Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Uncommitted Thoughts...

Reflections at Deibert Park, Florence, AL

On the RNC…
It was nice to hear Jesus mentioned on television on Monday...even if Mark Burns was a little unpastorish when he forgot that our war is not against flesh and blood.   I coined the term "unpastorish," but I won't accuse you of plagiarism if you use it.

I lost respect for John Kasich because of his absence at the convention in his own state.  I was also disappointed with the Bush family and Mitt Romney for sitting this convention, and possibly this election out...but Mitt disappointed me some months ago with his negativity.

Ben Carson was great last night, as was Chris Christie.   I never did like Chris Christie...but I thought he did a good job of pumping up the crowd.   Tiffany Trump did a great job, too.  I was nervous for her, but she pulled it off nicely.   Sheriff David A Clark also had a rousing speech.

I haven't watched every minute of the RNC...but Fox folks are driving me bonkers cutting in and talking over the speech givers...that's what they did to Tiffany, so I didn't get to see all of what she said.   And why can I not bear to look at/listen to Megyn Kelly?  

On Melania…
The speech!   Is it just me, or is there an awful lot of attention on a few similar statements in Michelle’s and Melania’s speeches?  Making such a huge deal out of a few general sentences reflecting what most people feel almost sounds like a diversionary tactic, doesn't it?  There are real issues in America, let's talk about important things, not just a few sentences out of a great speech.  This morning, the spin is starting again with DT Jr's speech.

On Michelle…
Did she really coin any of that pep talk from 2008?   Before MO, nobody ever said "Work hard for what you want?"  "Treat people with respect?"  "Be willing to work to achieve your dreams?"  And no one ever said anything about passing your own values on to your children?   Before the video that is now making the social media fast track, I had never heard a word MO’s speech, and I’ve said similar things myself…I’ll bet you have, too.   

Chris Matthews…
"That woman" has a name, it's Patricia Smith, and her son lost his life in Benghazi.  Her speech didn’t ruin anything, Mr. Matthews.  Aren't you ready to retire yet?

On what is really important:
We all have to decide for ourselves what’s more important to us…but as a woman and as an American, I cannot fathom why anyone would ever vote for Hillary Clinton, much less a professing Christian.   I am fully aware that HC supporters feel basically the same way about DT.  

On Donald Trump…
I have never been a fan of The Donald.  I didn’t watch his show, and I’ve never followed his story.   When he first announced his candidacy, I rolled my eyes and laughed it off.   I didn’t vote for him in the primary.    But now…he has my vote.   I believe he is receptive to prayer and Godly guidance.  Like I said, we all have to decide what’s important to us, and that is very important to me.       

On Mike Pence…
My little bit of research on him gives me a first impression that he is a good VP choice. 

On the election…
Trump will win by a landslide.




Friday, July 15, 2016

Friday's Committed Thoughts

From Opryland Hotel, Nashville, TN
While the enemy has the free world arguing over whose life matter’s more, God is saying, “Children, draw near to Me.  Seek Me first.  Love your neighbors as yourselves.   Treat others the way you want to be treated.  Forgive.”

I feel compelled to bring this up because it is so important, though it is nothing new.   Not everyone claiming to be a Christian is, in fact, saved.  False teachers are always popping up, and they are well-followed.  If what you are hearing causes even small red flags to wave, compare what you are hearing with what is in the Bible.   And if it doesn’t line up…no matter how “good” is sounds, shake the dust off your feet quickly, and shun the very appearance of evil.   Not every Bible-quoter is of a pure heart, and often they twist the words just enough to make it sound enticing.  Know the Word well enough to not be drawn in.

Conversely, Christians make mistakes, say the wrong things, take the wrong action…sin.  Yep.  We sin.  And it normally doesn’t go unnoticed.   Forgive others, forgive yourselves, and get in your closet for alone time with God…wherever your closet may be…and we may find ourselves making fewer mistakes and bad choices, and choosing the right way over the sinful way.  

