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What Church is supposed to look like

I love this video and I thought I would share it with you all on this Sunday morning! It is a true depiction of what Church is supposed to look like and what Jesus intended it to be. If we had more of the Church Jesus desired for us in the world, I believe our world would be a much different place…..

It is not religion that changes the heart, it’s a relationship.

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politics

Lottery Winner here!

Just days ago Obama gave a speech at Georgetown University addressing Christian Faith leaders, that sparked a little controversy. Here’s what he said:

“The top 25 hedge-fund managers made more than all of the kindergarten teachers in the country. When I say that, I’m not saying that because I dislike hedge fund managers or I think they are evil, I’m saying that you’re paying a lower rate than a lot of folks who are making $300,000 every year. You pretty much have more than you’ll ever be able to use in your family will ever be able to use. There’s a fairness issue involved here and by the way, if we were able to close that loophole, I could not invest in early childhood education to make a difference. That’s where the rubber hits the road. That’s Arthur where the question of compassion and I’m my brother’s keeper comes into play. And if we can’t ask from society’s lottery winners to just make that modest investment, then really this conversation is for show. If we can’t ask that much— [ applause ].”

You can watch if you’d like:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBmQiFs8ihw

Apparently if you are successful in this country, you are a “lottery winner.” This statement immediately reminded me of Obama’s statement back in 2012: “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

This contempt that Obama has for success blows my mind! Fyi: Small businesses represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms. Since 1993, small businesses have generated 64 percent of new jobs, and they have also paid 43 percent of the total United States private payroll” –SBA.

I find it fascinating that some believe the government should dictate when enough wealth is enough.  Or that the government is to decide whether or not you have reached a point where you can’t spend all the money you’ve earned. To empower government to decipher who has enough and who doesn’t -is dangerous territory and this has been done throughout history by ruthless dictators. I also am amazed by those who think the government should be involved in making everything ‘fair.’ Life isn’t fair. If you want something, don’t go to the government to get it, go get it yourself! You see, Obama could have said: “being born in America IS winning the lottery,” but he didn’t- he went after the rich, the wealthy, the successful-all in the disguise of Biblical principles (“I’m my brother’s keeper”-Jesus was not saying “have the government look out for you and the poor” he commanded us to look out for each other, because that’s what Christianity is all about-there was no reference to government involvement!) Obama wants everyone on the same playing field….and this….this is Socialism, this is a Marxism ideology-essentially a Utopian society where everything is equal and fair and all needs are met.

Sounds splendid doesn’t it, we can debate the theology of Marxism but essentially you have to examine the countries and dictators that have implemented this ideology. According to Karl Marx there are steps that must be taken in order to make Marxism a reality:

1) Revolution,2) Dictatorship of the Proletariat, 3) Destruction of the Capitalist State, 4) Liquidation of the Bourgeoisie, 5) Creation of Socialism, 6) Creation of the New Socialist Man, 7) Withering Away of the State, and 8) Emergence of Communism

Marxism’s intent was to due away with human nature, but human nature is not something that can be done away with, it is human nature to acquire, conqueror, achieve and create. You can ignore and deny these characteristics all you want, but it’s innate. Marxism eliminates human nature, as well as the middle class: “You must, therefore, confess that by “individual” you mean no other person than the bourgeois (anyone obtaining property), than the middle-class owner of property. This person must indeed, be swept out of the way, and made impossible.” (The Schwarz Report). To ignore the fact that Communism kills, is ignorance as well as a complete denial of history. Let’s not forget that millions and millions were murdered under Marxism ideology -Stalin, Mao Tse-tung, and Pol Pot…..were just some who admired and adhered to Marxism.

You see the problem with Communism/Marxism/Socialism…..is it eliminates the individual. America is about the Individual and the individuals right to life, liberty and the pursuit (not guarantee) of happiness. America empowers the one, and that one empowers another……

Taking what someone else has rightfully earned and giving it to another is not empowering to any of those involved….what is accomplished in this? A leg up? Perhaps….but not a way of life. Living off of others is not freedom-it’s bondage. Creating a society for any individual to climb to the top is what America offers with the acknowledgment that some journeys are more challenging than others. One may detest Capitalism, but it is the only system that allows for someone to go from having nothing to having something all in the name of individual liberty.

Yes, there are some that got those 6 numbers and a power-ball right, but for most Americans who found success…..they dared to dream, but not just dream- they took action.

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Hero
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We don’t need another hero…..ummm yes…yes we do.

