October 2, 2022

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Rob Navarro published November 9, 2020: The Wendy Theory - This Finally Explains The Shining!

We have finally figured out what Stanley Kubrick was cryptically trying to show us with his vision of The Shining. The Wendy Theory is the best and simplest explanation that has ever been put forth. Please enjoy this theory as well as the second parts to this video which details much more evidence that wasn't even mentioned in this first part video.

6 Things Satan The Thief Seeks to Steal, Kill And Destroy

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written by Judity Folkerts
[source: PropheticCrossroads.com]

Jesus saw the crowds as powerless sheep. Matthew 9:36 explains, “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” He didn’t want His followers to be vulnerable and directionless. He wanted to empower them and teach them how to protect themselves, so he gave them some new, important information, recorded in John 10.

This harassed and helpless crowd understood that life was full of threats to their well-being. They sought meaning and insight in Jesus’ teachings. His words validated their experiences but still offered hope. He told them, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10) They had opposition, an evil thief that intended them maximum harm.

He also sought to comfort them, despite this evil opposition, explaining that He came to bring them full and rich lives! He continued in John 10:11 revealing, “I am the good shepherd.” Some of them may have never had good spiritual leadership. This promise was appealing to those who were desperately hungry for guidance.

Still, Jesus doesn’t sugarcoat the revelation that we have an enemy that comes only to steal and kill and destroy. We are forewarned so we can be forearmed. This information is to help us, not scare us. All of these years later, the thief still has this same agenda.
The threat is real, but it should not be ignored or intimidated by it.
In The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis writes of this thief and his helpers; “There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them.” Jesus intended us to handle this revelation with true wisdom, not to ignore it, and not to be overpowered by it as a result of preoccupation or fear. The threat is real, but we should neither be ignorant of, or intimidated by, it.

John 10:27-29 are words of comfort after revealing our enemy’s plans towards us;
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.”
Neither should this knowledge overwhelm us. Later on, in John 16:33, Jesus addresses the issue of fear. He says, "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Yes, this is potentially scary stuff, but we’re on His team. Peace is found in Him. God has us. There is no need to fear.
Wisdom and experience show that ownership of certain possessions are particularly threatening to the thief.
How do we heed Jesus’ revelation that we have an enemy whose only intent is to kill, steal and destroy? We listen carefully for the voice of our Shepherd, and follow His lead. Scripture gives warning to guard many things. Wisdom and experience show that ownership of certain possessions are particularly threatening to the thief. Here are 6 keys things that each of us needs to aggressively protect.

6 Key Possessions That Are A Threat to The Enemy

1. Your faith. I Corinthians 16:13 says, “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” Paul continues Jesus’ critical stance toward passivity. James 1:6 explains, “But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” Unguarded faith can be subject to changing situations, giving us a rollercoaster ride and rendering our faith ineffective.

The enemy knows that, according to Hebrews 4:6, “without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Guard your faith and pray, like the apostles in Luke 17:5 prayed by exclaiming, "Increase our faith!” The enemy wants to spiritually incapacitate you by weakening or destroying faith in your life.

2. Your relationships. It’s a ploy of the enemy to isolate us. He wants to destroy community where we mutually love, nurture, encourage and bless one another. 1 John 1:7 says, “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”

The enemy wants us alone. He’ll use offense, anger, disunity and pride to keep us from fellowship. Ecclesiastes 4:10 warns,
“Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."
Make no mistake that the enemy seeks to kill healthy, spiritually-edifying relationships. He hates marriage, family, friendship and fellowship, and works overtime trying to separate us from one another.

The thief is fine with unhealthy, destructive, controlling and abusive relationships and contributes what he can to their survival. Just as we should be careful not to isolate ourselves, we should be careful where we focus our attentions and affections. Proverbs 4:23 tells us, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” God can heal broken relationships, but avoiding them when we see them developing in our lives is wise.
The thief is fine with unhealthy, destructive, controlling and abusive relationships and contributes what he can to their survival.
3. Your peace. Peace requires maintenance. I Peter 3:11 says, “(Whoever would love life)…must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it.” Keeping the enemies of peace, such as stress, anxiety and fear away takes diligence. Little battles may occur in our minds, for that is where much of the fight exists. Peter takes it a step further here by saying that peace must be pursued.

I Peter 4:6-7 holds a major key to keeping peace. It says,
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Pursue peace through prayer, petition and thanksgiving. When we fail to be proactive through spending time with God and involving Him in our problems, we make ourselves vulnerable to the enemy’s attacks.

4. Your destiny. Ephesians 4:10 tells us that God designed each of us with purpose. It says, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Sometimes we forget that the enemy doesn’t want us to do what God has made us to do! Entire seasons may pass without us giving much thought to God’s agenda above our own.

An indicator that we’re doing important stuff for God may be the enemy coming against us with force when we are becoming a threat to his works. The good news is that God is behind us when we are walking in His ways. Psalm 34:19 says, “The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all.”
An indicator that we’re doing important stuff for God may be the enemy coming against us with force when we are becoming a threat to his works.
Listen to the Holy Spirit and follow His lead. You work out your destiny one step at a time. Philippians 4:6 says, “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Be intentional about how you spend your time and the decisions that you make. God will guide you as you heed his direction, and your destiny will be fulfilled, not stolen. Don’t attribute trouble to your failings, because it could actually indicate that you are succeeding in God’s work.

5. Your joy. James 1:2-3 links joy and trials. It says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” Deciding to respond to trials with joy develops perseverance in our characters. We are able to be joyful by considering it and then choosing it.

