Powering Your Spirit and Your Mind during the Lockdown

ReVIVAissance is “Empowering tomorrow’s Professionals in a Faith based Arts and Technology Community”.  We’re bringing you some of the Best of the best learning experience platforms, that you can’t afford to miss.  When you’re in lockdown, you can get stronger and richer in spirit, mind, and body with these hope-filled opportunities and amazing leaders.
1. Michelle’s Business Mastermind-5 Days of Business training for Creatives; Free registration! Join the Facebook group, and watch overview and see the jewels Michelle will share.
2. Expert Ownership-One of the most Professional business trainings with the Biggest Heart teaches you how to make your business succeed. Take advantage of the 50% off registration offer for a limited time.                                                      https://www.expertownership.com/get-expert-ownership1586894468564. 
3. New Day Freespring spiritual school-“The goal is to share some of the values and experiences that have proven to help Christians journey deeper with the Lord. We focus on hearing His voice, knowing God as Father and Sanctification, also called Inner Healing.” Free registration this session!
           Wellspring School of Ministry –            https://wellspringschools.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/413337

FamDreamTeam by Ana Maria Blevins

Never has it been so wonderful and important to discover that “God put together your family  to be a wonderful team – A FamDreamTeam.” Your family was all put together, with their strengths, weaknesses, and unique story, to be a Family Dream Team-a FamDreamTeam.  A Dream Team has the best players that come together to play the game to the best of their ability, relying on one another, caring for one another, and bringing out the best in one another.
Every family has this potential.
Developing your FamDreamTeam is basically, parenting. Parenting is caring for your children’s souls as well as their minds and bodies. Being at home with them at  this time of hardship, is an opportunity to really focus on creating your FamDreamTeam.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that academics is the main goal. After 30 years of parenting and homeschooling, I can assure you that the main goal is to nurture your children to maturity. That’s the definition of Love, according to Josh McDowell. at this point in history, you need to make sure your children are secure, and know that God loves them, and that God and you are going to be there for them. So spend time at the beginning of your adventure, creating a Famdreamteam, and don’t worry about creating Einsteins or Edisons right now. Developing a secure character and personality, or emotional intelligence or emotional quotient, will be the greatest gift you can give them. Employers talk about the most valued quality in their workers is not talent nor intelligence, but their ability to get along with other people. And to create memories that are warm, loving, and fun during their years at home, is a treasure that is beyond comparison.
The 10 keys to creating your fan dream team, and nurturing your kids to maturity are:
  1. Getting your relationship right with God first. Accept Jesus, God’s son in your heart, and read the Bible, and follow His Holy Spirit as He leads you day by day, and moment by moment.  Find a church, even online, that has Bible teaching, kindness, and training in parenting, working, and spiritual living.
  2. Work on a loving and caring relationship with your spouse. Check out Love and Respect by John Ehlridge, and FamilyLife.com with Dennis and Barbara Rainey.  PassionateRomance.com offers a beautiful book, Getting Your Sex Life Off to a Great Start by Dr. Cliff, and Joyce Penner.
        3. Your personal emotional and mental health.  Read the book of John, and listen to teachings on God’s love for us. Also, watch the Deuteronomy Bible study be Beth Moore.  The book Spirit Wars empowers freedom spiritually, mentally, emotionally.
Deal with any emotional or mental challenges that are really limiting you right now. Find a warm and Bible believing church online, Christian counseling, or a trusted friend that you can share with who will partner with you and not condemn you.
4.Healthy Discipline.
First, let’s talk about anger.  You have to ask God to help you. Do not discipline your children in anger. You have to control yourself. You can choose to control yourself, and God will help you. One time I asked an older Christian friend to pray for my anger, and it decreased by 75%. I stopped slamming cabinet doors which was a big triumph for me.
Anger that is against Injustice, righteous anger the Bible calls it, is good, and it motivates us to do good positive things. But being out of control or being cruel or unkind is absolutely unacceptable. Think about when you’re trying to drive your car and you honk the horn does that make the car go? So throwing your anger at kids by cursing, screaming, or letting your anger control you, is like trying to drive a car by honking the horn. Let’s not be stupid.