I just started watching “Hero’s” on Netflix. It was a popular show for years on NBC, but I didn’t watch it because I thought it was one of those teeny bopper shows (oh my gosh that makes me sound old….) -like the ones you’d see on the CW.

It is a really good show though, I just finished the first season and I highly recommend it!

What is it about a hero that inspires? What makes a hero?

If I had to define heroism, I’d say: “it’s the ability to be completely selfless, the willingness to sacrifice oneself-regardless of outcome (known or unknown) for the greater good.”

A man rushing to the seen of a car accident, a mom-up all night praying for her rebellious teenager, a firefighter heading straight into a burning building, a security guard standing up to a gunman. There is no guarantee that the hero’s act will end in their favor, and yet they act-they take that step, they take that leap, they react-without knowing the result.

We need more heroes.

We need more people that don’t need the “glory.”

A hero has no need for recognition, they don’t need an applause, in fact they don’t even want it. A heroes innate character is self sacrifice with unadulterated humility.

We have become a ‘me’ focused society, because of this -heroes are scarce…a rare breed even. The characteristics of heroism have become so foreign to our culture. In the world of “selfie” a hero just doesn’t make the headlines-but they don’t need headlines-nor do they want them. Man’s applause to them is arbitrary.

But these heroes are out there…..

They live among us. They are like you and they are like me….-yet they harbor that very unique rare quality…”this life is not about them.”

If you know a hero……consider yourself a very lucky and blessed individual….

….if you are a hero-Thank You….

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Christianity, Gay Marriage, Individual liberty, Religion, Supreme Court, Supreme Court Gay Marriage

Marriage in the hands of 9…..

The Supreme Court is set to rule on Gay Marriage next month. I have written before on his subject before recently and I am a Civil Unions for all and let the churches deal with the religious sacrament of marriage kinda person. Read that blog here.

But I can’ be a Libertarian when it comes down to the Federal Government stepping into our lives and re-defining what marriage is altogether. Why? Well, because there’s a whole other side to this issue -this decision will directly effect our First Amendment right-the Freedom of Religion. If a religion be it: Islam, Hindu, Judaism, or Christianity believes that marriage is between a man and a women-which they all do and the Federal Government is now going to re-define marriage to be a bond between anyone or anything, then churches who refuse to comply -will be charged with discrimination. You thought is was bad with the bakeries…..just wait….

So let’s say marriage is re-defined in June. This is where the battle really begins….because let’s be honest, it’s not about “equality” here it’s about going after religion, specifically Christianity….because whether our President acknowledges it or not-this nation was founded on Christian principles. But we are living in a world that despises anyone who stands for anything anymore…..whooohooo anything goes now right!?

For thousands of years marriage has been between a man and a woman, but in June, 9 Supreme Court Justices, 9 fallible people- could abolish marriage as we know it. Ya ya ya……we have “evolved”-is what I keep hearing….ummm side note: I personally wouldn’t use that as an argument…..a KEY component in evolution is procreation…

If this is to happen, we are going to see churches charged with discrimination….law suites after law suites. Many will turn away from what their doctrines teach and comply to the Federal Governments demands. I believe we will see huge spiritual leaders cave to the pressure. This is when many must choose. Just where is your faith? Do you have a faith? Is it just a made up compilation of theology that when tested crumbles? You can only stay lukewarm for so long. Even if you don’t have a faith and you believe in nothing, are you okay with our First Amendment Rights being overridden by 9 individuals? Do you believe in individual liberty? If you don’t think the decision in June will directly impact your Individual Rights as an American you are in for surprise…..

Speak up!

I can hear the pitchforks being sharpened….

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Independent or Dependent
politics

Huh….only Democrats care about the poor…..???

I often see a common phrase used: “If you’re not a liberal when you’re 25, you have no heart.  If you’re not a conservative by the time you’re 35, you have no brain.” Clever right….but this quote bugs the hell out of me. Not because I AM a Conservative and not yet 35, but because it portrays the ideology that Liberals are people of “compassion.”

Before I really got into politics my understanding was limited and though I had heard this quote, I gave it little thought until I actually got informed.

