What We Need Is Love!

What We Need Is Love!

It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us. An now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another. And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love. I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist. Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully. Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them. Anyone who welcomes them shares in their wicked work. 2 John 4-11 NIV

John’s letter is just as clear today as I’m sure it was to the church when he wrote it. If we claim to know God the Father and Jesus the Son, we must walk in love. For Jesus said, “Love the Lord thy God with all your heart soul and mind and love your neighbor as yourself.” These are His commandments. If we have not love, we are not walking in love and cannot love others.

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, over and over until we get it or my fingers stop working or my lips are sealed in death. IF WE DO NOT LOVE OURSELVES, WE CANNOT LOVE OTHERS!

If we do not recognize that hate is taught–planted in the hearts of people from an early age as demonstrated by those around them who say hateful and bigoted things about other people simply because they do not look like them, act like them, or worship like them. Here’s my question for all who think they have a “moral right” to tell other people anything: Who did you die for that we might have access to the kingdom of heaven?

I’m not saying we shouldn’t teach God’s Word–accurately and coherently–I’m saying none of us–imperfect beings that we are–can take a moral high ground if we don’t know love. There have been times in my life when I allowed my “emotions” to overrule logic and it brought disastrous results. We cannot allow our fickle-ever-changing emotions to dictate our lives and expect peace and harmony. It won’t work.

What will work–for every human being on the planet–is for us to take the time to seriously do some introspection into what makes us who we are. Are we so bound to tradition and feelings that we cannot accept truth about ourselves and no matter how many times we are proven wrong, we continue in the same path? We have to be honest with a critical assessment of our ability to love self–accept our shortcomings without blaming others for what we don’t have or can’t do. We have to acknowledge that our lives are the end result of what we have put into them. If we put nothing into a bank account, we cannot withdraw from it (legally). The same is true of our lives–whatever we want out of it–must align with what we’re willing to put into it. If we all we do is nurture hate–that seed that was planted before we were able to recognize it–then all we’ll get out of life is refutation and rejection.

Most people who honestly care about where they are in life have sat down and realistically assessed their lives and how they got there. I’ve heard of so many people who were taught to hate, come to a place in their lives where they realize hate never solves any problems and they changed. They began to love themselves, seeing themselves in another light–a beacon that could pave the way of success for others.

What we need–more than anything else in this world right now–is to learn to love self so we can love others. For when we love others, we only want the best for them and we work together to accomplish that end. Knowing that love trumps hate is not just a slogan or buzz words. Love truly conquers hate in every imaginable way. It may not happen over night, or in a month in the next two years, but we have to start somewhere. And now is the time.

Let’s work on promoting love, eradicating the hate that resides in the hearts of so many. If hate can be learned, then so can love and love is far more pleasant experience. When we see hate being promoted–we must stand firm and call it what it is–no using any euphemisms to disguise it–just call it what it is: hate, racism, bigotry, misogyny, xenophobia and whatever else destructive attitudes and actions can be called–CALL IT OUT AND THOSE WHO PERPETUATE IT!

Since we only have this one planet that is considered fit for human habitation, we might as well learn to live together in harmony before we decimate the human race because of hate. Love is the answer and it has been from the beginning and forever will be.

I’m Mary M. Hall-Rayford and I approve this message and will be moving forward in my bid for president in 2020. I hope you join me in promoting love and not hate. http://www.facebook.com/YesIAm2020 browse and like my page.

The Turn Around!

The Turn Around!

Whoever remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed–without remedy. When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan. A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth. By justice a king gives a country stability, but those who are greedy for bribes tear it down. Those who flatter their neighbors are spreading nets for their feet. Evildoers are snared by their own sin, but the righteous shout for joy and are glad.  The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern. Mockers stir up a city, but the wise turn away anger. If a wise person goes to court with a fool, the fool rages and scoffs and there is no peace. The bloodthirsty hate a person of integrity and seek to kill the upright. Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. If a ruler listens to lies, all his officials become wicked. Proverbs 29:1-12 NIV

It is time for us to turn our situation around in America. No one should have to lose their life because of hatred, but we know–historically–that if we continue to ignore the obvious, more lives will be lost. We cannot hope to achieve any greatness by hating or promoting hatred. The bigotry that exists in the hearts of those who claim to know God, must be extinguished and never allowed to re-ignite flames of hatred.