Remember you cannot ignore them or trust that they know the right thing to do. Much of the time they will choose the wrong thing. Remember much of our job is just to help them not to kill themselves the first few years of their lives, right? So be vigilant and diligent and don’t get weary. That’s why naps are really important as well as planning to take breaks, and to have fun in your day. You’re showing them how to live right? So show them how to put God first, then that Mom and Dad are trying to love one another, and you’re showing them how to how to love and nurture their future spouse, how to work hard and how to play a little bit every day.
Laugh a lot! Laugh as much as you can.
When kids do unpredictable silly things, laugh if it’s not really rebellious or dangerous. God made them young, innocent, and funny, so don’t miss those wonderful funny times. And laugh at your mistakes as much as possible. Kids need to see us laughing when we mess up sometimes. And other times when we mess up and it’s really disconcerting, that we pray and ask God to help us, learn our lesson, and continue, knowing that He will help us and works out everything for our good.
What discipline method will you use?sometimes it’s easy to give into fear of what other people think or our own laziness. Sometimes people use timeouts or other means because they’re not really willing to tangle with the child. If you let them have their own way, they will really be less than what they could be, and can cause you heartache. As they grow older life will be hard enough, but if they don’t have self control, you will really have deprived them of one of the greatest tools that they could have.
Some people spank, because the Bible says it helps to train children. You need to decide if the child understood the instructions and if so then if you’ll spank, and how many spankings you will give them.  Don’t give more than what you plan just because you are angry. Explain to them before you spank them, that you love them and that’s why you’re disciplining them. Make sure that you know that they know what they did wrong. And watch out for when they try to manipulate you. (An older Dad told us one time that sometimes their kids would say you spanked me and I actually didn’t do anything wrong. And he would say well this is for all the times that I missed. Remember they’re just like we were right? We would usually try to get out of spankings, not volunteer for them.)   Then tell them I’m going to spank you because I love you and want to train you.
The Book train up a child says if Lipizzan stallions were not trained and disciplined, they would never be the Beautiful performers creating the equine spectacles that they’re famous for. So we want to see our children develop self-control which means we need to train them to obey us. But not with harshness or cruelty. After you spank them tell them to say thank you for showing me the right way. Some children will resist spanking, and I know of a psychologist who would restrain his nephew because no one else could control him. We had to restrain one of our children because after the spanking they would rage and start to throw themselves around. One time I restrained my child by wrapping my arms around them, and after that they didn’t rage after the spanking anymore. Basically, they need to know that you are in control by 3 years old. Starting at 18 months they can understand a light slap on the thigh when they are going to endanger themselves or are having a bad attitude. A doctor that we know recommended a large plastic serving spoon, because it really smarts but doesn’t bruise them or injure them. They can be such a joy if they are trained to know that Mom and Dad are in charge, by three years old. James Dobson and other family specialists have said that children are desperately wanting to know who’s in charge because they’re scared to death that they might have to be in charge. Some books that may be helpful are hide or seek by James Dobson, and the books by Raymond and Dorothy Moore on homeschooling.  Remember that it’s a joy for them to learn and master the ability to care for their own home and possessions, through doing chores, and being a contributing and responsible member of the famdreamteam!
5. The adventure of self-discovery. Find out what kind of personality you have. Help the children find out what kind of personality they have.
6. Find out what educational philosophy or personality you have. Are you focused on the business world? Are you focused on Christian ministry? Are you focused on the Arts? It’s okay to spend time in your area of giftedness and your husband’s, and to introduce your children to these areas. Leave room for your children to express their like or dislike of your areas of interest, but expose them to them. They will learn a lot basing their study and development on what your areas of Interest are.