Liberals for years, have claimed their platform to be that of “helping those in need” but rather I have found it’s “Keeping those in need.” With close to 50 million Americans in poverty-a rate of 15% of Americans living below the poverty line, I see no resolution to this tragedy offered by liberals. The poverty rate, under a Democratic “caring” president hit an all time 50 year high in 2014! Now over 1/3rd of Americans are receiving government welfare. A Democrat would say that’s a good thing. That is -“it’s good the government can help out.” Hmmm…. if you had a kid that was 35 years old living in your basement feeding off of all your resources -would you call that successful parenting? Creating dependency is not a sign of success, it is a sign of total failure. If an individual is dependent on a source of any kind for it’s survival, it is not free. This “helping” the poor, has turned into keeping the poor-poor, instead of digging to the root of the problem. For years we were being told the job numbers were up and employment numbers were down under our Democratic president Obama, but it turns out those “great” numbers-6.2% unemployment rate is more like 12.6% or higher-why…..well the numbers we were getting didn’t count those who had simply given up their search for a job and those no longer eligible to receive unemployment.

Instead of focusing on job creation, getting people back to work, tax breaks for small businesses to enable them to employ, giving the American individual a sense of independence, we have witnessed the push for more government involvement in the individuals life and the hole of dependency deepening under the Liberal watch. I don’t think providing someone a band-aid when their arm is chopped off provides solution. Just as government subsidies don’t provide long term solution. I understand people need help here and there, but creating an American people who are dependent over a long period of time on government for their survival….is a manipulating deceitful way to control. There is no “heart” in this, there is no compassion, and there is no freedom offered in this ideology.

You can not be for helping the poor-if you have no desire coupled with solution to bring the poor out of poverty. Just as you can not be for helping an alcoholic to get clean, if you are handing them a bottle of vodka.

I learned at an early age, if you have a heart-you fight to SOLVE the problem-not aid it.

True Conservatism, offers Solutions to problems, by going to the source of the problem.

“If you’re not a liberal when you’re 25, you have found out that having a heart means solving problems not covering them up, so by the time you are 35 your brain has the ability to offer solutions” -Conservative Momma.

Independent or Dependent

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Mom is enough.

I read an outstanding article last week by David Brooks of the New York times- “Moral Bucket List.” It was about living a Eulogy kind of life. What does that even mean right?

In short-what will be said at our eulogy?

It reminded me of perspective and how far off society is on what truly matters in life. On the day of your funeral, no one is going to talk extensively about the house you lived in, what kind of car you drove, the clothes you wore, or even your career…..

What will be talked about is how you impacted the lives around you.

I have a younger sister, who is doing amazing things! She is in grad school to be a therapist and has a real heart for veterans. When I talk to her, I am truly mesmerized by her daily impact on those in her sphere of influence. Many of her clients have thanked her for the role to recovery she has played in their lives.

It is a different role we all play in this life….the key, is finding just who you were designed to be.

I knew after I read that article….I want my deepest impact to be on my children. I want my children’s memory of me to be one that empowers them and their children. Unlike my younger sister, being a stay at home mom, I don’t get a lot of daily “thank-you’s.”  Yes, I have a very appreciative and awesome husband, but my client’s (my children) “thank-yous” are slobbery kisses and sticky hands grabbing at my shirt in an attempted hug. There is no: “wow-I really appreciate how you put my shoes on, combed my hair, changed my diaper, cut my food into tiny pieces, showed me the different bugs on our walk today and spent time praying for me this morning mom” -“thank yous.” Motherhood calls for a selflessness that the world does not value. We live in an “instant results” society…..there are no “instant results” with raising children….the outcome is displayed years later. A child’s character is developed, it is not microwavable.

Because I blog on politics, I come in contact with other people who are politically active as well. I spoke with an older woman last week who has worked on various campaigns, ran with really big names, and is a powerful activist. I was so impressed with her resume. We initially talked politics and then she wanted to know what else I did. I said, “well….I am a mom. I am at home with my two children,” I said. Her response is what alarmed me and what moved me emotionally….. “that is the most important thing you will ever do in this life,” she said. Yes, I have heard this before, and I know this to be true, but having her look deep into my eyes and say this with the conviction in which she said it, brought tears to my eyes. I spent almost two hours talking to this woman but what I continue playing in my head is her sincerity on motherhood.

I have had the incredible blessing to be surrounded by many powerful women in my life. These women would without a doubt contribute their biggest accomplishments to raising children. Anyone can watch a child, not anyone can raise a child.

Society does not value the role of mom. But what society “values”- will not speak at your funeral.

This short blog, is to encourage every mother out there that thinks being a mom is not enough. It is. It is more than enough. You might not get that daily “atta boy” but I assure you…..your pay off is down the road…..

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