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Sobering Storms

Lady Liberty before the storm

My thoughts today are sobering. It could have hit us. “Sandy” could have turned sooner and bombarded the south but she had her own plans.

As I view photos, live video’s of families removed from rain, flooded homes and observe the massive destruction, I thank God for his mercy.

However, that doesn’t let the rest of us off the hook. The storm is representative of all of us who live in America.

“Sandy” is an open alarm system; the culmination of other warnings we have already experienced.

What is it going to take to show American’s God is still on the throne?

Abaco, Bahamas

The level of anti-Jesus oration has brought to this nation one disaster after another. We have no one else to blame but ourselves.

However, a major turning point drawing us further into crisis mode was the announcement by the President accepting Gay marriage. No nation has survived under the legality of homosexuality. The “abomination” God calls it in Leviticus 18:22 still stands.

It is a choice just like drinking too much alcohol, smoking, or committing adultery. But, like certain other evils it leads to so much more evil. Anyone who submits to such a lifestyle is opening the door to reprobate.

In my blog posts I have been speaking of the 3 major issues God is judging America for right now. Besides, homosexuality is abortion and Israel.

Crisfield, MD

God hasn’t changed his mind. The Bible hasn’t been re-written to approve of gay marriage, or abortion. And God holds Israel so close to his heart he will never allow her to be taken away from him.  Why do you think Israel has survived generation after generation?

“Sandy” is one more effort the enemy has pounded on this soil. The list is long of the wickedness and destruction imposed by a lack of morality. We left God on the shelf, removed him as our authority as if to glean self-imposed entertainment which is now our idol.

Carolina beach

God didn’t take too well to the man-made graven images built by the Israelites while he and Moses had a long talk. Why should he treat us any different now? He has been replaced and he doesn’t like it.

Impatience breeds more impatience. If God doesn’t show up on our schedule, then why not find something or someone who will? Sorry, he won’t go for that.

If you haven’t woken up to the truth, WAKE UP!  Personally and this may be selfish, but I don’t want to have to suffer because the sins of idiots out there want to party and act like fools. We are not here to be entertained, join “occupy wall street” or change the constitution.

Kill Devils Hill, NC

We are here to serve God as disciples for the nations.

God has royally blessed this land. We are the envy of the world. We are also quite spoiled by the riches given to us. The riches God has bestowed upon us are to share with the poor, needy, and impoverished along with his message.

Yet, in our egocentric, self-indulgence we have misused, abused and taken for granted the wealth and generosity of God.

Folks, we have to get a grip on this. The “Sandy’s” of the world are not fun and games. And right now we need to pray she doesn’t have a brother.

Belington, W VA.

permalink  Sandy is nothing compared to the Spiritual Storm ahead by Lyn Leahz




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In light of Hurricane Sandy we pray Heavenly Father for protection, safety and provisions for all in the path of this storm. We pray for aid to support those in need during and after the storm passes. We thank you Father for watching over our nation during this very important time in history. In Jesus name. Amen

I have a bad habit of thinkin that some of my thinkin is just me. You would think after so many years of thinkin it might be God I would get my thinkin straight!

How did you like that one?

When I first heard about “Sandy” the unwanted visitor ramming her way up the East coast, my “thinkin” was, “is this the October surprise I have been reading about?”

Of course, as usual I laughed at myself for “thinkin” such a ridiculous thought.

As the up-to-date mortal that I aim to be, watching the news/ weather lately has been foremost on my mind; partly due to where we live. Actually it is a “given” here living so close to the coast.

But….before the storm became the monster she is, I listened to a long prophecy given by John Paul Jackson.  This was like last Friday. I found his 2012 prophecies he gave in January of this year of all God has told him for the future.

Ironically or not, one of the main prophecies was hurricanes would be so huge they would form up to 500 miles in width. Ugh….”Sandy” was larger than that wasn’t she?

We have had high winds, it is again very cloudy and ominous. From Washington, DC to Columbia, SC is 483 miles. From Rhode Island to Columbia is 874 miles.