7. Find out what your educational approach is. Are you wanting the kids to explore and offer them guidance? Do you want them to do book study primarily? Relaxed homeschooling? institutional school at home?? Do you want them to self initiate and do what they want to do and study what they want to study, such as unlearning?
8. Peace and Unity, not conflict and ugliness, is how kids learn best. This does not mean you have to be perfect and prim and proper. What it means is you strive for kindness, self-control, consideration for one another, and respect for yourself and for others. This pertains to your personal behavior and attitudes, your caring for your home and possessions, caring for your neighborhood, community, and nation and world. So teaching them that they need to do for other people what they wish people would do for them, the golden realcomp, means trying to less people around them the way they would like people to bless them. And if you discover what the people around you enjoy, that makes it like a game! Reliant doctor Gary who said they played a game called I showed you I loved you today by fill in the blank. So you got to let your fan dream team members know what you were trying to do too show them love, and then you can talk about and find out if they recognize that. or if there was something else that they prefer that shows them love in a better way. Or if you are not thinking about other people I’m not spending any time or effort and showing them love, that needs to change. It’s a wonderful wonderful game.
9. Structure that best suits you is essential. You will manage your time and money whether you plan to or not. So try to plan to manage your time and money the best way you know how. At this time of crisis a schedule is one of the best tools for your children to feel secure. What helps you all feel the most rested, the most fulfilled, and the most actualized. Being all that you can be. Right now we are in a historic time of hardship. Your kids need to know number one. Who God is. They need to know that Mom and Dad loved each other. They need to know that God is loving, the world was corrupted or messed up by sin, and God send juices to live a perfect life, die and rise from the dead to pay for our sins and make eternal life available to those who choose to follow him. Your kids need to know that they have the unbelievable privilege of choosing who they will follow up. They can choose a loving God who created them and paid for them to have eternal life, or they can choose Satan, who kills steals and destroys. Once they realize they have the right to make this choice, most of life will make sense. We pray that they will choose God. They have their own free will, as difficult and painful as this is to a parent’s heart. We have to respect that they can choose, but as we’ve had them, we can love them and train them the best we know how and direct them towards their loving heavenly Father. With these priorities clearly communicated, choose a schedule. Kids need to know what God wants them to do. And guess what? It’s the schedule that the parent creates. It’s okay if just one of you creates it, but both of you have to follow it and respect it. Use charts, stickers to help them to follow the schedule. Remind them that we follow the schedule, and love one another because we want to nurture one another. And once your kids know what the schedule is, they need to know there are rewards for following it and consequences too. Here are some links for rewards and consequence systems. All of this even before academics. As they grasp that you are a fan dream team, they can begin to communicate awareness of one another’s talents, strengths, weaknesses, and skills for conflict resolution.
10. the kids in the loop with communication. Tell them what you are doing, what you are trying, and what you are learning. As much as they can comprehend. Listen to them but don’t let them dissuade you, because remember you know more than they do. You can let them know that they can do something even though they don’t like it, if it’s a question of self-discipline. Again never be cruel or mean-spirited. Remember you are training them, and disciplinointing them, because you love them and you want them to be that beautiful lipizzan stallion, or beautiful ballet dancer, or really sharp computer programmer, or a loving stay-at-home mom, or a fulfilled artist. As part of your schedule, you’ll need a group time, where everyone can talk about what is going well and where they are struggling. Don’t tell the kids there is a time limit on group time, because especially now with the national shutdown, sometimes you need more or less time then you or they expected. The schedule must have breaks for Mom, and if dad is home for dad also. Kids need Play alone time if they’re old enough to be able to stay in their room safely. After they stop taking naps, they can have play alone time in their rooms, if their rooms have been set up for safety. Don’t forget to fasten shelves to the wall, and secure dressers to the wall also. Remember that kids will climb and furniture will fall over on them. One of the main things is kids are unpredictable, and the adults must not be unpredictable.

