The Morning After

7 Nov

I began this blog to try to express the reasons why I felt that we needed to elect a new president of this country.   And now that we have failed to do so, I will attempt to explain what I think we need to do to prepare for the coming crisis in the United States.

If you watch the news broadcasts on TV, you  may have seen, a few months ago, a clip of Barak Obama speaking with a Russian diplomat when they thought their microphones were turned off.  Mr. Obama said that after this election that he would be “freer” to do what he wants to do without worrying about the American voters.

Since I first heard this bit of the conversation, I have often wondered what the President has said to the Muslim leaders when there were no microphones to catch the promises he was making.  I believe that Mr. Obama is a Muslim, and that shortly after the votes are all tallied and the results are  made official, he will announce that to the world.

As he said, he won’t have to worry about getting elected ever again, so it doesn’t matter what we think anymore.

I am aware that Mr. Obama was reelected because the Lord God in heaven allowed him to be.  And I know that we are very close to the end-times.  We have only seen the beginning of how hard it will be in the near future to feed our families and be safe in our own homes.  The storms and earthquakes and droughts and floods of the recent past are only a hint of how bad it will be later.

In the next few days, I would like to write about some simple things we can do to start preparing for the times to come.  There are people around us who have been preparing for some time (Preppers)  and so are far ahead of the rest of us.  If you know someone like that, don’t be afraid to ask questions.  They are usually happy to answer your questions and will help whenever they can.

Please come back and check out the next posts for ideas to help you get started.  Between now and the next post, I would like for you to take an hour to assemble the important papers for your family: birth certificates, pass ports, social security cards, insurance information, health records, contact information, and any other important papers that come to your mind.  We will be looking at different systems of organization and other simple, beginning steps to be prepared for whatever lies ahead.

God bless you today.

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and The Countdown

4 Nov

Sunday morning, November 4, 2012.  Two days until we, as a nation, will choose the direction we will take over the next four years.

It is an important moment to stop and give serious thought to the vote you will cast on Tuesday.  It doesn’t matter what your favorite singer or movie star thinks.  This is the time that we must seek divine guidance.

I have been praying daily for our country and it’s leaders and I hope you are doing the same.

Don’t vote along party lines because your parents did or because someone else says to.  The voting booth is a private place where you can exercise your rights and vote your conscience.

My husband and I joke at the voting precinct when I ask him if he remembers who I told him to vote for, but it is just a joke.  We share the same moral views and most always vote the same.  But, if we disagreed, each of us would feel compelled to follow our conscience.

However you choose to vote, if you didn’t participate in early voting, please go out on Tuesday, November 6, and cast your ballot.

May the Lord bless you today.

Back to work

2 Nov

I have been out of touch for a few days; on Monday, I had surgery on my right hand to relieve the arthritis pain that has gotten so bad I couldn’t hold a needle to sew.

Now I am typing with my left hand which is pretty slow going.

My main objective right now is to encourage everyone who reads this to pray for our country and to encourage you to find out what you can do to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy.  The northeast coast of the U.S. has been devastated by this storm, and this is the perfect time for us to show Christian love to those who have lost so much.

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.  He maketh me to liedown in green pastures; He leadeth me beside the still waters.  He restoreth my soul.

He leads me in the paths of rightousness for His namesake.

Yea, thou I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.  Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table befoe me in the presence of  mine enemies.  Thou annointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.richly bless you today.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. ”

Psalm 23:1-6

May the Lord who created us all richly bless you today.

Autumn morning

25 Oct

Good morning, and my God bless you richly on this beautiful October morning.  Here in the mountains of east Tennessee, the sun is shining and the air is already starting to warm.  I love the beautiful blue of the October sky.

Today, I am asking for your prayers: on Monday, October 29, I will be having surgery on my right hand, to relieve the pain from osteoarthritis.  The surgeon will be removing a bone from my thumb and reattaching a tendon to make my hand useful again.  I know that this is a routine procedure, but I covet your prayers as I go into the hospital and then go through the recovery period.  I am not a patient, sit and relax person, so I’m afraid I’ll have trouble not being able to get up and do all the things I usually do.

As we go through this glorious day, please remember also to pray for our country and its leaders.  We are in the most tumultuous time in our history and we desperately need the blessing of our Lord and Savior.