Then, as I was reading the “Reader” a dear friend blogger posted the latest from Joel Rosenberg.  Ah – ha! That was it!

The following is the link to Lyn Leahz blog;


Evidently God has shown numerous other prophets about this “October Surprise.” Not giving any indication of the surprise itself, my “thinkin cap” began to roll out different scenarios like:

Jesus is coming back?  No….there is more to be fulfilled

Not another terrorist attack

Party at Chucky Cheese


Super storm-hybrid winter storm-nor’easter?

Whoever thought up this combination of names should be a meteorologist, weather-girl, weather-guy, storm chaser, hurricane specialist, etc.

Now I am not one who believes in “coincidences.”  This storm is no coincidence. Actually and I know no one was here to hear me say this, but I thought out-loud if that is possible, “Is this really heading near Washington?” (Friday)

I first heard of an “October Surprise” many months ago. Maybe it is me, but I have always thought of a surprise as something like a present, cake, chocolate brownies; ok. Enough of that. A surprise to me is good? Fun? Happy day?

“Sandy” is not a happy day. Or fun. She has barreled her way through many homes, businesses, schools, churches and the livelihood of great Americans.

Now, before I read Joel Rosenberg’s blog on Lyn’s blog, I had already thought the same things he wrote like:

It means for the first time in 27 years Wall Street closed unplanned except for 9/11.

“Sandy” is a storm that has hasn’t happened in the lifetime of most of us.

The Weather Channel has seen most possible weather formations; but never one like this.

The off possibility a hurricane and a nor’easter running into each other? At the exact same day and time? A week before the most important Presidential election in history?

God has allowed “Sandy” to pay the East coast of America  ( the original 13 colonies) an undesirable appearance.

God allowed a hurricane of substantial strength at the end of October end up near Washington, D. C.

God allowed a nor’easter to come down from Canada and merge with “Sandy” and shut down the Federal Government.

Are you thinkin what I am thinkin?




An Act of Deceit behind the Horror

The following is my take on an article about the Libya attack and the father of one son who was killed that day.

The article link can be read in its entirety here:

Tyrone Woods


As a parent I cannot imagine not knowing what happened to my child if they were attacked, mobbed and shot in another country. As a neighbor, church friend or acquaintance to many in our military this unnecessary act of evil strikes home with me very hard.

Charles Wood, father of Tyrone Woods-ex Seal who was killed in Libya wants the truth about what really happened to his son. And why wouldn’t he?

Except he isn’t getting the truth; instead he has received forced apologies, insincere thoughts and distasteful rhetoric from the Obama Administration.

He is proud of his son who is now a hero. He died trying to save the lives of others when he didn’t have to. He rushed to the Consulate hoping/believing our government was finally answering their calls for back-up; help that never arrived.

Mr. Wood describes the killing as a “murder done by those who made the decision to withhold aid for months prior to the attack. And then they lied about it.” Of course the CIA denies the claims they ignored the requests.

Interviews with Mr. Wood revealed his meetings with the President, Vice President and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.

The Secretary of State put up a front; and he saw through her lie.

The President looked over his shoulder as if to forego any eye to eye contact. The apology was insincere, and he described shaking hands with the President “like shaking hands with a dead fish.”

The Vice President could not have been more disgusting.

Character is important to America.

Integrity was valued.

Decency upholds the moral codes of our country.

Honesty is the backbone written by the Founding Fathers.

The men and women in our military are trained by these doctrines. Their lives are built around these core principles.

The negligence of our leaders reveals none of these attributes. Sadly, their true nature was lit by a dim light of lies, covering up a lack of ingenuity to do the right thing.

In order to keep it quiet to the American people, they did nothing. An act of prideful campaigning that backfired. The cost was votes from those who might disagree with aiding their own in a battlefield of horror.

Getting re-elected was their post; their badge of honor. But next, to redeem themselves from the chorus of backlash, deception became the order of the days to follow and weeks.

This is an inexcusable defamation fabricated to save the souls of the White House.

For the Wood’s family they wait for answers.

How do they go on? The deserve closure.

