2017 in Review and Hope for 2018!

2017 in Review and Hope for 2018!

From the beginning to the end, my focus has been a bit limited–boxed in reflections about a lost Democratic election, realizing a pathological lying clown was now in the White House, the world stares in amazement wondering what happened to America and the Americans who live here, we become the laughingstock on the global stage and the children of the lying one–apparently don’t care he has dementia or some other cognitive impairment because they’re too busy cheating governments and banks. What a year! Oh and we can’t forget at the end–through all the other chaos and obstruction of justice and conspiracy to commit treason, the lying one signed into legislation a tax bill that takes from the poor and gives to the rich and oh how the mighty–faux Christians in the GOP rejoiced! Yeah, it’s been a year to remember all right. But to make sense of it all, I have to put everything into its proper perspective.

  • I’ve spent more time on social media than I ever thought possible–venting and tweeting and interacting with others who are likeminded. That has been a blast!
  • I participated in the first march of the year after watching the Women’s March on January 21st–it impacted the world as women from every walk of life protested the Putin installed plant in the White House.
  • For the first time in my life, I made a decision to get involved in politics–running for President of the United States in 2020. Big decision, big discussions with husband and children and eventually friends. Some supportive and some not. I understand their reluctance and respect, but it won’t stop me. Never occurred to me to “ask permission” of anyone to run for President though some act like that’s what I should have been doing.
  • I spent some hard-earned cash supporting various candidates and in support of the ACLU because I realized that with the lying one in office, we’re going to need all the help we can get to overturn the negligible policies that are bound to come forth and we saw that with the immediate attempt of a travel ban against Muslims.  The lying one is too stupid to realize being Muslim is not an ethnicity, but a religion.
  • We all learned about “alternative facts” spewed by the surrogate of the lying one which made most of us realize that “lying must be contagious.”
  • Sean Spicer lied about the size of the inaugural crowd and then about everything else.
  • Kellyanne Conway just lies in her attempts to spin things.
  • The lying one didn’t realize that Frederick Douglass had been dead for over 150 years and gave him praise in front of cameras (an event which ignited someone on Twitter to find a picture of Frederick Douglass and bring him back to life).
  • The lying one wants to be a dictator and tell everyone what to do and expect them to do. He found a few who wouldn’t play by his rules–instead they acted with integrity and honor. Thanks for showing us the way–Preet, Sally, and Jim!
  • So many others have been kicked out the door of the White House with the one who thought she had “an in” with the lying one–she’s gone and already touting a “tell-all book deal.”
  • War–is a definite possibility since the lying one doesn’t realize most people can’t be bullied. The question is–who will engage the madness–North Korea, Iran, China, or Russia. Yeah, it’s been interesting and hopefully, not tragic.
  • I’ve learned a lot–along with the rest of the country that the appropriate term we should use involving the lying one’s interaction with Russian meddling has to termed “conspiracy” rather than collusion. At any rate, it won’t matter much longer because the entire world will know–the lying one is guilty of conspiring against America, violating his oaths of office and is a total disgrace to humanity.
  • But all is not lost–I’m gathering steam in gaining supporting for my potential candidacy. Literature is ready to go and the plan is to have press releases drafted and ready to send on November 7, 2018. Must help to flip the House and the Senate. With effort and cooperation, we can accomplish great things–winning seats and flipping them blue in deep red states.
  • All of the adversity and hatred and angst coming from the White House has made me more determined than ever to not just run for the office, but to win it. We all deserve better than what we have in the Oval Office right now.
  • Though I usually plan to write at least one new book a year, this year, all my time and writing has been posted online either here, Medium, Facebook, or Twitter. I guess if I compiled them all, it’d make one heck of an interesting book.
  • At any rate, on a personal level, I’ve learned that having a teenage driver in the house can be pretty darn stressful and expensive. I was pretty proud of my grandson getting his license, but maybe my pride was a bit misplaced.
  • Anxiety and stress can become serious issues in the minds of teenagers and I had an awakening with the onset of depression, triggering thoughts of suicide–it’s been difficult, but I’m determined to see him through this. I guess the thought of graduating at 16, with college applications and all the expectations of others can leave a person a bit depleted.

I’ve always felt that every experience in my life has made a stronger, better, wiser person and this last year’s experiences are no different. I am stronger–emotionally and spiritually than I was a year ago, I am better because I realized I had been holding onto ideologies that exclude people from my life, rather than draw them in and I let them go. I am wiser because I know that every single day I live, is an opportunity for me to learn something new; that perfection is something I can strive for but probably won’t reach since human beings can only be perfect in a comatose state or dead. That’s wisdom for you.

I’m looking forward to the new year because I’m on a mission and when I’m ready to fight, nothing gets in my way. Yeah, I know Republicans love to malign and belittle, trying every way they can to humiliate those who don’t agree with them and I’m okay with that. I know how to fight and I don’t fight fair. So if they want to start with their “opposition research” on me, let them have at it. I’m ready for whatever they attempt to “make up” in an effort to discredit me because there is nothing in my background that I’m ashamed of. I look forward to the microscopic scrutiny of whoever. And I also look forward to debating the issues that impact the lives of all Everyday Americans with whoever is up for the challenge.