Joy is not a shallow, silly clapping and bouncing with a pasted on smile. The original Greek word for joy is cara (pronounced khar-ah’) which can mean the opposite of demonstrative exuberance. It can, indeed, mean cheerfulness, but it can also mean calm delight. It’s an understanding that all will end well, and the happiness that accompanies this belief can manifest in non-demonstrative joy. Another way to say it would be “chilled out,” not irritated, annoyed or frazzled.
The enemy wants to derail us with our trials and watch us embrace misery.
Joy and hope are tied together, because joy is born of trust and expectation, and of the strong belief in God’s goodness. Joy is possible when we are secure about the future and hopeful in God’s promises. We need to protect both hope and joy because the enemy wants to snatch them away. He wants to derail us with our trials and watch us embrace misery. He tempts us to grumble, criticize and complain. When we consider, we need to reject these negative reactions which would steal our joy.

6. Your health. 3 John 1:2 is a blessing. It says, “Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” It seems that it would go without saying that God wants to bless us with health, but we sometimes forget that there is spiritual battle against our health. The enemy doesn’t want us to be healthy. Illness and injury can diminish all that we do.

Luke 12:6-7 says, “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” God cares intensely about our bodies and our physical well-being. Proverbs 4:20-22 says,
“My son, pay attention to what I say;
turn your ear to my words.
Do not let them out of your sight,
keep them within your heart;
for they are life to those who find them
and health to one’s whole body.”
Obedience to God’s way brings maximal good health. God wants us to protect our health by taking care of our bodies. I Corinthians 6:19-20 says, “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” We are to take care of ourselves.

When we understand that the enemy literally seeks to physically kill us, if not through accidents, then through illness, then we understand that we should, and must, guard our health. When we do have health problems, we need to take initiative to address these issues physically, but also spiritually. James 5:14 says, “Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.”

Prayer for any illness or injury should be standard for God’s people. Psalm 107:19-20 says, “Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.” A person is not being “self-involved” when he or she seeks prayer for health reasons! This should be our first line of defense against the enemies ploys to do us physical harm, and thus render us useless to God’s work.

Minor and slight discomforts, like a mildly sore hip or an aching wrist can grow to become larger health concerns. Sometimes people are critical of less-dramatic physical prayer concerns. Prayer for smaller discomforts should be taken seriously. This is part of the defense that we should use against our enemy. Prayer for one another should be more common that aspirin. We should pray for each others' ailments, big or small.
Too often, God’s people watch these things slip away or fall into ruin, not understanding that a war has been on.
James 5:16 talks about the link between our spiritual condition and our health. It says, “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” We need to aggressively battle illness and injury in the spiritual realm, keeping our hearts clean before one another.

Guard and protect your faith, your relationships, your peace, your destiny, your joy and your health. These are all gifts from God that should be pursued, cherished and defended. Too often, God’s people watch these things slip away or fall into ruin, not understanding that a war has been on. God is a God of restoration, but loss prevention is recommended. This is why Jesus revealed the enemy's ways.

Psalm 121:7 is a promise. It says, “The LORD will keep you from all harm-- he will watch over your life.” Sometimes He asks us to work with Him to ward off that harm. The thief is real. Passivity regarding his schemes can be dangerous. God bless you as you live in vigilance, trusting always in His goodness and faithfulness!

Why Challenges Are Essential...๐Ÿ’–

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The Parable of the Farmer and the Wheat
[source: Osho International]

I have heard an ancient parable--it must be very ancient, because God used to live on the earth in those days. One day a man came to him, an old farmer, and he said, "Look, you may be God, and you may have created the world, but one thing I must say to you: you are not a farmer. You don't know even the ABC of farming. You have something to learn."

God said, "What's your advice?"

The farmer said, "You give me one year's time, and just let things be according to me, and see what happens. There will be no poverty left!"

God was willing, and one year was given to the farmer. Naturally, he asked for the best, he thought only of the best--no thunder, no strong winds, no dangers for the crop. Everything was comfortable, cozy, and he was very happy. The wheat was growing so high! When he wanted sun, there was sun; when he wanted rain, there was rain, and as much as he wanted. This year everything was right, mathematically right. But when the crops were harvested, there was no wheat inside.

The farmer was surprised. He asked God, "What happened? What went wrong?"

God said, "Because there was no challenge, because there was no conflict, no friction, because you avoided all that was bad, the wheat remained impotent. A little struggle is a must. Storms are needed, thunder, lightning is needed. They shake up the soul inside the wheat."

This parable is of immense value. If you are just happy and happy and happy, happiness will lose all meaning. It will be as if somebody is writing with white chalk on a white wall. Nobody will ever be able to read it. You have to write on a black board, then it comes clear.

The night is as much needed as the day. And the days of sadness are as essential as the days of happiness. This I call understanding. Once you understand it, you relax--in that relaxation is surrender. You say, "Thy will be done." You say, "Do whatsoever you feel is right. If today clouds are needed, give me clouds. Don't listen to me, my understanding is tiny. What do I know of life and its secrets? Don't listen to me! You just go on doing your will." And, slowly slowly, the more you see the rhythm of life, the rhythm of duality, the rhythm of polarity, you stop asking, you stop choosing.

This is the secret. Live with this secret, and see the beauty. Live with this secret, and you will be suddenly surprised: How great is the blessing of life! How much is being showered on you every moment!

The Courage of a Flower Compared to the HUMAN SPIRIT...❤ I Have To Share This Lovely Awe-Inspiring Osho Zen Tarot Card Description With You!

“Cause and effect, means and ends, seed and fruit cannot be severed; for the effect already blooms in the cause, the end preexists in the means, the fruit in the seed
~by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Courage

The seed cannot know what is going to happen, the seed has never known the flower. And the seed cannot even believe that he has the potentiality to become a beautiful flower. Long is the journey, and it is always safer not to go on that journey because unknown is the path, nothing is guaranteed.

