of the biggest complaints you hear from parents is, “My kids do not listen to me!”  Yet, it’s interesting that one of the biggest complaints from young people is, “My parents won’t listen to me! They are always talking at me.”  THE TIME IS NOW to begin to bridge the gap between generations. NOW IS THE TIME for us to really listen to each other’s hearts and get into the lives of younger women.

What do we need to do to get started? We need mentors to walk alongside of parents to help younger girls and women think clearly. We need the 16 year-old to quit worry about getting a guy and get into a younger girl’s life as she enters puberty to show her that Christ needs to be the love of her life, not a boy. We need the 23 year-old to be there to help the 17 year-old make decisions as she enters adulthood.

  • Parents, it is time that we start talking with and not at our children. Talk openly about all subjects. It’s time we start listening to the heart. When the heart changes, the behavior will follow.
  • Church, it is time we stop trying to entertain and get serious with mentoring and discipleship. Jesus discipled; He did not entertain.
  • Younger People, it is time that you really listen to what God is telling you. Get into His word and to allow older godly women to come into your life and pass the wisdom that God has given them to you.

God is calling the church to stand up and receive what He has for her. We need to no longer settle for what the world has to offer. We see from the above statistics that the world’s way stinks! God has so much more for His children, if we will only listen & obey.

Ask yourself what is stopping you from really getting into your children’s lives and the lives of those younger that God has placed before you.

  • Maybe you are too busy, you care only about self, or you just don’t know how.
  •  Having a good, healthy relationship is vital for good communication. If you have a relationship that isn’t where it should be, pray for healing and restoration.
  • Is God speaking to your heart and you are not listening to Him or those with more wisdom. Are you willing to really listen to what a more mature Christian has to say and not blow them off? Are you willing to research what they have to say to see if there is any truth?
  • You do not have someone who is helping you grow? Go to a more mature Christian who you look up to and ask them if they would be willing to mentor and disciple you.
  • Are you a more mature Christian but have not taken seriously the call to mentor the less mature in Christ? Have you filled your life with things that are not as important as getting to know people and building relationships? Ask God who He would like you to mentor (your child, a friend, a girl/woman at church, a neighbor).
  • Has your life been focused on self? Begin focusing on God and His plan for your life.
  • Possibly, you are willing to start being a mentor, but do not know how. It’s easy. Ask the Lord to bring someone younger into your life, start building a relationship by talking about what is going on in her life (struggles, triumphs, etc), and ask her what she thinks about certain subjects. The important thing is to get to know her in an intimate way. You can show her what God has to say about a subject and what the world says. Help her to see where both ways lead. Maybe begin a Bible study to help young women grow in their walk with the Lord.

Start today!!! We need to take back the land Satan has stolen. I would love to hear what one thing you are going to do to make a difference in a girl/woman’s life.

By: Linda Svacha, BCBC

Satan’s Plot to Destroy the Family ~ Part VI ~ “You’re JUST a Stay-at-Home Mom?”

First, I want to say that this blog is not to put down the mothers who work for whatever reason. The purpose of this blog is to give the women who choose and are able to stay home to raise their children encouragement and to let them know that their job is of GREAT worth.

We live in a society where many people think more is better and where what you do for a living defines who you are. Because of that, women frequently go to work to buy the extras or so they can tell others, “Look at what I do.” The children are usually the ones who suffer. Often, women who want to make their career being a wife and mother are made to feel dumb, like homemaking is not rewarding, or that they are being taken advantage of. This could be further from the truth.

There are many wonderful reasons why it is good when a mother chooses to stay home. She is able to talk, teach, and train her children in the way they should go. Because she is with them throughout the day, she is able to take advantage of the teachable moments that come along and know that the values that she and her husband desire to be passed down to their children are being taught. She has more control over the influences that come into her children’s lives, especially in the formative years. When your children are being past to and fro, consistency with your belief & discipline systems become very hard to maintain.

