Lest We Forget…

The wind whispers across the land.

“Show me, show me, your blood soaked hands.”

“Hands that were stained throughout the years,”

“From battles fought and graveside tears.”

“The soldiers who fought here, were oh, so true.”

“To the flag of the red, white, and blue.”

“So tell me about the high price that each one paid,”

“And show me the bloody mud that each one made .”

Now the land began to angrily roll and shake,

How dare the wind think liberty was a deadly mistake!

“Well, if you will stop blustering all around my land,”

“I will tell you what is really in this sand.”

“Yes, I felt the weight of their bodies and knew each one,”

“As they laid here dying, knowing their mission was done.”

“For in dying their blood was a dark crimson red,”

“But in death, their blood was just as my Father had said.”

“White, I tell you, as the pure driven snow,”

“And He met each one of them here, I want you to know!”

“For there is a special place in heaven for those who fight,”

“To preserve the Truth and the freedom of Lady Liberty’s light.”

“And maybe the world should see my blood soaked hands,”

“To remind them of what they owe, every military woman and man!”

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If I Can Dream

Well, would you say America has now hit rock bottom? I would.  We are being pelted with one thing after another and there is no logical end in sight.  It took years for us to get here and without real change it may take centuries for us to dig our way out.

But there is hope! Hope for a praying nation, ready to humble themselves and start again. Elvis sang a song in 1968 which I believe sums it up.  The words are…

There must be lights burning brighter, somewhere 
Got to be birds flying higher in a sky more blue 
If I can dream of a better land 
Where all my brothers walk hand in hand 
Tell my why, oh why, oh why can’t my dream come true, oh why 

There must be peace and understanding, sometime 
Strong winds of promis that will blow away 
All the doubt and fear 
If I can dream of a warmer sun 
Where hope keeps shining on everyone 
Tell me why, oh why, oh why won’t that sun appear 

We’re lost in a cloud 
With too much rain 
We’re trapped in a world 
That’s troubled with pain 
But as long as a man 
Has the strenght to dream 
He can redeem his soul and fly (He can fly) 

Deep in my heart there’s a trembling question 
Still I am sure that the answer gonna come, somehow 
Out there in the dark, there’s a beckoning candle 
And while I can think, while I can talk 
while I can stand, while I can walk 
While I can dream, please let my dream 
Come true, right now 
Let it come true right now 
Oh yeah

Division Not Allowed, Our Brothers and Sisters Need Help!

As I watch the news reports on Moore, OK, I can not imagine the insurmountable pain this community is going through.  I will say that we are not promised a trouble-free life, but we are promised to never be alone.  God is with us!

Isn’t it funny that not even division, scandals, poverty, or destruction can keep Americans from helping one another.  We pull together like puppies snuggled under their mother’s warm belly, to find our security and purpose again.  Our strength comes not from our own knowing, but from knowing Jesus as our Lord and Savior!

Race, culture, age, and monetary status are only piles of dust blown away, because what really matters in life has now become crystal clear.  Love! Jesus tells us we are to love others as He loves us.  And, how does Jesus love us?

He died an excruciating death nailed to a cross for our sins.  And when we come before God, Jesus stands in front of us!  God looks through his perfect, sinless Son to see us.  We are holy!

We could never, ever reach that level of love for our fellow-man/woman.  But we can try.  Moore, OK; West, TX; Boston, MA; hurricane Sandy Victims, need help now and for a long time to come.  Pray, donate, and pledge to give your time.  Where there is need and want, there is a place for someone or someones to find their own purpose in life.

Moore, OK…God is with you and so are we, the American people!

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Racism Amid Washington Scandals

While Washington is struggling to keep its head above water with their bombardment of scandals, some news reporters and high-profile individuals are throwing the race card into the ring.

Really? Must we go there?

When people do not agree with these individual’s opinion or viewpoint, we are called racist.  Or they utilize religious beliefs for a superiority angle in their preposterous rants, claiming to be better Christians.  Seeing them purposely throw our country back to the same mistakes of forty years ago, for their own personal gain, is sickening.

I have begun to wonder the amount of evil and angry division America can take, before she splits into the Divided States of America?  Will she be the place where mafia style government ensues, and hate becomes the premise for every action?  While the cries of the people are continually muffled by political agendas or monetary gain.

One of my favorite movies is Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner with Sidney Poitier, Katherine Hepburn, and Spencer Tracy.  It addresses racism, then and now, in a very pointed and thought-provoking way. And, I believe the truths spoken in this movie will never, ever be outdated.

So, Reverend Sharpton, take a line from Sidney Poitier’s character, when he is addressing his father and their differences.  Sidney tells his father, “Dad you think of yourself as a black man.”  He pauses and goes on with, “I think of myself as a man.”

Can you feel the magnitude of power in those two statements?

Statements which would benefit all of us, when referring to ourselves.  Now, I would reference myself as a Christian, who happens to be white and female. How would you reference yourself? And Reverend Sharpton, Alan Colmes, and Chris Matthews, how do you reference yourself? What moniker labels are you proud to wear? Would hate mongering be one of them?

And if that was not enough in the movie, watch Spencer Tracy’s speech at the very end.  For in the end, he reminds us that all that should matter is love, not a pigmentation problem! Love for one another.

Funny, but I think Jesus states this fact in Matthew 22:36-40, when asked which commandment is the greatest one?

36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Before you start calling names, wouldn’t it be more prudent to come together to figure out solutions?  Yes, our President has a situation which may lead him to the same situation as Andrew Jackson, Richard Nixon,  and Bill Clinton. If the decisions, that were made, had been backed with love for your fellow-man/woman, would  we be here now?