Nothing can be guaranteed. Thousand and one are the hazards of the journey, many are the pitfalls - and the seed is secure, hidden inside a hard core. But the seed tries, it makes an effort; it drops the hard shell which is its security, it starts moving. Immediately the fight starts: the struggle with the soil, with the stones, with the rocks. And the seed was very hard and the sprout will be very, very soft and dangers will be many.

There was no danger for the seed, the seed could have survived for millennia, but for the sprout many are the dangers. But the sprout starts towards the unknown, towards the sun, towards the source of light, not knowing where, not knowing why. Great is the cross to be carried, but a dream possesses the seed and the seed moves.

The same is the path for man. It is arduous. Much courage will be needed.

This card shows a small wildflower that has met the challenge of the rocks and stones in its path to emerge into the light of day. Surrounded by an aura of bright golden light, it exposes the majesty of its tiny self. Unashamed, it is equal to the brightest sun.

When we are faced with a very difficult situation we have a choice: we can either be resentful, and try to find somebody or something to blame for the hardships, or we can face the challenge and grow.

The flower shows us the way, as its passion for life leads it out of the darkness and into the light. There is no point fighting against the challenges of life, or trying to avoid or deny them. They are there, and if the seed is to become the flower we must go through them. Be courageous enough to grow into the flower you are meant to be.

Life Through the Spirit; More Than Conquerors.

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Life Through the Spirit
Romans 8:1-17 NIV
[source: Biblegateway]

Life Through the Spirit

1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (the living breathing WORD of God), 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives LIFE has set you FREE from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the (Holy) Spirit.

5 Those who live according to the flesh (this world, man's law, your own will, selfishness) have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. 7 The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8 Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.

9 You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the (Holy) Spirit, if indeed the (Holy) Spirit of God (the breath of God) lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 10 But if Christ (the Word of God) is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.
Our souls have been eternally redeemed by the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross for those who believe. Jesus Christ was sacrificed on our behalf. Jesus Christ (Yahshua Hamashiach) was God's WORD made flesh to walk among us. Demons (evil spirits, dark forces, negative energy) tremble in fear at the name of Jesus Christ. When you are feeling distressed, call on the name of Jesus Christ. Say His name, whisper it if you have to, but call out to Him. Tell Jesus that you need Him, that you need to feel His presence, you need His help. Within minutes, you will feel the Holy Spirit hugging you tight deep within your spirit and soon afterward your tears will be dried up and you will be filled with an enormous amount of LOVE that cannot be compared to anything on earth.

When you plead the blood of Jesus Christ over your life, your mind, your health, your home environment, your finances, your loved ones (name them) etc., demons (evil spirits, dark forces, negative energy) are cast out, banished. Ask God to put a protective hedge around you so that no weapon formed against you shall prosper. You have to be vigilant about this. Every day and most especially every time you feel weak or in distress.

When you ask God for forgiveness and surrender your life to God, you are filled with the Holy Spirit and it is the Holy Spirit who begins the process of transforming you from the inside out. Not by your will, but by the will of God. Overtime, you will no longer desire to do the former things as God get's you in line for His perfect will for your life. Sin simply means come short of the glory of God's perfection; missed the mark; fallen short of the standard that God expects for us. None of us is perfect, therefore all of us walk in sin, even the preachers/pastors who constantly condemn everybody. Jesus didn't die on the cross and shed His blood for us so that all of humanity would continue to live in condemnation. It's Satan who seeks to condemn you always to keep you from the love of God, your Heavenly Father, the source of your being. This is why it is important to ask the Holy Spirit to guide you in your day to day activities and choices. Ask the Holy Spirit to direct your steps. Please understand that God loves you soooo much unconditionally. He doesn't condemn you for your imperfections. He wants you to love Him in return of your own free will. You being saved has nothing to do with religion or a cult. This is about you feeling unconditional love that can't be compared to anything on this earth. God almighty, your Creator, wants to have a "personal" relationship with you. Read 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 NIV. (emphasis mine)
12 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh (this world, man's law, your own will), to live according to it. 13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the (Holy) Spirit (the breath of God) you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.

14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The (Holy) Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the (Holy) Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16 The (Holy) Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ (the annointed, the WORD), if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
Future Glory

18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.

22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the (Holy) Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

26 In the same way, the (Holy) Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the (Holy) Spirit, because the (Holy) Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.

More Than Conquerors

31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The Power to Change Your Life: Ten Keys to Resilient Living

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The Power to Change Your Life: Ten Keys to Resilient Living

Stress Hardiness and a Resilient Mindset

These statistics might prompt some people to become even more worried, but that is not our intention. If we recognize the effect stress has on our lives, we will be better prepared to manage it and learn to lead more productive, satisfying, healthy, and resilient lives. Being resilient does not mean we eliminate all risks or adverse conditions, but rather when they arise we deal with these conditions effectively.

Resilient individuals possess a particular mindset and accompanying skills that help them respond to life’s challenges with confidence and grace. What are the features of this mindset? What assumptions do resilient people have about themselves that reduce their vulnerability to stress and help them to cope more productively? Certainly, one’s lifestyle, including exercise, diet, and sleep all influence the effectiveness with which stress is managed. But how do you nurture such a healthy existence? In this article, we will describe ten keys for developing stress hardiness and a resilient mindset and lifestyle. As you read about each key, ask yourself, “Am I practicing this? If not, what must I change to strengthen my resilient mindset?” Also, remember that changing one’s mindset and behavior takes time. Be realistic in what you can accomplish within a certain timeframe. Each small step leads to reaching a larger goal.