Though some may think I’m a light-weight when it comes to doing politics–I’m sure I can change their minds rather quickly when they see that I can be a heavy-hitter. After all, my hope is Jesus–not a human being, but having their support when He speaks to their hearts will go a long way!

At any rate–here’s to all that comes to light, makes life better for all and for the #BlueWaveTsunami that will lead to my filing my FEC application. I can hardly wait!

How about you? Are you ready for all this new year will bring?

Enjoy the traditional celebrations–whatever they may be–wherever you are and get ready for the ride of a lifetime–better than any roller-coaster and won’t make you nauseous–unless success causes upset stomachs.

I’m ready! Get to know me better at http://www.facebook.com/YesIAm2020 and understand why I must run this race with faith to win it!

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Reflections!

Reflections!

You said, ‘I am forever— the eternal queen!’ But you did not consider these things or reflect on what might happen. “Now then, listen, you lover of pleasure, lounging in your security and saying to yourself, ‘I am, and there is none besides me. I will never be a widow or suffer the loss of children.’ Both of these will overtake you in a moment, on a single day: loss of children and widowhood. They will come upon you in full measure, in spite of your many sorceries and all your potent spells. You have trusted in your wickedness and have said, ‘No one sees me.’ Your wisdom and knowledge mislead you when you say to yourself, ‘I am, and there is none besides me.’Disaster will come upon you, and you will not know how to conjure it away. A calamity will fall upon you that you cannot ward off with a ransom; a catastrophe you cannot foresee will suddenly come upon you.“Keep on, then, with your magic spells and with your many sorceries, which you have labored at since childhood. Perhaps you will succeed, perhaps you will cause terror. All the counsel you have received has only worn you out! Let your astrologers come forward, those stargazers who make predictions month by month, let them save you from what is coming upon you.Surely they are like stubble; the fire will burn them up. They cannot even save themselves from the power of the flame. These are not coals for warmth; this is not a fire to sit by.That is all they are to you— these you have dealt with and labored with since childhood. All of them go on in their error; there is not one that can save you. Isaiah 47:7-15 NIV

I cannot help but see the parallel in this commentary to the #WHidiot. Was it not him who said, “The world is a disaster and I and I alone can fix it?”

Well, mr. big mouth–FIX IT! But of course he can’t because in order to “fix” something, one must first understand what is wrong and needs fixing.

Would a responsible, rational, logical person take their car to a repair shop and simply tell them to “fix” something before they determine what is wrong with it?

Most would not, but it would appear that the armchair president has sat back determining all the ills (for years) about the country and world without knowing how the game is played–not knowing how to diagnose the ill before prescribing the solution. And now, that he is the quarterback–he’s standing in the midst of the playing field, without knowing who his teammates are and instead of trusting them those on the same side (our allies and Congress), he alienates them with foolish rhetoric and twitter rants.

Most people in a time of uncertainty about the direction they should take would take time to reflect about all the circumstances and consider all the possible options. Not our idiot–he just plows into unknown territory without a thought and causes the entire world to sit back and reflect about how we got here. I’m sure, many other leaders are wondering what was wrong with those foolish Americans who elected such an imbecile who puts his children in positions of leadership when they have as little experience as he does. When you want something done right, shouldn’t you position those who know how to do it? Talk about a slippery slope with the nepotism. I guess when we get bombed  by–I don’t–N. Korea, Syria, Russia etc.–I guess he’ll say it was kids fault since he’s known for throwing people under the bus.

Well, world leaders–so are we–the ones who didn’t vote for him. And hopefully those who did will have time to honestly reflect about their decision and do something to correct the error before it’s too late for all of us–Like call their representatives in Congress and demand they do their job. War is looming and our pitiful GOP are sitting back doing nothing out of misplaced loyalty to the idiot-in-chief–mostly because they’re afraid if they say or do anything to cross him; he’ll expose their role in the election fiasco–all of their complicity in the coordinated effort to interfere with a fair and legal election.

Those are my thoughts on the subject for today; I’m just spending time reflecting–and praying that someone in Congress will stand up and take charge of the situation–because they are the only ones who can–at this moment. Since they (GOP) claim to be the party of family values and Christianity, I don’t see any reflection of Christ in what they’re doing, but I see much of the reflection of Satan’s character in much of what they do.

What I Used To Do!

“I was so zealous that I harshly persecuted the church. And as for righteousness, I obeyed the law without fault. I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done.” (Philippians 3:6,7 NLT)

When we acknowledge where we used to be and what we used to do–without Christ–we begin to understand that our journey becomes our testimony.

Once upon a time–I used to mock anyone who attempted to tell me anything about the bible. I believed in God and that I would go to hell for doing wrong things, and I believed in prayer, but no one–had taught me the value of reading and understanding God’s Word for myself. This is what happens when a person “just goes to church as a child” but nothing is ever really taught or explained–and in my case–probably because those who were teaching could only teach what they knew.