Since the leaders of the free world aren’t capable of giving him genuine and forthright apologies, the least they could do is set the record set. He wants the truth.

And he wants to hear it from the President.






The Proverbial “I told you so” Moments

Mom: “He isn’t right for you. Even your friends have told you this.”

Daughter: “But mom, he really cares about me. I know he does.”

Mom: “A man who wants to control you does not care. You are a possession to him.”

Daughter: “Oh, mom he doesn’t mean it that way.”

Mom:” Yes, he does. You need to listen and break this off.”


Friend: “You are my best friend. I care about what happens to you. These so-called co-horts you have adopted are involved in questionable activity. Don’t you see this?”

Best Friend:” Oh, no they aren’t. It isn’t criminal. They are just goofing around.”

Friend:” No they are not. If you are with them when they get caught, you will get into trouble also.”

Best Friend: “You are always so cautious. Take a risk!”

Friend: “I am concerned you are going to really mess up here. Please stop hanging around them for you own good.”

Sound familiar?

How many of us are bombarded with others informing us of our wrongful path?

Let me count the ways…..

Mine are numerous. Unfortunately what we don’t consider when listening to constructive criticism are the consequences that follow “ignoring” the truth.

God speaks through other people. Friends, family members, acquaintances.

“But it isn’t what I wanted to hear.”

Of course not! We want to have our fun; believe we are correct.

We know what’s best for us. Not my relatives. Or friends. Or God.


“But what if I am right?”

Do you want to risk it? Is it worth the suffering if you are wrong?

And what about those around you? How will they be affected by your unyielding, cantankerous decisions?

Regard your choices as priorities.

Remember it is not all about you.

Your preferences influence the lives you cherish.

Our hearts may be reputable; but God wants obedience in how we pursue our goals.

If our goals are not his desires, then he will surely let you know it. I speak from the proverbial “I told you so” many times.

Finally I learned that no matter what the need is I take it to God and ask him to lead me to do his will.

The repercussions of avoiding his guidance simply aren’t worth it; not due to the pain of it all as much as he will always come through with the best for us.

Isaiah 55:8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.

We tend to believe God will take something away, not perform to the ability that we think we can or forget an important part of the need at hand. How arrogant is that?

The pride of it all lies within the goodness of the hearts motives. The idea that “I want to do this my way” is a Frank Sinatra bombshell. It doesn’t work.

Our methods are often tiresome, long and rocky; the battlefield is wide open for any and all of the enemies’ dozens to infiltrate and block your course.

Believe me, if you want to do it your way, God will let you. He always allowed me to crawl around on all 4’s, scraping and scrounging like a dog in the dirt after a bone ending up long after he had already arrived.

Lifting my head off the muddy mire I created for myself, his eyes glowed and his smile was almost a laugh as he would speak,” See, if you had done this as I told you to, your path would have been much shorter, neater and successful.”

The matter of pride is not one God will disregard. He churns it out of us little by little until the cross is above us.

He builds us a casket and fills it with our “prideful sin”  allowing us to shovel the dirt to cover it.

As his love envelopes us, he buries the casket below his cross and says, “Go now and sin no more.”





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“Oh, the Weather Outside is… Hot?”

Yes, the weather outside is……balmy for this time of year.

No wonder we have the potential for a hurricane. The warm waters of the Atlantic have churned up “Sandy” which simply put will “cause a horrendous mess.”

83 degrees is our high today in the southeast. Average high is 74. I happen to love this weather! However, it feeds the works of a natural disaster waiting to happen.

Living in the south near the coast of anywhere down here around Florida to Texas, being prepared for storms of this kind is a way of life. We don’t take it for granted but through experience have learned many lessons.

Hurricane Alicia: 1983 Coast of Galveston, Texas: last storm to hit Galveston

Hurricane Hugo: 1989 Coast of Charleston, SC This storm blew inland 200 miles all the way to Charlotte NC/ estimated damage: 7 billion dollars

Hurricane Andrew: 1992 Devastated south Florida with estimated damage: 30 billion dollars

Hurricane Floyd: 1999 was labeled the “Storm of the Century” dumping up to 30 inches of rain from the coast of NC to New Jersey.