Key #1: Rewrite Your Negative Scripts

Do you find yourself saying or doing the same ineffective things over and over again? It is impressive how many people do. We often become trapped, blindly following a prescribed script that does not allow for change or creativity in the face of stress and problems. Yet, we are the authors of our lives. We can move from less satisfying, less productive scripts, to ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving that foster a resilient mindset. Identify the negative scripts in your life or things you would like to change. Define short and long-term goals related to these issues. Consider new scripts, select one that you believe has the greatest chance for success, plan for obstacles, and follow through. Change cannot take place unless we become active participants in our lives.

Key #2: Choose a Path to Become Stress Hardy Rather Than Stressed Out

Research indicates that stress hardy people engage in activities that bring purpose or meaning to their lives whether in their role as parent, spouse, co-worker, or friend or in the volunteer work they do. What would you list as the priorities in your life and do you spend time engaged in these activities? In addition, stress hardy individuals view difficult situations as an expected part of life. When such situations arise, they interpret them as challenges to confront and learn from rather than as stress to avoid. It is helpful to recall that in the Chinese language the same word is used for “crisis” and “opportunity with danger.” Stress hardy people can define the factors over which they have control and those that they don’t, focusing their time and energy on situations within their sphere of influence. You might wish to do the following. Make a list of five things you want to see different in your life and then next to each item write down whether someone else has to change first for you to achieve your goal. If you discover that your happiness is based on another person changing first, whomever it may be, you might be waiting a long time to become happy. You are likely to become increasingly stressed during the wait. You will feel empowered if you focus your time and energy on what you can do differently to improve particular situations.

Key #3: View Life Through the Eyes of Others

Resilient individuals develop satisfying relationships in their lives. A cornerstone of such relationships is the capacity to be empathic and to place oneself inside the shoes of others and see the world through their eyes. To become more empathic ask yourself, “In anything I say or do, what do I hope to accomplish? Do I say or do things in ways that will motivate others to be willing to listen and respond to me? Do I behave towards others in the same way I would like them to behave towards me?” Make a list of the words you hope people would use to describe you and then the words you think they would actually use. Reflect upon what actions you might take to change your behavior so that the two lists of words are more in accord with each other.

Key #4: Communicate Effectively

The ability to communicate effectively is an integral component of resilience and is closely linked to empathy. Effective communication includes an appreciation of how our verbal and nonverbal messages are perceived by others and our capacity to be an active listener. Active listeners attempt to understand what the other person is expressing and even if they disagree they are respectful and validate that they “hear” the other person’s viewpoint. The more effectively we learn to convey our feelings, thoughts, and beliefs verbally and nonverbally, the more successful and resilient we will be.

Key #5: Accept Yourself and Others

If you are to nurture a resilient mindset, you must learn to accept yourself. Acceptance implies possessing realistic expectations and goals, recognizing your strengths as well as vulnerabilities, and leading an authentic, balanced life in which your behaviors are in accord with your values and goals. Make a list of five things that are important to you and consider why these are important. View each item on your list and reflect upon how much of your time and energy is expended to achieve what you have listed. As you learn to accept yourself, as you gain a clear picture of your strengths and vulnerabilities, as you articulate your values, you will be in a position to remove those factors that serve as obstacles to realizing a more honest, enriched life.

Key #6: Make Connections and Display Compassion

It is difficult to be resilient if we do not nurture connections in our lives—connections to other people, to ideals, to our faith, to causes. Psychologist Julius Segal, when discussing individuals who enrich the lives of children, referred to them as “charismatic adults,” people from whom children “gather strength.” Even as adults we need people in our lives from whom we gather strength. In addition, our resilience will be enhanced if we serve as a source of strength and support for others. In this regard, consider the following questions: “Who are the two or three people who serve as charismatic adults in my life? What have they done that has prompted me to list them in this way? What people would say that I am the charismatic adult in their lives, and why? Aside from relationships with people, what other activities in my life supply me with a sense of connectedness? In what ways am I compassionate and giving?” Being connected to and helping others provide meaning to our lives and serve as nutriments for resilience.

Key #7: Learn to Deal with Mistakes

The ways in which we understand and respond to mistakes and failure are an integral part of a resilient mindset. When you make a mistake, what do you tell yourself? How do you react? Resilient people consider mistakes as experiences for learning and growth. They ask themselves, “What can I do differently next time to succeed?” Those who are not resilient typically interpret mistakes as attributable to conditions that cannot be easily corrected, such as a lack of intelligence. They feel defeated by mistakes and often end up blaming others or quitting or refusing to attempt things. Observe what you say to yourself when you make a mistake. It will give you a clue to how resilient you are and what you might have to change.

Key #8: Learn to Deal with Success and Build Islands of Competence

Just as the manner in which we understand and respond to setbacks is an integral part of a resilient mindset so too, is the way we react to successes in our lives. Think about how you understand your achievements. Those who are resilient view their accomplishments as based upon their own resources and strengths. This doesn’t mean they fail to acknowledge the support of others. Rather, they don’t dismiss or minimize what they have achieved. In contrast, people who are not resilient tend to attribute their success to factors outside their control such as luck or chance or fate. Consequently, they are not as confident or optimistic about being successful in the future. There is another feature of resilient people we wish to highlight. While they do not deny their vulnerabilities, they are able to identify their strengths or what we call their “islands of competence.” What would you list as your islands of competence? Do you regularly engage in these strengths to bolster your resilience?