You will not convince anyone else that you are right any more than they will convince you that they are right.   We are living in a world where people are confused and deceived, and they do not care about truth or facts.  We can’t fight that…and the battle isn’t ours, anyway.  Don’t allow yourselves to be drawn into arguments over whether or not black vs blue vs all lives matter…or any other current social debate.  Don’t allow the stench of the world to envelop you.  Just don’t go there…no matter how hard it is (and keeping our mouth closed can be quite hard at times).   You have to remember that when people aren’t seeking truth, truth will make them mad.  It must matter to us, though, and the one who can pour out Truth is the one we need to be talking to…not the one who is convinced you are a bigot.

We have an election coming up.  It’s going to be a very volatile time in our country, even more so than it is right now.   We need to start covering the election in prayer, and I cannot stress the importance of it enough, my Christian brothers and sisters!  This may very well be our last chance for our country to remain free.  The devil really is seeking to steal kill and destroy us; and in our mortal bodies, we are useless to fight him, and the greater masses of our population are standing with the devil, not with God.

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly placesEphesians 6:12

I am not telling you who to vote for…a Godly person already knows who NOT to vote for.   So while we are praying for an honest and fair election, let’s cover Donald Trump in prayer, as well.   And why stop with him?   Pray for all the candidates…from the local ones all the way up.   This mission isn’t a minute or two a day project.   It requires a real commitment.   Are you ready to commit to prayer for a better, safer, great-again country?  

Wait.   Did I just suggest that a Godly person wouldn’t vote for Hillary Clinton?   Yes, actually, I did.  Someone needs to say it. 

Friends, don’t be distracted by the very things that are put in place by the enemy to divide!   America is in peril, and there is no need to point fingers and place blame on any one person or entity.   We must start doing damage control, and we start by getting on our knees and asking forgiveness.   And then we do those things He told us to do:  Seek Him first.  Draw near to Him.  Do good.  Love others.  Forgive.   It has to start somewhere, and it may as well be you and me.   We cannot change others, but we know the One who can.   Pray, Friends, pray. 

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.  With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.  Ephesians 6:10-18

Huntsville Botanical Garden...I think!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Good News in the Midst of the Bad

I resolve to pray more and complain less.

We are told in Hebrews 4:12 that the word of God is living and powerful (alive and active), piercing even to diving soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and that it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.   Did you ever wonder what would happen if Christians put aside their own ideas and traditions, and began memorizing and reciting scripture?   Would the Bible regain authority in America?   We cannot deny that God’s word has not only lost authority, but it is regarded with disdain, mocked, and denied. 

It is a real problem in America that the church even agree.   It should never be the Baptists against the Pentecostals, and the non-denominational believers against the Church of Christ believers.   We are all the body of Christ, and it is vitally important that we come together as one.   Let me say that again:   We MUST come together as one to combat the evil that is spreading in our country like the fast growing cancer it is!

We want Americans to come together 
and accept each other’s differences,
Christians must do that all the more!

The general consensus among Christians is that America is going to hell in a hand-basket.   If we remain on the road we are currently traveling, no doubt America as we know it will be destroyed.   It does not have to be this way!  The God we serve is a forgiving God, and He is merciful.  It is my belief that America is still standing because there are praying people here…and there are nations under great bondage who have persecuted Christians praying for us.   Yes, that’s the truth.

 
I urge you to make your own individual walk with God stronger.  Draw close to Him, allow Him to draw close to you.   Make a real effort to read your Bible more.  Make an even bigger effort to memorize scripture and recite…out loud…scripture.  Words are important.  With words, Heaven and earth were formed, and the universe was spoken into existence.  The Word, His words…speak them out, often and confidently. 

If we really want to make America great again, we need to seek Him first…the rest will fall into place.  That, my friends, is the really good news. 