For some–turning from their hatred–the seed that has been planted and nourished by ignorance and lies and sprouting and spreading through their lips–the journey to a pathway of seeing truth and admitting wrong will be a long one, but not an impossible. one. In order for a person to receive truth, they must desire truth and remove all the lies so truth will grow. I’m reminded of tending a garden. As long as the weeds are left alone, nothing of any substance will have room to grow. Lies are the weeds in our lives that must be uprooted so there will be room for truth to grow and change minds and hearts. 

If anyone claims no knowledge of what hate can do in a nation, they haven’t been paying attention. Bigotry and hatred have existed in this country for centuries and it would appear that since it has not been totally eradicated, we will have to deal with it until it is. Right now, starting with every individual–there must be a concerted effort to eradicate hate and plant seeds of love to turn this situation around!

Bigotry and hatred (and greed) were the impetus for slavery in this country.

Bigotry and hatred were the seeds planted that rose up against efforts for equality between the races and genders in this country.

Bigotry and hatred are bred in the soil of ignorance and insecurity and fear in this country and fertilized by unwillingness to accept truth.

Bigotry and hatred continue to exist when people are close-minded and unwilling to consider they are not always right about anything.

As long as we are resistant to communicating effectively with others, willing to sit down and listen to views that are not like our own and recognize we have a right to disagree, but we should learn to do so, agreeably.

We all have choices to make–right now, in the coming days, and for the rest of our lives. We can choose to live in peace and harmony by loving one another or we can choose to live in chaos and strife, allowing hatred and bigotry to reign and destroy.

I don’t know about you, but I choose to love and I have repeatedly stated that we can accomplish all things with love in our hearts, but the only end result of hatred and bigotry is destruction. I will not play a part in the destruction of a nation, but I will do all I can to build and stabilize the nation with love.

Knowing how to love and loving does not mean I have to agree with things that are not right and I won’t. Loving means telling people the truth whether they want to hear it or not, and whether they receive it or not. I will not stop speaking truth to power or promoting truth to all who are in my social media communities and everywhere I go. No one has to agree with me; I accept that–but as God reveals clarity of His Word to me–I will promote it, no matter what happens. And our current political climate is weighed down with such hatred and bigotry by those who think they are superior to others that we need to learn how to turn this around. I’m willing and I hope others are, too.

We don’t have to wait to 2020 to see a turn around in our nation, we can start now and strengthen our resolve to live in peace and love and in 2020 by choosing to elect a person who is willing to serve for the benefit of all Everyday Americans.

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Fighting Against Hate!

I’ve been a little busy lately fighting against hate and sooner or later, I’ll have to amend my self-designated blogging schedule from daily to whenever I can post.

At any rate, all is not lost, I refuse to give up the fight–daily everywhere I go.

Can We Bury Hate?

Can We Bury Hate?

There are those who hate the one who upholds justice in court and detest the one who tells the truth. You levy a straw tax on their grain. Therefore, though you have built stone mansions, you will not live in them; though you have planted lush vineyards, you will not drink their wine. For I know how many are your offenses and how great your sins. There are those who oppress the innocent and take bribes and deprive the poor of justice in the courts. Therefore the prudent keep quiet in such times, for the times are evil. Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the Lord God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is. Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts. Perhaps the Lord God Almighty will have mercy on the remnant of Joseph. Therefore this is what the Lord God Almighty, says:  There will be wailing in all the streets and cries of anguish in every public square. The farmers will be summoned to weep and the mourners to wail. There will be wailing in all the vineyards, for I will pass through your midst,” says the Lord. Woe to you who long for the day of the Lord! Why do you long for the day of the Lord? That day will be darkness, not light. It will be as though a man fled from a lion only to meet a bear, as though he entered his house and rested his hand on the wall only to have a snake bite him. Will not the day of the Lord be darkness, not light–pitch dark, without a ray of brightness? “I hate, I despise your religious festivals; your assemblies are a stench to me. Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Though you bring choice fellowship offerings, I will have no regard for them.  Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps. But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream! Amos 5:10-24 NIV