Key #9: Continue Developing Self-Discipline and Self-Control

Self-discipline and self-control play a significant role in our daily activities. When we think before we act, when we consider the feelings of others, when we reflect upon possible solutions to problems, when we behave in a rational and thoughtful way, when we engage in developing a business plan, when we keep from screaming at someone who has done something to make us angry, we are displaying self-discipline and self-control. It is a major component of stress-hardiness and resilience. Self-discipline and self-control must be exercised in the following ways: Accept ownership for your behavior. Be consistent, but not rigid. Become a proactive problem solver, thinking of different solutions before you act. Believe that every problem has a possible solution. Remember that with effort and patience, possible solutions become probable solutions. It is difficult to be resilient and have satisfying relationships if you are impulsive, arbitrary, and unpredictable. We believe that these negative traits can be changed as long as we first acknowledge their existence and then develop a realistic plan of action to modify these counterproductive behaviors.

Key #10: Maintaining Your Resilient Lifestyle Takes Work

If we abandon well-established diets and exercise, our health will suffer. The same principle is true when we consider the maintenance of a resilient lifestyle. Once you have developed the features associated with a resilient mindset and lifestyle, you cannot settle back and assume these qualities will be maintained on automatic pilot. Expected and unexpected challenges will emerge that will test your ability to be resilient. The more you understand the characteristics of resilient individuals, the more you can engage in daily and long-term exercises to maintain, and even strengthen, a resilient mindset. Each and every day consider: “Have I listened and communicated effectively with others? Have I responded to stress, mistakes, and setbacks in thoughtful ways? Have I maintained connections to people, ideals, causes, and faith?” Leading a resilient lifestyle should be in constant focus.

A Resilient Mindset Will Change Your Life

The road towards nurturing a resilient mindset and lifestyle, one that leads to stress hardiness, is neither straightforward, nor direct. The road often contains obstacles and detours that interfere with reaching your destinations. However, the more knowledgeable you are about the components of a resilient mindset, as well as the roadblocks to its attainment, the more diligent you can become to change any existing counterproductive ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving. By so doing, you will become better equipped and confident to discover those paths that lead to a productive, fulfilling life, a life that encourages you to plan and dream, to bring joy to others, to laugh, and to appreciate that you truly are the author of your own life.

October 1, 2022

USA: Two Gay Men Filed Legal Complaint Against New York City Arguing That Not Having Access To A Woman's Reproductive Potential Is A Form Of Discrimination Demanding City Pay For A Surrogate

The Epoch Times
written by Hannah Ng
Friday September 30, 2022

A Planned Parenthood doctor affirmed at a Sept. 29 House hearing that men can get pregnant and have babies.

The hearing at House Oversight and Reform Committee was called by Democrats to examine the effects of abortion restrictions.

In response to a question from Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.) Dr. Bhavik Kumar, medical director for primary and trans care at Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast said, “Men can have pregnancies, especially trans men.”

His answer appeared to perplex Clyde as he repeated his question while emphasizing that he was referring to biological men.

“So are you saying that a biological female who identifies as a man and therefore becomes pregnant is, quote, a man? Is that what you’re saying?” Clyde reiterated.

Kumar dodged the lawmaker’s query, contending such questions are “really missing the point” at a hearing about abortion.

He then re-affirmed his answer when grilled by Clyde, “Somebody with a uterus may have the capability of becoming pregnant, whether they’re a woman or a man,” Kumar said. “That doesn’t make a difference.”

Clyde further dismissed his statement, saying, “OK … We’re done. This isn’t complicated. Let me tell you, if a person has a uterus and is born female, they are a woman.”

“Not every person with a uterus has the ability to become pregnant,” Kumar maintained. “This is medicine.”

The Republican congressman once again rejected his response, “That is not a man, and the vast majority of the world considers that to be a woman because there are biological differences between men and women,” he stressed.

Clyde then proceeded to lecture the doctor on biology: “Clearly, any high school biology class teaches that men and women have different chromosomes. Females are XX chromosome and males are XY chromosome.”

“I can’t believe it’s necessary to say this, but men cannot get pregnant and cannot give birth regardless of how they identify themselves.”

Kumar further claimed that he had performed “likely thousands” of abortions, but Clyde questioned the reason why he was chosen to testify.

“Why in the world would Democrats have brought in a person whose title is director of trans care for an abortion hearing when only biological women can become pregnant?” asked the lawmaker.

Clyde also grilled Dr. Nisha Verma, a fellow at Physicians for Reproductive Health, about whether a fetal heartbeat is a manufactured sound, but Verma eluded his question, calling it a complicated issue.

“Like so many things in medicine, it’s complex,” she said.

Finally, she claimed that she needed “a little bit of time” to give an answer.

At the Thursday hearing, Democrats blasted Republicans for state restrictions on access while Republicans accused Democrats of advocating for unfettered abortion.
The Guardian, UK
written by Jenny Kleeman
Saturday October 1, 2022

In New York, a gay couple fighting to make their insurers pay for fertility treatment have found themselves in the middle of a culture war. What happens when the right to parenthood involves someone else’s body?

Corey Briskin and Nicholas Maggipinto met in law school in 2011, were engaged by 2014, and had their 2016 wedding announced in the New York Times. They moved to a waterfront apartment block in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, with a bright playroom for families on the ground floor.

“We got married and then we wanted all the trappings: house, children, 401K [retirement saving plan], etc,” Maggipinto, 37, tells me in their building’s shared meeting room, tapping the table in sequence with the progression of each idea.

Briskin, 30, grew up assuming he’d have children. He came out in college. “Once I had come out to myself and others, I don’t think my expectation of what my life would look like changed all that much.” With marriage equality won years ago, they expected to be able to have a conventional married life.