 

Two weeks until the election

23 Oct

It’s finally here: the countdown to the national elections.  I, for one, am so tired of hearing back biting and mud slinging advertising from the candidates.

I have prayed about my decisions and I believe that I have been led to the votes that I am planning to cast.  (My husband and I don’t go to the early voting; we prefer to go to the polls together on election day.)  This is the most important election that our country has seen in my lifetime, and I can’t urge you strongly enough to exercise your right and privilege and vote.

There is a website which has rated the candidates according to their stated views on a variety of issues.  When you go to  www.AFAAction.net you will be asked for your address, and you will see a list of all the candidates for all the races in which you can vote, from the Presidential election, down to state senate and representative races.

I am so happy to see that Timothy Hill, a candidate for state representative in our district, had been given an A rating, but I am very unhappy that we don’t have any other candidates who rated an A.

Please pray for guidance and let the spirit lead you as you go to the polls.  Remember that if we don’t turn this country back to the Lord, we soon won’t have a country at all.

I had a conversation this morning about the NBC series, “Revolution”, and I think we should be prepared for something just as bad or worse that what is depicted in that show if the United States continues on the path we are on.

God bless each of you.

Look at the nations and watch

19 Oct

Habakkuk 1:5 (NIV)  Look at the nations and watch- and be utterly amazed.  For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.

This is from the oracle which Habakkuk the prophet received.  It is the beginning of God’s answer to the prophet’s complaint.

In verses 3 and 4, Habakkuk wrote, “Why do you make me look at injustice?  Why do you tolerate wrong?  Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails.  The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice is perverted.”

Throughout the Old Testament, we see, time after time, how God tolerated the wickedness of His people for as long as he could stand it, then He punished them for their evil ways.  They would turn and follow Him for a while, but gradually would drift back to sin.

If He punished His chosen people, the children of Israel, what could possibly make us think that the same thing will not happen now?

Yes, we live under the New Testament law, but the Old Law was also passed down so that we could learn from it.

The Creator destroyed Sodom andGomorrah because of their hideous actions.  Homosexuality was so characteristic of the men of Sodom that their behavior was known  far and wide.  If their lifestyle was an abomination to God all those thousands of years ago, why do people today believe that it is no longer a sin?

Proverbs 6:17 tells us that “the Lord hates…hands that shed innocent blood.”  There is no more innocent life on this earth than a preborn baby.  You can call it a fetus if you wish, but that doesn’t change the fact that it is a sweet, innocent child, and to abort that life is murder.

Our heavenly Father is waiting patiently for us to turn from our wicked ways, but His patience has a limit.

Do not be surprised when the earthquakes and hurricanes and tornadoes and tsunamis and other disasters continue to take their toll of human life.  If we do not turn, as a nation, back to the Lord, we have no hope that He will heal our land.

Look at your feet

18 Oct

How often do you think about your feet?  When you are in the shower, when you put on shoes, and obviously, if they hurt, you notice your feet.  Have you ever thought of your feet as beautiful?

I have ugly feet.  My nails are strange because I had to have them surgically removed a few years ago, due to ingrown nails.  And my skin is dry, no matter how much I  scrub and how much lotion I use.

But did you know that your feet are beautiful to God?  And they can be beautiful to the people around you, too.

Isaiah 52:7 (NIV) says: “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, ‘Your God reigns’.”

Isn’t it amazing to think that God pays attention to your feet, as well as to your heart and your soul?

I am going to challenge myself to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to more people every day than I ever have before.  I want to be an example of the life the Christ wants us to live.  If you are too shy to talk to strangers about the gift that God has given you, you can share that good news by things that you do.  People will notice and they will ask questions about the change in your life.

My faults are many; I would never attempt to list them here, but just take my word for it, there are a lot of them.  I don’t think I’m better than anyone.  Rather, I like to think that I can learn something about the Christian walk from everyone I meet.

We all have people in our lives who are like a thorn in our skin.  Someone calls them “sandpaper people” because they rub us the wrong way.

I have one of those people in my life.  He tries my patience almost every time I have any contact with him.  And so, today, I am going to pray for the Holy Spirit to help me to be nicer and to have more patience with this man.  I don’t have to deal with him every day, and that helps tremendously.

I want to be able to look down at my feet, after every encounter with my thorn, and know that, in God’s eyes, my feet are beautiful.

God bless you today.