Creating an analogy of our political miasma with this segment of scripture is easy. People believed Hillary was evil because of the lies and false propaganda, ignoring the truth of her words and allowed evil to waltz into the White House, unfettered, surrounded by hate in Bannon and Miller and Gorka,  inbred within himself. People thought they were running from a lion and ran into the Russian bear. And now, we are all victimized by the twitler’s ego and rashness, demonstrating his lack of concern for anyone other than himself.

It is his ego that tweets out foolishness and won’t harness his insecure tongue.

It is his ego that won’t allow him to admit when he’s wrong.

It is his ego that bullies others when he’s really a coward.

It is his ego and fear that keeps him sheltering evil in the White House and allowing it to run rampant in the streets as demonstrated in Charlottesville, VA.

It is his ego that keeps him from resigning, allowing others with more experience and knowledge to set things right on the world’s stage and reshape our image.

It was his ego and lies and fascination and debt to Putin that brought us to this place where the snake has bitten.

How do we rectify this situation? We consider the political party or person who is most concerned with all Americans and in keeping peace with the rest of the world. We do not need a warmonger who is “fiery and blustery” in a tweet or behind a podium. We need a strong, clear leader who can and will defend America and our allies against those who would attempt to provoke and threaten others with carnage.

Notice that we are to hate evil–acts and ideologies–not people. And the only way we can overcome hate is to learn to love.

breeding hate

We must bury hatred of people and all the elements that allow it to spread like wildfires and replace it with the growth of love within and all across the land.

There are many who will enter into the race of the 2020 election, but before we get there, we must change the landscape in Congress so we uproot all the evil that allowed us to get to this place. We need to VOTE BLUE in 2018, clearing the path for greatness without egos reigning in the process.

After the 2018 election and installing a new Congress, we must elect a person who is committed to steering us in the right direction for all Everyday Americans. We must elect a person who will listen and abide by the consensus of Americans with the ability to lead with the approval of bipartisanship in Congress. We must elect a person who is free to make decisions without provocation of donors, or political baggage that blinds and colors perception, or indebtedness to celebrities or cronies.

I’m Mary Hall-Rayford and I am ready to serve all Everyday Americans!

eda

What A World!

What A World!

Do not envy the wicked, do not desire their company; for their hearts plot violence, and their lips talk about making trouble. By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures. The wise prevail through great power, and those who have knowledge muster their strength. Surely you need guidance to wage war, and victory is won through many advisers. Wisdom is too high for fools; in the assembly at the gate they must not open their mouths. Proverbs 24:1-7 NIV

When we look at the world today–with the advent of every news report, from just about any news outlet except Fox, we hear the “noise” rattling around in the emptiness of something more substantial to quench our thirst for awareness. The blustering, bullying spewing from the mouth of the twitler, if not stopped, could create catastrophic disaster and will lead to lives being lost–and not just Asian lives, but American lives–in the vicinity of the other idiot.

Every time I see stupidity in action and the Republicans supporting the stupid, I am reminded that though they claim to be Christians, they have no relationship with Christ and are certainly not familiar with God’s Word. Though they claim to preach the Gospel and teach Sunday School lessons, I’m convinced the gospel they preach is not of Christ and the Sunday School lessons have nothing to do with Christianity and how we are to live for Christ–doing things the way He would do them. In fact, the more Republican lawmakers make claims or reference scriptures, the more people are turned off from them since no one sees them “living The Word,” they just reference it–in an attempt to convince some of their great religiosity. And that’s all it is–a superficial attempt to convince by being religious, and having no clue what it means to be in Relationship with Christ.

For this reason–we may see America involved in a military engagement that will have no victors, just devastation. In a nuclear war, there are no winners and everyone loses. We lose the potential to advance peace, we lose ability to employ diplomatic policies, and we lose the respect of all those world leaders who are standing by–waiting to see how the fallout will affect them. We lose!