Six months before their wedding, a targeted ad from an organisation called Gay Parents to Be landed in Maggipinto’s Instagram feed, offering free consultations with a fertility doctor who’d give them “the whole rundown” on how they could start a family. “We had the appointment and we were 100% on the same page – let’s move forward with this,” says Maggipinto.

That’s when they first became aware of the eye-watering cost of biological parenthood for gay men. Maggipinto reels off the price list in a way that only someone who has pored over every item could. There’s compensation for the egg donor: no less than $8,000 (£6,600). The egg-donor agency fee: $8,000-10,000. The fertility clinic’s bill (including genetic testing, blood tests, STD screening and a psychiatric evaluation for all parties, sperm testing, egg extraction, insemination, the growing, selecting, freezing and implantation of the resulting embryos): up to $70,000. And that’s if it all goes well: if no embryos are created during a cycle, or if the embryos that are don’t lead to a successful pregnancy, they would have to start again.

Then there’s the cost of a surrogate (called a “gestational carrier” when they carry embryos created from another woman’s eggs). Maggipinto and Briskin were told agency fees alone could stretch to $25,000, and the surrogates themselves should be paid a minimum of $60,000 (it is illegal for surrogates to be paid in the UK, but their expenses are covered by the intended parents). “That payment doesn’t include reimbursement for things like maternity clothing; lost wages if she misses work for doctors’ appointments or is put on bed rest; transportation; childcare for her own children; [or] lodging.”

It takes 15 minutes for Maggipinto to run me through all the expenses they could incur if they tried to have a child genetically related to one of them. The bottom line? “Two hundred thousand dollars, minimum,” he says, tapping his index finger on the table with each word in disbelief.

They couldn’t afford it. Maggipinto earns a corporate lawyer’s salary but is saddled with student debt. Briskin used to work for the City of New York as an assistant district attorney, earning about $60,000 a year. His employment benefits had included generous health insurance. But when they read the policy, they discovered they were the only class of people to be excluded from IVF coverage. Infertility was defined as an inability to have a child through heterosexual sex or intrauterine insemination. That meant straight people and lesbians working for the City of New York would have the costs of IVF covered, but gay male couples could never be eligible.

This isn’t an oversight, it’s discrimination, Briskin says. “The policy is the product of a time when there was a misconception, a stereotype, a prejudice against couples that were made up of two men – that they were not capable of raising children because there was no female figure in that relationship.”

Briskin was working alongside colleagues who were happily availing themselves of the benefits he wasn’t entitled to. One of his co-workers – an older, single woman – became a mother using donor sperm, IVF and surrogacy. “It was hard,” he tells me quietly. “You want to be happy for people.” Their frustration at not being able to have their own children turned to anguish. “My sister – who is more than six years younger than me – just gave birth to her second baby,” Maggipinto says, twisting his wedding ring. “I was OK with not being a parent at 30, I felt that was very normal for our generation and the current work-life balance ethos. But seven years later, I’m really not happy.”

In April, Briskin and Maggipinto filed a class action complaint with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against the City of New York, suing Briskin’s former employers for unlawful workplace discrimination. If they win, employers and health insurers across the US will be under pressure to change their policies to give gay men the same access to fertility benefits as anyone else. But their case has become much bigger than one couple’s drive to start a family: they have become figureheads in the battle for fertility rights for all gay men.

Maggipinto and Briskin braced themselves for some kind of backlash when news of their claim broke. But there was a deluge: on Instagram and Facebook, in audio messages and in their work email inboxes, on Reddit and beneath news articles. Wherever you could post public comments, there was condemnation.

A much-liked response to one piece about their story read: “Not having a uterus because you are male, does not make you ‘infertile’ – it makes you MALE. No one – and I do mean no one – has the right to rent another human’s body and womb to use as an incubator. That is not a human right.”

The international response was even more scathing.

“There was one article in a German outlet that was about how surrogacy is a form of slavery. We were being portrayed as people who were enslaving gestational carriers,” Briskin tells me, wide-eyed.

Most critics were wilfully missing the point of their case: it’s about access to IVF, and equal rights to employment benefits, not their right to surrogacy. But in bringing a fertility equality claim that took eventual surrogacy for granted, they had unwittingly stumbled into the line of fire of one of the great culture wars of our age: whether anyone – but gay men in particular – should be able to pay to use a woman’s body.

dvances in reproductive technology mean that pretty much anyone can become a parent so long as they can get hold of the requisite gametes and access to fertility treatment, but people with male bodies face specific challenges: someone has to do the gestating. In the years since same-sex marriage has been legalised across the western world, demand for surrogacy has soared. In England and Wales, the number of parents using a surrogate has quadrupled over the past 10 years, but it is always controversial: high-profile gay men from Brian Dowling to Tom Daley have been accused of exploitation, “womb rental” and even “child abuse” when they go public about creating their families with a surrogate.

Surrogacy always comes with serious legal and ethical challenges, whether it is traditional (using the surrogate’s eggs) or gestational; altruistic or commercial; gay or straight. Surrogates have been asked to abort babies against their will when intended parents split up, when too many embryos implant successfully, or when the baby they are carrying is found to have birth defects.

Commercial surrogacy is banned in almost all of Europe, leading some to seek it abroad. After India and Thailand closed their doors to fertility tourists in 2015, Ukraine became the go-to destination; when war broke out in February, thousands of women pregnant with other people’s children were in turmoil while the panicked intended parents tried to work out how to get them and their precious cargo out of the country. In 2020, hundreds of surrogate babies were left stranded in Kyiv because of Covid travel restrictions. Surrogacy is legal to some degree in almost every US state. American women have died in recent years during surrogate pregnancies and deliveries, while egg donors have been left infertile and seriously ill after their eggs were harvested.