This is the reality we must come to accept–we can only teach people what we know and anything beyond that–is incomprehensible. And Paul acknowledges that with all of his learning–about the law–he lived what he was taught–under the law, but when he comprehended the work on the cross, the law lost its value. Had he not recognized that the law could not do what the work on the cross did, we would not have his written testimony of God’s Grace through Jesus Christ as encouragement for us to live–to please God–not man!

Many of us can sit around boasting about the things, “we used to do” and come away with nothing other than laughter and reflection and often changing thoughts about those who “confessed their faults” and shortcomings. In order to encourage others to live–pleasing God–our boasting should be how we were once blinded to God’s truth and how we were brought into the light of the Jesus Christ. This should be our boast–from coast to coast–across oceans and seas–up the mountains and down in the valleys–that we were once lost, but now we’re found–in the newness of life with Christ Jesus!

So, when I think about how I used to scorn those who tried their best to get me to understand, I understand why there are those who reject what I have to say about God’s Word. If anyone one of those people–who tried to get me to understand the bible had ever asked me if I had read it, I would have shut up and had nothing to say. They didn’t ask me–they just kept pounding away, trying to nail understanding with a flimsy hammer that didn’t have enough weight to sink the nail into my impenetrable heart.

But I’ve learned–from my journey–from what I used to do to what  now do–and I ask the question, “Have you read the Bible for yourself?” No two people can have an intelligent conversation about anything unless they both have some knowledge of the subject being discussed. I am intelligent enough to know this. Had I been asked–my “no” would have ended my mockery because I had no basis on which to intelligently discuss the bible. When people respond with a “no” to me, I suggest they read it first, then we can discuss it–with intelligence–even if we have differing opinions. End of conversation–no mockery, no foundation for intelligent discussion.

Perhaps, one of the problems with us trying to promote the Gospel and encourage others to live according to God’s Word is that we do not know how to acknowledge where we once were and what we used to do–before we read it for ourselves. We cannot continue to try to hammer The Word into people with just our experience; we must encourage them to read The Word (starting with the Gospel of John, hopefully), seek God for themselves and receive His love–developing a right relationship with Him. Then and only then will our “testimony” have meaning and we can be assured that others will walk in the light of Jesus Christ!

What did you used to do–before you found the Light and Truth?

Every Once in A While!

Every now and then, I stop and think

About my life and where I am, on the brink

Of greatness or mediocrity, full of joy or sadness

Thinking about world events and all the madness

That makes no sense, has no rhyme or reason

And then I reflect, all the more this season,

Getting close to Mother’s Day!

Even though mine is gone–over 20 years now,

I can’t help but remember, her living and how

She kept us line, taught us morals and work ethics

Provided a basis of faith, though she sometimes wavered,

And deep in my heart, I knew I was not who she favored,

But she loved us–each and everyone–not with words,

So much, but her actions were loud and no one misunderstood,

What she meant, with hugs or with the short end of wood

Of a switch we had to choose for her to use when we foolishly

Disobeyed or created chaos and unrest in her home.

So, every once in a while, I sit and ponder, the life she made

For us–not wealthy in material things, but we learned so much more

And she find excuses not work, two jobs and we were still poor,

Materially, but spiritually we thrived and survived and two of us

Are yet here to remind each other,

About our idiosyncratic mother–may she rest in peace.

Every once in a while, give mothers their due and think about how

You can show them some love; especially if they are still here-wow

Them and if not–send some love to those up above

In the heavenlies, reminding self–nothing like a true mother’s love!

 

Lord Jesus, help us to be mindful of our mothers–here or gone and help us to better at being a mother after Your heart, so our children and grandchildren will think about us–every once in a while!

Sometimes, Thinking Hurts!

Writing, as a process, is thinking.

Thinking, random thoughts or focused ones,

Sometimes leads to deeper thoughts.

When I think, I write.

When I write, I think.

Some days, my thoughts are clear.

Some days, my thoughts are cloudy.

I can look at the sky and think about God.

I can look at a newborn and think about God.

I can look at flowers and small creatures and think about God.

I can look at an ocean and think about God.

I can look at a mountain and think about God.

Then, I look at what our society is and think,

How did we ever get so far, from thinking about God?

Does God want us to kill and rob?

Does God want us to hate for no reason?

Does God want us to abuse children and the elderly?

Does God want us to sit back and do nothing–

Never speak of the evils of this world and who’s behind them?

When we speak, do we speak Truth as God sees Truth?

Or do we speak, a politically correct truth that has nothing to do with Godliness?

When we lie, do we not understand that lying is the influence from Satan?

When we kill and destroy people or property, do we not see Satan’s influence?

When we hate people–for no other reason than they are different,

Can we not see Satan’s influence?

If our relationship with God is right, we’ll think as He instructed,

And seek to help those in need and take care of families.

If our relationship with Satan is maintained,

We shall soon cease to exist, since his goal is to destroy mankind.

With all that is going on in the world,

With all the thoughts that bombard my mind,

Sometimes, thinking hurts.

But then, I write, and write, and write.

 

God help us to align our thinking with Yours that we might do what You would do in any situation, guided by love.