Another advantage is that her children have a constant attachment where they can go when they need wisdom or are in trouble. Research has shown that children who have good attachment bonds are more emotional & socially stable and can have healthier brain connectors. One of the reasons for this is that she has the time to train her children in good social skills and when they are struggling with their feelings, she is able to walk them through what to do with their emotions. (Note: If you do not know how to teach your children to handle their emotions, my book has many ideas what to do and say for a number of emotions. Building Strong Families also offers free classes concerning emotions and what to do with them.)

It can be very stressful for the whole family when women who work try to juggle or split household chores, homework, sick children, etc. Being a stay-at-home mom, allows more rest for everyone. Not having to juggle everything after a long day of work allows for more relaxation and family time. Instead of doing chores, the family can spend time relaxing, playing, and ministering together.

Our children need more adults who are willing and have the time to talk, teach, and train them in the way they should go. Moms, your job can be overwhelming and unappreciated at times, but it does not go unnoticed. The time and energy you invest in your children will bring back great dividends to our society as a whole. God uses the family as the foundation that holds life together. Keep up the good work! Your job is so important!!!! Do not let anyone make you feel that what you do is any less important than what they do. May God bless you for what you do.

By: Linda Svacha 🙂

Preparing for the Love of Your Life

God created humans with a desire to have loving relationships. Relationships begin at birth between parents and their children. From parents, they branch out to other family members and friends. Added to the rest, comes the deepest, most intimate human relationship which is between a husband and wife. To have the amazing marriage that God designed for a husband and wife, both must first have the only perfect relationship which is exclusively found in Christ. Then and only then can each person understand how to love the other in a way that brings unspeakable happiness. God designed the marriage union to be a picture of Christ and His Church. Christ loved His Church to the point that He sacrificed His whole earthly life for her.  The Christian responds to Christ’s love with true submission knowing that Christ has his/her best interest at heart. Christ is the example of how a husband should love his wife and the Christian is the example of how the wife submits to the love and care of her husband.

Sometimes people want “love” so badly that they settle for less than what God would have for them. When someone does not know Christ as his Savior or is not living for Him, he cannot fully understand how to treat his spouse in a way that brings true joy and happiness. He expects his spouse to do and be something she cannot be. When his spouse is no longer “what he wanted and expected,” he gets rid of her and looks for another spouse who is also unable to meet his wants and desires. Without Christ, the couple also has to rely on their own wisdom to help them through the struggles of life. They are unable to go to God who is all-knowing; He even knows how many hairs are on their heads.  There is just no way to have the marriage God designed without Him at the center.

Why do so many people get into a relationship thinking that it will last forever only to end in breakup and divorce? It is because they are looking for that perfect love in a human. No human can love you to the level Christ can. If people would wait to date until both are grounded in Christ’s love and ready for marriage, we would see happier, lasting marriages. You cannot be the spouse God would have you to be unless you are grounded and committed to Christ.

Do yourself and your future spouse a favor by allowing Christ to be your first and only love until He sends you the spouse He has prepared for you. It is worth the wait!!  The following are some things that you can do while you are waiting:

  • Continue to build an intimate relationship with Christ by praying and reading your Bible every day. This will prepare you to be the spouse God intended you to be.
  • Listen to God’s still, small voice and follow what He says. There is even a possibility that God does not want you to have a spouse; instead, wants you to serve only Him.
  • Start being a servant to others. Having a servant’s heart prepares you to sacrificially serve your family.
  • Stay away from smooth talking people. Anyone can tell you that you are beautiful and promise to love you for life, but if they are not grounded in Christ, they will not know how. Instead, when you are ready to be married, allow God to bring the person that He intended for you into your life. (I’m a living testimony to this. I was serving the Lord and it was through my ministry that God brought my husband literally to my front door.)
  • Make a list of qualities you would want in a spouse. Ask yourself if you have those qualities in your own life. In Luke 6:31, God tells us to treat others how we want to be treated.
  • Ask happily married people in your life for advice on what makes their marriage so loving. You want to work on being a good spouse before you even begin to date.

Ephesians 5:23-24 “For the husband is the head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body.  24) Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.”