So why not adopt?

Briskin and Maggipinto pause before answering this. “I have never been opposed to adopting, [or] even to having a foster child to see where that leads,” Maggipinto says, eventually. “But as a couple we’ve come to a decision that having a child that’s biologically connected to us is important.”

“I’m not wringing my hands here,” Briskin says. “It really feels like such an affront to be asked this question. I find it deeply offensive. Nobody asks the person who’s having children naturally why they did it instead of adopting. I help others in other ways – but that’s just not how I’d choose to do it.”

“Private adoption is overwhelmed with religious-affiliated organisations,” adds Maggipinto.

“Who would exclude us.”

“By definition.”

They never claimed any right to surrogacy, Maggipinto says. “I think a woman willing to do this is enormously generous. In the same way that I feel like I’ve been robbed of time in my life because I don’t have a child yet, I feel like the sacrifice a woman makes to be pregnant for someone else is an enormous chunk of time out of her life that she’ll never get back, and the compensation really is a token for that.”

“I am pro-autonomy,” Briskin says. “I believe that people should be able to make decisions about their lives, their bodies. This is so relevant now, with the decision from the supreme court [overturning Roe v Wade]. For me, it goes into the same category as sex work: there’s this puritanical belief that sex workers are being forced to sell themselves. There are many, many sex workers who do not view their line of work that way.”

Of course, there are many women who are forced to sell themselves, I say – those who are trafficked and exploited. Briskin knows this well: he was a sex crimes prosecutor. “Those who are being trafficked are not being compensated for their sex work; any compensation is going into the hands of their pimp,” he replies. “That is not the case for a willing surrogate.”

There’s a stark contrast between American and Ukrainian surrogates, Maggipinto says. “Here you have to be a woman who has already had children, who is over a certain age, who can prove that she is independently financially capable of sustaining herself without her surrogate compensation. You effectively cannot be a poor surrogate.” He is referring to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s guidelines, but with no official regulation in the US, there’s no compulsion for anyone to follow them.

When it comes to the fear that gay surrogacy erases mothers, Maggipinto is defiant. “Our family will be a motherless family,” he says, tapping his finger on the table again, “I won’t tiptoe around that.” But the creation of that family doesn’t depend on the exploitation of women. “We’re not using a woman’s body. We are accepting a woman’s generosity to use her own body in a way that she agrees with.”

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USA: National Teachers Union’s "LGBTQ+ Caucus" Created A Website And Badge For Public School Employees That Promotes A How-To Guide For "Anal Sex," "Bondage," "Rimming," "Domination," "Sadomasochism," "Muffing," And "Fisting."

The teachers union promotes a how-to guide for “anal sex,” “bondage,” “sadomasochism,” and “fisting.”
written by Christopher F. Rufo
Wednesday September 21, 2022

The national teachers union’s “LGBTQ+ Caucus” has created a website and badge for public school employees that promote non-binary identities, a how-to guide for “queer sex,” and the idea that “transgender men can get pregnant.”

According to local reports, the National Education Association and its local affiliate in Hilliard, Ohio, have been providing staff in the Hilliard City School District with the QR code-enabled badges, which point to the “NEA LGBTQ+ Caucus” website and resources from gender activist organizations including Scarleteen, Sex, Etc., Gender Spectrum, The Trevor Project, and Teen Health Source.

One of these linked resources, Teen Health Source’s “Queering Sexual Education,” which promises to “empower youth” and includes a how-to guide for performing “anal sex,” “bondage,” “rimming,” “domination,” “sadomasochism,” “muffing,” and “fisting.” The materials are extremely graphic, explaining how to, for example, “[put] a fist or whole hand into a person’s vagina or bum.”

This isn’t a fringe organization. The NEA is the largest teachers union in the country, representing more than 3 million public school teachers in all 14,000 local school districts—and it has been captured by radical gender theory and its perverse sexual ideology.
TheCenterSquare.com
written by Garion Frankel, Chalkboard Review
Wednesday September 21, 2022

Editor's Note: This story contains explicit sexual material that may be offensive to some readers.

The National Education Association, the nation’s largest teachers union, as well as the Hilliard, Ohio branch, are under social media fire after it was revealed that resources from the union’s LGBTQ+ Caucus include how-to-guides for explicit sexual acts.

According to local media, some teachers in Hilliard have been wearing badges provided by the Caucus. The badges include a QR code that redirects users to a variety of LGBTQ-friendly websites and resources. The Manhattan Institute’s Christopher Rufo reported that one of these resources, Teen Health Source, provided a “Queering Sex-Ed” document that provides instruction regarding “sex acts that don’t get enough play.”

The acts, which are formatted as if they are cooking recipes, include anal sex, bondage, rimming, domination, sadomasochism, sexting, fingering, muffing, outercourse, and fisting.

“The NEA is the largest teachers union in the country, representing more than 3 million public school teachers in all 14,000 local school districts,” Rufo said in a tweet. “And they’re actively promoting resources for ‘putting a fist or whole hand into a person’s vagina or bum.’ Disgraceful.”

“Focusing on gender identity, sexuality, is taking time away from…academics,” agreed Lisa Chaffee, who is affiliated with Ohio Parents Rights in Education. “And it is putting teachers in a position to have to answer questions they should not. These are questions for at home.”

Hilliard Superintendent Dave Stewart released the following statement to local media:

“The badges in question were provided to any teacher who requested one by the National Education Association (NEA) and Hilliard Education Association (HEA). The front of the badge that is visible when worn says “I’m Here.” The intent of the badge is a message of safety and inclusion for all students.