Hurricane Katrina: 8/23/05: New Orleans, LA to date the most costliest storm and natural disaster in US history at 81 billion dollars.

The chatter among folks in our area remembers Hugo. Hitting Charleston with a feverish blast it rammed through SC into my parents backyard 200 miles inland to the NC/SC border. 16 trees knocked down in the back and that didn’t include the huge one that fell on the car. Without power for a week, family members and friends who had power opened their showers to those who didn’t like cold water.

Altering the landscape of so many areas, Hugo is a grim reminder of what could still be for those of us who live on the east coast.

We are entering one of the most important eras in history. There are 5 elements of change on the horizon; Spiritual, Government, Economics, War and Geo-Physical.

In many ways these are already in place. Geo-Physical events or the definition is: physics of the environment of the earth such as fields of meteorology, oceanography and seismology.

Prophetically speaking natural disasters such as earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes and tsunamis will be increasingly prevalent. Seismologists have been reporting for years we are overdue for the big one: earthquake.

Every time there is an earthquake the earth tilts. As with volcanoes erupting, these forces change the weather patterns such as the “jet stream.”  Ocean waters will warm causing hurricanes 500 miles wide; this has nothing to do with Global Warming.

The Fujita Scale which measures the damage of tornadoes will have to raise its numbers as these storms increase intensity.

Due to these phenomena the physical shape of the United States will change.

As Christians we need to be aware of the future and that we were chosen to live in such a time as this. I believe there will be prosperity for God’s people, but the environment will at times wreak havoc.

Now as Hurricane Sandy approaches, the path I would like her to take is a sharp right turn, east out to sea. The key is to be alert, prepared and wait.

Isn’t that what God has told us to do anyway?

Acts 17:16 “From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.”




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News for the Soul or Whatever

I have a difficult time keeping up with my own life, much less what is going on in the world of communication. Below are a few worthy news stories:

Lance Armstrong botched up bad

Baby Kiko

New baby Giraffe named Kiko: Greenville Zoo

Donald Trump screams his own headline

“Jack” the cat escapes again

Eva Longoria: looking for love in all the wrong places

Justin and Jessica finally in marital bliss; she wore pink

Clark Kent quit the “Daily Planet”

“Sandy” is now a hurricane similar to the “Perfect Storm” of 1991

85 mph is now in Texas

Beluga Whale sounds like a human

Normal or Nuts? Dr. Keith Ablow

Sainthood for New York nun

“Noah” updated

Man shows up for his own funeral

Russell Crow is “Noah?”

Parents post “goofy” photos of themselves on daughter’s facebook page as punishment

Take a ride in the sky! 62 miles up; 2 hour trip on Richard Branson’s
Spaceship Two” for a measly $200,000.00!

Unmanned machines: The military’s robots

Royal Wedding in Luxembourg; somewhere in Europe

Gas Prices drop 12 cents in one week in SC; still not below $2.00 a gallon

Homeless man wins $200,000 Lottery

The Woolly Worm

Local grocery store stops selling sprouts

35th Annual Woolly Worm Festival held in Banner Elk, NC;
Worm races: winning worm wins $1,000.00

NC Pastor delivers sermon from new roof

Lost Elmo returned to 5-year-old

Will Tebow be traded? Oh no!

Be careful what you eat; what is in your seafood?

Apple’s IPAD Mini: fits in your hand for a small fortune

And then there is James Bond, my favorite in the new movie “Skyfall” in US theatre’s November 9th.

So, there you have it. What could be more important?

Oh. Kim Kardashian’s latest fashion mistake.

Luke 8:18 “Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they think they have will be taken from them.”





A recent article about Fox News read:

“I mean you have to do that because you have to please the Fox News listeners in order to win the Republican primaries, which means you’re getting, you’re working with people who are ignorant.”

Who is she calling ignorant?

She must be speaking about someone else. I am not ignorant. I am a college graduate; just don’t ask me to do any Math.