If you’d like a suggestion on a verse to memorize…start with this one:

Awake, you who sleep,
Arise from the dead,
And Christ will give you light.
Ephesians 4:14






Monday, July 11, 2016

Monday Musings: The Solemn Edition


I wrote this little poem, because my heart is grieved, as I'm sure yours is, too.    I don't really know what to say about all the death and turmoil happening right now, and I'm weary.   We can place blame, but that wouldn't change what America is at this moment.   Prayer will change things, though.  I'm praying for us.  I hope you are, too.

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Injustice in an Unjust World


The internet has the ability to make incidents and accidents instant information.   Cell phones and social media give us the opportunity to know the good and the bad…mostly the bad…immediately, and with live feed, we can watch it as it happens.  Trouble is, along with instant news comes instant judgment.   And by the time an investigation is completed and the facts are known, society has gone on to the next Facebook live feed, while careers and lives are ruined, and truth gets buried.

We do not have to look far to find injustice, it is everywhere.  A rapist is sentenced to six months in a local jail and three years of probation.   I saw a Facebook post that stated, “A black man is killed by police and media shows his rap sheet, a white man rapes a white woman and media prints his swim time.”   Could it be the white man didn’t resist arrest and didn’t have a prior record?   I talked about the injustice of the Brock Turner case HERE

Outside of America, a Saudi woman was gang raped and sentenced to 200 lashes and six months in jail because of Sharia law…a system that many Americans do not understand and are doing nothing to stop its progression in our own country.   
Our nation is divided because people have stopped demanding truth.  Our thinking has become so twisted that a woman who blatantly and repeatedly lies about her mishandling of classified information is a candidate for the highest office of the United States, with a sitting president endorsing her. 

Truth is nowhere to be found,
And whoever shuns evil becomes a prey.
The Lord looked and was displeased that there was no justice.
He saw that there was no one;
He was appalled that there was no one to intervene…
Isaiah 59:15-16

When America exalts lawlessness, lawlessness is what we will reap.  In a day were good is called evil, and evil is called good, how can we expect to reap anything but chaos?  The result of lawlessness reared its ugly head in Dallas last night.  

When a young man with long “rap sheet” is killed by police, the officer is convicted by society and media by a snippet of video, before evidence is collected and without an investigation, as in the case of Darren Wilson and Michael Brown.  When the investigation was complete, evidence supported the officer, America did not.   

I’m not saying police officers never commit crimes, some do, atrociously so; let them pay for their crimes…convicted by a court of law.  Before we condemn police on a snippet of video, let’s wait for the facts of the investigation, those pesky little details that paint the whole picture.  The truth involves way more than just highly publicized cases. 

Some interesting data:
According to the Washington Post, in 2015, there were 990 people shot dead by police.   Of those 990:

  • 948 were men, 
  • 42 were women.   
  • 494 were white, 
  • 258 were black.  
  • 172 were Hispanic, 
  • 66 were other/unknown.    
Let's talk about percentages...

Ten percent America’s violent crimes are committed by whites, who comprise 65% of our population.  African Americans disproportionately
commit more violent crimes, including murder (of which they commit nearly half), but 50% of those killed by police are white.
According to criminology professor Peter Moskos, of those killed by officers from May 2013 to April 2015, 49 percent were white, and 30 percent were black.  Moskos further points out that when the numbers are adjusted for the homicide rate, whites are 1.7 times more likely than blacks to die at the hands of police.
In an already divided nation, does a movement such as #blacklivesmatter help or hinder the racial tension?  What if a young black male who has already shown a flagrant disregard of the law (as evidenced with a list of prior arrests/convictions) feels empowered by the social hype and adopts the attitude that he doesn’t have to do what he is being told by law enforcement?  When he ends up lying in the street, was it because he was black, or was it because he didn’t obey a direct order from a police officer?

Could it be that when confronted by a police officer, if a young man, black or white, does what he is told, if he respects the badge and the gun, he gets to walk away alive and healthy?  He may feel disrespected, but he would be able to go home that night and live to file a grievance the next day. 