Many are tired of the bully posturing and though there are others who think the rhetoric is a signal of strength, we all know twitler is a school yard bully thinking everyone should cave to him. He’s bullying lawmakers, and his cabinet and others, but he will not say a mumbling word against Putin because he fears Putin. Bullies are insecure people who know they have no real strength and they’re always looking to make themselves to be more than they are. Bullies are not God’s idea; they are the result of people not being loved and disciplined as a child, never being held accountable for their actions and growing up thinking they can make others do what they want them to do.

What twitler needs to understand now is that he is not a monarch or a dictator and he can’t make anyone do anything. Republicans need to come clean with America and admit they gave into the temptation to having power and all the money they received from Russian donors was not worth the mess we see right now. They are complicit in keeping silent about a situation they had to know–in order for twitler to win the rigged election. What individuals need to do right now is to defy their pastors who tout twitler as God’s choice, stand up and speak out–analyzing truth against the fictional propaganda promoted by trumptrain and Russian comrades. America needs every true Patriot to stand up and speak out, now while we have an opportunity to do so, before it’s too late to change the course of bully policy.

If we survive to see 2020, America will have a better opportunity to see this country led by and for the people with me as the voice of  Everyday Americans. I will lead by example, always speaking truth and bringing other Everyday Americans to the table in making decisions that affect all. We know what we need and we don’t need those who have never experienced the challenges we face to make decisions for us.

Join us in 2020 to elect the right person for the task of regaining respect and status on the world stage, making this an event like none ever seen–where America is governed by the “common-folk” who know what needs to change and are wise enough to choose those who can make it happen.

eda

Why Hate One Another?

Why Hate One Another?

“How long will you who are simple love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge? Proverbs 1:22 NIV

The righteous hate what is false, but the wicked make themselves a stench and bring shame on themselves. Proverbs 13:5 NIV

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Romans 12:3-10 NIV

Yesterday, I posted a poll on Twitter about why people hate others. The options were: inbred from birth, experience with others, or propagandized fear or all of the above. I anticipated that not many would respond because if they did, they would have to spend some time in thought–getting a grasp on why they hate others.

The intent of the poll was to do just that–make people think! I see so much hatred in social media posts against people that they don’t know, but feel justified in making really horrible comments. There are groups threatening a civil war simply because they don’t like the fact that many Americans and MSM don’t agree with the current administration in Washington. They’re actually threatening a march on New York, armed with assault rifles because they don’t like what the newspaper publishes–truth based upon facts uncovered.

Then, for no apparent reason–Kayleigh McEany decides to broadcast her racism by referring to people living in Nigeria in huts and continuing the birther nonsense against President Obama. Now, I get it–I really do–just about anyone speaking on behalf of 45 is speaking to an audience of one. They do what they know will pacify his ego and stoke his hatred for Obama and Hillary. That is simply a very sad, pathetic existence to have–to live allowing hatred to color every thought and to my knowledge–neither one of these has ever done anything to him. Oh wait–Obama made fun of him at correspondents dinner and Hillary told the truth about him. Yeah, that should justify hatred of them; it’s not like they murdered or raped family and friends, or went out of their way to destroy his reputation (he did that on his own).

Hatred because of disagreement is misplaced at best and dangerous at its worst.

We do not have to look alike, think alike, dress alike, worship alike, or speak alike–we are all created by God, blessed with differing gifts and we should be able to accept and embrace the differences–loving one another because God is Love! For any Republican to claim to be a Christian and yet have not the love of Christ in their hearts for all people–they lie.

Though we disagree about issues, we must agree that we are all human beings and that we are capable of exercising wisdom and settling down to reason with one another–not using the opportunity to stir up hatred against others. Our disagreement can be expressed without hatred and when people don’t want to face truth about a situation or people–that is still no reason to hate the ones who bring truth to light. We must learn to disagree, agreeably–without planting the seeds of hate.