Neither are the folks at Fox News.  Has she read the bio’s about the women who work at Fox News? Surely not because she would find none are ignorant. In fact they are quite educated, well grounded, and talented. Oh, and BTW many are confessing Christians.

I can help her with this. Go to Google; enter in “Fox News Channel Biographies” and you will find a list of their broadcasters and an in-depth perspective on their accomplishments.

I have been trying to figure out why liberals think Christians/conservatives are ignorant.

Are we lacking in education?

Are we a little slow getting on the elevators?

Do we exhibit ignorance in our behavior?

Christians don’t have to be educated to be a Christian.

The man slowly walking on the elevator has a knee problem. See his cane?

A Christian isn’t perfect, so our behavior at times might be considered questionable.

Jesus was the most intelligent human that ever walked; did he go to school? College?

What about his protégé Solomon? He asked God for wisdom.

The definition of ignorance: a lack of learning, knowledge or information.

My thinking is people who don’t really believe in Jesus don’t want to think he was smart. Giving him that much credit would change everything. And Heaven forbid that would happen.

Matthew 13:53-56” When Jesus had finished these parables, he moved on from there. Coming to his hometown, he began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed. “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?” they asked. “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? Aren’t all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?”

Maybe it’s me; if Jesus is so intelligent; outwitting the hypocrites, the bigots and imposters why do so many disregard him?

Proverbs 15:32 “He who ignores discipline despises himself.”

Oh, they don’t want to be disciplined. Wow. People are allergic to themselves?

No wonder our country is full of disdain and loathing.

You can’t give away what you don’t have.

If you find yourself distasteful, I guess everybody else better move out of your way!

Proverbs 9:10” The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

That second verse is another reason this country/world is full of hostility and enmity.

If you love the Lord, you will desire to know him and his word. In turn you get smart!

There is no substitution for God’s wisdom.

His wisdom wins wars.

His knowledge wins elections.

His understanding opens cold hearts and mean spirited oppressors to the love of God.

All I can say is I must like myself a lot more than I thought. God won’t let me out of his classroom! LOL!

I am a professional student!

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Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/10/22/on-cnn-informal-obama-adviser-professor-claims-fox-news-audience-is-ignorant/#ixzz2A8WBk4q8






Mr. President, “You are not another Moses”

For some time now it has bothered me the adulation given to the President. He is our President, not the “Anointed One.” Sean Hannity has long presented him in that rhetoric since the President himself along with the media has all but considered him a modern day Moses or “Deliverer.”

I have news for you. He is not the Savior. 2 articles lately concerning his podium have referenced him as such. Do they read the Bible? Apparently not or such descriptions as Alex Wagner, an MSNBC host said, “Obama isn’t a typical politician. He’s running for office as a “higher calling.”

“When President Barack Obama and others on the left are not busy admonishing the rest of us to be “civil” in our discussions of political issues, they are busy letting loose insults, accusations and smears against those who dare to disagree with them.” Thomas Sowell

What? God is in charge of governments and no one will take his place. If these people weren’t so clueless, they would know speaking such blasphemy is against all that is Biblical.

And then you have Chris Matthews of MSNBC, claiming it is unconstitutional for anyone to challenge President Obama. I wonder if he is referring to any President or just the present one. Was President Bush ever challenged?

4-5 years ago, many in this country were looking for a hero or rescuer for what they interpreted to be their “own rights.” Out of the blue walks this senator from Chicago. Dressed in his charm and wit, he was catapulted to the top. Before Hillary knew it, she was being challenged!  So much for your theory of “no challenge” Chris Matthews.

The sad issue remains that many were soaked into this scheme that this new President would save the world. Promise after promise he made, and promise after promise he has broken.  I am still waiting for him to close Guantanamo Bay prison.

The truth is had President Obama been a God-fearing man, he would never have accepted the anointing placed upon him by human standards. No one, no human could possibly do what people were expecting of him; yet he did nothing to erase that stigma. The media and many left wing liberals decided to position him almost above the law to get what they want.