How about these young men…and women…respect the law of the land and not end up with a long rap sheet because they are busy being criminals?  Get an education!  Get a job!  Make a difference!  And stop lining up to be used by satan to help destroy America from the inside out.



I am not a Jesse Duplantis fan, and this doesn't have anything to do with
police or political issues, but I thought this was worth sharing:



More than ever before America needs Jesus.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Tuesday's Thoughts...



This year, it really bothered me to see “Happy 4th of July” instead of “Happy Independence Day.”    And people rarely say “Independence Day.”   I saw a video, and there are people in America who don’t even know what the significance of July 4th is…proving how important it is to say the words. 

In so many ways, America is in the toilet, not just headed there.   I am not saying we can’t be rescued from the sewer…the upcoming election gives us a choice to stay in the tank or make America a better place to live. 

I have heard people (mostly Christians) say they will not vote in November because they don’t like the choices, or they don’t want to vote for the lesser of two evils.  I read a sign I sure wish I had thought of:  “Not voting is not rebellion, it is surrender.”   Others have said they will vote Libertarian.  At least they will be voting.

Not voting for Trump is not really a vote for Hillary unless not voting for Hillary is a vote for Trump.  But people fought and died for the freedom of this country, and it is shameful that people will sit back and watch it go down the drain, and blame everyone else while we swirl downward. 

Christians are being told to “prayerfully consider” their choices, but I wonder if we understand what that means.   I remember years ago, a conservative was bashing President Bush.   I told him he would do much better to be praying for him than running him down.   His reply was that he prayed for him every day, then gave me a list of all the actions he prayed Bush would take…none of which were Godly choices.   Praying God’s will is not praying our own will. 

I know these next words will get me in “trouble” with some…but if a Christian votes for a person who supports abortion, whether it be in the first trimester or late term, I believe they should knock the dust off their Bible and read about life and read about what God considers abominations to Him.

Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

Psalm 139:13-16 “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.  My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.  Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”

The choice of when life begins and when it ends belongs to God, and He will demand an accounting of all life’s shed blood. 

In response to those who will demand that I take care of all the unwanted babies who are not aborted, I will point out there is a long list of parents waiting to adopt.  But let us place responsibility where it belongs:  If consenting adults want to fornicate, it is their responsibility to prevent unwanted children.

I feel it also necessary to say to those who have aborted babies…Jesus loves you, right where you are.  He still has a plan for you, and He is willing to forgive you.   Don’t let the past stop you from achieving your destiny, God’s purpose in your life.  



Monday, June 27, 2016

Monday Musings: The Countless Edition

Image from Pixabay.com


  • Countless are the times I said things I wish I hadn’t.  
  • Countless are the comments I didn’t type, and I’m glad I didn’t.   Ah, but countless are the ones I did type.  Nobody has all the answers; thinking you do might make you look a little trollish.   There comes a time when we need to learn when to hold ‘em and know when to fold ‘em…comments and comebacks, that is…not the Gambler’s cards.
  • The countless times I’ve thought of just what to say…after the fact.   It’s usually when I’m holding on to some unforgiveness, and having conversations with the offender in my head.   Forgiveness is always better than one-sided conversations. 
  • Countless times I’ve laid down a grudge only to pick it back up because of something said or done that reminds me that perhaps I didn’t forgive as fully as I thought. 
  • Oh, the countless fat grams, calories and carbs I’ve counted.   Countless more are all the ones I ate.
  • Countless blessings in my life…some I recognize daily, others I take for granted.   For those I take for granted, God forgive me.



Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another,
And the Lord listened and heard them;
So a book of remembrance was written before Him
And who meditate on His name
Malachi 3:16

Will the Lord write a book of remembrance 
on what I speak about today?  
Lord, help me be a positive voice 
in a dark and negative world.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Wednesday's Word


God will always help us.  In times of trouble and in mundane of our daily lives, He is our strength, and He is forever available to us.  When we call on Him, He is right there…He was there all along!

