Our local news reported attempted child abductions in a higher end area of the city. In the instance reported yesterday, a 12 year-old girl was walking the family dog and was about six blocks from her home when a black SUV pulled up and told her that her mom was really busy and she wanted her [the 12 year-old] to get in the car with her, so she could take her home. Thankfully, the girl knew something wasn’t right, so she took off running and called her mother, who then called 9-1-1. The SUV immediately sped off. The woman in the SUV was reported to be around 40 with long brown hair. This was the second report of such an instance, with the incident the week before being reported the same, except there was a man in the SUV with the woman. So, how many of us know that man was probably in the car hiding in the back in the second instance?

Parents, even if your child is of a more responsible age, allowing them out alone makes them prey for child abductors and human trafficking. It’s a difficult conversation to have, but please be sure to educate your children to be aware at all times. Arm them with mace, or other means of defense, such as a stun gun if they are going to be out walking without an adult. Predators are everywhere.

The My daily prayers include that every animal abuser, child abuser, elder abuser and abusers all over the world will be brought to light and brought to justice. My personal preference is that they be brought to justice by their own measure of treatment of their victim(s), but what happens to them is ultimately in the hands of my heavenly Father. Until such time as the abusers are caught, I pray that God will send an angel to each victim to comfort and protect them until they can escape from their bondage.

When building relationships and making friends, this quote is a good gauge. Learn to be silk:

“You’re going to meet many people with domineering personalities: the loud, the obnoxious, those that noisily stake their claims in your territory and everywhere else they set foot on. This is the blueprint of a predator. Predators prey on gentleness, peace, calmness, sweetness and any positivity that they sniff out as weakness. Anything that is happy and at peace they mistake for weakness. It’s not your job to change these people, but it’s your job to show them that your peace and gentleness do not equate to weakness. I have always appeared to be fragile and delicate but the thing is, I am not fragile and I am not delicate. I am very gentle but I can show you that the gentle also possess a poison. I compare myself to silk. People mistake silk to be weak but a silk handkerchief can protect the wearer from a gunshot. There are many people who will want to befriend you if you fit the description of what they think is weak; predators want to have friends that they can dominate over because that makes them feel strong and important. The truth is that predators have no strength and no courage. It is you who are strong, and it is you who has courage. I have lost many a friend over the fact that when they attempt to rip me, they can’t. They accuse me of being deceiving; I am not deceiving, I am just made of silk. It is they who are stupid and wrongly take gentleness and fairness for weakness. There are many more predators in this world, so I want you to be made of silk. You are silk.”
― C. JoyBell C.