As a result, you have a broken country full of people who are disappointed, divisive to the point of losing friends and disunity. So, the cliché phrase,

United we stand, divided we fall” has been set in place. In my lifetime, this country has never been so divided, and I have been here a while.

What do we do now? Who is to blame?

If you ask a liberal, it is the conservatives fault. If you ask a conservative it is the liberal’s fault. Independent’s blame both.

We are all at fault for allowing this great country to submit itself to the themes of evil. Had the church done what God meant for it to do, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

God is God and there is no other. The iconic presence of this President reminds me of the idols the Israelites built of gold while waiting for Moses to return from the mountain. They just couldn’t wait. They had no patience. So they built substitutes for God; hmmm…who does that sound like?

You shall have no other gods before Me” Exodus 20:3

While waiting for the “Anointed” one to return, our country decided to get their own! I cannot include myself in this group as I did not vote for President Obama. Somehow I knew it would turn out dangerous; and it has.

Unfortunately, the gift of a lifetime has been used selfishly, miserly and even recklessly. Behind the podium of freedom have been those who wish to promote themselves instead of the good of the people. The Puppet Masters have used the highest office in the land for that which God never intended.

If there is one lesson I have learned about God is he is not willingly to share his throne. And by all standards he should not have to.

No human can come close to doing what Jesus did for all of us.

And that makes him the true “Anointed One.”




Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/10/19/msnbc-host-obama-answering-to-higher-calling-by-running-again-romney-just/#ixzz29xT5hNMu


“Spreading the Wealth” or “Spreading the Gospel”

The “Spread the Wealth” idea the present administration has attempted to entice the nation to accept is not Biblical.

Praying seriously about the state of our country and this election for the last year, God finally revealed to me what I needed to know.

I have found the more I “pester” God about an issue the more he reveals to me. However, many prayer requests remain on his cherry wooden desk waiting on his response.

Maybe he needs a better assistant.

A few weeks ago I received an Absentee Ballot due to circumstances surrounding Nov 6th.  Knowing God does not want Christians to vote for anyone who actively opposes his Biblical references, is not only a vote against God, it will in turn declare an unrighteous position on the voter that automatically affects our country.

The issue of “Spread the Wealth” program was one of my many “questions for God.”

God knows the hearts of people and how much we want to help others.

The programs already administered by the government like welfare, food stamps; WIC, Medicare, etc. are given out by citizens who qualify. The funds are collected in taxes. What happens if the government is broke?

No problem. Raise taxes.


I feel better now.

Governments who continue to seize taxpayer’s money will eventually be given more control.

So the people the government says they want to help end up with less because there is no more money from the taxpayers……

I wonder if the government is going to take from the homeless what they don’t have.

Oh. They took it from me when I was a single mother, who worked while half dead for 12 years. We barely had enough to eat but they taxed me because I had a job. Therefore, forget giving me food stamps or WIC. I didn’t qualify.

Somehow that wasn’t fair to me or my child. I should protest.

God in his infinite humor loves to entice me with his clever devices of announcing himself. As if he is playing a game, I am chasing after him through the mazes of his word so I CAN HAVE SOME PEACE!

Besides my marathon running after him, he thrives on NEVER DOING IT THE SAME WAY TWICE!

The following is his plan of equality written centuries ago that our government has shoved out the door.

1 Corinthians 8:13-15 “Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. The goal is equality, as it is written: “The one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little.”

That’s it folks; plain and simple. We help each other willingly as we have so that when we need, others help us.

You ask, “Isn’t that what the government is doing?”

Giving is opposite of taking which is the government’s idea; not God’s.

God’s heavenly bank is always overflowing. Governments were not created to be a source of income for everything. Taxes are specifically for building up a defense to protect the people and infrastructure.

James 1:27 “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

The above verses spell out that equality is the church’s job, not the government. When God is in charge, you won’t get ripped off.

As we have, we give.

The more you give, the more abundance will flow into your life so you can give more….. 

So here is a little quiz: if God controls who our leaders are and we only have 2 candidates, which one speaks from a Biblical standpoint? The following are a few of the major differences in the two candidates.