He’ll never leave us, and no matter where we go or what we do, He will not stop loving us.   He knows us…but loves us still.   We are His children, there is great joy in recognizing all the benefits of being His child.

Would you like to be free from the snares (fear, depression, oppression) of the world?  Look to things above and not on all the strife surrounding us.  Freedom comes from knowing Him and by no other way.


Monday, June 20, 2016

Monday Musings: The More Better Edition


Sometimes less is better…the older we get, the better our skin looks with less heavy make up.  

Sometimes more is better...there are times when those skirts really are too short.   When walking out of church and a small wind gust exposes your...everything...a few more inches of hem would have definitely been better.   Is that judgmental of me?  Don’t want to be judging others, you know, but I don’t want to see their hineys, either. 

Less social media is better.   Facebook is a colossal time waster!  (“Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in Your way.”  Psalm 119:37)  Some may say blogging is, too.  :::looking around to see who is agreeing with that:::

Speaking of social media…less politics is definitely better!  At this point, 97.8% of voters have made up their minds, and they won’t be changing them.  All of those political posts from questionable sites, and the rants from people who put stock in those stories…on both side…stop it!   If the story is sensationalized, exaggerated, or fabricated, just stop it!   Liberals and conservatives are equally guilty and equally stubborn.  (Disclaimer:  I made the 97.8% statistic up.  I’m only assuming the number isn’t 100%...or 110% if you count the dead folks who voted in the last election.)

Sometimes less government is better.   satan has worked long and hard for America.   With the last two elections, we nearly handed it to him on a silver platter.   I sometimes wonder why Donald Trump is being fought so hard.  When in history do you ever remember violence breaking out at a presidential rally repeatedly, as it is with Donald Trump?   A little unnerving, isn’t it?  Also kinda makes me happy to vote for Trump…not that he didn’t already have my vote because I sure won’t vote for HRC.  

Less Jeb Bush…why would a strong political figure publicly declare he would not vote in the presidential election?   Inappropriate and irresponsible!   Is he a little bitter and jealous, or is he and his ilk afraid that what they have made the Republican Party has been exposed, and people want their party back?   Someone needs to tell him to shut up…along with Lindsey Graham, Mitt Romney, Glen Beck and a host of other RINOs.     

Sometimes, less is better.  In this case, less is always better:  Weight.   Started a diet again today.  ::::Excuse me::: I mean I started a new healthy lifestyle.   Wish me luck. 





Be clear-minded and alert. Your opponent, the devil, is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.  
I Peter 5:8

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Tuesday's Top Ten: The "Just Don't" List


  1. Don’t leave conservative comments on liberal sites.  They don’t like that.   They write things in response that you won’t like, vulgar, classless things.   They want things for you that are worse than death.
  2. Don’t respond to people who just want to rile you.   I promise, you are getting more revenge by not giving them a reaction than anything you could say.
  3. If you need to vent…vent.   Do it in your car, tell it to God, say it to your best friend.   But don’t hold it in.  It may cause your eyeballs to pop out.   You don’t want that, do you?
  4. If your good friend needs to vent, let them.  Don’t keep cutting in with your own great advice (looking in the mirror as I type).  If they are venting about their loved one, don’t ever say anything negative about that person!   Just listen.
  5. Don’t tell secrets you’ve promised not to tell.
  6. Don’t keep secrets that will harm someone else.  
  7. Don’t be contradictory.   (I know.   I read the above two lines as I wrote them.) 
  8. Don’t spend your life not liking yourself.   If you’ve done terrible things in your past, ask God to forgive you, and then forgive yourself.   It doesn’t matter what you’ve done…it really is okay to forgive yourself, even if someone else doesn’t.  Pray for that person.  Learn to like you.
  9. Never hold unforgiveness in your heart.  God has great rewards for those who have suffered.   It’s called justice, and it’s mentioned over 500 times in the bible.   Justice and righteousness are the foundation of God’s throne.   Forgive that person who hurt you because God’s compensation for what you’ve been through outweighs the hurt you’ve suffered.  Only He can repay like that.
  10. Never think that someone got away with hurting you.  Even if it devastated your life as you knew and loved it, and they seem to be prospering from it.   God is not mocked, what we sow, that’s what we will reap.   The reaping won’t be pretty, either.  Don’t miss your compensation by holding on to unforgiveness.