By: Linda Svacha 🙂

Menstrual Rag or Fine Linen

Everyone knows that a menstrual rag is to be used and tossed. Whereas, fine linen has great value and is a keepsake. God did not intend for women to be treated like menstrual rags; He intended for them to be treasured and desired like fine linen. In America, more and more women are being looked at as sex objects instead of the treasures that God created them to be. Men are using women for their pleasure and tossing them aside, used, unclean, and often damaged for life. A gentleman used to date a woman so he could see if she was the one he wanted to spend the rest of his life with, the one who would compliment his life. He treated her with the respect she deserved. The sexual union was reserved for the marriage bed to bond a couple for life.  Now, many men want to date women to use them with no responsibility intended. They have their “fun” and then toss “their woman” aside and look for another one to use. Many are going so far as to want “friends with benefits” (sex with absolutely no commitment). The sad fact is that when women are used and discarded, the women and children suffer the most.

Women are emotional beings and have a strong desire to be loved and cherished. They suffer emotionally when there is a breakup. God created the hormone oxytocin which creates a strong bonding between two people causing them to have a “oneness.”  It is released from the pituitary gland during intimate talking, touching, cuddling, kissing, and during sex.  The more talking, touching, cuddling, kissing, and sexual activity you have, the stronger the bond becomes. When a couple split up, it can bring the woman great distress causing depression, low self-esteem, and even suicide. Having the bond and oneness that God intended only comes from being with one person for life.

Another extremely serious concern is the amount of STDs/STIs being transmitted due to sexual activity (contact with the genital area including anal and oral activity) outside the marriage bed. These diseases and infections are causing serious health issues, infertility, and even death in women. Many STIs are incurable, meaning you will have them for life. Annually, there are over 19 million new STIs in the United States (1). One in two sexually active persons will contact an STD/STI by the age 25 (1). According to Centers for Disease Control, in 2009 alone there were 12,357 women diagnosed with cervical cancer and 3,909 died from it (2). There is no condom, pill, or shot than can totally prevent you from contracting a STD/STI. Many times men have no symptoms causing them to unknowingly pass an STD/STI to all the women they use. Not only are women affected, innocent children suffer, as well. A pregnant woman with an STD can go into early labor, deliver a still born child, or cause the baby to have neurologic problems, blindness, liver disease, and more (3).

When a woman with children is abandoned, the children suffer. Currently, there are over 10 million single mothers trying to raise their children, up from 3.4 million in 1970 (4). Children in single-mother homes are more likely to live in poverty, have lower grades, take drugs, spend time in jail, and suffer emotionally. Another devastating fact is that because many men do not want to take on the responsibility of raising a family and women are afraid to raise children solo, over a million babies are aborted annually never having the opportunity to live outside of the womb. Is all of this worth some temporary pleasure?

God created the beauty of a woman. It is up to you to determine what you will do with your beauty. You can use your good looks to attract men who will use you for their sexual satisfactions and when they have had their fill, discard you. Or, you can save yourself for the man you will spend the rest of your life with being cherished and considered priceless. How will you use the beauty that God has given you?

There are a number of safeguards to help you be a woman who is treasured. First, I would watch how you dress. Your clothes send out a message. When you dress modestly, you are inviting respect. If your dress is skimpy (low cut shirts, short-shorts and dresses, bare midriffs, and bikinis), believe me, you will attract men, but they will be men who want to use you. The more revealing your clothes are, the more you will be looked at as an object instead of a person. When a woman is looked at as an object, it is easier to abuse her because objects do not have feelings. A man who looks at a woman as a lifetime partner and not a sex object is more likely to be responsible, selfless, faithful, and caring. He waits to have a relationship until he is ready to take on the responsibility of a family and saves intimacy for his marriage bed.

Next, I would wait to date until you are both ready to be married. This may sound like a crazy statement, but early dating is one of the reasons our country is in the mess it is. Adolescents are not ready to take on the responsibility of a family; therefore, building a bond with someone you may not spend the rest of your life with can be dangerous. You may compromise your values in order not to lose the person you are dating, often leading to the severe consequences presented earlier. When a couple begin to get intimate and the young man is not ready for a commitment, often he will break the relationship causing the girl intense emotional pain. Waiting to date until you are ready to be married saves you and your future children from a great deal of heartache.