President Obama: For: abortion, gay marriage, defense cuts, raise taxes, national healthcare, more spending (no budget)

Against: support of Israel, Keystone pipeline, drilling on U.S. soil,


Governor Mitt Romney: For: Support of Israel 100%, strengthen defense, lower taxes, balanced budget, cut spending,

Against: abortion, gay marriage, Obamacare, illegal immigration.

The question you should ask yourself is do you vote your opinion of what you think this country needs or God’s point of view?

If you aren’t sure, maybe you should ask God what you should do. And if you are sure, check with God anyway; he likes that.





Merciful Audacity

“Hey you? Over there…move out of my way.”

“What? I’m sorry. I didn’t realize I was in your way.”

Yea, you are. I don’t have time for this. Move!”

Hustling to move, the person in the obvious way who didn’t believe they were in the way, is wondering what they did wrong.

“I sure don’t want to make them any madder.”

The amount of space was plenty for them to get through. Why would they be so mean, yelling and screaming at me? It doesn’t make sense.

Proverbs 29:11 “A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.”

Ever find yourself in this dilemma? Which party of the play are you?

We all have different personalities. God created us to be unique.

But what if your uniqueness isn’t so unique? What if you took that uniqueness and squandered it into an attitude of anger? Or bullying?

Have you been around or are you the kind of person who blows up at the least little mishap or conquest? Are you justified in your annoyance of what others do or say? Are you easily sent into a fury of rage or throw a “temper tantrum” because you feel you have the right to do so?

Well, get over it.

Anger: A strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure or hostility. Anger creates an unpleasant build up of pressure. The process one takes in a sudden burst of losing control is looking for a fight. Relief is quick for the person angered, but may lose a lot in the process like friends, husbands, wives, etc. Also is the damage to one’s health.

Justified anger: Is anger that is fair and reasonable. Jesus employed “justified anger” in the temple. He had the right to rid the money changers from his Father’s house.

Years ago, in serious Marriage Counseling with a Psychiatrist, I discovered God had gifted me with long-suffering/mercy.

During many sessions, the doctor told me I had the ability to PUT UP WITH DIFFICULT/ANGRY PEOPLE!

Giving it a name or description aided in my desire to learn how to use it correctly.

The down side is people take advantage of those who possess the quality of benevolence or goodwill.

Softheartedness or compassion is mistaken for debility or feebleness.

In my case at that time, I was seasoned in passivity to keep the peace or abstain from bickering or altercations. My intentions were admirable; but born out of fear.

A pattern began to emerge as years went by. Growing firmer in my faith, spending time alone with God and simple maturity benefited me by teaching me how to apply this gift.

No longer was I going to allow others to use this blessing as a point of contention.

Instead, it would become a foundation of audacity and fortitude with God as my shield.

Yes, you can be merciful and durable while in the midst of anger thrown at you.

You can be compassionate, yet solid in your stance of love in the face of bitterness.

Goodwill and a soft heart can reveal tenacity and stability as hate filled words surround you.

When the evils of rage and fury provoke, allow God to ignite the flame of graceful valor to release the calming peace of the Holy Spirit.

The expanse of time compounded with the hot coals of life’s adversities has yielded in me a backbone waiting to found.

This process is a daily walk with God. He is training me to combine mercy with his intellect and wisdom; his power with diplomatic leniency, and the Cross of Christ as the steady anchor of my sympathetic soul.

God can use merciful qualities for the good of his kingdom without having to fight a war every time the battle lines are crossed.

Who knows; maybe I won’t cry watching Hallmark as often now.

Side Note: I want to thank Marie, of Denim Devotion for shedding light on this delicate subject and waking me up to the truth of how God has worked in my life. There are many women who suffer at the temperaments of anger lashed out at them every day for the blessing of mercy God has given them. You don’t have to. Marie agreed with me, I was as wrong for allowing it as they were for doing it. Please check out her blog at: http://denimdevotion.wordpress.com/2012/10/15/31-days-shut-it/

Anyone who has been affected or experienced the abuse of anger, please get help. God wants to set you free as he has done for me.




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