Imperfect Elections to Perfect Results?

I read an interesting article in the Huffington Post the other day.  It stated that Representative Glen Thompson (R. Pa.) was going to vote for Trump, despite the recent conversations and allegations of sexual misconduct against him.  Representative Thompson said his wife pointed out a fact to him.

“Her explanation to me was that God takes the imperfect and makes perfect for His purpose.”

And that is so true.  Look at Moses who was a murderer, and David who was adulterous and then a murderer to get the wife of a friend. And those are just two very flawed humans from the bible, who God molds into His purpose. But don’t be led to believe God overlooks those imperfections either. Usually in order for them to worthy, God has to raise them from the ashes in the bottom of the barrel of life.

Now, I would like to throw a monkey wrench into Representative Thompson’s wife statement.

The same words and theory can be applied to Hillary too.  God could take her greed and self-interest serving self,  throw her to the bottom of the barrel and roll her around and grind her into ashes.  And then raise Hillary up to fulfill His purpose.

Maybe that is where our statement, “What’s good for the goose, is good for the gander,” developed.  And certainly God does not discriminate on who is ash worthy.

So, now we have two disgustingly imperfect human beings running for President.  Both stinking with bad decisions and flawed lives. Which one is ash worthy and which one is just slime lining the barrel?

I don’t know, do  you?

And I am about as sick of politicians as I am of this election process.  It has been filled with bribes, lies, lewd swipes, and probably a few butt wipes.  Sorry for the last comment, but I have come to view all of this as I would dog poo on the bottom of my shoe.

There is an answer though.  And it came from Jesus.

Jesus’ answer for the politicians in his day is just as good of an answer for today’s politics.  When the Sadducees tried to ensnare Jesus in a trap by asking if it was right to pay taxes to Caesar; Jesus had the perfect answer.

“Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”

Basically Jesus meant that if your faith is in God, then you owe everything to God. And if your faith is in Caesar (government), then you owe everything to Caesar.  It all depends on where your faith lies.

And I know exactly where my faith lies; God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit!

So as long as I believe God’s promises for my life and the lives of my children and grandchildren; everything is going to be fine.  For God has brought me through the fires of poverty, refinement, persecution, and my own bad decisions.  Each time raising me up to what He wants me to be and do.

Whether we have a good leader or a bad leader, God is always in control!  My faith is in God for our country to have a miraculous turnaround. Not in man.

Where does your faith lie?

Once again, my answer is prayer. May I suggest that as you pray, believe in God and His will for your life and the lives of all the people of the world. For this is but a brief moment in time here on earth, because our eternity is with Him.

God Bless You!

God Bless America!

Christian Persecutions

You know, it does not seem long ago that being a Christian in America was not a bad thing.  And then, the wind changed as evil swept through our country.  But what are we being persecuted for anyway?

Our CEO perspective on church attendance? (Christmas and Easter Only)

Our treatment of others as Jesus treats us?

Our non-judgmental attitudes because to judge others means we can be judged by God in the same perspective.

Yeah, right.

Now, if we were persecuted because of our steadfast love of Jesus Christ and our relentless efforts to seek and know Him, while treating others with the same love He showers us. Then maybe, we would experience overwhelming joy when we read the last paragraph in Matthew, Chapter Five.

The words of our Lord Jesus Christ…

“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who  were before you.”

Blessed, oh how blessed we can truly be, if we are true to Jesus!

So how can you look around and blame the fact that Christ has been taken out of Christmas and the family homes in America; for the destruction and chaos that has replaced Him? When we allowed it to happen!

The hum of the world was too alluring to our senses, our pride, and the way of life we thought we should lead.

If you want to change things, you had better clean your ears out. And change your daily ways.  Only then will we be able to put into motion a better tomorrow for our children.

Try attending church on a regular basis and join in the activities. Treat others the way Jesus treats you with love and forgiveness. And don’t judge a person or situation when you have not walked it too.

Then, when we are persecuted for being a Christian it will be a joy and honor!

God Bless You!

God Bless America!

No Truer Words Were Ever Spoken.

No truer words have ever been spoken in the history of man nor will they be in the future.  These words are eternal!

So I give you Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

"Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek,
for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure of heart,
for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called the children of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

God Bless You!
God Bless America!