History teaches us that power-hungry politicians, leaders, and hate mongers usually end in ruin.  Their legacy is one of infamy and ridicule.  My fear is they don’t care, because they can’t see past their own blinding egos.  And then there will be no United States of America, home of the free and brave, for my grandchildren and yours!

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Hear no Evil, See no Evil, Speak no Evil

As our government gets hit with another questionable act of mis-management, or illegal mis-management, however you want to view the situation, we, the people, get the monkey’s response.

Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil.

They did not know what was happening.  Just recently heard about it. Or utilize some outrageous excuse to explain and place the blame anywhere else, but on themselves.

So, who the heck is running this country?

Because obviously, our executive, legislative, and judicial branches are lost in some disillusioned fog.

I will step out in faith and suggest a lighthouse beacon resolution, in the hope that maybe they can steer our country back to greatness. Now pay attention juvenile monkeys, pull your hands away from your eyes, ears, and mouth.  Focus on the light as it goes around and around, drawing you into safe harbor. Come on, it won’t hurt.

The first and most important step is God!  America needs to be a Godly country again!  When we had God, we were strong and prosperous; now we have evil and we are weak and flailing.  In Nehemiah 9:11-13 we are reminded how God can lead you out of bondage and into the promised land.

Nehemiah 9:11-13
11 You divided the sea before them, so that they passed through it on dry ground, but you hurled their pursuers into the depths, like a stone into mighty waters. 12 By day you led them with a pillar of cloud, and by night with a pillar of fire to give them light on the way they were to take.

The next step is the truth about Benghazi, IRS profiling, and AP records seized.  A lot of decisions made in a moment of bad judgement can be rectified by “I take the blame and I will right the situation to the very best of my ability, I am sorry.”  For, is that not all we can ask from human error? A culture perfect in decisions, and lifestyles would have no need for government or forgiveness. In the bible we are reminded about the power of truth.

Psalm 43:3
3 Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell.

And lastly, your job is to unite this country, not to divide it into pieces of despair and poverty for the sake of power to bolster your egos.

I leave you with two famous quotes from President Ronald Reagan

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.

I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there’s purpose and worth to each and every life.

Benghazi, Fact or Fiction

Benghazi was a huge screw up at the highest level of our government leaders.  Since President Obama already got re-elected, how would telling the truth hurt him now?  The American people seem to chew and swallow all of the crap that he has slammed down their throats thus far.

Middle class Americans believe he is actually a member of their class, especially when Obama attacks the rich.  Americans believe the deficit does not matter, healthcare will be better, and terrorism is on the run.  Oh, yes and the Boston bombers are self-radicalized.

The President has great job security! I do not envision Americans getting too outraged because four people were killed in Benghazi.  We are already giving our government every other right we have, why not the right to choose who lives and who dies? Oh my, that sounds like God!

And if it was not the President who dropped the grenade, then the only other person is Hillary Clinton.  Republicans wake up!  Hillary wants to run for President in 2016, and you can put the squeeze on her.  With no love lost, between her and the President, who better for her to throw under the blown up embassy, than the President.

I say it is time for some behind doors negotiations.  A race to see who can get their version of the truth, out to the public first! When Obama or Clinton, wipe the pooh from their shoes on the other’s face, we will have a real American hero. Or at least that is the spin someone’s press secretary can use.  And don’t worry about the loser.  They will come out smelling like a…well, Americans always repay the defeated double.

Televangelism, The New Six Figure Career!

The other night, after trying to sleep and could not, I finally gave up the fight.  Then I did what all of the experts say you should not do…turned on the tv. I channeled flicked my way from one end to the other and decided to pause on the religious channels.

These televangelist must have shared notes, because they all spoke similar messages. Some even believed what they were saying was true.  Their one theme was telling you how to give your money to them, which in turn would bring about blessings in your life.  Now let me clarify this statement in televangelism land.  If you give your money to them, this will create a movement, in the universe, and money and blessings will be sent to you.  Huh? Before I start getting hate mail, I do know some televangelist are true to their Christian beliefs.  This group was not!

Not one of them had the courage to tell the truth.  I think I would respect them more if they said, “Send me money, so I can continue to support my family in the multi-million dollar lifestyle they deserve.” And in defense of some, they said they would send you their book or cd for your money, as a gift.  So, I guess every time I give Amazon.com money, they are sending me my books as a gift from Amazon!

As I continued to watch, I saw another group of televangelist, who had the “guilt trip” sermon down to a fine art.  In Zechariah 9:12 we are told, “Return to your stronghold, you prisoners of hope: I promise this very day that I will repay two blessings for each of your troubles.”  They utilized this scripture like it was the holy grail for them.  Their perfection of the strong-arm method of “inferring”, actually said, send me money and your troubles and debts will be repaid double by God. Can you imagine someone in the grips of despair hearing this?  Scraping together every last penny and waiting on something miraculous to happen.

The true meaning is not material blessings but spiritual blessings.  The first part is about turning away from sinful life, and turning toward God and His ways.  As Christians, we are told we will have troubles in this life and it is how we face each one, that will mold us into better human beings.

Now, I know operating these ministries comes with huge expenses and I say God can provide.  It would really be a miracle to see one Televangelist step out on faith.  He/she would not preach or ask to be sent money from their viewers, instead they would become true servants of Jesus Christ.  At the end of their show they could put up the address of their ministry.  Nothing else! If God truly supported what they are doing, don’t you think God is  powerful enough to encourage people to send them money. I believe God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and is everywhere at all times! Yep, I put my trust in God.

So if you have a life full of despair and bad decisions, don’t give up and don’t send your money to people you do not even personally know!  Find a bible based church, go to the Pastor, and say “I need help!” He/she will take it from there and in one year from now, you will be amazed at your joy filled life!