Monday, June 13, 2016

Monday Musings: The Truth and Integrity Edition


Does integrity still mean anything? 

In a world where everyone is talking, truth gets lost amid the noise and distractions.  Truth is vitally important.   Our continued freedom depends on knowing it, and without it, we are in a very dangerous place!

Do we have a responsibility to fight for truth?   Though it may seem like a small deal, shouldn’t we demand truth even in the simplest of news reporting?   How about in the headlines?   The things we repost and share on Facebook or Twitter?   

What about in our everyday life?   Do we exaggerate a story or share gossip?  Matthew 12:36-37 reminds us that we will give an account for every idle word we speak, our own words will either justify or condemn us. 

Truth is absolute.  It is what it is.  Denying it won’t change it, and it cannot be altered to suit our lifestyle, just as the words of the Bible cannot be rewritten until we have justified our sin. 
If we had known the truth from our government about Islam extremists, would we be in a safer America today?  Would the fifty men and women killed by Omar Mateen in Orlando still be alive today?  I can’t help but think they would be.

The path to a better America has to start somewhere, it may as well be with you.  And me.  Truth and integrity should be important to all of us.   Be kind to someone today.  Don’t repeat gossip, listen more than you talk.  Make Truth a priority in your life.  And say a prayer for the families and friends of Orlando’s slain. 

Friday, June 10, 2016

Personal Responsibility: A Friday Weigh In...

No, I’m not talking about my weight, though I did see the lady doctor today (don’t think too hard about that) and she asked me how my diet was going.   I think we can safely assume she knew the answer before she asked.  She told me to start back on low carb today.   Today?   Isn’t there a law against starting a new life style on a Friday?   After listening to her run down the list of all the terrible things in my future if I continue to eat sugar, I realize I simply must take personal responsibility for myself.   Monday's coming.

Judge Aaron Persky.  Wow!  Two separate petitions with over one million signatures each calling for his removal from the bench.  Aren’t sure who he is?   He’s the judge who sentenced convicted rapist Brock Turner, a former Stanford star swimmer, to a mere six months in the county jail (to serve only three months with good behavior, and he will be in a protected area due to the “nature of his conviction.”)  He is scheduled to be released September 2. 

The light sentence was due in part to a presence of alcohol and lack of prior convictions.  The judge decided sending Turner to prison would have a “severe impact” on him.   Does it matter that the Judge Persky graduated from Stanford and was involved in sports?  Does it matter that Turner’s “twenty minutes of action” (how his father described the rape) had a severe impact on his victim?

The victim wasn’t careful with her own personal safety and drank her way into oblivion at a party where she didn’t know many people.  That gives no one the right to assault her, but it did open the door to her attacker, who dragged her unconscious body behind a dumpster and violently violated her.   It’s never a good idea to drink until you are at a pass-out level, if for no other reason that there are Brock Turners and Aaron Perskys lurking about.   She was allowed to address Turner in court, reading a lengthy statement to him, a statement so heart-wrenching, Vice President Biden wrote an open letter to her in response.  It was the first time I ever took Joe Biden seriously. 
Deception in America is rampant.  Is it any wonder that our youth are so mixed up and distracted?  

And these distractions?   Eleven children so far this year (which means since it got hot again) have died, having been forgotten in hot cars by their distracted parents. 

While the world is distracted by dead gorillas, six month sentences, our leaders, candidates, and the false teachers of the world are sowing dangerous seeds of untruth.

For they will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!  For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts,  always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.   (2 Timothy 3:2-7)


Thursday, May 26, 2016

What Should I Have Done?