Take The High Road

The next section in Matthew is Chapter 5, The Beatitudes.  The Beatitudes are blessings and my study bible describes it this way…

“Blessed here refers to the ultimate well-being and distinctive spiritual joy of those who share in the salvation of the kingdom of God.”

The Beatitudes are connected to Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.  Whether this is from one sermon or a compilation of sermons is not known. But before we start to examine each one, I want to talk about what Jesus is calling us to do.

The Sermon on the Mount is Jesus’ call to His followers to live a moral and ethical life. An almost unattainable moral and ethical life.  Some say it is describing life in heaven and is unrealistic for life here on earth.  I say it is Jesus asking us to try.  For in trying we become the better person, He knows we are inside.

Would Jesus dislike us for failing? No, I do not believe He would, but I do believe He would love us even more because we did try life His way. Jesus knows how imperfect you and I really are, and He loves us anyway!

So, in every situation in our lives, we should always try to take the higher road.

Next week when we start the Beatitudes, examine them carefully.  Figure out the adjustments you need to make in your life and try.

God Bless You!

God Bless America!

News Travels Fast

News by mouth today, travels faster because of the internet.  Hearing becomes posting, tweeting, and pinning. Some news is instantaneous, which would have taken months or years to circulate back in Jesus’ day.

And this is the case in Matthew 4:23 – 25.

We are told Jesus traveled throughout Galilee preaching and healing every disease among the people. And it spread like wild-fire! People were bringing themselves and others to Jesus to be healed.  Matthew tells us…

“Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and the region across the Jordan followed Him.”

Talk about Mr. Popular!

Can you imagine the excitement of seeing someone truly healed by Jesus? Just His very touch was holy.  I would have loved to have been there, bringing the people up to Him, passing out water, or just being in His presence.

The very magnitude of what was happening is almost unimaginable!

That is why, I get so upset with these ministries and preachers whom I call snake charmers. They prey on the vulnerability of our weaknesses and sicknesses. And then ask for money in return.  I don’t remember any of the Apostles asking for a donation before bringing people to Jesus.

I could not ask for one dime if God decided to use me as the vessel through which He would heal others.  Could you? The very privilege of God thinking I am worthy enough for Him to use me to help someone in their sickness, is overwhelming.

I even feel guilty about charging for my Christian children’s book.  It took me years until only a month ago, to apply affiliate marketing to my Christian website and blog.  I felt it was wrong somehow. And before I did, you bet I prayed a lot!

Snake charmers must sleep better than I do.

When you come across a group, a ministry, and or a person wanting to heal or lead you to Jesus for money, pause for a moment. And remember the crowds who came to Jesus for healing. Jesus healed them out of pure love without strings attached.  If there are strings, there is no God in it.

Just a note.  I am not talking about supporting a ministry in their outreach program.  Reaching the masses these days can be an expensive undertaking. Just use the discernment you have through the Holy Spirit.  Then you will know what to do.


God Bless You!

God Bless America!


The Sweet Fragrance of Love

I want to share with you a dream I had the other night.  And it brought 2 Corinthians 2:15 to life for me. For those of you who will say that it happened because I read or was studying 2 Corinthians, nothing could be farther from the truth.  I am working on the book of Matthew right now.

“For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.”

In my dream I was sitting on a couch sectional which was U-shaped.  There were two other, older couples each one in an area of the U. Our conversation was about my father.  They had known him and wanted something of his to remember him.

I found myself handing each of them items, that I have no clue where they came.  We talked a little about the items. And then I was handed a many-colored striped shirt, almost like those flannel coat-shirts you see in hunting magazines.

Immediately I said, “Oh, no I can not give this shirt because it reminds me of my father, it smells just like him.”

For those of you who know me, know I can not smell anymore. The auto-immune disease along with the numerous facial surgeries has destroyed my sense of smell.  Even in my dream, I thought it was odd for me.

Then I buried my face into the shirt, and took a deep breath.  I so wish the internet had smell-a-vision! For it was unlike any smell which I retain within my memory bank.

The shirt smelled fragrant, but not overpowering; warm, gentle, pleasing, and full of love.  The next breath I breathed deeply into my lungs.  My body was filled with the warmth and love of the fragrance. I was so happy, with a happiness that comes from another dimension.  And I knew it was Jesus!

I woke up praising God and dancing around. Jesus just sent me a love note to remind me that even in sorrow and difficult times He is there with me!