Lastly, it is important to pay close attention to who a person is before you begin to date. Actions speak louder than words. Words can be deceitful. Do not date someone just because they like you. Date someone who has the characteristics you are looking for in a husband. Be picky! It is worth the wait. Some of the characteristics you should look for are: He puts God first (living for Christ, not just saying it), is a hard worker, is a giving person, and is respectful to others. He should not be easily angered or controlling. Watching for these qualities in a person before you date helps you know if you will be forsaken or cherished. Also, when you begin to date, if a male wants intimacy early on, chances are, he wants to use you. If he does not respect the fact that you do not want to get physical, end the relationship quickly.

It is time for women to take a stand and demand to be valued the way God intended them to be. Let it begin with you. Start today by putting your safeguards in place to protect your beauty and purity! You may get laughed at along the way, but in the end that laughter will turn to envy. Maybe you are a woman who has been used and tossed. That does not have to be you any longer. You are still special and of great value. God has more in store for you than to be used. Today is a new day, a new beginning! May you use your beauty in a way that brings glory to the name of Christ.

Song of Solomon 4:7 You are all fair, my love, and there is no spot in you.

Written by Linda Svacha, BCBC



2)       Centers for Disease Control

3)       Centers for Disease Control

4)       America’s Families and Living Arrangements> FM-2


No One Knows the Day or the Hour

In my last blog, I talked about what will happen when Christ returns. He will judge the living and the dead calling those who trusted in Him as Savior into eternal glory and those who did not into everlasting destruction. When will He return? Many people claim to know, but no one knows the hour of Christ’s return, not even the angels. The important thing is to be ready!

 Matthew 24: 36-39, “but of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.”

 Doesn’t that sound like today, just going on with life, not concerned about Christ or His coming? We are told to be ready and on the lookout. Christ will come as a thief. You do not know when a thief is going to break in, so you stayed prepared.

I Thessalonians 5:1-11 says, “But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, ‘Peace and safety!’ then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of the darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.”

 Just as there are signs that a woman is ready to give birth, there are signs that the time of Christ’s coming is nearing. In Matthew 24 the disciples were asking Jesus what would be the sign of His coming and the end of the age. His response was in verses 6-12, “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nations will rise again nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these things are the beginning of sorrows. Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”

 We can so see these things happening today…wars and rumors of wars, nations rising against nations, earthquakes, the weather being crazier than normal. I just don’t think people realize the seriousness of His coming. Jesus can come at any time, today or tomorrow, one year or one hundred. We just do not know. In Noah’s day, people saw Noah building the ark, they could have heeded his warnings; instead, they just went about life like the flood was not going to happen. The same holds true today. God may be allowing all these things to be taking place here in the States and the world around us to show us that His coming is near. People are just not paying attention and He will come when no one expects it. Then it will be too late. Like Noah, people probably think that we are crazy when we say Christ is going to return; but, as Christians, if we believe that He is coming, we must be faithful to warn people. What they do with that information is up to them.

There will be people who say, “Those signs have been happening for years and He hasn’t come yet!” Yes, this is true, but God in His mercy does not want any to perish.

II Peter 3:3-4 “knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, 4)and saying, ‘Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.’  II Peter 3:8-9 “But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9)The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”

Even Christians get so busy with life that we forget about sharing the gospel. Often, we get caught up doing things that are not “bad,” but we are being lax, not sharing Christ with others so they can be saved from God’s wrath. When Christ comes back, we will never get a chance to witness again. There are people who do not really understand how to have a true personal relationship with God. They may love God, but do not realize that Jesus is the ONLY way to have that personal relationship with God.  How will people know if we don’t take the time and effort to share Christ?

Romans 10:14-15a “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent?”

 We do not have to be a pastor of a church to preach the gospel. We just need to listen to that still small voice to whom God wants us to share His Word with. Those people are out there, ready to receive Christ into their hearts and lives.

 If you’ve never trusted Christ as your Savior, don’t wait until it’s too late. Trust Him now!

If you are a born-again Christian, are you active sharing the gospel with others or are you too busy with life? Start today; share with one person that Christ is the only way to Heaven. That person will be glad you did.