The QR code on the back of the badge is not there to be shared with students; rather, it is provided to adults by the NEA should they be interested in learning more about LGTBQ+ issues and supporting LGBTQ+ students. Any teacher who chose to wear one of the badges clearly understood that the resources at the link were intended for adults, not students. The resources are provided for teachers’ personal growth and professional development. No teacher was ever required to wear one of the badges or access any of the resources linked to the QR code.

Additionally, out of an abundance of caution, teachers have received the following guidance from their association leadership regarding the badges:

Teachers were reminded that the resources linked to the QR code were for adult learning only. Additionally, they were reminded that the resources should not be included or used in designing any lesson plan.

Teachers were reminded that if asked about the “I’m Here” message on the badge, their response should be age appropriate.

Teachers were advised that it may be in their best interest to cover the QR code on the back of the badge.

The Hilliard City School District remains committed to ensuring that all students feel safe, included, and welcomed in their learning experience. While the badges were not created or provided by the Hilliard City School District, the district embraces the inclusive nature of the message. Questions about the specific resources provided to teachers should be directed to the NEA or HEA.”

“We obviously want it to be a safe space for everybody but we want it to be clear about what the zones are about how conversations are handled and they are not just like this, sort of misfiring in different directions,” said Omar Tarazi, a Hilliard City Council member and candidate for State Representative who has a child attending Hilliard schools.

“There’s professionals that are trained and get extensive years [of] training on how to handle these sorts of things and we are not sort of deputizing everybody with a badge,” Tarazi added. “Their role is education. There is an element of that where you have to have a good relationship with students. But that doesn’t mean you are the personal therapist for every student.”

Neither the National Education Association nor the Hilliard Education Association have commented at this time. However, Maria Bruno, who is the public policy director for Equality Ohio, an LGBTQ advocacy group, has argued that the QR code does not link to any objectionable material.
Fox News
written by Kelsey Koberg
Friday September 23, 2022

One school superintendent warned schools could lose federal funding if they fail to implement new sex ed standards.

New state-wide sex ed standards in New Jersey teach students as young as 13 years old about anal sex and their pregnancy options, and school districts that fail to comply could face "disciplinary action," or even a loss of funding.

The standards were adopted by the New Jersey Board of Education in June 2020, and schools are required to implement them beginning this month. Amid concern from parents and school districts, the state Department of Education has warned that schools who fail to implement the new standards may face discipline.

The state standards describe what students should learn by each grade level, and it is up to the districts to design a curriculum to adhere to the standards. By eighth grade, according to the New Jersey standards, students should "describe pregnancy testing, the signs of pregnancy, and pregnancy options, including parenting, abortion, and adoption;" and "Define vaginal, oral, and anal sex."

By eighth grade, the students should also "develop a plan to eliminate or reduce risk of unintended pregnancy and STIs (including HIV)."

One mother of students in the Berkeley Heights school district called the standards "harmful and offensive," adding it was difficult to find on her school’s website exactly what her children would be learning.

The mom, who asked to remain anonymous, has chosen to opt her children out of the parts of updated sex ed curriculum she and her husband found alarming, but worried other parents in the state may be unaware of what is being taught.

"All I’m asking for is transparency and accountability," she said, adding she hopes other parents realize there are ways to opt out.

"I had to send quite a few emails and figure out who is in charge and teaching what to get to this point," she said, adding that it is "a lot of work for most parents."

The superintendent of the Berkeley Heights school district, Dr. Melissa Varley, told Fox News Digital the district "presented the new PE/Health Curriculum on August 11th at the Public Board meeting. The Assistant Superintendent and PE/Health Supervisor explained in detail the Opt Out Process available to all parents."

"In addition, all parents are welcome to personally review the curriculum guides and teaching materials," she added.

Dr. Varley also noted that, regardless of the district’s own beliefs about the standards, New Jersey state law requires they be taught. "If we do not, we do not pass New Jersey Quality Single Accountability Continuum (NJQSAC) monitoring. If the district fails this process we may become ineligible for state and even federal funding."

"As our government and newly appointed Supreme Court judge struggle to define ‘what is a woman,’ it gives parents like me little confidence those who write our updated state guidelines on sex ed have any business teaching my children how to safely have anal sex and about abortion. It’s an insult to parents and destructive to our children," the mom in the Berkeley Heights school district said.

"The New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS) are mandatory for Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to implement and failure to comply can result in disciplinary action," a spokesperson for the New Jersey Department of Education told Fox News Digital. "Under [New Jersey Statutes Annotated] 18A:35-4.7, for children to be excused from any part of instruction in health, family life, or sex education, their parent or guardian must inform the school principal in writing that the instruction conflicts with their conscience or sincerely held moral or religious beliefs."

"The New Jersey Quality Single Accountability Continuum (NJQSAC) serves as one mechanism for the New Jersey Department of Education’s (Department) compliance monitoring and self-evaluation system for public school districts (districts). The system focuses on monitoring and evaluating districts in five core components that, based on research, have been identified as key factors in effective district operations. Specific indicators in each of the five areas are self-evaluated by the district and verified by the Department. If a district scores below 80% in any of the NJQSAC areas, the district is required to create a district improvement plan to address the indicators found to be out of compliance. An assessment is made of the district’s capacity and effectiveness based on its compliance with the indicators. Following the assessment, the district is placed on a performance continuum that will determine the level of oversight, and technical assistance and support it receives in accordance with N.J.S.A. 18A: 7A-10. Dependent upon the percentage of quality performance indicators a district satisfies upon review of the improvement plan, the Department may determine whether additional monitoring or intervention is warranted, pursuant to NJSA 18A:7A-14," the spokesperson continued.