Oh, I know the scientific minds will equate this to missing my father and my brain working it out.  But my heart knows my brain had nothing to do with this, Jesus did.

And that is why I am sharing a bible study starting with Matthew.  I want people to realize that with a good study bible, God’s word can come alive in their lives.  You can have an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, with Him as your bride groom.  Even when you think you are going through the worst moments in your life, Christ is there. Hold on to Him tightly, and He will see you through.

My earthly father told me a week before he went home (passed) that there were moments in his life he thought were so bad.  But they were all good.

Jesus Christ wants to do this for all of His children. We just have to let Him.

If God would grant me one wish. I would want everyone who reads my blogs to leave with the fragrant smell of Christ lingering in their nostrils!


God Bless You!

God Bless America!


To The Protesting NFL Players…

The freedoms we possess in the United States of America,

does not mean we are allowed the freedom of disrespect.  Joni Berry

I am passionate about the words I recently wrote concerning our freedoms.  And I think it should include all people and all things in the United States.

Including the NFL players who are sitting during our national anthem. I would like to recommend Viktor E Frankl’s book, “Man’s Search for Meaning,” for them to read.  In it he states that “no one has the right to do wrong, not even if wrong has been done to them.”  And what these players are doing by disrespecting our national anthem and flag, is wrong. Because they are also disrespecting the fans.

I also use Frankl as an example because, if anyone had the right to do wrong, it would be Viktor E Frankl.  He was a survivor of the Nazi concentration camps during World War II. Frankl was violated mentally and physically in every unimaginable sadistic way, only to come out of the camp to find his bride had been gassed. His family was gone.

Instead of disrespect and destruction Viktor realized that it was by looking to the future, where real change and survival can be created. For this was how they survived the camps. Not by sitting on a bench turning into a pillar of salt! Because those who sat in their huts and bunks, died. And you, sitting NFL players could be killing your own careers.( Just a thought.)

In a simpler statement, change comes from moving forward and doing.

Now, I know somewhere in your minds, you truly believe you are bringing awareness to the problem.  But I will have to pop your disillusioned bubble, and tell you that awareness of the problem was started back in the sixties. What you are doing now, is like spitting in the wind with it only to splatter  back on your face. Instead, what you should be doing is to take the awareness, run with it, and be the change!

Move forward and do.

Now, for those of us who have been in the inner city trenches, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, abuse shelters, and ministry outreach;  we view the sitting as an example of apathy and child-like attention grabbing. You want to do something, but you don’t want to get your hands dirty. So it is easier to sit.

And the message which you are sending to the American kids is that to create change all they need to do is sit, pout, and be disrespectful. Instead you could be promoting change, by being living, active examples within your communities.

So, I challenge each one you who sits that if you truly desire change and not attention, then you put your money where your butt is now. Start an inner city fund among the athletes to promote education, small business, and  a way out of the poverty and drugs. Join the local police and ask “How can I help you to bring this community together?” Give the kids positive, hard-working examples to immolate.

And remind the world, that when much is given, much is expected in return.

For, it is one thing to talk change, but it is another to walk the change. It takes courage and ambition to create honorable change, along with a humble spirit. Which might be too far away from the spotlight for you.

Still, I challenge you!

Because if you continue to sit, maybe the time has come for the hard-working American people to show you change. Those of us who will never know in our life time, one year of your salary.  The no bodies, who are out in the trenches trying to make a difference. And buying the tickets and merchandise your franchise sells which affords you, your luxurious lifestyle.

We could start our own boycott of your team, your stadiums, your apparel, and the companies and media outlets who endorse you.  And with social media today, a bunch of no bodies could take a chunk out of your pocket-book and the NFL.  For someone who loves her football teams, it will be hard.  But because I am someone who loves and respects what her country stands for, it will be my mission.

So, if you think sitting is a protest, wait until you see us, standing Americans, protest with the boycotts.  Because we are sick and tired of you multi-million dollar athletes being cry babies!  The privilege you have been given is not one you deserve, proven by your actions.

(I do need to add a note…I know there are teams who are not sitting. And I also know that my two teams, Houston Texans & Carolina Panthers, create change within their communities. Except they do it the honorable way God tells us to; without bragging or attention. So to those teams, I say “thank you!”)

Remember, I challenge those of you who are sitting, to stand and be the real change in America!

I hope to see everyone standing this Sunday.