Is Social Distancing Working? Notes on a presentation by Dr. Knut M. Wittkowski

These notes come from a presentation by Dr. Knut M. Wittkowski, Ph.D. on the Highwire medical production with Del Bigtree, former producer of The Doctors https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhHlQVmTSTI

The Corona virus is a cold virus, that is acted by overactivating the immune response that ends up decreasing oxygen to the cells in the body,  leading to organ failure. Many people have recovered, and those who have been in the highest danger had pre-existing conditions, were elderly, and their medications may have been involved as well.  Choloroquine and hydroxychloroquine in conjunction with other medications have worked to save those seriously affected by the virus. (Ventilators and intubation have resulted in 80-90% death rate.  https://youtu.be/QWaq8HoEROU)

There’s no evidence anywhere in the world that shutdowns work.  If there had been no shutdown in the U.S., then the epidemic would be over by now.  By trying to slow the curve, the curve gets broader, and the number of cases of disease affects a higher number of people and lasts longer.

Shutting down schools and businesses increases the load for the hospitals.  This is how.  Young people who get the virus and recover, develop antibodies, become resistant to the virus, and no longer carry it. They no longer are carrying nor spreading the virus to the elderly or susceptible.  If we don’t allow younger people to develop antibodies, they’ll continue to be possible virus sponges, which can spread disease to elderly and vulnerable individuals.  This is the same warning for elderly and vulnerable individuals every year for the flu threat.  The strengthened young people don’t need to be hospitalized, not adding to the number of individuals hospitalized.  But if they continue to be disease sponges, they continue to pose a hazard to the elderly and vulnerable, and will be able to start multiple cycles of spreading the virus.                                                          The lockdown is only preventing herd immunity from happening.  When a large number of  people have gotten the virus and now have immunity, the virus is no longer able to attack and sicken as many individuals, and therefore there are not that many new cases.  The strongest immunity is acquired when an individual contracts the virus, develops antibodies, then recovers from the virus.  Their T cells will never forget the virus, and can activate a response.                                                                                                                  The various responses to the virus across the world are very different.  We’re hiding in our houses in the U.S., trying to do what’s correct.  But China is going back to work.  They quarantined many days after the peak had already happened.  So the quarantine didn’t happen until it was too late, in China. The peak took place and thousands died (due as well to the low value on human life and substandard medical care), but the quarantine was put in place too late to make a difference.   China believes that herd-immunity exists, and that many of their citizens have been exposed to Covid-19, so they’re not quarantining.                                                                                                                                China is going to be ahead of the world, sending its citizens back to work.  It almost seems like there was an effort for us to not get herd immunity.  Preventing herd immunity, means we’ll be in lockdown, and shutdown indefinitely.  We’ll keep having rebounds, then isolating, starting up, getting sick, then isolating again.  It’ll be cyclical until we allow the healthier population to develop antibodies to the virus.  Denmark, Austria, and others are recovering, and they weren’t isolating.


FINDING PEACE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CORONAVIRUS STORM                                          By Ana Maria Blevins April 10, 2020

We ended up in the ICU with one of our children during the Coronavirus lock down. The week before, I had been having rapid heartbeat and chest pain as the spread of corona virus disease and failing economies were becoming a daily reality.  I knew that God was in control, and I knew that hard times would come, and that even at the end of the world, Jesus Christ said there would be calamities. But facing a worldwide pandemic and the response that has isolated everyone in their home, and has brought nations’ economies down to their knees, was overwhelming and felt kind of like a sucker punch. If I, as a believer in the god of Abraham Isaac and Jacob, the Bible, and The God who has all power and authority, have been shaken, I can only imagine how those who have no connection to eternity are feeling.

In the midst of this wave of ominous fear and uncertainty, we went into the epicenter, the center of healing, the hospital. We were assumed positive of the Covid-19 virus, until negative test results could be obtained, and we were quarantined in an ICU unit that had negative pressure. The air we used was removed from the building as if we had something very dangerous and very contagious. Our guide into this journey into the epicenter was a most considerate, diplomatic, and professional nurse, named Phillip. He guided us into using the very stringent protocols, understanding our roles in health safety, and recognizing our rights as well. He was seasoned, and extremely knowledgeable, and yet very gentle. So did God put an angel named Philip there for our child and for me? Surely he did! We could not leave the room, except once to get my medicine from my car in the parking garage. We had to observe the strictest measures. I had to stay donned, with the gown, mask, and eventually a face shield, and gloves. If I pulled a curtain around my child, and I was outside of the curtain, then I could take off my personal protective equipment, PPE. We tried to visualize that my child was disseminating viruses, or more helpfully, “glitter”. The glitter was all over her, and we had to not allow the glitter to get on me nor the staff. I could only take off my mask to eat and drink. If I wanted to talk to the staff, I would signal to them through the glass wall, and they would slide the door open. I had to stand on a certain square to assure that I was six feet away from the opening. Someone had to observe me when I left the room as I followed explicit guidelines on doffing or removing my PPE. The bathroom held the room’s cleaning supplies, which weren’t allowed to leave that ICU room. The last day we were there the guidelines had become even stricter, and we tried to keep up with the changes.