There is a simple reason for me to discuss hatred.  When people hate others they don’t even know–it’s because they have no love for themselves. Whatever is in our hearts, that is what will come to the surface, spilling over into everything we do–whether it is hate or love. I’d rather keep asking God to “refill” me with love rather than allow hatred to seed and grow in my heart. Perhaps, this is why I don’t understand hatred–there’s no room in my heart for it.

In our current political environment, we see so much hatred in policy proposals, actions and attitudes of people who are white against those who are brown and black and none of this hatred will ever bring about greatness for any of us–only unconditional love–compassion for all, will ever truly make us great.

I’m capable of unconditional love–promoting truth and not lies–and serving the needs of all Americans because I understand that Raising The Standards for Everyday Americans–financially and spiritually and culturally will make the greatest difference in the lives of all.

Raising The Standards

 

The Value in Traditions!

The Value in Traditions!

Follow my example as I follow Christ. I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the traditions just as I passed them on to you. I Corinthians 11:1,2 NIV

There are some traditions that hold intrinsic value to a functioning society in stabilizing order and peace. When we think about which traditions we follow and honor–some without realizing how they came to be or why we still do them–we should also consider the purpose or how they impact society as a whole.

If one continues to read the above-referenced passage of scripture, they would notice a tradition that was established by many churches because they misunderstood what Paul was saying. First of all, in order to understand why Paul said anything, we have to know that he was responding to questions posed to him by members of the churches. He provides us with a specific order that we should recognize and to avoid further debate about the man-superiority/authority-over-woman syndrome, understand this reference was to those who are married.

The head of every man–is Christ and if that is not true, nothing else matters. The head of the woman is the man (in Christ) and the head of Christ is God. While understanding this, we have to know that God is the head of all. This is why Paul implores the church to follow him as he follows Christ.

Okay, getting back to the tradition–women wearing hats in church services–some people missed the point that Paul said, “her hair is her covering.” Anyway, here’s where I catapult to other traditions.

Some traditions we should honor and some we should abandon. We should honor those traditions that were instilled in us by loving parents and a caring society.

We should speak to people in passing since it doesn’t cost us anything to be polite.

We should raise our children to be respectful of self and others; especially the elderly.

We should instill in our children the value of doing what’s right and always telling the truth.

We should always instill in our children the value of earning respect and their way in life, legitimately.

Raising children right these days appears to be a challenge for many and I can only conclude that somewhere along the line–valuable traditions were dropped by the wayside.

When it comes to our contemporary society, we must encourage all to pay attention to truth, push back against the lies, and be willing to stand for justice–for all people.

One of the reasons why we have such chaos in Washington right now is someone dropped the ball. Discipline was not the rule of the day in the household of the trump family and it is evident in what we see in the Oval Office and how out of order things are.

I was thinking back to some of the traditions I was taught as I was doing my mile walk this morning and I appreciated my training in common courtesy. Everyone I saw, I spoke to and they returned the greeting. This happens on a regular basis, but it made an impact on me this morning, realizing that it was because of those traditions instilled in me that I could speak to a person and be pleasant to them whether I knew them or not. In fact, most people I pass by often smile with their greeting and I can only imagine it’s because I smile when I greet them. Such a wonderful tradition!

The other traditional values instilled were about honesty and the consequences of lying. I learned early in life that the consequences were not worth a lie. That still holds true–it is so much easier to tell the truth and not worry about anyone discovering a lie.

What I often repeat to my grandson is this: If you only do the right thing, you never have to worry about doing the wrong thing. It’s a premise that works and leave me in a position not to concern myself with oppositional research.

I can own truth and disregard manufactured lies. I have no control over what people manufacture and I have no reason to address such things. I do know everything I’ve ever done and nothing in that knowledge led me to jail or doing drugs. Therefore–all the haters can do is seek and discover truth; if there are lies presented it’s because they manufactured them. Simple as that.

No matter what happens, I’m on a mission to seek support for my presidential bid in 2020 and I won’t stop until it’s over. I hope readers will have an opportunity to review my stances on some issues, what I think a president should know and hear me speak out about the same. Videos are less than three minutes long and will be updated periodically. I encourage all to stay tuned in to http://www.facebook.com/YesIAm2020.

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