Not so long ago, I decided to buy breakfast for a (handicapped) man who is always hanging around the McDonald’s I pass on my way to work, often drunk and often arrested, but not homeless, to my understanding.   I had a cold bottled water and an Egg McMuffin for him.   When I handed it to him, he thanked me…but told me he wanted coffee to drink.   I was on my way to work and a little later than I wanted to be, so I told him the water would have to do.

But yesterday was one of those situations when I didn’t know what to do.

I pulled up to the Wok and Roll, next to the same McDonald's mentioned above.  There was a young guy with his dog sitting against the wall behind the speaker where I placed my order.   He immediately asked me to buy him some food.    I had no problem with that.   I asked him what he wanted, and he said an egg roll.  I ordered him two egg rolls and a drink.   Then he started asking me for several other items…things I didn’t even see on the menu.  

That’s when I didn’t know what to do.   So I ordered him two more egg rolls and rolled up to the window to pay for it.   I told the cashier to put the egg rolls in a separate bag for the guy outside.   She told me others had bought him some food, and that she would make sure he got the drink and egg rolls I bought for him.   I hope she did.  I feel pretty certain the employees chased him off, because they said something about him “still being back there.”   Then I felt a little guilty, like I had tattled on him and he may have no place to go if they chased him away.

What would you have done?

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tuesday's Political Thoughts


This phase of political unrest sweeping across our country is a bizarre time indeed.  We have a generation of extremely self-centered people who fully believe society is indebted to them, and they are unwilling to let opposition have a voice.

But I can sense a growing hope in the midst of the chaos, proving that we aren’t going to hell in a handbasket just yet.   I worry, though, that the people who are weary of Washington so desperately want change that they are putting their hope in a man who is, after all, a mere mortal like the rest of us.  Placing all of our confidence in another human being usually garners disappointment. 

What did we learn from recent history?  I remember eight years ago, then again four years ago, when America was promised change, and voters chose our current administration.  We did see change.  It wasn’t the change most of us wanted, but it was definitely a change…almost a revolution, in fact. 

Something I didn’t expect on the democrat front was the opposition to Hillary Clinton.   The biggest surprise from the democrats, however, was their support of an admitted socialist.   I never dreamed Bernie Sanders would still be in the democrat race, just as I didn’t think Donald Trump would be the frontrunner for the Republican Party.  

I halfway expect some nasty late surprise, in either or both parties.   It would be a foolish gamble, I believe, but the insane choices of the people we have elected to office is disturbing.  

Definitely unsettling,
this peculiar phase in political America.


I comfort myself by remembering God really is in control.  He’s God, you know.  He hears the prayers of His people, and His people are praying.  The remnant.  For the sake of ten, my friend.  


Monday, May 23, 2016

Monday Morning Musings...The Dreaming Edition


Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains

I dream big.   Daydream, that is.    My night dreams get wild.   The other morning when I woke up, I realized I’d just been working on Donald Trump’s campaign.   Sometimes I am glad to wake up.

I don’t snore.   Ole Boy argues about that.   He snores, that’s for sure.  He says I don’t “snore bad,” but I do sometimes.   I decided to try one of those Breathe Right nasal strips while on vacation.   It’s hard to explain what happened that night, but I will try.  I was having an extremely intense dream, and while in my dreamstate (a word I just made up according to spellcheck) I knew I was dreaming, and was trying desperately to wake myself up.  I was thrashing about and moaning loudly in my dream, and according to Ole Boy, in reality, as well.

I didn’t put the nightmarish dream and the nasal strip together until sometime later when I tried the strip again at home…and the same thing happened.   I’ll just snore (but not bad), thank you very little, Breathe Right/Wrong.

My daydreams?  They are so vivid and detailed I don’t even know my own self in my day-dreamland.  I’ve written several books in my head from my fantasies, but since I am AADD and a procrastinator, the real book I have started only has around 5,000 words written.  I need around 45,000 more.   Go me!