So Phillip guided us as we experienced what it was like to be considered dangerously contagious. We got to see firsthand how somebody feels who has a microbe that can imperil the people around them. We also got to see how well staffed the hospital personnel were, how caring, and how responsive. We were thrilled to learn that our hospital had developed its own Covid-19 test, and our child was a grateful recipient. Many hospitals are developing their own tests, so our Arts and Technology nonprofit, rejoices in this initiative and success! Our test results came back negative right before surgery, so we were allowed to step down from the world of high alert pandemic protocols to the everyday protocols with our garden-variety microbes. What a relief. Our doctors and nurses were amazingly reassuring and comforting.

God took us into the center of the storm, and we were so blessed to feel his presence, and to see him moving through other caring and dedicated professionals, who have studied and trained to care for people. After the hospitalization of our child, coming home, I no longer had chest pain nor a rapid heartbeat. I can empathize with so many people who have been completely rattled, and are having to face our mortality, which our modern world has been removed from in many ways. In spite of the invisible ban, or spirit of the age, that has directed people not to take faith seriously, and not to consider eternity, the spiritual climate has really changed. Uncertainty rules, and this storm is revealing how strong of a foundation our individual houses, our lives, are built on. Praying that we will build our house on the rock, the rock of Christ and faith in God, the god of the Bible. And if we have built our house on a shifting foundation, that we will get up and move and relocate very quickly! And build a new house on the solid rock of Jesus Christ. He is the way the truth and the life. He is Love, and He never changes. Ask Him to come live in your heart today.

Ana Maria Blevins is the wife and teammate of Lyle Blevins. They have six other teammates whom they birthed, but hopefully they would’ve volunteered if they’d had a choice. Lyle and Ana Maria enjoy faith, the Arts and Technology, and love to see hearts touched and transformed by God’s love.




THE Neighborhood DRIVE UP ART GALLERY – A Roadside Exhibit of Artwork for meditation, rejoicing, and salvation.


Like the stations of the cross, or the Via Dolorosa, 12 paintings are exhibited along the length of a neighborhood block. They are displayed on easels or are large, supported canvases. God’s glory is the focus of the show, with the 12 events in Jesus life communicating God’s identity, heart of Love, and His plan for salvation in His son, Jesus Christ.
As many are reaching for connection and food for the spirit, the drive up gallery offers nourishment and rebirth to the individual ,and the family whose lives are relegated to their homes and their cars during this worldwide shutdown.
Each exhibitor station, is surrounded by lights and decoration, and invites joyful communion with the Lord. The last exhibitor station invites the viewer to receive the gift of eternal life. There is an exhibit with the animals rejoicing at the empty tomb.
Exhibit 1 is Jesus being born in the manger
Exhibit 2 is Jesus teaching in the temple
Exhibit 3 is Jesus healing the little girl
Exhibit 4 is Jesus casting out demons
Exhibit 5 is the Last Supper
Exhibit 6 is praying in the Garden
Exhibit 7 is Jesus being sentenced
Exhibit 8 is Jesus caring the cross
Exhibit 9 is Jesus nailed to the cross
Exhibit 10 is Jesus taken down from the cross
Exhibit 11 is Jesus in the tomb
Exhibit 12 is Jesus resurrected
The opportunity to display original works gives modern audiences the opportunity to experience new works by 21st and 22nd century artists. The good news of Jesus, the gospel, transforms the participants as they’re introduced to the life of Jesus through visual experience of experiencing God’s glory.                                                                        Your original artwork may touch hearts at this time of the Resurrection.  To make your pieces available for the Neighborhood Art Show, please share your original signed artwork with a watermark to be removed later. Providing an artist’s bio with your full contact information, website, or social media allows buyers to find you and order your work.  The prints would be supervised by our family and our neighbors, and would be protected from the elements. We would have liability insurance for the drive-by Art Show as well.                                                                                                                                      The Neighborhood Art Gallery will be available digitally also.                                        Churches, organizations, and individuals can hold Neighborhood Art Galleries per agreement with ReVIVAissance.  If you would like to make your original artwork available,  please submit a high resolution digital image with a watermark, with your bio, statement of your piece, and price for prints or originals, and all your contact information. Canva.com is a fantastic graphic design website that you can use for your documents so they can be more visually attractive on the sidewalk and enhance your original artwork.                                                                                                                          Email to parentingcreatives@gmail.com.  For selected images we’ll contact you and ask you to remove the watermark, so we can print a large image (possibly 16″x20″).   We’re approaching team members for possible support that will provide funds for the artists.  We’re starting out on a volunteer basis, but are developing the business mode. Would you be willing to donate your art for the promotion that it’ll receive on social media?  Thank you for your gifting and for responding to God’s calling on your life.  He is Risen!

Creating a Virtual Real Community

3 Keys to a Caring Virtual Community of Faith

  1. Start with 2 seasoned individuals who can connect and communicate with the members through the day in real time; Their interaction can model the DNA of the community.  Their warm faith and bible focus, encourages positive and caring interaction.  They can redirect any less than positive conversations.
  2. Add others in the network, and they may invite their family member or a friend at a later point.  Share prayer requests, humor, (really important), slice of life, parenting, bible, concerns…
  3.  Members tend to respond throughout the day.  The leaders must enjoy interacting with people and being responsive throughout the day and night as their schedule allows.  Most people respond in about an hour.  The virtual network really has become the heart of the community, especially in the pandemic shutdown.


  1. Guidelines


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Preparing for the Virus Epidemic, with faith

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My friend, a Speech-Language Pathologist, is well-versed in disease prevention in her practice with young children. She and her husband, a pharmacist at a large, national pharmacy, made the following recommendations.   “He has been talking a lot about the coronavirus, and this morning he told me that we need to stock up on a month’s worth of supplies (food, toilet paper, laundry detergent, soap, etc) and be ready to not be able to go out in public for a month.  He said that we’re seeing cases double rapidly and this virus is lasting longer than the flu (2 weeks). Even if you have had the flu, you will not have immunity from the coronavirus unfortunately. He believes that within two weeks from today (about mid-March) we are going to have a giant outbreak of cases.”
“I have heard that wearing masks is not helpful”, she continued, “unless you’re around someone who has the virus or if you yourself had the virus. Masks are largely unavailable but I did find some washable masks online. Today I went to the store and was unable to purchase large hand sanitizer containers but they did have some small ones.”
“Some of this is hype from the media as we often see with any outbreak”, she feels, “but I bought things that I know I can use anyways, just in larger quantities.”
So the worst case scenario is that the virus is novel, new, and more powerful than previous viruses, drawing comparisons to the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918. (1)  This from a health professional who shared this video by a Dr. who just traveled to China and witnessed the epidemic firsthand.
The big question is what are the motivations of different organizations and individuals?  Praying that the Lord would lead us to good information.
The rising spring temperatures may weaken the virus (2), as viruses flourish in cool temperatures according to Dr. Figueroa of Richmond, Va.
Would you use a natural remedy that might help prevent or lower the severity of the illness?  No guarantees, but there’s a bit of history. It’s about onions. (3)
(Snopes dismisses it, but they’ve shown bias in the past, and where did they get their authority from?)
Prayer. Rejecting fear and panic, God says to ask and we will receive.  He does intervene in our lives, right?  Remember Ben Franklin’s speech?  And personally, my toe was healed after 18 months of pain, and an accident, when our prayer group prayed for me recently.
So, the conclusion at this time is that the number of cases on the East Coast may increase, even drastically, in mid March.  Public health concerns most likely will dictate closing schools and other highly populated venues, even up to a month’s time.  Preparing for the worst is indicated, if for no other reason, than the closing down of public places to contain the spread, but the warmer temperatures may weaken the Corona virus.
Our family’s chronicles contain surviving Hurricane Fran in North Carolina in 1996, so we are canning meat in the case of unforeseen complications due to the population being home bound for a long period of time.  Think of the slowed internet on snow holidays.  Hopefully, our prayers and the warmer weather will see us through and we’ll be able to celebrate Jesus’ Resurrection together in a few weeks.
Prayerfully preparing.
(3) http://www.theeasyhomestead.com/use-onions-to-fight-off-illness/